Wednesday, 7 January 2015

HOW TO:SUCCEED IN BLOGGING WITHOUT REALLY TRYING #1

 

Hello awesome friends of the internet!
As promised, I have brought you the first of many in my new How to series. It is slightly different from what we are used to her at 'when she writes' but if we were all the same it would be a shame:)Plus, as mentioned in my previous post, I really want to explore new things with my blog.

But before we begin, I would like to welcome Laura from Blonde and Cupcakes! With almost 1,000 , yes ONE THOUSAND followers on Bloglovin, having only been blogging for around 2 months , Blonde and Cupcakes is set to take the blogging world by a storm! I have linked below details to her blog and other accounts so please go and follow her after reading!
I absolutely love her blog and she was kind enough to let me share her post titled: BLOGGING TIPS: THINGS I'VE LEARNT FROM BLOGGING SO FAR
I thought it is a simple but useful way to get us started on the 'how to' series as it has evidently worked for her and maybe it can work for the rest of us bloggers to!


On with the show!

Use 1-2 fonts maximum
Use more than 3 fonts and your blog’ll look messy. Just trust me. The most popular fonts are probably Times New Roman and Arial, but you can find a lot of other fonts from various websites, for example www.dafont.com or www.fonts.com
 
Pick a color scheme
To find scientifically matching color schemes, start with your primary color and find supplementary colors with a color scheme generator. I personally prefer black, gray and pink tones, but it’s all up to you. Using green, purple and orange at the same time isn’t a good idea, so it’s always better to feature neutral tones in your blog.
 
Make your blog mobile-friendly
Nowadays people say that “mobiles are the future” and that’s so true! Most of the time I browse different blogs I’m using my tablet or phone. You can find a tutorial on how to make your blog mobile-friendly here.
 
Navigation bar
When people visit your blog, the navigation bar is probably the first thing they’ll look at. There’s nothing wrong if you want to keep your blog’s design on minimum. Just be sure not to forget adding at least contact and about me pages. Also search box is a useful tool. I’ve seen a lot of people asking about designing the navbar, you can find some good ideas from here.
 
Sometimes less IS more
While using neon floral-patterned background may seem like a good idea, don’t! Just don’t! Design your blog’s appearance just the way you want it to be, but don’t go overboard. It's never a bad idea to use the help of those ones who really know what they're doing. One good example of designing blogs is Pipdig, their works look amazing and I'm probably going to purchase their template sometime soon.
 
Write about what you truly love
There’s no need to talk about shoes or hats if that’s not what you’re passionate about. When I started my blog, my goal was to write about fashion, but as the time passed, I realized that there are a lot of topics I want to cover -  one of them being DIY projects. Besides, if you don’t like your content, why should your readers do?
 
Don’t be afraid to promote your blog  
But be classy - no one likes follow for follow comments.  If you comment on other blogs, make sure to leave your blog's link in the comment too. I personally like those clickable links and for that I use the following code:
<a href="Your blog’s link here" rel="nofollow">Your blog’s name here</a>
 
Use Grammarly or Ginger
Grammarly is a cloud-based software that helps correct your grammar (and checks for plagiarism, just in case). Just copy and paste your text into the editor, and in seconds it will run more than 250 grammar checks, highlight your grammatical errors and give you suggestions on how to improve the text. Ginger is a good alternative for Grammarly. I personally use it, mostly because it's free. :D
 
Don’t measure stats too early.  
If you’ve blogged for a few months only and you're expecting thousands of views, then you’re wasting your time. Make sure you have Google Analytics installed and wait - the readers will come if the time is right. Just keep doing what you love the most and you'll see the results. Keep in mind, what's meant to be will always find a way.
 
 
And that's about it! Comment below if you liked this post or would like to see more like it.
 

