The blogging world is constantly evolving and changing. While some advice will stand the test of time, there are always a few things that change from year to year (or even month to month in some cases). I can’t guarantee these will be the last blogging tips I will share in 2013, but these are certainly at the top of my list right now.
Get More Pageviews with a Popular Posts Widget
I fell in love with the Top Posts & Pages widget from JetPack earlier this year. With very few exceptions, it can be found on most of my blogs. This snappy little widget will display a list of your most popular posts or pages that day based on your stats. You can choose the number to display and whether to show just a simple list, a list with thumbnails or an image grid. This can really boost your pageviews as the most popular, and likely most relevant at the moment, content is calling for a click-through.
Name Your Images Properly
Not only is the proper naming of images great for SEO purposes, it is becoming even more essential with the popularity of Pinterest. If you do not include a relevant title when uploading, Pinners are likely going to have “Image 001” or something similar displayed when sharing your image. That leaves it to them to tag it correctly. Make it easy on them and give those images a relevant title when adding them to your post.
Read Your Emails
I can’t tell you how many awesome offers I find in email newsletters, especially from affiliate managers. Just in the past two months I have taken advantage of guest posting opportunities for big brands, had them creating free content for me, received review products and been paid cash bonuses in addition to affiliate commissions for promoting sales. As an internet marketer, I am pretty confident that 75% of the people who received those same newsletters never opened them. We are all busy, but you can probably find a little time to scour your inbox for opportunities. Save them up during the week if necessary. Get up early Saturday morning and catch up over coffee.
Comparison Kills Blogs
Unless you know every specific detail of someone’s business, you have no basis for comparing your blog to theirs. There is so much emphasis on numbers online (how much money, how many followers, how many pageviews). It causes some people so much stress it is debilitating. STOP! You are doing yourself and your readers a huge disservice falling into that trap. If you are not being compensated properly for your time and investment, look to YOURSELF for answers. Don’t start looking to everyone else for excuses. And that’s what will happen. If I only had more pageviews…If I only had more followers…Wrong. If you only optimized what you currently have going is the answer to your problems. Seek out those who will help you up and provide guidance.
What blogging tips would you add?