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10 ways you can take your blog to the next level TODAY!

I often get asked by bloggers how they can really take their blog to the next level. While ‘next level’ is quite subjective to each bloggers journey, it usually means “How can I get more traffic”, “How can I make more money”, “How can I get more organized”. All of these things ARE certainly important to a bloggers success and since I’ve been around the blogging block for 10 years now, I thought I would put together a list of 10 actionable ways that you can enhance your blog NOW…in only a matter of minutes & hours.

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1. Are you still using a free WordPress or Blogger site? It’s time to upgrade!

While having a free WordPress or blogger site is a great way to get started, it also has it’s limitations in terms of taking your blog to the next level. Having a self-hosted WordPress blog tells the world that you are ready to start taking your blog serious and it gives you a lot more options in terms of monetization, plugins & design. If you are serious about making this blog a source of income and branding yourself, then you’ll want to get your own hosting account. Do yourself a favor and head over here to find a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a domain name & hosting for your WordPress site.

2. Are you still using a FREE WordPress theme?

So maybe you’ve upgraded to a self-hosted WordPress site, but you are still using a free theme. And that’s fine, but if you are looking for something a little more custom, I highly recommend taking a look at some of the premium themes on Genesis,  ThemeForest or Bluchic. There are literally hundreds of themes to choose from and you are bound to find one that suits your aesthethic and functions the way you want it to. P.S. Here are 40 Feminine & Girly WordPress themes that I personally love!

3. Not making any money? 

If you have been blogging for a while, but still haven’t earned any money from your blog, it’s time to change that. A few months ago, I wrote the Ultimate Guide to Blog Monetization that I recommend checking out, but at the very least, you’ll want to sign up for Google Adsense and place a few banner ads on your blog. Then you’ll want to sign up for Social Fabric to start taking advantage of sponsored post opportunities. Lastly, install the Viglink plugin and earn passive money of any link on your blog!


4. Not being found in Google?

Ladies, it’s time to learn a little bit about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Optimizing your blog for SEO can have a huge impact in how Google serves it up in search results. There are a few things you can do right now to enhance your SEO. Download the YOAST plugin and go to town. What I mean by that, is go into your older posts and enhance the body of the text and headlines until all (or most) of the Yoast dots turn green. You’ll know what I mean when you download the plugin. Here is a great tutorial on using the Yoast plugin. Then I want you to go over to Neil Patel’s site and check out his Ultimate Guide to SEO. This is by far the most useful resource guide I’ve found!

5. Want more readers?

Is there anything worse than publishing (what you think) is a really great article…and nothing happens, it doesn’t go viral, there aren’t any comments? Well it’s time to change that! You need engaged readers.  Check out this blog post about 55 ways to get traffic to your blog and start implementing them. I would recommend by starting with Facebook sharing groups & posting to your social media accounts. Oh and one more thing you can do, try guest posting on bigger blogs! Here’s a list of 55 blogs that accept guest posts!

6. Don’t have a Facebook page?

You need one. I know you might fight me on this one, but the truth is…..EVERYONE is on Facebook…including your potential new blog BFFS & readers. Here’s a tutorial on how to set up a Facebook page for your blog + a few bonus ways to get people to like it! Having a Facebook page allows your readers to get to know a different side of you. The more they feel like they know you…they more they will trust you…and in the blogging world, you need a whole lot of trust in order to get anywhere!

Getting More Likes on Facebook

7. Is your Instagram account not growing?

Here’s the thing. Instagram is the place du jour for creative entrepreneurs to get noticed! (Yes, being a blogger makes you a creative entrepreneur!) You can take advantage of that by posting consistently, being active in comments & liking & also using services like Likestagram & Crowdfire to manage new follows & friends. Here’s a blog post I wrote, “How I got 1,000 New Instagram followers in 30 days

8. Build your Email list TODAY, do not wait.

Did you know that Facebook could shut down your page at anytime? Scary right? The only way to ensure that your readers can find and follow you is for you to have their email list. You NEED an email list. With this email list you can send out automated emails with your latest blog posts, or sell to your readers if you have a product to sell. If you currently don’t have an email service provider, I recommend starting with MailChimp, it’s free for the first 2,000 subscribers. Sign up for Mail Chimp here and then find out what most pro bloggers do to build their email list.

9. Not getting any traffic from Pinterest?

Pinterest is the single biggest driver of traffic to all of my sites! So if you aren’t using it, get on it! I wrote a blog post, “7 Reasons Why No One is Pinning your Posts” this post is full of actionable tips to take your Pinterest game to the next level. Spoiler Alert: It’s ALL about Vertical Pins & Group Boards. Go into your Google Analytics and figure out what your top posts are. Then take a look at the images on those posts…Are they Pinterest friendly? Vertical? Bright? Clear? If not, then create a new graphic in Canva for that blog post. Update the graphic and re-pin it to your boards. Do this until all of your images have been upgraded. If you have many graphics to re-do, you can definitely do this over time, no need to do it all in one day!

