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Series: Blog Improvement Series

The 12 Week Blog Improvement Series runs and then repeats in a slightly upgraded version through new blog posts, newsletter, podcasts and discussions.

Creating A Great Blog Business Plan

In order to build a successful blog, you establish your long-term goals and how you can achieve them. You will need a business plan. Here are a few tips on writing a great business plan for your blog.
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series Every good idea starts as just that, an idea. In the blogging world, it might just be a thought to write a blog. Great, but for you to build a successful blog, one that will bring in an income and not just be a small hobby you do on the side. At some point, you need to shift your mindset into thinking about your blog as a business. You need a blog business plan. I recently wrote a post about why you should blog like a business. Maybe you can take a minute to read that first. Let’s get to the good stuff, a free download of a Blog Business Plan! Sweet, right? A post that not only is going to explain how you should begin your blogging journey as a business. It also comes with the tool to help you do just that.   || DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE BLOG BUSINESS PLAN HERE ||   This download is free for our Blog Buddy News Subscribers. Instant access password included in the welcome email of Blog Buddy News Subscription. Email BlogBuddyProgram@gmail.com for download support or contact Lee directly. …

Why Blog Branding is Important and How You Can Work on Yours Today

ways to work on your blog branding today
This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesI do believe you can judge a book by its cover. Sometimes, you can tell a lot about something just by how it looks. (Just sometimes.) This is why having a consistent look and feel for your blog is important.. Enter blog branding. Branding is something I find extremely interesting, though I’m sure there are some bloggers who don’t share my sentiments. Maybe you’re one of them, and that’s totally fine! That is what I’m here for 🙂 So find someplace comfortable, whip out a pen and notebook, and let’s get down to business! What exactly is blog branding, Kate? Is it a logo? Is it your blog design? Is it the right fonts to choose for your blog? I’m so glad you asked! The answer is: Branding is all of that, plus more. It is the overall feel of your blog. It’s the atmosphere you want your visitors and readers to feel when they’re on your website. It isn’t enough that you say, “My blog is fun!” You have to make them feel the fun! I like to think of it this way: You know how when…

Understanding what your blog website needs to attract people

Your website needs some things in order for you to bring in visitors and eventually, loyal readers. Here are some tips to get you started.
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesToday I am going to be discussing your blog website! I know this is a terrifying thought starting out as a new blogger creating a blog website, and you may not have any idea where to start! Blogging can be a bit of a handful to get your mind around when you first start out, but that’s why we are all here to help with some tips about what your blog website needs!   Or, you maybe you’ve been blogging for some months or years, but still have no clue about how to make your website more attractive. So you stick to the basics? Let’s see what we can learn about improving your blog website with some tips.  Website The first question you need to ask yourself is: Am I doing this for fun or as a career opportunity? Which ultimately translates to, am I going with a free option like Tumblr or the basic free WordPress site? Or am I going to start as a self-hosted blogger for my business? You might not have the answer right now but that’s okay. Keep it in the back of…

Finding Your Blog Niche

Finding Your Blog Niche
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesSo you’ve begun your journey to start up a blog. You’ve worked out your business plan, you’ve started creating a website and you’re getting excited. You start to tell people and they ask you the big question ‘What’s your niche?’. Hold on, whats this? You were meant to pick a what now? If you’re anything like me this is where you start to panic mildly. I just wanted to write, I didn’t think I would have to prescribe to a specific topic! It can feel like your being restricted when you where feeling so creative before that. What Is a Niche? So, first things first, what exactly is a niche? When used in blogging terms, Google defines it as the following: “denoting or relating to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialised section of the population.” Basically, you are trying to work out what type of content you are going to be uploading. This might be easy for some of you, you have a specific passion such as craft, mental health, or pet care. The rest of you are probably more like me and wanted…

How to Write a Great Blog Post (that you and your readers will love!)

Ever wonder what makes a great blog post? Read on for 5 tips to creating content you and your readers will love. #blogging
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesI’m gonna go ahead and assume that, as you’re a blogger, you’re already a kickass at writing 500 to 1000 words – probably even more, if you’re super inspired! But allow me to have this basic refresher for a sec: What makes a great blog post great? Honestly, there are as many kinds of great blog post as there are great bloggers. But I think Ana Hoffman from Traffic Generation Café summed it up perfectly: Sure, you have to consider what your readers like. But you also need to think about what fires you up. If you just publish a post because you need to, your readers will sense this. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of half-hearted pieces of writing and they really weren’t my best. And because you are an important part of this equation, there really aren’t any hard set rules you need to follow to write a great blog post. So instead, I have listed 5 tips on how you can improve your writing – and therefore, create more great posts for your readers. 1) Write how you speak   This is, by…

