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Bloggers are engulfing the Internet with websites about everything from food to fashion, travel to lifestyle and all the niche blogs in between.

However, the difference between a fantastic blog and an unsuccessful blog can be a matter of a few simple tweaks to your technique and website.

1. Define your target audience

If you haven’t identified your target audience already, then STOP WRITING! This stage is possibly the most crucial part of blogging.

No matter what the theme of your blog is, an undefined target audience will severely impact the success of your blog. Defining things like age, gender and demographic, to name a few, will help you to engage with as many people as possible.

This will ensure that your audience is fully invested in your content as it relates to them on a personal level. You want your readers thinking “ahh yes! I can relate to that!” Just like you’re thinking reading this post, right!?

2. Relevant content

Once you have defined who your target audience are, you can start to deliver your content! Woohoo!

This is the fun part…however, the content needs to be relevant to your target audience and theme of the blog to ensure the success of each post and inevitably the blog itself.

Whoever said blogging isn’t hard has probably never tried it!

When delivering content it is important to define the key messages you are trying to convey through each post, how these messages relate to your target audience and the general theme of your blog.

Staying on track with the relevancy of content will generate a loyal basis of subscribers who will continuously visit your site, which is the foundation of a successful blog.

3. Tone

Whilst there are millions of blogs out there – the way you convey your writing through tone is the ultimate way to differentiate yourself from the rest of the blogosphere.

Whether your tone is sassy, endearing, funny, informative or a mash-up of several, your content is undeniably more interesting with a unique voice.

Tone generates a feeling of real life conversation whilst evoking a sense of relatability between you and your audience. It is also important to generate repetition of this tone throughout every post, so that people feel as though they can relate to you on a personal level.

4. Post regularly

Friendships take time to build and they don’t maintain themselves! The same can be said for blogs.

If blogs are only updated at random increments throughout the year, the relationship between you and your target audience will not be strong enough to build a loyal subscriber basis, your subscribers are what will ensure the success of your blog.

With an average of 55% of people spending no more than 15 seconds on a page before navigating away, the need for interesting and consistent content it crucial to entice people to stay on your page and to continue exploring.

So, treat your blog like your best friend – be yourself, be consistent, share regularly and nurture the relationship!

5. Sharing is caring

Sharing is caring…except when it’s chocolate. However, it certainly is when it comes to blogging and sharing your content through social media.

Enable a ‘Share’ link either at the top or bottom of every post on your blog to ensure a substantial reach to a broader audience. It will make sharing your content easier for your fans, which in turn draws more traffic back to your blog from social media pages.

By having your social media accounts on all your webpages you’ll give visitors quick and easy access to all your relevant social platforms e.g Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc.

6. Make friends

The importance of friendship is not only crucial in life, but also in the world of blogging.

Creating a relationship with fellow bloggers is so helpful when it comes to building a strong blog. Investing in relationships with fellow bloggers will allow for introduction into their circle creating more connections with people all over the web.

Some bloggers love sharing content that their friends have created and might even feature it on their own blog. If you focus on maintaining relationships with bloggers with similar content to yours you’ll have access to relevant audiences and get some inspiration at the same time.

However, don’t limit yourself to only your genre – you can never have too many friends!

7. Theme and design

Whilst your content and delivery are crucial aspects to an insightful and engaging blog, so too are the aesthetics of your blog.

Much the same as setting the tone for your blog, the aesthetics of your posts and social media platforms should show a consistent theme.

This can be in the form of photo filters, colouring, font and size, line spacing and white space (sometimes less is more). To engage people on your blog and to keep them ‘clicking through’ to various pages, the aesthetics of your page are a crucial aspect in creating an experience for your readers.

amberrenae Photo Credit: Amber Renae

8. Photography skills

Blogging is all about telling a story – whether it be sharing an experience, a story behind cooking or insightful tips into travel and food.

Pictures add substance and creativity to each post and help reader feel as though they were there for the experience.

To ensure that imagery has the intended effect on the reader, here are a few tips to keep in mind to when choosing your photos:

  • High resolution images: Images that are high resolution create a sense of legitimacy to your posts
  • Flat lay photography: A great way to showcase a number of items in a neat and creative manner.
  • Relevant: Ensure that photographs used are relevant to the content being delivered…don’t post a picture of a pug if you are talking about the methods of baking a brownie cake!
  • Lighting: Ensure that the lighting of the photo generates a clear picture – if you can’t control the natural light then use a program (VSCO is a good one) to edit the image after.

