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How to decide on the Facebook Groups that work for you

There are so many Facebook Groups for Online Entrepreneurs. When I say Online Entrepreneurs, I mean anyone running an online business, which includes bloggers and online store owners. When I started Fashion and Style Police in 2012, there were only very few Facebook Groups available for online entrepreneurs. Fast forward to 2018, there are now hundreds if not thousands of groups available on Facebook and other social media platforms, which is great because it means there are groups that suit everyone’s needs.

 

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The fact that there are so many Facebook groups available means it can be tricky to decide which ones to join and which to skip. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before joining a Facebook group.

 

Will the Facebook Group be Useful?

What may be useful to Blogger A, may be of no use to Blogger B. So only join Facebook Groups that will be useful to your brand/business. There is no point seeing unnecessary information in your notifications box. There are so many groups available for various niches, countries and businesses, so stick to the ones you will find useful in growing your business/blog. For example, there is no point joining a group that is primarily for Travel Bloggers, if you are a Fashion Blogger. You will be bored in no time, and the readership won’t add any value to your blog.

 

Does the Timezone Work in your Favour?

There are groups set up all over Facebook in various countries and time zones. There is no point having a group that becomes active when you are asleep, except it is just for information purposes. So do consider the countries of majority of the group members to determine if it is the right group for you. Sometimes, I find it difficult to relate with people on a business level when they are in a different country. Their experiences are usually so different from my experiences .

 

What are the Admins Like?

I have had issues with a few admins in some groups. I am not a trouble maker but sometimes I find that trouble finds me. The first time I had an issue with an admin was about 2 years ago in the first Facebook Group I joined. Before the issue, I was not 100% happy with group. There were a lot of power drunk admins and cliques going on. It felt pretty much like I was back in high school again.

I was not a new blogger (been blogging for over 3 years when I joined the group), so I had an edge since I was not a new to whole blogging game. I saw a lot of wrong information being passed around and there was so much drama going on. My fall out finally happened with one of the power drunk admins, that felt threatened by me. He felt he was a guru in a particular niche and no one else was allowed to have an opinion on the niche, which I didn’t take lightly. A few words were exchanged and he finally kicked me out of the group which was fine by me 😂 . I was sick and tired of the continuous bickering going on there, so it was good to be kicked out.

My advice to anyone thinking of joining a Facebook Group is to find out how the admins are before you join if possible. So you avoid being in the wrong crowd.

 

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Are you happy with the rules?

Check the rules and make sure you are happy with them. You can find most group’s rules pinned to the top. So have a read to make sure you are happy with the rules. And ask questions if you are not clear on any. Some group admins make the rules up as they go, which can be frustrating for many but the easiest way to deal with it is to leave if you are not happy with anything.

 

These are my golden rules for deciding on which Facebook groups to join. I have joined quite a few in the last year and I liked majority of them.

What do you think of Facebook Groups? Are you a fan of any in particular? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The Problem with Blogging is Bloggers

I have been wanting to write this post for some time now but the words were just not flowing. However, in the middle of dealing with household chores, it came. I am happy I finally got the words to flow on this sweet day. Now this topic – The problem with Blogging is Bloggers, may surprise you. But if you have been around the Blogosphere for a bit, you would agree with me to a large extent that we are the problem the blogging world has.

Yes, us bloggers are the problem we grumble and complain about, all day everyday, to anyone who cares enough to listen. We just need to look in the mirror to find the problem.

 

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How did we get here?

I have been blogging for over 5 years now. The first post on Fashion and Style Police went live on a sweet October day in 2012, and I have never looked back. Blogging has open so many doors of opportunities. I get to make a living, earning a living wage through Fashion and Style Police, freelance writing and by proving blogger outreach services. It has been a very long journey; taken me years to get to this point of earning full-time regular income and I am so grateful. But then again, I work extremely hard for every penny I earn. I work an average of 40 hours a week, including weekends. And I have done so for years, so the blog you are now reading did not achieve an overnight success. I am not even close to where I want to be but I am getting there.

I take my job very seriously. So this is not a joke to me or a side gig. It is literally my life. We bloggers complain about all sorts but usually most complaints are entered around not being paid enough. That is one major issue every professional blogger should be able to relate with. Being paid enough means different things to different people regardless of our profession. Having said that, I believe we bloggers are the reason why we don’t earn enough. The earlier we start putting our foot down and start demanding at least a minimum wage for our efforts, the better for our blogging career.

