8 Blog Tips and 2 Tools for Faster Audience Growth

October 25, 2013
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Fast blog audience growth or slow? Which do you prefer?

If you want your blog audience to take off quickly, here are some random blog tips and a few recommended gadgets to help your blog get a strong start.

If new bloggers incorporate these practices into their daily routine, they will eventually become habits that you don’t even think about–you just do them automatically.

The sooner you start practicing these blog maintenance tips, the quicker your blog will explode in subscribers and sales.

Let’s get started…

1. Back Up Your Blog

You will always want to back up your blog before you post articles, install plugins, or try out a new theme. Be sure to constantly back up your blog so any changes you make are updated

WP-Twin is a plugin I like to use for backing up my blog. It has my blog’s back.

2. Detect Broken Links

You can count on a link to break now and then. That’s why you want to detect them before your readers click them and get annoyed. Broken links can cause you to lose money faster than a rude service rep.

Broken Link Checker is a fabulous tool you can use to help you fix links before people click them. You get an automatic email whenever it finds a broken link.

3. Install Plugs and Themes

We’re going to talk a lot here in this article and in this blog about using plugins and themes. WordPress blog users need to be prepared to use some of these to help your blog succeed. Installing and uninstalling will become a regular part of your life as a blogger. If you’ve been blogging a while, then you already know this. But new bloggers may not realize just how important and helpful plugins are.

The best way to approach this is to learn how to install and uninstall on your own. But if you absolutely cannot do this yourself, consider paying someone to help you. The early money investment can pay off handsomely for you later on.

4. Unused Plugs Should be Removed

Like we just talked about–if you own plugins, themes or other gadgets that don’t get used, uninstall them pronto. Leaving them sitting around your dashboard will cause your blog speed to decrease. That’s a bad thing.

5. Prepare Your Blog Before You Go Live

Any serious blogger will give thought to the mission and purpose of their blog before actually starting. Much thought should go into the look and feel of your blog. Yes, this requires a little time and energy, but at least you won’t scare off early visitors with an ugly, confusing and headache-inducing blog.

6. Know Your Audience

Any blogger entering a niche market MUST know who their audience is, their needs, and their desires.

7. Invest Time in Research

Do your due diligence on everything you do. If you’re getting into a new niche, find out everything about it. Looking for a new product or service, Find out what it will do for you and your business. What ever you do, do a real thorough research.

8. Stay on Point

Good bloggers keep their articles tight. This means being mindful of keeping your content on track and not veering off into different tangents. When you have a point to make, keep it concise. A post should not have more than two narrative strands through it. By keeping your writing focused with a clear structure, you keep your reader’s attention.

9. Cut out the jargon

Whatever your blogging niche is, don’t make the mistake of using jargon that many of your readers won’t understand. If you blog on a complicated topic, like the war in Syria or healthcare, you want to write using words that will be understood by as many in your audience as possible.

10. Stay fresh and relevant

Have you ever visited a blog who’s most recent post was three years ago? We all have. Did you stay there long? Subscribe? Even if the blog covered a topic you are passionate about, if it doesn’t have current content, you will most likely leave that blog quickly and without taking any action.

This is why you want your own blog to be current with fresh content posted on a regular basis. That is how you present yourself to the world as an authority. A blog discussing the latest trends and news stories will be seen as relevant, and maintaining the creativity will attract new visitors.

You Can Do This

I hope you find this list of tips and tricks to be a helpful resource.

New bloggers need time to learn the ins and outs of successful blogging. So don’t feel any pressure to learn these techniques overnight. The best way to get good at blogging is to do these tricks consistently through actively posting new content and then studying the results.

You may feel apprehensive at first, but that’s okay. Fear can’t really stop you from getting started. Just start despite your feelings of fear. Do it afraid.

However, the speed of your learning is completely up to you. You can accelerate your progress by learning from other bloggers like me who have already made mistakes and are willing to share their knowledge.

