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If you have a FB fan page, then add a widget to your blog to make it easy for your blog readers to become a fan.
Click here for the FB Fan box widget. You can add it to your blogger site just by clicking a few buttons.
Note to my clients and others using the 2-column Minima template:
You will want to modify the width of the widget to 220px and add code for the height, depending on how many fans you want to show up in the widget. The default is 10 fans, but if you want more, then add the following code so it looks like the image below:
I just customized my favicon (it’s the little graphic left of the URL in the address bar of the browser). It’s not hard to do and it gives a personalized touch to my blog.
Want to do it yourself? First you need to create your favicon file. You can use your logo (or a portion of it), your chick graphic (zoom in on her though) or any image that you want. If you can Photoshop, just create a new 16x16px image and save it as your favicon in .png format on your computer. If you don’t Photoshop, there are some online favicon generators that will do all the work for you. I have listed a couple below.
After you’ve gotten your favicon image saved, you’ll need to upload it so you can get a URL. You can use sites such as Photobucket, Flickr, or Imageshack. You will need the link/URL to the image itself.
Then, follow the instructions below on how to replace the standard Blogger favicon with your very own fabulous favicon!
Here is how to replace the favicon for your blog:
- In your Blogger Dashboard, go to Layout>Edit HTML.
- Back up your existing template before making changes in case something wonky happens. (To back up your template, just select all the code, CTRL-C to copy and paste it in a text editor and save it on your computer.)
- Place the following code directly below the tag in your template, substituting the URL (in red) with the URL to your image. (Your image may end in .png, .ico, or .jpg.)
4. Save your template.
I work with many clients who are solo professionals. I help them build their brand by creating a character representation of them. Why a caricature versus an actual photo of yourself? I believe that a graphic representation of yourself can be just as or even more engaging than an actual photograph, especially if you don’t feel comfortable in front of a camera or if you feel you aren’t photogenic. My clients tell me that their chick graphics attract attention and help make them more memorable to potential clients. Wendy Maynard the Marketing Maven has a great article on personality-based branding. Spend some time on her site if you are working on marketing yourself – she’s got a lot of good articles! Check out my chick graphics too – I can help you create your own brand so you can go out there and start marketing yourself!
I just read this article from Wendy Maynard’s Marketing Maven. She talks about selling yourself and how not to feel icky about it. I’m in a business where I sell my chick graphics to people who want them as part of their brand…to make it easier for them to sell themselves. The chick graphics are eye-catching and stand out. On a business card, they are memorable in a good way – which is sometimes hard to get with a real photo. (Think outdated photo, unphotogenic photo, or the glamour photo…)
Wendy says, “Make a very specific offer. Don’t be vague. Be very precise in your offer so that people understand. Don’t ask your prospects, “Would you like some food?” when you can say, “Would you like a huge, ripe, mouth-watering, strawberry covered with Ghirardelli dark chocolate right now?” I took that tip and applied it to my own marketing. Here’s what I came up with – “Would you like a profile picture of yourself for Facebook/blog/website that isn’t an outdated photo of yourself that you don’t really love?”
How can you apply the tip “Make a very specific offer.” to your marketing?