31 Days to Building a Better Blog

UPDATE: This page is for the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog project that I ran in 2007. You can get a much more updated version of this challenge which I ran in 2009 here.

This is the central page of the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog Project that I’m running here at ProBlogger.

What is the 31 Day Project About?

To put it most simply – it’s a month long series of posts here at ProBlogger designed to walk you through 31 tasks that you can do to make your blog better. You can read more about how the project works and how to participate in my introduction to the project.

The project is made up of two parts:

My Tips and Reader Tips

Below you’ll find a summary of both. To keep up to date with the project subscribe to ProBlogger’s RSS feed or to our daily email updates.

To participate with a tip of your own simply follow the steps outlined in this post.

The Posts So Far

Day 1 – Email a New Reader
Day 2 – Run a ‘First Time Reader Audit’ on your Blog
Day 3 – Search for and Join a Forum
Day 4 – Interlink Archived Posts
Day 5 – Conduct an ‘About Page Audit’
Day 6 – Email an Old Timer Reader
Day 7 – Plan Your Next Week’s Posting Schedule
Day 8 – Comment on a Blog You’ve Never Commented On Before
Day 9 – Run an Advertising Audit On Your Blog
Day 10 – Declutter Your Sidebar
Day 11 – Dig into Your Blog’s Statistics
Day 12 – Introduce Yourself to another Blogger
Day 13 – Search for an Affiliate Program that Fits Your Blog
Day 14 – Analyze Your Blog’s Competition
Day 15 – Make Your Most Popular Posts Sticky
Day 16 – Create a Heatmap of Where Readers Click on Your Blog
Day 17 – Run a StumbleUpon Campaign for Your Blog
Day 18 – Create a Sneeze Page and Propel Readers Deep Within Your Blog
Day 19 – Respond to Comments on Your Blog
Day 20 – Run a Reader Survey
Day 21 – Make a Reader Famous
Day 22 – Catch New Readers Up on the Basics of your Blog
Day 23 – Go on a Dead Link Hunt
Day 24 – Do a Search Engine Optimization Audit
Day 25 – Go Shopping and Improve Your blog
Day 26 – Link Up to a Competitor
Day 27 – Find a Sponsor for Your Blog
Day 28 – What is Your Blog’s Mission Statement
Day 29 – Email a Blogger that Linked to You to Say Thanks
Day 30 – Explore a Social Media Site
Day 31 – Run a SWOT Analysis on Your Blog

Reader Tips

Days 1-2

Days 3-5

Days 6-8

Days 9-13

Days 14-19

Days 20-23

Days 24-27

Days 28-31