Blogging Tips For Beginner Bloggers #1

Blogging Tips For Beginner Bloggers

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog series featuring blogging tips for a while now.  I guess I’ve been hesitant because I don’t want anyone to be under the impression that I think I know everything about blogging.  I still learn something new every single day.  There really isn’t a set of rules for maintaining a blog – what’s right for me, may not work for you.  Ultimately, the key is in making it yours – and part of the fun of it is just learning as you go along.  Truth is, people expect much more from blogs these days – things have become so much more visual, plus there is a lot more pressure to get everything right straight from the get-go.

One of the most important things I learned during these past 2 years of blogging is that social media is the key to getting your content out there!  During the earlier part of my blogging journey, I didn’t even have Twitter account (don’t make the same mistake I did).

When I first started blogging 2 years ago, I literally knew nothing about WordPress, photography, editing or writing a review (not to mention creating YouTube videos! ).  PR, Google Analytics, SEO and the word ‘sponsored’ definitely wasn’t even part of my vocabulary back then.

There is, however, something to be said about learning how to do certain things in your own time and in your own way.  I personally love helping people, it gives me joy knowing I made life a little bit simpler for someone.  BUT, and this is a big but – I also find myself respecting those bloggers who struggle and discover how to do certain blogging-relating things by themselves, more than the bloggers who just expect everyone else to help them find the shortcuts.  Also, I never have and never will support copying (whether you are copying photos, content or just someone else’s style of writing) – it’s not acceptable and I have lost respect for a number of bloggers in the past because of this.

I’ve decided to document the things I’ve learned along my blogging journey and will continue to do these ‘Blogging Tips’ posts for as long as I can think of valuable tips.  This blog post has been in the making for about 6 months now and I’ve scribbled down tips as they’ve popped into my head.  I won’t have a certain ‘theme’ to each blog post i.e. Photography, Online Resources, Public Relations and Social Media as I think it might start to get a bit too confusing having to keep tabs of all the tips relating to a specific topic.

I hope you enjoy this new series on the blog – whether you are an existing blogger, a newbie blogger or just a curious reader.

I thought I would start with the below 2 questions because they are probably 2 of the first things I struggled with as a blogger:

♥  WordPress or Blogger?  Very similar blogging platforms, and yet they are so very different.

Blogger – Free, reliable, easy to use for beginners, but limited features and limited template customisations.  All Blogger sites are on Google servers and cannot be self-hosted, that means Google has the final say & overall control over your blog.  Though it is unlikely your site will be shut down by Google, the fact that someone else holds the key to your online kingdom is a tad disconcerting.

WordPress – The biggest advantage to using WordPress over a platform like Blogger is that you truly own all the rights to your website.  You can choose between a self-hosted site or one hosted by WordPress.  WordPress software is free, extremely flexible & feature rich, highly customisable (especially with web design / development knowledge), easy to use, plus a wide variety of free and premium themes are available.  With WordPress, though, you do run the risk of your website being hacked – so that has always been a worry of mine.  It hasn’t happened to me thus far, touch wood!

♥ or  The main difference is web hosting – .com is hosted by WordPress themselves, and .org is hosted by your preferred web host. is the DIY option of the 2 with a lot more plugins available, plus you can modify the source code later down the line should you wish to make changes to your blog.

I chose to go with (hosted by a South African-based company) as customisation was very important to me from the very start.

♥  PR samples are not gifts, there is always an expectation that the product will be featured on your blog and / or social media platforms.  I must admit, when I first started receiving products from brands I used to refer to them as ‘spoils’.  Thinking back, though, I couldn’t have been more wrong – they are not spoils, nor are they gifts because a particular brand “likes you for your personality”.  At the end of the day, it’s all about business and numbers, brands want to make a profit from sending you a product and I completely understand & respect that.

♥  Many bloggers feel PR samples are an integral part of blogging and I can totally see why – blogging about all the latest releases and buying all the products yourself can get extremely pricey!  BUT I do think it’s important to think about what type of blog you want to have and what your readers will enjoy seeing / reading.  Do you want to be seen as the blogger who only features products that are sent by brands OR do you want to also feature products that have been purchased by yourself?  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with only featuring PR products but based on my own experience, I know my readers appreciate the fact that I don’t ONLY feature products that have been sent to me by brands.  I don’t sit back & wait for brands to send me product, if I see something I like in the shops, I’ll buy it – finish en klaar.  I think that might just be the first time I’ve spoken a word of Afrikaans here on the blog, haha!

