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When my I started on my blogging journey, I would marvel at all the wonderful full time bloggers out there and wonder where on earth do you start?  I wasted about 18 months of my time on a blog that was going nowhere because I didn’t know the basics or the tips and tricks of the trade.

 

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Now I understand what I should have been doing from the start but didn’t.  And that’s why I decided to create a free blogging email course.

I wanted to lay it all out step-by-step for you so you wouldn’t make the same mistakes as me. So with this in mind, I created this 7 day how to start a blog email course.

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Day 1: Why You Should Start A Blog

Day 2: Questions to Ask Before Starting A Blog

Day 3: 5 Easy Steps to Setting Up Your Blog

Day 4: Different Ways to Make Money Blogging

Day 5: The Secret Weapon to Blogging

Day 6: Tools to Help You Make Your Blog a Success

Day 7: My Top Blogging Tips & Tricks

I hope this course turns out to be a helping hand for you on your blogging journey.  I want you to succeed which is why this course is totally free.

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Blog Tips for New & Experienced Bloggers to Help Stay Within the Law

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There is so much to remember and do as a new and even as an established blogger which is why I would love a blogging for dummies book to be with me at all times!  Which is why I decided to write this post about the legalities of blogging.  The UK laws are slightly different to the US ones.  There are some things we need to do as bloggers to stay within the law.  I thought it would be helpful to list 3 blogging tips for new and experienced bloggers to help stay within the law.  There are more but these ones will get you started.

 

Cookies

Most websites use cookies. Cookies are code that when you visit a website a cookie is downloaded on to your computer.  The next time you visit the same site, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie relevant to that site and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site you are visiting.  The site you are visiting therefore knows if you have been before and in some cases tailor pop-ups or adverts to you.

You will need to disclose by law that you are using cookies if you use WordPress or any other blog, you use Google Analytics, Good AdSense, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or any other social media ‘like’ buttons or if you have a shopping basket/cart on your blog.

To stay within the law, you need to disclose on your blog that you use cookies.  Therefore I highly recommend you download a plugin called Cookie Law Info.  It’s a quick and easy way to take care of that side of things and you don’t have to worry!

 

Disclosure

An important and exciting development within the blogosphere over the past number of years has been sponsored posts and endorsements.  A sponsored post is when you receive a payment or a product.  You then write an article promoting said product or company.  The post normally contains a contextual link back to the company.  This is a sponsored post and shouldn’t be confused with a guest post!

 

All bloggers should be honest and open about sponsored posts and disclose this to their readers.  The Advertising Standards Agency is a good place to read up on guidelines.  Some of the ways bloggers are disclosing sponsored posts is placing at the bottom of a blog post “Collaborative Post” or “Sponsored Post”.

 

Whichever way you inform your readership it’s important to label your post clearly and explain your relationship with a company be that a sponsored post or being given an item to review.

 

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Images

Using images is essential for blogging.  It’s a way of making posts more attractive to your readers.  Can you use any picture you want for your blog?  The simple answer is no!  Of course, you can use images you have taken yourself or indeed there are many Royalty Free image websites out there.  However, it is against to law to use images that are not yours – you are breaking copyright law.  You can stay within the law by following a few approaches:

 

If you are after more feminine pictures and want them free, then head over to my blog post on 10 Places to Find Free Feminine Stock Photos.

 

These are just a few of the things new and experienced bloggers need to be aware of.  What other regulations do you think are important?

 

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STATIONERY ITEMS ALL BLOGGERS NEED TO GET ORGANISED RIGHT NOW

Use bloggers are often found behind our screens.  Typing away on a key board.  However, there are times when writing by hand is the only way to go!  There are several reasons why I love stationery and what better time to highlight some fantastic items but on the run up to World Stationery Day.

World Stationery Day is on 26th April this year.  It’s a celebration of the written word and all things stationery.  You know those fantastic products that all us bloggers to schedule our content, to write down our inspiring ideas and to make notes when the laptop dies on us!

There is nothing  more statisfying than starting a new notebook and filling it with ideas, dreams and aspirations.  So let’s celebrate World Stationery Day with some fanstastic items that will help you get your blog organised right now!

 

 

NOTEBOOKS

 

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When it comes to notebooks there is something rather satisfying as a blogger to start a new one!  Those clean pages just waiting to be filled with ideas and ways to improve your blog.  All the different ways you are going to implement strategies or improve your life.  This little one from Hema is an ideal example.  It’s just waiting to be filled with all your ideas in your own handwriting.

 

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This stunningly beautiful notebook is from The Gifted Notebook collection.  I have been using this one for a few days and it is stunningly beautiful.  Can’t tell you how many times people have commented on what a lovely notebook it is.  It comes with a pencil too which is very handy if like me you keep losing pens!

