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Thursday, February 2, 2012

How to get the most from your post!

If you're new here, Welcome! Stick around after reading today's post and get to know me. Be sure to subscribe by RSS or email to be sure not to miss a thing!

Adding fresh content is important. But, there's too much pressure to post everyday. Some personal blog evaluation in the last week has reminded me that good blog content is about quality not quantity. And, it's not all about me posting and looking at my own blog, it's about friendships and connecting with other bloggers.

Sometimes we write a great post and it gets lost in the shuffle simply because we wanted to get new content up the very next day. In the meantime, our home page post is mediocre and the great posts are hidden from the first impressions we hope to make. So, let's stop doing that and get the most from our posts!

5 6 Tips for getting the most from your post:

1. Leave it up! Don't be scared to leave a great post up for a few days. Don't short change yourself or your readers. Give people a chance to see it, read it, and share it. That leads me to my next tip...

2. Give people a way to share it. Make sure that you have working share buttons somewhere at the end of the post. You can easily install share buttons from a number of different sites for free. Make sure the buttons are visible and specific to that post. Sometimes I see share buttons on a home page but not in the post body. I'd rather share a specific post and direct people to what I read, rather than a generic link to the whole blog. But, before people share it, they have to read it, right? So...

3. Give people a way to read it. Seems simple enough, no? But, not everyone will come to your blog everyday to read your fabulousness. Shocking, I know. You have to make it easier than that. Make sure your readers have a way to stay up-to-date with your content. Set up RSS feeds and give readers the option to subscribe by email. And yes, even GFC keeps readers connected. If you have a Wordpress or other non-blogger site, I'm sure you already know that GFC is going away in March, so the other options are even more important now.

4. Leave the house! How do you expect to meet people if you stay at home all the time? If you stay in cleaning up, rearranging furniture, and decorating you're never going to meet anyone! The same applies to your blog. Quit fussing with your layout and reading your own posts over and over. Get out! Meet people. Read other blogs, leave comments, and share their great posts on social networking sites. Blog karma is real. Share the love, get the love!

5. Get your social network on! Give people other ways to find you outside of your blog. Create a Facebook fan page and give it some character with pagemodo. Twitter is a great way to connect with other bloggers. Get out there and don't be scared to talk to people. And, then there's that new and confusing Google+. Be a revolutionary, and figure that out for the rest of us. That would make a great post to leave up and circulate! Once you have other sites set up, you can easily direct others to your blog with a link back to your fabulous post.

6. Go green! So after reading this, perhaps you're kicking yourself for short changing a recent post that didn't get much traffic? You thought it was fabulous, but you heard crickets. No one even knows about it. So? Recycle it! Re-post it, recirculate it.Who cares if it's old. If it's good, people will want to read it. You can even go in and edit the publish date of your post to show today's date. That way it appears to be fresh content and know one even knows it's recycled.



At February 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Missy said...

Very nice tips. I suffer from the "have to post 5 days a week" thing. But some weeks, I'm having to cut down to 4 for the reason you say - to get to other people's blogs and read them too!

At February 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM , Blogger Katie said...

These are such wonderful tips! Thank you!

At February 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM , Blogger Cindi said...

Thanks for the wonderful tips. :)

At February 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

I've been struggling with the quanity thing lately and it has been making my quality go down. I think that I am going to take your advice and leave a good post to rest for a day or two and not feel like I have to put something new up so quickly. Also, I have a few good posts from when NO ONE was reading my blog yet. It's a great idea to bring them out again.
Thanks for your help, Adrienne!

At February 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Melissa Maloney said...

I gave up long ago on posting every day. It took entirely too much of my time up and I neglected home and family. Now I blog when I want and that's it.
Great tips!

At February 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Gail Purath said...

Adrienne, this is great stuff. I have so much to learn about blogging and always love helpful advice from more experienced bloggers.
I opened Bless a Blogger Friday a day early and wanted you to know since you left a comment. I'd love to have you link this post and any others you think would be good for us to read.
I'm praying for your blog and your ministry to your family.
Bless you,
Gail (Bible Love Notes)

At February 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Julie said...

Great tips!


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