Everyone has to start somewhere. I remember booting up my laptop every morning after I created my blog to see if I had that elusive first follower, and one morning after almost two months of blogging it happened! Rome was not built in a day and after over two years of blogging I’m now lucky enough to attract a fair few readers and that makes me feel rather proud. Blogging is easily one of my favourite things to do. I’ve been meaning to write a post like this for ages, so here are my top tips and suggestions for starting a beauty blog (or any blog for that matter), take ‘em or leave ‘em, just a few little titbits I have to share based on my personal experience!

For my day-to-day job I get to read a lot of beauty blogs, which is blooming amazing, and I reckon there are a few factors that contribute to the making of an amazing blog. The name, the direction, the content, the opinions and the photography. There is never going to be a perfect 2+2=4 formula, a bit of luck comes into it as well, but I definitely think that a bit of consideration into these things will help give an added kickstart.

The Name & Direction - As cheesy as it sounds, I think this bit is probably the most important. Your blog name (unless you change it pretty early on) will stick with you, so try to make sure it’s memorable and unique and that you won’t mind it in a years time! Let’s face it ‘Anna18HGZ7857′ is never going to light anyone’s fire ;) It’s also a good idea to have a think of what you wish to blog about, and what will make your blog a little different from the rest. Are you going to try and take amazing swatches, or focus on reviews, FOTD’s or compile an online beauty journal which is a mixed bag of everything which is what I tend to do. Obviously this may change as you begin to blog, it’s always going to be a case of trial and error but it will definitely help to get you on the right track in the beginning.

The Blog - Now this is the tricky bit, well it is for techno nubes like myself – the actual making of your blog. There are a few platforms to host your blog on and I started off with Blogger, which I would recommend for the non-technically minded. It takes you through the steps of creating a simple layout and is quite self explanatory. For the first two years of me blogging that is what my blog was hosted on until my computer savvy friend created me this site for me which is now hosted on WordPress. From what I’ve gathered WordPress is more for the html-geniuses, if you’re not sure what the hell html even is then I’d stick with Blogger! And remember a bit of simple googling can go a long way!

The Content, Opinion & Photography – There are a plethora of blogs to read these days, so the content is how you can make yours stand out. It’s all very well informing everyone of a new makeup release to hit the market, but adding in your opinion will give it some extra pizazz (and yes I just used the word pizazz). Be honest and detailed and people will soon start to trust your opinion, appreciate your tastes and revisit your blog to see your thoughts on the next big thing in beauty. I think when it comes to photography, people can get a bit ahead of themselves and think that to start blogging you need to have a walloping huge DSLR camera, but it really isn’t the case. The content and photography go hand in hand, but you can get some really decent shots with a simple point and shoot camera. For the first year and a half I had a bargainalicious Fujifilm Finepix and it did me well. It’s definitely best to give this whole blogging marlarky a real try before you slap down a few hundred quid on a fancy cam just to be sure it’s something you really want to invest in.

I think that’s the basics covered, although I probably could whittle on forever about this! Of course the big question is, ‘how am I going to get people to actually read it?’. Well for that you need to have a bit of content in the bank, one post isn’t going to suffice unfortunately so get your head down and type away till your heart is content. I’ve found Twitter a great tool as well for getting involved with the beauty community and commenting on other blogs. A desperado plea is never nice but a gentle ‘hello I’m here’ and just getting involved in conversations with people is the best way, I think, to raise awareness of your blog. Just remember that it won’t happen overnight, but hey we’ve all been there once with 0 pageviews!

Let me know if you’ve enjoyed this post or if you found it helpful, always nice to get your feedback! I’m thinking of doing a few more of these ‘top-tip-esque’ posts so let me know if there are any other topics you’d like me to ramble on about. Lily has already requested one about time management and fitting your blog around a full-time job and I’m thinking of doing one about photography as well, but add any others to the list if you fancy! Happy blogging!

  • Amelia Liana

    Ahhh! This was so so useful! Thank you Anna :) I wish I had read this before I started my blog!!! 
    http://www.liana-beauty.blogspot.com 

  • http://nicolabooklust.blogspot.com/ Nicola

    I found this post really helpful :) I’ve just started blogging consistently over the past few weeks and am trying to include more beauty posts into my content. I’ve found gainigng readership really hard, but it’s a great thing to see the numbers slowly increase. Thanks for the advice!

    Nicola x
    nicolabooklust.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    This is such a brilliant post :) I love reading post like these, especially by someone who is as successful as you! Looking forward to reading the rest :)

    Laura xoxo

  • xblueluvax

    This post is really useful and I can imagine it relates to lots of new blogggers, including me! I’ve relatively recently started blogging and I’m not consistent as in every day but one post a week is seemingly enough for me at the moment. I felt exactly the same when I got my first follower and I jump around excited when I get comments or see my pageviews increase. Thank you for the helpful advice xx

  • gemma.features

    It’s so nice of you to write this. I’ve just started my blog and it seems to be going in the beauty direction although I hope to include a bit of style and DIY crafts as well. It’s good to hear it takes a while to gain followers and I’m not alone (although I think I’ve been very lucky so far). Thank you!
    http://pearlsandpurls.wordpress.com/ 

  • http://www.chantellemakeup1writes.com/ Chantellemakeup1

    Lovely post! I would love to read about how you manage a full time job and your blog, I find it difficult fitting in everything. Lots of love x

  • http://twitter.com/toujourszweee Zoe

    Thank you so much for writing this!

  • Naythar Dino

    Great post Anna. I am new to blogging (just few months old).

