How To Become a Better Blogger In 2020
Cheers to becoming a better blogger in 2020!
NB: If you are skimming through, do so with passion!
Rough guess: you own a blog and feel it needs some revamp. Not an issue, but you don’t know which part of the blog needs the retouch. It could be in writing, promotion, design, SEO, hosting, or simply everything that makes up the blog. I understand what it feels like to own a blog and not pay attention to its development. I have been there and am still getting out of this school. To me, every part of my blog needed redress.
You don’t have to be scared of stepping up your game, because this post will show you some useful tips to become a better blogger. Let’s not sugar coat the challenge, I am still striving to become a better blogger than I was. This year, like you, I am improving on a lot of things, especially on my grammar and proofreading skills (It takes a lot to have a good command of English when you are only borrowing the language). Though I became better with time, the goal is to upgrade to an excellent writer.
New Year’s Blogging Revamp to Make you a Better Blogger
Before you beat yourself up, no one started off as a pro. It takes a lot of practise and lessons to get better in whatever you are doing, even if it’s blogging. Regarding my issues with writing, I wish I could take you back to 2016, I cringe at my sentence construction and have been on an editing and updating spree.
To make the process of becoming a better blogger easier for you, I will walk you through my guide, all I am doing and have done to make my blog and my self better for the year in progress. While these blogging techniques will help you become a better blogger, you shouldn’t just read or skim through but take action; actions bring results.
How To Become A Better Blogger
Create a Viable Plan
Before anything else, a good plan can create wonders if followed. It’s a new year and the blog needs a plan you’ll follow. If you started out as disorganized as I was or even worse, then it is time to take a new turn. To become a better blogger, you need to create a plan for your blog. You should totally buy a planner or make one for yourself (it’s not that difficult). I customized my planner with google sheets and outlined everything I hope to achieve for and with my blog by the end of the year. For the first time, I feel like my blog has a purpose and a free deadline to meet.
Plan all possible activities for your blog and watch things get better for you as the year progresses. Before you write out your plan, question yourself on “what you want to achieve with your blog,” and how you aim at achieving them. Break plans into months, weeks and days. A plan broken down into daily steps and small tasks makes achieving your goals easier.
Take your time, plan the activities of your blog, follow suit and watch how you stay on track with the necessary work that keeps your blog alive and better. When you plan out your activities, you’ll loosen things up and simplify seemingly difficult tasks.
Follow Your Plan Consistency
You have a plan, what next?
A plan is useless unless followed. If you intend to become a better blogger, you need to follow your plan consistently. It’s one thing to set a goal, create a plan, and another to keep up with activities. Don’t just set goals and create a plan because someone else did, or every article says you should.
Create something you can follow consistently without burning out. You have to be consistent in posting and updating your blog, otherwise, you risk running an outdated blog. If you own several social media pages you wish to maintain for your business, ensure you have planned out doable tasks to keep them updated.
Get Inspired: Learn From Successful Bloggers
Truth is, we never stop learning. Every day new strategies spring up. Successful bloggers talk about their challenges and mistakes, obviously to help new and upcoming bloggers. You need to follow bloggers that have been there before you. The internet is scattered with self acclaimed successful bloggers, but it’s quite easy to know those who struggled and have attained their success overtime.
Do not get jealous of their success, let them inspire you. Their blogs are always on the first 5 results for highly searched keywords. You too can achieve that, it’s very easy (no it’s not)! The best you can do is make their efforts an inspiration, learn their strategies then implement them on your blog, but don’t go creating a replica of their websites, that’s plagiarism and stealing.
Bottom line: Save yourself some from failure and avoidable mistakes by learning from successful bloggers in your niche, your niche!
Learn The Act Of Writing
You may have been commended in the past, Everyone thinks you are an amazing writer, but we never stop learning. Well, it is good news that you already know how to write. At least getting better wouldn’t be a problem. If you know nothing about writing, It’s not too late to join the learners club.
Keep writing, keep learning, correct your mistakes and stick to the rules of writing. If you do not know the rules already, learn them and the rules of proper punctuation. I know, English is an unending complexity, you have no option but to keep being a student. Learning to write is a challenging course, but quitting is not an option. Yes, I said it.
Whatever you write, proofread it! I sucked at this big time but rapidly developed the habit of proofreading my work. Also, don’t forget to section your posts into short Paragraphs.
To become a better writer, you need to get schooled on everything about creating constructive sentences. Like everyone else says, readers are better writers. Bottom line, read books! Reading helps us learn new words and improve on our vocabulary. How to become a better writer – Lifehack
Find A Writing Style
While you learn how to create constructive sentences and use proper grammar, It’s important that you find and develop in your voice, your writing style. While writing, I try as much as possible to flow in a style that fits my overall sensitivity, a relaxed tone with bits of humour to ease tension. When writing, consider your readers and use simple sentences because no one has the time to keep an open dictionary while reading a blog post.