 

No budget line

How did we get here? I keep receiving emails from PRs, well established PRS, telling me they have no budget for a job they want me to do. I have had a couple this year already stating that even though they had a budget to pay bloggers last year. The budget has miraculously disappeared this year and they want something for nothing. Because other bloggers are accepting to work for nothing.

 

The £20 gang!

I have lost count of the companies looking to pay a whole £20 for a blog post. The funniest part is that I have had these same companies pay me a lot more than £20 some months/years ago. Why they keep reducing their budgets and offering peanuts is because certain bloggers are accepting them and they can’t believe their luck and profits, that they try to get everyone else to accept it. They better give up trying because they are wasting their time with me.

 

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I don’t offer that

Like I mentioned earlier, I handle blogger outreach for many clients so I am on both sides of the fence. I would never offer bloggers a fee I won’t be able to accept myself. Some bloggers may still find the fee low but it is nowhere close to what I have been offered lately. And those I have worked with can confirm that. Unfortunately, no one has the right or the power to tell someone else want to charge. So apart from raising awareness and talking these payment issues, there is not much anyone can do.

What I plan to do is to carry on as I am already by not accepting anything less than my worth. I know what I am worth and that is all that really matters. My first sponsored post in 2013 was £25, and I only started blogging a few months when I got that offer. So that was amazing for me then. But 5 years in the game, with my stats, I am not on their level anymore. I wrote a lot more about my blogging journey in my book – How to Cash In as a Blogger, so go have a read.

 

Going forward

I plan to carry as normal, charging what I believe is my worth Also, one of my many goals is to ensure I stand out from the pack significantly. So if everyone is writing about Brand A, I will be writing about Brand B or write about Brand A in a different way, with a twist. I need to ensure Fashion and Style Police stands out from the rest in a fabulous way. That is the only way up!

What are your thoughts on this? Please share in the comments section.

Thanks for reading.

Why you should read my blog

Blogging has been such an amazing journey for me. Looking back I realized how much I have grown over the years. It’s been quite an experience sharing my thoughts, tips and updates. This blog has gone through a series of changes and I appreciate everyone who has stuck around all these years following my blog. I noticed that there has been a tremendous increase in the number of people who read my blog. So I just wanted to let you know why you should keep reading my blog.

 

 

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You get daily updates when you read my blog

Unlike most blogs, I blog daily. The reason is because I can’t help myself. Fashion and Style Police is like an addiction. I just have to blog. Showing up everyday to serve you and provide you with value is a priority for me. I also want to make sure I feed my creativity.

 

You get the best of the world of fashion, beauty and lifestyle

Aside from giving you regular updates, I dish out fashion, beauty and lifestyle inspiration/information. Most of the articles you see here are evergreen and timely. I put in time to make sure that you get high quality information that you can always come back to whenever you need it.

 

I share my personal experiences

All the content I share has a personal touch. I want to be able to relate with you all and for you to relate with me. I hardly write about things I have not personally used or things I have not personally experienced.

 

 

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My goal is to build a close relationship with you

I wanted my blog to be more like you and I sitting at a café and chatting about all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle. My blog focuses on harnessing that relationship. As I share my personal stories and my perspectives about life and fashion, I make sure that we can relate with each other.

 

I encourage you to get creative

Fashion is not about following what designers or fashion critics say is fashionable. Beauty is not all about the next makeup product that must be in your makeup bag, just because the makeup gods said so. I want to encourage you through my blog to dictate your own taste.  If you are a regular reader, you would know that I have mentioned several times on here, on how I love mixing and matching outfits and experimenting with different styles. I believe more people should give themselves permission to be creative and be stylish in their own way.

 

You’ll learn to be more business savvy

I’m not only a blogger, I run a business. I share my experiences creating a laptop based lifestyle where I’m not dependent on a 9-to-5. As you read my blog, you will get to learn how to start a business of your own or monetize your blog so that you can be financially free.

The tips I share are my real life experiences and business hacks that have helped me provide a comfortable living for my family as well as do the job that gives me fulfillment.

 

Why do you read blogs you read? Looking forward to reading your responses.

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