5 Tips to Bring Your Blog to the NEXT Level

5 Tips to Bring Your Blog to the Next Level

Today for TIP TUESDAY I want to share with you 5 (my lucky number) tips that helped me bring my blog to the NEXT level. Meaning – by doing these 5 things, I found my traffic increasing, a rise in subscribers, and overall a more successful blog than before implementing these 5 tips!

Tip Number ONE – Personal Connections

This has to be my ultimate, NUMBER ONE tip! When you have a blog and you are trying to grow your audience, GET PERSONAL. If you build personal connections with your readers, they will connect with you more and will want to continue to read your content!

As human beings we love connecting with others (usually). BUT we only love to connect with those who are friendly and make us feel valued. If your audience is communicating with you, do your part to communicate back! Grow a sense of community with your audience. They are reading your content for a reason! Probably because they enjoy it, so make sure you let them know that you appreciate their support!

ALSO it’s okay to get PERSONAL. In fact, I find that the more personal I am, the more my audience can relate. I don’t know about you but I love a face to the words. If I can connect with the author, put a face to the writing, I can hear their voice in their words. Their message becomes a lot stronger!

SO – Don’t be afraid to:

  1. Talk to your audience – NEVER IGNORE THEM.
  2. Add a personal touch – Whether it be an image of you, or a personal post. (YOU ARE THE BRAND.)
  3. Engage with your audience’s content too! If you engage with those who engage with you, they will be more likely to continue to engage each time!

Tip Number TWO – Don’t Let Your Numbers Consume You

One thing that I did completely wrong when I first started blogging was focusing too much on my numbers! I actually find that too many bloggers fall into this “numbers” trap! YES, I know how badly you may want thousands of followers, and I know you probably wanted them as soon as you started. BUT GUESS WHAT! It’s not going to happen. Unless you buy them (which is BAD BAD BAD) Please don’t ever buy your followers. You will receive crap followers who could care less about your content, so what’s the point?

Instead of worrying about your numbers, focus on putting out the BEST content you can for those who already follow you! The more you focus on your content and those who already love your content, the more your numbers will grow! You have to remember that success doesn’t happen over night. It may not even happen in a year! It’s a slow, growing process but as long as you are doing what you love, it’s worth the wait!

Continue to WOW those who love your content already and the rest will follow! Focusing on the numbers will consume your time that could be spent on making your best content! That does more harm for you than good.

Tip Number THREE – Self Host from the Beginning

If you have been following my blog for a while, this is something you hear me say CONSTANTLY. You are probably so sick of hearing it. I know some may disagree with me, because blogger and squarespace is the “easiest” to use! BUT I am telling you, a self hosted wordpress is probably the BEST thing you could do for your blog overall. It’s worth it to learn wordpress. I PROMISE.

When I first started my blog I was on wordpress .com because I didn’t do my research. I ended up researching a little after and heard about wordpress plugins so I upgraded to the premium plan, thinking I would receive the plug ins…NOPE I WAS WRONG… I wasted money just to find out that in order to get plugins on wordpress .com I needed to have a business plan which was 25$ a month!!! WHAT – PASSSSS

So then I found out about self hosting a wordpress .org and instantly made the transfer. For just 2.95$ a month I had all the plug ins that I needed to make my blog rock, WITHOUT having to upgrade to the 25$ a month plan thanks to SITE GROUND !!!

If you are on wordpress .com GET OFF! You are over paying and you will still be limited. Self hosting a wordpress allows you to:

Get all the cool plugins like – Yoast SEO (which helps you with SEO), An email list builder (crucial), You can add share buttons (so people can share your blog post to any platform or social media), Add your instagram feed to your blog, and so much more!!!

You can also monetize your blog however you want when you self host. On wordpress .com your choices are limited because some are against the rules. On self hosting you don’t have to worry about any restrictions!

You can design your blog which ever way you’d like! No restrictions or limited themes. If I remember correctly blogger and squarespace are a bit restricted with design.

Most bloggers who have made the transfer to self hosted blogs have been impressed and satisfied! BUT the transfer can be a pain in the a** which is why I always recommend to start off self hosting from the beginning. However – the host I went through made my transfer experience a BREEZE!

I use Site Ground for my host because I truly believe they are the BEST out there. Blue host causes a lot of trouble for most users! Site Ground has yet to give me any issues!

  • Fast server speed
  • High security
  • They will TRANSFER your blog to their servers for NO additional cost!! *AMAZING
  • SSL certificates
  • SUPER friendly and helpful support team! (fast responding)

Starts at only 2.95$ a month via MY link if you are interest – HERE

RELATED: Why I chose to Self Host my WordPress Blog

Tip Number FOUR – Treat Your Blog Like it’s Your Job

If you want to have success in blogging, you need to treat your blog like it’s your job already! This is something that’s helped me a ton! For example, you wouldn’t take weeks off from your job so you shouldn’t take weeks off from your blog! Taking a significant amount of time off from blogging causes your readers to “disappear” because you aren’t consistent. If you aren’t consistent with the content you put out, your audience won’t be consistent either. Here’s what I like to do when I am thinking of my blog as a job.

