Build a Better Blog

Improvement & Promotion

Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger Survey Results
12 Ways to a Better Blog—and a Better You—in 2012
How to Submit a Post to IFB Links à la Mode
12 Days of Christmas…to a Better Blog in 2011
Friend Friday: Let’s Stay Together
RSS and Sharing for Dummies—and Lazies
Friend Friday: Me! Me! Me! The Pitfalls of Self-Promotion
Friend Friday: Baby Steps to a Better Blog
Survey Says: Original Content Really is Queen
G&G Reader Survey Results
Friend Friday: Sticks, Stones, Comments, Criticism, and Kindness
My Moo Mini (Business) Cards
5 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging
The Build a Better Blog Vlog
Creating a Page on Wikifashion

Business of Blogging

B*tch stole my content! Plagiarism: How to Deal with a Thief
Tax Deductions and Blogging—What You Need to Know
The Perks and Pitfalls of Partnerships and Product Placement
Copyright and Image Use—What You Need to Know
Trademarks—What You Need to Know

Social Media

Making Masterpieces with Instagram + # PhotoADay Tips
Instagram + Statigram = Insta Heaven
Klout—What it is and Why it Matters
Twitter has tweaked fashion, forever.

Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging

A fabulous series by Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly.

WordPress vs. Blogger
Migrating to WordPress
Comments
FAQ
Contact Forms
Prettify Your Archives
Reward Your Commenters
Reward Your Best Posts
Thank First-Timers
Speed It Up
Optimize, Optimize, Optimize
Music

Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging, Part Two  A deeper look at photography—cameras, lenses, the Golden Hour, and more.

Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly

Photo via Pretty Shiny Sparkly

Blogging 101

By Alexandra of To Vogue or Bust

Your Why and Your Vision
Finding Your Voice
Photography
Finding Work-Blog-Life Balance

Blog Stylist

Bree’s fantastic blog about blogging…the motherlode of blog resources!)

Be sure to bookmark:

HTML Cheat Sheet for bloggers
A-Z directory of tools and resources

More

I’m a Fashion Blogger, How Do I Frickin’ Use Google Plus?
5 Alternatives to Picnik
5 Sites to Strengthen Your Writing Skills
A-Z of Blogging Tools & Resources
Creative Commons (copyright/licensing)
How to Follow Any Blog in Blogger
Problogger
Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
Terry Morris’ Web Design Best Practices Checklist
The 5 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging [Project]

Moving from Blogger to WordPress

Moving from Blogger to WordPress.org

WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform, which means that you must pay for a blog-hosting service. The benefits of paying for a self-hosted blog include more template options and customization. Doing your recon:

New To WordPress — Where to Start
WordPress.org Web Hosting

Blogger-to-WordPress.org tutorials by Beautifully Invisible: 

Introduction: So You Want to Leave Blogger for WordPress?
Part One: So You Want to Move From Blogger to WordPress
Part Two: So You Want to Leave Blogger for WordPress

Now that you’ve moved to WordPress.org:

First Steps With WordPress
Working with WordPress
Administration Panels
Using Themes (see Blog Design below)
Managing Comments

 

Moving from Blogger to WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a free blogging platform. It hosts your blog and provides templates and a simple interface that doesn’t require you to know anything about Web development, but there may be media storage limits, and less control over commenting and customization. Doing your recon:

WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
Introduction to WordPress.com

Blogger-to-WordPress.com tutorials:

Getting Started on WordPress.com
Importing Content from Another Platform or WordPress Blog
Moving a Blog
Domain Mapping

Now that you’ve moved to WordPress.com:

Writing and Editing
Custom CSS
Themes
Manage Comments

Blog Design and Promotion

Design

Themes and Frameworks

Genesis Framework + Themes
Elegant Themes
Thesis by DIY Themes
Thesis + Themes (Skins)
Woo Themes

Fonts and Tools

Thesis Fonts – Live Preview
Thesis Theme Blog
Firebug for Mozilla Firefox (Add-on that allows you to see code)
Font Finder for Mozilla Firefox (Add-on that identifies any font on the Web)

Image Editing

FotoFlexer
Paint.net
Pic Monkey
Pixlr

 

Promotion

Blog Readers (RSS)

Bloglovin’
Feedburner

Communities

Blog Catalog
BlogHer
Blog Trends + BlogTrends Chat
Lucky Community
Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB)
Networked Blogs
Wikifashion

Social Media

Facebook
Hootsuite
Instagram
Linked In
Pinterest
Stumble Upon
Tumblr
Twitter
You Tube

Metrics & Analytics

Crowdbooster
Klout
Google Analytics
Stat Counter

53 Comments

  1. October 19, 2010 at 1:20 am — Reply

    this is absolutely amazing, thank you so much for doing all this! You must have been working at this for hours! Really appreaciate it, and will really take my time reading this to see where to take my blog next. Well done Vahni!

