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What’s Your Blogging Purpose?

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What’s your blog’s purpose?

Can you explain the purpose of your blog in two split secondsYou must wonder why I ask this question?

Except you are blogging incognito, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if people ask you what your blog is all about when you introduce it to them.

The last thing you want is to do is to mumble garbled thoughts that leave them wondering if your orange juice is spiked.

Your intention is to sound brilliant, concise, engaging and with a twinkle in your eyes when you speak about your blogging passion. Your little snippet should make them want to visit and capture some of your magical dust 😉

People have various reasons for blogging; from blogging for personal pleasure to blogging for business reasons.

With my tongue in my cheek, I dare to point out that if you are blogging just for your personal pleasure and entertainment then you should probably skip this post.

However, if per chance you are trying to engage others with your content, then it’s time to take a deep breath and ponder on your purpose for a few minutes.

  • Ask yourself if the purpose of your blog is easy to define?
  • What do you aim to do with it?
  • How are you testing whether you’re reaching your desired effect?

Answering these questions will help you know if you are on the mark or shooting off the range.

A Multi-Purpose blog.

My first blog ‘a cooking pot and twisted tales’ is a blog of many faces and it started out as an effort to dedicate time to my writing (stories, poetry).

It was initially for my pleasure. A personal creative outlet, but the more enthused I become with her, the more I want to share her with everyone else, so it’s no longer just about me.

At the beginning, I struggled with the attempt to define it because I was still trying to understand this new entity that I was creating.

Now as the months go by, I see it evolving. I see a growing community around my blog and more consistency in the things that I share.

I recognize my underlying goal to share useful information, to share thoughts that provoke reflection and to improve other people’s experience as I journey to my self-improvement.

On the other hand, the purpose of this platform ‘The Art of Beautiful Expressions,’ is simply that of a tool to educate and to share information with others who seek for ways to enhance their creativity and to make their passion a profitable portfolio.

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No matter which way that you choose to look at your blog:

  • as an online diary of your life,
  • as a showcase for your talents
  • to share a particular ability that you have,
  • as a way to promote your products that you believe others would find beneficial,
  • as a way of creating meaningful engagements,
  • as a means of providing knowledge, learning and connecting with like-minded people,

remember that it’s a media property which allows you to be any/all the above and many other things.

What happens when you don’t find ‘the why’ for your blog?

There are several disadvantages that result from not having a defined blog.

  • The lack of purpose is like a ship moving without a compass. In relation to your blog, not knowing the proper direction to go, will simply result in wandering aimlessly all over the humongous world of internet and getting lost in there.
  • Without your purpose, you have no goals to meet and a blog without defined goals stays unfocused.
  • Without specified goals, your seriousness about your blog is not a priority and your content suffers. Remember that content is King and it’s your content that engages the readers.
  • Building loyal readers from a blog that lacks purpose is an uphill task. They simply have no idea what they are looking for and why they should keep coming back.
  • When you fail to find any purpose for your blog, you will soon find yourself consistently copying other successful blogs. This way you will lose your own identity, your own voice, and originality.

Some Upsides of Having Purpose

  • Blogging with purpose creates impact and leaves a longer lasting impression on your readers. They find something that resonates with them.
  • Purposeful blogging connects people and builds a community who keep coming back in light of the interest it creates for them. They seek whatever it is you are offering along the way and they want your material to enlighten, to entertain, tell, inspire them or any other satisfaction that you are providing.
  • Instills confidence in the blogger and the readers. When you write with passion and purpose it tells. You are in a better place to convince readers who believe in your recommendations or products.
  • Self-discipline becomes easier and working on your blog provides immense satisfaction and not stress. When your passion aligns with your goals everything down the line becomes relatively easier.

Defining Your Purpose

Having come this far into the article lets take a quick look at ways that would help you to define your blog’s purpose.

