9 January 2012

How to have a successful beauty blog

I know, who am I to give you blogging tips? But since my Shout interview I've had a lot of emails from girls wanting to start their own blog. So, as promised I've wrote some hints & tips that have helped me over the past year. 


How to get more blog followers
Remember, everyone starts with 0 followers. So keep calm and carry on blogging. Readers want to see good blog posts before they start following. Keep your GFC follow button in a easy to find position. Alternatively if you don't have many follows - hide it. So people aren't put off following you. Don't compare the number of followers you have to other bloggers, you don't know how they got their's or how long it took them. Maybe they follow back everyone that follows them? I hate to say it but there is no magic way to gain more followers, don't let it get to you; it's just a number. Maybe some of your followers don't have a google account & your blog is saved to their favourites? That's what I did at first! Twitter has definitely helped me to get more readers. 


Also, just because you have a few followers it doesn't mean you have a bad blog. It's just undiscovered. 


Twitter & Facebook
These are two of the most popular social networking sites that can help you to expand your blog. My followers have doubled since getting twitter - it is a must have! It also allows you to join in with discussions. #bbloggers is a special beauty blogger hashtag. If you search this on twitter or include it in a status more people will see it. Make sure you post photo's on these accounts, people always respond well! Update regularly, interact with your followers and don't moan all the time - easy!


How to get more page views


Comment
propably one of the easiest wasys to get more pages views is to comment on other similar blogs. Most bloggers will return the favour & may even fall in love with your whilst they stop by.


Add the 'Link Within' Widget
I've recently just got this, but it's a great way of new and old readers to discover your other blog posts more easily. You can see it at the bottom of each post. Just click the link if you want to add it to your blog. http://www.linkwithin.com/learn?ref=widget

Images
I prefer blogs that take there own photo's rather then copying & pasting images they've found online. Did you know if you rename your photo, it appears in image searches more easily. For example a photo called - 'DS34905' can be changed to what the image is, 'Revlon Lipstick Swatch'. As a result more page views!

Join Bloglovin
I find gaining followers on here can be a bit slow, but it does bring in more pages views. Worth joining as it's another space on the internet people can discover your blog & follow you. 


Blogging Inspiration


It can be difficult thinking of something to write about. Being a blogger you go through different phases. Sometimes you want to blog everyday & have loads to write about. Other days, you haven't the foggiest what to post & can't get the motivation to blog. Maybe some of you reading can relate to this! If you lose your blogging mojo here are some tips on how to get it back! Read a magazine that includes information about your blog topic, visit bloglovin to see what post's are popular and look through some of your favourite blogs to see what post's they did a year ago.


Under Pressure
So you've read tons of posts about the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser or the new Sleek Eyeshadow palette - this doesn't mean you have to go out and buy it, swatch it, take photos, review it... Just because people are blogging about these products doesn't mean you need to! Also, blog when you want and when you have time too. Some people blog daily (how do you do it?!) but for most of us, blogging is our hobby and we have to fit it around our busy lives. 


Best Time and Day to Blog
If your with Blogger, there may be similar settings on other platforms, you can view you stats over days, hours, weeks and months. If you've been blogging for a while you will be able to notice a pattern. You will be able to see what day & time you get the most views. This information might help you decide what days to post on. I think on mine popular times are 7 & 8pm. 


What if no one reads my blog?
A lot of people share this worry, but it's not the end of the world if no one reads you blog! People will find your blog and read it, if they don't they probably weren't cool enough anyway.


At the end of the day it's just blogging, don't take it to seriously and don't let it take over your personal life!


This is everything I can think of right now, but i'm sure i'll learn more & there are a few things I've missed out but i will update this & please ask any questions below. Also, I'd love to hear any of your tips. Hope you found this helpful! x


*WOAH THERE, Make Me Up has been long listed  in the Marie Claire Blog & Twitter Awards. You beautiful people. You can vote for me in the 'Beauty Blog of the year' bit here (only if you want to!). I thought they had put my blog in by mistake at first, don't worry I checked!*



83 comments:

  1. Some wonderful advice here - and congratulations on being longlisted - very well deserved! x

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    1. thank you, i'm glad you found it helpful! x

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  2. Brilliant advice. I always worry about the follower thing but I intend to just keep calm and carry on blogging. Me and my mum enjoy it anyway! Congratulations on your longlisting for Marie Claire. I got my first job on that magazine many moons ago! Now I feel really old ;) x

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    1. aah thanks :) so cool that your mum also blogs! x

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  3. Fab advice & tips! I only started blogging a few months ago and didn't have any followers for ages but slowly I managed to get more and more by posting regularly with clear photos. I think Twitter definitely helps and just generally chatting to people. Congrats on being longlisted, you deserve it! :) x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.com/
    P.S Giveaway on my blog!