♥  Don’t be the blogger who complains on social media about a brand not sending you free product or not wanting to work with you.  To be honest, it makes you look like a douche.  There are many brands who haven’t contacted me – and I appreciate the fact that my blog might not be appealing to everyone.  Trust me, it can get a real overwhelming, real fast when 10 brands send you something in 1 week and all expect a product review.  I’ve accepted that I can’t feature everything that is sent to me, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t stress me out or make me feel guilty.

♥  Social media is key!  Twitter is a great tool to promote your blog content and a way to chat to people.  I’ve discovered some amazing local and international bloggers on Twitter & I am sure a lot of my blog readers discovered my blog via Twitter & Instagram.  Join in with hashtag chats – the #bbloggers chat usually has a specific topic every Sunday night.  This is something I still need to get into, as I tend to be a bit shy around people I don’t know (even if it is on social media) but I will try to join in next week Sunday.

♥  Don’t spam your followers with the same blog post update every half hour – this is something that really grates me.  I usually only post or tweet about a new blog post once a day (and not every day) & although I can understand it may not be sufficient for most, I am very conscious about spamming my followers / readers with the same content.

♥  Try to be organised – taking photos on the day you are planning to load the blog post, will only stress you out & will probably decrease your creativity because you feel pressured.  Plan your content & photographs, think about what exactly you want to say about the product.  I am still quite the expert at procrastination (especially when it comes to filming Youtube videos) but I am trying to force myself to be more proactive.  Also, if I spend a couple of hours on a weekend taking photos for all my blog posts coming up that week, it relieves the stress  & I feel I am on top of things a lot more.

♥  Sign up for Google Analytics as soon as your blog is live online.  It’s free and will tally up your daily, weekly and monthly statistics (unique views, bounce rate, users) for you.  As your blog becomes more popular, brands might get in touch with you to do a product review & the bigger brands will probably ask for your stats to see if sending you product will be worth their while.  Google Analytics is the most reliable & trusted stats provider out there at the moment.  When I first started blogging, I didn’t even know about GA and lost out on about 6 months’ worth of stats because I didn’t sign up for it from the start.  It can’t be back-dated, so those stats are lost forever unfortunately.

♥  I take pride in the fact that I never have, and never will ask for products to be sent to me by brands / PR companies.  Do you want to be known that ‘that type of blogger’ by PR companies?  I know I don’t.  Trust me, the blogging world is a small world in South Africa & word gets around when a blogger acts like a self-entitled ‘VIP’…

♥  You don’t need to own the most expensive camera to take good photographs.  Research ISO, shutter speed and F-stop & I can guarantee your photos will improve over time.  Play around with your camera settings, there’s something very satisfying about learning how to do something the hard way.  I own a Canon 60D DSLR camera (and use it for filming my YouTube videos too) and rotate between a normal 15-85mm lens & a 50mm lens.  Some bloggers use their iPhone camera to take blog photos and if done the right way (never use the flash), it can look just as professional as a camera shot.

♥  If you use a phone to take your photos, download apps to edit photos (but don’t edit too much) and use filters that you think represents your style the best.

♥  You really can’t beat daylight – I own studio lights and find I prefer taking my photos in natural light as it looks way better.  If there’s daylight or sunshine, use it!  If you get the best shot you can from your camera, there will be less editing to do later.

♥  I use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos BUT I make sure not to over edit – I usually only add a bit of brightness and saturation.  Photoshop can also be used to create those ‘Wish List’ collages where you feature various products in one picture.  I also use Adobe Illustrator for vectors & graphics.  For YouTube video editing I use Adobe Premiere Pro – I’m still very far from producing top quality YouTube videos but I’m slowly getting there.  Every single thing I know about editing photos, videos and graphics I learned online – Google is your friend, always remember that.  More affordable (and in some cases FREE) editing programmes are GIMP, Picasa or PIXLR.

