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Blogging Tips & Advice.

posted on: 26 March, 2013

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Now, I wouldn’t say I’m a top blogger or an internet whizz but I do have a little bit of experience when it comes to this topic. I first started my blog around three years ago and have since launched Nouvelle Daily, more of an online magazine but some of the principles still apply. I don’t blog full-time, it’s still more of a hobby for me but I do always try to make time for it as I enjoy it and love, love, love getting comments! I’ve been planning this post for some time now and I’ve had a few tweets to tell me to get my skates on so here goes.

The first step is to set up your blog; choose a name (you’ll hate it in three months anyway ha) and opt for a blogging platform; there’s Blogger, pretty simple and hard to go wrong with – usually the first choice for most bloggers. There’s also WordPress.com, a bit like blogger in that it’s a hosting platform for blogs, it’s a bit limited when it comes to customising but nonetheless, free and easy to use. There’s also self-hosted WordPress.org (this is what I use), you may need someone to help you set this up as it’s more complicated than the aforementioned and involves buying hosting and a domain. Whatever you decide to settle with (and Blogger and self-hosted WordPress are just fine) I would recommend buying your own domain – so you’re www.you.com rather than www.you.blogspot.com – you can always set this up later but it’s good to have it from the start.

Customising your blog will make it stand out, make yourself a nice header that defines your blog and is unique. This will help your blog to stick and people will remember it! You can always ask a friend in the know to give you a hand.

Next up, get your blog up on Bloglovin‘ – so many people use this to follow and track the blogs they like, create a Facebook page and get yourself a Twitter handle and Instagram account if you wish. You don’t have to go all out at first but these will make a huge difference to traffic, if I have a scan at my blog stats I can see Twitter is one of the top referrers, meaning I get most of my traffic from here. It’s helpful if you keep your name all the same, for example my blog is gh0stparties as is my Twitter and Instagram handles. It makes it easier for people to find you. You can also set up a Google Analytics account, this will give you accurate reports on your traffic and helps you to understand what works – it will tell you so much about your blog, where your traffic is coming from, who has linked to your blog, how people have searched you through Google. You may also be asked by PRs for your stats so it’s always handy to have them.

Other small things you can do is find similar blogs and interact on Twitter and comment on blogs, this gets your name out there but I would say try not to be too spammy. I like when people leave their links but I understand people find it annoying when they say “nice… check out my giveaway I’ve also got a post on this and that *blog link*” this is just good “netiquette” and won’t annoy your fellow bloggers. Also, go in to your blog comment settings and REMOVE CAPTCHA. It’s unnecessary and readers will feel more obliged to comment.
If you have blogs you like, build up relationships on Twitter. In my experience, tweeting your blog link to every blogger going probably won’t get you far but occasionally replying to tweets etc can help bloggers notice your blog. I have so many followers that tweet me all the time with funny little things that I usually retweet, I also find so many blogs and new followers this way.

Whether you’re starting a blog or already have one, there’s quite a few things you can do to improve your traffic and monetize your blog. I’m not going to get to technical with this as it’s not going to be that type of blog post, most of these things come with time (such as working your way up the search engines and building a readership). The one thing I would say is to find your niche and always be original – when I check out possible contributors for Nouvelle I always, always look for the signs they really are different. Although it’s great to have regular features, I really do think it’s best to do things differently – especially with the post title! Do you know how many beauty blogs come up in Google when you search for “Sunday Post beauty blog”? Set your blog apart from the rest by doing something a bit different, blogs can get a little samesy and it can become a bit of a blur for readers (not to mention rather predictable) when there’s several bloggers posting Instagram posts on Saturdays – mix it up a bit and don’t follow the crowd.

The first few months or so are likely to be you writing to yourself – don’t worry about that as it will come with time and it will allow you to make some errors, post some terrible photography and get to grips with blogging while not that many people are reading. This leads me to my next point; photography. I would say having good photography is a big deal, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy a fancy camera. You can use your iPhone (I sometimes do, I doubt anyone notices) but focus that photo by touching the screen first. If you have a digital camera, learn to use it and try to get as much out of it as possible. This is something that will again come with time so don’t sweat it just now. I’ve always been in to photography and already owned a DSLR but if you ever feel like buying one, do it when you’re ready and not because you feel pressure to.

