Not a cleaning post so something I want to share with you……………..
I started my blog in Feb 2017 and unexpectedly people started to read and respond to my blog which was such an amazing feeling. Being honest with you my writing skills aren’t great and I am a terrible speller so this was a real big step for me. I still have so much to learn but due to my growth on my social media platforms I had to learn quickly. I think helping other bloggers is really important as this way we can all grow together and share what we learn along the way. If any of you are reading this and have any ideas or helpful tips then please do share in the comments section.
Being a bit of an entrepreneur and having my hand in quite a few businesses I wanted to give this a try regardless of my bad spelling and grammar!!
Blogging can be very scary for some people and initially was for me so I have put together a few simple steps to get you started, I am certainly not an expert but wanted to share with those of you that are interested some things I have picked up along my journey.
When you first think about starting your blog you need to let people know that your blog exists. You need to drive traffic to your blog to make it successful. Social media is key for driving traffic. Blogging and social media complement each other. The trick is to use a blog to enrich your social media with posts & to use social media to promote your blog. Use the strongest platforms and if you can keep your handle the same so people can easily find you.
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pin interest provide the savvy blogger with plenty of opportunities to attract traffic to their blog.
Keep your posts fun
Engage with your followers
Hashtags are important on Instagram, and many captions consist of hashtags only. Use the keywords of your blog post as hashtags so that as many Instagram users as possible can find your post. You can add up to 30 hashtags.
Instagram doesn’t display clickable links, but you can add a URL in your story once you hit 15000 followers or point users to the URL in your BIO to drive followers to your blog
Research inspiration within your market
Make yourself known to other social media bloggers
Plan your posts
Schedule your posts
Don’t just use pictures use videos too
Show yourself, people like to know who you are. People buy people.
Do live sessions
Add a call to action as this can improve your results. For example, ask for retweets, help, or for users to follow you.
The best times to post are are 8 to 10 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM, and after work from 4 to 7 PM.
Make your text that goes with images personal and engaging. Ask questions or encourage readers to interact with your post.
Pick a hosting site for your blog, its important to do some research and decide what one looks the best for you, in the early days you want it to be simple to use and easy to understand. You can upgrade your blog platform along the way as you start to feel more confident.
Who are you marketing too
Choose a niche market, a topic you love and something you like to talk about then your blog post will come easy to you. Always be true to yourself don’t try and become someone your not and keep to your own writing style. If people like you they will follow you and won’t worry about a few spelling errors.
Look at investing some time and money into your blog if you want to make it work for you. I have recently been on an amazing online course with the lovely Emma Drew who I meet when I spent the day with the Zoflora team back in July. Emma is a very successful blogger earning a six figure salary and she has so much knowledge and helpful advice to share. I highly recommend you take a look at the course.
Once you are confident you have a great platform for your blog do some research into affiliate programmes, there are many out there but I have found I have had the most successful with Awin- Sign up here Within Awin there are many companies and you apply to join their programmes. Once signed up you can use the link builder to earn commission when recommending products. If your interested in this click the banner below. The links from the link builder are great to use in Insta Stories and on Twitter and you will be surprised at how quickly your commission builds up. I am so happy I discovered this amazing programme, its literally changed my life!
Other Affiliate programmes are ebay, amazon and rakuten.
As you page grows companies will contact you and offer you gifts to showcase on your page. Don’t just take everything you are offered. Make sure what is being offered fits in with your page and style. I blog about cleaning so accepting sports clothing, or make up wouldn’t fit within my page. Also make sure what you do accept is off good quality and a product that you would enjoy to use.
This is a big area and many bloggers charge different amounts of money. Talk to other bloggers and do some research. If a company has approached you don’t rush think carefully about your reply and send them a rate card outlining who you are, your following, your blog DA and a price guide. Not many companies will pay you for sponsored post until you have over 100k followers on social media platforms but the bloggers that do will be getting paid very well and turning their blogging into a career.
I hope this little feature has been of some interest to some of you.
Thank you for taking the time to read, for following me and for your general support. Its very much appreciated.