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August 20th, 2015

Linky List

Linky List

Here’s a list of blogs that currently run daily, weekly, monthly, type, or even special occasion blog hop linkups.

This is a generic list and I am working on individual link-up lists based on when (ie, day of the week, special occasion, etc.)

If you run a blog party, feel free to leave a link in the comments and I will add you to the list. :-)

Master Linky List of Blog Hop, Blog Parties, and Blog Linkups

MsCrookedHalo (me!!)

Come by everyday and post your family friendly blog post. Linkys run from midnight to midnight but there is a new one everyday!






Saturday (coming soon!)

Sunday (coming soon!)


Bewitchin’ Projects

Orginial DIY projects, recipes, kids crafts, organization, decor, etc.



The Sunday Social

Anything family friendly goes! Sunday morning 00:01


Monday Madness

 Family friendly

 1am GMT Monday morning


Merry Monday

Recipes, Crafts, DIY, and helpful tips/tricks. Giveaways welcome.

Sunday 6pm PST


Inspire Me Mondays

Any family friendly post

Monday, 8:00am CST


MeetUp Monday

Any family friendly post (up to 2); no reviews, giveaways, or other linkups

Monday mornings generally before 8am EST

Its Overflowing

Inspire Me Monday

Anything that inspires and might inspire

Begins Sunday Afternoon.

Marvelous Mondays

Recipes, crafts or DIY projects. Please link something that you made. No giveaways or shops

Sunday at 6pm EST

Clever Chicks Blog Hop

Clever ideas, DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, decorating tips, stories, etc

Starting Sunday nights (no specific time)

August 12th, 2015

Deleting WordPress Hello World post

When WordPress first makes your website, it automatically makes a Hello World post.

How to delete the WordPress Hello World post.

Unless you want the world to know just how much of a total newb you truly are, you probably want to delete this post immediately.

Actually, you can either delete it or change it into your very first post.

We’ll start with deleting  the Hello World post as that’s the simplest method.

On your dashboard, look Posts => All Posts

How to delete or edit the WordPress Hello World Post

Unless you have already written a post, the Hello World post should be the only post on your list.

Click in the empty box beside the Hello World Post and a little check mark should appear.

Click the drop down arrow beside Bulk Actions.

Select Move To Trash.

Click Apply.

Presto. Change-o.

The post is gone.

When you go to your home page, the post is no longer there.

Of course, there is always the option of just changing the post to one of your own writing.

Instead of clicking the check-box, you will hover your mouse over the words Hello World.

How to delete or edit the WordPress Hello World Post

The words Edit | Quick Edit | Trash | View will appear.

Edit will open the post to, well, edit it.

Quick Edit will open a small menu of things that you may change from this screen.

Trash will put the post in your trash (aka delete. Forgot about this method till now.)

View will take you to the blog post (hold down your control button while clicking  if you want the page to open in a new tab)

For the purposes of editing the post, we, of course, want to click the edit button.

(After you click Edit, a box will appear instructing you on distraction free writing. Distraction free writing will fill your whole screen with your post. That’s your choice.)

How to delete or edit the WordPress Hello World post.

The Post page is a busy little page.

In the first box that currently reads Hello World is the title of your post.

Change that to the title of your post.

If you leave it blank, it will automatically populate to match the title of the post when you click Update.

(Note: If this was a blank post that you were starting from scratch but did not type in a title for the post, WordPress will autofill it with the post number. Just be aware to edit the permalink before clicking Publish, Schedule, or Update)

Below that post is your permalink (the web address of each individual post).

By clicking the edit button on the right of the permalink, you can change it to match the title of your new post.

Below the permalink is Add Media, the button the allows you to add photos to your post.

Below Add Media are buttons that should be familiar to most users as they are the same as typing in Microsoft Word.

Bold. Italic. Strike through. UnderlineEven hyperlink to another post on your blog or another website altogether.

Too see more text toolbars (such as underline), click the last box on the row to toggle them on.

