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What ASA rules mean for vloggers

It all kicked off with Oreos. Several popular vloggers were sent biscuits and, working with Oreo, challenged their viewers to an Oreo lick race. The resulting content has prompted the Advertising Standards Agency to respond. The ASA has put out a statement reiterating that online content advertising or promoting a product or service needs to […]

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Top tips for improving your Instagram feed

The London Instagram Community started back in 2011 as a way for filter-lovers to meet up, take pictures, and facilitate photo taking and sharing opportunities. Its founders, Debs Coady and Jess Macdonald are at the heart of that community. Debs has spoken at BritMums Live and not long ago Jess passed along some top tips […]

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How to like and be liked on your blog

We all like to be liked. It’s in our human psyche to feel wanted and accepted. And this has no exception when it comes to blogging. We all thrive on appreciation; whether what we have written has been read and whether any of these readers approve, agree, understand or have been satisfied by the message […]

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Should you be driving traffic to your YouTube?

Should you drive traffic to your YouTube channel? On the face of it, that’s seems like an easy question. Of course! Especially since video is increasingly becoming a platform and outlet that wields influence and increasingly reaches the people you want to. The long road to video We’ve been thinking about video for quite a […]

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Why I didn’t pick your blog to work with our brand

One of the benefits of talking to a lot of brands is hearing their thoughts on the kinds of bloggers they like to work with — the ones that get them really excited and the ones that leave them cold (sad but true). If you don’t want to be in the latter category, we’ve compiled this […]

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How to follow and be followed via your blog’s sidebar

I love these WordPress.com widgets that enable you to follow and be followed, and suggest that every sidebar should have them installed. And this is important, because being sociable, friendly and forthcoming, not to mention being nosey, aware and complimentary, is what makes as blog thrive! So today I’m going to talk about how you can invite readers to subscribe […]

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Tips for hosting giveaways on your blog

Blog giveaways: Watch our G+ Hangout for tips Blog giveaways are a great way to lure new visitors to your blog, highlight stuff you love and forge relationships with brands. But what kind of prizes work the best? Should you use a functionality like Rafflecopter to run your giveaway? BritMums chatted with Di Coke from […]

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How to place your personality into your blog’s sidebar

I’m sure you’ve been told before that it’s a good idea to put a link to your About page on your sidebar, along with an avatar (online portrait) to accompany it. This is because readers and visitors like to know who the person is behind all that blogging. It’s nice to see an author’s face, […]

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From BritMums Live to fashionable Paris

This blogging thing has taken me to some weird and wonderful places over the last couple of years. The most unexpected, however, would be the back of a Hackney carriage in Central Paris. This is where I spent last Tuesday, a guest of the French men’s fashion retailer Celio*. I was there for two reasons: […]

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How to schedule your blog posts, plus a bit more

Now we’re in the holiday season, we mustn’t neglect our blog posts. I know it’s difficult keeping up with your blogging if the kids are constantly under your feet, or need to be closely supervised to make sure they don’t burn the house down, or poison Granny’s tea when your back is turned. Well, the […]

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Does your blog’s sidebar have a blogroll yet?

Before we investigate what a blogroll is (and no, it’s got nothing to do with toilets), here’s a quick video summary of the workshop I gave at BritMums Live! 2014 for those who missed it (and in it I mention a blogroll in it as well): What is a blogroll? Basically it is a list […]

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BritMums Live: Photography tips from Julia Boggio

Julia Boggio is a veteran of BritMums Live conferences — sharing her advice on taking gorgeous images and understanding the basics of light and composition while creating your own personal style. Even if you missed her session, you can brush up on your technique and pictures with her presentation. Julia has also photographed her share […]

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BritMums Live: Tips for creating great videos

Every year video becomes more important and a more essential part of every blogger’s toolbag. This year at BritMums, our resident video expert  — the extremely affable Nigel Camp of The Video Effect  — gave a two-part session about shooting and editing video, incorporating elements of storytelling. Check out his presentation and also click through […]

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How to NOT write a blog, but a speaking post instead

When you first create a blog, you will be brimming over with enthusiasm, ideas and content. It’s all so new and exciting! But then reality dawns. Unless your previous life was in journalism, copywriting or something similar in which you had to write all day, the task of writing starts to get a bit wearisome. […]

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7 steps to writing a press release

Emma Jayne Jones is author of Baby In My Backpack and has been shortlisted for a Travel BiB award. Having worked extensively as a journalist she passes on some great tips on how to write a press release. We all need a little self promotion sometimes and when you’ve done something great – like being […]

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The importance of getting readers to comment on your blog

This is a hot subject in the blogosphere at the moment, ever since Copyblogger announced they were closing comments on their blog and moving their discussions to social media. But if you are thinking of following their decision and doing the same – DON’T! This would be blogging suicide for ordinary bloggers and the practice […]

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Etsy Vintage Seller Success Stories: Little Dog Vintage

Want to spend more time developing your artistic side? Love buying vintage, but worry your house is starting to look a bit too much like an antique market? Why not turn your passion into a business? We’ve teamed up with Etsy to offer you 20 free listings when you open your Etsy shop. In this […]

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How to build & market to your email list

If you ask your readers to sign up to a newsletter, you have an email list that can be a powerful tool for your blog. Corey Taratuta, the creator of the popular travel blog and podcast IrishFireside.com, shares his tips for making the most of your email list. His tips include: Use your email list […]

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