I thought you’d like this board on Pinterest…

It is a collection of all of my photography that I have ever posted on Instagram!

It is a collection but I would live if you made the time to have a little peek!

https://pin.it/k6z7ltmkhxptcn

Lydia x

Marketing, Photography

Interview with Dale from BloggingHerWay.com

E-Books, Interviews, Marketing

Hello!

Since starting my blog I have been inspired and influenced by so many amazing people on the internet; who knew there was so many amazing humans out there? The blogging community has to be one of the most happiest and well-connected sections of the internet; I have made so many friends and have built some great work relationships with people.

Blogging is not just you telling a story or an experience, but is a way to connect and grow with others that share the same interests. Isn’t that great? Socialising without having to leave your bedroom – WIN!

Now, imagine not having to leave your bedroom to socialise AND not having to leave it to go work?

No, I am not becoming a hermit. I am learning to monetise something that I already work on daily for free – Make’s sense, right? I put in all these hours on my blog, sharing my passions, editing photos, pinning images and maintaining all my social media along with it.

I can honestly say, I was shocked when I found out I could earn money from doing what I already do daily. I may of not known this, but a lot of the Internet did and there is a lot of content out there saying ‘you should do this’ and ‘you should do that’. Who do you really go for guidance? In this sort of circumstance I normally ask my mum but since she didn’t know what a blog was I knew I had to do some research.

That’s when I came across bloggingherway.com on Pinterest

As you know I am a beginner travel blogger, so this website was completely different from what I usually browse and the flat-lays are INSANE. A young woman named Dale owns the site and has been an active blogger for a long time and has devoted herself to helping others to monetise and promote their site to earn extra income. How cool is that?

Her blogs are such easy reads that are jam-packed with all the need-to-know information! Since discovering her blog, I have been on there every day since learning new skills and techniques that I honestly believe will hep improve my blog and monetise it.

So, because I am nosy I thought I would drop her an E-Mail to find out more about her as a person, as a blogger, the content she creates, her affiliate marketing program and her upcoming ideas.

She replied soon after saying that she would be delighted to be interviewed. I have been very pumped and sacred to do this, I spent nearly two hours coming up with decent questions – It has been intense!

Let me introduce you to Dale first (Image below, directly off her website here). I’ll save you guys the hassle of posting a picture of me.

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What first inspired you to start your blog?

I was inspired to start my blog after researching and testing out various online business ideas. I actually started out with a web design business, but after blogging as a way to attract clients, I realised I really enjoyed blogging a lot more! I started reading income reports from bloggers like Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, who earns six figures every month from her blog. That really encouraged me to pursue blogging!

What challenges do you face when running more then one blog?

Running more than one blog is a lot of work and I definitely find it hard to manage multiple blogs at once. The biggest struggles are creating content and managing multiple social media accounts. I use the scheduling tool Tailwind for Pinterest to automate my pinning schedule for my blogs, which really helps.

What originally got you into affiliate Marketing?

As I was researching ways to make money online, affiliate marketing stuck out to me as a great idea. It doesn’t require as much traffic as running ads to be profitable, and it doesn’t require as much work as creating your own products to sell.

What struggles did you come across when it came to promoting other brands?

At first I struggled to find brands to promote that are a great fit for my audience. I always look for brands and products that I personally use, because it’s easier to sell them to my readers when I have personal experience with them.

Who are your top five favourite bloggers?

1. Suzi from Start a Mom Blog

2. Rosemarie from The Busy Budgeter

3. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents

4. Elise from House of Brazen

5. Chelsea from Her Paper Route

What is the future for ‘Blogging Her Way’?

I am hoping to create more digital products like ebooks and online courses to help other bloggers make money blogging. I would love to grow Blogging Her Way to the point where it’s one of the best-known websites for learning how to start a blog and make money blogging!

You have helped and supported many in their blogging careers, do you ever get overwhelmed by your success?

That is kind of you to say! I wouldn’t say I get overwhelmed, but it is really nice to get emails from readers saying that I have helped them. That’s definitely what inspires me and keeps me going!

What are you tips for making great stock photos?

I do not take any of my own photos on Blogging Her Way. Using stock photos saves me so much time and makes my blog look a lot prettier. I have invested in two different stock photo memberships for my blog: Haute Stock and Styled Stock Society. Both of these sites offer gorgeous unlimited stock photo downloads at a great price.

You have two E-Books, one on Earning Money on Pinterest and One on Amazon Affiliate – Please tell us a bit more about them and why you felt there was a need on the market for these E-Books?

Get Paid to Pin: This was my first ebook and it’s all about my strategy for making affiliate sales on Pinterest. I created this ebook because I had found a strategy for making money on Pinterest that was working really well for me and I was getting a lot of questions about it. So I decided to share my knowledge in the form of this ebook!

Amazon Affiliate Affluence: I wrote this ebook recently to teach bloggers how to make money with the Amazon affiliate program. I struggled for months to earn more than a few dollars from the Amazon affiliate program, but after experimenting a lot, I finally figured out a way to earn $500+ a month from it. So this ebook shares my strategies for making money as an Amazon affiliate!

