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Ten Ways To Promote Your Blog

Posted on January 7, 2015

ten easy ways to promote your blog

Hi Guys!

After noticing my 10 Easy Ways To Improve Your Blog post has in fact been one of my most popular posts (thank you to everyone that’s read and commented!) I thought I’d follow on with some more helpful posts along the same lines. Today I’ve put together a few simple tips for promoting and sharing your blog. Enjoy!

1. Social media. A blogger without social media profiles is like a butterfly without wings – you’re really missing some vital parts crucial to development and growth. Using social media is SO important for promoting your blog. Firstly you need to get yourself signed up to all the social media sites you can – Twitter, Intagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Facebook are the main players but there are plenty more worth signing up to if you have the time. Then use them. Follow like minded people. Interact. Share your blog posts, and in time you’ll see your followings grow, whilst also creating a fantastic audience for your blog.

2. Facebook groups. Out of all the social media sites, Facebook isn’t really the best place for promoting your blog now because they’ve changed the way they work. If you already have a Facebook page for your blog, you may have noticed you’re receiving less views per post than previously, basically this is because Facebook now want you to you pay them for advertising your page. Another (possibly better) way to utilise the power of Facebook is to join relevant groups. The easiest way to find groups is to try loads of keyword searches in the search bar – ‘beauty blogger’ ‘bloggers’ ‘beauty lovers’ are a few examples I might use as a predominantly beauty blogger. Then just join the groups! Some are purely for chatting, you can share your blog post links in others, and some have more specific blogger help, sharing threads and much more.

3. Advertise on other blogs. Many bloggers offer advertising for both companies and other bloggers – and often their rates for bloggers are very reasonable, I love that we’re nice like that!  For a small fee (usually on a monthly basis) you can have your advert in a bloggers sidebar, and they often offer extra perks too, such as weekly #FF mentions on Twitter, sharing your posts on Twitter / Instagram, including your link at the bottom of their posts and some also have a dedicated blog post for their sponsors each month. These will all help to promote your blog. I’d recommend checking out the rates for your favourite bloggers, or you could also do an ad swap with other bloggers that you know, which I think is a great idea as it’s beneficial to you both, with no costs – I’ve done this myself for the month of January 😀

4. Business cards. If you’ve been, or are hoping to go to any events, it’s imperative that you have your own business cards to offer. Business cards hold all your vital info – basically your blog address and contact details, plus more if you want, so people can get in touch with you. I had my cards printed at moo.com a while ago, they were really reasonably priced and fantastic quality. I handed loads of them out at the next event I went to and it was fantastic to see people were getting in touch because of they had my card! (I’ll have a separate post written to show you my business cards soon)

5. Linkys. What the heck is a linky? A linky, link up, or blog hop is when a ‘host’ blog invites other blogs to link up to a specific post. Usually there will be a theme – say a giveaway for example – so you link your own giveaway post to the host’s linky giveaway post, with the idea that everyone involved visits each others posts, comments on, promotes and therefore drives traffic to their own as well as each other’s blogs. The more effort everyone puts in to a linky, the more everyone gets out of it. You can search for linkys on Twitter if you’re interested in joining up.

6. Guest post. Guest posting for other bloggers or even companies and brands can be a great way to introduce yourself and your blog to a new audience, and also expose your writing to a mass of new potential readers. Ask other bloggers if you can guest post for them, give them some ideas of what you’d like to write, or maybe you could swap guest posts? Guest posting on companies’ blogs is a fantastic way to promote yourself too, as your blog will be exposed to their customer base. Don’t forget to include some info about your blog and your blog link in your post too!

7. Collaborate with other bloggers. Guest posting is one thing, but what about actually collaborating with other bloggers? I’ve done a few collaborations in my time, the latest one – Makeup To Make Your Blue Eyes POP! was a collaboration with Emma from Not Your average. I have blue eyes so I wrote a ‘blue eyes’ themed post and she has brown eyes so she wrote about brown eyes. We then both linked to each others post, published at the same time, and promoted each others posts on our social media sites. Collaborating with other bloggers is a win-win situation which exposes your blog to new readers. If you have any collaboration ideas, ask around on Twitter using the relevant hashtags (#bbloggers for example) to see if anyone would like to work with you.

8. Comment on other blogs. If you read blogs (which I’m guessing you do) please try to take a moment to leave a comment (preferably 8 words or over if you can, as less than that can be seen as spam by Google so I’ve heard) Every blogger LOVES receiving comments on their post – it shows that people have taken the time to read, think about what they’ve read, and offer their thoughts. This makes us feel warm and fuzzy and we really do appreciate it. So, bloggers, if you want to receive comments, also make sure you take the time to leave some for others, and don’t forget to include your blog link so they can click through to check your writing out too.

9. Include relevant links in your posts to companies, brands, products and other bloggers, and let them know you’ve included them in your post via social media or email. Many people will at least take a look at what you’ve written, and some will also share / retweet your post too. When I mention other bloggers, companies or brands in a post, I always tweet them directly letting them know and include the post link with the hope that they will take a look!

