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
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99 tasks for blog improvement.
Believe it or not, there are things you can do in matter of several hours to make your blog much better.
However, we get distracted and forget what was that little thing we were planning to do, that will bring new visitors to our blogs.
Here is a list that will remind you of all the important things you can do today, to make your blog and blogging better immediately.
#1 Register for Gravatar! Do it now! It is very annoying to see the mystery man on your blog especially if it is a person that comments all the time. Choose an image that will be easy to remember.
Don’t be one of the whining bloggers who “don’t comment on blogs with these systems out of principles”. Just do it and get it over with.
#9 Plan how you want to build “the brand of you and your blog”.
Just jot down a few words that describe you and the vision you have for your blog, like: “WordPress plugins know-it-all” or “Twitter sweetheart” and always work towards that goal.
#10 If you have a free blog, buy a domain name and hosting plan and move your blog to it today.
You don’t have money for that now? At least back up your whole blog, because if your free host decides to remove your blog today, would you want to lose all of your writing?
#11 Add links to your social profiles in your sidebar. Choose a set of icons, instead of making each icon have their own story.
#12 Add social proof to your sidebar.
I have both, the icons with links in the header and the social proof in the sidebar widget. If your numbers are pretty low, just use the links to profiles for now.
#13 Add social sharing and voting buttons to your blog. You can use plugins or add code to your blog.
#14 Start tweeting a few times a day. Share a post of yours few times a day (so all time zones see it).
If you are already active on Twitter, start sharing posts by other bloggers. Don’t forget to attach their handle (@ mention them) so they see when you tweet their post.
#15 Add the About me page to your blog. For best results (paraphrasing tip by Derek from SocialTriggers.com) this is how your About me page should look:
- what will your blog do for the visitors
- opt in form
- what qualifies you to run the blog and help people
- opt in form
- something about you
- opt in form
#16 Add the Contact page to your blog.
#17 Add the Most popular widget to sidebar to promote your best posts. Make sure they have at least 20 comments so they look somewhat popular. Or choose not to display comments until they are in the 50 and up range.
Search Engine Optimization
#18 Start doing that keyword research finally. Go to Google Adwords Keyword tool, if you don’t have any of the paid tools and do keyword research for the next post.
You don’t have to find the most profitable keyword in the world, but at least find one that looks interesting and has good numbers. Focus your whole next post around it.
#19 Add Google XML Sitemap plugin and submit your sitemap to Google Webmasters Tool.
#20 Start using 750words.com. It is a simple site where your goal is to write 750 words every day. You can win points and badges for that and your writing is private so it is a good motivator for writing, if you need one.
Networking and comments
#21 Add a Comment here invitation in a text widget to the sidebar. It is a trick I saw from Tristan H. and used it for months on my blog to attract more commenters. Although I don’t have the widget any more, I still try to return comments and RTs.
You can post something like this (of course, install these plugins if you post the same message):
- You should comment on my blog because I will reply to every comment.
- I will also come to your blog and leave a comment.
- I have ComLuv and KeywordLuv plugins installed.
- I have Top Commentators widget installed.
#22 Add GASP to your blog to prevent all bot comments.
#23 Visit 10 of your favorite blogs and leave a comment on them.
#25 While visiting those 10 favorite blogs (#23), write down how are they monetizing their blogging. (You will use this later for monetization plan).
The tips coming in next two posts are going to be more detailed and the stuff you will work on takes more time than this. Some of the tasks are related to these, so you might want to sit down and get this over with :)
I am estimating that you don’t need more than 3 hours to complete all 25 tasks. As a matter of fact you will probably need less than that.
Do these 25 things today and you will have a better blog. Don’t postpone it because I am bringing more tips during the week and I want you to catch up!
Please share the post! Also, tell me how many of these you haven’t done before? How many steps will it take you to transform this to-do list into a to-done list.