10 quick blog fixes that will make a big difference
May 11, 2020
It’s good practice as a blogger to take a look at your blog every so often and make some changes. Blogging is a journey and you learn so much as you go along – what you did a few months ago might not necessarily be what you need now. But how do you know what blog fixes you need to work on?
If you’re wondering how to improve your blog, we’ve listed 10 quick blog fixes that will make a big difference…
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#1 Change your design
What do you think of the design of your blog – honestly? If you’re not really feeling it, it’s ok to change it. The first design you come up with isn’t usually the one you stick with for the long haul.
A quick way to change the design of your blog is to use a different theme. WordPress offers lots of free themes, but often the best themes for bloggers are the ones you purchase. Take a look at a site such as ThemeIsle where you can browse hundreds of different WordPress themes. Choosing your favourite is the hardest part!
>> If you want some blog design tips, take a look at this post: Blog design tips to make your blog look better
#2 Link your content
If you haven’t already done so, one of our top suggestions for quick blog fixes is to add internal linking to your blog posts. This simply means adding a link within the text of one blog post that links the user to another of your posts. When you mention a topic that you’ve previously blogged about, you should include a link back to it.
Internal linking helps with SEO optimisation – try to add at least one internal link per blog post. Interlinking will also help to keep people on your blog for longer and reduce your bounce rate.
You can add an internal links to words or phrases within your text, these are called anchor text links. Or you can make your links more obvious like this:
>> Read more about internal links and other ways to keep readers on your blog here: 8 easy tips to keep people on your blog for longer
#3 Check for spelling and grammar mistakes
Bad spelling or grammar can put people off your blog and stop them returning in future. If you haven’t paid too much attention in the past to the quality of your writing, now is a good time to go back and proofread your older blog posts.
If spelling and grammar doesn’t come easy, then we recommend using a tool to help you out such as Grammarly. It’s the best grammar checker we have used and will help you find and correct mistakes, and look more professional.
#4 Add pinnable images
So many bloggers aren’t taking advantage of free blog traffic from Pinterest. Even if you don’t yet use it yourself, adding pinnable images within your blog posts will help others to pin your content. For each blog post you should include a 600×900 image that can be pinned when people want to save your blog post to Pinterest.
If you’re not really sure how to use Pinterest to drive more traffic to your blog, take a look at our blog post on getting your blog ready for Pinterest where we explain how to add pinnable images as well as linking your website to your Pinterest account.
Pinning doesn’t have to take up too much of your time. If you haven’t tried Tailwind yet, we recommend taking advantage of the free month trial to see for yourself how easy it makes scheduling your pins in bulk.
#5 Add social sharing icons
If you don’t have social sharing icons on your blog, you’re missing out on an easy way to drive more traffic from social media. If we like a blog post we’ll share it – but only if the blogger has made it easy to do with the click of a button.
We use the Shareaholic plugin which we love because it allows you to customise the icons to fit in with the design of your website.
>> Take a look at this blog post for more ways to get people to share your blog posts.
#6 Fix your SEO
There are lots of quick SEO fixes you can make to improve your blog and drive more traffic from search engines. If you haven’t already installed the Yoast WordPress plugin do it now – it’s a free SEO tool that will help you to keep on top of SEO optimisation on every blog post.
Go through your old blog posts and see if there are better keywords or phrases you can include. Using a free keyword research tool will help you find the right keywords to include in every blog post.
If you’re confused by SEO and not sure where to start, don’t panic! You can download our free SEO checklist to get a helping hand.
#7 Add better images
One of the most simple ways to improve your blog is to add better images. Good quality photography can be the difference between an amateur looking blog and creating a blog that looks professional.
If you’re not great at taking your own photos you can source some fantastic high quality images taken especially for bloggers that will instantly improve the look of your blog.
#8 Optimise your images
Optimising your images is another way to improve your SEO. Optimising images on your blog includes reducing the file size of your images as much as possible, using keywords in your image names, and adding alt tags.
>> Learn more about image optimisation in this blog post: How and why to optimise images on your blog
#9 Add categories to your menu
You hopefully already categorise your blog posts depending on topic to make it easier for your readers to find similar posts on your blog. But have you added the most popular categories to your menu? Adding categories to the top menu on your blog helps your audience to easily navigate through your site to find the topics they’re interested in. For example, by clicking on Social Media Tips at the top of this page you will find a list of all our blog posts about social media.
#10 Offer a freebie
A great way to both drive more traffic to your blog and build your email list at the same time is to offer a free resource to your audience. You could offer a guide, an ebook, a checklist, anything that is relevant to your niche and will help your audience.
Ask people to sign up to receive the resource and you will build your email subscribers list. This allows you to send them more information on the topics they’re interested in plus any future resources.
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We hope you found these quick blog fixes useful and have some good ideas for ways to improve your blog. Let us know which ones you’ll be working on first!