I’m a bit late, because we’re close to the fifth month of 2017 (time flies right?!), but I thought it would be cool to create a blog posts which is a sort of round up or collection of all posts I’ve written in 2016 on branding, design, branding, WordPress, social media, business & blogging

My Blog Posts from 2016 on Branding, Design, WordPress, Social Media, Business & Blogging (+ Introducing the Blog Posts Archives)

*UPDATE 15.03.2018* I changed up  my blog categories to: Design, Branding, Portfolio, WordPress, Blog & Business and Tech Tutorials

I’m a bit late, because we’re close to the fifth month of 2017 (time flies right?!), but I thought it would be cool to create a blog posts which is a sort of round up or collection of all posts I’ve written in 2016 on branding, design, branding, WordPress, social media, business & blogging.
Also, I recently created a blog posts archives where you can see all of my blog posts ever. I’m all about user experience and personally, I hate to click through dozens of pages on the main blog page to find the one I want to read. I’ll introduce the blog posts archives by the end of the posts, first let’s dive into the collection of posts about branding, design, branding, WordPress, social media, business & blogging.
I feel like I focused too much on sharing my tips about Pinterest in which I specialise, but didn’t pay enough attention to posts about branding, design and WordPress which are directly connected to my occupation, services and products I offer.
When you do something every day, you might think that everyone around, have the same knowledge as you and because branding, WordPress and design are topics I talk and think about every day, they seem obvious and easy. Well, they might be to me, but not for my audience, so I definitely plan to pay more attention to those.