I will use one of my favorite planners and in the beginning of each month I will map out what blog post I want to have up by what day. I keep this planner on my desk or bed side and look at it each day to keep me on task and focused! Planning out my posts a month in advance also helps me prevent writers block, because I always know what I need to write about!

If you write about multiple niches it’s also a cool thing to have a specific day dedicated to each niche. I write about lifestyle, blog tips, and beauty so i’d do something like:

Tip Tuesday: (write about blog tips)

Makeover Monday: Beauty posts

Self Care Sunday: Write about self love and self care

Doing this helps my readers to also know when to look for the posts that relate to what they enjoy reading about. Love doing this.

I also recommend having a set blog posting schedule and sticking to it! For instance, post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That way your audience knows when to look for a new blog post from you! It really helps.

RELATED: How to Stay Motivated & Organized

Tip Number FIVE – Don’t Lose Site of WHY You Started

We all have a WHY. We all have a reason as to WHY we started our blog. I have seen many bloggers lose focus of their why and just give up. I have also seen many bloggers lose site of themselves too. I don’t want to offend anyone because sometimes these blogs do end up working out but they don’t seem as genuine.

FOR EXAMPLE: Blogs that have all of these posts that just advertise their paid courses. I GET IT, you need to make money… But if your posts are constantly just advertising your products and provide no real value, it get’s old fast. Keep up with producing quality content. You don’t want your blog to look like one big advertisement. Switch up your posts and remember WHY you started. Don’t lose your voice to products that you are constantly promoting. Keep your voice there. Your voice is what your readers will connect with the most, not the products.

ALTHOUGH – some will solely look to bloggers for product recommendations. I guess what I am trying to say is, don’t lose yourself in the money. You should still care about putting out content that isn’t just about the money. Your readers will see right through you.

BUT ALSO hold on tight to your WHY and let your WHY motivate you to succeed and make it to that finish line!

RELATED: How I Turned My Blog into a Career – 6 month journey

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I hope some of these tips will help you! & maybe you are already implementing them! Let me know of some of your favorite tips in the comments!






  1. November 28, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Dude, that tip about assigning certain niches to certain days is GENIUS. It makes forming an editorial calendar so much easier. OMG, thank you so much for this post!

    • ellduclos
      November 28, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Yay! I’m glad I could help! It really does help me (:

  2. November 28, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    As someone who JUST started a blog, these tips couldn’t have come at a better time. I really need to take tip #2 to heart and not obsess over numbers. Also to keep me going strong, I know tip #4 will come in handy. Thanks for this!

  3. November 28, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I love reading your posts, sunshine! And I love the personal touch! You are my teacher! Thank you for being so helpful! 💕

  4. November 28, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    I thinking remembering your “why” is so crucial! I can completely relate! This was really helpful!

  5. November 28, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    This was such a great blog post, reminder and motivation. Thank you for all the tips! Back in summer i switched from wordpress.com to org and really seen s difference with how brands view me now! So definitely agree with it all!

    • ellduclos
      November 29, 2017 / 12:39 am

      Yay! I am so glad you are having success with self hosting (: it’s the best!

  6. November 29, 2017 / 1:48 am

    Personal posts DO make a difference! Too many blogs focus on instructional or news- type posts, which, while they may be well- written, are impersonal and no different from what you get from traditional news sources. I am a little guilty of this with my beer blog, but I am getting better. The other advice I like and always preach to other bloggers is to NEVER give in and buy followers! My blog Great Beer Now has over 35,000 total social media followers and I can proudly say that I never gave in to the temptation to buy followers. Building a following does take work- it took me 7 years to reach the 35,000 mark- but it’s worth it in the end to build a following the honest, natural way, through hard work.

  7. November 29, 2017 / 3:14 am

    I absolutely love this post. It really put things in perspective for me. I’m a mommy blogger who writes about a lot of different lifestyle topics and I was concerned that I may confuse my readers by writing about postpartum depression one day and press on nails the next. Do you recommend newbies write everyday?

  8. November 29, 2017 / 4:15 am

    Thanks for sharing this amazing tips and dos and don’ts for bloggers.. it was helpful 😊

  9. November 29, 2017 / 4:39 am

    Thank you for this genuine post. I’m a newbie blogger, and it is really tough for me to get personal, as a lot of my coworkers read my posts – I’m nervous to put my whole self out there like that! This is a stark reminder that it is necessary.

  10. November 29, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Great tips. What I also learned too after a year of blogging is listening to my readers input and feedback. It really helps re affirm I’m giving them what they want or need to add different content they like and are interested in. I could probably do better at personal connections too. I can be an introvert at times, but having online group support helps too. Thanks for these tips.

  11. November 30, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Preach! Number four speaks to me directly. It is a real struggle to keep up with this blog of mine. But the discipline will pay off in the end. Every day that I get up and do my blog on top of my life responsibilities i feel so good.

  12. November 30, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Loved these tips! I’m constantly struggling with consistency. I’m making it my theme word for 2018 so I can make it a top priority.

  13. December 4, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    These are great tips! I especially like your suggestion to treat your blog like your job. It took me awhile but I’m finally treating it like a small business.

  14. January 2, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    Treating my blog like a job is certainly something I will be doing more of in 2018. Once I changed my mindset from hobby to business, I started putting a lot more effort and I can see the results already.

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