THE ULTIMATE BLOGGERS TIPS GUIDE

The amount of things I’ve learnt over the past 2 years of blogging is amazing, learning all the tips and tricks of the trade is very beneficial. Do you ever wonder how some bloggers are so successful? I sure do! I’ve been speaking to so any awesome bloggers and getting their best tips for blogging. Like everything, everyone has a difference of opinion and in the tips below you’ll find some that contradict each other but you’ve just got to decide which is the right one for your blog.

1. “Don’t follow the crowd, be yourself and write what you love!” – Kimberly Naylor at Sincerely, Kimberly.

2. “Don’t rush, proofread x100, sleep on it, then proofread again!” – Adele Kaunhoven at Nest & Dressed

3. “Writing a blog post is only the start. You need to focus on sharing your posts on social media channels in order for people to actually read them. Some people focus on testing and publishing posts and tend not to focus on promoting them.” – Rachel Spiteri at Beauty and the Bird

4. “Focus on Pinterest as it can really make a huge difference to your views and finding an audience; using tailwind can also help you to schedule pins easily.” – Jenna Farmer at A Balanced Belly

5. “Don’t focus on making money from blogging for a long time. Instead, spend time building up an audience on all social media. If it means doing reviews and guest blogs for free, that’s what you do.” – Jemma Wilson at Mayflower Blogs

6. “Don’t stress on whether your family or friends like it, there’s plenty of other people out there that will.” – Jen Mellor at Just Average Jen

7. “Unless your blog is making money, don’t stress too much about whether you’re posting enough. Focus on quality blog posts over quantity. I only post once or twice a week and still manage to get offered opportunities.” – Kirsty Boncompagni at What Kirsty Did Next

8. “Write the one specific person or audience in mind. Don’t try to write for all the different people who read your blog. Make each post very focused.” – Sherry Bevan at The Confidence Mother

9. “If you’re just starting out invest a little up front and go straight to self hosted.” – Stephanie Moore at Bay-Bee

10. “Don’t compare your start with someone’s middle. Blog in a way that works for you, not for the stats, or to comply with another’s dictates. What works for them might not work for you. Find your own blogging pace and enjoy it.” – Mo Ade at Adventure of a Novice Mum

11. “Invest in great imagery. Preferably taken by a photographer but if you can’t afford that at the beginning, learn a few tips and tricks and get a good camera. Visuals are very important to keep people coming back or subscribing.” – Ioana Nicolae at Ioana Land

12. “Make sure to keep some balance in your blogging, do it for enjoyment not because you feel like you HAVE to. If you’re finding blogging to be a chore, its not fun anymore so remember to take some time off every now and again to remind yourself why you love it.” – Sian Thomas at Rebel Angel

13. “Forget the stats. Blog because you want to and don’t worry about your ranking. As long as you enjoy writing that’s all that really matters.” – Emma Garratt at The Mini Mes and Me

14. “Enjoy what you’re writing about, if you enjoy it then your passion naturally shines through making it a more interesting read!” – Gem Jones at Doodle As I Do

15. “Quality will always win over quantity long term. Don’t panic if you don’t have time to post. Life sometimes gets in the way and your readers would rather 2 quality posts a week rather than 7 mediocre ones.” – Louise Fairweather at A Strong Coffee To Go

16. “Hootsuite is a great way to schedule blog posts on your social media accounts so that you can continually promote the blog and potentially gain new followers.” – JO Robinson-Vann at Fallen Angel’s Fitness Blog

17. “Write for yourself, write what you love and have interest in as this will be seen when someone reads the post. Don’t stress about followers they will come with time. Make sure to get Twitter and join in bloggers chats as well as Facebook Groups. This will give you the opportunity to meet other bloggers and help you to network.” – Ayesha Rabial-Uddin at Eeshas Glam

18. “Spend more time on promoting and getting your posts seen than writing loads of posts. Tweet brands and people or tag them in you instagram photos you think they might be interested. Also engage with your audience whether that is on Twitter, in comments etc.” – Lisa Smith at The China Doll Diaries

19. “When you’re starting out, don’t worry about your niche or your target audience, or why your writing. If you have an idea just go with it. Write it up an share. Take baby steps. Your first aim should be to enjoy what you’re doing. After that it will all start to fall in place.” – Sandeep Sandhu at Sandeep Beep

20. “Promoting on social media is great for your blog but don’t get too hung up on the numbers. Far better to have a smaller following with real engagement than a following of thousands who don’t care about your blog.” – Jules Hutton at Siena Says

21. “Join blogging groups and places such as Facebook and use hastags on twitter to find minded bloggers. It’s a whole world of knowledge, tips, advise and inspiration.” – Hollie Burgess at Pretty Big Butterflies

22. “For beginners make sure you read content before posting as I see many posts with spelling and grammatical errors. Keep posts regular although don’t feel you need to post daily as long as you have great engaging content your reader will return for more. I would suggest starting from self hosted as it’s a nuisance having to change after.” – Melanie Edjourian at Melanies Fab Finds