Writing is fun when you find your style. To do that, I’d advise you to not copy another blogger style but let your voice flow naturally. Write as it comes into your head even if you have 10 tabs of similar posts open in your browser. You will feel more comfortable. Be real and authentic, people will read your blog post. As you develop your voice, consider creating evergreen posts, the ones that don’t lose relevance overtime. The way you write goes a long way in helping you become a better blogger.
This is the internet, nothing is new any more. With years and years of information scattered on the web, I’d be marred if anyone comes up with an Idea that isn’t already sitting on google search page. Before you start writing any blog post, research as much as you can because it is an important part of good writing. Research helps you write better and authentic articles.
Before you start writing, read at least 3 or more articles related to your proposed topic and write even better posts that might outrank competitors.
I knew nothing about SEO until it became a term associated with blogging. SEO is likely the bedrock of your blog. You need to learn Search Engine Optimization to get your blog outside it’s comfort zone, to a larger reader base who is genuinely interested in reading your blog post. To practice proper SEO, you need to learn about backlinks, keywords, quality blog posts and much more. Checkout MOZ free SEO learning centre. Better still, enrol in a premium SEO class
In learning SEO, I mentioned that you should be acquainted with keyword research. Before you start writing any posts, do some research to find out what users are looking for so you can implement them in your blog post. The most obvious place to look for keywords is Google search engine, to further go in depth, use SEO tools that analyse keywords to know how much people use a particular keyword to find information on search engine. Use a free keyword tool like ubersuggest or Google Keyword Planner and start with a general topic like, “self-confidence.”
Undoubtedly, self-confidence is an oversaturated keyword with top blogs dominating the first page. The aforementioned tools will help you expand on the generic topic and give you several other unsaturated and long tail keywords people use to search for information on self-confidence. When picking keywords for your blog, choose one that has a high number of monthly searches with relatively low competition from other sites.
This post doesn’t do justice to the best practices with keywords. You can learn more about keywords and implementation through any of the links below;
Think beyond a post with just texts. Use pictures, graphics, videos, audio and presentations. Combining your posts with all or any of the aforementioned features will make your posts even better and keep readers glued.
Ensure you have the rights and permission to use the media you have in your post. Sites like Pixabay and Pexels offer free pictures for both personal and commercial purposes with no needed attribution. Check out my List of websites offering free photos
Update Old Posts
Content is king! Every day a blogger either brainstorms a new topic or continues writing a draft. But then, how many times do they update their old posts? Until late 2019, I’d say never. Going back to my old posts, I realized how much of an update they need. Some had lots of grammar blunders, others simply needed a revamp. Go back in time, check out, reread and update old posts where necessary. It’s important, it helps keep your content fresh and up to date.
As a blogger, you are charged with an endless duty of providing relevant and up-to-date information. So, it is important that you not just update your posts, but ensure they are still relevant to the public. How to come up with blog post ideas
Network with other Bloggers
Personally, I sucked at this. We can only get better and change our ways. I have decided to connect with more bloggers who know what they are doing and so far, I found and joined a cool bloggers group in my state. I am making new friends.
Look for any bloggers’ group close to you and make some new friends. Stop being too introverted, go mix up with relevant bloggers, learn more and understand how others do their thing. You have greater chances of becoming a better blogger when you connect with like-minded individuals. Stop being an island, lesson learnt.
One of the easiest ways of finding bloggers to connect with is searching for them on social media. Instagram and Facebook is a good place to find groups near you. Simplify your search by using “your location + bloggers” or “your location + bloggers group/forum” (Lagos bloggers, New York bloggers forum, etc). Check out my list of the best Facebook groups for bloggers.
Think Of A Monetization Strategy
Running a blog was fun until I decided it’s time to monetize my efforts!
The idea of making money from your blog is cool until you start speculating how to go about the best monetization strategy.
There are many recommended ways to make money from your blog; Ad Networks, Sponsored posts, Affiliate marketing, Influencer marketing, personal brand development (physical or digital products) and more. Picking a method to develop on can be daunting. Also, getting results is on another level. But it’s best to choose a monetization method and develop it. Better still, try all of them, then choose what works best for you.
You Are Not in a Competition
The goal is to become a better blogger and not to compete with others.
Give yourself a break.
Take things one step at a time.
If you must make it one, it should be a healthy competition. Connect with others to learn and not make them opponents. You are going to stress yourself out.
We learn every day, and it’s only normal to want to become better in whatever you do. Blogging is fun and one amazing way to make money from home. This post only lists a few things that can help you become a better blogger. Take some time off and discover more changes you need to make for an overall better performance in blogging.