Everyone knows the importance of properly hashtaging your posts on Instagram and Twitter, but most posts out there cater to women and cutesy posts about dresses and other pretty things. Today, we're going to share some important Instagram hashtags to help men better categorize their posts. This is designed to be a living document, so please comment below if you have other hashtags that you think we should be including. Now, on to our list of essential Instagram hashtags relating to Whisky, Beer, Wine, and other Adult Beverages!
If you listen to a lot of podcasts and vlogs, you'll start to notice that many of them actually use the same music - so where do they get it? For many of the videos I've produced personally, I've simply used what came with my editing app and that's great ... except that it's limited and often times triggers copyright warnings on Facebook and YouTube. So I decided to reach out and ask a few of my friends where they get their tracks for use in podcasts and videos. Here's some of the top sites for free music downloads that they recommended.
I had a great conversation with a new blogger yesterday. The question was basic but the answer is much more complex than I think she (or I) initially expected. The question was simply, "What advice do you have for a smaller blogger who wants to get big?" Superficially, this could have just been one or two bullets but in reality everything is connected and things get complex very quickly. Superficially, blogging and attracting audience to your content might look easy but the moment you scratch beneath the shiny veneer of red carpets, luxury hotels, and amazing destinations it quickly becomes confusing and that some are simply just "lucky". The true answer is that it's a lot of hard work that goes unappreciated and most bloggers don't share that publicly since nobody cares that you I just spent three hours editing photos, or responding back to 20 different PR people who all have the "next big thing". The life of a blogger would be an entire different article, but here are seven things you need to do if you want to grow your blog and attract attention to your content.
While much of being a great blogger is having something to say and being able to write it down - photography skills are essential too. My hope is that by launching this monthly photo challenge that we can have a fun way to showcase members of the #MenWhoBlog community and improve our skills at the same time. October's theme is "Festive Fall Photos". While some challenges may be more specific and focus on a specific technique, this one is wide open. Simply take an original photo depicting fall in your town or in one that you are visiting this month.
Contests and giveaways are some of the easiest and most powerful ways that bloggers can drive traffic and engagement around a topic. However, it's not always the easiest thing to do successfully. While there are many key components needed for a successful giveaway - such as great prizing, easy entries, clear directions etc. Perhaps the most important way to ensure that you get entries is to promote the sweepstakes properly.
What are car brands looking for when they loan a car to a blogger? This is a question that I get on a fairly regular basis from the bloggers that I talk with. While many of us have been privileged to work with an auto brand at least once, it can often seem like a mystery of what they are looking for. Most importantly, the question of "did I do it right?" never gets asked or answered directly. Instead, it's typically a situation where you get asked back again or not. To help shed some light on this topic, I approached a group of my favorite automotive brands to get their feedback on the topic. These include: Toyota, Hyundai, Mazda, FCA (parent company of Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge), and Honda.
Imagine having a car company dropping off a new vehicle for you to drive every week. Most people are stuck with one car for five years but you get something new a couple times a month ranging from a two-seater sports car to a top-of-the-line SUV to a pickup truck or even a family sedan and drive it for a few days or even a week. All you have to do in return is write about your experiences candidly and thoughtfully, sharing a few pictures of the vehicle on social media too. Does this sound too good to be true?
How many of you have tried to grow your Twitter account to no avail? I have been blogging for 9 years and in that time I have found that Twitter by far was the best platform for social media engagement for my blog. Over the years I had tried numerous strategies to work on trying to build my Twitter numbers but only saw incremental increases. Just as some of you may have felt, for me this was frustrating and somewhat defeating.
How many of you always wanted to build a stronger Instagram presense but got frustrated because of the inability to manage Instagram from your desktop? I know for me this was one of the most frustrating parts of using Instagram. My blog - Dad of Divas - has always been a very visual portrayal of myself and my life as a father. I try to use images in all of my posts and I try to take those images and leverage those within Instagram.
One of the biggest challenges that most bloggers face is where to find free photos and other images that are suitable for use in blog posts. It wasn't too long ago that most bloggers simply just pulled whatever images they needed from other sites, without paying attention to the rights. However, as our sites grow, a couple things have probably happened that will make you re-evaluate that theory. The first is that someone may "borrow" one of your images and the second is that you read about someone getting sued for thousands of dollars because they used an image without licensing it properly.