Weekly Wrap-Up #18- Back to the Beach

back to the beachWe’re headed back to the beach this weekend for a little sun and sand.

Okay, okay- I really don’t mean to brag, but can I tell you how awesome it is to live less than 2 hours from the beach and have a free place to stay?

I’m so incredibly grateful to my grandparents for buying their vacation home 25 years ago and allowing all of us in the family to use it every summer.  Their kindness and generosity towards their loved ones, as evidenced by this and a million other things, is something that I certainly aspire to.

Anyway, on to the weekly updates!

I feel like I accomplished a lot this week, with regards to the blog.  I have a surplus of posts in draft, which makes me feel good. I also added a favicon to my site, thanks to reading DebtDebs recent post. I never knew that I could customize it, and I didn’t love having that boring blue square up there.

Here’s another thing that I’m a little embarrassed about- I realized that all of the links on my site were dofollow, which is not what I wanted. I’ve been blogging for years on Blogger, so I’m new to WordPress and having a self-hosted website. Blogger makes it easy to do nofollows. I could not for the life of me figure out how to nofollow easily and quickly on WordPress!

I finally got it sorted out after some reading and research. It’s a relief, and hopefully this has a positive impact on my site. I still have a ton to learn when it comes to self hosted on WordPress.

And here’s a question for my fellow bloggers- do you have and utilize a Facebook page for your site? I started making one when I created the blog, but never bothered with it. I personally don’t spend much time on FB, and it seemed like it probably wasn’t worth the effort.  Thoughts and opinions?

Recently enjoyed posts by others:

6 Things I’ve Changed to Improve my SEO by Bre at The Weight of Debt

How I Make Extra Money by Liz at Budgeting For More

Fun Upscale Summer Staycation Ideas by Laurie at Frugal Rules

Have a great weekend!

* image from Pixabay

About Lauren

Lauren May is a freelance writer and full-time mom living her best life on a budget.

24 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up #18- Back to the Beach

  1. Yes, I managed my client’s Facebook page and I use it daily. I post and share in the Facebook page every time there are a new posts on my her Facebook page and I also engage and interact with other Facebook users.

  2. Thanks for the mention Lauren! You seriously have a great set up with that beach house being just two hours away and seriously awesome family. I also need to get with it and start drafting more posts ahead of time. I have the ideas, it’s just hard to start them if you aren’t “under then gun”. Have a great week!

  3. It’s always nice when you have grandparents or other relatives that let you stay at their vacation home for free. We have been crossing our fingers that my parents will buy a cabin when they retire sometime within the next ~10 years.

    I have a Facebook Fan Page and I think it’s a good thing to have, though I only post to it once or twice a week. I’m sure like most things you get out of it what you put in.

  4. That’s so cool that you were able to change the avatar. I’m glad my post helped out. Thanks for sharing, BTW! Actually, now it makes sense that those squares that default relate to your hosting partner BlueHost, because I remember when I was helping Shoe, the pic she had was the Host Gator pic.

    It’s great that you were able to sort out a bunch of stuff for your site. Regarding nofollows, why do you want to have those mostly on your site? Shouldn’t you have follows for most but just nofollows for links to advertising? Clearly I have a lot to learn too!! 😉

    From what I’ve read from other bloggers about FB, it’s really a dud and certainly is for me too, not that I’ve got a big presence. On FB I have only 6 likes. It’s difficult to get followers on FB it seems. I can’t send it to all my FB friends because there are many many work colleagues on there.

    Good for you getting a bunch of posts written too. I feel like I’m always behind the eight ball. I have at most one in the hopper. Haven’t been able to get ahead with reading other blogs, sorting out technical things. Definitely lots to research and keep busy with. By the time bedtime comes, I flop into it and sometimes before. 😉

    1. Sometimes I feel so inspired to write posts, so I just try to get them all down and then spruce them up before I publish. Other times, it’s a struggle to come up with something that I’m happy with.
      As far as the nofollow links- I had run this Google checker tool on my blog, and one of the recommendations was to switch to nofollows because I had to many dofollows, which looks bad to the big G. I’m still not sure about it all, though!

  5. I’m honestly not particularly fond of most social media, I guess I’ve just never gotten into it (personal or blogging life). I have a FB page and whenever I have a new post I add it there. I do basically the same with G+ and Twitter.

    The way that I interact is through comments. If I find something interesting I try to find a way to comment and hopefully make it a meaningful comment. I try to stay away from the generic “That’s a great idea!” comments because they seem pretty empty.

    The main reason I have all of my social media sites setup is because I know that for some people that is there preferred method of keeping up with things. Even if I don’t “reach” them on FB, if they only follow me there and they take the time to visit my page they can see the latest stuff.

    I use readers to keep up with blogs but I realize that a lot of people use twitter for that so I keep the options open even if I really don’t do a lot of interaction on them.

    1. I’ve found twitter and blog commenting to be my favorite ways to keep up. I add my posts to Google + too, and that’s about it. So much social media, so little time!

  6. Have fun at the beach! I’m really glad my parents chose to retire near the beach. It’s about 20 minutes from their house, but of course, longer to actually get there from here! I would love to have a little residence the entire family can enjoy. My aunt has a timeshare in FL near Orlando, and we might be going there in February. I have a FB page and I share my posts there, but that’s about it. I don’t really use it on a personal basis, either, so I kind of let it fall by the wayside!

  7. I got rid of fb a while ago.From what I understand it’s become increasingly difficult to market on there anyways. I loved Deb’s post, too! Trying to figure it out still as my screen options don’t exactly match hers.

    1. I don’t know if you’re on twitter, but I definitely recommend getting on there, even if you’re just starting out. It’s a great place for networking.

  8. 😀 Thanks for the shout out girl! I appreciate it. Have fun at the beach.

    Since I use Hootsuite it posts to all of my social media even my personal facebook for my friends to see. So I don’t even think about it, it just sends it. Facebook doesn’t create follow links like Google+ does so its kinda meh if you don’t really use facebook enough to get much traffic from it. Plus Facebook charges to promote your site to get your content to more viewers which is silly.

    1. Hootsuite sounds like a good tool- I tried setting it up once, but then got distracted and never went back to it. Sounds like a real time saver, though. I should set it up.

  9. Why convert to nofollow links? Were you having spam issues? Excuse my ignorance. 🙂

    Also, one blogger I know who runs 13 different blogs says Facebook pages are losing power. She says it’s getting to the point where it’s not worth her time to update them. I forget her exact reasoning but something to do with a recent change that cuts down page traffic.

    And favicons are fun aren’t they?!

    Have fun at the beach! My invitation must have been lost in the mail. 🙂

    1. As I understand it, having all dofollow links doesn’t look good to google…but I’m certainly no expert! Thanks for sharing that insight about facebook- I don’t think it’s worth the effort these days now that they are trying to force everyone into paid advertising.

  10. Thanks much for the mention Lauren, it’s much appreciated it! I have a FB page for my sites, and I share my posts there…but that’s about it. FB is a different animal and the ones that seem to be successful with it really engage their readers there. I only have so much time in the day, so it just sort of falls by the wayside. 🙂 Have a great weekend at the beach!

  11. I also have a Facebook page I don’t do much with. I’m interested to hear everybody’s views. I find twitter works really well for me.

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