♥  Maintaining a blog takes a lot of work – a blog post can take me anything from 4 to 6 hours to create.  I’m a perfectionist and sometimes take up to 70 photos for just 1 blog post, only to whittle them down to 4 or 5 photos.  I’m not even going to get into how long a YouTube video takes to prepare for, film and edit – trust me when I say, it is VERY time-consuming.  Does posting regularly fit in with your schedule?  Ask yourself that before you start a blog, because if you only plan on blogging 2 or 3 times a month, your readership will dwindle & people eventually won’t return to your blog at all.

♥  What makes a great blog?  For me, it’s interesting content and beautiful photos.  You want to create content that attracts visitors and encourages them to stick around.  Focus on creating interesting & unique content and think about what your post can offer someone else.  Work your strengths – do people find you funny?  Make sure to include a bit of humor in your blog posts.  Are you very knowledgeable when it comes to skin care or hair care?  Add unique and helpful tips to your posts.  It’s all about what makes you stand out from the rest!

♥  Draw attention to yourself by engaging with other bloggers – don’t get stuck in your own little blogging bubble.  Blogging is a community, so networking with other bloggers is the next logical step to get your name out there.  Leave meaningful comments on other bloggers’ posts, retweet their tweets, comment on their Instagram posts BUT don’t be the blogger that only leaves a comment for the sake of leaving a comment.  I have received comments like “Great post!  I’m going to buy this product!” on a blog post where I gave a negative review on the product and I just think:  “Really…?”  Interacting with other bloggers (in a meaningful way) will get you noticed and might even draw other bloggers over to your site.

I hope you found these blogging tips to be helpful & that I didn’t come across as being bossy or aggressive?  Some things can’t be sugarcoated and sometimes you just have to call a spade, a spade.  I already have more tips typed up and will post #2 in a few weeks’ time.  Have a happy Thursday, everyone – the weekend is in sight!



  1. Alice L 12 March 2015 / 11:03

    Thank you thank you thank you! Loved this blog post so much!!!

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:03

      You’re welcome, Alice! :)

  2. Geraldine 12 March 2015 / 11:06

    This is so awesome, so helpful!!!!! Thanks, Luzanne :)

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:04

      So happy you enjoyed the post, Geraldine! :)

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:04

      Thank you so much for your support, Shaney! 😀 xo

  3. Jeannette 12 March 2015 / 11:16

    Lovely article. Thank you for this. Please continue with this. It is so nice that 1) there is some bloggers up here in Centurion as it feels like all the bloggers are down in Cpt, 2) someone else also have similar struggles / learnings as me. Looking forward to post #2. Have a great Thursday.

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:08

      I will most definitely continue to write these ‘Blogger Tips’ posts for as long as you guys enjoy reading them. :) I definitely still have many struggles when it comes to blogging, but like to think of them as adventures. 😉

      Happy weekend, Jeanette!

  4. Tyler 12 March 2015 / 11:17

    Thank you for this Luzanne, It was really insightful. My cousin just started her own blog so I know she will love this. I too gained a few extra tips.
    I think you wrote it perfectly, not bossy or aggressive.
    You make some brilliant points about planning, I lost my love of my old blog due to leaving everything to the last minute. Since starting my new blog I have plans and lists I am working through. Loads of planning involved and I am happier for it.

    Well Done xx

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:11

      Thank you for taking the time to read the blog post, Tyler. 😀 I’m happy to hear I didn’t come across as being bossy, thank you for the words of encouragement.

      It really stresses me out when I’m not organised, plus my creativity goes out the door too – so lists, proactive planning and a clean working space really helps a lot. xo

  5. Fatima 12 March 2015 / 11:45

    Thank you for this post! I’m not joking when I say this is something I’ve been meaning to ask you about since you seem to be one of the most popular and successful beauty bloggers in South Africa.
    I’ll be soon reaching my 1 year anniversary and while I am thankful at how much my blog has grown, it seems to be slow… I guess being a mum makes it that much harder. I also don’t do it as a profession but as a hobby because I just love everything beauty!
    (Btw my sister and I co-run our blog)

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:13

      Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate it. :) Happy ‘almost-1-year’ Anniversary!

