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Thursday, 31 December 2020

Blog Audit Challenge 2021

Blog Audit Challenge 2021: A Challenge for Bloggers #BlogAuditChallenge2021

Blog Audit Challenge 2021

Taking our blogs to the next level


Given the success of the Blog Audit Challenge 2020 I've decided to bring the challenge back again this year. Are you ready to improve your blog? 


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Welcome to the Blog Audit Challenge 2021

Whether you took part in a past version of this event, or if you're new to the idea of a blog audit, I hope over the next 12 months that we'll improve our blogs together. 

FYI if you did take part in last years Blog Audit Challenge know that this year won't be the same challenges as before. There will be a few elements that repeat on what we did last year but for the most part the content we'll be covering is new for this year's challenge. 

So why do a blog audit?

1. Make sure you're legal
2. Make sure your brand is clear and consistent
3. Improve your ROI
4. Increase reader retention
5. Identify areas of improvement 
6. Evaluate the quality of your blogs content
7. To check readability

There are of course, lots of other reasons for doing a blog audit but you get the idea. The general purpose is to improve your blog. Take a good blog and turn it into an awesome blog.

As you can image, this is a huge, on-going job. Unless you're a newish blogger you probably have a lot of content already published on your site. Updating years of blog posts is not going to be possible in a short frame of time. 

With the Blog Audit Challenge I'm going to break it down into smaller monthly challenges you can do, and give you some tips and advice along the way. 

Each month we'll concentrate on a different area of our blogs.

The Challenges:


February- Legal Aspects
March- Branding 
April- Internal Links
May- External Links
June- SEO 
July- Content Promotion 
AugustTechnical Errors
September- Readability 
October- Follow Options
November- Security
December- Know Your Stats

Monthly link ups

In order to keep us all on track, and give us a way to see each others progress, I'll be hosting link ups on the first Saturday of every month where participants can share their links and discuss their progress. 

#BlogAuditChallenge2021

Want to join me? 

Sign-up is easy! Simply write a blog post, tweet, Facebook or Instagram post announcing your participation and leave a link to it in the comments below!

Don't forget to promote your participation in the Blog Audit Challenge 2021 by using the following graphic in any blog posts you do connected with the challenge along with a link back to this site. 

Blog Audit Challenge 2021: A Challenge for Bloggers #BlogAuditChallenge2021


Looking for inspiration for your book blog? Check out 101 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers.

Blog Audit Challenge 2021: A Challenge for Bloggers #BlogAuditChallenge2021

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

The Social Media Audit Challenge 2021

The Social Media Audit Challenge 2021 #SMAudit2021

The Social Media Audit Challenge 2021

Getting Better Results From Social Media

As you might already know in 2021 I'm doing the Blog Audit Challenge again. As the 2020 challenge went so well I've decided to add another challenge into the mix too. Why limit ourselves to just our blogs when we can improve our social media too, right? 

What is a social media audit?

An audit of your social media accounts let's you understand what's happening on each network. A social media audit helps create a clear picture of your current social media efforts, evaluates results, and gives you key information to build a social media strategy that works best for you and your brand. 

The Challenges

Over the course of the year we'll be working on different aspects of our social media. Each month will have a different focus and tasks to carry out. 

Jan- Analyse Influencers

Feb- The Clean Up

Mar- Consistency

Apr- Quality

May- Measure Results

Jun- Facebook

Jul- Twitter

Aug- LinkedIn

Sept- YouTube

Oct- Pinterest

Nov- Instagram

Dec- Results and Plans


Monthly link ups

In order to keep us all on track, and give us a way to see each others progress, I'll be hosting link ups every month where participants can share their links and discuss their progress. 

You can also engage with others doing The Social Media Audit Challenge 2021 by using the hashtag #SMAudit2021 on your social media profiles. 

The Social Media Audit Challenge 2021 #SMAudit2021

You might also like: The Ultimate Guide for Book Bloggers

This challenge is open to everyone. 


Want to join me? 

Sign-up is easy! Simply write a blog post, tweet, Facebook or Instagram post announcing your participation and leave a link to it in the comments below!