Underneath the text toolbar, is the box where you type your post.

As in, this is where I typed this entire post.

Your Hello World post reads Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

Go ahead and delete that and type whatever message your first official post will have.

To the right of the text box are your Publish buttons.

You can save the post as a draft.

Change the visibility of the post to password protective or private.

If this is a post that you want to be at the top at all times, you can put a checkbox beside Stick this post to the front page.

Clicking the Preview button will open up another tab where you can see your post in preview mode.

Usually, this is pretty close to what the post will look like when it goes live.

You can also adjust the time that the post is published.

You can set it to come out any time in the future.

You can set it as if it had come out some time in the past.

The time is set to when you first started writing the post, so if you do nothing at all, that is the time that will show when you click Publish, Schedule, or Update.

And if you think that post is the most utter rubbish that you have ever written in your life, you can click Move To Trash and its gone.

August 11th, 2015

How to change your permalinks and why

After you change your tagline, the next step that you need to take is to change your permalinks.

Settings => Permalinks

How to change your permalinks and why

I always set my permalinks to Custom Structure and type /%postname% in the box.

Your permalinks should always be your post name for search engine optimization purposes but also for the readability of the user.

The date is a hindrance because:

  • It looks neat and organized,
  • It makes it easier if you ever want to recycle a post (say, if wordpress changes the way to do permalinks, I can simply update this post easily), and
  • Again, no one cares what date you wrote the post. Lol. I’ve read posts that have been years old but the information was still valid.

Next up,  Deleting WordPress Hello World post

August 10th, 2015

How to change your WordPress tagline

Whether you have already wrote and published your first post or you decided to concentrate on the ascetics, here are the first things you should do to your WordPress blog.

Update your WordPress Tagline:

 Under Settings => General

How to change the tagline on your wordpress blog

Your tagline appears underneath the name of your blog.

It should represent exactly what your blog is about.

Amablogger’s tagline is Diary of An Amateur Blogger.

Don’t worry if your purpose of your blog evolves in the future as your tagline can be easily changed.

You can even leave it blank if you have absolutely no clue what your blog is going to be about.

Some themes even allow you to upload images and you may have put the blog name and tagline on the image instead.

In that case, you will need to consult your theme on whether or not you have to delete the title or tagline.

The theme that I use, Atahualpa, can hide or show the tagline with the click of a button.

Next up How to change your permalinks and why

July 20th, 2015

Facebook groups to gain traffic

Here is my list of Facebook groups that I use to increase the amount of traffic to my blog.

Keep in mind, none of these will result in permanent or organic traffic but they are useful if you just want to get your numbers up or expose a post or website to more eyeballs.

Rule number 1 is to be sure to follow all of the rules of the group or post. Read them before posting your link.

Rule number 2 is that it is rude to drop and run. If everyone is only interested in self-promotion and not helping out their fellow blogger, no one at all will benefit. Everyone will drop and run, not just you, and you just wasted your time posting your link that you could have spent elsewhere.

FACEBOOK GROUPS THAT GET YOU TRAFFIC and social media following

Daily Traffic For Bloggers

Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Comments, Alexa, StumbleUpon, Google Plus, Clickthrough, etc.

Awesome Bloggers

Daily links supporting increases in Alexa, StumbleUpon, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

The Savvy Bloggers

Comments and social media engagement.

The Entrepreneur Village

Daily links for Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.

Mommy Bloggers LIKE Swap

Comments, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc

The Pro Bloggers Tribe

Twitter, Google Plus, etc

 Brown Blog Love

Bloggers of color only. Pinterest, Twitter, Comments, etc.

Bloggers’ Community

Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, Klout, etc.

Mommyhood Media Bloggers

Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Up All Night Blogging

Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Clickthroughs, etc.

Social Media Network Group

Alexa, Clickthrough, Comments, etc.

Twitter Marketing Group

Daily Twitter support.

Mom Blog Society Blogger Support

Comments, Alexa, Youtube, Instagram, etc.

