10 Quick Ways To Improve Your Blog

Whether you're a seasoned blogger or a novice, it's a never-ending journey to improve your blog. Here are 10 quick ways.

There are things you can start doing straight away though to make things better.

In this post, you'll find out ways to improve your blog posts, bring more traffic to your website and help you get the results you want.

There will be other factors that influence how things work for you. But, if you have a solid strategy in place you'll start to see results quicker.

Make Use Of Your Personality

There's nothing worse than reading a boring article that has no life or personality in it.

One of the most effective ways to improve your blog is to be yourself.

That doesn't mean sharing your intimate personal details but people want to get to know the person behind an article.

An easy way to do that is to imagine you're having a chat with your reader. Make them feel like you're addressing only them.

Structure Your Blog Posts

Many people skim through a blog post to get the gist of what it's about and whether it's worth their time reading it.

It's important to structure your blog posts into bite-sized pieces. Not only because of people who skim articles but also to make them easier on the eye.

You should divide posts into sections under headings and sub-headings. Adding bullet points and emphasizing words and sentences with bold letters can also help to break up the text.

Share Your Experiences

People love to learn new things. If you learn something new, share your experiences on your blog.

Sharing your own experiences in this way builds trust and authority on your blog.

Your readers will always value information given away for free.

Case studies and "how to" posts are particularly popular forms of blog posts.

Cut Out Words You Don't Need

Once you've finished writing a blog post it's important to proofread it and remove words and phrases you don't need.

Filler words can weaken your writing and removing them rarely affects a sentence's meaning.

As a starting point, consider removing some adverbs from your writing to help with reader experience. Find a more forceful verb to use in the sentence instead.
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You can use the Hemingway app to help you identify adverbs, hard to read sentences and uses of passive voice. It's a free site which you can find at http://www.hemingwayapp.com/.

Short paragraphs

When reading blog posts on a computer screen, it's tricky to concentrate on large blocks of text.

Keeping paragraphs short with lots of white space around them can help with this.

This will make your writing more powerful and ensure your readers won't get lost mid-sentence.

Many bloggers don't use paragraphs of more than two or three sentences to avoid this from happening.

Be Concise

The growing trend is towards producing longer articles to attract search engine interest.

This can lead to the temptation of adding unnecessary information to fill out the text.

Your blog posts should only be as long as is required to get your point across and no longer.

People lead busy lives and if you don't get straight to the point, they won't stick around to read your blog post.

Use Interesting Images

Images help to break up text which makes reading your posts much easier on the eye.

Images will also increase the chances of someone sharing your blog post on social media sites.

You have to be careful with the images you're using though. They need to be relevant to your writing and interesting to look at.

Ensure that you also provide any required attribution for images that you use to avoid copyright issues.
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Respond To Comments

A good way to grow your blog's readership is to engage with them in the comments section.

If someone leaves a comment, it's important to respond to it. It can help build relationships, encourage more comments and show your audience that you care about them.

Leaving a reader thinking that you can't be bothered to answer them means they won't come back!

Promote Your Work

When you hit the publish button, that's just the beginning.

To bring traffic to your blog, you need to promote your blog posts and keep promoting them.

That means sharing them on social media sites and reaching out to other blogs featured in your posts.

Promoting them over a sustained period of time on social media can ensure your posts remain on people's radar.

Another way to expose people to your work is to write guest posts for other popular blogs in your niche.

It's an effective way of showcasing your writing and can spark curiosity for people to visit your blog via the guest post.

Make It Easy To Share Your Content

If you want people to share your blog posts you need to make it easy for them.

Add social media buttons to your posts to increase the likelihood of them being shared.

When it comes to your choice of buttons, it's worth considering which social media sites you're active on and just using those.

Including too many social media sites can dilute the sharing experience.

It can also lead to negative social proof if you detail the number of social shares for a post and most of the buttons show zero shares.

Check Usability

You may write some of the best articles out there but if your site is unusable, no-one's ever going to read them.

Check your site with tools like Google Pagespeed or Pingdom Tools to optimize the performance of your site.

If you're using WordPress to run your website then consider reviewing the number of plugins you have active.

Those can slow down your site and cause problems with overuse of resources with your web host.

Caching plugins such as W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache can help speed up your site as well as using a Content Delivery Network.

Conclusion

Improving your blog doesn't have to be onerous. The things covered in this post will only take you a few minutes to set up.

Once you've done that it will become second nature and you'll be able to spend more time focusing on improving your blog in other areas.

Are there any other quick ways that you can think of to improve your blog from your own experience?
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