It’s a beautiful Monday morning and I have something very exciting for you! I’m sure you can guess by the title, but what’s really important is the actual content. As a blogger, the most important thing to do is to gain a readership. Even if you have the most exciting blog post in the world. It wouldn’t matter if nobody is going to read it. Fortunately for you, I have 35 tips to improve your blog right now.
By applying my 35 tips to improve your blog, you are going to boost your blog’s traffic, build an empire of loyal readers and transform your blog into a sustainable online business for many years to come. In this article, I will go over all 35 tips and if you’ve done some already, then you are way ahead of the game. Without further ado, let’s dive right into it!
35 Juicy Tips To Improve Your Blog Right Now
Tip #1. Install and Activate Yoast SEO Plugin: One of the most profitable traffic a blogger can get is from the search engines. Do you remember doing a search on Google? Well, if you can get your blog and your blog posts on the search engines. You are going to do very well. Install, Yoast SEO plugin and follow the instructions to get your blog SEO-ready.
Tip #2. Write Consistently: Like biking, the more you do it, the better you become. Writing consistently also keeps you accountable for yourself. Personally, I blog every single day, so I make sure myself is accountable for it. Over time, your readers will also notice your publishing frequency. If you stop blogging out of the ordinary, your readers will start to wonder what is happening to your blog.
Tip #3. Write Captivating Headlines: Here’s a fact for you… if your headline sucks, nobody is going to read it. Do you remember reading the newspaper? They always use compelling headlines because they know their readers wouldn’t bother reading if it sucks. Here’s an example of both bad and good headlines:
- The Milk Tea Shop — BAD
- You Need To Check Out This Amazing Milk Tea Shop — GOOD
Tip #4. Add Pagination To Your Blog: Assuming you’re consistently publishing new content. Over time, your older blog posts will become almost impossible to find. Therefore, it’s ideal to add pagination to your blog. For example, I use page numbers to let my readers navigate through all of my blog posts including the really old ones.
Tip #5. Increase Your Site Speed: Google and other search engines measure site speed as a ranking factor. That’s because a slow website = poor user experience. Therefore, you should always try to increase your site speed. You can check your site speed by clicking here. Also, here are some tips to help you increase your site speed.
Tip #6. What Is Unique About Your Blog: If your blog is about how to get a six-pack, what separates you from every other how to get a six-pack blog? Instead, maybe you should be more specific such as how to get a six-pack with 3 easy daily routines?
In the end, what you want to do is to separate yourself from every other blogger. After all, you’re competing with thousands of others who share the same niche topic.
Tip #7. Use SEO-Friendly URL: The default WordPress URL is not very SEO-friendly, but they do offer you a way to make it SEO-friendly. Here’s an article I wrote on how to make your URL’s SEO-friendly in less than 30 seconds.
Tip #8. Write Concisely: Use facts to back up your articles and write fewer words that say much more.
Tip #9. Backup Your Blog Daily: If you host your website on my recommended platform. Your blogs are automatically backed up on a daily basis. If you’re not using my recommended platform, then I would double check with the live support of your hosting company to ensure that they are backing up your blog daily just in case something disastrous happens.
Tip #10. Write Faster: This will happen over time as you continue to produce content for your blog. Set up a timer for yourself, this will keep you accountable and eventually, you’ll be able to crank out a ton of content without even realizing it. Obviously, you should still edit your blog posts and ensure that they are quality content.
Tip #11. Clear Call to Action: Every blog post should have a clear call to action. As you can see in my blog posts, I always have some sort of call to action for my readers. My call to action usually leads to my next tip.
Tip #12. Build Your Email List: The call to action is mainly used to collect email addresses. Your email list is going to be your greatest asset because it allows you to reach out to current readers. However, make sure you deliver value otherwise people won’t open your emails or unsubscribes. Build your email list with AWeber!
Tip #13. Use Social Media The Right Way: The truth to the matter is, Social Media is a blessing and a curse. First, let me explain why it is a curse. Social Media is a major time sucker. Most people spend the majority of their time roaming the Social media world looking for something interesting to see or to read.
However, that also means it’s an opportunity for you to build a readership. Whenever you publish a new blog post, make sure you publicize it on Social Media! Use OnlyWire to automate or schedule your Social Tweets and Shares.
Tip #14. Take A Stand For What You Believe: If you believe something in your niche is important. Talk about it and create a discussion. This will really amplify your growth in readership, but make sure you really believe in the topic and use facts to back it up.
Tip #15. Write Your Own Meta Description For Blog Posts: Hopefully you have the Yoast SEO plugin installed by now. It allows you to write your own custom meta descriptions. The meta descriptions will be displayed on the search engines, so make sure it’s compelling for potential readers! Here’s an article I wrote on meta tags and descriptions.
Tip #16. Respond To Comments: Do you have a list of comments left unanswered? Well, that’s not only rude, but you’re missing out on another opportunity. First of all, comments are a great way to show engagement to both readers and search engines. The keywords in the comment section can also help you rank on search engines.
