It’s a safe bet to say that at this time last year no one had any idea what to expect out of the year. We were excitedly preparing to ring in a new decade along with the new year. And while no one could have predicted what 2020 would have in store, .blog continued to remain steady and grow as a strong option for new and existing bloggers.
Throughout the year, we worked to support new bloggers in their efforts to get started building a following through their blogs. Our content focused on providing the information that people and companies need as they worked on pivoting their businesses and blogs throughout the year.
Blogging tips we shared
Here are some of the highlights from our own blog this year:
Why bloggers need a niche
Learning how to choose the right niche for a blog can make all the difference in how successful a blogger is. While it may sound counter-intuitive, narrowing the focus and direction of the blog can help make it easier to come up with things to blog about in the specific area.
Creating time to blog
A common obstacle that bloggers face is running out of time to create new blog content. Life is busy for individuals that want to blog and it’s usually one of many things that needs to be done for businesses trying to maintain a blog. We shared seven tips to help both individual and business bloggers make time for their blog.
Goal setting tips for your blog
It’s easy to get swept away with setting big New Year’s resolutions and goals. While it’s exciting to have a big resolution, the majority of people end up failing and giving up. We shared some of the reasons it’s so hard to keep resolutions along with seven tips to help you make your resolutions stick.
Top tools for blog images
When people think of blogs, they tend to think of writing. However, graphics and visuals are an important part of a blog. This can feel overwhelming for people who don’t happen to be photographers or graphic designers. But it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. We shared some tips on how to source great images for blog posts, along with tips on creating and editing graphics.
How to tell if your blog is growing
Measuring the performance of a blog can feel overwhelming. There are many different analytics that can be tracked so it’s important to know which ones you should be watching to see how your blog is really growing. We provided three questions you can ask yourself along with the analytics that support them to get an accurate depiction of where your blog stands.
Top social media tools for bloggers
Social media can be a highly effective way to grow your blog traffic. However, it can also be a lot of work if you don’t know the right tools to use to help out. We shared 12 tools that can help with everything from social media scheduling and audience research to reporting tools.
Choosing a blogging platform
Before new bloggers can get started with writing, they have to decide what blogging platform to use. There are plenty of choices out there that could trip them up before they even start. In this blog post we share six things to consider when choosing a platform along with different options to choose from.
Figuring out what to write about
It happens even to the best of bloggers—writer’s block. It can feel like a struggle to constantly churn out high-quality content, but it doesn’t have to be. We shared a simple three-step strategy any blogger can use to generate endless blog topics with ease.
Choosing a domain name
There are some important things to think about when choosing a domain name for a blog. If you make it too long or confusing to spell, then people might have a hard time getting to your blog. In this blog post we cover five tips to help you choose the perfect .blog domain.
How to grow your audience
One of the best parts of having a blog is growing a community of like-minded individuals. But growing that audience isn’t always as easy as bloggers want it to be. This blog post shares five tips to help bloggers intentionally grow their audience.
Blog Post: 5 essential steps to grow your blog audience
As we work on counting down the end of 2020, .blog is excitedly anticipating the growth of the blogging industry in 2021. We’ll continue to remain steady while supporting new bloggers and existing bloggers looking to expand their reach through their .blog domain.