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My Big Fat Fetish and the new Tim’s Minions Interview

24 May

It has been a busy time here at Tim’s Minions so I have slightly neglected this site but I am back with a few new postings, I recently added a new interview to the site. Brian D. Hawkins of HotBlogTips here is a couple of questions from his interview…   

‘What motivated you to do what you are doing now?

That’s easy… Interaction! I switched to blogs when I realized I could gain the same interaction from my sites that I had with my forums. The interaction of a blog seems to bring it to life and the information gained in priceless.

What is about what you do that you love?

I think we’re back to the interaction again.  I love the idea that a few people may be interested in what I have to say and take the time to read my blog. I love the fact that my social connection grow daily with other like minded people. I also love the fact we live in an age where we can blog anytime and just about anywhere we go.’

And a new article about niche marketing with a strange twist, I got the article idea from watching a TV documentary that is covered in the article. Here is a slice…

My Big Fat Fetish and the Super Sub Niche Online Business Ideas    

‘The show was in many ways very bizarre but just like last week’s show ‘Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys’ I was intrigued in what they do for a completely different reason. Again like last week’s show, these ladies were making money from home using modern technology you and I have at our disposal.’

‘Goddess Patty would charge between $300-$600 to sit on men!!!! This is known as flattening. Men from all backgrounds have paid to be ‘Flattened’, actors and Politicians (not surprising) were also on that list. I cannot say how regular she was paid to flatten men but she did do it from time to time’

So head over to the main site, we look forward to meeting you. – Andi the Minion

Sex, Lies Rinsing Guys & the Profitable Small Home Business Ideas

16 May

Sooo did anyone see the ‘Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys’ documentary on TV last night here in the UK? Interesting title as there was no sex involved and not al lot of lies, some but not a lot. 

The documentary followed women who made it their career to receive ‘gifts’ from extremely wealthy men for hmmm nothing really.

What did interest me though was how money was made and what people (men) were willing to pay. One guy paid £200 for less than 20 minutes of humiliating ’ you are worthless’ kind of insults from one woman over a web cam connection. You could hear him muttering ‘Yes Mistress, no Mistress’

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The woman pictured here, charged £50 for 10 minutes to talk on Skype (she is a glamour model but there was no nudity or adult conversation on the call). £50!! for 10 minutes talking! Really?

Now I do not want you all to rush off and try this but at least see what potential there is for making money using free and easy to use software.

These men were essentially lonely, they were paying to talk to a beautiful young women. Shallow perhaps, but they were and these ladies capitalized on that. So what else can you do with Skype?

Can you teach a language perhaps? Charging £15 per hour, could you give some life coaching or advice over Skype or a web cam? Could you cheer up lonely men or women?

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I certainly could humiliate a man for 20 minutes but I doubt they would pay for a Dominating Minion. ‘Yes Minion, No Minion… hmmmm I wonder 🙂 – Andi the (installing Skype) Minion

30 Apr

Internet Marketing is often pushed as the one man band way of making great money and many times this is the case, if you can find good quality people to outsource the bulk of the work to and you have the funds then this can be a great business for the individual.

"Why Two Heads Are Better Than One"

You play the role similar to a property developer, assigning jobs to the people with the skills, pay them when the work is done then reap the profits. Outsourcing in the internet marketing world is exactly the same.

However there are many stories of people having nightmare experiences with people they have outsourced work to. Even people on the well-established sites like Elance and Odesk who have great reputations and reviews can still be too good to be true and end up delivering bad unusable work.

Many outsourcers come from countries that are emerging economies, which means they are in the transitional stage of leaving third world status, people from these countries can be very cheap but because of modern technology and the internet they can have the expertise that you need.

Their skills can be as good as and in many cases better than people you find in places like the UK and the US with the added bonus of a desire to really better themselves and their lifestyles resulting in a far better work ethic at a fraction of the cost. There are some real gems to be found out there.

