Welcome to a new week of blogging. Are you ready to hit the ground running? There are a few things you can do to move your site in the right direction. These five valuable action steps will help you develop a strong foundation for your blog and prove your professionalism to your readers and clients.
So, let’s get started with this week’s action steps. You can do them all at once or you can work on them throughout the week. Whatever you do will be great because you are moving forward and spending your time and energy wisely.
At the end of each week I go live on Facebook LIVE in my Facebook group BIG Idea Bloggers. I answer questions members have about blogging and give suggestions that small bloggers can easily implement.
If you want to see last week’s video and get even more explanation you can join my group and replay it.
The last time we got together I talked about these time-saving ideas. They are simple action steps you can take this week to really see success.
Put your name somewhere on your blog
You can use your real name, a fake name, your first name only 0r your middle name. It doesn’t matter what you use but you need to put your name somewhere on your site.
If you aren’t using your name as your URL then add it to your ABOUT page. Let readers know who you are. Let them put a name with a face. These are the building blocks of trust and will help readers get to know you.
When readers know you they will want to come back and visit you. It all starts with your name.
Build your pageviews
For the next 60 days make it your goal to increase your pageviews. Sure, Facebook likes and comments are nice and re-pins are great but pageviews are your bread and butter.
Pageviews bring more social media attention and more opportunities. Don’t overlook the power of those opportunities for monetization, influence, and reach.
Share your posts. Be consistent. Build your audience. Make this your focus as you head into the fall so you will be ready when school starts again and readers are back in front of their computers.
Invest in your Pinterest boards
The beauty of Pinterest is that once you gain a follower you will usually have that follower for life. People don’t unfollow very often on this platform so it’s absolutely worth spending time to build your following here. That was a lot of uses of the word follow wasn’t it?
To get started the first board on your account should be for your blog. Always pin your blog posts here. Be sure you have good graphics that are the right size and link back to your blog.
If you have a blog board already it’s time to start joining relevant group boards. Share to those so you can magnify your reach. To find good group boards look at the accounts of other bloggers and see what group boards they are members of. Click those boards and read in the description how to join.
Here’s one to get you started: Pincredible Bloggers
Keep your email organized with Unroll.me
Don’t get bogged down with emails that aren’t important. Organize your incoming mail simply with Unroll.me. This free app will manage your subscriptions and send you a daily digest so you can peruse them easily.
Remember it’s important to prioritize your time and this will help you immensely.
Keeping language and other info in Evernote
I recently heard about a blogger who lost all of her email sign-up code due to a glitch. This is unnecessary if you keep thinks like code, language, and other info copied to a safe place. I recommend Evernote for this but you could also use Drive, DropBox, text notes or even Word.
I also keep main color hex codes, font sizes and types, and affiliate language in a safe place away from my blog so I can easily retrieve it if needed. Don’t get caught without these important pieces of your site. Keep a back-up record in a safe place so you’ll never suffer from a “glitch” or other catastrophe.
Simple Action Steps
There you have it. Valuable action steps you can take this week to see tangible blog success. Your job as a blogger is to do the work. Don’t get bogged down in the trivial. Learn to economize and be smart with your time and energy. As a small blogger it’s imperative.
If you want to learn more about any of these steps come join the FB group and watch the video.
Here’s a free printable to help you stay on task this week.