THE TOP TEN BEST BOOKS FOR BLOGGERS

Are you in need of inspiration, informative information, entertainment, laugh out loud and extreme bolts of motivation, HELL YES! Then you cannot miss this post – don’t even think about clicking out haha I’m watching you (not really, but you know what I mean 😉). As far as I know, everyone loves a good book, right? Right? Rightttt? (hopefully lol) which is why I chose to write today’s blog post on my top 10 books that I recommend for bloggers. You can be just starting out or like me have been running a blog for the past year or are maybe even thinking about starting a future blog, either way, these books are sure to help you out! Even if you aren’t a blogger or interested in blogging then there is still some in there for you too. So keep scrolling to find out what the magical 10 are.

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INSTAGRAM GAMES | INSTAGRAM PROMOTIONS, IS IT WORTH IT?

Ahh yes, the dreaded Instagram games. Whether you are a blogger, photographer, fashion model or just want to become an influencer, you’ve got to play the ‘games’. Instagram can be pretty stressful, constant algorithm changes means that you’ve got to stay on top, otherwise fewer and fewer people will see your kick-ass posts. You haven’t spent hours on a photo for it to only get a few likes. Hell to the no! There are a lot of ways to try and increase your engagement, like ensuring engagement on other profiles, commenting as much as you can, producing content that can be reposted by brands/pages and so on, but I tried out the Instagram promotion feature to see whether it would boost my account. Here is what happened….

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BLOGGING RESOURCES

In this post, I am sharing with you personally all the tools and products I use for my blog. I have some friends who have been wanting to start a blog for the longest time, and they feel lost. They don’t know where to start or where to go. So I thought I would compile all the information that I have required over the last couple of weeks and process it into one post. I hope you find some of my blogging resources helpful in building your own dream blog. A little reminder that each blog is different and what may work well for me may not work for you. If there is anything you want to ask me, please comment below or feel free to contact me! Any other tips that you may have, please feel free to drop them below as I would love to hear them. I will definitely check them out and add them to my resources if I think they will work for others as well. BLOGGING RESOURCES LIST BLOGGING PLATFORM  There are lots of platforms to host your website. WordPress, Blogger, Jimdo, Squarespace… I’m not even scratching the surface here. The two most common options are WordPress and Blogger.  BLOGGER VS WORDPRESS Blogger is a service owned by Google that allows anyone to start a free blog in just a few clicks. Your blog or website is hosted by Google, and they take care of everything for you. Blogger is free for a website on a *.blogspot.com subdomain So my blog name would have been http://www.bonditobasic.blogspot.com.  There are no setup fees or upgrade costs. There are no ads on your blog unless you opt-in.  Blogger is seriously simple to use Limited customization options  Blogger is perfect for the person who is just starting out and is unsure of blogging and if it is yet your cup of tea. It will literally cost you nothing to set up your first blog(BONUS!) and you can play around with it as you wish and see if this is something you would want to pursue further.  If you already know that you want to take blogging super seriously and if you need to more creative options (eg. customize your site) then my advice would be: Spare yourself the trouble and go with WordPress from the get-go. WORDPRESS.COM OR WORKPRESS.ORG  The one major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who’s hosting your website. WordPress.org is where you’ll find the free WordPress software that you can download and install on your own web server.  So you have to find a hosting service like HostGator or GoDaddy. WordPress.com, on the other hand, takes care of all of the hosting for you.  Because I have had some issues with self-hosting before I decided to try wordpress.com for my blog. Curious how to set up your ow blog? Check out my 7 step guide on how I have set up Bondi to Basic in one day.  GOOGLE ANALYTICS  Google Analytics –  This is a great tracking tool and it’s free. It shows you how many people are coming to your site, what…

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WARNING FOR ALL BLOGGERS: FIVERR AND PINTEREST

I only recently started this blog and I wanted to make sure that I had some platforms to post my blogs on. It is a bit frustrating when you write blogs for no one to read (Even though I said I didn’t mind that in the beginning) I was interested in showcasing my blog to more people, so I wanted to join some group boards on Pinterest.  I used Fiverr for the first time ever to help me join the boards because it is pretty impossible to get access to decent boards without help. Unfortunately, instead of actually helping my blog, it ended up harming it. In this blog post, I will tell you why you should not be using Fiverr for your Pinterest account and what could happen if you do.  Read on to see what happened… 

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HOW TO CREATE AMAZING PINTEREST GRAPHICS

Last week I wrote an extensive post on how I have set up Bondi to Basic. In 7 easy steps, I was able to create my own personal blog. The very last step of that post was that you should create your own logo, header, and graphics. This is important for a few reasons. Firstly, you want to be unique and by having your own graphics and artwork is one simple way of standing out. Also, people need to recognize your brand, and one simple way of doing that is by creating a template graphic for your blogs. In this blog post, I will show you how you can make your very own blog graphics to start setting yourself apart from other bloggers.  

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STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO START A BLOG

If you are thinking about starting a blog and think that it is too difficult then I have some good news for you. You can literally start a blog today! Underneath I will show you exactly which steps I took in order for me to start this blog.  1. FIND A NAME  Your very first step into the blogging world should be picking a name. When thinking of a name for your blog you need to take a few things into consideration. Firstly, you want the name to be memorable. It should define what your blog is about and who you are as a person. (You should always blog about things that you love, as it will reflect in your writing and therefore elevate your blog)   Keep in mind that your name should not be too limiting. For example, you can name your blog “The golden retriever’’. That will limit yourself on what you can blog about. People who will look for your site will only expect content about Golden Retrievers. This can be fine if it that is your only goal. But you are limiting yourself to branch out. What if you decide to adopt another dog and that is a German Sheppard? You don’t want to create a separate blog for that dog? I know this is a bit short-sighted, but you understand what I mean right?  You, therefore, need a name that allows for growth and expansion. People change and therefore your blogging needs will chance as well. Make sure you allow for your blog to chance with you. Don’t limit your blog’s growth by setting a time (“Travelling in your twenties”) or geographical limit (“Anna in Australia”) Now, some bloggers will also tell you to think about SEO factors when picking your blog name. In a nutshell, SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimization” and refers to activities that improve your ranking on Google and other search engines.   What it means is that you should add keywords that rank high on google to your blog name. The best keywords for your niche can be found here.  For example, to have a higher SEO for my blog I should have added: Bondi to basic travel blog Bondi to basic solo traveler Bondi to basic female traveler I personally don’t really care for these names and couldn’t really make it work.  Your blog name shouldn’t sound like a generic website but it should sound like YOU. Because your writing and your life is the reason why people decide to hang around. How I came up with name ‘Bondi to Basic’: I was brainstorming on a name for either a vlog or blog for quite a while. I didn’t want to have a blog with my name on it, but I did want it to be a clean and simple name. I like the double letter names, so one of the options that I had was:  “Bondi to Bahrain’. But I have never been to Bahrain and I don’t know if I ever will. So I figured that was…

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