Problems can arise however when you want written content or videos made, whilst they may have excellent English skills, and their Elance accounts can show that, English is not the native language and they do not read English as regular as you and I.

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Getting Rid of the SM Syndrome.

27 Apr

I decided I would take some time to write a quick post based on my experience while working in a joiners workshop where I used to make doors and windows. The subject matter isn’t about the job itself more of a person I used to work with. Well two really but the main focus is on SM.

"banging head against a brick wall"

They are his initials and I doubt he will ever see this article, I will not name him fully as I do personally get on with him and respect him however he did do something that drove me up the wall. Interestingly he did it over and over again, it got the same results each time he did it, and they were not the results he wanted.

Yet he still did it! So I have called it the SM Syndrome. In short, the syndrome is nothing more than banging your own head against a wall, being surprised that you have a head ache then blaming the wall for getting the headache.  And then… doing it all again the next day.

You see we used to work with a young lad, for this post I shall call him Bod, at the time Bod was about 19 and he was great, I really liked him, however from my understanding he was mildly Autistic. It didn’t affect him to the degree he couldn’t work, he was good at what he did, tried to do the best he could but just wasn’t as fast and flowing as the rest of us.

What I would witness at lunch breaks actually made me realise that he was in fact the more normal one of the lot.

Bod used to play bingo on a Thursday night where his mother worked. He enjoyed it and was never embarrassed to share the fact with us. He had done it for a while before I started working there, and he continued for several months after my first day.

It became a weekly occurrence that on a Friday lunch time (And other days too) SM would ask, ‘Did you go to bingo last night?’

But a time came when Bod eventually stopped going to bingo. Unfortunately SM did not stop asking, you see he wasn’t asking out of interest and niceness, he was asking as a form of teasing, ‘the daft lad is doing bingo, at 19, he is not right’ kind of attitude.

Week in and week out he would ask, this went on for months after he stopped doing bingo, the answer would always be no, the more he asked the more wound up Bod would get. To the point where he would either not answer or get stroppy, which would in turn make SM go off on one ‘I only bloody asked’ would be his final outburst.

The problem is he would never ask me the same question over and over again and if he did he knew that he ran the risk of getting ‘verbals’, if he did it to some of the other guys in the workshop they might have given him a knuckle as their answer!

He knew by constantly asking the same question week in week out he would wind people up yet appeared oblivious that the same thing would happen to Bod, he seemed genuinely surprised that he would be cheesed off.

Yet he would still ask Bod over and over again, making his lunch break a misery, and oddly enough, his own!? It would always end up in an argument and words would be said. He would make out that Bod was the ‘odd one and a strange boy’.

Now I ask you, which one is the odd one here?

I would sit back and think, why do you keep doing the same thing over and over again knowing what the answer is and what the outcome will be and still get wound up about it?

Seriously, which one is the ‘daft lad’?

You are probably wondering where I am going with this story, the reason this experience stays with me is because I still cannot get over how ‘daft’ we can be, we all can do things that will bring in results that we don’t want yet we still do it.

I have mentioned in the past that I used to have an addiction to ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Stargate’ repeats, I would see it starting, and think ‘oh this is a good one’. I would sit and watch it for an hour, unless it was a Saturday where they would show a weeks’ worth in one sitting. I’d know what is going to happen, I also knew how it would end, and I knew that after I have seen it all again, I would be annoyed with myself and disappointed that I had not got done what I had planned.

I would waste time doing the same thing again, knowing what the outcome will be, and yet I still did it. Fortunately I am a lot better now, my addiction has been quashed since understanding my behaviour and how futile the self-imposed cycle is.

It is a hard one to swallow but sometimes when we fail in business or start some online work but just never get round to finishing, it isn’t someone else’s fault, or some problem we have with some software. It can be down to nothing more than the habits we have developed and allow to run us.

We can be blinded at times to what we really do. It wasn’t lack of time or talent that prevented me from building websites or squeeze pages in the past. It was simply me ‘boldly going into the well-known’ once again with Captain Picard.

