14 Secret Blogging Tips That Will Blow Your Mind

By: | September 11, 2016 | Tags: , , , , |

Secret Blogging Tips help #bloggers beat the competition in search engines #SEOAccording to recent statistics, 6.7 million people publish blog posts on their blogs.

That’s weighty competition.

Do you want to beat the competition?

Why not use these secret blogging tips to stand out in the virtual crowd?

My two secret tips posts, #1 Secret Tip that Will Make You See More Search Engine Traffic and #1 Secret Tip That Will Make You Gain More Credibility contained my secret tips.

Some of the secret blogging tips in this post are provided by me. The additional secret blogging tips in this post have been provided by other bloggers.

(Note: There might be times you will want to click the links in this article in order to implement the secret tips.  If you click the link, you will leave my site. Be sure to right click and select “Open link in new tab or window” so you can keep reading this article.)

14 Secret Blogging Tips That Will Change the Way You Blog

1. Do you want to know how much money your website is worth? Click http://rankrets.com/check-traffic. Make sure you put the www. before the name of your website. Click “check” and scroll down. Because it’s one of the secret blogging tips, it isn’t visible when you get there, although helpful statistical information about your site will be visible. Scroll under your site’s statistics. In green, you will see “Worth web-site.”

2. Source Kathleen Aherne: Post to Google+, and you will see your article on the first page of Google the next day although not necessarily Spot #1. I asked Kathleen if it mattered whether we post to Google+ Communities if that would enhance our chances of being found on Google. She said no, it would not increase our chances. Just posting to the Google+ home page is enough for this tip to work.

Proof the secret tip worked: I posted my blog to Google+ Communities. Look who I saw on the first page of Google! Me! Interestingly enough, the links are to my posts on Google+, not links to the posts on my blog.

#Bloggers can get on the first page of #Google

Consider this comment from a new subscriber. I asked him how he found me, so I would know what promotion techniques work for me. He responded, “I had done a Google search on how to increase blog traffic, and yours was the first [blog] I saw.” Clearly, it’s true! My blog is in a good position at Google.

3. When you comment, add your site name. My source said this increased her traffic by 500%!

Secret Blogging Tips exist and can help #bloggers

Notice from the screenshot, when I commented on this blog, and I was asked my name, I did not type my first and last name. I typed my first name and my blog name.

4. Source Hugh Roberts: This is one of the secret blogging tips that will instantly get more traffic to your blog.

  • Go to your blog’s dashboard
  • Click on ‘Settings’
  • Click on ‘Reading’
  • Next to ‘For each article in a feed, show’ click the ‘Summary’ box.
  • Save Changes.

5. Get your blog’s report card. There is a website grader that will assess how well your blog is going. Care to see?

Go to http://hubshout.com/?p=webgrader and enter your blog’s URL.

You will see the keywords you rank for and other valuable information analyzed about your blog.

The Skyscraper Technique explains you will be found in search engines more often and increase your organic traffic if you have links coming to your site. The site shows you how many domains are linking to you.

You can even grade your competitors’ blogs and see how their results compare to yours.

6. Get Twitter to count your blog’s retweets. Twitter stopped social share counts, but you can have them back again. NewShareCounts.com will give them back to you for free. Just click the link, enter your website, and sign in with Twitter.

7. Source Robin KhokharClick Keywords not Adwords at Google Keyword Planner. One extra step will give you long-tail keywords. Long tail keywords are phrases, at least four words long, people might type into search engines that enable them to find your blog.

Go to http://adwords.google.com/keywordplanner. Click Sign into Adwords. Click Search for new keywords using a phrase, website, or category. Enter your keyword. Click Get ideas.

Secret Blogging Tips at Google Keyword Planner #SEO

According to Robin, you will be able to find long-tail keywords by clicking this tab. Tagging your post with these keywords will enable your blog to be found in search engines more often if you click Keyword ideas and not Ad group ideas.