  • Supersadez_202

    Brilliant post! And just in the nick of time I’m thinking of starting a beauty blog and love reading yours! Hope one day I’ll have something as good to read as yours :-) x

  • http://twitter.com/EatPlayShopBlog Charlie

    Great post Anna! I got my first follower the other day got all excited then realised i’d followed my own blog :/I would Def be interested in a time management post as I didn’t realise how time consuming it would be! I am enjoying it though just gotta work on making it ‘stand out’. Thanks for the tips xx

    http://eatplayshoplove.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://twitter.com/maydollblog Ellie

    This is such a helpful post :) I will be interested to read your post about fitting your blog around a full time job as I struggle a bit with that! xo

  • Allaboutthegirlblog

    This is really useful and a great read.  I’ve just started my blog, and I know everyone says that the number of readers isn’t important, but is nice to know people are interested.  I’ll definitely keep your comments in mind.

    My mine issue at the moment is that I don’t feel my photos are good enough, I wanted to do more beauty reviews but I (ie. the boy) just don’t seem to be able to capture it very well, so might have to give that a re-think.

    Anyway, love you blog :)

    allaboutthegirlblog.blogspot.com xx

  • Brightowngirl

    I really enjoyed this post. I would love a post on tips about photography, this is what I find the hardest. I tend to just point, shoot and hope for the best.  x

  • Tasha

    Another great post Anna, really useful for those of us just starting out. Thanks x 

    http://tashamakesup.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Anonymous

    Great post! :)
    And… time management is a topic that REALLY interests me! (blog or no blog!) And since you seems to be super organized… pls do share your thoughts on that :) xx

  • Aspirationsofglam

    I was looking forward to reading this when I saw ou tweet.
    Yes to more top-tip-esque posts and I think the no1 of getting involved has to be twitter.
    Nice read :)

    Liz
    http://www.aspirationsofglam.blogspot.com
    xxx

  • Nicky

    Fantastic post! Thank you for all of your tips, I think small timers like me forget that you and others like you, were where I am now =D Thanks again =)

    http://www.nickysbeautyquest.com
    Xo

  • Freedomofpeach

    Thanks for this Anna! Some helpful tips and advice are just what I needed! Looking forward to blog posts of a similar vein xxx

  • Whatrebeccasaid

    This was really helpful! I started my blog nearly 3 months ago so it’s still in the early stages but I’m loving it already! :)  

    whatrebeccasaid.blogspot.com xxxxxxxx

  • http://twitter.com/Sparklierside SparklierSam

    This post is really lovely, wish I had something like this when I started my blog. You have also put my mind to rest in relation to the pictures. I’m actually currently using my Blackberrys camera… and it seems to be working for awhile (Until I can get Blokey to buy me a nice new shiny camera anyway).
    I will agree it is always nice to see the  page views and follower numbers go up because we want someone to be reading it, but I am really just enjoying the process of writing at the moment… hope this doesnt fade. Big point for me is working round a full time job in London with the added commuting time. Tips on this would be amazing.
    Love your blog and youtube channel by the way.
    xxx

  • http://essjay23x.blogspot.com/ Essjay

    This is a fab post. I’ve been suffering from lack of time (post please!) and the dreaded bloggin’ blues over the last couple of months but this post has me itching to type again. Thank you :) )

  • Daria Buonin

    I would love to read a post about time management! I find it hard to find time for my blog sometimes and I’d like to know how you cope with yours :) Lovely blog by the way, the best beauty blog I’ve ever read actually! xxxx

    noisy-rain.blogspot.com

  • http://graceandglitter.blogspot.in/ Michelle

    I recently started a beauty blog approximately 2 months ago so I really appreciate this post. Thank you. :) Content definitely makes a blog for me, so I try really hard on that aspect to deliver. BTW, it’s great seeing how your blog has grown. I’ve been a ‘follower’ of your blog for a long time now (back when you could on GFC :P ), I still even remember the time your banner had your face on it! So yeah, what has kept me coming back all of these years is definitely your content. Love it :) xx

  • Silvia Quirós

    Very nice post, is great to give tips to those who wants to start in this blog thing! thanks for your post!

  • Anonymous

    These are all good idea. I’ve been blogging for a year now and I’m still finding my voice I think. I like your idea about trying to think about what your blog is really about. I think mine is more about what the title says: the small little things. Whether they are makeup, fashion, or others, they are the small things in life that make me smile, and I hope at the same time, they make others smile. I guess I do spend more of it writing reviews as well though, so that too!

    I’d love to hear more about juggling a full time job and writing a blog. I’m definitely doing both and it’s not easy. I guess I do cheat on slow days and write a blog post or two but I wish I didn’t have to!

  • http://girlinateenytown.blogspot.com/ Zoe

    Great tips Anna, and you have a great blog so you must be doing something right ;)

    Zoe xoxo

  • http://girldoesgeek.com/ faye

    Excellent post huni :) Yes i’d definitely advise sticking with Blogger if you don’t know much code. I’d love to see a post on photography as that is the area that I arent too proficient in. Although i’m getting better.

  • Clay Butterfleyes

    Loving this kind of posts, great tips :) Keep blogging you’re fab ! xx

    butterfleyesblog.blogspot.com

  • missmegan123

    This was such a useful post to read, it’s really useful and I would be interested in reading more, especially anything to do with time management as this is something I really need help with ha! x

  • http://www.rottenotter.com Katy

    I’d love to hear your tips on time management! When I was working full time I found it really hard to get into a routine of taking the photos and writing the posts at the weekend for the next week. This was with the horrible light in winter as well! :) xx

  • Deniz_sonmez

    That’s really a cool post! Especially good timing for me, as i have this new blog from wordpress- http://www.hangonbeauty.wordpress.com – blogging is so much fun both follwing and posting…

  • Rainer Lara

    This is a great post, enjoyed reading it. :)

  • http://twitter.com/xBeautyGeekx Sarah Connor

    Great post, I really want to start making YT videos so a post/video on that would be marvo x 

  • Natalie

    I’d love to hear your tips on time management, I’m finding it so hard to write enough posts and work!

