Since I received great feedback from my first post on How to Write a Blog that Rocks, today I’m sharing even more!
When I attend blogger events, I’m regularly asked how my blog gained attention so quickly in London. This is what I can say…
How to Write a Blog that ROCKS- Be Social
Many articles suggest connecting with other bloggers. One of the first bloggers I ‘met’ is the American Londoner. His material is phenomenal. I commented on a few of his posts many months ago. Soon after, a marketing company who had worked with him got in touch with me about collaborating with them on a guest post. This led to several opportunities for me to attend other events with the agency.
I also have attended every tea, brunch or other blogger meet up that I see in my social network news feeds. Two bloggers who coordinate these via Twitter invites are Selena from Oh The Places We’ll Go! and Catherine from Lux Life. Follow them!
Prior to the event, I research bloggers who will be there. I go to the event prepared with questions and conversation relevant to their work. Some blogging friends have told me that they refreshed how they approach writing blogs by deciding to look at buy essay services to give them a new creative reference for their articles. It is amazing what you can learn from college essays.
How to Write a Blog that ROCKS- Have a Business Card
Make sure you have stacks of business cards ready to distribute at these events, or anywhere for that matter. You might think paper is a thing of the past. Surprisingly, in the bloggers’ world it’s a hot commodity. There’s tons of us. If you’re lucky, people might google you the next day, possibly. Give them everything they could want in one small card. If you can get them to follow you on Twitter immediately, even better. I recently got some new business cards from somewhere like Metal Kards and I hand them out when I attend blogger meet-ups and trade shows. People love receiving business cards so make sure you give plenty out when you get a chance. Even better if you can spend a little bit of time working on making them look good too. If you’re struggling with that, or not sure how to get started, you might want to think about hiring a digital marketing agency to help you with your logo design and layout. You can have a look to see who I use for graphic design in St Louis here if you need a starting point.
How to Write a Blog that ROCKS- Check Your Stats Regularly
I don’t mean be obsessed with your stats 24/7. Just make sure you’re connection to Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools is working. Sadly, in one of my best weeks for page views, I didn’t know the hits weren’t registering over a 4 day period.
After a damn near heart attack when I saw my numbers had flatlined, I spent several hours researching the problem. Apparently when I had discontinued one of my WordPress plug-ins, I also cut the registration of my Google ID with my blog.
If you plan to monetize your blog at any point, all these numbers matter. Check them every few days. Make sure you definitely do it after any major changes to your blog.
How to Write a Blog that ROCKS- Use Photo Apps on Your Mobile
Having the ability to immediately create a collage from images on location saves me tons of time once I start working on the actual post. I use PicFrame.
I do lose big parts of the first image, so I’ve learned to include large borders of material I don’t need when I initially take a shot.
When I needed help with this on a laptop, I asked the Twitterverse.
Anyone have suggestions for how to create picture collages on a laptop? On iPhone I use PicFrame
— Sunny in London☀️ (@Sunny_in_London) April 22, 2014
— Beverley Reinemann (@PckYourPassport) April 22, 2014
She was absolutely right! This site is great when you’re editing pictures in to collages on a laptop.
How to Write a Blog that ROCKS- Ladies, Don’t Invest in an Expensive Handbag
Whatever you use to drag around your camera, business cards, iPhone charge cord and other blogging paraphernalia is going to get seriously abused. And besides, once you start meeting with PR’s on a regular basis, you’re gonna be totes overwhelmed. See…