5 Simple Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Blog!

A blog is not just a place to air your thoughts and feelings, it can be a profitable financial asset.

Your posts should reflect the full extent of your knowledge, and be set up to generate traffic, revenue, and leads. Whether through affiliate marketing, referrals, or brand reputation — maximizing your blog’s power could lead to financial and professional success.

Here are some simple ways to make the most out of your blog.

Be A Helping-Hand On Forums

There is a forum for every subject under the sun, and Google gives the best ones authority in search rankings.

You can quite easily generate leads and build up a brand reputation by contributing to these online content communities.

This is not about doing old-school SEO and dropping spammy forum comments, but about engaging with the people and influencers in your niche through the power of great content and insights.

Some tips on using forums:

  • Don’t be too salesy in your comments. This means that you cannot openly state that you want everyone to check out your latest blog post. However, you can approach the ‘plug’ more subtly. For instance, if a subject comes up that you have written about in the past, summarize the point in a written response and then add a link to ‘read more.’

  • Open source answers on sites like Quora, eHow and InfoBarrel can provide an excellent source of traffic for your blog. Find a question in your niche and type up an in-depth article response and give a link to one of your previous posts. Journalists even use these sites for research. So, maintain a presence on these sites, and your blog may get picked up by a local or national network.

  • Set up Google Alerts for related keywords to alert you to new stories and postings you can comment on with your opinions. Being on top of industry news will hone your marketing skills and make you appear authoritative to your fans.

Build Social Media Influence

When it comes to promoting your blog on social media, writers waste a lot of time developing platforms which don’t actually bring in readers. It’s more important to bed down and specialize in a few platforms that offer you real value.

Here are some platforms you may want to focus on:

If you have a younger audience, this may be Snapchat or even Musical.ly.

Pinterest, on the other hand, attracts lots of ‘foodies’ and fans of lifestyle and fashion content.

Facebook is still the biggest and most widely used social network. You can create a Page profile and utilize sponsored posts to boost your blog traffic for a low daily budget.

Alternatively, you could create a Community profile on a related topic, and spend money on advertising to get likes and then use it as a forum to aggregate content.

Don’t exclusively repost content from your blog, but do include some of your own posts in the feed to attract interaction and comments.

Instagram is ideal for fashion and lifestyle content, but has a strong bias towards beautiful-looking imagery. Make sure your posts reflect the standards and include a link to your latest blog post in your bio. You will also do well with motivational content and quotes.

LinkedIn is a decent platform, even if your blog is centered on non-B2B content. There is a wide range of topics being discussed on LinkedIn, and contributing may increase your chances of being head-hunted to an amazing opportunity. Recruiters spend all day on LinkedIn, so make sure you regularly update your network.

Tune-Up Your Blog

If you’ve neglected your blog’s SEO, it may be time to perform a full content audit.It’s easy to get lazy when it comes to SEO — but a little maintenance can pay dividends.

  • In very basic terms, you want to ensure that your blog is built on solid foundations. Take out a pen and paper (or use a content auditing tool) to help you figure out the correct information architecture for your blog.

  • Use Google’s Keyword Planner to find a series of high volume long-tail keyphrases. You may be able to target these with some informational posts and guides.

  • Re-write your titles, subtitles, meta descriptions, image tags, etc. and see if you can make your site’s structure more accessible.

  • Add a search bar for your posts, add social media sharing badges, and optimize the layout of your blog to facilitate ease of reading and sharing.

  • Take some time out work on your site’s branding. Update your images at the top of the homepage and ensure that your website looks professional. If you are looking to invest money in building up your blog, this may be the wisest place to spend your hard-earned cash. There are many options for doing this cheaply, check out Upwork or PeoplePerHour to find some talented graphic designers for an affordable price.

  • Repurpose some of your existing content to give it a new lease on life. If you can, make a video of a long-form article and take a look at some free video editing packages that can help you put your masterpiece together. YouTube audiences are enormous, and you can also choose to monetize your videos.

Diversify Your Business

If you have an extensive content resource, say, over 50,000 words on a single topic, consider compiling it up into an ebook that you can sell on your blog and on Amazon?

Make sure that you include a sample chapter you can give away for free as an incentive for joining your mailing list.

Or why not create some content products like downloadables and worksheets and sell them online? Many bloggers have gone down the content creation route and generated steady income from creating digital products.

Also, don’t forget to add a site pop up on your homepage, plugging your content products or new ebook. You will want to create a solid sales funnel for your new products.

Don’t Forget Your Email Mailing List

If you haven’t built a mailing list already, you are seriously missing out.

Many people like to keep track of the blogs they read, and would be more than happy to see a monthly email blast of your latest and best content.

Take advantage of the free email hosts available online until you reach up to 2,000 subscribers.

Once you’re over that mark, find an affordable email service and do all you can to customize the templates to make your e-blasts look great.

