Welcome back campers to the exciting conclusion of our two part mini-series on juicing up your WordPress blog. Hopefully you’ve had enough time to lay the groundwork with our last round of suggestions – now it’s time to blow the roof off. Enjoy!
6. SEO Packs
Okay, most of the things on this list are good for any blog anywhere. But WordPress has a few major advantages when it comes to SEO. One of the best is the All In One SEO Pack, a nifty plug-in that allows you to create meta data at the same time you write and post your blog entry (and you don’t have to mess with code at all). There’s a whole world of great plug-ins at WordPress – take the time to dig through them and find the ones that are the best for you. (Hint: The ones that are the best for you are the ones that make running the blog easier and more efficient!).
7. Posting Regularity
Self-explanatory, but here we go for the back of the class – if you don’t post with regularity your readers will not keep coming back to see what you have to say. Even if no one is commenting, no one seems to be reading and you feel like you’re talking to a brick wall, post with regularity! It’s vital to your success. New folks won’t want to read through a blog started in 2010 that has four posts.
8. Posting Volume
Regularity is the most important thing, but volume is essential as well. Once a month is fine if that’s the best you can do, but the most successful and popular blogs post daily – usually many times a day. Do your best to write as much as you can. Remember, it’s okay to be a little bit unfiltered, or even occasionally wrong on a point of fact – your community will correct you, and a blog is a living document. You can always correct the record.
We’ve touched on comments earlier in the post, but they’re so, so important to your success. Allow them, and read them, and post and promote them if they’re worthy. When you listen to your readers they tend to listen to you, stay engaged, and keep your blog on their roster of daily reading. Yes, sometimes comments can get annoying. But they’re an excellent way to engage.
10. Blog to Blog Partnerships
This is a fun and productive way of keeping up your volume and regularity, gain access to new and larger communities of readers, and of course make friends. When you can have online conversations with other blogs, go back and forth and mix and mingle your content, you spread your message. Go forth and befriend.
And now, go forth and conquer. Huzzah!