My thoughts & Wykeham Lodge review

Most of the places in Worcester have great accommodation, but the workers are not trained.

So far I’ve visited Zonneweelde, Wykeham lodge, Cumberland Hotel, Linga Longa, Van der Westhuizen guesthouse and Merwida Manor and only two of the places had good customer service, although their accommodation was really good.

I’m left to wonder, are they hiring untrained people so that they can pay them less? Businesses make decent money with their accommodation, why not send their workers on a training course, to know how to work with the guest.

The workers don’t answer the phone properly, they don’t know how to converse with the guest and they are unfriendly.

So, when you visit a place, would bad service stop you from going there again, although they have good accommodation? Would you rather go to a different place with good service and not so great accommodation?

I’m reviewing Wykeham lodge today.

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Wykeham guesthouse had okay service. The manager was friendly and helpful with the wifi password.

The room wasn’t the best, I’d give it a 3 out of 5. But the service was okay. Better than the rest of the places.

ROOM
It came with a double bed
Kettle, tea, coffee, and sugar.
Free wifi
Tv with m-net channels.
A shower, and a toilet.
Garden-side with balcony

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All for the price of $41,83/ 34.37euro/ R520
Is this a reasonable price for South Africa and what they are offering? How much do you pay for a similar room in your country?

Extra services available for a fee.
– Secure off street parking
– Dinner on request
– Honesty bar
– Laundry service

DISCOUNT CODE:

Get 10% off when you use this code: https://www.booking.com/s/34_6/md0ege38

You can get 10% of on any accommodation you book world wide through bookings.com

Wykeham Lodge Information:

They say free breakfast but I did not receive any breakfast.

Bookings and Enquiries

WYKEHAM LODGE – The guesthouse

168, Church Street
6850 Worcester, South Africa

E-Mail: wykehamlodge@telkomsa.net
Phone: +27 (0)23 347 3467
Fax: +27 (0)23 347 6776

Our Accommodation rates
(including a full English breakfast)

From R360 per person sharing
From R520 for a single person 

 

Here is some video footage of my room.

If you like guesthouse and hotel reviews, stay tuned cause I have a lot more coming.

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much money you should charge for sponsored content? Beginner blogger tips.

I got my first paycheck after 3 months in 2010. It was 500$. But I didn’t know how much to ask so I let the company decide for me. I under sold myself.

So, how much money should you charge as a beginner blogger for your content?

Let’s get into it!

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I know now that I was underselling my blog. I asked too little and they took advantage of that. Does that mean that they are evil? No, just good business people. When it comes to business, there are no hard feelings. Don’t take it personally.

However, after 7years I’ve learned enough to know how much to charge for my blog content. Here’s the down low.

How much you should charge for your blog content:

There is no set amount that you should charge for your blog content.
people make it up as they go. (Later in the blog I will tell you how much I charge)

Here are two popular methods people are using:

First method: Take the number of page views + the number of social media followers divided by your page rank times $0.1 divided by 2.
That equals the amount you should ask

If you want to check out your page rank click here.

Second popular method:
Number of hours spent on writing the post times the number of hours you spend on taking pictures, editing, styling, curating pictures + your rate for your blog (Minimum is $50)
This equals the amount you should ask sponsored blog posts.

Why I don’t follow those rules and still get paid
1) If you follow those rules as a beginner blogger, you will barely get enough money to survive.

Those calculations were made by big time bloggers for big time bloggers.

2) There is no set rules for how much you can charge, why sell yourself short? If you have worked hard on your blog, interactions, views, and content, you deserve a decent paycheck per post.

How much I charge for sponsored content:

This is my personal method.
I charge $100 per hour for creating blog content. It takes me about 5hours to write a blog post.

Plus

I charge $120 per hour if I take the pictures myself and edit them. Normally it takes me 5hours to take pictures and edit it.

If I don’t take the pictures and the company provides it then I don’t charge for the pictures of course.

Then I charge my blog fee which is $500.

Why charge a blog fee? When I’m not writing blog posts I’m promoting my content, building relationships with other bloggers/partners etc. I do this daily from Mon-Fri. I work hard to make my blog successful. So when I write a sponsored blog post it does very well and it’s because of my hard work.