      You’re right, it takes a lot to maintain a blog and I can’t even imagine how much more hectic it must be when you are a mom as well. :)

  6. Estee 12 March 2015 / 11:55

    Such an informative blog post – thank you for taking the time to help other bloggers, Lu! 😀

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:13

      And THANK YOU for reading & commenting, Estee. 😉

  7. Belinda 12 March 2015 / 12:06

    These tips are so helpful, thanks. Going to share them with my best friend who is also a blogger. :)

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:13

      Thank you for sharing my blog post, Belinda. :)

  8. Joanne 12 March 2015 / 12:07

    Thank you Luzanne. A very thoughtful and informative piece. I love your blog. It was the first one I stumbled onto one day and ever since then I am hooked and inspired.

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:14

      Thank you for your sweet words, Jeanette. So happy to hear you enjoy reading my blog. :)

  9. Simone Cameron 12 March 2015 / 12:31

    So I’m not a blogger… Have dabbled in weight loss blogging, but I just don’t have the commitment to see it through….that ling story aside, I still wanted to read your post :)

    It’s very well written and so informative! I can’t see other bloggers being so giving with information they had to figure out on their own.

    I had to LMAO @ the ‘great post. Want to buy this!’ on a negative review! LOLOLOL. Have seen those myself sometimes on blogs and I’m thinking, what an a$$ you’re making of yourself! Don’t comment if you don’t plan to read the content.

    Anyways….have a great day!

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:15

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post even though you’re not a full-on blogger, Simone. I can always count on your to read my posts and leave a kind comment. :)

      I know, right? Why bother leaving a comment if it’s not going to make sense… 😉

      • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:16

        P.S. Have a wonderful weekend, Simone! x

  10. Janece 12 March 2015 / 12:35

    This is such a great post! I have been to separate blogclasses, and everyone taught me something different. Even yours is such a big help! But I’ve learnt so much, working hard on it so it can start off great. (I hope) putting in loads of effort so I can’t slack off when I start :) can’t wait to be part of the blogging community. Thank you so much for posting this!
    I must say one thing that came up in the classes I attended which I didn’t agree with, was that brands should pay you and give you free stuff to blog for them. That I felt was a bit weird, ever since then I have questioned the authenticity of all the fashion bloggers in South Africa who only wear expensive brands. Is it real, or are they just getting paid to promote the brands? I agree that you should enforce products you love whether you paid for it or have been given it. But I still believe in my naive heart that blogging should be for the love of it, and enjoyment not rands and cents. I can’t wait to read more of your series! I’m so excited! Thank you for sharing

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:26

      I would love to attend a blog class at some stage, it has been on my list of ‘Things To Do’ for such a long time now. So true, putting a lot of effort into your blog and blog posts really does show your readers you are passionate about what you do & people appreciate that. :)

      When you’re a full-time blogger, sponsored posts / payment help toward paying your bills and putting food on the table, so I totally get why bloggers accept money in exchange for a review or campaign. BUT I do think that bloggers should only recommend products if they truly believe in the quality of the product, don’t just accept money in exchange for mentioning any ol’ product because your readers will eventually see through it & will start to doubt your intentions. I also think it’s extremely important to be open & honest about whether a review / blog post / video is sponsored by a brand, but that’s just me…

      100% agree with everything you said – blogging should definitely not be about making money or receiving free products. I definitely did not start my blog for those reasons…

  11. Jenna 12 March 2015 / 12:39

    Awesome post, Luzanne! Thank you for sharing your tips, not many bloggers are willing to share their experiences or help other bloggers reach their full potential. Major respect!

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:27

      Thank you so much, Jenna. :)

  12. Candice 12 March 2015 / 13:40

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:27

      You’re welcome, Candice! :)

  13. Samantha 12 March 2015 / 13:42

    Definitely my favorite blogger, thank you for taking the time to write this post. I have played around with the idea of starting a blog for a long time now but didn’t know where to start. Now I do..