23. “Write about what you generally love and are passionate about! It’s so easy to get sucked in by sponsored collars but make sure they still fit in with the rest of your blog content and you aren’t just doing it for the money. You’ll loose credibility as a blogger.” – Claudia Wright at Claudia Wright

24. “Don’t be afraid to invest some money into your blog to help it grow. For example even hiring a VA a few hours a week could work wonders. They could handle some of the more repetitive tasks involved in blogging which will free you up to do more valuable work.” – Amar Hussain at Gap Year Escape

25. “If you’re starting a blog to make money, think very carefully about you niche. Areas like fashion are already very saturated (It’s been said that 4% of all blogs are fashion) so you have to be very good, very committed and offer something different to stand out. Could you blog about something unique or offer real expertise, this may help you stand out from the crowd.” – Emma Iannarilli at Fashion Mommy

26. “Invest upfront and get your own domain, I love the fact that my blog is www.sincerelykimberly.com and not .blogspot.com. It’s not expensive either, I use Go Daddy and they offer a wide variety of options, you could even purchase the .com and .co.uk so if a reader makes a mistake they still end up at your blog.” – Kimberly Naylor at Sincerely, Kimberly.

27. “Enjoy it! If you find yourself writing about topics you don’t enjoy you’re more likely to give up. If you write about topics you love, it will show in your writing and you are more likely to succeed.” – Angela Spicer at The Life of Spicers

28. “Write about what you know and what interests you. This will ensure the posts are knowledgeable and you can maintain the content.” – Mellissa Williams at The Diary of a Jewellery Lover

29. “Don’t worry about if your post or photos are “perfect” having unrealistic standards can take the fun out of blogging and you will never achieve them. Do the best you can and as your blog grows your skills will grow as will. You can always go back and edit photos or posts.” – Rachel Evans at Healthy and Psyched

30. “The posts that have had the best responses for me have been the ones I’ve hesitated about posting. Honestly and vulnerbility aren’t weakness and might help others.” – Swazi Rodgers at Chocolate is not the only Fruit

31. “Don’t stress too much about taking the perfect pictures. Experiment and play around with what works for you, and before you know it, it’ll become your favourite part about blogging!” – Annie Q Mua at Musings of a Makeup Junkie

32. “Take time to schedule blog posts and social media content in advance, you’ll have a consistent flow of new posts getting published, while at the same time you’ll be taking care of the promotion too. Once you’ve got into a routine of doing this, it frees you up to interact more with your followers.” – Kacie Morgan at The Rare Welsh bit

33. “Promote each post. Everyone has their favourite platform so try them out and see what works for you. My favourite is Twitter. Don’t saturate your followers feeds either!” – Sally Kent at Teddy Bears and Cardigans

34. “Always make sure you have a contact email and social media links that work. I’m also a PR and the amount of blogs that don’t do this is shocking!” – Ashleigh Dougherty at Being Ashleigh

35. “Use YouTube, it’s the second most searched after google on the net!” – Alex Kennedy at Half a Mile from Nowhere

36. “Every blog should have a style guide.” – Phil Mc Grath at Content Academy

37. “Blogging should be about having fun (unless there is a career element you’re trying to run with, in which case fair play, rock on) and it should be about adventuring, exploring and getting to know yourself. Try not to care about what other people think. It’s your blog, your creative space, your little corner on t’internet. Be true to yourself – find your voice.” – Emma Thelondonkiwi at Adventures of a London Kiwi

38. “Go to blogging events/meet ups and network network network, you never now what opportunities could arise from it! Also guest post for other bloggers and add valuable content to their blogs to help their audience and build an online trusted presence to yourself.” – Lynz Edwards at Lyndsay Edwards

39. “Carry a notebook with you where ever you go, you never know when you find inspiration! You can work on this anywhere, whilst commuting, on your lunch! It will help when you get blog block.” – Kathy Cakecread at Glitz and Glamour

40. “Invest in a decent camera, your iPhone will only go so far! When I started using my Canon, it changed my photography and made me consider lighting and angles more. Get some practice in, even if you don’t have a particular post in mind, I tend to go out and take photos of scenery or animals to play around and develop my skills.” – Kimberly Naylor at Sincerely, Kimberly.

If you have any additional tips, just comment below 🙂

Sincerely, Kimberly.

xxx

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4 Comments

  1. January 30, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    This is such a great read! I have certainly picked up a few tips and tricks to help my blog!
    Zara x

    • February 3, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      I'm glad it was helpful, I pick up so many hints and tips from different bloggers so good to get an overview.

      xx

  2. February 2, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I loved this post, thank you sharing. I've picked up some good advice here 🙂
    Clare .x
    (www.neonrainbowblog.co.uk)

    • February 3, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      It's great you found this helpful, it's always good to get opinions from other bloggers!

      Thanks for reading hun xx

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