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Friday, 28 February 2020

Blog Audit Challenge 2020: February Link Up


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Blog Audit Challenge 2020

As I mentioned in the sign up post for this challenge, I'll be hosting monthly link ups in order to keep us all on track, and give us a way to see each others progress. On the first Saturday of every month participants can share their links and discuss their progress. 

#BlogAuditChallenge2020

February Link Up


How did you do with the February challenges? What was the hardest part of the challenge? Did you use the free printables? What are your thoughts about the Blog Audit Challenge so far? Create a blog post sharing your progress and link it up in the comments section below so we can all visit and support each other in our mission for blog awesomeness. 



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Save the date!

Check back on 3rd March for the March Challenges. 


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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Book Review: Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear


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My thoughts about Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear



From the beloved and internationally bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies comes the second novel featuring DC Cat Kinsella—an investigator “on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives” (Kirkus, starred review).

After a brief stint in the Mayor’s Office, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is back at the London Metropolitan Police, wisecracking with her partner Luigi Parnell and trying to avoid the wrath of the boss, DI Kate Steele.
But for Cat and Parnell, it’s serious business when a young Australian woman turns up dead after a party thrown by her new boss. The initial investigation of Naomi Lockhart's murder points to Joseph Madden, the owner of a coffee shop around the corner from police headquarters. Madden insists he’s innocent, that he was home with his wife Rachel at the time of the murder. When police question her, Rachel contradicts his alibi, swearing that she was home alone.
While the team builds its case against Joseph, Cat is tasked with getting to the heart of the Maddens’ marriage. Cat knows that one of them is lying—but the question of which one, and why, is far more complicated than she could have expected. As she tries to balance the demands of the investigation with a budding romance and unresolved family drama, Cat has to decide how far she’ll go to keep her own past mistakes buried.
With her trademark wit and brilliant plotting, Caz Frear ratchets up the tension and keeps you guessing as she explores the things we keep from our loved ones—and the secrets we’d kill to keep safe in the dark.





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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Book Review: A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch

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My thoughts about the audiobook A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch

Narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith 


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Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....





Friday, 7 February 2020

Book Review: Mayan Mendacity by L.J.M Owen


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My thoughts about Mayan Mendacity by L.J.M Owen

Disclosure: I got sent a free copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley.



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Dr Elizabeth Pimms has a new puzzle. What is the story behind the tiny skeletons discovered on a Guatemalan island? And how do they relate to an ancient Mayan queen? The bones, along with other remains, are a gift for Elizabeth. But soon the giver reveals his true nature. An enraged colleague then questions Elizabeth’s family history. Elizabeth seeks DNA evidence to put all skeletons to rest. A pregnant enemy, a crystal skull, a New York foodie, and an intruder in Elizabeth’s phrenic library variously aid or interrupt Elizabeth’s attempts to solve mysteries both ancient and personal.







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Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Book Review: Hidden Pearl by JE Laufer

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My thoughts about Hidden Pearl by JE Laufer

Disclosure: I got sent a free copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley.



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Hidden Pearl is an unforgettable true story about a "hidden child" and her family during WW2. It was the most desperate of times when people were facing many dangers on a daily basis. This story is about courage, hope and resilience. Perfect for YA or Adult. Award-winning author J.E. Laufer of "Choices - The True Story of One Family's Daring Escape to Freedom"







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Monday, 3 February 2020

Blog Audit Challenge 2020: February Challenges


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Blog Audit Challenge 2020


Welcome back for the second month of challenges for the Blog Audit Challenge 2020!

I hope you did well with the January challenges, and linked up your progress reports in the January Link Up

Each month we'll concentrate on a different area of our blogs.

The Challenges:


January- Plan of action
February- Information pages
March- The trimmings
April- Design
May- SEO
June- Links
July- Quality content
August- Content gaps
September- Developing readership
October- Get social
November- Press and collaborations
December- Know your stats

Monthly link ups

In order to keep us all on track, and give us a way to see each others progress, I'll be hosting link ups on the first Saturday of every month where participants can share their links and discuss their progress. 


#BlogAuditChallenge2020

February Challenges


Our focus for February is on information pages. Did you know that About pages are statistically one of the most viewed pages on any website?

The February challenges will make sure our About pages shine, and make sure our blogs have all the right legal disclaimers. We'll also be working on our resource pages to make sure we're leveraging them to their full potential. 

The February challenges:


1. About page

An About page, like any other page on your website, should be optimized to drive engagement, enhance your brand, and increase conversions.

Your About page should be as much about the reader as it is about you. Along the way the reader should be getting value. My About page isn't bad but it could be better. I'm definitely going to be looking into ways I can make it more valuable for my readers. 

Work on your About page, making sure it offers value to the reader and includes at least one Call To Action (CTA). 

2. Legal disclaimers

It's important to make sure your blog contains all relevant legal disclaimers, and your personal policies. You can see my legal disclaimers page here

I'll be doing some research to make sure my legal information is up to date.

Make sure your blog has an up to date legal disclaimers page. 

Not sure how to write a legal disclaimer? Check out this blog post at https://raelyntan.com/write-blog-disclaimer/, or this one at https://thesavvycouple.com/blogging-laws/ for some pointers.

3. Resources

Having a page for resources on your blog can be a great way to get readers coming back again and again. 

I definitely need to work on updating my resources page. Outdated materials need to be removed, the overall presentation and organisation needs to be improved, and it needs to have a clearer purpose. 

Remember: Every page on your website "should be optimized to drive engagement, enhance your brand, and increase conversions". That includes your resources page.

How does your resources page enhance your brand? Is it optimized to drive engagement? What do you hope to achieve with your resources page? How can you improve it to help you reach those goals?


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Free downloads: You can grab copies of all the extra materials for the Blog Audit Challenge 2020 for free here


Save the Date!

The monthly link up post for sharing your February progress will be on 28th February. The March challenges will be posted on 2nd March. 


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Saturday, 1 February 2020

Blog Audit Challenge 2020: January Link Up


Blog Audit Challenge 2020

As I mentioned in the sign up post for this challenge, I'll be hosting monthly link ups in order to keep us all on track, and give us a way to see each others progress. On the first Saturday of every month participants can share their links and discuss their progress. 

#BlogAuditChallenge2020

January Link Up


How did you do with the January challenges? What was the hardest part of the challenge? What are your thoughts about the Blog Audit Challenge so far? Create a blog post sharing your progress and link it up below so we can all visit and support each other in our mission for blog awesomeness. 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
Blog Audit Challenge 2020: January Link Up #BlogAuditChallenge2020

Save the date!

Check back on 3rd February for the February challenges. 


You might also like: 60 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers

Want to chat about the challenge? Have questions about the challenge? Need help? Want to share your blogging successes or failures from this month? Join the discussion in the comments section of this post. 

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