    Sam XO

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:28

      Thank you for saying that, Samantha – you definitely put a huge smile on my face. 😀 Good luck with starting your blog, I’m sure you will love blogging. Be sure to leave a comment on 1 of my blog posts when you do start your blog, I’d love to check it out. x

  14. Elrese 12 March 2015 / 14:25

    Love al jou tips dankie! Ek love ook om picmonkey te gebruik vir foto editing alhoewel alles nie verniet is nie is dit ‘n awesome editing program. Ek dink die belangrikste is om net jy te bly, al lyk jou blog nie soos almal sin nie, maar die mense wat jou ken in die regte lewe se ja ek sien dis jy daai lol (maak dit sin)? En moenie worry oor ander mense ni (ek werk nog aan daai een), die blogging wereld is maar “fickle” maar daar is ook gems van mense daar buite! xoxo

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:33

      Ek stem 100% saam met jou – die mees belangrikste ding is om jouself te bly. Moenie soos iemand anders probeer wees nie, want mense sal deur dit sien.

      Toemaar, ek werk ook nog aan die ‘moenie worry oor die ander mense nie’ – jy’s heeltemal reg, die blogging wêreld kan nogals ‘fickle’ wees partykeer. Maar ek is al heeltemal te oud om my aan meeste van die goed te steur, op die ou einde probeer ek net op my blog fokus. xoxoxo

  15. Veronique 12 March 2015 / 14:44

    I’m one of the inquisitive readers lol! I’m not a blogger but after reading how long a blog post takes you to prep for & write, I appreciate the work you do so much more. :)

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:34

      So happy to hear that, Veronique – thank you for taking the time to leave this comment. :)

  16. Mariska Goussard 12 March 2015 / 15:00

    Thank you for the insightful article. I absolutely love your blog! I am purchasing so many products based on your recommendation.

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:34

      Thank you for this sweet comment, Mariska – I really appreciate it! :)

  17. Pat @ Posting For Now 12 March 2015 / 15:11

    Thanks for sharing your tips. I’ve been blogging about books for about 2 years. It is definitely a continual learning experience – in a fun way!

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:35

      Definitely going to check out your blog, I love books! :)

  18. Tanya 12 March 2015 / 15:20

    These are the types of articles that inspire me and you couldn’t have posted this at a better time! I am also starting a blog, thanks to the inspiration from the few very amazing beauty blogs in SA (yours being one of them)! It is no easy task and I realise it will be a lot of work to get it up to your blog’s standard (if even close)… but I’ll try because it is something I am really passionate about! Wish me luck!

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:36

      It’s definitely not an easy or simple task to start a blog from scratch but it’s all part of the fun! 😉 Let me know when your blog is live, I’ll go check it out for sure!

      Good luck, Tanya 😀

      • Tanya 26 March 2015 / 16:07

        Finally! It’s alive! Thank you for being such an inspiration for my own blog! xx

  19. Lida Bruwer 12 March 2015 / 15:28

    Very few bloggers are willing to share what they’ve learnt along the way, bless you for writing this blog post. :)

  20. Hannah 12 March 2015 / 16:15

    Enjoyed this blog post so much! 😉 I’m planning on starting my own blog soon and these tips have helped me alot. This is exactly why you are one of my favourite bloggers. I’m not sure why other SA bloggers are so tightfisted when it comes to helping other blogger noobs, I’ve asked a specific SA fashion blogger for handy tips in the past and she totally brushed me off. :( xx

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:38

      Good luck with starting your blog, Hannah! :) Be sure to let me know when your blog is active, I’d love to check it out. xo

  21. Ronel Marais 12 March 2015 / 16:18

    Totes lolled at the part about the “Great post! I’m going to buy this product!” part, why not just read the blog post and then leave a comment that actually makes sense!?

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:39

      So true, Ronel….so true… 😉

  22. farzana 12 March 2015 / 18:45

    Great post, Luzanne 😀

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:39

      Thank you for checking in on the blog, Farzana :)

  23. Isabelle Perkins 12 March 2015 / 22:33

    So helpful, thank you!

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:39

      You’re welcome, Isabelle. 😉

  24. Lindsay 13 March 2015 / 09:14

    Absolutely LOVED reading this post!

    Thank you for the tips! Guess I’m going to register on Analytics now! This is the second time this month I’ve heard about it.

