35 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Blog Right Now

I’m excited for you.

Why?

Because you’re two minutes away from discovering dozens of “golden nuggets” to boost your blog’s traffic, build an army of faithful followers and transform your blog into a sustainable business for years to come.

In this post you’ll discover 35 quick fixes to improve your blog. Some you’ll have done already… but chances are you haven’t done them all.

Best part? Most of these “quick fixes” can be done in under five minutes.

So let’s get started…

1. Add pagination units to your blog. As your blog grows, your older posts become nearly impossible to find. Readers are forced to click through the dreaded “Older Posts” link at the bottom of your blog.

Save them the trouble by adding pagination units to your blog. This plugin works wonders.

2. Boost your site speed. WordPress works great out the box… but it could run a lot faster. And with Google measuring site speed as a ranking factor you’ve got to get your blog blazing fast, like, yesterday. Install the W3 Total Cache Plugin and then follow these directions.

3. Get your SEO on. Like it or not, many bloggers get the lion’s share of their traffic from Google and other search engines. Don’t know much about SEO? Install the Yoast SEO Plugin and follow the directions.

4. Write delicious headlines. Your posts live and die by their headlines, so it pays to craft the best ones you can. The best headlines are newsworthy, benefit-driven and inspire curiosity. These headline templates will help you get started.

5. Strengthen your USP. Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is what separates you from, well, everyone else. If you’re blog is about weight loss… what separates you from every other weight loss blog? Maybe you need to write for women interested in losing weight through veganism. Now that’s different!

6. Update your permalinks. WordPress publishes some pretty trashy URLs by default. Change your permalinks from yourblog.com/p=2521 to something useful. You can edit each permalink in WordPress in the post section (right underneath the title).

7. Take a stand. Don’t be controversial for controversy sake… but take a stand on important topics. It will create discussion and help build your audience. Just be sure you really believe what you’re writing and back it up with facts!

8. Write every day. Even for 20 minutes. Even if you don’t publish anything. The mere act of writing daily improves your writing and keeps you accountable.

9. Write concisely. Use word economy. Read Editing Hacks until you think like an editor.

10. Protect yourself. Use WP-DB-Backup plugin to automatically backup your database every day.

11. Write faster. Here’s what works for me: write for ten minutes straight, stop for two minutes, then start again. You’ll be amazed at how much content your can crank out following this method (but of course, don’t forget to edit!).

12. Choose one MDA and stick to it. Every page on your blog should have a Most Desired Action (MDA). That is, what do you want your readers to do next? Subscribe? Read another post? Whatever it is, remove everything on that page that leads elsewhere. What should that MDA be, you ask? Simple…

13. Build your email list and treat them like gold. On TravelBloggerAcademy.com my email open rate hovers between 70 – 80% (whereas some are thrilled with half that). Why? Because every email is crammed with value. Your subscribers are your partners – treat them that way. Here’s a quick fix: compile a list of killer resources and email it to them.

14. Streamline your social media. Facebook and Twitter are major time-sucks if used improperly. Use Google Reader to find interesting content, then use Buffer to schedule your Tweets and Shares throughout the day on autopilot.

15. Write a meta description for EVERY post. After downloading the Yoast SEO plugin you’ll have the option to write a custom meta description. Do so!

16. Use formatting to your advantage. Space paragraphs out (no more than four lines per paragraph) and break them up with sub-headers. Use bullets.

17. Identify your audience. Use Quantcast to understand your website’s demographic – then look at related sites to see how they match up. Always write content with your demographic in mind!

18. Respond to emails. If your subscribers email you, respond! Even if it’s a short “Thanks!” it proves you’re a real person who cares about them.

19. Pitch guest posts to top bloggers. You can see the effect of an astonishing 50 guest posts in one day in this case study. It builds your authority, provides great links and even provides some direct traffic.

20. Build partners. Know someone in your niche already? Offer to share each other’s content with your respective audiences.

21. Rewrite your About Page. Your About Page probably gets more traffic than you realize. Follow this simple formula: start by talking about what’s in it for your readers, then provide social proof (where your blog has appeared, awards, etc.) and THEN talk about yourself. Also, be sure to put an opt-in on this page!

22. Add a search bar. People like search bars – so give it to them!

23. Kill a feature. This ties in with #12. See those thing-ees in your sidebar? Chances are, there’s at least one feature no one uses. Kill it.

24. Install advanced analytics. I really like this heatmap plugin because it shows where people are clicking on my blog. An alternative is to use Crazy Egg. Find out what people want more of and give it to them.

25. Survey your audience. If you’ve got a sizable audience already, use Google Docs or Survey Monkey to ask your visitors open-ended questions. If you’re just starting out, ask people in the comments section what they’d like to see more of.

26. Provide your contact information. There’s nothing more annoying than wanting to contact a blog owner, but they don’t provide any contact info. By providing a contact form and your direct email address you’ll gain valuable user feedback and possibly some great business opportunities.

