Grow Your Followers (In 5 Simple Ways)

Happy Saturday Guys!

And I’m happy to be blogging again … pause… what’s one thing making you really happy today? I’ve decided to make a comeback with this very universal post because as I was scrolling through my posts it hit me that a similar post in the past Get Your New Blog Up And Running (My Personal Tips & Secrets) had received much attention and many likes, which means many people found it helpful so what better idea than to put out another one of it’s kind.   (Short intro I told myself, this will be a long read anyways )

 

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GROW YOUR FOLLOWING in 5 Easy Step

1. Focus

Focus in and define the type of your blog, what do you write about most and what’s something you rarely discuss. (It’s okay to not have this figured out right away and as the pros say; it’s a good time to explore and write about multiple topics when you are starting out with only a small number of following) I suggest you take that time to really decide what works for you and most importantly, what do you enjoy the most. Is it beauty more persicely makeup or is it cooking and to be exact desserts. From then on you will only build on that and improve your skills, creating a name for yourself across the blogging community.

2. Action

Put your creative caps on and produce content that best suits the type of blog, by doing this you are letting people know before hand what they’re signing up for and you will not attract anyone who isn’t interested in your content in the first place. The best way to give yourself a ground is to creating a tagline for your blog. Remember always give your followers what attracted their attention the first time, changes are necessary as you grow but never be deceiving, uphold your quality and be yourself, people will love that.

3. Consistency

Consistency is key to a lot of things and the same goes for blogging, if you’re looking to gain followers on a regular basis you must stay consistence with your uploads. Now a lot of people would say that working up a schedule for your blog posts lets people know when to expect something from you on their feed. However, this may or may not work in everyone’s favor, I personally did not follow this rule and posted randomly so if you don’t want to commit to a strict schedule don’t ever feel the pressure to do so. But do make sure to keep up with the following steps to insure your follower gain.

4.  Presence 

Staying present is by far the most effective approach to gaining followers. And it’s not only to create posts for your blog but there are other things that indicate your presence such social media. Create at least three social media holds for your blog with the same name and theme, keep them in sync with your blog and stay active. It’s a great way of putting yourself out there and you’ll be surprised by how many amazing fellow bloggers of all level will connect with you just on Instagram alone. This is a great piece of advice but in all honesty, thus far I have failed to live up to it. So another huge aspect is to stay active on WordPress alone and this is something I swear by. I use to spend a good amount of time on WordPress feed + the comments section of blogs that grabbed my attention because that connected me to similar blogs.

5. Tags + Titles

Last but not least (woah, I’ve hit the 5 already, well maybe I could do a part 2) lets zoom into tags & titles tags are very and I repeat very important especially as your blog grows older. Tags are limited and you do not want to use ‘too many’ anyways. Because the point of a tag is to pinpoint and identify. Four to five tags per post are highly recommended and of course, there are wider and often used tags like, beauty, lifestyle etc.

A little trick is to always note what tags are being used most commonly at a given time. The fuss over tags is to again make sure your posts do not get buried in a pile where no one ever see’s it. They help you deliver your content straight to your followers, that brings forth another small tip; go and follow tags that relate to your blog and use those for your posts.

Titles are for the same purpose and click-bait is a controversial topic, I won’t be getting into that but I will tell you that throughout your blog stay honest and keep your reputation in check before putting out anything. “You receive what you give” so be unique, fun, and creative with your them while keeping their purpose, which is to inform your readers what they’re about to read.

There you have it my very first and personal guide to getting you more followers, this is just some advice that’s come solely from my blogging experiences thus far and I hope it makes sense and proves to be of some help. Stay patient as this takes time and nothing beats passion so when ever you create something for your blog do it with love and you’ll never be disappointed.

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Gilts&Glamz Is Getting A New Name!

Hello Awesome Followers (or more so) Friends,

This blog has come a long, long, very long way, to be honest at times I still can’t believe that it exits but thankfully it does and on top of everything ‘YOU’ people have made it a big beautiful thing ( a GlamFam of 600+). This blog you know as Gilts&Glamz once impulsively got it’s name and the owner (ME) (proudly smiles) was so grossed in learning and creating content for this blog, meeting (well virtually meeting) other bloggers that before I noticed I was far into this and it was growing (taken by surprise, again) and started to constantly think of the name and it’s meaning, impact and all that hard stuff that initially goes into a professional looking blog.

