Bringing growth to your blog

By Victoria Hudgins. Photography by Dearest Someday.

The road to building a successful blog is a long and enjoyable one - if you begin correctly. I found this great article, written by Ez, on the foundational basis of building a blog that is able to capture and maintain good traffic.

There are definitely things you can do to maximize your blog's growth potential:

GET A CUSTOM DOMAIN NAME / URL

If you don't already own/use a custom domain name/URL, drop everything. Do not pass Go...do not collect $200 dollars... until you have secured one. This is something that I wish I'd known in the very beginning. By the time I caught on to the importance of having my own domain name, a web squatter had already grabbed the URL I wanted. It took well over a year, and a lot of stress for me, to finally obtain it. Why is a custom domain so important?

  • It is much easier for your visitors to remember. 
  • It increases the likelihood that first time readers will be able to find you again. 
  • It looks cleaner and more more professional than a lengthy automated blog URL. 
  • It is better for search engine/ranking purposes. 

Read the rest of Ez's blogging growth tips right here...

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.