Try and make your posts varied, find a topic that suits you and throw in some other posts from time to time. I love lifestyle blogs as they are so, so varied and you can post whatever the heck you want and no one questions it. As I said above, try to find your niche and let your personality shine through, don’t feel disappointed because you don’t have a post called “The Edit” or haven’t got an iPhone to use Instagram – this will work in your favour when you’re forced to think outside of the box. Try and post regularly but don’t feel you need to do is religiously, great things come from blog breaks but remember, readers usually like it when blogs post often.

Now, once your blog is underway you can step it up a bit, introduce yourself to PRs and monetize your blog. There’s quite the debate when it comes to PRs and everyone has a differing opinion. What I think is this; if samples come your way then yay! But don’t make it a thing, stay true to yourself – be a blogger not a blagger. Saying that, if you think you have built up a great readership that trust what you say and you have good traffic, why not introduce yourself to PRs – think realistically and go for some smaller brands at first. Usually you’re going to be helping them out far more and if they don’t want to work with you then it doesn’t matter. You can send a simple email saying “I write this here blog and would love to be added to your press lists for more details on your latest releases” but probably you’ll just get an inbox full of press releases. Blogging is not all about the freebs, they are just an occasional bonus.
I am probably responsible for a large number of girls buying Laura Mercier Silk Cream foundation for example, but I still buy the tubes myself over a year later and I really don’t mind, I’d rather have followers with happy makeup and a willingness to come back to my blog. I have a few great brands that I work with often but I don’t rely on samples, blogging only works if you’re honest and relatable and sometimes, posting about £100 moisturisers and £70 candles every day makes it hard for your readership to relate to you (in my opinion). I recommend being honest when it comes to samples, even though I get samples for Nouvelle rather than my blog, if they’re really great I usually pop them on my blog too and do mark them as samples. I don’t think it really matters how people have got hold of products, personally  - I’m pretty trusting but it can become a little suspicious sometimes so be honest and don’t take the piss. I’ve never been paid to feature a product on my blog and I think this is really ridiculous so I really wouldn’t recommend this – to anyone that may be suspicious about bloggers posting about a product at the same time, from what I know it’s never because they’ve been paid to post about it. Sure, if we’ve been sent something new (especially if it’s limited edition) there can be a flood of posts but that’s usually only because we want to inform you all first! 

If you think it’s time you could be earning money from your blog, sign yourself up to Skimlinks and even Google Adsense. Skimlinks is an affiliate program that a lot of bloggers use, you basically can use the link builder to make affiliate links that when people click on and buy the product, you get a cut. I think this is a great idea and there shouldn’t be any stigma surrounding this, as long as you’re honest about it. If you’ve taken the time to find something and trial it yourself  then why not get a tiny bit of commission.
Google AdSense is also great but it can take time for you to earn any decent money. You can also sign up with Glam Media, an advertising network that feeds adverts out through blogs. You can earn a good amount of money through this if your traffic is high.

You can also do sponsored posts, I usually ignore these as I don’t think people really appreciate them. However, the choice is yours – as long as you declare it there’s not really any problem.

Moving on to YouTube, I would say if you’re thinking about getting in to this then do it before you have an established blog! I sort of joke here but I wish I had kept going when I first started making videos a few years ago, when I finally started it up again last year, people expected me to be perfect as I was already a blogger. YouTube is HARD, it’s not like blogging and people will piss all over your work at any chance they get. I do really, really enjoying making videos as I can have a laugh but I do get upset easily and it seems the more subscribers you get, the more nasty comments you get. Saying that, you do get so many lovely comments and people will also find your blog. I have found so many lovely people through YT so it can be great. Have the same attitude for YouTube as the above and BE YOURSELF. You don’t need to be someone else, people will like you for being genuine. You will also come out of your shell eventually so don’t force it, if you look back to any well-known YouTuber’s first videos you will see they were also shy and quiet (Tanya Burr was literally the most adorable thing in her first videos and now she’s a confident, happy woman so keep this in mind!). You don’t all need to be Zooey Dechanel in New Girl, I promise you. Ignore most of the feedback or you’ll change rather quickly and no one wants that :)

I think I’m coming to the end of my tips and advice post… the main thing is to be original, create a blog/channel that you yourself would read and be a nice person and create a happy atmosphere. No one likes Twitter drama, anonymous comments or dishonesty so let’s avoid this. Blogging really is great fun and there’s so much to gain from it; meeting readers, the endless lovely words and always, always having people on hand to cheer you up are just a few. Stay grounded, don’t be competitive, don’t get too too big for your boots and remember, your readers keep you afloat so be nice and appreciate them. Failing all that, read this post and have a laugh.