So taking it step by step because that’s the right way to do it, much consideration and thought will be put into this blog from here on (I tell myself and I will stick to it) so today I present to you …. the new name for this blog with high hopes that’ll you support it with much more love as it precedes, your input is always welcome, (in fact, I was thinking of letting you all vote on it, just because why not)

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Gilts&Glamz is now ‘Xclusive Glam’

Yas! I have now confirmed this name (in hope of not having to change it again) as with any change to come, I’ll announce it before it takes place.

Thank You & Love You All,

You Are The Best!

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CONQUER Your Goals ( A 5-Step Personal Guide)

Happy Friday!

Now that you’ve survived Monday, and the Monday before it and ‘all’ the Mondays of 2017 so far. I’m here to ask you, are you always looking forward to the next day because today just didn’t cut it for you, so you tell yourself tomorrow will be better and you’ll do it all (all). But what really happens the next day ______________ fill in the blank.

And if you’re anything like me you are most likely to fill in the blank with ‘unsuccessful’ and trust me ‘worst feeling ever’ but no worries, I’m here with a full-proof solution, you just have to make it work so all the best!

Conquer Your Goals In 5 – Steps (Day to Day)

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1. Get In Touch 

In touch with your (inner) self, recognize and be in-tone with your self. How you work internally and externally, this means being well aware of your work style, relaxing style, and also your stressors. For example, What’s one thing that get’s you in the mood to do something, what’s one thing that holds you back from doing something.

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2. Night Before

Night time is something I live for all day but what do I do… one word youtube sometimes two Instagram. I’ve actually learned to benefit from these time stealers , and (if you think about it, the internet is always there to help you, the ‘catch’ is ‘if’ you allow.)

Here’s how you too can benefit from the endless hours you spend online aka youtube/Instagram;

  • Firstly, go ahead and unfollow all negativity or anything that doesn’t align with your personal goals or passions.
  • Secondly, should be obvious, now do follow people that share a good energy with you or you find appealing enough to motivate ‘you’ to do the same for yourself, for example, fitness oriented goals follow fitness gurus that are genuinely working hard and beauty bloggers find beauty gurus that resemble your personal style or simply speak to you.
  • Goal here is to find a spark of inspiration and get a good dose of motivation during this time where there are no other distractions.

3. Talk To Yourself 

This is similar to step-two but slightly different. Here’s how it plays out, so you’ve got a lot on your hand in return you keep piling your mind with imaginary to-do lists until it becomes one big jumble and scares you to your bed in the middle of the day.

  • Take a deep breath, sit down
  • Start counting everything you need to do (out loud)
  • Plan out loud (when) and (how) you will tackle each task
  • Goal here is to relieve the overwhelming feelings

4. List The Day

Every morning or night (which ever works best for you)

  • Have a open notepad in your room
  • Make a list of your day (bullet points)
  • This list should not look like your a journey entry or bucket list
  • It should have at least 5 or more things you need to get done that specific day and no more (Example: Drink Gallon Water, Write Paper, Write Bills etc.)
  • End of day look at your list and put little checks/ smiley faces next to your accomplished tasks
  • Repeat next day
  • Goal here is to help build habits that will produce long-term success

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5. Reflect  

Check-in with yourself, ask yourself how am I doing, am I getting closer to my plans, am I walking in a completely different direction, am I stuck in one place. When ever you start to feel puzzled and stuck sit down and conduct a Q&A with yourself.

  • If you fail, it’s okay!
  • Start again tomorrow
  • If one routine is not working, try another one
  • Keep trying until you find one that works best for you
  • Reward yourself for your achievements (a pat on the back)
  • Goal here is to not lose track, keep you eyes peeled to your goals and tackle them daily

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This was a long read but hey it starts here, you must we willing read through this, for this to work. This is no easy work (I would know) it requires dedication and a will to succeed. Take what you can, tweak what you can because this is a in practice (personal) guide; which has worked to make my days more productive.

I’ll leave you to it now since you have so many GOALS to CONQUER and be a proud self. GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU FOR READING as always, feedback, feedback, I wanna see your comments and ‘likes’ if you prefer these type of things on my blog.

OKAY… BYE!!!

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Blog Worthy Pictures Using Your iPHONE

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Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.

Hey Loves! Having good quality pictures is a must when it comes to blogging and social media. You don’t need to buy an expensive camera to take your blog pictures, your iPhone will do the same job. Here are some tips and tricks I do to take my blog pictures using my iPhone 6!

Salut tout le monde!Avoir des photos de bonne qualité est important quand il s’agit de blogs et médias sociaux. Vous n’avez pas besoin d’acheter un appareil photo cher pour prendre vos photos de blog, votre iPhone fera le même travail. Voici quelques trucs et astuces que je fais pour prendre mes photos de blog en utilisant mon iPhone 6!

