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SEO basics for Bloggers

12 Jul



Blogger Guide to SEO friendly ContentWHAT IS SEO & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

SEO is the abbreviation for Search Engine Optimisation. SEO affects your websites and it’s corresponding pages visibility in search engines like The better your webpages SEO the higher it ranks in search engines and the more likely it is to appear in the first few pages of a search and be clicked. This means more traffic to your blog! As a Blogger you want your content to be found, read and shared and having a blog with SEO friendly content that drives traffic from search engines is the key. Now that you understand what SEO is and why it’s important, it’s time to get started on making your blog and posts SEO friendly using these basic SEO techniques.




If you want to get your blog or webpage listed in search engines as soon as possible (beat the crawlers) getting your URL listed on a high ranking webpage is the key. If such webpage is using some of the same keywords as you do/intend to it’s a bonus! So if you have a friend with a high ranking website or blog ask for a link. You can also purchase ad space on certain websites or blogs or offer free link exchange.


 Header tags look like the following: <h1> <h2> <h3>. When adding a title or subtitle use your header tags rather than a picture. If you include the first three H-Tags ( H1, H2 and H3) in your post you’re doing well. If they happen to contain your keyword/s that’s excellent. I try an include at least a descriptive <h1> tag within each of my posts.


Keywords are a particular word or phrase that describes the contents of a web page/blog post. The word/s in which people use to search for particular content in a search engine. With this post for example, I may choose to you use a keyword or keyword phrase like the following: “Blogging and SEO” “SEO for Bloggers” or just “SEO”. It’s important to determine what keyword or keyword phrase you want to include within your posts/web content before you begin writing. Be aware that more popular/simpler keywords or keyword phrases (like SEO) are more commonly used and harder to get indexed in a position where they would be found. Because of this it’s best to choose something less popular or direct like “SEO Basics for Bloggers” and focus on getting your content indexed using that keyword. Once you have determined your chosen keyword/s or phrase concentrate on including it within your content. Try not to go overboard and use your keyword/s in every second sentence. You want your keywords to flow organically. Plus people want to read your content not a bunch of keywords ( or H-tags for that matter). Position of your keywords is also important. It’s best to try and include your keyword/s within the first sentence of your first paragraph and the last sentence of your final paragraph. You can also scatter them through out your content and include them within image titles and captions (see next step).


Use descriptive titles, subtitles, photo captions, photo titles, post categories, URLS and post tags that include your keyword/s or phrases. Don’t upload a photo or image with a title something along the lines of “zxcqjhdudi”. Add a descriptive title that either describes the image or the post in which it is featured. This also a great habit to get into especially if you want people to share imagery from your webpage to sites Pinterest or WeheartIt. An image titled ”zxcqjhdudi” doesn’t look all that professional and as most people don’t bother to manually change this, when the image is later found its’ context unknown and less likely to click on.


Use html to alter text, add borders, line breaks etc. instead of including an image. For example if you want to include a coloured title, do so using html not by inserting an image created in Photoshop or Illustrator. Limiting the amount of images will also make your pages load quicker. Research has shown that if a website takes more than 4 seconds to load over 1/3 of people will not continue to wait. You don’t want that!


Add links to other content or  pages within your current posts. You can do this by referring to a past post in text, inserting a related posts widget or a little footer note like “If you enjoyed this article you may like link, link or link.”


 You can easily do this by including Social Media sharing buttons within each post. Most themes already include these, but if yours doesn’t to you can install a Plugin (25 examples) or manually add each button/link in html. My favourite Free Link Builders for Pinterest (official) and Twitter, Facebook and Google+

These are just the very basics of creating a SEO friendly blog and content that will hopefully have you on the way to a creating regularly indexed and clicked search engine content. If you have any questions or tutorial requests feel free to comment below. I’d love to answer your questions and hear your post suggestions.

If you enjoyed this article you may like: “Finding motivation to achieve your goals“.

Life Lessons

6 Jul



The only exception. Who could say "No" to this Cutie?

The only exception. Who could say “No” to this Cutie?

