Posts Tagged ‘improvement’


Worth Noting: Blog Improvement

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013


2013 is going to be the Year of the Blog, I can just tell. To set you in the right direction, take a look at what some of these fine bloggers have to say about improving your own.

5 Things to Remember Before You Hit Publish at Hey, it’s Justine

40 Ways to Get Your Blog Off On the Right Foot at Campfire Chic

6 Weeks to a Better Blog at Silly Grrl

Primp your Facebook at Her New Leaf

Should I Get Paid for That? at Home to Heather

Why Every Blogger Should Have a Media Kit at VMac & Cheese

10 Reasons to Blog Ahead at Going Home to Roost

Blueprint for the Perfect Blog Post at Business2Community

The Four Faces of Link Building at Shellshock.UK

58 Ways to get Noticed as a New Blogger at Blog World

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Blog Better: Six Week Challenge

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

I’ve been blogging for a long time (okay, a long time for me) but I’m pretty lazy about doing it regularly and even more lazy about networking, and thus, I don’t really get a lot of traffic.

Now, I’ve read probably hundreds of articles and posts about increasing traffic, visibility, SEO (search engine optimization), etc; but doing it is a completely different story.
Welp, I’m about to change that!

For the next six weeks, I’ve planned to do two things per week to improve my blog. From keywords, to backlinking, to commenting, to making new blog friends – they’re all fairly basic but they’re *supposed* to make a big impact. At the end, I’ll see if it worked by checking out my Google Analytics stats. Sound simple enough?
Good! Then I want you to join me!


Here’s how it will work:

  • I’ll post two challenges per week – one on Saturdays and one on Wednesdays.¬†There are some things I think that I already do pretty well; I’ll talk about those, too. There are lots of things I don’t do well at all, so I’ll be prioritizing them.
  • If you choose to participate, I’ll include a link to your blog here. Don’t worry, though, participation will be casual and no pressure; if you can’t do every challenge, don’t worry about it. :)
  • {Here’s the best part} At the very end, all participants will be put in a random drawing for a giveaway! I haven’t figured out what the giveaway will be for, yet, but don’t worry; I have great taste (wink) and I’ll think of something awesome!



Grab a button, and leave a comment if you’re in! We’ll re-assess on May 5th.

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Your First Assignment:

Install Google Analytics, and do it now! It usually takes about 24 hours for it to start recording traffic, so you’ll want to have it installed sooner than later. ¬†In order to see how far you’ve come, it’s important to look at where you were.

If you’re a WordPress user, like me, there are a few neat plug-ins that do the work for you. Google will provide you with a code (usually starts with UA- and has a long string of numbers) and you can just enter it into the plug-in. Depending on the theme you’re using, it might also provide a spot to enter it in the theme settings.

Regardless, Analytics provides pretty good instructions right on their site.

If you already keep track of your traffic, make a mental note of what kind of posts get most traffic and what you did differently on that day.

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s edition! Good luck!

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