    Natalie x
    Trying To Make Fetch Happen

  • Chelsey Westby

    Such a great post!! When I was starting out this could have really helped me and I definitely think it will help a fair few newbies out there :) Definitely will be keeping my eye out for your other posts in this theme. xo

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you approach blogging itself; as in, do you have a schedule, do you post even when you feel like you have nothing to say and what you think makes a good blog personally? Really informative post, thanks very much :)  

    http://www.beautygeekuk.com 

  • http://traincars.blogspot.com/ Nikki

    Thanks for this post! As someone who has just set up their first beauty blog, to hear tips from someone who has been in the business for as long as you have is really helpful.  I’d also like to see a post on time management and photography (I’m starting off with a bargain Fujifilm compact too!) xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/RebeccaNugent_ Rebecca

    Great help, exactly what I was looking for.. I suppose now is the time to get my own blog out there! Please give it a look people :)

    http://makeupwithbecca.blogspot.com/ 

  • http://twitter.com/itzi86 Itzi

    Great post!! I´ve been blogging for 3 years and I love it!

    xx

    http://padmemakeup.blogspot.com

  • http://www.becaboosmakeup.blogspot.com becaboosmakeup

    This is a lovely post. Sunday Girl did some good tip posts as well and they’re always nice for the new bloggers like me lol! It is hard to get going but I can see the rewards of the community make it worthwhile x x

  • http://www.therefinedbeauty.blogspot.com Maryam

    great post loved it! thanks for always staying true to us as a blogger (something you didnt mention here but I can tell you value!) your posts are the ones I read first! x

  • Stephanie L

    Thanks so much for this post! Being a new blogger, I found all of your tips really helpful!!

     http://stephanews.blogspot.com/

  • Gréte T

    Hey! I exist :) Everyone check out my youtube channel if you have time :) http://www.youtube.com/user/ggrrish

  • fashionbyalice

    This is a nice post to help me out! Had a blog for a couple of months now but never raised awareness so it’s not surprising that I have a total of about 11 followers! ;)

    How do you change your blog name, do you know?
    at the moment its alicekatex.blogspot.com – does that sound Ok to you?
    xxx

  • Holly Jay Bird

    What a helpful post :) i have just started blogging and im really enjoying it so far i get so excited when i have a new follower or a comment!! xxx
     http://hollyjaybird.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://twitter.com/AliceHearle Alice Hearle

    this has been so useful thankyou :) and i cant wait till you do the time management post. much love xx

  • http://twitter.com/emherb_ emily herbert☮

    Thank you so much for this! I have just started a blog at http://onewaybeauty.blogspot.com and I found this really helpful. If you have the time, I would love for you to check it out. Also the time management post sounds like a good idea. Already I am struggling to find time to blog. xx

  • Beauty__bird

    This is such a great post! My blog is only two months old and it’s hard to see past the beginning part and think of my blog in a year or 2 years time! I do struggle with managing it round a full time job and also with the photography, so tips on these would be really useful :-)

    http://www.ramblingsofabeautybird.blogspot.co.uk

  • iBlogMakeup

    Thanks Anna! You’ve been great help! I guess I can promote mine here ;) hehe

    If any of you lovely people could ever be so kind and check out my beauty blog, I would be so grateful :) x
    iblogmakeup.blogspot.com ta very much :)

  • Anonymous

    We began our new beauty blog for teenagers yesterday! Its such a conscience that you did a blog post about today! Its so useful and its really reassuring to know that you had to wait a few months for some followers. Thank you! This was really helpful! :) xxx

  • Treeeesa

    Thanks so much for the advice. I’m doing some top tips at the moment on my (very very young) blog. Would definitely appreciate a few more from you as you’ve been doing this a while :)  

    treeeesa.blogspot.com

  • bethbabekisses

    Great tips Anna. I just created a blog last night! xoxo

    http://sequinsstyleandclass.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.fromhayleywithlove.wordpress.com/ Hayley

    Hi!
    This advise is great, I totally agree with what you’re saying.
    I think writing a post about the appearance of a blog would interest a lot of people. There are so many out there that have sickly backgrounds and tacky fonts. The layout is crucial, if I don’t like a blog’s layout, I click off!

    Hayley

    • lea o’kane

      Same here, the layout really affects my initial thoughts on a blog unfortunately. I just wish i knew more technical stuff to get mine looking great!

  • gigglesandmakeup

    This was really helpfull!
    Im just starting out so these tips were great!
    The other ideas for blog posts is good! Id defiently be interested in them!
    Thankyou!!

    http://gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.dollyoscar.blogspot.com Katie Burroughs

    This was super helpful, thankyou :) ! X

  • faceofthunder

    This is really helpful ta :) Could you include in one of your posts about how much of your life you include, and what sort of things to keep private. I stopped blogging for a bit because I was worried it’d turn in to a public diary. Lol x

  • this-insight.blogspot.co.uk

    I love your blog and hope mine will be like yours someday. I have been going for a few months now and havent got a follower yet but i know if i keep going then I will one day. and when that comes i will get so excited :P

    my blog is this-insight.blogspot.co.uk if you want to say hi :) xxx

  • TwoSistersOneObsession

    This was very helpful,thanks :)

    2sisters1obsession.blogspot.com
    Ashlie x

  • http://www.whatabeauty.co.uk/ Rachel – whatabeautyblog

    Great post – I have just started my blog as I have to read lots of beauty blogs for work (lucky me!!)  and I wanted to give it a go myself… I love it, and at the moment I’m not too bothered if no-one reads it, it’s just nice to have a outlet for my beauty babble! 

  • http://www.youtube.com/rochellebellex RochelleBellex

    Love this blog post!! To go along with it, perhaps tips on your first beauty youtube account!?!?xxxx

  • http://www.amygrogan92.blogspot.com/ Amy

    Will be great to see your other tips :) xx

  • Fran

    I’ve been debating starting a blog for a while, I think these tips may well be the kickstart I need!