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:41

      Definitely register, it really is such a helpful little plugin. :)

  25. Charlene 13 March 2015 / 13:21

    I think you need to rename this to “blogging tips for all bloggers”. There is LOTS I have personally taken away from this post and have taken to heart – especially what you say about PR companies / brands sending you products. As much as we have a responsibility to them, they too have a responsibility to us bloggers and their own brand to make sure that they find a proper fit. People trying to send me baby products and items I cannot use is not fair on me at all as well. I think in general, the SA blogging community still has a lot of “Growing up to do”. Great post! Looking forward to future ones.

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:44

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post, Charlene. :) Agree with you – our blogging community definitely has some growing up to do when it comes to certain things. I’m hoping we’ll get there soon!

      Looking forward to meeting up with you when I come down to Cape Town in April. x

  26. Sibahle 13 March 2015 / 14:46

    I’m not a blogger but these tips are amazing, thank you so much for the photography ones 😉 I think blogging is very challenging and I truly respect bloggers who are original. One thing I dislike about some Bloggers is that they tend to respond to certain comments (usually those posted by other bloggers) and totally ignore those of readers that are not bloggers. This always gives me a bad impression about that blogger and I start seeing them as someone who does not value/respect his/her readers equally. Yes they cannot respond to all comments or questions all the time but one or two responses now and then makes the readers feel appreciated. Besides the pretty pictures and your amazing writing style, seeing you respond to all your readers makes me respect you even more Luzanne.

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:46

      Thank you so, so much for posting this comment, Sibahle. You have no idea how much your kind words mean to me, I really appreciate it. :)

  27. Nisa 13 March 2015 / 16:50

    Thank you so much for this informative post Luzanne. I was never able to add Google Analytics to my blog but since you have made me aware of the importance of having it I’ll be switching over soon. So sad that I’ve missed almost a year of stats already but I can only look ahead to the good that can come of it in the future. Looking forward to more advice and info.

    Have a great weekend!

    Belle BluSHH

    • Luzanne 13 March 2015 / 22:49

      You are so welcome, Nisa! :) I’m so glad my blog post helped you in some way, Google Analytics is definitely worth registering for. GA blog stats are not the be all & end all of everything but does come in handy when brands ask for your blog info. :)

      Happy weekend! So happy the weekend is finally here! 😉

  28. Terri-Ann 14 March 2015 / 13:15

    This was definitely helpful. I think we all had some unanswered questions lingering in the back of our heads. And no, not the slightest bit of bossiness detected here :)

    • Luzanne 23 March 2015 / 12:23

      Thanks so much, Terri-Ann! :) I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog post.

  29. Samantha 15 March 2015 / 19:54

    Thank you so much for sharing! I definantly need help with my blog as im in a bit of a rut at the moment but you have really inspired me again!!

    • Luzanne 23 March 2015 / 12:24

      I’m so happy to hear that, Samantha! 😀

  30. Elethu 16 March 2015 / 11:54

    I’ve been looking into upgrading my wordpress blog and making a few changes to it. I’m frustrated because I don’t know what is waiting for me on the other side. You say you chose your own web hosting; did you just purchase your sites theme from their premium themes instead of paying the $99 package? Also is the purchase of your theme once off or a yearly fee?

    • Luzanne 23 March 2015 / 12:30

      Hi, Elethu – Yes, I Server Admins ( hosts my blog, I didn’t purchase a premium theme, nor do I pay for the $99 package. I only pay a monthly fee for the hosting of my website (R 79,00 per month or you can choose a cheaper option for R 45,00 per month). I purchased the template for my blog on Etsy when I first started out. It was super inexpensive and Neal (my husband) made a few changes to the CSS code for me to personalise it a little bit more (he just researched / googled CSS coding on how to make certain changes). The purchase of my template was a once-off fee. :)

  31. Abby 16 March 2015 / 12:03

    Great tips! Your blog certainly grows in leaps and bounds, deservingly so! Blogging is definitely a community thing and in SA there are still so many tight cliques who believe new bloggers will snatch away their readers which often makes it hard for new bloggers to even know where/how to begin. Passion will always show through though and that would be my tip, always start a blog for the right reasons not to simply get “freebies” (which as you said are not free they come at a price).

