Starting your own local blog is a wonderful way to help your community. Most local tourism sites are boring and promote shopping centres, zoos and aquariums (instead of local nature and indie shops). It’s easier to get traffic for a local niche blog. For instance, an ethical fashion blog based in Yorkshire is much easier to become ‘top of your niche’ than a standard UK fashion blog.
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how to get more blog traffic
Write quality helpful posts, choose good titles and practice the art of patience! Google won’t pick up your blog for up to a year (but you’ll get there in the end!) Quicker if you run a local niche site. For expert advice, read See You On The Internet (a guide to digital marketing) and Optimize It (by the SEO queen!)
turn your blog into a business
Find tips at Stray Curls (this blogger earns good passive income and offers a good e-book Grow Your Blog to $1K on how to rank with Google. Back up your blog with Updraft (free) or Jetpack (paid). And back up site with secure passwords.