One of our Bloggerati, My Poppet, gives a perfect example of flat lay photography that is high resolution and well lit.

9. Go against the grain

The blogging world can at times be an intimidating and somewhat overwhelming realm to enter into. With millions of fashion, lifestyle, food and travel blogs, how does one be successful and original? The trick is to create a point of difference between your blog and the existing blogs, what about your style/interests/creativity/technique separates you from the average Joe?

Things to keep in mind when creating a point of difference: Photography style, theme of your blog, tone of your writing and creative technique.

Views of Now is a great example of throwing a twist into fashion with her unique style and vintage photography settings.

Cafe hopping- a good idea until ur so caffeinated u feel like u might take off into the stratosphere 🌩   A photo posted by Isabella Wight (@viewsofnow) on

10. Subscribe/newsletter link

We all lead busy lives these days. Between work, study, school, kids, social life and all the things in between, even remembering to have breakfast often has to be scribbled in the daily planner!

So, make it easy for those with a lot on their plates and ensure you have a subscribe and/or newsletter link on your profile.

This will ensure that no one forgets to keep up to date with your latest posts and consistently drives your audience right back to your blog!

Words by Georgie Wolfe

Amber Holyoake
Nuffnang Community Team

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Amber Holyoake
Nuffnang Community Team

In true Melbourne fashion, we’ve been delivered a whirl-wind of weather this year, from a 30+ degree heat wave in autumn to torrential rain and a cold spell in the middle of summer.

Talk about “what’s right is left and what’s left is right” – am I right!? Okay – I’ve confused myself.

You’re not a true Melbournian unless you are complaining about the weather. But it’s time to face the facts, winter has arrived which means open fires, red wine and, of course, our favourite winter indulgences.

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Whether you are a carb-craver or lust for the sugary things in life, we’ve put together a list for you of our favourite comfort treats to keep us going through the coldest months of the year!

For the ‘fuss free’ cookers

If the dark trek home from the office or a long rainy day inside with the kids has you reaching for a bag of Doritos and a glass of red wine (or 3) for dinner (we’ve all been guilty of it), then keep on reading.

Whether you are too tired to cook or if you just plain hate it at the end of the day – reality is, you may be missing out arguably the most delicious meal of the day, and all the nutrients that come with it.

‘Fuss Free Cooking’ may have the answer to our problems…thank goodness!

Her Curry Pumpkin, Quinoa and Lentil Soup only has five steps!! That’s right, F-I-V-E steps.

Double the recipe and have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner…okay, maybe not breakfast.

Plus you can freeze it and have it next week when you feel yourself reaching for that packet of Doritos after a long day.

Fuss Free Cooking's Curry Pumpkin, Quinoa and Lentil Soup

Photo Cred: Fuss Free Cooking

Food is one of life’s guilty pleasures, and when the Melbourne nightlife in winter is scarce, so too is the dating scene – we count on those satisfying indulgences.

When it’s Friday night after a long week spent at the office, at home with the kids or racking your brain for blog ideas – cooking dinner is well and truly off the cards!

‘The World Loves Melbourne’ has introduced us to the most satisfying winter comfort meal to drown out the busy week and prep us for the weekend.

‘The Ribs and Burgers Degustation’ at Ribs & Burgers features a selection of the best bits of the menu – including 2 burgers, fries and of course, what they are famous for, their succulent ribs!

Perfect when you can’t decide, or want everything on the menu…

The board is made to share – so, bring a friend to cosy up with to enjoy this winter warmer.

Order with a Pale Ale! Enjoy!

The World Loves Melbourne's Ribs And Burgers

Photo Cred: The World Loves Melbourne

Something for the sweet tooth…

We all can appreciate the importance of a sweet tooth – some more so than others. Whether it’s a snack to get you through the morning or an after dinner treat by the fire with a glass of red, this recipe ticks all the boxes.

Peanut Butter is the latest craze when it comes to all things delicious and healthy! That is, unless you eat half the entire jar by yourself.

If you’re obsessed with chocolate, peanut butter and brownies on their own (we are here at Nuffnang) and you can’t decide between the three, there is a solution…

‘Create Make Bake’ has created the ultimate dessert – Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies (drool like Homer Simpson here).

Warning! You may be tempted to eat the entire tray.

Create Bake Make's Peanut Butter And Chocolate Brownies

Photo credit: Create Bake Make


Words by:
Georgie Wolfe

Amber Holyoake
Nuffnang Community Team

If you’ve been on Instagram lately then you’re bound to have noticed that the world has developed an obsession with flat-lay photography.

