There are no rules when it comes to blogging. You can do what you want when you want. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that will improve your blog and help your productivity.
Sometimes we all need a bit of a kick up the arse, those things we know we should do but don’t because we’re a bit lazy.. a lot of these things in this list won’t come as a surprise, but it’s nice to be reminded.
Not sending out newsletters.
As soon as you start a blog, set up a newsletter list and have it in a place easy for people to see so they can sign up if they are dying to keep up with you because you are so awesome. These will be your most loyal readers, so take care of them, they are awesome, too.
Ensure you don’t send an email spamming with a link to every post, the best way to do newsletters is so send a weekly or monthly update.
This is a piece of advice that I really need to take myself!
Not linking to previous blog posts.
Interlinking to relevant blog posts in your new post is a great way to get people to stay on your site longer and increase your SEO.
A lot of people miss this trick. So the next time you write a post, think about which blog posts you’ve written in the past could be linked back to.
Not replying to Tweets and comments.
Another one I’m not great at – replying to Tweets and comments.
If you struggle to reply to comments, just take 30 mins once a week or so to go through your comments/Twitter to reply to any that you have something to add to. If your readers are taking the time to reply to your post, it’s only right to respond to them.
Not getting involved in the community.
It’s obvious that the blogging community mostly lives on Twitter. So if you don’t have a Twitter account, or you don’t use Twitter, it’s time to change your mindset.
I didn’t use Twitter for the first 18 months of starting my blog and as soon as I did, I discovered things like Twitter chats, hash tags and other ways to network with other bloggers. That’s where I met most of my friends through blogging.
You don’t need to be the most popular person on Twitter, just handful of people that you talk to on a regular basis can really help you stay motivated and interested in blogging.
Not making the most of your time.
It can be hard to sit down and write a blog post all in one go, but if you’re trying to stick to a schedule or you are low on time, you need to make sure you are making the most of your time and be as productive as possible.
You sit down to write a blog post and how distracted are you? One of the most common way to waste time is being distracted.
Related post: Productivity tips for bloggers.
What do you think are the most common mistake bloggers make?