31 Ways To Boost Your Blog into 2013

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
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?

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32 Responses

  1. 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. 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 😀
    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/

    Lots of Love,
    Grace X

  3. Z

    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!

  4. Maya

    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 😀

  5. Daniel

    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!

  6. BeachThursday

    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.

  7. 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

    • taylordavies

      Glad to hear it Lauren – and thank you so much for contributiting often to the IFB project & Links a la mode! – Taylor

  8. Anna

    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!!)

  9. Barbara

    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.
    Lagos, Nigeria

  10. Belinda

    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 🙂