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The beauty about comments and commentluv is that it can lead you to some very interesting blog articles, and if you’re not one to reciprocate comments, or at least check out who is leaving comments on your blog you’re possibly missing out on some really great reads.

Just the other day Trey of Swollen Thumb Entertainment left a comment on one of my posts that linked to his Treat Your Blog Like A Living Thing post and I’m here to tell you it is one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time, entertaining as well as informative. Just in case you are missing the point, I am suggesting that you go and have a read :wink_ee:

That post galvanized me into changing the look of the blog to coincide with the up and coming Halloween festive season. Luckily for me, FlexSqueeze, this blogs theme, makes it extremely easy to change the look and feel of a blog, as I demonstrated in my Flexsqueeze & The Total Screen Recorder post. I simply installed a new header, changed the overall color of the theme including some lovely blood red links etc. to give it what I believe to be a nice Halloween feel.

I’ve even changed a couple of banners in the ‘feature’ section of the header to offer the readers a great selection of Halloween costumes and paraphernalia. For those of you who have been following my earning stats over the last few months, you may well have noticed an increase ever since changing to the Flexsqueeze theme, and it’s my opinion that it’s directly related to that ‘feature’ section of the blog. We all know that when it comes to making money on a blog, sales is largely dependent on your ad placement, and I’ve found that area to be the best performer for my blogs.

Don’t be surprised if over the coming weeks some form of horrible, scary header appears as it’s all to do with getting in the spirit of Halloween.


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  1. Hey Sire, way to COMPLETELY outdo me in the field of Halloween themes. lol, seriously though, this is a cool redesign. It looks good! I’m going to have to upgrade mine a little bit, because all I did was change around the colors.

    And thanks a lot for the praise. I’m proud of that article. I’m glad you liked it!
    .-= Trey – Swollen Thumb Entertainment´s last blog ..Free Music Download: Purgatory =-.

    1. I reckon I have an unfair advantage Trey, in that this theme makes redesigning it so damn easy. As you can see I had to make the comment font red. A little harder on the eyes but it certainly fits the theme. :devil_tb:

      As for your post….it deserved the praise mate.

  2. I think is a great idea Sire. I woulnd’t go for so much trouble but it does brings a fresh change for a while.

    1. Honestly mate, with this Theme it wasn’t all that hard. The hardest part was finding the right header.

  3. When the first time landed here I thought I was entering a ghost house, well I am! Good job Sire for what you did to bring this “ghostly” environment theme to welcome Helloween
    .-= Ryan´s last blog ..BeWare Of This Fake Paypal Email – This One Really Smooth =-.

  4. You new design is AWESOME!

  5. I have personally never been very fond of Halloween, which have become an American tradition to beg candy from others. Anyway, do you think there are any advantages of changing your theme after holidays and do you recommend others to do it as well?
    .-= Stefan´s last blog ..Get People to Work For Free =-.

    1. That depends Stefan on the reason for changing it. As an example, because Halloween is around the corner it does offer opportunities for offering products that related to Halloween. You could also do the same for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mothers Day, Valentines and the list goes on.

      The other benefit is it allows you to have some fun with your blog and breaks the monotony of always having the same theme.

      1. @Sire, personally I don’t buy the changing theme on festival occasions. Not only it involves more working hours, it may also be a bad to not that regular but frequent visitors. I still remember some sites from their layout and not by their names. I know its strange but cant help it. Their layout hits my brain easily than their URL :D Changing layout is okay once in a year or two. what say??

        Regards,
        Mack McMillan
        .-= Mack@Las Vegas Homes´s last blog ..Commercial Real Estate Bubble =-.

        1. @Mack@Las Vegas Homes, Hi Mack, I suppose it may not be for everyone, and it would entail a lot of work for those that don’t use Flexsqueeze or some similar theme.

          Me, I found it was easy and fun to do. As for people not recognizing my blog, I suppose it all depends on their url. I reckon my regulars will recognize my blog. They may wonder a bit at the changes, but I doubt they will stop reading the blog because of it.
          .-= Sire´s last blog ..Wassup With Halloween And Making Money =-.

  6. Nice flexibility on the fly is always good to switch it up.
    I think the key to breaking out once you know your not going to quit this insane hobby called blogging is to constantly mix it up.For example I have seen that Trey guy popping up and because he has a whacky company name I’m going to check it out Swollen Thumb must be investigated LOL if it was new-creative-mastermind or anything like that I wouldn’t bother. So off beat is often a good hook :)
    I don’t even go to problogger.net anymore because I know what the POST are going to be,same old crap LOL :)
    2010 MIX it or perish :)
    Stumbled off to check out that other blog Peace :)
    Hope all is well thanks
    .-= John Sullivan´s last blog ..Blogging news you can’t use =-.

    1. @John Sullivan, I think you will like what Trey has to offer. As to Problogger, I haven’t been there in a while. I sort of got tired of all the brown nosing comments. Sometimes they just about make me Puke.

      Sure, Darren comes up with some bloody good posts, but even when they’re not all that crash hot they still try to suck up in a big way.

  7. @Ryan & Cynthie….I’m glad you liked it guys. :devil_tb:


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    I love the colors, and if you left it like this all the time I’d love it, as red and black are my favorite colors. Having said that, I also have to mention that I might not have noticed it initially if I hadn’t seen you mentioning it elsewhere; I don’t tend to be the most observant male in the world sometimes. :devil_tb:
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..10 Affiliates I’ve Talked About Before =-.

