Have you ever sat there at your computer, browsing your favorite blogs and thought to yourself, “How do they do it!?”
I know I have. Succeeding in the style blogging world can be tough these days! There are so many factors to consider – from social networking, to ad networks to brand partnerships to original content – and it all matters. You can read countless articles about tips and tricks for, you know, blogging your way to the top or whatever, but I think the best advice really comes from those who know from experience.
I reached out to some of my favorite (and super-savvy) style bloggers to find out their “secrets” to successful blogging. These are their best tips, and we'd like to know yours… Tell us your best and brightest tips and tricks and we may just feature you in an upcoming IFB post!
Meghan Donovan, Wit & Whimsy:
Network, network, network. But do it for the right reasons. Not because you expect anything from those you meet, but because you're passionate about the industry and want to learn as much, do as much and see as much as you can and be able to share it with your readers. Go to events, tweet thoughtfully, write passionately and always remember to follow up. Some of the best opportunities for blogging will come your way as a result of the people you know.
Ashley Robinson, Dramatis Personae:
My one secret would be: stats really don't matter as much as people think they do. I've never lost an opportunity that was worthwhile because I have no pagerank, because my stats are low, or because my klout wasn't high enough. If a brand REALLY wants to work with you, they're willing to work around those things. Those brands and companies that say no because of your stats? They're really not worth working with. Let go of your obsession with stats–it's so freeing!
Grace Atwood, Stripes & Sequins:
Remember that most people who read blogs read dozens (probably more) of blogs. For that reason, it's especially important to be unique and stand out. Right from the start, establish your point of view, and stick to it. Scour the internet for interesting and original content. You'd be surprised by how many cool things are out there that no one else is writing about.
Christine White, Court & Hudson:
Networking matters, but relationships matter more. The more people who know you as an actual person outside of what you post on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Instagram, Foursquare (you get the picture) the faster the “seed” you planted will grow. You never know who has an opportunity, large or small, just waiting for the perfect blogger to partner with.
Alicia Lund, Cheetah Is The New Black:
My advice is: Invest in a great camera lens (you will see a world of a difference). Also, for the best photographs of still objects – it's all about the natural lighting. I take most of my photos for my blog on my window sill (very glamorous)
Leave your best tips, tricks & advice in the comments below!
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