This post is a part of a 3 post series about improving your blog:
25 quick tasks to improve your blog TODAY
33 actionable steps for blog improvement in ONE WEEK
41 tips to significantly improve a blog THIS MONTH
Or just download all 3 posts in PDF form at
99 tasks for blog improvement.
There are 25 things you can do in less than 3 hours to improve your blog today and there are 33 more you can do in a week to make it even better.
If you did your homework, this is the time when you put some of those tasks to better use and add some more blog improvements in the next 7 days.
Search Engine Optimization
#1 Do keyword research for an old post of yours that is getting comments and has been shared around, but can’t seem to attract any search engine traffic. Optimize it for the keyword that will fit.
This whole process won’t mess it up, you don’t have to change the URL, just add the keyword in the description and sprinkle it throughout the post. Here is how to do the on page optimization for a WordPress post.
You registered for Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn last time. So it is time to put those social media accounts to use.
#2 Create a facebook fan page and write a post inviting your readers to like it.
#3 Use Twitter 3 times a day for 5 minutes (if you can do it more, it will be even better).
In those 5 minutes:
- tweet a post of yours,
- tweet a few posts from the blogs you are visiting (add a note to the tweet, something like “Just read this great post” or “I recommend this”),
- @ mention someone you think is doing a great job. Just write something like “@person, I read your last post about Google Analytics and I really learned a lot from it. Thanks!”.
- If you get a reply, make sure to add the person to a Twitter list you will keep up with.
#4 To appear more active join Triberr.com.
#5 Add Tweet old posts plugin. You will get all those great old posts in front of your new audience.
#6 On Google+, make a few comments a day on posts of active users whose blogs you read. Also, post something interesting from time to time and don’t forget, a post of your own! You can even feed your Google+ activity to Twitter.
#7 On LinkedIn, join a few groups that are in your niche and start commenting on threads over there.
This is all just a few minutes a day on each of these sites, to get your feet wet. The main goal here is to connect with new people and get noticed.
Important note: don’t spam anyone. Ever!
#8 Organize your google reader so you can keep up with the news in your niche and blogs you want to comment on.
#9 While at it, comment on 5 blogs every day. To make it easy on you and save you time on creating a list, here are 199 blogs you can comment on.
#10 Install Editorial calendar plugin on your blog and start planning your blog posts.
#11 Clean the navigation on your blog. Remove everything that is excessive in the header and move it to the sidebar or footer.
Leave the most important links in the header. I did it several weeks ago and I get more clicks on the pages I wanted the clicks on.
#14 Post a commenting policy on your blog to make sure you don’t get annoying “Why did you delete my comment” e-mails.
#16 If you have a health, fitness, pet or other similar topic blog (although this can be applied to any blog) post a disclaimer to make sure people know you are not a doctor, trainer, vet, etc.
Blog clean up
#17 Reply to all of the old comments you neglected in the previous months. Yes, it will take time, so you better start now. Do this after installing the Reply me plugin (#12).
#18 Delete ALL spam comments. If your blog is new and those are the only comments you have, delete them anyway!
Design and appearance
#19 Register for Fotolia and find some great images to make your blog look better. If you prefer using your own images in blog posts, you can still find a cool, professional image on Fotolia to turn into a logo.
Networking and blog promotion
#20-22 Register for blog communities like
#23 Share a few of your best posts on those three sites and vote on other bloggers’ posts.
#24 Write a guest post and submit it to a related but not competing blog.
#25 Read my traffic generation contest winning post about 50 traffic sources, find 5 traffic sources you will focus on in the next period and work on mastering them.
#26 Write a monster post. It can be a detailed solution to a common problem in your niche, a long list of tools needed for your niche or a pillar post on anything that is important to your readers.
No ideas? Here are some:
- travel blog – 50 companies that will give you frequent flyer miles without actually flying
- pet blog – 30 pet insurance companies that will insure your pet lizard for less than $10 a month
- food blog – 100 recipes for less than a $5 dinner
- fitness blog – 50 Youtube videos for a complete body workout
- writing blog – 30 magazines you can submit your work to and be published in less than a month
Time to track your efforts
#27 Start tracking your results. Register for Clicky (free), add the Clicky plugin for easy set up and start analyzing the visitors’ behavior on your blog. To show you how cool this tool is, see how I fix stuff in real time on this blog.
Since you are going to track your efforts with these two tools, it would be great to track some ROI and performance from the beginning. It will save you time on deciding what to ditch first.
#29 So make sure to set up goals and conversions in your Google Analytics. As always, I turn to Kristi Hines for detailed tutorials on cool stuff so here is the simplest way to do all that – Measuring Social Media ROI & Goal Conversions with Google Analytics 5.
#31 Write a short report or a solution to a problem in your niche and make it available for free to your newsletter subscribers.
#32 Review ads on your blog if you have them. If you have an ad in your sidebar and it is not making any money for weeks, remove it!
#33 Add affiliate disclosure to your blog if you have any affiliate links on your blog.
So, you have 33 here and 25 in the previous post, that is 58 tasks in total :) Not much for a serious blogger, right.
These 33 tasks will take some time to finish but you can see results in matter of days.
So how did you do with the first 25 tasks and how long do you think these will take?