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I have been blogging for nearly a year now, and have learned a lot of tips and tricks along the way. With that being said, I’d like to share with you 8 things I do for every single blog post, and why you should too.
1. Create a Title that Entices Readers
All of my blog post titles have keywords related to my topic and are written in such a way as to entice my readers to click on them and read more. The more interesting and well-thought the title is, the more likely it is that casual readers will become more engaged readers.
Your blog post topic must also be interesting and appealing to your niche. I like to search the web to find out what other bloggers do to make their topics pop off the page. There are endless lists on Pinterest for blog post ideas, titles, and keyword.
2. Check Spelling and Grammar
There’s nothing more embarrassing than writing the best blog post ever, only to have someone point out numerous spelling and grammar errors all through the post. Don’t rely on just hitting the spell check button. Read and re-read the document yourself to identify potential grammatical errors the spell checker may skip over. I write all of my posts in Microsoft Word to do a detailed spelling and grammar check, then paste the correct version into WordPress.
If you don’t do anything else from this list (but I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t!), please please please double and triple check your grammar. I can guarantee you anyone who visits your blog will never return again if it is full of spelling and grammar nightmares – even with outstanding images and content!
3. Edit Pictures with PicMonkey
I’ve used a lot of different programs (free and premium) to edit or touch up photos. PicMonkey has been my go-to lately for any image editing I need to do. You can either stay with the free features, or upgrade to the premium version for more options. Today, I use the free version to edit, resize, touch up, and add text to all of my images. Some secondary programs I use for my images include Adobe Photoshop, PhotoScape, and Canva.
4. Make the Post Search Engine Optimized
Search Engine Optimization is absolutely essential to driving traffic to your blog. SEO, if done right, will drive loads and loads of search engine traffic right to you. If you use WordPress like I do, you must get the Yoast Plugin! Hubspot has a great FAQ page on exactly what SEO is.
5. Submit Post to Search Engines
One habit I’ve gotten into with every post is to submit to the major search engines – those that can surely drive traffic my way. Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. are at the top of my list. For most search engines, it’s free to submit, but may take a while to be reviewed and approved. The more times your site and posts appear in search results, the higher exposure and volume you’ll see.
6. Submit to StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon is a fast-growing and popular site for viewing customized content from thousands of websites. I’ve seen StumbleUpon greatly increase my blog traffic. My best unique view performance of a single blog post was 1,500 in one day. As soon as I publish on WordPress, I immediately submit the post to StumbleUpon.
One tidbit you need to know about StumbleUpon is that you have to actively Stumble other people’s content before it really starts pushing your own. Be active and stumble your favorite content. After all, this is what StumbleUpon is all about anyway – discovering new content and sharing it with others!
7. Pin Post on Pinterest
Pinterest has become the mecca of social sharing which is why it is crucial to post to Pinterest regularly, and repost weeks later. I’ve seen a great increase in traffic and followers come directly from Pinterest. By creating pinnable images and quality content, Pinterest can greatly impact your statistics and blog growth!
I am just now starting to ramp up my Pinterest boards and making sure all of my posts are pinned. I created a board specific to my affiliate products as well as a board where I pin quality blogger content.
8. Share post to Facebook and Twitter
As a blogger, it is a MUST to have a Facebook fan page AND interact daily with your followers. Don’t just share your links.
Respond to other blogger comments and generate discussion. Just by interacting with other bloggers through social media, you are directly advertising yourself and directing new traffic to your blog.
Although I don’t use Twitter as much as Facebook, I have read countless articles on how valuable Twitter can be in generating subscribers and traffic. I have started re-posting many of my older posts on Twitter several times a day.
WordPress also automatically posts to Twitter for me when I hit publish. As with Facebook, don’t just post the link and run. Interact and find ways to communicate your message directly to users.