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Hey, Newbies!

I’m just kidding. Im very much still a newbie myself!

I was asked by a follow blogger if I would provide them with some information as to what I felt wasted my time being a new blogger and what was counter productive to growing my blog.

Of course, I was more than happy to share a few of my thoughts and as I have shared them with Kristie, I thought why not share them with my own followers too?

1.Following blogs for the sake of it

When I wrote my first blog post, I had quite a few people follow me instantly, like my post and comment on it. I thought wow – this is awesome, people seem so receptive, I should definitely follow them back! However, after a few weeks of receiving emails from their blogs and reading their blog posts, I noticed that a lot of them were not related to topics I was actually interested in and apart from the initial contact, they weren’t particularly interested in my topics either. This being said, it’s always good to have some diversity and read about topics which broaden your mind a little, it’s a great way to learn. On the downside, you soon realise that some people are only doing this for their own benefit, to increase their number of followers and make them look more popular. Not because they have a genuine interest in what you are writing about. You will feel so much better once you have a few posts under your belt and you’re attracting the right audience, it really makes you feel like you are starting to do something right.

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2. Posting at the wrong times

Some days, I am so busy that managing to write something seems like a monstrous challenge and I sit there in bed at 9pm writing a blog just so I can say I have published daily. In hindsight, this is quite a waste of time. Some of my best posts have been posted after 9-10pm and they have had hardly any views at all and I have felt quite disappointed. Going forward, I will schedule the posts to post at a popular time of day, which for me seems to be around tea time. It’s better to miss a day than post your best content at a time it won’t be viewed.

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3. Writing a poor post so you have posted

This is similar to my previous point. Some days I have time to post and I sit at my computer with absolutely nothing to write. So, I write something… anything… just so I have posted. These posts never tend to get much attention and the people who do read them don’t see your potential so next time they see your name, they skip past you.

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4. Sharing too many posts

Right at the beginning of blogging you will have so many topics you want to write about and you’ll be full of enthusiasm, but whatever you do, do not bombard people with more than one post per day. They will find you too over facing and you may find any followers you do have start to disappear. On the other hand, this is a good solution to my last 2 points. Get these posts written whilst they are still fresh in your mind and schedule them to post daily. It’s always good to be one step ahead!

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  1. Do you have any tips I could follow. When I first started my blog I would get a good few likes on my posts, now on my past few posts I have had nothing and barely any views. Do you have any tips on how to change this? Thank you Holly

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    • Hi Holly. Thank you for your comment. I have had a look through your blog posts and they’re very good. It looks like you haven’t been writing too long so my first tip would be honestly just wait it out, keep writing and the views will come. I read somewhere that your blog is only classed as a fully functioning blog which is likely to appear in search engines after you have hit 50 posts and only if it is kept up to date. I hit 50 posts last week and we’ve had a few days where our referrers have been from search engines – it’s really a waiting game. Secondly, I would optimise the categories and tags more. For example, on your makeup post I would set the category to Beauty then use tags such as make up, advice, techniques, reviews, eyeshadow, primer etc but they say up to a max of 15 tags. Also, I don’t know if you are already doing this but promote your blog elsewhere too. We have only introduced ours to really close friends and family so far but we have a little vanventures Instagram and Twitter which we manage to pull quite a few readers from! I hope this helps, don’t give up – keep pushing on! 🙂🌸

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