Beautiful Kayekie 31 blog tips
The coolest woman on earth (my mum!) and I

Break out the party hats and streamers, in exactly 6 days (April 30) it’s my birthday! To mini-celebrate (kinda like having a macaroon instead of cake), I thought it would be nice to share 31 random blogging tidbits that have helped my blog grow.Β 31 great ideas because I am turning… ummm… 21* πŸ˜›Β (*21+10)

Upcoming birthday aside, it’s aΒ momentous occasion all-round. I have finally reached 100,000 blog visitors and I am so beside myself with excitement. That’s big numbers for some, miniscule for others, but I am still very proud of my effort. I hope in this list you can find just one thing to help you along your journey too!

BE SOCIAL

  • get to know other bloggers and become part of blogging communities – you likely all share the same interests and goals – and will make some amazing new friends.
  • take the time to genuinely connect with your readers, what would your site be without anyone to see it?
  • get yourself a Facebook and other social media pages to give readers another way to connect with you outside your blog.

IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTENT

  • find the right photo editor to suit your budget and style, and give your photos that extra touch. Some good budget friendly options here and here.
  • design a page layout that is both functional and visually enticing to readers, you want to immediately draw them in and keep them once you have.
  • discover the joy of free fonts and spice up your images and overall site, Dafont.com is a great resource.
  • host giveaways, like this one. You don’t have to send yourself broke doing it, but a little thank you to everyone who reads your blog is a lovely gesture.
  • be mindful of what you write to avoid experiencing “post regret”. It could be as simple as checking your spelling and grammar, to not posting that rant you so desperately want to share.
  • plan your posts an editorial calendar (Google it). It will help you see the bigger picture, and even highlight where you might need to make improvements or changes.
  • post and share free goodies and tutorials for bloggers, everyone loves resources (especially free ones!) and it’s just nice to share.
  • content is king. It’s been said so many times, but it’s true. Give every element of your blog strength and value, don’t just ‘fill space’. (I’ve been guilty of this)
  • tag and categorise your posts correctly to reach the right audience.

THE EXTRAS

  • keep a notebook for ideas, you never know when inspiration strikes and you certainly wouldn’t want to forget if it does.
  • have a ‘about me’ page or widget, and make it easy for readers to find. People love to know who is behind the pictures/words. I know I do! It’s one of the first things I go to after landing on a new site.
  • be original. It todays world it’s difficult to be 100% original, but you can still make it ‘yours’ by giving it a personal touch. Try and be as unique as you can.
  • find and follow great inspirational blogs (like my favourite Beautyholics Anonymous) who give you great blogging tips, there’s always something new to learn.
  • be ruthless. You can’t do it all and shouldn’t have to, so don’t feel like you have to keep up with every trend or social media platform.
  • always give people a way to contact you (safely!), you never know what opportunity or friendship you might miss.
  • read, read and read some more. Dedicate some time every day/week to research just one thing you’ve always wanted to know. If you learnt one a week that’s 52 new skills in a year! It’s how I learnt all I know.

GET TECHNICAL

  • submit your site to Google, Bing and other search engines to help readers find your content on the web.
  • check your blog in different browsers here to make sure everything is consistent and readable. This is a great backup tool to see if any CSS changes you made, work.
  • consider upgrading to the CSS customisation (wordpress.com) if you feel like the free templates aren’t giving you the design feel you want.
  • research popular search terms in Google Trends and use these words cleverly within your posts.
  • if you’re not comfortable giving out your email address, consider using a contact form (wordpress.com) in posts and pages for readers to reach you.
  • Statcounter is a great free alternative for bloggers who cannot use Google Analytics (i.e wordpress.com users). Track your content in-depth and use the data to your advantage.
  • consider getting a more professional looking email address – ‘sexylegsnboobs5000@hotmail.com’ is probably not a good idea, unless that’s your blog name – then go for it!
  • get a custom domain name to give your site a more professional look.
  • learn some basic html to spice up your site, it can be the difference between good and great.
  • design and create unique a blog header yourself! How I created mine for free, here.
  • download your blogging platform app (here’s wordpress.com) to keep up and blog on the go.

AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST…

  • Love what you do and do what you love! Never forget why you started blogging in the first place (stick a note near your computer :)) and always keep that in mind. It helps you stay on track and keeps you motivated!

35 Comments on 31 Things That Helped My Blog Grow

  1. thevaultjm
    April 24, 2013 at 2:27 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the tips!

