Guide to Your WYSIWYG & HTML Tabs for Blogs & Special Effects (UPDATED)

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties

Guide to Your WYSIWYG & HTML Tabs for Blogs & Special Effects

You've seen articles with special effects like: signatures, logos, pictures, smileys, etc., and wondered how they're incorporated into the blogs, haven't you?  For example: 

Many members already know how to do this, but I didn't know how so I learned it by trial and error gleaning information from several posts that did not specify the step by step process.  This is so simple even I am able to do it.  I'm certain that there are more elegant and efficient ways to do this, but if you're technically challenged like me, this is for you!

  • This also works when you want only to write your first few blogs without special effects--just type on the WYSIWYG text box (What You See Is What You Get), and ignore the html portion of the instructions. But do follow the other numbered steps. 
  • If you want to insert images, click on the green tree icon, browse, and upload.  Fill in the Description, click on Appearance and experiment where you want to place the image (top, bottom, right, left, etc.), then Insert.  Hop on over to Step 6.
  • If you only want to post your article to Localism, when you're finished writing skip on to Step 8.

The most important thing is to write your article (presumably you've written it in Word, Notepad, etc.), and create and save a copy of the html code for your special effects.  Create them free from mylivesignature, postlets, and vflyer websites.

  1. Go to My Blog (Post) page.  Fill in your Title, go to the Visibility button, and choose DRAFT (this saves your work and it stays in this mode until you change it).
  2. Click on the HTML tab, paste the html code of your special effects; signature, logo, postlet or vflyer, (even YouTube--I haven't tried this admittedly).  For this exercise, I put in the clipboard the html code for a similar widget under my photo that I created from the vFlyer website.

But you're not done yet--

     3.  Post Blog Entry, click on the WYSIWYG tab (you should now see the graphic of what was pasted):      

                                  

      4.   Click on Edit, put the cursor (the blinking thingie) where you want your prepared content, and paste

      5.   Keep posting and editing until you're satisfied with the result, use spell check, put in Tags (keywords)

      6.   In Visibility, change from the DRAFT mode to either Public, Associates Only or Members Only

      7.    Post To:  Public Categories to either For real estate professionals

Or if your article is about your locality, news and events;

      8.     Post To:  For Consumers (Posted to Localism.com)--drill it down to state, county, city, neighborhoods

      9.    Choose up to 5 Blogger Groups that you're a member of (only relevant groups please) then...

     10.   Post Blog Entry!  Congratulations!

Other tips and inspiration:  

Please use common sense and don't abuse these special effects - make them fun but not loud like the samples above!  Cheers!

UPDATE: The glittermaker link has been removed due to its unpredictability. My apologies. 01/08/07

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Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Hello, Judith!  You're welcome!  I hope it helps in a small way.  Hey, you're almost my neighbor!  How far are you from O'Fallon, IL?  Keep on blogging--if you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail or post them here.  Thank you for your comments!  Happy Halloween!
Oct 31, 2007 09:56 AM #73
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Dale Baker
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Howdy Yolanda

Thank you for this how to do post. Your a very helpful lady for taking the time to give us all info.

Have a good one

Oct 31, 2007 10:03 AM #74
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Hi, Dale!  You're welcome.  It's amazing how much information is here on AR--hopefully this is a useful one.  You're also very generous in welcoming the newbies.  I've seen your comments and it helps the new bloggers more than you know.  Keep it up, and thank you for stopping by! 

Oct 31, 2007 10:31 AM #75
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Judith Reppert
United Country Countryside Realty - Mount Vernon, MO

Thanks Yolanda,

I will definitely email you with questions and keep an eye on your blog for more of this useful stuff!  I'm in the Southwest part of Missouri now (between Joplin and Springfield), but I used to live in St. Louis, much closer to O'Fallon.

Enjoy your Halloween, hope you get lots of trick-or-treaters!

