Blogging isn’t so much about writing blog posts as juggling dozens of little odds and ends, all of them important, all of them demanding your attention, and all of them requiring you to learn something.
And it’s easy to drop the ball, so to speak, or even all of them. Not because you want to neglect anything, but because it’s too much to keep track of.
What you really need is a checklist of sorts – an itemized breakdown of everything you need to do to transform your blog and dazzle your readers. That way, you can stop trying to handle everything all at once and just go through it one step at a time.
So, that’s what We created for you. Here are 25 things you need to do.
1. Move to self-hosted WordPress,
if you haven’t already. Yes, you can build a popular blog on WordPress.com or Blogger.com, but there are lots of reasons to move your blog to your own host, including having more control and looking more professional.
2. Set up Akismet.
It’s a plug-in that helps you eliminate comment spam. Most hosts include it by default, but you still need to set it up and get it going.
3. Schedule regular backups.
You never know when your blog might get hacked, and the best defense is scheduling regular backups using a plug-in.
4. Create an ideal reader profile.
If you know who your target audience is and write every post with them in mind, your results will improve significantly!
Improving your blog’s usability
5. Showcase a clutter-free design.
Nothing sends your readers running faster than being greeted by a cluttered, tacky or spammy feel. Make a great first impression by with a stunning, clean and professional design and improve your website trust factor instantaneously.
6. Link to the archives.
We would all like to believe our readers browse through the archives of our blog, but the reality is, they don’t. You need to remind them. In every new post, try to link to at least three or four old posts, sending your readers back in time to read your best work.
Integrating Social Media
7. Display social share buttons.
Again… If you don’t make it simple for people to recommend or share your work, chances are absolutely zero that they’ll do so.
About your content…
8. Maintain an idea file.
Always be on the lookout for new ideas for getting inspired to write. And have someplace where you can easily record them to refer back to later. Use Evernote as an online catch-all for writing ideas.
9. Hone in your headline writing skills.
You need to make your audience curious, and you always need to spell out the benefit of them reading the post. Make prospective readers and subscribers think: I have to read that, right now!
10. Make your writing screen-friendly.
Take a step back and see how your writing looks — visually. Pretty it up by adding sub-headings, bulleted points, numbered lists, images and lots of white space.
11. SEO friendly content.
Write for humans first, and they’ll make sure that your content ranks well for search engines. Win win.
Forming strong connections
12. Follow blogs in your niche.
Your blog is not an island. You can’t do it alone. You have to find your tribe and become a part of it. Find your people or remain invisible.
13. Comment on other bloggers’ posts.
Be strategic about it. Be smart. Know what you want to gain from your efforts. If you said traffic only, you’re in the doghouse. Quality connections are just as important.
14. Reach out to A-list bloggers via email.
Keep it short and tell them why you appreciate their work. Ask how you can help them (not the other way around).
15. Follow them on social media.
16. Link to them.
17. Interview them.
Ask them to answer a few questions on a topic they’re passionate about. When they’re committed advocates for some cause, it’s hard for them to say no.
18. Ask for a guest post
. Only after you’ve developed a meaningful connection with them and know their blog and audience intimately, pitch them a great idea. But be sure to do your homework first.
19. Ask them to share a post published on your own blog.
Only after your guest post has done really well, or you have guest posted multiple times. Only when your post is your best work, and will really resonate with their audience. There aren’t any exceptions.
Developing a success mindset
20. Find mentors.
Even the self-appointed ones who have no clue that they’ve taken this role work fine.
21. Invest in your online business education.
Coaching, classes, courses, training, events, ebooks — whatever works for you. Keep doing it.
22. Shift strategies — evolve.
It’s OK to change things as you grow. Your blog isn’t static. It’s constantly evolving, just like you are.
23. Be persistent — and consistent.
You don’t have a choice.
24. Celebrate your wins.
A few Facebook likes. A couple of retweets. A comment here and there. A guest post invitation by a popular blogger. 70 email subscribers in a day. Orders pouring in. Being completely booked out… You get the drift. Celebrate your positive moments to keep yourself motivated.
25. Thank your advocates and fans.
You’re here today because of them. Don’t forget that.