Blogger Resources and Content Creators to Follow

Blogger Resources and Content Creators to Follow

Being part of the blogger community is an honour. I’ve been lucky enough to make some amazing friends, have wonderful collaborations and make some long lasting business relationships. However, let me tell you it’s not easy. It takes time, patience, perseverance and a passion for what you do.

If you’re new to blogging, you will need to engage with other bloggers, learn SEO, study Pinterest, create content and more. This post is full of resources from myself and content creators I look up to! This post also contains affiliate links and links to my own products. 

SEO Resources

If you’re looking to understand SEO and make changes to your site, Nele is your girl. She knows her stuff and she is just a wonderful, genuine person. You can read more about Nele on her site.

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The Keyword Research course is perfect if you want to up your SEO game and find keyword search tools.

The SEO for Bloggers ebook is the perfect course to get started on optimizing your site.

This course includes: 

– SEO 101: how SEO works

– What is the perfect keyword & how to find it

– How to fully optimize your on-page SEO

and more!

Instagram Resources

As a social media manager and Instagram expert, I have created several guides for Instagram alone. I have helped travel bloggers, beauty and fashion enthusiasts, affiliate marketeers, authors and more with my consultations and guides.

My first ebook is Hashtags for Instagram: A Guide and I’ve had some great feedback from buyers saying that it’s helped them gain more followers and they have obtained more impressions on their posts.

My second ebook is a guide to Instagram strategies and how to grow organically. For only £6 we will dive into how to use hashtags correctly, how to engage effectively to bring you instant results and how to use Instagram stories to your advantage.

Pinterest Resources

If you’re part of the blogging community, you have likely heard of Ell. She’s a lovely person with a great personality who genuinely wants to help other bloggers make blogging their full time income.

If you’re struggling with Pinterest or want to make blogging your full time income, you can find Ell’s courses here.

Mariam is also a Pinterest expert and has created the Ultimate Pinterest Marketing Guide for Creators. In this 100 page ebook you’ll learn how to use Pinterest to skyrocket your views and sales. Invest in yourself and your blog today!

Kayleigh also has some great Pinterest blog posts on her site that I’ve found incredibly helpful!

Blogger Guides

Glen has a great guide full of resources, the basics and how to get started in the world of blogging. From beginner guides to tools and resources to use, Glen has you covered!

Nicola is also a blogger and has been blogging for 12 years! So she knows a thing or two! Her Bloggers Survival Guide is only £5 and it has amazing resources for newbies and full time bloggers.

Other Social Media Guides

My Social Media Handbook is perfect for beginners or anyone wanting to gain more knowledge on a particular platform or subject. This handbook will give you all the insights of using platforms as a business or blogger from the perspective of a social media manager and marketeer.

Learn new techniques, how to use hashtags, what content to be putting out there and how you can be connecting with people via social platforms. In this handy course I have set you tasks, given you website recommendations, offered advice and much more.

Blogger Resources and Content Creators to Follow

Affiliate Marketing

Are you new to the world of affiliate marketing? Do you want to make more sales? Are you struggling to understand what affiliate marketing involves and need a helping hand in how to promote products?

In this 18 page ebook we will be exploring the world of affiliate marketing and how it can change your life, make you money and shape your business.

Contents:

• What is affiliate marketing?

• Where do I begin?

• What products should I affiliate for?

• How to become an affiliate

• How to promote products on social media

• Using email marketing to sell

• Getting in the DMs

• Finding affiliates for your products

If you are struggling, you’re a beginner or you simply want to improve as an affiliate, this is the ebook for you.

Content Creators to Follow

Kayleigh is one of my amazing affiliates, friends and content creators I look up to. She’s amazing at Pinterest, blogging and offering advice. You can find her at Kayleighzaraa.com.

Mariam is a personal development and lifestyle blogger who has so much knowledge about blogging, career advice, finances and more! She’s the definition of a boss babe. You can find her at bossbabechroniclesblog.com.

Naomi is a wonderful lifestyle and beauty blogger, always looking to support others. You can find her over at Naomirowen.com.

Ashleigh is a lifestyle and family blogger who is always so supportive and posts some really motivational blogs. You can find her at ashleighsmoments.com.

Shea is a YouTuber, blogger and course creator. She’s a ray of sunshine on Twitter and her blog has some amazing growth strategies for YouTubers and content creators. You can follow her at adaywithshea.com.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you haven’t already, make sure to follow all of the bloggers above for future tips and I hope you find a course/ebook that works for you!

