Build A Better Blog, How To SEO & Brace Face

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend Bloggy Boot Camp hosted by the SITS Girls and Invisalign at the Hotel Palomar in Center City Philadelphia. A large group of bloggers from the Greater Philadelphia Area were invited – I met lot’s of new people and got introduced to some new {to me!} blogs. It was a really fun and informative night out and I wanted to share with you some of the great blogging tips I learned.

Check out my notes below from the conference on Building A Better Blog, How to SEO & my experience with braces – including a few photos for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

What I Learned At Bloggy Boot Camp:

How To Build A Better Blog

How to Build A Better Blog: Get Opportunity and Keep it Coming 

  • Make sure your e-mail address is accessible & clear, preferably on the right hand sidebar
  • Check to ensure your blog loads within 3 seconds – check various platforms {Chrome, Safari, etc.}
  • Don’t clutter up sidebar with lots of plug-ins
  • Media Kit {1-2 pages} that matches your blog & shares its assets – look at it monthly & update
  • Business cards – 2 types – fun & serious
  • Attend blog conferences at least once a year, with the sole purpose of networking
  • Have a presence in your community, build local relationships
  • Go reserve your own twitter name, web page and maybe your kids twitter names – looking towards the future
  • Trade is the new currency, never be afraid to ask
  • Don’t go into business with anyone you haven’t met in person
  • Who is doing what you want to be doing? Make friends.
  • Know your worth.
  • Before you shut a door, look for a window – pitch back & pay it forward – If you aren’t the right person for an opportunity, who is?
  • Quality, not quantity – Bring your A game
  • Engage with brands and other bloggers you are interested in working with on twitter
  • Be nice or go home!

How to SEO Your Blog Posts

How to SEO: Ways to Make Google {and brands} Love Your Blog 

  • Use of the Google Keyword Tool, target 3 related keywords per post.
  • Make your first 100 words matter, insert keywords, bold & link {1 link at least in first 100 words!}
  • Rename your photos using descriptive words – photos should be the full width of your posting area
  • Link like a Pro – link back to yourself, a sponsor, or keywords
  • Finish {your post} with a bang – make share buttons easily accessible like google +, Facebook, Twitter
  • Create winning post titles – balance between catchy and keyword options
  • Make your URLs work for you, stay away from alphanumeric code
  • Don’t forget Google + {let’s be friends!} – when you put content into google it more shareable, searchable
  • Public Google+ updates will allow search engines to index content, #hashtags are similar to Twitter, +Tags should be used for names/pages – cover art 2120 x 1192 pixels max, profile pic 250 x 250 pixels max
  • Apply for google authorship


 Along with learning some great blogging tips and tricks and some great networking, the event was sponsored by Invisalign, which included a really nice presentation and teen patient panel of current Invisalign users. Seeing the teenagers with their straight teeth and their Invisalign’s in made me totally jealous, and nostalgic. I had some crazy teeth as a kid {see photos below} – my parents always said that I had buck teeth, yes – their words, because I had a pacifier until I went to pre-school. Don’t judge, I loved that thing.

brace face

{check me out – 

obviously, I had a thing for sunflowers. }

So it was always inevitable that I would get braces when I got older. Little did I know that I would have to have them on for FOUR YEARS! Ugh. I’m going to be a little dramatic about it, because having braces from 9-13 was no fun. At first, I thought the braces were a little cool and it was fun to pick out what color bands I wanted each month, but let’s be honest, they aren’t cute and they hurt. But they did their job and when I got them off my mom took me to get glamour shots {remember those? – I’ll save those pictures for another day!}

my teeth pre braces

{i can’t believe i put this on the internet

and yes, my mom kept the mold all these years}

But I truly wish there was another option to having braces when I was a kid and I am envious of all those that get to take advantage of the other options available now in the dental industry. Invisalign as a new alternative to braces, and now there is even Invisalign Teen which is available to pre-teens and teens. Did I mention, I’m so totally jealous?!

Adults and teens now have a modern choice for straightening their teeth.  No more wires and brackets required – Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces that uses a series of virtually invisible and removable aligners that gradually move teeth over time. The benefits include no food restrictions, ability to easily maintain healthy dental brushing habits, minimal interference with sports or other activities, and teeth get straightened without most people knowing you are in treatment.  Visit the Invisalign website for more information about the clear alternative to braces.


{yes, another sunflower outfit

and key lime pie – yum!}

But as long as you take care of your teeth & your oral health – that’s something to smile about!

all smiles


What’s your most memorable experience with braces?


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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    Love your post, especially your teeth molds and cute photos! I am an adult and currently have been using Invisalign for the past 6 months. It has been super easy to use and I am totally loving the results!

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