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Growing up, I was incredibly...

Yesterday, I posted my deepest, darkest secret on my blog. It look me 24 hours to get the nerve to share it on here. I’ve been writing that post for a while. It probably didn’t go live the day I intended it to and it might disappear at some point. But enough is enough. Time for me to put my big girl panties on and stop lying to myself and everyone else. I hope you won’t think any different of me or judge me in any way. I’m still the same person, I’m just not pretending anymore. .
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Thinking back to last month and our stay in that cute little airbnb, it makes me so grateful for the opportunity to blog full-time. Not only do I get to work closely with companies that I love, but occasionally I get the opportunity to take our family on a little, but much needed vacation. It really is the best job I’ve ever had. Today on the blog, I’m continuing my series for bloggers and influencers and discussing what might be the scariest part of this job… pitching companies and applying to campaigns. Head over and check out my suggestions to nail those pitches. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! .
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Today I had a plan. Wake up early, get the girls ready for their first day of school and then take the perfect first day of school picture to post on Instagram, where I would talk about how bittersweet it is to watch my girls grow up into these incredible young women. 
But things don’t always go as we plan. Instead, Falynn and Iyla woke up at 3:30am, got ready for school and then came downstairs at 5:00am to let us know they were ready. 5:00am... two and a half hours before they actually needed to be at school. I rolled myself out of bed at around 6:50am, Super Dad made me some coffee and I quickly shooed them outside so I could take a picture and realized that Falynn was in a long sleeved shirt, a jacket, jeans and old sneakers. I’m pretty sure her hair wasn’t brushed either. Lucia wasn’t awake yet so it would be the first year without a first day of school picture of all three of them. 😫 Whatever. I was tired. So I quickly took a picture (swipe to see) and got them off to school. Lucia woke up late and I couldn’t take a picture of her because my camera lens kept fogging up. When we walked back into the house, the dog escaped, making her even later. 🤦🏻‍♀️ And my coffee’s cold. Anyway, since I couldn’t get the perfect first day of school picture, I hope you enjoy this shot of the girls and Super Dad in their @swimzip.
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Congratulations on finishing the first 5 steps to starting a blog. Now that you’ve mastered them and you’ve been working on building your social media audience, you’re ready to move onto the next steps. By now, you’re learning that being a blogger takes a lot of hard work and dedication. This isn’t an easy job. This isn’t a fun way to get free products. For a lot of us, myself included, being a blogger and social influencer is how we pay the bills. If you have a love of writing and marketing, you can turn this into the career you’ve always wanted.

So let’s discuss the next steps…

Step 6: Let’s Get Writing

Think about what kind of topics you want to write about in your blog. I’d like for you to try to come up with one or two things you really love and want to write about. Is it food? Is it beauty? Is it fashion? Is it parenting? Is it travel?

In Step 10, we’re going to talk about how to apply for campaigns. Some of the best advice I was given when I started out, was to think about what type of campaigns you want to get hired for, and write about those things first. If you’re hoping to land a food campaign, create, photograph and share recipe blog posts. If you’re hoping to land a travel campaign, document your vacations. If you’re not planning on going on any, book a local hotel for a couple of days and photograph and write about it. Show the companies you’ll be applying to, what you are capable of.

Think of the beginning of your blog as a portfolio and an introduction to you, your writing style and what you will be sharing. This way, when you apply for campaigns, you’ll be showing them your writing and photography skills. The more you have to show, the better your chances will be. So commit to one or two posts per week and be consistent.

Step 7: Share and Re-Share on Social Channels

As soon as you publish your blog post, you’ll want to share it on social media. You can choose to share with or without photos. I prefer photos, as they are more likely to catch people’s eye. Share your blog post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and any other social channels you are active on. The more, the better. Think about it like a business card. You aren’t going to print up 2,000 business cards and one hand out one. The more you hand out, the more people will learn about you.

You’ll want to include a shareable pinterest image somewhere in your blog post. This will give your readers something to share on their pinterest feeds! There are many ways to make a shareable pinterest image. Currently, I’m using Canva. Canva is great because they offer templates for everything! Just upload your image (they also offer some free stock photos), change the text and download. You can also resize your image to create one for Instagram stories, Facebook and Twitter. Everything is saved in your account, so you can easily come back and use your last design as a template, to create new social share images.

