31 Days to Build a Better Blog

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

Pro Blogger – 31 Days to Build a Better Blog

Do you ever wish someone would just tell you what you should do??

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Pro Bloggers First Week Blogging

I am a girl who likes to be in control, but at times I have thought it would be nice for someone to come along and give me a step by step plan for increasing the success of my website.

Gourmet Getaways has been live for 3 ½ years. I am fortune in that I have a good working relationship with a number of PR companies, Advertising agencies, Tourism Departments and fellow bloggers. I have a very engaged audience which is evident by the average time each reader spends on my site, the number of pages read by each visitor, the great responses to competitions and my click through rate on advertising.

…but I always want MORE!!

More lovely readers, higher google ranking, more comments, more trips away… I just want MORE!

I want my website to achieve its full potential!

Pro Blogger Book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog

Pro Blogger Book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog


After all the years publishing, and publicising I had exhausted my ideas of ways to “boost” Gourmet Getaways presence online.

Add to that, google and facebook changing their algorithms, SEO constantly changing, the emergence of Google+ and Google Pages, Instagram killing it in social media images circles. Sometimes I find it hard to keep up, or even to know what I should be paying attention too!

I needed a step by step approach.

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I am worried that to stagnate in a changing social media environment could start a downward slide into the blogging abyss, or that google will bury my site in some unreachable corner of the blogosphere!

Anyway, enough about why I searched for help.

I found exactly what I needed, written by the experts.

I used to follow Darren Rowse on his Digital Photography School blog, this was at a time when blogging was a brand new concept! He has always been way ahead of the game and most importantly, his websites have always been leaders! His writing style is easy to read, he uses workshops and tutorials to guide the reader, and everything is very manageable.

Pro Blogger Book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog

Pro Blogger Book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog

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So I took a leap, albeit a little leap. I ordered the ebook “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” and I love it!!

Finally I have a path mapped out for my website and I am confident I will build traffic and connections.

I have already instigated two of the ProBlogger suggestions and I can’t believe that after reading the suggestion I had neglected these for so long!

Sometimes it is the attention to detail that we miss when we are doing something everyday.

Day 1

The Elevator Pitch

I use a version of my “elevator pitch” on my “About Me” page. After reading the content on Pro-Blogger I realised my “About Me” pages was wildly out of date! It was in need of a complete rewrite. I also needed to consider an even more succinct version of the pitch for all my social media pages.

The book goes into far more detail than I can here. It lists uses for your elevator pitch in printed communications, conversation and social media. It is very important to have a clear vision of who you are and what you are selling to both readers and marketing agencies.

Day 3

11 Ways to Promote a Blog Post

How many ways do you promote your stories?

I usually use only three of the methods listed by Pro Blogger… that is pretty pathetic! I thought I was doing well.

a/ I use my social media to send out notifications to followers

b/ Comment on fellow bloggers stories

c/ Using a social book marking site such as Stumble On

I am missing out on 8 other ways to promote stories!

…and I only use some social media… and some social bookmarking sites.

I guess the number one thing I am getting out of the “31 days book” is that I need to be consistent and thorough with the marketing of my site and stories. I have been a bit haphazard in my approach. I believed that if you supply good content the reader traffic and the marketing opportunities would look after themselves.

I have neglected to use the great content to drive people and opportunities to my website. This is what I am being taught through the Pro Blogger Book.

Oh… and I also download the Pro Blogger eBook Secrets of Blogging your way to a Six Figure Salary which is now on my iPad for when I can catch a spare moment.

Pro Blogger Secrets to a Six-Figure Income

Pro Blogger Secrets to a Six-Figure Income

Now I am torn between wanting to read more of the ProBlogger Books and actually writing content for Gourmet Getaways! …Oh and yes I do have all of these books… and I don’t know why I thought I knew what I was doing before I read them!!!

Success is never guaranteed; naturally success is dependent on many things, the individual, the product, the market, a bit of luck etc… but having a clear, step by step path that 31 days to Build a Better Blog gives is a step in the right direction.

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  1. This sounds like a great informative book. I know that we always need a way to clean up the out of date things. Social media is a fun and important way to promote and sometimes it can be overwhelming keeping up with al of the new modes. Have fun reading. Take care, BAM

  2. So many nuances to successful blogging. I’ve heard Darren speak before and he really is engaging and inspiring!

  3. Good on you Julie! I can see how excited you are about it too! 😀

  4. I know about that book and have often wondered how good it was. Sounds like it’s excellent! Super review – thanks.

  5. I don’t pay attention to my stats etc. I blog because I enjoy it. The only thing I do have is a good about me page and a firm policy page. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  6. That’s so cool that you’re spending the time and effort to develop your blog further – I often find I spend so much time creating my posts that I rarely have the time/effort to implement background changes. Good food for thought 🙂

  7. There’s always so much to know and do when it comes to upgrading your blog and I must honestly say that I only do 1% of it. Haw always been such a lazy blogger but this post is inspiring me to pick up my slack haha

  8. Great tips, Julie! I’ve got the 6 figure book and am a big Darren and Chris fan.

    Congratulations, BTW, on all your great connections…Obviously your hard work is paying off =)

  9. It’s wonderful that you found a resource you like. I always say I’m going to take the time out to switch to a more professional format and work on being a better promoter, but I’m so thick in the middle of school that I just never find the time. Some day… 🙂

  10. ooh i just came back from EDB this week i have found there is so much to successful blogging, might check this one out myself!

  11. The timing of your post is perfect for me. I am in the process of revamping my blog as well as moving it to it’s own domain modestmunchies.com and was looking for ways to gain some traffic as well as possibly aiming to earn some kind of money from it. Thank you for your post, will definitely be checking out those books.

    • I am so pleased that everyone has found this story helpful. The books have been so interesting, I am really pleased I have taken the time to read them!

  12. What a great read 🙂 Now I’m going to have to buy the Ebook or actually get the book because I think it’s very interesting and think will be great to help further build my blog! Thanks for the tip!

  13. Oh, good book!! I was so lucky that I went to the first DPCon at the very start of my blogging and Darren gave all the attendees a free copy of that book. I would SO love to have a chat to you about all this… I’m completely in love with my blog at the moment and am having such a lovely time with it.

  14. Thanks for the wonderful tips and for heading me in the direction of the next resource I need to tap into! At Two Healthy Kitchens, we’ve only been posting for just over six months, and are still in the early explosion of traffic that’s more than we expected and almost more than we can handle (a good problem to have, no doubt)! We’ve gotta keep that momentum going, though! And, we’re always looking for the next step and for ways to blog smarter so we can devote our time to creating great content. Thanks a million! So excited to check out more of your blog!

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