Blogging tips: Boosting your Domain Authority

Blogging tips: Boosting your Domain Authority

I’m relatively new to all of this super-tech behind the scenes blogging malarkey and have been working hard to understand everything and put it in to practice to improve my blog. Recently, I’ve been focusing on domain authority and specifically, boosting my domain authority.

In short, if you don’t know what domain authority is it’s a score that every domain has from 1 to 100 that was developed by MOZ. Basically the higher your domain authority is, the better your web traffic is and higher your search engine ranking. Ultimately, this makes your site more appealing to brands and PR companies etc as essentially you have more authority. Pretty simple really, it is literally your domain’s authority.

So how do you get your domain authority to 100 and have Apple begging to work with you? Well that is the more difficult part. It’s very difficult to get your domain up to 100 -Sites like Google and Amazon have a domain authority of 100. If you want to check your current domain authority, you can check it out by entering your web address here.

There’s no way to suddenly bump your domain authority from one to fifty, it’s something you have to be persistent and patient about. Therefore, I’ve put together a list of five ways to boost your DA below.

Five ways to boost your DA

  1. Link to reliable and authoritative websites in your posts.
  2. Get other sites to link to your website. When you collaborate with a company, ask them to post links to your site on their site.
  3. Improve your internal links. Link your posts back to your other posts. When you put up a post include links to similar posts on your site, especially older posts that aren’t seen as much anymore – that’ll improve your domain authority and views.
  4. Get your content shared on social media. If your content has lots of likes, shares and comments then surely it is better content and deserves a better DA.
  5. Make sure you know the difference between follow and no-follow links. This can be pretty complicated and I only understand it because I read a really really great blog post by Maria J, you can check out the post and her blog here – trust me, it is really helpful. Basically though, not changing your links to no-follow when they should be can get you in serious trouble with Google and affect your DA.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert, I’m just getting started with all this DA and SEO stuff myself, but I thought if I could simplify the best bits for you guys then it’d help you all out.

Of course, getting a good DA score and getting contacted by companies isn’t the whole point of blogging, and if it is what you’re setting out to do then you’re probably doing it for all the wrong reasons. However, it is an added bonus that can help your hobby become a bit more rewarding – just don’t get too hung up on the numbers.

I really hope this has helped some of you out, please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions – not that I’m sure I’ll be able to answer them all, but I’ll try. Failing that, get yourself a notepad and get on google!

Thanks for reading, if you’d like to follow any of my social media accounts you can find my links here. Or, if you fancy it, you can check out my May Favourites! (See, it is as simple as that to create links back to your own site, easy right?)

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Friction Free Shaving subscription – does it really work?

Friction Free Shaving subscription – does it really work?

I’ve recently seen numerous bloggers raving about the Friction Free Shaving subscription service, and so I decided to see whether it really is as great as everyone is saying.

As a very un-organised and forgetful person, my razor definitely isn’t something always on my mind. I’m pretty sure that I had my previous razor for around four months (and I wonder why I get shaving rashes?!).

So when I heard about this new subscription service where you get a new blade for every week, sent to your door, without you having to life a finger, I was all for it. Plus, it saves money as you are only getting new blades and not a new handle every time!

Not to mention the fact that the razor is a gorgeous rose gold/copper colour – you can’t say no.

It is only £5 a month for the three blade razor, and £8 for the five blade (both of which easily match most other razors) and with my code GWCA18 you can get a mega 30% off!

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Okay, so it’s innovative, original, hygienic and really pretty, but does it really work? I can confirm, that after trying and testing the razor, it is friction free. I have super sensitive skin and always have to soak my legs for ages and use a load of shaving cream before shaving and then coat them in layers of aloe vera after.

However, the Friction Free Shaving razor seems to do the trick. My legs are super soft and totally rash-free! I am 100% happy with the razor and think it is well worth it’s reasonable price!

So head over to the Friction Free Shaving website and check it out, it’ll be at your door in a couple of days! You’ll never have to worry about sore and bumpy skin again!

Let me know if you give the razor a go and again, feel free to get yourself 30% off with my code – GWCA18. Thanks for reading and if you enjoyed then make sure you give my blog a follow!

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MAC vs bareMinerals

MAC vs bareMinerals

You may have seen my review a couple of months ago about MAC‘s Studio Fix Fluid foundation (if not you can check it out here). After two and a half months, it has almost ran out and so I decided to invest in another foundation.

