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Blogging on WordPress

To blog on Blogger or WordPress? That is a question many bloggers to-be ask themselves, and even old bloggers still ask that question every now and again. So I decided to write a post telling you why I decided to go for WordPress, and why I will choose this platform again.

I started Fashion and Style Police on WordPress.com in 2012, and it has been the best blogging decision I ever made. I carried out an extensive research for weeks before deciding on which platform to blog on (yes it was that big a deal and I wanted to get it right first time), and I finally settled on blogging on WordPress. I believe blogging on a WordPress platform is better than on any other platform, and I will tell you why.

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I read a lot of blogs on various platforms, and I compared them to blogs on WordPress, and the difference was clear. As far as I as know, no blog is as pretty as a WordPress blog, because the platform enables you – the blogger, to design as you wish.When it comes to many things, first impression is very important, so I wanted to make sure, my blog looked like how I wanted it to be described – simple, pretty and slick, and easy to read.

Here are the features that made me decide on setting up a blog on WordPress.

 

Themes

There is an abundance of themes both free and premium on WordPress, so you are sure to find a couple to suit your blog. I was spoilt for choice back in 2012, and I still am. I settled for a premium theme, that cost me £99, because the theme ticked al my boxes, and I am glad I did.

I love the professional look of blogs on WordPress. I find them so cool, with a great layout. I can always tell a blogger hosted blog from a WordPress hosted blog, just by looking at it. WordPress blogs are always prettier, with a slick layout. Blogs on Blogger are stuck with very few themes, so they look basic and amateur. There isn’t much you can do with the layout as you cannot modify the themes. This is the reason why most Blogger blogs look the same.

 

User Friendly Dashboard

The WordPress platform has a very user-friendly dashboard. You won’t need a dummies guide, as every feature/category is laid out, and easy to navigate.

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Plugins Galore

If you decide to go self-hosted (WordPress.org), you will find there is an abundance of plugins for almost everything you need, which is great.

 

Support

Customer service and support means a lot to me, so I had to make sure my platform provide will be available to assist if and when necessary. While I was deciding on which platform to settle for, I did some research on the level of support each platform provided, and found out the level of support Blogger provided was limited, unlike WordPress, so I went for WordPress and they are yet to fail me.

In the early days, while I was trying to sort out my WordAds, and I didn’t really know what I was doing, I got the support I needed within 24 hours, which was fantastic. There is also an active community support system, that usually provides most of the answers to many questions, so I don’t have to send an email to support.

 

Pretty Ads

This still balls down to appearance but then again appearance is very important to me. I find ads on Blogger/Blogspot very crowded and tacky. They usually look all over the place, unlike ads on blogs on WordPress.

 

So these are the main reasons why I choose WordPress over Blogger and other platforms. Do you blog on WordPress? Which do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comment section please.

You can also read more blogging tips, and how I make money blogging in my new book – How to Cash In as a Blogger, available now on Amazon.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Fashion & Style Police

Fashion and Style Police

So 3 years ago today, I set up Fashion and Style Police, check out my first post here and it has been a hell of ride. Although, I am still learning, I have learnt quite a lot already, and I thought I should share 3 tips I picked up along the way, just incase anyone finds them useful. So here they are:

 

Blog for your READERS

Now this rule only applies if you are a pro blogger or looking at going pro, and want to earn a living wage (if you a hobby blogger ignore this rule).Your readers are your ticket to pro blogging, your ticket to you earning some form of income from your blog, so whenever you write a post, you need to have your readers in mind. I use to believe all the ‘write for myself’ talk most bloggers write about, until I started looking at my blog as a business, and to succeed in this blogging business, your readers need to come first, don’t let anyone fool you, they come even before you.

Say for example you have to write a sponsored post for a clothing brand, make sure the post is going to either educate or entertain your readers, or better still, do both. This way you keep your readers clicking and you keep your bank balance happy. You need to think outside the box, on how you can put your spin on every post you write to make it an enjoyable read, be it product reviews, outfit post, fashion news, or whatever, make sure there is something in it for your readers.

 

Step outside your comfort zone

My comfort zone was to hide behind my laptop, and publish fashion and beauty posts everyday. Now I have stepped outside my comfort zone, and now write lifestyle topics as well, and I enjoy writing them. It keeps the blog content varied (variety is the spice of life), draws in more readers, and enables me work with various lifestyle brands.

I also attended my very first blogging event in real life yesterday and it was GREAT. I met a couple of bloggers in Manchester, had a lovely dinner in a great Italian restaurant and had real life conversations with some cool bloggers. This is way out of my comfort zone but I did it and I loved it. I have never attended any blogging related event because they are usually in London, and the distance is always a perfect excuse for me, but with this event in Manchester, and on a weekend, I had no excuse. I will be writing all about the event in the next coming weeks, so lookout for the post.

Stepping outside your comfort zone could open doors to various possibilities which could take your blog to another level. Scary but true, step outside your comfort zone today, do that thing that scares you the most. Maybe this time next year I will be telling you to set up a YouTube channel, God knows the whole vlogging thing scares the life out of me, but who knows right? Going forward, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone, one step at a time.

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Get Free Photos

Pictures are very important, and sometimes I struggle to find appropriate pictures for some lifestyle posts. Well not anymore, I have recently discovered 5 cool photo sharing websites that need no link back or credit. The pictures on these sites are totally FREE for commercial and personal use, I got the above picture from one of them. All you need to do is to save the pictures you want and use as you please. Isn’t that fantastic? Here are the sites:

With these 5 sites, you are sure to find the right pictures for your posts.

 

So there you have them, my 3 blogging tips, a gift from me to you. I hope to have 4 new tips to share with you this time next year, but before I end this, check out my current giveaway for a chance to win £50 Amazon voucher.

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Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

 

 

 

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