How To Up Your Social Media Game During Lockdown

How To Up Your Social Media Game During Lockdown

You’re probably here because you’re stuck in lockdown, bored out of your mind and you’ve decided to take your social media channels to the next level. Well you came to the right place! Sit back, relax and dive in to some top social media tips to up your social media game during lockdown.

Target Your Audience

Do you know who your target audience is? If not, it’s time to do some research. What are you selling? Who is your ideal client/follower? Is there someone you look up to on social media? What are they doing to engage with followers and who do they follow?

These are all questions to ask yourself when identifying who you want to follow and who your ideal client is. Once you know this, it’s time to interact.

Make Connections

Most people don’t understand that spending as little as 15 minutes on Instagram interacting with fellow bloggers/businesses can up your profile views and engagement. Make sure you’re spending at least 5 minutes commenting and liking your follower’s posts and a further 10, if not more, minutes on finding new people to follow and interact with.

Using Graphics To Your Advantage

Make sure you’re upping your graphics/photo game, especially if you’re predominately on Instagram. I use Canva to create all my Instagram content and I highly recommend it. However, if you’re more tech savvy, you could use Photoshop, especially if you’re a photographer or illustrator. These are some of the graphics I’ve been creating using Canva for clients.

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Collaborating

Collaborating with bloggers and influencers is a great way of gaining followers. If you write a blog post for a friend’s website for instance, you should get more traffic coming in to your website and social media channels. Just remember to always include your social handles when being asked to guest post so you can be linked back to.

Having connections in the blogging world is a lifesaver at times. My Twitter community have my back and are always helping promote me and my services. I’d be lost without those connections!

Use The Shit Out Of Hashtags

Hashtags hashtags hashtags. And repeat. Hashtags are so important to reach more people on Instagram and Twitter. Although on Facebook it’s been proven that adding hashtags to posts makes you less visible.

Make sure you’re always using 10-30 hashtags on posts (Instagram’s hashtag limit per post is 30) and have a varied selection of hashtags with 50k posts attributed with it and some with a couple million. This way you’ll reach lots of different audiences without getting lost in the stampede.

If you’re looking for a more detailed guide on using hashtags, specifically for Instagram, you can get my guide here.

Blogger Resources and Content Creators to Follow

Hashtags for Instagram: A Complete Guide

£4.99

Ask The Audience

Another way of upping your social media game during lockdown is to ask your audience what they want to see from you. Create polls on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram asking a bunch of varied questions to see what your audience like and what they’d enjoy seeing more of.

Get Your Guide

My ultimate guide to using social media is also now available, covering a range of topics such as how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for your brand/business, how to use hashtags, creating graphics and content and more! In this handbook I’ll be setting you tasks to complete, questions to think about, templates and much more.

Blogger Resources and Content Creators to Follow

The Social Media Handbook

£20.00

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments how you’re upping your social media game during lockdown!

Female Creative Series: Q&A with Beauty Blogger Chichi

Female Creative Series: Q&A with Beauty Blogger Chichi

I started a female Creative Series to celebrate the women around us who work hard and hustle in the creative jobs. This week I spoke to Chichi, a beauty blogger who lives in Cambridge.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Chichi and I’m a beauty blogger. I’m from London and I currently live in Cambridge. In my spare time I like to read books, watch YouTube videos, visit museums and blog!

What do you do for a living?

I work in digital media and marketing. I specialise in content writing and copywriting, but I’ve also worked in content marketing, blogger & influencer outreach and social media management.

What made you decide to do what you do for a living?

I kind of fell into the digital media world. My original plan was to become a journalist and work in traditional media – I wanted to work as a beauty and fashion journalist for magazines. But after discovering the digital media world and realising that I could write for online media, I chose to do that instead.

What would be your advice for someone looking to go into your profession?

If you want to enter the industry then definitely try to get some experience and build up your network. Your network is your net worth! Consider taking professional qualifications – this is something I am working on right now. Also, create a website or portfolio to showcase your best work.

What are some of your hobbies or skills that you’d like to improve this year? 

I’m currently teaching myself to play the keyboard after briefly learning as a child. The thing is that learning to play an instrument requires so much practice and consistency so I need to keep it up and keep it going.

What’s a quote that makes you feel empowered/motivated?

“Your value does not decrease based upon someone’s inability to see your worth.”

Can you tell us some of your favourite female creatives you love to support? Feel free to link to their socials or blogs!

I am always reading blogs and these are some of my favourites:

Sophie Milner (formerly Fashion Slave)

Gemma Louise

A Woman’s Confidence

Kate La Vie

Albertine Sarah

Demi Colleen

Cruelty-Free Kitty

Can you recommend your top 5 books for creatives? 

