2k Readers! + My Basic Blogging Tips ♥

I’ve been blogging for what seems like years but in all honesty it’s been maybe a year and a half or so? Maybe a bit more. I’ve tried blogging in the past but never kept consistent with it like I do now. I think my blog has grown quite a bit in the past year and it just makes me really proud and also grateful that anyone cares about my ramblings.

I started blogging because writing (and reading) have always been outlets for me. I’m alone a lot of the time so this is a really nice way to air out my thoughts and stresses into something creative. I don’t really get too personal on here but just talking about things I like (and don’t like) is enough for me. I’m not opposed to personal story-times though so let me know if that’s something you’re interested in reading about from me! I think I did a mini one not too long ago about a clubbing experience (or lack there of) in Korea, I’ll link it at the bottom.

These are not tips on how to make blogging a career. My tips are geared towards attaining and nurturing your readership and engagement organically, what things to avoid and how to make your little nook on the internet prosper. But yes, with growth comes opportunities and we’ll get into those as well.

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BE CONSISTENT

This is probably the most important thing you can do and it can also be the hardest. I’m not going to sit here and say that I faithfully upload three times a week because in reality it’s just not always possible. Especially if you work, making that kind of time can be stressful and blogging shouldn’t have to incite those kind of feelings. For me, I work in the daytime and the daytime is when I take my content pictures so I usually work on my posts during the weekend. But I will say that it’s better to upload a well thought out post once a week than three half-assed posts. The point isn’t to pump out as many posts as you can but it is important to at least post once a week and be consistent with it. Especially at the beginning!

A BLOG IS VISUAL

Now I’m not referring to journal and creative writing based blogs but more towards the beauty/lifestyle/fashion niches. The visuals you provide on your blog are as important as what you’re writing down about them. When I scroll through the community what catches my eye first is the cover photo and then the title and if those are great than I click to read the actual post, it’s that simple. A lot of your readers on WordPress will be other bloggers and I think we can sniff out when an image was grabbed from Pinterest or Weheartit or taken straight from google, It’s not a good look. There’s nothing worse that will drive me away from a blog post than seeing images that don’t belong to that blogger. There are times when it’s okay to use an image or two that you didn’t take yourself but if all the visuals on your blog are essentially not yours than what makes it special? One more thing that I’d like to add that is more of a pet peeve of mine is when an MOTD post doesn’t have an image of the finished look, just the products. It feels extremely incomplete to me and I’m less likely to like or contribute input in the comments.

ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY

I’m not just talking about engaging with readers who like and comment on your posts. Go out of your way to engage in the WordPress community and you will reap the benefits. If you stay within your little bubble I promise you will not grow on here. I see that a lot with Instagram (famous? semi-famous?) users who try out blogging but don’t engage with the community. Their Insta may be at 10k but their blog is at 500 followers? It shows. Blogging isn’t like Instagram, if you engage you will in turn gain engagement. If you expect readers to come crawling to you well good luck with that. The WordPress community is extremely supportive so don’t be afraid to reach out!

DON’T PROMOTE IN ANOTHER BLOGGERS POST

This should be a given but I see it a lot unfortunately. I think it’s extremely rude and will leave a bitter taste. That is not the way to network or gain traction. It’s cheap, petty and nobody appreciates it. When this happens on my blog I do one of two things. If it’s purely a promotion comment I will mark it as spam. If they leave a comment on my blog and promote at the end I edit the promotion out of their comment and then approve it. If you want to do a collaboration or shout out then contact the blogger you want to work with.

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DON’T FALL PREY TO FAKE SPONSORSHIPS

You are not an ambassador if you have to pay for it. I don’t care if it’s just shipping or if their giving you a “discount”. A company that values you as an ambassador or someone to work with will never ask for money in exchange for a product. When companies do this they are receiving easy money from you and also free advertisement by giving you a false sense of title, It is a pretty innovative marketing scheme. Value your time and worth as a blogger is all I can say about that. It’s not just hurting you, it also hurts the blogging community as a whole. If you want to make a living off of this you have to show companies you’re worth the investment. But if every blogger is falling prey to these scams than companies don’t have the need to actually hire or pay us for our time. Food for thought.

REMEMBER TO TAG CORRECTLY

Tagging I would say is the second most important tip I have for you! Even if you take the most aesthetic photos and have really engaging content if you don’t have any traffic coming your way than it’s not doing you any good. That’s where tagging comes in and tagging correctly. You don’t want to use irrelevant tags that have nothing to do with your post though. WordPress will notice after awhile and make your post not show up on any tags, you’d basically be spamming. I have a solid 16 tags that I personally pick from depending on my post content. Look into the tags that correspond with you and pick the ones that are most active. Like I’ve noted before also engage in those tags!

