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6 Tips to Improve Your SEO

6 Tips to Improve Your SEO

6 Tips to Improve Your SEO on Old Blog Posts

Contrary to what many bloggers think, not all old blog posts become irrelevant. There are some old posts on your blog that are so timeless and remarkable that you want more people to read them from time to time. Besides, improving your SEO on old posts helps you to drive more traffic to your website as well improving the visibility of your blog posts on search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. So, if you have an article in your blog archives that is worth improving, here are the six tips that will help you to get the right keywords and improve your SEO rankings on old blog posts.

 

Know the SEO status of your old blog post

Before you can improve your SEO on old posts, you need to know the rankings of your old blog posts on search engines. There are many tools you can use to do this. But we recommend you to use tools like SEMrush, SEO SERP Workbench, Small SEO Tools, Rank Checker, Keyword Discovery, and  Google Analytics. Not only will some of these SEO tools help you to know your competitors, but they will also help you to know how you can improve your SEO on blog posts.

 

Add more keywords to your old blog post

Now that you know the SEO status of your old blog post, another SEO strategy that can help you boost the search engine rankings of your old blog post is to add more keywords. You need to be very prudent and strategic about how you want to cram more keywords into your blog posts, lest the purpose of your effort will be defeated. From experience, we advise you to add your main keywords in the introduction and conclusion of your blog posts.

Another thing you can do is to add more specific keywords in the title of your old blog posts. For instance, instead of using “Tips to improve old posts,” you can make the blog title to be more specific like the title of this post. That way, your new readers will now that your article is not just about any post, but it is about using SEO to improve old blog posts.

 

Include more internal and external links to your old blog post

Just like adding more keywords, you need to add relevant internal and external links to your old content. It is very easy. All you need to do is to find some related posts in your blog archives, as well as from other reputable sites, that you can link to the old posts. 

 

Incorporate images and videos into your old blog post

Gone are the days when people just post blogs without adding any images or videos. If you don’t have any image or video on your blog post, make sure you do that now. Adding images or videos or both to your blog post will help you to spice your content and let readers know that you care about their needs.

 

Proofread and improve the readability of your old blog post

Nobody likes to read a blog post ridden with grammatical errors. So, if you don’t have time to do this yourself, you can hire a proofreader or an editor to do it for you. And if you have a limited budget, you can use Microsoft Word, Ginger, Hemingway Editor, or Grammarly to edit your old blog posts by yourself. You can also improve the readability of your blog post by increasing your font size and font spacing.  Also by using much more appealing fonts like New Times Roman, Cambria, and Arial.

 

Share your old blog post on social media

Somehow, this appears to be the most important strategy you can use to improve the visibility of your old blog posts. In a word, make sure you share your blog posts and encourage your followers to like your articles on popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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Biz Audit Series: Get Your Inbox In-Check

Biz Audit Series: Get Your Inbox In-Check

Alright, Guys, it’s time to get your Inbox in-check!

  1. Does your inbox icon tell you that you have hundreds of unread emails?
  2. Does the idea of even attempting to go through them give you heart palpitations?
  3. Are you always “opting-in” but those opt-ins get lost in the mix?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, know you are in good company. I was in the same boat not too long ago.  It sucks.  You clearly need to audit your email.  An unorganized inbox will result in multiples of the same resources, missed webinars, lost client emails, or other missed deadlines.  

Have no fear lovelies. I have started using this fantastic tool that is FREE and has been under your nose the whole time. Talk about a major DUH moment when I “found” it and started using it.  I am talking about Google Inbox.

I already use Gmail as my primary email, and I have even linked my school and work emails into Gmail so that I only have to go to one site to access all of my email accounts.  However, using your regular email inbox is not the same.

Google Inbox

Inbox is a separate Google Tool that you can access using the 9-dot drop-down in the top right corner next to your profile drop-down.  If you have never used Google Inbox before, you may have to scroll down, and if you still can’t find it, you will need to select “Even More From Google, ” and it is under “See all products.”
Select Google Inbox, and sign in like you would your regular Gmail account. You can also select that nine dots drop down and choose the option to add Inbox to your top tools. That way you don’t have to go through all those steps to find it each day.

When you’ve signed into Inbox, the setup is different but is still easy to navigate. I was able to clean out my entire inbox, promotions, and social tabs in no time.
Once I was able to get organized, I didn’t miss anymore “Last Chance” emails and had quit opting in multiple times for the same thing.

