Thursday, 23 February 2017

I need to spend more time with my friends!


In my twenties it felt like I spent a lot of time with my friends. Despite having three children myself, most of my friends didn't have children and nights out, girly spa days, shopping trips and cheeky weekends away were pretty common. Now I'm in my thirties and most of my friends have caught up and have families of their own. Trying to negotiate child care for multiple families can be an absolute nightmare at times. Add to that shift patterns, caring & work commitments and it's no wonder I only get to grab a coffee with my friends every couple of months.

 Afternoon Tea delivered in Newcastle with Mrs Dellows Delights | Friends at a wedding

Recently, I've noticed that gaps between meet-ups with my friends have been getting longer and longer and I am determined for us to all make the effort and see each other more often and I mean proper quality time and not a quick coffee here and there. Every month I am going to make a determined and conscious effort to organise some proper quality time with my friends. Spending time with the girls is good for my soul and something I definitely need to do more of!

Next month, I have organised an actual night out in Newcastle with my oldest school friends. I have been wracking my brain trying to remember when the last time this was and I honestly don't know.I think it was as long as 5-6 years ago. Maybe even longer? (I have just checked and Facebook tells me it was actually March 2010) Granted we're going out on a Thursday rather than a Saturday and we'll be looking for quiet bars with quality cocktails and a place we can sit down and chat rather than a wild night out in the Gate - but a night out is still a night out right? and I am really looking forward to it.  Please let me know if you have any bar recommendations that suit our requirements.

 Afternoon Tea delivered in Newcastle with Mrs Dellows Delights | Girls night out in Newcastle
Our last 'girls' night out in town was in March 2010

I have grand plans to book something new every month and my ideas so far include a shopping trip (I actually think it's been 10 years since my last girly shopping trip), an Easter day trip with the kids somewhere, dinner at a nice restaurant and a trip to the theatre. I can't wait to get planning! In April I have booked a dinner with my oldest friend Joanne so I'm already sticking to my new resolution!

It seems I'm not alone in my thinking and last week, Chloe invited me along to her house for a girly get together with Afternoon Tea (she was testing it out for blog purposes - you can read more over on New Girl in Toon). I don't need an excuse to say yes to Afternoon Tea but this invite was to try Afternoon Tea with a difference.

 Afternoon Tea delivered in Newcastle with Mrs Dellows Delights - homemade scones

Provided by Mrs Dellows Delights, this Afternoon Tea is delivered directly to your home or venue of choice (delivery is free within 10 miles of Chester le Street and chargeable after this). You honestly will not believe their prices! Afternoon Tea can be delivered from just £9.95 per person! This includes everything from coffee to table linen, vintage teacups and of course delicious homemade food. You can check out Mrs Dellows various Afternoon Tea packages here.

If you want to get together with friends but are too skint for a proper night out (or are supposed to be sticking to Frugal 2017 like me) or you can't find any childcare (let the kids join in or send them upstairs), I honestly can't think of a better way to get together.

 Afternoon Tea delivered in Newcastle with Mrs Dellows Delights - coffee and sugar

 Afternoon Tea delivered in Newcastle with Mrs Dellows Delights - homemade cakes, prosecco and teacups

We spent a glorious few hours in our slippers, sipping Prosecco, helping ourselves to one too many cakes and having a good old catch up. I think this Afternoon Tea would be PERFECT for a hassle-free baby shower/ hen party/ christening/ birthday celebration but at these prices I honestly don't think you need an excuse and should just book Afternoon Tea to be delivered to your home so you can have a good catch up with your mates.

 Afternoon Tea delivered in Newcastle with Mrs Dellows Delights - Afternoon tea at Chloes

 Afternoon Tea delivered in Newcastle with Mrs Dellows Delights - homemade cake stand

The food was all homemade and delicious - I am still dreaming about that white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake! There was far too much for the three of us so we all packed up goody bags to take home which I shared with Steve and the kids for supper who now all now think I should head out without them on a Saturday afternoon more often! haha!

The service we received from Mrs Dellows was absolutely spot on too - they set everything up, provided us with every single item possible (including napkins and cutlery) and delivered and set up the afternoon tea for us and then arrived back a few hours later to take all of the crockery back to Mrs Dellows HQ - lucky Chloe didn't even need to tidy up!

