I’ve often seen this come up on twitter chats as a kind of side chat, how difficult it seems to be to build your following on Bloglovin’. Now I have by no means got tens of thousands, but I have grown my following from under 200 to nearly 900 in just a few months so I thought I’d share some of my secrets and the things I do on a daily basis that I believe have helped! How to build your following on Bloglovin’ So I’ve had Bloglovin’ since I first started my blog over a year ago, when I looked at my following of a mere 13 in around November of last year I just didn’t get it. I knew more than those 13 read my blog and I had grown quite a following through other social media outlets so there was definitely something I was doing wrong, or wasn’t doing at all. I set about researching, as my boyfriend has taught me to do with anything I’m not sure on – he believes the internet has all of lifes answers and I do too. I’ve listed below 5 of the super easy things I changed and believe have really helped me and will help you to build your blogs following on Bloglovin’! share through it When you promote your blog on twitter – wait, you do promote your blog on twitter don’t you? If not read this post immediately. When you promote your blog posts through twitter, share them via Bloglovin’. This to me is the single and most effective way of building your blogs following. If you’re a part of the Facebook groups or have a Facebook page, you can also share it there. Sharing through you’re page means your readers are already on your Bloglovin’ page where hitting follow is super easy. ask at the end of each blog post Asking for people to follow you is honestly something you should do. I know it’s cringe but you’ll get over it, and you really should because guess what? it works. I now make a point of asking at the end of each and every blog post for the reader to follow me. This is such a simple step and has worked wonders to build my blogs following on Bloglovin’. Hey, while you’re here, why don’t you follow me on Bloglovin’? – see what I did there? make a big, eye catching sign This is something that I came up with myself. I was looking at the teeny weeny Bloglovin’ button one day and thinking how people probably can’t even see it. So I made a sign, a BIG sign to go on the sidebar of my blog – AKA it’s always visible. I’m not sure how other blogging platforms work but I’m on WordPress and I just added it as an image on my widgets and set the link to go directly to my Bloglovin’ page. One click and my following’s building. ask people to follow you on it through social media As well as asking at the end of your post and sharing…

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Blogging Tips Q&A – Answering You’re Questions

I’m answering all of your questions today in my blogging tips Q&A! I’m so sorry it’s super delayed but I just haven’t got round to filming it!! In this video I answer everything you ask from personal questions about me and my blog to questions about blogging and SEO. Blogging Tips Q&A Video Make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel for more videos and do let me know if you want me to film any particular videos!!! Also feel free to leave any questions below if there’s something I haven’t answered and you can find lots of helpful posts in my blogging tips category where I go into a lot of the things mentioned in more detail!!

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5 Tips on Being More Productive

Being productive is not my forte. If I had a penny for every time I’ve been sat staring blankly at the computer screen or spring cleaning my room – because it was so much more urgent than tomorrows blog post – I would be rich my friend. But I’m not, I’m broke and unproductive. However, I have found some handy ways of making the most of my time, little tricks I use to focus and if I really cannot focus, ways to still be productive. 5 steps to being more productive write manageable lists I am queen list maker. There’s nothing I love more than writing lists, even as a child I wrote lists upon lists – at least now they have some form of use, though I have been know to write things I’ve already done purely for the sense of achievement when ticking it off. When you write a list, you should always be super realistic. Don’t write an a4 to do list – you ain’t never gonna get that done in a day and when you don’t you’ll feel like a failure. I also find that personally, if I see a huge list I instantly remember something else I could do to avoid said scary list. Writing a more manageable list makes you way more productive – and if you really must have your a4 list, split it into manageable chunks. Background noise is a good thing Personally, I cannot concentrate in deadly silence, my mind wanders and before I know it I’m at the checkout on Asos and the blog post is just a distant memory. blog post who? I find there’s a fine line when it comes to background noise, it has to be something to fill the silence without drawing your attention away from your writing. For me, the radio works best for this heart FM I salute you, I do love Grimmy but the presenters on Radio 1 are far too talky and distracting! This little radio I was sent from EMIE has been my absolute saviour. It’s about the size of an a6 piece of paper, lightweight and totally instagrammable. Small, lightweight and photogenic . . in other words a bloggers dream, perfect for those ‘work situation” shots! Obviously it does have a function too, background noise. . because it’s small I’ve been carrying it round everywhere with me, by the shower, in the kitchen . .probably not socially acceptable to take it on the train . . Don’t procrastinate Procrasination is the thief of joy. I truly believe this, how can you ever relax when you know you should be doing something else? If you do something, see it through from start to finish and don’t stop to clean out your make up drawer – it has been known. I am queen of procrastinating, there’s always someone who wants to go for lunch or the dog needs walking and I haven’t washed my make up brushes in ages. Honestly the things I’ll do to avoid working. Preparation is key I always schedule my posts because I find it hard…