    1. @Mitch, It’s all good Mitch. As to the colors, you don’t find it hard to read the red on black? I was going to change the actual post area but thought it might be too much.

  9. I actually just commented on the them change on one of your other posts… but I will say it again here… I really like it. I think it is cool to change your theme around for the holidays. Over the years Google has made changes to their logo to fit certain holidays and I always thought that was cool. You went and changed the entire look of your site… which is awesome!
    .-= Doug Dillard´s last blog ..One Bloggers Strategy For Making Money Online =-.

    1. Thanks Doug. So when are you going to change your theme?

      1. I wish I had the time. We are doing a bunch of stuff to our house this month and I have been crazy busy. I am actually having trouble keeping up with posting and commenting, so there is really no time for a deign change at the moment. I did add a small Breast Cancer Awareness Month ribbon to our logo, but that is all I have time for right now. I am actually trying to write a couple posts in the next hour so I have all day off tomorrow to get some other things done :)
        .-= Doug Dillard´s last blog ..Pareto Principle: The Idea of Getting More through Less Effort =-.

        1. Yeah, I know the feeling. There are times when blogging has to take a back seat. Good thing it’s always there waiting for you to come back to it. Just like a dutiful wife. lol

  10. Hi I see some changes with your blog. The red color text with dark background is really eye stretching for me.
    .-= Ricky @blogging tips´s last blog ..Finest Collection Of Windows 7 Wallpaper [High Resolution] =-.

  11. Very cool posts Sire,

    The FlexSqueeze Theme almost makes me want to change everything from B2evo over to wordpress. I do love my B2s though. just for the stats and how easy they seem to rise in the searches. Going to go read Treat your Blog Like a Living thing now, thank you for that link. I don’t get out and about much so I thought I would take today and go as far as I could from link to links inside blogs. Been travelinbg far I can tell you.
    Thanks
    Brad west ~ onomoney
    .-= Brad West´s last blog ..Moxxor Omega 3 and Antioxidant =-.

    1. Brad, you have to stick with what you like mate, but if you ever want to give WordPress a go, you can’t do much better than FlexSqueeze.

  12. Really like your Halloween style. And you’re right commenting leads you to some nice blogs and articles. That’s the way i got here.
    .-= jan@emo´s last blog ..Iggy Rocks So Freaking Much! =-.

    1. Thanks Jan, I’m glad you liked it.

  13. Ok, I’m a slacker.
    If I hadn’t went over to backtype & saw replies to this post, I would have never known.

    I think it’s great that you change for holidays. Halloween & Christmas are my 2 favorites. Changing your theme to fit the occasion shows you have personality.

    I would start changing my themes but, that would involve me asking Brad & Cait to design something because neither one of them can just use what ever. They would have to build it from the bottom up & it wouldn’t be ready until next year. LOL!

    I also did not know that you all had Halloween way down there. So, I have learned something new today.

    The red on black is hard on my eyes but, I lived through it. ;)
    .-= Sheryl Loch´s last blog ..Get More Backlinks Indexed Faster =-.


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    Nice going Sire, I can’t wait to see your Christmas theme.

    I’m getting an Internal Server Error on SwollenThumb.com but I’m sure that’s temporary. I’ll check it out later.
    .-= Brian@Internet Marketer’s Newsletter´s last blog ..News Related AdSense Site – First Month = One Hundred Dollars =-.

  15. Nice, love sites that do holiday themes kind of like Google changing its logo for the occasion. As for ad placement, its fun to play around with what yields the best results. I removed the majority of ads off of my site for a total change.

    1. No ads at all? Then there is no potential for earning is there?

      I know that I blog more for the enjoyment than the cash, but if money comes in while I blog, then that’s a bonus.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..How Sexual Health Is Impoved By Oral Sex =-.

  16. Well I left one Google ad on my site. I might put more back on later down the road when the traffic picks up considerally to be worth it. My main focus is content at the moment and the occaisonal sponsor.

    1. Yep, content is very important, and you don’t want to have too many ads on your blog.

      I sometimes think I may have one too many, but then I’ve always been of the opinion that if you haven’t got it on show you ain’t going to sell it. Probably comes from being in retail too long.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..Rural Logic, In All Its Clarity Is Better Than Political Bullshit =-.

  17. Checked out flexsqueeze and it does allow having those squeeze page with different formatting. Changing themes most especially during festive season doesn’t seem bad at all. And yes, though the red fonts were difficult to read, I was able to survive.
    .-= Short sale Las Vegas Agent´s last blog ..Positve News – Realistic? =-.

    1. No worries Shorty, only a couple more days and the red will be gone.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..How Sexual Health Is Impoved By Oral Sex =-.

      1. Yeah. And I find your post more readable now, although, I did enjoyed your previous theme. It was one way to add the fun factor into your business. It just reminded me of the post mixing business and pleasure.
        .-= Jeff@Las Vegas Short sale Agent´s last blog ..Hard times for Hi-Rise lender =-.

  18. Hey – I love your FlexSqueeze theme! I also use it for a few of my sites and find it is extremely functional and easy to use which is what Ive struggled with in the past when setting up blogs. I also got the additional headers offered when I bought the pack of themes and they are fantastic!

    1. Hi Heather, I didn’t go for the headers as I wanted to try to give the blogs a more personal touch.

      As for FlexSqueeze, I admit it is a truly remarkable theme.

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