Five New Year’s ‘BlogOlutions’
“This year flew by!”
“Where did this year go?”
“How is it already 2016?!”
We’re all thinking it, how has another year already come and gone? The new year often sparks new ideas, new plans, and of course, new resolutions. Maybe some people want to eat healthier, exercise more or visit a new destination. I know for a fact that some bloggers out there are thinking, this is the year I will do more with my blog! If that is the case, then this post is for you! In 2016, you will write more content, spruce up your images and even learn how to monetize your website. Today, I want to share five tips for helping you reach your goals for your blog this upcoming year.
1. Get a more visually appealing theme for your website.
Maybe you want to start completely over with a brand new website, or your website just needs a new theme to really showcase who you are in the best light. Your theme can reflect your brand, so you want to be sure to have an organized layout with an appealing color scheme.
|If you are in the first group, there are a couple different options on where you can create a brand new website. ShareASale Merchant Weebly.com allows users at any skill level to build a fully-functional website. No coding is required! Learn more and join the Weebly program.|
|Another option and the one I currently use is WordPress. Millions of bloggers use WordPress to share their content and customize their website. They offer a great support line, as well. If you go this route, it’s easiest to use WPEngine for your WordPress Hosting plan. Join the WP Engine program.|
|If you’re simply looking for a new theme, you can browse through the many awesome designs that StudioPress has to offer! These themes offer flexibility and customization, to obtain the look you’re going for with your blog. Join the StudioPress program here.|
2. Alongside #1, make your images brighter and bolder!
It’s no secret that images appeal to reader’s emotions. In my opinion, the more images on a post, the better. I’m much more of a visual learner and I love looking at pictures of delicious food, travel destinations and fashion inspirations. There are always ways to improve your phone camera pictures if you don’t have an expensive camera.
|I recommend using PicMonkey to edit and touch up your photos. They offer a free service for certain features, but you can always upgrade to do more with your pictures. PicMonkey also enables you to add text and create collages! Join the PicMonkey program today!|
3. Increase the number of blog posts you write per week.
There’s nothing wrong with only writing a couple posts a week, but you see more and more bloggers pushing out content almost 5-6 times a week. While it’s always necessary to focus on the quality of your content, why not increase the quantity, too!
|It may take more time to write a few extra posts, but with services like Shareist.com, you can streamline and organize your content by scheduling posts to publish at a later date! So, while you have time to write, be sure to take advantage of it and set a schedule for yourself. It will end up saving you more time in the long-run. With Shareist, you can also connect your content to your social media profiles and newsletter service! Join the Shareist program today!|
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4. Join relevant Affiliate programs to promote on your website.
As your website is growing, so are the options to promote Merchants on your website. ShareASale has over 4,000 Merchants to choose from and several different ways to find the right Merchant for you. You can sign up to receive our quarterly catalogs for free, perform a Merchant search in the interface, and find out more information about their Affiliate program straight from the brand’s website! ShareASale provides you with their program vitals and statistics to ensure they are the right fit.
SIDE TIP: Looking for specific Merchants in a particular niche? Check out our 2015 Gift Guides!
5. Put tips and best practices for monetization to use.
ShareASale has already shared some amazing tips for earning money with your blog, so I recommend reading the following resources when you’re ready:
6 Tools Bloggers Should Be Using!
I have good news for you Affiliates out there! ShareASale recently added and made improvements to our Affiliate and blogger-friendly tools – check it out! Right now, here are 6 I want to talk about! Trust us – you should definitely be using these.
6 Perks of Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers
We may be biased, but Affiliate Marketing is the best industry to be in – especially if you’re looking to take your blog to the next level! This is not an easy feat – on the contrary, it requires hard work, lots of time and commitment. That being said, becoming an Affiliate has a TON of benefits…let us share some with you.
Differentiating Affiliate Marketing: What Sets this Monetization Channel Apart
There are many options available for bloggers and Affiliates to monetize their websites these days, from sponsored posts to AdSense to using Ad Networks. Thousands of Merchants are taking advantage of Affiliate Marketing techniques, which has led to a significant increase in publishers turning to Affiliate …read more!
As you’re making plans for your blog in 2016, don’t hesitate to reach out to me for assistance! I can be reached at Abby@ShareASale.com.
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