7.01.2014

5 Blogging Game Changers


A few months ago I wrote about my top ten blogging tools and I thought it was about time to do a follow up to that post. While I covered a vast majority of my favorite items that have made blogging a little easier, efficient, and effective, there are a few more I would like to bring your attention to. While I will always believe that content is the most important tool to helping your blog grow, connecting with the right people and utilizing the best tools definitely helps. I know only because what I am about to list off have helped me a ton.

1. Blog Consultations 
I feel as though these can get a bad rap sometimes just because the thought of paying somebody else to talk blogging with you seems silly. However, do you pay a therapist for advice? Exactly. People work hard to figure out the world of blogging and some of those people really like sharing their wealth of wisdom with those who want to hear it. While I have previously offered blog consultations, I have also received this service from others. Some of my favorite blog consultors are Alissa, Taylor, and Lisette. Know that individually we will never have this thing all figured out, together however we can. Invest in that knowledge, I promise you will gain something from it. 


This is one of my favorite services I have found in my three and a half years of blogging yet. Charissa is a master with words and knows how to capture people [ie: your readers] attention. You may remember when I had her write my advertise page a few months ago. I am happy to report I am still reaping the benefits from her work. Regardless if you are a blogger or business owner, you could benefit from House of Bliss. Don't just take my word for it though, read more about what people are saying here

Well here is a fun fact for you--I am an idiot when it comes to pinning for my blog. Sure, I know how to click "pin it" (although I typically even forget to do this step), but add in knowing the best key words to type or creating a community on Pinterest and I am lost. Because of this fact, I have hired Jacquelyn to know [and do] all of this for me. It only makes sense to me to invest in a service that I believe will ultimately provide a higher return in the future. While we are on the subject, feel free to follow me over there ;) Expect to see all sorts of really fun pictures of living rooms, kitchens, and wood plank ceilings. It may be consuming my life. 

4. Virtual Assistant 
While I do not personally use a virtual assistant at the present time, my email inbox is telling me that I should. Not all parts of blogging are fun, not all are income producing, and certainly not all are things I am awesome at. That's where a virtual assistant comes into play. If you are at a point with blogging where you feel you would be better suited to outsource some of the time sucking activities [or heck-are looking for somebody to help you grow your income stream] a virtual assistant can be your best friend. My friend Skye is the virtual assistant of all virtual assistants in my eyes. While I don't believe she is taking on new clients at the moment, she is coaching others on how to become a VA or how to get started working with one. If you fall into either of those categories, I recommend contacting her asap. That or reach out to some of your favorite bloggers who you think may use a virtual assistant and ask them about theirs. You know what's better than doing work? Having somebody else do work. 

5. And as always, a cute planner 
I am a planner junkie and believe wholeheartedly in writing everything down. It is the only way I stay 28% sane. I am obsessed with the look of my new 2015 Kate Spade planner. This particular planner is 17 months and starts in August 2014 and goes through December 2015. If you are in need of a planner pick me up, this is the one for you. While on the topic of cute office supplies, Lifeguard Press has tons of awesome options so be sure to check them out. I work only as hard as how cute my accessories are. Needless to say, I've been hustlin' the last few days. 

Hopefully a few of these are beneficial to you and your blog. I would love to hear any additional tools/services/people that you have utilized in conjunction with your online space. Do share.... 

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31 comments:

  1. I love all of these things. I have been thinking about doing a blog consult for some time.

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    1. How to restore a broken relationship and marriage ,Love Spells That Really Work Fast

