10 Ways To Up Your Blogging Game

So, you're wanting to up your blogging game?
Okay okay, I know what you're thinking, "honey you don't even have 50 followers, get your head out of the clouds (or other places)". So, disclaimer, I am by no means saying I'm the biggest and the best, nor am I claiming that these tips will miraculously change your blog overnight because, as with anything, patience is virtue. However, what I will say is that just by following these simple tips and tricks in the last month or so, I have noticed a HUGE difference in both my blog traffic and how much I am enjoying it.

I'm sure we all understand that feeling of putting so much work into a post and it not getting the attention or feedback it deserves, and it can be really quite discouraging, but upping your blogging game isn't just about the numbers, which is why I wanted to share these tips with you. 

LOVE WHAT YOU DO
First things first, you have to enjoy what you do. I know this probably sounds like a bit of a cop out tip but seriously, if you don't love what you do, it shows. If you aren't enjoying creating the content that you are putting out, how do you expect someone to else to enjoy reading it? Without that love and enjoyment, you most likely won't have the motivation and the passion it takes to persevere at hard times. So if you're struggling, take a step back. Maybe you love blogging, but the content you are putting out isn't you, the overall appearance needs some tlc, or it may just been that you're sweating over the small stuff - the statistics, other social media platforms etc. Whatever it is, do what you need to do to make a change and to fall back in love with what you do.

TWITTER RETWEET ACCOUNTS
I honestly don't know where I would be without these accounts, they are the holy grail of getting traffic to your blog. I am sure a lot of you are aware of these little gems, after all its probably how you came across this post in the first place, but if you don't know, I shall explain. Twitter retweet accounts are basically what they say on the tin, they retweet your tweets. When you are putting together a tweet to promote your blog or a new post, all you have to do is tag them and they will - most likely - retweet, thereby making your new post visible to thousands and thousands of fellow bloggers and readers. I say most likely as they don't always retweet or some can take several hours, and this can be for a number of reasons. A lot of them are run by other individual bloggers, so its understandable that their response times aren't always rapid. 

SOME ACCOUNTS I LOVE:


PROMOTION, PROMOTION, PROMOTION
This point is pretty self-explanatory, and I will explain it more in further points but, as you can imagine, it is a very important step to bringing more traffic to your blog. All I want to highlight here is that it isn't a one tweet jobbie - can you tell I have been watching a lot of Louise Pentland lately? When I first put a post up, I try to promote it every hour for about two days just to get the ball rolling, and then I resume to my normal 'post-promoting' routine, which is basically as often as I can. You also don't have to stick to promoting one post - a mistake I made - so mix it up, theres no rule saying that because it isn't your most recent post that it just has to disappear into the internet, never to be seen by anyone ever again. At first I used to tweet about a post once and 'bobs your uncle' because I felt like I was bombarding people or being pushy but I soon got over that. People who follow me know I have a blog, the majority of them are bloggers as well, so they know the importance of promotion, and for the people who see my tweet through a retweet account, how many of them are going to be online at the exact time you post? These accounts have thousands of followers, and retweet constantly, so to avoid getting lost in a tsunami of flatlays and pretty dresses, you have to be consistent with it. 

COMMENT THREADS
Starting to notice a theme? Seriously, twitter is the best platform when it comes to promoting your blog, especially with things like comment threads - a thread of blog post links whereby bloggers exchange comments. If I am honest, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with these threads. They are a great way to get new readers to your site that perhaps wouldn't have normally come across it, and everyone is helping each other out by boosting one anothers stats, but sometimes they can seem a little forced and fake, and I think I would rather get my comments organically. When I first discovered them however, they really helped to build my confidence in the content I was putting out as well as giving me the opportunity to connect with other bloggers. (Bloggers Tribe are my go to and they host them every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8pm BST)


TWITTER CHATS
This is my last twitter tip I promise. Although these chats don't necessarily promise your blog any new traffic, they are a really good way to interact with other bloggers, and they are always so lighthearted. One of my favourite things about blogging is that I can connect with people from all over the world who I wouldn't have otherwise 'met'. I love Cbeechat as they always ask such great questions and there is a new topic each time - they host their chats on a Monday 5pm-6pm and Thursday 9pm-10pm BST. However, there is a whole array of chats for bloggers across twitter so its just a case of shopping around. If you like something of a more specific topic, TodayTomorrowForever Ella hosts a great mental health chat fortnightly on a Tuesday at 8pm BST. 

PINTEREST
As much as I have mentioned it, twitter isn't the only place to promote your blog. Pinterest has also been so beneficial to my blog traffic and getting my name out there. Unlike with twitter, your pin doesn't get lost the more you pin, its a cycle, and your pins will constantly be popping up on everyone elses feed and getting your account that recognition. Not only that, but it is a lot less tedious and I could sit and pin for hours!

