Blog Improvement Ideas
12 Easy To Implement Concepts
Use a well designed graphically pleasing Blog Theme
There are many places to find a great Blog Theme or be willing to spend a small bit of money to have one designed or an existing theme customized for you.
Link to Your Other Posts and Pages
Blog Post to Post Linking and Blog Post to Page linking is good for your Link Network (Blog SEO and Website SEO) and makes it easier for your readers to get to other relevant materials.
If you do cross link post and pages then you may want to download a free piece of software to check your links. Broken links are not good and hurt your SEO. I use link checking software called Xenu Link Sleuth.
Use at least one interesting Graphic in each Post
Spending a bit if time to create a graphic that meshes with the message of your blog post is worth the time and attention. It makes your blog more attractive and interesting and your readers will enjoy the added impact of a well thought out graphic.
If you’re someone who can produce graphics, take photos, illustrate or even just create funny doodles in MS Paint, you should leverage that talent on your blog.
Search Engine Optimize Each Post
Set up the Title Tag, Description Tag andMetatags for each post. I also optimize the image file names and alt text. I work to get a respectable keyword phrase density but I do not obsess over this. I also try to work important phrases into the H1 and H2 tags. If you make it easier for the search engines to find your post then you will be rewarded with more blog traffic.
Put a Link To Your Blog in Your E-Mail Signature
This is so simple to do – just do it!
Every Now and Then Survey Your Readers
This is a nice engagement tool. People often will be very interested in taking the survey if the survey results are then displayed to them once they take the survey. You will gain special insights as well.
Install Analytics and Use It
Use analytics to see which posts are the most popular. Use this information to give your readers more of what they like.
Also, track what matters. If you want readers to click on a link then track this. If you want them to order a product or download something then track this. Casey Henry’s post on Google Analytics’ Event Tracking will provide a thorough walkthrough.
Publish “The Best Of” Lists with Your Comment or Reviews
People love the “Best Of . . .” Lists and you will have fun doing the research. You will gain some great information by doing this research and become more of an expert in the process.
Anywhere You Have a Profile Set Up a Link to Your Blog
- Bio Pages
Be Consistent & Don’t Give Up – Get Better!
Many people that start blogging give up too early. They make statement such as “I tried blogging for a couple of months and nothing happened so I stopped.” They may not have waited long enough and may not have blogged well enough to see good results. Don’t give up – get better!
Write more. SEO your Blog, Include great graphics and conduct research and write on what people are interested in. Conduct keyword research on your blog topics to help you to understand this.
Think of Ways to Engage
Always think about how you can engage your audience. I discussed surveys or polls above but you can give something away as a free download. Make people aware of the content on your Free Articles page. If you offer a demo then blog about this. Run a contest or an event. Set up some worthy video content. Ask for feedback or ask your readers what they would like to see. This can be a poll as well.