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How to Accelerate Your Blogging Career in 2019

Many people go into blogging for different reasons. Some do it as a hobby, some do it to show their expertise, while others use it as a means to monetize their skills.

But what if you want to take blogging to a whole new level? What if you want to accelerate your blogging skills to get devoted readers and higher income?

There are millions of bloggers who are using blogging as a medium to make their dreams come true. These are bloggers who have decided to take blogging as a serious profession. If you have been thinking of taking your blogging career to the next level in 2019, here is exactly how you can do it.

 

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  1. Plan your content

Blogging is not about writing anything that comes to your mind. Serious bloggers plan their content to the last before they even think of publishing. This because every blog post they publish is done with a specific purpose in mind.

Create an outline for every blog idea that comes to mind. Do detailed research into the topic to help give your readers great value when they’re reading your blog post. Have an editorial calendar where you can plan out which blog post should be published and when. And most importantly, stay consistent.

 

  1. Have a compelling call to action

Blogging should be like having a one-on-one communication with your readers. But such conversation must not be one-sided. The best blogs are those that engage the audience. And the best way to engage your audience is to cleverly use your call to action.

A call to action is a line that tells your reader what you would like them to do now that they have finished reading your blog post, for example like, share, comment or subscribe to your email list.

Some bloggers forget to add a call to action in their blog posts. But serious bloggers don’t dare skip it.

 

  1. Build your email list

No matter what stage you are as a blogger, building your email list a must. The email list is a powerful way to constantly keep in touch with your readers and inform them of your offers or when a new blog post is published.

Those subscribed to your email list get to read your newsletters where you can build a closer and deeper relationship with your subscribers.

 

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  1. Promote promote promote

Writing your blog post is just half the battle when trying to accelerate your blogging career. You need to put in 2 times more effort into promoting your blog posts than you do writing the content of your blog post.

Promoting your blog post increases the visibility of your blog posts thereby bringing fresh readers to see your blog post every time.

Share your blog post on social media, forums and groups where your target audience hang out.  But remember that you have to make sure that you don’t spam the platforms where you share your blog posts.

 

  1. Be you….always

This is the most important part in accelerating your blogging career: be yourself. Your readers will love you for who you are. So be 100 percent authentic. Copying someone else’s style will never take you far. Don’t be afraid to show off your awesomeness.

 

How do you plan to accelerate your blogging career in 2019?

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Getting Organised for the Christmas Break as a Blogger

I have had a blogging break during the Christmas holidays for the last 3 years, and I am looking forward to doing just that in the next few days. Christmas comes once a year and the countdown to the big day is always really exciting. Most people are offline shopping and getting ready for the festivities. Which is why a blogging break is highly recommended. I will be posting as normal until 23rd December. You may find me publishing a blog post or 2 after Christmas, but my regular blogging schedule will commence as normal in the new year.

 

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I like to take time off blogging and my other freelance gigs to enjoy the holiday season with the family. Also, it is my time to reflect on how the year has been, and tidy up some of my behind the scenes job. It is so easy to just keep going, day after day, without stopping to catch your breath. The holidays force me to take time out and step away from work a bit.

 

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Why a blogging break is important for me

 

Clear my head

Taking my break to unwind with the family helps me clear my head and get ready for the new year. We all need a break everyone and again, and I find that I perform better when I am well rested. This year has been extremely busy for me, so I definitely need time off to clear my head and get recharged for 2019.

 

I get to have some fun

We have fun activities planned over the Christmas Break and I really can’t wait to relax and have a great time. I know the kids will have so much fun with their cousins, and it is just what we need after a very busy year.

 

Save my content for when it matters

The online world goes really quiet as Christmas approaches, and I know why. Everyone is running around trying to ensure they and their loved ones have a great Christmas. So it is kind of pointless publishing regular posts if no one is reading them.

 

 

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Read other blogs

When I take time off blogging, I like to read. I spend my time reading different books on my Amazon Kindle, and I also like catching up on some of my favourite blogs. Spending time off my own blog also allows me discover new blogs.

 

What plans do you have for the Christmas break?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blogging journey so far. 6 years and counting….Plus 6 tips for you.

October 2018 made it 6 years of blogging on Fashion and Style Police. I still remember how it all started. My blogging journey started 6 years ago in our old flat. I was tired of reading other blogs and decided to just to set up mine. Plus it was a course requirement for me to have a blog  I was taking in course in Fashion and Style with London College of Style (LCS), and having a blog was one of the things required to pass the course.

All that is ancient history. My dreams of becoming a fashion stylist never happened for many reasons, but I discovered my calling instead – Writing. I haven’t stopped ever since.

 

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Fashion and Style Police has surpassed my imagination. I never thought it could all the doors of opportunities it has opened so far. Earning a full-time income from it was not really the plan. But it happened and I am forever grateful. It has been a lot of work and I just didn’t get to the position I am now in overnight.

Here is my advice to anyone thinking of earning some blog. They are my best 6 tips, one for each year –

 

Don’t quit your day job or other side gigs

Blogging takes a lot of work and effort. It may take you years to grow your blog to the point of being paid to write about a brand. So don’t quit your day job or other side gigs just yet. Keep doing whatever you are doing and work on your blog by the side. When you start earning a steady full-time income for about 6 months and you have enough to quit your day job, then you can take the leap of faith.

You can also decide to keep working while you blog in the evenings and weekends. It is possible to work full-time and blog regularly. I know a couple of bloggers who do this successfully, so it is worth considering this option as well. It is easier to do this if you don’t have a family. Having kids and a full-time job and blog may be too much.

 

Don’t work for free

I have never worked for free and I won’t dream of asking anyone to work for free. You should be receiving a monetary compensation as well as products if required. Working for free for brands is something you should not do if you plan to be taken seriously. They will always ask, especially with the new bloggers. I still get daily emails from businesses trying to get me to do stuff for me, which I just ignore. Having said that, you can decide to support charities and brands you are passionate about. But just say alert so you don’t get taken advantage of. I am sure you will feel some kind of way if you find that a certain brand you gave free advertisement to, paid another blogger for the same job you did.

 

Get your pricing right

You should decide on the lowest minimum amount you are willing to accept from a brand and stick to it. Setting your prices too low or accepting any offer you get is not advisable. Deciding on the lowest amount you can receive is something you have to figure out yourself.

 

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Post regular quality content

Post regularly and stick to a posting schedule if possible. That way your readers know when to expect a post. You should also ensure you post quality content. Better to publish nothing than to publish a crappy post. A quality post is well written and either entertains or educates your readers. If your readers don’t get anything out of your posts they would stop reading.

 

Focus on your photography

Try as much as possible to take decent photos. It makes your blog pretty and keeps your readers glued to your every word. Having great photos also gets the attention of brands which means paid collaborations and product samples would come your way. Photography is everything. It sits next to quality content if not before.

 

Read other blogs but don’t get obsessed

You should find blogs you like reading and give them a follow. Commenting regularly on the blogs would introduce you to a new audience and get the attention of the blogger which may come in handy. It is also important to see what other blogs are writing about and how they operate. That is free blogging education right there but don’t get obsessed with the blogs and neglect your own blog. That defeats the purpose. Also, no matter how tempting it is, do not copy. It pays to be original. Your blog content would thank you for it.

 

Good luck with it all and enjoy your blogging journey.

 

 

 

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