Show Your Blog Love

Twitter, Comments, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

Together We {BLOG}

Blog posts list.

The Blog Love Project

Twitter, Comments, Facebook, etc.

Blogging to Success

Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

June 7th, 2015

How to remove a website from google analytics

For this tutorial, I already had google analytics traffic report set up on websites that on which I was no longer the webmaster because I had either let the site go or I had changed the domain name.

There are many tutorials on how to install google analytics on a website but I was looking for instructions on how to remove a website from my google analytics from my profile.

Turned out to be rather simple once I knew how.

Goes without sayimg but log in to your google analytic account.

Select the website that you want to delete.

Click Admin located at the top of the screen.

Click Account Settings.

On the right hand side of the screen, click Move to trash can.

Read the instructions before proceeding.

Move Account to Trash Can

Before moving your Analytics account My Spoiled Self to the Trash Can, please review the checklist below. Once an account expires from the Trash Can, it cannot be restored. Learn more about the Trash Can.

  • Did you mean to move individual properties or views to the Trash Can instead of the entire account?
  • Users with edit access to this account will be notified. We recommend confirming with all other users before moving this account to the Trash Can.
  • Don’t forget to remove the Analytics tracking code from your web pages or app.

Are you sure you want to proceed?


If you are sure, click Trash Account.

All users of the account will receive a message letting them know that they have 35 days to restore the account from being permanently deleted.

To do so, you must access the account from your google analytics trash can.

The email will contain a link but if you delete the message but decide to revive the website, simply visit your Admin page again and select the website (it will have a strikeout through the name).

Scroll down to Trash Can.

Select the website and click Restore.

April 28th, 2015

How to make your Atahualpa theme more mobile friendly

While checking my Google Adsense stats, I clicked on the links Multi-Screen, Site Health, and most importanly, Revenue Optimization.

Although I appreciate the help from Google, their suggestions is just so much coding hell for me.

I just don’t speak the language.

I couldn’t even figure out how to increase the font in mobile only.

However, the good folks of atahualpa did help me increase my score by a few points by making my website more mobile responsive.

It is by know means perfect but I am getting closer.

I am going to put the steps here for my use on my other websites but also to help anyone else who needs the codes.

1) Go to Atahualpa Theme Options (ATO) under Appearance.

  2.) Click on Style & configure LAYOUT

3.) In Layout WIDTH and type (FLUID or FIXED), make sure that it is set to %  (as opposed to a ‘fixed’ width).

4.) Set the ‘Layout MIN width‘ option to 320 (iPhone 4 size) or remove it altogether.

5.)  Scroll down to Add HTML/CSS Inserts

6.) Find HTML Inserts: Header

HTML Code:
<meta name=viewport content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

7) Scroll down to HTML Inserts: Body Tag and insert the following code:

HTML Code:

4) Scroll down to Add HTML/CSS Inserts->HTML Inserts: Body Bottom and insert the following code:

HTML Code:
jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
    if( $(window).width() < 768 ) {
        // If any left sidebar exists
        if ( $('#left').length || $('#left-inner').length ) {   
<script type="text/javascript">
        function OnResizeDocument () {
 if( window.innerWidth < 767 ) {
    jQuery(function($) {
if( window.innerWidth > 767 ) {
    jQuery(function($) {

5) Scroll down to CSS Inserts

HTML Code:
@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {
    table#layout > tbody,
    table#layout > tbody > tr,
    table#layout > tbody > tr > td,
    table#layout > tr,
    table#layout > tr > td,
    table#layout td#header,
    table#layout td#left,
    table#layout td#left-inner,
    table#layout td#middle,
    table#layout td#right,
    table#layout td#right-inner,
    table#layout td#footer {
        display: block;
    table#layout > colgroup {
        display: none;
    td#middle {
        width: auto;
.hentry img { 
    max-width: 100%;    
    height: auto !important; 
    display: block !important; 
img {
     border: 0 none;
     height: auto;
     max-width: 100%;
     vertical-align: middle;

Note: in steps 4 and 5 you can adjust the number (767) to suit your choice.

