Blogging is a great way to get your site known in the online world. Done on a regular basis, a blog will help drive traffic to your site. Honestly, this is not an easy task, especially if you are starting out from scratch, but following these often overlooked tips will help you attract visitors and keep them coming back for more.
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but how many of us do it anyway? Although your blog post doesn’t have a cover, it does have a title! Create a title that is eye-catching and peaks your visitor’s interest.
I could have picked a title such as “Make Your Blog Better with These Tips,” or “7 Tips for Your Blog,” but I chose, “7 Things You Can Do Today to Rock Your Blog in 2017.” Did that title catch your attention? I would have to say yes, especially since you are reading this post now.
Your reader is inundated with posts, tweets, emails, and all kids of other electronic media and because of this we have become a world of skimmers. Make sure that your title stands out and catches your reader’s eye. If you don’t, they will scroll on past your post and stop somewhere else.
Create a Posting Schedule
This may sound like a strange tip, but keeping your posts organized is a benefit to you and your reader. No one want to read (or write) the same stuff over and over. A posting schedule will help you organize your topics so you do not repeat yourself.
Try it, grab a planner and start planning your posts. If you are posting once a week schedule your posts two months in advance. If you are posting twice a week, try to schedule your posts 30 days in advance.
Extra tip: Use a highlighter to color code your topics. I use yellow for blogging, blue for social media, green for guest posts and red for other post ideas such as a Top 10 List.
Write, Write More, Repeat…
Ball players practice their sport every day. Whether it’s a pitcher, tennis player, or a bowler, they practice their sport. As a blogger and a writer, you should do the same. Write every day and set a goal of 300 words a day to start. As the goal gets easier, change the count to 400 words.
Writers write. If you are going to be a successful writer or blogger you should write every day.
Proofread Your Post
When you have finished your post and are happy with it. Set it aside. Do not hit the publish button yet.
Allowing your work to sit, will help you when you proofread your post. By getting away from your desk and doing something else, your mistakes will stand out when you reread your post.
Extra tip: Read your post aloud when you reread your post. This will help you to hear mistakes such as run-on sentences and grammar errors.
Use Social Media
Social media is a great place to advertise your new post. Do you have a following on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or one of the other social media platforms? Then use those sites to let your followers know about your new post.
If you do not have a social media account, sign up with Twitter and Facebook as a start. Once you have started to grow your following, branch out to Pinterest or one of the other social media platforms.
Extra tip: It’s all about being social, don’t forget to share the LOVE on social media.
Awesome WordPress Plug-Ins
WordPress is built for bloggers and is really the only site to use if you are a blogger. There are some great plug-ins and widgets that you can use for SEO and social media. Some of my favorites are:
- All in One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert
- WordPress SEO by Team Yoast
- WP LinkedIn by Claude Vedovini
- Twitter Widget Pro by Aaron D Campbell
- WordPress Popular Posts by Hector Cabrera
Extra tip: If springing for a WordPress site is not in the budget at the moment, you can always check out WordPress.com. There, you can create a website for free.
Guest Post on Other Sites
Guest posting on another site is a great way to reach a new audience. Run a quick Google search for “now accepting guest post” and see what comes up. Is there a blog in the list that you can possibly write for? If so, contact the owner to see if they are interested in your topic. And if they like your idea, then you are in luck, because a whole new audience has just been opened to you. Be sure to follow the guest post guidelines and ask to see if you can include an author bio.
The New Year is here and I hope it turns out to be a fantastic year for you and your blog. Create a killer blog this year by taking some time to develop eye-catching titles and an organized posting schedule. Proofread your work and use your social media to grow your following and don’t forget to spread some LOVE via social media. Open your blog up to a new group by writing a post for another website. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. I’ll answer them ASAP.
Extra tip: Be sure to follow me on Twitter for members only content.
Here’s to a New Year and I hope you ROCK IT in 2017!!!