 

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METALLIC MARKERS

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When  you start writing on that notebook and are presented with a blank piece of paper I often love to underline key words or use coloured pens to remind me of some of the more important things I need to do.  That’s where these gorgeous metallic pens come in.  It’s a beautiful feeling highlighting words on a page with stunning colours, it’s almost like a work of art in itself.  You can get yours here from Crafter’s Companion if you’d like to add some sparkle to your notebooks.

 

 

 

FILOFAX ORGANISERS

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When it comes to planning and scheduling blogging posts there is none other than the well known brand Filofax that can help you take it to the next level.  I absolutely adore their new innovative notebooks that allow you to add, remove or change pages as many times as you like.  This is so beneficial especially when some of us change our minds a lot!  I also adore their new colour range.  From pale pinks, to stunning purple and light pastel shades.  Who wouldn’t want these Filofax notebooks on their desk?

 

 

BLOG PLANNERS

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Another favourite of mine are blog planners.  The stunningly designed ones from those wonderful creators on Etsy.  For example there is an array of blog planners to choose from here to be honest I think I have purchased all of them one time or another.  I find them extremely useful when I’m brainstorming content but also when I need to schedule Pinterest and my social media tasks.  I love starting a new blog planner.

 

Us bloggers often have many roles besides bloggers.  There is something very comforting and reinforcing when we write lists, ideas and aspirations on a page.  Those little stationery items hold our ideas, thoughts and feelings which are recorded for all time.  Writing by hand is a thoughtful process.

 

So I urge you to spend less time on our devices and sit down with a notebook and start writing – it’s such a cathartic process to write in a beautiful notebook.  Plan, dream and allow yourself to remember.  I truly believe stationery can change your life.

 

Enjoy.

 

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WAYS TO MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR BLOG NOW!

Making money while doing something we enjoy and making money from your blog is the perfect way to have the home/life balance we all crave.

 

Blogging can most certainly be profitable, but it does require a lot of hard work, commitment and the right mindset.  There are many fantastic bloggers out there making a great living for themselves and their families.  I follow a lot of them and they inspire me so much.

 

If you want to start making money from your blog I want to share with you some of the different ways to monetize it.  There are a lot of ways to go about this but I will share the ones that will get your started right away.  Not every way to make money maybe a perfect fit for you but try it out and see how you get on.

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SPONSORED BLOG POSTS

There are different types of sponsored posts.  Ones where you are given the content and you add the post to your site or where you work more in collaboration and write the post yourself.  It can be exciting working with companies if the fit is right for your readers.  Whether you are promoting a product or service via a post, on Youtube or an Instagram story.  Just make sure you are happy with the fit and the work involved.

 

You could also sign up to the likes of Get Blogged, which is a site where you can apply for blog posts.  Remember though make sure it is a good fit and you are happy with the price you will be paid for the post.

 

 

MONETIZING YOUR CURRENT CONTENT

 

One of the most quickest and effective ways of making money from your blog right now is work with your current content.  You can start by adding affiliate links to each post be that within the text or add in options for your readers to purchase items you are writing about.

 

Remember to join SkimLinks so that you can have access to over 20,000 affiliate links to companies, making it easier to add affiliate links to your content.

 

 

WORKING WITH COMPANIES

As a blogger it can be easy to underestimate the value of your posts.  It is also easy to forget that sponsored posts can be in the form of both cash or gifts.

 

There are many businesses out there that are trying to grow their customer base and often reach out to bloggers as a way of doing this.  You don’t have to wait for them to contact you though, be proactive.

 

I recommend you start with companies whose products you already use, contact the marketing department and offer to write a sponsored blog post.  Do not though email every company under the sun – be genuine about your love of the product and detail why their product or service would be a good fit for your blog.

 

Personally I believe bloggers offer fantastic opportunities to businesses in promoting their products so don’t sell yourself short!

 

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SELLING AN E-BOOK

If you have been blogging for a while, the chances are you have enough fantastic content to pull together in to an E-book to sell.  You really don’t need to reinvent the wheel, look through your content and start planning what kind of E-book you think your readers would love.

 

You can sell directly from your blog or you can upload to Amazon to sell, either way marketing will be key to getting your readers to purchase it.

 

If you don’t have enough content at the moment, plan ahead and start thinking about your options for an E-book, that way when the time is right to pull everything together you will have a plan in place.

 

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OPTIMISING YOUR ADVERT SPACE

Many bloggers currently offer sponsored advertising on their blog.  If you are a new blogger consider offering advertising space by promotion through your social media channels.  However, if you already do offer adverting space you really should consider raising your prices.

