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When I first started blogging I thought it would be as simple as picking a pretty theme, writing blog posts & the traffic would come rolling in. And boy was I wrong. Becoming a pro blogger can be as simple or as difficult as you make it. With this 3 step formula, you can turn your blog from no to WOAH. Grab your free 9-step checklist to *really* make it big & be seen as a pro blogger! | Blogging, pro blogger, look like a pro blogger, grow your blog, get blog traffic, become an influence online | ElleyMae.com

If you’ve ever thought about creating your own blog and setting it all up from scratch you may have become a little overwhelmed.

I mean, having to learn all those tech skills, design a beautiful website, come up with creative drool-worthy ideas, and not to mention keep it constantly updated.

Oh and then, of course, there’s social media…

Pinterest.

Instagram.

Facebook.

Twitter.

Being a blogger is more than meets the eye.

I mean, when I first started blogging I thought it would be as simple as picking a pretty theme, writing blog posts & the traffic would come rolling in.

And boy was I wrong.

 

When I first started blogging I thought it would be as simple as picking a pretty theme, writing blog posts & the traffic would come rolling in. And boy was I wrong. Becoming a pro blogger can be as simple or as difficult as you make it. With this 3 step formula, you can turn your blog from no to WOAH. Grab your free 9-step checklist to *really* make it big & be seen as a pro blogger! | Blogging, pro blogger, look like a pro blogger, grow your blog, get blog traffic, become an influence online | ElleyMae.com

 

Never once did I think that blogging was anything more than writing blog posts & hitting publish.

I mean, there’s an email list to build, social media platforms to be present on, and all the above previously mentioned.

Being a blogger is a skill like no other.

So, if you’ve just started your blog or are thinking about starting a blog and feel a little overwhelmed, then girl, this post is for you.

Because today, my friend, I’m going to be teaching you the A-Z of how to look like a total pro blogger when you’re still a newbie.

Sounds fab, hey? Let’s dive in!

 

THE 3 STEPS TO LOOK LIKE A PRO BLOGGER WHEN YOU’RE A TOTAL NEWBIE:

 

1️⃣ Creating a professionally designed website

2️⃣ Having a super strong & clear brand message

3️⃣ Being hella’ consistent in all you do

 

With these three simple steps you can take your online presence from no to WOAH and look like a total professional in no time at all.

Forget about that crazy marketing method you saw on Tumblr, ditch that “hustle” mentality & focus on these three things to skyrocket your influence.

Let’s start with your visual appearance…

 

CREATING A PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED WEBSITE

Now, despite the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” being a wonderful way to look at life & teaching us not be judgmental based on appearances, in this case, people will be.

Well, not necessarily judgmental. But they’ll definitely get their first impression of who you are as a professional when they first visit your site.

So, if your theme sucks, your colour palette is totally all wrong & you’ve got 8 different fonts on your site…

Girl, it’s time for a blog makeover.

There are so many things that go into creating a beautifully designed website; I’m talking about your template, your blog’s logo, your colour choices, your tone of voice & all of those little things that make up your design.

But, when you’re first starting out [or just know you need a serious blog-lift], here’s what you should be focusing on…

 

Invest in a professional, simplistic & responsive theme

Lemme get a little real with you here girl..

If you’re still using a free WordPress template, get rid of it 🙅🏼‍♀️

I mean, it’s absolutely fine that you’ve been using it for the past few months and all, but now that you’re ready to be seen as a pro blogger, we need to change that.

When you’re ready to take your blog to the next level & be seen as a pro, it’s a pro template that you need.

Take your time browsing the web for your theme & choose wisely. Most good quality themes are anywhere around the $80USD mark, sometimes less, sometimes more.

 

Here are the 3 most important things you need to look for in a new theme:

1️⃣ It has to be a fully responsive theme; Meaning that it will work on all devices – laptops, desktops, tablets, mobiles… The lot!

2️⃣ It should have a good support team behind it. If you don’t see raving reviews or great support forums, ditch it. You want to know that if anything goes wrong, you can get in touch with a great support network.

3️⃣ It’s simplistic & allows you to showcase the real “guts” of your website – your content. Don’t choose something that will clutter your website or go OTT on the sidebars, have 4 different menus, popups showing everywhere. Keep it simple & you’ll keep readers on your page for longer.

 

Oh & a quick bonus tip!

Always make sure that your theme is super customisable.

Once you find the perfect theme, check to make sure that you can customise things like the position of your menu, colours, fonts, sizing & blog layouts etc.

If you’re going to be opening an online shop later on or starting a membership section, these are also things you should look for in your new theme.

 

When I first started blogging I thought it would be as simple as picking a pretty theme, writing blog posts & the traffic would come rolling in. And boy was I wrong. Becoming a pro blogger can be as simple or as difficult as you make it. With this 3 step formula, you can turn your blog from no to WOAH. Grab your free 9-step checklist to *really* make it big & be seen as a pro blogger! | Blogging, pro blogger, look like a pro blogger, grow your blog, get blog traffic, become an influence online | ElleyMae.com

Not sure where to find your gorgeous new theme to take you from newbie to pro blogger?! Check out BluChic Themes!

