I’ve been getting more requests for blogging tips posts you guys want me to write about on Wednesday and I’m loving all of them. Two weeks ago someone messaged me asking if I could do a post about how to grow your blog the first year. Now I always write about how to grow your blog in general but I think it’s actually a really good idea to write about it this specific. It’s very relevant for me to write it as I just finished my first year of blogging and truly learned so much from it and I love sharing all my experiences.

1. Focus on your content: I think when it was when I was onto my second month of blogging that I realized that I really needed to up my game as I found there are an endless amount of bloggers out there. I started putting so much effort in photography, editing my pictures and writing a nice story with it so I was sure I had shareable content. Your content is the first thing people will see and of course you want to leave an impression with it and want people to visit your blog again. Content really is the first thing where your attention needs to go and where you need to develop your own signature.

2. Features: One of the things that for sure made my blog grow faster and increased my traffic in the first year were features on other blogs and platforms. Now there’s no guideline on how to get featured but definitely make sure you start networking at an early stage and again, have you content in check.

3. Leave comments: I’ve mentioned this before and it’s a quite tricky one as it’s time consuming. If you have some spare time you can definitely leave (sincere) comments on other blogs but never spam your blog. If you have a nice outstanding comment people will most likely click on your bloglink faster. You have to start somewhere and leaving comments will for sure get your blog more known in the beginning.

4. Social Media: We always talk about Facebook, Instagram and Twitter but there are so many other platforms that can give you just as much traffic and that are very important. One of the most important ones that made my blog grow is Lookbook. I used to post a look everyday and I still get so much traffic from it. Lookbook will also help you with features as there are many big fashion websites that get there shots from Lookbook. Another thing to resource is fashion forums. During my first year of blogging I used to share a lot of my outfits on multiple forums which gave me quite some traffic as well.

5. Post often: People like to go back to your blog when they know they’ll find new content every time they visit. Posting every day is very time consuming but I would suggest toat least post three times a week.

I hope these tips helped and please leave your additions to the list or requests for upcoming Wednesday in the comments! Big kiss, N.

  • Thank you for the tips! Love your blog and your Instagram even more (if that’s possible)!!

    Jenna from Visions of Vogue

  • Awesome, long forward to more blogging tips

  • Mel

    Awesome advice! Now I have to put it into use haha

  • These are great tips, thank you!

  • Great post. Thank you so much for the tips.

    Fabulous 30s

  • Thank you vera much for your tips!
    Xoxo from switzerland

  • this post came just in time for me! I recently relaunched my blog and am just now getting back to the basics of blogging. It’s so refreshing to see a fellow blogger who started out not too long ago and has been so succesfull! Thanks for sharing, I always look forward to your blog tips!

  • Hi Noor,

    Thanks for another great post – I have been wanting to ask you the same question lol.

    You are defiantly the fastest growing blog I have seen. x

    I would imagine QOJ’s recipe for success has been your blogs ascetic it seems very put together, and your keen eye – your Instagram is flawless, so many things all pulled together and then your hard work on top of that. I would love to know if you had a clear vision of your blog before you started – did you do much planning? I planned, but still my header has changed 3 times and I’m not happy with it!! Is this your vision or did it grow organically?


    Sarah | M&B

  • Some wonderful advice here. I think it’s very easy to feel disheartened about blogging, especially in your first year. There’s so many of us, and depending what we’re blogging for, it can be easy to get lost amongst everyone else.


  • Thank you for this tip. I am a new blogger and glad to hear tips from a fashion blogger too.

    Qing’s Style

  • Very nice tips! I think I didn’t do too good in my first year of blogging πŸ˜€

    Lisa – AT LEAST BLOG

  • Thank you for the tips!! Love hearing them from successful Bloggers. And obviously, well done you’ve done amazingly with your blog. I’m at least 10 years older than you but a blogger too and a fan of your blog of course! πŸ™‚ My first year of blogging was reasonably successful in my home country but I then completely lost focus and interest… I’ve just moved countries and found myself wanting to give my blog a proper go again. These kind of posts help! All the best from Dubai! xx

  • Lucy

    Again, wonderfully helpful and insightful! xx

  • Nice tips doll! thank you for sharing!