      My name is Mark Davis, my family and i live in NY USA.It was after seven years i got to discover that my wife was unfaithful to me.I didn't know what was going on at first but as she got deep in the affair with her new lover, i felt that our marriage was on the rocks.I notice that she no longer light up when i touch her or kiss her in her neck and her chest cos she really liked it when i did that, she also usually get naked in front of me but when she started seeing that guy she stopped it.I remember asking her if i have done anything that makes her feel irritated when i am around her then she gives silly excuses that she has been feeling stressed up and that she need space for a while.I know when you are been asked for space its usually because there is something fishy is going on.I hired a private investigator to help find out what was going on.And in a week time he brought me prove that my wife that i have lived with for seven straight year is cheating on me with her high school lover.I had picture of her walking out a of a restaurant with him and many other photo of them kissing in public like she will never be caught by someone that knows she is my wife.I asked myself, even when we had a daughter together she could this to me.That same night i showed her the pictures that i got from my private investigator.She didn't look at it before saying, that she is seeing someone and she know that i just found out about it.Then she said that she is in love with him.At that moment, i didn't know if to kill myself or to kill her but the button line is that if i was going to kill anyone it was going to be me cos i was so much in love with her to even think of thinking to hurt her.As time when on she asked for a divorce and got it and even got custody of our daughter and i was all alone by myself.For a year i tried all i could to get her back with the help of my seven year old daughter.Even at that all effect was in vain, i used the help of her friend but turned out all bad.I know most people don't believe in spell casting but believe me this was my last option and the result i most say was impressive.And i know it difficult to believe but A SPELL CASTER Dr brave really made my life much better cos he gave me my family back.He didn't ask me to pay for what he did for me all i was to do, was to provide the materials for the spell and believe that he had the power to help me.Like he said, he was going to do something that will make her reset her love and affection for me just as it has always been.My wife told me she woke up and realized that she should have never left me that i am all she needs.To make thing clear, her life with her high school lover was great before Dr brave castled the spell they had no disagreement on anything.The guy said it himself that why she broke up with him is unexplainable.Only Dr.Brave can do such a thing contact him to solve your problem with his email:bravespellcaster@gmail.com ,or kindly visit he website http://bravespellcaster.yolasite.com .CONTACT HIM NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS

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  2. I've always been a person to write lists, but I feel like it's more effective to have everything planned out digitally on a spreadsheet on excel or google drive. Do you feel like use a planner provides enough organization blog-wise even though everything is online? I really want to switch over to the hand written way of doing things but i'm scared!

    x. lauren
    champagneandchambray.com

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    1. Great question! I do track all of my sponsor info on an excel spreadsheet and I use Google Docs for a lot however, scheduling and to do list wise I write it all down. I would be lost without my planner!

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  3. I've never heard of a lot of these, so thank you for sharing. I don't get why people who be against blog consultations? All businesses have them!

    -Jackie
    http://ournashvillelife.com

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  4. Charissa is amazing! Love her and her work! As for planners, I agree 100%...if they are cute and keep me organized I am 100% more productive!

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne!!! You are so sweet!

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  5. These are great suggestions! I'm going to be working on some of those beginning this fall

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  6. Wooohoo! So glad to hear you are loving your sponsor page! That's what I like to hear!!!

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  7. I have always wanted to be a VA! I need to step up my blogging game--especially Pinterest. A Pin service is a fabulous idea!

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  8. Love this collection - I haven't put much thought into VAs and things, but I bet they're seriously helpful! I also offer blog coaching, hope you don't mind if I add my link here :) http://www.amuse-your-bouche.com/blog-coaching/

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    1. Add that link girlfriend :) thanks for sharing it!!

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  9. Can I ask approximately how much it cost for House of Bliss' services? This is a great list, thanks for sharing!

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    1. I would recommend filling out this form here because every service is going to be a different price :) Charissa will be back with you quickly I am sure!! http://www.house-of-bliss.com/get-blissed

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  10. These are great ideas! I was wondering at what point you begin to look into and invest in these services. I am still in the beginning stages of my site (building audience, adding content, etc) and am probably not reading for some of these yet, but I was curious as to when you decided to make a bigger investment in it. I absolutely need a new planner and will be investing in one ASAP, but if I were to start at the beginning with adding a service, which do you believe has been most vital to your success?

    Thanks!!
    Jordan
    quarterforyourcrisis.com

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    1. I think the first thing I would do (after a planner) is schedule a consultation! Somebody who can help guide you into the direction you want to go! From there I would then look into house of bliss, pinterest service, and then a VA last (but that's just my take).

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    2. Hi Jordan! I don't do blog consultations so I'm not first on Erin's list ;-) but I would really suggest looking into Pinterest if you do graphics on your blog a lot. We can chat about optimizing the images for searching in Pinterest. It is 100% a huge driver of traffic to your blog! Feel free to reach out thejustjacq@gmail.com

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  11. Great post lady - thanks for the tips! I have been thinking about investing in a blog consultation for awhile but I'm not quite sure I'm ready for that (not a whole lot of readers/commenters/etc yet). I will definitely be keeping it in mind for the future.

