7 blog post ideas that will help generate traffic

Blog post ideas that will get traffic
Blog post ideas that will help generate traffic
How to get more blog traffic

Hello internet! Sorry I missed this week's Tip Tuesdays. I'd like to say I had a good reason for missing it, but the reality is that I just forgot what day it was. Does that happen to anyone else, like, regularly!? Either way, I'm back today (whatever day it is) with another - hopefully - helpful blog post thats er, all about blog posts. You guys seemed to love my 100 blog post ideas, so today I've decided to step it up a notch with this list of blog post ideas that will help generate traffic to your blog, using some trusty keywords and trending topics. But please, remember lil old me when you're all high flying famous bloggers, okay? 

Controversial topics and opinions

So this one can be a little tricky, purely because there's a fine line between being controversial in the way you write..and being a complete asshole. Trending topics are usually a good thing to roll with. For example, when London Fashion Week was happening (and I wasn't going) I wrote a post on why I wasn't going to LFW, and why I didn't feel like I belonged there. Chances are, even if you have zero interest in London Fashion Week, you're probably wondering why I wasn't fussed. Why? Because everyone talks about how great it is. So if you have an alternative opinion on something, why not talk about it!?

Easy DIY projects

Because let's face it, how many people actually search for DIY projects that are hard to do? Whether it's a simple recipe or just a stylish IKEA hack, people love to take credit for things that they make, even if that 'thing' takes about ten minutes to make with absolutely no effort at all. I know, because I'm one of them. I also know this, because - to my surprise - my super easy healthy fudge recipe has been one of my more popular posts to date. The fact that the words 'healthy' and 'fudge' also helps.

Relatable topics

Hey! Guess what!? I'm not rich, I have crap hair days, I'm insecure about my looks and I'm pretty sure I have IBS - or maybe I just eat too many cakes and drink too many fizzy drinks. Either way, I'm not perfect, and neither are you (sorry). I've tried pretending that I'm really cool with a fabulous life, but how many people can relate to that? Instead I've found that embracing my real life imperfections is actually more interesting for you lot to read. Whether you're simply laughing at me secretly behind a computer screen or relating with me on so many spiritual levels, who knows. But hey, it's these articles that keep you guys reading.

Trending product reviews

If you're a beauty blogger, you're probably always doing different makeup and skincare reviews. But hey, product reviews aren't just for the #bbloggers of the blogging world. Sometimes I like to tell people about things I've been loving - or even loathing. If you really want to drive traffic to reviews, try and make sure they're trending at that moment in time. For example, if your favourite Youtuber has brought out a makeup line, you can bet your ass that people across the world are going to be typing that into Google. Try and get your reviews up ASAP so that they're one of the first posts people see on Google. It's all about timing.

Lists, lists, lists

I swear, if Buzzfeed made an article called  '487 cat poos that look like the cast of Harry Potter' it would be saved to my favourites in a second. I mean, I'm not telling you to write an article about the shape of turds (although please, link me if you do, because I will definitely read it) but it does go to show that list-style posts are very, very intriguing. There's a reason so many websites do this - because they can generate a lot of clicks when done right. Just try not to make every other post a listicle. They can get old fast.

Blogging tips

Is it any wonder I've made a point of creating at least one blogging tip post a week? Personally, I love doing them, but they're also my most popular blog posts, well, ever. Who doesn't want to know how to get more traffic to their blog? Chances are, if you're reading this post (which you are, if you're reading this now..) that's exactly why you came here. People like new information. This doesn't just work for blogging tips either - tip posts can work for just about anything in life. Find your niche!

Health issues

For some reason, a lot of us blogging peeps tend to shy away from talking about health issues, whether it's something physical and/or psychological. I can't remember the exact percentage, but pretty much everyone at some point in their life will have to  go through a shitty time because of some sort of health problem. A lot of these people will also Google the hell out of how they're feeling to see if they can relate to how anyone else is feeling. It's just a natural human instinct. Personally, I feel like more of us need to talk about these things (I'm in the midst of writing my own little snippet), not to get more views in a numbers sort of way, but to get more views in hopes of helping others! Maybe share your own experiences with an issue, and start up a conversation with someone going through the same thing!