I bet you didn’t realise that you suffered at times with the SM Syndrome, sit and have a think, turn all distractions off, and really think about what you do, what you want to do, what you don’t want to do and the results you get. I guarantee you will find many moments driven by your own SM Syndrome. – Andi the Minion

Related article Why WE are sometimes our own worst enemy: The story of Ibiza Bob.

Getting Started With SEO For Your Blog

24 Apr

Getting Started With SEO For Your Blog  

Guest Post by Matt Smith

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of, if not THE best way of driving traffic to a website/blog!  Saying that though, there are still many people who don't use it and some who simply don't know what it is.  They are therefore missing out on the massive benefits that SEO gives a site when used properly. 

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In this post, we will be looking at what exactly SEO is and how you can use it to attract more traffic to your website.

What Is SEO & Why Do I Need To Use It?

As stated in the post introduction, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.  This is a term that people use to refer to improving the visibility of a website/blog in the major search engines. 

Search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo are SO vital to a websites success that you need to make sure that they are directing people to your site.  Without these massive search engines telling people about your site, you stand no chance whatsoever of attracting people to your site.  Think about it, how many times a day do you go on Google to search for something?  That's because search engines make it easy to find information, whatever it may be.  How would you go about finding that same information without using a search engine?  Well the simple answer to that is – “With great difficulty!”

Search engines are like the highways of the internet.  If you want to find something, you go to Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.  Literally billions of web searches are conducted on search engines every day from all over the world.  If you are not implementing SEO techniques on your site, then you are missing out on lots of potential traffic!

When people search for your site or related information, you want the search engines to display your website in their search engine results pages (SERPs).  If you are not even being shown, then you are at a serious disadvantage to your competitors.  But it's not just as simple as being listed, the higher up the SERPs your site is displayed, the more chance there is that people will click on and visit your site.  Ideally, you want to be positioned at the top, number one position for every one of your keywords (we'll get to that later), and to do that you need to use SEO techniques.

So simply put, SEO are methods of getting your website pages shown on search engines and getting them ranking as highly as possible on SERPs. 

On-Page SEO vs Off-Page SEO

Search engine optimization may sound complicated, but it's really not!  (Trust me, if I can do it, then anyone can!)  You just have to learn the basics to get started.

Now, SEO is kind of a general umbrella term that refers to all SEO techniques.  These can be split into two simple groups to make things easier.  These are; On-Page SEO techniques & Off-Page SEO techniques.

On-Page SEO techniques refer to ALL the methods that you can use to improve your search engine ranking ON your website/blog. 

Off-Page SEO techniques refer to ALL the methods that you can use to improve your search engine ranking OFF your website/blog.

So now that you know the difference between the two groups of techniques, what methods do you actually use?  Well lets take a look at some of them!

On-Page SEO Techniques

Using Targeted Keywords & Keyphrases

Whenever you use a search engine, you type in something that describes what you are looking for.  This can be in the form of a few words (i.e. SEO help) or a sentence (i.e. How do I improve my website SEO?).  What the search engine does, is it searches the internet for relevant pages that match the words that you used.

These words are classed as 'keywords' & 'keyphrases'.  These are important because they are used to help search engines display relevant content when searched for. 

In relation to your own site, you can include keywords & keyphrases into your blog posts, pages, titles, URLs, etc. to help people find your content.  That way, if you run a site about surfing in England, by including targeted keywords (i.e. Learn how to surf in England or Surfing holiday in South England, etc.) in your site content, it will help people to find your site via search engines.

It's not as straight forward as adding words & phrases that you think will work, you need to research them!  You see, there are tens, if not, hundreds of millions of websites online and they are all competing against each other for attention.  This competition includes keywords.  For example, there may be more than one site that focuses on surfing in England, there may be hundreds!  What ever niche your site focuses on, you are in competition with others who will be using the same keywords. 

