3 Blogging Rules Meant To Be Broken

3 Blogging Rules Meant To Be Broken

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Some rules are meant to be broken they say, and when it comes to blogging, this saying is so true. When I started blogging three years ago, I read so many blogging tips, and I thought I needed to follow every tip, to make it as a blogger. Well, 3 years after, I am glad to say I stopped following these tips (that were not working for me anyways), and I am still here, and doing quite well.

Here are 5 blogging tips you should ignore:

Be a Niche Blogger

I wrote about niche blogs some months ago, and how the jury is still out on whether to blog within a niche or to have multiple niches. When I started blogging in 2013, I had only one niche in mind – fashion (just look at my blog name), and then I wanted to blog about beauty and general lifestyle topics, and I found that I couldn’t because all these other sites said not to.

Then  one day I just decided to blog about whatever I felt like blogging about and I have done so ever since. I enjoy writing about fashion, beauty and lifestyle, and I also enjoy reading non niche blogs, I find the content quite interesting.

Being a non-niche blogger has done more good than harm. I have more followers, some are following for my outfit posts, some for my product reviews, others for my fashion posts or lifestyle posts. Being a non-niche blogger has also opened doors for more sponsored post opportunities as well, because I can work with various brands, and not limited to only fashion brands.

So I will advise you to blog about whatever you like, as long as the niches are related like fashion/beauty, parenting/lifestyle, food/lifestyle, you will be fine.

 

Fake It Until You Make It

I wrote about fashion and finances some years ago, and it is shocking that I still see bloggers, especially fashion bloggers living a lie, just to belong. They are wearing clothes, shoes and bags that cannot afford, to impress people they don’t know, just to feel among the ‘it’ bloggers. The rule – ‘Faking it until you make it’, will leave you broke. Trust me, I have been there and done that.

You don’t need to have a completely new outfit for every outfit post, you don’t need to publish a new outfit post every other day to succeed as a fashion blogger, please do not feel like you have to feature a shopping haul post just because every other fashion/beauty blogger is doing that, I have never featured a shopping haul post because I don’t see why I have to, I also do not enjoy reading such topics and I am still here.

Be yourself, and own it.

 

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Go Self-Hosted

When I started blogging, I went straight for my own domain because I knew from the start, that I was going to take it seriously. Along the way, I learnt about self-hosted and how important it was to be self-hosted to succeed as a professional blogger. Well, I am not self-hosted, and I have no plans to go self-hosted. I have ads on my blog (WordAds), and I make a decent income from sponsored posts and product reviews so there is another rule I have broken.

For those who still believe sponsored posts are not allowed on WordPress.com, and you can only make money off a self-hosted blog, here is a quote from the policies page:

When a company or individual encourages you to publish content for the purpose of promoting a specific product, service, or idea, we consider this a sponsored post. Whether you are paid to publish this material or not, we allow sponsored posts on WordPress.com as long as they consist of original content created by you.

So there you have it in black and white, another blogging broken rule I have broken.

You don’t have to go self-hosted to succeed as a blogger, as long as you have your own domain, you should be fine.

So there are three blogging rule. You can read more about how to make a success of your blog from my recently launched eBook – How to Cash In as a Blogger, now available on Amazon.

Thanks for reading and downloading, and have a great week.

Lily James Covers Glamour Magazine UK March 2016

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The 26-year-old Downton Abbey star – Lily James, is on the cover of Glamour Magazine March 2016 issue and she looks quite interesting on it. I love the cover, and I find her unusual outfit with the messy hair quite fascinating. Lily James looks beautiful on this cover.

However, this is my first time hearing about Lily James, and that may because I do not watch Downton Abbey. I am not a fan of the series, never really given it a chance to be honest. I struggle with ‘old school’ kind of programmes, most of them send me to sleep, but I have heard quite a lot of good things about this award-winning series. I may try watching it one of these days, who knows..

 

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Glamour Magazine is one of the few magazines that actually gives you a lot more than the price tag. I am always sure of having a good read whenever I pick up a Glamour Magazine issue, and this month’s issue does not look any different. I am eager to read about the ‘From orphaned street thief to fashion mogul’  ‘Beauty Festival Treatments’, and the ‘The Big Fashion Issue’ articles. I will be grabbing a copy of this issue.

What do you think of the cover and Lily James? Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend x

 

My Book: How To Cash In As A Blogger

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Hey peeps. My eBook is finally available on Amazon, and I am super-duper excited, yayyy.  I have been working on and off on this book for almost a year now, if you remember, I wrote my about my book updates quite a few times, and I am so excited it is finally finished and ready to read to download.

The book is all about how to make a success of your blog and how to start making some form of money from your blog. It is currently free for the next 3 months for Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscribers to download, so get in there. For non Amazon Prime subscribers, it goes for £3.44 for the first 3 months.

Here is the book description on Amazon below:

Learn the Secret to Earning Money through Blogging!
Are you struggling to make your blog popular or to make money from your blog? Do you feel like giving up on the dream of becoming a professional blogger? Contemporary writer and popular blogger Stella Olojola has something important to say; something that can save your blogging career and help you make money from your blog. In her recently launched book, “How to ‘Cash In’ as a Blogger”, Stella has outlined some of the vital aspects of the industry. Years of experience and in-depth research has helped her create this all-inclusive guide that every aspiring blogger would find helpful.

“How to ‘Cash In’ as a Blogger” is the definitive go-to guide that sheds light on the rather unconventional world of blogging. In the opening pages of the book, you will get to know the real inspiration behind this book. Stella moves on to give the readers an account of her own personal journey. Divided into 11 chapters, “How to ‘Cash In’ as a Blogger”, explores all the crucial areas such as branding, search engine optimisation, photography tips, media kits, making money from adverts, affiliate links, sponsored posts and product reviews, and much more!

 

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It has been my childhood dream to write a book, and I am happy to have finally taken the bold step. I will be printing a few paper copies, so let me know if you prefer to read it in flesh, lol.

You can download the book here on Amazon

I hope you get to read this book, if you do, please leave me a review, and let me know what you think.

You can also chat me up on Twitter – @Olojay or my Facebook page

Happy reading x

 

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