5 Ways to Promote your Next Blog Post

In all my years as a blogger, I learnt that promoting your blog post is as important as creating the blog post. Nobody will know about your blog post unless you do your bit to spread the news. This is where new bloggers get frustrated before they make any headway in blogging. Readers don’t come automatically. You have to bring your content to your readers.


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Here are 5 ways you can promote your blog post.


Be strategic with how you share your blog on social media

When it comes to sharing your blog post on social media, most bloggers just drop links to their blog posts on all the social media platforms. Although it is good to share your blog posts on social media, that should not be the only thing you do to promote your blog posts on social media.

Find Facebook groups on the niche you write in and if it’s allowed by the group rules, you can drop a link to your blog post. Take it further by interacting with members in the group and building relationships with them. Have conversations with influencers in other social networking platforms as well.

Another pro-tip is to share your old blog posts in your social media platforms to give these posts some exposure as well. Make sure you craft catchy and engaging social posts that complement your blog to get a conversation going. The key is building relationships and staying consistent with sharing content.


Comment on other blog posts often

This may come as a surprise to some of you but commenting on other blogs, especially blogs with thousands of readers will have attract eyeballs to your blog. But I must warn you that you need to make sure that you leave meaningful and valuable comments. Don’t just leave a one-line comment. Give your insight. Add value. Show your expertise. This is what will get the readers interested in checking out your own blog.


Feature or interview influencers in your blog posts

When you dedicate a blog post to an influencer, there is a possibility that they will share your blog post with their fans. This will give your blog post a lot of exposure when that happens.


Collaborate with other bloggers

You go far when you work with others. Collaborate with bloggers who have a larger following than you on a blog post or a project. That will create an opportunity for you to be put in front of their audience. There will be cross-promotion of your blog and the other blogger’s blog when you collaborate.


Join blogging communities

Blogging communities are a great space for bloggers of like minds. Everyone is interested in helping each other grow their blogs, solve blog related problems and give encouragement and support when the journey gets overwhelming.

Such blogging communities make a great avenue to increase the visibility of your blog post. This works only when you are active. Try and be a regular face in blogging communities. They give room to share your blog posts but you earn greater respect and more readers when you give value to the community as well.


Do you blog? How did you promote your most recent blog post?


How to write a blog post in 30 minutes

As much as I love writing and sharing my experiences with you all through Fashion and Style Police, I must admit that there was a time when I struggled with publishing a blog post so regularly. It’s funny how it changed so quickly with constant practice. Now I put out a new blog post every day. This may seem really overwhelming for many of you reading this, but what if I told you I sometimes spend 30 minutes on some articles I write?

During my hours, days and months of trial and error, I was able to develop a system that helped me create blog posts faster and more efficiently without compromising quality.


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I assure you that this process is easy once you practice it consistently. But I must warn you that you have to be very patient and gentle with yourself while applying this process. It took me a while to get a hang of it.

Here is my exact content creation process.


Research first

Your speed of writing a blog post depends most on the work you put in before actually putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

It’s so much easier to write a blog post quickly when you have a good grasp of the information you want to share. If you’re already an expert in the topic you are about to blog about, that’s even better but don’t completely discard the research stage even if you know A-Z of your topic. There’s always something new to share.


Create an outline

The outline serves as a roadmap. It forms a skeleton of your blog post. Research coupled with a really good outline means that you’re done with 70 percent of the blog post.

An outline has all the subtopics and points you want to talk about in your blog post. All that’s left is for you to fill in the blanks.

For me, it takes about 10 minutes to create the outline. What I do is come up with a topic then break the topic up into subheadings or points depending on if I’m writing an essay or a listicle. Each item in the outline is a sentence summing up what I want to write about.






Free write or dive into automatic writing mode

This is where the magic happens. Remember all those one-line sentences you wrote in your outline? In this stage all you have to do is expand on each of those sentences. Allow the one-line sentence to inspire the paragraphs that follow. Don’t overthink your words or sentences. Just write what comes to mind. I basically free write my way though my outline. To help me boost my speed, I also set 30 minutes on my timer.

Don’t edit. Just allow the words to flow. The reason why people spend so much time writing a blog post is because they over think the sentences and edit while writing. In this stage let your hands take control and write as it comes.

Once your 30 minutes is up re-read the article, edit and add references where you think it’s necessary. You may add personal stories into your blog post but make sure you do this after your 30 minutes is up so you don’t get carried away from the main material.


How long does it take you to write a blog post? Please share any tried and tested tip.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a lovely day.


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5 Tips for Great Indoor Blog Photos

I have written a couple of times on Photography and how to get your photos looking as stunning as possible. I am a sucker for beautiful photography. And with my 2 Canon cameras, iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones, I try to take as many beautiful photos as I can. It can be tricky to take the right photos, especially in the winter season. But as a blogger, taking beautiful photos is a very important part of the job. It is a lot easier to edit the photos when the raw photos are looking great.


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Here 5 tips for great indoor blog photos –


Get some natural light

Natural lighting is the best form of light you need for stunning. photography. If you need to take some blog photos indoors, get as close as you can to some natural light, so close to a window or open door.

An easy way of going about is to get an abundance of natural light into the room you intend to get your photos taken. Some ultra sky roof lanterns would be great for this. They ensure the room is naturally bright, which helps create great indoor photos.


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Switch off the flash

I prefer taking photos without the flash. The flash usually ruins the look I want, with the flat and one-dimensional photos it creates. Switching off the flash and getting some natural light is the best option. If you are unable to get in some natural light, you could get some studio lightning kits to help create some professional looking photos.


Get some photo props

Photos props to enhance your photos. I got the white fluffy rug you see in a lot of my photos from IKEA, it was about £12. I also got loads of samples of wall papers from B&Q for free. I also use them as photo props. Magazines, wrapping papers and beautiful stands can also be used. I try to vary my photo props so all my blog photos do not look the same.


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Be aware of your environment

Ensuring the background of your photo is looking is very important. You don’t want to spend all the time in the world editing on Photoshop, so ensure the background is looking the way you want and is free from clutter. Being aware of your environment will save you a lot of time and energy.


Check your camera setting and positioning

Ensure you always check your camera setting before you start taking your blog photos. You should be able to adjust your camera setting to suit your shooting conditions, so keep adjusting the settings until you are satisfied with the result. Also, check the positioning of your camera. Depending on what I am photographing, I like to put myself in a higher position (so I set up on a stool ) to take my indoor photos.


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These tips work for me. I am still a work in progress, but no where close to where I was when I started Fashion and Style Police.

Do you have any tips for taking great indoor blog photos? Please share them.


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