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Reader Shabana of Coco and Olive writes:
Hi Cece! I have been reading your blog for awhile now and I just wanted to say what an inspiration you are. I really like your fashion tips and your celebrity info. As well as your views on products and other stuff. I was inspired to start my own blog so that I can also share my thoughts with the world. But I am new to this and I just wanted to know what suggestions or advice you have for a newcomer trying to get her blog noticed.
Now I can't proclaim to be an expert as I've only been blogging for about a year and a half now and I'm far from superstar blogger status, but there are definitely a few key takeaways I've learned over the course of time I've been part of this world. Read on for my Top 4 recommendations on getting your name out there...
1. Join The Community
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One of the biggest helps for me when I first started blogging was being part of fashion blog forums. Forums pertaining specifically to what you're writing about can be great resources. If you're into natural hair care, for example, join a community like NaturallyCurly.com that caters directly to your topic of choice. If you're a fashionista branching into style blogging, utilize sites like Independent Fashion Bloggers and Style Sample Magazine. Not only do these sites provide you with an overwhelming amount of information like how-to's and quick tips, but they're great places to discover other bloggers and also submit your own content as they provide opportunities for guest posts and user contributions. My piece for IFB on the 5 P's of Fashion Partying is a perfect example. All I did was submit a pitch for it and voila! I was able to share some helpful tips with the community as well as develop awareness for my blog.
2. Show Love
You guys know the Golden Rule: do unto others as you'd have done to you? Well I don't know a better arena than blogging where this holds true. The more you show love, the more you get. Posting comments on other blog pages can not only increase your site's visibility but it can help you develop relationships with other bloggers just like you. I can't tell you how many blogger BFFs I have now. I may never meet them face to face but we "talk" almost everyday via blog commentary.Some of those lovely people have shown me tremendous love and have helped encourage my blog growth through support, shoutouts and even placing me on their blogrolls. It's so important to engage in conversation if you want to be heard. But note, engaging in conversation is different from self promotion. Don't comment on a site simply to place your blog link there. Instead, speak from the heart and be genuine in your commentary. See IFB's post about Self-Promotion for more on why this is important.
3. Get Social
4. Get Your Mind Right
Any fellow bloggers out there? What's your take on the subject? Soundoff below!