  • lea o’kane

    I have just started my blog and it’s reassuring to know that rome wasn’t built in a day! i would really like a post about other great blogs that gives you hints and tips, maybe your top blog design blogs, photography blogs etc.

    http://www.blushbox.blogspot.co.uk

  • Holly

    Thank you so much doll! this is the most perfect timing ever!!!! I’m 16 and I just began a blog several days ago after being inspired by you, along with a few other beauty bloggers (such as 15 steps and then a beauty blog). Thank you so much for your advice x

    http://allthatglittersglitterature.blogspot.co.nz/ 

  • elle

    Hey I found this on tweeter and I have to say I really enjoyed it, I’ve just started a blog myself and I’ve meshed three of my fav things beauty, food and books. For the moment to see what i really enjoy writing about i’ll try to write a post on each of these things i’ll have to see what people will like. 
    Thanks for the tips and I will try my best to keep them in mind in future ;)
    http://realtastypages.blogspot.com/ 

  • justjoannablog

    i love this post my blog is a bit all over the place i need direction this post has helped me find focus ;-)

  • Meritxell

    My friend and I are going to start a blog so it was really helpful!! I’m looking forward to reading the one about blogging as a full time job and photography!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Miss_HMW Hanna Marie W

    Just wanted to say Hey! And what a great blog post. i found this a big help :) I have been blogging for a while now, i dont really have many followers  or many views. (i am very greatful for the ones i do have though)  I’m loking forward to reading more tips :)
     x
    If anyone would like to check out my blog its:http://beauty-riot.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Heather McLean

    Love this! thank you so much :D I think we often forget that it takes a lot of time and patience for a blog to lift off :) you’ve done a wonderful job with your blog and youtube though! :) xxxx

  • carys Lloyd

    I’m so thank-ful for this post! I’m really trying to improve my blog so it’s enjoyable for others to read and gain something from and this post really helped :-) I love how down-to-earth you are and I love reading all of your posts, you just seem extremely honest and I can completely trust what you say :)

    If anyone wants to check out my blog it’s: caryslloyd.blogspot.com (Not the most creative name but I’m working on it I promise! tehe) xox

  • http://marciadepina.blogspot.com/ Márcia de Pina

    Great tips! I really should invest in being more detailed about the products!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/beccapeacockxo Rebecca Peacock

    This post was so good, I started my blog at the beginning of the year and I’ll be honest I haven’t been posting as much as I would like to due to uni assignments but I only have 2 exams left and then I hope to focus much more attention onto the content of things upon it.

    You’ve done a great job and are a true inspiration !!x

    http://b-pea-ce.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://scholarlifestyle.blogspot.co.uk/ Megan

    Hi I’ve recently started my blog an this has been quite helpful. The name is definitely something I’m struggling with and I’m still not entirely happy with it but until I think of something better it will have to do. I’m really enjoying blogging so far so I hope to keep it up :) . Thanks for the tips x

    http://scholarlifestyle.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Rachel

    Thanks for the post, I found it really informative and useful :) I’ve very recently started my own blog on Blogger and its nice to have some tips along the way. :D xxx

    rlhavard.blogspot.com

  • Everydaymelissa

    This was amazing. Thanks so much. I just started mine and only have about 3 posts and have gotten a few comments. Which Is so unexpected! No followers  yet, But I will be persistent!

    http://everydaymelissas.blogspot.com/

  • http://makeuputopia.com/ Sara-May Monaghan

    Great article! I octet get people telling me they would like to start a blog, and ill make sure to refer them to this article. Um looking forward to seeing your future posts in thus series.

  • Katia

    I started to religiously read your blogs and watch your videos 2 months ago and just last week, I finally started my own blog http://www.lapizofluxury.com, plz go check it out !!!
    I would always tell myself that I could do it and I did.
    thx for inspiring me.

  • dorina g

    I really like this post and I find very useful.

  • Rachelpretzel

    Really interesting! :)

  • Anonymous

    Great post. Thankyou. I think a post on how to find time to blog would be very helpful look forward to reading it. I also think design plays a huge part. A blog that is easy to navigate and is not overdone with colours, pattern etc is one that’s easier to read and makes me come back and read more.

  • Anna Elisabeth

    I really enjoyed reading this post and I share your thoughts – it’s all about passion and patience. You probably don’t remember this, but when I started my own beauty blog in October last year, I wrote you a  comment telling you that you were my main inspiration to start my own blog. Then I had around 5-6 followers and they were my friends and family. Now I have 226 followers and every time a new one pops up it just makes my day – it’s not about the numbers, but I’m just so happy and thankful that there are people out there who enjoy my posts and keep coming back. Blogging has become an obsession of mine and even when I’m really stressed out with work, I’m just so happy that I can go home, sit down and blog away… :)

    Anna
    http://www.annaelisabeth.net

  • http://halfinlovewithellie.blogspot.co.uk/ Elisabeth

    Thank you for the tips! I’ve been mulling over which digital compact to get and the Fujifilm is on the list. I don’t see the point in paying a lot of money for a camera if it turns out that I get bored of blogging or whatever else might get in the way. 
    I’ll give it a try (and think of another blog name…)

  • CharliMarie X

    Phew lorrdyy lord I have been looking for some tips when it comes to starting up a blog so thank you very much for this! I am a huge fan of your blog and check it all the time when I’m not doing anything at work! (: I’ve just started up my blog yesterday and already managed to grab a follower already! I’ll keep going at it now because you’ve opened my eyes into the world of blogging.. Thankss!
    Charli

    http://charlimariex.blogspot.co.uk/
    xox

  • Betty Button-pie

    Thank you for doing this post! I’ve been blogging on and off for a while but recently have got back into it and am really enjoying it. Your tips are really helpful and I would love to read one about managing blogging and work – thats when I find it hard to juggle taking pics, writing posts etc. Your blog is always helpful and an inspiration to other bloggers!!xx

