Bringing back #blogbetter for 2017!

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Hello!

Last year I did #blogbetter and it had a small following which was cool, but I dropped the ball around April and it stopped abruptly. I’m really sorry if you were taking part, my bad. When I migrated my blog over I lost the original post but I DID keep the text in a word document at the time, so I can let you know that it’s all about!

Enter #blogbetter2017 !

Now, this isn’t intended to make anyone feel like they aren’t as good as someone else, or that they’ve failed anything. You are only in competition with yourself, the other participants will be helping and encouraging you, and the end result will be improvements to your blog-happy days, right?

So the rules are-during your first month, you choose 3 categories from the list below-things you’d like to improve. You then choose three ways to work on that improvement from the sub list below the category or you can use some of your own ideas if mine don’t look like something you’d like to try-do tweet me (@Insdelaurashead) with other methods you’re using so I can add them to the list (and credit you of course) then others can use them too.

I’ll be using #blogbetter2017 on Twitter and will RT anything you’ve posted about the challenge if you use the hashtag (within reason obviously-if I get 10,000 tweets a day on there I may struggle!)

#blogbetter2017 Categories (as a recap, you choose three categories, which are things you want to work on, and then three ways to work on that category from the sub list below it, or your own ideas)

Improve My Blog Itself

  • Decide on, and maintain, a posting schedule (anything from once a week to daily, this will mean your readers know when to expect something new from you, and are more likely to come back)
  • Check categories on previous posts, and if anything is under the wrong category or you have far too many, change them (do you really need to have ‘Sandals’, ‘Flip Flops’, ‘Stilettos’ when you could have ‘Shoes’, for example? Or could they all be lumped under ‘Fashion’?)
  • Check titles on previous posts-do they really reflect what the post is about? Would you click on a post with that title? Change any that are needed.
  • Check your SEO on old and new posts. Make sure you have relevant keywords in posts. If you’re talking about a Mac Lipstick, make sure your title mentions Mac Lipstick in X. Make sure you then mention Mac Lipstick in X in the first paragraph and again a couple of times throughout the post. Call the photographs ‘Mac Lipstick X’, ‘Mac Lipstick X swatch’, ‘Mac Lipstick X selfie’ this helps google to pick up what your post is about. If possible, so on new posts and if you’re able to change the link on old posts, make sure ‘Mac Lipstick X’ is mentioned in the post link.
  • Link back to one or two of your old posts in each post. (Obviously choose relevant ones)
  • Place your social media and Bloglovin links at the bottom of each post.
  • Consider whether you want to re design your blog-are you happy with how it looks, does it work for you?
  • Look at your older posts-do you want to redo photographs or reword anything?

Promote My Blog

  • Tweet the link to your 3 most recent posts three times a day for two days, twice a day for two days, then once a day in 3 months, 6 months, 12 months (I’d suggest scheduling these via Tweetdeck or similar)
  • Do the same as above with every post you write in future.
  • Make sure your recent blog posts have all been linked to on your Facebook page, if you have one. Consider doing the same on your personal profile if you’re comfortable with this.
  • Post your latest post in some of the groups for bloggers on Facebook. Some of the groups have posts you can just drop your link into, some have comment swap posts where you post your link, comment on every post on the link (usually limited to a small number a day) and they all comment on yours too. These can be good for introducing new people to your blog-and they may well choose to stay.
  • Pin your posts to a relevant board on your Pinterest.
  • Post an image related to your post with relevant hashtags and a bit of a teaser descripton on your Instagram-make sure your blog link is in your bio if you’re doing this otherwise they’ll struggle to find you.
  • Share your posts on Googleplus.
  • Share your posts on your LinkedIn if relevant to you.
  • Share your blog link/latest posts in twitter chats (if you’ve taken part in the chat, of course!)
  • Comment on other blogs-suggest 10-20 new ones a week-leave a relevant comment and your blog link (that way the blogger can pop by to see you if they want to)

Improve My Instagram

  • Post more often, but regularly rather than 10 posts one day and then none for a week.
  • Use relevant hashtags.
  • Make sure you’re happy with the photographs you’re putting on there-if you wouldn’t want to ‘like’ it on someone else’s feed, could you try retaking it?
  • Ask questions in your photo description-‘have you tried this product?’ ‘What’s your favourite cocktail?’ means people are more likely to comment.
  • Consider whether your Instagram has a theme-if not, do you want one?
  • Take a group of photos at once for your Instagram then you have plenty to post later.
  • Link to your blog in your bio.
  • Get out there and interact with others. Choose a number (a friend did an Instagram course and they suggested 20) and follow 20 new people a day, like 20 photos a day (ideally new ones from people not already on your feed, where possible-search via hashtag) comment on 20 photos a day. This should see your following improve.
  • REMEMBER THAT NOT EVERYONE’S LIFE IS HOW IT APPEARS ON INSTAGRAM AND YOU ARE BLOODY AWESOME, EVEN WITH YOUR MESSY HAIR, MESSY HOUSE OR BURNED DINNER
  • Promote your Instagram on your Twitter, make sure it’s linked or at least mentioned on your blog, share it on Facebook too.

