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Q&A For New Bloggers

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Adelina Perrin of The Charming Olive sharing her blogging tips for new bloggers

Top: Chicwish // Jeans: Mott & Bow // Bag: Saint Laurent // Sunglasses: Valley Eyewear // Sandals: Vince, similar HERE

Happy SPRING! I am excited to release my FIRST EVER Q&A!

Alright, let’s get right to it:

How Do You Gain More Followers

I come across this question probably the most. It really comes down to the quality of the content you produce, being consistent every single day and being patient. It’s really not about the number of followers you have. It’s about the engagement you have with your audience and what you do every day to give them value that makes them want to follow you. Success takes many months of constantly hustling while giving it your A-game and in most cases, it can take years. And we need to be alright with that.

It can be a real struggle for many because who doesn’t want to see their hard work paying off right away?! Well, truth is, you must be patient and always optimistic. It took me about 9 months after working crazy hours every single day before I began to see a return on my time and investment. There’s so much hard work, sacrifice, late nights, all nights, rejections, and challenges that are all a part of the journey. You need to love the journey! If you love it, your audience will see that and will love you for it.

With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to help you grow your audience:

  • Produce Killer Content – Practice makes perfect! No one got it right the first time around. Don’t be afraid to try out something new each week! Stick with that feels and runs well with you and your audience.
  • Post Daily – Don’t just post once a week and then complain you’re not getting results. If I don’t post almost every single day on Instagram, things can get realllllyyy slow! Stay on the forefront of your audience’s mind by being consistent!
  • Engage With Your Audience – IG or the blog, you need to comment and engage with people within your niche. Everyday.
  • Tags & Hashtags – Ok so most us know by now the #30 rule for IG. If you are a fashion blogger, are you tagging @ootdmagazine, @fashion4perfection @stilkolik @chique_le_frique and the other 100’s of other  promo accounts out there? You can tag up to 20 accounts in a single IG post. So take advantage! When you tag them and/or use their hashtag, they may repost you on their feed, given that your vibe and aesthetics matches their own.

How Do You Gain More Traffic To Your Blog

This should be a blog post of its own, but to sum things up here are my recommendations:

  • Website Quality – Have a quick loading, responsive website. Not only does Google rank these higher, but it would also help you to have a smaller bounce rate.
  • Produce Killer Content – Offer invaluable information routinely. You own your blog. Take advantage of the space and create it to be an oasis. Write what about the things that make you you (meaning always be yourself), and have a clean and friendly space that anyone would enjoy visiting.
  • Post Consistently – To get that traffic coming in consistently, you need to be consistent about posting weekly. Come up with a number of posts per week that works for you, and stick to it!
  • Commenting – Comment on other blogs and be sure to leave a link to your own website before you hit submit. Engaging with your audience is just as good for your blog as it is for Instagram!
  • Market Each Blog Post – Use Pinterest, Flipboard, StumbleUpon, Digg and Reddit to your marketing advantage!

What Lens Do You Use

We currently use a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens for all of our shoots. We recently invested in the new Canon 5D Mark IV, so we’re waiting a little longer before getting another lens that we would absolutely need.

How Long Did It Take You To Grow Your Following & When Did You Start Your Blog

I launched my blog in July of 2015. I wrote as many blog posts in 6 months as I could while working in Real Estate and doing Interior Design projects. I would post on IG, but I didn’t use the hashtags right, I did nothing to market myself, I didn’t comment, I wasn’t posting daily, and guess what! I didn’t get very far!

The first 6 months I only grew to 370 followers on Instagram! But some of those people that followed me from 41 to that point, are some of my closest friends right now! At the time I didn’t really know what I was doing, I was working a full-time business or two on the side of blogging and didn’t make the choice to take blogging seriously enough. So it didn’t really get me anywhere.

The past year alone, I grew to 67k followers on IG. So what changed? Well, I decided in January 2016 that I was going to make this be my thing and that I was going to give it everything I’ve got. I began to work 14 hours on average each day, weekends included. I am still on that schedule today and wouldn’t have it any other way. Call me a crazy woman but I just LOVE what I do because I’ve wanted to do this since 2012 and couldn’t. So the way I see it, I was meant to do this. Finally I am here and couldn’t be happier about it! 🙂

When Do You Find Time To Blog

There’s never enough time in the day to get everything that I need and want done (any interns out there interested to join our team? Email me!). So, I make time for my top priorities first. What I need to get done vs. what I want to get done. I go down my needs list first, the most pressing items I handle right away first thing. As the day goes on, I keep working in order of priority. Blogging has become a priority in my life, so I make sure to always make it work no matter what life throws my way.