8. Source: Beth McIntyre: Close comments on old posts.

I have a post that’s a little over a year old that ranks high in Google for certain keywords and therefore gets loads of search engine traffic. Lately, I’ve noticed that if someone leaves a comment on that post, its search engine traffic plummets. Much to my regret, I’ve had to remove two comments over the past couple of months to regain search engine traffic.

Therefore, I have set WordPress to close comments on posts that are more than 300 days old. Much as I want people to interact with my posts (of course), I rarely get comments on posts that old. Apparently, Google’s search algorithms frown on comments left on old posts. I don’t know why this would be, and I couldn’t find anything written up anywhere about it. The commenters hadn’t left CommentLuv links, and removing their website links from the comments didn’t help. So, it’s apparently not related to any links in comments but to having comments on an old post.

9. “Subscribe” is a bad word in blogging. Get the irony; that’s exactly what we want people to do to our blogs. Reverse psychology says you can’t tell them what to do. Tell them why they should.

When I blogged at Reflections, my conversion rate was 40%. When I moved to Mostly Blogging, my conversion rate fell to 20%, predictably. My optin-box said “Subscribe” which is what I wanted my visitors to do. When I changed the word “Subscribe” to “Send me a PDF with 89 free blogging tools,” my conversion rate rose to 70%.

10. Use fewer tags. As I explained in my post, #1 Secret Tip that Will Make You See More Search Engine Traffic, in 2015, I was receiving two hits a day from search engines. That’s all, just two. I reduced my tags and now look at the kind of search engine traffic I receive:

#SEO is increased when you reduce your post tags


11. Get new traffic to old posts. My post 7 Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging discusses hashtags that I learned over time to help me on Twitter. While this hashtag tip may not be one of the secret blogging tips, it is certainly obscure.

When people create new content, they often promote their new posts on Twitter. However, you can promote on Twitter without creating new content. The “secret” is there are special hashtags that you should use to accompany your tweets to older posts. #TBT and #ThrowbackThursday are used on Thursdays. On Saturday, use “ArchiveDay” to accompany a tweet with a link to an older post.

This is effective in getting new traffic to old posts and saves you the trouble of creating new content. You can still get traffic to your blog by using these hashtags to promote older content.

12. Source PCMate: There are secret words in blogging. Apparently, they lure readers into staying on your site longer which helps your bounce rate. Here they are:

  • Look
  • By the way
  • Fair
  • Huge
  • It’s true

When asked why these words keep bloggers on your site longer, Clay from PCMate responded, “The purpose of the secret words, also known as Bucket Brigades, is to connect with the reader, to make the text more thinkable, not focusing only on technical details, but taking the reader’s brain into the real word.”

13. Google Keywords only tells you keywords that will enable you to be found at Google. However, there is a free tool that will tell you how to be found in many search engines– Souvle. Go to http://www.soovle.com/ and type your keyword in the box in the center of the screen. Many relevant keywords will appear including long tail keywords which are more valuable in getting found at search engines. Following this trick is how I found the long tail keyword I used for this post– blogging tips and tricks. (See related tip #7).

14. The Secret of the Yellow Box –  The Femtrepreneur blog gained 600 Email subscribers in one month. How? The blogger attributes it to putting her incentive to subscribe in a yellow box! Www.dzineflip.com explains the reason.

Yellow colors are powerful in capturing the attention of the audience by providing an illuminating and uplifting outlook that oozes happiness, hope, fun, and cheerfulness. Yellow represents confidence and a strong belief in the abilities to fulfill clients’ needs. Optimism levels increase with the yellow color owing to the release of serotonin (feel good hormone) when it is displayed.


I hope you don’t feel these secret blogging tips constitute cheating in order to get ahead of your competition and be found at search engines. Successful bloggers know hacks. This post presented 14 of them.

Many of these secret blogging tips contained free blogging tools. Would you like more free blogging tools?

Click here to get your own downloadable PDF of my free blogging tools list.

Readers, please share this post, so other bloggers can discover how to use the secret blogging tips to be more effective bloggers.