Do you have any pets and if so, do you have any picture?

Sadly, I do not have any pets because I’m allergic to both cats and dogs! I did used to have a cute little fish named George though when I was a kid 🙂

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A special thank-you to Dale for taking part in my interview and helping me on my journey of success!

Hopefully by the end of this post you love Dale and her site Blogging her way as much as I do!

I have joined Dale’s Affiliate Marketing Program and if you love her as much as I do, I suggest not only BUYING her top-dollar E-Books but actually supporting her growth as a creator and joining the programme! I only talk and support products I love and Dale makes amazing content that really will help the growth of your blog, so why not help her and earn yourself some money as well? It would be crazy not too! Also, if this is your first time hearing about Affiliate marketing, then I suggest you start with her program!

Here is my Affiliate link to her E-Book about Getting Paid to Pin

Here is my Affiliate link to her E-Book about Amazon Affiliate

Thank you for reading!

Until next time!

Lydia-Rose x

 

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My Top 5 Best And Worse Purchases – On Amazon

Marketing

Hello everyone!

Today I thought I would do a slightly different blog post, full disclosure though – This has affiliate links. Hopefully that hasn’t put you off and you still want to read on! I thought I would share my 5 best purchases and worse purchases on Amazon. So, kind of ironic as I am promoting both products I loved and products I dislike. I am going to be honest, this isn’t completely travel related as I have hair products on my list – which I do take with me when I am aboard and travelling.

As always, these are purely my own opinion, I am in now way being sponsored to write a good or bad review – just an honest one. Though if you do deiced to get the product I have recommended, I thank you in advanced as you are helping and supporting my dream of becoming a blogger! Please comment below if you have purchased a product due to this post or if you have had similar experience or opinion on a product. I’d love to know!

No back to the slightly interesting bit, below are my top 5 best and worse products I have bought off Amazon!

One

We shall start off with a positive, my recent most favourite product that I have bought off Amazon has to be L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths Leave-in Conditioner! My hairdresser introduced me to this product and I became in love!

This stay-in conditioner is ideal for those with split ends as the idea of it is to reduce the need for trimming your hair. Before I go bed and after I have done my little face routine, I like to brush a small amount of this cream through my hair. I currently have above the shoulder length hair so I do not have to use a lot, as stated on the bottle I leave this in. When I wake up in the morning my hair feels refreshed and does not feel as dry, which is ideal.

I also use this as heat protection when needing heat protection. After I wash my hair, I towel dry it and then rake the cream through it before hair drying and I also re-cream the ends of my hair when I start straightening. My hair has to inured a lot of pain, that is why I purchase so many lotion and potions for it! When I was first recommended this product, I went downtown to look in my local health and beauty shops and the price for it was a bit steep to what my hairdresser informed me, I was looking at buying it for around £7-£9 – this varied in each shop. This is why I thought I would take a look on Amazon and would you believe it, the product was only £3.80 – so much cheaper then my local!  I have been using it and buying it online ever since!

 

Two

Let me tell you about these packing cubes! Honestly one of the best products I have bought when it comes to my busy travelling lifestyle!

I was suggested by an old friend to try using packing cubes to reduce the clutter in my suitcase as I try to be a neat packer but I just end up cramming it all in and hoping I wont need to open it until I am in my hotel/hostel. This helps me to reduce the amount of crap I take, As I don’t really need 16 pairs of underwear for a 3 day trip, just incase I wee myself like three times a day. These cubes help me be more savvy when packing and to focus on the true necessities. I also find that they help me be more neater when I actually arrive at my destination, rather then throwing all my clothes about to find a lipstick that is hidden at the bottom of my case (Yes, I know most people have a make-up bag already but I am just THAT girl). I would know that my make-up is in one particular section along with my socks, underwear and electrical’s.

Also, they come in all sort of cute and crazy colours, I personally prefer the pink but you can definitely go for something more subtle. To be fair, You could just type up ‘packing cubes’ on Amazon and you would find thousands of different types, these are just my favourite and you get more for your money at £17.

Three

This next product killed my skin. I know a lot of people rave about T-Zone and I do agree that their Spot zapping cream works wonders but this black head facial scrub felt like I was washing my face with a broom. I did not enjoy this product, I know the grittie bits are to help remove the dead skin but in all honestly, it felt like it was peeling my skin off.

I have used many similar products in the past but none that had felt this uncomfortable. Do not get me wrong, I know this works well for some people but for me – definitely not. The price of the product is really good – £2 at most, though currently only 99p on Amazon. I am just not a fan of grit like creams on my face, i am not sure what I expected as you can clearly see this in the product bottle.

This next review of mine is probably down to my own personal stupidity.

When you are going to stay at a hostel, make sure you get a big enough padlock for your locker, otherwise you’ll end up paying nearly 10 euros for a lock that actually fits and you will feel like a dumb-ass. Long story short, last time I went away I bought two of these combination locks for both me and my girlfriend thinking I was being smart and knowing I’m going to reduce my chances of suffering from theft. Once I got there, I realised that the padlock was actually too small to clip over the locker. I did get very frustrated and ended up breaking a nail in the process, which just made things ten times worse! For £6 you can’t go wrong, but just be smart and think that you’ll need an extended bendy combination lock for the risk of the lockers not being generic!

