Instagram Breaking Blogging

Back in 2014, I joined the blogging arena for the first time and, not long after, I created an Instagram profile as a way of promoting my content and photography as an extension of my blog. At the time, Instagram was enjoying massive consumer engagement with new accounts seeing overnight success through the sharing of inspirational, high quality content. Brands and PR agencies were beginning to pick up on the platform’s influence over its users and started investing in campaigns that were focused on sharing content via social media platforms, rather than solely blog posts. It was an interesting time to be entering the arena, the power and focus fell with users and content producers who elected to share content and ideas to grow their followings.

However, over the past few years there has been a significant power shift from users and content producers to brands and, as a result, the blogging platform has been pushed to breaking point to help fit this commerce-friendly landscape. So why has there been such a huge shift in attitude from Instagram? Why has user engagement stagnated/fallen and what does the future hold for Instagram and the blogging community?

NOTE: I’ve never been that fond of Instagram, I much prefer Twitter. However, I wanted to use my background in digital marketing to explain some of the struggles bloggers are having and why it’s not likely to change in the future… View Post

SEO Tips for Bloggers

A few months ago, I wrote a quick tweet with 10 very easy steps to help bloggers improve their website’s SEO performance. Safe to say it did rather well, with many of you asking me to go into more detail on the various steps as well as cover off some more complex details that require explanation. So, today I want to run through these 10 SEO tips for bloggers with more information and advice included, help translate some of the jargon you may here on a day-to-day basis and what to avoid as you begin to grow your SEO practices for the site.

Note: It’s important to remember that good SEO takes time and is a long-term strategy. It can take months or even years to get right so be patient with it. Your hard work will pay off. View Post

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A few weeks back myself and a few other bloggers were invited along to an Christmas photoshoot in Shoreditch by the people from Joe Brown’s. It was a great chance to meet up with fellow bloggers, both well-established and new, as well as catch up with a friend or two. It was also an opportunity to style something I hadn’t previously tried before, namely an outfit that uses heavier, thick-wool tailoring to give a slightly rustic look. View Post

The past few months have been pretty hectic here at The Male Stylist. A new year, new job and new house have all meant that I’ve been a little rushed off my feet. However, recently the website has received attention from some top names in the men’s style industry and I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to some leading men’s lifestyle and fashion websites. I wanted to post a few of these to give you the opportunity to read them and get the chance to explore some fantastic websites to get advice and tips on.

Yahoo Beauty: 8 Dude Beauty Bloggers to Watch

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I was incredibly honoured to have been featured in this article by Yahoo Beauty promoting some of newer male beauty bloggers across the internet. To be alongside top names like Fashionisto Diaries, Urban Beardsman and Aaron Marino from Alpha Male was very humbling. Big thanks go out to you all as well as Yahoo Beauty for supporting the website and making it the success it’s become. View Post