  1. Create a list of your interests by looking at:
    • the things you are passionate about
    • the things that interest you
    • your hobbies
    • your experience or ability
  2. For starters, focus on those points that you can find ample material to write your blog posts.
    • such as, having a family and raising children provides you with lots of material
    • you might want to explore your interest in photography or cooking
    • sewing or other crafts/DIY
  3. Organize your choices in categories and sub-categories
    • Now that you’ve identified your categories, try to organize them into similar subjects.
    • for instance, in my first blog, I have a category called creative writing and the subs, poetry, flash fiction, short stories…
  4. Start from your strongest point.
    • Especially for newbie bloggers, it’s always better to take off from the category that offers you more topics to write on. This would help to build your confidence and make it less stressful trying to find topics to write about.
  5. Create a Tagline.
    • Now that you’ve created categories for your blog, make a brief summary of them in a sentence or two.
    • This will be your blog’s tagline and serve as a quick description for your readers.

For example, my tagline for this blog is ‘a resource center for your creativity – blog, write, speak, vlog, photography…’ 

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Conclusion

To define the purpose of your blog is like setting a goal. Your platform will be more focused and will create a stronger impact on your readers.

However, with all said and done no one should tell you what to blog about or if you must blog with a purpose.

This is all a matter of choice, but the most important choice is to enjoy what you are doing. Like life, blogging and passion evolve over time so make the best of the journey.

My question above remains, what’s your blogging purpose? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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5 Empowering Ways To Use Your Voice Today

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The Power in Your Voice

Do you believe that your voice has power and that it could make a difference?

Your voice is the most important tool that you have. A lot of power lies in your words and communication and the failure to use your voice, to Your Life Speak especially in today’s world is a waste. It’s essential to find ways of expressing ourselves as unique people with our own personal styles and experiences.

There are many ways that you could amplify your voice to enhance your creativity and explore the possibilities that lie before you in the Spoken word.

We may not all be gifted with the decibel to sing but we can talk and literally inspire and influence others with our words. The power to shape your own image lies with you and you have to find and embrace the voice that is completely yours.

Here are 5 easy ideas on how you can use the spoken word today:

  1. Use your voice on social media. Share a video clip or podcast of you with an empowering message for others.
  2.  Read your poetry or a short story for others to listen to.
  3. Write about something that you couldn’t talk about easily before and read it out. It’s a therapy that frees you.
  4. Speak about those things you love or the people who inspire you.
  5. Share a tip that you would like others to know.

I hope you pick one idea today and use your voice to enrich your life as well as those around you.

Remember that it takes one step at a time to get to the level of those brilliant orators who inspire you endlessly. They also had to bravely come out of their shell by starting small. Maybe, this will help you come out of your shell if you are in one.

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Essential Writers Tips – Go Easy on The Punctuations

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Curb the exclamations!

Guilty as charged. I am one of those writers who loves to emphasize words with punctuations and I believe there are a lot of us. It’s a no-no.

As much as you would love to make that emphasis, avoid using a lot of exclamation marks or using them with a question mark to tell a reader how important something is.

Minimal use of exclaiming punctuations serves as an opportunity to explore your descriptive capabilities as a writer.

Exclamation Point

  • The Exclamation point (!):  Added to show yelling (in a dialogue ) or extreme emotion (in a narrative).

Don’t use more than one (!!), and avoid using it with a question mark (!?).

Most editors discourage its usage, the rule of thumb is not more than two or three exclamation points in an entire manuscript.

This is because overuse of the exclamation point creates room for weaker writing when the writer uses it consistently to show emotion. Instead, a writer should use a stronger dialog or narrative that will better convey that emotion.

Question Mark

  • The Question mark (?): Is used to punctuate a question. Need not be more than one (??) and not used with an exclamation point (?!).

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Publish posts on Niume. Start earning immediately.




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Publish and Start Earning Immediately

Earning from their creativity is the biggest challenge that most bloggers/creators face.

One of the goals of this platform blog is to seek tested ways that bloggers/writers, creative people can maximize and get the best out of their creativity and a huge part of that is earning some revenue.

It is my belief that asides from personal gratification, an artist/creator should earn from their endeavours and I can’t say this enough. We also have bills to pay like every other person.

In my quest to keep sourcing for ways of building income streams from my passion, I came across Niume.com.

I started using it to test and see. Based on my experience so far, I can say that Niume is a site that shares its’ revenue with its’ users.

