Last Updated on July 22, 2020 by Jeremy
Last Updated on June 8, 2021 by Jeremy
Newsletters are often a very love-it-or-hate-it thing for most bloggers.
Some find it a bothersome chore without much ROI for the time and money involved, while others shout from the rooftops how email lists are among some of the most lucrative things you can have in your business.
While we may be biased here since This Week in Blogging is a newsletter series first and foremost, we do have to admit we see both sides of the spectrum when thinking about newsletters in the context of our own outside blogs. Sometimes these newsletters work great and other times, well, not so much.
In this one, we wanted to share a few blogging newsletter best practices you should be engaging in, discuss what they are, and why they're so important for those who go down this marketing avenue.
Note: We should note up front that we use Mailerlite for our newsletters. The features discussed below are in the context of this service outright (where to find the feature on the dashboard, how to use it, etc.). While most newsletter services tend to offer the features discussed below, we cannot guarantee this for all of them. As such, your mileage may vary if you are on a different platform.
Last Updated on May 24, 2021 by Jeremy
When it comes to auditing our blogs, one tool we find ourselves using over and over again is WebPageTest.
This tool has some pretty powerful diagnostic features that go well beyond simply looking at how fast your site loads in a cumulative sense. You really can dive down and look at individual elements as well plus how your site performs on desktop, mobile, and an array of devices to name a few!
So in this one, we wanted to share some unique features of WebPageTest you may not be using (but should). But if you haven't used WebPageTest at all, we recommend starting with our base guide at the previous link!
Last Updated on May 17, 2021 by Jeremy
Recently, I was at an event with a few friends who were looking into getting into blogging more and I was asked what seemed to be a fairly simple question – how do you blog as much as you do?
My normal go-to answer is that since blogging is my full-time job, I have a lot more time to dedicate to writing. But, to me, that is a copout. Even amongst full-time bloggers I still somehow am able to write far more than most and routinely crank out anywhere between 5-10+ articles a week (split up across several blogs).
I took a moment to think about it before answering in this instance, and I realized that I actually engage in a number of writing techniques that help me crank out articles with a fair bit of speed. In this one, I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.
So if you're looking for some writing techniques to help you publish more blog posts or perhaps simply need a new way to keep yourself motivated, these may help.
Last Updated on May 11, 2021 by Jeremy
It is never boring running a blog as major players in the field can and do change the rules regularly- often without any advanced notice at all.
Sometimes we do get a bit of a heads up that change is coming, and Google's announcement that Core Web Vitals metrics would become a ranking factor has been known for quite some time. But in true fashion, many of us waited until the absolute last minute to start looking into it, and the time to do these improvements is now.
So in this one, we wanted to break down a bit about what Core Web Vitals are, what each metric evaluates, and give some tips on what to look for when improving scores on your own blogs!
Last Updated on May 5, 2021 by Jeremy
Recently, we came across an incredibly timely report on social media use in 2021 filled with useful gems. As much as possible, we try to have our finger on the pulse of what's going on in the content creation world, and that very much means social media.
The report gave some hard and fast facts to some feelings that we already had. For the sake of ease, we combed the report (linked below) for you and distilled what you as a content creator need to know right now.