My website is designed using a BluChic theme & boy oh boy do I FREAKIN’ LOVE IT.

Their support team is phenomenal, their designs are incredibly well put together & everything is so customisable. What more could you want?!

 

 

So, now that you’ve chosen the perfect theme, it’s time to take a peek at the next step in making you look a total pro blogger…

 

Showcase *only* your best/professional photos & graphics

I’m talking no oversaturated photos from your 8th-grade visual arts class, no stealing images from Google or [the worst of them all], no having no photos at all!

You would be amazed at how something as simple as having professional photos on your website can seriously impact your audience.

With professional photos comes a different level of professionalism.

Now, of course, if you aren’t a professional photographer, creating professional photos might seem like a big task.

But, with the help of the internet (aka my best friend), there are literally millions of styled stock photos that you can either pay for or rummage through to find great free ones!

Styled stock photos are a great way to build your branding & be seen as a pro blogger, especially when you’re just starting out.

 

Not sure where to find stunning stock photography to help uplevel your blog? Girl, you’ve gotta head to Creative Market!

With stock photos from $2 and up, the photographers on Creative Market are next level & will have you looking like a pro in no time at all.

Plus, there are photos for literally everyone; Whether you’re a beauty blogger, food blogger, mummy blogger, dog blogger…  I can guarantee you there’s styled stock photography out there for you!

 

Get ready to ditch your newbie status & become a pro blogger in the next 24 HOURS!

9 steps to look like a pro blogger

This 9-step pro checklist will take you from no to WOAH in the blogging world & increase your credibility in less than a day.

With simple, actionable tips to improve your social status, your blog will look like a pro's (minus the hassle!)

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Or, if you love the idea of having someone else create your photos for you but want to make sure you are the only person using them, why not try custom brand photography?!

Custom brand photography is basically where a professional photographer *huh-hmmm* shoots a set of images for you & you only.

You are the only one who has the right to use the images & it remains that way forever.

With custom brand photography, you can select which colours you want used in your photos, the exact style you’re after & explain the message you want to portray.

It’s like having your very own on-demand photographer, helping you build your blog with the click of a shutter.

Now, if only I knew a professional photographer who could help out in this sector…

Oh right, I can!

When I first started blogging I thought it would be as simple as picking a pretty theme, writing blog posts & the traffic would come rolling in. And boy was I wrong. Becoming a pro blogger can be as simple or as difficult as you make it. With this 3 step formula, you can turn your blog from no to WOAH. Grab your free 9-step checklist to *really* make it big & be seen as a pro blogger! | Blogging, pro blogger, look like a pro blogger, grow your blog, get blog traffic, become an influence online | ElleyMae.com

If you’re ready to uplevel your online presence & *really* look like a total pro blogger, check out my packages & get in touch girl! Let’s build your blog together!

 

Right, well now that your design is down pat, it’s time to look at the next big factor in becoming a total pro…

 

HAVE A SUPER CLEAR & STRONG BRAND MESSAGE

When you’re a relatively new blogger, you’re trying to find your feet online and find yourself offline all at the same time. It can be difficult, I get it.

When I first starting blogging, I wrote random lifestyle posts about my holidays, self-care tips & just about every list post under the sun.

I literally had no brand message. So I guess you could say I was all over the shop 😅

Then, after *finally* finding my feet, I start beauty blogging. I wrote reviews, worked with brands, made a consistent side income & tried beauty product after beauty product after beauty product.

My brand’s message was to help beauty junkies across the globe make the right decisions in purchasing their next product; I gave an honest insight into the world of beauty & that was that.

Over time, my brand’s message changed…

 

As I evolved, my blog diverted from beauty & moved onto helping female entrepreneurs grow their online presence.

I no longer wanted to be a beauty blogger, I wanted to make serious changes in the lives of ambitious females who were revved up & ready to do the same.

I’m not just a blogger who blogs about blogging.

I’m a career driven female entrepreneur who helps creative #bossbabes (aka other female entrepreneurs) to utilise blogging & social media to grow their online presence.

 

You see, without a strong brand message & fire in my belly, I’d easily blend into the crowd. And girl, you’re the same.

With a strong brand message, you will not just look like a pro blogger, you’ll actually be a pro blogger.

 

Don’t be afraid to stand out. Be afraid to blend in.

 

Right now, take a look at your brand’s message & write it on a piece of paper, in your notes or whenever else you see fit.

Study your message.

Is it strong?

Does it show personality?

Or is it too vague?

Does it apply to too many people?

 

For example, let’s say you’re a food blogger right. Instead of saying “I’m a food blogger – I share recipes & how-to’s on my blog” try juicing it up a little [pun intended] 😜

Something like “Sharing wholehearted family recipes with mumma’s across the globe, teaching parents to include their kids in mealtime preparation”.

