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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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Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

I know many people are still shopping for Christmas. Which is why I am writing yet another gift guide post. If you are on of the those still in search of what to get your loved ones this Christmas, you may find this post very useful.

 

 

Naturally European Mini Hand Cream Collection 3 x 30ml £11
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This Naturally European Mini Hand Cream Collection 3 x 30ml by The Somerset Toiletry Company is a great gift idea. It a set of 3 luxury mini hand creams. The fragrances are: Verbena, Ginger & Lime and Rose Petal.

They smell amazing and would fit easily into a handbag or pocket. I love this set a lot, and the price tag is very affordable.

 

 

Naturally European Hand & Foot Collection 2 x 75ml £13

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I love this Naturally European Hand & Foot Collection 2 x 75ml. It is another great Christmas gift idea from The Somerset Toiletry Company. I love the packaging and the price tag. I also like the idea of a luxury hand cream and foot cream in 1 pack.

Both creams contain essential oils and 20% shea butter to provide moisture.

 

 

Naturally European Mini Shower Gel Collection 3 x 100ml £8.50

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I love this set of luxury bath and shower gels. It is a great idea for a stocking filler this Christmas. I am a huge fan of sweet-smelling shower gels, so this set has me written all over it.

This beautiful set of luxury shower gels by The Somerset Toiletry Company contains three amazing fragrances: Verbena, Rose Petal and Ginger & Lime.

 

You can grab these 3 gift sets on The Somerset Toiletry Company website.

 

 

Planetaria Coasters – Set of 9 £20

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This Planetaria Coasters – Set of 9 is another great gift idea. I love the fact that each coaster has a different planet on it. It is so quirky, stylish and innovative.

This set of coasters by Red Candy is a fun way of adding some personality to your home. Great gift idea as a stocking filler!

 

 

Cactus Coffee Capsule Holder – Gold £22.50

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This Cactus Coffee Capsule Holder – Gold by Red Candy is another great home gift idea. I love the gold finish, I think it is simply stunning. You can also grab it in copper and black shade if you prefer those.

This quirky pod storage can store up to 48 pods. It is a great gift idea for the hot drink lovers like me.

 

You can grab the Capsule Holder and these 0f 9 Coasters on the Red Candy website.

 

Happy Shopping Guys.

 

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How to Manage Time Off as a Freelancer

The holiday season is fast approaching. Unlike those with a 9-to-5 jobs, freelancers work around the clock. That’s the nature of your job as a freelancer.  But just like everybody else, we deserve a break to enjoy the festivities.

As a freelancer, you’re your own boss and you have no one to ask for a day off. So you have to find a way to create such time for yourself.

That can seem like a very daunting task as creating that block of time to enjoy the holidays seems almost impossible. But the good news is that there is a way you can have the free time you need to enjoy the festivities with everyone else. Here exactly how you can manage time off as a freelancer this holiday season.

 

 

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Plan ahead

If you want to have the holidays to yourself, then planning ahead is key. To get more time off for yourself means you need to put in extra hours. But don’t worry, it will be worth it. I promise.

Get all your projects and tasks you have of the month in perspective.  This will help you prioritize the tasks and projects that you need to give urgent attention to first.

That’s just one aspect to planning ahead.

The next thing you need to do is to draw up a budget of how much you need to make for you to comfortably enjoy your time off without feeling the pinch in your finances. This will help you know how many projects you need to take up to make up for that period.  Since you’re the boss, no one is going to give you a bonus unless you work it out yourself.

 

Be disciplined

It will take a lot of discipline to make sure that you follow through with the deadlines you set for yourself. Since you’ll be working harder and for longer hours you need to remain focused and resolute to carry out your projects as at when due. Use incentives to keep you motivated to keep going. What better incentive than to know that you’ll get to spend time with your loved ones during the holidays and relax to your fill!

 

 

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Learn to say “NO”

Sometimes you may be tempted to take up a project or two even though you’re full to the brim with projects. At that point you need to allow yourself to be practical and say “No” to the offers that come in.

You may want to get yourself some time off but that doesn’t mean that you should work yourself into burnout.

 

Outsource what you can

If you tried but couldn’t get yourself to say “No” to the project that comes in, the next practical step to take is to outsource those projects to freelancers who will be available during the time when you’re going on holiday.

The best part of being a freelancer is that you have access to a friendly family of freelancers. The freelancer community is full of talented freelancers who do awesome work.

Once you’ve outsourced the job, you can have the freelancer send the project back to you to for vetting before you send it back to your client. That way you will still earn from the project and help create jobs for other upcoming freelancers.

 

How do you manage time off as a freelancer?

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