31 Ways To Boost Your Blog into 2013
By: Taylor Davies

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I have some news that may delight or depress you: It’s December 1st. That’s right, just 31 days now until 2013! As usual, it feels like this year has flown by, and consequently I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished nearly half the things I set out to do in 2012. Do you feel that way, too?
It happens to all of us, and it’s okay! These next 31 days will no doubt be hectic, busy, festive and a lot of fun. Between the parties and the family time and finally getting to take a break from work and school (hopefully!), we’ve got a lot to look forward to. To make 2013 your best blogging year ever, here are 31 ideas (one for each day, natch) to jumpstart your site, your social media and your business:
1 – Create an EDITORIAL CALENDAR and stick to it.
2 – Buy your URL
3 – Commit to using affiliate links in your posts 3 or 4x per week.
4 – Sign up for a photography / photoshop workshop or class
5 – Get a RESPONSIVE THEME
6 – Install share buttons to make access to your social channels easy
7 – re-design your header
8 – Pitch yourself
9 –  Start to write reviews of products you love
10 – redefine your niche for yourself
11 – Set your ad rates and reach out to brands
12 – Create your media kit
13 – Reach out to bloggers in your area and organize an event
14 – Take some time for necessary housekeeping
15 – Recommit to thoughtful commenting on other blogs
16 – Play with new types of content like GIFs, videos, etc
17 –  Update your Twitter header
18 – Look at your Facebook insights and brainstorm new content ideas
19 – Try shooting street style photos for your blog to share local fashion tastes
20 – Experiment with storytelling techniques in your posts
21 – If you’ve been thinking about doing it – switch platforms!
22 – Give your design that makeover you’ve been meaning to do all year!
23 – Breath a little life into your outfit posts with a few of these quick tips
24 – Get on your monetization game!
25 – Consider freelancing to get your name out there and earn extra income!
26 – Make this the year you get featured in the press – and don’t wait for them to come to you!
27 – Take your Pinterest account to the next level using smart marketing tactics.
28 – Invest in attending blogging conferences.
29 - Test out and find new photo apps on your smartphone to make your Instagrams even better.
30 -Get to know local boutiques and introduce yourself with your community’s leading influencers. Start local, than go big.
31 – Sit down, put your fingers to the keyboard – and get to work.

How will you boost your blog into 2013?

Comments

  1. Avatar of Flightsetfancies

    These are all such incredible important points, need to work on more than half and learn to perfect them. still have trouble understanding the whole ads thing on blogger and how it works. does anyone here know? please shoot me a message!

  2. Avatar of Sam Dingen
    Sam Dingen says:

    I’m already doing some of the things proposed here, but there definitely are lots of other things on this list I could AND should do!
    http://www.justsammthing.com

  3. Avatar of Nasreen
    Nasreen says:

    1 down, 30 to go!! :D (updated my blog header…looks cool now haha)

    http://lazyobsession.blogspot.com

  4. Chiara says:

    Ah, nothing like to a to do list to get things organized and prepped for the upcoming year. Great list!

  5. Avatar of Lisa Van
    Lisa Van says:

    Thanks for the list; I definitely doing some of these things within the next couple weeks :)

    http://modeandprerogative.blogspot.com.au/

  6. Avatar of Dorly Designs

    Blog header re-design is planned, including a few other suggestions listed. Checked off a few – heading in the right direction.
    http://www.dorlydesigns.com.

  7. Avatar of Blondies Style Fix <3

    These are great ideas to boost blogs! I started out my blog during the summer, it would be great to receive some feedback possible off any of you lovely people at IFB :D
    I’m currently working to achieve further success with my blog, so a few words of wisdom would be so helpful!
    Blog – http://blondiesstylefix.blogspot.co.uk/

    Thanks!
    Lots of Love,
    Grace X

  8. Avatar of Z
    Z says:

    Great article. I’ve recently done a few of those things.
    I have one bone to pick about the blogger conferences though: it seems that it is so much easier for bloggers in the US. There don’t seem to be conferences in the UK anywhere! Believe me, I have tried to find them.
    Little bloggers meet ups are lovely and all very well, but it would be so much better to have something like IFBcon in London again!
    Any thoughts?

