Menu Close

Building Up Your Blog’s Brand

Tips to building up your blog's brand
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Blog Improvement Series 2

After you’ve created your blog, you can work on building up your blog’s brand! Having a brand for your blog can help your blog stand out from the other blogs in your niche. Here is my best advice for building up your blog’s brand from the start.    Blog Colors The first step is to pick colors that fit your blog’s personality and niche. How much you know about color psychology and the meaning of colors within different countries and cultures can help you make the right color choices. So that you will appeal to your blog’s ideal target audience. 99designs has some great blog posts about picking colors for both your blog’s brand AND your blog’s design. If there’s an image that has the colors that you want to use for your blog’s brand, you can upload it to Canva’s Color Palette Generator. You can copy any of the five different color hex codes that it generates from scanning the image. Make sure to upload images with multiple colors. The Color Palette Generator won’t work as well with images that have less than 5 identifiable colors. This works great if you want to create your own mood boards of…

Why We Love Being Affiliates of the Ultimate Bundles + Why You Will Too!

We’re a few days into yet another AMAZING bundle of resources provided to us via Ultimate Bundles. And it’s a good one, as always! I want to share with you why we love being affiliates for the Ultimate Bundles, and why we think you will too!   For most bloggers, probably the most difficult stage of blogging is when you become serious enough about it, to start monetizing your blog. You probably know that affiliate marketing accounts for a mass amount of profit for bloggers, dare I say the majority of income for most bloggers. It’s overwhelming at first, to start swimming through all the many options you have about monetizing your blog: What kinds of things do you want to be an affiliate of? Do the companies and products I love have affiliate programs? How do you apply, and better yet when you do, what next? There are places like ShareASale and the rest, but how do I make the most out of those affiliate offers anyways?   I know for me, the most confusing part wasn’t how to become an affiliate, or even what kinds of things I wanted to rep. It was what to do when you…

Setting Your Blog Goals This Year In 4 Easy Steps

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Blog Improvement Series 2

We’re still in the early parts of the year. But I’m taking a guess that, with regards to setting your blog goals, you’re already hanging by a thread – if not completely detached already. You know you set those blog goals with the best of intentions. But when it comes to actually executing them and taking action to achieve them? It seems as if everything — every single freaking thing — in your life is working together to keep you from following through. Look, I totally get it. I’ve been there too. Heck, I’ve been there more than a couple of times at this point. Which is why I spend most of my free time and waking hours wrapping my head around this goal-setting problem that a lot of us bloggers seem to share. And I’ve got it down into 4 steps you can easily follow: HOW TO SET AND ACHIEVE YOUR BLOG GOALS IN 4 NEAT STEPS Figure Out Your Why Now I know this seems a bit woo-woo. But stick with me here for a minute. Why do you want to achieve the blog goals you set for yourself? Because it’s what others set for their blog as…

Get to Know Your Blog Audience Personally With These Tips

How to get to know your blog audience personally: So, You write blog posts, you share the blog post, you count the likes. Repeat? If this is the simple process that you follow then I'm just going to take a moment today to reflect on the extra steps that it takes to build a following of readers. Viewers and followers that read your content, respond to that content, and consider it a credible and helpful resource to them, personally.
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

You intend to get to know your blog audience personally, but your process goes something like this: You write blog posts, you share the blog post, you count the likes. Repeat? If this is the simple process that you follow then I’m just going to take a moment today to reflect on the extra steps that it takes to build a following of readers that you can get to know personally! Viewers and followers that read your content, respond to that content and consider it a credible and helpful resource to them.   That’s the keyword here personally, and you can do this by: Building an email list and writing a newsletter Replying to comments, direct messages, emails, and notifications regularly and personally Writing content directly to your Blog Avatar, and then reaching out to those people who are your Ideal Readers personally Networking with other common bloggers and groups, even becoming friends, in such a way that aligns you within the communities your readers will most likely engage with your content   Remember that it takes time and effort to build relationships, in real life and your followers! This is one of those things that not all bloggers talk…

Why You Need A Newsletter For Your Blog And How To Get Started

Why You Need A Newsletter And How To Get Started | Having an email list and newsletter to send to your audience is one of the most important things that is needed if you want to grow your blog. Growing your email list takes a lot of time and effort. Starting one can be daunting and terrifying. It doesn’t have to be scary! It can be quite simple once you know the steps you need to take and reasons why you need a newsletter. 

Having an email list and newsletter for your blog to send to your audience is one of the most important things that is needed if you want to grow your blog. Growing your email list takes a lot of time and effort. Starting one can be daunting and terrifying. It doesn’t have to be scary! It can be quite simple once you know the steps you need to take and reasons why you need a newsletter.    Why do you need an email list and newsletter for your blog?   I can not reiterate this enough. Your email list is your money maker. These people have signed up to your blog to hear from YOU! They enjoy your work and want to see or read more. Your email subscribers trust you and will more than likely buy from you once you’ve created that trust and relationship.   Are you planning on creating courses for people to buy as a way of monetizing? Then you need an audience who trust you aka your subscribers. An email subscriber is way more likely to buy a product, click on an affiliate link and buy something you are offering them rather than a person…

