4 Things I Learned at IZEAFest 2015

IZEAFest 2015 | Elle B StylesLast weekend, I headed to my first ever IZEAFest and had a blast! I have been working with IZEA for quite some time now and was super excited when I found out that they were putting on a conference. I didn’t know what to expect, all I knew was that they had a pretty awesome lineup and I was ready to soak up loads of info.

I learned so much that it was hard to narrow it down to only 4 things that I wanted to share.

Well, here it goes:

1. Build unique and genuine relationships. Ok, so this advice came from Scott Straten of unmarketing.com. It is probably the best advice ever, and the number 1 thing that I always tell bloggers is most important! When some bloggers first start out, they wonder how they can make money off of their blog. Well, the key is to build genuine relationships and the money will follow. You have to work on building relationships with your audience, other bloggers, and brands that you want to work with. While it’s important to build relationships with brands, it’s also important to build relationships with other bloggers. Other bloggers can keep you in the loop about upcoming events in your area and it’s always fun to have a group of friends to go with.

2. Content is King, has always been, and will always be. – High-quality content and frequency is the most important part of your blog. It is what will keep readers coming back and help you to grow your following. Make sure that your content is fruitful and keeps your readers interested. Posting on a regular basis will allow readers to know when they should expect new content on your blog.

3. “Don’t Let Social Media Be Your Master.” Joel Comm, Social Media Expert and New York Times Best Selling Author, advises everyone to take a break from social media once in a while. I’ll be honest, I’ve done this before and it can make a huge difference in your life. As a Blogger, sometimes the pressure of trying to keep up with everything that is new and trending is hard. As soon as you feel caught up, something else comes up and the cycle starts all over again. Taking the time to step away from social media and really experiencing life is probably the best thing that you can do for yourself. Trying to keep up with social media 24/7 is just impossible so don’t even try.

4. Give Guest Blogging a Try. Are you struggling with new ways to drive traffic to your site? Try guest blogging on other sites for a change. Other bloggers may accept guest posts on their blogs. Do a little research to find blogs that you would be interested in submitting content for and that accept guest bloggers. This will help you to reach a new audience and ultimately attract new readers to your blog. Sites such as Huffington Post accepts guest posts.

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