I am far from the most experienced blogger in the world but I quite often get a few emails and messages asking for tips on blogging. So instead of repeating myself over and over I thought it would be best to make a post on it all. I am highly aware that there are many of these posts about so I thought I would try and include some different things.
Social media is honestly your best friend in the blogging world. I personally have separate accounts for my blog and my personal, I find this works best so I don’t bombard everyone that doesn’t care about my blog with daily updates. Most my viewers do come for social media so it’s best to get to grips with it all. Twitter and Instagram are your main ones. A lot of people have recommend pintrest to me and I still need to get my head around everything but I’m sure I’ll get there soon.
Bloglovin, you either love it or hate it and I certainty I love it. A lot of people just can’t understand it due to difficulties of having a profile and a blog but once you get it, you feel so silly for getting so confused. It’s a really easy place to see loads of blogs at once, it means no matter what platform the blog is on it comes up on my feed. You can also share and repost blogs that you enjoy on it, meaning that the chance of your post being spread around is a lot easier. When I fancy reading blogs I will always visit bloglovin first to see if there’s anything that catches my eye.
Going self hosted is one of the easiest ways to make your blog look more professional. To sum it up you basically get your own domain and so many more themes to choose from making your blog stand out and look unique. I’ve previously done a whole post all about this which you can read here and for all those wondering I have used siteground. I would totally recommend going self hosted to give your blog that professional edge
A header is a key thing to every site.It’s your chance to really get creative and show what your blog is all about. Some people go with great eye catching ones with small pictures around the edge, however I like more of an minimalistic look so mine is just plain. Whatever your header is make sure it really shows of you! It’s the first thing people see on your site and the first impression made. There are so many talented people out there that will help you create one or you can even do it yourself just as easy!
Working with Brands
This is something that eventually we all want to do and equally something that’s hard to get into. Doing review and posts relevant to the brands you want to work with shows the brand that you are genuinely interested in their products and not just after some ‘freebies’. If your brand is just full of DIY’s and you apply to work with makeup brands it just doesn’t fit with your blog and the brand will tell your not interested!
I would recommend looking on the #bloggerswanted on twitter I have actually found a couple of brands this way and it’s easy to contact them straight away. I would also say don’t feel scared to contact brands yourself, the worst that will happen is that they won’t reply. Once you’re well connected with a brand they might want to work with you in the future . Placing your email in a easily accessible place on your site is a good way for brands to be able to contact you, and It’s common to get a few emails this way.
The most important advice is only work with a brand that actually appeals to you. There’s no point at all doing it for the sake of it. And stay true to your words, don’t promote something that you don’t enjoy I think it’s important to show some negatives of the product as how often is something ‘perfect’.
PLAN, PLAN and more PLANNING. I cannot stress this enough. I must admit sometimes when I have a busy few weeks I do often get a little bit behind and things turn a little rushed and last minute. However, when I play things I love it, I feel so organised and there’s no stress. I currently post around twice a week but I’m looking to try and increase it to three times but without planning it’s going to be hard. A lot of people jump straight into blogging and don’t realise how time consuming it can be if you want to put out numerous posts in a week.
A lot of people like to most nearly everyday, I admire many people for doing this but personally I just can’t get that much high level content out. Don’t stress if you cant do loads and loads of posts, I would definitely be more likely to follow a blog with great content than loads of posts.
Along with planning, setting goals is so useful. Writing down your currently views and followers at the end of each month is a great way to see how far you’ve come and how much you want to grow and improve.
By this I don’t mean you have to write perosnal posts as we all like to keep things to ourselves but I would suggest making your blog true to you. There’s no point blogging about something you have no interest in.Your passion won’t be there and your readers will know it. Blog things you generally care about and your content will be so much better.