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50 ways you're failing as a blogger...

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by meathead1234, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Guys (and girls),

    Sorry for the buzzfeed-like title :)

    My team and I put together a long list of things you can try on your blog (or any website) to get more traffic/make more money. Almost definitely something on the list you haven't tried. It's a really long post so if you want to read it in full it's here: http://feinternational.com/blog/50-things-every-blogger-do/

    If you are lazy and just want the list, I'm pasting the list below. I'd recommend reading the post if you want the full checklist (all free, don't worry) or aren't sure what something is. Here's the BHW version of the list for lazy people:

    Strategy

    1. Develop a mission statement for your blog to keep you on track.
    2. Survey your readers to find out what they want using Qualaroo.
    3. Research others in your niche to see where you can improve.
    4. Conduct a SWOT analysis of your blog.
    5. Search and pitch sponsors for your blog.
    6. Include affiliate links to products and services you recommend.

    Design

    7. View your site through a new readers eyes with free user testing by Peek.
    8. Declutter your blog pages. Avoid too many optins or banners.
    9. Employ colour psychology and stick to a colour scheme for your blog.
    10. Review the ads you have on your site. Could they be more effective?
    11. Use heat map software to see how users interact with your site.

    Developing Readership

    12. Email a new blog commenter.
    13. Email loyal readers to let them know they are appreciated.
    14. Consistently respond to comments. Check daily.

    Get Social

    15. Connect with others in your niche.
    16. Link to other blogs in your content.
    17. Contribute to relevant forums.
    18. Comment on other blogs.
    19. Make sure all your social media channels are set up. Interact with your audience on the
    channel of their choice, not yours.
    20. Attend meetups and masterminds.
    21. Use social bookmarking sites for your content.
    22. Attend conferences relevant to your niche.
    23. Use FollowerWonk to analyse your twitter following.

    Content Research

    24. Get off your blog and go outside. Observe your readership in person.
    25. Scope out new bloggers to see if you can incorporate and fresh ideas.
    26. Use the content generator by BrightVisible for ideas.
    27. Use Google Trends to research the history of search terms. You may find that some content
    is seasonal and should be published accordingly.
    28. Use Buzzsumo to find the most socially shared content on any topic.
    29. Use Google Public Data for backing up a post with statistics.
    30. Use Wordle to create word clouds for inspiration.

    Content Creation

    31. Cross link your own content. Both new posts to old and vice versa.
    32. Re-write and republish your introduction post.
    33. Make someone a celebrity on your blog e.g. convert a blog comment into a post.
    34. Create a content schedule and stick to it. 35. Bring back old posts by doing round ups or themed posts that link to archived content.
    36. Make important blog posts sticky.
    37. Use headlines and bold text to break up your text.
    38. Appeal to both advanced and beginner readers by linking out to more in-depth explanations
    if required.
    39. Make your posts easier to scan by using bullet points.
    40. Break up large pieces of text to make content easier to read.
    41. Test out guest writers to see how your audience respond to a different style.
    42. Hire a copywriter to produce content to allow you to catch up or if you're just stuck for
    inspiration.
    43. Check guest and copywriter content for anti-plagarism.

    SEO

    44. Invest time rather than money on your blog using free seo tools.
    45. Conduct an SEO audit using SEOptimer.
    46. Use Raven internet marketing tools for SEO and also content marketing and social media.
    47. Use a WordPress plugin like Yoast to do the heavy lifting
    48. Remove broken links using Broken Link Checker.

    Administration

    49. Know your statistics. Make sure Google Analytics is set up on your blog and you are also
    using tracking software such as SEMRush.
    50. Review your about page. Is it up to date and accurately describes you and your blog?
     
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  2. lord1027

    lord1027 Elite Member

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    I just read the short version, I must say there are quite a couple things I haven't tried yet and they seem to be very important :)
    I'll get to the longer version too, seems like a really helpful article. Cheers!
     
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    Wow, I missed 5 items in here and I am pretty well off as it is. Thanks Meathead.
     
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  4. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Yeah, only after the team helped me put this together did I realise how many things I don't do myself! Good to have a checklist to keep you accountable and also means you can never run out of things on your to do list!
     
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    Pretty comprehensive, you guys do something other than dodge rain drops and hit stiff 4 irons over there.
     
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    Nice post. Thanks!
     
  7. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Haven't hit a stiff 4 iron in a while, unfortunately! Need to get out the office onto the course...
     
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    Hopefully you and your team put up such quality content on a weekly basis so i can get to know via email :)
     
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    Thanks for the post Thomas very helpful, funny in Vegas I didn't know it was you meathead1234 at the restaurant at Caesar's (I was sitting in front of Ismael at the end of the table) until like I think the Sunday.
    I am starting a blog that has a potential of being HUGE in it's first 6 months to 1year so this will definitely help.
     
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    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    That's the plan! Will try to summarise the best bits for BHW, too, I'm planning on being more active this year here and with content in general :)
     
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    This is some realy usefull information i havent finished the full version yet , and my to do list kinda doubled looks like i have to move my lazy ass now :D Thanks meathead
     
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    There's a couple things I completely forgot about, but I think the most useful thing is all the website references, I probably would've never found out about some of them on my own :p

    Thanks for the time writing this out, very useful information :)
     
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    Thanks for your contribution. Its really helpful. Thanks Again...
     
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    This was awesome! I never saw a complete checklist for blogging like this. Would like to read more by you.
     
  15. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Indeed. I believe the unedited text was 7000 words so took quite a lot of time!
     
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    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    It's always strange having people come up to me saying "are you meathead?" - always regret the usernames I picked 6 years ago!
     
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    Such a solid information , thank you :cool: