3 Simple Ways To Make Your Blog Better Today

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Have you ever gone on someone’s website and gotten the impression that they don’t really what they’re doing? 

Maybe it's because their site looks all over the place or because you're not really sure what you're looking at or suppose to be looking at. 

Well... don't let that be you. Okay? Okay. 

 

Here are 3 simple ways to make your blog better today:

1. Categories

Having categories is so important for 2 reasons: 1. people know what to expect from and 2. you know what you’re about too.

I’m going to be honest and say that this was kind of all over the place for me last year, and I didn’t really know what I wanted to focus on because I wanted to talk about all the things.  

When you have categories listed somewhere on your website (ex. your blog sidebar or your index page), it allows people to easily find the information they’re looking for. This is especially helpful if you have multiple topics that you cover on your blog (ex. food and meditation), but your reader only wants to learn about meditation. So now, they can click on your meditation tab instead of having to search through your whole archives.

It’s like when you go to a library - imagine not having a catalog and if your library didn’t use a classification system. How would you ever find anything?

Well, it’s the same thing for your blog. Make it easy for people to find the information that they need.

 

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2. Make it easy to access and look around

While I’m not a travel blogger, one of my favorite sites to go to is Nomadic Matt.

Because well, he has everything. (You also have to realize he’s been doing this for a while. Don’t compare your beginnings to someone else’s middle.)

When you land on his homepage, he has a ton of useful information like his budget travel guides, latest blog posts, how to start planning your trip, and an opt-in to sign up for his email newsletter.

And when you scroll all the way down to the bottom, you’ll see his index with all his links.

One of the things I find most impressive is his Destinations page, where he not only categorizes it by region, but by country too.

And when you click on a travel guide like this one (“Europe Travel Guide: How to Backpack Europe on a Budget // https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/europe-travel-tips/) , he lists out things to see and do, typical costs, budget tips, etc. and he does this for all his posts.

Now, it does take some time and effort to do this, but I’m willing to bet your audience will appreciate and remember you for it (which will also incentive them to keep coming back because you’re so organized and it doesn’t look like a maze or a game of Where’s Waldo?).

 

3. Branding visuals and aesthetics

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When you go somewhere for the first time, you immediately know where you want to stay and/or come back next time.

How your website looks and feels is a determining factor of whether someone wants to spend their time there and how much time.

You want people to have a good user experience when they come to your site.

Hopefully, you want to make them feel inspired, motivated, empowered, etc.

How can you accomplish this? By making sure your branding is on point (consistency in fonts, colors, etc.) and visuals (multiple photos if you’ve written a longer blog post and graphics).

Case in point: Have you ever gone to someone’s Instagram and it looked like they were using 5 different filers? Compare that to someone who uses the same filter every time. Which one looks better?

It’s the same thing with your blog.

If you need help with designing your blog, check out my design shop.

 

So to recap, work on:

1. Creating categories / 2. Upping your navigation game (i.e. make it easy for people to find things) / 3. Branding consistency.

 

Have any questions, comments, concerns? Leave them down below. I’d love to hear from you!


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Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman. I help women show up online in a way that looks good and feels good too.

Translation: I help you with branding, social media, design, and personal growth. I offer both done-for you services and strategy sessions. Click here to learn more. 

I believe in the power of sharing your story, being vulnerable, and not treating life like a competition. Be the voice you needed to hear when you were younger.

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How Much Content Should You Give Away For Free?

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One common question a lot of content creators, bloggers, business owners, etc. have is, “How much content / information should I give away for free?”

Honestly? I think you should give everything away for free.

Gary Vee once said something that really made me think: “If you don’t give it away for free, someone else will.”

And that is so true. If you don’t do it, someone else will.

The truth is… you can find pretty much anything on the Internet if you look hard enough. Or if you know where and how to look.

And you might get angry at me saying this (and it might sound contradictory to what I’ve said in the past but…): Your content is probably not all that unique. They can find it somewhere else.

At this point, you’re probably thinking, “If I give away all my content for free, how am I going to sell my products / services?”

Okay, let’s think about all the people who have been doing this for a while. The whole Internet thing. People who have been giving away information for free for at least a few years. People who have hundreds (maybe even thousands) of blog articles, YouTube videos, or podcasts on their platform.  

Chances are, they’re probably selling something -- and a lot of it too.

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Here’s the thing: When you give away good content, trust and credibility is built.

You are no longer just another voice on the Internet. You are a trusted and reliable voice that they’ll come to know, love, and share with others. And over time, they start to see that you know what you’re actually talking about and that you genuinely care.

Now they want to hear from you. They want your perspective, your experience, and your knowledge.

That’s why it’s so important to add your own personality and perspective into your content, because you can find general content everywhere. But what makes your content uniquely yours?

Is it the design? The way something looks?

Is it the storytelling? The way something sounds?

Is it the way you explain things? The way it’s formatted?

I mean -- let’s talk about water for a second. Can we all agree that there are many different water brands out there? And that they’re all out there making money?

Have you ever thought about why you buy a certain water brand over another?

Is it because that’s what you’ve always had and what your parents had? Is it because of the packaging? Or design? Or taste?