That's why you need to research which ones you use.  I use the 'Google Keyword Tool' to find all mine.  This way I can see which keywords & keyphrases are competitive and which aren't.  I stand a better chance of ranking highly with uncompetitive words & phrases, because there are less people using them.

Page Titles

Your page & post titles are an important SEO factor on your blog/website.  Each of your titles should be unique and include your main targeted keywords & keyphrases for that content. 

You may run a site reviewing movies.  Each post that you publish would be a review of a different film, so it would be vitally important to include the name of the film in the title so people will be able to find it.  This will also help the search engines to find when people want to read about that movie, because you have included the right keywords.   

Meta Descriptions

Meta descriptions often seem to get neglected by many people, but they are a good way to improve your SEO.  You are allowed to include a 160 character description for each of your webpages.  This is another good place to include your keywords and keyphrases, making it easier for search engines to find and identify your content.

Your meta descriptions are also used on SERPs under your site title.  This allows viewers to read a little about what the page is about before they click onto it.  That's why you shouldn't just cram it with as many keywords as you can, try to make your description easy to read and more importantly make sure it makes sense.

Internal Linking

Internal linking is when you place links within your content to other pages on your site.  This makes it easier for people to navigate round your website and read your other posts, but it lets search engines crawl your site more effectively.

Google loves sites that use internal linking!  It shows that a site has lots of interesting content that they want to share to their readers, instead of a one page website that just focuses on selling a product to you.

You can take it one step further and link to your other posts via targeted keywords.  For example,

Small Home Business Ideas

Images

Another thing that many people overlook is the SEO benefits of images.  Many bloggers use images within their posts, but they often forget that they can include keywords & keyphrases within them.

Your images have titles, alt tags and descriptions, so try to include keywords to make it easier for people searching on Google Images.   

Off-Page SEO Techniques

Social Media

Social media is one of the best marketing tools available, and the best part is that it's totally free!  You don't just have to talk to close friends and family, social media allows you to connect with new people from around the world.  This is great for finding people who have similar interests and are into the same things. 

From a website marketing perspective, social media lets you connect with people from around the world who are interested in what your site is about.  You can let people know about your latest content by posting a link on your Facebook page, you can Tweet about your new blog post, share your new video on Google+, pin your website images on Pinterest, etc.

Social media helps you to increase your online exposure and build your website brand.  But social media also has an impact on your SEO.  You see, the more websites that are linking to your posts, the higher they will rank.  So not only does tweeting, sharing, pinning, etc. your own content help, but other people can also share it on their own social media sites as well, getting you even more links to your site!

Search Engine Submission

If you have a brand new website or blog, you won't be listed on any of the search engines.  This is because it takes time for the search engines to find and crawl your site.

You can speed this process up by submitting your site to Google, Yahoo & Bing, manually.  Technically, you don't need to do this as eventually they will find your website, but this takes time!  So to save you a lot of stress, submit your site to each search engine and then you know that you will be added to their databases.

You can submit your site by following the instructions over at 'Google Webmaster Tools' & 'Bing Webmaster Tools'.  To do this, you will need a 'sitemap' for your website.  I'd recommend using the very simple to use 'Google XML Sitemaps' WordPress plugin.

Video Marketing

You may have produced your own videos for use on your website.  That's great, but you can also submit them to other sites like YouTube & Vimeo, and let people find your content that way.  These sites allow you to include links in the video description, so you can place a backlink that points people back to your website.

Another useful tip is to actually display your website name & URL in each of your videos.  This way, when people use your video on their own websites their viewers will see the name of your site.  This helps to increase your brand awareness online.

Article Submissions

You can submit content to article directory sites like; Ezine & Go Articles.  This is another excellent way to improve your SEO ranking and drive traffic to your blog!  This is because directory sites have high 'Google Pagerank' scores.  Having links pointing to your blog from high Pagerank sites helps to improve your own ranking.

Only submit original content to these sites!  Directories don't accept duplicate content, which also includes your own articles that you have published on your site. 

