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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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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.

 

 

 

Blogging full-time is dangerous

Many of us bloggers blog full-time, which means we have no other job/income. Many others bloggers and earn a living doing other things, which is what all bloggers or self-employed person should be doing. I am all for blogging full-time. I do blog full-time but I do other jobs from home that fetch me money. Blogging full-time is dangerous because work can be so busy and you think you are on the right track. And it can go suddenly quiet for months without any notice. If you are relying on money from your blog to pay your monthly bills and you don’t make anything in a month, what happens?

 

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What full time bloggers don’t tell you

You would be ok for a while if you have some form of savings. Or if you are still living at home with parents or a partner who could help. But if you have none of these, you would be in a bad position. I see many bloggers aspiring to blog full time and it makes me worry because they have no clue what is really going on behind the happy smiles on Instagram. And the fancy life they see “full time bloggers” living all over social media. If most of these “professional bloggers” are honest with their fans, they would tell them how tricky it can be to rely on a blogging income alone. You could make as much as £5000 in good months and as little as £100 or less in really bad months. Bloggers who have been blogging for many years would have experienced both sides of the coin but may not necessarily share that with anyone.

Blogging is hard work but it is so worth it. It is possible to earn a good income from your blog but relying on a blogging income is not advisable. Especially when you have dependants to cater for. I always advise anyone to have at least 8 sources of income. I currently have 7 sources of income and I am working on another source to add to it. One of my sources of income – eBay is more work than it is worth so I am thinking of replacing it with something else.

 

My Sources of Income

My 7 sources of income in other of priority are –

  • Fashion and Style Police – Blog
  • Social media promotions – Social media ads/collaborations
  • Blogger Outreach Services – Working with brands in recruiting bloggers.
  • Freelance Writing – Writing for other websites.
  • How to Cash In as a Blogger eBook- My eBook on blogging.
  • eBay – Selling new and preloved items on eBay.
  • Social Media Management Services – Managing social media platforms for small businesses.

 

 

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I am working on an extra source of income and looking to replace eBay so it is not among my main 8 sources of income. I am hoping to get these done before the end of 2018. If I only relied on my blog income, I would struggle on some months. The blog is still my main source of income and that is one of the reasons why I focus on it. But I won’t risk having only a blog as my only source of income because anything can happen.

My advice to anyone blogging full time or think of going full time is to have other sources of income. Whether a part time job doing something else. Or other working from home gigs. May the forces be with us all!

 

 

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