One of my favorite ways to blog is to use the OnSugar bookmark tool. If you don't know about it, hold on tight, your world is about to get rocked. The OnSugar bookmark tool is a button you can add directly to your favorite browser. Then, when you've discovered something you like, you can just click it and fill out the form that pops up. Select the image you want to use, add a title, and click save! That's it! Your blog will be updated and your new find will be shared with all of your readers. It's a great way to share new shopping finds, awesome photography, and just about anything else you can imagine. In the image below, I'm sharing a great look I found at ShopStyle.com. What will you share? Learn how to install the OnSugar bookmark tool.
One of our favorite things in the new OnSugar is the Reblog feature. Now, when you see something you want to share with your readers, all you have to do is click the Reblog button (or Reblog link if you're on your stream). Doing so will allow you to put that person's content directly on to your site! It's the perfect way to share interesting content with your readers, and gain exposure as an author.
Before you whip yourself into a frenzy over someone else reblogging your content, you should know that reblogged posts retain full attribution and links. The story title will always link back to the original post, and the author byline will always be posted. Plus, the conversation remains the same throughout the network. People can comment on the original post, or on the reblogged version, and it all stays together. One world, one conversation.
The best part is that our Social Stats tools allow you to see how your exposure is growing. Having your content reblogged is a great way to grow your audience and increase your reach. You can measure your reach against the people you're following, or against the entire network. The higher your Reach, the larger your audience. If someone with a hundred followers reblogs your content, your reach will grow by a hundred. So the more reblogs, the higher your reach!
Now what are you waiting for? Reach out and reblog someone!
I recently asked if the Sugar art department could help spruce up the graphics in our layout maker. I thought they'd add a few more colors for each image and call it a day. However, it turns out that they're way too awesome for that! In addition to creating new colors for the already available graphics, they went ahead and added more options. I personally love the new crown and shoe icons, but the rest of them are fantastic too.
If you've done some creative layout work using our built-in graphics, let us know in the comments below!
If you’re a numbers and SEO type of person, you’ve probably already signed up for Google Webmaster. If that sentence sounds daunting, then just skip this post. I promise I’ll post another Sugar High next time.
If you are signed up with Google Webmaster, you may have been wondering about sitemaps. For best search engine results, our system automatically submits sitemaps for every OnSugar site. But if you want to be able to track it, you can easily add your own.
If you're into photos, you're probably familiar with our gallery post type. With it, you can upload multiple images at once, creating great galleries for your readers to browse through. The actual post page shows thumbnails of all the images, but your main pages only show one preview image at 320px. Most of you were okay with that size, but some of you wanted more flexibility. Well guess what? That flexibility is now here!
You can now choose the size of your gallery preview images. We've even added an extra large size that is 550px (the same size as the main galleries). To change the size, all you have to do is click on "Blog Settings" in your "Blog Options" dropdown menu. Once there, scroll down to "Gallery Preview Image Size" and select the size you want. Click "Save" and ta da! Your new gallery preview size will be set. Head back to your main site pages to see the magic.
Here are examples of what 320px and 550px preview images look like in the default theme. Click this link to see the examples.
This week our developers set up an easier way to create posts. Now, whenever you're checking out other OnSugar sites, the words "New Post" will appear in the top navigation bar. To add a new post, simply click the button and fill out the form like usual. Have more than one blog? No problem! You can now create a post and select which blog it posts to. When creating a post, the site option will appear right above the Advanced Options.
Additionally, and this is a huge bonus for those of you with multiple blogs, you can easily move posts from one blog to another. Let's say you have a fashion blog, and a food blog, but accidentally posted a food post on the fashion site. Before you would have to copy the content and delete the old post. Now you can just select the correct site in the dropdown menu (it shows up when you edit posts), and voila! Problem solved!
And don't worry, we haven't taken away your other blog options. To get to things like Posts & Drafts, or Widgets, just click on "Blog Options" when you're on your site. These options will work exactly the same as it did before, it just won't follow you around everywhere.
Please note: The "New Post" button behaves a little differently when you are on PopSugar Network sites (PopSugar, YumSugar, etc.). On these sites the "New Post" button is tied to PopSugar Network Community groups. To post to your OnSugar blog make sure you are on an OnSugar site.
Have you started a blog, but need a hand in keeping it going? Or maybe your blog has gotten so popular you could use more posts each day? Either way it sounds like you could use a little help. So why not invite a friend to join you?
In case you didn't know, OnSugar allows you to invite other people to become writers or editors of your blog. Writers can create new posts, and editors have full access. And even if you don't need a hand, blogs can be a lot more fun with your friends. If you don't believe me, just check out these goofy examples.
Here's how to add writers: Read More
A few weeks ago, our development team surprised us with an awesome Facebook upgrade. Instead of automatically posting a boring link, OnSugar now posts engaging parts of your content. Your friends can see gallery excerpts, photo thumbnails, audio files and more. Here's an example of a gallery posted to Facebook:
And here's what a regular post with a photo looks like:
As you can see, it's much fancier. So set up your Facebook updates and watch as your friends start clicking through.
Don't know how to make your OnSugar blog automatically update your Facebook status? Find out how: full instructions after the jump
As you probably already know, we offer a bunch of different widgets for you to add to your site. With a few easy clicks you can add latest comments, popular posts, your twitter feed and more. And until now you've been stuck with what we call them. If you wanted latest comments, the heading could only say latest comments. Well folks, I'm happy to say that those days are over. Our engineering team gave me an early present and now you can use whatever words you want. If you want it to say "What Folks Are Saying" instead of "Latest Comments" you can make the change yourself!
To do so, click on "Widgets" in your site dropdown menu. When you add a new widget, or edit an old one, you can change the title field in the popup form. Now get creative and start customizing your side columns!
Whether you post daily or a month, it's great to control how your content looks. By default OnSugar shows 10 posts on your homepage. However, you can easily change this to 1, 5, 10, or 25. To do so, click on "Blog Settings" in your blog dropdown menu. Scroll to the bottom where you'll see an area for Posts Per Page. Change the number and click Save.
If you're wondering why you'd want to change the number, check out PopSugar Daily. It's a perfect example of why you might want to display one post at a time.
Like this tip, or want to share another with us? Let us know in the comments.