The Purpose of Pinterest For Your Blog

The Purpose of Having A Pinterest Account for Your Blog

When Pinterest beta was released in 2009 I was graduating high school. Obsessed as I was with all the new mobile apps that were making an appearance, I realize now I was a tester of many of these new apps, these new initiative ideas to change lives. I got a beta account and as a personal user (before using it for business was even thing,) and as you can tell from my personal Pinterest account here: I love Pinterest! I’ll be even more honest, I wasn’t the best student in high school. I know now that I’m a self-learner and do best with self-study outside of a classroom! I know this mostly thanks to Pinterest. As this search engine began to collect its information databases, new information being submitted and collected by the second. I was ecstatic to have a way other than bookmarks to learn about my interests. Those interests vary so widely! And with the information age on rapid growth, I kept using this platform to organize my interests, ideas, projects, and images. And so did the rest of the world. At first, I used this platform to collect images just as much as I used it to…

5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog

Here's how you can start to monetize your blog in five ways today!
This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

We all have one thing in common, which is our love for blogging! Now, I know that my love of blogging has made me come to the decision that I want my blog (Forever the Wander) to become my career. I know a lot of you want to do the exact same, well maybe not to the extent that I want, but you want to be able to make some sort of money from your blog too. Whether it’s just to cover the costs of running your website, money for your weekly shopping or to bring you, your boyfriend/husband or kids out for a nice little treat. Well, you can!   There are a lot of articles and information on how to monetize your blog and it can become very overwhelming so today I am going to break down 5 ways that you can monetize your blog starting today, if that’s what you really want.   Sponsored posts   A sponsored post is basically a private ad that a brand or company pays a blogger to put up a blog post, banner, graphic or link on their blog and gets paid to do it. Some companies have a certain budget for…

The Purpose of Having A Blog Twitter Account + 10 Tips to Up Your Twitter Game

The Purpose Of Having A Blog Twitter Account | What is the purpose of having a Twitter account for your blog? Well, put simply your Blog Twitter Account can increase your following, personalize you and your blog's brand, allowing you to connect with the blogging community as well as your readers! Hopefully, some background information on Twitter and a few great Twitter blogging tips will give you a nice boost of encouragement to continue using Twitter for your blog. | #blogbuddyp Blog Buddy Program #bloggingtips #twittertips

What is the purpose of having a Twitter account for your blog? Well, put simply your Blog Twitter Account can increase your following, personalize you, and allow you to connect with the blogging community as well as your readers! For those of you new to having a Blog Twitter Account, after reading this post we hope you’ll be more inclined and comfortable reaching out and using this microblogging service called Twitter. Or maybe you’ve been using Twitter for a while but are still at a lost of what the point of Twitter for your blog is? Hopefully, some background information on Twitter and a few great Twitter blogging tips will give you a nice boost of encouragement to continue using Twitter for your blog.   This is a post from a mini-series on the purpose of having social media accounts for your blog! The goal of this series is to help discover the purpose of each social media account for your blog and how to choose which are best for your blog to start with. Posts in the series will cover in more detail Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Introduction: Answering 10 Questions to Help You Discover the Purpose of Your Blog’s Social Media…

Discussing The Purpose of Having A Blog Facebook Page + My Top 10 Facebook Tips For Your Blog’s Facebook Page

The Purpose Of Having A Blog Facebook Page

In this post series, we are answering what the purpose of having social media accounts for your blog is. “Every blogger should use social media to market their blog,” by why? Today I’m taking a closer look at Facebook and when you should start your own blog Facebook page. I’m not talking about marketing and promotion here, I’m talking about why you should or shouldn’t have a Facebook account for your blog and what kind of purpose having this a Facebook Page for your blog is. And what effect it might have on you.   Answering questions like: What you need before you begin your blog’s Facebook page? What kind of content you should post on your blog’s Facebook? How you can maximize your engagement with Facebook users?   Are you ready to get personal with your content? – Lee   “What’s a Facebook?” When every some who DOESN’T know what Facebook is, I feel like it’s assumed like it’s “A Facebook” and that cracks me up! That assumption is that Facebook does just one thing, and to answer this “What’s A facebook is impossible.” Facebook is a multifunctional, intelligent, personal networking, data base of information accessible to every part of…

10 Questions to Help You Discover The Purpose of Having Social Media Accounts for Your Blog [Mini Series]

Discover The Purpose of Having Social Media Accounts for Your Blog - Mini Series

Vicky and I are going to do a bit of a mini-series on the purpose of having social media accounts for your blog! This post will introduce the series and discover the purpose of each account and how to choose which are best for your blog to start with. The other posts in the series will cover in more detail Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.    Recently I hosted a Twitter Chat (##BlogBuddyChat) and there was one question really got me thinking about how bloggers use social media. One of the best posts I think I’ve ever written was the 4 Stages of Blogging. What was different about this post for me, was that it was descriptive writing. So I’m going to do that again today, doing my best to explain the purpose of each social media account, and why you should or should not have each account.   How to decide which accounts to start with? As a beginner, I would recommend starting with just a Twitter and Pinterest account. As you start to get content written, and build up your blog’s brand I would consider then adding either Facebook or Instagram. Once you decide which three social media…