27. Pay for a professional design. OK, this isn’t quick or easy, but it’s so worthwhile I had to mention it. If you want to go pro, you’ve got to look the part… and a designer can help you make a splendid first impression.

28. Add a custom favicon. Speaking looking like a pro, you need your own personal favicon. Create your own at favicon.cc.

29. Schedule your posts ahead of time. Come hell or high-water, at least you’ve got content planned to go out.

30. Make any sponsored links “no-follow”. While I don’t think there’s anything ethically wrong here, it’s against Google’s guidelines and can kill your search traffic.

31. Split test something. Whether it’s your broadcast emails in Aweber, your opt-in forms or sales pages, just test something. Small improvements add up over time.

32. Offer to help. Shoot an email to a prominent blogger and offer to help them (by writing an eBook or offering your expertise for free). Good karma all around.

33. Use SocialBro. This app scans your Twitter followers and determines the best time to Tweet. Best part? It connects with Buffer, so you can schedule Tweets to go out when your audience is online!

34. Use a timer. Install a timer on your browser and give yourself a set period of time to work on a task. That ticking clock will help keep you focused.

35. Recycle your emails. Gmail’s Canned Responses is the greatest thing EVER. Simply save an email you wrote, and then re-use it with the click of a button!

So there you have it: 35 quick fixes to improve your blog today.

Which ones did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!

Adam Costa is Editor in Chief of Trekity.com – a crazy new travel site. Read the full case study on how he got 8,370 pageviews the first week of launch. You can (and should!) follow him on Twitter.

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21 thoughts on “35 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Blog Right Now”

  1. Abhik says:

    WOW!!!
    Awesome list, Adam 🙂

  2. Faizan Elahi says:

    Great list full of useful tips.

  3. I agree with Abhik, fantastic list! My favorites were 11. and 19. I really need to start guest blogging, I always say I will do it but I never do.

    Thanks Adam,
    Bradley Nordstrom
    BradleyIsCool

  4. John Banks says:

    Really useful list – thanks!

    I would like to say I try to do most of them – but I do not do all!

    I would like to add 36 – Use Social Adr, great way of getting bookmarks (backlinks) quickly.

    Regards,
    John

  5. Anja says:

    Thank you so much for this nice article with so many great tips to improve your blog and WordPress. I will start with number 1, 10 and 34.

  6. Great tips for beginners. Never knew about social bro.

  7. McKay Allen says:

    This is a great list. The problem we so, however, is that very few companies have the bandwidth or the personnel to write content extensively (especially good content.

  8. Some good points. Personally, I think the best advice is to look at your site with completely fresh eyes every once in a while – really look, like you’re looking for the first time. It always drives through some changes.

  9. DylanC says:

    Great list for bloggers. I’d like to add a WordPress plugin such as UpPrev. Which is a great slide in panel for the next post at the bottom of the page.

  10. Gekko says:

    Good to know this stuff. For point 28 yesterday I look around how to do it. I talk to one of my friends and he said that is not so important to have. Maybe, but it’s nice 🙂

  11. Richard says:

    Nice list!

    How about feeding your blog to FB and Twitter using twitterfeed?
    How about emailing your list to let them know you’ve updated your blog?

  12. James Artre says:

    JC,

    Very extensive list on ways to improve your blog.

    Golden nuggets, every one of them!

    I enjoy reading your posts JC, and always learn something of value I can use.

    Be well,

    James

  13. faisal says:

    Super awesome tips, very well said. Speed and good posts are helpful

  14. Cool…thanks John for the mention of http://www.ClickHeatDynamo.com

    Let me know if you would like to offer your readers a discount.

    Thanks!
    ~ Wesley

    PluginDynamo.com
    ClickHeatDynamo.com

  15. Terry Conti says:

    Hi Adam,

    Value packed blog post you have here. These are terrific methods you can do and use and they should not be ignored.

    I believe with all the goodies we put together to have a good blog and get the best traffic blog hopping is on top for getting free traffic.

    Not only to you get free traffic you get to meet a whole bunch of like minded people.

    You get to learn so much on so many different topics from visiting other blogs and building relationships that when you have a problem we can all help each other out.

    Also when we recommend something people will listen. Also when they recommend something we listen. This is one of the best ways that sales are made.

    Terry Conti

  16. Thanks for that. I was actually looking for a good inexpensive heat tracker, so that was an extra bonus.

    Cheers
    Anthony

  17. quantranblog says:

    Thank so much for your detail instruction.

  18. Veronika says:

    Super awesome tips
    Great share thanks

  19. Sune says:

    For some reason, I have always struggled to with my headlines. The headline templates link that you included, will surely help me a lot in future!! Thanks!

  20. Albert Paul says:

    Very informative,Thank you very much for this amazing article,I’m going to optimize my blog right now..

  21. Pavan Somu says:

    Need to follow this steps and boost up my blog.

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