There are so many more ideas that I could ramble on about, such as hosting competitions, finding cheaper alternatives to popular products, or even just various ways to style a certain trend piece. But alas, you're probably half asleep reading this and - let's face it - my fingers fell asleep a long, long time ago. Before I go though. Please, Please (!!) Just take a look at my new shoes. *Cough* They cost less than £30 *cough*...and I'm gone.

What do you think of these post ideas?

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The Jack Wills Belles & Whistles Collection

Jack Wills Belles & Whistles Collection
Jack Wills Belles & Whistles Collection
Jack Wills Belles & Whistles Collection

So this might just be the most feminine piece of clothing I've actively chosen to put on my body in my entire life. Ever. The top is a part of the Limited Edition Belles & Whistles collection from Jack Wills, sold exclusively at the Covent Garden store in London. Somehow, I managed to get my hands on a piece. Why do I say 'somehow', you ask? Well, I mean it's not a big deal or anything (ahem) but there are only TWENTY of these tops in existence. Which first of all means that hey, that's pretty darn cool, but secondly it means that there's only a 20 in 6 billion (give or take) chance that I'll ever come across someone wearing the same outfit as me. If that's not a fashion blogger's idea of heaven then I don't know what is. 

'Jardelle' Strapless Top - £129
'Enid' Broderie Bodie Dress - £249
'Lutton' Brocade Bustier Dress - £249
'Milverton' Broderie Sleeveless Dress - £349

Click on the images below to see the rest of the collection! 

So, what's the verdict? Can I pull off this sort of top!?

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How to be a more productive blogger

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How to be more productive with your blog

Being told I need to relax more is pretty much a daily occurrence. I'll be honest with you, if there's one particular thing I pride myself on (apart from my ability to nap just about anywhere) it's that I'm pretty darn productive. In other words, I get shit done.

I won't lie, being a workaholic definitely has it's flaws (and that's something I'll be going into in a future, more personal post) but today I want to share the upsides of getting things done, and all the tips and tricks I use to do approximately 4,0758.6 per day. Give or take.

So for those of you that don't already know, I blog full time as a job, which is pretty awesome (you can find out how I became a full-time blogger here). On top of that I'm also a full time journalism student, which again, is good. On top of all that I'm also a freelance writer, multi-media content creator, Youtuber and a generic human being with basic hygiene needs etc etc. I'm not blowing my own trumpet here, because I'm actually bloody exhausted, but like I said, if there's one thing I'm good at it's getting a lot of things done in one day.

Last week however was a completely different story, and I pretty much sat around for days looking at my computer screen doing absolutely nothing. So in order to stop that from ever happening again I decided to make a little list in my diary featuring ways to get my mojo back. They worked, and I'm finally back on top of everything again, so I've decided to share a few of my not-so-secret secrets. Brace yourselves, it involves minimum sleep and a lot of coffee.

Make a list the night before

I make lists for pretty much everything I do, but every night I like to make sure I jot down all of the stuff that needs to get done the following day - even if it's something as simple as 'do the dishes'. Not only does this help me sleep better without having 500 things on my mind, but it also means that I don't have to mock up a new to do list the following day. Am I the only person in the world that puts 'make a to do list' on their to do list? Maybe.

Develop a routine

This is probably one of the most important ways I stay productive. As you all know, every Tuesday I do a Tip Tuesday style post, which helps give me a guide to stick to every week. I also post my Youtube videos on specific days each week, which gives me another routine I can rely on. As well as all of this, I tend to do a lot of my 'admin' work on Sunday afternoons. I'm not completely organised just yet, but I am getting there.

Plan in advance

Basically, I could pretty much tell you every blog post I'm uploading for the next month or two. This isn't always possible depending on what it is you actually blog about (for example, travel etc), but for me I find I work so much better knowing that I've got the next however many blogging days covered. It can be a little easier said than done sometimes, but I find that having a bunch of my posts already scheduled really takes a load off. It does mean you need to be seriously on the ball with blogging for a few days though. But once you're ahead it feels so darn good.

