90 Tips To Make Your Blog Rock

Blogging whether it is for your personal passion or for the corporate blog is quite often a journey that has its highs and lows. Sometimes we need to find that inspiration to write that next post or optimize the blog so that maybe one day you will be able to monetize your expertise and content and retire to the Bahamas.

90 Tips To Make Your Blog Rock

This post started with an article earlier this year on “30 Tips To Make Your Companies Blog Rock” and I had quite a few comments by readers and so added more tips on more keys to making a blog successful. I then added to that post with some ideas from readers and more of my own with a post titled “50 Ways To Optimize Your Blog“. This was further enhanced and grew to a blog post “69 Secret Tips To Make Your Blog Rock

In short and not to labor the point any further here is an even bigger list that may inspire you in your blogging journey.

90 Tips To Make Your Blog Rock

1. Write about industry News – whats happening this week, this month

2. Read and develop content on industry Trends – where is the industry going, what are the emerging hot segments

3. Find out about your customers Pain Points – Write posts that provide solutions for your customers problems

4. Write about customers successes – Write up a case study about a clients successful project, they will often let you publish their name

5. Publish content on what not to do! – highlighting where something hasn’t worked (the names shall remain anonymous of course)

6. Create a video blog post by interviewing a successful client – this can a powerful providing authentic evidence of authority and credibility for both you and the client

7. Write articles for the different types of customers that are relevant for each of  your vertical markets

8. Brainstorm blog post topics with colleagues and management and create a list for future reference and planning

9. Subscribe to the top industry blogs in your market, both company blogs and personal blogs for ideas

10. Look through your latest news releases for ideas

11. Sign up other staff to write on topics in your industry or market that they are passionate about

12. Develop a series of how to blog posts

13. Turn the “how to” blog posts into short videos

14. When you have a great idea, go straight to your “add new” button and write the headline and save it as a draft or write it down before you forget it.

15. Include a great iconic image at the start of the blog that catches the eye

16. Case Studies are always popular to write about and not just your own

17. Place Powerpoint presentations on your blog by posting  and then embedding links from Slideshare

18.  Run polls and surveys on your blog

19. Create great headlines that catch people attention and makes them want to read the rest of the article

20. Add credbility banners such as how many subscribers, number of hits, blog grade and any awards

21. Provide “share this” buttons to Facebook and Twitter as a minimum

22. Implement “subscribe” buttons via RSS and Email

23. Write in bite size chunks and use bullet points so readers can quickly and easy consumption

24. Break up large blocks of text with iconic and interesting images

25. Take screen shots to place in your post using Software like Snagit to highlight points .. a picture is worth a 1000 words

26. Be yourself even if it is a company blog.. be authentic.

27. Optimize your blog for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

28. Promote and distribute your posts on to other social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

29. Make the blog easy to find on your company’s web page with a large bannner or button

30. Have fun, mix up the types of posts and add some humour occasionally.

(Gini Dietrich from Spinsucks.com contributed to the list with the following eleven additional tips)

31. Ask your readers what they want you to write about

32. Let your readers pimp their own blogs in your comments section (we’re going to do this on Thursday of this week)

33. Ask questions

34. Create contests (which goes along with your poll/survey idea)

35. Install the SEO All In One pack on your WordPress blog

36. Use StumbleUpon to increase your readership

37. Create content for “Associated Content” by republishing your blog posts there (it helps with readership and news outlets will republish your content on their sites)

38.Comment on other blogs and news articles to show your thinking/expertise, but also link people back to your blog

39. Make sure, when you use Twitter to promote your blog post, that you’re tweeting about it more than once a day

40. Subscribe to SmartBrief newsletters, RSS feeds, and Google alerts in order to find ideas for new content (that’s how I found this blog!)

41. Post and link your content on the Delicious social bookmarking site. (This will again help spread your content by placing it on a highly trafficked site)

42. Try your hat at a guest blogger or two, this could add credibility to your site , especially if the person is influential in his or her space. Courtney Wiley of  iNgage Networks also made this suggestion

43.In the meta tags for your photos, make sure the labels/words are what you want them to be – search engines can’t “read” photos, only the labels/meta tags. Dave Heinrich from WebTechUniverse.com also contributed with this tip which is vital and I do this with every image in my posts

44. When people write a comment actually take the time to email them directly and thank them for the comment and if they ask a question, then answer it. You will find that this will create a WOW factor and spread the word about the blog. If you took 10-15 minutes a day to respond to 5 comments via email you would make great impact on over 1,500 people during a year who would each spread the word to potentially 1000′s more. This could be the making of a tribe!