However, if somehow you’ve lost your phone, been backpacking through the Grand Canyon and not had reception or are just new to the bandwagon and don’t know what flat-lay photography is, then listen up.

Flat-lay photography is literally that, a photo of objects taken from directly above as it lays flat on a surface. But you already knew that didn’t you?

Like anything there are certain techniques and elements that go into perfecting this craft and there’s nothing Nuffnang loves more than some Instagram-worthy photos. These tips will have you achieving flawless flat-lays in no time!

Pick your background

A simple one but an important one! The best part about flat-lay photography is that you can change up snaps as easily as switching out backdrops.

You want to think simple, clean and crisp when selecting a background for your flat-lay, too much pattern can distract from what you’re shooting.

You also want to keep in mind the objects that you’ll be capturing and pick a background with a colour that will accompany and compliment these items best. Go with a backdrop that has a subtle pattern or stick to a solid colour all together. If pink really is the new black then white is the new is the new pink and marble backdrops are the new luxe.

We suggest playing with different colours, patterns and textures. You can use any surfaces you have around your house, switch it up and keep experimenting!

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(Photo from Nourished Life Instagram)

Lighting

Lighting is an important aspect of any photo; to get a shot that looks like it was shot for Vogue, it’s crucial to ensure that you use the right lighting depending on what you’re photographing.

For lighter backdrops and a more minimalistic shot aim for shooting under a more natural and soft light. Artificial light can often look yellow toned and fluorescents tend to be very cool-based, this will wash out your photo and add harsh shadows.

Try shooting in a spot with lots of outside light, next to a window or under a skylight where you can get the natural light source from outside.

Also keep in mind the time of day when you’re shooting, direct sunlight can look very harsh in photos where the attention is focused on flat objects. Shooting photographs in the morning or early afternoon will provide optimal lighting as opposed to the suns orangey hues later in the day.

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(Photo from Esme and the Laneway Instagram)

Setting out your objects

The layout of your objects is something that you should play around with when taking photos, anything goes and you should experiment and see what works best for each shot.

You can go with clean cut and crisp squares with equal spacing, you can overlap items, place them side-by-side, on an angle upside down or inside-out (okay maybe not inside out). You can opt for a random effect and arrange objects on different angles and keep some straight.

The sky is the limit; there are no rules that you need to stick to!

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The great thing about using flat-lay photography is the range of content that you can capture using the method! From makeup and beauty products to food, outfits, home wares and anything else; if you name it, we bet you can take a flat-lay of it!

Flat-lay photography is such an easy way to take photos for your Instagram, blog, Facebook or whatever it might be. You can take photographs anywhere and of anything, play around with the shot and snap a professional looking pic anytime!

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(Photo from Views of Now Instagram)

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fashion blogger, a food enthusiast or just looking for ways to spice up your social media pages, share some of your favourite flat-lay snaps with us!

Words by: Alice Veal

Adriana Barro
Nuffnang Community Team

June marks the 6-month milestone of being officially half way through 2016. Where has the time gone?

Being this close to 2017 has made us stop and take a minute to look back on the past six months and remember all those new years resolutions that we forgot about come March and didn’t quite get around to fulfilling.

Here at Nuffnang we believe that you don’t have to wait until new years to make a change in your life for the better and we’re giving our resolutions another shot. We invite you to knock some off of your list before the end of the year too, so you can start 2017 as a new chapter with a fresh list of goals and never stop improving. Even though we already think you’re pretty great!

Get Fit

Whether it be running a marathon or losing 10 kilos, getting fit is one of the most popular new years resolutions for a reason. Being in good physical shape is crucial for your own happiness and wellbeing and you should never stop trying to be the best, happiest version of yourself.

Getting in shape may seem like a daunting task that is hard to achieve but if you need motivation Nuffnang can help! Check out some of our health blogs such as “Move Fuel Love” and “The Whole Daily” for fitness regimes, healthy recipes and tips to help you achieve your goals and get on your feet!

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Picture from:  Move Fuel Love

Save money

Money makes the world go round and we know just as well as anybody the struggle to save money these days- opportunities surround us daily to spend money on stuff that we don’t necessarily need.

We’re no strangers to the era of online shopping. In a time where e-commerce is skyrocketing and online spending is worth an estimated $1,471 billion dollars worldwide it can seem a struggle to save.

