8 Easy Steps That Will Give Your WordPress Blog an Efficiency Makeover

22 January 2014

Detroit: If you have been considering updating your blog, but are worried that might be overwhelming, here are 8 simple things you can do to revise your blog to aid your work more effectively and make your blog more effectual at getting leads and encouraging sharing. And the best part: you don’t require spending a time to implement any of the guidelines. If you have an essential understanding of how to employ WordPress and negligible design skills, you are all ready.

Are you all set to see a boost up in your blog’s metrics for 2014? Here’s what you need to do:

1. Create CTA Footer Images

A call-to-action (CTA) footer image is a clickable image that you put in at the bottom of every blog post. These images are an effectual way for business bloggers to endorse resources, products or a precise message to their readers. On most well-liked blogs, like Hubspot’s, you will observe they always employ CTA footer images.

HubSpot employs CTA’s to cheer readers to download their resources and subscribe to their blog.  It’s best to build numerous CTA’s for the bottom of your posts and rotate them.

To create these CTA footer images, Photoshop is used to devise bar images that are the width of our blog post column. Once we have created developed them, we upload them into the WordPress Media Library and type “CTA” in the description box of the image. This way, after we write a blog post, we can easily search “CTA” in the Media Library and all our CTA footer images will appear, making it easy for us to alternate them. The next few steps are as follows:

  • Once your CTA footer image is inserted into your blog post, click the landscape icon to edit it.
  • In the “Edit Image” tab, insert a link in the “Link URL” section that is appropriate to your CTA footer image. For instance, if the CTA footer image we feature is about our latest holiday eBook, in the “Link URL” section we insert the direct download link for the holiday eBook.
  • Click “Update” and you’re done!

2. Insert Tracking Links

For 2014, commit to utilizing tracking links on your blog. Tracking links will aid you become a whole lot more competent at tracking the return on your blog’s content.

Improvely links are splendid because you can employ them anywhere: an ad, highlighted text, a newsletter sign-up button, etc. When a reader clicks on the asset that has an Improvely link in it, you are then able to see in Improvely’s dashboard whether any of those properties generated any conversions.

Employing Improvely links in the CTA footer images enables you to effortlessly explore which of your CTA footer images are clicked most and which are altering the most blog readers into blog subscribers or service users.

3. Allow For Pin-Ready Blog Post Images

Pinterest has become one of the web’s top social podiums and is a great source of traffic for lots of blogs. To make your blog content more Pinterest friendly, remember this little trick in mind: After you have revised your blog post images, edit your image’s “Title” and “Alternative Text” sections to have the same title as your blog post.

Doing this helps with your blog’s SEO and it makes it so that when a reader clicks on either your blog’s Pinterest plugin or share button, your blog post image is all set to be pinned immediately. Whatever copy you put in the “Title” selection of your image will appear as the pin’s description copy.

4. Download Tweetable Code

In August of 2013, the New York Times checked a new feature in one of their online articles that enabled readers to tweet highlighted quotes from the story. As per Mashable, the publisher reported that the story they tested the new feature with first was shared just about 11 times more than their most accepted Times stories in the past month. Even if you get a much smaller bump, it’s a very easy way to emphasize chunks of tweetable text.

You can download Tweet to Code and learn how to employ the feature on your WordPress blog. Also, if you are thinking you would rather not have to download something to your WordPress blog, but you love the feature, there are other choices. Think using a simple and free online tool like Click to Tweet to create highlighted, tweetable text pieces within your posts.

5. Install Twitter Cards

Setting up a WordPress plugin that enables Twitter Cards makes your blog’s content pop in the Twitter feed. When one of your readers employs your blog’s Twitter button(s) to share a link to one of your Twitter-card enabled post, their tweet will feature intro text and an image from your blog articles in the tweet. The more noticeable and striking your blog’s content is in the Twitter feed, the better, and the more likely it is to be shared.

Setting up Twitter Cards to your WordPress blog is a little complicated and can take some developer skills.

6. Establish Google Authorship

Google authorship is more powerful than it appears. When you install Google authorship on your WordPress blog, it links blog post authors’ Google+ accounts to WordPress. The instant change after you do this is that your Google+ profile image and byline is featured in SERPs.

The deeper advantage of Google authorship is that it makes your blog’s content show up in search results. According to heatmap eye-tracking studies, discussed in a great blog post on Buffer’s blog, rich snippets (search results that feature a photo) are more eye-catching and get more clicks — the research proves it.

7. Add Twitter Buttons

If you want to utilize your WordPress blog to boost your brand’s number of Twitter followers, use Twitter buttons in your posts. They are unbelievably user-friendly and customizable.

To add Twitter buttons you can start by heading to Twitter’s resource page. There, select the Twitter button you want to use in your blog post, then copy and paste the code Twitter gives you into WordPress’s “Text” tab of the post you’re working on.

8. Connect Blog to An RSS Publisher

It can be time-consuming to log in to each of your brand’s social podiums to post about your latest blog article. To save time, use the free tool IFTTT — it stands for “If This Then That” and it allows you to create time-saving social media “recipes.” What does that mean, precisely? You can simply connect your blog’s RSS feed to your different social podiums

For example, you could employ the “RSS to Twitter” recipe so that whenever a new article is published on your blog, a link to it is tweeted out on your brand’s Twitter profile. Basically, recipes make sharing your blog’s content routine. And automatic content sharing enables your WordPress blog to be super competent.

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