Have you ever experimented with your blog?
There is a high probability of your answer being, “Yes!”
As a matter of fact, the majority of the bloggers that I know have experimented with their blogs at some point in their lives.
And, there are bloggers who are still experimenting.
To be honest, it makes a lot of sense to experiment with your blog.
Because it provides you with a clear idea as to what works for your blog as well as what does not.
So, without further ado, it is time to explore some of the various experiments that we bloggers participate in.
Messing Around With WordPress Themes
A lot of WordPress bloggers can relate to messing around with WordPress themes.
Since WordPress themes are highly configurable, they probably played around with:
- The size of the fonts
- The background colours.
- The various widgets at their disposal.
Unfortunately, some bloggers would starve to death if they had to design websites for a living. They do crazy things like:
- Using fonts that are too small for the average person to read.
- Using background colours that clash with the colour of the font; thus making their blog posts difficult to read.
- Using way too many widgets; which leads to slowing down the loading time of their blog.
On a positive note, there are bloggers with good taste; they are the ones who:
- Make sure that their fonts are large enough to be seen by the visitors to their blog.
- Will not use the type of background colours that would clash with their fonts.
- Will not go overboard where widgets are concerned.
If a blogger knows nothing about their chosen WordPress theme, they should read up on its features or watch a tutorial on YouTube ― one that teaches them how to configure their WordPress theme.
Removing The “Like” Button
There are bloggers who temporarily removed the Like button on their blogs.
And, there are a group of bloggers who completely did away with the Like button on their blogs.
What was their reason for removing the Like button from their blogs?
They removed the Like button from their blogs because some people were pressing the Like button without ever reading a word that they published.
And, let us not forget the serial likers ― people that press the Like button repeatedly in a very short space of time.
Liking something that you have never read is impossible.
I have been told that pressing the Like button without reading the blog post is a way of showing support for the blogger (I know that a lot of people would find that concept to be a peculiar one).
I have never removed the Like button from my blog (And, I do not think that I would be pushed to a point where I would consider removing the Like button from my blog).
I would like to ask those bloggers that removed their Like button, “Did the removal of the Like button affect the number of your incoming views?”
I highly doubt that removing the Like button from your blog will affect the number of incoming views to your blog.
To be fair, a blogger has every right to remove the Like button from their blog; especially if it is the cause of their annoyance.
Removing The “Reblog” Button
The WordPress engineers deserve a good spanking.
And, why is it that I believe that the WordPress engineers deserve a good spanking?
They deserve a good spanking because bloggers can still reblog your blog posts in spite of removing the Reblog button from your blog (This, unfortunately, is made possible via the WordPress Reader).
As someone who has removed the Reblog button from their blog, I can admit to you, that the reblogging of my blog posts have decreased significantly.
Have you ever removed the Reblog button from your blog?
Attempting To Find Out The Best Days And The Time For Publishing Your Blog Posts
If you were to do an online search for the best days and the time for publishing blog posts, you would find all sorts of answers (They would vary from blogger to blogger).
In all honesty, the best thing for you to do is to conduct an experiment of your own. Make a note of the day and the time that you publish your blog posts and look at the results.
I am of the opinion that the timing could be right and the topic might be one that a large percentage of people are not interested in; thus leading to a minuscule amount of incoming views during that particular day and time.
Also, a lot of bloggers have failed to realize that people will check out blog posts at a time that is convenient to them (I happen to be one of those people).
In spite of my blog posts attracting incoming views on the same day that they are published, they still attract incoming views during the other days of the week (And, I have a strong feeling that the same thing applies to your blog).
Anyway, what works for Peter might not necessarily work for Paul; which is the reason why you have to take the concept of publishing your blog posts at a certain day and time for maximum views with a proverbial grain of salt.
I chose to publish my main blog post on Saturdays at 1930 Greenwich Mean Time out of convenience and not because it was the best day and time to acquire a large number of incoming views.
The blog posts that are published during the other days of the week are random; there is no specific day or time to publish them.
Besides, our fellow bloggers would most likely check out our blog posts when:
- They show up on the WordPress Reader.
- They are notified of our new blog post via their email.
- They are notified of our new blog post via a news aggregator application like Feedly.
- They are logged in to their WordPress account.
If you are good at what you do, your blog posts are not going to go unnoticed.
Gaining More Followers By Publishing Blog Posts Daily
One of the advantages of publishing content daily is that those blog posts of yours are seen regularly on the WordPress Reader (If people happen to like your blog posts, they will make the decision to follow your blog).
By the way, any blogger can gain more followers by publishing high-quality content on their blog:
- A few days a week.
- Once a week.
- On a fortnightly basis.
- On a monthly basis.
Publishing content on your blog daily is merely optional.
Attempting To Find Out Which Type Of Topic People Are Most Interested In
Now, finding out which type of topic that people are most interested in is tricky?
Because people are interested in all sorts of things; for example, if you have added the tag, Blogging Advice to your blog post, it would attract readers that are interested in blogging advice; especially if WordPress bloggers are searching the WordPress Reader for blog posts that are tagged under Blogging Advice.
I am quite fond of Linux-related topics and I click on the Linux tag in my WordPress Reader whenever I want to read up on Linux-related blog posts.
Dear friend, if you use the appropriate tag for your blog post, you should have nothing to worry about; it will be found. People search certain tags on the WordPress Reader to locate topics that they are interested in.
I will admit, that there are some topics that are more popular than others (But that should be the least of your worries).
If you wish to find out which topics that your viewing audience is interested in, visit the Statistics area of your WordPress dashboard; it should provide you with a clear view of the topics that they are interested in.
I strongly advise that newbie bloggers should ignore the Statistics area of their WordPress dashboard because their blog is new (The number of incoming views for a blog that was recently created would be dismal; thus discouraging the newbie blogger from publishing further blog posts).
Using SEO Plugins To Gain Visibility In Search Engines
Bloggers are known to utilize SEO plugins to gain visibility among search engines on the world wide web.
Those bloggers who are on WordPress.com’s Business Plan have access to SEO plugins.
Those people who blog on WordPress.org also have access to a wide range of SEO plugins.
Some of the common SEO plugins that WordPress bloggers use are:
Plugins, of course, will have their advantages. Therefore, some SEO plugins would work better than others.
And, there is the option of doing SEO without a plugin; it requires having an in-depth knowledge of the workings of SEO.
Have you ever experimented with any of the SEO plugins that I highlighted?
And, is there any one of you who prefers doing SEO without a plugin?
The Bottom Line
Bloggers have experimented with the intention of improving their blog (And, some of them will continue to experiment with the intention of acquiring their desired results).
Please feel free to let me know what type of blogging-related experiment (or experiments) that you have tried with your blog via the comments section of my blog.
Hey, if you are the type of blogger who has never conducted blogging experiments, it is quite okay (No one would be holding that against you).
Thank you for reading!