BLOGGING TIPS THAT HAVE WORKED FOR ME

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There are so many great blogging tips out there, but I can totally understand why sometimes it can feel a bit puzzling as we are bombarded with information how to get the best views, engagement and blog statistics. Today I wanted to share what has worked for me personally, in the hopes that it might work for you too.

 

Be consistent

I find being consistent really helps when growing your blog, and the blogs I love to read usually have at least a few posts up a week too. Of course life can get in the way, and you don’t have to be that regimented that you end up posting things you don’t want to, but having a small schedule will mean that of course you get more blog views, but actually more importantly, people will start coming back to read more regularly when there’s fresh content for them. For some reason it always suprises me that I get the most blog views on a day when I’ve just posted, but I suppose that’s pretty obvious.

 

Plan ahead

This one is optional but I love to plan ahead in terms of blog posts, and be in front by at least a few posts. I find it so much easier to write when I’m not pressured to get a post up, and the words always flow freely without me forcing them. To totally contradict my last point, if you wanted to get ahead of yourself I don’t think it would be a bad thing to have a week off on posting if that means you can get a number of posts written up and scheduled in the meantime. I have a post about my blogging schedule which I’ll link here which might give you a bit more information on how I do it.

 

 

Approach brands yourself

I’ve only started doing this recently, so I’m not the most experienced blogger in this area but, I think it’s something we all need to do more. To be totally honest, I got bored of having weird emails that are so irrelevant to my blog, so I’m going out to find my own. And, it actually paid off! I’m starting to work with more and more different brands now that I love and am super happy to collaborate with. It always makes me feel proud of myself and this blog!

Sure, some people decline and others don’t even reply, but one or two respond and are so lovely! Try not to be too imitated, they are just normal people at the end of the day, just be honestΒ and polite. Let me know if you would like a more in-depth post about this and I’ll definitely put one together!

 

Be genuine

In terms of everything to with blogging and general social media engagement, being genuine is so key. If you liked someones post, tell them what you liked about it instead of the generic ‘Great post!’. If you want to blog about a specific topic because it feels right to you, do it. If you don’t like a picture, don’t post it to your Instagram just in the hopes other might like it instead. (I’ve done that and you just want to delete it after) I always share the good and bad parts of my day because life isn’t perfect, and neither are Instagram feeds.

Be yourself, there is only one of you.

 

What blogging tips have worked for you, any of these?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Courtney Hardy

    These are awesome tips. I’ve also found that consistency works. Recently i’ve been falling behind on my blog because of school, work, and track, and my consistency is not so good, so my stats are going down, and it sucks.
    https://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • I’m sure they will go back up soon. Its hard not to focus on stats but just remember why you started and how much you love it! You will never go wrong that way xxx

  • Thanks for sharing these tips Natalie! I’ve definitely found that being genuine and being more consistent works with my blog. I would love to hear a more in-depth post on how you approach brands as it’s something I’m definitely wanting to do more of this year πŸ™‚ xx

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

    • Oh yay! I will definitely get planning that post then πŸ™‚ xx

  • I loved this post, Natalie! Being consistent is so important. I was so inconsistent throughout last year that my views and engagement really suffered, but this year it’s my aim to try be more consistent but still have regular breaks when I need to. It’s all about that balance, right?xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    • Balance is so key! I’m not posting as much these days but I try to stick to a few times a week and I’m loving having a more relaxed schedule, it feels less pressure and more fun! xx

  • Such great tips, thank you for sharing! I would love to hear more about how you approach brands – I’ve promised myself I would start doing it this year but it scares me a lot! xx

    • Thank you for reading Laura, will definitely get writing that post! πŸ™‚ xx

  • These are some great tips! I find that planning ahead works wonders with time management.

    Candice | beautycandyloves.co.za

    • I feel like I always like to have a few posts ready to go if I run out of ideas! xx

  • These are some really helpful tips! I write everything down to plan posts xx
    liv
    http://www.livwrites.co.uk

  • Yiotou_La

    Planning is really important, I usually plan my posts at the start of every month and always have 2-3 posts finished. It stresses me out when I have nothing to post and due to the fact that the lighting is terrible at the moment, I usually take all my photos on Saturday or Sunday and also write a couple of posts!

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • I definitely get that feeling too so I like to be a few posts ahead! xx

  • Consistency is definitely such a big factor; I can’t post more often than twice a week I don’t think (firstly as I tend to write long form and secondly because outfit photos take a while, so my posts take hours and hours!) which does annoy me quite a lot. I try to remember that posting frequently and posting consistently aren’t the same thing so as long as I keep it regular rather than 4 posts in a week and then none for 2 weeks then I’m doing okay. I wish I could be as good as you at planning ahead, I am constantly behind, so I often think that doing what you said about having a week off and coming back with some already scheduled could be beneficial! Never approached brands so would be interested in how you’ve gone about that πŸ™‚ xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • It definitely relates to how your blog is doesn’t it? My posts aren’t as length or photography based as yours so they don’t take long to whip up, thankfully! I will definitely do a post on brands πŸ™‚ xxx

  • This is really helpful, I would say I’m very low key with my blog but I do but a lot of work in and I think this will help me become more successful so thank you.
    https://sop4ie.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Amy Eade

    I’ve just started approaching brands myself too and found it great so far! It’s much less scary than you would think and means you get to work with brands you’re really passionate about rather than just having to turn down a load of irrelevant stuff!
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

    • I was sick of getting emails that were from strange American companies! xx

  • This is such a helpful post. I wish I had the confidence to reach out to brands myself, hopefully one day soon!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

    • You should do it! It is a bit nerve wracking but it feels good to put yourself out there! xx

  • Wonderful tips Natalie. I definitely thing focusing on consistency is key. I also think writing what you would like to read is a helpful tip as well. If you wouldn’t read it – why would anyone else?

    Sharni | http://www.agirlandgrey.com

  • I’ve started to try and be really consistent with my posting and I think it’s helped me get into the swing of things! One thing I do need to get better at though is planning ahead – I have shocking organisational skills!

    abzfabz.blogspot.co.uk

    • Maybe have a week break and see if you can get a few posts ready in advance? xx

  • Being genuine is such a great tip, I always love bloggers that are authentic and hundred percent themselves and that’s how I hope I come across to my readers. Planning is also really important. I’ve never actually approached a brand before, maybe I should give it a shot! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  • Shannon

    These are such great tips, I love reading your advice on blogging. Would definitely love to hear about approaching brands and any other tips you have!

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

  • This is such a helpful post!
    Luke | http://www.lukeheywoodstyle.co.uk

  • Loved reading this! I need to start approaching brands myself as I also get strange emails which I have to decline due to the nature that I just wouldn’t want to post that on my blog! xxx