The Joy Of No

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

What A Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue

The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

You can find Chichi on her socials:

Blog: https://www.chichiwritesbeauty.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chichiogwe
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/chichiogwe/

 

5 New Year Goals to Improve Your Mental Health

5 New Year Goals to Improve Your Mental Health

This time of year is always a weird one for me and a lot of people I know. As someone with anxiety, it’s even worse. Not only do I not know what day it is but I also feel an overwhelming amount of dread about the New Year and what it will bring.

5 New Year Goals to Improve Your Mental Health

When you think about it, it seems so stupid to worry because time is a concept we’ve created and really it’s just another day. However, with everyone making New Year resolutions, I feel even worse.

A lot of people I follow on Twitter and Instagram have been sharing what they’ve accomplished this year. Compared to them I feel I have accomplished very little. Some have bought a house, had a baby, got married, traveled the world. I feel like my achievements are small compared to theirs. However, deep down I know that’s not true and I’ve had an extremely lovely year living with my partner, going on holiday and working hard to save for a home.

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One thing I want you to take away from this post is that you should not compare your journey to others. Your achievements matter, you matter. Everyone has a different version of what success means to them and it doesn’t always have to mean having a house, baby and marriage.

So without further ado, I’ll get on with my list of New Year goals you could set yourself and your mental health.

Cut Out Toxic People

One thing that happened to me a couple of years ago that involved a falling out in my family was actually a small blessing in disguise. Although I’m deeply hurt by what has happened, I feel like I can be my own person now. I haven’t cut my family or friends out of my life but I do limit what I say and how long I talk to them for so I don’t feel anxious or depressed. 

If you feel like you have toxic friends or a family member in your life that is affecting your mental health, speak up. It may be hard if it’s your immediate family but talking it through with them and voicing your concerns is the first step to a better relationship for everyone.

Limit Time On Social Media

Now this may seem like a difficult one to do. It definitely is for me considering I’m a social media manager and blogger. However, I do think it’s important to limit your time staring at screens because it tends to keep you up at night and whenever I’m on my phone at midnight my head is whirring with ideas and worries.

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Set yourself a timer; there are plenty of apps which allow you to set a limit for social media time. Some phones even have this in their settings.

What I usually do is set myself a goal if I’m desperate to grab my phone. I’ll read three chapters of my book, spend ten minutes on my phone and then go back to reading a further three chapters and so on.

Take Up A New Hobby

Taking up a new hobby or skill is a great way to channel your anxiety into a new project. You could attend a weekly group, pay for a college course such as a photography course or take up a hobby at home such as crafting or writing a short story.

Keep A Journal

Your journal could be like a diary or it can be a bullet journal where you can let your creativity run wild. There are loads of bloggers and YouTubers that create blog posts and videos for inspiration. It’s a great way to release some anxiety while getting creative.

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Create A Self Care Box

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers and YouTubers create self care boxes for times when they feel really low. They can have anything from practical things such as nail clippers and bath bombs to trivial things such as magazines. There are so many things you can put in a self care box. You just have to find out what makes you happy when you’re feeling down. It may contain your favourite book, an emergency chocolate stash or some candles and face masks.

I hope these were helpful! Let me know what your mental health goals are for the year!

The Pros and Cons of Being Freelance

The Pros and Cons of Being Freelance

In some ways, freelance can give you a sense of freedom that you don’t get with being on a contract. However there are some downfalls…

Pros

  • You can manage your time better when you aren’t being nagged to do something by a colleague sitting right next to you. You can take your time and work on your own terms and hours.
  • You can sit in your pajamas all day if you really want to!
  • You can eat whenever you want without Susan sitting in the corner judging you for snaffling three twix bars in a row…
  • You can have as many clients/gigs as you can manage.
  • You’re effectively your own boss.
  • You avoid the commute in and out of work meaning you have that precious time to yourself.
  • You don’t have to work with people you dislike and who just watch you out of the corner of their eye.
  • You don’t have to worry if you’re a bit sick to go into work, you can probably work from home! (Unless you have the flu…)
  • You can take as much holiday when you want.
  • You can work however much you want with no cap.

Cons

  • It can get lonely being at home all the time.
  • You aren’t guaranteed to be kept on with some clients.
  • You have an uneven amount of money from working odd hours.
  • You don’t get paid sick pay.
  • You don’t get paid holiday or bereavement pay.
  • You have to work out all aspects of your business, including the dreaded tax.
  • Having multiple clients wanting things done at the same time.

Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? Would you consider going freelance or staying employed on a permanent contract? Let me know in the comments! Vee x