10. Running out of fresh content for your blog?

I previously talked about how I use a content mind map to brainstorm topic ideas, but I’m going to give you another quick technique you can use to generate some popular blog topics.

  • Go to Amazon and find a book in your niche. Let’s say you blog about Gluten Free Recipes. Find a Gluten Free Recipe book.
  • Go down to the reviews and start reading the lowest ranking reviews (1 &2 stars)
  • Within those reviews you might find comments like, “I can’t believe this cookbook didn’t have any cupcake recipes” or “I wish there was a gluten free flour conversion table in this book!” Boom! You’ve got yourself two blog ideas right there!

You see reading those comments will tell you what your target audience IS looking for. All you have to do is provide the content and voila, you are golden!

I try to make my blog posts as actionable as possible. I want to motivate you to improve your blog today. I don’t want you to get stuck in no man’s land. Do me a favor…if you implemented any of my tactics in your blog today, come back in the comments and let me know what you did! Then come back in a week or a month and let me know if it had an impact on your blog!


Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 33 comments

  1. Jessica Bradshaw

    This post is so extremely helpful. I pinned it and will come back to it. Several of the things I have already done, but a few I hadn’t heard of. THANK YOU!! 🙂

  2. Lindsay at Lindsay's Sweet World

    You read my mind today, Chrystie… Thanks for all of the tips! Looks like I have some decisions to make!

    • Chrystie

      Well if you need help making those decisions, you know where to find me 🙂

  3. Aishwarya Shenolikar

    Thanks for this post! Really need to make some changes.

  4. klauss

    Great article! Can I ask on another topic a little (based another your post).
    How many site visitors come to your blog daily from Pinterest? And what is their bounce rate?

    • Chrystie

      Sure..I get about 1500 visitors per day from Pinterest and the bounce rate is 88% 🙂

  5. Rachel

    What a helpful post! Totally agree with all of these tips!

  6. Vivianna

    I’ve got homework! Thanks for all the great info!

  7. Yvette


    I just love reading your blog tips. This one has been extremely helpful! Thank you and always love reading your blog!

    Yvette xxxxx

  8. Olivia Kaye

    You have some incredible advice! And your backlinks are literally perfect. I know where I’m gonna go for all of my blogging and social media advice from now on… 🙂

  9. Bella B (xoxoBella)

    This post would be so helpful for a new blogger! 🙂

  10. Cara

    Such an amazingly helpful post! Thanks for sharing all of this information 🙂

  11. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    Great ideas!! I’m definitely not taking advantage of Instagram as much as I should be but it’s my goal for April to really work on that!

  12. Marette Flora

    Thank you for this helpful post! I had never heard of Likestagram!

  13. Joyce Lewandowski

    This post is super helpful! I have just ventured into the blogging world and am still using a free wordpress page. I have been toying with the idea of upgrading before my subscriber list grows to a stage where I want to switch, because I figured it will be a pain in the butt later to get all my subcribers to move with me! I still feel kinda hesitant about the monthly investment of a domain/hosting and wondering if it will be worth it….

  14. Riley Jo

    Such great advice!

  15. Emily

    This post is super helpful! Will be coming back to it again and again!

  16. Angela

    Great post. Thanks for sharing. I really need to grow my email list and get more traffic to my site!

  17. Crsytal

    I need to check out the plug ins. I am so technically-challenged I am daunted by this as I don’t understand what it even means, but I really need to figure it out! I am really needing to make money blogging this year or I will have to quit and make money some other way. I have already doubled last years profits, but that isn’t saying much!

  18. Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    All awesome and great tips here! Greatly put together.

  19. Chris Huston

    I love this! Thanks for all of the great information and for inspiring me today! I can’t wait to use some of your advice.

  20. Abbie

    This is such an incredible round-up of great info. THANK YOU GURU!

  21. Matt @ Plating Pixels

    Awesome resource! Pinning so I can work my way through it all. I’d also recommend conferences and networking to build connections and grow.

  22. Tara

    Great tips. Always looking for more readers, but not ready to monetize just yet.

  23. Alicia

    Lots of helpful info here. Thanks for this informative post. I know I need to build an e-mail list ASAP.

  24. Nicole @ The Professional Mom Project

    Such a helpful post! Pinning for later when I have a bit more time to read through it.

  25. Theresa Nelson

    As always, thank you so much for the post. Just a wealth of knowledge. Thank you!

  26. Brittany M.


    These tips just gave me life! I am about 18 months into having my own blog, and while it got off to a good start, I just feel like I am at a standstill and its frustrating. Thank you so much for these tips, I literally opened up a new tab for every link you have in this article, I see why you’re so successful, thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

    • Chrystie

      Awesome! Happy to help you take your blog to the next level!

  27. Delaine

    Very informative post. Found some things I’ve never seen else where. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from

  28. Sakeenah Aleem

    W-o-w !!! I love when I discover gem bloggers such as yourself. I will need to fishing through your blog for more wisdom. Thank you for sharing!!

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