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8 Ways To Make Your Blog Better

As bloggers, we all want to make our online homes the best they can be. We want to make sure the content appeals to our visitors, that the design is attractive and the functionality is top notch. It’s easy to overlook things when we get so wrapped up in creating and tweaking elements so that they work well for us, but often times we forget about those new visitors.

Keep your visitor’s experience in mind

A lot of new bloggers make the mistake of creating a blog that only appeals to them. It can be tempting to develop an online space that really speaks to you individually, but it’s extremely important to sometimes put your visitor’s preferences above your own. Design wise, try to think of your blog as if you are a first time visitor who knows absolutely nothing about who you are. What links would you want to be prominent? Is everything easy to find? Your blog is like a virtual introduction to a stranger, so make sure it is a good one to keep them coming back!

Create a clutter free space

With an abundance of widgets and features available at your fingertips, a great layout can easily become cluttered with too much “stuff”. Before you add any additional gadgets, ask yourself if it will benefit your blog or your visitor’s experience in any way. If it won’t, forget about it!

Create a posting schedule

You don’t need to be posting new content every single day, especially if you are a solo blogger. In fact, you really should be following the 80/20 rule and creating content 20% of the time, while promoting it 80% of the time. Create your own posting schedule and decide when you will publish new content, whether it be once or twice a week, or at a certain time each day. Fill the vacant days with promotion strategies to get that content in front of more eyeballs.

Utilize great headlines

Your post titles and headlines are probably the most important piece of the blogging puzzle. They not only help greatly with SEO, but they also have the ability to attract more visitors depending on your wording. Experiment with long-tail keywords in your headlines and make sure they are relevant to the post. The visitor should know exactly what they are about to read before diving in.

Show your personality

A lot of bloggers make the mistake of trying to mimic other bloggers in the way they post and the tone they use. This tends to leave your writing a little less authentic and lacking in your own personality. Try to show what makes you unique through your writing style. This can take some time, as it’s sometimes tough to convey your personality through written words, but once you master it, it will come naturally.

Focus on certain topics

Not everyone needs to have a niche blog, but if you try to focus on certain topics, you’ll find that you’ll be attracting more people. It really comes down to what you want your blog to be about. From there, you can decide which areas you will cover frequently. In doing this, you’ll find that a lot of content ideas just might not make sense for your overall blog vibe and will be able to concentrate more on the topics that make your blog what it is.

Take time to learn

Sure, you could just sit back and publish posts every day, but taking the time to learn more about blogging and technical aspects in particular can go a long way! You’re already reading this article, so I assume that you are eager to learn more about blogging. If you ever come across a question, a glitch, or a feature you’d like to implement, take some time to actually research the answer instead of looking for an easy solution or relying on someone else for help. Hands on trial and error is one of the best ways to learn a new skill.

Create a to-do list

An ongoing list of actions to complete can help you stay on top of your blog. My brand new book, The Ultimate Blogger To-Do List takes the trouble out of coming up with tasks to improve your blog. It is filled with tips and actions just like these ones that will help you launch your blog to the next level, while improving your site’s functionality, design, and promotion techniques. It’s basically like a big sticky note full of reminders that you hadn’t even thought of yet. For more information, visit The Ultimate Blogger To-Do List page here!

The Ultimate Blogger To-Do List

8 Ways To Make Your Blog Better

  • That’s interesting educative article Dana. One question is many suggest to maintain a good blog to attract readers you need to post daily article. In your article it seems not necessary. Anyway thank you.

    • It is not necessary. Quality beats quantity any day 😉

  • Your blogging tips are always so helpful and interesting! Thank you!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  • Thanks for the tips! Focusing on a narrower range of topics is actually something I’m struggling with :s

    • I’m sure you’ll figure it out! Just decide what you want your blog to ultimately be about and go from there.

  • Renabelle

    Thanks for these tips! I recently set up my blog and your book Blog Wonderful has helped me so much!

  • I really enjoyed reading this post! It was super interesting and helpful for me to come up with specific actions to take back to my blog! Thank you!

  • Wildheartsea

    Thanks for the tips. I always trust your information and can’t wait to check out your blogging checklists!

  • This is such a helpful post for new bloggers like me!! Thank you so much 🙂

    Kathy xx

  • From Girl C

    I love your blog! It is always for new bloggers like me. Hope your blog gets more well known 🙂

    girl C

  • Great tips. Love the 80% – 20% rule 🙂

    Kisses from http://poshnessary.com ❤

  • The 80/20 rule is the most important because people won’t know that you have a blog unless you show it to them a.k.a promote.

    E R M A L | http://ermal2000.blogspot.com

  • Perfect list, and its all stuff that sounds full on but becomes second nature really quickly

  • Great set of tips. I had the issue of trying to focus on a niche, create a clean space, keep an audience in mind, all that jazz. My solution for controlling the urge to write only what appeals to me, put up whatever widgets I want, and deal with issues focusing on a niche was just to give myself permission to do ALL OF IT. Whatever I wanted. Whenever I wanted. BUT only on my personal blog. I have it as a space where I can do all of that and satisfy that part of me that wants to keep changing stuff and experimenting.

  • Really useful post!

    Kiran | http://www.alittlekiran.co.uk

  • Thank you so much for sharing these great tips!!! I will definitely try to stick to this advice 🙂
    Best Michaela

  • Thanks a lot, excellent tips, as usual !
    Diana | sonicesoap.com

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  • Danielle

    Hi Dana! I really love your blog. I really learned a lot with this post. I’ll definitely try those out. Also, hope you can visit my blog. 🙂 http://danielleflestado.blogspot.com/

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  • Thanks, really helpful… Great Ideas

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