Maintaining high-quality blog can be very difficult, to say the least. The need to provide consistently high quality content, finding inspiration week after week, and constantly promoting your content can take tireless work.
Thankfully, there are several simple ways you can take your blog to the next level with only a few minutes of extra work. Below we’ll look at some of the most valuable strategies and tools you can use to take your blog to the next level.
For many people, the hardest part of blogging is finding something new and interesting to write about. Whether you deal with writer’s block on a daily basis or not, there are a variety of tools you can use to help you discover new and interesting ideas to write about. One of the most valuable is Quora, which has some of the Internet’s best Q&A forums. Reading through Quora can help you discover what kind of questions and concerns the people in your industry have, which can help you obtain detailed insight that’s hard to find anywhere else.
Another popular tool for beating writer’s block is the Hubspot Blog Topic Generator. Give HubSpot three or four nouns related to your niche, and it will return you nearly a dozen interesting topic ideas. Although few of these topics will be ready to go the moment HubSpot hands them to you, and many may already exist online, all it takes is a few minutes of research and a dash of imagination to help you make these ideas work.
Increase Blogging Productivity
What’s the use of a good idea if you can’t actually act on it? Staying organized can be one of the most important steps a blogger can take to remain productive. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of writing software and other organizational tools available online, and several of the best options are completely free. Tools like Evernote can be used not only to help keep your ideas organized, but also to help you create blogging templates, save notes for future posts, right content on the go, and even schedule through next blog post while mobile.
Create Citable Content
If you want your blog to enter the limelight, there is no faster way than making use of the media. Trying to get noticed by media sources is actually much easier than it sounds. Anytime you create a resource that can help make a reporter’s job easier, your content will inevitably be cited.
A good place to start is to search for news articles related to your niche, and then carefully examine the types of sources that are commonly linked in these articles. By looking at the source material, it’s usually fairly easy to figure out what makes that content linkable. Usually, this means having a newsworthy angle on whatever you have to say. After you’ve examined a few sources, you can start to develop your own content with those linkable traits in mind, which brings your blog one step closer to the attention of the media.
Optimize Your Content
Creating excellent content is obviously the most important part of running a successful blog, but the best content in the world won’t do you much good if nobody can find it. That’s why it’s important to do keyword research to help audiences discover your content. If you’re not well-versed with the practice of search engine optimization, a good place to start this process is with the Google Keyword Planner.
Keyword Planner is a free tool that can help you discover several long-tail keywords that you might not have thought of, which can both increase your visibility online and help you create new ideas for content at the same time. And if you’re trying to increase your visibility on Google, it’s also a good idea to become more acquainted with optimization practices in general. A good place to begin learning is Moz.com, which is widely considered to be the Internet’s leading resource on the subject.