The start of a new year means time for change, especially when it comes to your blog. What better time to tweak, adjust, and make improvements. I have 14 ways that you can Better Your Blog in 2014!

14 Ways to  Better Your Blog in 2014

14 Ways to Better Your Blog in 2014: Part 1

1. Try Something New. I swore I would never add one of those “Like Me on Facebook” pop ups when you visit my site. But curiousity has gotten the better of me. So I am trying it for a month. Let’s see if this thing really does work. I’ll report back at the end of the month and let you know my thoughts. But the point is, try something new. Maybe it’s a new social media platform. Maybe it’s blogging less. Pick something and just try!

2. Create Landing Pages. I wish I could take credit for this one but I can’t. Barb of A Life in Balance shared this tip on our Better Your Blog Facebook Group {Wanna join? Check us out!} So what exactly is a landing page? If you are writing about one topic over and over again, it’s a good idea to create a landing page for all of those posts. I put together one for my Elf on the Shelf Ideas. Simply create a new page, add a few sentences describing your category and add your links. You can use InLinkz like I did for the Elf on the Shelf Page or use images and /or links like I did for my Photography landing page.

create a landing page

3. Track Your Stats. You are probably already checking your pageviews and traffic but are you really analyzing them. This past year, I created a Blog Statbook where I tracked a ton of information each month. I track the following:

  • Social Media Growth
  • Pageviews and Visitors on Both Statcounter and Google Analytics
  • Traffic Sources
  • Popular Pages
  • Google & Alexa Rankings
  • Keywords

View an example of my Blog Statbook.

4. Get organized. Whether that means cleaning off of your desk, your desktop, or filling in your editorial calendar. When you get yourself better organized, the writing will happen.

5. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Pick one thing a month you want to work on. If you want to grow your Facebook numbers, focus on engaging more for a whole month. You can’t master everything all at once. By breaking it down piece by piece, it will all come together like a puzzle.

6. Rewrite your About Me Page. The beginning of the new year is a great time to take a look at your About Me page. Update the ages of your children or put the year they were born instead {less updating},  add any new achievements or awards, and make sure all of your links are properly working. I like to take a look at my About Me page every quarter and make little changes.

7. SEO it! If you want Google to find you, you must learn how to SEO {Search Engine Optimization} your posts. It’s ok if you don’t quite get what SEO is or how to SEO a post. It’s something that some people just get and others struggle with. There are many free {and cheap} resources out there that can help you get a better handle on how to SEO your blog.  Check out some of my favorite SEO resources to help you along the way!

Check back next week for Part 2 of 14 Ways to Better Your Blog in 2014!

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