Starting up a blog can be a very daunting thing, when I decided to go solo with my blog, I was nervous that I would get no followers and wouldn’t know what I was doing because I wasn’t used to WordPress as my old blog which was shared with a friend was all on Blogger. For today’s post I thought it would be a nice idea to share some advice with you incase you want to further the success of your blog or start one up!
My first piece of advice would be that WordPress is definitely the easiest blog site to go with and I know so many people that have also made the transfer on to here because it opens so many doors. It has got some amazing, free designs/layouts which are perfect for when starting up a blog. It also has a ‘discover’ setting so that you can find similar blogs to yours to follow and it also allows you to see all of the blogs that you follow posts in a feed which I find so handy as it means that I am constantly being kept up to date.
Another piece of advice that I’d give is that Twitter is the best platform for you if you are a blogger. It enables you to interact so much more with others (and possibly create blogger best friends like I have with Ellie) and to really get your posts out there by using hashtags like #blog #blogger #beauty #lifestyle. You can also join in on comment threads where you post your recent blog and people will comment on it and you will return. Finally, on Twitter you can also mention accounts which have the purpose of RT’ing peoples posts, this is really helpful and I always tend to see a higher number of views when doing this.
A lot of bloggers have recently been branching out in the world of Pinterest, I have loved Pinterest for a while now but personally, I do not know how to use it to promote my blog other than sharing images from blog posts with links to the post in, if anyone does have any advice on this then please comment it below!
Another piece of advice that I would give is that you should try and upload at least once a week, this is what I am doing currently because I find it quite hard to balance being in sixth form with my blog but within the summer months I always put in much more effort and time. What I mean by this point is, try and have a schedule that you keep to so that your readers know when a new post will be or how many to expect that week.
I feel the need to mention Instagram in this post as I know that many bloggers still use it to get their posts more recognition. These days, I tend to use my account to just post on my story whenever a new blog post has gone up, generally around 150 people see it when I have over 8,000 followers which makes it seem so un-worthwhile because of the algorithm that they now have. So my advice would be to still post on there but try not to be too dissapointed if you don’t grow much or gain many views because we are all also struggling too.
My final piece of advice would be to not compare yourself to other bloggers. It can be very easy to get in to a slump when you see others doing so well, gaining loads of followers and getting sponsored blog posts but instead of being down about it, use it as your motive to keep working at it and hopefully reach this goal. I also think there are many expectations of bloggers like the classic marble background or using fake flowers, you don’t have to use/have these things in order to be a good blogger, when you are happy with the content that you are producing, it really reflects in the quality of the post!
Thank you so much for reading! I really hope that this was helpful. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you can find me at @bethxkate.