I aim to start a bit of a mini series with a few different ideas featuring places to visit/activities to enjoy with your friends across the North East. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or if you fancy guest posting for us if you try something fun with your friends.



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Monday, 20 February 2017

Social Media & Blog Post Content Ideas | March 2017


Whether you're a blogger or a small business owner, it's always a good idea to plan ahead. I like to plan key blog posts 6-8 weeks in advance and this list of key events in March is a fantastic base for planning your social media - you can schedule a few Facebook posts of Tweets in advance NOW and that's one less thing for you to worry about.

Social Media & Blog Post Content Ideas | March 2017

March is a busy month and there is a lot going on. I know that my audience loves posts about food so I'll definitely be planning a post for British Pie Week with my favourite pie recipe or restaurant review. I'll also probably post a debate around school dinners on my Facebook page for International School Meals Day and something about encouraging science in our children for British Science Week. I might plan a science-themed giveaway too!

For National Butcher's Week I'll make an effort to connect, mention and RT our local butchers on Twitter and on World Oral Health Day I'll make sure I re-share any blog posts I have around the subject. Same goes for National Forest Week - I'll re-share my blog posts featuring forests.

Finally, for Mother's Day, I will probably plan a recipe blog post with the kids featuring something you can make - maybe Mother's Day cupcakes? and before World Book Day I'll be sharing some easy costume ideas I've found on Pinterest or you can order with next day delivery from Amazon.

Let me know if you have any content ideas for March and I hope you find this list useful.

1-31 March | The Great Daffodil Appeal with Marie Curie Cancer Care

1-31 March | National Bed Month with The National Sleep Council

1-31 March | Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

1-31 March | Prostate Awareness March

1 March | St David's Day

2 March | World Book Day

6 - 10 March | National Apprenticeships Week

6-12 March | British Pie Week

8 March | International Women's Day

8 March |  National No Smoking Day

9 March | International School Meals Day

9 March | World Kidney Day

9-12 March | Crufts

10-12 March | Disabled Access Day

10-19 March | British Science Week

13-19 March | National Butchers Week

17 March | St Patrick's Day

20 March | World Oral Health Day

20 March | International Day of Happiness

20-26 March | National Salt Awareness Week

21 March | International Day of Forests

21 March | World Down Syndrome Day

22 March | World Water Day

24 March | Red Nose Day

25 March | International Waffle Day

25 March - 2 April | English Tourism Week

26 March | Mother's Day

27 March - 2 April | World Autism Awareness Week

30 March | World Bipolar Day


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Monday, 13 February 2017

How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links)


Rafflecopter is a FREE tool available to run giveaways on your blog/social media. I have been using it for a few years now and have to say, I love it! The possibilities are endless. Here is my step-by-step for how to run a giveaway.

How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links)

1 - Visit www.Rafflecopter.com and click 'new giveaway'.

2 - Click 'Add Prize' and describe your prize. The title needs to be as catchy as possible. I always add the prize value - eg 4 x tickets to Lightwater Valley Theme Park worth £100+

3 - Viral Sharing is only available for the paid-for version of rafflecopter so skip this part.

4 - Click 'Add an entry option'

5 - I don't usually include 'Visit a FB page' as there is no guarantee the entrant will go on the page so it feels like a bit of a waste (plus Facebook isn't a focus for me at the moment). It is easy to do though, just click 'Visit a fan page' and type the page name in the top box and the page URL in the second box. Then hit save.


How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) - Visit a Facebook Page



6 - I always use 'follow an account on Twitter' and usually add both the brand and my own Twitter accounts as two separate entries. I give each entry 2 points.


How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) - follow on Twitter


7 - I ALWAYS include Tweeting a message as an entry option and I tick the box that allows entrants to do this daily. You only have 120 characters so it can be tough to fit everything in but generally, I try to include a little about the brand's message (eg if there are discounted tickets this summer or that they have a lovely shop with beautiful items for sale for Mother's Day). I will always tag the brand who may wish to interact with the giveaway Tweets and I tag my own Twitter handle too as this helps with Klout. Rafflecopter will automatically add you blog link to the end of the Tweet.

