Weekend Reading From Blogelina #19

Happy Friday everyone! Is it just me, or is it crazy that today is the last day of January? It just seems like yesterday that we were talking about the Holidays and now we’re staring at February. Hopefully everyone has managed to stay warm this week in spite of the latest round of the Polar Vortex as they’re calling it. As always, if you did not have the time to check out the posts on Blogelina this week, you can check them out below:

I know we talk about this a lot at Blogelina, but now that we are entering February, it’s a good time to reflect back on your blogging goals for the year. This is a great time to look at what areas you succeeded in during the first full month as well as some areas you may have fallen short on. You can then compare the two areas and look for any differences to see if the success can translate over to the growth areas to bring those back in line.

Weekend Reading

As is the case every week, it was another good week in the blogosphere. If you’re looking for some new ways to grow your blog or improve in social media then check out my favorite posts for a little weekend reading. Have a great weekend everyone!

Blog Post of the Week

5 Ways to Find Out What People Really Want From Your Blog on ProBlogger

Anyone that has been blogging for a decent amount of time knows how important it is to find out what your readers want. I mean, if you want them to stick around your site, why wouldn’t you? This goes beyond trying to make money blogging, but improving the overall user experience so they find what they want/need, don’t leave and become a member of your community. There are some easy ways to find out this information, and not so easy ways. What I enjoyed about this post at Pro Blogger was they gave actionable tips to find this information out so you can easily implement it as you seek to grow your blog.

The Best of the Rest

Guest Blogging and SEO: Still a Match Made in Heaven on QuickSprout

Still confused about what to do with the guest posting uproar? Check out this insightful post for more direction.

How to Network With Influential People Using Twitter on Social Media Examiner

Are you looking for ways to interact with influencers on Twitter? This is a helpful post that can get you started down that path.

Do Your Readers a Favor By Incorporating Web Page Screenshots and Thumbnails on The Blog Herald

This is a great compliment to our blog design series. Check out this post to help you liven up your blog posts a little more.

12 Fantastic Facebook Contest Ideas to Grow Your Email List on Jeff Bullas

Facebook can be a great driver of engagement on your site. Read this helpful post to see how it can grow your email list as well.

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