Seems like I am one of those people that often go by “Do what I say, not what I do”. but I do learn from the things I’ve done wrong
So in an attempt to prevent you from making the same mistake, let me try and streamline your blogging education a bit with a few useful tips you can implement right away.
First thing I want to say it – stop reading blog after blog after blog and never doing anything! To improve your own blog you have to work on it, not spend hours on reading other people’s blogs.
Pick 5 to 10 blogs and read those for a certain amount of time every few days. Don’t subscribe to 50 or 100 blogs because not only will you be stressed because you can’t find time to read them all but you will waste crazy amounts of time, with no positive results on your own blog.
So here is what you need to start doing today to make your blog better!
Learn about the heart of your blog
Your blog is running on WordPress, Blogger, what ever and you have no clue how to use it!? The most important thing is to know what you are working with.
There are so many options in WordPress for example, that if you are not using it to its full potential, you are missing on some amazing possibilities. Do you know that your blog can be a forum, a store or a social site, while still working with WordPress? That you can have amazing galleries in your posts? Auto-rotating ads?
Know your blog’s heart and use it. Read all WordPress documentation, learn all the basics of WordPress and find one or two blogs that focus only on ways to get the most from WP and learn as much as you can!
Make a bucket list for your blog
Are you randomly posting or you have a goal for your blog? Make a bucket list for your blog and what you hope to achieve with it.
Do you want to make money from it? Promote your business? Become an expert in your industry? What ever it is, make a list, make it actionable and do-able and start working towards checking off things on it.
Try to be specific though. Don’t just say “I want 1 million readers a month”. Go for “I want 100,000 subscribers by the end of the year” and “30,000 visitors a day in 2014″ and then work towards it.
Ask for other people’s opinion
You know how every mom thinks their baby is the most beautiful in the world… even though we know it isn’t Well, most of us feel the same about our blogs. We think they are amazing. We think our writing is no worse than posts published on Copyblogger…
Well, I hate to break it to you but that isn’t true. Yeah, I break it to myself as well, and then I sit in a corner of a dark room for 3 days trying to live through that piece of information, lol.
Pick 5 posts you think are your best work and ask a few friends to critique them. Make sure your friends aren’t totally new to the topic but make them promise to be honest. Or don’t even tell them it is your work they are critiquing.
And don’t get upset if you get a bad feedback, it is a good thing because you will learn what you can improve!
Make your blog and knowledge a “T”
No matter what niche you are in, don’t make your blog topic too wide and shallow. Like letter T. A lot of blogs will have the width (the horizontal line in T) but not the depth of knowledge on the topic.
You should try and focus a bit with your writing as well and get more in depth knowledge about a certain aspect of your niche.
So if you had a blog about flowers, instead of writing a bit about every flower, never covering all information, it would be much better for your bottom line to learn all you can about roses and focus on that. Or even go deeper than that, like how to grow the nicest smelling red rose varieties.
So… are you in?
Can you unsubscribe from all the blogs you waste time on, pick only a few of the best and start learning the things listed here? Leave me a comment so I know you are in