Making Your Blog A Success-Top Tips From Fellow Bloggers

So often, I find myself shaking my head in exasperation, at the lack of help available for new bloggers, trying to find their way in the blogging world, but unable to get answers to basic questions.

Making a blog successful isn’t easy, so I decided to take it into my own hands, and give you newbie bloggers, a little insight into what my fellow blogger friends, think is important to grow a successful blog.

 

MakingSarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too said; When I started blogging there were only a handful of Facebook groups and they were really for asking advice etc.  My top tip would be to Google first before asking the same question in a group.

Lynne from A Day in The Life Of A Mum of 6 said; As a newbie who wished I had researched more mine would be;
– carefully select your Blog name and don’t go with the 1st.
– Think about the future and what you want from your blog I found going self hosted very stressful but so worth it.
– I should have researched lots prior to jumping in so a guide for newbies is a great idea.

Alex from Better Together Home said; I wish I’d gone self hosted right away! It’s an expense but would have saved me multiple headaches and losing my entire blog/ stats after months of work! 

Jodie from Maidenhead Mum said; Don’t convince yourself that you have to be big and have tens of thousands of followers to be ‘successful’. Mine is small by nature (I live in a small town which I blog about!) Despite this I have still worked with national brands and other local businesses. Even though my audience is small, it’s engaged and targeted. Let your blog evolve into what it can be instead of chasing the path that other bloggers have already established.

Claire from Life Love and Dirty Dishes said; Don’t feel that you have to do everything people tell you to do to make your blog great. I really don’t believe there is a one size fits all approach to blogging. It’s your blog. Do it your way. If you want advice on a specific area then search or reach out for it. But only do what works for you. 

MakingIrina from Wave to Mummy said; There’s a wealth of information at your fingertips, from SEO to social media marketing. If you want to become successful you will need to make the effort to learn it. Use Google! That said, one tip I would give is to invest in your photography. If you don’t have money, invest time and learn using whatever equipment you do have. It’s such an important skill to have as blogs are a visual media as well, and will really help if you want to monetise your blog. 

Jen from Just Average Jen said; Don’t worry if your friends or family don’t initially like your blog as long as some people do its fine you will never appeal to everyone and they may change their mind!

Frances from Whinge Whinge Wine said; There is no blogging question out there that has not had a hundred posts written on it, therefore if you find yourself as a newbie with a burning blogging question your best bet is to Google it! People who’ve been blogging a while do, I’ll admit, get blogger’s fatigue answering the same newbie questions again and again so is it any wonder there isn’t always someone to hand willing to answer your question when a simple Google search would have given you 807,000 walk through tutorials.

Victoria from Lylia Rose said; For me personally I didn’t make any money for three years, yet still put hours and hours of work daily into my blog, website and social media. Now I make a full time living 4.5 years later, but it didn’t ‘just happen’. My biggest advice would be you have to work hard and put in the effort, plus remember it takes time. I see a lot of bloggers stressing they’re not making any money or only have a handful of followers, but they’ve only been blogging a few weeks! Nothing happens overnight, or at least not for the majority of us. I’ve also only been a member of Facebook blogging groups this year – Google is your friend.

Louise from Pink Pear Bear said; Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s good to have goals and people that you look up to and admire but don’t get down hearted when you’re not doing as well as them as quickly. Look back occasionally and see how far you’ve come. Keep a note of your followers every so often, I take screen shots, and then I can look back and see how far I’ve come. Also play to your strengths, it’s very hard to be brilliant at all aspects of blogging and don’t give yourself a hard time about the channels that aren’t doing as well, just congratulate yourself on the ones that are successful.

Kate from Kate On Thin Ice said; I am notorious for being rubbish at tech and images and understanding things but I blogged from the hart and that led to my success both in terms of readers as well as new friends and also being noticed by someone who keeps me afloat financially. Be true to yourself and to others.

Emma from Emma Reed said;  Never compare yourself to those who have become overnight sensations. There is a reason they have and you cannot copy them. Be yourself and just look up to those who have a large following and use it to drive your ambition. It is easy to get disheartened if you look at these pages and wonder why they are hitting the numbers and you aren’t.

MakingEmma from Me and B Make Tea said;  Get your Twitter share button sorted with your handle! Not sure what your handle is? It’s the @thenyourname bit.  Why is it important?
So you know people are sharing all your awesome stuff!

Nickie from Typecast said; 
Write in your own voice – don’t try to copy anyone else.
Do NOT take images from Google.
Find your own rhythm and dance to that tune. Your blog should be different to everyone else’s.
You don’t need to be self hosted to be successful. It might be an idea to purchase a vanity URL though.
It takes some people 10 years to become an overnight success.
There are some really good tips here-some I hadn’t even thought of.  Thanking the lovelies at UK Parent Bloggers for helping out with their tips-feel free to add your comment below if you have any others, to help new bloggers!
Making
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Cleaning Hacks for Busy Mums!

Let’s face it, we all want an easier life, especially when it comes to the dreaded housework!

 

With two kids running around constantly, I do resent having to clean for hours, for them only to ruin it with god knows what from god knows where.  I’d feel a lot happier if it hadn’t taken me as long, and if I had some awesome cleaning hacks to make life easier!

My Mother-In-Law once told me, a friend of hers used to give herself 10 minutes per hour, to get as much as she could done off her list-that way she wasn’t spending hours doing the same room.  This does not work for me!

I asked some of my lovely blogger friends, for their top tips/hacks! Continue reading “Cleaning Hacks for Busy Mums!”

Parenting, Blogging, Housework-Top Tips on Juggling Jobs

 

So often I see people mentioning how overwhelmed they’re feeling with all they have to do.  Parenting is a full time job as it is, without adding in the mountains of washing and housework, and for my fellow bloggers and I, the writing time needed to get posts out on time, especially in the holidays when the children are at home all the time!

Personally, I’ve started working every evening until late, as this is the only time I seem to get quiet time, and then I have the days free to do things around the house and spend time with the little ones.

However, this still doesn’t stop me finding it all a bit much sometimes, and so, I asked some of my lovely blogger friends to help me out with some tips on juggling it all! Continue reading “Parenting, Blogging, Housework-Top Tips on Juggling Jobs”

Long Car Trips-Tips and Tricks for a Happier Journey

So today, we’re off to Dorset on our Haven Holiday!  We live in Kent, so the journey is long (4 hours long to be precise), and to say I’ve been dreading it, would be an understatement.

 

Without Kye tackling his travel sickness, there’s also keeping his little sister occupied with him for the hours and hours that we’re going to be on the road!

We’ve only ever been in the car for a maximum of 90 minutes before, so I’ve literally zero idea about entertaining them for any longer than that!

Because of this, I asked my lovely blogger friends for their tips and tricks on handling the long journey! Continue reading “Long Car Trips-Tips and Tricks for a Happier Journey”