Be (fairly) realistic

I'm really, really bad at this. But I do try. Basically, if you're looking to get a month's worth of Uni work done in one day - amongst a slew of other things - think again. Even now I still find myself over-filling my to do lists, but I no longer bully myself if I don't get everything done. That being said, don't get lazy with your lists. If you're looking to push you productivity a little more it might even be beneficial to you to be ever so slightly unrealistic. Just, you know, don't expect to build Rome in a day.

Work in bulk

Since I have so many different things to do each week I usually try to designate a different day to various tasks. This is a little more difficult when I have loads of deadlines, but even so I still like to get lots of things done in one go. In fact, when it comes to me filming Youtube videos I normally do them in bulk throughout the day, depending on what I'm doing. A few weeks ago I made a makeup tutorial video, a lookbook video and two skincare videos in a few hours. It saves me time in the long run and gives me back-up content to use over the next few weeks, just incase I get ill or busy or something!

Take a break

I don't know anyone that can work well for hours on end, so taking a break every so often is a must, even if you don't think you have the time. I always used to feel like I was too busy to take some time out of what I was doing, but when I finally got into the hang of it I started utilising my time a lot more. I tend to work for an hour then give myself a quick ten minute break. If I don't, I just end up getting lost in the weirder corners of the internet. Don't go there.

Prioritise

I mean this in two different ways. First of all, instead of just doing the easiest thing on your list first, do the most important. It sounds so easy but hey, who really wants to start their day with a 4000 essay? Not me. But hey, it's gotta be done. The next way to prioritise things is perhaps a little controversial, but I will be doing another post on my experiences with it. Basically, I like my blog a lot more than I like University. I earn money from blogging, I pay for University. Since I have to pay for my rent I prioritise blog work over University any day. That isn't to say I don't get my work done on time, and to the best of my ability, but my attendance there really isn't great. It would be impossible for me to do everything perfectly, 24/7, so I have to let something slide on the odd occasion. It's not for everyone (and I'm sure my parents are rolling their eyes as they read this) but hey, it's what works for me.

Start now

FYI, tomorrow never comes! It's like when people say they're going to go on a diet tomorrow. Why not just start now? If you want to do something (or you know, have to do something) but feel like putting it off, don't! If you have the time to do it just do it. I'm not saying cancel all of your life plans just to write a blog post, but if you want to do something you may as well start now. 

Create a personal space

To some of you that watch my Youtube videos, you'll know I had an on-going issue in my old office with my crazy neighbour (long story short, she has loud sex, a lot. It's gross). Since then we've moved my office/desk area into our bedroom, and have turned that room into what is essentially a walk in wardrobe (#bloggergoals). My little corner of the room is so much quieter than it was before, and I now find myself getting more done than ever before. It also helps if you tell people in your house that you're going off to do some work so that they'll let you work in peace. Basically, just tell everyone to leave you alone or else.

Don't multi-task

Don't ask me the scientific stuff here, but I've read on countless different smarty pants websites that our brains weren't built for multi-tasking (yes, even us girls). So these days I try to focus on just one task instead of five - unless of course it's the sort of multi-tasking that involves doing the dishes and catching up on my favourite Netflix shows. Doing this means I can put 100% of my effort into whatever it is I'm doing, as opposed to half-assing a selection of tasks.

Get healthy

Gah, isn't healthy talk just so BORINGGGG?! But alas, generally being healthier will make you work a lot more efficiently. When I was going to the gym and drinking more than a teaspoon of water a day I had so much more energy and my brain woz a lot more gd at finking. It'll seem like such a chore at first if you're a bit of a non-fitness-fanatic, but once you realise how much more you get done when you do feel good, you'll wanna do it more.

Let me know your favourite ways to stay productive!

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Five simple SEO tips that will make your blog grow (woo!)

5 SEO tips to grow your blog audience
5 SEO tips to grow your blog audience
5 SEO tips to grow your blog audience

So first up, don't these little green plant ball things make you so very happy? I don't know why, but seeing them all lined up in a neat little row really pleased that minutely OCD side of me. I'm the only one that loves them? Okay, moving on..

