Do you know there is a common criticism of blogging tips coaches?
People complain they all recommend the same strategies. Often, I have heard, “They never have anything new to say.”
A reader of mine predicted that if I offered unique blogger tricks, my blog would stand out and my readership would grow.
Even Sue Anne Dunlevie’s blog Successful Blogging says, “Don’t say what has been said 1,000 times before in your content.”
This post will offer you blogging tips that deviate from the same old rhetoric.
Although they may vary from mainstream blogging tips, these 47 blogger tricks are just as effective if not more.
47 Unique Blogger Tricks
- Deliver your blog posts using web push notifications. The One Signal Push Notification plugin is free to use and easy to set up. Both Stephanie Bledsoe and Harsh Agrawal use this tip. I have a number of readers who receive my posts this way.
- Tag interested people. Elite blogging strategist Patrick Coombe explained, “Here is my best tip: Tag people. But don’t be reckless about it. Don’t just tag random people that pop up when the @ symbol comes up, tag people that you know will get amped up about the post and comment. If you can get someone excited, angry, or passionate about a subject, it will create conversation and if you can create conversation, you’ll naturally trigger Facebook’s internal algorithm to make it show up in more news feeds. Tagging people in comments is also helpful. Make a comment on the original post and tag someone in it. Ask them a question and tag them in it; it’ll almost demand their attention. Sadly, without having a budget to “boost” a post on Facebook, it is getting harder and harder to promote a post. This way, with the right initiative, you can get some great reach on Facebook without having to spend the money.
- When choosing a keyword, check Related Google Searches at the bottom of Google. “In response to This Is How to Rank for Long-Tail Keywords, 5 Free Secret Tips about 3 years ago we received an email similar to this one explaining long tail keywords…. in a nutshell, the ‘long-tail’ key phrases at the bottom of the searches were the best ones to use.” Source: Lily Seymour
- Promote your posts in aggregation groups in addition to mainstream media. For example, promoting on BizSugar has reaped me a great deal of traffic. Neil Patel and Clay Smith agree with this strategy.
- Add 4 numbers to your headline: the 4 digits of the year. The Gaps.com website recommends this strategy. I’ve seen it work on my blog. My post How to Make Money in 2016 and Beyond as a Beginner received abnormally high page views.
- Put your testimonials on your social media sites. Source: MavSocial.com
- Take advantage of Twitter impressions. Queuing at Buffer when impressions are great has already helped boost my Twitter traffic.
- Call the headline and the SEO title different names. According to a post published on Copyblogger, you do not make the headline and the SEO title the same. By putting extra keywords in the SEO title, you can get found on search engines easier without cluttering up your headline with words. For example, if the HealthRanks.org blog wanted their article, Top 5 Greens Supplements, to get found on search engines, they should make their keyword Greens Supplements longer in the SEO Title. Most people will search for longer keyword phrases today. However, this is a fine headline. Readers love reading about “Top” tips. In addition, this headline: How to Easily Get New Followers with Optins: an Update received a high score. However, the headline I really wanted, the headline containing a number, received a poor score on CoSchedule: How to Easily Get New Blog Followers with Optins & 48 more tips: Update. I made this the SEO headline so when people scrolled through the posts about how to get new blog followers, they would see I was offering 49 tips. This is another example:As you can see, my SEO title would have made a pretty awkward headline. My guest author sent me a focus keyword: Google First Page Guaranteed. Wanting the post to rank on Google, I put this long-tail keyword in my SEO Title. However, I titled the post How To Get Your Blog On The First Page Of Google for Free.
- Clear the cache. Why should you clear your browser’s cache and how does this tip relate to blogging? According to Ryan Biddulph, not clearing your cache slows down your loading time. Busy bloggers don’t have time to wait!
- Get Insurance. Although my guest author was discussing making money from vlogging, he recommended you get insurance. Commenters reacted they found that tip odd which is why it made this list. My reaction: Anytime people fear getting sued, insurance is a good idea.
- Get a Business Licence If you are sued, will you be in trouble if you don’t have a business license? Are you selling products or services? If so, you might want to consider putting out the money for the license. It will be a whole lot cheaper than having to retain a lawyer to defend yourself. My accountant recommended I get one.