As Winnie the Pooh says, “A place for everything and everything in its place”…
I swear I’m an adult…

Once I got my email inbox organized I began to feel like I am ahead of the game for once….with emails anyway.

Time to Start Your Email Audit:

Now that you have found Google Inbox start creating folders. Name them simply so that there is no doubt that you know what is in each folder.  Woohoo, you have created your folders, so now it’s time to fill them. This will include bulk moving so that you can get them sorted quicker. I find that this was more straightforward than reading each email first, then deciding where they go. The purpose of bulk moving is for you to be able to sort your emails quickly. Once you have more time, you can go through them and delete or move as necessary.

 

At the top of Google Inbox, there is a search bar. Type in the name of a person from whom you get multiple emails. For instance, for me, I will type in “Terra,” for Terra Dawn from Uncork Your Dork. I am signed up for her newsletters, not to mention, I have signed up for multiple challenges, so I have quite a few emails from her. Now, since I get various types of emails for her, the first step is to get them all in one place, then I can create subfolders to sort them more specifically later on.

Once I have started my search, all the emails I get from her will be on my screen. There will be a top section for “Top Results” and then an “All Results” section. There will be duplicates from Top Results in the All results section, so make a note of this, so you are saving duplicate emails. You will then hover over the circle with the sender’s first initial and a checkbox will appear. Check the box, and then you can scroll down until you’ve reached the end of their emails and hold shift and check the last email, which will select all emails and you can select the three vertical dots to move them to your selected folder. Viola! All of Terra’s emails are now in one folder.  Do this with all of your emails.

If you subscribed to a blog that you are no longer interested in, unsubscribe and delete those emails.  Just type their name into the search bar, make the same selection on the checkboxes and bulk delete all of those emails. 

What I love about Google Inbox is their ability to snooze an email. If you signed up for a webinar, you can select that email and snooze it until the day of the webinar so that it will pop back into your email the day of the webinar as a friendly reminder.

There you have it.  A simple broken down way to audit your email inbox.

Google Inbox is super easy to use, and I find it is more helpful for organizing my inbox than the regular Gmail site.
Hope you found this helpful and will give Google Inbox a shot. Let me know what you think!!

 

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5 Awesome Ways to Appreciate Yourself as a Blogger

5 Awesome Ways to Appreciate Yourself as a Blogger

If you have started a blog, you understand the amount of time and work that goes into it.  People who have never started a blog, tend to have the misunderstanding that we just sit at our computer a type up a post now and then and go about our day of drinking Starbucks and getting manicures.

Holy Crap, they could NOT more wrong??!!

Creating content, creating graphics, marketing, sending out emails, attracting the right audience, etc.  The list goes on and on.  I am limited on what time I can spend on my blog, but if I didn’t, who knows how many hours I would be sitting at my computer working on my neverending to-do list.

Every time I have a few minutes, I am filling my Buffer queue or filling my Boardbooster boards.

I actually find myself doing this at stop lights….shhh…..don’t tell anyone.

It’s is exhausting as hell, but at the same time, I am proud of what I’ve done for my blog.

To be honest, I had been talking about starting a blog about a six months before I put it into fruition.  My husband was SUPER supportive and kept asking me when I was going to take the leap and start it.  My apprehension was that I had soo many ideas of what I wanted to blog about.  Seriously, it was ridiculous…..

My blog Little Miss List Maker had been redone three times in its first few months, and now I love it.  I was okay with it when I first started, then I got a pro to help me redesign the site, and I began to feel really good about it.  But it wasn’t until I took it back into my own hands again and narrowed down my niche that I absolutely fell in love with it.  Sure, there are things I want to tweak here and there, but I think that will always be the case.

There is always room for improvement.

On that note, I wanted to tell you that you work hard and I appreciate the work you do.  I try and visit as many blogs as I can in Facebook Groups and on Pinterest, and I can see everyone putting their heart, soul, sweat and tears into their work.  I know how hard you must work because I know how hard it is for me.

For all of you who are always pushing yourself too much, beating yourself up over every little slight, and ready to give up, take a minute….. Look at what you’ve accomplished and remember how many people out there who haven’t taken the risk to join this crazy world of blogging.  You are amazing and what you’ve done is AMAZING.

Let that sink in….

