Wow, I can’t believe it’s already the end of the week! Time is going by way quicker than I want it to. I really miss being younger and feeling like I had all the time in the world. I know I just turned 22, but I feel like I’m being thrown into adulthood and I feel like adult life makes days go by so much faster. It’s like I don’t have enough time in a day to do all the things I need or want to do!
In other news, I’ve been pretty busy lately so I haven’t really been as active as I’ve been wanting to on my blog. I’ve been making minor improvements through small changes here and there, and I thought I’d do a little post on some of things I’ve done. These are all small ways you can easily improve your blog today!
I finish school in a few weeks and I’ll be going back to my regular 2-3 posts a week soon (yay!) so be sure to subscribe to my newsletter for blogging tips, Instagram tips, and more fun stuff!
1. Add deep links to your blog posts
Link to your other blog posts in your blog posts! If a reader stumbles across one of your posts, you don’t want them to exit your site after reading it – you want them to browse for as long as possible!
I usually like to add “READ ALSO: link to another post” at the beginning of my blog posts and “P.S. if you liked this, check out this post (with a link to another post)” at the end. I did these things in this post so you can look at them for reference.
2. Find the perfect theme
While WordPress has tons of nice themes, they’re not super customizable and they don’t look very blogger-y. Pipdig is very popular amongst bloggers, and although their themes are pretty pricy (about $80 Canadian), it’s definitely worth the investment!
If you’re just starting out and don’t have the budget yet, Cubic is a beautiful and free theme. I had it for my entire first year of blogging. I don’t recommend it if you’ve been blogging for longer than that because it’s difficult to find all your posts if you have so many!
3. Create a disclaimer page and put disclaimers at the beginning of your blog posts
You need to protect yourself and your blog legally, which is why you need a disclaimer page. All blogger disclaimer pages are pretty much the same, so feel free to copy mine and change it where you see fit.
One super important thing you need to know about disclaimers within blog posts is that they have to be placed before affiliate or sponsored content AKA at the very beginning. In your disclaimers, you need to specify whether you received financial compensation or free products and whether you’re receiving commission from affiliate links. I spent two days researching all this stuff and creating my disclaimers, and I’d be happy to do a post all about this if you guys want!
4. Retitle your old blog posts
As fun as “Adventuring in Alberta” sounds, it’s not something people care to click on because they have no idea what the post is about besides it being about Alberta. I retitled it to “Travel Diary: Alberta, Canada“, as that’s more likely to attract people who plan on traveling to Alberta and want some insight on it.
5. Create an email signature
It’s not a huge deal if you don’t have a fancy one, but it all helps with building a cohesive brand. If you’d like a specific tutorial on how I made mine, I’d be happy to do one. I use Iconfinder to find all my social icons, and this is the specific one I used.
I hope you found some of these tips helpful! I’d love to hear any of your blogging tips in the comments below!
P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on simple ways to clean up your social media accounts.
Latest posts by Jessica Lam (see all)
- Summer Road Trip with Ford Canada: Hamilton, Ontario - June 22, 2017
- Exploring Ontario: South Pond Farms, Kawartha Lakes - June 15, 2017
- Blogging Q&A (Blue Sky Tag) - June 12, 2017