Common Blogging Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

It is easy to not reach your blogs full potential due to minor mistakes. A lot of bloggers especially when starting out tend to make these small but detrimental mistakes. Here are some of the mistakes and how you can take your blog to the next level by avoiding them.

Too many tags- Tags are a great way to get traffic to your blog but when you use too many tags on your post WordPress automatically assumes you’re a spammer and takes your post off the discover/reader section. This can decrease your traffic and consequently the amount of likes/follows you get.

Solution- To avoid this make sure to use a maximum of ten tags per post. If you feel that those are really not enough change your settings to make the maximum tags per post higher.

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Not engaging with others- WordPress is very much a two way street. You cannot expect people to consistently support your blog if you’re not supporting theirs. If you don’t leave likes/comments/shares on other peoples blog they are not going to leave them on yours.

Solution- To solve this problem try to be as active as possible- I know it can be time consuming but check out who regularly leaves likes/comments on your blog and try to repay the favor when you get the time.

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Being disorganized- It is very easy to get disorganized especially when you start blogging because you’re not sure how to categorize everything yet and may not even know what your niche when writing on this blog will be. Unfortunately, this can cause a decrease in traffic and follows.

Solution- To be more organized use categories and make sure they are displayed on the sidebar so that your readers can check out similar posts on the topics they are interested in. Also try not to have too many categories because that will just make it more confusing- stick to the main ones.

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Not responding to comments- Even though responding to all the comments you get can be time consuming it is always a good idea to respond to your readers because it keeps them engaged with your blog. If you constantly ignore their comments they will most likely stop commenting and eventually stop viewing your posts altogether.

Solution- To avoid this make sure to respond to comments and if you’re busy you don’t need to respond to every comment instantly- schedule a few minutes every day to respond to comments.

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Posting irregularly- This in my opinion is one of the main reasons that a lot of people lose traffic/followers. I myself stopped posting regularly for a few months and saw a dramatic decrease in traffic. Most people want to follow a blog that is more regular and posts on similar times because then they know when to check for new posts. If you’re posting randomly your followers may miss your new posts simply because they didn’t know you posted anything.

Solution- To post more regularly try to keep a schedule of when you have the highest views on your blog and post during these peek times. I know that a lot of times life gets in the way and it is difficult to post regularly- if this is the case try scheduling your posts or writing them in advance so all you have to do is press publish.

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I’m Free!!

My exams are finally over I’m so happy you guys!

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Not going to lie you guys these exams really tore me a new one. This whole semester did to be completely honest it’s been a long three and a half months.

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I’m glad it’s over and I’m glad I have a few days of doing absolutely nothing because I seriously need that.

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I’m also looking forward to being more active on the blog since I can’t do that as much as I want to while I’m going to school.

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So looking forward to this break! Let me know in the comments what your plans are for your Christmas break!

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My Scary Experience

So today I had this presentation for my piracy class which was super scary!

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I really like the class but I just really hate presentations because I have anxiety as it is I don’t need it to be made worse with worrying about talking in front of a bunch of people.

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Also for some reason (probably because it’s such a fun class) everyone always shows up so there are at least like fifteen to twenty people there.

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And I am really not a fan of speaking in front of people especially if there are more then ten people. Plus, two of the people who were supposed to present with us could not make it.

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It was a pretty scary experience and I stuttered and stammered and rambled A LOT.

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But it was also kind of fun and I think it went pretty well for a first presentation. I learnt a lot from the experience and hope to do better the next time I have to present (which I’m hoping is never!)… maybe next time I’ll be less freaked out I hope…

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Hope you enjoyed hearing about my little experience and let me know in the comments below how your first presentation went!!

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How To Get More Followers On Instagram For Free

I recently started using Instagram and picked up on some ways on how to get more followers and I thought I would share it with you guys!

Be Active- try to make sure you like, follow and repost others posts as well as leave positive comments. This will help people notice your page and more people are likely to follow it.

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Post Regularly- If you’ve been on Instagram for a while you know that even if you don’t post for a day you’ll start losing followers so try to post as regularly as possible to avoid losing followers and gaining more on a regular basis.

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Don’t follow to unfollow- Seriously everyone hates those people that follow and and unfollow people on Instagram. Most people have apps to get rid of unfollowers anyway so it’s really not going to help you plus it’s just a crappy thing to do and people will not only unfollow you back but probably end up blocking you.

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Tags- Make sure to use a good amount of both popular and less popular tags to attract more people to your page. You can find the tags on Google but make sure you use tags that are relevant to your post and not just random.