 

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Celebrate your Accomplishments

Celebrate…no matter how big or how small.  Every new viewer, each post in a Facebook group, new Twitter follower…. it all counts.  Take a second everytime you get discouraged to look at what you’ve already done and what you may have gained since you last looked at your stats or blog and give yourself a high-five.  You’ve worked hard, and it is showing.  Don’t forget that.

Set goals for yourself and make a mental note of when you make progress towards reaching your set goal.  If you feel good about yourself and are proud of the work you do, it will show in your writing, graphics, and your interactions with other bloggers.

 

Help Someone in the Blogging Community

Facebook groups are excellent.  You may have seen me boast about them in once or twice in some of my blog posts.  I can’t help it; it is an amazing community of people I can look up to and ask for guidance.

Every day you need to go through your feed and read the questions that are posed by other bloggers.  Answer someone’s question.  Give some advice, as long as it is good, solid advice.  Don’t answer a question about WordPress if you have no idea what you are talking about.  That doesn’t help anyone.

However, on any given day, I can guarantee there is someone asking for an opinion on which picture looks better or which font works best.  Give your two cents.  It helps the person asking, and you know that you are contributing, not just fishing for page views.  And that can feel pretty damn good.

When I first joined these groups, I would just post my promos, do my reciprocations and skedaddle.  Now, I read what other bloggers are posting in these groups outside of the promo posts, and sometimes I post a question myself.  To get the feedback that I do, makes me feel like people are listening to me and want to help.  It feels great.

Be one of those that wants to help others.

 

Do Something for Yourself every day.

Hold up….I know we are all busy.  I have taken on way too much myself, but there are still things I do every day that I do for myself.  It doesn’t have to be a huge pampering thing, an expensive thing or even a try to find a babysitter type of deal.

Just something that makes you feel good about yourself.  For me, it’s a glass of wine and one of my shows on the DVR.  Tonight, it was This is Us.  Love that show.  Last night, it was taking an extra long shower so I could try my new conditioning hair mask.

Trust me, when you can take a second to only be in the moment with yourself, it can go a long way for your sanity.  Completely clear your mind, or think about only the good things that you’ve experienced that day.

You’ve already spent too much of your time thinking about your to-do lists, remembering what you forgot to do, and adding to your list for tomorrow.  30 minutes of nothing won’t kill you, in fact it may actually inspire you.

 

Cater your blog to fit you

When you started your blog, you probably had this vision of what you wanted it to look like.  Then when you started your site, you may not have had the knowledge or patience to make your site look how you wanted it.  So, you settled.  Well, don’t. There are so many ways to get guidance on this.  You want your site to reflect your personality, so you feel comfortable on it.  When you feel more comfortable on your site, you’ll want to post more and market it more.

There are so many ways to get help with this.  I settled when I first started, then I sought guidance on Fiverr and found a pro for a good price to help me completely redesign it.  From there, I’ve found so much on Pinterest and on Facebook that has helped me the rest of the way.

Trust me, when you love the look of your site, you will want others to see it and will love reading their encouraging comments.  Also, learn to ask for help.  On Facebook, you’d be surprised at how many time I saw  “I hate to ask….” or “I feel stupid for asking….” or my personal fav “Total newbie question, but….”  And once I read the question, I was like “Oh yeah, I was wondering that myself.”  Post your questions because you never know how many you’re helping just by asking, not to mention how much advice you can get in return.

 

Get Offline

Get off of your blog, Facebook, and Pinterest.  When you are constantly online, you will nitpick your site, or you will continue to find those who are more successful boasting about making six figures from their blog.  Those posts are great for inspiration, but when it is constantly in your face, it can become discouraging.  That is not helpful, nor productive.  So you need just to get offline.  If you get blog post ideas when you are offline, physically write them down.

Step back, walk away, or sit down with a pen and paper.  It is also good for your eyes and mental capacity to not be constantly sitting in front of a screen.  This is an excellent time just to brainstorm.

By getting offline, you can have one less distraction so you can focus.  Write down some goals, recap your day and everything you’ve done.  When you can take a minute offline, you may be able to see that you’ve done a lot more than you thought.  This will help you to appreciate what you have done and give yourself a break.

 

We all need a little encouragement and appreciation sometimes.  However, when you can appreciate what you’ve done and can see how far you’ve come, you will strive to do more.

