No matter what you’re blogging about, it’s a tough job. Whether its food, fashion, lifestyle, health or something completely different there will always be a lot of work ahead of you in order to be successful. Most work day don’t end at 5, or even on the weekends. Depending on how much you decide to share with your readers or what exactly your niche is, it is a demanding job and only gets more intense as you build your audience. Blogging is a labor of love and if it’s something you’ve been wanting to try we have just a few tips and tricks on how to start. 

Blogger Tips
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1 – Networking is key.

Meeting others who have the same interests and passions as you will ultimately help build your connections leading to more opportunity in the future. There are local networking groups all over Pittsburgh.

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2 – Put yourself out there.

Sometimes networking or meeting new people can be intimidating but eventually it becomes second nature. Don’t be afraid to ask others to have a conversation about their experiences.

3 – Know your worth.

Working with brands can be an honor, especially if it’s one of your favorite brands. Don’t be afraid to negotiate your price on running ads for them. This is when having your own media kit will come in handy.

4 – Create a media kit.

A media kit is like a creative resume showcasing all of your previous work and statistics.

Blogger Tips
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5 – Be yourself.

No matter what, always be yourself. Not everyone will love you or agree with you but always remember to brush it off and continue to do you. 

6 – Be consistent.

Make sure to keep up with the latest trends in your niche. Post and write often so your readers can also stay up to date. Pittsburgh may not be a large city but we are constantly changing and it’s easy to get behind if you’re not keeping up with new trends. 

7 – Interact with your readers.

Leave your blog open ended so your readers can have their own discussions. It’s always important to respond to your readers as much as possible. It can give your blog a very personal feel.

8 – Understand your audience.

Ask your readers what they are interested in. What do they like reading about or what do they wish to see more of? This can actually make your job much easier and keep your audience pleased. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
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