New Theme, New Template, New Plugin

Over the past month I noticed that the site wasn’t really working on mobile, it didn’t display how I wanted and it was hard to navigate to read new post and after a wonderful weekend working on a series of sponsored post, I knew that I had to make some changes! Off to learn a few new things about running a blog, coding, and running a wordpress website.

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2019 Elementor Blog Post Template.

Thank You for downloading our 2019 Elementor Blog Post Template. I really do hope you will enjoy this and it makes blogging a little easier for you. First, a little bit of information about this template and why you should use it. Blogging is already hard enough, formatting your blog post should not be something that you really need to think about. That is where this template comes into play.  The first two paragraphs of your blog post should let your readers know what the blog post will be about. Each paragraph needs to be between 3-4 sentences long, but not all of the information needs to be given in this area. But first, the template for this formatting is available in our resources page. AKA Start Here to download. ***Delete This caption*** Create a twitter card that is 1024X512. Make it easier by creating your graphic at https://www.canva.com/Most People Do Not Read The actual Post, they tend to scan the headings As the heading above states, most people when they arrive on your website to read a particular article, they tend to scan the headings first to see if there is anything there for them to learn. This is a place to capture their attention. This also breaks up long and winded text on your site.  Again you will only want to have between 3-4 sentences in each paragraph, with two paragraphs between each heading. You can also break up your text with images, quotes, and videos for example.  Images on your site Need to be appropriately sized . One thing that will drive a reader away is slow loading time of your website. One thing that will cause your site to bog down and run slower is images that are too large. I am guilty of not resizing my images for the web, but I have found that using https://www.canva.com/ helps with the sizing of images for me. I use a few different templates for images on Odysseys With Love.  These templates include: Twitter Cards Facebook Post Instagram post Blog Banners Pinterest Graphics Sometimes You Follow The Rules – Sometimes You Need To Break Them There are no hard rules to blogging, these are just tips that you can follow to make reading blog post on your site easier for your readers. A few more tips: List – Everyone loves list Images that can catch your readers eye, but still flow with your site. Find your style and make a template like this one with Elementor, or download this one if you love my style.  Have a call to action at the end of your blog post.  Make sure your images are pinnable, and give your reader a few choices.  Ask your readers a Question One of the biggest things you can do is ask your readers questions within your blog post. This creates engagement with the post. After all, that is why we are here. To give our readers information that they find useful  Thanks For Reading! ***Delete This Caption*** I like thanking my readersDon’t Have Time To Read This Article? ***At the end of every post I like to include this little bit of information for readers. Its my pinterest *** Would you like to save this article to pinterest for future reading? Pin me for later! Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! I Want In Now! Opt in to receive news and updates. I Want In Now! Thank you! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Freebie Library now! The Password is OWL2018

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Using Elementor To Create The Perfect Blog Post

