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20 Fabulous Resources for Free Blogger Templates

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Now more than ever the availability of quality Blogger templates astounds me. Talented designers and coders have turned their attentions to the vast market of those using Google Blogger as their platform of choice, resulting in a wonderful variety of templates – most of which are free to download!

From simple, elegant designs to quirky, feminine and elaborate styles there are Blogger templates to suit every taste and requirement.

Through this recent post from Blogger Buzz, the Blogger team discussed options for uploading custom templates to our Blogger blogs and hinted that a new selection of default templates will be available later this year.

In this post, I’ll highlight 20 of the best resources where you can find free Blogger templates to enhance the design and attractiveness of your Blogger blog.

1. B-Templates

btemplatesSince March 2008, B-Templates has collected the best free Blogger templates to offer an organised gallery of the most up-to-date and stylish designs around.

Organised by category with links to the most rated and downloaded templates, B-Templates is one of the most popular and respected sites to find free Blogger templates, complete with screenshots and links to the original designers’ sites.

Visit B-Templates

2. GosuBlogger

screen-shot07-jun-08The Gosu Blogger site offers a variety of excellent quality Blogger templates which have been converted from popular WordPress themes. These templates tend to be highly elaborate and very stylish (the “Wow” factor certainly springs to mind when browsing through the templates in the archives!).

On this site, you can easily locate the free Blogger templates on offer by clicking the Blogger tab in the navigation section, then search through the archives to locate the template you like.

Visit Gosu-Blogger (Templates section)

3. Falcon Hive

screen-shot08-jun-08A relative newcomer to the Blogger template scene, Alvaris Falcon has quickly established himself as one of the best designers and converters of quality Blogger templates.

Visitors to this site can nominate the templates they would like to see designed (or converted from popular WordPress themes). All templates work perfectly and offer complete instructions for installation, which is especially useful as many of these templates are “magazine style”, requiring tweaking to operate properly when uploaded to our blogs.

Visit Falcon Hive

4. Chica Blogger

screen-shot09-jun-08This Spanish-language site offers beautiful feminine Blogger template designs. Presented by Claudia Contreras, this site offers a great selection of “girly” templates for Blogger, many of which are converted from popular WordPress designs.

You can easily translate the pages of Chica Blogger to English (or your language of choice) using Google Translate to view and read about these wonderful templates with ease.

Visit Chica Blogger | Translated to English

5. Gisele Jaquenod

screen-shot10-jun-08Gisele offers beautiful unique designs (not converted from other templates), many of which include her iconic “Birdy” avatar.

These templates are mostly feminine templates, elaborately designed with attention to detail throughout. She also offers templates for WordPress and a custom blog design service on request.

Visit Gisele Jaquenod’s Free Templates Section

6. Deluxe Templates

screen-shot11-jun-08Deluxe Templates offers a wide selection of theme conversions designed by authors of the site and gathered from other sites too.

It is not so easy to navigate through categories on this site, so instead browse through the archives or look at the “favourites” located in the sidebar.

Visit Deluxe Templates

7. Blogger Templates

screen-shot12-jun-08A simple site (which has recently undergone a massive make-over), this is one of the oldest resources for Blogger templates, and also offers a selection of tools and resources to help improve your overall design.

Find a complete list of available templates in the archives section, or simply browse through the “older posts” to find more designs of interest to you.

Visit Blogger Templates


8. BlogCrowds

screen-shot13-jun-08This community-based site offers a simple and easy to use gallery of free Blogger templates. Rather than download the XML files for these templates, users are invited to “copy and paste” the template code (a practise which makes for simpler installation of new template files).

Blog Crowds offers a small but excellent quality selection of templates, plus a useful forum where you can pose your Blogger questions or troubleshoot installation of new templates.

Visit BlogCrowds (Templates section)

9. Jackbook

screen-shot14-jun-08Jackbook has been designing and converting templates for Blogger for several years now, and this site offers a wonderful variety of designs.

Although this site has drifted away from providing content exclusively for Blogger users, you can still find a huge variety of interesting designs on the site in the Blogger templates Gallery.

Visit Jackbook (Blogger Templates Gallery)

9. Theme Lib

screen-shot15-jun-08Originally based at All BlogSpot Templates, Michael Nguyen has begun a complete new site which offers conversions of other templates for those using Google Blogger.

Many magazine-style templates and colourful designs are offered on this site; it is best to locate your favourite styles by browsing through the Blogger template archives as there are no facilities for browsing by style or category.

