I’ve just had The Most Amazing Weekend! I’m freshly home from ProBlogger Event, held at the fabulous QT Hotel Gold Coast. My brain is absolutely overflowing and I’ve got so many plans, ideas and concepts to implement. I’m a bit scared to open my mouth in case all the ideas escape!
I’d love to share my PB Event top tips with you. What I’ve done is choose the tips which are most relevant to me and my fellow bloggers, but also can be converted to everyday life. I’m good like that.
My PB Event Top Tips from Darren Rowse, ProBlogger
- Who are my readers?
- What do they need from me?
- How can I help them? Usefulness is king.
Darren’s tips are about getting to know your audience so you can give them what they want. It’s also a great way to approach life – your family, your work colleagues, friends … anyone you’d like to have more of in your life.
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My PB Event Top Tips from Dannielle Cresp, Style for a Happy Home
- Consistency is key
- Follow a simple formula and have fun with it!
- Spend 15 minutes four to five times a week on Pinterest.
Dannielle’s tips are about growing your Pinterest, but they’re all great tips that can be applied to daily life! The tip about spending time on Pinterest can be converted to a little bit of me time. Or switch the Pinterest time for a power walk or home yoga session.
My PB Event Top Tips from Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income
- Put some you into your blog
- Create community by asking your readers what they’d like to read
- Highlight some of your most fabulous community members and do something special for them
Pat’s tips are about converting casual readers into a thriving community. I think Pat’s tips can be transferred to your interactions with friends. Share a little bit more of you. Ask a new acquaintance whom you’d like to become a friend if they’d like to do something with you – cup of coffee? Mani pedi? Buy a pack of pretty cards and send random like notes for no other reason than to make people smile.
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My PB Event Top Tips from Rand Fishkin, Moz
- The best SEO links are earned, not built
- Make yourself proud by only publishing what you love. Don’t let SEO take over your publishing decisions. Keep it real.
- Create a list of keyword targets relevant to your passions by doing some research.
Rand’s tips are about SEO for your blog. At first glance, not relevant to everyday life, yeah? OK, let’s break it down. The life tips that can be taken from these SEO tips are that it’s always better to do your best, follow your passions and spend a bit of time doing some research before you make a decision. Duh!
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My PB Event Top Tips from Nikki Parkinson, Styling You
- Engage your readers. Blogging isn’t a broadcast, it is a conversation.
- Be part of the wider community as the more you give, the more you receive
- Create a blogging buddy group to bounce ideas off, share wins and support each other without judgment
Nikki’s tips are about building an online community that you love. I think we can all agree she is the best person to get these tips from, right? Blogging is a huge part of Nikki’s life – and my life too! All of these tips are completely relevant to our everyday life. Life is easier when you share the voice space, as Boyo’s teachers would say.
Nikki compared blogging to hosting a dinner party. Over the years, there are quite a few more places set as the community continues the conversation. Can you imagine how much Champagne would be consumed?! Her fabulous analogy can be extended to your life – feed your own guests and don’t worry if someone else’s dinner party is bigger.
The rewards you get when you give your time and energy to your community and family are so worth it. Everyone could do with a buddy group – a likeminded group of supporters and cheerleaders for work, life events, exercise motivation …
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My PB Event Top Tips from Matthew Michalewicz
- If you don’t believe in your goals, you don’t act upon them. If you don’t take action, you won’t achieve.
- Do I want it more than I fear it?
- Using goals to pitch – be clear on your goals, identify who could help you, understand their goals, identify how you could help them, pitch them a compelling win/win
Matthew’s tips are all about the journey from ideas to action. These are pretty much life rules, don’t you think? They apply equally to blogging as pretty much everything else you’ve ever wanted to achieve. Ever.
I particularly love the concept of using goals to pitch. Everything from pitching an idea for a sponsored post to negotiating routines with your kids to applying for a job.
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My PB Event Top Tips from Stacey Roberts, Veggie Mama
- Bloggers are publishers. Retweeting can be considered as publishing when it comes to defamation. Even hitting a Facebook Like button is enough to land you in the poo.
- Disclose, disclose, disclose. It’s not a legal requirement but it’s the done thing when it comes to affiliate links, sponsored posts and gifted products and services. Your credibility is at stake.
- Just consider that everything on the internet is subject to copyright. Using an image that is credited back to source is not OK.
Stacey is a heaven sent trouper. She lost her voice and managed to eke out just enough voice to complete her presentation. Although her presentation tips are on blogging and the law, there are pointers for everyday life too. Number one, don’t be a dickhead on the internet. Number two, keep it real. Number three, don’t “borrow” without permission. Simples.
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My PB Event Top Tips from Lucy Feagins, The Design Files
- Respect your readers – they are your value
- Spend some time evaluating your readers – who they are, how many, are they highly engaged et al. You will be able to craft better content tailored to your readers. Plus you will be armed with useful knowledge to work with advertisers.
