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Monday, 15 February 2016

How to start a Blog - Best Tips & Advice to grow your site and be successful



1. WHERE TO START?

If you are thinking about making a blog...stop thinking and just DO IT!
You have nothing to loose. Think about the type of blog you want to make and think of a name.
There are two platforms that i know of which are Blogger.com or Wordpress. It depends which one you prefer really but i've heard that blogger is easier to follow and i think more popular with people.

2. BE CONSISTENT

Blogging will be hard work and you will need to be consistent with your posts if you want be successful with it. It's ok to take breaks but if you abandon your blog for some time you will loose connections with people and it will be harder to keep it up. Regular posts will show people that you are dedicated and they will more likely return to your blog.

3. DON'T HOLD BACK

Don't let anything hold you back from starting your blog. Wether that is worrying what people will think or that you don't think you have the best camera equipment. You have to start to somewhere and photo's from your phone can still look great when first starting, you can always save for a better camera if that's something you want to do. It's about how you take the photo anyway that makes it good. In the past i have held back from doing a lot of posts or video's on my youtube for different reasons but not everyone can have the best everything and get it right every time so i would just do it and improve better down the line, just do the best you can at the time.



4. BE PATIENT 

You can't expect success to happen over night. You need to be patient and good things will happen, you will get more views as time goes on so don't get put off at the start if you don't feel like your not getting that many. Everybody has to start somewhere and in time it will get better. It could take a few months to see changes or it could take a few years, it's different for everybody.

5. INTERACT WITH OTHERS

Firstly interacting with your readers is really important i think. I always make an effort to reply back to every comment i get and then it makes feel people more engaged with you as a person.
It's also great to make friends with other bloggers, i follow quite a lot on Twitter and they also have group chats under certain hashtags, for example there is; #bdib #lbloggers #fblchat They hold different chats and bloggers can join the chat for free. It's a great way to meet others and after most chats I'm left feeling really inspired. Blogging events are also another great way to meet other people and introduce your blog to different brands. I went to a few events last year, i have vlogged these events too which you can see on my (second) youtube channel > here <


6. BE YOURSELF

There are so many blogs out there and ones that will be very similar to yours so it's good to let your personality shine through, that way readers will feel more engaged with you as a person. It's also important to share the posts that you enjoy. Don't compare yourself to others, try and stick to what you love and being honest in your posts too will build trust with your readers.

7. GET PROFESSIONAL 

If you want to take your blog to the next level then there are a few things you can do to make yourself look more professional. Buy yourself some business cards, you can get good deals on Vista Print. At the time when i bought mine they were giving away a free card holder too which was good.

Another thing would be to buy yourself a domain name. I use to have 'carlyccxx.blogspot.co.uk' or something like that and then bought a website name from GoDaddy.com. I have heard that this site is the best one and you can also get domain name, website and email packages on there. I don't know if there websites are good for starting a blog as i've never tried it but it's something you can also look into.

The last thing would be to get yourself a new template, you can be creative with the template on blogger and that is fine for when your first starting out but theres a lot more you can get if you buy one. The first one i got was from Etsy.com, you can just search blogging templates, i can't remember the name of girl who did mine but there are loads of nice ones on Etsy. After christmas i then came across PipDig which i really liked. A new template include things like links to other social media, easier way to find posts, more stylish layouts, etc it just depends as all templates are different.

I also filmed a youtube video on this, if you want to watch that you can click here

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  1. Hi carly I was watching different types onot how to start blogging. Then I came across your video in youtube it's so inspiring. I started blogging just this week I exactly felt and still feeling part of your tips in the video. But am more determined I have so much energy and love for my new path. I just hope I can find many as inspiring as you are. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Sorry this is such a late reply but only just seen this 🙈🙊 Thanks so much tho and really glad it helped and hope your blog is doing well 😊 x

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