    • October 19, 2010 at 8:57 am — Reply

      Thank you Anika! It was a bit of work, but well worth it!

  2. October 19, 2010 at 9:14 am — Reply

    This is amazing and extremely useful! Great work and thanks for all the hard work and research that went into this V!

    • October 19, 2010 at 9:51 am — Reply

      Thank you Fajr! I appreciate that!

  3. October 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    V – Wow! I feel like I have my reading for the next month completely planned out with this. A little discouraging to see there is so much more I still need to learn. But hey! It’s all here for the taking. Thanks for make this so user friendly!
    – Katy

    • October 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm — Reply

      No problem…thanks Katy!

  4. October 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm — Reply

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  5. October 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm — Reply

    Hey Girl, I tried the code you sent me but it still isn’t showing up on my sidebar. Am I missing something?

    • October 23, 2010 at 10:13 am — Reply

      MJ, I’m not sure…maybe just copy the image and upload to your image gallery, then link to me? I’m a newbie at this!

      • October 25, 2010 at 11:03 am — Reply

        That sounds like a good idea! I’m gonna try it! Thanks V!

  6. October 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm — Reply

    Thanks for this! Great tips and advice

    • October 23, 2010 at 10:14 am — Reply

      No worries…thanks for your comment, Sarah!

  7. October 30, 2010 at 2:50 am — Reply

    V
    Thanks for the advice I am a newbie at this WordPress stuff. Right now I am trying to add the Friend Friday button to my blog.

    • October 31, 2010 at 10:09 am — Reply

      Thanks JT, and you are welcome! Hope this helps you!

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  9. November 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    Thank you for doing all this it’s been so helpful! x

    • November 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm — Reply

      Thank you Purdey…glad to hear that!

  10. December 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm — Reply

    The topic Build a Better Blog is absolutely new for me, but it´s very interesting. I have to read more about this topic and make me my own opinion. Thanks, Katy Wein

    • December 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm — Reply

      Thanks for your comment Katy…hope this page helps you learn more!

  11. December 27, 2010 at 11:56 am — Reply

    V, Your blog has to be my favorite.
    1. perfect grammar
    2. helpful tips
    3. and topics worth discussing

    ps, I love your theme. I’m not sure how to install it but I am going to keep reading to try and make my blog better.

    thank you for such helpful advice for a newbie like me! Happy holidays!

    • December 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm — Reply

      Thank you Lauren! I appreciate your kind comment!

      The theme is the uber-popular Thesis WordPress Theme from DIYthemes. It’s not free, but it’s fantastic! It can only be used on a self-hosted blog (through WordPress.org, for example).

  12. January 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    Hi V,

    Thank you so much for all of these awesome tips and tutorials! I have been reading over your articles for the past few days and compiling a list of all the ways I can improve my blog this year. I have a question for you- on this page you mention that you use Google Analytics for your stats and I am a signed up for an account, but I don’t understand it one bit and am not sure how I can use it to keep posting the content that people like/are interested in. Could you maybe explain the basics that you need to know when using this tool? Thanks so much for your time and help!

    • January 9, 2011 at 11:11 pm — Reply

      Nnenna, so glad this page is helpful for you!

      I agree that Google Analytics isn’t the easiest to decipher. Katy of Modly Chic actually wrote a post on this you might find helpful: http://modlychic.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-read-your-google-analytics.html.

      You may also find the Google Analytics Help page useful: http://www.google.com/support/googleanalytics/?hl=en_US

      For tracking blog traffic, my go-to counter is actualy Stat Counter: http://statcounter.com

      It is important to have a Google Analytics account because it seems to be the standard reference in the industry, but for your own daily, high-level tracking, you will probably like Stat Counter better.

      Thanks for your comment, and good luck!

      • January 10, 2011 at 2:48 am — Reply

        Thanks V, I’m off to go check out these articles right now!

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  14. January 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    V, you already know that I think you are a genius! But I just thought I’d let you know this page is incredible and I constantly refer to it whenever I have issues or questions!