5 Ways To Make The Most of Your Content

5 Ways To Make The Most of Your Content

Creating your blog content, it is so important and if done correctly can get you an enormous amount of traffic.  I think it is every blogger’s dream to have evergreen content, which is content that is always relevant.  This will ensure that no matter the time of year or day you publish, it will be on topic.  Bloggers want to have content that will attract the right kind of traffic to their blog.  That is why I have gathered a list of the 5 ways to make the most of your content when you are creating blog posts.

When I began writing blog posts, I had to get it all done right then.  I will spend 4-5 hours glued to my laptop.  I will create the blog content, add links, and create the graphic.  Then I will plan the social media posts, and get the SEO just right.  Then when I realize that it is time to write another post and I’d stress out thinking about how it takes me those 4-5 hours.  I would analyze if I had the time to spend to get the post completed right then.

Well, now that I have been doing this a while, I’ve realized that you don’t have to do it all in one sitting.  I am still just as excited once I get a post idea, but I’ve learned to schedule, downloaded tools and I’ve created templates, so it’s not so time-consuming or stressful as it once was.

Blogging doesn’t have to be stressful.  It is a great way to make money and an excellent way to share your ideas with others.  However, unlike a regular 9-5 job, you are the boss, and you can make the decisions on what/when/where/how you do your work.

If you want to put your best foot forward when you hit publish, take a look at these 5 ways to make the most of your content.

Creating the right content

Make sure that you are staying true to your brand when coming up with new content.  If you have steady viewership, then there are certain things that your viewers expect from you.  You want them to keep coming back and for them to find consistency with your blog.

Utilize tools on your blog that will increase the readability of your posts.  I love Yoast SEO.  It lets me know when my SEO and readability for my posts are up to par and informs me of how I can improve them before hitting “publish.”

Grammarly is a great tool to ensure that the content you are writing has correct spellings and is grammatically correct.  I know that many people like to write as if they were having a conversation with someone and sometimes it isn’t always grammatically correct, that’s totally fine.  I love reading posts from those bloggers who I feel are talking to me.

At the same time, though, you can ensure that what you are writing will make sense to those who are reading it.  When I was typing up this post, I had 12 errors in the first 3 paragraphs.  It turns out I use the word “actually” a lot and reminds me of other words I overuse so that I can delete it or use a different word.  When I write, I want to sound like I know what I’m talking about, but I also want to keep the conversational aspect as well.

Also, since I’ve installed Grammarly on my computer, it not only helps me with my blog posts but whatever I’m writing.  It comes up when I’m writing social media posts, emails, school work and when I’m commenting.  It is such a helpful tool.  You guys should check it out.

Plan Ahead

I use CoSchedule to schedule out most of my content.  Mainly because I love the headline analyzer and the alert emails, I get when something is coming due.  When I think of an excellent blog post idea, I add it to my calendar in CoSchedule.  Currently, I have the next couple months of ideas planned out, and it is such a relief.  On top of CoSchedule, I also have a physical planner that fits in my purse.   I like to cross things off my lists physically, it gives me a sense of accomplishment.  Also, when I’m out and about, I can read ahead and create outlines for the posts.

Content Upgrades

Stuck trying to create new content?  Maybe it’s time you look at some of your old posts and give them a little facelift.  See if those old posts would benefit from adding a download such as a checklist or other type of freebie.  This can bring new life to a post that may have fallen flat in the past.  Maybe change up the outline of it, change the photos or add headlines that would better grab a readers attention.

Research

When you have an idea for a blog post, test the waters to see if it would be something your readers would find interesting.  Send an email survey so that you can get feedback from your subscribers.  You can also post a survey in a Facebook Group.  Also, it ‘s nice to see if there have been a lot of recent blog posts lately on the same subject.  You don’t want your content getting lost in the crowd.  If you find that there is too much similar content on the topic, see what you can add to make it stand out above the others.  Maybe you would benefit more by adding a freebie or creating an email course.

Promotion

Once you have created your masterpiece, you don’t want it to go unseen.  Promote that precious jewel that you’ve just spent your valuable time building.  There are so many social media platforms where you can get the word out there about your posts.  I post in at least 5 Facebook Groups a day.  A majority of my viewers come from the groups, and I am so thankful for those participants.

Well, there you have it.  5 ways to make the most of your content.  I know how much time and effort is put into creating a blog post and it is so disappointing when it doesn’t get the attention you feel it deserves.  Go back and tweak an old post or put these ideas into play when creating a new post, it’s not too late.

What are some of the best pieces of advice you’ve received when it comes to creating content?