Place your signup link on all of your social media profiles and regularly encourage your friends and followers to sign up.

In many ways, email subscribers are more important than social media followers. If the social media platform you love decided to close its doors one day (RIP Vine), you would lose all of those viewers instantly. With an email list, you can guarantee readers, regardless of the changing online trends.

Making the most out of your blog comes down to your ability to offer a helping hand to your online audience, wherever they may reside.

In all honesty, you will have to put in some considerable ground-work to make an income as blogger — but it’s certainly not impossible, especially if you embrace diverse income streams.


5 Simple Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Blog!


 

5 Simple Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Blog! by
2017-10-19T22:03:04+00:00 October 20th, 2017|27 Comments

About the Author:

Patrick Foster
I've been in the web business for over a decade, mainly helping people set up and run successful ecommerce businesses. Excited about all the new technology that’s available to online sellers joining the industry.

27 Comments

  1. Golden Okechukwu October 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Patrick,

    You got an amazingly interesting post.

    Getting the most out of one’s blog is indeed not easy but I guess with this list you made, matters has been helped.

    Giving your blog a social presence is one working method for me.

    I actually use most of the platforms you mentined and I was suprised when I couldn’t find Twitter. (Hoping to see why you didnt add it when you reply)

    Again SEO should never be forsaken. Every blog (new and old) this SEO. And when you’re doing it correctly you will love the result.

    What I love most about this post is the first point in the list – the use of forums.

    Forums should not be used for link building. It should rather be used to build network with your audience because when you give them a detailed solution to a problem they will see you as someone who knows what he’s doing and would love to become friends with you.

    My first time here and I’m loving it already.

    Keep up the good work and have a blissful weekend.

    -Golden

  2. Shaon Noman October 22, 2017 at 10:16 am - Reply

    good Instruction for be a successful blogger.

  3. Susan Velez October 23, 2017 at 5:25 am - Reply

    Hi Patrick,

    Great tips and I agree, we definitely need to make the most out of our blogs. It takes us so much time to write content, promote it and then try to get it ranked, it can be so time-consuming.

    I personally love using social media to help me grow my blog. In fact, I truly believe it’s one of the best ways to get more eyeballs on our content. We all know that it can take Google months to start sending you some traffic.

    The last thing you want to do is wait on Google. Plus there’s no guarantee that you’ll end up ranking a lot of your content. Sure it helps if you are properly optimizing your blog posts.

    However, I have some blog posts that I’ve optimized for some long tail keywords and they still don’t rank. So you’re right, optimize every blog post. Because you don’t know what’s actually going to rank well or not.

    I personally haven’t spent any time on Forums. Maybe I am missing out on traffic? The truth is that I have so much on my plate right now, I just can’t add something else to it.

    However, I’ve heard a lot of great things about answering questions on Quora. These are definitely some great tips on helping bloggers make the most of their content.

    Thanks for sharing these tips, have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  4. sunil October 25, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

    hey Patrick, when i found your post i thought ,its about blogging tips , i should take a look since i’m a learning blogger. Even though i have read a lot about blogging and blogging tips i read through your post hoping something new will pop up. And i was right, i had no idea about google alerts but now i do ,thankful to you.
    every time when i find a blogging related post ,i read it even though most of the things written there are familiar to me.
    You know why, i always hope smtg which i have no knowledge about is gonna be there. And today is a productive day because i found about google alert because of you.
    Thank you

  5. Ashwini November 1, 2017 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Hello Patrick,

    Thank you for the wonderful post and proven points that work well in any situation. I do my best to implement that fun, simple, attractive, yet interactive environment in my own writing blog.

    Best,
    Ashwini

  6. christoffermartini November 2, 2017 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Hi Patrick,

    Great! A Very informative blog keep posting more.

  7. Farrell November 3, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Very Informative Patrick. I have a blog but it is not earning that much at the moment. I have been trying new things lately and I believe that it will be a successful one soon. I will continue to persevere. Your site has taught me a lot. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  8. Keshav Kant Kaushik November 8, 2017 at 3:05 am - Reply

    hi Patrick
    very informative and excellent article
    thanks for sharing this article
    keep up the good work

  9. Manasa November 8, 2017 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Hello Patrick,

    Thank you for the wonderful post and proven points that work well in any situation. I try my best to implement that fun, simple, attractive, yet interactive environment in my own blog

    Thanks a lot for sharing this informative post

  10. Ek Mukhi Rudraksha November 8, 2017 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    superb article and peace of information here i found one new thing which i dont use on my blogs that social media indulgence After reading this blog post now i can change my blog style and make it good according to your recommending.