- Be selective about your advertisers
Although Lucy’s tips are all about managing advertisers on your blog, don’t you think they can be applied to your everyday life? I so do. Be selective about who you allow into your life. Work out why the people you love make you a better person and you know, spend a bit more time doing that!
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My PB Event Top Tips from Chantelle Ellem, Fat Mum Slim
- You don’t have to be all over every social media platform. Choose the one or two (or more!) that you love and concentrate on them.
- Be available to your audience. Schedule posts and shares for when you’ve got time to be online so you can continue the conversation.
- “Shit happens. Rise above it.” Sing it sister!
I’m totally going to have a fan girl moment here. I’ve known Chantelle since we were on a wedding and baby forum way back when. I remember her announcement that she’d launched a blog. I have to admit that my first reaction was “what is a blog?”. Now, I’m a full time blogger. I know right?! She is the warmest, loveliest and most gorgeous person. Plus, what a babe!
I could see that she was totes swamped after her amazeballs presentation, so I beamed out my excitement and love like a proud mama from the back of the room. I’m pretty sure she felt it like a smackeroo on her cheek!
Chantelle’s tips are all about how to build your social media community. Once again, tips that totally apply to everyday life. Choose what makes you happy out of the many options available and concentrate your efforts and time there. Excellent tips for building a fab social media following. Also really good advice for life.
Shit happens. It really does. All the bloody time. There is shit that you can do something about and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again. So sort that shit out. There is shit that has absolutely nothing to do with you, is merely someone venting their unattractive spleen because they feel like you’ve given them a platform to do so. You know what? Totes listen to Chantelle because she’s got it going on. That is THEIR shit, not YOUR shit. Don’t let it make you feel like shit. Rise above it! I think I feel a song coming on!
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My PB Event Top Tips from Bron Maxabella, Maxabella Loves
- Eat the frog first. That’s get the worst part of your day over first. That thing you keep on your Ta Da List that you really don’t want to do.
- Schedule everything. Work a week ahead. Use a calendar. Set smart goals. Stick to your style.
- Exhaustion kills happiness. Guilt kills creativity.
- The only thing worth being perfect at is trying. Believe me, I’ve totes got this one done. I’m very trying. Just ask the Welshman!
Bron’s tips are all about fitting everything in. Hello, you are speaking my language. This is something I struggle with on a daily basis. I was a way more efficient person when I worked part time. Now that I’m a full time blogger? Not so much. My time spent on tasks expands to my available time. Oh and all the other time too.
I’m seriously considering buying my 10 year a laptop so I don’t have to share. Yeah, so not going to happen.
These are absolutely excellent life tips. For me, I need to get my life jobs done first, so I can allow myself to get lost in the world of the laptop and camera and socialite media.
Except the dishes. I’ve outsourced that to Boyo. He wanted to take on more responsibility by walking to school sans Mama, so he’s also taking on more responsibility at home. He does the dishes when he gets home from school. I’m totes winning at this parenting thing, right?
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Tomorrow, I’m sharing the Important Stuff. What I Wore to PB Event. Obvs! I’ll be sharing some more fabulousness over the coming weeks.
But right now, I just need to do this! I’m sending out a ginormous hug!
- To all the gorgeous people I already know and love and got to hang out with again.
- To all the new people I know and love and hadn’t had the opportunity to meet before.
- To all the fabulous organisers and support teams. My gods, did you guys work your butts off! LOVE YOUR WORK!
- To QT Hotel who didn’t scoff at my ridiculous food allergy (seriously, who is allergic to onions and garlic?! Oh, that’s right. Me!) and made sure I was fed beautifully.
- To all the new people that I didn’t know and love but now do.
- To the collaborations and shared projects which were borne out of meeting new members of my tribe! Can’t wait to be inspired by the fabulous Caro from Lots of Fresh Air. Watch this space!
- To the gorgeous people who actually were excited about meeting me – I was equally thrilled and embarrassed. I kept looking around for the person they had mistaken me for!
- To the amazing presenters who spoke just to me. Oh and everyone else in the room.
- To my sister from another mister, Sonia from Sonia Styling – my bestest roomie and fellow Katies Collective member. She’s my adopted baby sister. We were toting matching Katies bags and even matching leopard cuffs from Lady Chatterley’s Affair.
- To my gorgeous friend Christina from Hair Romance. I was so thrilled to be the first person to ask her to sign her fabulous Hair Romance book! You can shop it here!
- To Rachel from Redcliffe Style, Lisa from Mrs BC’s House of Chaos and Carolyn and Gillian from Champagne Cartel. Just because I can. Love you ladybugs!
- To the amazing Nikki from Styling You – friend and mentor. I’m so lucky!
- To all of you – the gorgeous and fabulous and amazing people who seem to get what I’m about and keep turning up here, at my little Kimba Likes corner of the internet, continuing the conversation, sharing the love and crossing our legs so we don’t have a wee accident when we laugh so much!