 

Five

For all those regular travellers, I am sure you’ll agree with me that a decent eye-mask is a worthy investment – especially for those long haul flights!

Along with decent earplugs and travel cushion – you are due a decent nap with minor interruptions!

I have had my Unimi eye mask for a while now and because it comes with a little bag, I haven’t yet lost it! Trust me, this is a first for me! This mask is super soft due to all the layers it is made out of and does not feel like I have clingfilm wrapper round my head, which some sleep-masks do feel like. I prefer this one because it has a bit of fabric going across the nose, which is so much more comfortable and helps to block put complete light –  Though it is a shame that it doesn’t help stop my snoring! 

So there you have it, my top five best and worse products that I have bought off Amazon! Not my most thrilling post but hey, if you feel sorry for me please click on one of these pictures and feel free to purchase a product so I can earn a small commission – Everyone has to start somewhere! Even if it is reviewing a sleep mask and a gritty face scrub.

Until next time,

Lydia x

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How I Create Covers For My Instagram Story Highlights

Marketing

Since Instagram has created Stories and highlights, I have seen thousands and thousands of accounts with rather groovy covers for their profile.

If you don’t know what I mean, it’s all these little pictures that you see just below your bio. Normally from stories you’ve saved to your highlights.

See below ⬇️

I love insta stories as it is similar to snapchat and a great way to show viewers what you’re up too on your travels.

Quick and easy.

So not only do they last for just 24hrs, you can save and ‘highlight’ the very best of your stories for you to showcase on your profile!

Next thing I knew, loads of influencers are using these and making cute little covers for all their separate highlights As you can see from above, my highlights categories consist of “Me & Chants”, “Brighton” and “London”. This is a gathering of some of my most memorable stories!

So, I decided that I need to have these covers in my life because they are not only cute – but makes my profile look super organised! I’m definitely all about that 💁‍♀️

I must have gone through pages and pages of different apps on the Play store. Then I came across this app called Canva.

This was just by pure chance and I have fallen in love with this app.

Canva helps users to create stunning designs for a number of things, like:

  • Business cards
  • Invitations
  • Logo
  • Labels
  • Photo Collage
  • Card
  • Flyer
  • Poster
  • CV
  • Instagram story posts
  • Announcements
  • Facebook cover
  • WhatsApp story
  • Pinterest Graphic
  • Twitter posts
  • Bookmarks

I haven’t yet worked out to do most of these yet, but it’s a work in progress 🙈

Now, to the interesting bit of this post, if you want to find out how to make these cute highlight covers – Please continue reading!

Once you have downloaded Canva from your app store, double-click and open the app. (Please ignore my random choices of apps).

Once the App has loaded, you should arrive at the home page (Above). This is where you’ll see all the different options for what of design your like to make. For this post, we’re gonna click ‘Logo’ with the blue circular icon. I’ve chosen Logo because they have a lot of varied designs tha suit your highlight covers!

Once you have clicked on ‘Logo’, a list like above will pop up with all the types of themes you could you. I chose Art / Design Logo as that seemed more fitting with my whole attempt-to-be-a-blogger thing 😂 Make sure you have a flick through at all the different designs, you never know what ones may catch your eye!

I scrolled down the list till I found a circle design and I knew I could make it fit as cover with a big of cropping. As you can see, I picked out this beautiful grey design with like a leafy wreath going round the writing – Could help with my niche as well! Double click on your chosen design ❤(Lots of examples at end of post)

You can pick and choose what style of writing you want for your cover, there are hundreds to choose from! I like the original design font; Playlist Script. It’s girly and cute – Totally not me but would look cool 😂

You can also adapt the size and colour of your font to suit your style.

Double click of the pre-written message to change and amend it with your chosen title for your highlights.

Heres are a few examples of th highlight titles I’ve had and use

  • A country
  • A particular year
  • Food
  • Besties
  • Me & Beer
  • Dogged

I recommend adding your cheeky Insta name on there as well, extra coverage for your gram 💁‍♀️ Promote yourself as much as possible!

This particular Logo had an extra text box that I had no use for, so I deleted it. Though please don’t let that stop you from adding more and making your cover personal to you! I do think less is more but this is your Insta and you need to make it your own 💞

Once you have done that, you have completed your first highlight cover! When you are fully happy with the style, font and colour – Your masterpiece is done!

Above is my finalised piece. I’m so happy with it, I’m actually going to apply these to my Instagram! 😝There are no boundaries, be creative as you like and let your soul lead you. Check below for the final outcome ⬇️

What do you think?

Did you find this post healpful?

What could I have done to improve this post?

Comment on this post or E-Mail me directly at: lydiabackpackerbabe@outlook.com

Here are a few more examples of the types of covers I’ve made for my Highlights:

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post, I hope you all found it useful. I would love to see your highlight cover designs! Please comment your Instagram username and I’ll go over to your account and have a look! Do you use a different App? if so, I’d love to hear and give it a try!

Until next time,

Lydia x

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