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 2:35 am (4 years ago)

      You’re welcome! Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  2. Archana
    April 24, 2013 at 2:56 am (4 years ago)

    Nice pic of ur’s n ur mom’s … πŸ™‚ and thanks for those tips …. Have a great birthday n year ahead …

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 2:57 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you Archana! That is so awesome of you πŸ™‚ xx

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  3. thinacruz
    April 24, 2013 at 3:21 am (4 years ago)

    You’re a halfie! You’re mom’s pretty! Have you visited the Philippines? πŸ™‚ I learned so much from this post and I’ll try to do most of what’s in the list! Thank you and advance happy birthday!:)

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 3:24 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you Thina! Haha, yes I am totally a halfie. I do an excellent Fillo accent lol! I haven’t visited since high school but I’ve travelled there many times over my childhood. I love it, and miss it a lot.

      I’m really glad you liked the tips, they have helped me so much. Just small things but they can have such a big impact.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! xx

      Reply
  4. Lilit
    April 24, 2013 at 4:14 am (4 years ago)

    Aww happy 21st* birthday for 30th April! That’s my nephew’s birthday, great day! And great tips, totally agree with you on all points. xo

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 4:35 am (4 years ago)

      Aww thanks so much beautiful!! I love celebrating my 21st* every year πŸ™‚

      Your nephew must be awesome, it IS a great day! A lot of fabulous people born on this day, haha. xx

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  5. Dee
    April 24, 2013 at 4:38 am (4 years ago)

    Can I just take the time to say a huge thank you. These were great tips, so THANK YOU.

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 4:45 am (4 years ago)

      Aww you made me smile, thank you for your kind feedback! I’m so happy they were helpful, good luck on your blogging journey, you are more than welcome!! πŸ˜€

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 6:16 am (4 years ago)

      Aww thanks so much! That’s so awesome of you. I’ve come across some great advice so it’s only fair I share it with fellow amazing bloggers, you are most welcome! πŸ™‚

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  6. Mammu
    April 24, 2013 at 8:02 am (4 years ago)

    Thank for so many useful tips! Everything you post is always so well put together and detailed – love it =)

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 9:18 am (4 years ago)

      Shucks! You flatter me πŸ™‚

      Im SO happy you love it, it feels good to share, and thanks for the feedback on my posts being so detailed. It’s always nice to know you guys like more information (I’m a bit of a chatterbox sometimes lol). xx

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm (4 years ago)

      No worries! Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜€

      Reply
  7. Juvy
    April 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm (4 years ago)

    This is so helpful! Thank you!

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm (4 years ago)

      You’re welcome! Have a awesome day πŸ˜€

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  8. The Charmed Cupcake
    April 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks so much Kayekie for these fantastic tips, picked up a few things I didn’t even know existed πŸ˜€ and incase I don’t get to say it on the day I wish you a very very Happy Birthday with sweet cupcakes and champagne on your special day next week.
    xoxoox
    Angela

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Aww Angela, that is so sweet of you. I will DEFINITELY enjoy cupcakes and champagne, thank you πŸ˜€

      I’m so glad you were able to find a few tips you hadn’t heard before, it’s a random assortment lol! Have a fabulous day beautiful, thanks for stopping by! xx

      Reply
  9. My Lucite Dreams
    April 25, 2013 at 2:25 am (4 years ago)

    Happy Early Birthday Kaye! Thank you so much for these tips, I am greatful! I am following right behind you.. 31 on June 30! I’m not much liking the idea of it.
    Warm wishes to you!
    xoxo

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 25, 2013 at 2:38 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Taylor! You’re an 82 baby too! Some of the best people born that year πŸ˜‰

      I’m on the fence how I feel about 31, so I am happy to celebrate my 21st* from here on out lol! xx

      Reply
  10. essentjewels
    April 25, 2013 at 4:25 am (4 years ago)

    These are great, hope your up-coming birthday is a fabulous one!

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 25, 2013 at 4:34 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you! I will definitely have a fabulous birthday πŸ˜€

      Reply
  11. Elle
    April 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy birthday!!! and thank you for this lovely tips! πŸ˜€

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Elle! You’ve made my day πŸ™‚

      That’s awesome you liked the tips, I love to help! xx

      Reply
  12. nailart-addict
    April 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Great tips! I think the last one is the best one. Every blogger should remind this each day.

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm (4 years ago)

      I couldn’t agree with you more! At times I’ve lost my motivation to blog and found it hard to keep going, but when I step back and remember why I started and what I want to achieve it helps bring me back to a creative place where I can keep going πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for commenting lovely! Have a awesome day! πŸ˜€

      Reply
  13. Stylus blogger
    May 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm (4 years ago)

    I am so excited to get started!!

    Reply
  14. Swagata
    June 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for those great tips…. I am new to blogging and this article will be of much help… πŸ™‚

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  15. Angie
    March 16, 2014 at 11:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Just found this post and it’s fantastic! So many great tips, thanks so much πŸ™‚

    Reply
  16. Lapaka K
    October 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm (3 years ago)

    Find myself coming back to your blog for the great tips πŸ™‚ thank you, it is helping me out alot.

    Reply

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