Tip #17. Format Your Blog Post To Make It More Readable: People won’t stick around if they need to try hard to read your blog posts. Use proper formatting to make it easier to read. Here’s an article I wrote on how to make your blog posts more readable.
Tip #18. Identify Your Audience: Before you even think about writing blog posts. You need to identify your audience. Use demographics in mind, so if you’re writing for everyone in the world. You might want to hire a translator to translate your content for people in certain countries. You see, not everybody can read English.
Tip #19. Redo Your About Page: Your about page gets the majority of your blog’s traffic. I’m sure most readers would like to know more about you before taking advice from you. That’s why it’s easier to sell to friends and family compared to a complete stranger. You can use my about page as an example!
Tip #20. Add A Search Bar To Your Blog: A search bar is very important because it allows a reader to search for something specific. For example, if you type “Wealthy Affiliate” in my search bar. You’ll get a result of topics that specifically talks about Wealthy Affiliate.
Tip #21. Respond To Your Emails: Most emails are now automated, so by responding to your emails. It proves to your readers that you are a real person and that you really care about their best interest.
Tip #22. Batch Your Work: Life is full of surprises. Maybe one day you just can’t find time to produce content. That’s why I batch my work, so I can distribute them throughout the week. For example, I publish at least 1 new blog post per day.
In order to deliver each and every time, I spend 2 days out of the week to produce an entire weeks worth of blog posts. Then, I can use the WordPress TimeStamp feature to automatically publish them throughout the week. This allows me to keep my blog going while I’m on vacation!
Tip #23. Offer Guest Posts: Search for top bloggers in your niche and ask if you can provide them with a blog post. It helps build your authority especially if it’s a link from a higher authority blog and sometimes it even directs traffic back to your own blog.
Tip #24. Make Sure You Have A Contact Page: You should always provide some sort of contact info on your blog. By providing your readers a contact form, you can gain valuable feedback and can potentially lead to business opportunities.
Tip #25. Gain Some Business Partners: I’m a part of a huge community of online entrepreneurs. It’s one of the bonuses for hosting your website in my recommended platform. Network with people in your niche and offer to share each other’s content. (:
Tip #26. Use Google Analytic: Google provides you with a tool of their own to monitor your website’s traffic as well as audience behavior. It’s a great way to see how your blog is doing and how you can improve it. Learn how to set up your Google Analytic with my step-by-step tutorial.
Tip #27. Remove Useless Plugins: At the beginning of your blogging adventure, you’ll find yourself installing and activating lots of plugins to try out. However, as you become better as a blogger, you’ll realize that you don’t need half of those plugins. Some are actually glitchy which slows your blog down. Check your plugins and see if there are ones that you don’t need and remove it.
Tip #28. Use A Premium Theme: If you’re using WordPress then you have many options when it comes to premium themes. Personally, I use the Genesis Framework paired with the Mai Lifestyle Pro child theme. Free themes are okay, but premium themes are designed better. The quality of your theme really impacts on user experience!
Tip #29. Survey Your Readers: You’re not writing for yourself otherwise your blog would be a personal diary. You’re writing for your readers, so it’s important to understand what they are looking for. Sometimes, I like to send out open-ended questions to my email list to gain feedback.
Tip #30. Add A Custom Favicon And Banner: Your Favicon is a small icon that gets displayed on mobile devices and your banner is basically your trademark. If you look at the apple logo, you’ll immediately associate it with Apple products. You can create your own favicon by clicking here and you can create your own banner by clicking here.
Tip #31. Split Test Your Opt-in Forms and Sales Pages: Test different opt-in forms and sales pages to see which one converts better.
Tip #32. Offer Free Help: It’s not always about the money. It’s about helping people solve a problem. That’s why I recommend all bloggers to build their email list and to create a lead magnet to capture emails. Your lead magnet can be a free eBook or free consulting services.
Tip #33. Plan A Publish Schedule: Because you make money online, you’re going to have readers from a different timezone. It’s important to figure out when most of your readers are active. That way, you can publish your articles at that exact time. For example, most of my readers are active at around 5:00 PM Pacific timezone. That’s usually when I publish my blog posts.
Tip #34. Delete Unresponsive Subscribers: Your email list can be quite expensive especially if it’s at a decent size. Unfortunately, we do get email subscribers who never look at their emails, so it’s best to just remove them to save some money. The money you save can be reinvested in other parts of your blog.
Tip #35. Use A Timer: I usually give myself 2 hours per blog posts to ensure that I am focused and on task. You can use your smartphone or install a timer on your web browser to keep track of time.
So there you go, 35 tips to help improve your blog today! Here’s a word of advice, take it easy and use this article as a checklist. Don’t overdo it by trying to complete everything at once. Once you finish with tip #1, move on to tip #2. If you try to do everything at once, you’re going to be overwhelmed.
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