How to Stay Original as a Blogger

The big wide web can get really noisy and it can be tricky to stay out from the rest. With blogging like many other things, it is important to stay original. Being original is what will help you stand out from the rest as a blogger, so it is a great idea to have your own thing going on to help you. If you are wondering how best to go about this then you are in luck, you are on the right blog, keep reading…

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How to Stay Original as a Blogger

Blogging is all about being original. The best blogs are original and they tend to be around much longer. If you are wondering how to stay original as a blogger, here are three ways that can help you do just that –

Create blog categories you can write endlessly about

A good blog has great content so it is important to ensure you can create regular content for your blog categories. If fashion, beauty, and lifestyle are your preferred niches, it is a great idea to stick to those. You don’t want to create a category for book and movie reviews if you hardly watch TV or read a book. Also, it makes sense to create blog categories in niches you are passionate about. I for one love reading. I read a new book every week but I am not into writing book reviews.

Stick to your writing voice

Don’t try to write like anyone else. Develop your writing voice and stick to it. That way you will attract those who enjoy reading your posts and you stay original. The last thing any new blogger should want is for their blog to read like every other blog. That is the fastest way to get buried in the blogging world.

Share your opinion

I enjoy following bloggers who share their perspectives on things. It is always interesting to read the opinions of others in some matters. There is nothing as boring as a blog with no stance. If you want to stay original in the blogging industry, you should ensure you share your opinions in areas you blog about as regularly as you can.

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What do you think of these blogging tips? How do you stay original as a blogger? What sort of blogs do you enjoy reading and why? Do tell in the comments section below.

Thanks for engaging with this blog post. Have a great day/night wherever you are.

 

Beauty Muse: Toya Bush-Harris

Hey beauties lovers! I hope you are all having a great week wherever you are. The beauty muse this month is a cast member from Married to Medicine, just like our last Style Icon. Her name is Toya Bush-Harris and she is definitely a fab beauty muse. For those who are not familiar with this beauty, she is one of the original cast members on the hit reality show – Married to Medicine. I have been watching the show for many years and I am a huge fan of Toya; I love her on the show, she is so much fun to watch. She is one of my favourite cast members.

Toya Bush-Harris is also a natural beauty which is why I am featuring her on Fashion and Style Police. I was super shocked to find out recently that Toya was well into her forties. She could easily pass for a thirty-something year old woman. Her genes are amazing!

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Beauty Muse – Toya Bush-Harris

I would love to be a fly on the wall to see how our beauty muse takes care of her skin. She is a natural beauty and her skin is simply gorgeous. Her makeup is always well applied, never too much and it always suits her skin tone. It would be lovely to find out the beauty and skincare products she uses to maintain and create her stunning looks. She is a very beautiful woman, inside and out. I will be looking out on her Instagram for any clues to the products she is using.

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What do you think of Toya Bush-Harris as a beauty muse? Do you watch Married to Medicine? Are you a fan of the show? Who is your favourite cast member? Do sound off in the comments section below, let’s chat.

Thanks for reading. Have a fab day! Stay safe!

How to make money from your blog

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So, you’ve started a blog and would like to make a living from it. I mean… who wouldn’t? Talking about the things you love, sharing your ideas and meeting like-minded people plus, earning money from doing all of this? Sounds incredible.

If you haven’t started a blog yet, what’s keeping you from doing it? The BBC published an article on how to make your fortune writing about stuff you love, where they recommend starting a blog. They add that to write a blockbuster blog, you should consider writing about something you love, find your individual voice, post every day if possible, and use other social media platforms to promote your content.

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Start an online store.

While you are blogging and writing about your travels or simply about a favourite recipe that you want to share with others, why not consider starting an online store? Ad Lab is a Magento eCommerce agency within London UK, and they recommend creating an online store to complement your blog for extra traffic and monetisation opportunities.

If you already have your blog on the WordPress platform, starting an online store is easy, peasy! WordPress has a plugin called WooCommerce that will allow you to set-up an online store in minutes with secure payments, customisable options, and more. If however, you plan to take it seriously, Ad Lab recommends the Magento platform which comes with a tone of innovative features to help sell more products online.

To gain wider recognition for your website, increase traffic, and ultimately sales, Ad Lab recommends putting your online store up for design awards. Here’s a link to Ad Lab’s portfolio on AWWWARDS which showcases some of their best Magento eCommerce sites.

Affiliate marketing.

In a recent blog post, Life with Baby Kicks commented that affiliate marketing is one of the most popular methods to make money from your blog. She gave the example of “if you are running a parenting blog, you can easily talk about useful products for your readers, such as baby toys and baby carriers, and when your readers click on the links for the products, you receive a commission from that interaction.”

That’s how easy affiliate marketing is! Plus, you don’t have to have a blog to make the most out of affiliate marketing – if you have a considerable following on another platform, share your affiliate links there.

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Run relevant ads.

Google AdSense is a great way to generate passive income from your blog. It’s free, quick, and simple. It only requires you to add a little piece of code to your blog (sounds more difficult than it actually is!) and then relevant ads to your content will start to run! When speaking with my friends at Ad Lab, they mentioned that it’s worth doing the Google certifications to help you get the most out of Google Ads. Here’s what Ad Labs Google qualifications look like.

Sponsorships.

Boo Roo and Tiger Too state 5 tips to creating more money, such as if you are a small blogger, you can contact companies and pitch them your ideas for sponsored posts. For bloggers with a larger audience, she mentions that companies will most likely get in touch with you to create content about their brand and/or product. You can also join influencer marketing networks where sponsored jobs are available!

Sell your skills.

Devon Mamma recommends selling the skills you’ve acquired whilst blogging. Whether this is social media management, writing reviews, copywriting, photography, design, or any other skill you might have acquired, you can start selling it! You can also add a hire me page on your blog, so people know you offer those services and can easily reach you if they need your assistance.

Get paid for speaking.

I know, it sounds crazy, but if you become an authority within your niche, podcasts will pay you to be a guest on their website, and exposure on these podcasts will open up traffic and sales to your website/online store. Here’s an example from Ad Lab who appeared on James Sinclairs podcast about growing businesses online – great listen if you have a spare hour 😉

 

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