Oct 31, 2007 10:48 AM #76
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Judith, give me a call whenever you're in the area.  Every year we get less and less tricksters--too bad since we give out great candies.  LOL  I guess going to the mall is the fashionable thing to do, but there's no adventure there.  And the little ones do grow up and it's not cool to trick or treat anymore.  Thanks!
Oct 31, 2007 02:13 PM #77
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Brian Wentz
Keller Williams Greater Des Moines - Des Moines, IA
Realtor - Des Moines Iowa Real Estate

Hey Yolanda ~ Thanks for the tip. I never knew you could go back and forth after saving as draft. That is great to know!!

Best wished for '08!

Jan 11, 2008 11:13 PM #78
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Thanks for your comment, Brian!  I hope it's useful to you.  Have a great real estate year!
Jan 12, 2008 02:12 PM #79
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Thavisak Lucky Syphanthong
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Yolanda, you are a tech wizard!  Thanks
Jan 13, 2008 04:07 PM #80
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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
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Yolanda,

Your post just keeps on giving. Thank-you for your help!

Jan 14, 2008 04:07 AM #81
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hello, Thavisak! Thanks for your comment.  I'm by no means a techie--just want to pay back what I learned from the other bloggers.  I hope it's helpful to you!

Hi, Mike!  It's amazing some of the things we learn here on AR.  I'm glad that I can help.  Thank you for stopping by!

Jan 14, 2008 11:20 AM #82
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Hey Yolanda - I came across your blog and just had to say "hey". I'm still just blogging along. I have to tell you that I now have a title, another realtor calls me - Gentlemen Carl so we have the Queen of baskets, King of Rats and Queen of M&M's and now my title. Are we special or what?

Have a good one. Your bud over Texas way.

Carl

Hill Countryo Inspector Group - Active Rain

Jan 14, 2008 12:17 PM #83
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Hey, Carl! Great to see you!  Congrats on your new title, Gentleman Carl!  I agree with whoever gave you the title.  Say hi, to Ceil for me...and thanks for dropping by!
Jan 14, 2008 02:49 PM #84
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Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
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Thank you Yolanda I will check it out.  This is one that will not die out.  I see so many members using it.  Great post.
Jan 14, 2008 03:00 PM #85
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate
Hello, Rosemary!  Great to see you again!  You've been a busy blogger--I can't catch you if I tried.  LOL  Thank you for dropping by and for keeping in touch! 
Jan 14, 2008 03:53 PM #86
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Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Well, heck, I just came here to return a comment.

BUT, look at all the useful stuff, I've done gone and found.

I'll be back to read a lot more and try some of the neat stuff you've provided instructions for.

 Thanks

 

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Jan 25, 2008 09:46 AM #87
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D B
Quakertown, PA
e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578

Hey Yolanda.  Great information here.  I love those widgets from V Flyer!

Don

Jan 25, 2008 09:53 AM #88
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hello, Erby!

I hope you would...it's fun to start with, then it gets frustrating.  LOL  If you need any help, just ask/visit again.  Thanks for your comment!

Hi, Don!

It's a free service--that's what I like the most.  It's easy to create as well, and the final product looks great.  Thanks for dropping by!

Jan 26, 2008 02:43 PM #89
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hello, Erby!

I hope you would...it's fun to experiment with, then it gets frustrating.  LOL  If you need any help, just ask/visit again.  Thanks for your comment!

Hi, Don!

Just paying it forward for all the great tips I received here over time.  It's a free service--that's what I like the most about vFlyer.  It's easy to create, and the final product looks great.  Thanks for dropping by!

Jan 26, 2008 02:45 PM #90
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Tracie Burlage
Rose and Womble Realty, Va Beach Oceanfront - Virginia Beach, VA
Va Beach Homes

Here goes...

signature

...did it!

Apr 24, 2008 06:35 PM #91
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Hello, Tracie!  Thanks for dropping by--this goes way back.  I'm glad you found it useful, and welcome to the 'rain!

Apr 25, 2008 07:13 AM #92
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