How Do You Find Inspiration For Content

Inspiration is all around us. Sometimes just going to supermarket can inspire me on a topic. Really, getting out of your home, office or daily routine really does wonders! Traveling feeds my soul like no other, but sometimes that’s not always possible. I also like to think, “how can I provide value to my audience, what would they like to see?” If you’re really struggling on content production. Listen! Listen to your audience and hear what they have to say. If that doesn’t work either, Ask! Don’t be afraid to ask people what they want from you. For more specific ways to find inspiration for content, check out my post on it here.

When Did You Move To The US

I moved here when I was 6 years old! More about me on a personal level, check out my post on 20 Fun Facts About Me.

Do You Miss Bulgaria

Of course I do! That is why I try to be surrounded by Bulgarian’s as much as I can while here in the US and I also visit 1-2x each year! It’s a huge part of who I am! I’ll be there this summer!!

Do You Have Any Advice/Suggestions For Maintaining A Work-Life Balance

Do your best (you may struggle and even fail) but remember to always be good to yourself. Get back up and do it again, but a little differently each time. In the beginning I struggled with this so much. I would burn myself out almost every week. I was working on building a Real Estate business, was offering Interior Design consultation services while also being a homeowner, a wife, a fur-momma, and I’m also that someone who believes in cooking every dish from scratch. Add blogging into the mix, and things got to be insane!

I had to make sacrifices in how often I would see my friends, family and the amount of time I was spending on my other businesses. What I really wanted to do was leave these other business pursuits and dive into blogging full-time. Luckily it lead to that, but it did take time and patience and you may need to make some [financial/personal] scarifies in the benefit of your dreams. Especially when starting out. If you are really struggling like I was, then that typically means that there’s something that’s gotta give. What will it be for you?

What Is Your Day Job

Blogging has officially become my full-time job as of late last year. It’s certainly not a day job. It’s a 24/7 job! At least it is like that right now because I am still within my first 3-5 years of business. So it becomes really important that you love everything about it.

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Adelina Perrin of The Charming Olive wearing Chicwish Top, Mott & Bow Jeans, Vince Shoes and Saint Laurent Black CrossbodyFashion and lifestyle blogger Adelina Perrin of The Charming Olive wearing Chicwish Top, Mott & Bow Jeans, Vince Shoes and Saint Laurent Black Crossbody

What Is Your Skincare Routine

Great question! I will be sharing skincare beauty secrets this week and next week. Both will be part of my Thankful Thursday’s Gifting program! Enter last weeks’ giveaway here if you haven’t already!

How Do You Keep Your Hair So Thick

Lol, genetics and I watch what I eat. But also blowdrying, teasing, some hairspray and dry shampoo tricks help do the rest and I will be sharing these with you guys soon!

What Is Your Hair Care Routine

Ah, this is a good one and it deserves a blog post of its own! Believe it or not, my hair routine is pretty low maintenance. I have my favorite products I use on routine and swear by. Since this is more of blogging tips Q&A, I will save this to be its own blog post, so stay tuned!

If you guys have any further questions you’d like answered, please leave them in the comment section below!

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Adelina Perrin of The Charming Olive wearing Chicwish Top, Mott & Bow Jeans, Vince Shoes and Saint Laurent Black CrossbodyFashion and lifestyle blogger Adelina Perrin of The Charming Olive wearing Chicwish Top, Mott & Bow Jeans, Vince Shoes and Saint Laurent Black Crossbody

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If you guys have any further questions you’d like answered, please leave them in the comment section below!

xx Adelina

 

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Becca
    March 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    This is so helpful! As a new blogger, I post everyday but just as often (and even more) wonder if it’s worth it. So glad to here patience is key and that devotion to it is, too. Thanks for the tips, really.

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      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Hi Becca! You must believe that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! It’s worth it girl!!:) xx

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    Gulin
    March 20, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Very helpful tips, thank you very much for putting together something like this!

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      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      Hi Gulin! I am happy to be of help! xx

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    Vicky penaloza
    March 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I love this post babe! You’re right! It’s all about dedication and loving what you do 🙂
    PS. Love your top so much ?

    http://www.fashionbyvicky.com

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      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      Hi Vicky! Thank you darling! Your support means so much to me! Have a wonderful week! xx

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    Jaclyn De Leon
    March 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks so much for the great tips!! I’m a new blogger and just working on getting my website and blog started.