Today's Tip Tuesday is potentially a little bit boring, but it seriously reaps the benefits. In my last post about how to grow your blog traffic a load of you mentioned how much you'd like some posts on SEO. So ladies and gents, here I am with my SEO hat on (metaphorical, of course, although please feel free to send one in the post) ready to share with you five basic SEO tips that are sure to help you grow your blog audience. Like I said, it's not the most exciting topic in life, but it's really useful to know if you're looking to take your blog to the next level. Now now students, quieten down. I don't want to go and put anyone in detention now. God I'm hungry. This post is getting a little weird. Onto the SEO tips!

Make your website mobile-friendly

A few weeks ago Google decided to switch things up with their algorithms. Wait, what now? Basically an algorithm is the formula that Google uses when figuring out how to rank different web pages - and one of the latest changes is that Googs is going to start penalising websites/blogs that aren't responsive on mobile devices, meaning your website may rank a little lower than you'd like. If you're on pre-made templates, chances are the majority of you won't have to worry about this, but it's always good to check whether or not your site works efficiently on mobiles/tablets. You can check to see if your own site is responsive here.

Submit an XML site map

YAWN. Don't those words sound so boring? I almost added the word pizza at the end just to make it more..tasty (?) but hey, I'm trying to be serious here. A site map is a file that allows you to list the pages on your site that help tell Google (and Bing, Yahoo etc.) about your content. Long story short, submitting your site map can help Google process more of your pages, which helps you become more visible on the world wide web!

Use relevant anchor text

When you search for a product online, you're not typing in 'link here' are you? So why make that your own anchor text!? I used to do this all the time, but since using relevant text I've noticed my pages and posts rank a lot higher than before. Basically, whenever you're linking out to a page, be sure to link out using words that relate to the site/product you're talking about. For example, why don't you all check out the latest post I did on How to triple your blog traffic ? See what I did there?

Make search-friendly URLS

This is pretty similar to what I mentioned above. When I'm making a blog post I like to pretend I'm a potential reader looking for a web page. What would I type if I wanted to know how to get rid of my moustache? Well, I'd probably type 'how to get rid of a moustache' into Google or something. Same goes for your URL and blog title. Instead of allowing your blog URL to be blogname.com/684694-468468-273 change it to blogname.com/how-to-get-rid-of-moustache. It'll show up on Google a lot better that way. So uh, about that moustache..

Optimise your images

Again, this is pretty much the same as the last two, only in terms of images. It can sometimes be annoying to do (and by sometimes, I mean most of the time) but when saving your images be sure to save them with a relevant name. No one is going to go searching for 'DCM 440716', are they? Nope. So name your images as if you were searching for them yourself! To give your images that extra boost be sure to use the ALT text to describe your images. Try not to use too many key words though - Google hates that.

Hope this helped some of you!

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150 things to be happy about

150 things to be happy about
150 things to be happy about
150 things to be happy about
150 things to be happy about

Us bloggers are just so darn happy all the time, aren't we? I get it, I get it, it can be annoying when everyone else in the world is talking about how great their life is and you're just sitting at your desk powering through a 500 page case study with a loud neighbour hammering on your walls, an empty fridge a migraine from hell and a cat that just peed on your favourite sweater. Ahem. That's the situation happening right now, and before I decided to fall 100% into moody bitch mode I decided to write out a few things to be happy about - something I've found helps me whenever I'm feeling down in the dumps. Then I thought, hey, I have no real story behind what I'm wearing in this outfit (other than a story about how bloody great this jacket from Missguided is) so, why not just throw all of my thoughts on here? 

I like a nice rounded number, and hey, I like a challenge (and I also like procrastinating instead of writing this case study) so I've decided on jotting down 150 things that come to mind that make me feel a little bit better about whatever situation I'm going through. Hopefully - if you're nearing bitch mode like I was - they'll make you feel a bit better too! 