Therefore, I would like to share with my readers’. You can promote your blog, publish your articles as well as earn from Niume.

The beauty of getting on Niume is that you don’t have to start creating new articles to publish if you already have articles that originally belong to you on your blog. You could re-purpose them and publish them right away.

It offers an opportunity for more exposure and as well as an opportunity to earn.

Here’s how it works:

Revenue streams

  • From Posts

On Niume you generate revenue based on the number of views on your posts.

Niume now pays a $1 RPM (revenues per mille) for the views on your posts.

Once the amount that you have generated plus the amount you earned through referrals reaches at least $10 dollars you will unlock your revenues and paid directly to your Paypal account.

  • From Referrals

They urge you to spread the love and gain some reward.

When a new creator that registered to the site through your personal referral link creates his/her first post you will both receive $1.

In order to count for referral, the post created must meet Niume’s content guidelines and not be removed by moderators.

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Photography

Art

Lifestyle

Travel

Literature

Interesting

Culture

Music

Technology

Business

Sport

Movies

It’s really that simple. Log in through my referral link, thank you very much, register your blog, publish and you simply watch your dashboard tell you how much you’ve earned each time.

I would love to hear from you when you try it out. Share your experience with us and do remember that nothing ventured, nothing gained.

 

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Photo Theme – Tips for Shooting the dogs.

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Dogs

No, I didn’t shoot a dog! I meant capturing their photos 😉

Photographs for letter D was not an easy choice to make, so I went with both suggestions ‘dogs and decorations.’

I love both prompts because dogs are just beautiful, intelligent pets that bring comfort and delight to their owners.

The photo theme challenge is not only for practice but to help you build a library of your own images that could be used for your blog posts, for submission to photo sites, for sale et cetera.

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Tips for taking pet photos

Taking photos of pets can sometimes be difficult because they tend not to stay still for several minutes, but with your camera settings in mind and a couple of tricks, you could capture wonderful snapshots worth thumping your chest over.

  1. Make them the center of attraction. You could make a strange sound to draw their attention to you and be ready to take the photo once you’ve got that attention.
  2. Photograph them doing their thing naturally. When you don’t have time to stage a scene, keep your camera handy and wait for your pet to express its quirky sides. You’ll find lots of moments to capture.
  3. Avoid pointing your flash directly at your subject. It gives them the creepy red-eye. If you must use a flash, use a flash diffuser that would make sure you have more natural lighting in your photos.
  4. Explore different perspectives: from the human height, getting down to their level or on the floor, or standing up high and shooting from straight down.
  5. Use your fast shutter speed settings. Knowing that your pet would move before you can whistle Jimmy – their priority is not to sit still for a photo shoot – set your camera to shutter priority and the dial in the fastest speed possible. You could also try your action mode. Increasing your ISO would guarantee a better image no matter what your Fido decides to do at that time.

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I snuck in a celebration photo. There’s something about party decorations that just make you feel happy.

It’s the insinuation of good times and memories. So, I guess both go well together.

As against pets, balloons stay in a place, except when they are waving in the wind.

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Things That Make Blogging Dreary: Yeah! I Said That.

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To Blog or To Wash

There are day’s that I equate blogging with the boring class of washing dishes or clothes. These two are not my favourite house chores and I am yet to meet anyone who’s ecstatic about them.

Why no good fellow has thought it wise to create an elegant and smart gadget that removes the clothes after a wash, irons, folds them and puts them away nicely is a question that I ask from time to time. Now that’s a good manufacturing idea for someone to tinker around with.

You might wonder why I put blogging in the same group with housework. Okay, it’s not every day that blogging falls into that status, there are days that I do find it exciting, especially when I feel my brain cells swell with knowledge, however, here are my reasons.

Blogging’s Dreary Parts

Blogging requires dedication.

Blogging requires plugging away at it week after week just like those house chores that always materialize from thin air. You simply can’t run away from doing it to keep it going consistently.

Blogging takes time and flattens your gluteus maximus.

I keep imagining that all the hours spent sitting on my glutes instead of primping and plumping them up must have its’ side effects. Some days I feel as though my bum is getting a square shape from all the hours of sitting.

