How to Turn On/Off Quick Editing Tools

by Anna on February 20, 2018

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How to Turn Off or On Quick Editing Tools on Blogger

The quick editing tools are a productivity boosting set of tools on Blogger. Quick editing tools allow you to easily make changes to your blog posts and blog widgets without having to search and find a specific blog post or blog widget on your Blogger dashboard.

What are the quick editing tools? You may have seen them when you first started your Blogger blog.

Blogger wrench and pencil icon quick editing tools

The small pencil icon on your blog footer opens up blog posts to easily correct a typo or update a post to add more information. The small wrench icon on your blog widgets opens up widgets to make quick changes to them or remove them entirely.

These handy icons are only visible to your blog’s admins and authors and cannot be seen by your blog visitors.

Why would you want to turn them off? One reason is that turning the quick editing tools off can improve your blog’s SEO.

The quick editing tools are automatic images from Blogger and do not have any associated meta data on them such as alt tags. Optimizing your blog posts for SEO includes optimizing each image with meta data. When a search engine ranks your blog by sending a crawler or bot to browse through your blog, they use meta data to see your images to calculate your ranking.

Having images without meta data on your blog can lower your SEO ranking because it shows search engines your blog images are not optimized for SEO. For detailed instructions on how to add alt text to your images in Blogger, visit this post:

SEO Quick Tip: How to Title & Size Post Images

Here’s how to turn on or off your quick editing tools on Blogger…


Turn On/Off Your Pencil Icon for Editing Blog Posts

Step 1: In your blog dashboard, click on Layout > Blog Posts > Edit.

Blogger dashboard

Step 2: To turn on the icon, check the box next to Show Quick Editing. To turn off the icon, uncheck the box next to Show Quick Editing.

Blogger blog posts window

Step 3: Click save and you’re done!

You can see the pencil icon or see the pencil icon disappear in your blog post footer after refreshing your blog page.


Turn On/Off Your Wrench Icon for Editing Widgets

Before proceeding any further, make sure to backup your blog template to allow you to restore your blog. Always backup before changing your blog’s HTML or adding CSS to ensure you can roll back on any changes that don’t work out or you find you don’t like. For instructions, visit this post:

How to Backup A Blogger Blog

Step 1: In your blog dashboard, click on Layout > Theme > Edit HTML.

Blogger edit HTML page

Step 2: Click inside the template code box and then open a search box by typing CTRL + F. A search box will appear in the top right corner of the code box. Copy and paste in this code:

]]>

Blogger search and find HTML

Step 3: After you’ve found the code, add in the below line above the code.

.quickedit{display:none;}

Blogger add in CSS

Step 4: Click save and you’re done!

To add your wrench icon back on your blog, remove the added CSS.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and we will answer them as soon as possible.

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Vandelay Special – Ultimate Design Bundle

by Keagan on February 19, 2018

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For many, working as a freelance designer means freedom. As a freelancer, you get to choose where and when you work. It also means, unlike many corporate jobs where they pay you a salary and…

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10 Tips for Blog Beginners

by Kate on February 15, 2018

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Sometimes as a new blogger it can be difficult to know where to start. In this post, you will find 10 tips for blog beginners, which will help you know where to focus your time as you get started.

#1 SET GOALS

Regardless of what kind of blogging you do, remember that it’s important to set goals. They don’t need to be big. Goals can be as simple as how many posts you want to post in a week or how many followers you’d like to gain by a certain date.

Setting goals and then working to achieve those goals is a major key to blogging success. For a helpful goal setting guide, check out our ultimate blog planner.


Planners save time#2 ALWAYS USE A PLANNER

Using a blog planner is the best way to grow your blog and reach your blogging goals. Planning saves you time and helps you run a more effective blog. With the time you’ll save through planning, you’ll have more time to relax and do the things you love most.

Our blog planner has been carefully designed for bloggers who want to succeed and can be found here: Ultimate Blog Planner.


#3 FIND YOUR COMMUNITY

When you start blogging it’s important to find your community. Your community consists of fellow bloggers that can act as mentors to help you learn new things and also consists of all of your readers. Build friendships and relationships of trust with those in your community. Reply to comments your readers leave and be honest with your opinions.

Your blog (and you) can’t grow without other people so always cherish and remember the value of the people in your community.


#4 LEARN TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is one of the most powerful tools you have for growing your blog. Using social media correctly can help drive traffic to your blog. Learning how to use 2-3 social media outlets well, will do so much for the growth of your blog.

Find the social media outlets you love most and then spend time learning how to best use each one. Focus on those as the main source of social media promotion for your blog.


#5 BUILD A MAILING LIST

If you want to grow your business or blog, you absolutely MUST make building your email list your top priority. Email is less competitive than social media and is far more personal and reliable. Setting up a mailing list takes just a few minutes. Learn how to set up a mailing list here:

How to Create a Mailing List and Add Opt-ins 


#6 QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Whether you run a personal blog or manage a company website, remember the importance of quality over quantity when it comes to posting on your blog.

