If you are thinking of starting a blog then here are 15 actionable blogging tips for 2018 that will generate traffic to your blog almost instantly
The secret to a successful blog is great content and great content will, in turn, generate traffic to your blog providing it is found. Because content is king, right?
So let’s dig into my blogging tips for 2018 to help get your great content seen.
15 Blogging tips for 2018
The first of my blogging tips is to set your site up for success. And to generate traffic all day every day you will need to learn some SEO so that you are found by search engines. SEO may be a bit daunting at first but it really is just about optimizing the pages the way that Google likes them.
You can pretty much work with a SEO checklist and just work through the list to optimize your site or blog post. So blogging tip number one is…
Learn to SEO Optimize your blog site
Here are a few on-page ranking factors that should be on your SEO checklist when creating a new blog article.
- Is your main keyword phrase in your article title? So for example of your blog subject is “blogging tips” then a good title would be something like “15 Actionable Blogging Tips For 2018” or perhaps “Successful Blogging Tips In 2018”
- Your main keyword phrase should be within your blog posts permalink
- Use the keyword phrase in some sub-titles
- Add your keyword phrase throughout the body of your blog with related keyword phrases
- Add images to your blog post and optimize them with your main keyword phrase
- Implement H Tags for your sub-titles
These are just a few of the basic SEO ranking factors which can be crossed off a list. Any of the SEO Plugins that you can add to WordPress basically just provide you with a checklist or if you like a SEO to do list.
SEO is not hard and to prove it you just need to read my Simple Guide To SEO 2018 article which currently sits on page one of Google. And that is the power of Google once you can get some traction and get some favourable search results like my SEO Guide now has the traffic then flows in all day every day. So for me, the most important blogging tip is to get Google working for you.
Leverage your Social Channels and Social Media
The second of our blogging tips for 2018 is to leverage your social channels and social media. Choose 3 or 4 good social channels to work with. Brand those channels to your site and share to those channels, consistently. Don’t just share your own content.
Share related stories that you like to add value to your channels. Your socials should not just be about you. Adopt the 80/20 rule where you post 80% about your niche and mix in 20% of your own content.
Really engage with friends and followers. Mentions work extremely well on Facebook and help you beat Facebooks falling organic views that we are now seeing on Facebook. Mentions are also great on Twitter
Leverage your tier 2 Social Channels
These are the sites that you share to but don’t spend much time on. The rules are pretty much the same as above, with branding following your site and using the 80/20 rule.
Use relevant and related Hashtags
Hashtags give you the opportunity to be seen by anyone who searches the tags you use. Don’t go crazy with them though, I would suggest no more than 3 unless your content is long in length then you can squeeze a few more in. What you don’t want is for your shares to look spammy and create the wrong impression.
Make it easy for visitors to share your content
You have a chance to be quite clever here and not only offer an easy sharing solution for visitors but to also control the message that is shared with hashtags of your choice. Add a few plugins that help with this. You definitely need share buttons strategically placed on your site but take it further and seek out plugins that allow you to write a catchy call to action. Tweet This is a great Twitter Plugin that lets you make sections of text clickable links. When clicked you share the text as a tweet and any tags you assign to the text when you make it a tweet.
Create content consistently
Google likes to see new content published so work on a blogging schedule and post once or twice a week depending on your available time. You don’t have to go crazy it is better to create quality rather than quantity. But create quality regularly.
When you can’t create update
There is only so much time in the day so when you cant create new content then update existing content and keep it evergreen. This becomes more and more important as you continue to blog. Keeping posts up to date refreshes them and keeps them relevant to your audience and your new audience as you are found more.
It doesn’t have to cost you money to automate your social media. There are lots of really clever things you can do with IFTTT. For example, you can set up that when you Tweet you also post on Facebook or Instagram or wherever. Just bear in mind how what you share looks where you share it. All sites have different optimal image sizes so what looks good on one site may look terrible on another. You also don’t want to appear automated or you will kill your engagement.
I have forgotten how many times I have sung the praises of ViralContentBee and here is why
- It’s FREE (there is a paid version and the Free is all you need unless time is a real issue)
- Leverage other members followers outside of your own
- Find related niche content to share to keep your feeds relevant
- Share to and get shares on FB, Twitter, Pinterest and StumbleUpon
- Find great content to comment on (see below)
Here is my ViralContentBee Guide.
Blog commenting is really just another way to get traffic and engagement on your site. But for this to work you have to give a little to receive. Commenting on other bloggers articles give you a click-through link to your own site so if anyone likes what you say they can easily find you and comment on one of your articles. Relationships can be built this way.
You may want to offer so other bloggers the opportunity to guest blog on your site. Or you may want to find others who will let you post on theirs. If you guest blog for others then remember what you create has to be as good if not better as what you add to your own site. Again guest blogging is a great method to put you out there in front of new readers. It’s also a great source of backlinks and additional traffic.
Name your sources and qualify
When you write an article qualify what you say. Link to sources that confirm and qualify what you are writing about. This will ping site owners and you may well get reciprocal backlinks or at least some traffic as the webmasters visit to see why you linked to them. If they like what you have written you may get comments. You will more than likely get some shares because it is in their best interests for you content to be seen as they are part of it.
Brand or watermark your images
Your images are going to get pinned. They are going to appear on Google Images so let people know who created the images right away. Add your site logo or name or both to images that you create.
Read lots, educate yourself. Stay ahead of the game. You will always have ideas for new content if you do.
Consider roundup posts
Roundup posts are an opportunity to talk about what is happening in your niche and use content from those writing about it. Link those users to your content. We all love being mentioned. Play the engagement game if you want to build backlinks and traffic
15 Actionable Blogging tips for 2018 to generate more traffic – Takeaways
There are a lot more tips that I could have implemented into this article. Like Free Giveaways, and perhaps mentioned about running competitions etc. And they would have been great tips to include. But the 15 Blogging Tips for 2018 that we have mentioned are the ones that I consider to be the most valuable and beneficial for generating traffic quickly and consistently.
Do you have any blogging tips that you would like to share?
If you do then leave them in the comments section below and if I like what I read I will update and add your tip in with full credit given to you and your site
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