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5 TIPS FOR NEW BLOGGERS

 

So you have taken the step to set up a blog, read my HOW TO SET UP A BLOG TO MAKE MONEY post and are thinking what should I consider as I start writing and developing my blog?

 

Well, this post is for you.  I haven’t been blogging that long at all but on my journey I have made some great decisions, other times I have made some mistakes but above all I have learned a lot in a short space of time.  So below I have pulled together some tips which I believe as a new blogger it is important to consider.  This is by no means a definitive list but just a little guide to get you thinking.

 

Be Friendly & Make Friends

Blogging can be a lonely at times, especially when you sit in front of your computer or your journal and plan your schedule.  This is more true when you are just starting out which is why it is important to consider your support networks and all social media platforms to make it easier to network with others on Facebook and Twitter.  A great way of making new friends is to reading and comment on other blogs.  The strength of blogging lies with the wonderful community that has built up over a common interest – invest part of your time in this.

 

Social Media Linking

Having a blog is just awesome but you also need to link every post you write with other social media platforms to ensure your post gets out there to increase your readership.  So, at the end of each blog post ensure you have activated your social media icons so people can share your article but also make sure you promote it too – have a read of my blog post on promoting our blog posts on social media here – it will pay dividends.

 

Build up your Subscribers

I will be writing a longer post on this over the next few weeks but in the meantime a great tip is to make it easy for your readers to subscribe when a post goes live, there is nothing worse than having to click through many pages to figure out how to subscribe!  Make it easy for your readers – you want them to come back time and time again.

 

Reply to Comments

When people take time to read your post it is great, when people take time to read your post and comment – that is truly awesome!  Ensure you reply to comments in a timely fashion, it is a great way to make friends, gain new readers and interact with your audience.

 

Be Yourself

You may think this is a strange thing to say but it is true.  Being yourself means you are offering your readers something unique – your insight in to what you are blogging about.  It also ensures your blog posts have some personality to them, they are being written by a real person!  Above all, be yourself and have fun!

 

WANT TO KNOW HOW TO SET UP A BLOG TO MAKE MONEY IN 3 EASY STEPS?  VIEW THE POST HERE.

INTERESTED IN KNOWING HOW TO MONETIZE YOUR BLOG?  READ MY BLOG POST HERE.

WANT STUFF FOR FREE TO REVIEW ON YOUR BLOG?  READ MY POST HERE.

WANT TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR OLD RECEIPTS?  READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE.

WANT TO EARN GIFT VOUCHERS?  READ MY REVIEW OF SWAGBUCKS.  

INTERESTED IN KNOWING WHAT A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT DOES AND HOW YOU CAN MAKE MONEY?  READ MORE HERE.  

WANT TO GET PAID FOR COMPLETING SURVEYS?  READ MY POST ABOUT PROLIFIC ACADEMIC HERE.

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HOW TO PROMOTE AND SCHEDULE YOUR BLOG POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Twitter

As a blogger I know the importance that social media plays in the promotion of your blog and blog posts.  I also know that blogging schedules can become quite hectic leaving little time for promotion.

 

There are multiple platforms for promoting your blog posts however there is one that can often be overlooked and that is Twitter.

 

Using Twitter is a fantastic way of promoting your blog posts and reaching new audiences.  However it can seem very daunting, especially since you have only 140 characters to write a post, nevertheless Twitter is a fantastic tool to promote your blog posts which is why I wanted to share with you the fantastic scheduling tool that is Hootsuite.

 

The importance of Scheduling your Tweets

There is little doubt there are a lot of people on social media and Twitter is no exception.  It is important then to ensure you market your blog posts not just once but continually to ensure your followers get the opportunity to see your tweet among an array of other tweets.

 

That’s why scheduling is so important, as it allows you to get your message across within a tweet several times a day.  It also allows you to schedule a week or longer in advance.

 

This has several benefits, you can fit the scheduling in with your own workload – freeing  you up during other times. It also means if you have an extra busy day or unfortunately if you are feeling poorly – you know your blog posts have been scheduled in advance giving you one less thing to worry about.

 

Scheduling also ensures that you are in contact with your audience on a regular basis whatever is going on in your life currently.  It also means you will have a lot more time in your day to concentrate on other things as well as giving you the space and time to focus on other areas of your blog that you want to work on.

 

Recommending Hootsuite

I highly recommend Hootsuite as a tweet scheduler.  In fact Hootsuite is more than a scheduler for Twitter, it also integrates your other social media platforms but I have mainly been using it for Twitter at the moment.

 

Hootsuite is what is referred to as a social media management tool.  It helps you track and manage all your social media platforms within one dashboard.

 

Scheduling is so easy:

  • First you click on “Compose Message”
  • You type the tweet you want to send and include your blog post link
  • Click to select a profile (your twitter account or other social media account you have linked at start up)
  • Click the calendar to select the date and time you want to send the message
  • You then click “Schedule” and hey presto your tweet is scheduled.