Welcome to Odysseys With Love Perfect Blog Post Template and Elementor Download. I wish I still had my original blogging template, but with the site crashing a while back, I am having to recreate everything from scratch. So today I want to share with you my blogging template. Why is having a blogging template so important? It makes all of your blog post look and feel the same, speeds up your writing process and so much more.  I have several sections that I include in every blog post. Some I am adding now that I am creating a new template for myself to use. If you like this style of blog post, you are more than welcome to download the Elementor template.  Free Elementor Template | Heading or Blog Post Title First, let’s look at the Heading or Blog Post Title. My theme automatically puts the Blog Post Title into my post for me. If you have designed your blog post to not include that. Then including this at the very beginning of your blog post is vital. It is the most read part of your blog post. Now, On to this paragraph. It should tell your readers about what this blog post is about.  The second paragraph helps to extend your blog post summary above but is also a chance to include a story about why this blog post is important to you. A little side note: most readers only read a blog post if the paragraphs are short. Try to keep each paragraph three to four sentences long each.  Elements Of The Perfect Blog Post So, what are the perfect elements of a blog post? The image above breaks up the blog post and adds interest to your article. Why is this important? If you can include a pretty image, it lets your reader’s mind move from one section of the post to the next. I also say it is a bonus if you can create the image as a Social Media Graphic also because that means fewer things you need to create in the long run.  When creating your blog post, sometimes different layouts are wonderful to use. The image to the right is a Facebook Post Image, and the one above is a twitter card. Since I use All In One SEO, and have my Social Meta turned on, I can designate the images that are for Facebook and Google + at the same time designating the twitter card above to be shared at the same time.  Now I have not explained why I love Elementor so much. I am now able to drag and drop the elements I want into the blog post that I want. You can download the free version of Elementor or upgrade to the pro version. I don’t feel the pro version is needed for what I use it for.  Elementor is a theme builder, and my OceanWP theme is meant to be used with it. There are several other themes that can be used, but OceanWP is my favorite so far.  SubHeadings | Breaking Up Your Blog Post One of the most important things to do when writing your blog post is to break it up with Subheadings. Why? Most people are only going to scan your post and will read the subheading first to see if the blog post will help them in some way. Keep two to three paragraphs in each subheading and keep it broken up in this way.  You can include more images throughout your blog post, create infographics and other graphics for your blog post. This is where you can have fun with your blog post as you are writing it. Create each section creatively and keep your readers interested.  Call To Action | Sharable Pins! I like to include sharable pins below this area. I try to create at least three different pins for each blog post. I also ask my readers to pin and share here. One of the most important things you can do with Pinterest Graphics is not only making them beautiful and interesting for your readers, make it easy by including the pin description in the ALT text. This way they don’t have to create their own description when pinning your pins.  ? PIN ME Download This Template! Read Something Else Photography Tips For Beginners & FREE Resource Download Keep Reading How To Earn Money While Living Full-Time in an RV Keep Reading Whats going on at Odysseys With Love Keep Reading Happy New Years Keep Reading Travel Blog Equipment and Software Keep Reading The Best Lightroom Tips For Instagram Keep Reading Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! Opt in to receive news and updates. I Want In Now! Thank you! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Freebie Library now! The Password is OWL2018

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The Easiest Way To Create A Child Theme In WordPress

I promised that I would talk about Child Themes and how to use them in the post How to Create a Affiliate or Sponsored Post Disclaimer the other day, and I can’t wait to share with you the easiest way to create one in just a few minutes without having to use FTP software or getting into your file manager in your hosting provider.  I originally learn to do this the hard way, going in and copy and pasting the information from the “Parent Theme” into a new folder, changing code text and more. So this newest method is SO easy! BUT! Check with your theme developer to see if they already provide you with a child theme. I am currently using OceanWP theme since it is compatible with Elementor. The developer there was kind enough to provide a Child Theme for download! So make sure to check there to save you the trouble of creating a new child theme when one is ready to go for you.  What Is A Child Theme? And Why Do You Need One? A Child theme is a number of extra files that we add to our site that is based off of the original theme we have installed. The child theme uses all the files that originate with parent theme, but allows you to make changes that override the original theme in a separate theme folder. This way, when you click on update for your theme and the old files are replaced with new ones, your changes are all safe because they are within a separate theme. Using a child theme keeps all the core file of your parent theme secure. Don’t go rooting around in your parent theme fiddling with files as you could  potentially damage something that could crash your site. When you create a child theme, you only have two files in there so there’s less chance of accidentally break any of the functionality of your website. How Do You Create A Child Theme? First the easiest way is by downloading one from your theme provider. In all honesty I only have one reason so far to have a child theme. For my Affiliate and Sponsored Post Disclaimer. If you are wanting to change your CSS files to customize your site, then you REALLY want to have a child theme. There are many tutorials out there to do this manually, but I have found a Plugin that you WANT to download! Download the Childify Me Plugin You can go and look for the Childify Me Plugin from your Dashboard or just CLICK HERE to go to the Childify Me Plugin WordPress page. It is by Rocco Aliberti.  Install Your Plugin! From your dashboard, head down to plugins, and Add New. You will them either search for the Childify Me plugin or if you downloaded it, click on Upload Plugin.  Locate the file in your downloads folder or where ever you downloaded the plugin to. Select Install.  The next thing you will do is Activate the Plugin.  Go to the appearance tab to themes. When you find the parent theme you want to create a child theme of, hover over that and select Live Preview.  While in the live preview you will notice that there is now the option to Childify Me at the bottom of the customization screen. Click this and rename the theme to “Your WordPress Theme Child”  After you save it, you can now see the new theme in the Themes window. You can now start editing your WordPress Site how ever you wish.  Did This Tutorial Help You? We would love to hear from you and learn if any of this helped you in creating a Child Theme for your WordPress Site! Questions or Comments are always welcome and we love hearing from you!  PIN ME! Want to be able to come back and read this again? Pin one of these images!  

