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Vicki Psarias

Oh the irony that this in itself is a commissioned post (!) but it is of value to you and my tips will hopefully help you too get work.

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You see, I’m a full time professional blogger and have been for over 2 1/2 years, working with clients and brands both big and small that fit my blog and importantly my audience: you.

If they’re of interest and use to me, products and services I would use myself, then I’m happy to endorse them on this blog here and mummysgotstyle.com, my style blog.

Blogging is big business, it has created greater equality in the workforce for parents and it means you’re in control of your career, making you a business owner, and as a blogger, essentially a publishing house right at your laptop- creating material, offering in house PR and controlling finances at your fingertips.

Empowering, yes, daunting, sometimes, and for many new to freelance life, a time of uncertainty of how to make the most of your creative talents.

Freelancing can of course bring about irregularity of income and some could say that holds you back from getting a mortgage.

Companies like Contractor Financials who work with contractors and freelancers all the time can offer new starters advice and even financially support you throughout your career as you start on your quest to become a pro blogger.

So let’s get you started with my top 10 tips to getting noticed and hired:

1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Content is king. Write well, hone your voice (the more you write, the easier it becomes) read widely and be inspired by others and life itself and readers will come and of course PR’s will follow…

Small blogs have a niche, targeted and much sought after audience too so don’t worry if you’re just starting up. Know your worth from the start!

My style blog was receiving well paid blog posts from day 1 with a tiny audience (thanks Mum) and 0 page rank. PR’s like a writer’s style and professionalism and invest in the future of your blog too.

Quality writing, personable, engaging posts presented in a well designed blog with ideally large, high res photos, go a long way.

Confidence wise, if you’re struggling (as all we creatives do) follow my rule of ‘faking it until you feel it’-trick your brain into feeling confident and it will happen, trust me. Exercise the muscle of confidence! You rock, now believe it!

2. Comment on lots of blog posts across varied blogs (look outside your genre too) and that includes commenting on sponsored posts too-so I expect to see lots of your comments here!

You want to be hired by PR’s, then comment on all the sponsored posts you come across as PR’s check paid posts and commission others that way. Make their lives easier to find you!

Also the more you comment on posts generally, the greater the traffic to your own blog (most blogs enable you to leave your blog url when you comment) so do make your words interesting and sincere. ‘Great post’ just won’t cut it.

Read,engage and leave a thoughtful response. I must add try and reply to all the comments left to you on your blog posts and on social media. The busiest bloggers in the world find time to reply to all their readers, even if it’s not immediately they do it!

3. Join in with linkies. A way to connect with lots more bloggers and readers, linkies allow you to share your work on usually established blogs, helping you to grow your audience further.

Ensure you link up posts that really show off your strengths and voice, be it beautiful recipes or heartfelt pieces that will capture new readers’ attention.

Remember that the most brilliant of bloggers always give a little something of themselves away, it’s that exchange, that emotional transaction that keeps readers coming back for more.

Every post doesn’t have to be emotive, just be true to you.

Then when you get the confidence, why not set up your own linky!

4. Make your pictures bold and be imaginative where possible, cameras are relatively cheap (and even phone pictures can look captivating) so practice taking dynamic, in focus, vibrant pictures that really help tell stories. Fuzzy, low res images won’t do you or your blog any favours. I’m lucky that my husband takes wonderful professional pictures but I’m often photographing solo and invested in an easy to use, professional camera that didn’t cost the earth that also connects with my phone if I want to share on the go.

5. It’s worth spending some money on your design and theme too (designers don’t have to be costly), a clean, easy to navigate blog will help PR’s take you seriously and being a huge part of your brand, will serve to sell you too.

Ensure your design reflects your personality and passions and helps you to stand out from the crowd so don’t imitate, innovate. Smart designers ( I used Amee D’Souza) will hone in on who you are and want to reflect, to offer you a bespoke service that fits your tone of voice and subject matter. Work together to create a blog you’re proud of.

6. Social media is key. Get SM buttons up high and share buttons down low, at the bottom of every single post, so readers can share your fabulous content and follow you all over the web. Make sure you have a separate contact page near your header too, making it easy for PR’s to hire you!

7. Get social-plug your posts and general statuses on Google + (facebook for SEO) and do use lots of relevant hashtags after your status there to really help you come up in google searches, use tweetdeck and other scheduled tweeting vehicles to promote your posts so you don’t have to and sign up and start using instagram and pinterest to reach new potential readers.

Social media experts usually advise focusing on 3 social media profiles minimum to really gain momentum and drive traffic to your blog so don’t stress if you can’t do them all (who can?) and focus on what makes you happy.

