Top General Blogging Tips

Our-Top-General-Blogging-Tips-the-Most-Popular-ProBlogger-Posts-of-2015 Top General Blogging Tips

So far we’ve spilled the beans on everything concerning creating content, earning an income on your blog, and tips for a smashing social media strategy, and now it’s time to turn our attention to those random-but-general things that have helped thousands of you push your blogs forward this year.

Be sure to return tomorrow for a secret bonus round we’ll be sharing!

Our Top General Blogging Tips: The Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015

Where to Find Free Images Online

It seems my bugbear was yours too, this year! There have been quite a few places to get quality, modern, free and no-attribution images online springing up since I wrote this post, but these are still my go-to sites. They never let me down.

A Powerful Exercise Inside Google Analytics to Set You Up for a Successful Year of Blogging

google-analytics-logo Top General Blogging Tips

The one where Darren takes us on a tutorial trip through Google Analytics to drill down into your audience, how they arrive at your blog, and what they do when they are there. He uses the data gleaned from this exercise at the end of every year to figure out what to re-share on social, what gets shared most, what headlines worked, what content fell flat, and what posts could be optimised or upgraded in the new year. It’s a long one – take a drink!

10 Simple Hacks that Will Increase Your Blog Traffic

10-Simple-Hacks-that-will-Increase-Your-Blog-Traffic-all-the-secrets-revealed-on-ProBlogger.net_ Top General Blogging Tips

We love simple, we love hacks, and we love traffic. No wonder this post resonated with many of you in 2015!

How to Write Brilliant Blog Posts: 5 Tips from Psychology

How-to-Write-Brilliant-Blog-Posts-5-Tips-from-Psychology-on-ProBlogger.net_ Top General Blogging Tips

It seemed you all were “ready to rock a brilliant blog post? Do you want to write faster, think more creatively, just do it all better?”, as this post really hit it out of the park with readers. Five really simple but effective tips to create an environment where success is inevitable.

Top 15 Free Internet Marketing Tools to Boost Your Online Business

Screen-Shot-2015-02-13-at-10.13.35-am Top General Blogging Tips

Free! Tools! 15 of them! From content generation to social scheduling tools to testing the speed your site loads, there’ll be something here that will help you find a shortcut in blogging. Which brings me to my next point:

5 Ways to Make Your Blogging Life Easier

5-Ways-to-Make-Your-Blogging-Life-Easier Top General Blogging Tips

When you feel a little bit overwhelmed, and like the to-do list of your blog is longer than the years you’ll ever be alive, here are five ways to slash the stress and breathe a bit more. Put some of them into place before the end of the year and start 2016 off on the right path.

Special Mentions:

  • 30 High-Impact Ways to Level Up Your Writing
  • 3 Secret Weapons I Used to Launch My Fulltime Blogging Career
  • 3 Growth Hacking Strategies for Bloggers to Quadruple Their Blog Traffic without SEO
  • 7 Effective Tips To Grow Your Social Media Presence The Right Way
  • 9 Habits of Bloggers Who Have Huge Audiences
  • 5 Basics to Having Your Post go Viral
  • 5 Psychological Blocks that Stop Bloggers Going from Good to Great
  • Setting Goals: Why You Need Them, and How to Write Them

What was your favourite?

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: a writer, blogger, and full-time word nerd balancing it all with being a stay-at-home mum. She writes about all this and more at Veggie Mama. Chat with her on Twitter @veggie_mama or be entertained on Facebook.

The post Our Top General Blogging Tips: The Most Popular ProBlogger Posts of 2015 appeared first on ProBlogger.

Our Top Tips on Social Media Tips

Our-Top-Tips-on-Social-Media-the-Most-Popular-ProBlogger-Posts-of-2015 Our Top Tips on Social Media Tips

With the ever-changing Facebook algorithm, nothing but crickets on Twitter, and Instagram being a slow-moving feast, we’ve seen a huge response to our posts on the topic of social media this year. It’s like a beast we’re all desperate to tame. In this roundup there are a couple of videos and a few step-by-step tutorials showing how the experts do it – I hope you find them useful.