 

It is extremely helpful that other bloggers are willing to feature small businesses with an advert for £10-£20 for the year but if a company is willing to pay £10-£20 chances are they are willing to pay £20-£40 for the full year.

 

This simple technique could double your ad revenue overnight and you would still be offering a fantastic deal.  Another option is to sign up to the likes of Media.Net where you can insert adverts in your posts.  They are currently offering a great deal of 10% more of ad revenue for signing up.

 

Sign up to Media.net here for a great deal.

 

 

WORK AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT TO OTHER BLOGGERS

It can take hard work and dedication to make money from blogging, it also requires you to build up traffic, increase page views as well as blogger outreach and networking.  These are fantastic skills you acquire which can be used to become a virtual assistant to help other new or established bloggers.

 

Why not register with People Per Hour now to put those fantastic skills you have acquired to use in order to make some extra money.

 

What other ways do you monetize your blog?  I’d love to know in the comments below.

 

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TIPS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH NEGATIVE COMMENTS

With social media often comes all kinds of people from the ones who would go out of their way to help you, those who support you and those who are there for you when you are feeling low.  Conversely, there are those who are down right rude, agressive and have nothing nice to say about anything!

 

So what do you do if people leave negative comments for you on social media or your blog?  I have to admit to having a few.  I immediately block them but of course I’ve read the comment and there is no going back to un-reading!  After reading a few negative comments recently relating to others I thought it would be a good idea to note down some tips to help you deal with those who leave negative or hurtful comments.

 

 

TIP 1:

Those who leave negative comments are looking for an argument so the first tip is to avoid giving them what they up and don’t get in to an argument.  While you may feel like you want to scream and shout with your keyboard, remain calm and take a break from your computer.  Of course you have every right to defend something that isn’t true however the other person won’t give too hoots whether they told a lie or not.  Don’t give them that kind of power over you so walk away.

 

 

TIP 2:

If you are annoyed by a comment, then talk to your friends.  It’s always good to talk.  You can vent but you can also get advice from someone who is removed from the situation.  This is another way to give yourself some space from taking action you may regret later and help you distance yourself from the situation.  Deep breath are also a good way of remaining calm.

 

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TIP 3:

Try and remain positive and empathetic.  I know this is a hard one.  However, you don’t know what has made the other person make that comment.  I can remember sending a really snotty email to someone once.  It was totally uncalled for and I apologised afterwards.  I had had a really bad day hence  my email but that did not make it right for me to send it in the first place!  You can also combat negativity with positive thoughts and actions.  It will help you remain calm and not stoop to their level.

 

 

Tip 4:

Move on.  This can also be hard as negative comments can swirl around your head for hours or even days.  Take control by acknowleding the comment, how much it hurt, talking about it but don’t dwell.  Of course it will hurt but don’t let a comment prevent you from doing other wonderful things.  Acknowledge and move on.

 

 

 

It may take some time to learn now to deal with negative comments but the above tips should help you.  Unfortunately unhelpful and negative comments often come with being part of the blogging world and social media.  I do hope the above tips give you some tools to become stronger in dealing with negativity.  Below are some suggestions from other bloggers to help you too.

 

 

 

Lynn from Mrs Mummy Penny says “A nasty comment is most likely a reflection of something that the commenter is going through. My advice is to drift over the comment try not to read it, delete and move on. Never engage with them.”

 

Laurie from Girl and Tonic says “I try not to engage, I’ll ignore the comments where I can. If a post gets overwhelmingly negative you can turn comments off. I then like to remember why I post on social media in the first place and engage with some of my favourite accounts. 

 

Katie from Cakes v Scales says “Firstly, consider if the comment is it hurtful or constructive critique, then consider if there’s a possibility the writer’s intention is not to be hurtful. If the comment is someone just being plain rude/nasty, remember that there are many people who love and enjoy your work. As the saying goes, you could be the ripest, most juicy peach in the world, but some people don’t like peaches.”

 

Jennifer from My Mummys Pennies suggests “Try to find the positive in every comment. Someone said something mean? Well at least your post is reaching them and was interesting enough to get them to take time to read it and react. Ignore the hurtful words but see the comment for what it is, valuable interaction with your content. On many social channels this will help your post reach others!” 

 

Louise from Mum of Boys shares “My main platform is Facebook – and the fact you can ‘hide’ comments is useful, because it means the controversial post doesn’t turn into a stream of comments or an argument, but yet the original poster has no idea it is hidden. However if it’s very nasty / personal, I simply delete and block. Trolls want you to engage with them, so doing this every time and they’ll soon get bored. Of course there’s been the occasion when I’ve bitten back as I’m human, but I learnt from those experiences and now just press delete. I totally agree that it’s a much bigger reflection on them and their state of mind than on me and mine.”

 

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