    • Luzanne 23 March 2015 / 12:33

      Thanks, Abby! :) Totally agree with you – there is a place in the sun for all of us… Blogging shouldn’t definitely not be about receiving freebies, but I’m afraid a lot of people are starting blogs with the idea that they’ll receive free products from the get-go – and that is definitely not the case…

      Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post & leave a comment. :)

  32. Melanie 16 March 2015 / 13:36

    Some great comments and useful suggestions. Well done on a great post!

    • Luzanne 23 March 2015 / 12:33

      Thank you so much, Melanie. :)

  33. Carmen 17 March 2015 / 09:14

    I have been away a few days I celebrated my birthday on the 12th and went away for a few days.
    This is an incredibly informative blog post. Well at least for me (newbie blogger). Even though you relate it more to beauty blogging it is great for any blog type. Thank you for the tips, app/programmes and advice.
    I love your originality and how true you stay to yourself. I appreciate the respect you have for your followers/readers and showing it by writting amazing blog post and posting incredible photos

    Boss and aggressive is good when you trying to bring point across dont apologies. This is serious business

    • Luzanne 23 March 2015 / 12:34

      Aaaah – happy belated birthday, Carmen! :)

      Thank you for your sweet & kind words, I really appreciate your support. :)

  34. Liezel 19 March 2015 / 15:56

    Love your blog <3

    • Luzanne 23 March 2015 / 12:35

      Thank you so much, Liezel. :)

  35. Nadia T 19 March 2015 / 19:33

    Luzanne! As if I could love your blog ANY more.. now you go and create a blogging tips set of articles! Wow….
    I LOVE this. You inspire me through your handwork and dedication and I am so glad that you are seeing the fruits of your success.
    A suggestion, I would love to read a post about how you started… did you always receive feedback/commenters? Did you ever feel like it was just too much and that maybe nobody was paying attention? Or was it always flying high right from the start…

    Thanks again for this great post, can’t wait for the next ones!

    • Luzanne 23 March 2015 / 12:36

      :) Thank you, Nadia! :)

      I will definitely mention those topics in my next blog post, thanks for the suggestion. x

  36. loveitha ramjiyavan 23 March 2015 / 10:36

    >WHOOP WHOOP< super awesome blog totally rocks!!! Fantastic reviews and fun content. The competitions are terrific. I'm a new fan so hope to win. Keep up the amazing work!!!

    • Luzanne 23 March 2015 / 12:36

      Thanks, Loveitha! 😀

  37. Charleen 26 March 2015 / 20:21

    Hey Luzanne,

    Thank you for this post. It is incredibly helpful.

    I am battling to find a beautiful girly theme. I love yours, but I don’t want to copy it of course.

    Do you have any tips?

  38. Abieda 10 April 2015 / 15:24

    Hi Hun, loved this post. Very informative and just what I needed as I’m giving my blog a different look.

    Looking forward to your next blogging tips.

    Cheers Abieda.

  39. Coco 4 June 2015 / 21:34

    Thank you so much this was very informative.I would like to find out from you, you say it’s better to let brands start comtacting you and not the other way around.So what tips do you have to attract the brands to you?

  40. Aisha O. 27 June 2015 / 19:26

    Great series so far Luzanne. And the posts aren’t just great fro the newbies but also us “older” bloggers to remind us of some important basics. Looking forward to the rest!

  41. Kirsty Storar 23 July 2015 / 16:41

    Thank you , Luzanne! Very insightful and helpful!

  42. Tina 12 October 2015 / 11:52

    Thank you for the really helpful post, I’m thinking of starting my own blog and the tips are really helpful. Your insights into maintaining a blog will also factor into weighing the pros and cons of starting a blog.

  43. Rubina 24 October 2015 / 06:08

    I think I’ve had your blogging tips posts open on my phone for a few weeks now, every now and again I’ve been reading through them, sometimes for inspiration and other times as a guideline.
    Although I have been blogging for a while, I recently moved my blog to private hosting and am steadily rebuilding my audience.
    I’d like to thank you for sharing your tips with us, and yes, they are indeed valuable.

  44. Samantha 26 February 2016 / 07:57

    Thank you soo much for this post. I’m a very new newbie and I find your blog so refreshing and genuine. Thanks for all the help full tips. Definitely going to bookmark this page.

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