How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) - Tweeting a message


8 - There are other options which are pretty self-explanatory. In the past, I've had people complain that they don't have any social media other than Facebook so I think adding the option to comment on the blog post is always nice so you don't alienate anyone and maximise your entries. I always try and think of a question related to the brand and that will give different and varied answers - eg What is your favourite ride at Lightwater Valley?

9 - The 'invent your own option' is fantastic and in my opinion, underused. I usually use this option for entrants to subscribe to my Youtube channel or follow me on Instagram. Other options could be to like and comment on a particular Facebook post (then you can invite them to like your page - I think this is a better option than the standard 'visit our Facebook page). If you can add a link, it can be verified and doesn't break any rules, you can be as creative as you like.

How to add a clickable link for the 'invent your own' option:

1 - Complete the first box with the instructions eg 'Follow North East Family Fun on Instagram' and 'Follow Here' in the Second Box. The third box should be 'Leave Your Instagram User Name'. Change these details depending on your preference eg Follow on YouTube, Like and Comment on this Facebook Post....

How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) - include instagram

2 - Highlight 'Follow Here' in the second box and click the small link button (next to the B and I )


How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) - add instagram
3 - Change the 'Http://' part to the link you'd like. This could be your Instagram Link, YouTube Channel of a link to a specific Facebook post. 

How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) - add a clickable link

4 - When you save this link, 'Follow Here' will be changed to a clickable link. 


10 - Now you need to change your giveaway start and end dates. With the free version, you can only start/end a giveaway at midnight. I always end my giveaway on a Sunday night (at midnight) and to do this you actually need to click the following Monday's date.

11 - Don't forget to complete your giveaway Terms and Conditions. These need to be carefully completed. Rafflecopter has a fantastic guide to terms and conditions here.

12 - Now at the bottom of the page, you are ready to 'preview and install'. Here you can check that your giveaway actually looks ok and that the links are all ok. To embed the giveaway into your blog post, simply copy and paste the code into the HTML of your blog post. The giveaway won't show up until you hit post preview. When adding to a blog post, it is best practice to have the giveaway terms and conditions in plain text as part of the blog post too.


How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) | Embed in a blog

You can also add the giveaway directly to your Facebook page using the 'Run on a Facebook page'. This is nice and easy to install and will give you a 'giveaway tab' on your Facebook page.


How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) | Run on a Facebook Fan Page


13 - Almost done! Now it's time to promote your giveaway. I normally promote my blog post in the normal ways and then add a link to the post to the SuperluckyMe linky, Loquax and Prize Finder.

14 - Once your giveaway has ended, you simply need to head to the 'entries section' and select 'pick a winner'. Rafflecopter will randomly select a winner and let you know how the winner entered - I always manualy verify this (eg if it says they follow me on Twitter, I check this is the case) and then if all is ok, I 'announce winner on widget' so anyone who comes back to the giveaway can see that a winner has been selected.

I then copy the winner's email address and send them and email congratulating them & reminding them of them of their prize. I copy the brand PR into the email and explain something along the lines of  'Jane from Lightwater Valley will be in touch in the next few days to organise your prize'. This is easier than sending multiple emails I find.

How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) | Pick a winner


How to run a successful giveaway with Rafflecopter (including how to add clickable links) | Announce a winner


15 - You can export your giveaway data to excel if needed, Rafflecopter will email you the entries in a nice spreadsheet. If a brand asks for this, you need to make it very clear in your terms and conditions that your data will be used this year. You can also add to the terms and conditions that by entering the giveaway, the entrant agrees to sign up to your own mailing list but can opt out at any time. Handy feature if you wish to gain subscribers - I can't stress enough though that this needs to be made very clear in your terms and conditions before the giveaway begins.

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Life Lately | Pet Shop Boys, Lettuce Tacos & Frugal 2017 | #LittleLoves


I'm linking up with #LittleLoves again this week, Here's a peek into life lately:

Life Lately | Pet Shop Boys, Lettuce Tacos & Frugal 2017 | #LittleLoves

Read


I've been reading lots of blog posts this week and have particularly enjoyed 'Edinburgh with a toddler' by Rock and Roll Pussycat and this post by Mandy Charlton about dating in 1998 (and how much easier it was). I love Edinburgh and I'm well overdue a visit with my three and Mandy's post really took me back to my dating days with Steve.


