Welcome to 31 Days to Build a Better Blog For Freelancers
Let’s Get Started
After the 31 steps you’ll have transformed you blog into a valuable online asset. By the end of the 31 steps we will have:
- Published a variety of different kind and styles of blog posts.
- Learned new techniques for coming up with post ideas
- Promoted our blogs in a variety of ways and found new readers.
- Developed working relationships with fellow freelancers and other bloggers.
- Learned the importance of created an editorial calendar for your blog and website content.
- Designed a plan for the upcoming months of blogging.
… and much more.
Step 1. Get your personal copy of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workbook.
The workbook, by Problogger’s Darren Rowse is fully redesigned, revised and updated for 2012.
Great news! Darren is offering our group a discount. Use this link to order your workbook: 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workbook. Enter the special discount code: FREELANCE to get 25% off the regular price of $29.95. Be sure to hit the ‘update cart’ link in the shopping cart for the discount to be taken off.
Step 2. Vist Clarabela Media daily to participate in the daily lessons and to share your posts, thoughts and ask questions.
Each day on Clarabela Media, you will find your daily lesson and homework. You will receive 1 lessons assignments each weekday, Monday through Friday, giving you the weekends off. Follow along and get deeper information from your 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workbook.
Daily lessons assignments will be customized to fit our busy lifestyles.And a little extra homework for those who want to dig deep into the material.
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It’s time to get to work. This is your lesson plan for the next 31 days.
Monday, April 2 — Day 1: Write an elevator pitch for your blog
Tuesday, April 3 — Day 2: Write a list post
Wednesday, April 4 — Day 3: Promote a blog post
Thursday, April 5 — Day 4: Analyze a top blog in your niche
Friday, April 6 — Day 5: Email a blog reader
Weekend Lesson: Take a field trip to the mall or other public area
Monday, April 9 — Day 8: Make your blog mobile-friendly
Tuesday, April 10 – Day 9: Write a link post
Wednesday, April 11 – Day 10: Choose a social media space to focus on and join a forum and start participating
Thursday, April 12 – Day 11: Set up alerts to monitor what’s happening in your niche and Google Analytics
Friday, April 13 – Day 12: Come up with 10 post ideas
Weekend Lesson: Use a magazine to improve your blog
Monday, April 16 — Day 15: Develop an editorial calendar for your blog
Tuesday, April 17 — Day 16: Update a key page on your blog
Wednesday, April 18 — Day 17: Find a blog buddy
Thursday, April 19 — Day 18: Solve a problem: 7 ways to identify readers’ (your customers or clients’) problems
Friday, April 20 — Day 19: Watch a first-time reader use your blog
Weekend Lesson: Leave comments on 3 other blogs
Monday, April 23 — Day 22: Create a sneeze page (landing page) for your blog
Tuesday, April 24 — Day 23: Write an opinion post on your blog
Wednesday, April 25 — Day 24: Conduct a policy review. Write a comments and/or a disclosure policy for your blog
Thursday, April 26 — Day 25: Pay special attention to a reader
Friday, April 27 — Day 26: Call your readers to action and ask a question
Weekend Lesson: Hunt for dead links
Monday, April 30 –Day 29: Help improve another blog by writing a guest post
Tuesday, May 1 — Day 30: Write a review post
Wednesday, May 2 — Day 31: Develop a plan to boost your blog’s profile and readership online and plan the next steps for your blog
Task 1: Define what you want people to say about your blog
Task 2: Find out what people say about your blog
Task 3: interlink your old blog posts
Task 4: Make sure your posts are easy to fin
Task 5: get to know content SEO
Task 6: Review your calls to action
Task 7: breathe life into an old post
Stay connected with your fellow freelancers as we go through the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge.
Use the hashtag #31DBBBfreelance on Twitter.
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