Monday, 9 January 2017

5 Useful Blogging Tips


Hi lovelies,

5 useful things I've learnt throughout my short life as a blogger...

I've had this blog for two years and a bit now and along the way, there have been many things I've started doing that I wish I'd been doing already. I've picked up inspiration from other blogs that I love as well as realising how certain things could make my blog so much better. I've got to a stage now where I'm pretty happy with how my blog is, the design, the layout and the photography. I've come a long way, comparing to how my blog was when I first started two years ago.



Photography
Now most bloggers will tell you that you don't need a fancy camera to take nice photos for your blog, and this is true. But layout and lighting is everything, whatever device you use to take your blog photographs with, you need to make sure you think about these two things. A nice background is always a bonus, but you don't need one to take a nice photo. Your carpet or your wooden floor or even your dining table will do just fine. Just make sure whatever you're photographing is laid out nicely, and isn't overcrowded so it's easy on the eye. Props are always nice to use too but I think sometimes you can overdo it, especially if you're writing a product review, you want the product you're reviewing to be the focus of the photo, and thats what I do. There's many different styles to blog photography and I personally like them all because who wants to read loads of blogs that look the same? But making sure you have a bright photo that's nicely laid out is so important because it is 99% going to attract more readers to your blog.

Swatches
Without trying to be insulting, there's a lot of blogs I read that do reviews on products like lipsticks and don't include swatches. This doesn't stop me from reading their blog of course, but quite often photographs of lipsticks or any other makeup products, don't show the true colour it is when swatched. If you review a lipstick that I like the look of and include a swatch, there's a 90% chance I'll click on your link and buy it. If you review it and I think "oh that looks nice" but then there's no swatch, the chance that I'll click on your link and buy it reduces to about 5% if not lower. If you put affiliate links on your blog to try and bring in commissions from purchases, then not including swatches is doing you no favours whatsoever. I might google for a swatch instead but by that time I'll have clicked off your blog and if I end up buying the said product, you won't get any commission from my purchase. It's worth thinking about as swatches really do make such a difference, not necessary, but it is important. 

Interaction
If there's one thing I hate, it's when I always comment on someone's blog but they never return the favour  it happens as well on Instagram, I always response to others questions, or comments. If you comment on my blog often, believe me, I do notice and I try so hard to remember to pop a comment on one of your posts too. I know that it's probably not something bloggers do on purpose, but it's just those few bloggers that upload posts almost everyday and I leave so many comments and never ever get a single one back. It just seems a little rude and I think the best thing about the blogging community is all of the friendly bloggers. Also, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for other blogs because blogging to me isn't just about uploading posts and getting viewers in, it's about enjoying reading other blogs and interacting with other bloggers. So if you can, take the time to see who comments on your blog and any account you have such Facebook page, Instagram, etc., you have and make sure you return the favour because they'll really appreciate it, believe me! That's something I am grateful for, viewing comments and answering question, and thank for every single comment.

Social Media
Okay so you've spent hours writing up the perfect blog post and taking some really nice photos to go with it, but you're not getting many viewers in. It's upsetting right? I can't tell you how much social media makes a difference to blog views, it really does. A tweet with a couple of hashtags or an Instagram post, or even just sharing it amongst your Facebook friends. It really does make all the difference, you have to get your blog out there! I know most bloggers will probably already know this but I've sort of aimed this blog post at those who are beginners or looking for some useful advice. When I first started my blog I was hardly getting anywhere until I started using Twitter, Instagram & Facebook to really promote my posts. People can't read what they don't know is there. In the first few months of having a blog, I was so shy about promoting it and I felt like I was going to be seen as a 'spammer' and people would find me annoying, but it did the complete opposite and helped to grow my blog to what it is today. Just go for it! If it's really what you want.

Networking
Blogging isn't all about receiving free stuff, but sometimes it's nice to make connections and work with companies after all the hard work you put into your blog. Sure some companies will contact you and ask you if you're interested in working with them, but a lot of the time you need to network and get your name out there. I've contacted a few companies and I wouldn't have had the opportunity to work with them if I hadn't! They don't always get back to you, which is probably because they get hundreds of emails from all kinds of different bloggers, but what's the harm in contacting them and giving yourself a chance? You never know if they'll add you to a list of bloggers to contact in the future.

So that's a bit of blogging advice from me, no I'm not an expert on blogging but I would have loved to have known these things when I first started my blog. I really enjoy doing posts like this, which I know I will help some of you. I'm not big, and not everyone knows my blog, but I like to help others, and I am not in competition with anyone. You do your thing, and I will do mine.

If you would like more posts about helping you with something else, let me know.. I want to share what I know and at the end I will be happy to help you. Let me know if I did!
Thank you..

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6 comments

  1. I agree with bright clear photos being so important. The photo is what intrigues me and draws me in!
    Also I agree with commenting on blogs and social media! I try to comment back to everyone then I try to go read a post of there's and return the favour as a little thank. I think it's a lot harder on my social media as there are a lot more comments but I have days I will go through 10/15 photos and go comment on there posts! Interacting is my fave thing about blogging ! I have met so many amazing people! Great post!

    Stacey x
    www.staceylouisewhite.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment babe.. I do like diversity like I said before, I don't think blogging means just reviews and talk about makeup.. I do like lifestyle and help others in a way.. that's me,I like to help others, so I came up with this idea,and have more on my sleeve. I love your blog.. hope you like mine too and follow me please..thank you so much and god bless you 😘

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  2. These are some great tips; I agree that lighting is everything!
    I'm trying to get a hang of returning comments on people's blogs - It's still a struggle, but i'm slowly getting there.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment.. it must be hard if you have a lot of comments,but try to keep it up. Because people get a bit annoyed by the fact they will not get a response from you babe.. follow me please.. thank you 😘

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  3. These tips are fantastic, I think Engagement is so important. I always try to return comments, or even just reach out and comment on other peoples blog from time to time. I love finding new people to follow anyway!


    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au

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    1. The same to me, I like to form some sort of friendship with people who follows me. Its very important as well. And return the comments its the number one for me.. Before I become a blogger, I used to follow a lot of blogs, and used to comment as well. but, because I never got a return comment I lost interesting in that blog..
      Anyways, thank you so much, to check my post and leave your comment sweetie!

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