- Have a disclaimer on your site. Does your site guarantee results? If not, you might want to consider saying so. Where to put the disclaimer? I recommend putting the disclaimer on your Hire Me page or your About page. You are welcome to tweak the disclaimer on my Hire Me page. Scroll down to the bottom where you will find the “Note.”
- Write more than 140 characters on Twitter in your tweets. It’s unusual since Twitter has only just recently extended its character count.
- Make an umbrella Pinterest board with subboards. This is also an unusual tip since Pinterest just started implementing board sections.
- Offer citations. This provides proof what you are saying is correct because other experts say so. Also, if you link out, Google thinks you have quality content. Even Donna Merrill says this is a good idea. So many bloggers don’t cite references, I felt this warranted sharing.
- Use an Excel spreadsheet to blog. You might wonder why this is needed. Bloggers use a spreadsheet for a variety of purposes. Some use a spreadsheet to keep track of linky parties. Others use a spreadsheet to keep track of keywords they rank for.
- Create a hashtag and use it on social media. I know bloggers who have their own hashtag. I was flattered when one created a hashtag for me. If it’s memorable, your brand (and traffic) will grow. Use it in your tweets. Once it becomes associated with you, others may use it when they retweet your links and share your posts on other social media. User-Generated Content is free advertising for you. Social Media Today recommends this blogger trick.
- Place links in a context. According to Neil Patel, links should be surrounded by context and not at the bottom of your post in the footer. For example, this link appeared near the top of the text in my recent publication about a blog commenting technique: Once they come the first time, there are many ways to get visitors to repeatedly return, but how do you get them to sign up? Do you see how the link is surrounded by text?
- Do not write an introductory hook longer than 1 sentence. Do not write a paragraph longer than 3 sentences. When blogging, remember that less is more. Busy readers skim. [Related: How to Engage Blog Readers Who Are in a Rush]
- Install an SSL certificate. Research says that it may have a positive factor over at Google. Whether you rank could depend on whether you have an “S” in your blog URL. You will also see a padlock to the left of your URL.
- Let your readers dictate your content User-generated content is trendy. Ryan Biddulph recommends letting your readers request content they’d like to see you write.
- Buy a plant. According to the INC blog, buying a plant will help you blog for several reasons. First, people make sure their plants have good light since plants thrive in the light. If you blog near a plant, the result is you’ll have good light, and your eyes will have less strain when you blog. Also, the blog’s research shows that people are more creative near plants.
- Limit your coffee. Hey, I love coffee. However, according to DivasRunforBling, “Caffeine can be a good thing… But when drinking too much of it, it can leave us jittery and unable to focus.
- Rub peppermint oil on your neck and temples. The INC blog recommends you smell peppermint. “Peppermint aroma… has been shown to have a positive impact on memory and alertness.”
- Boost your number of Twitter followers. This is especially important for blog monetization. People have found me on Twitter and offered me financial opportunities since they know I will retweet their information to my Twitter followers. Ryan Biddulph and Kimsea Sok report having similar experiences.
- Take scenic photos in landscape orientation (horizontal). Why unusual? I recommended taking photos vertically to appease the Pinterest gods. Photo-editing sites like Canva have vertical templates you can put your horizontal pictures in.
- Blog backward According to Heidi Williams, you should know where you want to end up and plan your blogging goals with that end result in mind.
- Include links to your social media sites in your emails. Make it easy for potential visitors to find you. [Read: NewOldStamp Generator: This is How to Build Your Brand.]
- Put the name of a celebrity in your headline. My post How to Make Money Blogging Like a Celebrity was one of my best-performing posts of 2017. The article mentions “a celebrity” and shows a picture of celebrity blogger Ryan Biddulph The graphic mentions his name. Mentioning names of celebrities catches people’s attention and has a familiar feel according to B2C.
- Make the most of brushing your teeth time. (True confessions: When I brush my teeth in the morning, I stumble, when I brush my teeth before bedtime, I follow people on Twitter or flip on Flipboard.)