The Social Media Audit Challenge 2021 #SMAudit2021



Monday, 28 December 2020

Book Spotlight: A Sparrow Alone By Mim Eichmann

Book Spotlight: A Sparrow Alone By Mim Eichmann

A Sparrow Alone By Mim Eichmann


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Today I'm part of a virtual book tour organised by The Write Reads for A Sparrow Alone By Mim EichmannThe tour for ‘Sparrow Alone’ will run from December 28th to January 8th


Genre: Historical

Page count: 312

Book Spotlight: A Sparrow Alone By Mim Eichmann
1890's Colorado. Desperate following her mother's sudden death, thirteen-year-old Hannah Owens apprentices as domestic help with a wealthy doctor's family in Colorado Springs. When the doctor declares bankruptcy and abandons his family to finance his mistress Pearl DeVere's brothel, however, Hannah is thrown into a vortex of gold mining bonanzas and busts, rampant prostitution, and the economic, political and cultural upheavals of the era. Two of Cripple Creek's most colorful historic characters, Winfield Scott Stratton, eccentric owner of the richest gold mine in Cripple Creek, and Pearl DeVere, the beautiful madam of The Old Homestead, come to life as this old-fashioned, coming-of-age saga unfolds, the first of two historical fiction novels by debut author Mim Eichmann -- a tribute to the women who set the stage for women's rights.


About the author

Author Bio (from http://www.mimeichmann.com/ )

 

Book Spotlight: A Sparrow Alone By Mim Eichmann
Mim Eichmann has found that her creative journey has taken her down many exciting, interwoven pathways.  For well over two decades she was known primarily in the Chicago area as the artistic director and choreographer of Midwest Ballet Theatre and director of its home, Midwest Ballet Academy, bringing full-length professional ballet performances to thousands of dance lovers every year and was the recipient of many arts’ programming grants.  

 

A desire to become involved again in the folk music world brought about the creation of her acoustic quartet Trillium, now in its 15th year, a folk band well known for its eclectic repertoire performing throughout the Midwest that has also released four cds.  She’s also written the lyrics and music for two award-winning original children’s cds, “Why Do Ducks Have Webby Toes?” and “Wander Down Beyond the Rainbow” and occasionally schedules concerts of her children’s music and movement programs.

 

 Always captivated by the writings, diaries and journals of late 19th century women, as well as that era’s economic, social and political upheavals, Ms. Eichmann has now put pen to paper and the historical fiction novel she has been passionately researching, its rich synopsis gradually evolving over many years, has finally become a reality.  We hope you’ll enjoy “A Sparrow Alone” and its sequel, “Muskrat Ramble.”


Book Spotlight: A Sparrow Alone By Mim Eichmann



Friday, 18 December 2020

Book Review: Queen of the Two Lands by Laura Greenwood

     

Book Review: Queen of the Two Lands by Laura Greenwood

My thoughts about Queen of the Two Lands by Laura Greenwood

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Book Review: Queen of the Two Lands by Laura Greenwood
Isis knows her marriage was made for the good of the people, but that doesn't stop her longing for more. When Osiris is crowned as the first Pharaoh of the Two Lands, she takes it as a chance to change things between them.


As the two get to know one another, they discover that they have more in common than they ever thought, and things start to change for the better between them. Can the two rulers fall in love?

Queen Of The Two Lands is a fantasy romance, and prequel to the Forgotten Gods series, and follows Isis and Osiris as they go from a loveless marriage to a power couple who will do anything for one another. It is based on Egyptian mythology and set in the past.

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Monday, 14 December 2020

Book Review: On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett

    

Book Review: On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett

My thoughts about On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett

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Book Review: On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett
Hunter Markham left home to travel the world for fame and glory, finding it as a top ranked professional surfer. Now he’s returned home to the sand and salty breeze of the North Carolina Outer Banks so he can open The Last Call, a beach bar nestled among the dunes of the Atlantic.


Five years ago, Gabby Ward drunkenly threw herself at her best friend’s brother, only to have her young heart crushed. Hunter is back but Gabby is content to stay far away from him and his dangerously charming ways.

Gabby’s well-schemed plans to ignore Hunter go up in flames when he presents her an offer she simply can’t refuse. Working together day in and day out proves problematic for two reasons—Gabby realizes her feelings for Hunter are still very much alive, while Hunter struggles to break through to Gabby’s cold heart. What starts out as a mutual business arrangement soon turns into a passion that neither can deny.