  11. Ayush November 17, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Hey Patrick,

    Thanks for sharing the informative blog. I am also a blogger and it helped me to learn new things about blogging, it is really helpful. Keep up the good patrick

  12. Chery Schmidt November 21, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Hey Patrick! I loved your suggestion of tuning up our blogs! With the new year almost upon us this idea of repurposing some of existing content is a great idea!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Chery :))

  13. Erika Mohssen-Beyk November 22, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Great suggestion on tune – up your blog. Good to look at this. I often look at the older post and try to make them better.Rewriting the titles is a good suggestion and repurposing I like as well. Thanks for giving us ideas.
    Erika

  14. Robin Khokhar November 23, 2017 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Hi Patrick,
    It’s an amazing post to read and learn some new things. I really appreciate your effort in writing this post.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a good week ahead.

  15. Vishwajeet Kumar November 23, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Hello Patrick,

    Awesome post. Social Media sites are great way to connect with your audience and increase your social media presence,. Creating quality and informative post that helps your readers can help you to grow your blog. Thanks for sharing these great tips and insights here.

    Have a great day 🙂
    Vishwajeet

  16. T I Antor November 24, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Hey, Patrick,
    Excellent stuff here!
    You have listed and discussed clearly all the very best strategies to make the best outfit from a blog. Social media influence, tunning up the blog with all on page and off page SEO, making money from selling Ebook or products, email marketing all these are really helpful strategies for making the best outfit from a blog.
    Also, mobile friendliness and page load speed important facts for getting great traffic and increasing site UX. BTW, thank you a lot for sharing these great and valuable strategies. Hope that lot of people will be helpful from your post. Have a great weekend.

  17. Donna Merrill November 25, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Hi Patrick,

    All great advice here, my friend.

    I especially like that you are directing people to forums.

    Forums are certainly a great way to build your brand, get connections, and share your content.

    Somehow, I think they kind of got pushed under the carpet lately, even though some of the really big ones like Quora are very popular.

    There are lots of smaller and very niche-specific forums, though, and it’s a good idea to do some work inside of those, too.

    You can really drill down into your target audience that way.

    -Donna

  18. Lisa Sicard November 26, 2017 at 4:37 am - Reply

    HI Patrick, I love using Quora but it did take 6 months to generate traffic but it finally happened. I haven’t heard of InfoBarrell, I will have to check it out! I also love Inboung.org as well. They are a great way to get to know others in your niche and what their questions are can easily turn into blog posts to help them.

    I just started using Tailwind with Pinterest and am loving the results. It is like Triberr but for Pinterest only.

    I need to work on re-purposing my content for 2018. It’s on my to-do list.

    Thanks for the all the tips here Patrick.

  19. Rob McDonald November 26, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Hey Patrick, i love this article as it has turned me onto another way to get traffic to my blog.

    I use social media, just the big four, but I seem to do the best with twitter.

    I really like the idea of trying out Google Alerts. This is something that I have never used before but seems easy to setup and beneficial to helping your blog. So I am definitely going to try it.

    Thanks for sharing this article with us and I will be sure to share it.

    Have a great week!

    –Rob

  20. Gaurav Kumar November 29, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Hi Patrick,

    A strong social media influence is always necessary for the branding of the business. Being a helping hand is always good to build trust and gain loyal followers.

    A blogger should focus on every possible way to make most out of his blog. Your tips are always helpful.

    Thanks for sharing.

  21. Jenny December 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Great suggestion on tune – up your blog. Good to look at this. I often look at the older post and try to make them better.Rewriting the titles is a good suggestion and I like as well. Thanks for giving us ideas.

  22. Paul December 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    I think the best things that you should do to make the most out of your blog is blog commenting and make more blog post everyday as you can, focus growing your organic traffic because its the good way to make paasive traffic and income.

  23. Kim C December 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Great suggestions, Patrick! Social media, forums and email lists are proven strategies for more traffic. I also like the idea of diversifying the business, it’s another way to earn as well tuning-up the blogs. It’s a good reminder to keep the posts updated and changing up to trends every now and then. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Arumugam Rangasamy December 12, 2017 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Amazing and interesting post. I would always say that SEO is not for namesake if we do it correctly then we will be benefited it from the same. Some of the tips are really great and if we meticulously follow the same then the traffic will be sure. After reading this blog my thinking of the style of content curation need to change. Thanks for sharing

  25. Fred Harrington December 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    The email list is the really big one, that so many people seem to simply ignore. If your blog is getting traffic, it’s not difficult at all to turn part of that traffic into email list signups, and it doesn’t even cost you anything, so… why the heck WOULDN’T you do it? You’re letting traffic (and money) fall through your fingers by letting all that traffic slip by without the opportunity to sign up for a mailing list.

  26. charlotte December 21, 2017 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Extremely Informative Patrick. I have a blog yet it isn’t gaining that much right now. I have been attempting new things of late and I trust that it will be an effective one soon. I will keep on persevering. Your site has shown me a ton. Much obliged to you for sharing your insight.

  27. Prateek InstaDP December 26, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Very informative article Patrick.
    I have a fashion blog and much more interested in getting traffic from Instagram.

    I would be glad if you write an detailed article on Instagram.

    Thank You!

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