PS. You can also find the blog categories on the bottom of the homepage, along with the archives page. My client Emily Hall, from Oh My Foodie inspired me to do that because she wanted her categories on the homepage too, but I’ll talk more about it in the next posts.
Branding - Blog Category - MintSwift
Since I’m a brand and website designer, branding is definitely my favourite topic to write about. I realised that I haven’t actually written enough about it and I plan to change that in 2017. I just published a post about branding vs brand identity last week. Below, you can find my case studies posts about my brand & website design clients, posts about MintSwift shop, plus about branding your Pinterest profile.
The quickest and the easiest way to make sure your Pinterest boards fits your brand is to design custom board covers using your brand colours, fonts and other elements like patterns or photography. In this post, I’ll show you how to design custom Pinterest board covers and how to upload and add a custom board cover image on Pinterest.
Step-by-step design process behind a logo and submark design for Canyon Heart by MintSwift- logo design, submark design, branding, graphic design, brand board
How to brand your Pinterest business profile. 7 ways to create a consistent brand identity for your business beyond your website. Brand your Pinterest profile, and create a cohesive, consistent experience for your audience. Get recognition on Pinterest and get more traffic to your blog and website. Stand out among the others and let your brand shine through the Pinterest profile. Brand your profile picture, business name, bio, boards, branding your board covers and creating pinnable images
Premade Branding Kit are now available in MintSwift Shop. This is a perfect option when you’re on a tight budget but still want a well-designed brand identity. The visual aspect of your brand in essential in making a good impression on your website or social media visitors, getting more followers, subscribers, clients and traffic MintSwift premade branding kits were created with a thought of small business owners, bloggers, and creative entrepreneurs. Investing in a branding design can be really hard when you have thousands of other expenses, so MintSwift premade branding kits allows you to brand your business on a budget. Click through and see all premade branding kits available in MintSwift shop!
MintSwift Shop is finally open! I’m so excited to share more information about it with you today. Shop with premade logo designs, has been my dream for about a year. I simply love creating a logos and it’s my main speciality. I’m so happy to share my expertise with all amazing lady bosses out here!
MintSwift premade logos were created with a thought of small business owners, bloggers and creative entrepreneurs. My affordable premade logo options allow you to develop your brand identity at a fraction of the cost of logo package when you just starting out or simply you’re not ready for custom logo.
At the beginning of the year, I had a pleasure to work with Winning Moments on their new logo. Winning Moments is an agency, specialises in competitions and promotions as a method of advertising but they're moving more towards editorial content and product review as well as just competition features...
A logo is a visual representation of your business and, therefore, it’s crucial. Logo design establishes your identity, and it is also the most powerful marketing tool. When someone enters a store, visits a website, or sees a product on a shop shelf, the first thing he or she notices is a logo with a name of a brand or a symbol that represents a business. A well-designed logo is an essential part of any company's marketing strategy.
Design - Blog Category - MintSwift
Similar to branding, I love talking about design. This blog category is quite similar to the branding, but there are quite a few posts that fall into the design category, rather than branding. I like to think about the design category as more broad compared to branding. There is a blog series about my design process, which is now updated since I no longer offer just a logo design. You can also find posts about design mistakes and more
Visual mistakes can make you appear unprofessional and untrustworthy to your audience. Today, I share my top 10 design mistakes to avoid and what to do instead. Learn about the common design mistakes like using blurry photos and graphics, scaling text or images disproportionately, using hard to read fonts, using too many colours, not using paragraphs and more. The visual aspect of your brand identity, so anything design related you’re showing to your potential clients is the core of the first impression. Well-designed website and brand identity will help you get more clients, customers, email subscribers, followers and more.
Today it’s the last post of “My Creative Process Series”. At the beginning of the series, wanted to create a separate post for “Final Presentation” and “Approval”, but I’ve decided to describe those steps in this post. Also, I’ll be sharing information about “Files delivery” and “Launch”.
Today I’ll share more about my next steps which are “Feedback” and “Revisions”. It’s essential, that client actively participates in this stage, because without client’s feedback and revision suggestions, we can’t move forward. But first off, what is feedback? Why is it important? Why do I need it? What information do I need from the client?
Today, I’ll share more about next steps in my creative process which are “Concepts” and “Presentation”. These are my favourite steps, because they are all about design! Let’s start with my definition of a logo concept. Logo concept is an idea translated to graphical representation and it includes font choices, setting up an overall layout, choosing colours and proper style.
Today, I’ll share more about my third step in my creative process which is “Research”. In this step, I summarize all the information you’ve provided me with during “Get in touch” and “Questionnaire”. I sometimes call the third step “Brainstorming”.
Today I’ll tell you more about first and second steps of my creative process for custom logo designs, which are “Get in touch” and “Questionnaire”. These steps are essential in any client’s project and they help me (and you) assess whether we are good fit...
As a creative entrepreneur, I’ve been able to establish my own creative process for custom logo designs. It may seem like creating a logo, illustration or any other graphic design piece, is easy and only requires drawing in Adobe Illustrator for few minutes ...
WordPress - Blog Category - MintSwift
In the WordPress category, there’s one of the most popular post about 18+ WordPress plugins, how to add pin it button to WordPress, how to set up Rich Pins in WordPress and more. I’ll try to share my technical tutorials and tips on WordPress, especially for my website design clients, so they can manage their site on their own.
Rich Pins add extra details to Pins from your website, which means that the pin will show your branding (favicon) title of your blog post and description, also information about you (pinner) and call to action buttons. There are five types of Rich Pins: movie, recipe, article, product and place. In order to enable rich pins for your website, you need to verify it first. Without Rich Pins, your blog seems unprofessional and they are essential in getting most of Pinterest to use it as a funnel to your website, not just another profile when you get followers and admirers, not clients.
18+ essential WordPress plugins. To improve your blog, get email subscribers, set up e-commerce shop, track your analytics & more. WordPress plugins allow you to expand the functionality of your site, improving your website design wise and making it easier for you. Today I’m sharing 18 of my favourites, essential and the best WordPress plugins for bloggers and business owners – it’s a gold mine of plugins which will take your website to a next level.
As I’ve mentioned in one of my posts, Pinterest is one of my largest source of traffic and it’s a game changer for most bloggers. Key to blog success on Pinterest is sharing Pinnable blog post images, so having vertical images, with large text, your website address, and brand colours/photos. Adding custom pin it button to your blog images, is another way to get people to pin your content more often. The custom Pin it button will appear when they hover a mouse over your images. Custom pin it button is a great way to expand your brand further, add more personality to it and use it as a distinctive element of your blog, which people would easier remember than the generic, red Pin it button available for all business owners.