  • thanks you for your advice πŸ˜€

  • Thanks so much love this king of fost even if I don’t have time to comment them all time

    Melange-Boutique Blog by Noe&Lolita

  • Great Post! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!

    Have a lovely day!

  • This is such a helpful post, I’m completely new to blogspot and I’ve only been used to Tumblr. So this is very different from what I previously knew.

    Thankyou for the tips!

  • amazing tips as always, really love these kind of post about tips for blogging! <3

  • What a great post! I launched my lifestyle and wellness blog back in January and I am realizing that I need to give it a little more TLC. It’s a challenge as sometimes life just gets in the way but I am going to make a serious effort to post 3 times a week. Thanks for taking the time to share these valuable tips and keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  • These tips are amazing, thank you!

  • Thank you for these great tips!!
    It is so true what you write but unfortunatelly I didn’t know those things back then when I started blogging. I learned a lot of this after my first year yet unfortunatelly (but fortunatelly I did! πŸ˜‰ ). I am still learning and trying to grow my blog even I don’t get much help with it. The most important thing is to go on and do your best, then even if it will grow slow it will grow! πŸ™‚
    Your blog is really great, I like it very much! I wish you much fun with blogging! xx, Marky

  • Your tips are so precious! Thanks a lot!
    I’m having my first blogging-annyversary tomorrow! Jay! Though my blog is still small it makes so much fun! I would really love it to grow as fast as yours, but as you say, it takes so much time – especially when one works nine-to-five.
    When ever I have the time I try to implement your tips to my blog!

    xoxo M. Akua

  • I read a large blogpiece about you on have you read it!? Always love your blogging advice. πŸ˜‰

    • Queen of Jet Lags

      Hey Jessica, yes I saw it through Twitter. I hadn’t been on her blog yet but it’s absolutely wonderful and thank you for letting me know! πŸ™‚ xoxo N

  • really great and concise tips. I especially think its important to remember point 2 about content even though it seems so obvious. I found that at first even I got too caught up in trying to wear really awesome clothes that werent really my style or just latching onto trends but thats not whats important – some of my favourite blogs are the most casual and basic in terms of style. Thanks for the tips πŸ™‚
    Lazy Obsession

  • Macy

    You’re so right about all of these points and it’s very nice that you share all of your experiences with us! You’ve done so well πŸ™‚ xx

  • Thank you so much for your helping hints. It’s really interesting to understand how someone achieved such a ‘goal’ (like you did) in such a short period of time and in such a filled area.
    I really think that blog contents have to come first, but – however – they’re the most difficult thing to be focused on if someone’s just trying to gain views.
    Thanks again!

    • Queen of Jet Lags

      Yes, that’s true and it’s hard to find a good balance. But I personally found that working on gaining views will probably get you slightly an increasing amount of traffic short term but content will give you loads of traffic in the long term.. xx

  • Thank you for sharing your experiences with us beginners. It’s always nice to hear from someone who was able to amass a big number of subscribers. I think sometimes we are looking for that “magic” trick that is going to get us a big following faster, but bottom line is everything is related to how much work you can put into it.

    Most importantly you can’t compare yourself to the success of others. Write from your heart about the things that interest you.

    I definitely am lacking in the feature department and must look for outlets that will want to guest feature me. Do you have any tips how to approach different bloggers to be featured on their sites?

  • Jasmin

    Thanks for the great tips! They are so helpful and it’s so kind of you to help everyone out like this! I think they really will help me! πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for the tips!
    ps. who did your lay-out? love it

  • I really love this series of posts! it’s always so nice to hear what to do when we’re all just kind of playing it by ear. at least with me. thanks so much for sharing!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Wat een fijne tips! toch maares lookbook gaan doen had t wel maar post er nooit op tja dan gaat t ook nie werken πŸ˜› Dankjewel voor de inspiratie!