Can you see the difference?

The first example could literally apply to anyone.

How are we meant to know if the recipes are for traditional Indian dishes, paleo diet tips or KFC insider gossip (aka, those secret herbs and spices) 😉

 

When I first started blogging I thought it would be as simple as picking a pretty theme, writing blog posts & the traffic would come rolling in. And boy was I wrong. Becoming a pro blogger can be as simple or as difficult as you make it. With this 3 step formula, you can turn your blog from no to WOAH. Grab your free 9-step checklist to *really* make it big & be seen as a pro blogger! | Blogging, pro blogger, look like a pro blogger, grow your blog, get blog traffic, become an influence online | ElleyMae.com

 

Having a clear message right across your blog will show your readers that you know exactly what you’re on about.

So even when you’re just beginning your blog, people will literally feel your passion, feel your determination & know that you’re serious about what you’re doing.

And, the third & final step in looking like a pro blogger…

*DRUMROLL*

 

BE HELLA’ CONSISTENT IN ALL YOU DO

Despite this one sounding the least fun out of all the tips I’ve given you today, it’s certainly just as important girlfriend.

Consistency is key in the online world.

But how do you create it?

Well, creating consistency can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. You can either clutter your mind with #allthethings & be in a constant state or worry & stress or you can get on top of your tasks & create “flow”, allowing you to be consistent in all you do.

Here’s what I’m talkin’ about…

By creating a schedule for your emails, your blog posts & your social media platforms, you can alleviate the stress of feeling like you’ve got a million and one things to do. And, when you’re first starting out with your blog, this feeling S-U-C-K-S.

 

So, to create consistency, you first need to decide on a few things, like:

  • How many social media platforms you’ll promote your posts on
  • When & how often you’ll post on your blog
  • Same goes for how often you’ll email your VIP tribe

From then, you’ll be able to create a “schedule”, as such, that will help you to be as consistent as physically possible 🙌🏼

 

For social media, I’d recommend focusing on 1-2 platforms at most when you first begin.

When it comes to building relationships with my audience, I much prefer Instagram over other platforms. Through my Insta-stories & static posts, I can communicate with my audience & really get to know them better.

My secondary platform – Pinterest. Every new blog post I publish goes straight to Pinterest.

It’s there that I promote new content, contribute to group boards & to put things simply, increase my blog traffic. Plus, I have Tailwind set up to do most of the work for me which leaves more time for me to be consistent in other tasks (boo-yeah!!)

Now when it comes to posting on your blog, girl, this is totally up to you.

Aim to publish a new blog post at least once a week, twice if you can & whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up if you miss one or two blog posts.

The world won’t end, I promise.

 

Same goes for your email strategy…

Your emails could go out once a week or once every fortnight (depending on what your audience likes).

Play around with how often you email your tribe, monitor the results & stick with what works.

To get on my email list, where I send weekly emails to help inspire & educate female entrepreneurs on to create an online influence they can be proud of, download the 9-step checklist I’ve created for you below 👇🏼

Get ready to ditch your newbie status & become a pro blogger in the next 24 HOURS!

9 steps to look like a pro blogger

This 9-step pro checklist will take you from no to WOAH in the blogging world & increase your credibility in less than a day.

With simple, actionable tips to improve your social status, your blog will look like a pro's (minus the hassle!)

No spam. Pinky promise xo Powered by ConvertKit

 

Create a strategy that isn’t hard to follow.

When you’re working a part-time or full-time job whilst you’re blogging, you still need to have time to relax & socialise (or even just Netflix-and-chill from time to time).

Don’t overwhelm yourself with an outrageous strategy or posting schedule.

Test strategies over & over until you find the ones that work for you. Be consistent in all you do & you’ll be seen as a pro blogger in no time at all.

 

So girl, how do you feel?

Ready to conquer the world as a pro blogger? Finally banished that newbie feeling?

Elley Mae - Social Media & Blogging Mentor

 

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When I first started blogging I thought it would be as simple as picking a pretty theme, writing blog posts & the traffic would come rolling in. And boy was I wrong. Becoming a pro blogger can be as simple or as difficult as you make it. With this 3 step formula, you can turn your blog from no to WOAH. Grab your free 9-step checklist to *really* make it big & be seen as a pro blogger! | Blogging, pro blogger, look like a pro blogger, grow your blog, get blog traffic, become an influence online | ElleyMae.com

When I first started blogging I thought it would be as simple as picking a pretty theme, writing blog posts & the traffic would come rolling in. And boy was I wrong. Becoming a pro blogger can be as simple or as difficult as you make it. With this 3 step formula, you can turn your blog from no to WOAH. Grab your free 9-step checklist to *really* make it big & be seen as a pro blogger! | Blogging, pro blogger, look like a pro blogger, grow your blog, get blog traffic, become an influence online | ElleyMae.com