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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

10 Places to Find Fun Freebies for Your Blog

 Guest Author: Tanya from Blogelina.com

This post is a stop along Tanya Peterson’s Blog Tour 2010. Tanya is the blogger behind Blogelina, where she writes about blogging your way to success. Be sure to check out all the other stops along the tour and enter to win $100 to use in improving your own blog!

10 Fun Freebies for Your Blog

I absolutely love blogging!  Which is why I blog… about blogging!  There are so many fun and different things you can do with and through your blog – the only thing standing in your way are the ideas and means to go through with them.  I’ve put together a list of fun, free things you can do with your blog, add to your blog, or participate in because of your blog.

Check out the list and let us know your favorites – or, if you know of a freebies, I missed, please add it in the comments below!  Some of these things will be for Blogger users only and others will be for Wordpress users only.  Be sure to look through the list and find the freebies that will work for your blog.

Social Icons – There are actually quite a few free social media icon sets available online.  Simply do a Google search for “free social icons” and you’ll get hundreds of results.  Some of my personal favorites are: Vintage set, the fun Latte Art Set in this list, and this Heart social icon set.

Blogger Backgrounds – For a list of dozens of cute backgrounds for your blogspot blog, be sure to check out Shabby Blogs.  Don’t let the name fool you – these designs are anything but shabby!  And, because they’re all free, you can change out your background as often as you like!

Themes for Both Blogger and Wordpress – This site – Gisele Jaquenod - provides free templates for both the Blogger and Wordpress platforms.  Her designs are cute and whimsical and provide a great way to add that personal touch to your blog.

Wordpress Themes – The Cutest Blog on the Block has a list of several different free themes that you can use on your Wordpress blog.  Be sure to click over to “page 2” of all the templates – some of my personal favorites are listed on the second page.

Buttons and Blinkies – I absolutely love April Shower’s work.  She has such a great eye for design – and she’s giving away some really fun decorations for your blog!  Head over to April’s blog and scroll through the list of fun buttons to find one for your blog.  She even has easy-to-follow directions for how to add them to your blog.

Make Your Own Buttons for FREE – This tutorial shows you how to make your very own blog buttons for free using picnik.com.

Blogger Widgets – Blogger Gadgets is a great resource for finding fun widgets and gadgets to add to your Blogspot blog.  You’ll find everything from an Amazon Deal of the Day Widget for your sidebar to some fun clock designs – you’re sure to find something that will strike your fancy.

Wordpress Plugins – If you host your blog with Wordpress, here is a list of 50+ Ultimate Useful Free Wordpress Plugins & Widgets.

Improving your blog… and having fun in the meantime… doesn’t have to be expensive.  With a little research and a little creativity, you can give your blog the unique look that you want it to have.
~Tanya



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