I don’t write many posts about blogging tips, but as I’ve been working on this blog for the last few years, I have picked up some knowledge that I think could help others. Today, I’m particularly talking to new bloggers, those of you who have set up a blog, maybe written a few posts and are now thinking “what the hell do I do now?” I’ve been there. I remember looking at other bloggers and wondering how they manage to make everything look so effortless, while I was stumbling along with little direction.
One attitude that I have come across, and definitely something that I’ve been guilty of, is thinking that I have to be an ‘established’ blogger before getting involved in the blogging world. If you take one piece of advice away with you from this post, it’s this: just get stuck in. There’s no perfect time, no perfect level that your blog needs to get to. Just put your game face on and get yourself out there.
Here’s a few ways that helped me to get my blog noticed in the early days.
Social media is a great tool for promoting your blog posts. But more than that, it’s a great way to engage directly with brands, other bloggers and your readers. Don’t be guilty of link dumping, take the time to interact and share relevant content. Make sure that you are following other bloggers in your niche and don’t be scared of contacting them. If you read a post that you enjoy, share it via Twitter or Facebook and tag the blogger. Likewise, even if you aren’t working with brands at the moment, make sure you’re following ones that you would like to work with in the future. If you mention a product in a post, make sure you tag the company and let them know. I got a few retweets and shares on Facebook from mentioning brands that I genuinely loved, even though I hadn’t been paid to endorse them. Also, look out for relevant twitter chats, which are a great way to find