Housework takes time and sets my teeth on edge.

Starting up a blog and keeping it going takes up time. You start writing a quick post and several hours later, you are still nowhere near the end of what you want to write.

The trick here is to having as many drafts as possible in your folder to help you on the days that you don’t have all the time to spare. You could also consider renting a freelance writer if it’s essential.

To succeed in blogging, you need a plan.

No, you can’t fly by the seat of your pants and expect to make it work. Not having a plan is a good recipe for not succeeding as you would like.

I find this rather annoying. Why can’t we just write and the World queues up to read the golden drops of brilliance from our revered stations as writers?

On the other hand, developing a work plan to grow your blog is not difficult, but the crucial aspect is to stick to it.

That’s the magic wand. Create a workable plan. Stick to the plan.

You need oodles and oodles for patience.  

You took all that precious time, wrote that fabulous post of yours with your life’s blood used as ink. You edited, polished and edited it again, then you hit the publish button. Hours, Days, Weeks, squeak…no one is reading it. You could have probably used that time to bake several loaves of bread, you mutter.

Why is no one reading it? You could have sworn that your article is a piece vying for a Pulitzer, but the truth is that starting out your blogging journey is lonely and readers take their time to latch on.

Your mother and possibly your sister who you coerced with pancakes from IHOP’s are the only ones’ reading it and there are days that they may forget to cheer for you.

Don’t Quit

Whatever the case is, don’t stop blogging. Don’t quit on your blog.

People have many reasons for not blogging. Some worry about exposing their vulnerability as one of their reasons.

For me, no matter how square my bum gets or as dreary as plugging away on the blog might become, I would choose to do it over and over. It’s a faithfully satisfying love affair.

So tell me, what’s your dreary reason?

ESSENTIAL WRITERS TIPS – Cut Adverbs

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Adverbs

To use or not to use adverbs is one big controversy in the writing world.  The rule is to use them sparingly if at all.

I loved using adverbs because they were convenient, but as I started understudy on how to write professionally it was challenging to learn how not to make the mistake of the constant use of adverbs.

I still get tempted to – by the force of habit – but with consistent practice, it gets better.

Why Cut Adverbs?

  • Adverbs are weak. Remember the show don’t tell rule.
  • They make writing sound lazy and amateurish.
  • Cutting adverbs makes you more imaginative as a writer. You expand your search for other descriptions for what you want to say.
  • Adverbs create redundant words.
  • They clutter your writing and makes it vague.
  • Adverbs interrupt the flow of action.

A good old plain ‘she said or he said’ is better than too many superfluous and dramatic adverbs.

For example,

‘Why the hell did you do say that!’ he said angrily

‘Get away from me right now!’ she yelled loudly

Would read better as:

‘Why the hell did you say that!’ he said.

‘Get way from me right now!’ she yelled.

Those adverbs are not necessary because their emotions are already expressed in their words. We already know that they are angry.

Sometimes less is more. Too many adverbs weaken a prose and subverting them creates more vivid writing.

There are instances where using adverb is necessary, such as writing suspense when the character’s action is paramount to the story.

For example: 

He lightly tiptoed to the door. What if the use of ‘light tiptoe’ is used to anticipate fear or the expectation of an action? This adverb is there to create apprehension in the reader – it serves a purpose being there and not a redundant word.

Cutting adverbs will help you find the balance between overwriting and a good show and tell writing.

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Shooting Tricky City scenes – Photo Theme

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Adding people to your street shot

Taking street photos is a bit tricky because busy streets are hardly devoid of people going about their business. You need to shoot your images without getting into people’s personal space or being too intrusive.

Then again, people make photos more interesting so applying a little trick would allow you to add people in your images.

When we take photos of non-human subjects, the tendency is to look at our LCD screen to see the immediate result of our shots, however, when taking photos of people in the streets looking at your screen immediately after your shot is not what you should do.

Take the shots you need but don’t move the camera immediately away from your eye. Keep your camera focused on the background around them so that even when they glance in your direction,  it appears as though your focus is more engrossed in the background than on them.