- Give your blog a SWOT Analysis. Assess your blog’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Souce: Carla Jenkins
- Put a link to your blog in your Email signature. I don’t think this is odd; I think it makes sense. However, when I blogged about it before, so many people found it unusual but inspired I thought I’d mention it here.
- Include your blog name in your name when you leave it in the comment section. It should look like this: Janice | Mostly Blogging. People will see it and remember it resulting in increased exposure for your blog.
- Write from a different persona. If you write the same valuable information as other bloggers but present it differently, you are bound to stand out in the crowded internet. Jeanine Michaels writes from the perspective of a dog.
- Wake an hour earlier. You’ll get more done in your day. You’ll make blogging decisions when you’re refreshed since you would have just had a night’s sleep. If you get more tired as the day goes on, you’ll be a more effective blogger if you get up earlier. Source: The Reality Challenged Blog
- Only write 300-word posts. This is an unusual tip coming from me since I insist Google will give your post visibility if your articles are longer than 2,000 words. 300 is a far cry from 2,000. However, Google is not the only search engine. According to Coast Digital Company, the Bing search engine will give your post a boost in their search rankings if your posts are at least 300 words.
- Dress up in your gravatar photo. There is an expression that goes, “The clothes make the man.” According to Pospi, people will judge your blog by how you look in your gravatar picture. If you have a nice picture, people will assume you have a nice blog.
- Use fewer hashtags. Although Instagram allows 30, using more than 8 makes you seem spammy. On Twitter using more than 2 or 3 hashtags has the same negative effect.
- Start your own subReddit. Many bloggers are familiar with Reddit.com and its reputation: Link drop and be called “a spammer.” Also, using Reddit to generate blog traffic can be so difficult people consider Reddit a waste of time. However, blogger Jason Chow offers a unique way to use Reddit for blogging success: Create your own subReddit. He explains you can micromanage what goes on over there better. For example, you can moderate discussions so you aren’t just posting links to your articles. Creating a subReddit can add to your blog’s exposure.
- Tweet your subject line before sending your article to your email list. Twitter (and the Buffer queue I use to schedule my tweets) has analytics. Try tweeting two subject lines. Fast Company sends the subject line that received the most clicks on Twitter to their email subscribers. According to the blog, this technique helps increase the click-through rate and boost their traffic.
- Add your photos to photo-sharing sites. Ask for a link to your site as “payment” for the photo. Links to your site boost your SEO. Flickr is an example of a popular photo-sharing site.
- Change the name of your About page. (Note: I have not tried this tip.) The Aasifjamal blog recommends calling your About page the “Start Here” page. The admin blogger boasts he receives 1 million page views a month. This was one of his 30 tips the resulted in his increased page views.
- The one Facebook rule you need to avoid following: If the Facebook group asks you to linger for 5-8 seconds on someone’s post, and in exchange, people will linger on your post for 5-8 seconds, don’t follow this rule. If you do, your bounce rate will suffer. The reason: it takes the average person 12 minutes to read an article. If Google thinks people are only spending 5-8 seconds on your post, the search engine will think your article is poor. Your search rankings and your Alexa score will drop.
- Use the word “my” more than the word “the” in your Call to Action. Bloggers report the following: When they gave a Call to Action asking visitors to download their optin, it was not as effective as capturing emails as asking readers to download “my” optin (an ebook or a guide, for example).
- Have a chatbot respond to your commenters. A commenter thought it would be fun for his readers to be greeted by a chatbot. It certainly would save you time replying to comments.
- Start your blog post with a Table of Contents. This is easy if you bullet your subheads.
- Go after low competition keywords without high search volume. Go after low competition words with low search volume. If the search volume is low, the big bloggers in your niche won’t be interested in competing for them, and the field will be yours. Even if the keywords have low search volume, while you’re still building your Domain Authority, those low numbers coming over from search engines will add up.
In conclusion, even though these blogging tips may seem unusual, these are proven tips. They really work. The best part– they are free to try.
Readers, please share so other bloggers discover these unique blogger tricks.
I look forward to your views in the comments section: Did I leave any out? Do you have any unusual blogger tricks you can recommend?
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