Guest Blogging

There are many benefits to guest blogging.  Not only does it help to build backlinks to your site from other websites in your niche, but it also helps you to build contacts with other like minded bloggers.

Most blogs accept guest post submissions because it helps to free up time for the blog owner to concentrate on other aspects of their site.  You do need to make sure that your guest posts are 100% original and conform to each individuals submission guidelines. 

Guest blogging is not easy though!  Many people just think they can get away with writing a couple of hundred words talking vaguely about a topic.  Most blogs however ( at least the good ones!) will only accept posts that are of a high quality.  They want quality information that their readers will value, not to do you a favour by publishing a couple of paragraphs with a link to your site.

Don't get me wrong, bloggers are more than happy to publish your post and links to your site if you can supply them with a good quality post.  You just have to work for your reward, nothing is free in this world!  More often than not, bloggers may write a guest post for your site in return.  This is what helps to build contacts with other bloggers.

Summary

Well I hope you found this post useful.  These are just some effective ways to improve your website ranking in SERPs using both On-Page SEO & Off-Page SEO techniques, there are many others!  

This post was written by Matt Smith from OnlineIncomeTeacher.com

Matt teaches people from the UK about blogging, social media, SEO, driving traffic, writing content and making money online.  You can learn more about Off-Page SEO techniques and On-Page SEO techniques on his site.

The Newbies Guide to Guest Blogging

19 Apr

The Newbies Guide to Guest Blogging

"tim lowe" "tims minions" "guest blogger"

So it seems Google is on a rampage trying to clear the web of spam in favour of a web full of great content. You still need links back to your site and with Google killing of link farms and networks while overlooking  article directories, what is left?

Guest blogging, this is a perfect win-win scenario, Google gets high quality content and you get valuable links back to your site. With the bonus of having a ready-made readership who will see your link for free.

[Affiliate marketing – Why you should have an affiliate marketing blog]

Here is how you can get the best out of the traffic generating, link building guest blogging method.

Build a portfolio of your content

Blog owners that you contact for a guest posting will more likely want to see some past content so they can review your skills and writing styles. If you are new to this and do not have any previous guest posts to show them, use your own blog as your quality content portfolio.

If you have other websites that you write for, articles on directories or content that you have had published on sites elsewhere make sure you provide these to the person who you want to consider you for a guest blogging post. The more samples of quality content that you provide will give you a much greater chance of having your posts accepted.

Finding the best blogs to guest on

There are several ways that you can find good blogs to guest write for.

Google Search is your first port of call, type in your niche keyword with words such as ‘guest post, guest post by, guest blogging, guest bloggers, and write for us’ these will throw up results of sites that are accepting guest bloggers.

If you follow a certain person and you know they do a lot of guest blogging, type their name into Google with ‘guest post’ or ‘guest post by’ and again you should get a result of sites that are taking guest posts.

Twitter is another great place to do a search, like before, type the suggested keywords into Twitters search bar and hit search. This will bring you back Tweets and People who have said they are looking for guest bloggers.

Check the backlinks of websites in your niche that you know or believe get a lot of their links from guest blogging. Use Open Site Explorer and look at the links to find blogs that are accepting guest posts.

Every site will give you different ‘link juice’ strength. This is down to factors such as PageRank and domain authority. As a newbie this may be all new to you so before you have mastered site statistics here are a few pointers to get started that can result in better ‘link juice’ quickly.

Blog posts that have your author bio and link at the top before the content, has a better link value than blogs that put the author bio and link below the post at the bottom. The author bio below the post is better than having it placed as a comment below the post.

A blog that has your link and author bio on the same post page is better than having them on an author page. This is better for getting clicks through to your website.

Where people have to click on your name only to be sent to an author page where they see your bio and links will result in a far less CTR.

A blog that offers more than one link in the author bio is better as you can link to more than one site, or two different pages of the site. If you find blogs that offer two links then that is excellent as you can have a link to the homepage (for SEO purposes) and another to a free report or top post as a traffic enticer.