  • Beachbunnie101

    Hi Anna, I found this very helpful indeed. Thank you :-)

  • Emily Regan

    Hi Anna, this post was really useful! I recently created a blog but found it a little difficult to get started as I couldn’t find any ‘tip’ posts like this :D going to try and get back into it now! I would love to see more ‘top tip’ type videos, maybe one about a YouTube channel? Or tips for getting into the beauty industry work-wise?Thanks :)

    Emily xoxo
    http://thereganbabe.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Phoebe

    Great post, even for those of us who already have a beauty blog I think! I think a lot of beginners think success comes straight after a couple of posts so they get a bit anxious when it takes months if not years. I’m happy going at my own pace and I think at the end of the day, if you blog for yourself and enjoy what you read then the followers will come! 

  • Chloe

    Really interesting post. Thank you :) xxx

  • http://twitter.com/tinybirddidsing Hannah Toon

    I loved this post! I’m just starting out as a beauty blogger, and it feels like all my favourite blogs have been around forever, and little bits of advice like this are great! Thank you for this little gem! <3

  • Katie

    This has given me some good tips and tricks and even hough I’m less than a week into my blog it has inspired me to write lots of posts…. Any tips on fitting it around your job in your upcoming post sounds really good x thank u x

  • Perrey_26

    Great post!!!

    For something a little different check out:

    http://georgiaelizapeach.blogspot.co.uk/

    every peachy from tea to travel, food to films, life to love xxxxxxx

  • charlottezoeyau

    This is brilliant! Thankyou ever so much for all the advice, i would love for you to have a look at my blog some time! :) xo
    http://a-tinyhouse.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Kassandra Lynn Obrien

    Yes please! I would love more posts like this!

  • Hayley

    This has been really helpful thanks, i think its just about being patient and thats what i am doing. so i would love it if a few people came and checked out my blog and maybe even followed :) I am at 
    hayleyandthebeautyfactory.blogspot.co.uk if you want to come say hi :) xxx

  • Abzi13

    I am currently doing a beauty blog for my university project and I follow yours anyways, but logging on and finding this post was amazing, so helpful and taking on your advice as we speak, so thank you :) x

  • Jollybeachang – Angela

    Such a good post. Thank u for the tips

  • Elly

    I’m thinking of starting my own blog after all my uni work is over and this has been really helpful, thank you! Your blog is really lovely, been following for a while :) x

  • Taylor

    I’m a fan of your blog and have been blogging myself for about 3 months. Thank you for sharing. I’m in the routine of checking my views count first thing in the morning and am glad you shared your experience which I can certainly identify with. So yes please more posts like this!

    Mylucitedreams.com

  • Ricasani

    Thank you Viv! I’m a fairly newcomer as a blogger who juggles motherhood as well. Despite the abudant chores of taking care of my bub I still want to continue being a beauty and lifestyle blogger. I sooo know the feeling of having 0, 1, 2 then more followers and readers. True that it doesnt happen overnight. Patience and perseverance is key. I just wish to have more time to blog but a post in a few days is plenty enough for me. With that, I sure do hope you will check out my modest blog and put your two cents into it. Thank you!

    Smolderphloof.blogspot.com

    Rica.

  • http://keepcalmandcarrylipstick.blogspot.com Sarah

    These are some great tips, thanks so much for taking the time to share them!

    http://keepcalmandcarrylipstick.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1311948070 Jenny Jenny

    Thanks Vivianna! You were so helpful :)
    I’ve just started my own beauty blog :*

    xoxo, Shy Girl fan :)

  • http://parisienlights.wordpress.com/ Roxie

    I agree with EVERYTHING you said. That was basically all the advice that I’ve come across when I started off my blog and I seriously think that a few things to keep in mind is to not just automatically expect to become the next Zoella or MissGlamorazzi or whatever. As much as nice quality photos is a really good thing, focus on bringing good content, I mean that’s what the readers come for right? They want to know what you say and what you have to bring to the table (god that was SUCH a cliche haha!). Another thing that I think is really important is to post really regularly when you start off to build that reader-base to grow on later on. And use tags!!! Because people follow tags!

  • http://twitter.com/florarosereview Flora Rose

    As a fairly new blogger I really appreciated this post! I have basically tried to do what you said so it’s good to know I’m probably heading in the right direction, also really nice to know that you started small, it seems like every blog I read gets 50 new followers a day so thank you!!! 

  • belperkins

    Hey. Ive only been bloggin since Christmas and its great to hear from such a brilliant blogger how best to start and that you started the same as the rest of us! thanks a million :)  
    http://thrillsandspills-thrillsandspills.blogspot.com/ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolpatricio Carol Patricio

    Hi, Anna! You inspired me (and other beauty blogs, of course) to start a blog. I’ve been blogging for a month now and I’m excited because it’s something that I really enjoy doing, although I don’t have a big list of followers or anything like that. It would be lovely to read your post about time management, it’s something I need to do properly now… Thanks! Greetings from Brazil.

  • Cantwalkinhighheels

    Hay this is great!! its nice to know everyone starts off in this way and to know there will be light at the end of the tunnel, I hope i can stick it out long enough to find out cheers for the inspiration!!

    Thanks Liz

  • MyLushBoxBarbz

    I just started this month! This is great advice and is very re-assuring and inspiring! Thank you!

    http://mylushbox.blogspot.co.uk/ 

    xx

  • http://twitter.com/PearlsPyjamas Lisa

    Thanks for the post Anna! I’ve been enjoying reading blogs for a long time and finally decided to take the plunge and start my own! I’ll definitely be taking on board your comments.