Saying “No” is something I have always struggled with. Whether it be a request for help from a fellow student with an assignment or for some free design work, having to say “No I can’t” is something I dread doing. No, (ha!) I don’t belief this distaste is due to an inept desire to be liked, rather a fear of disappointing or letting someone down that I care for or respect. You may be asking what is wrong with this?  Well, you’re probably right in thinking that wanting to help someone you care for is a great personality trait to have. But when you find yourself always putting the needs of others in front of your own things start to get stressful, resentment begins to bear it’s ugly head and you’re bound to be taken advantage of. My Mother likes to call me a “Big Hearted Sucker” especially when it comes to helping out my friends and little brother. I have spent many a night reformatting and editing assignments, creating last minute flyers (for free) and consequently have gone to work the following day on a few hours sleep and with a roaring headache. In some cases I have even been forced to reject a client due to insufficient time. All because I didn’t say “No” when I should have.

Although I still dislike doing it, saying “No” is something I have come to do when I need to. This wasn’t something I learnt overnight. Developing enough confidence and strategy in order to say what I want to has taken me most of my 23 years to be able to do without feeling guilty. Along the way I have learnt a lot, found out who my real friends are and developed more self-confidence. So what advice can I give you when it comes to saying “No”? Before you agree or disagree to a request always evaluate it and it’s authiticity. I like to do this by asking myself the following questions:



- What is required of me and much of my time will be I need to give?

- Giving the amount of time required, am I going to be able to complete everything I need to do if I decide to help?

- Could this person complete such task without my help?

- Is there anyone or anything else that could help instead?

- If yes, why aren’t these people or services being utilised?

- Would the person/people do the same for me if the situation was reversed?

- Would I feel comfortable asking this person/people for their help?


If you ask yourself these few and simple questions you should be able to decide whether to not you are able to assist, if the request is justified and most importantly if you are  just being taken advantage of.  As upsetting as it is a times, when you have a something other people covet, whether it be some sort of skill, money or thing there will always be people out there wanting to get to it through you. These people aren’t worth the time or hassle they bring and the sooner you learn this the happier you’ll be. When a person expects you to put your needs on the back burner to fulfil theirs and would not do the same for you they are not being fair. Always remember a good friend will never ask this of you and will always understand why you cannot help and not hold it against you. Someone taking advantage will not and will often try and guilt you into compliance. Which isn’t cool.

Saying “No” doesn’t come easy for a lot of us. I still find it a struggle that I have to actively deal with. However, becoming a goal orientated person has taught me that saying “No” when I have to is a necessary part of achieving what I want to. I have learnt that not being able to help everyone who asks me for help doesn’t make me mean or selfish, it makes me realistic and sensible. So next time you are met with a request you can’t fulfil do what’s best for you and say “No”. The more relaxed you will thank me.

Do you have trouble with saying “No” and being taken advantage of? If so how do you deal with it?

Love & Lifestyle

3 Jul


Finding the motivation to achieve your goals

Staying motivated is one of the biggest challenges I face on a daily basis. My To-Do list is usually packed with a whole bunch of tasks that need completing. However, sometimes no matter how great my list is I find myself lounging on the coach, scoffing down Oreos and eagerly watching the latest episode of TrueBlood. Ultimately getting nothing done. When it comes to becoming motivated and staying that way I am one of those people who has to actively make an effort. I have to force myself to be productive otherwise I get lazy. This is why as the years have passed I have developed a few tips and tricks to keeping myself motivated and ultimately achieving what I want to. Don’t get me wrong I don’t always abide by my own rules/guidelines and have spent many a night studying until the am because procrastination go the better of me (Damn Reddit!) but these tricks do help me out 90% of the time and help me achieve what I want to.


Why do you want to become motivated? What do you want to achieve? Whether it’s dropping a dress size, getting a degree or saving for a new car you need to determine what you want to achieve. Everyone has goals no matter how small they are and determining what they are is the first step to achieving them. So write a list, get researching do what ever you have to do to determine what it is you want to achieve in the short and long term.

Finding the Motivation to achieve your goals


So now that you know what you want to achieve you need to determine how you can do so. I like to start off by creating a mind map. A list or Pinterest Board works too. But the key is to find what works for YOU! When it comes to tackling your goals it’s best to take baby steps and be realistic, especially when it comes to timeframes. Yes, loosing 30kg is doable, but giving yourself 3 months to do and scheduling in 5 hours of exercise a day isn’t realistic (or healthy for that matter).  It’s best to start off small and build yourself up. Remember it takes 21-30 days to break a habit and adapt a new routine. So don’t rush yourself. If you are reasonable with your goals and timeframes you are less likely to fail. And even if you do fail, who cares?! Try again and again. As C.S Lewis said ” Failures are the finger posts on the road to achievement”.