(Or maybe you don’t and you buy whatever’s available.)

You could drink filtered water at home, but there’s a reason why you buy bottled water.

Just like how people can find all the free information they want on the Internet, but still pay for things like courses and templates, etc.

And the truth is.... the people who are going to do it themselves (the DIYers) were never going to buy from you anyway. (A friend once told me this and it made a lot of sense.)

The least you could do is help them help you increase your traffic / page views or YouTube watch time, right?

But I want to hear from you. What do you think? Give away all the information for free, or no?


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Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman. I help women show up online in a way that looks good and feels good too.

Translation: I help you with branding, social media, design, and personal growth. I offer both done-for you services and strategy sessions. Click here to learn more. 

I believe in the power of sharing your story, being vulnerable, and not treating life like a competition. Be the voice you needed to hear when you were younger.

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Can You Really Change Your Life At Any Moment?

I always tell people: “You can change your life at any moment”.

But can you really? 

Yes, but the truth is.. it isn't easy. 

Most people give up before getting “there”. 

I know I have. I’ve given up a lot of times, so I’m not going to sugarcoat it and tell you it’s easy or that I have it all figured out. 

 

But here’s what I do know: It’s possible. And yes, it’s possible for you too.

Not only do you have to believe in yourself, but you have to be ready to show up and do the work too.

The inner work. The outer work. All of it. Everything in-between.

Even when it feels hard. Even when it feels scary. Even when watching a Netflix show sounds more appealing.

Because what it really comes down to is consistency and resilient.

Can I tell you a secret?

Sometimes, I feel like I’m failing -- with everything. And more often than not, I’ll keep it to myself because I don’t want other people to think I’m complaining or ungrateful.

But the truth is you have to be patient with yourself.

Patient, kind, and be willing to accept that there’s still a long way to go.

No matter where you are in your journey, there’s always going to be room for improvement.

The thing about personal development is that it doesn’t end. It’s a lifelong journey.

 

 

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You don’t have to be the same person you’ve spent the last two decades being.

Because yes, you really can change your life at any moment.

It starts with a decision. A decision to change, but it’s a decision only you yourself can make.

No one else can make it for you, or do the work for you. (And that’s been a hard lesson for me to learn.)
Every morning when you wake up, you have to be willing to show up for yourself. You have to choose yourself, again and again.

 

You have to believe your life is worth changing, because it is and because you are.

It doesn’t matter how many times you “fail” as long as you keep going, because every failure is an opportunity to grow. Instead of dwelling on the mistakes you’ve made, ask yourself how you can do better and then actually do better.

At the end of the day, you can read all the books, listen to all the podcasts, and watch all the videos, but you have to actually do. Ideas without action are just ideas, and ideas alone aren’t going to change your life.

 

So take action.

Be ready to learn, willing to fail, and open to doing it all over again until you learn the lessons you’re supposed to.

Your life changes one step at a time, not all at once.


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Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman. I help women show up online in a way that looks good and feels good too.

Translation: I help you with branding, social media, design, and personal growth. I offer both done-for you services and strategy sessions. Click here to learn more. 

I believe in the power of sharing your story, being vulnerable, and not treating life like a competition. Be the voice you needed to hear when you were younger.

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You Are Your Own Personal Brand, And Here's Why.

From the way you do things to what you actually do says volumes about you.

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In this day and age, we are our own personal brand, whether you work for someone else or yourself.

Think about it.

Whether you’re putting together your LinkedIn profile or new website…

Whether you’re working on your resume or product sales page...

Whether you’re going to an interview or going on FB live… 

 

You’re working on your brand.

On improving your image.

On crafting a story that tells other people who you are.

In essence, isn’t that what branding is?

 

Branding is how you set yourself apart.

It’s why you tell people where you went to school.

Or what skills you have.

Or what services you offer.

Or why you do what you do. 

 

I’m creating a story of who I am, who I choose to be, how I choose to be, and where I choose to be.

Branding is something that never ends, but rather is constantly evolving. Because we, as humans, are constantly evolving.

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And while it may be tempting to want everything to be perfect, I encourage you to get messy, vulnerable, and real, because that’s where the magic happens.

Especially if you’re a personal brand. And even more especially if you’re in the creative field.

And you may want to or find yourself comparing your personal brand to someone else’s, but here’s a reminder: You can both have a personal brand that’s wildly different and still both be beautiful, inspiring, and life-changing.

 

Personal branding isn’t about competition.

It isn’t about being better than someone else.

Rather, it’s about being YOU and fully embracing that.

So think about what your personal brand says about you.

 

From the stories you tell to the filter you use on VSCO --

And how everything ties it together to tell a story ...about you, because it does.

When people see you, hear you, meet you, how do they feel? What do they remember?

And maybe the more important question is... is your branding in alignment with your values and purpose? Is it alignment with you? 

 

What does your brand say about you?


AUTHOR BIO

Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman. I help women show up online in a way that looks good and feels good too.

Translation: I help you with branding, social media, design, and personal growth. I offer both done-for you services and strategy sessions. Click here to learn more. 

I believe in the power of sharing your story, being vulnerable, and not treating life like a competition. Be the voice you needed to hear when you were younger.

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