For those of you who want to take your blog to the next level in 2011 (perhaps you’ve stepped up to the Post a Day or Post a Week challenge), we’ve got your back.
From now on, we’ll be offering tips on blogging best practices to help you produce high-quality content, boost your readership, and make the most of all the fabulous WordPress.com features.
Here’s a handful of resources to get you started:
Need an idea?
Check out The Daily Post for a daily dose of writing tips and encouragement, or browse the Freshly Pressed posts or tag pages for inspiration. You can also combat writer’s block by tackling a thought-provoking Plinky prompt.
Keep in mind that the some of the best blogs are focused on one main subject and often target a specific audience. If you feel like you’re losing your focus, think about the reason why you started blogging in the first place, and how you define blogging success. Still feeling lost? Give these brainstorming exercises a shot.
Think you don’t have time to post?
Sure you do — WordPress.com users publish about half a million new posts every day. If so many others can find time, you can, too!
If you’re in a pinch, keep it simple with QuickPress. If you’re on the go, use WordPress.com on your mobile phone or create a post by email. You can even phone in an audio post! Writing posts in advance and setting them to automatically publish in the future is also a great idea for times when you’re going to be busy.
Want more visitors?
As long as you’re enjoying your blog, you’re successful. But if you want to draw a larger audience and interact more with other bloggers, there are plenty of ways to do so. Here’s one suggestion to get you started.
Consider this: You probably search the web for information frequently, and you’re able to find what you need pretty quickly (most of the time), right? That’s because you don’t carefully peruse all the information on a given topic, you rapidly scan page titles and headlines for specific keywords and phrases. Even when you’re leisurely browsing the web with no specific destination in mind, you use page titles to quickly determine whether or not a link is worth clicking.
Your blog post titles show up in a variety of places on the web and in the WordPress.com community. So if you want to boost traffic to your site, take the time to write descriptive, captivating headlines for your posts. For example, a post titled “Summer Vacation 2010″ might be descriptive enough for you and your friends, but “Beaches, Bungee Jumping, and Backpacking: My Adventures in Costa Rica” has a much better chance of attracting new visitors.
Check out Are You Writing Rockin’ Blog Post Titles? for tips on how to write better headlines.
Make 2011 your best blogging year ever!
Remember that you’re a part of a huge community of people who are passionate about blogging. We hope you’ll utilize comments and likes to offer feedback, support, and encouragement to one another as you work toward your blogging goals for 2011.
Jan 22nd at 8:59 am
Great advices, thanks!
Jan 22nd at 9:11 am
way to go Erica… I ‘m loving this post!
Jan 22nd at 9:35 am
Thanks for remind us such good advices!
Jan 22nd at 9:59 am
good advice many thanks
Jan 22nd at 10:28 am
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Jan 22nd at 11:37 am
Thanks a lot for the help
Jan 22nd at 12:44 pm
yep … did a post a day since September and i got a word press sounding name now too. now i really feel like part of the wordpress herd
Jan 22nd at 2:10 pm
Thanks for the advice. I will give some of these suggestions a try.
Jan 22nd at 2:11 pm
Some good advice here! Thanks! I´ve just started a week ago, and I enjoy every second. As I´m a teacher I only get to read what my students write…This is a wonderful opportunity to excel in spreading out my own thoughts and reflections all over the page – and, to blur out my inner poetry… so to speak. Why not put it all together? I think I understand why students prefer blogging to other ways of writing. I´ll have a look at the Challenge!
Jan 22nd at 2:12 pm
I will definitely try these suggestions, and see if they help.
Jan 22nd at 2:15 pm
its great thank you
Jan 22nd at 3:52 pm
I just started my blog yesterday and today is my birthday. Happy blogging!
Jan 22nd at 4:56 pm
Thanks for all the suggestions. I’m definitely going to work on those titles. Keep the ideas coming!
Jan 22nd at 5:01 pm
Thank you for the tips !
Jan 22nd at 5:16 pm
I have taken on the post a day, and while currently I am writing one each day, in the future I might want to try the “post in the future” option. I like your suggestion of the better titles.
