As a fairly new-ish blogger myself, I thought it’d be useful if I share some of the biggest things I’ve learnt so far in my 4/5 months of blogging. So here are some tips for those of you out there who are just starting out – I hope they help!
- Don’t get too hung up on numbers. A small loyal and interactive following is much better than having 10,000 followers that don’t pay attention to what you post. It takes time to build up a good following so just be patient.
- Be consistent. Being consistent and keeping to an upload schedule can keep you organised, make your blog look more professional and encourage people to come back to your blog on particular days to check for posts.
- However, don’t set the bar too high. Don’t go trying to get a post up every single day – fewer quality posts are much better than lots of rubbish posts.
- Don’t be afraid to make the first move and email companies and ask to collaborate. There is no harm in asking and the worst they can do is say no. Don’t sit around waiting for doors to open; go and open doors for yourself.
- If you do collaborate with a company, be sure to ask them to share the post via their social media too. You’re doing them a favour so why shouldn’t they do you one too?
- Act like you’re a professional, even if you’re not. Make yourself a contact email and create a professional signature for your emails – make a good impression.
- Create a PR/Contact me page for your blog to make it as easy as possible for companies to contact you and to make it clear that you are PR friendly.
- Set up an Instagram and a Twitter account and get following fellow bloggers to make friends. Share your blog on as many platforms as possible to reach as many people as you can.
- Collaborate with other bloggers. You can make new friends and share each others blogs and reach new people. Create a new tag together, something that might catch on and get your name thrown about the internet a bit.
- Think about investing in a camera. Personally, I feel like pictures are often what attract me to a blog post so make sure you’re taking some good shots to accompany your post. To be honest, most phones these days are pretty decent quality, so if you can’t afford a camera, find yourself some good editing apps and play around and see if you can make them look better quality than they actually are.
- Only post about things that matter to you. Don’t go writing about certain products/topics just because you think other people want to read about them – write for yourself and write about what you’re interested in. Writing about something you don’t actually have any interest in will probably come across in your writing and won’t be enjoyable, so why do it?
Let me know in the comments if you have anymore tips – I’m still learning and could definitely use them. Thanks for reading! You can find my social media links here if you want to hear more from me!