Remember that people are leery of photographers. That’s why you need to be discreet and not in their face except where you have express consent to photograph them – you could always ask when you need a specific shot.

Another way to add people to your composition is to start by aiming your camera above, below or to their sides. Take a shot or two of an image next to them and at the last moment, you move the camera so that they added to the scene.

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Clouds

I couldn’t resist sneaking in two different images for the letter ‘C’ part of the photography theme challenge.

Taking photo shots of clouds is always a pleasure. Though clouds may seem pretty mundane because they are commonplace – up there in the sky where all you have to do is to look up and see them, their value is not diminished.

They have a lot of character. They are constantly changing in form and place and always fascinating to watch.

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BLOG BYTES – Your First Audience is You.

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Blog Tip – Write For Yourself

When we first start blogging we get caught in the wedge of whom to write for what to write about and many other salient issues that bother every beginner blogger.

Don’t forget that the most important aspect why you took up blogging or writing is because it’s something that you are passionate about and want to continue to do. Therefore, first, your writing must be for yourself.

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Let Your Inner Voice Speak

Your writing is your inner voice speaking to you, through the outpouring of your words. Write as if no one else will read what you are writing, that way, your thoughts remain focused.

Your words/writing would flow far easier when you focus on how to put your own thoughts, your own opinions, and ideas into words without distractions over who would read it.

Audience

Think of your writing as a conversation that you are having (yes we bloggers/writers speak to ourselves often, it’s all those muses you’ve got running around in your head) with yourself. You hardly run out of words when having a conversation with your favourite person – you.

When you write from the center of you, you will surely find your audience. Your words would resonate with them.

Even those tips, solutions or recommendations that you want to share have to inspire you first. You are only sharing it with others because you find them valuable.

Naturally, there are those who will surely not agree with all your thoughts, opinions and anything else that you may have to offer, but that’s to be expected. From such quarters, accept their feedback but don’t let it deter you.

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How To Audit Your Blog – To Determine Your Direction

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Why You Need To Audit Your Blog

So, you are wondering what the next goals for your blog are and where to start from? You ran the blogging race through last year and would love to see some distinctive growth this year. Well, let’s take it from the top, you need to audit your blog.

Like every business, to run a successful blog requires auditing and doctoring your blog periodically.

Based on your desired goals, the process of auditing your blog effectively could be simple or intensive.

Looking at what you achieved over the past year no matter how big or small helps you to make a concise plan on the way forward for your blog.

If you don’t know where you’ve been, how are you going to know precisely where you are heading to?

Having a blanket wish of wanting your website to grow popular or hoping that you would have a better blogging year without taking into account previous fails, successes and the reasons for those results is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack.

You are bound to repeat the same mistakes. Find the faults and fix them.

A good old-fashioned notepad and pen, word editor or Google spreadsheet would do.

If however, you are more into the nitty-gritty details of things Google analytics plugin and JetPack are free tools that you could use. They offer comprehensive insight into your site’s performance over a specific period.

This process might take a bit of your time but you’ll be glad you did it.

Questions To Consider

Blog Design

  • Is the overall feel of your theme functional for you?
  • Is it appealing to the eye and user-friendly?
  • Are the colours properly blended or do they clash?
  • If you’ve got a brand – logo, is it in sync with your site’s colours?
  • Is the site too crowded and needs reorganizing? If there are widgets that are no longer serving any purpose, consider removing them. Snip, Cut and Tie. Examining your site with the critical eye of a visitor is the key here. Like a messy home that no one likes visiting, no one wants to hang out in a site that would probably end up giving them a headache.
  • What of your essential pages like your contact form for getting in touch, about page and other relevant pages? Have they been set up? Do all the links on your homepage work?
  • Is your Gravatar properly linked to your URL?
  • Is a short bio of the author of the blog added to your Gravatar image? This gives a reader a general overview of the writer/author of the blog.