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    1. thank you! I'm glad you liked the post & i always enjoy reading your comments x

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  4. Oo thanks for the Linked Within tip! I wondered how other blogs had done that!

    Em :-)
    x

    Http://emberdrake.blogspot.com

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    1. no problem, i hope it helps you! x

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  5. Great advice, I don't know why but naming photos didn't occur to me, I will do that now! And congratulations on being longlisted (the list isn't THAT long!) :-) xxx

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    1. hahaa exactly what i thought! Was expecting the list to be massive :L, thank you x

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  6. Congrats on the Marie Claire nomination! Good luck :)

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  7. Thankyou Kia for doug this! It had some really helpful ideas in which are really useful to me! Especially the tip about renaming your photos! Is it alright if I link it in a blog post? :) xxxxxxxxx

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  8. thansk for this its really helped x

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    1. glad you enjoyed it laura :) x

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  9. Great tips! I am thinking about joining blog lovin'! xx

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  10. I had NO IDEA about the photo search! Thanks for that amazing tip gorgeous!! xoxo

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  11. Congrats on your nomination! And these tips are great for new and established beauty bloggers!
    Thank you!

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    1. thank you, what a lovely comment! x

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  12. Thanks for the advice! Very valuable :)

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  13. Thank you, Kia :D this has really helped me and inspired me!! My blog is on the Barry M website so i'm not a member of blogger but the link to it is:

    http://www.barrym.com/m-club/members/my-m-club/my-blog.aspx

    V
    XxX

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    1. thanks vicky, checked it out looks great! x

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  14. ^ if that link doesn't work then go to the user VickyAngelic101's (me!) profile and go to their blog. then your in my blog :D

    V
    XxX

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  15. I voted for you, as you have without doubt one of the best blogs ever! Love this post soooo much thank you! xx

    softtouchesmakeupdesigns.blogspot.com/

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  16. Great advice ~ I didn't know about the names of the photos being searchable though, thanks for that! :)
    I've been blogging since September and I think I'm slowly getting there ~ I'm currently studying a Level 3 Course in Make-up, so that's kid of my blog topic, talking about what I've learnt and hopefully sharing some tips; I'm just slightly worried that I'll come across a bit preachy, so I'm putting in some reviews and every day chatty posts for good measure. I'll stick your your tips though and see how it goes :D
    Thanks again! ~ littleswirlsniftynotes.blogspot.com/ x

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  17. Thank you for your tips! I have started to rename my pictures a few months back and I have seen a difference in my pageviews! It takes a little bit more time, but I think it's worth it. I put myself in my own shoes when I look for product review, I almost always search via the images tab on Google. So def. a good tip!

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    1. i'm glad you find that tip helpful, it is more effort but it's worth it! xx

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  18. I just found your blog and this particular post is SO very helpful! Thank you for thinking of newbie bloggers!!! Any information is great! I'll be honest, I am so computer/internet illiterate so I'm learning....but slowly lol. Come check out my blog & let me know what you think!

    http://harpers-shadow.blogspot.com/

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  19. Thanks for the tips! I really enjoyed reading them & they were helpful.

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  20. Thank you for the tips! I'll try them soon. :)

    http://mylipstickbullets.blogspot.com

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  21. Thanks for the advice..especially the link within widget. So helpful!

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    1. glad you found it helpful Priya :)

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  22. This was such good advice! I just started a beauty and living blog a couple days ago, and dare I say that I'm already addicted! No followers yet, but you made me feel better about that! They could just not have an account! Haha Good luck with everything and congratulations!

    makeupandliving.blogspot.com xox!

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  23. Great advice, I will def. be putting these tips to good use. Thanks so much for sharing with us :)

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  24. If you wouldn't mind checking out my blog when you have time, I would love some suggestions on it and your opinions would be greatly appreciated! http://beautifulinpittsburgh.blogspot.com/

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  25. http://naomimalone.blogspot.co.uk/
    I have just recently started blogging & would love some feedback

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  26. Your ideas were so useful! Thank you so much. I just started my blog, and I never knew about the renaming images thing. XOXO

    http://frugalmeetsfab.blogspot.com

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  27. A huge thank you for the linkedwithin tip! I've just started a beauty blog with my friend and have been trying to work out how to do that for ages and this really helped me out!

