This session was a bit of a snooze fest for me. I totally got it wrong with this one. The title had me thinking it would be about how to make your blog beautiful. I obviously didn’t pay much attention to the description of the session in the Blogfest programme, as it turned out to be all about fashion and beauty. As in, blogging about fashion and beauty products. Whoops.

Ten minutes in I realised that I had to either get out of the room or change my attitude. As I was stuck in the middle of a row I decided to change my attitude and see if I could learn something.

I did. Only four bullet points worth, but it’s something:

  • Interact with your blog readers and ask them what they want to see more of in your blog.
  • Use affiliate advertising and skimlinks to generate advertising on your blog.*
  • Avril Keys of schoolgatestyle had to reach the 10,000 page views per month before brands noticed her blog.
  • When your stats reach the above point, you can consider approaching brands to ask whether they would be interested in collaborating with you.

I also didn’t know what these are.  Here is a link to skimlinks, and here is a link to Google’s affiliate network and this sums it up:

Google Affiliate Network is a free programme that makes it easy for website publishers to connect with quality advertisers and get rewarded for driving              conversions.

I think more investigation is needed, but it sounds enriching.