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Win £200 Love2Shop vouchers with DFS and your #SofaMoment!

I can barely believe it, that last week was the one year anniversary since I moved into my lovely home. I remember going through the buying process and feeling like I’d never get the keys, and before I knew it, 365 days had passed.

I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to share so many memories with my friends, family and boyfriend. This last week or so, the weather has been incredible – it’s given me some time to bask in the sunshine in the garden and reflect on the last year, and be grateful for everything!

Win £200 Love2Shop vouchers with DFS and your #SofaMoment! | UK Lifestyle Blog

You’re probably wondering why I’m getting all sentimental, and thinking: where’s the free Love2shop vouchers? Well, I’m getting there… I’ve teamed up with DFS to offer one of my readers £200 worth of gift vouchers to have a wee-splurge!

But what I want to know is – what’s your favourite memorable #SofaMoment? How do you enter? Easy! Let me know your top moment below and my favourite will win £200 of Love2Shop vouchers!

To give you a bit of inspiration, I’ve included my top 5 sofa moments I’ve had in the last year of living here:

  1. The relief of sitting on the sofa, the day I got my key – I had a glass of bubbly, and took a minute to take it all in!
  2. Having friends over a week after I’d moved in, when the doors were still off the hinges, but it was okay because we had a take away, a sofa and a rocking chair.
  3. Spending my first Christmas in my new home, opening presents with my family in the lounge.
  4. Sam and I had our first ever kiss on the sofa, after a lovely meal out at the Thai Orchard and watching the stars in the garden (turns out he was too nervous to make the move in the garden!).
  5. Snuggling up in the evenings with my little partner in crime, Petal, the mini lop. Just kicking-back and knowing, we’re home.

This post is brought to you by DFS. Visit the DFS website to find out more about their great range of DFS Sofas.

Terms and conditions

  • There is one prize of a £200 Love2Shop vouchers
  • The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered
  • Open to UK residents aged 18 and over
  • Competition is closed to employees and relatives of Strawberry Squeeze and DFS
  • The competition opening date is 30 May 2016, and the closing date for entries is 14th June 2016.
  • One entry per person
  • The winner will be chosen by the blogger and will be contacted direct on the email address
  • provided. If the winner does not respond within 7 days a new winner will be drawn.
  • The winner’s name will be available on request. By entering this competition participants consent to their full name being available by request.
  • The prize will be sent within 28 days of receipt of the winner’s address
  • DFS reserves the right to amend or withdraw the competition at any time without notice or
  • Entry to this competition confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions
  • This competition is governed by the laws of England and any dispute shall be governed by the English courts.

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2018-01-08T03:33:53+00:00 May 30, 2016|Home Decor|

How to start a blog for beginners – the Ultimate blogging guide

So, you want to start a blog? Great! But alas – where do you begin? 

Updated: May 2016

Don’t worry! Three years ago I was also in same situation, so to celebrate my blog anniversary, I’ve decided to sum up how to start a blog for beginners in this 3,000 word blogging guide.

There are lots of people who have compiled various posts on ‘how to start a blog uk’ and ‘steps to building a successful website, but unfortunately, a lot of it is outdated. I’ve put this together, so hopefully this can be your ‘one stop shop’ when creating a blog.

How to start a blog for beginners - the Ultimate blogging guide | UK Lifestyle Blog

What we’ll cover in this blogging guide:

  • Why you should start a blog
  • Selecting a niche for your blog
  • Deciding what blog platform to use
  • Choosing a domain name
  • How to choose your hosting provider
  • Choosing a theme for your blog
  • Installing Google Analytics
  • Setting up social media accounts
  • Brainstorming blog post ideas
  • Optimising your website for SEO
  • Useful resources for starting a blog

Why you should start a blog

If you’re here, you probably don’t need anymore convincing. Whether you want to flex your creative muscles, develop your writing skills or make money on your blog – starting a blog couldn’t be easier. The beauty of a blog is that you can maintain from any PC with internet, wherever you are in the world, or from your smartphone, which everyone has now. You need no knowledge of any specific software to create your blog and maintain it.

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2018-01-08T03:33:53+00:00 May 29, 2016|Blogging Tips|

Why other blogs get more traffic than yours

When you have a blog to run, one of the main things you hope for is traffic. You want as many people to visit your blog as possible. This is particularly the case if you have a lot of advertising revenue opportunities. However, even just for those who want to use their blog to share ideas and stories, this is a primary motivation.

But how do you get people to come to your blog? If you are relatively new to blogging, you might feel a little at a loss as to how to draw more people in. You have probably been through some of the basics, but you’re unsure how to continue.

How is it that other blogs draw in so many more people than yours? Well, fear not. In this post, we will look at some of the key ways that you can increase your blog’s traffic – all with very little effort. Let’s take a look now.

Why other blogs get more traffic than yours | UK Lifestyle Blog

SEO

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – SEO is something that we have covered on this site previously, but it is a method which bears repeating. The reason? It is so effective! In short, SEO is a series of techniques and methods for improving your site’s placement in search engine’s listings. If you thought that this was something that was beyond your control, think again. SEO consultants specialise in making websites appear higher on search engines like Google and Yahoo.

There are numerous parts to the process, but ultimately it all comes down to search terms. Armed with the knowledge that internet users will use certain common search terms, we can ensure that our blog is loaded with those terms. Too loaded, however, and it will be obvious that something is amiss, so there is a balancing game to be played here. Either way, this is one of the most effective ways of drawing in a crowd.

CRO

Almost as popular as SEO, is another method by the name of conversion rate optimisation (CRO). But what is conversion rate optimisation? In a way, it is like a more generically-applied version of SEO. With CRO, the aim is to cause visitors to take a certain action. The most commonly desired of such actions is, of course, that more visitors go to the webpage, but it can be anything that you like.

CRO works by gathering plenty of data about your blog and its visitors, and using that to further optimise your blog for those people. It is a little like a modern Web-based version of market research. CRO utilises the behaviour of your visitors for your benefit.

Sharing, Sharing, Sharing

Besides the behind-the-scenes techniques mentioned above, there is one other sure way to drive more people to your blog. It is amazing how many people overlook sharing as a viable way to drive traffic. In fact, it is one of the major things that any blogger should be doing.

The key here is to share on as many different platforms as you possibly can. Ultimately, this is one of the easiest ways to get more people reading your entries.

2018-01-08T03:33:54+00:00 May 27, 2016|Blogging Tips|
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