    • Reply
      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Jaclyn, I am happy to be of help! Getting started is so much fun! Keep up the great work hun! xx

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    Monica
    March 21, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Thank you for posting this. I’m new to blogging and I find info very helpful 🙂

    https://monicaptanzil.wordpress.com/

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      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Monica! I am happy to be of help to my community! Have a great week babe! xx

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    Meri Wild
    March 21, 2017 at 4:05 am

    You look awesome! <3

    http://www.meriwild.com

    • Reply
      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Meri! Thank you! xx

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    Mónica Sors - Mes Voyages à Paris
    March 21, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Baby i like your style! You looks so gorgeous in this photos!!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: PFW STREET STYLE MARCH 2017 | RAINY PARIS

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      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Hi Monica, thank you babe!! Have a fabulous week! xx

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    Linn Maira Jäpel
    March 21, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Such an interesting post, I’ve just started following your instagram, you have such a pretty feed there and I am glad, I stumbled across your blog as well!

    Best from Barcelona,
    Linn

    https://www.linnmaira.com

    • Reply
      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Hi Linn! Thank you for your support! It truly means a lot! Have a wonderful week!:) xx

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    Sarah
    March 21, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Such great advice!! It’s definitely hard to balance a regular job and a blogging job, but ultimately blogging is so much fun.. it’s like playing dress up and sharing it with the world.

    Thank you for your encouraging words!!

    Xx Sarah

    http://www.indecisivelystylish.wordpress.com

    • Reply
      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Hi Sarah! You’re absolutely right! It’s so much fun! I happy I could be of help! xx

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    Krissy
    March 21, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I LOVE this – it gets so hectic but it’s worth it when you love it, right!? LIKE major madness. You’re inspiring, keep it up girly!

    xx krissy
    http://www.champagneinchurch.com

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      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Krissy! You got that right!! Have a great rest of your week!:) xx

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    Lisa Linh
    March 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    You covered all great topics and I need to send some people over here to read this! I get asked all these questions often, especially on how to gain followers. Great post!

    Lisa Linh
    https://www.bylisalinh.com/blog/2017/3/21/breakfast-at-montage-kapalua-bay-cane-and-canoe

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      Adelina
      March 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your positive feedback! I am always happy yo help! xx

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    Carmen
    March 22, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I totally agree with you on these points! Posting constantly and especially good content are so important! I also like to engage with others and get inspired 🙂
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

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    Masha
    March 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you for this. It’s so inspiring and really very helpful for a new blogger like me. I will be making sure to incorporate your tips into my blogging routine!

    White Silk, Black Leather
    http://www.whitesilkblackleather.com

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    Margaret
    March 22, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Nice camera that you are using ! Surely make a difference to the pictures!

    xx Margaret
    http://www.maleemaleehong.com

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    Amy
    March 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    You are an inspiration!! Keep chipping away at your goals and dreams Adelina, I know you will go far!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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      Adelina
      March 29, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Amy, you’re so sweet and supportive! Thank you love! xx

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    Sany
    March 30, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Hey gorgeous ? Your blog post is so inspiring. I myself dream of having this kind of life and you encouraged me and inspired me to try and work hard to get my dreams true. The fact that you’re such a successful Bulgarian woman (I’m Bulgarian too wohoo) and so positive is really something i look up to. I’d loveee to meet you one day when you’re in Bulgaria. I have a question when did you start calling yourself a blogger and made it a public statement? Hugs from Sofia ?? ??

    • Reply
      Adelina
      May 9, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Hi Sany! You are so sweet!! I would love to meet you this summer when I am there 🙂 Will you be there in June/July? xx, Adelina

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    janet
    April 3, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    These are very practical and useful tips. =) Where else do I search for promo accounts to be featured? Thanks a ton!

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      Adelina
      May 9, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Instagram has the best promo accounts! xx, Adelina

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    Laken
    April 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips! Such great advice! I am job hunting currently, and I am using the extra time to pursue my fashion blogging dream! The slow wait for followers has been the hardest part, but your post is so inspiring! It gave me another burst of creative energy! Plus, I got to check out the blogs of all the other ladies who are just starting out who posted their blogs on here! : )

    http://seattleiteblog.weebly.com/blog

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      Adelina
      May 9, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Keep working on it love! xx, Adelina

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    Jackielyn
    April 11, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you for you tips! It was really helpful. Also with being real with how you started in the beginning!

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      Adelina
      May 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Hi Jackielyn! I’m so glad you found my tips helpful. Thank you for the support 🙂 xx, Adelina

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      Adelina
      May 9, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Thank you! Happy I can be of help! xx, Adelina

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    Jenn Wang
    April 20, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Adelina, you are seriously the best – a true hustler and inspiration! This was such a motivating post for me as a new blogger. Your tips were so helpful and it’s so comforting to know that all the successful blogger out there (like you) had to work hard and wait before gaining traction. Thanks for being such a great role model!

    Jenn
    http://www.honeydewblog.com

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      Adelina
      May 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Aw Jenn, you could possibly be the sweetest girl on this planet!! Thank you and I am happy I could be of help! Keep up the great work! xx, Adelina

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