Not that I really had any issues with the Studio Fix – in fact I really liked it – I thought I’d just experiment and see if there was anything better out there.

I’ve heard some really great things about the bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum foundation and the reviews were all raving. At just £3.50 more expensive than the Studio Fix, I thought I’d give it a shot.

Now, the whole idea behind bareSkin is that you feel like your skin is bare. I’ll give it its due, I don’t really feel like I’m wearing any foundation, but the coverage really is really quite light.

Although I will add that it is definitely buildable. But I, personally, don’t really want to be using half a bottle every time I put my foundation on. You can’t have everything though right? I guess that weightless and bare feeling just doesn’t go with high coverage.

That is just my personal preference though, if you’re looking for a light foundation then definitely try bareSkin!

I chose the Bare Porcelain shade, as I am very pale. MAC’s NC10 is just the right shade for me, being the lightest shade available for Studio Fix, and Bare Porcelain was the lightest shade available for bareSkin. However, as you can see in the image, the two colours are kind of different. That is the Studio Fix on the right and that is bareSkin on the left. The bareSkin is really a fair bit darker – not very porcelain.

Facetune I admit, when it’s blended out and covered with my usual powder it isn’t horrifically dark but it definitely is a bit too dark for me. It’ll probably be great for when the weather sorts itself out and I have a tan – but for now I’ll be mixing it with a lighter foundation.

However, that isn’t bareMinerals’ fault that I’m as pale as a ghost. The shade isn’t right for me, and that is fine. What is annoying however, is that they call it ‘bare porcelain’ when in my opinion it is far from it. Also, on the website the image of the shade is almost white, yet in real life it is far from it. So I’m pretty disappointed that the name and image is so misleading.

All of that aside though, the foundation itself isn’t at all cakey and gives my skin a nice glowey look – it does what it says on the tin. When used with my Basic Beauty Tools blender (check out my post on their blenders here) it looks flawless and natural. If I could get a lighter shade I’d probably purchase this again as it is a great feeling and looking foundation, but for now it is just a little too dark. If you’re not particularly pale and not looking for a heavy coverage though, this would be a great foundation for you!

Overall I’d give the bareMinerals foundation a good eight out of ten. However, I’m going to give bareMinerals themselves a poor two out of ten for effort with variety of lighter shades and for making the descriptions of the shades so misleading.

Have you got a foundation you could recommend? Especially a super pale one? I’m still on the hunt for good coverage, lightweight and pale foundations (high street or high end), so leave any recommendations in the comments!

Thanks for reading! Look out for a review on the Friction Free Shaving subscription service coming on Friday – it’s an interesting one. Until then, check out my social media links and give my blog a follow if you want to see more from me!

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Five things beauty bloggers made me buy

Five things beauty bloggers made me buy

I’ve seen a lot of these posts about this recently and they’ve had me thinking – how many things have I bought because of other beauty bloggers? Or purely for blog pictures? Turns out there are quite a few things… Here are ten items that I’ve been encouraged to buy because of blogging.

  1. MAC’s Velvet Teddy lipstick. I am absolutely positive that if you are a beauty blogger you will be fully aware of Velvet Teddy, if you don’t own several. Beauty bloggers without a doubt influenced my choice to buy Velvet Teddy but I 100& don’t regret it at all. It is my most used lipstick by far, I love it. IMG_6994
  2. A corrector palette. I feel like a few months ago corrector palettes were everywhere and all anyone talked about so I got myself a Revolution one. Again, I don’t regret this purchase, I’m still using it everyday and it works wonders. img_5184
  3. Barry M Matte Me Up liquid lipstick. Again, these have been very talked about and beauty bloggers have been loving them as great dupes for the Kylie lip kits. Although I don’t at all regret buying the product as I really like it, I don’t really like the other shades that they sell. matte me up barry m
  4. Collection concealer is definitely another one of those products everyone was talking about, however I’m not sure I’m so on board with the hype on this one. Although the concealer itself was okay, I thought the choice of shades was pretty rubbish. Being a concealer, it should really be a shade lighter than your foundation but their lightest shade was far too dark for my pale skin. Facetune
  5. I’ve bought various gold/copper items and fairy lights to use in blog and Instagram pictures after seeing other bloggers use them. For example my New Look gold pineapple plate/dish or my Primark copper fairy lights. However, they also look really pretty in my room so it’s a win win situation really!

