Improve Your Monetization Strategy With SocialSpark Affiliate Opportunities

Monetizing a blog can be a mysterious and confusing task. Luckily, SocialSpark has come along and launched Affiliate Opportunities. Their new program will help you filter through a TON of awesome affiliate deals, and turn your posting into cash. The Low-Down Once you’ve signed up for SocialSpark, head over to their Affiliate Opportunities page. Here are a few details about the affiliate program: It’s the first affiliate marketplace designed exclusively for bloggers. Required in-post disclosure on all affiliate links and 100% transparency. Bloggers get paid for generating sales and signups. … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Increase RSS Conversion

One of the most common questions that we get from our clients is, “How do I increase my readership?” Well, a great place to start is making sure that you have a good call to action for RSS. You know that having a lot of subscribers is great for your brand, regardless of the online presence you carry. It denotes authority on the blog or site’s topic, which then translates into even more subscribers! The following are five tips and tricks to help you convert your visitors into loyal blog … Continue reading

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What Blog Conferences Can Do for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you don’t have a lot of money to throw around on marketing. What if you could take a little trip and be surrounded by hundreds or thousands of reporters, potential clients and great connections? You know that exposure is a vital piece of your marketing puzzle, and that the more you can get your business in the press and in front of potential alliances, colleagues and clients, the better off you’ll be. If that’s what you’re looking for, a blog conference is the way to … Continue reading

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Matt Blancarte's "Blog Design Makeover" Speech @ IZEA Fest

UBD’s own Matt Blancarte recently spoke on the “Blog Design Makeover” panel at IZEA Fest in Orlando, Florida. Matt also spoke with Scott Allen and Christopher Schmidtt, two other incredibly talented web designers. For the panel, Matt was asked to redesign a British Columbia boating blog, This blog is owned by Heather, an attendee of IZEA Fest. What did Heather have to say about Matt’s redesign? My blog had been chosen to receive a makeover, along with 2 others. Matt Blancarte from Unique Blog Designs (UBD) designed a new … Continue reading

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ATTN: Smashing Magazine Readers – We Are Hiring!

Hopefully, eye tracking works and you are reading this sentence. 😉 Are you a talented web designer/developer? If so, we may be very interested in working with you! Why are we telling you this? This past day, we have received an enormous amount of traffic from Smashing Magazine. We thought it would be smart to use this opportunity to recruit some new designers from the incredibly talented Smashing Magazine community. Special thanks to Brian D. Armstrong who linked us in the post, “How To Communicate Design Decisions To Clients.” It … Continue reading

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Yahoo! Mail Blog Relaunches

You may be asking yourself, why is UBD reporting that the Yahoo! Mail Blog relaunched? Well, we are truly honored that we recently had the opportunity to work with Yahoo! to redesign and relaunch the official Yahoo! Mail Blog. Our Chief Marketing Officer, Josh Mullineaux, met Ryan Knight from Yahoo! at the Blog World Expo last November. It gives us great pride to have worked with one of the pioneering companies of the commercial Internet. With the relaunch of the Yahoo! Mail Blog, our objectives included the following: Update the … Continue reading

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The Official UBD Recommended Resources List

We have put together what we think are the best resources for new and seasoned bloggers looking to take their blogs to the next level. We have put together a list of resources for: Recommended Blogs Stat Tracking Tools Advertising Programs Photo Sharing Social Media Marketing Email Marketing If you believe we should add a resource to our list, please let us know in the comments.

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Five Easy Ways to Increase Your Blog's Comments

We are often asked, “How do I get readers to comment on my posts?”  It is regularly the case that a blog might look great, have great content, and yet no comments. Seeing the benefit in building a community around your blog; encouraging people to comment is an important aspect of any blog.  Here are 5 easy ways to encourage your readers to start commenting:  Write to Your Readers! Addressing your readers specifically could spark conversation. When you read something that strikes a cord with you, you are more likely to comment, … Continue reading

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General Motors Is Doing It…Are You?

For those who haven’t heard, the car manufacturing conglomerate General Motors is now using blogging as a way to connect to different market segments. Thats right, GM is blogging. Make your way over to, you will find articles written by executives, proper use of podcasts and other forms of new media. To me, this cements the value in using blogs as a way to market your business, small or large. The other day, Nate, Matt, and I were discussing different markets and how they could use blogs and in … Continue reading

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Social Bookmarking Podcast with Neil Patel

Are you using social media to market and promote your blog? If not, you are missing out on a potentially significant source of traffic! Recently, the UBD team (Josh, Matt, and myself) participated in a podcast with Neil Patel on social bookmarking and how to leverage social media for your blog. For those of you who don’t know Neil, he is an expert on social media and search engine optimization. He is also the author of the popular Pronet Advertising and his personal branding blog, QuickSprout. As if that is … Continue reading

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