It’s easy to become distracted and forget about what you want to achieve or put your goals on the back burner of everyday life. This is why it is important to reinforce your goals. Whether it be by following a fit-spiration page on Instagram to help keep you motivated to exercise or  someone on Twitter who’s in your dream career just to remind you that all that study will be worth it. I personally like to surround myself with the work of designers I love. Not only do I find looking at their works inspiring but they remind me of what I want to achieve. Plus how cool it is to think that maybe one day something I have created is hanging on someone else’s wall inspiring them. Find what stimulates you and inspires (cheesy I know!).

Finding the motivation to achieve your goals


The support of your friends and family is one of your greatest assets. Friends and family have the ability to help you out when you need it and give that little bit of encouragement you may need to keep going. If you share alike goals with a friend of family member it’s a great idea to work together to achieve them. Whether that means exercising together, study dates or allowing yourself to be be called out when you find yourself in a motivation slump scrolling for hours on Facebook.


I have mentioned this before, but the importance of taking care of yourself is of the paramount to success. In order to be productive and motivated you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself not just physically but mentally as well. This means allowing yourself time to relax. Taking the time to relax will help relieve stress and allow yourself to live in the moment for a little bit and appreciate day to day life, not just what the future brings. So no matter how goal orientated you become, take the time to relax and indulge in a little me time. Trust me it’s well worth it. I also find allowing myself time to relax helps eliminate bouts of procrastination or me from drifting off when things start to get a tad tedious, like staring at code.

Do you have any tips and tricks to staying motivated? If so feel free to share them in the comments sections, I’d love the hear them!


If you liked this article you may enjoy my “Guide to Balancing Work, Study & Play“.

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Love & Lifestyle

11 Jun



I don’t know about you guys but I love nothing more than finding an amazing new iPhone app. to play around with. After going through and deleting a bunch of unused and impulse app. buys I thought it would be fun to share my favourites. To be honest I have a lot of favourites, but instead of boring you all senseless with a huge list I decided to narrow it down to my top 10, across various categories. What are your favourite apps? Feel free to share them in the comments, I’d love to hear them!



If like myself you love going to a gig, concert of show then Songkick is definitely the right app for you. Songkick syncs with your Facebook music “likes” as well as your iTunes account and creates a calendar of events based upon such bands/artists tour dates and gigs. So handy! This App is my now not-so-serect secret to keeping on track of my favourite bands.



The first moment I discovered and used Shazam I was amazed! Shazam allows you determine the title and artist of a song playing simply by recording a few seconds of sound. The App also allows you to directly purchase that song on Itunes after recording. Which is really handy at those times where you find yourself in love with a song but have no clue who it’s by. I used to scroll down lyrics on my legs to Google before this App I discovered this App!

PRICE: Free for a limited amount of recordings per month or $7.49AU for lifetime subscription.

Bloglovin app



Bloglovin is my got to app for keeping track of the many blogs I read both on the go. The app has a really pretty yet  functional userface that it super easy to use.

PRICE: Free.



Taptodo is my go-to organisational app. Tadtodo is linked to your Google account and allows you to make an interactive to-do list and daily schedule. It’s really easy to use and free to download.





Easy Diet Diary is what I use almost everyday to keep track of my calorie intake and exercise. The feature I like best of all is that you can upload foods/drinks you consume that aren’t already listed and add all the nutritional details from the packaging. The app. also allows you to record weight loss in accordance  to your BMI and daily food and exercise by mapping it nicely on a graph.

PRICE: Free.


A easy way of keeping track of your monthly cycle. Easy to use and free to download.



RunKeeper is what I use to keep rack of not only how long I have ran but how many calories I have burn and how far I have gone. The best free running app. I have tried and a great way to keep track of progress and fitness goals.





Out all all the camera/photography apps. I have tried Camera+ is my favourite. The apps allows you to not only zoom and focus whilst taking the picture but edit for clarity, crop, add borders as well as add numerous special effects.

