8 Blog Tips and 2 Tools for Faster Audience Growth
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.
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Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+
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