Travelling again- Zonneweelde Guesthouse review

 Many people say ‘I’ve wanted to travel but never get to’.
Me on the other hand, hate traveling.
It makes me anxious.
Since my life had taken a different path and I travel often, the best way for me to look forward to traveling is changing into my sleeping robe and experiencing the guesthouses.
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I visit many guesthouses and hotels, so it seems fit for me to review them.

This week I’ll be posting 5 reviews on 5 guesthouses.

In South Africa, Zonneweelde Guesthouse has become my favorite guesthouse. I’ve done a review on one of their rooms already, but today I want to show you my favorite room in the guesthouse.

If you are a traveler or just love to see what’s out there, you will like this post. Mostly because it’s a luxury room that’s ‘normal people’ affordable. If you are thinking about going or traveling to any other destination, at the end of the post I’ve left a 10% discount code!

In my previous review on Zonneweelde, I’ve given information about safety, the culture of the town, etc.

Today I’ll go more into detail about the first things travelers want to know about: Are the mattresses good? How big is the wardrobe? Do they have a bath or shower? Is there free parking? Etc. And I have video footage!

ZONNEWEELDE GUESTHOUSE:

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Zonneveld is a guesthouse situated in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa. It is situated in town, close to all the local food stores, clothing stores, banks, and entertainment.

ROOM:

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I like this room the best because it’s spacious and private.

When I arrived there, I took a refreshing shower, put on a robe, dried my hair, got into bed and watched a good movie on the tv. It gave me a luxurious feel, a feeling of peace and rest.

Another surprise was, the pictures don’t show how big the room really is, so it was a pleasant surprise when I arrived.

  • It has a king-sized bed with a great mattress.
  • The room comes with a mini-fridge, microwave, and a kettle. An iron is available on request.
  • Free unlimited wifi is available
  • A two-point plug is available.
  • It has a flat screen tv with selected DSTV channels. (South African cable)
  • It has an air-con, which I needed for the summer’s heat.
  • The room is equipped with two beautiful chairs that looks like it came from the Victorian age.
  • It has a big wardrobe and it has plenty of mirrors.
  • Linens and towels are provided.
  • Hair dryer is provided.
  • Coffee, tea,cups and teaspoons are provided
  • Daily cleaning of room for free

BATHROOM

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I like the bathroom sink the most. It’s plain white and beautiful. It has a shower (hot & cold water) and a toilet. The bathroom is spacious.

(This bathroom is good, but it’s not my favorite bathroom in the guesthouse. The room next to it (the double room) has, in my opinion, the best bathroom. But that room is smaller, so that’s why this is my favorite room at Zonneweelde guesthouse.

BALCONY:

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I love this room because the balcony is huge! You share the bacony with the next room, but every time I’ve been there, I’ve had the balcony to myself.
It has plenty of couches and a coffee table. The view from the balcony is the garden and the pool.

POOL & GARDEN
The pool at Zonneweelde guesthouse is located in the garden. The pool is small. It has pool chairs underneath the shade of the trees. And the garden has different flowers and plants.

PARKING SPACE:

Zonneweelde guesthouse doesn’t have garages, but they do have parking space inside the yard. I’ve never left my car there, since I don’t travel by car, but I’ve asked other guest if their cars were safe and they’ve said yes. I’ve asked one worker if they’ve ever had problems with car safety and she said no.

THE OWNERS & THE WORKERS:
The owners of Zonneweelde lives at the back of the guesthouse. I’ve only met the husband (I forgot his name) and he was very friendly and helpful. One of his children works at the guesthouse and she is also friendly. They have two cute dogs.

The workers are very friendly and helpful. Sometimes I’ve arrived at Zonneweelde without booking beforehand and they’ve helped me with no stress at all.

THE FOOD:
I was served a British breakfast (check out the video below) plus a variety of cereal, coffee, tea, and juice was available. The breakfast is 4,70 euro/ $5,79/ R70

DISCOUNT CODE:
If you decide to go, tell the owner I said hello! Also, if you book through bookings.com you can save 10% on your accommodation. Not just to Zonneweelde but to any place you book through bookings.com

Here’s the code: https://www.booking.com/s/34_6/md0ege38

ZONNEWEELDE GUESTHOUSE INFORMATION:
Address: 127 Church St, Worcester, 6850
Phone: 023 342 6953
Book here

I’ve sent my husband a quick video over WhatsApp to show him how the room looks since he is in The Netherlands. I decided to post it. I find it’s always better to see pictures and videos. I wasn’t planning on reviewing the room on my blog, so excuse if the video is so short.