A bonus is if you get a blog that allows you to link to your social media profiles where the reader can follow you on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ etc. At least if they decide not to click through to your site you might still get them as a follower which is still good as you are able still to direct them to your site later.

Avoid nofollows, blogs that mark the links in your author bio as nofollow will not count to your Backlinking profile and you have wasted a lot of time and effort creating a great post.

Organising your guest blogging strategy

When you find new blogs who take guest blogging posts, you want to take a note of them for future projects. You may get turned down at first due to them being fully booked up with guest post but a few months later there may be spaces available.  They may want you to write more posts for them in the future and if you do loads of postings to many sites but do not keep a record you may just forget who they were and where to find them.

It is wise to keep a record of all the posts that you have written that have been published along with the site and the article URL. I use a spread sheet were I keep the details of the sites that I have contacted, their answers, and any dates.

I also keep a record of which article was sent where and when and if they were accepted or not. If they were not accepted for whatever reason I know that I can send it off to someone else.

It could be advantageous to log the contact name and details of the person you will be dealing with, any guidelines that the site wants you to adhere to.

Build a relationship with the blog owner or editor

When you have made contact with several blogs or at least found some you would like to write for, you will need to connect with them through Facebook and Twitter and start to interact and comment on their posts. Comment on the posts on their blog as well to open up dialogue with them.

It is well know that people are more likely to pass work to those that they know and like. So it is important that you build up a relationship with these people. It can take time but once the relationship is built it is a good footing for becoming a guest writer for them.

Obviously some people may offer you a post from the start on the strength of your past content and writing skills so do not ‘not’ send them your stuff asking for a guest post position before starting connecting. We do that if we need to work on being accepted.

Once accepted you should carry on connecting, it’s very important that you do not just use them and dump then, after all, if you get good traffic from their site, wouldn’t you want to do it again?

If you know people who write for blogs you are interested in writing for, gently try and get your friend to introduce your content to the blog owner. Being recommended by one of the sites regular writers will launch your status higher than just another email in the inbox requesting contact.

There is the normal offline networking method but how many blogging or IM networking events do you go to? If you are able to go to many network events then brilliant, get talking to people, swap cards and then contact them later. Remind them where you met and what you chatted about, that will help them recognise you as a person again lifting you higher than just a stranger asking for a posting. 

Learning the art of guest blogging

It is advised that before you contact any blog about a guest posting you go through their guidelines and make sure you understand what it is that they want and do not want. Every site has their own requirements.

Some blogs may require you to email your posts to them in a specific format like Word or Text file, whereas others require you to set up an account and submit it through the dashboard fully formatted and ready to publish.

Some blogs may take what you have pre written or they may want you to write a topic of their choice. Because you want to write about a topic doesn’t meant the blog wants it. It might just not fit their style of website or maybe they recently did a post of that nature and want something different for the next few months.

Take a look at the word length of the articles on the site, a 500 word post will not be accepted on a site that generally has posts that are 1000+. The same applies for sites that thrive on short snappy posts, a long in depth post would be a turn off for them. Write accordingly.

Look for their link policy, if they do not allow any at all, it’s not worth considering writing for them.

Submitting your best guest post

Once you know what type of post you are submitting in topic and length you need to write a high quality and easy to read post that is customized for that extra bit of blog loving. Do a search of the blog and look for one or two articles that are similar to the one you are submitting and link to these articles in the body of your text.

Do not link to your articles; this is for the site where your guest post will be published. If you are allowed to link to your site in the post then go for it but this is about pleasing the blog owner, making a good post, building up a relationship and hopefully a future where you will be asked back.

If you are asked to or you are able to, format the post to match the rest on the site. Adding the same calls to actions at the end of the post, adding images and same style headings will make it look like it was written by the blog owner. Again this will help it get accepted.

If your post is going to be a helpful tutorial type that recommends resources then make sure that the resources that you link to are current. There is nothing worse than clicking through a link to try out a ‘screen capture’ software only to find out that it has been offline for the last year.