ENTICE PEOPLE IN
The idea of jumping into a black hole is not appealing to anyone, and while I'm being a little dramatic, I'm sure you catch my drift. Let people know what they are in for. How are you helping them? What will the reader get from it? It maybe that your post is really helpful, but your title doesn't reflect that. For instance, if you're writing about your favourite mascaras, calling it exactly that won't attract as many people as 'Top 5 Drugstore Mascaras' or 'This Mascara Will Change Your Stubborn Lashes For Good'. Be as specific as you can - tell them how many products you're talking about, your price range, or who the product would best apply to. The same applies to lifestyle posts, avoid using phrases like 'should we' or 'is it' and instead use 'we need to' or 'it is'; state where your post is heading. This also makes it so much easier to write the post in the first place, because you have an end point. 

It isn't just the title that can be used to entice people in. If you're are promoting your post on twitter share snippets of what it contains - a screen recording of a quick scroll, a sentence or two, a photo, or even ask a rhetorical question. 

CONSISTENCY
Consistency does not always mean frequency. Putting up blog posts regularly is a great way to get more traffic to your blog but it isn't essential. Its more about quality over quantity. One of my goals this month was to be consistent with the overall appearance of my blog, the fonts I use, the layout, the colours and the photo editing; I feel it just looks more professional this way. You may only be posting two or three times a month, but being consistent with promoting and posting on other social media platforms is always a good idea. 

ACCEPT IT FLUCTUATES
With consistency and perseverance comes acceptance. Some months are worse than others, and that just comes with the job, its unpredictable. When your blog isn't doing as well as usual, it can be really discouraging, so take advantage of those days when you're motivated, take photos in bulk, type up notes when they are in your head, give yourself that flexibility. Having the ability to do extra work one day so you don't have to do any the next is just a perk of the job. Nevertheless, focus on the positives. It is so easy these days to just focus on our social media statistics and think 'oh I only got 43 likes on my picture' or 'my blog is so bad I only have 15 followers' but if you think about it, thats 15 whole people who chose to follow your blog, you can't even count that on your hand. So when its a bad month, focus on what you do have, and not what you don't. 

GUEST BLOGGING
Finally, something I discovered very recently, is guest blogging. Well, I say discovered... I knew what it was, but it is something I have only actually started to take part in very recently. As the name suggests, guest blogging is basically creating content for someone elses blog. Although they aren't something I actively look for, when they pop up, I  always like to ask for a bit more information, and if it sounds like something I am interested in doing and think I can bring something to the table, then I'll go for it. After all it is just another way to get your name out there, and also gives people a taste of your content. 

What are your tips to up your blogging game?
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  1. I agree, I really think twitter retweet sites make a difference and I find them so helpful. Love being a part of that community!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Same, its probably the most helpful platform when it comes to getting more traffic! x

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  2. Really great tips here and the first one is absolutely the most important! You'll fizzle out eventually if you don't love what you're doing, especially if it's just a hobby you do on the side that isn't anything to do with your income. I found this myself and have had to take several breaks along the way. Also, Twitter chats helped me find so many bloggers that I follow to date.

    Definitely got me thinking about some of the things I could do more!

    Issy | MissIsGoode
    xx

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    1. Exactly! If you don't love what you do, at hard and stressful times its not going to feel worth it, I've taken a few breaks because of it too before realising I wasn't creating the content I wanted to.

      Twitter has helped so much, I have been able to connect with so many people and I love it xx

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  3. I like the point about loving what you do. I think that’s what gives you the passion to put the time and effort in.

    http://ohduckydarling.com

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    1. Yes definitely, if you don't enjoy it you'll find it difficult to persevere when you aren't feeling motivated x

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  4. I am still learning and the things you wrote here 80% of them I don't do. So this post is real a blessing to me . Thanks for sharing.

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    1. No worries, this makes me so happy to hear thank you! I hope they are helpful to you x

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  5. These are all so true, I started my blog a few weeks ago and Twitter has helped me so much. I'm definitely going to be trying out some of the other tips you have✨

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    1. Twitter really is the best platform for promoting your blog, good luck! xx

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  6. Very helpful tips, thanks for sharing!

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    1. No worries, hope you find them useful xx

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  7. Thank you for this post! I've been blogging for 4 years and still don't feel like I've fully got my head around it, twitter has 100% helped me promote my posts. I'm still questioning how to use pinterest though, do you have/know of any posts that could help? xx

    emsirose.blogspot.com

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    1. I know how you feel, I found it so overwhelming at first but I am gradually finding my way round. Pinterest wise, I have a pin it overlay on my photos so when I click on it it will take me to my Pinterest and let me choose a board. Then I usually try and pin it into a couple of my other boards just to get the ball rolling and makes it more likely for someone to find. I hope that makes sense. My overlay came with my theme but if you search in google 'Pipdig Pinterest Widget' it should come up.

      As for other posts, I don't have any personally but this one was really helpful:
      http://lifewithsneha.com/2018/04/6-pinterest-tips-to-up-your-game/

      Hope you find these tips useful xx

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  8. Thanks for these tips - I've just started out in blogging and I've found them really useful :)

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    1. No problem, hope they work for you. Good luck with your blog! xx

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  9. You might not have many followers but that won't last. Clearly, you know what to do!
    Great tips :)

    katedaysaweek.be

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    1. Aww thats so sweet of you, thank you! x

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  10. This is so helpful, I’m trying to boost my blog up as much as I can and I’m deffo gonna use some of these tips!!

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    1. Good Luck, I hope you are finding them useful! xx

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