Pinterest is my absolute favourite platform, even though it’s not really a social media. Most of my posts in the social media category are about Pinterest, but there is one post about Instagram referrals showing in Google Analytics.
In this post, I’ll show you 5 benefits of having a Pinterest business account. You’ll learn why you should have a Pinterest business account, how to create a business account or convert a personal account to business account and what are the features of Pinterest business account and why do you need them.
Pinterest is a not social media platform it’s a search engine, therefore followers there don’t play the same role like on other platforms. This is probably the biggest myth and misconception which in people still believe and keep focusing on getting more and more followers on Pinterest, so missing the larger goals and more important factors.
The other day, I saw something in my Google Analytics dashboard in the real-time mode – someone was visiting my blog post from Instagram. Turns out that Google Analytics is now tracking Instagram referrals! It’s a great news for those of you who uses Instagram for business purposes and to share your latest blog post with your Instagram audience. Being able to track to track user conversions from Instagram to website or blog is important for any business owner or blogger. Click trough to read the whole post!
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Pinterest is one of my largest sources of website traffic even though I don’t have an enormous Pinterest following, yet. I’d love to share my exact steps which helped me grow my traffic by 500% in just one month, using Pinterest with minimum effort because it is largely automated!


Both business and blogging categories are more general that the above, because for me business and blogging is related to social media, branding, WordPress and design. Therefore, most of the posts might overlap from the previous categories, but I only shared the ones they don’t below:
In this post, I’ll show you three easy methods to remove yourself from Google Analytics data. One of the methods requires excluding your IP address from Google Analytics, the second is an exclusion setting in Google Analytics WordPress plugin and the third one is quite radical, but it works if you have a dynamic IP address (which changes every day or once a week) but it has a huge downside.
Email marketing is essential in growing your blog and online business. At first, you might feel intimated by it, especially when you don’t like tech stuff, but actually, it’s super easy to set up. In this post, I’ll prove it to you that you don’t need to be a tech guru to set up MailChimp correctly. Everyone eventually wants to convert blog readers into email subscribers, but how can you do it? Today, I’ll walk you through the steps how to set up your list, how to set up sign up form and how to create opt-in (embedded) forms in MailChimp so you can start collecting emails today!
When you are a solopreneur, it’s like a rollercoaster – one day you’re super motivated, have thousands of ideas for new blog post, email newsletter, social media post, but let’s face it – there are also days when you feel like giving up, you question every decision, thinking “Why the heck I’m even doing this?!” and it’s ok. The beauty of having your own business and being your own boss is that you can always take a break and no one would blame you, especially when you work with or for other business owners and they been there too.


Similar to business, this is a broad category, because it’s connected to all the categories above. The blogging category contains posts about promoting your content, getting traffic, designing your blog and building your email list.
Building list from scratch? Learn how to get your first 100 email subscribers with the most effective way which will help you build your email list from scratch in the next 30 days or less
When you just started your blog and you have five blog post, you probably don’t have a lot of your own content to share on Pinterest. It’s not a secret – long, vertical images work better on Pinterest rather than square and small, but not everyone wants to include a giant image for the blog post or want to include five different blog post graphic within the post because it’ll look cluttered and can distract your reader. Today, I want to share my secret weapon which helps me get more traffic from Pinterest, by making my content visible to more people. You’ll learn how to hide vertical images for Pinterest in a simple way, so you can have more than one image for a blog post.
Not every blogger is a photographer, not everyone can afford a DSLR or even the newest iPhone, but you don’t have to worry – there are plenty websites out there where you can find free stock images for your blog and social media posts (and you can always add your own later as your blog grows Am I right?). Not everyone has a house or flat with a big window, can style their photos or have time for it.
I have an endless list of ideas for the upcoming posts for 2017 and I hope to share them more frequently. I’m moving/travelling to Spain for the next 3 months, so once I set up there, hopefully, I’ll find time to share all those posts with you.
Lastly, as I’ve mentioned at the beginning of the post, I’ve created an entire page on my site called Archives, which contains all my blog posts, so not just for 2016, for 2017 and future posts too. I wanted to make it easier for you to check out the posts since I know how hard and time consuming is to search for the post on the main blog page.
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Which of my posts from 2016 on branding, design, branding, WordPress, social media, business & blogging was most helpful for you? On which of my six categories I should focus in 2017?

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MintSwift blog posts from 2016 | Blog posts roundup | collection of blog posts | blog posts about branding, design, branding, WordPress, social media, business & blogging |blog design tips | logo design tips | blogging tips, traffic tips | email subscribers tips | growing your business | how to design and grow your online business | MintSwift| Adrianna Glowacka | MintSwift Design
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