6) Use an anti-virus plugin
By placing an anti-virus plugin you are ensuring that your posts and files won't get infected with a virus. If you get infected with a virus and people download it, you will receive a bad reputation and be flagged as a harmful website by various programs and search engines.
7) Keep your readers informed on your future plans
By keeping your readers informed you are asking them to give you advice and to be part of the website. They will be able to dictate – to a certain extent – the direction of the website. They will be able to ask for posts on certain days, or for certain posts.
8) Host a month-long posting marathon
You can increase user participation by stating that you are going to hold a month-long writing marathon. Make sure to start the first day of a month, rather than just choosing 30/31 days. Your users will expect those posts and will participate more – you can also take suggestions of posts.
9) Take care of your weekly routine
You need to write and write a lot. Make sure you write the things that aren't timely, or that will still be timely a month later. You can post them on WordPress using a future posting date, which means it'll get posted a while after you wrote it, leaving you room to take care of immediate posts.
10) Use a plugin that emails you your posts & comments
By mailing you your posts you are automatically creating a backup copy of it on a professionally kept server, which in itself backs up the material on it, without your intervention. That way you know that users' comments and your posts are safe, no matter what happens.
11) Add co-authors
By adding co-authors you are allowing your blog to be populated at all times. That way you can avoid having big gaps, and your users can enjoy a different focus and viewpoint. If you're hesitant you can always proofread the posts. Plus – you can get a co-author for free from your users.
12) Have a submission week every month
- where your users can send your posts and you will choose one and post it on your blog, with the credit going to the user who wrote it. It will encourage users to provide you with good free content and to keep reading your blog.
13) Sign up to a service that keeps track of logins
By keeping track of which people visited your website, from where they visited it, what link referred them to your website, and how much time they spent on each post, etc, you can direct your attention to improving the less visited posts, and you can reward a user that refers people to your blog on a constant basis.
14) Don't mix trackbacks and comments
A trackback isn't important for the users. It helps you by advertising your blog and a certain post in it and helps you spread the word about your blog, but your users don't care. They just want to comment on comments, not be bogged down with dozens of trackback links.
15) Use an accordion sidebar
You need to place an emphasis on design and ease of use. Having all of the links available to a user isn't very helpful, especially if you have a lot of links. Bundle links under certain descriptive categories, which the user will click on for those links.
16) Add tabs to your website – like Twitter
Tabs are an easy and recognizable method for people to surf your website. They will be able to easily reach certain locations, without having to reload the page. Use tabs for the more important and often updating things such as user comments, or for popular or recent posts.
17) Use a plugin to reduce the amount of comments per page
When new users see a long list of comments and comments on comments, they get a headache and opt to not participate. You can avoid the clutter – instead of loading all those comments, place a small amount of them with the original post – it keeps the focus on the post itself.
18) Allow a hierarchy of posts
By allowing for people to comment on other people's comments, you are encouraging discussion. By using a hierarchy of posts you are allowing people to quickly distinguish between a discussion and a comment about the original post, and users get to pick and choose what to read.
19) Use the Simple Pull Quote plugin
The Simple Pull Quote is another way for you to both attract people to your posts, and to allow you to maintain a fluidity in your posts. It allows you to post quotes in a noticeable newspaper way and gives your blog a much more professional look that way.
20) Allow people to resize your posts
Some web browsers already offer that feature to users, but some don't. Plus the web browsers that offer that feature sometimes hide it or make it hard to use. You can cut the middleman and allow people to resize the font size, making your posts accessible to people with eye problems.
21) Allow your users to become moderators
You can use the "voice of the masses" to your advantage. If you opt to publish anything that reaches your blog, in order to allow a timely discussion, you might let trolls and spam in. You're not monitoring your blog 24/7, but your users are – they can flag posts or bury them.
22) Add a spell-checker plugin
By adding a plugin that checks your spelling you can easily write for a different crowd, or you can maintain a level of professionalism. By writing for a different crowd I mean English speakers from different parts of the world, who have different spelling. You can also address people that speak a language you're a beginner in.
23) Place an image captcha on posting
By using an image captcha you are sifting the bots and spam that usually arrives with a popular blog or website. An image captcha isn't like a textual captcha – it shows a picture of something like a dog, and the user needs to write what it is. Using OCR to decipher it is almost impossible.
24) Use colors to highlight portions of text
It might sound simple, but by using colors to highlight certain portions of your text you allow for greater readability. They especially help if you post code examples or script examples. It allows your users to quickly read and understand them, and to keep track of who says what and why.
25) Add social networks links
By adding a plugin that adds a preprepared link to social networks in all of your posts, users can recommend them and share them more easily. It also takes care of the hassle of posting links on social websites and eliminates any excuses people might have. It is also a subtle hint for your users to share and support your blog.
26) If timely posts are important, change the visibility of the date & time stamp
There are various plugins that you can download that will help you stylize and customize the "published on" date and time stamps. You can also increase or decrease them. This helps users to discover which posts are new or old, and it helps them find posts in dates relevant to them.
27) If you have several recurring posts, stylize them
If you offer recurring "segments" where you teach people things, or you comment on a certain thing, you can make them more attractive and visible by using a plugin that will allow you to stylize individual posts. It will reduce the number of time users take to find that advice.