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  28. Thanks for the tips ! Really kick started my blog

    Pastelbowtie.blogspot.com

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  29. I'm new to blogspot and I'm also starting my own beauty blog I just joined a few days ago hopefully this helps to get some readers :D

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  30. I'm going to try and use some of these tips! please check out my blog,yours is fab!:)

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  31. Thanks! I am going to try these tips out and I love your blog! :)

    jad3dynasty.blogspot.com

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  32. Great advice! I just started focusing my blog around beauty- specifically for women on a budget. I will definitely take this advice!

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  33. hey can you check out my blog please im trying to do a unkown beauty blog and i was inspired by you,zoe aka zoella and louise aka sprinkle of glitter so can you give me advise and stuff if you check it out thx :D

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  34. and check out my twitter account kawsar_tw

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  35. Thank you so much for taking the time from working on your own blog, to help all us "fresh meat" with ours. I have recently just made myself start blogging after wanting to for so very long. Being nervous about content, followers, opinions of others were all exscuses i tossed around in my head for quite a while. I havent gotten many followers but I just keep on blogging mostly because im enjoying it so much! its only been a few weeks and i do see that my tracker is moving in an upward trend, so I will have to just keep blogging along lol. I am gonna try including the twitter hashtag so thanks for the tip! http://aClassofSass.blogspot.com

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  36. Thank you for writing this, it really help me calm down a little on the lack of followers I have at the moment. I guess I'm still undiscovered.

    Meredith
    http://beautyoholic.blogspot.com

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  37. Thanks for the tips!
    Just started :)

    Check out my blog everyone:
    http://typicalbritishrain.blogspot.co.uk/

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  38. How do you get followers if you choose to hide your follow button because you don't have many?

    I have quite a lot of hits but people just don't seem to follow me
    http://make-up-mogul.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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    1. place the follower button at the bottom of your page! :)

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  39. So glad I'm not the only one who has trouble with pageviews and followers. It's hard to be enthusiastic when no one reads and i've been going for over a year.

    Fashionxxjunkie.blogspot.com
    Xx

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  40. Thanks for the tips new follower and new blogger would love of you could check out my blog!❤❤

    Jess❤❤

    http://jessmakeupandfashionblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  41. Thank you so much for blogging this I have tried to do as much as you said I hope it helps my blog. Xxx

    http://mrsbeautyjunkie83.blogspot.co.uk/

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  45. Great advice and very much appreciated! Thanks so much! :)

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  49. a pretty good advice for a newbie like me who is still struggling to get followers and good comments, perhaps there are so many beauty blogs that no one cares to add one more to their list. i joined bloglovin, but it didnt helped even a bit to my blog, how much time did it take you to get followers can you please tell, thanks again for this awesome post.

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  50. Thankyou great post, I've recently started blogging and I'm definately having a moment where I need some inspiration,hence trawling the internet to ignite my spark :)

    www.cosmeticzjunkie@blogspot.co.uk

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  51. Great advice! Thank you so much for this post, I've just discovered your blog through this post. I always struggle for things to write and worry that no one even reads my blog but this has helped a lot :-) xx
    xothebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk/?m=0

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  54. Hey! Was just looking for ways to increase my follower and this really helps!Great help!
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  55. Great advice! You have made me feel better about my blog now, thanks :)

    usebritishbebeautiful.blogspot.com

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  56. This was great help, thankyou x

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  57. Thank you so much for being unselfish enough to share tips. I'm so computer literate but I'm trying. I love reading blogs so hopefully one day people will like mine to, thank you

    Http://libertylovesmakeup.blogspot.com

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  58. Thank you for this post!! I think this is an excellent post as I am one of those new "bloggers". I am still finding my feet, I know what I want to blog about but I'm finding its a very hard thing to get followers but I get loads of page views. Its not disheartening me and I continue to blog in MY time and what I want to blog about!! So thank you for summing how I was feeling up in this post!


    http://embur-lipsandlashes.blogspot.co.uk/

    Emmbur x

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  59. This is really great advice :D

    www.klimver.blogspot.com

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  61. Thank you for this, it was really helpful. Also, what type of posts do you find get the most views or do you have a favourite type of post? Thank you to anyone who takes the time to look at my blog:
    http://lifeandalilbitofsparkle.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hello :)
      Glad it helped you! My most viewed posts are product reviews of Benefit Porefessional & Estee Lauder Double Wear Light but I find my most commented post are 'trends' or 'hauls'! x

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    2. Thanks for replying so quickly. I actually would really like to try Porefessional so I will be sure to check out your post! xx

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