1/ Turn on your grid

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Having a grid when taking your pictures is so essential especially for flat lay photography. It’s very easy, go to Settings and scroll down…

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Let’s Get Social… (Following On Twitter Right Now)

Happy Friday Lovelies!

I’ve was just sitting down and scrolling through twitter feed as it hit me that I may not have you all on my twitter and I’m probably missing out on your wonderful tweets, as much as much I try to follow as many people I can find on social media, it’s still not everyone and that makes me sad so I decided why not do something fun and connect even more on social media. Are you ready?

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For the next hour or two, okay two hours. In the next two hours, I am going to follow everyone anyone who comments on this post.

Rules: 

If you would like me to follow you on twitter simply;

  • Like this post
  • Head on over to twitter & follow @GiltsAndGlamz and I will follow you back, (I’m waiting)
  • And that’s it! (Simple as that)

Hope To See You There 🙂 

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Get Your New Blog Up And Running (My Personal Tips & Secrets)

Hello Beautiful People!

I say why not get down to some business today, the business of blogging of course! I have read so many blog posts recently advising new bloggers and they’re all great, so much you can learn from each and every one of them, and I’m actually really proud of myself when I say that I had actually been following the most important and common advice all along 🙂 whatever it was that I was doing was floating my boat and it came as a surprise when one lovely blogger requested that I share my secrets and tips on how to build and grow a new blog. I’ll be honest and tell you that deep down it feels great 🙂 so here it is; just some real, personal and honest advice or call it ‘secrets’ if you will.

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5 Piece of Personal Advice To New Bloggers or ( Even Bloggers In General) 

  1. Just Do It  

    Whether you are still in the process of deciding whether or not you should start a blog or already running one, I would tell you to “just do it” let your ideas flow, if it hit you that you should start a blog, than go ahead and do it right away before that idea gets completely ignored. Have an idea for your next post, hit that ‘write’ button and write down it’s title at least so it’s there to remind you. Let this be something that free’s your mind, something that makes you just as happy even a year later.

  2. Also, Don’t Over Do It 

    Before you get confused and click away, let me tell you what I mean here, this ties perfectly with the first piece of advice, while you want to follow your impulses and just create that post. What you don’t want to do is; force yourself to write and publish content because you feel there is some pressure to do so. This will ‘not’ always bring traffic to your blog, you can start a blog and publish 50 posts back to back but see that you’re not reaching as much views or likes or communication in general, this leads us to my next piece of advice.

  3. Communicate 

    Can’t stress this enough, communicate, communicate, it can be hard especially if you burden yourself with too many posts, this is why you should try to maintain a good balance between creating content and communicating with your readers, which includes actually reading their content, giving feedback, and liking their posts also going and discovering new blogs and following them. This is a give and take and I know, trust me I know, it’s time consuming but it’s crucial. I believe this is the only thing that has helped me reach the point that I am at today, because let’s be real, my content is ‘my’ content, just me rambling on and on about things and even if it was top notch I wouldn’t be going any where with it until people actually came and saw it and liked it and shared it. So I hope you get the point here, go out and discover blogs and forget about the stat’s for now. Once you start viewing more and more blogs, you’ll start to love it at least I love it, it’s so much fun.

  4. Quality, Appearance, Photos And More 

    What makes you click on a blog post or even a blog it self, think about how much of an influence appearance has. You’re writing may be on point and filled with some ideas worth reading but truth is, it’s not going to speak to readers, it’s not going to make them click on it, and therefore, they’ll never know what they missed out on so do yourself a favor and your readers by making your posts look attractive, use visuals, use nice big fonts, photo’s and colors. You do not need to go out and purchase an expensive camera in order to get amazing photo’s for your blog or at least not yet, use your phone and good editing apps, play around to see what works best for you but the goal here is to invest time in your photos and the overall appearance of your blog and every post. Another reason you should check out other blogs, you’ll be inspired everyday for your own blog.

  5. Assess Yourself  

    After all every person is different and therefore every blog is unique, look to other for inspiration not competition, and It would be right to say that the blogging community is super positive and loving anyways. All you have to do is find your place and get comfortable, and no one is better at being ‘you’ only you can do that, so explore every side, every style and you’ll know when you’ve found exactly what speaks to you then from there on just let that speak to your audience, a little love and some passion is all you need to succeed here.

I am by no means an expert at this, just a little passion to be more creative each day, I’m still learning but there you have it, some advice just for you. Hope it’s not too much to read and that it actually benefits you in some way, if it does be sure to come back and share your story, and feel free to leave a tip or two yourself all you lovely readers because sharing is caring.

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