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Things To Do To Get Your Blog Ready For The New Year

12/23/2018

The new year is quickly approaching and most of us are off for the holidays. Although this is the perfect time to relax and reflect on the past year, it also is the perfect time to get your blog ready for 2019! The start of the new year is a great time to make a few changes and updates to your blog, but it can be hard to figure out where to start. So to help, here are some things you can do to get your blog ready for the new year ahead!

Link Newer Blog Posts In Relevant Older Posts

Spend some time going through your older blog posts and see if any of your newer blog posts that are similar topics can be linked. This helps drive traffic to your newer posts and gives your blog readers more valuable information and tips!

Work on SEO

Although SEO (search engine optimization) can be a scary term, it actually is important for your blog. There are many different articles out there that explain how to best improve your SEO based on the blogging platform you’re using (Blogger, Wordpress.com, etc). If you are a self-hosted blog on Wordpress.org, then I would highly suggest the Yoast SEO plugin! This allows you to put in a keyword for your post that helps your post show up when someone searches that keyword. It will also tell you how good the keyword you used is, how readable your post is, and let you put in a little snippet of what people can read on a search engine before clicking the link to your blog post. Overall it just makes SEO simpler and all of these features come with the free version!

Update About Page + Photo 

For the new year give your blog’s About page a refresh. Give the page a read and update any information that needs to be changed and see if there is anything else you want to add. It also is a good idea to update the photo you have of yourself on the page, depending on how old it is. And if you don’t have an about page, then create one!

Also, click here to see the 8 best simple features to have on your blog that you can add for 2019!

Create a Blog Promotion Plan 

Take time to see how well each method you use to promote your blog posts actually works. Look at analytics to see how many people click over to your blog. This will give you an idea on which social media sites to spend more of your time in the new year promoting your posts on and which ones to spend a little less time on. It’s also a good idea to try something new, which could be mastering a new social media site that you don’t use as often or starting an email list, as it may be the key to driving more traffic to your blog!

If you need some tips for promoting your blog posts, then be sure to give this post a read!

Brainstorm Blog Post Ideas 

Spend a day or two brainstorming a bunch of different blog post ideas that you may potentially want to create in 2019. Section them off based on the main categories you like to blog about (lifestyle, fashion, beauty, etc.).  Even if you think you probably won’t do a post on it, write it down anyway! You never know if later you come up with another idea based off of one you wrote.

Planning in advance is always a good idea, especially for the new year. Once you have a long list of ideas, put them on a calendar and plan when each post will go up for the month of January. Keep on top of this by planning each month in advance.

Here are some posts filled with blog post ideas to get you started: 25 lifestyle blog post ideas, 25 fashion blog post ideas, 18 beauty blog post ideas, 15 more lifestyle and fashion blog post ideas.

Create Measurable Goals

And lastly, for the new year, create some measurable goals for your blog! This can be anything from increasing blog reads to a certain number, increasing comments, to posting more times a month. Just be sure to push yourself but don’t be too hard on yourself at the same time. All that matters is that you try!

And those are some things you can do to get your blog ready for the new year! Just remember that like with everything in life, hard work and time will make your blog grow. Just create what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place. I hope you all have an amazing 2019 and happy blogging!

52 responses to “Things To Do To Get Your Blog Ready For The New Year”

  1. Mica says:

    Great tips! I’m sure I could refresh my about page more, it’s a bit long and I can’t remember the last time I updated it, haha!

    I was hoping to have more blog posts scheduled so that I’d have January all scheduled and ready to go, but I’ve been so busy with Christmas things. I have a couple of weeks scheduled, maybe if the boys nap more after Christmas I’ll get some time in to finish writing posts! 🙂

    Hope that you had a nice weekend and are excited for Christmas 🙂 Our celebrations kick off with Christmas eve family time traditions on the coast so I’ll be taking a little blogging break for a few days but wanted to wish you merry Christmas!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you, Mica! That’s good that you had a couple of weeks scheduled already. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas time!

  2. Babita says:

    Great ideas for new year! I was also thinking about some sort of these! Ha

    Merry Christmas in advn dear!

    Xoxo Babita
    http://travelhues.com/

  3. Gabrielle says:

    You’ve listed some great points in this post; I tend to do this during the first week of the New Year, but doing it a week beforehand makes much more sense! Merry Christmas darling!!

    aglassofice.com x

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Doing it the first week of the new year is a great choice! I hope you had a great Christmas! x

  4. sepatuholig says:

    Great share n inspo.
    Happy holidays… Peace on Earth.
    https://sepatuholig.blogspot.com/
    IG @grace_njio

  5. Allie Mackin says:

    Great advice here. I have been burning out on blogging. I use Yoast it is pretty good. SEO is not the easiest to master so it helps. Have a great holiday!