    Liefs Nora /

  • This was such a helpful post! Great tips & inspiration for my own blog!

  • Thank you so much for these blog tips, so very helpful! I just started my inspirational art blog this year and trying to find different ways to share it, and get the word out, so your tips are perfect!!

    I’m also going to pass onto my daughter as she started a fashion/lifestyle blog this year too πŸ™‚ I know she will appreciate such great advice as well, thank you!

  • Thank you for this post!
    I’m a new blogger (currently re-designing my blog), and you really highlighted some good tips here! I appreciate those bloggers willing to share tips/tricks with others. It’s not easy getting a following, I realize it takes time & dedication – I hope well all get to where we want to be (sooner than later) πŸ™‚

    Xx, Kristen
    (my blog re-design should be done later this week) I hope you’ll check it out!
    IG: @petalsnpumps

  • The tip about Lookbook is such a good one. I’ve been meaning to get round to posting on there for ages but some of the outfits and girls on there are so stunning and the photography is so good, I’m worried no one would take a second glance at what I post. I guess I just need to pluck up the courage and just do it!

  • Thanks so much for the tips!!

  • Lovely tips! β™₯

  • aaw dank je wel! Ik sta altijd open voor tips,en aan jouw tips heb ik wel erg veel! Geniet van je dag! Liefs X

  • My blog is 10 days old, so I guess I’m in time. Thank you for this insight πŸ˜‰

  • Always a pleasure to read your Wednesday post in particular QOJL!

    I love these tips and they serve me very well in re-focussing my plans to grow my recently launched food blog. Keep on the fabulous work and thank you for sharing your knowledge & tips with us!


  • This was PERFECT timing for me! Thanks for the tips!

  • Really useful tips! Thank you.

  • This was such a helpful and interesting post, thank you for sharing!

  • I really enjoyed this post and found it really helpful, thank you πŸ™‚ I hadn’t considered using lookbook before so I’m definitely going to start πŸ˜€
    Love Holly xx

  • Wat een fijne tips!

  • Lovely post, some really useful tips! I’m at that two month stage now and so this post has really helped me out!! x

  • Ahhhh, such a great post with great tips! I’m in my first year of blogging and I’m still so apprehensive and shy about sharing my blog on social media, but I know it needs to be done! Thanks for the advice!

  • Hey πŸ™‚

    Those are great tips πŸ™‚ I hope they will help me to grow my blog faster.

    Thank you, kisses from Vienna πŸ˜€

  • Love your blog! Great Tips!

  • Thank you for these tips. I’ve been blogging properly coming close to a year now and if there’s one thing I’m not getting right, It’s networking and utilising social media to its full capacity. Definitely going to try harder to be better. Enjoy your day x

  • Hi Noor!

    I am so happy I came across your blog (was referred via the Skinny Confidential). I am a retired queen of jet-lag, if you would like to put it that way hehe, as I did most of my traveling and moving about as a child.

    Thanks for writing this post. As someone who recently opened a blog in January earlier this year, these tips are really helpful. I look forward to reading the rest of your tips and hope to one day have a blog as beautiful as yours.

    Alice xx

  • I’m in my first few months of blogging and I’m really struggling to get my blog out there. Thanks for the tips and advice, I’ll definitely take it on board ☺️.. In the meantime, here’s my blog:

    Take a look!

  • Great tips!

    For all your latest fashion and lifestyle news, visit BASTION &CO Online Publication, at:

  • what a helpful post! I love what you were saying about conent. As a new blogger I’m having a hard time finding exactly what my blog is about. Since I am currently studying abroad my posts are mostly geared towards travel. I’m worried that when I go back home my blog will take a totally different course and I won’t have anything to post about!

