Ever wondered why your blog gets no traffic?
Why no one share your blog?
I wondered the same thing …
I’ve noticed so many blogs that could have done so much better. I’ve seen so many little things that they could have done to make their blog better but then maybe they just didn’t know. Being the outsider looking in is always easier than criticizing your own baby-blog that you’ve taken hours and weeks and months to create.
This post will provide a checklist of the things your blog might be missing and how you can fix it in a few minutes.
Words of caution!
If you’re not sure how to do some of the tasks, then you can always get someone to do it for you.
Outsourcing doesn’t make the blog any less yours than if you were to fix it all yourself.
I know the temptation to do-it-yourself is unbearable, admit it, you just want to do it all yourself just because it’s your blog.
I have the same urge, but what I do is I list things that I need to work on and work on the list one thing at a time.
Schedule the time to work on the blog (that’s something else other than writing) and keep the schedule.
Remember that you have to be doing the things that really matter, that no one else can do but you.
10 reasons why your blog sucks VS. what you should do to fix it
- Content has no value for readers VS. Offer valuable content to readers
Don’t publish a blog post just to publish one. Don’t babble or go off on your own thing. Think first, what benefits will the readers reap from reading your blog post or article?
Remember, you have only 30 seconds to draw them in and keep them reading. Give them a good reason to come back again and again.
- All text VS. Make sure you use good visuals on your blog
People are more drawn to images than texts. We need to pick and choose great and relevant pictures for every post. Make sure it looks professional but not too stock-photo-y. Here’s where you can find out more about how to use images right here.
Make sure you don’t overload your blog with heavy, high-resolution images. It will take longer for your site to load. And people in this day and age don’t like to wait too long.
So find the middle ground. Maybe one or two images per post. You can download WordPress plugins to optimize your images.
- Default theme (obviously) VS. Use customized theme, make your blog unique
Well, it pays to be creative and it pays to be different. If you want people to remember you from all other noises out there, you have to be original.
Using default WordPress theme will just make you look like another face in the crowd. If you’re not WordPress savvy, get someone to do it for you.
Try to choose the theme that is easy to read as well. Black background with light grey fonts might not be ideal, or small fonts aren’t ideal either. You’re trying to get people to read your blog, so make sure that it’s easiest for them to read your content.
- Too many or no social media links VS. Not too many, not too few
This is one of the killers. How can you expect people to find you if you don’t add social media links to your blog? You have to leave a trail for people to find you. Social media is not an optional thing anymore. It’s a vital tool for networking and getting your message out there.
Generally, add the main social media links would be ideal. You don’t need to add all the social media channel links on your post because it would be too many and too cluttering. Usually Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram but make sure you add the channels that are vital to your audience.
- No sharing option VS. Make it easy for people to share your content
Have you ever seen that line, “sharing is caring”? Same idea. Again, you have to give your visitors all the help you can give them to help share your awesome blog. Make it easy for them to share your content. I would recommend Shareaholic because it’s easy to use, easy to share, and it’s also pretty on your site.
- No Call To Action (CTA) VS. Must have clear Call To Action (what do you want your readers to do?)
The best question is to ask yourself, what do you want your readers to do? Do you want them to download an ebook? Do you want them to subscribe to the newsletter? Do you want them to subscribe to the blog? Make sure you create a clear Call To Action so that your readers would know what you are asking of them.
- No Comment Section VS. Try use Facebook or Google comments on your blog
Some blogs have no comment section. What if someone wants to comment on some things you wrote? Blogging is about the interaction between us and our audience. We blog to connect. But if we don’t add commenting section to our blog, how are we going to connect with other people? Don’t expect people to go to your social media pages or send you an email if they have any comment or ideas to share with you, because they probably won’t. So make sure you add a comment plugin on your blog.
- Boring about page VS. Write the killer about page
People wants to know who they are connecting with. The about page is vital to let people know who you are. It’s also vital to connect with your audience and keep them coming back for more. Keep this page interesting, authentic, and up-to-date. Here’s a blog post about how to create killer about page and some examples of awesome about page you can check out.
- Too many ads VS. Minimize affiliate marketing
Everything has its place and time. Breaking up your content with ads might work if it’s not cluttering your blog. But adding too many ads will defeat the purpose of your writing in the first place. Ads are good if they’re where they’re supposed to be … on the sidebar or under the post. Just make sure you’re not trying too hard to show your readers the ads. They should be more interested in your writing anyway.
- Too many distractions VS. Use clean and clear blog format
In this case, we’re talking pop-ups. Once or twice and keep them in check with cookies are tolerable. But too many of them … and too often … will push your readers away.
So now you know and you can go be awesome! Did I miss anything else in the list above? Please share in the comment below.
MorganJt On Writing Manifesto
Art (noun)“the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination…producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”
“Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.”
– Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
We all heard how exercise is important to us and our physical bodies. But do we realized that exercise is a vital part in making us better writers?
Where’s the connection in that, you ask.
What I used to imagine a writer does all day:
Sit at the desk all day in front of a type writer or a computer … Then the muse appeared and bless the hard thinker with a beautiful and intriguing story to write about. If the writer is truly gifted, he or she becomes a best seller. What a life!
We all know by now that that’s not the case. Now that I’m a full time writer, I realized there are no muses visiting you without you doing the back-breaking hard work first. And you can take that to the bank.