Please, please add your own little tips and helpful pointers in the comments. I realise this post was long and it’s taken me hours to write but I do hope it’s helpful! In the last couple of years blogging has just exploded and there’s just so much happening! Love. xo.




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  • http://twitter.com/HannaK1992 Hanna

    This is all so useful! Thank you so much for taking the time to advise us bloggers :) Now I just need to work out how to use Google Analytics!

    http://theconfectionmonsoon.wordpress.com

  • http://twitter.com/lullabyforpies Magdalena

    perfect post! well written and definitely will help a lot of people. thank you so much.

  • Lauren Idle

    Yaaaaaay! This is brilliant, I’ve just started blogging so will definitely find this helpful as I’m struggling a tad atm, and I’m almost certainly gonna buy my domain name next payday! xxx

    http://www.idle-bones.blogspot.co.uk

  • Natalie

    I really love that post! I’m reading your blog and nouvelle daily regularly and I’m always excited about the new posts! Not just because of the content (of course am obsessed with make up, fashion and all these lifestyle-things) but I also like the way you write, it always seems so authentic.

    I wanted to blog myself for a long time (and actually, I tried and failed horribly), but I think this post will bring me closer to try again as your tips seem to make it a bit easier and give back a bit of optimism back to me.

    PS: Another reason I like to read your blod: as one can assume, I’m not a native english speaker, so I hope reading English blogs will help to improve my English ;-)

  • Natalie

    Thank you so much, Kate! This was a really interesting read and I’ve picked up a couple of tips :)

    The Blonde Ethos

  • Lucy Garrick

    You are incredible. What a fantastic post. So helpful. I swear i’m going to save this page! Thank you so much Kate. x

    http://www.lucygarrick.com/

  • Louise Robertson

    Hello my love.
    I really enjoyed this post! I write a blogbecause I work in the beauty industry and I wanna talk about makeup!

    I was going to start You Tubing but being Scottish I have a slight Scottish twang I was wondering what you felt about accents on You Tube? Most You Tubers are English! Also how do you deal with the trolls? That really puts me off!
    Xx

  • Anna Blush

    Wow this is an amazing blog post! You have put in so much effort and it has really paid off- there’s heaps to learn here! Thank you so much for this post, it’s great x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Laura

    Great post. I’d like to reiterate that photography on a blog is very very important. Even if you use your phone, you can get decent pictures. I really don’t understand how you can take bad photos with an iphone ( i see so many and it baffles me).

  • http://cosmeticdebris.blogspot.co.uk/ Becky

    Thanks so much for this Kate. I’ve been umming and aahing over buying a domain name but felt a bit ridiculous as blogging’s just a hobby for me really and I’m only writing for around 60 people but I’ve taken the plunge! x

  • http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk/ Jesss

    Some great tips here, Kate – especially the one about keeping things original. Whenever I’ve tried to do the typical ‘Sunday Summary’ type posts, I last about two weeks before I get bored! Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom :)

  • Holly Cooke

    I loved this post Kate! It’s awesome, so so helpful too! xxx

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://twitter.com/ShopaholicJo Jo

    Very helpful Kate. Thank you! :) xx

  • http://twitter.com/KatiPalin Kati(f)unfashionable

    Oh thanks for the tips Kate, I started my blog only a couple of months ago and I am getting only small amounts of traffic so far, but it’s improving. Def will take your words into account, I’ve already taken the CAPTCHA off my comments, I didn’t realise it was on!

  • jenny_b1_52

    Brilliant post!

    So helpful xxx

    thebigburd.blogspot.co.uk

  • Phoebe

    Oh wow thank you – I didn’t realise word verification was on in my settings OR that my backlink tracking was off. Excellent post – plus you really are coming out of your shell on youtube (long-time subscriber here).

    http://www.marketingundergrad.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://thesmalllittlethingsinlife.blogspot.com/ Annick

    This was super interesting Kate! Thanks for taking the time to write it for us.

    I think I’ll take your advice and see if Twittering a little bit more might get my blog noticed. I find it hard to get out of my shell sometimes – I love writing and photographing for my blog, but networking is totally out of my comfort zone!