  • heel herkenbaar deze tips, en handig πŸ™‚

  • This is great! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Salma van der Ven

    Thank you for this brilliant article! It’s not just useful for blogging but for many creative jobs as well πŸ™‚ xx

  • I just started a blog this month, so these were definitely great tips for me! I started a blog to be social and connect with people; I’m not interested in blogging as a career. I was just wondering if you could give a little bit more advice on networking. Do you just do that by visiting other blogs and leaving comments, or do you know of any good websites that bloggers tend to use to connect with each other?

    I’d appreciate any feedback as a new blogger:

    Thanks <3 Aimee

  • Thanks for sharing these tips! I started blogging about 8 months ago and am still figuring out the best way to grow my community. It has been difficult for me to find bloggers interested in engaging about my focus/topic. I blog mostly about my experiences as a student affairs professional maintaining a balanced life & my journey towards maintaining wellness. Any recommendations on how to increase engagement besides commenting on other blogs?

  • Hi! New to your blog and love it! This post really hit home today. I am somewhat new to blogging, have had a blog since college, but never really wanted to invest in it until this year and I would like to turn it into a boutique fitness business one day. Really appreciate your insight!


  • Liz

    great tips! I just found your blog and I love it!

  • These are awesome tips. I’ve definitely found getting featured to be a huge help! I’m just wrapping up my own first year of blogging, so I really resonate with the above. (And congrats on your own blogiversary!) Any tips on best blogging networks or communities that you’ve foundt o be great support systems and resources???


  • Hi

    I always enjoy reading your posts! I really feel like I learn a lot from it. So thank you!
    Guess I’ll need to update my Lookbook again πŸ™‚


  • God day!

    Thank you fore helping us bloging:-)
    Beautyful photo at your post, love the flowers:-)

    Maria & Peter

  • Dit zijn zeker goede tips! πŸ™‚


  • Really useful tips. This is the second time I’ve read it – and so decided to leave a comment. πŸ™‚

    average adventures

    • Queen of Jet Lags

      Ah, I’m so happy to hear this, thanks for your comment :-)! x

  • I find posts like this really useful. It is hard being a new blogger and finding you niche, but when it is a hobby it is easy to keep going until you do.

    Thank you for your tips, I read them all!


  • Thanks for the tips.
    This is kind of my first year (“kind of” because I started in early 2013 – or even 2010 for my first one – but quickly got discouraged by the lack of audience.), it’s hard to get noticed and I would feel bad, it’s hard to keep going, even if I’m doing it for myself first of all. I have a friend blogger who’s making it, we did a photoshoot together, I featured it on my blog but I wasn’t featured on hers, and I didn’t want to ask, but sure, that could have been very helpful. The thing is I don’t want to ask, you know, so I won’t promote my blog on facebook (I don’t follow blogs there, I don’t like the advert side of it like “check out my blog post !” “Have you read my new blog post ? Be sure to check it out !”…), I don’t like twitter, I just have bloglovin because I personnaly use it aaaa lot, I do have Instagram but I didn’t link my blog to it because my family follow me there and I’m ashamed of my blog and, let’s be honest, it’s so not a success so I’ll wait for it or I know I’ll get negative feedbacks from them, espacially since they know and admire my english blogger friend, sure they’ll compare her to me… I might sound negative but it’s just hard, lookbook is the worst, like it’s only for what I call “the elite”, it’s hard to get noticed. But maybe the problem is just me and not lookbook… I don’t know.
    Anyway, I enjoy doing it, I want it to grow, of course, but I won’t beg for it, I don’t want to promote it too much because, as a reader myself, it’s something that anoys me when people are doing it too much, everywhere. Maybe it’s something you should do but only when you’re kind of a well-known blogger with followers. I only comment if I like a post and never put the link of my blog in the end because I’ve seen a lot of people doing it and it’s just not right. The worst might be people who ask “fan for fan” or the people who are ignoring me on lookbook but still ask me to vote for them on some website, ewwww, no dignity and no respect for me, I want people to follow me because they like my blog and that’s what I do myself. So, I like reading blog tips but it’s just because I enjoy reading any post and yours are always well writen and this one about year one is such a new thing. πŸ™‚ I discovered your blog months ago and I can’t believe it’s only your first year, I love it !
    Anyway, it’s so hard to get nice ideas of content, any tips ?

