When it comes to blogging, some tips and ideas are utilized more and the same tips are repeated and rehashed over and over by most bloggers. On the other hand, certain ideas for blog growth and monetization aren’t talked much, hence those tips goes un-used.
People will obviously use tips that they read, if the fellow bloggers, influencers and market leaders focus more on SEO and other common ideas then most new bloggers will be stuck with limited options to grow their blogs.
Here, in this article, we will discuss some of the under used blogging tips and how best we can used them to grow our blogs.
1. Change your webhost: Some web hosts limit the traffic to your website. That way when your site starts to get more traffic from organic search results, many of those visitors don’t see your site, they are somehow blocked. This is a nasty way for web hosts to make sure that their resources aren’t wasted by your site visitors.
While for the web host, it might be a genius idea, it is pretty disastrous for you. If you see web site traffic issues, your SEO efforts aren’t giving you enough results, it is best to change your website and try a new one.
2. Actively include social media CTA: When your audience sees good content, they want to share it with their friends and family. However, people are just too lazy to take an action. As a blogger you can motivate your audience by making it easy for them to share your content. As a start one can include social media sharing buttons. Include click-to-tweet bytes, Pinterest share option on images, social media follow buttons and links.
While writing your content, always ask people to share the content on various social sites. Actively link to social sites like LinkedIn etc. from within your article body so that people can click on the link and go to LinkedIn, Pinterest and even Facebook and share your content.
3. Collaborate: Joining hands with other bloggers can quickly speed up your blogging progress. However, this collaboration does not mean guest posts only. One can easily join multiple bloggers to create content, share the same on the social media, email it to their newsletter subscribers etc.
4. Create a Sitemap: Most people consider these tips as old fashioned and some of the new bloggers don’t even know what a site map is. Basically, a sitemap is the place where your entire site, every page of it, is linked so that one can navigate to any part of your website by clicking on the links mentioned in your sitemap.
But a site map is hardly used for navigation; it is an option mostly used by search engines to list your pages in the search engines as crawling a website is easy if everything is available on a single page.
5. Give life to Old Posts: Your older content is your asset and it needs to be treated properly. Edit your old blog posts and add the following, few Canva edited images of various sizes so that every social site can be leveraged, date changed to the latest and mentioned at the top as edited and revised article, internal links updated, new and fresh external links added etc.
There’s always so much that can be done to old posts to make them relevant for the current year. Even evergreen content needs to be updated with fresh ideas so that it stays relevant.
6. Include Stats: If you include statistics in your content then your claims will be a lot more authentic. People will question your content less if you have a stat that that backs up your claims. Other than that people just love the data and if you add some of those stats at the very top of your article, it will lower your bounce rate because people will start skimming your numbers and end up spending more time on your site.
7. Leave Perfection Behind: It is generally a bad idea and very unproductive practice if you start to focus too much on perfection. If you have written a piece of content and have proofread it a few times, even read it loudly for how it sounds and there’s nothing much to include now, then your post is good to go live. If you think too much on it, it will still stay more or less the same, the only difference it will create is that you will miss out of a deadline and your posting schedule will get affected.
8. Free services in exchange of Reviews: There are thousands of blogging services available on the internet and most of them are paid. However, every single of those services are looking for reviews and testimonials. If you are ready to provide that then reach out to those services and ask them to give you their premium plans for free so that you can test their service and write a review of it on your blog. Leverage the influence of your blog to earn you free stuff.
9. Use Trello for Planning: We have so many going in our heads but as most of it is undocumented, they vanish in time. Organize your content and marketing ideas by using sites like Trello where you can write down and plan plenty of things.
10. Create a Lead Magnet: This step is pretty common and yet most bloggers don’t utilize it. All you need to do is to compile a few of your blog posts and turn it into an eBook where your article title will become chapter names. Once your eBook is ready, give it for free to your readers and use it as a lead magnet so that people drop their email ids to gain access to your free eBook.
11. Speed up your loading time: At this time a fast loading website has a lot of benefits. Your audience will thank you for a fast loading website and the search engines will start to rank you better for your loading speeds.
It is always better to try out new things. If you have already tried the regular tips and they haven’t given enough value then keep looking for more actionable tips and start implementing them. Focus on one tip at a time and keep the rest in the bucket. Measure results from the tip that you are using and document it so that you can cover it in detail in your next blog post.