I plus all of that together and then I charge that amount. So on an AVERAGE, a sponsored I charge $1500 per blog post, depending on what the company needs.

This is a business transaction. They give you money, but what do you give them? What can your blog offer them?

Have you built trust with your audience so if you promote content will they trust you enough to buy it? Or are you just blabbering on when you can and not really putting in work on your blog so they see you as ‘a wanna be blogger?’

Your social media:
Are you active on social media? Do you have anything to offer to companies?

If you feel depressed after this post just remember:

1) You can work on getting interaction on your blog. It’s not that you suck at blogging, it’s perhaps that you don’t put in enough of effort.

I know not everyone can afford to spend as much time on their blog. If you spend only 1hour on your blog per day then you cannot expect people to interact with you like they do with Beyonce.

What you put in is what you get out. But you know that. Don’t be depressed. Do something about improving your blog.

If you take just one month to really focus on growing your blog, setting time aside for it, you WILL see improvement.

Here are tips to help you with that. Click here 🙂

If you learned anything in this post, please let me know in the comment section. It helps 🙂

Happy living,

Chantal.

 

MEET THE BLOGGER CLAIRE PFEFFER

Two weeks ago I announced that I will be introducing a new blogger on my blog twice a week 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 Claire Pfeffer 

What’s your blog about?

My blog is about my life as an undergrad student. I also post studying tips, life tips, organizational strategies, and my beauty tips.

What  type of blogger would you consider yourself? 

A blogger who  tries to blog but life gets in the way.

What is your vision for your blog?

I want my blog to be a way to get my thoughts out but also to share what I’ve learned so far and my experiences.

If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?

My blog would be somewhere that I can share what I’ve learned and have others contribute as well. Being a millennial, a college student, and super girly all offer a unique perspective that I want to be able to share. I want to interact with my readers as well. 

What is your worst fear about blogging?

That no one reads my blog- or worse, they read it and hate it.

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What is the most annoying habit that other people have?

Being late. I hate when people are late because it’s so rude and inconsiderate. 

What skill would you like to master?

I would like to become fluent in sign language. 

If you want to get to know her more, please follow her here.

MEET THE BLOGGER ABBEY ROBINSON

Two weeks ago I announced that I will be introducing a new blogger on my blog twice a week 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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I introduce to you Abbey Robinson

What’s your blog about?

My blog is about Lifestyle, Fashion, Beauty and Travel. I post blogs about the latest makeup trends, bucket list ideas and my experiences in different countries around the world, and more personal topics such as myself suffering from anxiety, and just trying to put the word out there about it and hopefully help people who go through the same thing. My blog is hopefully inspiring people in different aspects of life and I hope to extend my blog with other topics of discussion too in the future. 
 
  • Would you consider yourself 
I’m a beginner blogger. 
 
  • What is your vision for your blog?
I would love to grow an audience and form a community where we can all help each other with different things in life and allow us all to have someone to talk to. I just really want to inspire and help people throughout the process of doing what I love. 
 
  • If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?
I would love it to become well-known. 
 
  • What is your worst fear about blogging?
Putting myself out there and making myself vulnerable. I use my blog like its my own personal diary. 
 

WILD CARDS

  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Eat, blog, exercise, hang out with people, travel. 
 
  • What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
Rude manners and eating with their mouth open. 
 
  • What skill would you like to master?
Juggling!
 

It’s in the little things

Sometimes when you are looking forward to something it’s easier to only focus on that future moment that the present loose its value.

In my case, I’m looking forward to seeing my husband. And with this ‘holiday’ here, all I can think about is when it’s over so that I can go back to my husband.

I’m guilty of sometimes sleeping the whole day and the entire night just to pass by time.

And when I wake up there’s still so many days left.

Tonight I got into bed and it’s very warm here. I put on the fan and a cool breeze drifted over my body. It felt heavenly. I marinated in that feeling.

Then my cat Thomas jumped on the bed and joined me under the cool breeze. He fell asleep purr purring. I felt less alone ❤

My body became really relaxed and it felt good breathing. Weird but true. Deep breaths.

Between breathing and enjoying the moment, I realised this moment is all I have. A day is made up of little moments.

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