8.  Have realistic expectations. Blogs can grow quickly, but they can also grow organically too so don’t worry if time is not on your side. A little, strategic work can go a long way.

I recommend posting each day if you can to help SEO (I could blog up to 4 times a day on honestmum.com) but I really only blog once a week on my style blog Mummy’s Got Style. If your content is worthy, readers will stop by whenever you post!

My blogs grew rapidly during maternity leave (both times) as it gave me time to write more (babies sleep a lot) and by my second child, my business had taken off to such a great extent, I didn’t return to directing, my previous career!

9. Always be professional and polite. When a PR offers you ‘free work’ or a silly figure in return for a post, explain that you’re pro-blogger (say it, believe it and you’ll become one) and inform them that you always work for a fee.

You’ll be surprised how many respond with a magically discovered budget!

Work out what feels reasonable for your time money-wise and note the client’s requirements and timeframe so you can always make your deadlines (and give yourself enough time to).

Life can sometimes get in the way of course (sick children anyone?) so always be honest and keep PR’s in the loop but do try where possible to deliver when you say you will.

Most PR’s like to approve a draft before you go live too and campaigns have deadlines so make sure you’ve submitted yours in time. Do also check back in with PR’s you’ve worked with a couple of weeks later to see if they or their colleagues need you for future campaigns.

10. Reach out to brands on twitter you would like to work with (time to get brave people) and remember to enter brand hashtags and mentions to garner interest and attention. I know bloggers who mentioned brands in posts just because they loved them which lead to paid work from them down the line.

Actually after writing about Chanel sunglasses I loved when I started my style blog, I hashtagged #Chanel on twitter which a PR saw, and then kindly sent me some Chanel shades!

Twitter works, it’s a search engine for PR’s to discover and engage with bloggers so make sure you use it to help your business, as much as for fun!

So there you have it, my Top 10 tips in becoming more confident in making your blog your career.

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129 Responses

  1. Katie @mummydaddyme

    A great post Vicki and so kind of you to share your knowledge with newer bloggers! x
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  2. Angela

    Such an informative post. A lot of these I already knew, but some of these are new to me. I agree that social media is such a good tool, not just for blog exposure, but for making contacts as well.

    I have had some great contact with brands and other bloggers via twitter. Thanks again for such an informative post.

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  3. Becky

    Really good tips particularly about commenting and photos. Thankyou x
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  4. Melissa Frost

    I’ve just picked my blog back up again after a peroid of not writing and feeling annoyed I didn’t spend more time on it when I was on maternity leave!! I always get great traffic when I post – my problem is not posting enough!

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  5. My Family Ties

    How completely useful, as a new blogger myself all the tips are so helpful to know if you are on the right track. The whole business of SEO and working with PR’s is so new to me and I feel like I learn something new every day, and thanks to the experience and kind sharing from bloggers such as yourself means I can glean some great practical advice. Before I began blogging I knew nothing about most of the social media platforms and so now I feel quite proud of myself for navigating my way through them all! Thanks for sharing such a lot of great tips xx
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    • honestmum

      So pleased you’ve found this useful and well done on feeling confident with social media, I feel I’m learning constantly too, it’s what makes blogging such a stimulating and challenging field to work in. I love it! Really appreciate your comment x

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  6. Katy

    Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. I’m off to learn how to use tweetdeck! Is always nice to hear how it didn’t happen over night for other pro bloggers, keeps me focused on working hard to make things happen. Would love it if you did a Vlogger post too, (we launched our Vlog in Oct) do you have any good tips to grow YouTube subscribers? Thanks again 🙂

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    • honestmum

      Thanks Katy for your lovely words, one of the things I hope to find time for is vlogging. As a filmmaker it’s something I really should have done more of and will be developing that side of my work soon x

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  7. Amy

    Hi. Thank you, this is a really great post with lots of really useful tips. I agree with the regular blog post and SEO, I was for a while posting daily then I had my second daughter and it all went out the window and I saw a massive drop in my SEO, but sometimes things happen which don’t allow it.
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    • honestmum

      Thanks for your comment and congrats on your second child, never feel pressure to post each day, yes it helps seo but there are many more important things in life like having babies that seo and some of the most popular blogs in the world don’t post daily. Whenever you write great content, readers will come and I’ve found using Google + with hashtags as much as possible really helps too.

