YouTube 101

10 Steps To Creating A YouTube Channel

Jenna Redfield, an avid YouTube blogger, attended the 2015 MN Blogger’s Conference to talk about the steps in creating a YouTube channel. With more than 400 followers and a couple videos with 3,000 to 12,000 views she shared her tips, tricks and expertise with us. (Video is the next big thing, didn’t you know?) Here,…
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Blog Con

7 Trends That Impact Every Blogger

Every blog contains these elements: header, navigation, slider/content bar, sign up, recent posts, social sharing options. Here’s a breakdown of the latest trends in digital content and what you may want to be aware of when it comes to your site. 1. Content Everyone is writing listicles… so don’t. Embrace your unique take on life.…
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Food photography

How To Beef Up Your Food Photography

When it comes to food photography, there is much to consider. How appealing a dish looks in the photo may be the deciding factor on whether the reader clicks on the article. Here are four things a blogger needs to consider when taking photos. Blogger and food photographer Alice Seuffert of Dining with Alice calls…
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3 Reasons You Should Attend The MN Blogger Conference

A few members of the AreaVoices team attended the MN Blogger Conference last year and came back with a wealth of information relating to professional and hobby blogging. The 2016 conference on Saturday, October 15 marks the seventh annual event, which includes a full day of workshops and panelists who offer industry trends and best…
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Use Facebook Debugger Tool To Update URLs

We’ve noticed that some contributors with converted sites have experienced issues when trying to share posts via Facebook. Sometimes, Facebook gets confused about what images to display, so it might not display anything. If you experience this issue, use the Facebook developer debugging tool to “scrape” the URL so Facebook refreshes it. (The direct link…
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