If you want to take you blog to the next level, check out this great advice from other successful bloggers!Nobody is born knowing how to blog. In addition, its constantly in flux, as technology is always changing and strategies to best utilize those changes are constantly evolving. So even when you "know" how to do something with your blog, odds are good that in 3-6 months, it's already changed! I've written a few "how to blog" posts where I share my ideas of what's worked for me, but I wanted to spread the word on some of the posts and sources I've read that have been the best blogging advice, and have taken my blog to the next level.
Blog Monetization: I wrote this post about how I monetized my blog and some of the things I learned along the way. This post has tons of links where you can find blog/brand connectors that fit your niche so you can start getting more sponsored post opportunities.
Google AdSense: This beast is still a bit of a mystery to me - some months I do well and others? I think I make a whopping $15. While I'm still quite green in this area, this post had some great tips on increasing Google AdSense revenue that literally helped me double my revenue overnight!
SEO: I'm not a tech junkie, but I do know SEO is vital to having people come across your blog in basic web searches! While social media promotion is key, you have to also know how to make people find you. Click here to learn about SEO and how to optimize it in your blog posts.
Instagram: IG is one of those social media channels everyone wants to do really well, but so few do. I took all of the 4th quarter to focus on it, and wrote my best Instagram advice in this post. I learned takeaways from the Blog Elevated conference as well as the SITS Girls blog boot camp; outside of those two sources, this one was the best I found for getting your Instagram in order.
Pinterest: Pinterest is funny because it's a search engine, not a "social" media, and therefore functions a bit differently. The game really changed when they implemented the Smart Feed late in 2015! I wrote up a great Pinterest basics post that will get you started in the right direction (including HOW to transition your account to a business account and WHERE to edit your images vertical, all linked up and easy for you!) and this post has great information on how to use the Smart Feed to your best advantage. She's also my blogging BFF so you should be reading her anyway.
Google Analytics: GA is the standard for all brands who want to know your stats when they're seeking bloggers to work with. You HAVE to have Google Analytics installed in your blog's HTML header in order to work with brands and be monetized! I have so say though, GA isn't the easiest thing to figure out. There's tons of information there, but if you can't translate it to something meaningful, then it's all a waste! This post had great info on the basics on Google Analytics to get you started.
I hope you find those links and posts as helpful as I did when I was doing my research on the best blogging advice out there! Blogging isn't easy and for me, it doesn't always come naturally, but it's so helpful to read how others have found success with their blogs so that we can all benefit from it. If you found this post insightful, check out my Pinterest board Blogging Education - I pin all these posts and more great tips on running a successful blog there!