  • Amber

    Thanks so much for this post! Ever since I joined IFB and started doing blog link ups, I have seen a pretty good increase in traffic to my blog! You definitely can’t be shy, because if you are just sitting and waiting for readers to find you, it’s not going to happen. These are great tips! I think I’ll make myself a Goole Analytics account now :)

    http://www.dressingroomdiaries.com

  • cb

    Such a brilliant post, Kate. Thank you. Saving it to my bookmarks for future reference x

    http://www.ajanuary-girl.com

  • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

    Really nice post. You have a more laid back attitude and I like that! :)

    http://www.xuvious.com

  • http://twitter.com/diggingdaisies Ellie Rose

    lovely post Kate :)

  • Naheeda Rahman

    Woah, this took me ages to read but I’m so glad that I did!! I agree with so much stuff that you said in this post and I think I learnt quite a bit about blogging in general!! Thanks :)

    I’d love it if some of you guys would check my blog out :)

    http://hashtaglifeyumsigh.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/inspire-hashtag-life.html

  • Jo

    That was a great post Kate, some brilliant advice especially for me, I’ve just started my blog last week so shall keep all this in mind. thank you!

    alittlepopofcoral.blogspot.co.uk

  • Jessica Gibb

    Such a useful post, thank you! (:

  • Gillian

    This is a great detailed post for bloggers starting out. Have definitelty picked up some really useful tips. Thanks!
    Gillian from glamupeveryday.com x

  • Melanie Hernandez

    Wow thank you for this, look forward to reading your post I just saw the title before class and literally had just had thoughts of starting a blog in the last couple of days. So so helpful!

  • Jana D.

    great post! :)

  • http://fragmentedsplendour.blogspot.com/ Annabel

    You’re so wise ;) I’ve had my blog 2 years now and still feel like a blogger baby! I still need all of this advice! I’m too nervous to do anything like monetizing or youtube incase it backfires or is too complicated. I just like to blog maaaan. *hides*

    xo

  • http://twitter.com/MakeupWithTea MakeupWithTea

    As a new blogger, this is really inspiring. And lol, me and my friend started video blogging but never posted it up. I think I’m too camera shy right now. But anyway, thanks for the advice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashleigh.scott.750 Ashleigh Scott

    I love this post, thanks so much! My blog is still very new so need all advice I can get:) xx

  • Amy Chapman

    Thank you so much for this post. I’ve bookmarked it and will come back to it, there’s so many nuggets of great advice in here :)

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

  • http://twitter.com/editblogger Sarah

    Great post, really helpful and inspiring for a rookie like me! Thank you

  • Joanna Rance

    this was such a useful post! I love reading your blog , you are so genuine you write so enthusiastically! much love xxxxx
    brighteyedbeauty26.blogspot.co.uk

  • drainedbeauty

    Loved this, gave me some awesome tips I shall be trying out. I love how relaxed and down to earth you seem :)

    http://drainedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

  • georgia meramo

    This was such a good post, Kate! I totally agree with the points you make regarding sponsored posts etc. I just wish I had the balls to get on YouTube!
    Thanks for your help!
    xc
    and for good measure…:
    http://www.georgialuisameramo.blogspot.com

  • Alittlebitunique

    Kate this was a seriously helpful post! I’m still a newbie and I’ve only been blogging for about 6 months ( where has the time gone lol) but I’m still so not confident and worried about people finding about about my blog, so I’m doing it kind of as an anon and I’m like awww wait til another few followers and I’ll make it more personal, so I’ve been going through a blog identity crisis and this has made me realise to just bite the bullet and make my blog me, it’s supposed to be my space on the internet! Also, not to be a stalker, but I’ve read your blog for years after finding it through Lily Melrose and you two have to be two of my favourite bloggers ever, thanks for all the inspiration (cheesy fan girl moment over lol!)

    A little bit Unique – Blog // Facebook // Bloglovin

    x

  • Aimee-jean

    I really think this is such a fantastic post. I’ve just started my own blog, and no idea what I’m doing right now, so this advice is really handy! I personally have bought quite a few things on recommendations from your blog and think honest is the best thing a blog can be!

    Thanks :)
    http://aimeedeex.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://twitter.com/fashionXcross Belinda

    some great tips here! I’ve been blogging on and off for about 3 years but I’ve lately just really started to take it on fully. I’ve loved every minute and learnt so much and spoken to some lovely people and I’ve even started Youtube stuff! At first I was nervous but everyone around me has been so supportive. I’ll deffo give the Google Analytics a go :)

    fashioncrossing.blogspot.com

  • Alice

    These are such wonderful tips, thank you!! I oddly always feel a bit intimidated about tweeting really big bloggers- sounds silly but it’s true!! Turning off Captcha was the first thing I did when I started my blog- I still comment on blogs with it, but far less frequently!! xx

  • jeniferjamie

    Really enjoyed reading this – thank you for posting. I totally agree with captchas on blogs, I sometimes type out comments, go to post it and realise I have to fill a captcha first – I soon press the X as I simply can’t be bothered. It really does put me off!

