Basic Blog Tips: 20 Tips to Help You Succeed

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  1. Do Some Guest Blogging: Even if you think it’s a waste of time it’s always an ego boost to see your name up in lights on someone else’s blog. And when the comments start rolling in – along with the additional traffic – you’ll feel more confident and willing to take risks.
  2. Form a New Good Habit Each Month: Focus on Facebook this month, Twitter the next, followed by guest blogging or blog commenting, and so on. Experts say it only takes 21 days to develop a new habit. By focusing on one main goal for an entire month it’ll soon become routine.
  3. Break a New Bad Habit Each Month: Those same experts say it only takes 21 days to break a bad habit. Stop checking your email 10 times a day this month. Next month, log out of Skype until the end of the day. The month after, turn off your cell phone.
  4. Network With Other Bloggers: Networking is the new buzzword. Bloggers are learning that working as a group to promote each other’s content is much better than trying to go it alone.
  5. Form Partnerships: Look within your network and find ways that you and another blogger can work together to make some additional money. One of you could write an ebook and the other could provide the formatting and promotion. One of you could provide the content and the other could build the blogs and you could go into the site flipping business.
  6. Focus On Your Titles: You only have a few seconds to get the visitor’s attention. Learn to write attention-grabbing headlines.
  7. Create Linkbait: Instead of your normal one-hour blog post, spend a few days creating linkbait content, content that’s so remarkable and emotionally charged that people are forced to link out to it and share it with their friends.
  8. Learn Something New About Your Niche: If you’re always blogging about the same old thing, eventually your readers are going to learn everything you know. And what’s the sense in continuing to read your blog? Learn something new about your niche to keep your readers engaged and attract more traffic.
  9. Carve Out Time For That Project: Quit putting off that ebook because you don’t have the time to do it up right. Make time. Put it on your calendar and get started now. You know it’s only going to help your business if you do.
  10. Stop Worrying About Money: I know. It’s sometimes easier said than done. But stop worrying about monetizing your blog. Get the traffic first and then find out what they’re looking for.
  11. Claim Your Content: Do you have a Google + author account? If not, set one up. And then link out to all of your online content. This helps improve your authority with Google and improves your visibility in searches.
  12. Stop Checking Your Stats: Stats don’t really change that much from hour to hour so quit wasting your time. Set aside a block of time once a week and look for specific performance indicators that you want to improve.
  13. Set Up A Schedule: If you’re at your best first thing in the morning then write your blog posts at the same time every morning. Put it on your calendar and make it a priority.
  14. Create An Editorial Calendar: Plan out your content a week or a month at a time, then you’ll always know what to write about when you sit down at your computer.
  15. Edit, Edit, Edit: Promise yourself you’ll never publish another blog post without editing it, previewing it, and editing it again. You owe it to your readers.
  16. Keep An Idea Journal: Always have a small notebook handy for those ideas that come out of nowhere. No matter what you think, you will NOT remember them later.
  17. Learn Something New About Blogging: Learn more about how a blog works. What is a data base? What is a cache? How do you change the background? What’s the best way to protect against hackers? Even if you don’t need the information now, you might in the future.
  18. Target Your Audience: No conversions? You’re probably not targeting an audience. Get back to your keyword research and use your analytics to see why people are really coming to your blog.
  19. Clean Up Navigation: It’s great that you’re providing links throughout your articles but if your pages are a confusing jumble of blue they’re just too confusing. Clean up links, and organize your navigation so readers can easily find whatever they’re looking for.
  20. Strengthen Your Internal Linking Structure: You’re blogging in one niche so everything on your blog should be relevant. Always link to at least one other relevant blog post to provide more detailed information and keep readers on your blog. If you can’t, then you need to write something.

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  1. Steve

    Some good points here.
    1. Guest Blogging is never a waste of time, 1 it gets your name out there, 2 its another link back to your site. 3. Its an ego boost :)

    Good blog.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Steve!

  2. Dawn Abraham

    Great tips love the break a habit that doesn’t work. I know that the people I coach in my master mind groups are always looking to create new habits but breaking one that is just as important. I love that so much I am going to add that into my in-home be your own boss program. XOXO Love your blogs!!!

    1. Thank you Dawn! People do not realize that they can really harm their productivity by keeping bad habits… It’s definitely not just about creating good new habits. You have to learn to let go of things that do not work.

  3. Jacob Curtis

    I recently started guest blogging and I couldn’t agree more about the benefits I gain from it. One of my articles continues to receive comments and generates traffic to my own blog and it’s been over a month since it was published!

    Seeing a new comment instantly puts me in a good mood!

    1. Interaction with readers is so rewarding… Congratulations on your guest blogging success Jacob!

  4. B. Allan Ross

    Thanks for all the tips. Can’t imagine how many hours of your blogging this information represents. I’ll try and let you have made some of my mistakes for me and learn from your experiences by following your ’20 Blog Tips’. Not looking to monetize, just advocate, etc., but I’m not writing (entirely) because I have to write, either, I do want it read! #17 kicking my butt right now.

  5. Wayne Cochran

    Great post, a few of these I am already doing, a few I need to get on, and some I’ve contemplated but not taken action yet. This is a great motivator and validator of the actions I have already taken.

    1. I’m glad to hear that Wayne! Keep me posted on your progress.

  6. Mari

    This might be the first “tip” list I’ve read in which all 20 tips were relevant, useful, and easy to implement. I was already familiar with some (Edit!), but reminders are appreciated. Based on this blog, I created an editorial calendar for my blogs. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner, especially since I have a publishing background. Thanks for the blog!

    1. Thanks for the kind words Mari. This blog wouldn’t exist without the editorial calendar… I publish so much content that I would certainly lose track in a matter of days.

  7. Marie Leslie

    These are great tips. Some I am great at, others not so much, but they are all good reminders–and as Mari said, actually all relevant. Your blog is full of great information.

    1. Hey Marie, just try to improve a little on the ones you are not so good at :)

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