One thing that’s important to remember, is that you don’t want to share your post just once. The more you share, the more eyes will see your post. So, continue sharing each of your posts throughout the year. If they are holiday specific, share them a few times before the holiday and then again each year. If it’s a topic that can be shared year round, share it each month or every other week, depending on how many blog posts you have to share. Continuing to share will keep it relevant! Try to share one blog post every day on all of your social channels.

Step 8: Engage + Connect With The Blogger Community

The best part about becoming a blogger, is connecting with the blogger community. Join blogger groups on Facebook, reach out to other bloggers on Instagram. Follow them, engage on their posts and get to know them. You’ll find that there are so many that are willing to help you, give you advice and lead you in the right direction. It’s important to build yourself a support system of people that understand what you’re going through. My blogger friends are what get me through the day and I speak to them more than I speak to my family and friends I’ve known for years!

Step 9: Schedule + Create an Editorial Calendar

All of this may seem overwhelming. For me, structure has helped me to make sure I get things done on time. I live by my Erin Condren planner. I write everything down. I schedule blog posts each week, pencil in when I have to take photos, when I have to write, when drafts are due, etc.

You may want to create an editorial calendar for yourself, to help you stay up to date. Plan out your posts a month or two ahead of time so you have plenty of time to get everything scheduled and done.

Step 10: Apply to Influencer Platforms

Once you have content on your blog and all of your social channels, you’re ready to start applying for influencer platforms. While there are some that have traffic and follower requirements, some will welcome micro-influencers as well. Just make sure that you pay attention to each platforms requirements, prior to applying.

Here are some of my go-to platforms:

Social Native
Social Fabric
Sway
Clever
Cohley
Ahalogy
Pop Pays
Soapbox

Since people found out I've supported my family with my blog, since April of 2018, they want to know how! Here are the next 5 steps if you want to start a blog.

Next Up: How to Nail Those Pitches!

Next, I’m going to share some tips to nailing those pitches and getting accepted to campaigns! Sign up for our newsletter for some extra tips and to be notified when new posts are live. Don’t forget to check out all of our blogger tools.

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  • Blair villanueva
    July 30, 2019

    Social media channels are a huge help to reach new readers. Taking advantage of these will boost good traffic and new subscribers.

  • Kiwi
    July 28, 2019

    Great tips for newbie bloggers. Definitely being apart of a blogger community is very helpful!
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  • I’ve been blogging for a few years now and though I still work full-time, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. Thanks for teaching others.

  • Lyanna Soria
    July 26, 2019

    This is quite an informative post and is totally helpful especially to those who are new to blogging. Even those who are not can learn new stuff from this post too.
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  • This will be so helpful to anyone starting out! I wish I had awesome advice like this when I began ♡. Thank you tons for sharing your insights and advice with the blogging community!

  • Fatima Torres
    July 24, 2019

    These are great tips, Heather. I love using Canva. I recently upgraded to Pro and it’s been a life-changer for my business.

  • Shannon Gurnee
    July 23, 2019

    These are some great steps to starting a blog. I’ve had quite a few people ask me how to start a blog. Thank you for sharing this information.

  • Lavern Moore
    July 23, 2019

    Wow, how useful are these
    blogs! Would love to try these tips! Lavern Moore

  • Louisa Moje
    July 23, 2019

    So easy to follow and straight to the point. I’ve used some of this platforms at one point or the other. Great tips for new and intermediate bloggers!
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  • rika
    July 23, 2019

    These are very useful tips! I think to promote the content on social media is very important.

  • Sharon
    July 23, 2019

    This is such a helpful post! I know that many could get dizzy trying to figure out all the steps of starting a blog but you make it clear and manageable.
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  • stacie
    July 23, 2019

    These are really great tips for the beginning blogger. I shall be bookmarking this post. Great read

  • Ashley
    July 23, 2019

    Great info to have for new bloggers. I wish I had had this info when I started.

  • Rachel
    July 23, 2019

    When I talk to people, they never understand how a blog can actually make money. I don’t think they understand the influencer part of it.
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  • Emily Fata
    July 23, 2019

    I definitely need to start setting out a planner for my blog. I used to have one and it made things so much easier, but then I got lazy. Such a mistake!

  • Lynndee
    July 23, 2019

    Such great tips. Sharing your blog or your blog posts on your social media channels really help a lot in promoting your blog.
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  • Rachel
    July 23, 2019

    I think applying to influencer platforms is something people don’t know about when they want to start making money from their blogs.
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  • Tasheena
    July 23, 2019

    This post is really informative. Your tips are so helpful. I agree that it’s so important to engage and connect.
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  • Rena
    July 23, 2019

    It’s so overwhelming when you’re first starting out. These tips will surely help someone wanting to get started.
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  • Monica Y
    July 23, 2019

    Those are all good steps, my friend keeps asking on how to start a blog, I am sending her here to read your post.