Sorry this was another long post, well done for making it to the end!

I hope this has been helpful – I’d love to hear if you have any other tips for promoting your blog? xxx

Which Blogger Networks Can I Sign Up To?

Posted on September 2, 2014

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Hi Guys!

A while ago I was looking to start a new series on my blog called Blogging For Beginners – I thought it would be handy to put together a series of posts with hints, tips and tricks for newer bloggers as there are so many things I’ve learned along the way, I thought if I could put it all together in one place it could be a really handy resource to help others. I also asked other bloggers for their thoughts and input on this, and before I start I really wanted to apologise to everyone that contacted me for the ridiculously massive delay with this. It was literally months ago, so I’m really really sorry it’s taken me this long to pull my finger out and get organised. I am now putting the posts together and I will be crediting everyone for the input they have offered over the coming weeks.

Anyway, today’s Blogging For Beginners post consists of a few recommendations from me. I thought it would be really handy to list all the Blogger Networking sites I could think of that offer review opportunities, collaborations, networking and blogger events. I’ve had many different opportunities arise from being signed up the the below sites and programmes, so they’re definitely worth signing up to! I’d also like to point out that some are better than others, but rather than offer my personal opinions on each of the sites I thought I’d just list them all for you so you can find out for yourself. It’s definitely worth signing up to them all to get your blog and your name out there!

The below companies are all different. Some, such as Etail PR and The Blogger Programme you log in to and sign up to work with companies (it’s a bit more complicated than that but just so you get the jist) whereas with others you just sign up and leave your details and they will contact you if any opportunities arise…

So there are actually a lot more companies than I originally realised! These are all I can think of at the moment, so please let me know if you know of or have heard of any more and I’ll add them to the list!

While I’m on the subject of opportunities, some other tips are to take note of which buttons other bloggers have in their sidebar, and use them to find new sites – this is how I found out about many I’ve used! And also don’t forget to stalk twitter! Stalk it like a madman! There are always companies and PR’s on the hunt for bloggers to work with! 🙂

I’d love to hear if you’ve worked with any of these companies? I hope this has been of some help! xxx

Blogging for Beginners Series – How Do I…?

Posted on December 30, 2013

Hi Guys!

I’ve put a shout out on Twitter to see if anyone is interested in contributing to a new blog series I want to start. I’ve just realised I’ve had nearly 40 people show interest so rather than email everyone individually I thought I’d explain everything here!

So basically I want to create a series of blog posts, each focussing on a different subject to help beginners. I’ve been blogging for nearly a year now, and I am by no means an expert, but I think I can offer some help and advice to newer bloggers. Nobody knows it all, so I’m hoping by gathering advice from a large spectrum of different bloggers, I can put together a fantastic mix of handy hints, tips and advice to help others. My primary aim will be towards beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers but I’d like the advice to be universal really.

I don’t want the blog posts to be too complicated, just easy to read and understand, for newbies and more experienced bloggers alike.

The series will be called -Blogging for Beginners – How Do I…?

I like the idea of having each blog post as a question somebody would ask. These are the questions I’ve thought of so far and some have been suggested –

1. How do I get people to read and follow my blog?

2. How do I take good photos?

3. How do I share my blog posts?

4. How do I connect with bloggers, companies and brands?

5. How do I get sent products for review?

6. How do I write a successful review?

7. What is a sponsored post and how do I write one?

8. How do I make money from my blog?

9. What is SEO and how do I use it?

10. How do I run a competition or giveaway?

11. How do I find out about blogger events?

12. How do I deal with negativity about my blog?

13. How do I create a good blog design?

(UPDATE! I’ve put a strike through through the posts that have bloggers assigned to them, everything else is up for grabs!)

I think these are all quite common questions. If you can think of any more please let me know! Nothing is set in stone at the moment so please feel free to recommend any changes!

I would like to add everyone’s comments with a picture of the blogger and a link to their blog. When each post goes live I’ll tweet using hashtag #BloggingQandA so it will be easy for people to recognise the posts. I’d like to start this by mid January with one post a week on Sundays.

Ok I think that’s it for now! So if you’re a blogger with questions you’d like answering, or a blogger with advice to offer, please leave me a comment or drop me an email at tsncblog@hotmail.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you! xxx

UPDATE! Ok so I wasn’t entirely sure how this was going to pan out, so thought I should give you all an update. I have some people that are interested in writing a whole guest post, and some that just want to write a few paragraphs. I also have more than one person interested in writing some of the same posts (if that makes sense). What I’m going to do is ask everyone to write exactly what they want to, then if I need to I will combine different bloggers posts into one to cover each subject. All posts will be credited to each blogger involved and I’ll include blog links too. I’m also happy for people to contribute after posts go live, if they think of something or have a handy tip that’s been missed, I’ll happily add it on and credit the blogger, I hope that all makes sense! xx