PRICE: $0.99


How to edit isn’t just another camera app. rather a pocket guide to combining majority of the  popular photography apps. on the market to create some amazing results and effects. The app. has a bunch of tutorials, is easy to follow and a great way to turn your everyday pics into something special. Such a unique idea and definitely worth the $5.49 in my opinion.

Price: $5.49



COCOPPA: Cocoppa has to be the cutest app on the market! Cocoppa allows you to change the standard iPhone app icons to adorable Kawaii styled icons. You also have the option of uploading your own designs for personal use or sharing. Can’t wait to make a set of my own!

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Love & Lifestyle

26 May



As a single student, working full time and living with roommates I will admit that when it comes to money the only time I really stress is when my savings are looking low and my car decides stop working. Having said this my third roommate has decided to move interstate with her boyfriend. Now not only are my other roommate and I going to miss her like crazy we are left with the decision as to whether or not to find someone to take her spot or tighten our belts. As all our friends are either not in a financial position to move out of home or are already in a place they love, we are looking at the possibility of a stranger moving in with us. Having had some really bad experiences living with people we didn’t know we are strongly leaning towards turning the third bedroom into a home gym and  splitting the rent 50/50. This will require some planning and cut backs on our part. Yep that means some dreaded budgeting. Wanting to take things seriously I started evaluating my spending and I was very surprised. After double checking the figures I was shocked to learn that my everyday activities were costing me a whole lot of cash. In fact I was spending over 11 THOUSAND dollars a year without even realising. I never really thought I lived extravagantly until I really looked into my spending. It was a real eye opener. If you have never evaluated your spending I really suggest you do so. You may be left suprised like I was. So how was I burning 11 thousand dollars of my cash each year you may ask? Well, here’s the breakdown:


Cafe Coffee: Getting up at 5am everyday and not being in bed until after 11pm most days, often leaves me tired and heading to my local coffee shop for a pick me up. I didn’t think there was anything wrong with this until I worked out how much my coffee addiction was actually costing me. On average I  buy 1.5 cups of coffee a day. Each cup costs me $5, taking into account that my 10th is free (I’m a really loyal customer, as you can tell haha) I am spending an average of $48 a week just on coffee. That’s almost two and a half grand a year. Which is insane and could pay for an annual trip to Thailand!

My solution: Take a flask of  home-brewed coffee with me each day and learn to love the free instant at work.

Eggs Benny

Brunch dates and bought work lunches: It’s tempting to meet the girls for brunch and indulge in a $20 (vegetarian) eggs benny or hit the sushi bar for lunch every second day but when you work it these “little” indulgences are super expensive and end up costing me around $80 a week or $4,160 a year!

My Solution: Opt for the raisin bread ($4.00) at brunch and start taking lunch to work. Easy.


Friday Night Cocktails: Since I started my job Friday Night Cocktails have always been a weekly occurrence. As I usually spend the weekend working (I work one weekend on, one off) or catching up on study I only have one cocktail, two at the most which doesn’t seem like a huge expense.  However, with each cocktail at $15 a pop and a taxi ride home (I never drink and drive, even if I think I’m under) Friday night drinks were costing me around $50 a week or $2,600 a year.

My Solution: I really didn’t want to give up my Friday nights, so instead I talked to a workmate (also a friend) about my new budget and we decided to alternate weeks as designated driver. This will ultimately save us both on taxi fare as well as drink costs every second week. Win-Win.

online shopping

Online Shopping: I am an online shopping addict and my purchases are so regular that both my courier and mailman know my name by heart and often joke “Oh looks like ASOS had a sale again!” while delivering my latest silver plastic clad package. Upon looking through my debit card history I worked out through the past 6 months my online spending averaged $60.00 a week, which works out to be around $3,120 a year! If I am completely honest with myself about 50% of my purchases I either end up hating, don’t fit right or I forget about them and end up finding them months later at the back of my cupboard with tagged still attached.

My Solution: Follow my own advice and cut costs where I can when it comes to online shopping. But more importantly stop any impulse buys and limit myself to just $100 a month on online purchases. My wardrobe is seriously bursting as is and I don’t need anything else.

So there you have it “little” ways I was blowing over 11 grand a year with frivolous spending and you could be too! Do you have any tips and tricks for budgeting or saving cash? Becky xo

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.


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