10 Quick Tips to Improve Your Blog and Make Money Online

Let me be the first to congratulate you on joining the wonderful world of blogging. This is an atmosphere of endless possibilities and opportunities. The catch to this world is being unique and staying a step ahead of the game. The major question you have to ask yourself when starting or running an existing blog is, “What makes my blog different enough for them to choose mine to read?” I can’t lie and say that the answer to that cannot be tricky at times and the techniques necessary to make the readers choose you can take some time to grab a hold of. But don’t be discouraged or quit blogging because you have not reached your desired success yet. This post will hopefully come to the rescue and give you some useful tips to improve your blog, get killer guest posts and the end result of course will be more traffic.

1. Let’s Start With the Obvious

Your blog can be one of the jazziest looking ones out there, you have all the right links, tags are placed where they need to be but still no traffic. Well, before going down the road to all the technical stuff, did you bother to read your content? If you are a blogger that is quick to throw anything up there just to meet your posting schedule then you may not need to read any further. There is no other way to say it, if your content sucks then your traffic will suck too. Now it wouldn’t be right to tell you that the content on your blog sucks and not tell you how to fix it, so listen up.

  • If you get bored reading, then your readers will too.
  • If it is not something you are interested in, why bother?
  • If it is something you know nothing about, your “expert” readers will laugh and leave.

The bottom line is a blog is a way of saying I have enough credibility on the subject to read what I have to say. If you came across a blog and the writer wasn’t saying much and didn’t sound like they knew what they were talking about, would you go back?

2. Write It Well
Yes we just talked about content in tip one but there is so much to say about it we needed a tip two. This should also serve as a hint on how important the content is for the life if your blog. Here are a few simple, no let’s rephrase that, essential rules to follow:

  • If you are writing a personal blog, remember that other than your close friends and family most people just don’t care. In order to attract other readers you have to give your personal opinion on some hot topics or issues that will provoke comments.
  • Ok now here is the balance to rule number one. Do the research on the topic don’t just post how you think it happens or what you think is going on. Address the facts and opinions from both sides of the issue.
  • Edit, edit, edit. Play with the title to make it interesting. Give extra special attention to the first paragraph because it is the most important one. This will determine whether the reader stays or goes.
  • The last rule is simple. Be yourself. It’s ok to be funny, crack a joke or two. It actually makes the reader what to hear more from you.

3. Be Consistent
Yep you got it another content tip! Ok this time it’s more of the technical side of things. You need to write, write, and write. And post, post, post. Update your blog as often as possible. After doing this for a while go in and see when your site is getting the most traffic. After you gather this information use it to post your best work during those times. Ok here’s the hard part. If you have written a post that has everybody buzzing then you can’t come behind it with a flop. Find more things to write about on the topic or an alternative way to write what has already been written.

4. Make it Beautiful
Ok enough about content, now let’s talk about dressing up those great words with a good picture. See the statement is true a picture is worth a thousand words so if you can only come up with 4 or 5 hundred then a good picture is exactly what you need to take up the slack. Not to mention the fact the Google image will grab a hold of that picture and it will become another means for you to gain traffic. Make the blog pop. Find some unique ways to make people remember and think of your blog even after they are long gone.

5. Comments
There is nothing sadder then a post with no comments. It looks so lonely and most people assume that because no one had anything to say that no one is visiting. The way to avoid the embarrassment especially as a new blog is to disable the comments for a while. After you start getting a good number of readers or subscribers then you can open up the option. By then there will be some readers who are dying to say something. The best part is they are probably wanting to comment on something they read before which ends up giving an old post new life.

6. Join a Forum
No matter what it is you like to write about, there is a forum or blog out there on the subject. Once you find these blogs and forums it is best to comment on them regularly. Just don’t forget the most important part and that’s to sign every post or comment with your signature and blog url.

7. Link, Link, Link
Of course search engines love a good link. Make sure the links you use serve your blog content but remember too much of anything can be a bad thing so don’t over link.  The most important thing about linking is giving credit where credit is due. If you are using the quote of another person or blog be sure and link to that blog.

8. Tag it
Just like links, tags are your friends when it comes to search engines. Your visitors will love them as well because it helps them navigate through your blog site and find the information they are interested in or other topics related to your current post. That is why it is important to use precise, relevant, and eye catching tags.

9. Make Blog Directories Work for You
Take the time to submit your blogs on Blog Directories. This will make your blog easier to find and rank on the search engine. A couple of good directories are Technorati and Blogcatalog. Once you submit your work don’t forget to press the “Submit” button so that all the search engines know you’re there.

10. Invite Guests
No matter how awesome your blog may be and how much your readers love you, sometimes it is smart to let other people have their 15 minutes of fame on your blog. Pulling in the ideas of another expert in your blogging niche is bound to get you some very useful links.

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26 thoughts on “10 Quick Tips to Improve Your Blog and Make Money Online”

  1. Thanks for this John,

    Awesome content! 🙂 I have been mulling over what to do with my blog, and now I have a bit of a guide to go with.

    I must say I like the part about being nice looking, you always think seo when you write content but making it look nice is quite an important matter.