    • Queen of Jet Lags

      Hello Adeline! I just read your comment and I totally understand where your coming from. With regards to Lookbook, I get what you’re saying but I also feel like if you post amazing content (photography!) and are persistent in posting you will get noticed for sure. If the advertisement part is not for you than just don’t do it. Your blog will grow a bit slower but if you put the time other people put in promoting their blog in making your content amazing it will just be a matter of time before it grows. I actually wrote a blogpost earlier about how to get ideas to write content, I hope you enjoyed that post as well. xx Noor

  • Hi Noortje, Wat een geweldige post! Ik ben ook net gestart met mijn blog, dus tips zoals deze zijn erg welkom. Ik volg met veel plezier je woensdag post naast de prachtige outfits die je elke week weer neerzet. Het maakt jou als mens zo krachtig door zoveel te delen. Ik geloof daar in. Keep up the good work!
    Love, Wendy

  • Thank you for these tips. Just started my blog this year and I’m very happy for every help I can get πŸ™‚ Your blog is awesome!
    xo Kristina

  • Seeing as i’m in my first year of blogging I am so thrilled to have this post.

    Thank you!!!

  • Joanne

    Very helpful tips — thank you!

  • Thank you for your blogging tips and advice, it helps a lot.
    I’ve just started to blog seriously recently and it is time-consuming, especially for people like me with no usable background skills, such as photography or graphic design. That is why I’m trying to learn more about using and handling a camera.

  • Thanks so much for this post! I never heard about Lookbook before! I have a quick question on features. It seems like bloggers are doing this less and less. At least I don’t see any features on the blogs that I follow. What platforms do you recommend for features? Thanks again!! I love this whole series and I really appreciate that you take the time to help new bloggers, such as myself, with this. xoxo yael

  • Brill advice! Such a good idea to tailor the original post to just the first year, very useful!

  • These blogging tips are so helpful! And I love your style! Check out my blog here:

  • I just discovered QOJL, and I absolutely love your site design and your content! anyway, this is a fantastic post. I only started blogging a few months ago, and have been trying to focus on creating quality content foremost, but it is frustrating when you aren’t getting the traction you’d hoped for. I really want to start networking with other bloggers, but it can be difficult to know who to reach out to! I’m off to read your networking do’s and dont’s now haha.

  • Thank you for this post! As a travel blogger in my first year of blogging I found this to be very helpful.

    I was wondering if you recommend creating a weekly series such as your Wednesday blog tips? I currently share a reader interview every Monday but am interested if you recommend having more than one weekly series?

  • Hey, this was so helpful. I’m coming up to my first year of having my blog and upload on a twice weekly rota. Lydia xx

  • I’ve just started my blog (no, seriously – only three posts in!) and I think this was just what I needed to see. I’ve always loved writing and fashion so it’s nice to finally have an outlet for my interests but you’re right about one thing – there has to be dedication and behind the scenes work put into it so that you can see some progress from all your hard work! I’ll have to read up on some more of your posts about blogging as I bet they’ll help me out quite a deal. Thanks! x Jenn

  • Great points, even though this isn’t my first year of blogging anymore! I do post twice a week, and would love to do more but I don’t know if I would be able to handle it. I like the idea of posting more frequently in the holidays though – especially because then is a time when people have more time to read blogs. I have been commenting a lot – I try to read and comment on five blogs a day. It does take a lot of time though!

  • It’s amazing how much you have grown your blog in such a short amount of time! Thank you for the tips!


