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How I Grew My Blog Following to 29,000 & Counting

I have had a couple of people ask me how I grew my blog following so I decided to write-up a post explaining how I did, what blog promotions worked for me, and what tips you should consider trying. Grab a cuppa, and enjoy the read…….

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Posting Regularly

I blog pretty much everyday, multiple times on some days, and that helps improve my blog following, as there is always a new post to attract more eyeballs to my blog, and most of those eyeballs usually stay on as followers. I know posting so regularly doesn’t work for some bloggers, but it works brilliantly for me.

Posting a Varied Content

Fashion and Style Police started off as a niche blog. It was all fashion back in the day, but now, it is 60% fashion, 20% beauty, 10% lifestyle and 10% blogging tips, at the moment, and I love it this way. I enjoy writing about various topics, I find it interesting and engaging, and it helps attract more blog readers who eventually become followers.

My blog followers follow me for various reasons. Some enjoy reading anything I publish, some follow me to get updates on my outfit and fashion posts, some are here for the product reviews and beauty posts, while some follow to get heads up on my lifestyle/blogging posts. My varied posts bring in more readers, as people are usually interested in various topics. Running a varied blog gets me more followers. It may not work for niche blogs, but it works fine for me.

Facebook Ad Promotions

I have previously written about how Facebook ad promotions helped grow my Facebook blog page, and it is still growing. I currently have over 16,000 fans on my page. I have had this page since I set up the blog over 3 years ago. However, once I started to run monthly Facebook ads, I started to see a spike in my followers. The beauty of Facebook ad promotions is that you can set your budget to as little as £3, and target a specific audience. For as little as £7, I can get over 500 new likes, once I target my audience right.

When targeting, I look out for people who will have interest in the kind of blog posts I write. It works like magic for me.

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Read, Comment and Follow Other Blogs

I read, comment and follow loads of blogs, and many reciprocate. However, I should say I only follow blogs/bloggers I truly have an interest in. I don’t do follow for follow, I don’t expect every blogger I follow to follow me back, but I do unfollow those bloggers that do not respond to genuine tweets or comments, I find that so rude.

Being Social Online

I try to engage with my followers online. I find that the more I engage on social media, especially on Twitter and Instagram, the more followers I get. Being social in a good way, does help.

So there you have it, some of the ways I have grown my blog following. How have you grown yours? What tips have worked for you? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

Also, my book – How to Cash In as a Blogger, is currently FREE on Amazon for the next 48 hours, so start downloading.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely week ahead.

 

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Some Funny/Random Things That Happened To Me This Week

Some very funny, random things happened to me this week, and I thought I should share them with y’all…

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  • I read about this Peek User Testing website on Twitter some days ago and the Curious George in me decided to try it out for myself. I submitted my URL on the site and got the results via email, few hours later and boy was it funny. The ‘random’ person had no clue really, she couldn’t even make up her mind on whether she thought my blog was interesting or not (using her own words). She spent about 2 minutes trying to make up her mind on whether my blog was about fashion or trends, LMAO. It was the funniest thing ever. I wish I could share the video of the results but I can’t. You can get your blog analysed by them just for laughs, Google Peek User Testing and the site should pop up. Warning: do not tak the ‘random’ analyst too seriously.

 

  • PRs and Brands taking the piss like literally. Asking for EVERYTHING and MORE for peanuts in return, and when I say peanuts, I mean money too small, you can do little or nothing with in the UK, say £20. I once had a brand somewhere in China, offer to pay me $13 and had the audacity to say she was offering me a good deal, as she usually pays bloggers $3, I was like what? I guess we bloggers will continue to be taken advantage off until we know our worth and take a stand. I personally have taken a stand, I stopped playing a fool a long time ago.

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  • A dog trying to steal my shine while taking an outfit post. It was hilarious, the dog tried to jump on me in the middle of the photoshoot, lol…

 

  • I have my first laser treatment booked in for this week and I am excited but at the same time nervous. I will fill you in on that soon, so keep reading.

 

So there are my random happenings of the week. Share yours in the comment section and let’s have a giggle.

Thanks for reading.

 

Happy Birthday Fashion & Style Police

Fashion and Style Police

So 3 years ago today, I set up Fashion and Style Police, check out my first post here and it has been a hell of ride. Although, I am still learning, I have learnt quite a lot already, and I thought I should share 3 tips I picked up along the way, just incase anyone finds them useful. So here they are:

 

Blog for your READERS

Now this rule only applies if you are a pro blogger or looking at going pro, and want to earn a living wage (if you a hobby blogger ignore this rule).Your readers are your ticket to pro blogging, your ticket to you earning some form of income from your blog, so whenever you write a post, you need to have your readers in mind. I use to believe all the ‘write for myself’ talk most bloggers write about, until I started looking at my blog as a business, and to succeed in this blogging business, your readers need to come first, don’t let anyone fool you, they come even before you.

Say for example you have to write a sponsored post for a clothing brand, make sure the post is going to either educate or entertain your readers, or better still, do both. This way you keep your readers clicking and you keep your bank balance happy. You need to think outside the box, on how you can put your spin on every post you write to make it an enjoyable read, be it product reviews, outfit post, fashion news, or whatever, make sure there is something in it for your readers.

 

Step outside your comfort zone

My comfort zone was to hide behind my laptop, and publish fashion and beauty posts everyday. Now I have stepped outside my comfort zone, and now write lifestyle topics as well, and I enjoy writing them. It keeps the blog content varied (variety is the spice of life), draws in more readers, and enables me work with various lifestyle brands.

I also attended my very first blogging event in real life yesterday and it was GREAT. I met a couple of bloggers in Manchester, had a lovely dinner in a great Italian restaurant and had real life conversations with some cool bloggers. This is way out of my comfort zone but I did it and I loved it. I have never attended any blogging related event because they are usually in London, and the distance is always a perfect excuse for me, but with this event in Manchester, and on a weekend, I had no excuse. I will be writing all about the event in the next coming weeks, so lookout for the post.

Stepping outside your comfort zone could open doors to various possibilities which could take your blog to another level. Scary but true, step outside your comfort zone today, do that thing that scares you the most. Maybe this time next year I will be telling you to set up a YouTube channel, God knows the whole vlogging thing scares the life out of me, but who knows right? Going forward, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone, one step at a time.

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Get Free Photos

Pictures are very important, and sometimes I struggle to find appropriate pictures for some lifestyle posts. Well not anymore, I have recently discovered 5 cool photo sharing websites that need no link back or credit. The pictures on these sites are totally FREE for commercial and personal use, I got the above picture from one of them. All you need to do is to save the pictures you want and use as you please. Isn’t that fantastic? Here are the sites:

With these 5 sites, you are sure to find the right pictures for your posts.

 

So there you have them, my 3 blogging tips, a gift from me to you. I hope to have 4 new tips to share with you this time next year, but before I end this, check out my current giveaway for a chance to win £50 Amazon voucher.

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Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

 

 

 

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