28) Use a plugin to search for duplicate content
You need to make sure your website or blog isn't cluttered with double posts and double comments. By having double posts you are separating the discussion regarding the contents of those posts, and you are separating the amount of exposure you'll get since people link to two blog posts instead of one.
29) Use a plugin that detects ad blockers
Part of making an income is by posting ads on your website. They are what help you to keep writing and to keep maintaining the website. You can use a plugin that detects when your ads are being blocked, and you can post a message to the blocking user, asking him or her to refrain from doing that.
30) Reward user participation by giving extra access
You can track who responds the most and recommends your blog or website the most, and you can send them previews, give them access to private content, or allow them to monitor comments. When other users will get wind of that they will be encouraged to participate more.
31) Attach your photo to every post
It might seem narcissistic or too much, but if it's a simple photo of your head, and if it's small enough to not be an annoyance, you can use that to give your posts a more personal feel. It is much more important in the website where there are several writers.
32) If you are on a website that has several contributors, use a bio line
If you are one writer out of several on a certain website, you can use a bio line that you publish at the end of your posts. It needs to be separated from them and short, and it will help make you distinguishable from the others, and it will advertise your other works.
33) If you are one of several writers, advertise your other posts
You can use a plugin in WordPress that shows people the most recent or most commented on posts that you wrote. It allows you to further advertise yourself – if people like a post you wrote, they'll search for others, and this is a quick and easy way to help them.
34) Allow your users to share more information about themselves
You can use various plugins that allow you to either keep track of your users and their personalities and habits or that allow them to write those themselves. It allows them to be much more recognizable and allows for a more social-website type interaction, which encourages participation.
35) Allow your users to post private posts
You can use plugins or add certain users to a higher user group, which will allow them to post responses and talk to you privately. It allows them to feel freer to share and gives them the sense that you pay attention to what they say – that you care.
36) Add an RSS feed for your posts, and maybe for your categories
You can allow users to easily track the things you write, – to get noticed when you post something new, by adding an RSS feed for your posts. You can also add RSS feeds for the comments of your entire blog, or for specific posts, or for specific categories – users can get notices when content they care about gets posted.
37) Use the Youtube method for creator comments
By commenting on your posts people want to receive YOUR input and responses. In order to make it clear to them when the creator responds to them, you need to make your posts distinguishable from the others – an easy way to do that is by changing their color.
38) Install an anti-spam plugin
If your blog has a lot of spam in it, probably due to having a day job and not putting comments via an authorization method, it looks like you abandoned it – like you're slacking off and you don't care. It will drive users away very quickly.
39) Add a submission form to your blog
It might sound weird, but submission forms are a way for your users to interact on a greater level. They will be able to easily give you feedback, tell you of problems they found on the blog, and give you suggestions and requests, which you will write about.
40) Add a recommendation box
A blog is a spur of the moment thing. You can communicate using it by simply writing a short post and posting it on your cell phone or from a computer. But it's also a "thought" piece. People need to know if you
wrote other posts that are similar to the one they like.
41) Don't just add an RSS feed. Track it.
There are various plugins that help you with tracking how many RSS subscribers you have. That way you will know if people just miss the RSS link, or if the content on your blog isn't good enough to track. You can encourage RSS tracking by simply placing a button on each of the posts.
42) Are you automatically uploading pictures?
If you upload a lot of pictures taken from your cell phone to your blog automatically, you need to spruce them up. You can download various plugins that make a picture look better without compromising much. You can also have plugins that resize or crop your photos automatically before posting them.
43) Use images to make your text attractive
You can nowadays add videos and pictures to your posts. As long as you avoid the "moving" pictures which are repetitive, you'll be okay. Even if it's a crude camera phone photo or a screenshot of something, it breaks up the text and makes it attractive at the same time.
44) Increase your exposure by using XML
XML is similar to RSS but it is aimed more at search engines. If search engines have a hard time finding certain posts and places on your website, they won't show up on search engines, which essentially blocks a portion of potential readers. Install an XML site mapping plugin to avoid that.
45) Want to customize your blog? Write some code!
It's a bit of a hassle, but if you are proficient enough in a certain web-based/aimed programming language – such as PHP or ASP, you can write codes and execute them using a plugin, which will make your blog more unique. You can also get free codes – you just need to tweak them a bit.
46) Automate the embedding process
You can embed content from a lot of different websites in your blog and posts, but each website has a code of its own, which is sometimes hard to customize. You can download various plugins that will help you with automating the customization process of the embedded material.
47) Add a built-in player
If you release audio clips or if you use software to make your posts accessible to the disabled, you can add a built-in media player to your blog. It doesn't take a lot of space and it allows people to listen to your audio clips from almost any computer.
48) Allow users to respond to other users
There are various ways in which you can increase conversation and take care of the mess that is uniform responses – responses that all look the same. You can choose between various plugins which add some way for you to know who is responding to whom – a la Twitter.
49) Allow users to register to get updates
Some users don't understand RSS or don't want to use it. They prefer to have alerts regarding updates sent to their e-mail address or to their cellphone number. You can add a plugin that automates the process. Also, don't forget to allow them to easily unsubscribe.
50) Encourage co-writers to write by giving them AdSense revenue
You can give them a portion of it or give them occasional bonuses that arrive from the AdSense revenue, or you can use a plugin that separates and keeps track of which writer did how much AdSense-wise. It is another way to test how good or bad your co-writers are.