What products have beauty bloggers made you buy? Have you bought any of the products that I have for the same reason? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading and watch out for a ‘My holiday in pictures’ post coming tomorrow. If you can’t get enough of me and can’t wait until tomorrow for another post then you can check out yesterday’s blog post ‘Blogger wishlist – make-up, homeware, clothes, books & more‘ or find me on my social media links!

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Spring clothes haul – ASOS, Boohoo & H&M

Spring clothes haul – ASOS, Boohoo & H&M

I recently treated myself to a bunch of new clothes and shoes and what not from ASOS, Boohoo and H&M and thought I’d share them with you guys. It is a slightly spring-like haul, I mean it is probably as colourful as I’m going to get..

IMG_6498The main thing I really needed was a pair of shoes. I’ve got a lot of trainers and I could do with some smarter more actual adulting shoes, so got myself these. Don’t get me wrong, I love Vans and Converse, they’re definitely way more comfortable, but sometimes you just need some smart shoes. Plus, I think these are a little bit more spring-like, although they’re still black. I got these from ASOS and they were £22. If you want to check them out you can find them here. I found that they were really true to size and they’re quite cushioned on the soles so they’re quite comfy. I love the lace up thing that they’ve got going on and I also love the little heel with the gold around it.

IMG_6503I decided to get myself a new pair of sunnies. I already have a nice pair that I got last
year, but I decided to get another pair so I could keep one in the car for when I’m driving and get blinded. I went for some big old cat eye ones by Mango from ASOS, and I’m obsessed with them. They were a little more than I’d usually pay for a pair of sunglasses at £16, but they feel really sturdy and I just like them so much that I couldn’t say no.

IMG_6499When I went looking for clothes I didn’t plan to buy pyjamas at all, but I saw these and just couldn’t resist. Again, they’re probably a bit pricey for a pair of pyjamas but just look at them. I’m always a sucker for some nice pyjamas, I like my comfy clothes. I also think that I could probably actually get away with wearing the shorts as actual clothes – they’d be nice to wear on the beach probably. They’re really nice and silky and just generally really comfy to wear in bed. Again, they’re from ASOS, you can find them here.

IMG_6501I also got this seriously pretty top from Boohoo. I absolutely love the mesh bit at the top and the flowers. The sleeves are so so cute too. I’m not usually a cute, flowery top kind of girl but this thing is gorgeous! The only thing I’d say is – make sure you’ve got a white vest top to go underneath as it is seriously quite see-through. Otherwise, the whole top is just so pretty and spring-like. The collar also makes it quite smart so it is ideal forwearing to work. I’m looking forward to wearing it with my new shoes on Monday! It was £20 but Boohoo had 20% off so I got it for £16! If you want to have a look for yourself, here you go.

IMG_6502I’m quite a skirt lover lately – I find them way more comfortable than skinny jeans. I’ve already got a blue denim skirt, but I decided to invest in a black one. It’s basically just your average blacked washed denim skirt, but I’m really pleased with it because ASOS did a tall version of the skirt, which is so so important for lanky old me. Skirts are always miles to short on me because of my mile-long-legs, but this is actually a socially acceptable length. It also has a little bit of fringing along the hem, which is quite nice. It was just £25 from ASOS, so check it out here if you fancy.

IMG_6504Lastly, I got this black strappy top from H&M. It’s not very colourful or spring-like at all, but it’s got this sort-of velvet like texture that’s really shiny, and I love the straps. I’ve actually been wearing it backwards, to be honest, because I like it with the straps at the front (just because the straps are never seen on my back with my hair down). It was just £12, and it’s so easy to stick with anything. I quite like wearing it over the top of a long sleeve plain white top when it isn’t very warm, or with an open checked shirt. Click here to see for yourself! Nice view of my armpits right? Sorry about that!

 

Thanks for reading! Let me know which item is you favourite in the comments! Look out for a skincare-related blog post coming tomorrow. In the meantime, you can find all my social media links here and you can check out my last blog post, my March favourites, here!

P.S. who has been watching 13 Reasons Why then?! Let me know if you are LOVING it as much as I am!!

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