Hello Guys, and welcome to something a bit different! I’d like to introduce to you Amber from The Unpredicted Page a lovely lifestyle blogger who feature topics on University, Travel, Life Hacks and Blogging Tips and has kindly written a guest post for you all! Hope you enjoy reading this post about what Amber wishes she knew before blogging.
Pinterest is very important to Bloggers
I remember when I used to use Pinterest when I was about 14. I would save all these pictures of what I wanted me dream house to look like. I would have wedding boards along with home decor boards. When I started my blog, I never realised Pinterest would be a source of traffic.
My main thought was that I would use twitter to promote my blog. As I started posting and promoting my blog on twitter I found that other people were promoting theirs on Pinterest. So I did a bit of research and studied a couple of free Pinterest courses. I was able to learn how to make pins and the best way to promote then. Pinterest is such a powerful platform. I would recommend doing research before trying to promote your blog on Pinterest as there are so many free Pinterest courses you can take a look at that can give you hints and tips so that you can use the platform to the best of your ability.
What on earth SEO means
The more I started looking into how to increase your blog traffic, I found that the word ‘SEO’ started popping up very where. If you did not know, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. So, this would involve getting your blog posts showing up on the first page of google results. As soon as I saw this, I dived into anything I could find. I watched multiple video abouts SEO and about how to optimise your blog posts. Keywords are another major factor in working on SEO which I had no knowledge off before I started up my blog. I would recommend getting a better understanding on what keywords to pick and learn how to use them.
I learnt that content length affects your traffic and you need to be consistent. I suddenly started producing lots of blog post ideas so that I was all stocked up. I made sure I was able post something at least once a week as google loves fresh content, something that snot old and outdated.
How does WordPress work
There were so many things I did not know about WordPress before I started blogging. To be completely honest I was not even aware that there were different platforms you could put your blog on. I do wish I had investigated how to use it sooner. Although I guess you do learn things along the way.
When I started, I had no idea what a WordPress plugin was. Plugins are almost little apps on WordPress that add features to your blog. I did a bit of digging and was able to find the best plugins for me. My all-time favourites would have to be Jetpack and Updraft. Jetpack is so great for helping people share my posts on social media. Updraft is a backup plugin which is essential when you start a blog. Imagine if you had been blogging for a couple months and then you just lose all your progress one day!
Do not be afraid of self – promotion
At first, promoting my blog posts on social media did not feel right. I felt like no one would want to read it just because I was promoting my own work. Over time, I saw that other people were promoting their own work with no shame. I started to give it a go and now I realise just how important it is. I use twitter to update everyone for new and old posts. I then discovered that there was a blogging community over on Instagram. So I gave it a go and now I love my Blog Instagram and I can’t wait to see it grow.
Website speed is very important
This one goes along with the point about SEO. I did not really understand the importance of your website speed when I first started blogging. When I looked deeper into finding out how to increase my traffic, I learnt that maybe I was losing visitors because my website was so slow.
There were many factors why my blog was so slow. One of the factors was that I had so many plugins downloaded that I was not even using. They were taking up space and slowing my blog down. I am still working on speeding it up now and I have so much to still learn.
The Blogging Community is amazing
When I started my twitter and as my following went up, I had no idea I would be able to engage with such lovely people. The blogging community are such an amazing group of people. Everybody is so supportive and positive. If you were wondering whether blogging is for you, I would fully recommend you give it a go and see how you get on. With such amazing people helping you along the way you will be able to find an answer to all your questions.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it gave you some insight into what I would look into if I was a new blogger.
Don’t forget to check out my last post all about Design Bundles!
If you’d like be a guest blogger and feature on lifeofemmax.co.uk – please get in touch and we can discuss in more details. Thank you to Amber for taking the time to write this engaging post and I am sure if you are new to blogging you’ll find it very useful!
About the Author
This post is written by Amber Page.
You can find me over at:
Blog: The Unpredicted Page
Facebook: Amber Louise Page