I’m going back next week again, to the same room, perhaps I’ll take better footage. Also, if you want to see anything else or have any other questions, please do let me know and I can ask the owner when I’m there again!

PS: Did you enjoy reading this review post?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beginner bloggers: 2 ways to make money

In the past week, some of you have asked me about mainly two things: What my thoughts were on Affiliate links (can you make real money with it) and what my thoughts were on Ko-fi (a link where your readers can buy you a ‘coffee’/donate $3.)

In this post I will tell you of 2 ways I know makes real money.

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Back in 2014 and 2015, I use to add affiliate links to my blog.

After that year, I stopped with most affiliate links because I did not see growth. If something doesn’t work after a considerable amount of time, and I’ve done my best, I simply move on to the next.

Now in 2017 I only do affiliate links that work for me and might work for you too, because there is logic in the method.

Tips on selecting affiliate links:
1. Go the website that you shop at the most, most companies have affiliate programs on their website. Sign up.

Why use a store that you shop at? Because if you are the average person, you don’t buy overly expensive things on a daily basis.

Most affiliate links that people put up, is overly expensive and so people don’t click on the link because they can’t afford it.
And if they do go to the website, mostly they don’t buy anything which influences your sales.

2. If you are thinking about selling a specific item, choose items that cost less then what people pay for currently in other stores.

Example: I found a company that sells human hair for extremely cheap. First, I bought the hair to see if it’s good quality. Once I saw it was, I contacted the company, told them I have a blog and would like to advertise their hair on my blog with an affiliate link.

I had the hair on my blog for a while but took it off once my blog content changed more to fashion rather than beauty.

(I’m getting back into beauty soon, so I might contact a few companies again.)

3. What’s your demographics? Which country visits your blog the most? Check your stats. Once you know, you can choose affiliate links catering specifically to those people. Get affiliate links from stores in those countries.

4. What do you post about? Fashion? Parenthood? Writing? It’s important to know this because the people who follow you are attracted to that topic. Choose an affiliate link that sells something related to that topic.

If you blog about being vegan, but your affiliate links are for meat products, you won’t make any sales.

Some readers asked about Ko-Fi
Let me first explain what Ko-Fi is.

It’s a platform where creators can set up a free account and link back to their website for readers to buy you a ‘coffee’.

It’s not an actual coffee but rather a donation of $3 (the average price of a coffee ) or more (if they want to give more) In this way, your readers can support you.

How do they pay and how do you receive it?
They choose an option to pay via their bank card or PayPal and you put your bank details or PayPal into your account.

Ko-Fi will let you know when you’ve received the money and it will be available to you immediately. No threshold.

I set up my Ko-Fi account last week and have received some caffeine from some of you, THANK YOU. It’s an incredible feeling to receive a notification that someone actually clicked on the button, and decided to support my blog in that way.

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Screenshot of how it looks when you receive a ‘coffee’

 

If my posts have helped you consider buying me a ‘coffee’ click here.

Questions to the readers:
Do you use affiliate links? What’s the most difficult part for you when you think about affiliate links?

If you want to read more posts like these, I made a whole series of beginner blogger tips. Click here.

See you in the comments, happy living!

Chantal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the blogger Minakshi Dewangan

Today we are meeting a lovely new blogger. If you would like your blog to be featured click here. Don’t forget to include your blog website because otherwise I can’t link to it!

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Meet Minakshi Dewangan

  • What’s your blog about?
      -My blog is about fashion and lifestyle related stuff. I love doing fashion and makeup and hair and everything but I wanted to do in a way that people can adapt easily in their life.😊
 
  • Would you consider yourself a…- I am a beginner blogger of course. As I am still learning and working on everything.
 
  • What’s your vision for your blog?
        To connect, to reach and to grow           more as a Blogger with whom people can relate easily. ☺
 
  • If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?
To get maximum number of beautiful followers as my blogging family who found my blog interesting so that it will push me More to serve them better.
 
  •  What are your worst fears about blogging?
 That people will not get bored and uninterested towards me and my blog.
 
  • Wild Cards!
1. If you didn’t have to sleep then what would you do with the extra time?
I will explore the world beyond my shell and write about them.
2. What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
All people in this world are one of a kind so it’s difficult to say which habit to put in annoying category but sometimes i do get irritated when people shouts to prove themselves right.
 