Creating posts that contain valuable, well-written content will attract readers, improve your SEO, and build credibility.


#7 USE QUALITY IMAGES

Using quality images is a must in the world of blogging. Images in a blog post are the first thing readers notice when landing on a post. Using multiple eye-catching photos will motivate your readers to want to stay and read the full blog post. If you aren’t a photographer, you can take photography classes to improve your photos or you can use professional stock images to help your posts really shine. Using gorgeous photography is a surefire way to grow your blog.


#8 PERFECT YOUR BLOG DESIGN

You only get one chance to make a great first impression with your blog, so make it a memorable one for your visitors with an impressive blog design. Yes, content is key, but if someone finds one of your blog posts on Pinterest and then clicks over to your blog to read the full article and your blog design is unprofessionally slopped together, it’s going to detract from your content instead of enhancing it like a good blog design should. Our Blogger and WordPress designs are a fast and affordable way to get a stand-out design.


#9 DON’T FORGET ABOUT LINKS

Links are a powerful tool for growing your blog. Adding internal links that take your readers from one blog post to another helpful blog post is a key way to boost your SEO by building page credibility. It will also increase your page views as it invites people to stay on your site longer and makes your site more user-friendly.

Never underestimate the power of links!


#10 ENJOY BLOGGING

Finding something you love and are passionate about when it comes to blogging is key to finding success as a blogger. If you don’t love the topics you blog about, blogging can become a real chore and you’ll feel less motivated to do what it takes to grow your blog and content. So find your passion and make that what you blog about.


Regardless of whether you are new to blogging or a blog veteran, tell us which of these tips have been the most important for you in your blogging journey! We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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I Spy Valentine Game Free Printable

by Lindsey on February 9, 2018

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This year’s class Valentine card idea is sugar-free and so much FUN! Your children and their classmates will love searching for hidden Valentine’s icons. Listed along the edges are the items to be found; from balloons to cupcakes to roses. I’m planning on sending this Valentine with my preschooler, 2nd grader and 4th grader – it works for both boys and girls and is fun for all ages! Here’s what you’ll need to create them:

  • The printable linked below printed on any color card stock paper. The printable includes 3 I Spy Valentine Games per page.
  • A paper cutter to cut each card 4 inches wide by 6.75 inches tall.
  • Magnifying glasses. Packs of 48 are found here.
  • A mini hole punch (I used 1/8 inch). Punch two holes on either side of narrowest part of the magnifying glass and secure it with some bright baker’s twine. You can also use patterned washi tape to hold the magnifying glass in place.
  • If you’re pressed for time and want to simplify even more, you can skip the magnifying glass altogether. Crop it right above the game title and you still have a creative, unique Valentine’s Day card to distribute!

For Personal Use Only.



 

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6 Free Valentine’s Day Script Fonts

by Lindsey on February 9, 2018

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Looking for a delicate script font for your Valentine’s Day project? Whether you’re working on a set of custom Valentine’s Day cards for friends, a printable for your home or a love note for your significant other, these 6 free fonts convey joy and romance. They look wonderful on various types of projects centered around love. The best part is they are all free!

Chiangmai Hostel

 

Lovely Home

 

Clothe

 

Signature of the Ancient

 

Special Valentine

 

Athena of the Ocean

 

 

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Color Love | Romantic Pastels

February 7, 2018
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We love pastel blue and pink shades paired together. This color combination can be great for children’s decor or for romantic designs. If you are drawn to this color scheme, you might like our Annabelle design found in our WordPress theme shop. See our collection of other gorgeous color palettes here. Learn about the power […]

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The Relatable Expert: Creating Content That Connects

February 7, 2018
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Do you feel like you’re writing website content with little impact? That people are reading but not connecting? For many ecommerce writers, there’s a gap between the ability to communicate and the ability to relate to clients in a meaningful way. Blogs should communicate expertise, but not in a highly technical way. Your tone needs […]

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Legal Aspects to Consider when Starting your Blogging Business

February 1, 2018
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Most bloggers will start their online platforms from a pure joy of writing. As their voice becomes increasingly popular in the virtual world, most will naturally begin to think about how to actually derive income from their blog. There are a few legal aspects to consider when starting a blogging business and it is advisable […]

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Free February Wallpaper

January 31, 2018
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Our February wallpaper features patterns from 70 Stylish Luxury Patterns and the free Playfair Display font. Included in the free download are two files per device – one with the calendar and one without the calendar so you can choose the option you prefer. Enjoy! For Personal Use Only.  

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Design A Portfolio Website That Lands You Clients: The Ultimate Guide

January 29, 2018
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The goal of any portfolio site is to sell your work to potential clients. That means you need a killer layout that’s easy to use & helps sell your work for you. In the past we’ve covered plenty…

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