1. THE FACT THAT TODAY IS FRIDAY
2. UNIVERSITY DEADLINES ARE COMING TO A CLOSE
3. SUMMER IS AROUND THE CORNER
4. NAPS EXIST (IS THIS NOT THE BEST THING EVER?)
5. FRESH FRUIT SALADS IN THE SUNSHINE
6. HANGING THE WASHING OUTSIDE WHEN IT'S SUNNY
7. HAVING MY CATS TALK/MEOW BACK TO ME 
8. STRETCHING OUT ON THE FLOOR LIKE A STARFISH
9. WALKING IN GRASS BAREFOOT
10. SPENDING FAR TOO LONG IN THE SHOWER
11. CLIMBING INTO FRESH BED SHEETS
12. JEANS THAT FIT PERFECTLY
13. TICKING THE LAST THING OFF A TO DO LIST
14. NATURALLY WAKING UP EARLY
15. HAVING A GOOD MAKEUP DAY
16. KNOWING ALL THE WORDS TO A RAP SONG
17. TAKING A GOOD SELFIE THE FIRST TIME AROUND
18. LAUGHING UNTIL IT HURTS
19. PROVING PEOPLE WRONG
20. LATE NIGHT TRIPS TO THE SHOP
21. STRANGERS SAYING 'MORNING' TO YOU
22. BUYING FRESH FROM FROM A MARKET
23. PASTRIES AND COFFEE
24. FINISHING ALL THE CHORES
25. BRAND NEW SOCKS
26. FINISHING A CROSSWORD PUZZLE
27. HAVING BACK BACK TICKLED
28. NOT HAVING TO SET MY ALARM
29. EATING CAKE MIX STRAIGHT FROM THE BOWL
30. HAVING A TIDY DESK
31. VIDEOS OF SMALL CUTE ANIMALS
32. CATCHING UP WITH OLD FRIENDS
33. FINDING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS
34. FAST FOOD WHEN YOU'VE GOT A CRAVING
35. BROWSING SHOPS FOR NO REASON AT ALL
36. CACTIS AND SUCCULENTS
37. THOSE REALLY SWEET PIECES OF POPCORN
38. BRAND NEW NOTEBOOKS
39. FINDING RANDOM MONEY IN YOUR BAG
40. THE MOMENT YOU REALISE YOU'RE OVER SOMETHING
41. THE FEELING OF BUTTERFLIES
42. THAT WARM PATCH OF SUN THROUGH THE WINDOW
43. SCRATCHING A STUBBORN ITCH
44. LISTENING TO GRANDPARENT'S STORIES
45. NAPPING WITH SOMEONE ELSE
46. PICKING UP THINGS WITH MY FEET
47. DRIVING AT NIGHT
48. NO MAKEUP DAYS
49. WATCHING MY CATS SPOON EACHOTHER
50. SCENTED CANDLES
51. WATER FIGHTS IN THE SUN
52. HAVING THE HOUSE TO MYSELF
53. GOING OUT WITHOUT A BRA ON
54. FRESH HOT DONUTS FROM THE FAIR
55. SURPRISE PACKAGES IN THE POST
56. GETTING GOOD NEWS
57. CLEARING MY INBOX OF ALL EMAILS
58. A GLASS OF RED WINE IN THE EVENING
59. TWITTER CHATS WITH RANDOMS
60. SIAMESE GUMMY BEARS
61. TAKING MY HAIR OUT OF A PONYTAIL
62. LAUGHING FITS WITH FRIENDS
63. RE-ARRANGING ROOMS
64. BREAKFAST IN BED
65. MAKING FRIENDS WITH STRAY ANIMALS
66. OVER COMING OBSTACLES
67. HOT WATER BOTTLES EVERY DAY
68. THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA
69. LIKEMINDED PEOPLE 
70. FREE MUSEUMS
71. HEELS THAT ARE ACTUALLY COMFORTABLE
72. SQUEEZING SPOTS YOU KNOW YOU SHOULDN'T
73. THE SMELL OF OLD BOOKS
74. NETFLIX DAYS
75. THAT FEELING AFTER THE GYM
76. LEARNING A NEW SKILL
77. FINDING SOMETHING YOU LOVE ON SALE