Jan 22nd at 6:07 pm
I’ve just started blogging but using the scheduling option has been awesome! Then I can sleep in but still share my cattoons! Thanks for the suggestion!
Jan 22nd at 6:37 pm
Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate it.
Jan 22nd at 7:22 pm
Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. I’ll be using them
Jan 22nd at 9:15 pm
Thanks, for the encouragement. I have a hard time, trying to decide what to put in my blog, so then I do nothing, and your suggestion to work on the titles, will help.
Jan 22nd at 9:38 pm
Thanks for the advise. I signed up for a post-a-week but sometimes even that feels a bit overwhelming. I think I’ll just focus on your practical advice and perhaps that will make the task seem less daunting. My hats off to those who took on the post-a-day challenging. I’m rooting for you all!
Jan 22nd at 9:51 pm
Going to try the Post-A-Week challenge! Thanks for the tips!
Jan 22nd at 9:53 pm
Any advice to inspire writing is excellent advice! Even though my blog is about music (Rock, Hard Rock & Heavy Metal), I will branch out with ideas other than album reviews. There are interviews, book reviews, concerts and those “everyday” experiences that relate to music that prove to be fun to write. That occasional “list” that relates to Rock ‘N’ Roll is always a fun way to attract new & regular visitors and comments, even though lists sometimes take a bad rap!
Jan 22nd at 10:46 pm
I already try to make sure I post once a week . . . wonder if I should push myself to once a day mmmm? Gd tips
Jan 22nd at 11:34 pm
Jan 22nd at 11:50 pm
thanks a bunch
Jan 23rd at 1:00 am
Thanks for the advise.
Jan 23rd at 2:28 am
I just started my blog today and that was some much needed information! Thanks
Jan 23rd at 2:35 am
One of my readers asked if I was going to put up the postaday/week challenge widget. She said it wasn’t too difficult. How do you do it? Thanks.
Jan 23rd at 2:43 am
My 365 project is on. Today is my 92nd day of my project. Sometimes is hard but I promised myself that I will do this so I will!
Now I am happy that I found this site when I can find some many people who do this same.
Jan 23rd at 3:05 am
Having fun with the post titles is great. With film reviews, I name the post a memorable (often comical) line from the film itself.
I always tend to read others post if the title sounds interesting. Pass if it’s boring.
Thanks for the extra tips!
Jan 23rd at 3:05 am
Jan 23rd at 4:08 am
Good suggestions… thank’s for the tips… sounds like the title post may be an interesting place to start… I’ll try a few to see how it works.
Keep up the good work!
Jan 23rd at 4:19 am
Day one of blogging every day and I have one post and no comments…….this may take a while.
Jan 23rd at 5:47 am
Cool im going to really use your tip on the titles to help drive more traffic to my blog. Great post
Jan 23rd at 5:54 am
Jan 23rd at 5:56 am
I’m a tad new at this blogging bit and these tips are just what I needed to get right on with it.
Thanks so much.
Jan 23rd at 7:20 am
Thank you very much for your advice.
Jan 23rd at 8:42 am
“Make 2011 your best blogging year”
I sure will. Thanks for the encouragement!
Jan 23rd at 11:22 am
very helpful tips, Thanks!
Jan 23rd at 12:52 pm
Thank you for your post. it’s good for any blogs in wordpress.
Jan 23rd at 12:59 pm
Espero poder levar o máximo de informação aos meus leitores!!!! Um abraço a todos os blogeiros de platão.
Jan 23rd at 1:59 pm
I stepped up to the challenge! Thanks for the tips!
Jan 23rd at 3:26 pm
Good article. I have not really got into blogging and I really want to but there are so many blogs out there I sometimes wonder if it is actually worthwhile given the chances of someone coming across my particular blog. Still, there were some good tips and I am going to have a good hard think and see what comes out.
Jan 23rd at 3:28 pm
Thank you for your suggestion. It’s very useful.
Jan 23rd at 4:20 pm
It’s not as easy as it should be to join the Postaday or postaweek. Ideas are not always the problem. So you post that you have joined. Doesn’t the post then get lost to the bottome of the list of posts?
Jan 23rd at 7:57 pm
This was such a helpful article. Thanks!
Jan 23rd at 9:19 pm