6 Tools and Tips to Help Build Your Blog in 2015

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In addition to coming up with interesting, relevant content for my blog, there’s the whole administrative, planning and organizing side of things. I’m always looking for ways to do things more efficiently, boost my reach, organize better, etc. As we near the end of January, I’m still striving to keep my resolutions for the year in mind, and making even more plans for the future. My biggest goal for 2015 is to consistently post quality content at least twice a week, whether it be a curated list,

Here are 15 tips and tools I’ve found and plan to implement all or part of, and I thought they were worth sharing. I hope some of you can benefit from as well!

Back Up Your Blog

Don’t lose your hard work!! Back that blog up. Here’s an article that tells you how!

Learn How to Use IFTTT and Buffer to Schedule Your Social Media Posts

(I already use IFTTT, but I JUST learned about Buffer! Can’t wait to start using it more!)

Write Consistently and Regularly

Post, post, post! The more you post, the more content you will have out there, and the more likely people are going to stumble onto your site, read your awesome posts and want to read more. Simple as that. Studies have shown that your traffic drastically increases once you hit the 100 post mark, so blog your little heart out!

Build an Idea File

So you never run out of them! There are tons of idea lists out there if you just google Blog Post Ideas

Like these:

101 Blog Post Ideas

How to Come Up With Great Ideas for Blog Posts, Every Single Time

32 of the Most Popular Blog Post Ideas

Email, Email, Email

One area I know I need to work on is building my email subscribers. There are some great tips in these two articles:

41 Tips that Put Over 10,000 People on my Email Subscribers List

The 7 High Converting Places to Add Forms and Build Your Email List

Get to Know SEO

According to this post by Digital Current, these resolutions can enhance your SEO:

  1. Optimize all of your new blog posts for keywords, and review older posts for keyword usage by the end of 2015. If you use WordPress for your blog, you can try a plug-in like WordPress SEO by Yoast. When you post or edit content, the plugin will guide you as you optimize for keywords, create effective title tags, and write useful meta-descriptions.
  2. Incorporate responsive design for your blog by March 31. If your mobile look isn’t working, look for a theme that specifically incorporates what developers call “responsive design,” which means that your website looks good both on desktop computers and on tablets and smartphones.
  3. Work with an SEO provider during 2015. If the changes required for SEO seem too technical for you, hire an SEO provider in 2015. Your provider can deliver SEO advice, help you optimize your site, and provide ongoing SEO maintenance.

Happy Blogging and Happy Friday Eve!

à bientôt j'espère

Lauren is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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