Although I’m fairly new to the blogging world, I’ve learned a LOT from six months of blogging.
Today I want to share some of my best-kept blogging secrets with you that will help you step up your blogging game and take your internet presence to the next level.
PLUS, in honor of my six month blog-iversary, I’m excited to announce a very special giveaway that will be taking place on Katelyn Blogs next week! (You seriously don’t want to miss out on this…does anyone love Starbucks and Target?? 😉 )
Without further ado, here are seven of my best-kept blogging secrets that have allowed me to grow my blog and social media following in a short amount of time:
1. Master the art of photo backgrounds.
The right photo background can really take your image from average to amazing. Marble has been one of my favorite backgrounds lately, because literally everything looks good on it. But if you don’t have a marble counter top at home, no worries. You don’t have to shell out big bucks to have a stunning background worthy of Instagram photos.
One of my biggest blogging secrets is that my marble “counter top” that is featured in so many of my blog and social media photos is actually contact paper from Amazon that I found for under $10! You can find it here.
I just applied the contact paper to a poster board and voila! You have a gorgeous photo backdrop. Don’t worry…it’ll be our little secret. 😉
2.Take advantage of the “free goods” out there.
My inner design-freak is OBSESSED with the Creative Market, and if I’m not careful, I can spend WAY too much money there on fonts and templates! Every week, you can visit the site and go to the “free goods” section at the top to see what you can download for free.
I’ve scored so many adorable fonts and gorgeous stock photos through visiting every week. I signed up for their email updates so I never forget to see what’s free that week.
Check out all the free fonts I’ve downloaded over the last several months...aren’t they adorable?? If you’re blogging on a budget, it’s definitely worth checking out every once in a while.
From left to right the fonts are: Sortdecai, Beverly, and Spelling Night.
3. Stock photos are your friend.
If photography just isn’t your thing or you need an image you can’t get for a post, stock photos are the way to go. There are a ton of free options out there, but you should always be careful of licenses when using stock photos for legal reasons.
My favorite site to get beautiful stock photos is Pexels. Everything on Pexels is free for personal and commercial use, all without the need for attribution, or crediting where you got the photo. I use these photos for some of the featured images on my blog.
4. Schedule your social media posts!
Scheduling social media posts at the beginning of the week will save you a TON of time. Right now, I use TweetDeck to schedule my tweets, and HootSuite to schedule things like Google+ and Facebook posts. Most social media management tools have some sort of free version, which I really recommend taking advantage of.
Scheduling is great for circulating content on days that you don’t have a new blog post, or if you forget to post on social media regularly. But don’t rely solely on scheduling to manage all of your social media accounts, remember to engage with others, and have conversations! After all, isn’t that what social media is all about?
5. Make your posts easy to read.
As a communications student, I had to take my fair share of media writing classes. One of the biggest tips I have for your blog posts is to make them easy to skim! This means that you shouldn’t write in huge paragraphs.
Break up your content with pictures, bold important things, take advantage of lists and bullets, and use proper headings. This makes it easier for your reader to scan through your post without them getting overwhelmed and leaving altogether.
6. Branded images are everything.
This one is also new to me, but I’ve taken full advantage of it. Make sure that your blog images are all cohesive and look like they belong in the same family. I recently went through ALL of my featured images on my blog posts and created a new branded image template that will ensure everything looks like mine.
You want your images to be recognizable when someone comes across them, and once you have a style, you’re able to create them a lot faster!
Here’s an example of my branded images:
Branded images are so satisfying.
7. Develop a schedule & stick with it!
Consistency is really what I’ve found to have the biggest impact on growing my blog and social media following so far. Although I’m still growing, I’m happy with my progress so far.
Putting out quality content on a regular basis will help people to find you, and allow your current readers and followers to know when to expect things from you!
What blogging secret has helped you the most? Do you have a tip or trick up your sleeve? Let me know in the comments below!
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