Hi guys, so sorry for the erratic blog schedule lately as you know I went back to work in March and to be honest I have found it quite hard to get some sort of flow and schedule going but I hope your still enjoying my posts and continue to read. Since I have been blogging a little less lately it doesn’t mean I haven’t been planning posts or reading other blogs and I love reading helpful and informative posts especially when they help me with blogging. I have been blogging for just over 18 months now and feel I have a few little tips and tricks I’d like to share today, these would have been good to know when I started blogging so I hope they help you out. I’m by no means an expert and I still have blogging blips but when I really want to focus and try to improve my content, reach out to more readers and get social with other bloggers these tips really help me so I hope they help you too.
This is something that I found helped me the most, when I got my own blog design I felt proud and happy to blog. It motivated me and I wanted to show it off to everyone but there are a few things to consider when deciding on your blog design. Have something that is easy to read, I can not stress enough how important it is to have a blog that is clear and simple. I try to have everything as simple as it can be making posts easy to find and also making it easy for readers to follow. Be unique with your design, you want to stand out from the crowd and have your own individual site it’s good to be different. My blog was designed my Steph from Bonjour Belle, Steph has done two designs for me now and each time she has been great to work with so if you’d like something that’s affordable and unique then check out her shop. A few other blog designs I adore are; Zoe London
, Vivianna Does Makeup
and Le Beauty Girl.
These ladies are from all genres of blogging and I love all of them because they are individual, their photography is impeccable and they were an instant ‘must follows’ for me.
If you don’t share your posts then who will? When I first started blogging I used to post links to my personal Facebook to share with friends and on the odd occasion on Twitter but then I realised the power of social media and jumped straight on the bandwagon. If I didn’t post on Twitter I wouldn’t have found the amazing blogging friends I have now and wouldn’t have been able to share my posts or get as many views as I did or do now. One thing I will say is don’t over tweet, this is a mistake I made in my earlier months of blogging and it will just put people off so limit yourself but share new posts and even add an image into the tweet from your post. People are visual and having an image will definitely get you that extra click. Share your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and anywhere else you can. Make sure you have valid links back to your site whenever you promote, on Instagram you can add one website link to your bio so make sure you add your blog link and that will definitely help with improving your readership and also use #’s to reach out to more people. Make sure the tag relates to your post and the right audience will be there waiting for you. Finally if you work full time and don’t have time to tweet set some scheduled tweets, I like to do this sometimes if I know I’m not going to be able to tweet and I use the Hootsuite app on my iPhone.
For myself personally photography is a big thing, good photography instantly attracts me to a blog. You don’t have to have an amazing camera, I used my iPhone when I started blogging and it was fine, just make sure you have good lighting and away you go. On my blog I find that when posting reviews my readers love to see me wearing the product so I will always try to post these types of posts with me wearing the product. I also enjoy seeing posts like this because I think it’s nice to see how the product looks on, and it always helps me decide wether it would be for me or not. It’s also super important to make sure the images you post are X large size, small photos are hard to see and larger photos will be more eye catching and make the reader want to see what the post is all about. If you’d like to read more about my photography set up and equipment click here
. Some bloggers I absolutely adore for photography and content are; Rosychicc
, Zoe Newlove
and Mummy Daddy Me
. I always feel so inspired after reading these blogs and they always make me want to whip out my camera and start snapping!
Don’t be afraid to be different, write about topics that are close to your heart and even personal experiences. People love to be able to relate and it will make your readers warm to you and want to come back for more, it’s nice to let your readers get to know you more. If you enjoy DIY then create some DIY posts, if you love cooking post some delicious recipes and if you just want to post a picture then do so. You can do what you like, its YOUR blog. Enjoy it.
Guest Posts, Networking & more
If you spot that a blogger is looking for people to write guest posts for them if they are going on they jollys then offer to post for them. I have participated in a few guest posts writing for a few of my favourite bloggers and it’s been amazing, you get to build that relationship with the blogger and also get your blog out there too. You could also create your own tag, I really enjoy tags and often do some when I need some inspiration they are easy to do an are a great way to get other bloggers involved. If you create your own tag make sure it is unique and get your blogging friends involved, they will tag others then the others will come back to you to see the original post. Finally interact with other bloggers, I have so many fabulous blogging friends some that I have been able to meet and others I can’t wait to meet. It really is a great community and we are all here to help so if you have any questions either ask me or you could even use the #bbloggers hashtag on Twitter and ask away. Another great way to socialise and network with other bloggers is to go to blog events and meet ups, I live quite far from any blog events so I decided to team up with another blogger and host my own. It was hard work but we had a ball and it was amazing to meet so many other local bloggers whom I never knew excising, we all still chat now and often see each other at other local events. It’s great!
I hope you found this helpful, I could keep on writing theres quite a lot to talk about but those were my top 5. If you’d like to see more ‘Bloggy’ related posts then do let me know and if theres anything specific you’d like me to chat about then leave me a comment or pop me a tweet.
Thankyou so much for reading and if you have any tips please share!
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