Thursday, June 28, 2012

Becoming a Better Blogger, One Class at a Time

Last night I took my seventh online blog class hosted by Alt Design Summit.  Yes, I take blog classes at night (who doesn't like to pretend that they are still in school once in awhile?!).  Man, I have learned so much.  It turns out there are a lot of tricks to the trade when it comes to developing a blog that people actually read, and I am learning new little gems of information, one 60 min. class at a time.  It seems to be paying off too - traffic on Design Improvised is up 1,200% from last year. I'm dead serious - the blog averages 5,000 page views a month, the same amount I had all of last year.  While it is still small potatoes compared to the big blogs I follow, at least the upward trend is promising. ;)

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on the changes I've made to my blog (and more I plan to make) as a result of these classes.  I want to share the specific tips I've found so helpful in case you are a beginning blogger yourself.  In the meantime, I encourage you to take one of the Alt classes if you are at all interested in blogging.  So far my classes have included:
  • Growing your readership
  • Understanding blog analytics
  • Selling advertising on your blog
  • How to be an 'organized blogger'
  • How to leverage Pinterest
  • How to use Adobe Illustrator for your blog
They have all been fantastic, and I will definitely be signing up for more.  In fact, thanks to Bing all classes in July are free (#thanksBing)!

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