Visit Theme Lib

10. Quite Random

screen-shot16-jun-08I’ve only recently discovered this site which offers unique designs for Blogger (not conversions) and a great variety of Blogger tutorials to boot!

Some pages are in English while others are in Spanish (though easily translated using Google Translate). The site offers easy navigation with thumbnails of popular Blogger desins on the front page.

Visit Quite Random

12. Pyzam

screen-shot17-jun-08This site offers hundreds of free Blogger templates with easy “copy and paste” installation. Most templates are based on simple layouts with altered backgrounds and headers.

Navigation is easy: simply select the style of template  you are looking for in the Blogger templates section to be presented with thumbnails matching this category.

Visit Pyzam (Blogger Templates section)

13. Zona Cerebral

screen-shot18-jun-08This Spanish Language site has always been one of my favourite haunts for free Blogger templates.

Most of these designs are converted from WordPress themes, though the choice and selection are of excellent quality and are coded very well.

You can easily translate this site using Google Translate to read about the templates and installation methods in your native language if preffered.

Visit Zona Cerebral | Translated in English

14.  Our Blogger Templates

screen-shot19-jun-08This site offers free templates which are exclusively available for Blogger.

These designs typically feature a beautiful header and simple layout (in one, two and three column versions) which are easy to use and install.

Visit Our Blogger Templates

15.  Ray Creations

screen-shot20-jun-08Ray Creations is a professional web desin company which offers a beautiful selection of unique Blogger templates for download.

A small selection is available at present, but these are of premium quality and are very well designed! Be sure to check these out if you’re looking for a beautiful style for your Blogger blog – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed at the quality of free downloads on offer.

Visit Ray Creations

16.  Final Sense

screen-shot21-jun-08Here is another site which offers simple layouts in a variety of colours and designs.

Finding your ideal template is easy since navigation in the left column enables you to seek out templates by category. Live demos are provided and installation uses the copy-and-paste method for ease of use.

Visit Final Sense

17. Ipietoon

screen-shot22-jun-08Here you can find a wide range of template styles including feminine and technological designs.

It’s easy to find templates for your particular tastes using the categories in the right column or simply by browsing through the archives.

Visit ipietoon

18. Yummy Lolly

screen-shot23-jun-08Formerly “Suck My Lolly”, this site offers a range of designs which are especially appropriate for female bloggers.

Many of Yummy Lolly’s desins are kitch or cute, and all are desined exclusively for Blogger, rather than being converted from other platforms’ templates.

Throuh the sister site, Acorn Glue, you can also order a unique template designed particularly for your blog which will not appear anywhere else.

Visit Yummy Lolly

19. Blogger Styles

screen-shot24-jun-08This is a directory of Blogger templates with a difference: templates are rated according to the quality of images, ease of use and installation and are rated from Bronze to Gold.

Readers of the site can vote for their favourite templates, and navigation is wonderfully easy with thumbnails of all templates and categorical links in the sidebar.

Visit Blogger Styles

20. Blogger Buster templates here on Blogging Tips

screen-shot25-jun-08In conjunction with my main site, Blogger Buster, we present a selection of unique Blogger templates for you to download here at Blogging Tips.

These templates offer a wide variety of designs, from simple minimalist to feminine and corporate styles. All of these designs are free to download.

View Free Blogger templates provided by Blogging Tips

I hope you will enjoy the resources discussed in this post and will find the ideal template for use in your own Blogger powered blogs! Feel free to let us know of other Blogger template providers in the comments below.

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Amanda is a freelance blogger and web/blog designer. She writes about Blogger at www.BloggerBuster.com and maintains several other blogs on various subjects.

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7 Less Obvious Keyword Research and Content Analytics Tools

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Digital content has several powerful benefits over print content: It’s cheaper to distribute, it’s open and global (especially when it’s in English which most of the world can understand) and it offers an unprecedented opportunity to understand your audience better.

Actually, technology and digital content do wonders: Having both you can target your customers precisely when and where they are most willing to engage.

“Content and technology are strange bed fellows. We are joined together. Sometimes we misunderstand each other. But isn’t that after all the definition of marriage?”

To get an idea of how powerful digital content metrics can be, read and bookmark these articles:

Here are a few free or cheap content analytics options any blogger can afford:

1. UberSuggest

UberSuggest

UberSuggest is a free keyword research tool that offers quite a few cool content analytics features.

This tool is a bit broad but I felt it deserved a place on the list. It works by letting you put in key phrases and then gives you data on that and alternatives, including the power of that phrase on Google. You will be getting an idea of what phrases are already being cornered by competitors, as well as which ones are easier for you to target.