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  8. Joanna @mumbalance

    Great to get some advice from a successful and established blogger Vicki. There’s a few things I haven’t been doing – like getting brave! Time to grab the bull by it’s horns!
    #thelist
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    • honestmum

      Thanks for your comment, means a lot. So glad it’s inspired you. I think the more we all take small steps, the easier it becomes to feel more brave each and every day. Go for it x

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  9. Maria (notyouraveragebaby)

    What a wonderful post. I’m definitely going to start taking my blogging more seriously in 2015 and will be referring back to this post for help, guidance and inspiration. Thanks! Maria x
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  10. Jini

    I have been following your blog for a year now as I do have similar interest (I am a media and film lecturer/teacher) . Thanks for the tips. It will be helpful when I start blogging full time 🙂 At the moment I am just experimenting…learning along the way. Your blog is very inspirational and I love reading about your adventures with your two boys.

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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much for your touching comment, really pleased you enjoy my blog and having taught and lectured myself (as well as being a filmmaker) , I’d love to read your blog once live so please let me know when it is. Thanks so much again for your lovely words x

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  11. Mummy Fever

    Thanks for posting this – really helpful and lots of things I hadn’t considered. Sponsored or not, really useful, Thanks again x
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  12. emma T

    Great post, Vicky.

    While I’m not a full time blogger, I would still regard myself as a professional one in the way I blog and work with brands. Maybe less frequently than I might do if I didn’t work, but I would like to think I treat my blog as a representation of me and what I can do in the same way that I might in my day job.

    Calling yourself a pro blogger and believing it definitely helps improve your blog and the way you work
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  13. Babystuff.tips

    Thanks so much for this list Vicki. It’s so hard to know where to start when starting up a blog, and this really helps. <3
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  14. Dave

    Hi Vicki
    I wanted to thank you for such an inspiring post, packed with lots of honest information. I have only recently decided to seriously try blogging outside of my photography niche and find some of your tips really helpful. I love how you have taken the time to reply to everyone who commented too which really shows the level of engagement that can happen with work.

    Your level of transparency is refreshing and shows that being true to yourself and others is a really strong quality to have.

    Your advice about social media is fantastic but one point that I think you missed is the level of motivation it provides. Being engaging on Twitter has made me feel not only inspired, but that I am not 1 person alone in front of my screen, but one of many like-minded people out there all doing the same thing. This has been a game changer for me, especially in these early days.

    I will have to keep my eyes open for networking opportunity’s now 🙂

    Thanks
    Dave
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    • honestmum

      Thanks very much Dave, really appreciate your comment and you are right, twitter is an inspiring place and one I found and still find comforting too, a place to open discuss issues and passions with like-minded people. Good luck with your blog and I’m touched you appreciated my post, thanks!

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  15. My boys and me

    I love commenting on your stuff so I’m not just doing it because you said it would look good to potential PR’s 😉 🙂 Fab advice. My readers are growing by the day and I am sure that it is because my writing is totally from the heart and you are right, readers do connect with this and come back to you. I started writing because I felt passionate about it but if I could make a career out of it too that would be amazing. Thank you for all your advice. xx
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    • honestmum

      Oh my absolute pleasure and you are so right, writing from the heart and what you are passionate about is so important and great content will always bring readers to your blog. Keep doing what you’re doing, reach out to brands and work towards it becoming your career. Going to read your OC post, I suffered with my first and made a film on it for ICP Support x
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  16. Donna

    This is a great post with so many great tips. Really useful for anyone trying to blog professionally – I’m working part time but would love to switch it for working on my blog as a career! x
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    • honestmum

      So glad you’ve found this post useful. With hard work and tenacity, blogging can become a full time career before you know it x
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  17. nessjibberjabberuk

    I guess I need to work a lot harder! It does get very demoralising though when everything you write is for no return. Thanks for giving me a kick in the right direction.
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    • honestmum

      Oh no sorry to hear that but please remember we all started at the beginning and blogging is now taken more seriously than ever. Keep working on your blog, pushing for opportunities, making your own luck and moving forward xx
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  18. Louise @ Birds and Lilies

    These are really great tips Vicki, thank you. I have never thought about it being a good idea to comment on sponsored posts as PR’s will see them – great suggestion. I am trying to regularly join in with Linky’s and comment more often on other people’s posts, as well as blogging more consistently. Life just always seems to get in the way and I’m always so bloody knackered! xx #TheList

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    • honestmum

      Glad you appreciated that one, really great way to get commissioned. Don’t stress yourself, doing a little really can go a long way just be strategic and do what makes you happy xx

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  19. Gym Bunny Mummy

    Such a fab post, I always find these kinds of posts really inspiring it lights a fire in my belly & I can’t wait to get writing a new post x
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  20. Laura Evelyn Bee

    Love your blogging tips!!! So useful and as a blogging newbie its so good to read tips like these. Thank you! x
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  21. Clare Duguid

    This is how blogging should be done. I take my hat off to you.

