In the past few weeks, I have gotten several DMs, tweets and emails per day from people who have just started blogs. This is so fantastic and I am so excited for your new journey! But because I am working, doing a PhD and blogging (pretty much working 2.5 jobs between all of them!), it makes it a bit difficult to give every single person critiques and individual tips. So I've compiled a list of the questions I get asked most often.
Can you critique my blog for me and give me personalized tips?
At the moment, no, I am sorry. I just don't have the time to do this in depth for people in a meaningful way. Obviously, if you are in a group that I am in or someone I know personally, I am more than happy to do this. But if you just email me/tweet me blindly, while I appreciate you reaching out to me, this isn't something I have time to do.
Will you give me a shout out on Twitter? I am trying to grow my following.
If we have no prior relationship, then I'm sorry, no. Good luck, however!
How can I get noticed by brands/other bloggers?
Concentrate on good content and building relationships with other bloggers before you attempt to "get noticed." If you're blogging or doing YouTube for money, chances are that you will quickly be discouraged. It is fine to do both of these things with a goal of earning in mind in the long term, but it will not happen overnight. Very rarely do bloggers or YouTubers "blow up" overnight, though it can and does happen.
Here are some of my tips on building traffic.
Resources for Bloggers:
Go here for my blogging tag. You can also read this post I did on typical mistakes bloggers make. My Pinterest board located here also connects you to resources from tons of other bloggers around the web.
One last tip:
I've noticed many beginner bloggers blogging on websites like weebly and wix. Ditch this immediately and switch to Blogger or Wordpress. After you've decided you're really interested in this blogging thing, I recommend purchasing a domain. GoDaddy.com is one of my favorites, and who I use.