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Be Genuine- Post about things you genuinely like and want to post about instead of posting about something everyone else is posting about. Sometimes it’s really helpful to be unique and different and it will actually attract more people to your page. Plus, people can tell when you’re passionate about something and it will make them appreciate your posts more.

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5 Ways To Make Your Blog Look More Professional

You do not need to necessarily have a super professional looking blog but it would help increase both traffic and followers. It would also help if you are thinking of attracting sponsors or working with other blogs as more companies are likely to work with you if you have a very professional looking blog. Anyway, here are some tips that might help you out

1. Edit- One of the first things people tend to notice is whether or not your post has been edited. It may not seem like a big deal and it may seem like your writing is fine but a lot of times when you reread your post you will find little mistakes you didn’t even realize you had made. Make sure to read through it at least once to check for spelling errors and grammar mistakes. A well edited post shows the reader that you have put a lot of work and effort into it and looks really professional.

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2. Use High Quality Pictures- To make your posts seem more professional be sure to use high quality images.  It looks much more professional and you’ll be more likely to get sponsors or companies that want to work with you.

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3. Create Social Media Pages- Advertise your blog on social media. Most professional blogs do tend to have social media pages such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Another really great place to create a profile on is LinkedIn. Here you can broaden your professional connections and also find jobs.

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4. Organize Your Blog- If you want your blog to look professional you have to make sure it is well organised. Make sure it has specific categories and tags the reader can use to find specific posts.

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5. Sound Professional- This sounds a little obvious but try to sound professional by doing things such as avoiding too many contractions. I am totally guilty of breaking this rule and I tend to use contractions a lot but this is where editing comes in. When you reread your post make sure to get rid of any contractions that are unnecessary or anything that doesn’t sound professional.

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500th Post

So according to my stats this is officially my 500th post!

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I know I’m as surprised as you are! I honestly can’t believe I’ve posted so much and I can’t believe people have actually viewed them. I know I say this a lot but when I started this blog I honestly had no idea where it was going or if anyone would even read it. But apparently you guys did!

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I want to thank everyone who has followed me, liked or shared my posts, commented on my posts or even just viewed any of my posts!

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This blog wouldn’t be what it is today without you guys so thanks for all the support and I hope you continue supporting it!

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Let me know in the comments below what your favourite post has been so far!!

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Easy Last Minute Costume Ideas For Halloween

Just in case you still don’t know what you’re going to do for Halloween…

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My 5 Favourite Halloween Makeup Looks

These are so amazing wanted to share them with you guys! I always admire people who can be so creative with makeup especially when it comes to Halloween makeup. Hope you guys like them as much as me and maybe find something to go as for Halloween!

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ELF BB Cream With SPF 20 Review

I have started using this product for a few weeks now and I decided to do a little review about it because I was so freaking impressed! Now if you’ve read any of my other makeup posts you’ll know I love ELF and it’s my favourite vegan and cruelty free beauty brand right now. It was so affordable, honestly, when I first bought an e.l.f product I was like that’s suspicious like do they not have good quality products but they do!

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Anyway, back to the BB cream, I was again a little skeptical because I’m not a big fan of BB creams or foundation because I have pretty dry skin and a lot of foundations and BB creams I tried prior to this ended up making my skin look even dryer and sometimes flaky.

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I bought the product a while back but I didn’t actually try it till I got back to Kenya and I was left speechless (which is shocking for me I talk about everything including the taste of water). To begin with it was so creamy and beautiful it made my skin look not only hydrated but radiant and my face seemed to glow! I have NEVER used a foundation or BB cream that made me look like that and I was always trying to look for products to make me look like that.

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Secondly, the product had an amazing coverage for a BB cream- usually I have do like 2 layers with BB cream to get that much coverage but this had the coverage of a foundation! Although I do have to point out that I don’t have any acne or scars or noticeable marks on my face I just have some discolouration so I don’t need that much coverage- if you do have any of the above use a concealer as well as the BB cream because even though it does have great coverage it’s not a concealer. But anyway, it did cover up my skin really well.

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Thirdly, it was so lightweight and natural looking that you can totally wear it on a daily basis and no one would even realise you’re wearing any makeup! It blends really well and looks so natural you just look like you have a nice natural glow.

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Lastly, it costs $6.00 and weighs 285ml which is super affordable even for a drugstore brand! It’s also packaged really well so you can easily travel with it or carry it around with you in case you want to retouch your makeup although honestly, I wear it all day sometimes and it doesn’t move an inch.

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FINAL THOUGHTS: To sum it up I was super impressed with this product! It’s really affordable, has an amazing formula, works for both dry and oily skin plus as an extra added bonus it’s both vegan and cruelty free!

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