    This post covers so many areas – helpful to new and experienced bloggers, useful SEO for you and any PR companies searching for a professional blogger plus you have encouraged us all to comment. I stand in awe.

    Thank you for inspiring me to raise my game.

    X

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    • honestmum

      Oh thanks very much. I must add I write a lot of non commissioned blogging tips posts, in fact this is my first on Pro blogging and the teacher in me loves to share what I do and hopefully inspire. I spend a lot of time replying to emails and comments on social networks etc helping others on blogging where I don’t benefit from seo. Amazing though when paid posts can add value to all of course.

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  22. Charlotte

    Great post Vicki (once again!!)

    There’s some really useful tips here’s that I’ve not read before, especially about commenting on sponsored posts and tagging brands on Twitter.

    I don’t think I’m ready to fake it yet (too busy asking for everyone’s advice) but these tips are great for when I decide to give it a try!!
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    • honestmum

      So glad you’ve found it useful and pleased you’ve read insight you’ve not seen before too, how fab. Glad to have helped and I’m sure you’ll feel confident soon enough. All of us never stop learning, that’s what I love so much about blogging x

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  23. Babes about Town

    Such helpful tips as always and especially love that part about PRs/brands investing in your future. Many of the PRs I work with regularly are people who discovered me years back when I started blogging and continue to appreciate my style and work. I have no time for those hit and run PRs who demand stats without considering the whole range of factors that make a blog valuable. Very useful post for bloggers at any stage of the game x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Uju, you are so right, PR’s that truly understand bloggers and value them are looking at so much more than simply stats. Real honour as a colleague and fellow blogger to hear your thoughts on this, appreciate your comment you wonderful woman x

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  24. Kerry

    I guess I am a pro blogger as I earn a full time wage most months from blogging but I have never used that term for myself! Great tips, I try to do most of these X
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    • honestmum

      How wonderful, that’s great to hear and if you like the term, use it, some prefer to call themselves a writer, which we are but I really feel the term ‘pro blogger’ or ‘professional blogger’ adds a lot of value when speaking to PR’s. Thanks for your comment x

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  25. SavvyMummy

    I’m in awe!

    Brilliant tips -thank you! I’m off to print this out..
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much, so pleased you found the post useful, lots more on my sidebar badge-just click ‘Blogging Tips’! Thanks again x

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  26. Nisbah at Fiveadventurers

    Hi

    Loved the post. Iv been blogging for a year but with three little children under 5, it’s hard work (mine never sleep lol). It’s so hard to make your presence in cyber space but I will try and use the above ideas and see where things go 🙂
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  27. Ninjacat

    Great advice.
    You really do give sensible advice .
    I shall make sure I implent your advice .
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  28. Mel

    You rock, lady! I wonder how many people will hashtag Chanel on Twitter after reading your post. xx

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  29. lifeloveanddirtydishes

    Great tips. It is my dream to be able to make this my profession. I have my first review to do next month 🙂
    Your facts about you are correct, you are generous to share your tips.
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  30. Zena's Suitcase

    Another inspiring post Vicki. I’m definitely going to try the pro-blogger response and see how that goes down. I’d love to make this a career option as it’s much more fun than my ‘real’ world job. It’s hearing stories like your’s that makes me believe it’s possible zx
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    • honestmum

      So glad you’ve enjoyed this and going pro is 100% possible, go for it darling, you can do it x
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  31. Ann Winters

    Great tips! Thank you so much for this post! I have been reading a lot about blogging, because I want to improve my blog and its contents (I dream about becoming a pro-blogger, but that’s way too far ahead 😉 ). Sometimes I read contradictory tips though… Some bloggers recommend posting every day to increase traffic, as others recommend posting less and invest much more on the posts quality… In the end I think it’s up to you and how blogging fits your schedule!x
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    • honestmum

      You are right Ann it varies but when it comes to SEO daily fresh content is always best however when it comes to readers, great content (content is king) will engage and keep them coming back for more whenever you choose to post, thanks for your comment and wishing you every success on becoming a pro-blogger, you can do it!

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  32. Emma Jones

    Fantastic hints & tips! My main problem is finding time. I love blogging but with 4 munchkins (2 of whom have disabilities) there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day!
    I would love to write more often than I do & hopefully soon when the kids are all in full time school I may be able to manage that 🙂 xx
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    • honestmum

      Don’t put pressure on yourself Emma, you have a lot of responsibility and remember all blogs, particular parenting ones however small or big have specific niche audiences that are considered valuable so just whenever you can, blog but never let it affect your life or happiness, blogs can and do grow organically, do what works for you xx

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  33. Rachael A

    I really appreciate this blog and the advice you give – I’ve been playing around with the redesign of my blog for a while and I just wondered if you has any recommendations on affordable UK blog designers? Thank you
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    • honestmum

      Sure Rachael, I will link back in the post the designer I use and if she’s not free, do consider asking twitter or other bloggers who they might recommend, thanks!