The 3 Most Important Technical Blogging Terms: SEO, DA, Analytics

One thing you can guarantee about blogging is there are A LOT of strange technical blogging terms and abbreviations! Most people come into blogging without any technical background and are baffled when they come across these technical blogging terms such as SEO, DA, and Analytics. #technicalblogging #bloggingterms #bloggingbasics #seo #domainauthority #blogbuddyp
This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesOne thing you can guarantee about blogging is there are A LOT of strange technical blogging terms and abbreviations! Most people come into blogging without any technical background and are baffled when they come across these technical blogging terms such as SEO, DA, and Analytics. Panic not! I’m here to give you a ‘Blogger Beginner’s Guide’ to the top three most important technical blogging terms you need to get to know.  And why! I should stress there are LOADS more than this, but these are the ones you are going to want to get to know about first. These are the ones which are going to help your blog really get off the ground.     How your blog gets found is with good Search Engine Optimization, or SEO   Also known as Search Engine Optimisation – this is what is going to make your website show up when people search for it.  The thing is, how will people no to search for you if they don’t know you exist?  Well, when you write blog posts, you will use certain words and terms. Then, when someone types in those…

How to Create an Editorial Calendar

Ever feel like your blogging game is off and your content strategy is off? Try using an editorial calendar. Read on for some snazzy tips in creating your own editorial calendar.
This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesOrganising Your Content When you start blogging, it can be all too easy to post loads of content in a very short space of time. Maybe in all the enthusiasm you post daily for a couple of weeks. Then reality kicks in and you realise that this isn’t sustainable, especially if you have a life outside of blogging! Most of us have day jobs or a family to tend to. All too soon you experience burnout and the amount of content you push out gets less and less frequent. You become demoralised and the whole things spirals. So how can you prevent this happening? Firstly, DON’T POST ALL YOUR CONTENT IN ONE GO!! Leave your reader wanting more. By building up a bit of suspense readers will be more likely to subscribe and read your content when it does come out. Secondly, create an Editorial Calendar! What is an Editorial Calendar? Coming in all shapes, sizes and formats, Editorial Calendars are your place to organise your posts (and your social media if you are super organised!). Some people like to keep them electronically in a spreadsheet and some…

Ready to Up Your Pinterest Game? Here’s 5 Things You Can Do Today

Ready to up your Pinterest game but don't know where to start? Friend, I gotchu. Here are five things you can start today to up your Pinterest game!
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesIf there was anything close to being the blogging Holy Grail, it would be Pinterest. No doubt about it. You’ve probably heard how it changed the blogging game for so many pro bloggers. You’ve read the articles: An increase in website traffic which led to having more opportunities which then turned to earn more income. I mean. Who wouldn’t be dazzled by such possibility? But the problem I find with Pinterest (and this is something I confirmed with some of the Buddy members in the Blogging Buddies Facebook group as well) is that it might take a long time before you see any results. So today, I will be guiding you through the beautiful world that is Pinterest and Pinterest’s puzzling and ever-changing algorithm. Whip out your pen and notepad, friend. This will be packed with info and tips that have helped me and other bloggers over the years. And hopefully, they will help you up your Pinterest game too. To start off: what is Pinterest? How does it work??? Pinterest, my eager student, is a social networking platform. I remember learning about Pinterest from this hairstyling Youtube…

5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog

Here's how you can start to monetize your blog in five ways today!
This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesWe all have one thing in common, which is our love for blogging! Now, I know that my love of blogging has made me come to the decision that I want my blog (Forever the Wander) to become my career. I know a lot of you want to do the exact same, well maybe not to the extent that I want, but you want to be able to make some sort of money from your blog too. Whether it’s just to cover the costs of running your website, money for your weekly shopping or to bring you, your boyfriend/husband or kids out for a nice little treat. Well, you can!   There are a lot of articles and information on how to monetize your blog and it can become very overwhelming so today I am going to break down 5 ways that you can monetize your blog starting today, if that’s what you really want.   Sponsored posts   A sponsored post is basically a private ad that a brand or company pays a blogger to put up a blog post, banner, graphic or link on their blog and…

Get to Know Your Blog Audience Personally With These Tips

How to get to know your blog audience personally: So, You write blog posts, you share the blog post, you count the likes. Repeat? If this is the simple process that you follow then I'm just going to take a moment today to reflect on the extra steps that it takes to build a following of readers. Viewers and followers that read your content, respond to that content, and consider it a credible and helpful resource to them, personally.
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesYou intend to get to know your blog audience personally, but your process goes something like this: You write blog posts, you share the blog post, you count the likes. Repeat? If this is the simple process that you follow then I’m just going to take a moment today to reflect on the extra steps that it takes to build a following of readers that you can get to know personally! Viewers and followers that read your content, respond to that content and consider it a credible and helpful resource to them.   That’s the keyword here personally, and you can do this by: Building an email list and writing a newsletter Replying to comments, direct messages, emails, and notifications regularly and personally Writing content directly to your Blog Avatar, and then reaching out to those people who are your Ideal Readers personally Networking with other common bloggers and groups, even becoming friends, in such a way that aligns you within the communities your readers will most likely engage with your content   Remember that it takes time and effort to build relationships, in real life and your…