Ask Lauren: Tips for Taking Your Lifestyle Blog to the Next Level

Tips for Taking Your Lifestyle Blog to the Next Level from Lauren Conrad

One question that often finds its way into my inbox is how to start a successful blog or take it to the next level. I’ve been doing this for almost five years ago, so certainly I have learned some tips and tricks along the way. Our focus this month may be fashionable, but these tips apply to all you bloggers lifestyle out there too. Whether you’re sharing your suits crafts recipes , or travel photos , here’s my best advice for how to take your the blog to the next level …

Create an editorial calendar

when most people throw a blog, begin posting what gives them, when they have time . But as you grow your blog, it can help to be more strategic about what kind of content you are sharing and when. Keep a regular schedule of posting so your readers know when they can return to see the new blog entries. Whether once a week or daily, helps maintain consistency. Also, think about how time your content so you can be aware of trends. What holidays coming up? What keywords will be a trend on Google or options I like to plot out my entire month of content ahead of time on a calendar Google Doc. That way I can look at it from a perspective of the big picture, and make sure that I am including a good mix of content in all categories my blog covers .

Red, Red, Red

The most successful bloggers know it’s all about collaboration, not competition. Whenever it makes sense, seize the opportunity to join forces with other bloggers so you can use the hearings others to grow your following. Cross-promotion is the best tool you have to grow your blog. Maintain a network if you’re doing it online or in person. submit your work other blogs, like my Chic of the Week or Style Tips columns. Attending conferences and reach bloggers blogger colleagues whose work you admire. Also happens to be a fun way to make new friends ?

treat your blog as a job

Most bloggers start with other full-time jobs. And some choose to keep their day jobs, even after they have hit it big blogs (as Edie Blair Atlantic Pacific shared in this Exclusive Interview LaurenConrad.com ) . But just because blogging is a hobby side does not mean that you should not treat it like a real job. If your ultimate goal is to gather a large audience and even make money out of your site, you have to put in the work to get there. Set goals and deadlines for yourself, both short term and long term. If committed to photograph a post on the weekend, not take it away because it gets busy.

How many fellow bloggers have out there? What topics covers your blog?

leave a link to your blog in the comments, and I’ll take a look!

XO Lauren

Photos Jessi Burrone to LaurenConrad.com
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