 

Another fantastic feature is the bulk scheduling tool where you can schedule up to 350 tweets at once!  Yes you read right 350 at once!

 

This is a fantastic feature that will allow you to save time.

 

Don’t take my word for it though, sign up to HootSuite now and take advantage of their FREE 30 day trial, you then pay just £7.99 per month which will give you back so much time to concentrate on other things while your blog posts are being promoted!

 

I can’t recommend Hootsuite highly enough.  Happy promoting!

 

Elf x

 

You may also be interested in the following posts

READ MY TIPS TO HELP YOU INCREASE YOUR BLOG INCOME HERE

WANT TO KNOW HOW TO SET UP A BLOG TO MAKE MONEY IN 3 EASY STEPS?  VIEW THE POST HERE.

INTERESTED IN KNOWING HOW TO MONETIZE YOUR BLOG?  READ MY BLOG POST HERE.

WANT STUFF FOR FREE TO REVIEW ON YOUR BLOG?  READ MY POST HERE.

WANT TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR OLD RECEIPTS?  READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE.

WANT TO EARN GIFT VOUCHERS?  READ MY REVIEW OF SWAGBUCKS.

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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START BLOGGING NOW

 

Yes I know there are many blogs and bloggers out there, some good and some bad but with a number of things in common, their desire to share what they do and what they know with anyone who is happy to read about it.

As an older blogger, I have become such a fan of blogging.  Blogging has brought me in to contact with some wonderful people, it has become a fulfilling past time.  Of course there are bloggers out there who have managed to obtain financial freedom, while I am not one of those; it really would be lovely to blog full time in the comfort of your own home, to be your own boss and to set your own tasks.

I wanted to share with you why I believe you should start blogging today!

 

  1. You become part of a community

There is no doubt that blogging and bloggers is a whole new community, you will meet some wonderful inspiring people along the way who are willing to share their knowledge with you and help you out when you need it.  They follow you, read your posts and promote your writing to their readers too.  This sense of being part of a worldwide community is astounding.

  1. It helps you find your voice

Blogging allows you to get your voice heard.  It gives you the opportunity to put your opinions out there and meet like minded individuals.  This can have a positive impact on your confidence but remember for those who respect your opinion or who love your writing, there will be those who don’t but blogging helps you deal with criticism in a constructive way.

  1. It can help promote your business

Blogging is an excellent way to highlight your business and the processes involved.  For example I use www.elfeelgoodsvintage.uk to share my love of all things vintage but show my customers how I make cake stands!  It brings you closer to your customers.

  1. It can make you money

There are many ways to make money from blogging from just a few pounds a month to some bloggers making thousands per month!  The idea is to grow your audience and start working on affiliate marketing (have a read here about affiliate marketing)

  1. You can get stuff for free

Yes you can get many items for free when you have a blog if you write product reviews.  The past 6 months I have been given fudge, tea, preserve, a toaster and a hand blender!  Read my post here to find out more.

  1. You don’t need to be a techie

Setting up a blog is straightforward, read my simple 3 step guide to setting up a blog, you could set one up in just a few minutes and be writing before the day is out.  I am not a technical person and I have set up two blogs.

  1. It is relatively cheap to blog

To allow you to earn from affiliate marketing I highly recommend going with TSO host for your blog which will cost you approximately £2.99 per month for web hosting and around £7-£10 for your domain name.  This is a low cost option which will pay dividends once you set up your affiliate marketing.

  1. Blogging helps you prioritise & set goals

Blogging has helped me prioritise my tasks and workload not just for blogging but in other aspects of my life from my day job to home life.  I am very grateful that blogging has helped me – to be honest I was starting to get rather lazy and wondering where my day went when a huge portion of it was spent in front of the TV!

  1. Blogging is rewarding

Blogging makes me happy because it is so rewarding when you start with an idea for a blog post, you research, write and then you post and promote to your audience.  It is a great feeling of accomplishment!

  1. Blogging can change lives

This may sound rather dramatic but I have read blogs that have been really inspiring and it amazes me that people are so willing to share so much when they write.  Blogs do change lives and sharing your experience can also have a positive impact upon others.

 

Go create something awesome by starting a blog today.

Elf x

 

Set up a blog to make money in 3 easy steps by reading my guide here.

Interested in knowing how to monetize your blog?  Read my blog post here.

Want stuff for free to review on your blog?  Read my post here.

Want to make money with your old receipts?  Read all about it here.

Want to earn gift vouchers?  Read my review of SwagBucks.

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HOW TO GET FREE STUFF IN EXCHANGE FOR BLOG REVIEWS

I love freebies, well who doesn’t?  As already mentioned in previous posts I have another blog here.  I decided to give reviewing a go.  So basically, I was given the chance to try new products or goods out for free and in exchange I would review them.

How to get started?

I believe the best way to approach this is to set up a blog first, have a read here at how to go about that.

