These Simple Changes Will Make Your Blog Ultra User-Friendly

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A user-friendly blog is essential if you want to make sure all your traffic acquisition activities don’t go to waste.

When you first get started on a WordPress blog there’s a temptation to be overwhelmed by all the choices you have for your design, functionality, technical setup, etc. Sometimes all of that cool stuff can lead to a bad user experience.

For example, these days there are a lot of beautiful WordPress themes and I’ll often see people choose a visually stunning template that takes ages to load because it is so graphically heavy.

In today’s post I’m going to show you a few simple ways I’ve tried to make my blogs more user-friendly in the hope that it helps you build a blog that your readers really love to be on.

Shall we?

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How to Get Google to Send You 119,717 Visitors Every Month

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Last Updated February 23rd, 2017

Are you wondering how to get more traffic from Google? I’d like to try and help you out.

I’ll never forget the first time I got 100,000 visitors from Google in one month. I still feel extremely lucky. And while I feel very uncomfortable sharing statistics (because it feels like bragging) I decided to mention them in this post to show you that it is possible.

When you first think about starting a blog you kind of don’t imagine you’ll ever get more than a trickle of traffic.

And then you have your first 100-visitor day.

Then your first 1,000-visitor day.

After a while you might even have a 10,000 or 20,000 visitor a day and you still can’t believe it’s happening.

What I want to do today is show you as much of what I did as possible to see whether it helps your blog get more traffic. Let’s look at all the ins and outs of how to get over 100,000 visitors a month from natural organic Google search.

Things are so much nicer when you have a plan.

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The Ultimate Guide to Instagram for Bloggers

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There is no mistaking it: Instagram is a giant.

Usually when a new social media platform comes out I ignore it for as long as possible – there’s already so many different things to be across.

But after a while some of them become too big to ignore. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even Pinterest have reached that stage, and I think Instagram is now there for most industries, even more than it was just six months ago.

In this article I’m going to do my best to introduce Instagram to bloggers in a way that will hopefully help you use it as effectively as possible. We’re going to cover:

  1. Why Instagram is too important to ignore
  2. How it works and some ways to make it better
  3. How to integrate it with your blog to enhance both platforms
  4. Some examples of people using it to grow blog traffic
  5. A minor plea about the content you post

As always, if I miss anything important make sure you let me know in the comments below and we’ll have a good old chat. Let’s get started!

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Timeline: What to Do When Your Blog Goes Down

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blog downtimeWhen your website or blog goes down it can be pretty frustrating while also having consequences over the short and long term. Yuck.

And while it is not the end of the world, it can be a little bit scary if you rely on your blog for an income.

When a site goes offline there is a sequence of events that take place and, depending on how you manage them, annoying consequences that follow.

Let’s take a very basic look at those events and what to do in that kind of situation so that you can hit the ground running.

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How to Make a Quiet Blog More Interactive

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Cats! You do it with cat photos. Thanks for reading. Just kidding…

One of the most rewarding parts of running a blog is the community that springs up around it. Making your blog more interactive could be one of the best things you do.

Here at Blog Tyrant I feel so fortunate to be able to read and respond to dozens of comments on each post. Those comment threads are regularly more valuable than the articles themselves.

And while comments are great, they aren’t the only way a blog can be made more interactive.

In this post I’d like to take a look at how some people are building more interaction on their websites and how we can apply similar tools, principles and ideas to our own.

Cool!

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Starting a Blog in 2017? Here’s the Strategies We’re Using.

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A few years ago we started publishing posts at the end of each year that tried to predict blogging trends for the year to come. This year I want to do things a little bit differently…

We’ll start with my usual blog post on what I think will be important in the coming year, but then I’d like to turn it over to the amazing community here and ask you for your predictions about starting and running blogs, and the specific strategies you’ll be focusing on.

I’m going to give a $250 prize to the best comment to go towards your blogging needs for the year. Hopefully the result will be a comments section filled with incredible knowledge and ideas on how to start and succeed with a blog in 2017.

Let’s do it!

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Analysis: What Links Appear in the Web’s Best Navigation Bars?

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One of the first things you do upon starting a new blog is create a navigation bar or menu. But what links should go in there? And, more importantly, do some links outperform others?

I have spent a bit of time playing around with this myself and have been quite surprised at what works and what doesn’t.

It is interesting to note that the “traditional” five links that almost everyone includes up the top actually aren’t always best.

Let’s have a look at what some websites are doing with their navigation bars and what lessons we can take away for our own.

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Debunked: What Tech Do You Really Need to Run an Online Business?

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If you want to start a restaurant or a hair salon you’re going to need tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars worth of equipment before you can even open your doors. But online businesses aren’t quite the same – especially if you work from home and start small.

Sure, there are some larger tech startups that needed millions of dollars of capital before they get up and running, but for most of us the barriers-to-entry are a lot lower.

Seeing as I regularly get asked about the technology/equipment that I use to run my blogging company, I thought I’d do a post highlighting what I think are the essentials, and what you can leave behind.

Let’s take a look.

NOTE: None of the links in this post are affiliate links as I didn’t think it would fit with the “feel” of the subject.

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6 Ways to Educate Your Email Subscribers and Win More Opens

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educate email subscribersWe always talk about getting more email subscribers as a way to build a sustainable online business.

But, there’s not a lot of point in building that mailing list if none of the subscribers end up opening the emails that you send.

Open rates and click through rates are just as important.

In today’s post I’m going to share a few ways that I’ve tried to help educate my subscribers over the years as a way to increase open rates. Some of them have worked really well.

Let’s take a look.

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