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How to Use Social Media to build your blogs following

Knowing when and how to promote your blog is such a key part of being a blogger. Sooo, I thought for this weeks blog tips post I would talk about the ways you can use social media to build your blogs following. How to build your blogs following using Social Media Social media is a great free way of building up your blogs following. Most of my tips will probably make you go . .duh!  But I’d say they ain’t all that obvious and unless you know, you don’t know. . you know?! Twitter Tag brands and blogger groups in your tweet Whenever I share my blog posts on twitter I always tag either the brand I’m talking about or/and blogger groups. Incase you didn’t know, there’s so many groups that will retweet you. . like they’re dedicated to retweeting blogs . . I know. Some of the groups I regularly tag are below but I’m always finding new ones and there’s lots that are great for specific posts: @femalebloggerRT @fashbeautylife @UKbloggers1 @lovingblogs @lbloggerschat @blogginggals (use #blogginggals) @TheGirlGangHQ (make sure you also #thegirlgang) @bloggingconnect @BBlogRT Join in on blogger chats Blogger chats are another great way of building your following and getting people over to your blog. It’s also great for finding out new information and sharing tips with other bloggers. They usually have a topic such as working with brands or blog photography and the chat allows bloggers to swap experiences and share ideas. Some of the chats I regularly join in with I’ve listed below but I’m sure if none of these are relevant to you, if you do your research there’ll be hundreds to join in with! Monday #BDIB  – 7-8pm #Fbloggers – 8-9pm Tuesday #fblchat – 8-9pm #bloghour – 9-10pm Wednesday #lbloggers – 7-8pm #bbloggers – 8-9pm Friday #BDIB – 8-9pm Saturday #fblchat – 3-4pm Sunday #lbloggers – 7-8pm #bbloggers – 8-9pm Keep Active Twitter more than any other social media is one you need to stay active on. The more active you are, the more your following will grow. This is another reason why group chats are great, I try to join in at least 1 a week, regularly tweet my blog posts and try to post in between just general tweets like I love my dog . .you get the picture! Instagram Tag brands and inspiration pages in your photos and use relevant hashtags This is kind of similar to the Twitter one but obviously, as we all know Instagram is a tough nut to crack! I find that when I get reposted by a brand or inspirational page my blog views go way up. Once when ootdmagazine reposted me and I got way over 500 views in about an hour! Crazy. Tagging inspirational pages, brands and using specific brand hashtags are amazing ways of getting noticed for that all important re post! With OOTDmagazine you can also go to their website and submit images to give yourself more chances of being re posted! Be interactive I know that the more your following grows the harder this is, but…

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How To Make Your Blog Post Stand Out

I’ve found over the past few weeks my posts have been getting more attention than before. I know that this obviously comes with growth, but I do believe there’s certain tips and tricks that you can use to make your blog post stand out. Obviously, the next step was to share these tips with you lovely people! Make your blog post stand out Choose Your Featured Image Wisely Your featured image should be one thats carefully selected. I’m on wordpress so I’m not sure on the other blogging platforms, but I know you can set it with wordpress so you should be able to with the others! To me, someone who is very drawn to beautiful imagery- aren’t we all, setting your featured image to one that you think will draw the reader in without giving away too much of the post is so important when trying to make your blog post stand out. For example, when I’m doing an outfit post, I pick an image that will draw the reader in but not show the whole outfit . . did you see what I did there? Site’s like Bloglovin’ generally take the first image from your post so make sure thats something you consider too! Personally I always pick a landscape image for my first and featured image as I find it sit’s nicely when sharing it on social media and it’s guaranteed not to stretch on sites like Bloglovin’. Use A Catchy Title The second, or equal first most important thing to consider when trying to make your blog post stand out, is the title. It’s got to be something that will capture the readers attention and make them want to read more. I find this harder with fashion posts but I’ve certainly got better than my past titles, usually something along the lines of monochrome . . I guess someone who likes monochrome or a loyal reader might click through but someone who stumbles upon it isn’t likely to click through. If you want to ace your title then make sure you read my post on how to create a killer blog title. Consider Your First Sentence The first sentence plays two important parts in getting the readers attention. The first sentence is pulled through to sites like Bloglovin’, Facebook and sometimes Twitter when shared. So you have your title, image and first sentence. It’s another way of getting the reader interested and wanting to read on. Secondly, the first sentence is what will determine whether the reader continues to scroll or clicks straight off of your post. Obviously we hope that the whole of our blog post will be interesting and captivate the reader, but nailing that first sentence will make your blog post stand out more than nailing the last. Are Your Photos Up To Scratch? As I said before, the first image is by far the most important in your post. However, your imagery in general can help to make your blog post stand out.…

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