    Thanks,

    Lisa

    http://www.pearlsandpyjamas.com

  • http://autumnleaves-x.blogspot.co.uk/ rebeccalouiseee

    Really enjoyed this post! Thank you :) I’ve been blogging for about 6 months now and I think I’m slowly getting there but I always love reading these sorts of posts just to give me a little bit extra help. Oooh and thanks for the help on the Pivoine Delicate lipstick on Twitter! 

  • Alexanatashaward

    I’m going to be starting a beauty blog soon and this is very helpful!

  • Elvirasbeauty

    Thanks for this, it helped a lot actually! I started my blog a few weeks ago and I really enjoy just taking the pictures and writing for it. The only problem is my computer skills :/ haha

    http://elvirasbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/ 

    Elvira xx

  • Ella

    Thank you so much for this article! You inspired me to start my own beauty blog, and it’s chugging along slowly but surely! xx

    http://and-the-beast.blogspot.com.au/

  • http://beautyinthesky.net Megan

    Great post! I’ve been thinking of writing something similar to this for my blog but I don’t think I could have articulated it as well as you just have!

  • Danielle Clements

    Brillaint post. Can’t wait for the one on time management as thats something I really struggle with x Danielle x

  • Paula

    Thanks for this, it’s a huge help to all of us starting from the very beginning. I’m stuck at the designing of my blog, I literally have no idea how to make it look as beautiful as yours haha. But like you said, we all need to start somewhere – mine looks like it’s going to take a while! Keep up the good work, I’m a huge fan x

  • http://littlefashionista74.blogspot.in/ LittleFashionita

    Thank you for this post. 

  • claudia.middleton

    Just started my own blog, velvetvandal.blogspot.com which I’d love love love you to take a look at, I’ve been watching your Youtube channel for ages and you’re absolutely wonderful! x

  • sezcoff1

    This was so helpful!!:)

    http://forthefashionfaithful.blogspot.co.uk xxxxx

  • http://www.iamginny.com/ Ginny Hana

    Thank you for the advice! I started my blog for 2 years too but shameful not gaining much readers as before. :(
    I do wish your tips are helpful!!! :) )
    xoxo

    http://iamginny.com

  • http://mabelmatilda.blogspot.com/ alexandria

    this is so helpful, i just started 2 weeks ago and I am enjoying it so much even though it took me FOREVER to get my blog the way i wanted it to look ..I know it takes time for people to start coming to your blog and looking, just a few days ago I had my first comment from someone other than my mom! hahahah if you want to check it out my url is mabelmatilda.blogspot.com  :)

  • Anne

    Thank you  so much! This has been very helpful, I just started my own beauty blog and this was great!
    http://makeupbyanne.blogspot.com/

  • Claire

    I’ve read a lot of blog posts about this but this has been by far the most helpful. I started a blog last year and fell away from it but I’ve just started my maternity leave so I’ll have plenty of time on my hands till my little baby arrives to post more and  learn more. How long before you branched into you tube if you don’t mind me asking?
    Thanks Love Claire xxx

  • http://clairesmakeupspot.blogspot.co.uk/ Claire

    I’ve read a lot of blog posts about this but this has been by far the most helpful. I started a blog last year and fell away from it but I’ve just started my maternity leave so I’ll have plenty of time on my hands till my little baby arrives to post more and  learn more. How long before you branched into you tube if you don’t mind me asking?
    Thanks Love Claire xxx

  • Jessica

    Absolutely loved this post! 

  • pinkgoldpolish
  • http://letsgetlippy.blogspot.co.uk/ Xmeganx1994

    just started my blog today! have to say i am glad i came across this post:) x

  • Mobros2012

    very helpful (:

  • Farrahmayarcher

    Currently going through the 0 page views phase lol! Thanks for the tips Anna :)

  • 3picklesMarnie

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been blogging for a few years now and my blog (which started as a more personal thang) has evolved into a mixed bag of beauty,weight loss recipes & home reno’s. I’ve been a MUA for 23years, so it had to end up on the blog eventually. I’m just trying to “find my voice” in that area. Most of the beauty bloggers tend to be a lot younger than me, so I guess my audience is different. I’ll get there eventually…I love it & I’m so glad I’m not alone. x Marnie

  • Liyana

    So helpful ! Thank you x
    Liyanasadvice.blogspot.com

  • LittleMermaidLoves

    This was super helpful. I’ve just started up my own blog this summer and you’re tips will definitely be put to use! Love the way your blog looks btw! XXX http://littlemermaidloves.blogspot.nl

  • Jayde Riley

    This is a really helpful post, I started a new blog last week! Time management is also something I struggle with having a full time job! x
    http://jemapparel.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://twitter.com/poutoutproud Pout Out Proud

    Great post Anna, thanks for recommending I have a read. I’ll definitely be applying a few of these tips to Pout Out Proud :) xx

  • Lisa Lubbock

    Really helpful for a new blogger like myself :)

    http://petitelikes.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Ramya

    useful post :-)

    Thanks a lot for sharing some needful infos. I m glad that i found your blog, I m also planning on starting a makeup blog, it was a gr8 head start :-)

  • Kassie lee

    Amazing post
    Seriously I always see these beauty blogs blow up and then they think there to good for us little followers and once you ask for a little bit of advice to start your own blog up, they either tell you don’t even try or they don’t reply at all.
    When were the ones that made them who they are.
    I love your writing and your blog and love how your different then the rest of the bloggers
    great job!

