How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level

*This post was written in collaboration with design bundles

I’ve said it before on a number of posts; I am not an arty person. But one of the things that I enjoy most about blogging is that there are so many tools available to enhance my blog without me needing to be the best at artwork or design. with tools like design bundles, you can easily create a social media mockup. Adding an element of design work to your blog is a great way to make it look more professional. Coming down to the technical knitty gritty, if you have been blogging a while and you are starting to look at a way to make more income there are loads of ways you can do this. Here are a few of my best tips for making your blog AMAZING.

Use design bundles

One of the main things bloggers forget is that your blog, your social media channels and YOU are actually a brand. If you ran a survey, you would more than likely find out that people who read blogs really do like to see consistent branding. This is why it is important to ensure that all of your design work matched one central theme. This is why using a service like design bundles is so valuable. There are loads of reasons you might need to do a social media mockup. Creating a mock-up for clients is the main one. When you pitch for work, it’s great to be able to show clients your vision and that’s why tools like design bundles are imperative. I was playing around with design bundles and I found this one. This would SO be good on t-shirts at a cute baking blogger event near Christmas.

Due to the fact there is currently a deal to get 190 social media ideas for $39 I thought I would look through them. Definitely will be trying some of these.

Fix your broken links

If you want to take your blog from hobby to professional you will need to spend some time on your SEO. Making your SEO the best it can be also means your DA will increase and mean that you can charge more for work. One of the main things you should do is fix your broken links. There are a number of different broken link checkers online, but if you REALLY want to be thorough it might be worth hiring an SEO professional to sort them out for you.

Analyse

When you start to get busy with paid opportunities etc, it can be easy to forget to analyse what is really working with your audience. Every blogger has a little check of blog stats each day but putting this into actions for the future is the most valuable way you can use them. A lot of your blog readers will be regular readers so it makes perfect sense to give them what they want. Try to have a weekly content meeting with yourself so that you can go over last weeks stats and plan next weeks posts.

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