I also like this one as a content planning tool as I can find ideas for content related to an idea I had. I have come away from UberSuggest with my editorial calendar full many times.

2. Cyfe

Cyfe web analytics

Cyfe is not just analytics tool. In fact, you can use for anything under the sun, it’s a Swiss knife of business monitoring. And it has some cool analytics integrations that will make your analytics reports much faster and easier to access.

Use Cyfe to integrate your favorite Google analytics reports, monitor your social media growth, traffic spikes and more.

3. Tweriod

Tweriod might not be quite as relevant as it once was, but it is still a useful tool if you post a lot of content on Twitter. Find out what times your followers are most active. Discover optimal posting time. See what content was most popular and when.

All of this will help you use Twitter more effectively as a content marketing platform, as well as an engagement platform for one on one and influencer marketing.

4. Scoop.it

Scoop.it is pretty cool but the free plan is very limited. Basically you get a single page and up to ten “scoops” per day. Basically it is going to curate relevant content to give you insights into what is working well within your industry.

As an overall marketing tool, the professional version is a pretty cheap way to improve your ROI and get more bites when it comes to clicks. It is worth signing up for a free account and getting a taste of what they are about.

5. HotJar

HotJar

HotJar is a cool heat map generator allowing you to clearly see which parts of your content attract most attention.

Heat maps are pretty cool. They work by tracking what visitors to your site are spending the most time looking at and clicking on. Then it gives you a visual of hot and cold areas of your site, which can point to anything from design flaws to lackluster or thin content. You can try them out for free and get a more complete picture from both a website and content perspective.

Here are more options for data visualization which will help you understand your audience and analytics reports better.

6. Social Mention

Is your content being shared or talked about? Is your brand being mentioned? You can find out on Social Mention, which allows you to search for proof of that very thing and find out what people are saying about you and what you post.

It is a bit simplistic, but very helpful.

7. iSpionage

ispionage

Adwords and SEO keywords are a bit part of what you and other brands on competing for, not just customers. iSpionage gives you a look at what it is that those competitors are using and how it is working for them.

It is surprisingly affordable compared to many other similar tools and has a decent features list. I would definitely give this one a try.

Are there any other affordable content analytics tools except for the most obvious ones (like Google Analytics)? Please share them in the comments!

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Meet Daniel Cowen-Rivers of TravelWeekli.com

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Blogging can lead you to many opportunities. All established bloggers now have been through the phase of being a new comers. They have experimented one way or another along the process. Trying different things out does help in determining your own style and strategy.

We’ve interviewed bloggers covering various niches in Meet the Bloggers. For this episode, we’d like to introduce Daniel Cowen-Rivers. He’s a budding travel blogger. Read on to know more about his journey across the globe and a

1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?

Daniel Cowen-Rivers

I am a budding travel blogger who travels the world and shares my experiences and travel expertise via social media and through my blog. I got into blogging as I wanted to share my traveling tips and photos with others to make them travel more before global warming destroys the world.

2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?

I chose traveling to share my love of seeing the world and different country’s way of living. I also wanted more people to find out about the world we live in.

3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?

AdSense. I have a few paid ads but not that many as I am still new to the game. I’ve started blogging since February of 2017.

4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?

I did not know about DA and SEO that I know now is very important in order to get sponsored post.

5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?

The blogs are:

  1. Backpack With Me
  2. Bradley Bow
  3. Hand Luggage Only

6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?

The three services that I recommended using to help your blog are:

  1. Yoast  A blog in called SEO by Yoast. This makes optimizing my blog post easier to rank higher on Google search.
  2. OneNote – I’m constantly making notes for future articles. As I always have random moments where I’m going by my day and I just randomly have an idea for a blog article. I always carry my phone to write the note in OneNote.
  3. MailMunch is a plugin for WordPress that comes with email subscription templates that you can place in certain parts of your blog and I made mine as a popup.

7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?

Pick a niche category that you want your blog to be about. As well as this, one of the most important advice I have is one that you need to know when starting out, is how to improve your SEO and DA.

8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?

Just keep blogging! After a few months, I only got a few readers per day and I’ve thought to quit then. However, I’ve read that it takes people years to get enough readers to be a full time blogger. Just keep blogging and don’t stop.

9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?

I would use the money to gain more Facebook likes on my Facebook page that in turn will convert readers for my blog. This will be done by advertising the page and blog on Facebook.

10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?