Writing the all-important author bio for conversions and link building

As important as the post is, for you the most vitally important part is your author bio. The best way to do this is to take a look at other posts and see how their authors have their bios. Copy them, have the same amount of words and links in as they do. You know it should be accepted if it matches those that already have.

What is important is having your bio stand out to the blogs readers. If your site is all about martial arts but your post is being published on a site dedicated to Karate, put in your bio a Karate related reason for them to visit your site. Sounds obvious, it is but it is also overlooked by many.

For example you could use a standard bio of ‘ Andi Leeman  is the author of Martial Arts World, the website for the world of  Martial Arts.’ Or you could go for the more reader enticing ‘Andi Leeman is the author of Martial Arts World, A blog full of Karate news & tutorials.’

Google is clamping down on over optimization so try not to use your chosen keyword ‘anchor text’ every time. Mix it up a bit, use a non-keyword based anchor text like your name, business name and link to the homepage or link to another page on your site with similar material.

Now it is time to start to build up your backlinks and drive traffic to your site. For every post on your blog, you may want to write 4 or 5 as guest posts for other sites that drive traffic to your own site.  So now all I have left to say is go out there and start writing. Quentin Minion

 

Tims Minions WordPress Tip: Adding Images to Side Bar

11 Apr

Today I will share a quick and easy WordPress Tip that can make your site look a little more personal.

This is a little trick for adding extra pictures into the side bar widgets in WordPress. Giving your site that little bit more personalized feeling. You can of course use plugins for this, the plugin WP Photo Album gives you some funky little sidebar widgets that will incorporate slide shows and top ten picture etc. but if you want to just add a few pictures to the sidebar then it is simple enough.

The width of your picture will be determined by the width of the side bar on your WordPress theme, they are usually around 250 wide so I will use that as my example. Using free software like paint, open up a photo, go to the tab that says resize. Click on it and open up the re size box, check the ‘pixels’ radio button and make sure the ‘maintain aspect ratio’ button is also checked.

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Type in the size you want in the box that says Horizontal (width) then press ok. The vertical (height) should automatically resize to suit the Horizontal. All you need to do is save the image.

The image is now the size you require, you now need to open up a new post box in the dashboard area of your WordPress site, you are not going to publish a new post however you will be inserting the image into the post as you would normally. Make sure that the image is set for centre of the post; it is advised to hit ‘None’ so the image URL is not accessible. (When you click on the picture it won’t open up in a separate window of its own). Then insert into post.

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As you will already know, WordPress has a HTML and a Visual editor for creating posts. You need to upload the image in the Visual then click to go into the HTML editor where you will find the HTML code of the image that you need to add to the Text widget where your image will sit. Copy the code.

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You now need to go to the widget are that is found under ‘Appearance’ you need to add a Text widget to the side bar to put your image code in.

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Simply drag it from the widget area and drop it into your chosen side bar or footer. Once it has been dragged properly it will open up.

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What is left for you to do now is paste the code into the box, hit save then close the box up. Done and dusted.

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You should now have a picture in the side bar or footer depending on where you want it.

If you wanted to have the image clickable so that it sent people to an affiliate offer like an advert would then all you do when inside the Visual editor is add a link to the image which will automatically be added to the code that you will copy from the HTML editor.

Click on the image and click the Link icon ( it might appear different in your editor as I am using the CKEditor for WordPress plugin that gives me a bit more functionality when creating posts.)

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Once the link icon is clicked a box will open where all you have to do is add the new destination URL into the URL bar (see image below) and hit ok. The image will now be linked to that site and when anyone clicks it they will go there.

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As shown above all you need is to go into the HTML editor and copy the code and place it into the widget.

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BIG BONUS TIP: Do it once, copy the code, save it to your desk top in a text file and in the future all you need to do is change the relevant URLs in the code then copy and paste that to wherever you want.

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I hope you found this post useful – Andi the (trying to be useful) Minion 🙂