    Happy Sunday Afternoon!
    Z
    http://www.are-we-on-time.com

  9. Vcki says:

    Some really great tips – I am going to step it up in 2013 & dedicate more time to blogging

  10. Avatar of Maya
    Maya says:

    Some of those points have been on my list for this year as well but won’t make it anymore (I feel like I’m extremely lacking in commenting, which I’d love to do but deadlines for school are keeping me) Must fix that issue in 2013!!
    Gonna come back here to check before I make my new years resolutions :D

  11. Daniel says:

    I’m really happy too see this list being published. I’ve recently started working on a few of these points and will now continue to do so into the new year. Fingers crossed that 2013 is my year!

  12. Love this list. There are so many of these items I know I should be doing, but haven`t come around to it. But with this list and a new year, I`m ready! Thanks for sharing these tips.

  13. Tip 32, come back to this site on a regular base and read the great advice and tips that are given.

  14. Avatar of Listya Bonjep

    useful article..will save it to read on later!

    cheers,
    B
    http://bonjeps-lookbook.blogspot.com/

  15. Donna says:

    Wow – great list of ideas! I also don’t feel like I accomplished enough this year and now I’ve got a bunch more things to do. Thanks for the stress! (just kidding)
    Donna
    http://www.prettysparklythings.blogspot.com

  16. Avatar of Lauren - Slowburn Fastburn

    All such great ideas! I can’t wait to celebrate the one year birthday of my blog. I feel like I’ve come so far in such a short amount of time and am so excited to up my game even more and see what the future brings. Bring it on 2013!

    x lauren
    http://slowburnfastburn.com

  17. Anna says:

    thank you for that great list…I always try to work around how to make my blog better…though monetization isn’t my goal and I honestly find it too hard to work with affiliate links etc I’m looking forward to tweaking my header and design and maybe switch from wordpress.com to wordpress.org (I just have to find someone to help me…it’s too overwhelming for me!!)

  18. Hi, your post about boosting our blogs into 2013 is good. I like it and thanks for posting such things. I like to work on your tips ……..

  19. Avatar of Onianwah
    Barbara says:

    I was wondering if there is any in the list that I am not so keen on but I checked again and there is none.
    So Barbara it is off to the grindstone with you. It is time to roll up your sleeves and get to work.
    Barbara
    http://barbsiesmusings.blogspot.com/
    Lagos, Nigeria

  20. Sistah Hollywood says:

    *printed*

  21. Fantastic tips! Thanks so much for sharing them- I’m pinning this post now:)

  22. Avatar of anhesty
    anhesty says:

    useful article. my flaw is that i’m on consistent on blog posts. I would go weeks without posting and I am sure I lose readers this way.

    http://anhesty.blogspot.com

    xoxo
    anh

  23. Avatar of Bree
    Bree says:

    Useful info! I definitely try to stick to my blog calender so check off that one for me! But I would like to redesign my blog, make it a bit more me.
    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

  24. Avatar of We Are The Market

    Great tips. I know we sometimes get stuck in a slump. It is always great to jumpstart and focus on something new.

    -Madeleine
    We Are The Market
    http://wearethemarket.com/

  25. excellent tips. i love these useful ways to improve my blog and i will follow these steps. thanks for sharing.

  26. Belinda says:

    Some really great points to kick my ass into 2013 regarding my blog. I’ve been feeling quite lost with it at the moment but hopefully if I follow these tips and tricks it will help me out some :)

  27. Avatar of Maggie A
    Maggie A says:

    I am definitely looking forward to implementing some of these to my blog :)

    Thank You for sharing.

    xo
    Maggie
    http://magz725.blogspot.com

  28. Kia Love says:

    Love this list. Thanks for the ideas!!

  29. Caroline says:

    Great idea, I did the header today! :) xx

  30. thanx so much for these amazing tips!!

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