25 Days to A Better Beauty and Fashion Blog

My Most Productive Blogging Tip So Far by Erin Baynham

productive blog tips for bloggers I tried to be a good wife. We’re on our honeymoon and we are supposed to unplug and enjoy the week. But seven days with no internet can be really tough. We only have free wifi in the lobby, and it is slooooooow. Slower than slow. So slow that I can’t even open my email on it.  Josh said something so simple, and it was brilliant: Just use Word/Notepad.

I’ve read this in other blogs before, but I’ve never really needed to use it (or so I thought). Even when I've used the notes app on my cell phone, I figured it accomplished the same thing. My blogging routine has always included typing directly into my Wordpress editor and adding photos as I go. But this time, I had no internet, so a desktop publisher was my only option.  I tried it for an hour, I knocked out almost eight full posts. This never, ever happens to me when I have Internet access or a television nearby. It gave me the opportunity to focus on my writing while omitting the distractions that always suck me in on the web. 

See, I start writing a post. Then I check in on Twitter or Facebook. Then I create a link to a product on the post. Then I start to notice other products. Then I look for more music on Spotify. Thirty minutes later, I have four sentences written down. I'm working longer, not smarter.

Here’s what I did: I started writing blog prompts as large headings, then filled them in with my thoughts. When my mind wandered and I thought of a new idea, I buried that at the end of the page, and added my thoughts on the topic. (This part is definitely a mind-cluttered mess, but my A.D.D. always get the best of me.) Nevertheless, I got plenty of work done, and wasn't distracted at all! In the future, I'll turn the wifi off on my computer for an hour and just write.

Want more blog tips? Head over to my guide for better beauty blogging!

Day 5: Brand Your Blog's Image: Favicons, Avatars--25 Days To A Better Beauty and Fashion Blog Challenge #SBBC by Erin Baynham

This post is part of the Scandalous Beauty 25 Days To A Better Beauty And Fashion Blog Challenge! For even more tips, be sure to check out Erin's Guide to Better Beauty Blogging. Your avatar and favicon are images that represent you and your blog! These are the small details that really make your brand polished.

Favicon: The is the small image that pops up on the toolbar next to your website name. It also shows up when people bookmark your site. My favicon is my blog's initials, SB. This isn't one of the most important things to do, but it's a great idea. Check out other sites like Coco & Creme, Vibe Vixen and  Nars Cosmetics. To create one, try this favicon generator, it'll do the trick.

Avatar: When you comment on other people's blogs, there is usually a place for your profile picture to pop up. This is the perfect place to put a 'face with a name', even if you decide not to use your own face. This makes your post stand out because it makes it personal. Take advantage of this! There are lots of ways to register, but the easiest way is to go to gravatar.com. You can register multiple pictures and email addresses, all for free.

Assignment: Sign up for gravatar. You'll be surprised how often it will be used! 

Tomorrow's post is all about your archives! This is how readers can find everything you've published. This is overlooked, but can increase your page views like crazy.

Day 3: Building Interaction on Your Blog: Polls, Ratings–25 Days To A Better Beauty and Fashion Blog Challenge #SBBC by Erin Baynham

This post is part of the Scandalous Beauty 25 Days To A Better Beauty And Fashion Blog Challenge! For even more tips, be sure to check out Erin's Guide to Better Beauty Blogging. There is nothing that will really guarantee interaction on your blog. There will be times when people will like your content, but may not feel like saying so. It's also a great idea for you to do the same. I'm a big fan of "The Golden Rule". If you want other people to comment on your blog, you should comment on other blogs. It's part of my blog mantra.

Here are 3 ways that people can interact, which only takes 3 seconds:

Polls: When doing a post, ask for feedback with a variation of the 'yes/no/maybe'. This could also be 'love it or hate it" or "I would wear it/w0uldn't wear it/might wear it" types of polls.

Ratings:  When evaluating a product or service, try using a rating system. Also, ask readers to rate. Use '1 out of 10' or something of the like. Here's an article on adding ratings in Blogger. If you're a Wordpress user, there are several plugins available.

Like: This isn't just for facebook! People can rate your posts by giving a thumbs up or thumbs down. This also helps you decide what you should continue to feature on your site. It's important to cover things that you like, but if you want hits and repeat readers, it's up to you to keep people coming back.

Assignment: You may choose not to use polls, ratings, etc. and that's totally fine! Search your favorite blogs and see their call-to-action: what they want their readers to do.