3. What skill would you most like to master?
I love Dancing and I wanted to learn more and more about it.

Meet the blogger Daisy Chain

This is a section of my blog that I introduce new bloggers out there. If you would like to join in the fun please check out the details here and email me beginnerbloggertips@gmail.com.
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 MEET DAISY CHAIN
Hi! I’m DaisyChain and I’m a beauty/lifestyle blogger! I’d love for you to visit my blog and see if you like it. It would mean so much 😊
1. What is your blog about?
My blog is a beauty and lifestyle blog. I love makeup and fashion alot so that’s why I wrote about it 😄
2. What type of blogger are you?
 I’m a beginner blogger but I am quite proud of my blog.
3. What’s your vision for your blog?
My vision is a place where I can share my ideas and people read and like them. I’d love to have a following who appreciate my blog and love to read my posts!
4. If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?
My wildest fantasy would be to have a following of 1,000 people by my birthday  (June) or my long term dream would be to get a comment saying: “You are amazing! I love your blog so much 😄” that would just be amazing.
5. What are your worst fears about blogging?
They are that no one enjoys reading my posts and that my blog is considered boring.
Wild Cards!
1. If you didn’t have to sleep then what would you do with the extra time?
I would write more posts and spend more time with my family
2. What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
I don’t really find things other people do annoying cos you know it’s there life, they can do what they want but I cannot stand it when people click their pens. It is so annoying.
3. What skill would you most like to master?
I would love to master the skill of photography. I’m not that good at taking photos so I’d really love to be able to take good photos.

How to get sponsored blog posts (free media kit template )

If you are a beginner blogger, you probably don’t get many emails, if any at all, asking you to promote content. So in today’s post, I will tell you how to get sponsored blog posts. as a beginner blogger. I’ve also included free media kit templates.

Now that you know how to maintain your blog, the next step is getting a sponsored blog posts as a beginner blogger.

It takes preparation.

First, you’ll need something that is known as a media kit. What is a media kit? It’s a summary of your blog, mission, goals, and statistics.

  • A media kit includes:
    An introduction to yourself and a picture: This can be brief. Tell the company who you are and add a professional picture.
  • Your mission/goals for your blog: What do you want to achieve with your blog? What do you blog about? What is your niche? Is there any particular post that you do weekly to draw your audience to your blog?
  • Your audience: Who are they? How old are they? Male/ female? From where are they? You can obtain this information from WordPress stats or Google analytics.
  • Testimonials ( See this post on how to get testimonials)
  • Blog post rates (See this post on how to charge for blog posts)
  • Your statistics: What are your WordPress stats? What’s your unique visitors per month, page views per month, email list? This information you’ll find on your WordPress stats or Google analytics.
    What’s the analytics for your social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc?
  • NOTE: If you fear that your stats are a bit low on one of your accounts then don’t mention it. A media kit is a cv of your blog and you want to showcase your best self.
  • Contact info: Include your name, number, blog address, email and social media.

As a beginner blogger all of these points should be fairly easy to summarize, the only two that may discourage you is your statistics and testimonials.

If you are just starting out, your numbers will not be so impressive. Everyone starts from somewhere. Do not let this discourage you. Instead, you can show how fast your blog is growing, by including “I’ve had this blog for 3 months and my subscription has grown 400%  each moth.’ This shows that your blog has potential.

I have created a professional media kit template for you. You can change the colour. Download it and add your information to it.

Pink Blogger Media Kit

Download the pdf here. Pink Blogger Media Kit

Download word doc here.MEDIA KIT TEMP

Congrats, you have your media kit.

Now that you have completed your media kit, the fun begins.

There are magical places where bloggers and advertisers live happily ever after. It is called blogger affiliate programs.

You sign up to one of the services for free and upload your media kit.

These companies will ask you to select what type of brands you are interested in working with, what type of products you would like to review, how much you charge per blog post, etc.

Once you’ve created your profile, companies browse it and will let you know when they are interested.

In 2014 I was part of a blogger’s group from the UK and received my first sponsored post after a month. I waited until companies contacted me, but you can browse prospective companies you are interested in and send your media kit to them.

Here are some companies you can sign up to:

IZEA

TAPINFLUENCE

Comission Junction

Let me know how it goes!

PS: Do you find the beginner blogger tips helpful? If so, consider buying me a ‘coffee’ 🙂 All the money goes to creating content for the blog. Confused? Click here.

For more beginner blogger posts, click here.

