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NEW EBOOK: Everything you need to grow your blog in 2018

Today I’m back! With my second ebook finally complete. After talking about the power of ebooks in my post on passive income projects, I set about creating my second-and it’s here! The Blog Growth Toolkit!

 

What is the blog growth toolkit?

The blog growth toolkit is an ebook which is full of practical tips on…

  • Planning content people want to read and share
  • Using social media to boost traffic
  • Getting all the views on Pinterest
  • Setting up and making the most of a mailing list.
  • How to grow your blog and take it to the next level in 2018

As well as plenty of printable pages to track your stats, growth and ideas to take your blog to the next step. All this for only £5.99!

Is it Right for Me?

  • Do you already have a blog and social channels? This is not a guide for those who haven’t yet started a blog. Instead, it’s for those who have already got the basics of the blog set up, and want to take it to the next level! However, if you’re already an established full-time blogger, this might not be the best purchase for you as you may already have nailed your blog growth and traffic.

 

  • Are you cautious about spending lots of money when you’re not making very little blog income? All my ebooks are set a very reasonable rate (of £5.99) as I strongly believe growing your blog shouldn’t have to cost the world!

 

  • Do you want a steady, realistic increase in growth and NOT millions of followers? If you want to grow your blog but aren’t daydreaming of millions of followers, then this is the blog for you. I don’t have millions of followers. I hate ebooks that promise this (because I’ve read them and I still don’t have a million followers. If I did, I’d be selling toothpaste ads on Instagram instead of blogging here. Instead, this is real, practical tips to grow your blog steadily month on month.

What if I need extra help?

For the first time ever I’m offering two options for my ebook. The first option is the ebook itself but the second choice is the ebook plus a personalised blog audit! This involves…

  • You filling in a questionnaire, outlining your key goals and focuses that you need support with.
  • Within seven days, you’ll receive a detailed blog critique from me (approximately 2 pages long) via email; full of suggestions on how to grow your blog targetted advice and areas of development.
  • You’ll then have an additional seven days to send unlimited follow up questions via email to ensure you know exactly how to grow your blog.
  • This service can include me looking at your media kit and pitching emails- if one of your targets is to make money from your blog. The price of this is £31.99

Testimonials on my previous ebook: Pitching Toolkit

Steph from Colitis to Ostomy: I found the Blog to Business: Your Pitching Toolkit to be really useful and easy to understand. It has enabled me to think about how I will approach brands and how to narrow down the brands that fit my blog.My blog is written with young people having ostomies and pregnant women/new moms with an ostomy.

Becky from The Owlet: Jenna you’re amazing! Just got my first EVER sponsored post thanks to yo. Also after our conversation on Twitter, it’s really helped me come up with blog content. Thank you so much!

Laura from Mum on A Mission

This ebook has given me the confidence to start pitching as well as ideas on who to target and how to find their contact details. Since I read it I’ve successfully pitched to several clients and have recommended this guide to other bloggers too.

Where can I buy?

Buy the ‘Blog Growth Toolkit’ here.

Buy the ‘Blog Growth Toolkit+audit here.

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How to network as a blogger with brands and PRs

In today’s blog, I really wanted to talk about networking. I’ve had a busy few days in London and purposely made sure I fitted in some networking opportunities around my trip (leaving my poor husband to hit the shops alone!). Networking can take many forms: meeting other bloggers, attending events, meeting with PRs and brands for coffee or simply getting linked-in savvy. But if you want to get your name out there, be on everyone’s radar and make a go of your blog, then networking is pretty vital.

This is something I didn’t take much notice of in the first few years of my blog. So it’s absolutely fine if you don’t want to jump right into to it. But since I’ve gone freelance, I’ve found networking has made a huge difference! So here’s my advice on why you need to network to grow your blog AND how to do it!

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Everything bloggers need to know about their tax self-assessment

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably left your tax self-assessment return to the very last minute. Perhaps you’re even worse than me and didn’t realise the Self Assessment submission deadline is midnight on the 31st January! But it is fast upon us and most of us avoid it until we really have to face it; last year, 33,000 people filed in the final hour, while a staggering 840,000 people missed the deadline altogether. If it’s late, HMRC delivers a straight £100 fine; with even more penalties if it continues to be missed.