    I’m also not keen when bloggers don’t disclose freebies, although I have no problem with people receiving them. It just makes me sceptical and untrusting when I see constant posts with OTT gushes of praise on products, with no cons or negative aspects. I tend to unfollow those blogs pretty quickly.

    Thanks for posting your lovely tips – it was a very enjoyable read!
    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

  • Lisa Dutfield

    Lovely post – I’ve just started a blog which I’m really enjoying. I find it almost therapeutic so it doesn’t worry me too much that I haven’t got lots of readers yet! I’ll definitely be taking all your tips on board though – thanks for the honest advice x

  • http://twitter.com/pagestowrite Alexandra

    Thank you for this article! A thing caught my attention — and it will probably sound very silly, but it’s quite important to me these days : it’s when you talk about not having an iPhone and beign creative to «compensate», in a way. I sometimes feel like not having the latest gadget (be it an iPhone or a Kindle or whatever) puts you out of something, which is a shame. So, yeah, thank you for reminding this simple but essential thing :).

  • Shel Jay

    What a great post – thankyou. I think it relates to every day as well, staying true to yourself, not doing the ‘expected’. Love love love!

    Shel x

    http://ilovemakeupandotherthings.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://twitter.com/hollyrwatson Holly Watson

    Kate you are SO good. This was a great post, really informative and open. Some people get so shady talking about sponsored posts and ads etc, I think as long as you’re honest about it then who really cares? Much love.
    xxx
    summerhollyday.com

  • Maddy Cane

    Thanks, I am going to be using so many of these tips! xxx

    http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://twitter.com/GirlGotGlitter Elizabeth Rice

    Awesome and useful post! Question: how much traffic do you think one needs to work with Glam Media?
    http://www.girlgotglitter.com

  • http://twitter.com/valentina_novo Valentina Novo

    Thank you for this post, I just started my blog a few weeks ago and some of these tips seem very helpful!

  • sonniski3z

    thanks so much for posting this! Very inspiring :)

  • http://alwaysalwaysunpresentable.wordpress.com/ Gillian

    Hi Kate,
    This was a really good post to read – thanks! I’ve been trying to find my blogging feet for ages, I’ve started and deleted so many blogs in the past because I’ve lacked confidence in myself. Hopefully I’ll be able to use some of your tips very soon.
    Gillian (http://alwaysalwaysunpresentable.wordpress.com)

  • MariaWellstead

    Thanks for writing such a clear and in depth post about blogging. I love getting bloggers’ tips and advice. I’ve recently started my own little blog and reading this stuff just builds my confidence so.. yay thanks :) I am now off to get an Analytics account and remove captcha from my comments!

    Maria

    http://www.mareliwel.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/elrbx Ellis Rose Buttrey

    This is so helpful so thank you!

    I made my blog a few days ago to stop myself from feeling so bored and lonely when I’m away from my boyfriend (sad I know) and it’s nice hearing realistic tips.

    I worry that there’s so many bloggers out there, it’s so hard to stand out. But then I remember I’m doing it for fun and a hobby so it doesn’t matter :)

    Whilst I am here, if anybody is interested in having a peek at my blog then I’d be appreciative of any constructive advice! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    http://elrbx.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Danessa Martinez

    This post was really helpful since i started my blog not so long ago. I really got inspired by you, viviana does makeup to start a blog. I don’t have much up yet, but i’m working on a few new blog posts. I would love it if you checked it out and gave me some feedback.
    lattesandbeauty.blogspot.com

  • Katie Fawcett

    Great post Kate, I’ve found this really helpful. I’ve been writing my blog properly since the middle of last year and it does feel like you’re writing to yourself sometimes but I’ve had inbox messages from people I used to go to school with commending me on my blog/youtube and even asking beauty advise. It’s rather crazy because then I’ve had one toolbag try to embarrass me for doing Youtube in the first place. Either way, as long as I’m myself and I’m enjoying it who the hell cares right? :)