Which secret tip surprised you the most? Which do you think you will try? I look forward to your answers in the comments section.

Related Posts:

89 of the Best Free Blogging Tools That Will Save You Time Blogging

5 Free Tools to Help You Easily Improve Your Keywords

5 Free SEO Tools to Help You See More Website Traffic

7 Top Secrets That Will Turn You Into a Superhero Blogger in 2016 and Beyond


Source: https://sumome.com


  1. Hugh / www.hughsviewsandnews.com

    Hi Janice.
    First of all, thank you for the mention.
    I’ve had great success with #10 on your list. When you published your post saying that having fewer tags would help get more traffic to your blog, I never believed you. I just could not figure out how it would happen. Last year my blog got hit 1,399 times with search engines. This year, to date, I’ve had 1,927 hits! Just goes to show that having fewer tags on your posts does result in more hits. Thank you.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Hugh,
      Thank you for writing to let us know that the “secret tip” of fewer tags was valuable for your blog. Your comments provided quite the testimonial. I am happy to hear about your increase in traffic. It is always my pleasure to help. Nice to see you.

    • Sylvia

      I agree with you Hugh. Tip #10 got me some more traffic as i now use less tags on my posts.
      Janice, another bigun girl, yo are bringing it. I will be revisiting as I chekc em out

  2. John Doe

    You really outdid yourself this time this post was so fantastic and so full of information it had to be one of your best thank you so so much

  3. Bill Kasman

    I already use some of these tips but the rest were unknown to me – until now!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Bill,
      Thanks for writing me on Sunday. I was curious to know which tips you are currently using. I assume you are finding them effective or you wouldn’t keep using them. I am glad you learned some new “secret tips” by reading my article.

  4. Vicky

    With the Google Plus thing, you will see your post on the first page of Google only when you are signed in to Google. Your Google Plus followers will also only see it when they are signed in.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Vicky,
      That is an interesting observation. Thanks for writing and giving us more information about the Google+ secret tip.

  5. Ryan

    Hi Janice,

    Incredibly interesting on closing old comments and positive search benefits. Or keep ’em open to see negative search results. I close mine after 1 month. My hungry readers stop in, read and comment swiftly and 9 of 10 old post comments are spammy type anyway. I need engagement, a chat, a meaningful combo to approve the comment anyway.

    Thanks for sharing!


    PS….trying my name / blog name tip 😉

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ryan,
      I like comments so much the thought of closing them feels strange to me. Also, would people who find my blog in search engines and want to comment or ask questions feel frustrated by their inability to comment?
      Thanks for writing and dropping by my blog over the weekend. Good luck with the name / blog name tip.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lynne,
      Is nice to meet you in order? If so, nice to meet you. Let me know how trying the secret tips goes for you.

  6. Sandy KS

    This is a great post for those who wish to take their blogs to the next level. I will have to bookmark this and check all your links out at a later date. i am sick with fever. I need to go lay back down. Not before i share this to alert others of this amazing blog post!!

    • Janice Wald

      So sorry you are sick Sandy. Feel better. That is thoughtful of you to think to share my post especially when you are feeling so ill.

  7. dgkaye

    A fantastic and informative post Janice, thanks. This is one is bookmarked! 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Debby,
      I am glad you found my 14 secret tips post valuable. Thank you for bookmarking. Nice to hear from you.

  8. Bakari

    The adding your site name to your comment and changing “Subscribe” are two ideas I’m going to immediately start using. Thanks. Glad I found your site.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Bakari,
      When I see optin boxes on successful sites, they do not say “subscribe”.
      Let me know how trying these tips work for you.
      Thank you for saying you are glad you found my site. I am glad too. I am happy to have your readership.

  9. Robin Khokhar

    Hi Janice,
    Thanks for mentioning my thoughts in your blog post. And secondly you have shared some of the amazing secrets tips and I really enjoyed that.
    Thanks for sharing.
    have a good day.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Robin,
      I am glad you enjoyed the secret tips post and found the tips valuable. I am always happy to link to you. Thank you for providing the tip about the keywords that inspired me.