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Three Resource Guides to Get Started with a Blog in 2018

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Blogging is one of the most powerful and effective ways to build a business, brand or content platform on the internet today. With more than a billion active websites on the internet today, it’s no longer about simply creating content, it’s now all about engagement and building a trusted following from an audience.

This can also be attributed to the massive use and success of WordPress as a CMS over the years.

While the concept of blogging is nothing new, there are still many people and businesses sitting on the sidelines. In this article, we are going to look at three of the best resources to help you not only get started with a blog of your own in 2018, but also how to find success in the process.

Follow each of the three steps and resources below, then begin to map out your blogging focus and content strategy.

1 – How to Start a Blog

There are currently more than 300 million blogs on the internet today. While this might seem like a huge number, there are still a lot of websites and businesses that don’t yet have a blog. At the same time, individuals, industry professionals, and anyone with a passion for writing or sharing their skill or expertise with the rest of the world, should also have a blog of their own. To see two great examples of what’s possible through the use of blogging, be sure to check out Wahaadventures and ThePennyHoarder. Both of these sites have become huge players in the world of financial and work at home resources. Not only that, they are also generating thousands of dollars in the process. Another great resource to consider following is this how to start a blog guide from WebEmployed, which not only walks through the process of how to start a blog, but also the many different ways to make money with one as well.

With all of that in mind… if you ever wanted to make money on the internet, blogging is a great way to accomplish. However, for that to actually happen — you need to actually get started!

The first step to getting started with a blog, is to simply find a reliable resource to walk you through the process step-by-step. The good news is that this is pretty simple, and there are no technical or design skills required — as long as you use the WordPress platform. WordPress is free to use and is often installed with just a click of a button through most web hosting solutions.

If you are looking for a quick and simple tutorial on how to get started with a domain name, web hosting, and also going live with a WordPress blog, be sure to check out BloggingTips’ Guide to Blogging. This resource has everything you need to walk through all of the steps mentioned above, in just a few minutes time, while also providing useful screenshots in the process.

2 – Building a Mailing List with Your Blog

Once you have your blog set up, the first thing you should focus your efforts on is creating high-quality content for your site and gaining valuable backlinks in the process. This is going to help with the SEO and organic search rankings for your site. As valuable as these components are to the long-term success and traffic of your blog, you will also need a content promotion plan in place to make sure you can keep bringing visitors back time and time again.

The sad truth is that more than 70% of the visitors that come to your site are likely never to come back. This has nothing to do with your content, but simply that there is already way too much information and website overload on the internet today.

One of the best ways to keep your audience coming back time and time again is to get them on your mailing list or newsletter. This is also quite easy to set up, as all you need is a reliable list hosting solution and an opt-in form on your site. With this structure in place, anyone can enter their email to join your list, which then allows the site owner to send out mailings at any given time.

To learn more about how to set this up, you can view this resource guide that highlights some of the top lead capture methods for getting subscribers onto your mailing. A subscription form is one of the most basic steps to getting started, but there are much better options to consider as well, such as popup windows, call-to-action buttons, and exit intent windows.

3 – How to Make Money with a Blog

Many people will start a blog with the initial goal to increase awareness and traffic to their existing brand or online business. However, what about everyone else who doesn’t already have a business or monetization method in place yet? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make money with a blog, even if you don’t have anything to market or sell.

Some of the top blogs in the world today are generating millions of dollars every month simply by creating valuable content and finding unique ways to monetize their site and audience. The most common blog monetization methods in use today are affiliate marketing, Google AdSense, product creation, direct ad sales, or even selling services of your own.

To give you some examples of what’s working for other site owners and bloggers in the world today, check out these top millionaire bloggers. Each of their stories and monetization methods is unique. What’s also quite amazing is that each of these bloggers started from nothing and are perfect examples of what’s possible through blogging, while also being an inspiration for others.

How to Find Success with a Blog in 2018

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to view a simple three-step process of how to create a successful blog on the internet today, it’s time for you to get started.

Before registering a domain name and installing WordPress, be sure to think about the focus of your site, how it’s going to provide value to your audience, and also how you can monetize it in the process. If you already have an online brand or service to offer, you should already have an idea of how a blog can be great for business.

Starting a blog is easy, but finding long-term success is usually a struggle for most bloggers. This is often because new bloggers think content creation is going to send loads of traffic to their site. However, with so many websites on the internet, this simply isn’t the truth. You need to have an effective content creation and marketing plan in place to compete.

Read through each of the resource guides above and also think about your blogging content creation and marketing strategy before getting started. This will likely only take a few minutes of your time but will make a huge difference in the overall success of your site.

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