    Love Katie xo
    http://sugarfixxbeauty.com

  • http://twitter.com/LauGalve Laura

    Thank you for the tips, Kate! My blog is 5 months old and is hard work…but so so fun!x

  • Lydia

    I love that you’ve done such an in depth post about this, usually people just skim over bits, but I really appreciate how much advice you’ve given!! You’re such an inspiration :]] xx

  • Erica

    Thank you so much for this. I already tweeted this to you earlier, but so many bloggers have posted about this and I waiting to see if you would. And you did! I can’t fully even explain how helpful this is. As a fairly new blogger its really hard getting your name and blog out there and getting people to see and appreciate your work. This post gave me so many ideas and really made me think there might actually be a “light at the end of the tunnel”, so to speak. I’ve tweeted the link to this post on twitter and probably will time and time again. I think its important for newer bloggers to see posts like these. Once again, thanks so much!

    -Erica xx

    http://www.ericawears.com | Bloglovin

  • Francesca

    I have really enjoyed reading this post and I appreciate the effort you’ve made by writing such a long one :) thank you very much for all the good tips! x

    Francesca
    http://petitfaon.blogspot.it/

  • Adryon Pascual

    I have fallen in love with blogging and cannot believe I haven’t started earlier. Wondering why I haven’t kept a journal longer than a week and now I know why. Gosh how much more interesting it is to have blogs. Now I can properly document my life better lol know what I’m saying? You are so nice Kate, just one of the many blogs I am discovering that are so interesting. Thank you!

    Adie x
    adiebonnielass.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/IvanaAndBeauty Ivana

    This is a very nice post! Give me and inspiration to go on with my blog cause I wanted to quit :/. If you have the time go and check it out and give me a feedback :). Love your blog,
    Ivana, xoxo

    http://fashionbeautyandsparkle.blogspot.com/

  • zoe louise

    great post kate – your tips are spot on!I’ve had my blog for a year and I’m still trying to find my niche. There so many blogs out there,it can be hard to find your feet but I totally agree with trying to think outside the box x

  • Molly

    This was full of such awesome information! Thank you. x

    morslyblooms.blogspot.com

  • Julie Clarke

    Thank you very much for this post, it has some really worthwhile tips and has given me inspiration for my blog xx
    http://www.juehearts.blogspot.com

  • Denise F.

    Thank you! (:

  • Dimmie | Floral Faux Pas

    Great Post – love the detail (: xx

  • Gokce Taysip

    thank you alot for this post.it really helped us alot i believe.we created twitter,fb and instagram accounts and we signed in for bloglovein. i think all this would help love you <3

    firstyclassy.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/chattynics Nicola

    Brilliant post, I found this really helpful. I’ve only just started blogging and I’m really enjoying it and wish I started sooner.

    I doubt I will ever move to you tube but wanted to let you know I love your tutorials on there.

    Thanks for taking the time to give us newbies some advice :)

    Nic xx

    chattynics.blogspot.co.uk

  • Miranda H H

    Wow this is an amazing post. I started blogging a few weeks ago and need quite a bit of help and I think that your post sums up a lot of the main stuff about blogging. This helped me quite a bit especially in the PR and ad area because even though my blog is only weeks old I’m always thinking about the future. Two other tips would be to ALWAYS check your grammar and spelling and think about the future like will you do this as you job and are you willing to invest in making you blog amazing or is it only a side project for a little while.
    asbeautifulcreatures.blogspot.com

  • Rachel Hood

    Great Post! x

  • maylifestyle

    THANKS, THANKS, THANKS!!!!!

  • Phoebe

    Thank you for a great, insightful post! I discovered your blog through your YouTube channel. Love them both. You have quite a unique style and I feel you have really grown to be more comfortable in your skin.

    http://yablogtherapy.wordpress.com

  • http://twitter.com/bellechantelle Chantelle

    This is a fantastic post. Great tips, a lot of which I follow on my own blog. Thanks for taking the time to write this!

  • Yolennie

    This is such a nice post and very informative. I love how genuine you are :) Keep up the good work <3

  • Laura

    This was so helpful! Thank you for writing this it must of taken a lot of thought but you definitely helped a lot of us newbie bloggers! :)xxx

  • http://twitter.com/FlossyOgram Florence

    This is really helpful, thank you :) x

    http://glossyflossy.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/yombix Yona

    I loved your tips! :)

  • Ana

    This was the perfect blog post to read! The idea of starting a blog has been running through my head lately and these was a great way to know the basic tips! Thankyouuuu

    Ana

  • Jaime Heathcote

    This post was the best thing I’ve read in ages. I’ve just recently started blogging and I needed something like this to put me in the right direction. Thanks :D

    Jaime xx

    catsclothesandcupsoftea.blogspot.co.uk

  • Lucia Brdko

    this was absolutely amazing and so helpful post, I just started to blog and tips from you are great. Thank you so much.

