I’ve now been blogging for around 3 years and there is A LOT that I’ve learned over this period of time.
Unfourtnalty there isn’t a guide book on how to create a hit blog so you end up working things out for yourself. You’ll realize what’s worth spending your time on and what isn’t worth spending hours on.
Here are a few of the things I would have loved to of known when I started my blog.
STOCK IMAGES ARE A THING
I used to spend hours trying to get the right Image for a lifestyle-related post, I’d take hundreds of flat lays including different items from my home. There would always be something I wasn’t happy with, the lighting, the layout of the items, etc, which sometimes caused me to scrap the whole post.
It’s only recently that I have learned about stock image sites, these are sites where people upload images that are royalty-free meaning you can use them on your blog. There are images under every category from bedrooms to flat lays to skincare items and many more.
The best stock image sites I’ve found are Unsplash and Pexels are they are totally free to use!
STATS ARE NOT EVERYTHING
yes, it’s super cool to beat your highest views and to have a blog that gains lots of traffic but what does that mean if you don’t love your site? By all means, work on improving your stats but also make sure you have a website you love and you’re creating the kind of content you would want to read.
YOU DON’T NEED TO POST 4 TIMES A WEEK
By no means am I saying don’t post every day, I’m just making it clear that you don’t HAVE to. The key to publishing blog posts is to do so when you’re are happy with the content you have created, don’t worry about a schedule too much. I’ve never been able to stick to one as some weeks I’ll have loads of idea’s and then I might have writer’s block for a month.
NOT ALL GIFTED COLLABS ARE WORTH IT
I’m sure you’re all aware that through blogging you can get gifted items in return for a blog post, Instagram image, etc. How I judge whether to accept a gifted collaboration is whether I’m going to use the product, if it’s something I’d use on the regular then I’d accept. However, if I think it might just sit on my shelf then I’ll decline as it’s obviously not a product I’m that passionate about.
If a brand approaches you asking for a blog post in return for 40% off of their store but you still have to buy the item you’re promoting, DON’T ACCEPT. You are quite simply being mugged off and being used for cheap coverage, it’s important to know your worth as a blogger!
PINTEREST WORKS A DREAM
I’ve have very recently cracked the Pinterest algorithm, I used to get 6 referrals from Pinterest a month however, this month I’ve had 650+. I’m going to write an in-depth blog post soon on how I achieved this but my top tip, for now, is to just keep at it, don’t expect overnight results.
I have a blog post on ‘Pinterest Group Boards To Join To Increase Your Traffic’
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR DA
DA which stands for Domain Authority is all about how your website ranks on Google. A site can have a ranking from 0-100 if you’re blog has a rating of 30+ you’re doing pretty damn well.
If you’re applying to collaborate with a brand they will most likely ask you what your DA is, so the higher it is the more likely you are to be chosen. The best way to improve your DA is to guest post on other sites, this way you will have more backlinks to your blog. It also helps to make sure that all links on your site are up to date and not broken as this can damage your rating. There is a LOT more to it by that is the basics. I might do a more in-depth blog post soon on how to improve your domain authority.
What do you wish you knew when you started?