I recently received an email from Hotel Chocolat telling me someone had picked me as their Secret Blogger Valentine. I later found out it was the lovely Laura and I was sent some fabulous goodies: the Love Potions & Classic Champagne Truffles. Now since I am on Slimming World I have been treating myself to these in quite a strict manner but that makes them even better, I know they’re there for me to have one if I want one whereas before I would have scoffed the lot in one go.
This post was originally published in 22nd January 2015 but I wanted to re-publish it for you today because I have a feeling that you’ll love it as much as I did.
I’ve been meaning to post this for quite some time, months in fact. Funny thing is that since I first started planning this post, the places have swapped around quite a bit. I am finding some platforms much better at promotion than I was last year whilst some of my former loves have taken a tumble down the list. Nevertheless here are my best places to promote your posts.
3 | Facebook
What do I mean, Facebook? Don’t I realise that reach is pretty much impossible nowadays unless I shove Facebook some cash? Well yes..I do realise that. But I am not talking about that. I am talking about Facebook groups.
Whilst Facebook groups for bloggers won’t necessarily promote your posts to non bloggers, you do get the opportunity to share your latest posts, find bloggers within your niche and make friends. I’ve met countless other bloggers through FB groups whose blogs I’ve grown to love. Whilst reach is obviously limited and restricted to other bloggers, these groups can be invaluable.
4 | Instagram
There is no denying that people want a more visual blog reading experience now so I find Instagram can be great at promoting blog posts. I try not to post too many blog related photos on there as I also have family and non blog friends/readers who follow me so I only promote specific posts. However, these visual representations of my blog post often direct people to my blog so I can’t complain. Pinterest and Instagram are certainly rising up the rankings for me when it comes to promoting my blog posts.
5 | Google+
The one I am still yet to truly conquer but probably the one I should the most. I have Google+ sharing set up as soon as a post goes live so I can add a message, change images around if needs be – just make amendments. What I do find with Google+ is that a great visual and a interesting tagline are what draws people in – then you just need to make sure your content matches up to their expected standard.
Where would you say are the best places to promote your posts? I occasionally use forums, StumbleUpon and LinkedIn but find these work best for me. How about you?
Myself and Steve don’t have much of an opportunity to spend time alone together. We either have Jack tagging along, Steve is working nights or I am working to a particular deadline and can’t get away from the computer for more than five minutes. It can be a little tough but recently Adnams got in contact with me about trying their Adnams Prosecco in preparation for Valentines Day. What girl doesn’t love prosecco? I said yes and it duly arrived so I plonked it in the fridge, ready for a night where we were both actually available.
I call it a date night but it isn’t really. All we do is stay at home and once Jack has gone to bed, watch some good films or TV, eat some good food (generally home cooked now rather than takeaway) and on occasion, have a drink. Now I have to limit how much I drink on Slimming World due to syn values especially prosecco but with Steve’s birthday and Valentines Day rapidly approaching, I couldn’t resist a quick drink – or two!
I do love a good prosecco and know of Adnams to be a prestigious brand so was intrigued to see just what the Adnams prosecco was like. From the Cheschin family in the Veneto region of Italy, in the heart of the Prosecco region, this tipple is made from the Glera grape and has the aromas of ripe apples and white peaches.
So what did I think?
I have to admit it doesn’t take a lot for a prosecco to impress me, I love the stuff and thoroughly enjoyed this. It tasted great, you could really taste all of the flavours, it was light and pleasant but with just enough of a zing to leave you wanting more. It is a good quality, affordable gift for your Valentine this year – why not pick some up at just £9.99 for a 75cl bottle?
Sent for review purposes