    Cheers! 🙂

    Zayne Thompson

  2. This is an awesome post. For many bloggers I think a big one if consistant. I cannot tell you how many blogs I loved, but then in no time they are down to posting an article every week or two. That drives me crazy. If you can insure your users will have something to read when they come back, they may actually come back more often for a change.

  3. Ferb says:

    Exactly, they are important to be care of before we actually going to generate revenues to blog.

    Tag and category are use to organising posts. However I don’t really use tag but use category to organise posts instead.

    Thanks for sharing – Ferb

  4. Honestly speaking, your take on creating good and unique contents is perhaps the only “Joker” to can catapult a newbie blogger into prominence in the blogosphere. And am a testimony to that. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mi Muba says:

    Thank God I have not reached the level of despair in blogging maybe becoz my blog is just four months old. But your points are good precautions for me to avoid such stage of thinking to quit blogging.
    very informative post Chow; keep guiding us

  6. Hello John,
    Really great tips, I can say. Writing well is the key of success in blogging.

    Thanks for sharing

  7. faisal says:

    So its a complete approach which takes time.

  8. Amanda Prior says:

    Thanks for the post John, you’ve got some good points here.

    I wish I’d thought of disabling comments when I started my blog. It’s still relatively young, and the posts look so lonely on their own!

    That being said, my stats tell me people are visiting the site. I’ve just added commentluv to try and encourage discussions. Hopefully given time I can build a solid relationship with my readers.

    Amanda

  9. David Smith says:

    I guess you are guru of internet marketing. However, you have not give out the complete guide like s-codes.com. The posts on your blog is useful for the people who has known something about IM. For the newbies, they can not understand what you are saying.

  10. Tablet news says:

    Content is always very important.but to well known article on your blog I think there should be a title to attract visitors and also good for seo

  11. Bekra says:

    About #9 – Can you submit blogs to Technorati again? I haven’t been able to submit one since last year. Great reminder list either way, ty.

  12. Hmmm…disable comments. That seems like a good idea!

  13. Mikka says:

    Excellent post thanx a lot it gives some guidelines and helps to organise one’s work…not always easy to stay focused with all the different tasks!

    I think consistency and value are key. It’s not easy to continue blogging when you barely have any visitors at the beginning. But your goal must be to deliver a much value as possible to your readers. The rest will follow. Just takes some time…

    This makes me think at a saying of Newt Gingrich: Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did!

  14. Donna says:

    Thanks so much for this information. It may seem obvious however it’s these type things we gloss over. Thanks again. Great content!

  15. junior says:

    as a newbie blogger, i learned a lot form your post john! thanks for the post!

  16. Thanks for the post!
    Providing a great content is indeed the most important thing. Story telling is for sure a great way to attract attention and express yourself. Good content makes people relate to blogger and it obligates people to share your posts. And social signals links (links from social media sites) are maybe the best kind of links in term of SEO!
    I think that no other “penguin” or “panda” updates can change that!

  17. Keeping a blog active is difficult to do but it is a key factor in success. Posting regularly will keep people coming back, attract new people, and improve your chances of ranking in the search engines. Set aside time every day to dedicate to your blog and don’t let it sit idle.

  18. Pratap Singh says:

    Great tip John. I accept all the points you mentioned above. The most difficult part is update your blog frequently. And the second most difficult part is to find the right post topic. Can you suggest any idea or site where I can get some tips for technology related posts?

    Thanks in advance.

  19. Andrew says:

    Great info John! I almost feel like I’ve gotten more info out of your blog and free ebooks than out of two other different affiliate marketing courses I’ve purchased. Keep up the great value!

  20. Fedobe says:

    Hi John! First, I would like to thank for such type of valuable post. As a beginner in blogging world I have gained step by step blogging process from your post. Hope you will continue your greatness by posting this type of blog.

    Have a nice day!

  21. Dean Saliba says:

    Some solid advice, I wasn’t sure if submitting to blog directories was relevant anymore. I’ll see if I can find some to submit to. 🙂

  22. Great post John, point number 1 nailed it for me, it really is that simple, if you can nail those 3 bullet points then why bother with that blog! It’s a quick route to failure… unless you can get it to a point where you can then fill it with guest posts and just be the owner! But to get there may be a struggle!

  23. Thanks for the info John! I think that link building might be the key to an internet marketing success. Links help your SEO a lot and give you many opportunities to promote your brand through the public which means more traffic and sales!

  24. Great post! I have been in the process of getting my blog updated and I found some of the items mentioned here especially relevant. The point about reviewing the content prior to posting is especially important. If you put “junk” up on the wall (bad grammar and spelling), this will only result in down arrows from the readers.

    Thanks again!
    Erik

  25. Victor Steel says:

    The tips which has been mentioned in this blog is quite interesting but still I thinks that the content of the blog plays main role. Its yours valuable content which makes whole blog interesting and unique than others.

  26. Steve V says:

    Thanks for the tips, I will put then to use. I have two blogs one for guitar and musician related topics which is doing 15-30 visitors per day and my other for web design and IM which I just started building and has low traffic numbers.

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