  • Carolyn
    July 23, 2019

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I’ve been blogging for a couple of years but I found this helpful and I’m interested in that pitches post. That’s something I always need help with!
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  • Melissa Dixon
    July 23, 2019

    This is perfect for starting a blog. I love that you are sharing your secrets. This will help so many people!
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  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael
    July 23, 2019

    Hhhhhmmmmm….alright Heather. Time to put these tips into action!
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  • Ruth I
    July 23, 2019

    I don’t think it’s easy to get this straight without instructions. I absolutely find most of it practical and makes a lot of sense. Anyone starting to blog must get into this.

  • Catalina
    July 23, 2019

    These are important steps that any blogger should take. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Angelica Sereda
    July 22, 2019

    Great tips. I always love learning new blogging tips.
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  • Mama to 6 Blessings
    July 22, 2019

    Oh thanks, I have been blogging for over 10 years and I have never heard of some of these platforms. I am going there now to check them out. Thank you for your tips — super helpful!
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  • krystal
    July 22, 2019

    Definitely make it sound easy to get going! A must-read for newbies!

  • Sue Reddel
    July 22, 2019

    Such a great list of tips for new bloggers. You even surprised me with some influencer networks that I hadn’t heard of. Thanks!
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  • Celebrate Woman Today
    July 22, 2019

    One of the important things is your editorial calendar. We forget how much support it can give during the content creation. Bravo!

  • Amy
    July 22, 2019

    These are great tips for blogging. I love the networks you have suggested too.

  • Pam Wattenbarger
    July 22, 2019

    So many blog beginner tutorials never go beyond the first five steps of setting it up. This is a great guide to what comes next.

  • Valerie
    July 22, 2019

    There are some good suggestions there. I also encourage students to take time to determine what they want to accomplish before they start writing.

  • Terri Steffes
    July 22, 2019

    Great next steps! I love the writing advice and the Canva. Those are things I do as well.
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  • Sarah Bailey
    July 22, 2019

    Do you know I still suffer with the sharing on social media step. I am awful for not doing it, things go out automatically when I first post and then are never seen again.
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  • Kelli A
    July 22, 2019

    I love reading new tips for bloggers. I always learn a little more or get a refresher on pertinent details!

  • Liz Mays
    July 22, 2019

    These are such good pointers. I wish I would have got to work on some of these things sooner. Engaging with other bloggers is so important!

  • Tara Pittman
    July 22, 2019

    Blogging is hard work. Being prepared and organized always helps.

  • Brianne Tursi Manz
    July 22, 2019

    These are spot-on steps! It’s great to see these kinds of posts that will help others to get a blog off the ground! You are doing great things for people that are wanting to get into the blogging world.

  • Sarah Althouse
    July 22, 2019

    Great tips for new bloggers! When I first started I was winging it but wish I had been more structured.

  • Brianna Steele
    July 22, 2019

    Amazing tips, Heather!! I can’t even tell you how much you’ve helped me in the hobby turned job!!!

    • Heather
      July 22, 2019

      I’m so glad I was able to help you! It was fate that we met 🙂 You are doing an amazing job!

  • Mayuri Patel
    July 22, 2019

    An informative post. Like the tip about remembering to re share old posts as I tend to forget about them. Will learn to plan out when and what to share. Looking forward to the next post.
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  • Stacie
    July 22, 2019

    This such a great series. I know so many who want to start a blog but don’t know how on any level. This is going to be a big help.
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  • Tiffany Montgomery
    July 22, 2019

    I always forget to share older content. Thanks for the reminder. There is such value in that one practice!
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  • Amber Myers
    July 22, 2019

    I love this. I have many friends who want to start a blog, so I’ll show them this post. I’ll have to check out some of the influencer platforms you listed: some I am a part of, others I am not!
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  • Terri Beavers
    July 22, 2019

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. I just started a blog and am trying to find all of the tips I can on how to engage with the blogging community. I look forward to learning more.
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  • Emman Damian
    July 22, 2019

    I think the Share and Re-Share strategy is something that we need to focus on as it will definitely help in the blog traffic. Also, it ensures that there will be enough readers for the blog. It gives you more confidence!
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