It is also recommended that if you don’t pass the test after doing this, disable ALL your plugins and test again to see if a plugin is causing the issue.




July 25th, 2014

Weekly Blog on blogging

I haven’t been doing much with blogging for the past few weeks.

It was the eternal battle of needing money yesterday versus building an income for the future.

And, unfortunately, the future was losing the war.

Getting to kids of to college in August was already a struggle.

But then my cell phone died.

I feel a little lost without my cell phone.

I didn’t know how addicted I was to the thing until it was gone.

One thing that I struggled, and I am still struggling with, is getting the advertisements to show up at the bottom of each post on MsCrookedHalo.

I was using Advertwhirl but it was giving me an error message that was clearly seen at the top of the website by every visitor.

It was so visually unappealing that I removed the plugin.

One thing that I am continuing to do is join every Facebook blogging group that I can find and following the rules on how to work them to my advantage.

This strategy is working well as I see my stats shoot up.

I think social engagement is the only way to get good stats on a personal blog.

My niche blogs seem to bring in organic traffic on their own.

I also decided how to do the categories on my personal blog.

And…I think I have glammed on the way to get on the youtube bandwagon.

I have had quite a few duh moments this month.

As I write this, I am reading a good post on entitled 15 Top Bloggers Reveal How They Make Money Blogging! in which he asks some top bloggers to name their 2 main ways to monetize their blogs.

If you have been blogging for awhile, the answers probably won’t surprise you.

 Hopefully, I will have more to report next week.

How’s your blogging week going?


July 4th, 2014

Good reads of the week

I’m always reading and always learning. These are just summaries of what I gleamed from the post. It was be best for you to click and read them on your own to get the full effect.

Hidden Blog Commenting Trick For Huge Traffic & Networking!

He recommends purchasing CommentLuv Premium, having a redirect Thank you page for first time commentors, keep the conversation going,

Promote Your Blog: 10 Steps to Ultimate Blog Promotion [My Personal Cheat Sheet]

Bookmark the sites that you use to promote, add social sharing buttons,

July 1st, 2014

How to remove 503 Temporarily Unavailable Error Code with Dreamhost

Last week was extremely stressful for me blog-wise.

The week that I not only decided to start writing more consistently on my book blog, I started getting a 503 Error Code.

“503 Service Unavailable The server is currently unavailable (because it is overloaded or down for maintenance). Generally, this is a temporary state.”


Being proactive, I attempted to do a search for solutions.


So, I contacted my hosting company, Dreamhost.

 “Thanks for contacting us. I apologize for the delayed response. A security mechanism caused your local IP to be blocked several times today. We’ve unblocked your IP. Please be aware that certain actions on your site can cause the Security protection to be activated. If you still have any other questions or need further assistance let us know.”

The timely response did fix it…temporarily.

I think that one of my problems is that weirdly enough my ISP comes up Chesterfield, MO while I am actually in VA.

I first noticed this when I did a google search and I kept having to change it back to Virginia.

Anywho, being as I have no clue how to fix that problem, I emailed my hosting company that I was still having the problem and then I did a search on the Dreamhost Wiki page and I am ever so glad that I did.

The solution itself was ever so simple.

Log in to Dreamhost.

Scroll down to the website in question.

Scroll over and click the “Edit” button.

Scroll down to Web Options.

Find Extra Web Security? and unclick the checkbox.

Scroll down to and click the Change Settings Button.

Go read an email or fix yourself a sandwich or something because it took a few minutes but eventually Viola!!

So far, so good.

It is highly recommended that the Extra Web Security be activated but what good does it do if it is blocking even the website owner.

As always, I hope that this helps someone out there from having to pull out his/her hair.

I, myself, may have a few new bald spots.

Because even as I write this post, I am having the same problem on this website.


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