The longer you blog, the more you learn about everything that blogging entails from SEO to social media to photography. I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years now, and have definitely improved my blog since then. If only I’d known some of these things before I set up my blog!
These are some tools, tricks and blog sites that will help you to improve your blog…
Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. However, I only recommend tools and websites I’ve used myself.
This one is a lifesaver. I think I’m pretty good with grammar and spelling, but I still couldn’t blog without this tool. Grammarly is the world’s best grammar checker, by installing a free web browser extension you can make sure your blog posts, emails and written documents of any kind are checked for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. It’s so easy to use, Grammarly just underlines the incorrect words in red and you can correct them with one click of your mouse. I have Grammarly installed in Chrome and you can also install for Windows and Microsoft Word. Gone are the days of stressing over proofreading posts or sending emails with embarrassing mistakes.
Grammarly also offer a paid service from as little as $11.66 per month. The premium service offers users twice as many checks as the free version as well as a plagiarism checker that compares your content against a library of over 16 billion web pages.
Work on your SEO
Seach Engine Optimisation (SEO) is basically the process of making your blog easier to find for people to find in searches. You do this my using relevant keywords and phrases that people would type into search engines.
I use the Yoast plugin for WordPress which makes it really easy to make your blog posts SEO friendly. Just install the plugin and fill in all the boxes until the traffic light icon shows green. Choose a keyword or phrase and use this in the blog title, url, image alt tags and meta description to optimise your post.
I will be writing a post just about Tailwind and Pinterest at some point, but for now, I will tell you that using Tailwind to pin my posts to Pinterest has caused my traffic to skyrocket and every blogger wants more traffic! I never really used Pinterest before and didn’t really get it, but Tailwind makes it so easy to schedule loads of pins to a lot of boards and tribes.
Tailwind helps you to schedule your pins for time slots based on when your audience is most active. You can schedule the same pin to multiple boards at a click of a button via an extension on your web browser. You can also use Tailwind for Instagram scheduling though I haven’t tried that yet but am going to be investigating it soon as it helps you to find Instagram hashtags.
You can try Tailwind for free here and if you do decide to pay for it, you can get money off by referring friends.
It’s not just enough to write great blog posts, you need imagery and also social media graphics. Picmonkey’s photo editing and design tools help you to easily touch up photos, create collages and design graphics to make your blog and social media posts more eye-catching. It’s easy to use and you don’t have to download any software as it’s all done online.
You can start a free trial today, just click on the banner below to get going.
I started on a free WordPress account before going self-hosted 6 months later. Being self-hosted give you so many more options, from plugins, templates and design changes to stats and analytics. The biggest advantage for me has been the fact that you can use Google Analytics when you are self-hosted.
I’m not going to recommend the hosting that I currently use because it has a lot of downtime and I’m going to be changing to a new provider in February. I haven’t decided which provider to us yet but some I’m looking at are:
Myhosting.com – register now and get a FREE domain name
UltraWebHosting.com – get your 1st month of FREE WordPress Hosting with code: WORDPRESS
World Connect Hosting
Cloudways – Managed WordPress hosting
Just make sure that if you are blogging via WordPress that the hosting company you choose can support it!
If you’re new to blogging, are thinking about setting up a blog in 2018, or just want to get more organised with your existing blog you might also find these posts useful:
Any tips of your own or advice on ways to improve your blog, feel free to let everyone know in the comments below!