I’m not exactly sure how you would define a successful blogger, but in my eyes if you have awesome content and a lot of followers you’re definitely doing something right. I have aspirations to take The Freedom Project to that next level and thought I’d reach out to a few bloggers that I think are doing a phenomenal job. I asked each of them to share their one gem of advice for aspiring bloggers and thought it would be a waste if I kept this information to myself. So buckle up and enjoy the amazing advice from those who have (in my opinion) pretty much made it in the blogosphere:
The Question: What one piece of advice would you give to any aspiring blogger?
Emily from Corporate Catwalker
Authenticity and personality is key. Social media is often criticised for being anti-social and promoting idealistic subject matter. Remembering that your audience are real people, who translate into your loyal following is important and not just another number. Aspiring bloggers should focus on sharing content that:
1) features real people,
2) empowers and connects others,
3) showcases accessible fashion/products and;
4) most importantly it is important to not only share positive life highlights but also relatable struggles.
At the end of the day, your blog should be a photographic journal of your life, which one day you will be able to share with your great grand children. Keeping this in mind, will ensure your blog remains authentic.”
Be consistent in everything you do. Have a theme to your blog and stick to it. Make sure you post at least once a day on social media and reply to every comment if you can.
Be dedicated and expect nothing, especially in the beginning! If you start blogging you will have to put in a lot of effort and time. The first steps into the world of blogging can be pretty hard as there is no return on investment at all. With return I am not at all referring to money but to recognition among fellow bloggers. Be dedicated, keep on travelling and create credibility. Being on the road now for almost 4 years gave me a lot of credibility. Meeting people on the road is just as important, tell them about your blog and create a network. In the end the people who you will meet on the road are going to be your most precious people in your network. They share your posts, they like your photos and they promote your website.
Do it for yourself. Maintain a blog you love even at the thought of nobody reading it. If you start writing what you think people want, you’ll drive yourself crazy and it will never last. Enjoy and be confident with the content you’re creating and eventually it will attract viewers that love your style. You can’t be the dressing for every salad!
For a new blogger, I’d just tell them to stick to their guns. Don’t let other people dictate their style or how they run their blog. 🙂
Katriese from Berlin Storm
The piece of advice I would give to an aspiring blogger would be to “Remain true to yourself, don’t work with people or brands that aren’t aligned with yourself or your blog. It is far better to have a smaller amount of loyal followers than a large amount of purchased followers. Be patient, it is rare to have overnight success, and while you are waiting for that success, hustle. Make contact with brands and establish a reputation and relationship with brands that you align yourself with”.
Reese Evans from Yes Supply Co
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Anyone can start a blog and you don’t have to have a certain level of expertise to do it, just passion and honesty. I started my blog wanting to talk about everything, but I soon found out what I was really passionate about through writing every single day. Before I knew it, it was turning into a business that I love, and it happened naturally because it was in line with where my heart is.
Don’t hold back based on what you think other people might think. Most people are very supportive, and want to help. For the ones that aren’t, don’t think twice about them, they’ll come around <3
Define your niche (whether it’s recipes, restaurant coverage, travel, fashion, or beauty) and establish yourself an expert in that industry. Know that you will evolve and expend over time.
Go into blogging for the passion, not for what it could give you in return. My goal with my blog was always to inspire other travellers to visit my birth country and see the beauty of it.
To see that Bosnia and Herzegovina was no longer the war torn country but a country full of beauty and adventure.
Many starting out bloggers give up within their first year because their posts aren’t getting enough views, social media accounts not getting enough followers, and aren’t getting freebies such as press trips. For the first year FORGET about money, freebies and followers and focus on building and engaging with your audience, after all you want people to follow you because they love your advice and stories. Use your passion for travel to inspire others to travel, to see those off the beaten track paths, and to live outside their comfort zone. Be the inspiration for someone’s next great adventure!
My piece of advice for inspiring bloggers- all you need is a passion for adventure and a spark of curiosity for the unknown. There are so many different types of travel bloggers and we are all unique in our own ways. From backpacking to flashpacking to luxury travel, each of us have special stories to tell that many others have never experienced. I haven’t stayed in the most expensive hotels in the world, but I’ve made countless friends in hostel dorms, living with a Spanish family and on a boat sailing Croatia. I don’t travel first class, but I have many stories to tell from the locals I have met on European trains, on the public transport in Brazil and collectivo taxis in Mexico. There are no rules for blogging, despite what many may tell you. It is not always about the most expensive or glamorous, or the cheapest and adventurous. The key to success is letting your passion shine through and most importantly, love what you do. Share your incredible experiences, the beautiful people you have met and the crazy things you have done and I guarantee there will always be people interested in your lifestyle. People love inspiring photos and stories. Share yours 🙂
Beware and be careful of people who claim they are SEO or social media experts. SEO does not happen over night. You will not see any results for a long long time. People will take advantage of your vulnerability. Also don’t buy any cheap back links. In a nutshell don’t go for any cheap SEO gimmicks.