Sometimes, in the wild world of blogging, we need quick wins.
Things that are easy to do.
Things that only take a few minutes.
But things that will make a huge impact on the way we look.
In my opinion, there aren't enough of those things in this crazy world.
In fact, sadly, I can only come up with two right now.
But they're good ones, and you'll be so proud of yourself when you do them.
So let's get to it!
Two Quick Wins That'll Make You Look Like a Professional Right Away
1. Get Yourself a Favicon
Look up to the top of your site. What's in the upper left-hand corner? Just to the left of your site name?
Mine has a little typewriter:
Isn't it cute? Let's make you one!
a. Head to PicMonkey and Design Your Favicon
Click design –> square.
Make the background transparent:
Add an overlay (the butterfly icon):
Enlarge it, change the color:
Add anything additional to it:
Save it, and change the dimensions to 512 x 512:
b. Add Your Favicon to WordPress
Now, go to your site, and log in. Then click “Customize” as you can see here:
Click “Site Identity”:
Scroll down to where it says Site Icon and upload your new icon:
Note: I'm not uploading the happy water droplet, because that was just an example and proof that even a SUPER UGLY favicon is better than nothing at all (or the Genesis “G” that StudioPress makes their default).
Pat yourself on the back. Quick win #1 can be marked off your checklist.
Read another post about getting a favicon: Why You need a Favicon for Pinterest (and Where to Get One)
Ready for Quick Win #2? It's even easier than #1 because you don't have to log in anywhere to implement it. In fact, you can even do this for others.
2. Get Rich Pins on Pinterest
I'm surprised when I see people who don't yet have rich pins. In fact, just this morning, I was looking at a friend's pins to admire her style, and realized that even she doesn't have them anymore.
So I did what all good friends do — I added them for her!
I went to one of her blog posts, copied the URL, and headed over to the Rich Pin Validator, where I pasted it in.
Because she had the right set up on her site, and all the boxes were checked, Pinterest came back QUICKLY with a response.
I emailed her, and she said thank you.
Read more in-depth about getting rich pins (in case it's not as easy as simply pasting the URL): How to Install Rich Pins with WordPress
So, that's it. Two quick wins. Now you look like a pro who knows what you're doing (and we'll keep your secret because we know that nobody ever really knows what they're doing!).
Go out and conquer your day!