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S4E7: Having Conflicting Values

S4E7: Having Conflicting Values

In this solo episode I chat about some of the conflicts that have come up for me when it comes to my many, many values!

It’s a topic I’m kinda in the midst of working through so forgive any nonsense that comes out of my mouth. BUT keep me accountable – if I say something offensive, tell me.

Listen on the player below or on Apple PodcastsSpotify or anywhere you usually get your podcasts.

See you next week!

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REFERENCES

Live a Well Life (Rose White // Nutritionist)

Charlie Swift

#PODMAS: Why I’m Vegan

WHERE TO FIND ME

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @lucylucraft or on my blog: lucylucraft.com.

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Support my work via Patreon right here >> https://www.patreon.com/lucylucraft

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Artwork by Carissa Tanton

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Hosting by Libsyn

Thanks to my Patreon supporters for helping to fund the podcast.

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S4E6: Instagram & Intersectional Feminism with Brontë Huskinson

S4E6: Instagram & Intersectional Feminism with Brontë Huskinson

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Happy MONDAY! In today’s episode I chat about Instagram growth with award winning Instagrammer Brontë Huskinson aka From Bee With Love. 

Brontë started out primarily in the #bookstagram community and quickly grew her Instagram and blog from 7k to over 35k followers. She then took a pivot as she grew and evolved from her previous moniker, A Bookish Bronte, to where she is now with From Bee With Love.

A self-confessed feminist in training, she embraces the messiness and imperfection of life and has been really honest about hitting a wall with Instagram creativity, getting it wrong and making big changes even when her audience doesn’t necessarily like it.

REVIEW OF THE WEEK

My podcast review of the week is from Cecily who says

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WHERE TO FIND BRONTE

Her blog: https://www.frombeewithlove.com/

Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

WHERE TO FIND ME

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @lucylucraft or on my blog: lucylucraft.com.

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Get exclusive podcast access & bonus content via Patreon right here >> https://www.patreon.com/lucylucraft

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Artwork by Carissa Tanton

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FIVE SEO Myths you can ignore

FIVE SEO Myths you can ignore

Earning Google’s trust is the aim of the game in order to remove your site’s invisibility cloak.

To do this though you will need a good handle on SEO. This is the exact reason why you should learn how to use it properly for your blog or website. Although, at first it may seem like SEO is some kind of weird, witchery hocus pocus, with words like Googlebot Spiders, Black Hats and White Hats… yep actual SEO terms!

Along with all the jargon in SEO, Google like to throw a few algorithm changes around now and again. Which means, what might have worked last year may be detrimental to your site now. These constant changes means that there are lots of theories being bandied around by ‘SEO experts’ which just aren’t true.

Here I have pulled together 5 SEO myths (without jargon) that I want to call BS on! In the hope to help you avoid making any simple SEO mistakes.

Listen to my podcast episode with Simon Heyes all about SEO

Myth 1 | SEO is complicated

This is the myth I wanted to debunk first.

Yes, there are a lot of elements to SEO and you could spend months studying it.

However, you just need to figure out the basics and you’ll still be able to apply it and help improve the traffic to your site.

Myth 2 | Listicles are the only way to rank

I’m calling BS on this!

Google has become wise to the click baity ways of some listicle posts and have moved towards favouring more long form content.

The content must still provide value though, so good engagement from your readers will help your posts outperform listicles that may be full of keywords but do not have any engagement.

Myth 3 | Guest posting is bad for SEO

Guest posting can be bad for SEO…BUT it can also be good, if done correctly and following Google’s ethical guidelines.

The myth has come from a statement from the former Head of the Google Web Spam Team, Matt Cutts who said “guest blogging had become overused by a bunch of low-quality, spammy sites”.

The statement is actually true but you can avoid being penalised by making sure you’re guest posting on high quality, relevant sites with good content. The safest option is to guest post but have ‘no follow’ links and this will still generate referral traffic to your site.

Myth 4 | Alt tags for images don’t matter

This is one that many new bloggers overlook as it isn’t the most obvious part of SEO. It can also be a bit of a faff if you have lots of images on your site.

All images on your blog or website can be optimised for SEO by adding descriptions to them which are known as ‘alt tags’. It’s basically an exact description of the image, including your keywords if appropriate.

This means the Google Spider Bot (yes that pesky spider again!) can find your images as he doesn’t have regular human eyes :).

Visually impaired people using screen readers also benefit from alt tags as they get an exact description of what’s on your page.

Myth 5 | Optimising images isn’t important

This is another faffy part of uploading images to your site but it’s another contributor to ‘good SEO’.

Optimising your images means shrinking your image file size whilst keeping the high quality and resolution. Doing this will sure that your pages load quicker.

There’s nothing worse than finding an article you really want to read and it takes forever to load! Google now focuses on user experience as a key ranking factor.

If people are going back to search listings before your page loads, Google will see that as a negative user experience for your site thus affecting your ranking.

I hope this has been illuminating and, more than anything, I hope this will help you feel a little more clued up on SEO and how darn simple it can be.

If you’d like to learn more and take a big old deep dive into the dark arts, my self-paced course is right here.

L x

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S4E5: 5 Things I’ve Learned About Starting a Podcast

S4E5: 5 Things I’ve Learned About Starting a Podcast

In this solo episode I chat about the five things I’ve learned about starting a podcast!

It’s a rambly, non-exhaustive list of the things I think matter and what I’ve learned really, really doesn’t.

It’s 100% my own experience and please know I HATE RULES so….yep, don’t do anything you disagree with just because it worked/didn’t work for me.

Listen on the player below or on Apple PodcastsSpotify or anywhere you usually get your podcasts.

See you next week!

L x

BLOG OF THE WEEK

This week my blog of the week is No Andro Blog written by Erin aka Rin, a 23 year old children’s nurse and mum of two who blogs all about the realities of single parenting, studying to be a children’s nurse AND really important topics like why Universal Credit is so dangerous.

I discovered her via Instagram but have quickly become addicted to her honest and affecting posts and I hope you will too!

REVIEW OF THE WEEK

WHERE TO FIND ME

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @lucylucraft or on my blog: lucylucraft.com.

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Support my work via Patreon right here >> https://www.patreon.com/lucylucraft

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Artwork by Carissa Tanton

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S4E4: Blogging Ethics with Kristabel Plummer

S4E4: Blogging Ethics with Kristabel Plummer

Happy MONDAY! In today’s episode I chat about blogging ethics with Kristabel Plummer who writes travel & lifestyle blog I Want You to Know. 

She’s an OG blogger who isn’t afraid to be herself and stick her head above  the parapet. 

She’s honest, approachable and self deprecating and we chatted all about her blogging journey, why ethics are so important and how blogging success comes in different forms.  

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WHERE TO FIND KRISTABEL

Her blog: http://iwantyoutoknow.co.uk/

Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

WHERE TO FIND ME

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @lucylucraft or on my blog: lucylucraft.com.

Join the What She Said Facebook community

Support my work via Patreon right here >> https://www.patreon.com/lucylucraft

THANKS TO…

Artwork by Carissa Tanton

Music via Audio Jungle

Hosting by Libsyn

Thanks to my Patreon supporters for helping to fund the podcast.

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