You get the idea. It’s a faff but it needs to be done. To avoid getting stressed,  I’ve teamed up with SimpleTax to share lots of expert advice and tips on filling in your tax return properly as a blogger. Make sure you read to the bottom of the post so you can claim a 14 day completely free trial (bank details not needed) of SimpleTax to help you fill in your return with zero effort!

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6 ways to be proactive during quiet blogging periods

The Christmas lull is common in the blogging world-everything’s winding down, budgets have long been spent and ‘The out of offices’ are on! It can be frustrating for bloggers as there’s likely to be fewer campaigns and money can be tight. It can also leave us short of inspiration; since we’ve spent so much time planning our Christmas content it’s hard to think beyond that.

Today I wanted to offer some of my suggestions on how to keep proactive during these quiet periods to make sure your blog keeps ticking over and money is coming in.

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What to buy a blogger for Christmas

So, I’ve written quite a lot about gift guides on here- so I thought it was only fair I did a gift guide for bloggers and freelancers too. Looking for gifts to improve your blog, your productivity or your home office? Then check out my ‘what to buy a blogger for Christmas’- thanks to all the bloggers (from our amazing Pitching and Motivation for UK Bloggers facebook group) who gave me their suggestions too!

1.The Perfect Mug

For when you need a bit of a kick to get your work done, look no further than this ‘Today I Will Get Stuff Done’ mug from MS Mugs. You can also have the handle personalised too!

2-3 Blogging Books

Everyone loves a book in their Christmas stocking- so here are a few of my favourites for bloggers.

Blogging Your Way to Riches is written by two British bloggers (If you’re not a member of their Facebook group ‘Blogging Your Way to Riches’ facebook group and is a practical guide to earning an income from blogging.

The Million Dollar Blog is another great read- it features interviews with super-successful bloggers-both in the US and the UK. It focuses on different ways to make money- such as e-courses, affiliate links and brand ambassadors

 

The EPIC BLOG planner is great if you really want to set yourself some blog goals in 2018- and want to monitor your progress and growth along the way! There’s also monthly space to plan content.

5. Leather Personalised Diary

Thanks to the lovely Bethan from A Pretty Place to Play for this recommendation! This gorgeous leather diary (which you can also have personalised) comes with notepad slots, sticker sheets, to do lists and more!

6. OHH DEER Papergang Subscription Box

I am a massive fan of subscription boxes- so ordered this one for the first time this month and I loved it. Each month you receive stationary from independent designers-it’s quirky finds that you’d never find in stores. I’m converted and can’t wait to see what January’s box brings.

7. Happiness Planner Subscription Box

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Happiness planner- but did you know they did subscription boxes too? Each box is themed around a quality- be it confidence or self-awareness. In each box, you receive notebooks, guided prompts, stickers and a pen. All very instagrammable!

8.The perfect Instagram backdrop

Sarah from A Mundane Life recommended these and I’m hooked. For years, bloggers have been using tile samples but now they can purchase proper backgrounds for their photos. How gorgeous does this background look?

9. A Blogging Course

Blogging courses can be pricey- so asking for one as a Christmas present makes sense. I’ve already blogged about my favourite course Turn Your Dreams Into Money but Rachel from The Daisy Pages recommended Me&Orla’s Bloom and Grow course

Once a year, the hills around here turn to a sea of purple as the heather comes into bloom. It looks sort of impossibly beautiful – a big thanks to @hannahargyle who snapped this picture of me when we met on the moors to shoot it. . & to anyone thinking, like a previous commenter, that I look "cold, uncomfortable and miserable" – THAT IS MY PHOTO FACE! 😂🙈 How very dare you. I think you'll find I look moody and whimsicle like a Bronte-esque heroine 🙊😉. . But seriously though. It's not easy being a woman and putting your face out there in a world that hates everything short of perfection. Let's stop assuming we know everything about people's lives based on on the tiny fragments they share on Instagram, hey? Peace, love and purple heather x

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Orla creates the most beautiful Instagram photos and her latest course ‘Bloom and Grow’ is designed to help you cultivate your Instagram following with beautiful pictures and boost engagement (god knows we all need that!)

