5 Ways to Prepare Your Blog for the New Year

Prepare for the New Year

The new year is the perfect time to review your site and prepare for a new blogging year. Maybe you’re looking to monetize your blog, build your brand, or create a new goal to strive for the independence of blogging full-time.

Whatever your desire is for your site in the coming year, these 5 ways to prepare your blog for the new year will help you kick the new year off on the right foot, giving your site the boost it needs succeed in 2017.

Cheers!

5 Ways to Prepare Your Blog for the New Year The new year is the perfect time to review your site and prepare for a new blogging year. Maybe you’re looking to monetize your blog, build your brand, or create a new goal to strive for the independence of blogging full-time. Whatever your desire is for your site in the coming year, these 4 ways to prepare your blog for the new year will help you kick the new year off on the right foot, giving your site the boost it needs succeed in 2017.
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1. Create a Plan

A lot of articles will tell you to create a one-year plan. I am not one of those people!

Yes, we should have a long term plan but really, most people won’t follow through on the plan. Instead, break that long term plan into smaller, manageable steps. Slow things down. Perform these tasks one task at a time.

For example, do you want to try adding videos this year?

Instead of saying that you’ll post a video every week, try doing one. How did that go? What would you do differently? Try again? Did you implement what you learned from the first video? What was the response from your readers?

Can you see how that one video is a lot more manageable than one video every week for the next year? That one video can be done in a few minutes instead of becoming a daunting task.

2. Find Your Own Voice

Do not be afraid to have your own voice. Stand up and be different. Dare to go against the grain. Be the one who leads instead of the one who follows. Push envelopes, make noise — even if you do it in your own quiet way. We each have our role to play but we can’t play our part if we’re trying to play somebody else’s.

3. Identify and study all Competitors in Your Niche

Sit back and ask yourself: What does my competitor (or ally) do that I admire? What can I learn from him or her? How can I improve my bounce rate on certain pages? Could my newsletter emails use some improvements?

Remember that blogging is a rewarding, never-ending journey. Always analyze and implement, then rinse and repeat.

You’re not merely doing it for yourself, but for the readers that have come to know and love you over time.

4. Build More Relationships

Make interactions a higher priority as one of your blogging goals, even if your connections are not exactly influencers.

Careful, though; you don’t want to “go crazy” in a sudden quest to befriend everyone right away, as it may overwhelm you and ultimately backfire. Simply communicate one day at a time as you balance everything else with care.

For example, I use a Twitter list to help me get to know my new followers. Each day, I will check my Twitter list and see how I can interact with them. Perhaps, it’s a small comment on their latest blog post or perhaps it’s about talking about my weekend. Either way, I’ve reached out and started a conversation with them.

Twitter List for Bloggers

5. Send Out a Reader Survey

You’ve been receiving comments on your blog all year, but aside from this, have you been truly listening to your readers? Now, is the perfect opportunity to ask your readers what they want from you, especially if you’re considering revamping the direction of your blog in 2017. What do your readers think about this?

An easy way is to create a survey (I use Survey Monkey), and then blast it out to your social media followers or newsletter subscribers. If you’re sending a reader survey via newsletter, consider offering a freebie, exclusive blog post or something special to your subscribers before you ask them to fill out the survey.

Related Posts: Example of my last reader survey and the results of the survey

Conclusion

That’s it!

I shared 5 easy ways to prepare your blog for the new year. But remember, not to overdo it. If you’re anything like me, I try new techniques and start a bunch of new things all at once. In the end, they are all done haphazardly and I am burnt out. It’s like heading out and running a 10km race when you haven’t run in twenty years.

Most importantly, keep your blogging goals manageable. Once you have a few goals completed, you’ll be inspired to aim higher.

Set a goal(s). Achieve them. Set more goals. Rinse and repeat.

How are you planning to make 2017 the best year yet? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Rosie xx

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Hey, I’m Rosie! I am a strategy consultant from Alberta, Canada. I provide smart, savvy women with advice on their goals and future direction so that they can plan effective strategies for growth, whether it’s personal or business-related. I’ve been featured on Annette’s Rochelle Aben’s radio show “Perspectivepower” and ceoMom’s. When I am not blogging, you’ll find you me drinking coffee, making popcorn and hanging out with my two daughters. If I can follow my dreams, you can too!

8 thoughts on “5 Ways to Prepare Your Blog for the New Year

  1. nikkifrankhamilton says:

    Rosie, you are a girl after my heart! LOL I make a schedule but I’m not a year at a time girl either. I do make sure that I have a plan for posts, what category each week, so I know what I need to do, but I rarely schedule topics more than 3 months in advance. I like to re-evaluate the popularity of the topic before planning too far in advance, and perhaps waste time. I am in the cleaning out stage right now, getting rid of what I don’t want to carry into the new year and planning new things for 2017. Thanks for these suggestions, I need them! LOL

  2. gracefullygen says:

    This is a great list! My blog is new this year, so it’s great to have a list of things to propel me forward. Thanks!

  3. Thank you Rose for great advice, I will use some if the ideas you have shared. I have not linked any of my social media accounts to my blog, I have treated them as separate things I guess that is where I have gone wrong. Thank you once again.

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