For the last six months I’ve hosted monthly ‘Blog Clinics’ on the Wildlife Blogger Crowd Instagram page for those looking for advice related to on how to become a successful wildlife blogger. Questions have spanned blogging, social media and beyond, relating to the wildlife, nature and conservation sector.
Access to genuine 1-to-1 advice and guidance can often be hard to come by, with a paywall in front of it, or bunch of hoops to jump through. The Wildlife Blogger Crowd is about access for all, and doing our best to eliminate barriers, because — as conservationists— we’re all on the same mission; and helping one another to spread our messages far and wide is only going to help our overall cause.
Presented here is a round-up of questions and answers that followers and Wildlife Blogger Crowd members have asked, and my attempts to answer them helpfully and honestly, to assist others with creating successful wildlife and nature blogs.
1. Blog or social media?
2. Best blogging platforms to use?
3. Finding your target audience
4. How to increase social media following
5. Making your blog more discoverable
6. Resources for successful wildlife blogging
Resource link: Top 10 Tips for Wildlife Bloggers, with Common by Nature
7. Turning social media engagement into clicks
8. SEO tips for beginners
9. Turning blogging into paid work
Resource link: How to turn a wildlife blog into a career
10. Finding collaboration opportunities
I’m now taking a break from running the Wildlife Blogger Crowd monthly Blog Clinics, as our free Mentoring Scheme will take the position of giving one-to-one help and advice in becoming a successful blogger, or launching a successful career in conservation — which is why I’m sharing a round-up of these Q&As.
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A fantastic article with some great pointers for even the younger generation who dream of becoming wildlife bloggers!
Thank you, I’m so glad you find it helpful.
Is it possible to gain enough of a following that a wildlife blog can become monetizable?
Yes! It’s not all about follower numbers, engagement with your audience is key, and I’d highly recommend creating a mailing list as another means of reaching your followers (via e-newsletters). One of my favourite parts of blogging is community building. Once you’ve got a dedicated following, you can either sell products, monetize the content you’re offering (paywalls, subscriptions for extra content, etc.) or use affiliate links and sell sponsored posts (which is the route I take). To give you some idea, here’s my media pack: https://kateonconservation.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Media-Pack-Kate-on-Conservation-January-2022.pdf