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  12. IM a firm believer that a great blog/biz consultation can be lifesaving! Def worth the money

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  13. What made you jump from Whitney English to Kate Spade?

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    1. Still using my Whitney English religiously, no worries :) My Kate Spade planner is for keeping track of all duties with Pollinate!

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  14. Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to check out House of Bliss!

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  15. This is great! I know you do a lot of outreach yourself to contact brands to partner up with, but what's your advice for that pitch? Do you have specific ideas in mind for each Etsy shop/boutique/etc. depending on what you're interested in and what your blog may be needing at the moment for diversity purposes?
    And how does that balance, then, with posts that don't have some brand or shop or giveaway or partnership or any paid sponsorship media involved?
    THIS WORLD IS HUGE AND INSANE.

    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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  16. I've been thinking about doing a blog consultation but wasn't sure where/who to reach out and this list gives me someplace to start so thank you for sharing this! Between the various consultations you solicited, did you find that the feedback very different from person to person?

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  17. Such great advice!! Cha-chiiiing!

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  18. What is Pollinate? Also, where do you go for post ideas? I haven't written anything in almost four months because I feel like my content isn't what people want to read ... -_-

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  19. Great advice! I am totally going to look into a couple of these! I would LOVE to hire someone to help me with pinterest! (I do not have the time :) )

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  20. How to restore a broken relationship and marriage ,Love Spells That Really Work Fast

    My name is Mark Davis, my family and i live in NY USA.It was after seven years i got to discover that my wife was unfaithful to me.I didn't know what was going on at first but as she got deep in the affair with her new lover, i felt that our marriage was on the rocks.I notice that she no longer light up when i touch her or kiss her in her neck and her chest cos she really liked it when i did that, she also usually get naked in front of me but when she started seeing that guy she stopped it.I remember asking her if i have done anything that makes her feel irritated when i am around her then she gives silly excuses that she has been feeling stressed up and that she need space for a while.I know when you are been asked for space its usually because there is something fishy is going on.I hired a private investigator to help find out what was going on.And in a week time he brought me prove that my wife that i have lived with for seven straight year is cheating on me with her high school lover.I had picture of her walking out a of a restaurant with him and many other photo of them kissing in public like she will never be caught by someone that knows she is my wife.I asked myself, even when we had a daughter together she could this to me.That same night i showed her the pictures that i got from my private investigator.She didn't look at it before saying, that she is seeing someone and she know that i just found out about it.Then she said that she is in love with him.At that moment, i didn't know if to kill myself or to kill her but the button line is that if i was going to kill anyone it was going to be me cos i was so much in love with her to even think of thinking to hurt her.As time when on she asked for a divorce and got it and even got custody of our daughter and i was all alone by myself.For a year i tried all i could to get her back with the help of my seven year old daughter.Even at that all effect was in vain, i used the help of her friend but turned out all bad.I know most people don't believe in spell casting but believe me this was my last option and the result i most say was impressive.And i know it difficult to believe but A SPELL CASTER Dr brave really made my life much better cos he gave me my family back.He didn't ask me to pay for what he did for me all i was to do, was to provide the materials for the spell and believe that he had the power to help me.Like he said, he was going to do something that will make her reset her love and affection for me just as it has always been.My wife told me she woke up and realized that she should have never left me that i am all she needs.To make thing clear, her life with her high school lover was great before Dr brave castled the spell they had no disagreement on anything.The guy said it himself that why she broke up with him is unexplainable.Only Dr.Brave can do such a thing contact him to solve your problem with his email:bravespellcaster@gmail.com ,or kindly visit he website http://bravespellcaster.yolasite.com .CONTACT HIM NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS

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  21. I personally use a virtual assistant and it has truly helped keep me sane! She schedules tweets and helps with post promotion so that I can focus on creating content and taking photos of the recipes I create.

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  22. This was so helpful. Especially for a new blogger like me! Thank you!

    www.justascreated.com

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  23. I love cute planners, too! They're great!

    http://www.strolldownsomerdelane.weebly.com

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