WHAT I WISH I KNEW WHEN I STARTED BLOGGING

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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?

Bryony x

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9 Comments

  1. March 26, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    Love all these different points! 100% agree that not all gifted items are worth it, sure it is nice to be wanted by a brand to promote their products but if its not something you’d use yourself it really is just a waste of time!x

  2. March 26, 2020 / 4:16 pm

    Great points, and I really needed to read the point about statistics not being everything 😀 I’ve become obsessed with topping the number every month, and now with everything going on I haven’t and it’s really annoyed me. Such a useless thing to get annoyed about. Oh my lord, I wish someone would take over my Pinterest for me! Either my content is completely useless or I’m just doing it all wrong, I’ve tried so many times, but it just doesn’t work. Maybe I’ll hire someone to do it for me 😀 x

  3. March 26, 2020 / 4:41 pm

    I need your Pinterest tips!! I have been trying to figure Pinterest out, but it is so hard. Can’t wait to read it 🙂

  4. March 26, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    I never even thought about using stock photos but this is something I definitely need to consider! I love for you to do a separate post on DA ratings, looking forward to seeing it if you did!x

  5. March 26, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    This is a great post! I definitely need to research and read more about DA because I am still not 100% on it and get a bit confused! Thanks for the post it was really helpful xxx

  6. Daisy
    March 26, 2020 / 5:48 pm

    I love all these tips! I hope you do make that DA post because I need all the help I can get! I wish I’d known that blogging is a rollercoaster. One minute a post takes off and the next a post gets hardly any engagement!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

  7. March 26, 2020 / 6:02 pm

    This is a great post, it’s definitely helping my blogging journey. I can’t wait for the post about Pinterest, I’m trying to use Pinterest but it doesn’t give many results.

  8. March 26, 2020 / 9:00 pm

    I need to join some Pinterest boards to up the traffic! Pinterest I love for photo inspiration but hate it when it comes to blog traffic! I agree that as a blogger you don’t have to post 4 times a week, unless you want to that is! It takes too much work and you’ll end up hating it otherwise! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  9. March 28, 2020 / 4:31 am

    I agree with these!! For years, I was in kind of a toxic blogging community where you HAVE to take your own blog pics or you’re a fraud… So glad I got out of that. Stock images make a huge difference! It is a stress reliever for me :). I agree – not all collabs are worth it. You can’t be spending your own money either… I mean if LV offers me 40% off as a collab, I mean I’d take that one haha. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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