Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's the difference between Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools?

I love a great bargain. And what better bargain than when it's free?!

So I really liked Google's free tools Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics.

There was only one problem: I wasn't altogether sure about how to use them, and for whát. If I'm really honest, I didn't even really know the difference between the two...

So I decided there was only one thing for my ignorance: find out!

For all you bloggers out there who've been wondering the same thing: what's the difference between Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools, this post wil provide you with the answer!

What's the difference between Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools?

  • Google Analytics provides you with information about your visitors. You can find out how they got to your blog, what they did there and how much time they spend reading your posts. 
  • Google Webmaster Tools shows you how Google and other search engines see your blog. It's like your personal blog doctor. It tells you if your blog is sick (malware) and where there's trouble brewing (errors and stuff). With Google Webmaster Tools you can also see how well your content is crawled, indexed and ranked by Google

And yes there's some overlap between the two! Which is one of the reasons I got confused. Both give you information about keywords for example. But for example, Google Webmaster shows all keywords your blog is ranking for, including the one no one is clicking on.

Summing up

Google Analytics is like a scientist, provided you with lots of (scary) statistics.
Google Webmaster Tools is like your friendly neighbour handyman or a nice doctor.

Link tip

You can find a very nice post about all the things you can find out with Google Webmaster Tools on Moz.com!

Do you use Google Webmaster Tools?

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

11 outdoorsy chores

Being outdoors is good for you health. Both your body ánd your mind! Your body gets vitamins, and your mind calms down.

So why not combine all the stuff you gotta do, and do it outside?

I've compiled a list of 11 chores you can do in the great outdoors!

11 outdoorsy chores

  1. Raking leaves
  2. Windlow cleaning
  3. Cleaning the gutters
  4. Mow the lawn
  5. Pulling up weeds
  6. Walking the dog
  7. Deliver postcards and letters personally
  8. Declutter your yard
  9. Paint your garden furniture
  10. Grow vegetables
  11. Hang your laundry
Do you know any more chores you can do outside?

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Lighten Up — Making the House Brighter

I love this style of lamp!
Do you sometimes get the itch to redecorate your home? To give it a whole new look and move all the furniture around?

I do.

And my husband hates it. He likes things to stay the same. But there's nothing like giving your home a make-over. I love walking into a room I've changed, and enjoying the new look and feel.

And now I've discovered another way to give our home a new look: lamps! I can't believe I've neglected lighting all this time. Personally I blame my aunt! She used to have dolls with lamps beneath their skirts. I think that's put me off lamps for a long time.

But no more.

Give your room a whole new look by using lamps!

Switching up your lighting is an easy, not-too-expensive way to alter the entire space. But when you're choosing your lamps make sure they blend in with the furniture, wall color and decor you've chosen. That way your room will look cohesive and welcoming look and not like a cheap thrift shop.

Mix and match different styles of lamps

You can enhance the personality of your bedroom, office or living room with table lamps while also creating enough light to read, play games or spend time with friends and family. Many experts recommend mixing and matching colors and styles. For instance, you could place one type of lamp on your nightstands and then a different, but coordinating on your dresser. You might also try two different lamps in the same color. These little details help bring the room together so that you can enjoy it.

Size matters!

Another thing to consider when choosing table lights is the lamp size. Home design specialists recommend choosing ones that allow you to see just the light bulb socket when you sit down. If it’s any taller than that the light will shine right into your eyes when you're relaxing.

The height of a lamp shouldn't stop you from buying a lamp you love though. Don't be afraid to mix and match shades. You can always switch one that doesn't work with one that does. That way you can add the ambiance you want without having to sacrifice the perfect lamp for your room.

Not every lamp goes everywhere

You can bring lamps into virtually any room of your house. But that doesn’t mean one that’s right for a particular room will work well for all the others too. In the living room, you can usually get away with taller lamps, provided that they don't shine in your face. But make sure they're heavier on the bottom so they’re less likely to get knocked over in such a high traffic space. Especially if you have kids!

Use a brighter bulb, and scatter several table lamps around so that there's light reaching the entire room. In the dining room, go for dramatic lamps with smaller shades so that they occupy less space but add elegance to the room.

For your bedroom, choose a smaller, shorter lamp that can provide light for reading. In kids' bedrooms, go for sturdy lamps that hold up to playing, and consider fun colors and shapes to bring life to the space.

Think before you buy

No matter what type of lamp or light you choose, always give it some thought before buying. That way you won’t end up stuck with a purchase that you later regret. Decide which style and color will look best beforehand, so that you can find what you want easily. Home design can be stressful enough without the burden of the shopping around adding to it!

Especially if you take your husband with you. Which is a rookie mistake, if you ask me!

What kinds of lamps do you have?

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