Welcome to day 5 and the last day of my Blogging Information Week series! I hope this has given you a ton of information and I am excited to share this last day of information with you! Today I want to talk about seven small changes you can make in your blog and how you blog that make a big difference in your blog!
1. Use a lighter background
Dark backgrounds can be great, if done well--but it's best to steer away from them. If you can, chose a lighter background with lots of color in it. If you just have to have a dark background chose really light/bright contrast colors. If you have a black background chose a white font color, not a grey one. Also make sure your font is large enough if you have a dark background so that people don't have to strain or stress their eyes to read it.
2. Include a call-to-action at the end of your blog posts
If you are posting about something, invite your readers to pitch in their expertise. I am not an expert and I can always learn something new from my readers so I am always open to hearing what others have to say about topics I talk about. I think there should be a level of reciprocity to what you give your readers and what they give you. Let your readers know that you want to hear from them by making it easy to comment and letting them know that you appreciate their feedback!
3. Properly use tags and labels
Understanding and using hashtags, tags, and labels is probably one of the best ways to get a wider audience and it will make a huge difference in your blog. Searching for certain tags is a great way to find new blogs to read! If you don't include tags in your blogs as of yet, I encourage you to start! Never post a blog without including some tags so that more people can find your posts! This advice is also great for any other social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.
4. Create a schedule
Creating a schedule is an easy way to get a good grip on your blog! Try to brainstorm ideas at least once a month for new blogs to put up on your website. Figure out what kind of schedule you want to make and find ways to make it possible. I like to keep a 5 day a week blog schedule if at all possible--so I usually write all my blogs during the weekend and then schedule them to go live throughout the week. Knowing how many blogs I want to put out a month and working from there really helps. You may get a little off track at times, and that's okay--just get back on the bandwagon as soon as possible.
5. Write about a different topic
This blogging series for me is something I haven't really ever done before--but it's a great experience to help people with their blogs. Writing about something you love to do, but don't normally talk about on your blog is a wonderful way to expand and strengthen your blog! Blogging is something that I'd like to think I've gotten a bit of a grasp on and I love to give advice to others. This isn't something I normally do--but I am excited to mix it up a bit. Your readers will be excited about the change of tune, and you will be able to gain some new readers in the process!
6. Ask for a sponsor
As I have mentioned on the blog before, asking for a sponsor was a hard thing for me to do, but once I did it I felt a ton better. Asking people to sponsor you for a giveaway isn't as hard as it seems and it takes your blog to a new level because you are sharing your work with a lot of different people. Asking for someone to have an ad on your sidebar or just share their products with your readers is an art to be perfected. You might not always get a yes, but you will be able to get practice with your "elevator" blog speech.
7. Use pictures in your posts
One of the best things I started doing with my blog is start to create graphics and use them all over the internet and to break up my text posts. I write a lot so including pictures is great for me, because it allows my readers to not just have a giant wall of text. If you use my blog from the other day, PicMonkey or Canva is a great way to create these images.
Bonus: Section Headers Are Also Great
If you are looking to break up the text in your blog posts but finding images seems like it would take a long time, try just creating section headers in your post. Having and using section headers allows your readers to efficiently read your post, skip around if necessary, and makes reading your post seem less daunting.