  • Melissa
  • priya1991

    Hiya *New beauty blogger here* that has to be hands down the best beauty blog tips post i have read out of many other posts, loved it it was enjoyable to read rather than a drag :) you certainly got your own way of writing x

  • Casey

    Thanks for the post, it really helped me :) I have just made my first post on my own blog http://www.caseybeautyfashionlove.blogspot.co.uk If you want to have a look :) xx

  • Lottie

    i’m a thoughts, fashion, beauty, lifestyle blog :) only just started but i’ll be doing a new post everyday! it’s lotterina.blogspot.com if you’re interested at seeing it :-)

  • Tallis Wood

    Very helpful post, merci! I lost my camera to a river while on holiday and I haven’t managed to save up for a new one yet as I’ve been trying out a multitude of beauty products. Catch 22, eh! xo

    http://theprettiestsideoflife.blogspot.co.uk/

    SHINY NEW BLOG ^

  • http://101studentbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/ sarah beth

    Such a helpful post! I’ve literally just set up a brand new blog so please feel free to check it out: http://101studentbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/ and any advice or recommendations would  be so appreciated, thank you! 

  • Ellie Price

    Love this post! I’ve started my own blog too…
    myspacefordreaming.co.uk

  • Anna Baugh Olivia Rowe-Jones

    This was really helpful for starting our blog and to let us know that we’re doing the right things so far! Our blog is http://chipped-tips.blogspot.co.uk , we would love for anyone to  have a quick peak! x

  • http://twitter.com/JustinKamp Justin Kamp

    Beauty is the word that no body can describe in a word , it is the gift of good . But i want to suggest you that use creative words that describe beauty in a innovative way.
    http://www.whitelotusantiaging.co.uk

  • Libby Cox

    Heey there! ive just discovered your blog & hav fallen madly i love and i just wonderd if you would go and visit my blog????

  • http://twitter.com/RedLipStatement Ella Hanover

    this really helped me! would you mind checking out my blog? redlipstatement.blogspot.com!! tahnks

  • glitterandwishes

    I’m going to use one of those tips straight away, Hey i’m here!! My beauty blog is glitterandwishes.blogspot.com

  • Lauheartsmakeup

    Hello, I’m a new beauty blogger and I loved this post! Your writing style is amazing and makes me feel like your really talking to me :) . I started blogging because I love makeup and writing, so now I’m just hoping it will soon pick up! x

  • Jemma Diamond

    I’m just getting my blog going and it is really nice to hear some tips. I’m trying to make my blog personal to me and I like to use a lot of photography as I think miles and miles of text is can get boring!

  • Harriet Cooper

    Hello, I’m a make-up artist and soon to be beauty blogger. I found your post really helpful and I like your style of writing. Thank you for the tips!

  • demi williams

    can you send me a email, helping e exsplaining how you al edit videos like add music when talking add squeaky helium voices at some point do slow motion at some point rewind stuff and forwards stuff fast in video yanno just all them simple stuff as i wanna start blogging on beauty and stuff<3<3

  • ashley nelson

    Lovely post!

  • Isabella Grace

    This helped sooo much and I now have my very own beauty blog , check it out and please follow. http://www.flutterandshine.blogspot.com

  • Kemili Lemire

    This helped so much! I just created my blog and followed your advice step by step! Thank you so much, you’re one of my biggest inspiration xx
    http://www.redlipsandblackheels.blogspot.com

  • jenadanda

    this is a big help. i started my blog a year ago but it was just this year when i decided to post full time :-)

    cheerfuljen.blogspot.com

  • Joey

    I love your style of writing and your blog! Simple, to the point and witty!

    http://mylifestylechronicles.onsugar.com/

  • IndiHannah

    I’m thinking of starting a makeup/beauty blog and this is just what I needed to read! Thanks a bunch. Now I just need to think up a name, topics etc. :)

  • Emily Jones

    Such a good post, thank you! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and getting a lot of viewers takes a while! Thank you for all the info!
    my blog! It’s still only a baby! Haha
    jitterbug1945.wordpress.com

  • Jenna

    Some good advice here. Thank you for sharing.

    http://jennasbeauty.com

  • Cheryl

    Thank you for your advice :) It was the push I needed to write my first blog post, but I think practice makes perfect! Thanks again :)

  • Charlotte Pope

    Great post, Lots of great tips. Would love it if you stopped by my new blog and followed me! ;)
    Charlotte x

    http://www.looks2bloved.com

  • Jessica Mulholland

    Really helped me thank you! Just set up my first ever blog, feel free to check it out and leave feedback

    http://testingfavourites.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Zoe Mullen

    please check out my blog: http://itsglowtime.blogspot.co.uk/ thank you xx

  • Gemma Hanvey

    Thanks for the advise it really helped. Please check out my first ever blog post and let me know what you think! http://gemmamux.blogspot.co.uk

  • Felicity Bright

    felicitybright.blogspot.co.uk please check out my blog X

  • Chrissie Frances

    Thanks for the advice, inspired me to start my own blog!
    http://chrissieefrancess.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

  • BelleBeautyGlam

    I posted a very similar post today :) A post with a few starter tips for starting your own blog!

    http://bellebeautyglam.blogspot.ie/2013/07/how-to-start-beauty-blog-beginners.html

    Alison

    bellebeautglam.blogspot.ie

  • Oresiri teru

    this really helped, great advice

    http://oresiriteru.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Denise

    Thanks for the post. Check out my beauty blog. http://www.denisechavez.com

  • Zoe

    Lovely advice! I personally find customizing my blogs layout the hardest part of blogging- technology *sigh* xxx

  • Louise

    That was really helpful thank you :) Check out mine: http://louisecorballybeauty.blogspot.ie/

  • Eunice Teh

    Thanks for the advice! It helps a lot and I kind of know what I want to do.
    http://JuneFlare.blogspot.com

  • Lauheartsmakeup

    Thanks for the great advice! I love your blogs and I also love blogging :)

    Check mine out http://lauheartsmakeup1.blogspot.co.uk/

  • shayla

    check out my blog please! just started :) http://make-upismydrug.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Chantelle

    Thanks for the great tips!
    Check out my blog: blogbreathe-beauty.blogspot.com

