By Chiprang.com Unforeseen circumstances like a sudden-long business trip to rural Africa and non-availability of internet service provid...
Unforeseen circumstances like a sudden-long business trip to rural Africa and non-availability of internet service providers can be a big setback for professional bloggers or even those of us who do it part-time. Some of them eventually loses focus and momentum they once had even if they come back to revive their blogs. By the time, they would have lost a large chunk of readers who would have migrated to other blogs.
So, how to revive a dying blog? During my student days i started several blogs on politics, media and movies besides my personal blog. All of these eventually were forgotten when I turned my attention to my academic pursuit. After my first job, I started reviving some blogs but somehow my interests shifted to other areas and three of them are still in the lurch. The two are now running successfully even though I no longer have the time to regularly update them. How do I make money from these two sites? Well, I’ll give you this tip if you are planning to revive your old blogs.
Remember, old blogs are better than new ones because they are already indexed by search engines. if you are to start from scratch you’ll need at least a week or even months before search engines index your posts. In addition, advertising companies like AdSense will not accept your blogs that are less than 6 months old.
Here’s how i revived my dying blogs.
1. Inject new ideas and layouts
The best way to re-start your blogging career is to inject fresh ideas and strategy.
Also, post some ‘spicy topics’ or ‘hot topics’ in your niche area. Use words in creative media like video to send out messages instead of writing. Who knows you may become an instant internet hit.
2. Clean the ‘toilet’
Who wants to use a dirty toilet? Your readers are the same. They will not come back unless you clean your ‘toilet’ (blog). You can rearrange your blog posts and widgets. Don’t have any ‘out of order’ signs across the blog template. This means all images, videos and others should be inline with the grids and rules. Notably, If I get tired of seeing the same old blogger template or worpress theme I changed and changed until I’m satisfied. Your readers will also love this if you put your sincere efforts into it.
3. Old is gold
I love the 80s music and the saying ‘Old is gold’ stands true in reviving your blogs. When people start blogging they are filed with passion and full of ideas but gradually the ideas dried up if there is no innovation. So, it is wise to read again those old posts of yours and see how you can reconnect that same idea with the present. If you are able to sync a link then you are for game -- ready to take the blogging world by storm again.
4. Call out... come back!
From 1000 readers ,you now have, say 20 readers who have not unsubscribed from your email updates...what would you do? Call for HELP! No... No... If you were using Feedburner or any email subscription system you’ll still be having the list of emails of those who had ‘unsubscribed’ to your blog. Make a list of those emails and send them a cool message announcing that you are back with a bang and in a new avatar!
Remember, it is not wise to call for HELP, it is better to call for REVIEWS or COMMENTS on the new blog. While doing this, don’t mind the negative comments. Instead, try to find a common ground between negative and positive comments and make new posts that will revise their interest in your blog.