78. DOING THINGS YOU KNOW YOU SHOULDN'T
79. BEING ABLE TO UNTAG FACEBOOK PICTURES
80. SWEATPANTS, SWEATPANTS, SWEATPANTS
81. REMEMBERING YOUR DREAMS
82. NOT SMUDGING MY NAIL POLISH
83. INSIDE JOKES
84. LEAVING WORK EARLY
85. EATING DESSERT FIRST
86. GETTING AN EVEN TAN
87. WAKING UP TO 'GOOD MORNING' TEXTS
88. HAPPY POSTMEN (MINE'S THE BEST)
89. UNEXPECTED PEOPLE WITH TATTOOS
90. QUITTING SOMETHING YOU HATE
91. LEAVING ALL THE WINDOWS OPEN
92. THE COLD SIDE OF THE PILLOW
93. SCORING A BARGAIN ON EBAY
94. FORGIVING AND FORGETTING
95. KISSING MY CATS ON THEIR COLD LITTLE NOSES
96. PERFECTLY SHAVED LEGS
97. NEW UNTOUCHED MAKEUP
98. FRESH FLOWERS
99. CHIPS AND CURRY SAUCE
100. THINKING IT'S LATER THAN IT IS
101. WHEN SOMEONE SAYS THANK YOU
102. BEING SURPRISED WITH A PIZZA DELIVERY
103. THAT FEELING AFTER TIDYING MY HOUSE
104. TAKING A DAY OFF WORK/SCHOOL
105. FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF
106. SECRETLY DOING THINGS FOR CHARITY
107. OVERSIZED SWEATERS
108. DANCING ALONE IN MY BEDROOM (GUILTY)
109. HAVING SOMEONE ELSE DO THE DISHES
110. BIG FAMILY DINNERS
111. HOT DAYS AND AIR CONDITIONING
112. BARBECUES IN THE GARDEN
113. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE
114. THE SMELL OF FRESHLY CUT GRASS
115. THE SMELL OF SUN LOTION
116. DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
117. LISTENING TO MUSIC ON LONG JOURNEYS
118. FINDING OUT FUNNY STORIES ABOUT YOUR PARENTS
119. PUTTING JUST ABOUT ANYTHING IN A MILKSHAKE
120. SOCK SLIDING ON HARD FLOORS
121. BATHS THAT ARE THE PERFECT TEMPERATURE
122. THE SMELL OF BACON IN THE MORNING
123. NON-AWKWARD SILENCES
124. DIPPING CHOCOLATE IN PEANUT BUTTER
125. HEAD MASSAGES (NEED ONE NOW PLEASE)
126. WINNING AT SOMETHING..ANYTHING!
127. TALKING ABOUT OLD MEMORIES WITH SOMEONE
128. CRISP BANK NOTES
129. PEOPLE WATCHING
130. SUCCESSFUL DIY PROJECTS
131. LATE NIGHT TEXTS WITH A FRIEND
132. THE SMELL OF LAUNDRY DETERGENT
133. DRINKING FROM THE CARTON
134. BEING THE ONLY PERSON IN A CAFE
135. MELTED CHEESE ON EVERYTHING
136. 80S DANCE MUSIC
137. LAUGHING UNTIL I CAN'T BREATHE
138. CAPTURING THE PERFECT PICTURE
139. IMPROMPTU HAIR CUTS (THAT WORK OUT WELL)
140. WAKING UP ON HOLIDAY
141. THE SMELL OF RAIN ON A HOT DAY
142. HUGS FROM LOVED ONES
143. BABY ANIMALS, ALL ANIMALS!
144. PULLED PORK WITH EVERYTHING
145. SLIMMING MIRRORS
146. BEING A SLOB WITH SOMEONE YOU LOVE
147. THINGS GOING BETTER THAN EXPECTED
148. DAYS SPENT ON THE BEACH
149. DRIVING WITH THE ROOF DOWN
150. REALISING EVERYTHING IS ACTUALLY PRETY OKAY

 

What makes you happy?

 

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