  • Hi there! I’m new here. I just stumbled on your blog through bloglovin’ and I’m really glad I did. These are great tips. Thank you so much for sharing with everyone what’s worked so well for you. I’m going to be putting all of these into practice myself! Cheers from Los Angeles!

  • I couldn’t agree more! I’ve been working on the blog for about 2 months now, and I’ve noticed that I get the most traffic the days I commit myself to read through blogs I follow and leave comments – I can’t emphazise enough how important it is to leave sincere comments, you wouldn’t want people leaving spam-ish comments on your blog, so why would you?

  • Love the Blog!

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  • thanks for doing these posts! i do think im doing most of this stuff, but theres always room for improvement!

  • This is a really helpful list. I think posting often is key, as I usually stick to blogs I know will be updated at least a couple times a week. Also, I always pressure myself to craft a long, packed post when really I think posting shorter pieces more frequently would be more effective.

  • Great post! Made me feel im on the right way:)

  • Wonderful advice! Reading your blog every Wednesday is now a habit β™₯

  • My blog is under a year and I am currently trying to build a solid foundation before I take it to the next level. Thank you so much for these tips.

  • What if my blog is about skin care and make up mostly, whrere can I find more oportunities to spread my content?

  • I absolutely love posts like this, I find them so helpful.
    I think social media is a big part in trying to get your blog noticed and making new friends.
    I’m going to have a look through your blog posts now but (if you haven’t already) I’d love to see some posts on finding your feet in your first year – the do’s and don’ts kind of thing maybe. I’m on my second blog now, I started a beauty one and I found that I didn’t always have the creative feeling for beauty so i’m working on being a little more lifestyle so tip posts are a favourite of mine. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you so much for sharing those lovely tips. You have now got yourself a new follower simply because your blog is amazing.

  • As someone who has only had a blog for a few months, these tips are really helpful! Thank you for sharing them with us. I really enjoyed reading this.

  • I love how you point out every single significant point in a short yet clear manner. Since mine is a personal mommy blog, I have the tendency to just talk a lot. I guess I have to remind myself more to focus on the content and not just write about any random thoughts. Haha

    Thanks for sharing these tips! And wow, your blog has grown in just a short period of time. Keep it up! πŸ˜‰

  • Thank you. And as a first year blogger, I would like to add – Don’t give up so early. These things takes time (-;

  • I’m new to blogging and came upon your blogging tips posts. Very inspirational (why you started your blog post) and so far im loving your whole blog!

  • Hi! Great website and great post. Following your topic of ‘investment in blogs’ I would love to know how to approach companies such as Asos and net-a-porter to advertise as you have done.

  • It pushes me ahead to see, that you started just a year ago and yet rached a lot of followers! I recently started my blog and am thrilled to make it grow, for it is so pleasent to meet new people via the web and for creating somethig that is my very own, personal project. Come and visit my blog and support each other!

  • Great tips Noor! I love blogging, but my daily job (which includes regular blogging for my clients as well) takes much of my time, so I can’t (yet) blog daily for myself, but I decided I’ll try to stick to at least 1 weekly blog post and be consistent – I think when people get used to your blog and posting, then they will return as well. As you said, content, great photos, networking and consistency are crucial for me.

  • Thanks so much for your helpful tips! The Lookbook idea (and reminder to be persistent, like posting elsewhere everyday!) is eye-opening. I really appreciate your Wednesday posts. πŸ™‚

    – Susan

  • Thanks for the tips.

    khajal from

  • It does help. Thank you for all your tips. Starting is not an easing thing. You need to be patient… And I’m horrible at this stuff. I can’t wait! But still. I’m gonna work on all those stuff you said. Thanks for this very helpful post. Merry Christmas!!

  • I’m on my first 2 months on blogger, and I’m really thinking to be more active this year so thanks for the tips. πŸ™‚

  • nihancik

    Love your Wednesday blog tips! Thank you so much for writing these. They are short, easy to read and definitely very helpful. Should we call you ‘Queen of Blogging’ from now on? ? –