Twitter

  • Make sure your bio is something you’re happy with and that you like your profile picture and header picture.
  • Make sure your blog is linked to your twitter.
  • Utilise the pinned tweet function, pin a post you want people to read, or maybe your Instagram or Facebook page, or your blog itself.
  • Promote, promote, promote. Don’t go overboard-no one wants a feed that is only 100 posts a day from you saying they should read your blog-but mention your recent posts a few times a day, your Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest too. So people know where to find you. (I schedule all of this stuff)
  • Make sure you actually tweet, too. About anything you want to.It’s your twitter.
  • If you’re posting a post about a product, tag the brand. They may well RT for you.
  • RT and like other bloggers tweets. Making people feel good is a nice thing and they may well do the same back.
  • Jump in and chat to other bloggers. It’s the easiest way to get your name out there and gain new followers.
  • Follow new people.
  • Take part in twitter chats.

Pinterest

  • I’ll confess I don’t really use my Pinterest so I’m leaving this one blank and hoping people give me great ideas!

Bloglovin

  • Share your Bloglovin link on Twitter at least once a day.
  • Mention your Bloglovin link on Facebook regularly.
  • Share your Bloglovin link in Facebook Blogger groups, when this is allowed in the group
  • Follow new people on Bloglovin. Perhaps comment on their blog to say you’ve done so. They’ll possibly come back and have a look at your blog, love it (you’re awesome, why wouldn’t they?) and follow you back.
  • Consider a clearout of your feed every so often, if you’re following a blog you don’t like reading, unfollow (sorry!)

Jeez this was longer than I expected!

Okay so I’m going to spend January concentrating on these 9:

Improve My Blog Itself

  • Decide on, and maintain, a posting schedule (anything from once a week to daily, this will mean your readers know when to expect something new from you, and are more likely to come back)
  • Check categories on previous posts, and if anything is under the wrong category or you have far too many, change them (do you really need to have ‘Sandals’, ‘Flip Flops’, ‘Stilettos’ when you could have ‘Shoes’, for example? Or could they all be lumped under ‘Fashion’?)
  • Look at your older posts-do you want to redo photographs or reword anything?

Improve My Instagram

  • Post more often, but regularly rather than 10 posts one day and then none for a week.
  • Take a group of photos at once for your Instagram then you have plenty to post later.
  • Get out there and interact with others. Choose a number (a friend did an Instagram course and they suggested 20) and follow 20 new people a day, like 20 photos a day (ideally new ones from people not already on your feed, where possible-search via hashtag) comment on 20 photos a day. This should see your following improve.

Bloglovin

  • Share your Bloglovin link on Twitter at least once a day.
  • Share your Bloglovin link in Facebook Blogger groups.
  • Follow new people on Bloglovin. Perhaps comment on their blog to say you’ve done so. They’ll possibly come back and have a look at your blog, love it (you’re awesome, why wouldn’t they?) and follow you back.

Are you taking part in #blogbetter2017? Let me know in the comments, tweet about it and if you choose to post about it (no obligation, it’s not a requirement, but I know some chose to last year) then please let me know so I can come and have a read! Good luck, I hope you see great results!

Laura xx

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5 Comments

  1. January 6, 2017 / 2:19 am

    These are great ideas. I am working hard to improve my blog too. I am working on pinterest this month especially…I am not enjoying instagram at the moment.

  2. January 6, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    These are great ideas. I may print this off as a check list to help me keep on top of this NHS. I’ll try my best to join in too!

  3. January 6, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    my husband bought me a new theme for Christmas so I’m hoping to get that sorted and rebrand my blog this month x

  4. January 6, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Fabulous ideas and advice! I think the key with social media is to constantly interact, which isn’t so easy when you have lives, jobs and families!

  5. January 7, 2017 / 7:23 am

    Great idea! -Always good for us to keep challenging ourselves x

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