5 Ways To Take Your Blog To The Next Level
So you’ve started your blog and are working on growing your audience, but you’re not sure how to take your blog from hobby to potential career? You’ve come to the right place! We’re sharing our top 5 tips on how you can elevate your blog and help turn blogging into your dream career.
Be The Queen of Your Domain
One of the things that makes the biggest difference in your blog is having your custom domain name (aka simply-inc.com instead of simply-inc.wordpress.com). Bluehost.com and GoDaddy.com are great hosting sites to use and are extremely budget friendly. Once you create your custom domain, you instantly make your blog 10x more professional.
Customize Your Email
Now that you have your custom domain name, you should definitely consider changing your email address to match your website name. Typically, your email should be formatted like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com if you want it to feel personal).
Get On That Networking Grind With Business Cards
Creating your business cards is extremely helpful in promoting your blog. Whenever you go to a networking event, you definitely want to have your business cards on hand. There are tons of networking events for bloggers all year round. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Simply LA is the perfect place for you to bring your business cards and network with other bloggers and influencers! If you’re serious about growing your audience and making valuable connections, Simply LA on July 15th is where you want to be. Vistaprint.com is a great website to use to create your business cards. Make sure you include your name, contact information, website name, and social media handles.
Prep A Killer Media Kit
Creating a media kit is essential for any blogger looking to collaborate with brands or sponsorships. A media kit holds all the important information about your blog that companies want to see before they make a deal with you. Here are few key things you should be including in your media kit:
- Short bio - what is your blog about? What’s your niche?
- High quality photos of yourself
- Your blog and social media stats (unique blog visitors, page views)
- Your blog demographics and targeted audience
- Links to all of your social media platforms
- Where you’re located
Share Noteworthy Updates With A Newsletter
Creating a newsletter is a great way to engage with and build your audience. Typically, your newsletter will be a preview of what people can expect to see on your blog or a recap of some of the recent posts you’ve published. Make sure your newsletter template is clean, easy to read, and aesthetically pleasing. Mailchimp.com is a great resource to use for newsletters. They have tons of beautiful templates to choose from and you can definitely customize it to match with your blog theme.
Don’t feel discouraged if your blog doesn’t have hundreds of thousands of visits each week, or if you don’t have millions of followers on your social media platforms. If you’re consistent, confident, and authentic, you’ll absolutely reach your goals!