    Lucia

    http://luciaknowsbest.blogspot.co.uk

  • Katerina Schneider

    great post and quite helpful as i am just discovering my own blog. :-) thanks kate!

  • http://www.feelingstylish.co.uk/ Jess Shanahan

    Great post. I’ve been doing a series of posts like this focusing on photography tips for new fashion bloggers.

  • bethan

    I think people should really focus on design and layout – I’m always extremely put off by a scrappy looking and hard to navigate blog. http://audacityoffood.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://listies.blogspot.com/ Sinem

    Thank u!

  • Gita Bončina

    That was some great tips, thanks! I’m really happy that bloggers like you put some effort in presenting those tips & tricks :).

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/girlgonerun April Chapple

    thank you for this…I’m a new blogger and its extra hard for me to get viewer and subscribers because unlike most blogs I don’t give a lick about fashion and don’t post on it and now a day it seems as if people only care about what others are wearing :( But I push forward and maybe with these tips i can make a little head way…check out my humble little blog if your interested http://www.onlyinapril.blogspot.com

  • http://crashingred.com/ Maria@CrashingRed/SoNailicious

    Great advice. I’d say also make it easy for people to find you and don’t underestimate words of month and real life contacts. Often most loyal readers are those people who you met in real life. Another thing, make it easy for people to share your posts. Social media button! Like now, I’d like to share your post where is your Tweet button? ;)
    x

    Ps. Loved your new online magazine – looks so perfect!

  • http://lottiekerr.blogspot.co.uk/ Lottie Kerr

    Fantastic advice, as a novice blogger I really appreciate posts like this from established bloggers that I admire. Also I am completely obsessed with Nouvelle Daily!

    Lottie x

    http://lottiekerr.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/abbifaye Abbi Tanton

    Loveeee this post. Been blogging for three years on and off now and still trying to find my niche in this overcrowded world! xx

  • http://twitter.com/sequindoll Sequin Doll

    Wow thanks for all the info! I literally just started blogging a week ago so it’s nice to read about some pointers :)

    http://sequindollfashion.blogspot.com/

  • Easmin Miah

    Brilliant Post! Thank you for this :) I’ve just started blogging like so many others here and this post is such a blessing for so many of us! xxx

    Easmin xx

    http://www.ohhsopeachy.com/2013/03/kohl-youself-beautiful.html

  • martabarcelonastyle

    wow!!! I’ve read it and for me it has been soooo useful!!! I’ve just started a blog and it’s so heplful read that kind of posts. I didn’t know your blog before and I have to say that I really like the way you wirte. In this post, you have been so honest. An I appreciate it a lot. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!! kisses from Barcelona (Spain) :D

    http://martabarcelonastyle.blogspot.com.es

    (Electric blue outfit for spring)

  • Amysbeautyjournal

    Fantastic post, you included everything anyone would want to know really, I haven’t been blogging for too long but it does sometimes feel like you’re talking to yourself haha!

    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Kassie lee

    great advice, I love when bloggers do these post, there so great and contain great information

  • Nicolle

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I just started my blog the other week, and I have been trying to gain a small loyal readership since then. I really admire what you do on this site, and I appreciate the tips!
    http://romanticsyndrome.blogspot.com/

  • The Life In A Year

    love that post, it’s very helpful! thank you :)

    http://www.thelifeinayear.com

  • http://twitter.com/caryslloydx Carys Lloyd

    I really enjoyed this post! “bloggers not blaggers” is such a perfect quote. It’s really easy to see when someone is blogging for the wrong reasons. Blogging should be fun and shouldn’t be taken as seriously as it is by some :)
    http://www.thestateofdreaming.blogspot.com xxxx

  • lilly

    I really love this post! It is so helpful for a new blogger like me, who wants to start a new blog! :)

  • http://twitter.com/helsLDN Helen

    Thanks for the post, great advice! It’s going to help a lot people out there who are starting, or building or trying to improve their blogs :) x

  • http://twitter.com/beautyqueen_UK beautyqueenuk

    Some great tips and I removed Capitcha because it annoyed me xx

    http://beautyqueenuk.blogspot.co.uk

  • Novice blogger

    Thanks for the great tips. I have just started writing lifestyle. I always want to know the guideline of using my own image in my blog post. Is it OK for me to post image of a restaurant, window display or a product?