HYPERLINK PREVIOUS POSTS

I never used to hyperlink old posts! I never thought about it until I saw it last year on a blogging tips post. I’d also like to mention that every “blogging tips” post is so different and I recommend not just looking at my perspective but also others to have a well rounded idea on how to improve. This little trick will drive traffic to your older posts which deserve as much love as your latest one. I always try to hyperlink posts that are relevant in content to the current one.

KEEP OLD POSTS UPDATED

With that being said don’t abandon your old posts, especially if you’re hyperlinking to them. There are some types of posts that you can’t update all that much (e.g Current makeup routine) but make sure at least that the images and links are still working. If it’s a post that’s a little more timeless (e.g Tips for eating out with less anxiety) you can always update the images or even update some of the wording or add on to it if you really need to.

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Was this post helpful? If you have any tips or questions please share them too!


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AUGUST 2018 FAVORITES + CLUBBING IN HONGDAE GONE WRONG

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MY FOOD DIARY + IS YOUR HEALTH AS GOOD AS YOU THINK IT IS?

xoxo,

anabel chun

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83 thoughts on “2k Readers! + My Basic Blogging Tips ♥

  1. readbytanya says:

    People post their links on my blog all the time…
    Ugh. You should do a “facts blog post”. I’d like to know more about you. They dont have to be personal. Like what’s your favorite book? I’m OBSESSED with Harry Potter but my fav booo is actually “the birth house” by Ami Makay 🙂

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  2. Vannylla says:

    As a frustrated writer, i admit that i’m guilty with being inconsistent and using cover photos from google. I’ve been bloggin since 2017 but i was really inconsistent with my posts due to school. I gained nothing on that to the point that i got discouraged and left wp for a while. But now that i’m almost finished with school, i tend to have more time to spare so i came back, practiced posting at least once a month with my blog series and i noticed that i gained some readers. I learned too that not engaging with the community will not work in your blog so i am really starting to engage and create more traffic to my blog. I also joined a community and that was all thanks to another blogger who introduced me to my fellow filipino wordpress bloggers. Thank you so much for your tips! This would really help not just other aspiring bloggers but for me too, to improve myself and my slow-growing blog. ☺ congratulations too for hitting 2k 😊

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    • alattestyle says:

      As far as performance or how much traffic you’re getting from a tag I’m not so sure or savvy about BUT I look at how active the tag is. For example the #lifestyle has new posts every few minutes, where as the #motd only has a few posts a day. But there are less active tags that are more niche (e.g #kbeauty) that I still use because it relates to my blog and I also really love interacting with that niche of bloggers.

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  3. stevescountry says:

    Thanks for sharing those tips, I certainly learned some things! I’m still rather a beginner it seems, don’t even know how to hyperlink to old posts, will have to try and figure that out. I’m really just starting to get out and engage more with others in the community and finding a great bunch of people and a lot of help. Thanks again!
    Steve.

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  4. Katelyn Teal says:

    I just started blogging, and this was really helpful. I am abroad on a work assignment, so I finally had the time to start. I had been wanting to just have an outlet for my ideas, likes/dislikes, etc. Just trying to navigate and this was a good start!

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  5. sarahscupofbeauty says:

    Great post! I love these tips! They’re so very true… The consistency is a given, but such a difficult one for me… It often depends on well I’m feeling. I have periods that I disappear in my bubble and finding a good balance is challenging… I did incorporate this in my NY resolutions, and hopefully it’ll make me better at being consistent. Why do you think that you got more consistent with this blog then your previous ones? xoxo Sarah

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    • alattestyle says:

      That’s a good question that I don’t really know an exact answer to. When I first started blogging It was back in 2012 I think, I didn’t know much about it but I did post about makeup a lot and I actually made some good blogger friends at the time, lots of leibster awards going around lol. This was in Miami and back then there was no blogging community so not a lot of people to relate to. If you go there now it’s like a bloggers paradise! Anyway eventually life got in the way I started to focus more on Instagram which I loved, nowadays after all the changes Instagram pretty much sucks for me but I’m still addicted to it. Once I got married I decided to try again but again left it vacant for a year or so and what sparked my creativity to come back was my trip to Korea in Dec17 and I’ve been the most consistent since then. Sorry that was a rant!

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      • sarahscupofbeauty says:

        Inspiration can do so much… I’ve never left my blog vacant for more than 3 months the past 3 years. On one hand I feel guilty for not posting regularly and on the other hand, I wish to write content that feels right… Difficult to find a good balance… Thanks for your answer :). xoxo Sarah

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  6. Simply Saima says:

    Congrats on the 2k! and thank you for sharing these tips 🙂 It can sometimes be so easy to get carried away with tagging but recently I’ve been trying to think carefully about what really is relevant just like you’ve said ~The community here is great – engaging with eachother and genuinely having an interest is so motivating and quite comforting actually 🙂 As always, great post and I’m looking forward to the next one!

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  7. Yuri says:

    Some of these tips are a bit hard to do but they all sound like very sound advice. I for one only use one to three tags per post, so I might look into that.
    Thank you very much for your post, I think that it was really well written. 🙂

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