So you’ve taken a well-earned break away from your blog, and in that time you’ve had nothing to do with blogging whatsoever.
However, a break has somehow turned into a lengthy absence. Now finally, the time has come for you to make a comeback to blogging, motivated, pumped and ready than ever before.
First of all, let me congratulate you. I’m sure you deserved the long break from your blog. Most people who decide to take a break from blogging never actually make a comeback, so well done.
Taking frequent time away from blogging, online business, or anything else even can help you to recharge those batteries and reassess where you are with things, but here’s a little tip for the future –
Anytime you feel like taking a ‘lengthily’ break from blogging again, consider reducing your blogging frequency instead, or finding someone to assist you with your content creation or blog management.
Right, now that you’re back to focus on blogging again, in this post I’m going to share with you some cool tips for reviving your blog. Because I’m sure whilst you’ve been absent, your traffic, income and blog engagement has somewhat diminished a little bit, right?
The seven tips below should help you get back on the road to blogging again, so let’s get stuck in.
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7 tips to help you make the best comeback to blogging
#1. Update everything
Hopefully, during your break away from blogging, your web hosting account or domain name hasn’t expired. That’s the first thing you need to check.
Once you’ve established that your hosting plan and the domain name is still active, you need to log into your blog and update everything else.
You need to update your theme, plugins and remove any old scripts and plugins that no longer serves a purpose or even work.
#2. Clear out all pending and spam comments
Chances are, if you haven’t logged into your blog for a while, you’ll have a ton of comments waiting for you in the spam folder and any other folders.
If you have thousands of comments awaiting moderation it could well take you hours to go through them all.
If you have good spam protection for your blog then this shouldn’t be a problem, you can just delete the spam and leave the ham.
However, if you have good comments mixed in with spam comments, this could be a problem.
My advice would be to just delete all pending comments. Check out WP Comment Cleaner plugin for mass deleting comments, it’ll save you a ton of valuable time.
#3. Update your old posts and pages
If your blog has a lot of content, chances are you have some posts that will need updating too.
Check to make sure your posts like online reviews, tutorial posts are still up to date, and if they’re not, update each one at a time.
I know this will probably take up the most of your time, trust me I do because I recently went through my entire blog updating each post myself. It took me the best part of a six months.
As well as your blog posts, make sure your pages are updated too. For instance, your about page, tools and resources page, contact information page and so on.
#4. Go through your blog maintenance checklist
Once everything is updated on your blog, run through your blog maintenance checklist, assuming you are using one.
Your checklist should contain a list of critical tasks you need to do to ensure your blog is going to run smoothly again.
If you don’t have a checklist? Here’s one you can use.
#5. Create a new content strategy
The next thing you need to do is to create a brand new content strategy.
Create a list of post ideas you want to write in the next 30 days or more. Check out the following blog articles for tips and inspiration:
In addition, I recommend you purchase a copy of my Ultimate Blog Planner Workbook to get access to my blog content strategy templates and more.
#6. Create a blogging schedule
Once you have your content strategy in place, create a blogging schedule to help you get back into the routine of writing and publishing content frequently again.
#7. Write your ultimate comeback post
Now for the fun bit, announcing your amazing comeback to blogging to the world.
The great thing about announcing your return to blogging is that you can use any medium you want to do it, i.e. video, podcast or you can simply write it in a post.
I would recommend doing a short video, if you can.
In your announcement post or video, you should talk a little bit about your break away and why you’ve decided to make a comeback to blogging.
Also, talk about the plans you’re making and what you have in store for your blog and readers in the future. This is also a great way to hold yourself accountable for what you must do.
Once you’ve published your comeback post, create an email campaign and let all your existing subscribers know you’re back in the game.
Do the same on your social media profiles.
Go make that ultimate comeback!
Right, you’re all set to go.
Follow these 7 simple steps and you’ll be back rocking your blog again in no time.
Best of luck – Fabrizio
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