Subscription buttons

  • Are your subscription buttons strategically placed where your visitors can easily see them? Time constraint doesn’t favour hidden buttons and to increase your subscription base. Place your buttons at various points where they easily draw the eyes’ such as the top part of your sidebar, the end of your post, just before your comment box.
  • Are there any social proofs that could be used to show your visitors that other people read your blog? You could install your Facebook fan page, Twitter feed, Your subscription numbers et cetera. Other alternatives are your top post and top commentator box. For WordPress managed platforms, there are ready to use widgets that display such information while on a self-hosted blog plugins such as JetPack provides this service.
  • A common practice used on self-hosted blogs is to attach some form of reward like e-books, images, printable, coupons et cetera for subscribers. Are you using any of the above?

Content Audit

Your site is only as strong as the contents found in it and as is commonly said by bloggers, ‘content is king.’

This part of auditing involves taking a good look at your statistics, either through your Jet Pack or the Google Analytics.

Before delving into the numbers and the how and why of things, check through your posts for issues enumerated below:

  • Are your blog posts/contents concise, easy to read and to understand? Keep it simple. Avoid using ambiguous, oversized vocabulary that simply makes reading your articles tedious.
  • Do you use pleasant images and graphics to emphasize your posts? Adding some visual candy and easy to digest information which creates an overall satisfying experience for your readers. In respect of your images, what image source do you use? Do you create your images, source for free images online or use attributable images? It’s important to sort out this aspect of image sourcing out to avoid any legal challenges. As a rule of thumb, images that have watermark by the creator are not free to use.
  • Do you have related posts footnotes on your pages that links to your older posts? You can increase your page views when readers can find other articles a click away.
  • How enticing are your headings? I always liken blogging to fishing. Your headlines are baits that you cast into the ginormous sea of blogging with the hope of catching a fish if not several.  When the title is flat, chances are it would fail to attract wanted attention.
  • Is your content properly formatted or all over the place? Choose a formatting style and keep up with it.
  • Compare your blog posts performance by their lengths.
  • What are the types of your post that attracted more views and resonated more with your readers? Were they helpful, niche related, personal post? Can you publish more posts like them?
  • Which posts gained a lot of comments? Which posts got shared most? What do you think caused it to arouse so much response?
  •  For the posts that fell flat, do they share a common trait? Is it something you can avoid repeating?
  • Did you publish contents equally across your chosen topics or did you concentrate on a particular topic?
  • What day of the week that got the most traffic? What can you make of the information deduced from these?

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Social Media and Promotion Strategy

  • Do you have branded social media presence?
  • Do all your platforms link to your blog?
  • Which social media and promotion strategies platforms worked best for you?
  • Where was your dominant growth and engagement?
  • Which of the platforms did you enjoy working with most? Will you keep using them?
  • Have you submitted your blog to major search engines?
  • Did you do guest posts or collaboration on other blogs?
  • Have you been interacting with other bloggers by leaving insightful comments that engage conversation on their blogs?
  • What new strategies would you like to try this year to grow your presence?

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Auditing Backend

  • What’s your SEO plan? Do you use rich keyword texts in the right places? For those who use SEO plugins, how effective was it? Would you consider trying something new?
  • Are your images properly filled out with the alt-text focus keywords before inserting them into the post? It’s the alt-text that search engines, Pinterest et cetera focuses on to make it user-friendly.
  • Are you plugin’s and widgets working properly? Do they need updating?

For Monetized Blogs

  • What monetization strategies are you using? Has it been worthwhile? Have you made sales with them? If they are not working so well, would you consider changing them?
  • Are you considering other monetization methods to generate income? Such as:
    • Making and selling of eBooks, tutorials, videos, website themes, graphics, photos etc.
    • Offering your services like writing, copy-writing, editing, coaching, building sites etc.
    • Affiliate marketing and selling private ad spaces
    • Exclusive membership programs

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Setting New Targets

There you have it. You stuck to the end. Well done! When you know better, you certainly do better.

Armed with information learned from your audit, you can check your previous goals and use your performance as a yardstick to set new targets.

  1. Don’t set too many concrete goals that would become overwhelming and only lead to failure to meet them.
  2. Keep your goals S.M.A.R.T. Specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound.

Always remember that the journey of a successful blog is not a day’s walk. The more you know the better it becomes.

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