45. Comment appropriately on the top blogs ranked by Google on the major key word or phrase you are trying to optimize for SEO. This will create a a link back to your site and linking is key to increasing your own rankings with search engines

46. Write a blog post listing some important bloggers in your industry (such as the top 5) and point out how they make their blogs successful and you might find they return the love!

47 Interlink to other posts in your blog when writing a post especially those that are relevant and have been successful (this again is great for SEO)

48. Outsource content development for sections of your blog that are appropriate such as ‘resource’ sections.

49. Update an original post that provides more value to your readers (this post is an example)

50. Take readers comments and include and promote them in your blog  (like we have just done)

51. Take a selection of your best blog posts and make an ebook out of it. Then distribute the ebook on the Amazon Kindle Store and Apple iBookStore. This will find you new readers for your blog. And you can monetize it in a whole new way by charging a dollar or two for your ebook. (Thanks to Vikram Narayam )

52. Collaborate with other Twitter users within your niche to promote each others content

53. Make sure that everyone within your company has their own Twitter account and promotes the blog and company social media accounts on that account

54. When speaking or presenting, record it on video and upload it to company YouTube channel. It will be a constant resource for clients as well as adding to your websites SEO.

55.  Make excerpts of  key points on the video and turn them into short blog posts.

56. On your YouTube channel make sure you have optimized the video for search engines through tags, key phrase in the description as well as the link to your blog in the  description section.

57. The SlideShare account where you have uploaded your PowerPoint presentation should also be optimized for search with your blog or website URL in your public profile

58. The Slideshare account should also have your top keywords and phrases in the  ”Public Profile” about section so that search is optimized.

59. Keep most blogs short with no more than 400-500 words as most people don’t have much time and will be only spending a minute or two on your blog (average time on this site according to Google Analytics is 1 minute and 39 seconds)

60. If embedding a video in the post again brevity rules with the rule of thumb now at a 1-2 minute video

61.  Take each post and post it on the New Digg (20 million visitors a month), it is quick and easy to do and will take you only a minute or two (it involves copying the URL and pasting it to Digg, add the headline and choose the section then hit

62. Take the results of your polls or survey and turn them into a blog post. A lot of people want know the results as over time the blog post is buried in the archives

63. Use a twitter app such as SocialOomph.com (Professional edition) to schedule tweets your posts on a regular basis. Another software application you can use is MarketMesuite.com which allows you to personally brand your scheduled tweets.

64. Collaborate and communicate with other successful bloggers in your niche especially those that enhance and add to your skill set (they will encourage and support you)

65. Implement an email acquisition strategy that includes a pop over form that hovers over the screen for first time visitors (offer free eBook or video tutorial as an incentive and a gift for people giving you their name and email address) . One platform that provides this is Aweber.

66. Another email subscriber tactic includes a suggestion to refer a friend to join the email list

67. Place a video on your Facebook fan page inviting visitors to subscribe.

68. Link to your blog on your Facebook fan page

69. On your email subscriber form don’t ask people for their life history keep it short and only ask for name and email address

70. On LinkedIn  Make sure your Profile is public with Your Blog, Website and Facebook pages entered in your Settings (Profile Section) where you are allowed 3 website URLs

71. On LinkedIn make sure you have blog widget loaded (this is at the bottom of your LinkedIn Home page by clicking on the +Add an Application Button) this will then display your blog and the 3 latest posts in a window on your home page for all visitors to your profile

72. Add the Twitter feeds application using the Tweets add on in the same section this will promote your blog posts when you tweet them

73. Promote your Slideshare presentations on LinkedIn using the Slideshare Presentations again in the +Add an Application button (remember your optimized Slideshare account will have your blog URL which will drivetraffic to your blog)

