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31 days to Building a Better Blog

update: see a summary of all of the post in the ’31 Days’ series here.

August is going to be a frenzy of Blog Tips here at

Starting Monday I’m going to turn up the ‘Blog Tips’ volume to 11 and am going to attempt to vomit onto you everything I know about how to make your blog better. Each post will be in a normal category but also in a new 31 days to building a better blog category also.

In a sense it’s nothing different to normal (there are hundreds of blog tips in my archives already) but I’ve noticed recently quite a few bloggers are in a bit of a slump with their entrepreneurial blogs – lacking inspiration, slipping in their posting frequency and even considering throwing in the towel.

Whilst it’s every blogger’s prerogative to let their blog slowly die – I’d like to be a part of giving bloggers a shot in the arm (or a kick up the butt) and hopefully in the process give them the motivation (and practical know how) to get their blog reaching it’s potential (whether that be financially or in some other way).

So we’ll be revisiting some old tips, coming up with some new ones and hopefully will all improve in our blogging as a result.

Interested? If so let me know in comments below.

All I ask of you as readers is that you join in the frenzy of Blog Tips. I do not and will not know everything there is to know about blogging – but I have a suspicion that the wider ProBlogger community does. The only way to get at this communal knowledge is to make a commitment to share what we each know.You can do this in two ways:

1. Leave comments on the blog tips that I post here. ProBlogger is increasingly becoming a place of conversation and group learning. I learn so much from you and hope that you continue to teach us via your comments.

2. Post your blog tips on your own blog and let me know about them. If you’ve learnt something about blogging recently the rest of us want to hear about it. Post it on your blog and then email me with the title and URL. I will attempt to post something every day or two with a summary of the blog tips that have been written.

3. Suggest a Topic for me or someone else to write a Blog Tip on. To do this simply leave a comment below. I won’t guarantee it’ll be answered by me – but if you see a question and would like to tackle it on your own blog (see #2 above) feel free to do so.

I’m looking forward to the learning that we do as a community in August!

update: see a summary of all of the post in the ’31 Days’ series here.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  1. Today marks the first post of my first blog, as well as my first serious read of your site. If what I ultimately have to offer is half as much as what you now have to offer, I’ll be able to consider it a job well done.

  2. Dude,

    This is kick ass, I will definitely be back for more… Woo Hoo!!!

  3. Not sure if it was mentioned but another thing some people are guilty of is NOT PUTTING A DATE AND TIMESTAMP ON YOUR ENTRIES! There’s nothing I hate more than surfing onto a blog and wondering if the latest entry is even relevent anymore.


  4. Volume 11? Spinal Tap? :)

    “This one goes up to eleven.”

  5. […] (By the way, I should give a nod of credit to Darren Rowse – this idea is a direct steal from his 31 Days to Building a Better Blog – thanks Darren!) […]

  6. Wow I am definitely bookmarking this site it’s brilliant :)

  7. Thank you for this “31 Days” project. I’m working at getting my first blog off the ground. While most of your newer posts are helpful, this series and all of the offsite links you provided have given me so much know-how. I hope I’m avoiding the pitfalls that trap many first time bloggers.

  8. Thanks for all the tips, unlike other “experts” advice they actually work.

  9. […] On a similar note Darren Rowse has also started a series 31 days to building a Better Blog . His timing could not have been better as I am aware of a number of my students are sticking their fingers into the blog soup and quietly licking their fingers trying to decide what flavours are needed to add that little extra zing. blogging […]

  10. The number one reason for blogging is to establish, build and enhance your reputation as “the expert” in your particular niche.

    But to do that you need an “editorial plan”. Blogging is publishing and no self-respecting publisher of anything in print would ever start without knowing exactly what was going where – in advance.

    In my blog on Internet psychology I have an editorial plan which provides “themes” for every day of the week; I have dates set in the future when I will write about specific “diary events”. Plus I have a plan for what I’m doing for the next month or so, which constantly gets updated.

    The result – I can blog without the “fatigue” shown by some bloggers. Plus it just continues to build my reputation – readers know that every Monday, for instance, I focus on running a business online, Fridays are about social networking and so on. And because that reputation is there, I get the business. People book me to speak and to consult based on what they’ve read in my blog.

    But the blog only succeeds because of the rigours of editorial planning I learned as a magazine editor / newspaper journalist.

  11. […] at is declaring August “31 days to building a Better Blog” and is writing a series of how to tips. He has also put out a call for blogging tips; it […]

  12. Darren,

    I’m way behind in reading your blog and subsequently, my blog is suffering…coincidence? I don’t think so. I’ve somehow found myself not so motivated to blog everyday but here’s the strange part, my brain has been working overtime and I’ve got more blog ideas/topics than I know what to do with. I can’t wait to catch up and look forward to reading each days tips.

  13. […] as part of our 31 days to building a better blog series I thought it would be wise to start by talking about some big picture issues. Whilst these first […]

  14. Came across your website the other day. I’m interested in what you have to say and am going to go through the ’30 day’ series in as close to 30 days as possible. Until now have only done the ‘this is my daily life’ type blogs. Am very interested in doing more with a blog. Thank you for your openess and generosity.

  15. Hello,

    I just got to your blog and will look through your archives, etc. But, also wanted to leave a comment asking if you knew any resources where I can learn how to get better stats for my wordpress blog. Last I knew, Google Analytics didn’t work with wordpress. So, I was curious if you or anyone else knew of a different program or resource.


  16. […] of the website i found offers ‘31 days to build a better blog‘ might be able to help me building my understanding of the blog world. I am planning to post […]

  17. Hi, just found this article while rummaging through your archives, guess I could use a little kick up the butt, not so much because I’m lazy (I can only blog on a limited time schedule) But, I will put your advice to good use. Time to go look now. Hopefully my blog will be better for everyone not just for my sake!!

  18. We are testing and reporting on many of these ideas on the Data Mining Lab blog. We are learning how effective each of the techniques are in comparison with one another.

  19. I just found this guide, and I hope to go through it this week, to help out my own blog.

  20. It has been over a year since the 31 days to build a better blog and I am still coming back. I decided to start from the beginning and run through the 31 day course to see what all I could learn from it.You will probably see a lot of comments from me since I will be reading your blog more often than what I have been in the last few months. I truly enjoy this blog and have learned a lot already.

  21. I’ve been in the online money-making business for several years now, but have not put the time and energy into learning everything I needed to know to be successful. I shut down my website for good last month, just wrote it off as a failure I would never repeat again. I just found your empire, and am quite impressed; I feel a little more motivated to try a second time, but this time with a firm foundation of knowledge behind me. First a blog, then a site, then a franchise, and then…….

    …the world.

  22. I’m newbie in money making. This guide is good for me, thanx!!

  23. I have always found your tips about blogging to very informative and interesting. I have applied some if not most of your tips when I first created my blog. I like coming to problogger to see whats new in the world of blogging, and I recommend your site to all my friends.

  24. John,

    Thank you for the tips. I have always found you insightful. Now if I could only find the time and energy to continue writing!


  25. I have a new blog site that I started on less than a month ago. The blog is one that discusses parenting topics and child oriented material. I know that there are tons of parenting sites out there, but this is a topic that I really love. With so much parenting information available on the internet, I am just wondering if there is something special I can add to help me stand out from the crowd…any suggestions?

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