The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to give your blog a boost.But, the resolutions listed in this article can actually be used anytime. Whenever you feel like it's time to take your blog to the next level by increasing traffic, creating a better reader experience, or any other improvement you want to make, take a look at this list for simple, implementable actions. These are changes in behavior, not just quick fixes and they will help your blog in the long term.
1. Increase How Often You Post
If you only post once a week, increase that to 3 times. If you already post everyday, try to post twice a day at least three times per week. Every additional blog post provides new content for existing readers to view and new entry points for search engines to help new visitors find your blog. Refer to our article on How To Blog in Twenty Minutes or Less, to help make your more frequent blogging easier.
2. Respond to More Comments
Comments make blogs interactive.This differentiates them from static websites. Try to respond to at least half of the comments you get. If you already respond to most of the comments left on your blog, try to respond to every comment left on your blog. Your blog is your community and you should engage your community.
3. Clean Up Your Sidebar
If your sidebar is cluttered with useless links, and images and information that aren't useful to your readers, you need to delete the unhelpful excess. Take some time throughout the year to check the contents of your sidebar ensuring it's fully optimized to provide value to your readers as well as the results you want. Do this every three months – mark it on you calendar as a task.
4. Learn Something New
If you want to grow your blog's audience, a great way to do that is to introduce something new to your blog. For example, if you haven't learned how to create a podcast or vlog before, learn how and add it to your blog. This also let’s your followers know that you are learning new talents and sharing it with them. Reading on a daily basis, helps to keep you inspired, we have several recommendations for you.
5. Use a New Promotion Method
If you want to grow your blog, then you have to take time to promote it. If you haven't been submitting your blog to social bookmarking sites, participating in social networking, using Twitter or another microblogging tool, commenting on other blogs, or participating in forums related to your blog, then you should start!
6. Network More
Networking is one of the keys to blog success. As you meet more bloggers, communicate with other people in the blogosphere, and become better known online, your blog will grow. Take some time to use the social networking and microblogging tools available to you to grow your blog organically.
7. Enhance Your Blog's Appearance
The visual appearance of your blog can have a big impact on whether or not visitors stay once they find it or return later. Take some time to evaluate your blog's appearance, and add enhancements or revisions to make your blog look better than ever.
We hope you found these Blog resolutions helpful, please feel free to share with others.
Until next time…
Scott and Heidi