  10. Sarah Harris

    Oh what a great to-do list! I’m going to track my before and after numbers!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sarah,
      Please let me know how your before and after stats do. It would make a nice testimonial for me. As you may have read, Hugh, who commented, saw his search engine traffic skyrocket after taking the “fewer tags” tips.

  11. Mark

    Thanks for sharing your 14 mind blowing blogging tips Janice!

    Several of them are a first for me. And surprisingly,
    I’m currently implementing a few of them and didn’t even realize it.

    For ex: secret blogging tip # 4, I was already currently implementing,
    but I had not realized it, until I read your excellent post!

    This post, definitely make a great free list building giveaway.

    Or a great free bonus giveaway, for an affiliate offer of some kind.

    And it would also make a nice free, 60 -90 minute Google Hangout webinar,
    with some type of paid, one on one coaching services on the back end!

    Great job as usual Coach!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mark,
      As I told you in the past, I would be interested in collaborating with you on paid training opportunities.
      Speaking of trying to make money blogging, I sent you an email. I’ve been trying to reach you about my e-book. Thank you for writing.

  12. Leanne

    Janice you are so on the ball with all this stuff! So many of them I’d never heard of and it was interesting to have a browse around. If you’re going to get serious about blogging it’s good to know what tools are available to you. I particularly liked #1.

  13. GiGi Eats

    If I leave my full blog name in the NAME section of comments, it tends to go to SPAM and then Akismet catches me and thinks I am SPAM 🙁 I have contacted them like 9493249732 times in the past, ha! I have since cut my name back to GIGI EATS… But GIGI EATS CELEBRITIES is better in my personal opinion because it gets people WONDERING 😉

    Oh and I also close comments after about 100 days because it cuts back on spam SOOOOOOO much!

  14. Grammy

    Great list of tips. I have a question about tags. I have mine hidden but am definitely using them. Is that ok that they’re not visible to my visitors? Thanks! Visiting from Blogger’s Pit Stop #41.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Grammy,
      Thanks for clicking on my link over at Blogger’s Pit Stop. May I ask why you are hiding your tags?

  15. Kathleen Lovlie

    Thanks again for a very informative blog. I totally suck at this stuff, but I figured out a few things after 2 or 3 hours. I never did find the”reading” button to click on, does it exist in wordpress? Doctoring is sooo much easier than computering.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kathleen, yes it is in WordPress. Tomorrow when I get home from school, I will send you a comment with a screenshot so you can see. I found your comment that doctoring easier than blogging funny. :-).

      • Kathleen

        But I know How to doctor! I learn something from every one of your blogs, so many thanks– i am just very far from understanding everything.
        I’m afraid I stuck you with a blog on warts today. Sorry.

  16. Patty

    Your blog is as informative as ever! Thanks for all the great info you continually provide for us.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Patty,
      I am so glad you enjoyed the “Secret Tips” article. I’ve missed you and Jem. Did you stop blogging? I think one of her links is broken, so I wondered.

  17. Ben

    Hi Janice. I’ve seen a few of these tips before, like posting to Google+. Most of them are new to me though, which I really appreciate. I’m going to do some more research on some of them and see if I can apply them to what I’m doing. More traffic is always good.

  18. Beth McIntire

    Hi Janice,
    Thanks for the mention! I’ve gotten quite a bit of traffic from updating old posts, making new pinnable images and pinning them to Pinterest groups I didn’t belong to when the post was originally published.

  19. Kimi

    Stopping by from the Sits linkup, very helpful post. So many of these resources I didn’t know about, off to check them out now! 🙂

    • Ajay

      Hi, I am a new beginner to think for start a blog and it is very good article I gain much more knowledge.

      Thankyou so much 🙂 …

      • Janice Wald

        My pleasure! Thanks for commenting. Where did you find this old post? Congratulations on starting your blog recently.

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