Get to know Blonde and Cupcakes

Bloglovin: http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/13115125
 

31 comments:

  1. It was as if tomorrow you were this young blogger who's blog I came over at for the first time..now look at you *Tears of Pride* (That was too cheesy wasn't it?I should really start watching less movies :P)..Still your blog has been doing so well..congrats :D
    You look like you've got it all figured out..
    Those follow for follow people really annoy me..I mean they come on to my blog..they don't even read any post they probably don't even know the name of the blog..they just click all the blogs in a line on someone's comment page..and then leave a comment "Great Post follow me and tell me then I will follow you back"..What the hell does that even mean! I follow blogs..I don't ask them to follow me I sneakily leave the link under my name if the person is interested she/he will check it out else not..that doesn't change the fact that I liked his/her blog.Once there was this person who left a comment 'great photos' on a post that didn't had a single photograph -_-
    I really don't like those bloggers D:
    Which why I don't comment if I got nothing to add to the post..if I do I tell which part of the post I enjoyed the most because that actually helps the writer to analyze their writing..
    I'm ranting sorry..:P
    Waiting for your DIY :D ^_^

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    1. It was as if *YESTERDAY*...I feel dumb now..D: D:

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    2. awww your the best!! Do you really think so... I am just going with the flow! you are so funny, I always leave the sly link behind too! The DIY series will be here very, very soon! Thanks so much for all your kind comments and making me feel like all this blogging is worth it :)

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    3. Neal Kind leaving Kind comments lol XD :P
      The effort you put in your posts makes it worth..not the commenters and readers we come because your posts are good :)

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    4. haha! I noticed it when I was writing it, but I didn't think you would find it as funny as I did! But seriously, I think you just made me cry a little !

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  2. I followed this blogger from quite time ago and she gave great tips here :)
    PS: I followed you back as Iwona Zając via GFC (#61) :)

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

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  3. Thank you so so much for featuring me on your blog. It's such an honor for me! :)
    I wanted to thank you in my blog, but then I realized that I don't know your name. How's it possible that I have never asked it? So I referred to you as a girl from When She Writes, I hope you wont be mad at me :D

    Laura | Blonde and Cupcakes

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    1. The pleasure is all mine! I love having one of my favourite blogs featured on my blog! Ha ha I haven't really told anyone my name before on here! It's Tosin, I know its strange ( people always thinks so when I first tell them) but its very 'cultural' I guess! I am not mad at all! I didn't think you would be as kind to mention my blog in your post! Stay in touch xx

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    2. It's not strange at all! And thank you so much! :)

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  4. Hi I have nominated you for the 'Leibster Award!' All the details are on my blog : http://afrobeebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. yaaay! thanks so much:) I will be checking your blog out soon x

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  5. I have just started blogging and I found this very helpful ! Thank you for sharing the tips ♥

    pinkdemure.blogspot.com

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    1. I am so glad you liked them! As a beginner myself , I found them useful:) Check out blonde and cupcakes, she as lots of cool things like this!

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  6. This post is so helpful!! Thank you for sharing♥
    xoxo,
    snowprincessbella.blogspot.com

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  7. These are all excellent tips and Blonde and Cupcakes has gained a lot of followers in an incredibly short amount of time - I'll take a look at her blog this evening! :) I agree that less can most definitely be more and actually, all of these points were helpful - so thank you for sharing them!

    aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. its alright! thanks for visiting, I appreciate it x

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  8. Hi, I've nominated you to do the Liebster award because I think your posts are so cute and helpful.
    Check out my blog post for instructions
    http://rant--and--rave.blogspot.ie/2015/01/liebster-award.html

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    1. Thank you so so much! I am so thankful for your comments and I am glad you enjoy reading my blog!

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  10. Great post, I definitely think the layout and design of a blog are key!!

    Katie
    ZigZagsAndHabiliments

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    1. Thanks! they are really important! I am probably going to change mine soon!

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  11. This is helpful, I agree with all those tips. :) The tip about checking the grammar mistakes is the most helpful, possibly because I tend to make little careless grammar errors here and there. Thanks for sharing the grammar checking website, it's definitely something I'd use before I post. Have a lovely day. :)

    Dian
    The Happy Candle

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! I should probably check my grammar too! I make so many mistakes to the point that it is embarrassing!

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  12. Thank you so much for that code. I was wondering how people put a link to their blog in a comment, but I suck at anything HTML related. Thanks for helping me and other out :)

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    1. I was wondering the same thing aswell! I am going to start using it soon! Its alright:) i'm glad you liked it !

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  13. So nice tips...thank you for sharing them ^_^

    BubblyBeauty

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  14. great tips, i agree with all of them!

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

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    1. thanks, will be checking out your blog soonx

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