Along with your blog I would highly recommend setting up other social media accounts to compliment your blog and get your posts out there.  Having a decent social media presence helps companies decide whether to offer you free products to test in exchange for your review and promoting to your followers.

I have been reviewing items for approximately 6 months now and I love it.  I have received food products, household products and goods over this time.

How to get products for free to review

Once your blog is set up start reviewing your favourite products you already use so that companies can get a feel for how you write review posts.

I also recommend joining Bloggers Required.  It is a totally FREE service for bloggers, their aim is to “be a facilitator between small businesses, agencies, brands and start-ups looking for support with blogger outreach…”  Bloggers Required has a fantastic website and makes it easy to apply to companies to review their products.

The personal touch can never be underestimated.  If you would like to review a product contact the maker of that item and tell them about yourself, your blog and that you are interested in reviewing it for them, after all the review could lead to an increase in sales so a solution where everyone benefits.  Make sure you include all the relevant information about your blog and your social media information.

Have you any tips you could pass on?

Firstly, ensure you schedule enough time within your daily routine to try the product and write the review.  Often there is a deadline for reviews to be written.  This happened to me recently, due to family issues I was unable to complete the review on time.  If this does happen, be honest with the company, notwithstanding that make sure you schedule your time wisely.

When approaching, companies make sure you disclose all the information relating to your blog and social media accounts.  For example, if you have 800 followers on Twitter don’t say you have 1,000!  It is better to be honest as companies are likely to check!

I have been lucky that all the products I have reviewed I initiated the contact with the company.  Be honest with yourself and your readers, go for products you would use or you think would be good to try and that are the right fit for your blog.  Remember you have the potential to influence people to buy a certain product so it is ok to say no too!

 

 

If you need help setting up a blog visit my post here.

I highly recommend TSO Host for your domain name and WordPress hosting package as low as £2.99 per month.

Interested in how to monetize your blog?  Read my blog post here.

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HOW TO SET UP A BLOG TO MAKE MONEY IN 3 EASY STEPS

So you want to set up a blog to make money?

Blogging has allowed many people to share their ideas, thoughts and views with the world.  With it a whole new world has opened up of possible ways to make money.

I will discuss the opportunities of affiliate marketing in my next post.  I will touch upon how to register for affiliate marketing and Google AdSense.

It hasn’t been plain sailing for me, while I have over 30 blog posts on my other blog here I have been rejected by Google AdSense 3 times, it’s all to do with not having enough content but as I continue to write blog posts I will keep you posted about it if I decide to give  Google Adsense another go.

 

Should I go for a free hosting blog or paid one?

Ok, this part has been the most tricky and frustrating part for me personally – the setting up a blog.  At first I was of the opinion that I didn’t want to pay any money for setting the blog up since there are ways of having a blog for free.  However, when I researched it, the best and only option to be fully in control of my content and be able to monitise my blog was to go the paid route or self hosted as it is referred to.

Having a self hosted blog also allows you to have your own name (e.g. elfeelgoodsvintage.uk / elfeelgooddeals.uk), it does look more professional than others and you can also use an array of designs which are free or you can buy a more unique theme.

How much would it cost me?

Again it took me ages to find a host which I had confidence in.  I read a lot of reviews, gave up a few times as the reviews were conflicting, then settled on TSO Host.  I can highly recommend them for several reasons.

Firstly, I was able to purchase my domain name with them for £7.19 for the entire year, secondly their basic hosting package costs me £2.99 per month and their customer service is excellent.

Did I mention before how rubbish I am at technical stuff?  Well, when I purchased my domain name and hosting package with TSO Host I sent them an email saying I wanted my website to be WordPress and could they just do that and send me the login details. Honestly this is just how rubbish I am at the technical stuff but TSO Host were excellent, within an hour they emailed me back my details, I logged in and was able to start customising the WordPress theme!

Step 1

Register your domain with TSO Host here.   Of course this is the easy part but coming up with the name can be a bit tricky so make sure you are happy with your choice, try it out with family and friends first!  TSO Host also have .blog domains now, there is just so much choice from .com to .uk to even .wales!

Step 2

Buy the hosting package for your blog with TSO Host here. I highly recommend the standard package at £2.99 per month.

Step 3

Connect your domain and your hosting.  Very simple, just email TSO Host customer service and they will do all of it for you and send you the login details.  It really is that simple.  The customer service for TSO Host is second to none.

 

So what now?

I highly recommend you set up your blog as a first step to monitising it and once you have at least 10 blog posts start on your affiliate marketing plan.

I highly recommend you go with TSO Host as a service provider who has a very competitive price and has excellent customer service and who are particularly helpful for those of us who are not very tech savvy!

 

 

Interested in knowing how to monetize your blog?  Read my blog post here.

Want stuff for free to review on your blog?  Read my post here.

Want to make money with your old receipts?  Read all about it here.

Want to earn gift vouchers?  Read my review of SwagBucks.

 

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