Blog Tips: What to do after you’ve published
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After you click the “Publish” button for your new blog post, what do you do? If the answer is to bring up your feet on the table and call it a day, then you should seriously reconsider. That shouldn’t be the end to your efforts of getting yourself and your blog out there on the web. Not everyone visiting your website will be checking daily for any updates or posts on your side. This means that you should apply as many methods as possible to boost your traffic and visibility. What kind of methods? We are here to help you out with that.
This HostArmada blog post will be dealing with exactly what to do after you’ve published and how to make the best of it. Keep reading if you’d like to learn more!
Use e-mail to tease your blog post
Regardless of the type of content you have published, your first order of business, more or less, will be to start attracting and driving traffic towards it. We are sure that you agree with us on that.
The purpose of any blog is to be seen, read, and advertised. That’s how you get more visitors all around, both new and regular. However, even your subscribers may miss your scheduled post, especially if they aren’t aware of it or forget to check it. This is why you should find simple ways to inform existing subscribers or clients. You do this by setting up an e-mail list and sending a mass e-mail after every time you publish. To maximize the potential of this method, you should draft a short “teaser email” that will draw in your subscribers to click through to your blog and share the post with their friends.
Depending on how your website is built, you can accomplish this in a variety of different ways. For example, if you are using WordPress, excellent plugins are available for your ease of use when setting up an e-mail list. If you can get a custom solution developed or develop it yourself, it would even be better and allow you a greater degree of personalization and customization.
Spread the word via social media
So we’ve talked about e-mail, but there’s an even bigger and better tool for raising awareness and improving your marketing strategies. Social media is all the rage these days, and what’s to stop you from making use of this global trend?
We will tell you the answer. The answer is nothing. And if you aren’t using social media to boost your published works and help your blog, then you are depriving yourself of a useful tool in your arsenal.
The best way to do it is to create specific accounts and pages for your online project in all major social media networks like Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, and Twitter. But if you want to be thorough, you can go even further than that. You can promote and advertise on less popular social networks to further boost your visibility. That’s how you’ll make sure that you’ve maximized the potential pool of visitors coming to read your blog. What’s even better is that most people don’t check their e-mail as much as they check their social media accounts, so if you really want them to see your content, this is the way to go!
Make sure to add more backlinks to your blog
Are you familiar with the concept of a backlink? They are links on one website linking to another. When someone links to your website, then you have a backlink from them. If you link to another website, then they have a backlink from you. Backlinks are easily precious for both search engines and visitors alike. With backlinks, you can help your website rise in Google’s ranks. With that, it will appear first on the search engine’s pages. You don’t have to be someone technical to understand that the first few pages are what visitors are more likely to search and click on when they’d like to access something related to what they are looking for.
So the more credible backlinks you include in your blog posts, the better. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should stuff it full of backlinks if you can’t find any relevant ones. It can equally hurt your website if you have too many that aren’t related to your niche as a blogger.
Working with Google Analytics Data
Analyzing data is an activity often overlooked by bloggers that is actually very important and essential. Ask yourself this simple question: “If I don’t analyze my blog post’s performance, how will I even know what is working and what is not?”. Data shows you how effective your methods are and if what you are doing is having any success in helping your blog’s growth and engagement. What better way to work with Google than to make their algorithms work for you? We personally don’t know any, but if you figure out an even better one be sure to tell us.
To complement your research and evaluation process, you can always refer to these questions after setting up an account on Google Analytics if you don’t already have one:
- Have you gotten as much traffic to your post as you were expecting?
- How long did visitors stay on the page to read your blog post, and more importantly, did they convert to subscribers? This is also known as your website’s bounce rate.
- How much the website’s established traffic is from social versus referrals (links leading people to your post) vs. direct channels (the aforementioned teaser email we talked about)?
Repurpose, reimagine and refresh your old blog posts
One of the less known facts is that “freshness” is another part of Google’s Algorithm. It is a deciding factor in whether or not you will be able to work with Google. You wouldn’t want to have stale content that doesn’t get displayed by search engines because it’s unrelated or outdated. Avoiding that means having to go over your best-performing posts and make sure to update them regularly with new information. That way, the blog continues to provide the best content for your readers. You also boost your chances of keeping your rank in the search engines. This is what it’s all about when using the algorithm for you!
There you have it. This should be a stepping stone and guide for you if you’ve been struggling with marketing your blog and attracting visitors. Though even if you’ve been doing good, there are some valuable insights on how to improve even further. You want the best for your blog, and we want that too. As long as you are successful, we benefit and everyone who finds your website helpful and informative. So this is just another reason to want to prepare you with the best help we can offer!
If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, feel free to contact us anytime. HostArmada remains ready to be deployed 24/7!