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  34. Kat | Beau Twins

    Another fabulous post lovely lady. So many an learn so much from you. Rather jealous about the Chanel shades. I lost my pair many moons ago. My fave fashion house by far. Xxxx
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  35. Rebecca Taylor

    Just what I needed. Thanks for all the handy tips. I feel like I am banging my head on a shut door sometimes, there feels to be an element of being in the circle of favoured blogs or not and it can be quite depressing trying to get off the ground and get followers. Still onwards and upwards 🙂

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    • honestmum

      Please don’t feel that way. The Internet is a big place and there is room for everyone and I’m a big believer in making my own luck and what’s great about blogging is you can create your own success through Pr, reaching out to brands easily and finding an audience that share your interests and passions. However big or small a blog audience, it’s a niche, precious audience advertisers admire and value. Good luck x
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  36. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    Another fabulously generous post from you darling packed full of wonderful advice and guidance from the heart. I agree with all of the above. Personally I’ve been focusing on photography for my blog and have invested time and energy to make my images a key part of each post – I get lovely feedback from brands and PRs on this. Thank you for sharing your knowledge again lovely x x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Michelle, great photos make a huge difference and yours are looking fabulous, commented that exact thing in your post today. Thanks for your lovely comment x

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  37. Sarah Grimwood

    Almost as though you’ve read my mind only better – you’ve answered the questions I hadn’t yet managed to formulate on how/where/whether to move my blog from ‘place of nonsense and rant’ to ‘where i earn a crust’. Thanks for the tips. I have a huge amount of homework to do (oh yes, and a poorly baby today!) Here’s hoping I can also get on Christian Louboutin’s radar in the process (size 38.5 s’il vous plaît !) Sarah 🙂
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    • honestmum

      Haha Sarah that made me laugh, go tweet CL now! I might join you come to think of it. So glad this post has inspired, go for it girl! x

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  38. Seychellesmama

    Great post Vicki! Loads of great tips here, I’ve told you before but I love the fake it till you feel it one! I’ve taken that well and truly on board and have had some success which will be reflected on my blog soon (yay!) x

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  39. mummy m's memories

    Great post. Teehee. Great tips and advice. My blog is growing organicly, but at least it’s growing. 🙂
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    • honestmum

      Great to read and it doesn’t matter how quickly it grows, enjoy it x
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  40. Isabel O'Brien

    I wish I could go pro but I could never do the networking and events. I find it difficult enough to go to the supermarket without freaking out over the crowds let alone a busy PR event. Maybe it’s something to aim for.

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    • honestmum

      Oh no sorry to hear that Isabel, I hope you have support to help you. You don’t though need to be at PR events and network to grow your blog though, you can do that from the comfort of your home and on your computer although seeing people face to face is fabulous and I hope you feel well enough to do that anyway for you, in the future irrespective of work opportunities. Thanks for your comment x

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  41. Carla

    This is a really useful list. Thanks for posting. I’ll be checking back for more soon!!
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  42. Elaine Betteridge

    Great tips, thank you. I’m relatively new to the blogging world and I know I need to get my bum in gear and explore Google+ a bit more to help my blog grow but its a bit daunting knowing where to start! x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Elaine, glad this has helped. Google + works like FB but is the best thing for SEO when it comes to your blog so get stuck in, you can look at who I’m following and I will follow you back and follow other like-minded circles. Even if you don’t follow or are followed though, it doesn’t matter hugely as the important thing is to plug your posts there as you would a status on FB. This way Google tracks it and can get it out there when people search terms you’ve mentioned. Use lots of hashtags there too! Good luck x

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  43. Jo

    Great tips Vicki. Am hoping to go full time pro-blogging next year and hasn’t thought of doing some of this stuff. Thank you 🙂
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  44. Annwen

    Great ideas, my blog forms part of my freelance career and I try to follow as many of these tips as possible but recently I’ve been really busy and have let things slide a bit in terms of really regular posts. I’m slowly getting back in the swing and I think the paid writing I do for a company blog really helps inspire me!
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    • honestmum

      So great to read Annwen, sounds like you have a great balance there. I’ve found blogging as much as possible really helps with SEO and recommend once a day but that’s not set in stone, some of the biggest blogs I follow only post once a week. I think it’s consistency, whatever that may mean to you is best. Well done on all your fab work!

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