10. A stylish camera bag

I’m always lugging my camera bag around so thanks Adele from Nest and Dressed for suggesting this super stylish bag from The Tog Bag.

Those are just a few of my favourites for Christmas- but let me know what’s on your list below!

Looking to write your own gift guides? Read my blog post on how to get started and brands who are looking for bloggers!

Disclaimer: may contain affiliate links.

 

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8 blogging email scams you NEED to know about.

So today I wanted to have a chat about your blogging inbox. Is it just me that seems to get all sorts of dodgy emails? I hope not. In fact, I feel like my bullshit detector (I don’t usually swear in blog posts but I feel a bit stupid doing the ** so it’s staying!) is pretty strong lately- and I seem to spend a chunk of time replying ‘it’s a scam’ to various posts on blogger forums. So, like anything I find myself commenting a lot about, I decided to turn it into a blog post instead. Here are 8 blogging email scams you need to be aware of- let me know how many you’ve encountered.

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How to revamp your old content to get tons more page views.

So for the past few weeks, I’ve been really busy and felt as if I needed some new seasonal content. You know the type: pumpkin recipes, Christmas guides and anything with the word ‘autumnal’ in. Since I already get some traffic from Google and Pinterest, I noticed some of my previous year’s posts were starting to get more hits- for some reason it’s now perfectly acceptable to google Christmas advent calendars in September. The old content was being read but to be honest, it was bit tired: dead links, crap images and very 2016. The solution was clear: to start working on my old content and make it as good as new! Here’s what I did:

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How to get verified on Twitter: everything you need to know.

I haven’t posted on here in a week or so and realised I completely forgot to document one of my exciting achievements last month: I was verified on Twitter. I’ve actually had a lot of people ask me about it- including some asking why it’s worth bothering with in the first place. So I thought I’d blog about the process, what happens after you apply,  the benefits and everything else you might want to know about how to get verified on Twitter.

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8 brands looking to work with bloggers for gift guides

Today is another gift-guide themed post. Last week, I shared my top tips for writing gift guides and shared 7 brands looking for bloggers. Now, I’m sharing ten more brands that want to get their products featured. I hope this blog post helps with your gift guide dilemmas!

  1. Self-care and Wellness bloggers: Affirmation cards and prints from A Life More Inspired email:nicola@alifemoreinspired.com
  2. Gift guides for her: Checkout https://upoveranddownunder.com/  and email: Info@upoveranddownunder.com
  3. Border collie inspired gifts, clothing+homeware http://www.olliecollie.co.uk email: heather@olliecollie.co.uk
  4. All types of gift guides.That Lovely Stuff. A gift store full of things handmade by mums at home. Email: nicola@thatlovelystuff.co.uk
  5. Gift guides for men. https://www.meandmycar.co.uk/ email:Fiona@meandmycar.co.uk
  6. Gift guide for 3-8-year-olds.  A range of art sensory boxes to feature. Visit facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/squidgydoodle/ 
  7. Gift guides for men. Sci-fi, gaming and retro film prints http://www.smartarts.gallery Email:sales@smartarts.gallery
  8. Gift guides for teenagers/young girls. Miss Dreambox are gift boxes for girls. Email: info@missdreambox.co.uk

Before you go….

 Check out my original post on gift guides and 7 brands looking for bloggers.

Read my interview with Fran from Prezzy Box on sending gift guide pitches.

Read my guide to Response Source– the perfect way to source products for gift guides.

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10 tips for going from blogging to freelance writing

Today is a much-requested post here on The Bloglancer. If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that as well as running two blogs, I am a freelance writer. I mainly write for magazines and online sites but have also done some blogging for brands and copywriting. This topic is something I get asked about a lot, but for me at least, getting ahead in freelance writing is the same as any form of media: working hard; not being afraid to put yourself out there every day; making contacts and constantly coming up with new ideas!  Here are my ten tips for going from blogger to freelance writer….

 

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