Blogging has become a way of life for many people. It can be a great source of income but also allows you to release your inner creative with amazing visual and written content. This platform is perfect for anyone looking to try something a bit different and share their experiences with the world; however, it is a relatively competitive industry with tons of blogs being created every minute.
If you’re already blogging, you may be considering taking it up a notch to boost your income. Check out these simple ways to make the most of your unique platform.
Utilize social media
If you’re not already on the popular social media platforms, then it’s a great time to start sharing your content. Often people feel a little reserved about sharing their life with the world, particularly friends and family, but if people don’t know about it, how will your blog grow. It’s not just sharing on your own pages that help either. Be sure to join relevant blogging groups as they encourage people to update regularly with posts and content so everyone in the community can get inspired.
To supplement your blog writing, you may want to consider starting a vlog. Several well-known influencers run both blogs and vlogs and make it work. However, it is challenging and time-consuming. Vlogging comes with additional tasks such as filming and editing, and there’s also deciding on what content to put out there. You might feel shy at first to be in front of the camera, but just imagine chatting with your mates, and it can help out your mind at ease.
Use user-friendly software
When you start building your blog and brand, using useful software can help ease the pressures of hundreds of emails and content writing tasks. Choosing software such as G Suite and email hosting with Google, you have everything you need in one place. Your emails can be managed easily, plus you can use collaborative Google documents and spreadsheets to keep tabs on everything, especially when you start working with brands and agencies.
Get your own domain name
Most bloggers start out on free blogging platforms to get a foot in the door, but to take it to the next level; you need to create a domain name unique to you. This is a domain that you own and control, and this will give you a greater chance of working with brands in the future. Free platforms are okay in the beginning, but they have limitations on how you can grow them. It’s easy to buy a domain name and set up a self-hosted site. A popular option is WordPress and Squarespace, and there are tons of resources to help you get them set up.
These are just some of the top things to take your blog to the next level. Alongside these, looking at SEO, aesthetics, mobile-friendly elements, and affiliate marketing will all help to boost your site and potentially bring in a little cash too.
What tips do you have to take your blog to the next level? Let me know in the comments below!