Fashion Friday | The Budget Buys

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Welcome to a new feature!I've been wanting to incorporate more fashion and lifestyle based posts on here and thought I'd kick it off with a few of my favourite ebay picks. Each weeks I'll be picking out a few of the best fashion budget buys on the net!Personally I love looking for bargains so fingers crossed I'll find a few sweet deals. 

I love this checked jacket (1). I think I'm going to be buying this as a birthday treat for myself. They do have similar ones in Primark but they didn't have my size - I'm pretty sure they were a similar price too. The black sleeves break up the check print nicely.
This black tote bag (2) is lovely. I've purchased a few handbags from ebay in the past and I've always been really happy with the quality. Even with the delivery price its still really cheap and the seller has a few styles available.
Who doesn't love a cosy jumper at this time of year?This knit (3) looks really snug and is a brilliant price. It would look great paired with these jeggings (4). Finally, my favourite item are these cutout boots (5) - an absolute steal!Yes I think I'll be purchasing these too!

Have you found any bargain buys on ebay?

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8 Amazing DIY Beauty Projects!

Making your own beauty products is a cheap and relatively easy way to try out new beauty products. I've found several great tutorials on the web and today I'm sharing 8 amazing DIY projects - some of these would make nice Christmas gifts too!Let me know if you're going to give them a try.

5 Ways To Promote Your Blog

Many people write fantastic blog posts but have a small readership,simply because they don't know how to get their blog out there. There are various ways of promoting your blog and different things work for different people. However, knowing what you can do to promote your blog and its content can help you decide which method is for you.

1. Blog Directories
I would 100% recommend signing your blog up to Bloglovin as it really is a fantastic platform for allowing readers to subscribe and getting your blog seen. I've found many new blogs on there that I wouldn't have discovered otherwise. Plus, it tends to be the go to platform for subscribing to blogs these days. 
A few other blog directories you can submit your blog to are blogcatalog, blogtopsites and bloggapedia

2. Social Media
Social media is great for promoting your blog and posts. I'd say twitter is the best social media site to sign up to as you can connect with other bloggers, readers and join in with blogger chats. Instagram is another good app if your good at using hashtags to promote your pictures and can build up a decent following. Pinterest seems to be taking off with regards to blog promotion - I personally think its very underrated as if you can create a pin that goes viral, it could potentially bring a lot of traffic and new readers to your site. Although I don't have a Facebook page for my blog, you could always sign up to create a page for your site. However, I don't think Facebook is really all that as its well known that the post reach is very low - Dana at The Wonder Forest wrote a great post on it here so its something to consider before you invest a lot of time on it.

3. Networking/commenting
As I mentioned in the section above, blogger chats on twitter are a good way to network with other bloggers and share blog links with each other. You can find twitter chat times here.
Commenting on other blogs is also a good way to share your link but I would say its good etiquette to leave a comment relating to the blog post and then a link to your blog, rather than just spamming. I would also avoid writing 'follow me and I'll follow you back' as most bloggers really dislike this and having had these comments myself, I just end up deleting them. 
If you've mentioned a blogger or particular brand in one of your blog posts, why not tweet them a link to your post. Some brands will retweet links to their subscribers, which in turn could provide you with more traffic. 

4. Business cards/advertising
For blog events and meetups, a lot of bloggers have their own business cards with a link to their blog, email and social media details. You can get some free from vistaprint here and just pay for delivery but its pretty easy to make your own too. 
Thinking outside the box, you could also leave your business cards in a beauty/hair salon - obviously you'd need to ask the owner first. Also, if you're feeling brave, you could potentially put a card in your local newsagent or supermarket - they usually have a community/advertising board. I don't know if it would work but it could certainly get your blog noticed within your local community.
If advertising online is more your thing, then advertising on other blogs is one way to go. Many blogs offer competitive rates to fellow bloggers and it will certainly bring you a little more exposure.

5. Family/friends
Word of mouth can definitely get your blog recognised. It took me over a year to tell anyone about my blog as I thought they would think it was a waste of time but honestly I couldn't have been more wrong. Telling your friends and family about your blog can really help you to spread the word about it. Tell as many people as you can and if you're applying for job, put it on your CV as writing a blog is an achievement in itself. 

What are your favourite ways to promote your blog and posts?

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Advertise On Sweet Electric This November For Just £4

After having a little trial run with offering blog advertising, I've decided to make to the process much easier and cheaper! 
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I can make an advert for you if needed

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Using Blogging Advice To Better Your Blog

If you're an avid blog reader then you'll probably know that there are plenty of blog tips out there. I've posted many posts on blogging but as a reader I know that it can be difficult to know which advice to take. There are posts on getting started, organisation, content creation etc. Knowing which tips to follow can make a real difference to your blog, so here is an overview on using blog advice to your advantage.

Which parts of your blog do you want to work on?
Knowing which parts of your blog you want to concentrate on or which aspects of blogging you're interested in can help you to use that information effectively. For example, if you're a new blogger then you might not want to focus on monetising your blog at this moment in time. Sure, you can bookmark that information for a later date but working on areas, such as promoting your blog might be more beneficial to you. 

Search for specifics
If you're searching for information on google then knowing exactly what your looking for can help. There are thousand of articles out there so keeping your search as specific as possible will help return search results that are worth looking at.

Avoid information overload
Reading too much information on one subject can be very overwhelming. Try to stick to reading no more than three articles at one time. Make notes on aspects you find interesting/want to implement. 

What works for someone else might not work for you
Whilst I've written blogging advice and tips, its important for me to note that I'm not an expert at blogging and most of the blog posts I've written are my thoughts and suggestions. As a reader, any of the content I read on blogging are things I take with a pinch of salt - there is a lot of valuable information there but they're not necessarily things that will work for me. Different things work for different people and doing what works best for you is always important. 

What do you want to do?
If you know what direction you want your blog to go in, for instance is blogging a hobby or is it something you want to use to boost your career goals then you can use blog resources to help your blog vision. I truly believe that blog advice/tips should complement your overall blog vision, rather than be a 'how to' or tell you how to run your blog. I've seen a lot of tips on how to increase your blog views/how to improve your traffic/how to increase subscribers. Using these tips and following strict advice probably wont work for you if you're not considering the type of content YOU want to create. I read an interesting post recently on how a blogger makes thousands of dollars per month via his blog. Now, whilst it proved an engaging read, I'm not going to copy the type of content he creates as its a completely different niche and I have my own ideas. 

Know your strengths
Knowing what you're good at can prove very rewarding when it comes to using blogging advice. If improving your page views is something you want to work on then taking a look at your google analytics or blogger statistics can help you to discover what your most popular posts are. Finding out your most popular posts can help you plan your content in relation to what people want to read and can also help you to find advice that will work for you in relation to planning your content to boost views, for example using keywords and seo. Similarly, if photography is your strong point then information on advanced photography might be useful to you as its something you could push even more.

You don't need to know everything
There are articles on possible every blog subject you could ever imagine. Don't feel like you need to know or use every piece of information. For instance, If you blog as a hobby then information on pro blogging will probably be of no use to you at all. I sometimes think that new bloggers in particular must be completely overwhelmed by all the blogging advice out there. You really don't need to utilise information on aspects such as seo, photography, monetisation etc if you don't want to. Its great that information is easily accessible and can be considered in professional terms but blogging can also be your means of escaping everyday life and a fun hobby!

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