Disclaimer: An expert on blogging, I am not.
I’ll probably always start off these kind of blog posts with a disclaimer similar to the one above. I really want to drive my message across that I am no professional or expert on blogging. As I’ve mentioned in my first and second advice posts, I do these posts because I have had people ask me for advice before. Hopefully someone out there finds it helpful and uses the advice I have to give.
Hashtag! Hashtag! Yes, that’s right, I’m telling you to hashtag. If you haven’t realized already under Post Settings there is a section titled “Categories & Tags,” here you can apply categories to your blog as well as add tags to your post (that was probably really obvious, I don’t know why I felt the need to elaborate.) So, with tags, don’t go crazy now, if your post is about fashion you should probably avoid the tag of recipe or food…unless of course your clothing items have food, in which case, go for it! After writing a post make sure to tag words that are similar and go along with the post. Having tags, allows you to pop up whenever someone searches a certain tag, which again, allows you to promote your blog. Don’t go on a tagging frenzy, make sure to limit your tags to 15 or under.
Tags to Consider:
For a Food Post- food, recipe, cooking, baking, healthy, health, life, lifestyle
For a Fashion Post – fashion, clothes, ootd, life, lifestyle, style, haul, favorites
For a Makeup Post – fashion, style, makeup, life, lifestyle, favorites
For a Workout Post– workout, exercise, healthy, healthy, fit, fitness, life, lifestyle
As you can tell, I use life and lifestyle a lot because I do have a lifestyle blog. Also, you can use multiple types of tags. For example if you are doing a post on fitness fashion than you can always incorporate what I’ve written for workout as well as fashion since it’s a mixture of both.
Awards, awards, awards! It took me a year to actually receive my first award and I couldn’t have been more shocked, excited and pleased! I immediately did the award and was so thrilled to share with my readers that I had hit a milestone for myself. Eventually, awards started to roll in and pile up, especially over the past couple of months. I still do the awards that I am nominated for, even if I’ve been nominated for that award before by someone else. The reason I do multiple awards is because it’s a different person who has nominated me, out of all the people on WordPress, someone has chosen ME! It’s an honor to be recognized by someone and therefore you should pay it forward by completing the award. HOWEVER, I have been nominated for some awards and I don’t feel comfortable answering some questions whether it’s because it’s far too personal or just too cringe and inappropriate to answer; so although I’m telling you to do awards, I do advise that you stick to your gut and if you aren’t comfortable with an award’s questions or with sharing too much than just don’t do it.
I suppose tags are sort of like awards because usually someone will challenge you to do it. Alongside with my advice for awards, I would suggest you do tags too if you are nominated for them, again, so long as you feel comfortable with answering the questions in the tag. You can also start your own tag or look up some on Google. For example, I know there are tags on Google that are titled: “This or That Tag” or are specifically related to certain things like beauty tags or fashion tags. Take the time to search the web and come up with a tag of your own.
That’s all for today, I hope this has helped at least one of you. Again, remember, I am no expert!