How To Maintain Your Blog

by Sarah Nderi
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I am THRILLED to have Sarah Nderi, one of my BEST blogging buddies, guest posting on “How To Maintain Your Blog”! I mean, we all need a reminder on important basics once in a while (I know I do).

Please give her site – nderisarah a visit!

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While making a blog is easy, Maintaining a blog is not always easy. There are many things that you have to do and many areas that a Blogger has to cover to maintain an engaging blog. More often than not, bloggers have to take many roles such writing, making great graphics, being good at SEO (Search Engine Optimization), building an email list, building social media presence, web and tech knowledge among other roles.

In this regard, here is how one can maintain a blog;

  • Update old articles
  • Join link parties
  • Fix broken links
  • New Pinterest Pins
  • Update your blog consistently
  • Guest post

Update Old Articles

Making your content evergreen, relevant and is key. While it is easy to get eyeballs on your site as soon as an article or blog post is published, it is not easy to get them later on.

Which is why you have to write content that solves a problem, provides value or is at least entertaining.

In this regard, old articles can be revived by updating them with new information you have come across as well as enhancing SEO.

However, updating too many articles in a day can lead to penalties by Google. If you plan to update articles, update 5 a day and be comprehensive. Cover the following bases; images, SEO, new information, affiliate links and any other thing you want to plug in.

Join Link Parties

What this does is that it gives your site quality backlinks to your site, improves your site domain authority and gets more eyeballs on your site.

Blogs with higher domain authority produce more quality backlinks, bring more engagement and makes your site rank higher on Google.

Depending on the length of the challenge or link party, it sends signals to Google that you have authority over a certain topic, especially if people keep coming back to that article.

Fix Broken Links

There’s nothing annoying like broken links. They discourage a reader from coming back to your site.  I had to delete an old site when I self-hosted my blog. This was after moving my content to my new site. Now although my content was now being hosted elsewhere, the old content was still on Google. To solve this and prevent my readers from getting errors, I created 404 redirects. This enables me to fix Broken Links from my old site and direct them to the new site.

Broken links are also broken images, Gifs, or outbound links that lead to an inactive site. Make sure all your outbound links lead to active sites.

Create Interesting Pins

Pinterest is a blogger’s friend. If you are struggling with traffic, Pinterest can really boost your site. All you have to do is create pins on Canva and then share them on twitter. Aim to pin at least 30- 40 pins a day to get the most out of the platform.

That sounds like a lot of work, enter Tailwind. Tailwind is like Hootsuite. It helps you schedule pins, save images to pin from the Internet and schedule them later. I like scheduling pins on the weekend so as I can relax the entire week without worry.

After scheduling, all that remains is the physical pinning. Pinterest’s algorithm rewards those who schedule and also take time to physically pin. Have a blend of the two.

Tailwinds first 100 pins are free. If you wish to continue using it, you have to upgrade to premium. I recommend taking the free trial and testing it on your site before going premium. If Tailwind is too expensive, make your site Pinterest friendly with a pin it button and relatable pins. This way, your readers can share your pins to their Pinterest pages as well.

SIGN UP FOR A FREE MONTH OF TAILWIND HERE.

Consistently Update Your Blog

This builds trust with your readers, builds your domain authority, engagement and your writing muscle! Although it’s great to take a break, come up with strategies that ensure your blog is active.

  • Writing in advance.
  • Scheduling.
  • Allowing guest posts.
  • Resurfacing old articles.
  • Writing on the commute if time is a factor.

While I have more to say on this topic, I believe these are the most important ways in which bloggers can maintain their blogs. How do you maintain your blog? Let us know in the comments below.

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My pleasure Sarah working with you and guys, there’s more articles lined up from Sarah.

Sarah is the brains behind this. She approached me with this amazing idea. Where I write for her several articles on travel and other fields am strong suited in and I also sent her article topics that I would love her assistance in. Now that is guest posting.

Happy June!

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1 comment

Bill June 4, 2019 - 5:46 am

Resourceful and informative. Great piece.

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