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

  6. Kathrin says:

    These are such wonderful tips. While reading, I realized that I haven’t updated my About page since I started my blog. I’ll definitely have to set some time aside for that.

    I actually keep most of my brainstormed blog topics in a list on my phone so that I can add to it whenever I think of something no matter where I am. Sometimes weeks go by and I won’t add anything, other times I end up adding 10 topics in a day.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips. I hope you enjoy your Christmas celebrations.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad these tips could help! Having a blog topics list on your phone is a great idea. I have the same thing where sometimes I can’t come up with anything and other times I pretty much think of a whole month’s worth of posts. I hope you had a great Christmas Kathrin!

  7. I love these tips because they are so realistic AND totally doable. I’m hunkering down this week to get posts up, to batch posts, and I love your tip on promoing. That’s something I really need to do better and can’t wait to do it now so my 2019 will be in a great place!

    Danielle | FollowMyGut <3

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you, Danielle! I’m so happy you liked these tips. I hope you had a great week of creating posts and wish you all the best with your blog this year!

  8. itzel najar says:

    so cool post!
    Thanks for sharing!!

    http://www.itzytrendy.com

  9. Quinn says:

    Yes, a new year means planning! These tips are so helpful, love, and I will definitely use them to guide me into 2019. It’s always best to go into a new season with goals! Hope you had a great holiday, beautiful xx

    http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad these tips were helpful! Thank you Quinn, and I hope you had a great holiday too! xx

  10. Nina says:

    Great tips dear!! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!! xx

    La ilusión de Nina – http://lailusiondenina.blogspot.com.es/

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you, Nina! I hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you all the best in 2019! xx

  11. Janet says:

    These are such great tips Kara! I will need to spend some time reading the links here too for more good tips! I was very surprised to see how much of my traffic actually comes from Instagram, I have a very low followers base there, so I will need to concentrate more on Instagram next year! I would never have thought to link newer blog posts to older posts! I hope you have a very successful 2019 on your blog lovely! xx

    http://www.rediscoveringmystyle.com

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you, Janet! Your Instagram is one of my favorites so that’s great that you get a lot of traffic from there! I hope you have a successful 2019 for your blog too! xx

  12. Ivana Split says:

    I think setting realistic goals really helps because realistic goals are easier to achieve and can serve as a great motivator. This was a great article. These are some really great ways to prep our blog for next year. Brainstorming ideas is always good.

    https://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

  13. Wonderful tips, dear! ♥ I really liked it!
    http://www.recklessdiary.ru

  14. I got really excited when I read the title and these are all great tips, but I need to work on my time management first!! (insert crying face) I still bookmarked this post because I found it useful. Thank you so much hun <3 Have a happy new year! ♥

    PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com

    Say hello and let’s follow each other <3
    instagram.com/iamperlita

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Aw I’m so happy to hear you bookmarked it! Thank you so much Perla, and best of luck with working on your time management. You’ve got this girl!! xx

  15. Jenifer says:

    Love this post! It’s full of great ideas and overall it’s a great checklist of to do items. Improving SEO is a huge focus for me this year. I love Yoast and the way it helps me optimize my post. I’m working on keyword searches to improve my titles and readership and eventually I want to learn a lot more about backlinks.

    xx Jenifer
    https://www.theevolista.com

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you, Jenifer! Those are all great things to focus on and learn more about! Wishing you all the best with that this year x

  16. These are wonderful tips! I need to work on my CEO big time. Have a wonderful new year Kara!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  17. These are all great tips, I need to update my about page
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  18. Lorna says:

    You nailed all of those! They’re super important for succeeding!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

  19. Daniel says:

    Great tips here! Thanks for sharing

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals

  20. Jessica says:

    Love these ideas!! Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a great Sunday!

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

  21. These are great ideas Kara, thank you so much for sharing hun!

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

  22. Glowyshoes says:

    These are truly helpful tips, will definately work on some of them.
    Happy new year dear, may this year come with loads of blessings.

    Glowyshoe’s blog

  23. Jessica says:

    This is such a great read dear, and I couldn’t agree more, especially with the last one. Too many times we’re so fixated to our big goals and feel frustrated when we feel it’s still so far ahead. Creating small and measurable goals gives you something a little more tangible to work on and celebrate when you get it.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  24. I wish I’d read this post before my rebrand, I felt a bit under-prepared for it but luckily things have gone well. I’m going to take some of your tips and put them into practice now x

    http://www.rebeccaellis.co

  25. Anna says:

    Thanks for the tips! I guess I should start writing things down. You know, like when you’re just walking around or in the shower, ideas come to you, but you forget the ideas after awhile. Nice post! 🙂

    Anna
    Annaxiu.blogspot.com

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m glad the tips could help! And that happens to me all the time! I usually get most of my ideas in the shower and I’ll try to type them into my phone without getting it wet haha x

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