Watched


I was super excited to be invited to my first ever press conference! It was held on Northside farm in the middle of Northumberland to announce the first acts that will be appearing at Festival on the Wall this year. Take a peek at our video, live from the conference here. I think Steve and I make quite the double act.

Heard


It was announced that the Pet Shop Boys are going to be one of the headline acts at Festival on the wall and I LOVE the Pet Shop Boys so spent the whole afternoon listening to their back catalogue. Always On My Mind is my favourite although I've never noticed this weird intro to the song before! Let me know your favourite Pet Shop Boys song in the comments.



Made


So we're trying to lose a few lbs before Cuba later this year. I can't compromise on my drinking (parents of multiple children will understand the need for Friday night wine!) and I don't want to cut down on ordering treats when we head out for blog reviews so we've decided that our weeknight dinners need to be healthier. We love Mexican food and I tried making spicy Quorn mince with lettuce tacos a while ago but really wasn't a fan. I tried again this week though with pork mince and it was actually really nice.

Life Lately | Pet Shop Boys, Lettuce Tacos & Frugal 2017 | #LittleLoves


Wore


We enjoyed a lovely date at Dobson & Parnell this week and I wore an oldie but a goodie. I just love a wrap dress! I can't even remember where this dress is from but it's so easy to wear. I even wore my hair down too which is rare!

Life Lately | Pet Shop Boys, Lettuce Tacos & Frugal 2017 | #LittleLoves


Lastly - Frugal 2017 Update


Frugal 2017 is still on track - I have been meal planning and haven't bought anything other than food/drinks/petrol this week. We're planning a 'low spend' weekend this weekend with a trip to the coast with our bikes. Sometimes the free days out are the most fun! After chatting with my brother about fish n chips yesterday I have been craving them ever since so I'll be treating us - we haven't had a takeaway in 6 weeks so I feel like we deserve it :D

Oh and before I go - I uploaded a mini Primark Haul to Youtube this week - how annoying is it when you go out shopping for yourself, end up coming home with nothing but your hubby bags a few bargains he wasn't even looking for!



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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Should Bloggers Write About Politics?


Everyone who knows me (and a fair few of my readers) probably know that I'm a left-wing Green Party member. The events that have been going on in the world - Brexit, Trump......they don't sit well with me and they aren't what I personally want for myself or my family.  In the last week or so, I have felt a kind of deep sadness and sitting here writing about a meal I've eaten in a restaurant or a place we've visited with the kids has kind of felt trivial and I can't really explain how I feel but I just don't seem to be in the right frame of mind to write my usual blog articles and I feel like I have this huge shadow cast over me.

Should Bloggers Write About Politics?


I do want to do more. I want to change the world I live in. I don't like the place my children are growing up in, but what can I do?

Should I blog about my Political feelings? 25,000+ people read North East Family Fun every month and I reach over 500,000 people on Twitter - surely if I have a platform, I should use it? I should express my views as that's what blogs are for right?  But then it's not my job to try and persuade people to think like me. Who is to say my way is the right way? I am also sure that one blog post isn't going to change the world.

Is a family travel blog the place to write about politics? Probably not.

One of my good friends has completely opposing Political views to me. She asked my advice recently - should she write about her reasons for opposing the recent women's march? I was outraged, of course she shouldn't - she would experience backlash and it would damage her reputation I said. But now I am thinking - why shouldn't she? Did I say this just to stop her Political agenda as I didn't agree with it?  I want to do the same thing and just because my friend doesn't share the same views as me, it doesn't give her less of a right to blog about her cause. We are both equally passionate about our views so if  I don't think she should publish a post, what gives me the right to do the same?

Then there is the fact that my blog is my full time job. Everyone knows that writing about Politics can be inflammatory and can be frowned upon by some PRs and brands. I rely on my blog work to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads and would be silly to damage this. But then I feel selfish - why does this matter when a lot more people aren't as privileged as me and don't even have a voice? If I can talk for them and help them in any way, shape or form - I should right?

There are of course other brands who will welcome bloggers who have their own opinion and are passionate. It's a really tricky thing to get right though.

I think all things considered, I'm not going to write about Politics. One blogger can absolutely not change the world and it might actually do more harm than good. Writing about my views and how I think the world should change will probably only work in that it will make me feel better but it won't actually change a thing.