74. Get the latest information and ideas by creating alerts using Google Alerts on your favourite topics. For me that might be something like “Social Media Case Studies” so that any new content on the Web that fits that phrase will be fed to you by Google, either as it happens or daily. (Suggestion maybe create a separate dedicated email account eg alert@jeffbullas.com so that it doesn’t overwhelm your personal or business account

75. Hire a copy writer to hone your content for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so that your key words and phrases that are important when potential readers and clients go looking online find “you” and not your competitor on Google’s search engine results page

76. Video interview successful people in your industry and then make it easy for them to share the interview with their network (this will surprise you as to how powerful this is in leveraging and spreading your content)

77. Run Ads in the sidebar such as  Deck ads.  ( you can make a few thousand a month off  ”The Deck” ads.if the traffic volumes are significant)

78. Bundle up the best blog posts about about your niche and turn it into a PDF book. You could sell the PDF for lets say $19. (37signals who took its own experiences as a web startup and published them on their corporate blog and monetized that over 2 years into a $750,000  revenue stream by publishing and then repackaging it)

79. Take the PDF and turn it into a paperback at a print on demand publisher Lulu.com. You can sell the paperback for $25 and they make a few more thousand a month on royalties. (37 signals book “Getting Real” was published from the PDF source material  and the paperback is currently ranked the 2nd best seller on Lulu)

80.Take the content from the book and produce a conference series. You could hold a few conferences a year and make about $50,000 per conference. (37signals has produced about 5 of these conferences) So if you add this all up:

  • $100,000 on The Deck ads
  • $350,000 on the “Getting Real” PDF
  • $65,000 on the “Getting Real” paperback
  • $250,000 on the “Getting Real” conferences (before that they were called Building of Basecamp).

Total $765,000 over a few years off the same content repackaged in a variety of ways.

This content was simply about insight and ideas about how they run their business.

So there it is, over $750,000 from Blog entries, PDF, paperback, and conferences.

How could you adapt this model to your industry?

81. Take the content, expertise and network contacts that you have developed from your blog and produce a Webinar. Social Media Examiner have done this successfully twice and  have registered up to 2,000 people online and made over $900,000

82. Mount a video camera in your car if you are in an industry that involves getting out and about such as real estate and make a video blog while you are “on the job” (but not driving of course). Ian Watt from Vancouver does this and creates short video blog posts talking about the industry he is obviously passionate about.

83. Turn your blog content into an online course and publish it and sell it using applications such as wiziq.com, odijoo.com, litmos.com

84. Offer a premium paid newsletter for a low cost of $1.99. An example here is that a restaurant could offer a monthly newsletter with recipes for seasonal foods or a Gym could offer a weekly newsletter with keeping fit and staying healthy.

85. Use Alltop to promote your content.

86. Put a big button on your blog that invites and makes it easier for people to do “business” with you such as investing in your blog or collaborating in joint ventures..

87. Join as many Facebook active Facebook fan pages or groups relating to your blog topic as possible

88. Monitor your brand with Google Alerts or Tweetdeck so that you can thank people that publish your content and protect your brand from misconceptions.

89. Offer consulting services in your area of expertise that are highlighted and prominent on your blog.

90. Finally don’t give up “Persist” and your blogging journey may surprise you!

Image by Belfegore


  • http://howontheweb.com Jeremy

    Hey Jeff, I saw your post on Twitter about this article. Nice points and thanks!

  • http://blogs.dovetailsoftware.com/blogs/infodev/default.aspx Emmelyn Wang

    Fantastic post. Thank you for sharing all of these creative points!

  • http://www.firebrandtalent.com Carolyn Hyams

    Exactly the tips I was looking for. Thanks Jeff!

  • http://www.barbaraling.com Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach

    Love tip number 78 – great overall collection! Will be sharing this post with my network, thanks!

  • http://debbiehemley.com Debbie Hemley

    Nice list! Appreciate all the effort you’ve put into this resource.

    Best, Debbie

  • http://findmyblogway.com Lye Kuek Hin

    Hi Jeff,

    I came to your site from Google. Awesome list of tips to rock our blog. Glad i am here learning from you.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.


  • http://iphso.com Leslie Barry | Iphso

    Great tips as usual, Jeff.
    After reading a bajillion versions of these tips, all useful I might add, what are the top two or three that have had the biggest impact on (1) YOUR personal blog popularity and (2) blog promotion in the early days?