Funny enough, I also found that having a written schedule help as well. That’s like making an appointment with your personal muse. So the muse knows the best time to visit you… while you’re working.
There are so many tools out there to help us write, but a lot of us overlook the importance of regular exercise to our bodies and minds.
Do you know that inactivity actually changes the brain structure? It’s true, according to this research.
What happens to our brains when we exercise?
When you start exercising, your heart beats faster, blood pressure increases, breathing quickens, the body thinks of this as “stress” situation. So in order to protect yourself and your brain from this stress, your body will release a protein called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) which has protective and reparative quality to your memory neurons, pretty much a reset switch for the brain.
Then another interesting chemical reaction happens in our body. Our body releases this awesome thing, called endorphins, in your brain in order to fight off the stress. The main purpose of the endorphins is to help minimize the discomfort resulting from the strain our body receives from the exercise. It helps block the pain and kind of gives us the feeling of euphoria.
Want an example? Go look at the faces of people to run 26 miles marathon. (Just kidding but anyway, you get the idea)
That’s why we feel more at ease and able to see things more clearly during or after we exercised. We actually feel happier. So this BDNF and endorphins are our friends.
If anything, your brain is actually more active during an exercise than when you are sitting at the desk, staring at the computer screen or trying to concentrate.
What we get when we exercise (regularly)
1. It improves physical health
Physical activity gives you many benefits. If you get some exercise everyday, even a moderate workout for 20-30 minutes, you will feel better, eat better,have more energy and are more confident in yourself.
2. It improves mental health
This research showed that exercise actually helps improve mental health. It keeps the depression and anxiety disorders away as well. It results in better mood, better well-being, better creativity and productivity, and better problem-solving ability.
3. It reduces risks for diseases
Evidence shown that regular exercise can help prevent several chronic diseases, some worth mentioning are diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.
4. It improves sleep
Regular exercise equals more regular sleeping hours. There’s a benefit to sleep when you exercise regularly.
Also, there’s a study of insomnia that showed how regular exercise can help improve sleeping cycle of the participants. Long term regular exercise can be the best prescription to treat insomnia, too. While other studies show how regular exercise results in better sleep, hence, better rest.
5. It reduces stress
Vigorous physical activity helps give you better sleep and helps give you better mood because it helps lower the anxiety levels.
This study shows that regular physical activity can reduce stress and improve overall mood, confidence and self-esteem.
Creating an exercise routine for yourself
Exercising regularly takes a certain amount of will and building new habits. It’s more about doing a little bit everyday than going nuts once a week.
Let’s look at how we can create a routine with exercise time.
1. Track your activity
Track how much you actually move on a daily basis can be scary. But this is a great way to understand how much physical activities you actually do daily. You can use a simple activity tracker or if you are already exercising regularly, just use and additional app for the additional affirmation.
Best activity tracker Apps you can try (for free or with in-app purchase)
- Runtastic Pedometer
This app is a good start. It works for iOS and Android phones. All you have to do is take your smartphone with you when you walk.
This is another app you can try. This app only works on iOS platform, however. It will help you track your steps throughout the day or week and it doesn’t really weigh that heavily on the smartphone’s battery either.
Another app worth mentioning especially for runners is Runkeeper. This app works on both iOS and Android platforms.
This app works on both iOS and Android platform. It works more like an activity tracker rather than running or exercise trackers. But you can use this app to track steps, running, cycling activities as well. This all will always be on so there’s no need to start or stop the app. It might consume a good amount of battery so daily charge is recommended because the app is running all the time.
2. Set reminders
You can set reminders on your phone to go off every hour or hour and a half to remind you to get away from the desk and move around a little bit.
Use this trigger to remind you to get up and move around.
Go down the street for 5 minutes. If you work in an office building, go walk up and down 2-3 flights of stairs to get the blood flow going or even walk around the room for a couple of minutes.
3. Build routine you can keep
It helps to build some activities into your daily routine. This might be an effective way to increase your exercise levels.
Get off the train one stop early and walk. (This might not work in Thailand because you might just be soaked in sweat by the time you get to the office, and we don’t want that.) Just schedule some kind of physical activities into your daily routine for 5-10 minutes every day. You’d be surprised how soon you get used to this new routine.
4. Keep track of what you do
Keep a note on what you do daily. You can write down with pen and paper or use the note app on your phone to do this.
6 AM – wake up, take a shower and get dressed
7 AM – leave the house to catch the bus to work
8:30 AM – 5 minutes walk around the building before work starts
8:45 AM – plan out the tasks for the day’s work, go over notes from yesterday
9 AM – full steam ahead
11 AM – 5 minutes walk up and down 3 flights of stairs
12 PM – lunch
1 PM – back to work
3:30 PM – 5 minutes walk up and down 3 flights of stairs …, etc.
You get the idea.
All in all, I’m not saying that we should all become the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’m just saying, from many researches and studies, here’s my conclusion when it comes to exercising daily. A 15-30 minutes brisk walk per day will help keep the diseases away. A good aerobic or yoga exercise for an hour a day will help keep the diseases away and help increase your creativity level as well.
So are you going to do some exercise today? Have you had a ‘eureka’ moment while you exercise before? Have you benefit from exercising everyday as a writer? Please share in the comment section below.
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