Ready to grow your blog in 2017? Whether your blog is popular or you are just a beginner, there is always some room for improvement, and 2017 is a year for improvement. Sometimes, it feels like there’s so much to do on your blog it’s hard to know what to focus on. Whether it’s wanting more page views or wanting to make more money, it’s always something.
Try these easy tried-and-true tips to help grow your blog like never before:
1) Fix Pixelated Images:
Computers tend to resize an image in order to “upgrade” the picture’s resolution. Hence, the pixels of an image change. Also, the pixel size may get slightly tweaked according to the dimensions of your blog page. Well, make use of the various photo editors available. If you have a WordPress setup, there are many blogging tools for images and plugins to help you.
And if you find that irksome, stick to Microsoft Paint and Adobe Photoshop. But make sure you always check the pixel-scale of an image before you publish it.
The simplest way to do that is to right-click on the image and check in Google images. Google will give you the dimensions of the picture. Image sharpening also helps to a large extent.
2) Make sure your blog is set up the right way
There is tons of traffic out there and lots of money to be made from blogging. You just have to get your blog in front of the right people. But there is no point in doing that if your blog isn’t ready. All the other tips are going to magnify your blog and promote it. So, if you don’t have it set up properly, all the effort in the next steps will just make it fail faster.
3) Spend time organizing your blog
Your blog should be so easy to use and visually appealing that readers are stuck on it longer than they ever intended. The easier your blog is to use, the longer people will stay on it.
4) Optimize your SEO
Take steps to optimize your site and blog posts for search engine optimization. SEO increases your traffic from search engines (Google). If you want to increase traffic to your site, you need to learn SEO. It’s too important to avoid. SEO improvements can help people find your blog, which is what you need to help grow your blog.
5) Make Your Blog Understand Your Readers
Keep an eye on the visitor count, and measure the effectiveness of every blog post. Keep a record of your growth. Check the number of views of your blogs. Try to understand what is popular on your blog and why it’s popular.
Communication with your readers is important. Make use of social media. Be prompt and precise in your replies to comments.
6) Keep Your Site Secure
This is something most bloggers around the world ignore. But bloggers need to understand that a single data breach can do enormous amounts of irreversible damage. Non-secure plugins can lead hackers into a surplus of valuable information about you and your blog I.e social media. It is not uncommon for hackers to tamper with the data on blogs. Hence, it is mandatory to take timely backups of your website.
7) Plan For Success
Not everyone is a natural planner, but having a plan alleviates so much stress. Think about your blog categories. Brainstorm blog post topics based on these themes.
8) Never ignore social media.
social media is a source of income for a lot of bloggers, so never ignore. Whether you are a fashion blogger or a food blogger, a car fanatic or a wise head, you cannot deny the fact that social media is a game changer. Currently, Facebook is a hub for more than 20 million small businesses across the world. And the count is quite similar for other mediums and platforms. Give each of them a try, understand what works for you, and you will realize that social media can do wonders for you.
9) Guest Blog
One of the fastest ways to grow your blog is by writing for other people’s blogs; in other words, you can look for a blog that is much bigger than yours and write an article for that blog. You’ll be allowed to have a bio that includes a link to your site in your guest post. This can result in a lot of traffic for you.
10) Comment on Other Blogs
The right comment on a highly authoritative blog can send you lots of traffic, identify the top blogs in your niche and start interacting and commenting on blogs on a regular basis. This will get the blogger and members of his community to notice you and visit your blog, leading to more traffic for you; you might even get a link or invitation to guest blog out of it.
There are currently many handy blogging tools and plugins that can help you achieve your blogging objectives.