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5 Things I wish I knew before setting up the blog

I set up this blog in 2012 and it has been a rollercoaster journey. Blogging has led me to all sorts of opportunities and I am thankful to have discovered this amazing platform. However, if I could go back in time, there are some things I wish I knew before I started blogging. Knowing these things would have made my blogging journey a lot more straightforward and not as topsy-turvy as it has been.

 

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5 Things I wish I knew before setting up the blog

Here are the five things I wish I knew before setting up Fashion and Style Police –

Use SEO

I learnt Search Engine Optimisation- SEO many years after I set up the blog. In the early days, I wrote whatever I felt like writing with little or no regard for search engine search. I didn’t even know anything about SEO in 2012. If I could go back in time, I would learn all about SEO and use the knowledge in every blog post.

Make use of internal links

I would make use of internal links from day 2. Using internal links regularly is a great way to direct search engines and your readers to other blog posts on your site. It is a great way to revive old content. I wish I knew this back in 2012.

Focus on the social media platforms that works

It makes sense to have an online presence on as many social media platforms as possible because you never know. However, if I could go back in time, I would focus my energy on the social media platform that actually drives traffic to my blog and use the other platforms differently. Currently, Pinterest is the platform that drives the most traffic to my blog. Other social media platforms work more as a standalone for me and hardly bring in a good amount of regular traffic.

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Research keywords and topics

Researching keywords and topics helps you share the knowledge your blog readers really need. This is one thing I wish I did more of 7 years ago.

Practise makes perfect

The more you write, the better you become. Practice makes anything a lot better. I wish I had more time to write everyday in the early days of blogging.

These are the top five things I wish I knew and did in the early days of blogging. We learn everyday and I have learnt loads in the last few years.

What do you wish you knew more of in the first year of blogging or before setting up your blog? Do you have any blogging tips to share? What do you think of these 5 Things I wish I knew before setting up the blog?

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5 tips to help you choose the right keywords

When it goes to getting as many eyeballs on your blog, using the right keywords is the way to go. How do you choose the right keywords? This took me ages to discover. When I first started blogging, I wrote the way it flowed without thinking about using the right keywords or search engine optimisation. Now that I have been blogging for some years, I know understand the importance of using the relevant keywords in blog posts. If you want more views on your blog posts, you should make sure you are choosing the right keywords in order for the blog post to show up on search engines.

 

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5 tips to help you choose the right keywords

Here are 5 ways you could go about picking the relevant keywords for your blog posts –

Imagine you are the reader

This is a very important tip. Thinking like your readers will enable you select the right keywords for every blog post. What keywords would your target audience type into Google to find your post? If you are writing about fashion tips for winter for example, you will need to ensure you include keywords like fashion tips, winter style tips, fashion tips for winter, and other synonyms of these words to boost the article.

Use long tail keywords

Using long tail keywords is another great tip. For those who don’t know, long tail keywords use a combination of three or more words. These keywords attract more eyeballs to your blog posts and these readers tend to stick around, especially if they like the rest of what your blog offers.

 

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Make use of keyword tools

I use keyword tools to research relevant keywords. There are so many available online, so a quick Google search will bring a couple up. Wordstream is one of my favourite keyword tool. I find it easy to use and super helpful.

Study other bloggers

Research is the oldest trick in the book. When it comes to using the right keywords, study other blogs with great traffic and observe what they do differently. Pay attention to their blog posts and use of keywords.

Pay attention to the results

Once you have put in the work in picking the right keywords for your blog posts, you need to pay attention to the results. That way you get to see which technique is working and which isn’t. The more you use the right keywords, the more your blog will attract traffic and hopefully subscribers.

 

 

 

 

Running lifestyle blog with blog categories

Like many of you know, Fashion and Style Police started off as purely a fashion and style blog. Along the way, I wanted to incorporate other niches into the blog. I got bored just talking about fashion and trends. My life changed and I wanted to include my new interests into my blog. That is how the blog evolved into a lifestyle blog. I still write about fashion and style a lot, but now I am able to write about other niches I am passionate about like beauty, blogging tips, self employment life, travel and life as a twin mum. Having categories on the blog allowed me do just that.

 

 

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Running lifestyle blog with blog categories

There are so many reasons why you should have categories on your blog. Here are the main reasons I decided to switch up my blog with categories –

 

It allows me organise my blog posts

I use categories to organise my blog, that way I know where every blog post is and I can easily find it. It also means I can send out links to various categories to selected brands when pitching for paid work. Having blog categories has made my blog a lot more organised.

 

Blog categories allow me write more

Like I said, having blog categories allows me write about many more topics. I can easily do this when I categorise evert blog post. Without the categories, my blog posts will look all over the place. I currently have eighteen blog categories and I use every one of them regularly. Some I use more than others as expected, but it is the easiest way to run a lifestyle blog. I never run out of ideas with these many categories. You can see all the blog categories I use on the right hand side of the blog.

 

It helps my BLOG SEO

Blog categories help grow my blog as the category archives are very important for SEO. When you use blog categories properly, it can improve your search engine visibility massively.

 

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These are just a few tips to help you in running lifestyle blog with blog categories. I love the fact that I am able to have a lifestyle blog as it gives my creativity the freedom it needs. Other lifestyle blogs are also fun to read. I love being able to read about all sorts of topics on the same blog. As long as the topics interest me, I will be a reader forever.

I offer a blog coaching service to help new bloggers grow their blogs, so they can start to earn an income from it. You can email me if you are interested in this service – fashionandstylepolice@gmail.com

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