  • Kate

    Great advice! Here is my new blog :) http://cosmeticscrush.com/

  • Charlotte

    Hi Anna, as much as I love keeping up with your beauty posts I think this has been my fave post yet! I’ve just started a blog last week and its really nice to know that even popular bloggers started somewhere and hear your tips. I c an see there’s lots of people hear asking you to take a look but if you fancy giving me some feedback or tips I’d love if you would comment and let me know what you think :) thanks for the great posts!
    Charlotte
    Gagaaboutbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  • Gem

    Hi, can you pllllleeeeeaaaasseee checkout my blog http://www.bestofbritishbeauty.co.uk/blog/?p=11
    (Not to sound too desperate:-) xx

  • CPilar

    Nice post I wish that I can get some comments like this one but I am getting head blank no ideas to write…www.mustseemakeup.blogspot.com

  • sarah beth

    Such good advice- I think I’ll stick to Blogger and leave WordPress to the computer whizzes! xx

    101studentbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  • Holly rose

    this is perfect! i have just (literally, just!) started my blog!
    i knew you’d have a helpful first blogging post!
    Thanks Anna!

    http://hollylerose.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Jennifer

    ahh thank you for the pointers Vivianna!

    http://tigerlillyyy.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

  • Lydia McNeillie

    I’ve just started a blog over this past month and this post was really helpful :) Thank you Anna!

  • zoey

    Awesome ideas! :)

  • Alma

    This is very helpful! Thank you!
    http://www.Home1144.blogspot.com

  • Nico

    Great advice as I am just setting up my very own blog. I’m excited to start :) x

  • sara iqbal

    i am thinking os setting up my blog thanks for the advice anna.i’ve been following ur videos and blog since quiet sometime now!

  • Adina

    I have just started a makeup blog also . I love yr tips and they really help. Wish you best of luck. Here is my blog if anyone wanna check it. http://www.womentricks.weebly.com

  • Elizabeth Georgian

    This is great advice, even for blogs on different topics. I will check your blog for a time management entry, but would certainly love to see one!

    Elizabeth from http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com

  • Penny

    I’ve just started up my own beauty blog and this was such great advice, thank you! http://beautybug101.wordpress.com

  • Amy Charlesworth

    Ive just started my own beauty blog today, this has helped me a lot. thankyou! http://www.amyslifeofbeauty.blogspot.com

  • ShannonsBeautyBlog

    i started a beauty blog yesterday and im not posting any more until i get one comment on something :P
    http://shannonsfabulousbeautyblog.wordpress.com/

  • shannon
  • missjcxo

    I’ve started a new blog – beauty and life related. Please check it out! :) http://missjcxo.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Joanna

    Thankyou for This Post. Absolutely love it & its helped me laot as ive started mine a few weeks ago! Check it out… http://www.Joannagracebeddows.wordpress.com xxxx

  • Rachel Tabbs

    Thanks for this post – I recently discovered your blog and love reading it. This post gave me the inspiration to finally start my own!

    http://allthingsthatglitter24.blogspot.co.uk

  • Milky Santiago

    This is definitely helpful for the newbie like me. :)

  • All That Makeup

    Thank you for the advise sure helps with my new blog http://althatmakeup.blogspot.com

  • Jessica

    This article was a great help. I don’t think my blog will ever be as good as yours but I hope it comes close but it helped me to start my own.

    http://jesstalksabout.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Fashsiun Vlogs

    Thank you so much for doing this post, I recently just started a blog too and this has really helped :)
    http://fashsiun.wordpress.com/

  • Jenn

    This was such a sweet little post. Blogging is one of my favorite things to do too, and right now I just do it for fun, but sometimes I get caught up in the allure of having a big fancy DSLR camera when I don’t really have a need for it yet. Do you have any tips for creating a great looking layout? Thanks, doll.

    http://bardolobeauty.blogspot.com/

  • LienV

    This was the post that made me start my blog about a month ago. http://despetitscoeurs.blogspot.com/
    You and Lily are my biggest inspirations and I want to thank you a lot for all the amazing things you do. You’re perfect! xxx <3 <3 <3

  • nikki

    This is great advice for starting a blog. Very helpful and quick to the point :) I am still trying to build my Beauty blog up and start up on a few social networks. I hope I can figure this out and make a great looking helpful blog like yours!
    Daleybeauty.com

  • MariaA.

    I love how you summed up starting a blog so easily and to the point it was very helpful thanks

  • Sophia

    Very helpful :) Thank you <3

    Just started my blog today: http://sopisas.blogspot.dk/

  • Amber Thompson

    Very helpful, would love if people could check out my blog and give me advice as well as checking out my posts, thanks (: http://nailsfashionmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://thebeavercat.com/ TheBeaverCat

    I started a wordpress blog based on your advice, it’s going well, I think. Thanks, very helpful. I’m also a techno noob unfortunately. :(

  • http://sugarkissesbeauty.com Wendy Maldonado

    I started my blog last month and I had read this post…so glad I did. Most of all I am having fun! check it out and let me know if you have any suggestions Sugarkissesbeauty.com

  • http://www.prettyinneutral.blogspot.co.uk Rachel

    I had just started my blog a few days ago, and it is frustrating to see that people are reading but not following, so it was really reassuring to see that when you started your blog it took two months! Makes me less negative towards it :) If anyone wants, check out my blog at http://www.prettyinneutral.blogspot.co.uk and I’ll be sure to check out yours :)

  • Liz

    Glad I’m not the only one struggling! It’s really hard to get the ball rolling (even if you have true talent) because there are SO MANY beauty blogs! It’s very difficult to collaborate, network, and build a following. I’d be very interested in hearing how you built your following and the most effective ways to network! http://www.CandidBeautybyLiz.blogspot.com

  • Miss Tara B

    This was such a wonderful post! I’m planning on starting my blog in the next few weeks and your advice has definitely reassured me :)

  • Katie

    I just started a beauty blog. It is http://makeupbykatie02.blogspot.ca/?m=1