Check back tomorrow for the most popular general blogging tips we’ve published (think productivity, traffic, engagement), and catch up on our most popular posts on creating content and monetization.

Our Top Tips on Social Media 2015

7 Effective tips to Grow Your Social Media the Right Way

This thorough post covers everything from measuring audience demographics to tools to help you get an advantage. Bring a pen and notepad and take notes!

How to Build an Effective Social Media Workflow to Increase Your Traffic

Screen-Shot-2015-12-16-at-2.54.59-pm Our Top Tips on Social Media Tips

In this video, Darren shared his own personal social media strategy for Digital Photography School, and in only 20 minutes a day! No wonder it was popular.

3 Steps to Saving Time by Writing Social Media Updates in Batches

fashion-man-person-hand Our Top Tips on Social Media Tips

I love this: “Scheduling updates in advance solves a number of social media’s most frustrating problems. It gives your routine newfound flexibility, and it can even make you a better blogger. But there’s one hurdle that scheduling alone doesn’t take care of for you: those updates still have to come from somewhere, and that means you have to write them.” – it’s so true! So Tom takes us through a bunch of ways we can cut down on the work for maximum social media results.

How I Use Edgar to Increase the Effectiveness of my Social Media Strategy

edgar-schedule Our Top Tips on Social Media Tips

An update of sorts to the above article on Darren’s social media schedule – including ProBlogger’s social media (mostly Twitter) and a video tutorial to help you through creating a similar winning strategy.

The Step-by-Step Method of Making Your Content Shareable on Social Media

unnamed Our Top Tips on Social Media Tips

Another fantastic tutorial on helping you get your content social-share ready. Includes ways to get around common mistakes bloggers make – don’t miss it.

Special Mentions:

  • Study Shows: Blog Posts Published on Weekends Get More Social Shares
  • How to Choose What Social Media Space to Focus On
  • Stay a Step Ahead on Social Media: Tips from SMX Social in Las Vegas

What did you find most useful? Do you have a solid social media schedule? What are your favourite tips?

Stacey Roberts is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: a writer, blogger, and full-time word nerd balancing it all with being a stay-at-home mum. She writes about all this and more at Veggie Mama. Chat with her on Twitter @veggie_mama or be entertained on Facebook.

How I Lost 80% of My Traffic Overnight (And How I Got it Back, Plus More!)

city-man-water-roof How I Lost 80% of My Traffic Overnight (And How I Got it Back, Plus More!)

In today’s episode of the ProBlogger podcast, I want to tell you a little story.

I want to tell you about one morning in 2004 when I realised my blog, which I’d recently established as my full time source of income, had hardly any traffic coming to it. I lost between 80 and 90% of my traffic literally overnight, and I couldn’t figure out why. You can imagine that when my traffic took such a shocking nosedive, so did my income! It was one of the biggest wake-up calls I’ve had in my career, and it changed the way I blogged from that day forward.

When I look back, I probably think I was a bit complacent about traffic, and I really hadn’t thought much past what Google could bring. So when Google stopped bringing it, I wasn’t sure what to do. I had worked my way up to a point where the blog was thriving, and so I went into coast mode rather than ensuring that it had longevity.

It’s funny that although I thought it was the end of the world at the time, I’m actually really grateful it happened because the steps I took to rectify it ended up growing my blogs much faster than before.

In today’s episode I’m going to outline the steps I took to not only recover the traffic I lost, but to drive it even higher, and what you can do if disaster happens to strike you!

You can find the ProBlogger podcast shownotes here.

Further Reading:

  • 4 Methods To Get More Blog Traffic From Twitter
  • Grow Traffic to Your Blog Through Guest Posting and Creating Content for Other Blogs, Forums, Media and Events
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Through Your Archived Material on Facebook
  • 3 Growth Hacking Strategies for Bloggers to Quadruple Their Blog Traffic without SEO
  • 4 Ways Pinterest Can Help Drive Traffic To Your Blog

The post How I Lost 80% of My Traffic Overnight (And How I Got it Back, Plus More!) appeared first on @ProBlogger.

Creative Solutions for Extraordinary Clients