Wow! Can you believe that it’s 2015? I don’t know about you, but I thought that last year went quick. This is my first post for 2015. I learned a great deal about blogging last year so that I can present an even better blog for my readers this year. Here are some techniques that I learned:
- Blog posts with pictures get twice as many views. I learned this as a guest blogger and also from experienced bloggers, like Michelle Shaeffer. At first, I used my own photos; then I discovered sites like unsplash.com. It has great pictures that you can download for free.
- How to use social media. Once I posted on my website, that post would automatically post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Tumblr. This year, I may look to add Pinterest and Instagram. This was a good way to get followers. In addition, I follow other WordPress bloggers. I also have a Facebook page exclusively for my blog.
- Guest posting. In addition to inviting guest bloggers to post on “Have Faith and Live Well”, I did some guest posting as well. Blogger Link Up is a great resource for guest post offers and requests. It is an excellent way to network and establish relationships with fellow bloggers. Two guest bloggers wrote 2 out of 5 of my most popular posts in 2014.
- SEO. Search engine optimization allows you to use tags or keywords to make your website or web page more visible. Sarit Lotem offered a training program last month entitled “How to Optimize Your Blog/Website”. I saw results within a few days. Views to my website tripled. So far in 2015, I’ve had more views in 5 days than I had the entire month of December!
- Networking with other writers and bloggers is essential. I’ve met other writers and bloggers online and through local writing groups. They’ve given me so much insight that has allowed me to be a better writer.
- More posts mean more views. One of my top goals is to write more blog posts. I enjoy contributing to other blogs as well. It is an amazing feeling when others take the time to read your posts and give feedback, positive or negative.
- Criticism is not necessary a bad thing. As I mentioned, when someone gives you feedback, it means that they took the time to read your post. I didn’t receive many comments last year; however, the feedback that I did receive allowed me to be a better blogger. My writing group members always gave feedback without being too harsh.
I am excited about all of the opportunities and lessons that this year will be bringing. I look forward to each and every one.