Lots of people have their own blogs these days. And many of these bloggers want to make money. Others don’t necessarily want to earn an income through their blog.
No matter if you want to make money or not, the ultimate goal of every blogger is to create a better blog. In this article I am going to present you some ideas that will help you to improve your blog.
So let’s get started.
Create a Resource Page
Whatever topic you cover, resource pages are invaluable. If you cover everything related to WordPress on your blog than a resource page with a list of lots of useful plugins might be valuable to your readers. You could also list WordPress themes and differentiate between paid and free WordPress themes.
It’s all about being creative. Simply think about what would be useful to your audience and create a resource page about it.
Become Active in a Forum
A forum is a great way to show off your expertise. If you want to become active on a forum then pick a forum that’s related to your niche.
Forums are all about helping others. Simply help other people.
By helping others and giving advice you establish yourself as an expert. That’s what forums are all about.
But by becoming active in a forum you will gain another advantage. And one of the most overlooked uses of forums is that you can use them as a basis for your own articles. For example create a polls for your articles. A forum has probably an even bigger audience so why not create a poll in a forum that you could use in one of your articles?
Build an Email List
Email is a great way to keep up with your readers. It has become more popular these days but people still use it the wrong way. They use it to promote affiliate products but that’s not the way to go.
Use your list to directly talk to your readers. Engage them. And further make them feel special because your subscribers are your most loyal readers after all. Send them something that your normal readers don’t get to know about.
Host a Contest
There aren’t too many blogs that create a contest but it’s a great way to engage your readers. It also gives your blog some additional exposure. And you don’t really need a well-known blog to attract sponsors.
Helmi from Huzzer Magazine got $3500 worth of products for his contest even though he has only 30 subscribers for his blog. Everything is possible. At least try!
Create an Elevator Pitch
This is also one of the things Darren Rowse covered in his ebook 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. An elevator pitch basically gives you an overview of what your blog is about. It’s is only one or two sentences long.
For example for my blog my elevator pitch is Helping You Become the Blogger You Want to Be, because that’s what I believe my blog is about.
Think about what you want to achieve with your blog? Do you want to make money? Do you want to help others?
Answering these questions might give you a good idea of what your elevator pitch should be like. Here is also an advanced article on creating an elevator pitch.
Comment on Other Blogs
Commenting is one of the most underrated strategy of getting traffic to your blog. I have doubled my traffic through commenting on other blogs and so can you.
Be honest when you comment on another blog, you don’t have to agree with what the author said. Actually the best comments are those that criticize the author. It is all about adding value to the conversation and that’s what you are ultimately doing by critically examining the article.