  • http://www.idearella.com Bon “Idearella” Crowder

    Clipped to Evernote. I’m going to refer to this often and share it with the folks at work.


  • http://www.idearella.com Bon “Idearella” Crowder

    Hmm… It just occurred to me that the comment I made seems very spammy. So I’ll continue by writing that although 90 tips are quite overwhelming, clipping them and biting them off a few at a time is much more manageable.

    I’m struggling with a 31 points of building a better blog eBook – 90, well, wow. Ouch.

    But I’ll get to them.

    Oh, yeah, I’ll get to them!

  • http://www.burtchiropractic.com Eduard Burt, D.C., MUAC

    Nice addition in #63 :) – Did you start using it yet?
    I must say that new tips are all one better
    than the other. I think your next post should be with 101 Blogging tips. Did some good research about click bank and will look
    more into #77, very interesting.
    As always Great Job Jeff.

  • http://blog.esimplestudios.com Gabriele Maidecchi

    With so many points, this post will place a spot in my Delicious list and sit there for future reference. Very inspirational, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • http://www.robertagerrick.com Roberta Gerrick

    I can always count on your posts to be just what I need. So glad I found you

  • victoria

    I actually follow your blog for my job; however, I have a personal blog that I write. It’s been a fun thing to do in my spare time, but I would love for it to grow. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite sure how to do that. This post is fantastic and I am eager to implement many of your ideas. Thank you!

  • http://www.susannepenfoldsocialmediaconsultant.co.uk Susanne penfold

    Thanks for a great post yet again. Network blogs on facebook fan pages is a great app to use, plus it saves so much time. Thanks again Jeff

  • http://MinneapolisInternetMarketingConsultant.com Earl Netwal

    Wow, a lot of great ideas here. It will keep me busy with ideas for months and months. Thanks for sharing. I will be using this to enhance my several blogs and to teach others to do the same. Thanks to Mike Paetzold for turning me on to you and this post.

  • http://marketingassassin.wordpress.com/ Rene Power

    This is, to be frank, an incredible post and will fuel thousands of bloggers to step up their game. It is in some ways overwhelming but as Bon suggests above, the ones that are most relevant and useful should be used first.

    Thanks Jeff, we’re indebted.

  • http://www.momentumsm.co.uk Eddie Kremanis

    Fantastic points Jeff, thanks for sharing!

  • http://MommyBlogExpert.com Janis Brett Elspas

    Jeff, As always I learn something new with EVERY blogpost you write. This one goes far beyond any you’ve done before to help develop mommy bloggers such as myself. Thanks & Happy Holidays!

  • http://www.louluagency.com vail duggan

    Great post, sharing on my blog as a great resource for small business owners who are activating their communities on their own these days. Trickle up method and engage, engage engage…. Happy Holidays!

  • Athena

    HI Jeff, this is great, I just started a personal blog of my own about opening up a small business… I am going to read through these tips for both my business AND personal blogs!!!

    Follow me as I start :)


  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    Great tips Jeff! Even if you only use a handful at first, that’s enough to get you going and build up some momentum.

  • carrie@umass

    Here’s a blog tip: Unless you are posting a Top 100, no list should have 90 items on it. Geesh.
    Re-title it: ’90 days of blog topics’ because ’90 blog tips’ is kind of crazy and most of them are good topics for future blog posts.

  • http://kirbythedog.wordpress.com Kirby

    Thank you! These will come in handy! :)

  • http://thecomplexmedia.com/blog/ theComplex

    Fantastic tips, Jeff!

  • http://www.sociallyengagedmarketing.com Charity Hisle

    Love the tips, will try to implement them all in 2011! Thanks Jeff!

  • http://blogginggenius.net Pete Carr

    Hi Jeff,
    What a comprehensive list.I will definitely be bookmarking this for future reference.
    I have just started re-purposing content myself, it is really starting to pay off.

  • Info

    What a brilliant list!!

    This has been so helpful. I particularly like the idea of converting ‘How to’ blog posts into mini videos. Great idea. Thanks for the article!

  • http://www.resimlerii.net Resimleri

    Great tips.

  • http://twitter.com/raydennis ray dennis

    Another great post Jeff. I appreciate all of these awesome ideas as I recently launched my own blog at http://raydennis.net so this is right on time. Cheers!