Saving money comes down to making ongoing choices and finding cheaper alternatives to your everyday spending. Throw in a little bit of prioritising and avoid grocery shopping when you’re hungry as impulse grocery shopping can have a negative effect on your wallet and lead to unhealthy eating throughout the week.

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Picture from: Bargain Mums

 Reduce Stress

Everybody knows what it’s like to have a bit of stress, it’s just a common element of life sometimes but having excess levels of stress can impact your overall happiness and quality of life.

To reduce the amount of stress that is present in your life try getting more sleep each night so you can take on the day with energy and positivity. Possibly look in to picking up new hobbies that can help you relax such as yoga or Pilates.

Most importantly, the best way to reduce stress is to spend some good old fashioned quality time with the people that you love the most. Try to set some time aside for yourself to catch up with your family regularly and watch as the stress packs up its bags and leaves your life.

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Picture from:  Recycled Interiors

What are some of your new years resolutions that need a second chance? Let us know in the comments below!

Words: Alice Veal

Adriana Barro
Nuffnang Community Team

Sometimes we can all forget to take some time for ourselves and do something special.

Whether it’s a first date, an anniversary, a special occasion or a spontaneous night out; Nuffnang has you covered with these top 5 date ideas in Melbourne

 1. An indoor picnic

 

Yes, Melbourne is a city with bundles of top-tier restaurants and eateries for a fun and romantic night out. But for those cold Friday nights after a long week where all you want to do is stay home and watch Friends reruns, the thought of getting dressed up just to search for parking for 25 minutes and sit in a noisy restaurant is just not going to cut it…

Setting up some pillows in your living room and whipping out the cheese board with some wine could be the answer to all of your woes. The cherry on top of this date night is the relaxed dress code, name one restaurant where it’s acceptable to wear your pyjamas and slippers wrapped up in a blanket?

Check out Chyka’s post for some inspiration to bring your indoor picnic to life, here.

 

 2. A night at the theatre

 

(PHOTO FROM: My Poppet)

Nothing beats a night out singing and dancing except sitting in an audience and watching other people singing and dancing instead!

This type of night out also comes with the bonus of not losing your voice the next day from screaming, “this is my favourite song!!” every time the DJ plays a throwback Shakira or Fergie song.

Luckily enough Melbourne has a rich theatre scene with a regular rotation of world-renowned shows playing across it’s many theatres, so you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

If you’re a lover of catchy tunes paired with mind-blowing tap dancing, and an all-round amazing performance then we would recommend going and seeing Singin’ in the Rain, an adaptation of the famous movie which is currently playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

To read My Poppet’s review of the show, click here.

 

 3. A weekend away

 

(PHOTO FROM: Melbourne Girl)

Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the big city can get a bit too much and instead of heading to a movie or to the theatre, you need to escape the city all together.

Nothing says ‘getaway’ more than camping, but nowadays who wants to go camping when it’s all about the ‘glamping’?

Melbourne Girl uncovered a hidden treasure; a little something called Cosy Tents that we knew we had to share with you. Cosy Tents provide a fully decked out campsite with private tents containing fully-fledged beds (say goodbye to having to blow your bed up with air for a good night of rest) available to hire out for the weekend.

Check out Melbourne Girl’s blog “Happy Little Glampers at Cosy Tents” to read about the whole experience. We warn you though, once you see what we’re talking about you’ll be packing up the car and heading to the countryside faster than you can say s’mores.

 

 4. Pizza night

(PHOTO FROM: The World Loves Melbourne)

Who doesn’t love pizza? There’s a reason that it’s amongst the most eaten fast food in the world and mostly because, no matter what side of the great “pineapple does not belong on pizza” debate you are on, it is 100% delicious any way you slice it.

So when we got wind from Bloggerati influencer The World Loves Melbourne that Melbourne’s popular pizza restaurant A25 has recently opened a new restaurant in the heart of the CBD we knew that it would always hold a place on this list. Take some time on a Saturday night to wander in to the city and grab a table at A25, as soon as you get a mouthful you’ll know what all the fuss is about.

 5. Baking Night

PHOTO CREDIT (Bake Play Smile)

If it’s food you want then it is food you will get, after all what do Nuffnang’s foodie bloggers know better than delicious recipes for a romantic night in.

Bake Play Smile has a knack for delicious desserts that are fun to make and even more delicious to eat. We recommend the bite-sized brownies with Oreo frosting (yum). You can find the recipe here. No need to thank us when you try them! It’s what we’re here for.

Got any other ideas for great date nights around Melbourne? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below!

Words by: Alice Veal

 

Adriana Barro
Nuffnang Community Team

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