My good friend Kelly (from Cygnet Careers - go check her out if you need advice) gave me some excellent advice recently when she said what we need to focus on is being kind to those around us. It's like a ripple effect and will eventually ripple out across the world. So this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to carry on writing about the fun I have with my family and make a conscious effort to be as kind as I can in everyday life.

Writing this post has been kind of therapeutic - I know that I can move on now and focus on what I do best - writing about family life and how to make the most of it. Regardless of what is going on in the world around us, it is going to be my job to still bring some sort of joy to our weekends, time off and holidays and that's what I'm going to re-focus my efforts on. I'll leave the Politics of the world to those who actually can make a difference.

What do you think? Should bloggers write about Politics? 

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Frugal 2017 & Little Loves | Week 4 | I'm Looking for a Cheap Holiday - Can You Help?

So I've decided to mix up my Frugal 2017 posts a little as they were becoming a bit samey. I'm going to join in with Coffee, Work, Sleep, Repeat's #LittleLoves instead and tell you a little about our week with a few of our frugal tips mixed in.

Frugal 2017 & Little Loves | Week 4 | I'm Looking for a Cheap Holiday - Can You Help?


Read

As soon as I clicked on 'The High Street Abduction : How a Toddler was snatched from a High Street Store' I couldn't stop reading it. We were in Newcastle city centre at the time this happened and it's scary to think that it could have been Jack or Heidi that was taken. Northumbria Police were absolutely fantastic and this account of what happened really gripped (and shocked) me. I am so pleased the outcome was a good one.

Watched

This week I watched Martin Money Saver and learned all about the best cards to take on holiday (it turns out that some pre-pay travel cards are actually pretty good) and found this really useful. I've also been addicted to Sherlock - I only started watching the new series this year but it gripped me so I've went back and watched it from the start. Love it! I also *finally* convinced Steve to watch Bad Moms Club and I have to say, it was a pretty good choice of film to watch snuggled on the sofa and made us laugh.

Heard

At the weekend I went along to my friend Chloe's 80's themed party and we discovered the Now 80s channel. I LOVE the 80s and think the music back then is way better than it is now (do I sound old now).

Made

I decided to go retro and made a hedgehog with sausage, pickled onion, pineapple and cheese on cocktail sticks to take along to the party - it went down well and I think we should bring them back!

We also headed to the Discovery Museum last weekend and created our own Robot. What do you think of Rickel-bot? We love him.




Wore


Check out our Mario and Luigi costume for Chloe's 80's party - this is the plus side of having kids - you can raid their dressing up boxes for such occasions!





Lastly 


Frugal 2017 has been going well this week. I ordered a food shop from Iceland to stock up our freezer as it was looking bare. I used to be snobby about shopping at Iceland but I gave it a go and I'm now converted. They always have some fantastic offers and will deliver for free the following day. Always having something in the freezer as a back up means that I haven't been tempted to order a takeaway - 4 days to go and it will have been a full month!

Steve has 2 weeks off in the school summer holidays and I've been trying to find a frugal getaway for us. I did think camping but most decent sites are £300-£400 for the week (for 5 with electric hook up) and I don't think this offers the best value. Glamping is looking at around £500-£600 for the week and our other option is a holiday cottage in the Welsh mountains - I've found some lovely ones for £500-£600. I know this is more expensive than camping but it might work out cheaper in the long run (esp if the weather isn't the best). Anyway, let me know if you have any frugal holiday ideas for the school holidays.


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Monday, 23 January 2017

5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog


I will start off by saying that I don't claim to be an expert in SEO. What I will say though is that I've spent the last 2 years reading a lot about how to improve SEO on your 'blogger' blog and have put some of these techniques into practice. A lot of my blog posts now rank on page one of google for specific search terms (some are even the no1 result) and around 70% of my blog traffic for North East Family Fun comes from google. There is a lot to learn about SEO and I am continuously updating my knowledge. I thought I would be handy to share some of the basics today, as for my first few years blogging, I didn't know any of this and really wish I had looked into it earlier.

5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog

Improve SEO on Your 'Blogger' Blog with Keyword Planning

The very first thing you need to do is plan and research the keywords for your post. The best way to do this is to use google keyword planner but to be honest I just don't have the time to do this most of the time. If you do have time - it is worth doing. If not, read on....