  • John G

    # 91 – Learn to use apostrophes so readers know the first time through what the relationship is between your words. The first ten or so tips are so riddled with words that cried out for apostrophes that some people might even stop reading. Seriously, coming across as someone with little control of (grade 3) grammar is not an attraction for your blog.

    Otherwise an interesting list, where everyone, however experienced, will find something useful.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for the comment and the feedback John. I will fix the mentioned issues and continue to work on my writing skills .I promise I will get better. :)

  • Stefanie Weyrauch

    Thank you so much. This will help me in the next months…

  • http://realfamilycamping.blogspot.com/ Family Campers

    Great post!  Thanks, Jeff.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraBundy Sandra Bundy

    Thank you Jeff for such a great post.  Now I have a comprehensive guide for my blogs and will never run out of inspiration!  

  • Phyllis

    Great post Jeff!  I am a beginning blogger and this will be my most prized resource.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kingstreetstudios King Street

    Great post again Jeff! Always valuable intel in each article!

  • http://twitter.com/commtracker CommunicationTracker

    Awesome 90! Hope you take it to a century soon.

  • Janine

    Thank you, great tips and references to resources. Lots for me to work on/implement.  

  • Janine

    Thank you, great tips and references to resources. Lots for me to work on/implement.  

  • http://www.joseluiszapata.com Jose Luis Zapata

    Great list! Thanks for sharing your insights.

  • http://twitter.com/himachhag hima chhag

    This is really superb !!
    I just love your blog…

  • Alyssa Quirico

    This is so incredibly helpful! As a new blogger for a new company, this was so much help, I feel so inspired!

  • http://twitter.com/TheSminso Sminso.com

    WOW!  Bookmarked and turned into a checklist, looks like I have a lot to do!  GREAT LIST.

  • Jane Way

    My goodness, I can see I have got some work to do, but fascinating list!  No 1 here we go…, and by the way I like 90 too.

  • http://www.madebyguerrilla.com Mike Smith

    Great list Jeff. If people go through the list and do each of them, they’ll never have to search for a “new” idea ever again. Kind of makes it hard for other blogs to put together lists like this as it just seems pointless now. Might as well just send everyone here :)

  • Stacey

    This is one of the most comprehensive lists on blogging that I’ve seen in a long time. It reminded me of a few things that I haven’t tapped in to for a while. Perhaps your next list on the topic will be “125 Tips?” (: Looking forward to reading more!

  • http://www.howtosolutions.net/ HowToSolution

    Wow, that’s a long list of tips. I will be implementing some of them to my blog.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/Akennedy93 Andrew Kennedy

    A lot of great advice there , thanks ! Here’s me implementing number 32 on that list. http://marketing-student-2012.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.i-want-to-know-marketing.com Paul Profitt

    90 tips to blogging success, is just a little bit too much for me Jeff, 12 tips is about my level.

  • MTI Systems, Inc.

    Jeff, might you have anything specific for a “Cost estimating” blog for manufacturers?
    Jay Snow, Marketing Manager, http://www.mtisystems.com

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Sorry Jay, I don’t :)

  • http://www.3hatscommunications.com/blog/ Davina K. Brewer

    Jokingly RTing this ‘100 woulda been too many?!’ – b/c your list Jeff makes a very good point. Blogging is more than ‘type, publish, auto-tweet,’ it is a lot of WORK. If you’re blogging as a professional or for a business, all these details – social integration, plugins, SEO, slides and on and on – they matter. FWIW.

  • chevyd80

    I have read 37Signals Book, “Rework” which is a remake of the book, “Getting Real”. That book has showed me that I don’t need to grow too much and it was the stepping stone to doing what I’m doing. I will implement some of this advice for my media company.

  • http://santisweb.com Richard Santos

    Excellent list Jeff! I do have a question, though, on #3, how do you find what your customers problems are when you’re just starting out and you’re trying to grow an audience? Thanks in advance.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      It is sometimes hard to know. One way is to visit the blogs of the top bloggers in your niche or industry or niche and see what they are writing about. Also check out the comments on their posts. That should provide some insights. Hope that helps.

      • http://santisweb.com Richard Santos

        I’ll give it a shot. Thanks.

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