  • Aleksandra

    Thanks for the advice!! great topic!

  • jan blatter

    thanks a lot for all those tips! Didnt know about skimlinks before… good stuff though :) regarding sponsored posts i can recommend to work with goviral. they always have cool videos and if you register in their network and talk to them directly, you can get paid for videos, which you like to post anyway.. pretty cool as well.. at least for me though:)

  • Sydney

    This is a lovely post, so so informative! Thank you!

    sydneychantelle.blogspot.ca

  • jenny

    This such an informative post and very down to earth. I like your whole attitude and you can really tell your an honest person and your post was very helpful too! I love your blog and always find your posts fun to read I am from Scotland also :) xx

    http://www.krystelcouture.co.uk

  • katherine.parkes

    will definitely refer back to this, thank you so much! x

    http://thebeautyvisual.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/sueminskey Suzanne Minskey

    Very helpful information. I’ve been blogging on and off or a few years but was always o busy with other things that I wasn’t consistent and felt that I’d never really found my “voice” so to speak. Just got back into it a few weeks ago and am glad to see that I’m doing a lot of things right!

    http://Www.facesbysam.blogspot.com

  • Elizabeth Lauer

    This post came at a great time! I set up Skimlinks and removed Captcha, and got Bloglovin’ (great suggestions). You’re one of my favorite YouTubers if not my favorite, and your blog is so pretty and informative. You seem so down-to-earth.

    http://www.emeraldsandstripes.com.

  • http://thenonbrit.blogspot.com/ Amelia

    You are so cool, Kate. If there’s anyone whose advice I’d take on this topic, it’s your’s. Seriously thank you for the hours you put into this post, it was more than helpful, and I appreciate your straight-forwardness (is that even a word). It was all such beautiful advice. xx

  • Lauren Collier

    You have such a talent for writing! I loved reading this, as I wish to have my blog up and running soon,
    lotsoflauren.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/LucyLovesToBlog Lucy Chapman

    Thank for such a great post, such great advice! I’ve just gone and brought the domain for my blog after months of debating it! Loving the new header too xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

  • Rachael Linton

    Just started a new blog after years of putting it off by what people may think.. but your post was what made me finally do it, thanks! :)

    http://www.morerachaellinton.blogspot.co.uk

  • Deepa

    I’m a blogging virgin and I found this post so helpful. Thank you! x

  • Tasha Steel

    Brilliant post Kate! Love your honesty :)

    tashaajaynee.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/jess_penny Jessica Penny

    Thanks a million for writing this post! I’m just starting out on blogger and youtube (I thought I’d tackle them simultaneously) and I need all the help I can get :)
    http://www.onlyogresknow.blogspot.com

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  • Marnie McAdam

    I just started writing a blog about a week ago, after reading and being inspired by various different blogs for years, including yours. Its so hard to start and know what to do and this post has been so helpful so thank you very very much x

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    terima kasih . love this tips and advise.. ^^

  • Arielle Yeap

    such great advice!

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  • http://shedreamsinperfectfrench.com/ Shani

    This post is amazing. I have started and abandoned several blogs, because I just despaired of ever being successful and growing a following. I know it’s still really hard, but these tips really help!

  • Chloe

    Thank you Kate! I have now started a blog because of you :) This is such a brilliant post! Can I ask why did you choose .com over .co.uk ? Is there a big difference? I would like to by a domain but I am unsure which one to go for! Thanks again x

    http://www.chlomcf.blogspot.com

  • Tracy Flanagan

    Loved this post Kate! I’m brand new to blogging and found this to be honest, helpful and inspirational! I’ve immediately ‘warmed’ to you and your blog and I’m sure will be a regular reader. Thank you :-)

    http://thevinoyears.blogspot.co.uk/

  • megan j

    Wow. I just started my blog a while ago. These tips are all super helpful. Can’t wait to read some of your other posts. Thanks!
    http://www.liquidsunshineak.com

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    Thanks for the tips! I really needed that, I just started a blog!

  • http://veroniquegee.blogspot.com/ Veronica Greulach

    I just started my blog and this is so helpful to me! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this and for your honesty. Lots of love, Vero.

    http://www.veroniquegee.blogspot.com