I learned most of what I know about blogging in 2019. Unfortunately, I started blogging in about 2012. Unsuccessfully. For a long time. I actually had a moderately successful personal finance blog that I’m kicking myself for deleting. I should have just left it to rank on its own, but I’d decided, for the millionth … Read more Why you shouldn’t rely on Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog
Getting images for my websites was a huge headache for me way back in the beginning. I wasn’t a photographer, and has no aspirations to become one. I essentially wasted £350 on a DSLR camera that I would rarely use. Luckily my boyfriend sometimes uses it. So don’t worry if you don’t have the equipment … Read more How to get photos for your writer website
Blogging used to be all about that glossy picture, magazine aesthetic – flat lays on marble contact paper, peonies and wisteria, and posing in front of a stranger’s front door. And whilst it was a lot easier to build a following back then, because there was less competition, it meant you have to more well-rounded. … Read more How do I create graphics for my blog?
It’s all very well me telling you how to create an awesome blog, but if I don’t also tell you what not to do, it’s kind of pointless. Don’t create content no one’s searching for Don’t pick a bulky theme Don’t spam on social media Don’t burnout because you haven’t planned your content properly Don’t … Read more What to avoid in blogging
1. Always use long links A lot of new bloggers like to register with Amazon Associates straight away. Fine fine fine. The problem comes when you don’t make a sale and get kicked out. This isn’t a problem in itself – you can just reapply. The problem is that if you used the short links … Read more 101 tips for new bloggers – what I wish I’d known years ago
I don’t intend for this post to crap all over blogging courses, I just want to make it clear that taking a blogging course is no substitute for creating a lot of useful, unique content. It’s also worth noting that there is no surefire way to grow a successful blog. Blogging changes all the time. … Read more Are blogging courses worth it?
If you know how to write, and have followed my advice about using a fast host and fast theme, you’re pretty much two thirds of the way the way there. The final third (although chronologically it comes after setting up your site and before writing your content) is keyword research. If I’m being totally honest, … Read more How do I do free keyword research?
I know, I know, there a million of these articles out there, and I find them all a bit biased towards the author’s preference. Whilst I do have a preference, I also know what it’s like not to have £75 to drop on hosting and a domain name. Especially when you’re not guaranteed an income, … Read more How much does it cost to start a monetisable blog?
Blogging is hard, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But only at the beginning. Once you get a handle on things, it gets easier. PROMISE. One of the things that I, a poor writer, found so hard at the beginning, is that there’s no one way to do it. Everyone and their dog has … Read more Should you buy a premium WordPress theme?
You don’t need to be rich to start a profitable blog. You need less than £100. I do have a small disclaimer: it can take a long time to make money from a blog. I’m talking months/years. But if you follow the principles I teach, then you’re building a solid foundation to make a lot … Read more 10 steps to a monetised blog (without much investment)