    Thanks darlin’.

    XXXO
    M
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    • January 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm — Reply

      And thank YOU, darlin’. So good to know that so many people find this page helpful. I’ve had so many struggles with the technological aspects of running a blog that I feel compelled to share when I find a solution!

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  16. February 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm — Reply

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  17. March 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm — Reply

    V you are a goddess – I’ve been looking high and low for a listing of thesis fonts – and the link was sitting right here the whole time. I came to scoop up your resources so I can switch Free Honey over to WordPress and I end up finding something else I’ve been searching for for weeks!! <3
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    • March 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm — Reply

      Superb, Becca! Thanks for your sweet comment!

      Isn’t it nice when we discover those little shortcuts?

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  20. May 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    Just found this and what great information you have here and I’m sure it took you sometime to get together. This is very helpful and I’m also loving your blog btw and I have added you to my blogroll as well. Such inspiration :-)
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    • June 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much, doll!

  21. May 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm — Reply

    Hello, wonderful and so very helpful ! I was looking to make a decision to switch to WP and your information made it clear to me ! thank you so much ! I’m definately a follower and keep on doing that “shameless”promotion. I think it’s charming the way you do. xoxo Silk
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    • June 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm — Reply

      Hi Silk…so glad you found some helpful info. Thanks much for your comment and support!

  22. June 15, 2011 at 10:10 am — Reply

    You are a blogging powerhouse. Thank you for doing all this work!
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    • June 17, 2011 at 8:35 am — Reply

      Hey sweets, no worries!

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  24. October 14, 2011 at 8:49 am — Reply

    I found this so helpful, thanks! :)

    • October 14, 2011 at 9:27 am — Reply

      Super, Miss B!

  25. October 14, 2011 at 9:27 am — Reply

    Fantastic! Thanks for your comment!

  26. October 25, 2011 at 11:55 am — Reply

    This has been soooo incredibly helpful!
    Thank you for sharing all of these great tips, I really love the way you write.
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    • October 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm — Reply

      Thank you, and you’re so welcome!

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  29. May 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm — Reply

    This is God-sent :D Very much appreciated.. and very enjoyable to read..
    Keep up the good work.. ;)

    Have a nice day
    xoxo Nusa

  30. January 10, 2013 at 5:03 am — Reply

    You have so much info here for blogging. I don’t have a blog yet. I am thinking about creating one when I return home from deployment, because I am wanting to make some new crafts and learn how to make jewelry. Anyways, I was actually considering Blogger just because I use Google and have a Google+ account. I see you have clearly spelled out how to move a Blogger Blog to WordPress.org, but my question is if I were to sign up for a free wordpress.com Blog could I upgrade and keep everything I had created on the wordpress.com and have it transferred or moved to the wordpress.org Blog? I know I have much more reading before I attempt a Blog. It’ll start out as a Hobby of course.

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  32. April 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm — Reply

    Hey Vahni – I still revisit your blog from time to time… especially if I’m at work and there’s nothing to do, which is rare, but it happens… :)

    I’ve been doing some research on the Thesis WordPress Theme, because I’m thinking about switching to it for my 2 blogs. Can you get the basic theme and use it on 2 websites? Also, what do you think of Thesis 2.0? Are you still using the old Thesis or have you upgraded. I’ve heard a lot of people in the blogging community express disappointment at the lack of documentation when it came out, but it appears to have gotten better. I’ve been going back and forth between Thesis and Genesis, and Thesis just seems to have the best design options, so I’ll probably go with it. But wondered what your thoughts/experiences were with 2.0.

    Your blog still looks great, as always! I sent your laser hair removal post to my sister – she’s getting hers done too – and she said after reading it, she ordered some numbing cream… Ha!

    • April 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm — Reply

      Hi Selwa~

      I have NOT upgraded to Thesis 2.0, and won’t. The disappointment you read about is justified…you shouldn’t have to rebuild your blog for an upgrade of a product you already use. I’m not sure if going into with a blog from scratch would be as painful; maybe not. I do think to be able to used Thesis on multiple sites, you need the more expensive package. Thesis can be quirky, but it’s still the best in my opinion. Last year I bought four other blog templates, hoping I could get exactly what I wanted, and they still didn’t deliver, and lacked the functionality and support you get with Thesis.

      I have heard very good things about Genesis as well, from people who have used both. You’d probably be fine with either one.

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