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Last month I challenged myself to make one blog improvement a day, one that takes no more than 30 minutes and is easy enough to achieve on top of my other workload.
I know there’s already a book that’s been out for years by ProBlogger, but I decided I wanted to do my own version of 30 days to a better blog that suited ours. If you’re looking to improve your blog, maybe you can try it out next month! :) We just got back last night from a big trip to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, so I’m still making up some of the ones I missed on days we had horrible wifi.
30 DAYS TO A BETTER BLOG:
- Sign up for Tailwind to schedule pins. ✓ How are my pins looking?
- Clean up your sidebar. ✓ Ask yourself what’s most essential and what’s adding clutter.
- Respond to all comments on the blog. ✓
- Dig into your analytics. ✓ This post by Melyssa helps you dig into the mystery of when it says “not provided” to find out how people are finding your blog.
- Set up a MailChimp account. ✓ Boom!
- Make your most popular posts sticky. ✓
- Update photos on an old post with more pinteresting ones. ✓ I updated this one with lots.
- Update SEO on an older post.✓ Have you guys installed the YOAST plugin yet? I did not pay attention to SEO for many of my posts before 2014.
- Edit your about page. ✓ What makes you stand out from everyone else? Do the details on your page tie back well with your blog? This is our brand spankin new one.
- Write down 10 e-book ideas you think your readers will find valuable. ✓
- Listen to a podcast with blogging tips.✓ Blogbrighter has a great list of podcasts for bloggers.
- Look at your top 50 blog posts and see what your readers are liking most. ✓
- Re-strategize your editorial calendar based on what you learned on Day 12. ✓
- Join a facebook blog group and actively contribute to the conversation with something meaningful and not self-promotional. ✓
- Edit old broken links. ✓ This is a great plugin that does a lot of the work for you.
- Pick a new social media platform and read up on it. ✓ I picked LinkedIn.
- Schedule social media posts for the rest of the week. ✓ Do them all at once so they won’t decrease your productivity throughout the week
- Install Tweetily to auto tweet and give love to older posts in the archives.✓ Right now they are going to @jacobthefu
- Brainstorm 5 posts that are similar to your top 5 from day 12.✓ These are currently our one, two, three, four, and five.
- Brainstorm a new blog series. ✓ Sometimes you can get stuck in the same routine of writing the same type of content.
- Monitor how you spend your time. ✓ How much time are you typically spending on each activity a day. Prioritize your most important tasks and cut out the tasks that aren’t as important. You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. I use the HoursTracker app.
- Find a task you can delegate. ✓ I use a VA to delegate some of my social media tasks. Ours has been so wonderful. If you’ve been looking for a VA, just email us, and I can connect you!
- Add categories to each post. ✓ This is an easy way to improve your bounce rate.
- Make a pop-up or featured box for newsletter signups. ✓
- Outline an e-book for the newsletter. ✓
- Make a list of 10-15 bloggers in your niche and subscribe to them. ✓ Your ultimate goal is to reach out to them and grow a community within the space.
- Write down a list of 10 brands you’d love to partner with (dream big for 3-5!) ✓
- Install Google PageSpeed Plugin.✓ Find one thing you can fix to speed up your page.
- Run a SWOT analysis of your blog. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats.
- Run a reader survey. The easiest, most direct way to find out what your readers want. We drafted one and will run it at the end of the year. :)
BONUS for those trying this on a month with 31 days: Recycle an old post that you wrote back in the day that has potential.
My other goal was to comment on at least 5 other blogger’s posts per day, because I know the most meaningful thing you can do for a blogger is to respond and leave a meaningful comment on their posts. If you’re a blogger, it’s the best way to pay it forward. I had a really hard time doing this every single day. Instead, I would pick a couple days out of the week and comment on more than 5. I saw one blogger talk about how she comments on over 200 a day, which is so impressive, but I can’t imagine with how slow I read and comment. :P
Last month’s highlights on instagram:
See more on our instagram (esthergram & jacobgram & our cats!).
♥ 25 Best Dive Sites in the World to Put on Your Bucket List
♥ How to Make the Cutest Cord Tacos / DIY Cord Organizer
♥ A Book Lover’s Dream in NYC
♥ Our Coloring Date Night + 11 Most Beautiful Adult Coloring Books
♥ Your Guide to Underwater Photography: What You Need
♥ Life is Not Rainbows and Unicorns. Why Do We Want Everyone to Think That?
I’ve been enjoying having a 30/31-day goal that are like mini life projects. In August, my goal was to read for 30 minutes every day, and in July drink a gallon of water every day.
For October, I really want to get better rest. In college, I was all about working hard then playing hard, but my body cannot take that kind of abuse anymore.
My 31-day goal this month will be limiting my work hours to 8 hours a day.
No more staying up till 2am to finish up last minute tasks. I need to remind myself that nothing is that urgent (unless it’s a deadline for a brand we’re working with). Work can wait, and there’s always more where it comes from!
Also, I want to get off my phone and computer before midnight.
Next, I want to get off my computer and phone by 11 PM.
No more checking social media in bed. No more phones in bed period. I’m pretty awful about disconnecting, and I always use work as an excuse. Wish me luck!! And please ask how I’m doing on this to keep me accountable.
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Have you tried setting similar month long goals? :)
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This was such a helpful post! I love your genuine and ACTUALLY HELPFUL content (not just fluff like some blogs I read). So many things I need to do – top ones are comment on other blogs more (starting with yours!) and SEO the shit out of my blog. Thank you :)
Love love love your 30 days to a better blog post! I’m going to try out your list for sure. I just started a travel blog a few months ago and really love learning and growing with it. Your blog is awesome! I don’t have my own goals post yet, but you’ve go me thinking!