Until tomorrow, happy living!
Chantal

Meet the blogger Jordan Rowland

I announced that I will be introducing a new blogger on my blog every day since many people I’ve came in contact with said they did not have a lot of WordPress friends.

Why not share the love you give on my blog with her blog?  A like,comment and follow will bring many smiles 😀 Remember how you felt when someone did it to you? No? Then you should probably read this post if you want to promote your blog on my blog for free. 🙂

And a big thank you to Mr. Militant Negro who offered to then re-blog your post on his blog to even more viewers!

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Meet Jordan Roland

  • What’s your blog about? I’ve been using the Daily Prompt suggestions and giving them my own twist, but I’m not sure what direction I’d like to take. I think my primary focuses would be that of being a college student or writing, but I’m not sure…

 

  • Would you consider yourself …
    • I’m definitely a beginner blogger, as you can see by my
    • indecision.

 

  • What is your vision for your blog?
  • If I can provide any sort of encouragement, empathy, or relatability for someone who needs it, that would be my goal- to get my thoughts and passions out there, but in doing so positively impact the world around me.

 

  • If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?
    • Wow, um, my blog would of course be famous- but for the right reasons, for being known as “that girl who I can relate to, who inspires me to pursue my dreams”.
    • What is your worst fear about blogging?
      • I guess my worst fear would be that this becomes something I use for vain purposes (think of people’s “finstas” solely for ranting) or that it ever discourages someone- including myself.

WILD CARDS

  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
    • Visit every zoo in the country. E.v.e.r.y.
  • What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
    • Hopefully this is a rarity amongst the majority, but stopping in the acceleration lane is a habit that I believe needs to be kindly murdered.
  • What skill would you like to master?
    • Drawing for sure- I’ve been drawing since elementary school, but never taken a class for it and would LOVE to learn all I can.
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Should beginner bloggers do free promotional posts?

As bloggers we work our butts of creating content, taking Instagram worthy pictures and occasionally cleaning our sunglasses to carry on writing. So, is it worth it to do a free promotional blog post for companies?

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A while ago I wrote a blog post about how much money beginner bloggers should ask for sponsored blog posts.

I thought this next post will be fitting.

If you are a beginner blogger should you do free promotions?

If you are thinking that companies are not even contacting you to do free promotion on your blog, think again because chances are if you’ve been blogging constantly for 6months, have been tagging your post and left your email on your contact page, that these companies would have found you by now or will in future.

Here are 3 different examples from 3 different companies contacting me.

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The email normal starts of by them telling you that:
They’ve read your blog and they like it.
They have a blog idea for your blog.
They would like you to promote their website.
If you agree, you write the post and send it to them so they can check it and change a few things.
With these type of promotions, you don’t get paid, or send any products. Basically, you give the company free publicity. Some of the companies enter you into a ‘draw’ and you might be chosen to be featured on their website.

Firstly, pat yourself on the back, you’ve done it. A company recognized you. Secondly, don’t pat yourself on the back too hard because they’ve recognized you and 100 other bloggers. They are not paying you, they want free promotion from you.

They know a few things about the blogger psyche:
They know that we love to be recognized by a company or brand.
If they’ve checked out your blog they know that you’ve never or seldom worked with a company before, so you don’t know what to expect really.
They know that flattery gets them a free promotional blog post.

How can you use this situation to your advantage?
You can tell them that you will do the post, but in return, you would like them to give you a review of your post. What do I mean by a review?

They can say something like “Very insightful, clear and funny blog”- Coca-Cola (or whoever)

Then you take the quote they have given you, add a page to your blog called ‘Testimonials’ and write the quote there including the company name etc.

This will help build your blog profile. When potential advertisers visit your blog, they will see that you have worked with different companies and this raises your credibility.

Should you accept all free blog promotion offers?
No. Try to do 4 or 5 ones that you really like. And get the reviews for your blog then don’t do any further. Why? PR companies talk. If they realize you are doing free promotional post all the time, no one would want to pay you to write a post in the future.

I think doing a free blog post does have benefits.
You get to experience working with a brand
You get a ‘review’ to build your blog
You build professional relationships
You get exposure to other parts of the blogosphere.

But do keep in mind, that you’ve worked hard for your blog. It takes time and effort to build a relationship with your audience and create great content. Don’t overwhelm your readers with so many promotional blog posts that you lose their interest.

If you liked this post and would like to read more beginner blogger tips, click here. 🙂

What do you think? When given the chance, would you do a free promotional post?

Happy living 🙂

Chantal