How To Make Yourself Known Online // Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Atlanta blogger

** This is a sponsored post ** 

One of the best things I’ve learned as a blogger and online biz owner is to not do all the things all week long without any plan. To not jump from task to task, checking off items as they pop up. To be aware of what helps to grow my blog, boost my subscribers, engage my audience, and ultimately bring in customers and clients vs. what is taking away from my core goals.

Today I wanted to share the 7 most important weekly blogging tasks that help grow my online presence and will likely make a big impact on yours too!

  1. Create an Email List - This is probably a huge point of contact that I have each week. A lot of people can miss my social media posts or are way to busy to scroll through their blog reader to find my particular post but if I show up in their inbox, they are most likely able to find and read what I wrote! Connecting with them on a weekly basis and being able to share easy fun facts or what’s been happening with them helps to gain their trust and best of all- connect!

  2. Share On Social Media - Of course self promoting is important! If you don’t share with your followers that you have new content, how will they know to read it? It’s really essential when you are wanting to grow your online presence with your tribe! Pin various boards multiple times a day and share new posts at least three times a day- Why?! It’s great exposure and can start building friendships like a quick’ hey thanks for sharing’ to a ‘remember that one time you shared my post and we became girl bosses together?’

  3. Be social - Of course sharing is important, promoting your products is good but make sure it’s all in moderation! Don’t continue to blast links at people or people aren’t going to take you seriously or just think you’re another spammer! Take time to connect with your audience and chat with them! Comment on their posts, interact on their blog, retweet a favorite quote you heard them say. Whatever it is, make sure they know you are noticing them and vs versa!

  4. Learn What’s Working and What’s Not - When you first start to look for your blogging tribe, make sure you take notice as to what’s working and what’s not. For instance, I wasn’t sure what SEO words were helping bring people to my blog. In fact, I really didn’t know much about SEO in general until I began chatting with a few bloggers. Someone else who can also help advise would be Dan Anton. Dan has a website, RankCrew, that offers his clients website building with the help of SEO tips and tricks as well as linkbacks to give your website the audience it needs to capture. His amazing team is friendly as well as extremely knowledgeable of the ins and outs of SEO and how searching engines rank in the Google world. The best part? They are available to help 24/7 and offer a variety of packages to help all your link building needs.

  5. Attend Events - Events are a great way to meet other girl bosses like yourself. I’ve attended a few events and noticed that everyone is already in the mindset of being outgoing and trying to meet new people like myself. You already have something in common which is why everyone is there in the first place so if you’re feeling unsure, take the risk and go for it! There are always a lot of conferences around local cities like Atlanta, LA, Chicago or New York! Look up events in your area by trying MeetUp, Eventshare or even social media for local blogging events! The possibilities are endless to find your tribe!

  6. Respond to Emails - Similar to responding on your Twitter, Facebook or other Social Media accounts, make sure to respond to your email as well! Responding to a person can help open the doors to communication and hopefully a great connection with them!

  7. Prep For The Future - Figure out where you want to be in six months. What about next year? It’s important to take a moment to visualize what you’re working on and how it can help you achieve your goals, your dreams or what you are passionate about. Take time to look into the future to help plan and make sure your daily and weekly tasks are pointed in the right directions.

So share how do you make yourself known online? What are your plans to help you and your blog succeed?

***This post is written by my blogger friend Cait of Caits Cozy Corner***  

Protecting Your Right As A Fashion Blogger

Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit,, Rights As A Fashion Blogger

Now that I'm taking my blogging career serious, there are a few things I didn't know was important.  Thanks to Cait of Caits Cozy Corner, she's getting me all together with regards to protecting myself as a blogger.  So I want to share this post with you just in case you didn't know 

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So, you’ve decided to become a fashion blogger! It’s exciting! Free clothes? Free advertisement? Free everything! Ummmm nope! It’s not like that at all friends ha! Being a blogger isn’t all as glamorous as some people think and truth be told, as bloggers in general, we need to know our rights to protect this business we are creating!  I came up with a few tips and points to share with you all on making sure your blog is up to date with all it’s legal protections! Feel free to check these off your list or add them if you haven’t already updated your blog!

  1. Terms and Conditions - Having this on your blog is like having a ‘rule’ set for your blog. This is where you’re able to tell your readers what type of behavior is acceptable on your blog both as you by the website owner and the actions by your followers/readers. Here you can share your policies and advise on comments that won’t be tolerated. Making sure these terms and conditions are upfront can help protect your blog in the future if things can turn sour.
  2. Privacy Statement - You NEED this if you are sharing personal information on your blog like outfits that you bought at a local boutique or your opinion on the new fall line coming. This means that you’re telling your visitors what information to collect when they are on your site. It’s important because it shows your visitors what you are doing what their information which helps them trust you and your services. Basically you want them to know you’re not taking their personal information and selling it out to someone else.
  3. Sponsored Content- The Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, is the governmental body that protects consumers from deceptive marketing and advertising. For example, this post right here is a sponsored one so I had Melodie share that it was a ‘sponsored post’ at the beginning of the article. You must always disclose this whenever you are promoting a brand or product. The purpose is to let your consumers know about your vested interest so they can be fully informed.
  4. Hire A Lawyer/CPA -CPAs are Certified Public Accountants that work with a range of financial matters.  These can be individuals, firms or institutions that provide these services.  Typically, you’ll hire a CPA for help with preparing your taxes and financial planning for your Blogging business.  These individuals offer way more benefits than merely inputting of financial reports, as they are licensed and educated to provide strategy advice and advisement for matters you may approach in your business. Lawyers are individuals who are licensed at a State level, to practice law.  Lawyers are generally licensed (there are exceptions) but often specialize in the type of cases they take on. One lawyer to help in tough situations that can arise is the Law Office of Glen P. Burn. He has over 15 years experience in the state of Georgia and has a reasonable cost. You can have complete trust and confidence he’s on your side to help you understand your rights when you need him the most. He also specializes in juvenile crimes and delinquency, assault, battery and family violence. What does that have to do with blogging? Be aware of those stalkers that might come to call! You’ll want to have a lawyer on hand to have the necessary paperwork ready!
  5. Marketing - When it comes to blogging, we share our blog on various social media, guest posting, giveaways and more! When it comes to giveaways make sure you are complying with the laws of the state and country where you’re hosting it. Also make sure that your email marketing is being honest and aren’t spamming people ( meaning people that are signing up to get your newsletter)!
  6. Update - Make sure as a blogger to always update any of these items on your blog with a date and let your followers know of changes! This will keep your blog fresh and your followers/viewers happy! I always tend to check mine every few months to keep it simple and easy for my followers to know that I’m staying current.

There are several other ways to protect yourself as a blogger but these are a few that I think are the most important when wanting to become a blogger or a fashion blogger at that. It can be overwhelming for sure but keep at it and it won’t be a chore anymore but second nature. You got this blogger babes! How will you help protect yourself as a blogger?