When I first started blogging, I had no idea where I’d get my traffic from. I started blogging in 2011, and at that point, I was using the “scream into the void and hope someone hears me,” approach. Nevermind the fact that I was creating content on Tumblr of all places.
In 2019, I have changed a ton of aspects of how I get blog traffic. Now the majority of my traffic comes from Pinterest or Google. It’s a nice space to be in. Today, I wanted to offer you some search engine optimization tips so you can create content that Google (and other search engines) love.
Over the past few years, I have grown to love taking blog photos. I have grown a ton with my blog photography with my dad by my side. We shoot and edit all my pictures for The Happy Arkansan in-house. I edit my photos, and my dad helps me take them. Today I wanted to shed some light on my process so you can take amazing pictures too. If you want, one day I may update this with videos of me editing blog photos, but for now, I’ll stick with some outfit shots throughout.
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I spent a lot of 2018 worrying about my ever yo-yo-ing Instagram numbers. Can you believe at one point I was so close to cracking 3,000 and now I am hovering at 2,700? It sucks. Not only does it suck, it often makes me feel inadequate like I don’t have an Instagram followers life, but to be honest I don’t, and that’s just something I have to come to terms with.
The thing is, though, my Instagram numbers don’t reflect my blogging skills at all. I am by no means bringing in hordes of traffic, but I am also bringing in more traffic now than I did when I was closing in on 3,000 page views. Everything is increasing over here, except Instagram, and I find myself so unnecessarily fixated on that.
I love taking blog photos, but I currently live in pretty much the middle of nowhere. Unlike many popular bloggers who live in big cities, travel all around, and get the best city rooftop shots, I live in a town of approximately 15,000 people. We probably have way more trees than our population honestly.
When I moved back to a small city, I knew that I would have to try hard to scout photo shoot locations. I started just taking shots around my house, but when that got boring, I started venturing out into the surrounding city. Today on the blog I am going to chat about how to scout photo shoot locations as a blogger, even if you are in a small town.