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Hey guys can you help me with some tips on how to improve my blog

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by cellarws, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. cellarws

    cellarws Newbie

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    Its nwbeerblogdotcom I talk about craft beer. I put adsense on there but hasn't made a penny has small readership but am committed to making it succeed if you all have any pointers.I try and be active on social but doesn't return much and have just recently getting more blog posts written about other general topics in beer. Thanks for your help and tips. Im all about criticism good bad or ugly. Cheers
     
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    Tags: You have way too many tags on each post. Tags, according to the Wordpress support page, are supposed to be more specific versions of categories that are meant to help users find more content related to the tag they clicked on. With that in mind, your posts should look more like this:
    • Category: Wine
    • Tag: Riesling

    Social Media Issues: Have you tried diagnosing the issue? Either you're not targeting the right audience, your posts simply aren't interesting enough to be shared, or there's some other issue (title, design, etcetera) putting people off from visiting your site, clicking your ads, or sharing your content. You need to go through your analytics data for both your website and your social media accounts to figure out what the issue is.

    Content: Maybe it's just me, but that font size is huge! Aside from that, are you writing in a way that appeals to your target audience? Do you have a target audience? Try looking for one of your articles that your visitors have responded the best to and creating more articles like that.

    Sidebar: I can hardly read the yellow links in the sidebar, especially since they're against a white background. It's similar to you trying to read this text.

    Adsense: (Edit: Oops, I had Adblovk enabled). If it isn't, then you'll need to run A/B split tests to find out how many ads per page you need, what colour scheme you need, and what ad format results in the best conversions.

    Slugs: Consider re-organising your URLs and post slugs. For example, instead of "/Category/brews", replace it with just "/brews". The same goes for your articles (/brews/articles). However, if you do this, you'll need to 301 redirect all of the old URLs to the new ones, and this can be tedious depending on the size of the site.
     
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    Have you thought about using bots for social outreach. Beer seems like it would be shared a lot!
     
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    * I'd look into another template - something a little more professional looking. I use SmartMag which is a paid theme but it's really schmick.

    * Have you signed up to Google webmaster tools and submitted a site map + checked out what terms people are using to get to the site - that way you can build more articles around the popular keywords

    * How many visitors are you getting and is it growing - if so, that's a great sign but it might take time

    * I can see your Adwords slots, so not sure why other's can't

    * Are you using Yoast SEO to help with your SEO efforts?
     
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  7. cellarws

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    How do I go about doing this?
     
  8. cellarws

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    *I'm using ColorMag isn't that the same developer?

    *I do have WMT/Search console and Analytics set up, also have sitemap submitted

    *The site is only a couple of months old but did hope for more engagement and followers by now

    * Great, they prob can't see it bc of adblock

    *I do have SEO yoast installed
     
  9. cellarws

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    I have not thought about doing this. Where is a good place to start?

     
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    *Thanks I will get some tags removed and use less moving forward

    *I have not tried diagnosing it I will do some testing is there any place to get some feedback from for cheap?

    *I will lower font size I was making it larger for unknown reasons lol.

    *I will change the sidebar link color to something a little more friendly

    *Do you have adblock enabled?

    *Hmm not sure how to reorganize this in WordPress I think I would have to make them each pages instead of blog posts but this is organization of blog posts in wordpress.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  11. cellarws

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    Thanks when would be a good time to get in touch?
     
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    I diagnose my issues myself, so I wouldn't know who would do it or for how much.

    Yeah, sorry, I have Adblock enabled (I use it to browse a car forum that has too many ads, but I forgot to disable it). Anyway, still try out doing A/B split tests and try using in-content ads (I only saw sidebar ads on your site).

    It requires you to change a setting or two in Wordpress; just go to your permalinks settings and you can do it from there. It's not imperative that you do this as it can get messy if you've never done it before.
     
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    I am far from being an expert myself.

    The things that I didn't like;

    1. The theme
    2. The colors
    3. "Other Brewery Visits" links in the right sidebar on the article pages
    4. Seen from a revenue point of view, your ad placement is terrible.
    5. Comment section. I think you should use the facebook comments plugin.

    What I VERY much like;

    1. Your topic :)

    As far as I know "PNW" means Pacific North West, by that you limit yourself and probably also the reach of users interested in your blog. If beer is your passion, why not go a little broader, that way you can also invite guest bloggers, etc...

    Keep going and you WILL succeed in the end.

    EDIT: Your social sharing buttons should be at the end of the post.
     
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    Keep adding content to your blog that is fresh and exciting. This will lure those beer drinkers in:)
     
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    it's very easy dude ... you have to put unique content on your blog
    make back link in social media
     
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    Just taking a look at the surface of this theme I would change a few things.

    1) Always use thumbnails for your posts. Make sure they are all the same size. My theme pretty much required thumbnails to be 1600x866 and it makes the home page look great. Yes you will need to use an image editing software like Photoshop, Fireworks or Gimp.
    2) Get an SEO plugin to help you make keywords, and tag all your posts.
    3) Not a fan of bright yellow on white. You need complementary colors - www(dot)paletton(dot)com can help you.
    4) Your page font size is HUGE! make that a tad bit smaller.