But when the pro surfing tour comes knocking and Hunter has a chance to reclaim his former glory, hard choices lie ahead for both of them.

Choices that could destroy what they have built or take them further than they could ever dare to hope in their second chance at romance.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Book Review: Finding Amish by Grace Given

   

Book Review: Finding Amish by Grace Given


My thoughts about Finding Amish by Grace Given

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Book Review: Finding Amish by Grace Given
Abigail Bontrager is a herbalist like her grandmother. Some might even say she is a healer.


But old wounds of the heart open up when an old flame, Samuel Yoder, tries to lure her away from her fledgling marriage to Amos.

Abigail’s search for answers and fresh herbs one day leaves her hopelessly lost, and in her absence certain members of the community complain about her foolish obsession with herbs. However, when an urgent need arises will they set aside their pride and ask for help?









Are you a book blogger? Check out 101 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Blog Audit Challenge 2020: November Link Up


Blog Audit Challenge 2020: November Link Up #BlogAuditChallenge2020

Blog Audit Challenge 2020

As I mentioned in the sign up post for this challenge, I'll be hosting monthly link ups in order to keep us all on track, and give us a way to see each others progress. On the first Saturday of every month participants can share their links and discuss their progress. 

#BlogAuditChallenge2020

November Link Up


How did you do with the November challenges? What was the hardest part of the challenge? What are your thoughts about the Blog Audit Challenge so far? Create a blog post sharing your progress and link it up below so we can all visit and support each other in our mission for blog awesomeness. 


Save the date!

Check back to the 2nd December post for the December Challenges.


Blog Audit Challenge 2020: November Link Up  #BlogAuditChallenge2020



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Don't forget to promote your participation in the Blog Audit Challenge 2020 by using the following graphic in any blog posts you do connected with the challenge along with a link back to this site. 


Blog Audit Challenge 2020 hosted by @JoLinsdell at www.JoLinsdell.com

Friday, 4 December 2020

2020 Challenges: November Update

 

2020 Challenges: November Update


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2020 Challenges: November Update

November was a productive month in terms of my challenges for this year.

The Blog Audit Challenge 2020

This is a challenge I created aimed at improving our blogs. You can find full details here in case you missed the introduction post. 

Our focus for November was on Press and collaborations. 

The November challenges:

I'm super excited about the increase in traffic to my blog over this year and so it was great to update my stats. My monthly pageviews have almost doubled from just over 15K a month in 2019 to over 30K a month in 2020. 


1. Create a media kit for your blog.

I updated my media kit with a new photo, up to date statistics. I will be doing further updates when I have some more time as I want to analyse and work on the services I offer. 

Jo Linsdell Media Kit: Updated November 2020

Jo Linsdell Media Kit: Updated November 2020


2. Work on your Press page.

I've been making some updates to my press page over the past month. The big additions are the new media kit and updated photos. 


3. Collaborations

Task 1: Do a collaboration on your own blog. 

For this part of the challenge I decided to do a mega round up style post featuring great content by other book bloggers to create the ultimate guide for book bloggers at https://www.jolinsdell.com/2020/11/the-ultimate-guide-for-book-bloggers.html

Task 2: Get someone to host you on their blog. 

Whilst I didn't reach out to other bloggers to do guest posts or other content on their blogs this month I have been working on writing some blog posts which I plan on submitting to some sites over the coming months. 

The Audiobook Challenge

This challenge is was created by Eline from Lovely Audiobooks. I'm doing it as a year long challenge. 

Zero new audiobooks to add this month. 

The Audiobook Challenge 2020 Progress Report


Audiobooks listened to in October:
  • 0

The A to Z Reading Challenge

Next up is the A to Z Reading Challenge

Several books added for this challenge this month. 


2020 Challenges November Update: the A to Z Reading Challenge


Books read this month:

O- On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett
Q- Queen of the Two Lands by Laura Greenwood


Armed with a Bingo

I'm also doing the Armed with a Bingo challenge.

I made much better progress with this challenge in November.


2020 Challenges November Update: the Armed with a Bingo challenge.




Books read this month:



2020 Challenges: November Update

How are you doing with your 2020 Challenges? Are you taking part in the Blog Audit Challenge? Have you read any of these books? Join the conversation in the comments section. 

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