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How To Create A Affiliate Or Sponsored Post Disclaimer

One of the reasons I created Odysseys With Love, is to make money from doing a few things we love. I am not looking to replace all of my income with the blogging income, but it would be nice to be like those Bloggers that claim to be making six figures or more one day from this site. Two methods bloggers use to make an income is Affiliate Links and Sponsored Post.  Affiliate Links are links on a website that when a reader clicks on it, it takes them to another website and if that reader purchases something, the blogger makes a small percentage or commission on that sale. Sponsored Post are blog articles that paid articles that the sponsor is paying the blogger to write.  Those that use Affiliate Links and Sponsored Post are required by law to make a disclosure. Those that use deceptive advertising face serious potential action. The Washington Post shared: The Federal Trade Commission said that companies engaging in word-of-mouth marketing, in which people are compensated to promote products to their peers, must disclose those relationships. … I found a tutorial a while back on how I could display my affiliate disclosure easily without having to type it out every time. Just a click of a button on WordPress in the Post section in the back end of WordPress.  So how do I disclose? It is the first thing a reader reads on my article. I don’t want it to be in the post preview or the excerpt. It has to be before the actual affiliate link. So how did I get the disclaimer where I did without it showing? Keep Reading Below…. Download Or Create A Child Theme I honestly believe that every blogger should be using a child theme. If you are changing anything about your theme, you HAVE to use a child theme because if the theme developer makes any changes or updates the theme, you loose ALL of your work.  I am lucky because my theme developer has already created a child theme for me to download and install. So go check out your developers website and see if they provide one for you.  If not, check out my tutorial on how to create a child theme in just a few minutes.  Download The Advance Custom Fields Plugin Install and activate Advanced Custom Field plugin.  Create Custom Fields Now lets create the fields by clicking on Custom Fields in the tool bar. Create a new Field Group and name it Affiliate Disclaimer.  Click on Add Field and Under Field Label enter Affiliate Disclaimer.  The field name will automatically populate with affiliate_disclaimer. You will need this later on.  The Field Type will be Checkbox.  Under choices enter Display Affiliate Disclaimer : Display Affiliate Disclaimer Now if you want to have a default you can enter Display Affiliate Disclaimer in the Default Value Now repeat this with but replace the Affiliate Disclaimer with Sponsored Post.  DON’T GET SCARED! This is why I said you HAVE TO HAVE a child theme! We are going into the back end of your hosting providers FTP. I am with iPage and go into File Manager.  Navigate to wp-content > themes. Here you will see your parent theme and your child theme. If you don’t see the child theme GO BACK and make one now!  Go into your parent theme folder and find the file thats called single.php, singular.php, or something along those lines.  Once you open that file, type something like Hello and save the file. Look at a post on your site, and see if that is where you want your disclaimer. Its ok to test with this and move the words around.  The code below can be change to to what ever words you want. I like including a link to my disclosure policy. The first is my Affiliate Disclaimer, The second is my Sponsored Post. Spice it up! Change the words, make it fun! Check It Out! Lets head back over to your website and create a new post. Underneath the content area, you can now see the Affiliate Disclaimer and Sponsored Post disclaimer check boxes! Click that and preview the post! There it is!  Did You Try It? Did you try out my tutorial? Let us know down in the comments below what wording you used! Follow Us On Social Media Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube Twitter Google-plus Want to download one of my free resources? Join The Tribe and receive the Password once your email and opt-in are confirmed!  Join The Tribe! This form collects information we will use to send you weekly updates, special offers, exclusive newsletter-only content, first look at what is new in the resource library, Monthly Giveaways and so much more! Read Our Privacy Policy I Want In Now! Your In! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Resource Library while you wait for your first email! Make sure to check your spam folder! The confirmation email may have been delivered there. Once you are confirmed, you are eligible to win the monthly giveaway!

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Hi! Im Megan! I am a photographer and writer behind Odysseys With Love. I am a Mother and Wife and enjoy sharing our everyday life journey. From our The Mesquite Texas Guide and Wandering In DFW to helping other bloggers work from home, I love what I do. 

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