That is what Build Your Own Blog is all about—providing wisdom and knowledge to rookie bloggers who want to grow an audience quickly.

There is a lot of information for you to grab here. That is why you should subscribe to Matt’s Free Tips so you won’t miss a lot of information.

 

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+

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  1. Kaboom Schneider says:    •   6 years

    You forgot to mention a locomotive crash photo is always a crowd pleaser… unless you were on that train. Can’t please everyone!

  2. Matthew Loomis says:    •   6 years Author

    Glad you liked the photo, Mr. Schneider! 🙂

  3. Barb says:    •   6 years

    The train wreck pic is me trying to design my home page from start to blog page…I don;t know where or how to place things from my control panel in order to build my first page.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   6 years Author

      Hi Barbara,

      Hopefully this will help you get your WordPress blog rolling: https://codex.wordpress.org/First_Steps_With_WordPress

      Let me know if you need anything else.

      Best,
      Matthew

  4. James Welsher says:    •   6 years

    Thank you for the tips, I love to learn, I’m very unfamiliar with blogging, but have heard the term several times. There’s more to it then I had anticipated, but each time I read you’re articles the fog seems to get a little more clear with each read, but I still have a ways to go. Thank you for taking the time to teach.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   6 years Author

      Hi James,

      Your encouraging words are greatly appreciated! Feedback like yours fires me up because I enjoy helping new bloggers.

      Come back often with any comments or questions you may have. I’ll be happy to talk blog shop with you. 🙂

  5. Judy says:    •   6 years

    I don’t think there is any other option than for me to “do it afraid,” but I feel that I’m not alone when I get these tips and tools in my inbox. Your tips remind me of how much I have yet to accomplish, but their valuable lessons prepare me to be a better–and more courageous–blogger. My goal is to teach and inspire my blog readers as much as you do yours. Thank you.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   6 years Author

      Excellent attitude, Judy. Do it afraid. Click that “Publish” button despite the butterflies in the stomach. I’m proud of you.

      And thank you for dropping by, Judy. People like you inspire me in return.
      Appreciate your kind words and I hope you’ll come back again along the way as you become more and more knowledgeable and courageous with your blogging.

  6. Larry Bullard says:    •   5 years

    I sold my business and do not have a new website. Do I need a website to start a blog? Is a website advised? Also my daughter is going to pose for pictures for my blog. Should I wait for her to pose for pictures before I start a blog? Also should I get releases signed?

  7. Rachael says:    •   5 years

    “Do it afraid.” I got chills just reading that, and frankly, it’s probably the best advice I’ve ever received! As a “newbie” when it comes to blogging, I’m quite fearful of judgment, how informative my posts will be, etc. With your help and inspiration, I’ve become less worried about the road to a quickly growing blog. Instead, I experiment and have some fun while doing it.

    Matt, your blog has completely changed my outlook on how to go about blogging! I’m very appreciative to have this as a resource, and better myself and my writing. I’m definitely going to keep taking your tips. Thank you!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      I’m happy to hear how my emails on fear have been helpful for you, Rachael. Thank you for the kind words. Email me a link to your blog sometime. I’d love to see it.

      Cheers,
      Matt

  8. Steve Witt says:    •   5 years

    My first blog went out today. I’m using Word Press. Is there a tutorial handy?

    The information in your article is very helpful! Thanx!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Hi Steve,

      Here’s a handy blog tutorial that coves a lot of ground with the basics on how to use WordPress. Includes lots of screenshots: https://www.buildyourownblog.net/blog/wordpress-blog-post/

      Let me know if you need anything else.

      Matt

  9. Steve Witt says:    •   5 years

    Matt,

    Thanx for your answer!

    Our blog was set up by our web guy. I’m just starting to use it. I’ve updated the plug-ins. Not sure if I should update 6 themes. By the way, I saw and went thru the “build your own blog” tutorial right after my message yesterday.

    I successfully sent my 2nd blog post today. I am building a key word list for art marketing. Any advice?

  10. zaborilenta says:    •   5 years

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