Saturday, May 4, 2013

Two Quick Blogger Tutorials and SALES!!!

As I've mentioned before, my real life best friend started her own blog a little while ago.

Teacher at the Wheel

 Amanda teaches 1st grade in Macon, GA, although she is looking for a job in the Atlanta area for next year when she moves, so please go check her out and help her reach 100 followers!

Anyway, the real reason for this post is to help her with two recent questions that I think a lot of you might be interested in as well. I figured it was easier to just do a quick tutorial. Then you can check back to this post if you need it later.

Question #1: How do I add a link to my blog when I comment on other people's blogs?

You have to create a code for your link, which is actually quite simple! Mine looks like this:

<a href="">Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late</a>

To create your own, change out the red with your own information. Replace my blog url with your own, and then replace my name with your blog/website's name (or whatever you want the link to say - this is also how you can link to your TPT store).

Simple, right? The only problem I've run into is that you have to save this code somewhere on your computer and pull it up every time you go to comment. I save mine as a blog post that I never publish. Then I can pull it up wherever I am.

Question #2: How do I stop being a no-reply blogger?

This is a BIGGIE, and you may not even know you're a no-reply blogger. Quick way to be sure: Do you ever get emails back when you comment on someone else's blog? I get all of my comments sent to my email (as do many others), and I try to ALWAYS respond via email, but sometimes I don't even notice it's not getting to you because the email just says and goes back to who-knows-where.

Step 1: Sign into your Blogger Dashboard and look into the very top right-hand corner with your name. Click on the little arrow to go to your Blogger Profile.

Step 2: In the right-hand, there should be an orange box that says "Edit Profile". Click on it.

Step 3: Under privacy settings at the top, the second box should be "Show my email address". Make sure it is checked.

Step 4: Then look a little further down under "Identity" where it says "Email Address". Make sure you have an email address entered here.

If Steps 3 AND 4 are not completed, you are a no-reply blogger. 

That's fine if you want to be, but you will miss out on a lot of comments, and it makes us (or at least me) sad when I can't contact the person who commented on my blog. Go check your blog now to make sure you're not a no-reply blogger. I know I have a few who comment on here!

I hope you're still reading because the exciting news hasn't come yet. Teacher's Notebook AND Teachers Pay Teachers are having sales for Teacher Appreciation Week, and I'm participating (along with a LOT of other bloggers)!

The TN sale started today and runs until Friday, May 10. Everything in my store is 28% (20% from me plus the 10% that TN is giving everyone). Go check it out! I know a few already have!


Also be sure to click the link in my sidebar all week to enter the daily giveaway for a $100 gift card to Oriental Trading.

Then TPT is also having a sale soon. Keep your eyes peeled for it, and start filling up those carts!


  1. I always type out my hyperlink to my blog when I comment the first time, then copy and paste it into the other comments I make on other blogs during that time. It's actually much quicker for me than figuring out where I saved it!

    Fifth in the Middle

  2. I have a sticky note on my desktop that has my link code on it. That way I just go to the sticky note, copy it, paste it, and {BAM} it is there! So simple! I do that with my TPT and TN store links for other things too. So simple! Heading over to check out Amanda's blog!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  3. Thanks for the tutorials and the awesome recommendation! I think I fixed my no-reply email issue...will you try to email me? Also, let's see if this link works...

    Teacher at the Wheel

    Yay!! Thanks!

  4. Thanks for making this tutorial about the no reply blogger! I remembered seeing this when I first started blogging and made sure to change it. I love being able to respond to be and it makes me sad when they are a no reply blogger!

  5. OK... I think I am missing something! Where do you put the code once you create it, so you can have the link show up in the comment? Do you paste it in the comment?

    Thanks, Amy

  6. Thanks for the great tutorial! I didn't even realize that I was a no reply blogger! What a bummer! Hopefully I have it all fixed now!!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  7. Thank you for these awesome tutorials!! These are two things I have been wondering :) THANKS!

    Simply Second Grade