It is usually better if your keywords are 'longtail keywords' which are a group of words together. There is A LOT of competition on google so trying to compete for single words is almost impossible I would say. You need to tink about what would people google around your proposed topic.  One way to do this, is to use google autocomplete to give you a few ideas. For example, if I was planning a post about a trip to Flamingo land, I would type 'Flamingo land' into google.

5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog including hints and tips - keyword planning using google autocomplete

One of the options on the drop down list is 'resort' so I might add that to my google search which brings up the following.....


Then I added 'Yorkshire' which brought up 'Reviews'.

5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog including hints and tips - keyword planning using google autocomplete

Therefore I would plan my keywords to be 'Flamingo land Resort Yorkshire Review'

You can use this technique for pretty much anything and it pays to play around with the word combinations a little until you find a set of keywords you are happy with that will fit the nature of your article/post. 

If you have even less time to plan your keywords, you can try the really handy website called AnswerThePublic.com. I typed Flamingo land into this website and it brought up 71 of the most popular questions that the public have asked google about Flamingo land - You can write a blog post to answer one of these questions. Something like 'What age is Flamingo land for?' might work well as your keywords for example. 

5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog including hints and tips  - keyword planning using answer the public




I will say that I don't plan keywords for every article I write, but most of the time, I do. Now that you have your Keywords sorted, you can now get to grips with improving your post's SEO.

5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog

1 - Blog Post Title 

You need to include your keywords in your blog title so using the examples above, our blog post would be entitled ' Flamingo land Resort Yorkshire Review' or ' What age is Flamingo land for?'


2 - Change your Permalink

Your blog post permalink is automatically set to the first few words of your blog post - you need to change it to include your keywords. To do this, click 'Permalink' on the side bar of your blogger post editor, then select 'Custom Permalink' and add your keywords into this. The first part of your Permalink always stays the same (your main URL and then date) but you can change the second part. I separate each word with a dash. So the end part of our URL would either read 'Flamingo-land-Resort-Yorkshire-Review' or 'What-Age-Is-Flamingo-Land-For'. You then need to click 'done'. As long as your post will be published in the same month, you can now use the post URL to pre-schedule Social Media if that's your thing - even before the post is published (I do this if I'm on holiday and know I have a post that needs to be published). So the full URL of this post will be http://www.SamanthaRickelton.com/2017/01/Flamingo-land-Resort-Yorkshire-Review.html. 

5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog including hints and tips - how to change your permalink or URL


3 - Search Description

You can also find the search description for your blog post on your post editor side bar. You need to have this switched on in settings (this post tells you how to do this). The search description is the little blurb you see under your post when you post it on Social Media and it also tells google what your post is about. If you leave this blank, the first few sentences of your blog post will be used instead. Don't fall into the trap of adding keywords with commas - eg flamingo land, resort, review, Yorkshire as this looks spammy and doesn't read well. A simple sentence or two will suffice. I usually use my blog post title with a few extras so it could be 'Flamingo land Resort Yorkshire - Review and Photographs from our day'. The key is to include your keywords in your search description but in a sentence form. 

5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog - How to add a search description to your blog post on blogger



4 - Alt Tag All Images

I really hate doing this - especially if my blog post is image heavy. It's worth doing though. The Alt-tag tells google what your image is. I always include either my post title or search description first and then a dash followed by a short description of what the image is. So for the above image I will use ' 5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog - How to add a search description to your blog post on blogger'

To add the Alt Text and Title Text simply click on your image once it's been added to your blog post. Click 'properties' and then complete the two boxes. It's also worth noting that this is the text that will automatically show up if someone pins that image from your blog post. 

5 Ways to Improve SEO on your 'Blogger' Blog including hints and tips  - how to alt tag images



5 - Use keywords throughout your blog post and in headers

If you can and it's natural, use your keywords throughout the blog post (but not in an excessive way so it reads spammy) and in headers - I have used 'improve SEO on your 'Blogger' blog' as a header and a few times throughout the text of this post for example. 

I hope you've found these tips handy - as mentioned, I'm not an expert and these are just methods that have worked for me. Follow my page SamanthaRickelton.com on Facebook here if you'd like to keep up to date with future posts like this. 

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