Of course I didn’t attend all sessions, the idea is to pick and choose. I wasn’t originally going to go to the collaborative blog talk but I’m so glad I did. I gained some great inspiration from the talk by Molly, Jen, Alison and Pam.I would never have thought before that collaborative blogging was for me. In brief here are a few tips from the session.
- Be careful when picking your collaboration team, don’t just pick friends but it would be good to get on with contributors.
- Smaller number of contributors work better together, but if you have a lot of contributors then it’s good to have someone in charge.
- Plan everything before you start and see who has what skills
- Don’t spend too long choosing a name for the blog
- Always keep in touch with each other
- Keep the momentum of the blog going, keep posting
- Share all the promotion between the contributors
- Bounce ideas off of each other
I learnt that being the right shot needs lots of planning and attempts. I’m just too impatient. I want my shot to look good and I’ve picked up tips on lighting and backgrounds before but I can’t say that I’ve ever planned how I’m going to photograph my food before I’ve even cooked it. It does make sense though, if you want that prefect shot.
To be honest I’ve heard Sally talk about the metrics of Tots 100 a few times before. I only really went to this session because it was easy to get my wheelchair in the room and the last session had left me feeling a little claustrophobic. However, Sally’s talk was really interesting and it was good to hear that statistically my blog is doing pretty well even though I’m not the top of the Tots. It’s so easy to get hung up about how well you are doing in comparison to other blogs, but I’ve always believed that if you love your blog it will show and your readers will love you too.
- Ask people to use pinterest, ask on your blog, ‘pin this for later’
- Use the widgets that pinterest offers to get people to view your pinterest site
- Refresh your board covers so your profile looks good
- Use Keywords in your descriptions of your boards and pins so people can find them
- Pin regularly, consistantly
- Use analytics to see what pins are generating more visitors
- The tool Tailwind has many uses.
- Optimise your old posts to get new visitors
- Use Affiliate links on your boards
- Get featured on Pinterest.
The final talk from Emma from From Aldi to Harrods, was all about making money using affiliate programs. Sign up to one of the many affiliate sites like Amazon or Affiliate Window and use the links within your posts for a passive income. You should disclose that you are using affiliate links.
The one thing I regret is not taking photos. I only took a couple but to be honest, being stuck in a wheelchair is not a good place to get a decent photo….This is something I need to adapt to, at the moment I’m still thinking like a standing person, I need to think like a sitting down person instead, I’m sure the shots are still there from a different perspective.
I did get a photo of my lovely cake, fetched for me by the lovely Steph from Steph’s Two Girls.
I’ve reached the final of the MAD blog awards and voting closes in just a few days. If you’ve not voted yet I’d really appreciate your support for Raisie Bay in the School days category. Thanks x