Ignored Your Blog for Months? 13 Tips for Getting It Back on Track

Revive Your Blog

Come on, fess up!

You’ve done the unthinkable. You’ve let your beloved blog wither in the shadows of neglect.

Once a thriving haven of ideas and wisdom for your adoring readers, your blog is now just a wasteland of stale posts.

You’re bugged by the numbing guilt that you’ve let yourself down, and even worse, that you’ve let your readers down.

Will they even give a crap when they see your name pop into their flooded inboxes again? They’ve probably moved on. They’ve probably replaced you with someone they can count on.

Before you throw in the towel of defeat, know this — it’s not too late to fight for your blogging dream and claw back the attention of your readers.

But don’t just charge back into the arena frantically waving a flag.

Remember, it’s not who leaps in with chaotic enthusiasm who wins; it’s who plays the game with grit and strategy.

You Need to Get Your Head Back In the Game

Now’s the time to dive deep into your mind and clear the roadblocks that are waiting to trip you.

Maybe you regret letting your blog slip? Maybe you think it’s too late to save your blog? Maybe you fear that you’ve squandered any goodwill your readers had, and that they’ll never trust you again?

Make peace with the reason for your break. It could be as simple as a new baby, a new job, or a new relationship keeping you distracted. Or it could be deeper. Whatever the reason, revisit the passion that fueled you during your blogging honeymoon days and use it to add power to your comeback.

And stop inspecting the collateral damage of your neglected blog — plummeting traffic figures, zero social engagement, and the once steady stream of subscribers that’s now as dry as a river in a drought.

Focusing on the past sucks every ounce of energy you need to change your future. So throw aside any doubts, fears, and worries and look forward.

Concentrate on what needs to be done to make up for losses and get your blog humming again.

But you can’t just dive right back in. You need a plan.

13 Revival Tips That Will Restore Your Blog to Its Former Glory

I know you’re pumped to start blogging again, but you can’t just leap at your keyboard like an overzealous puppy.

Think about it — maybe your readers have moved on. Maybe they’re ticked off that you’ve left them hanging. Maybe they’re just not that into you anymore (gulp).

If you simply dive back in with blind faith and hope that your readers are still eagerly waiting for you, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

The strongest move is to map out your revival plan before your first play. I’m talking the whole kit and kaboodle — email sequence, blog posts, fancy relaunch ideas — all with the life or death seriousness of a Super Bowl final.

Remember, any game plan that’s worth its salt is cram-packed with tactics that cover all the bases.

Here are 13 tips to build into your plan to stack the odds in your favor.

Tip #1. Suck It Up and Apologize


Like yesterday’s news, you’re no longer at the top of your readers’ minds. You could leap about in your underpants while they’re blindfolded for all the attention they’ll give you when you email them again.

You must begin by re-engaging your neglected list. You need to win back their attention, trust, and respect. And the first step is to send them an email that says:

“I owe you an apology … ”

You need to tell your subscribers you’re sorry for letting them down and explain what has kept you away. And whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of making excuses to cover your butt, even if your reasons seem trivial or selfish.

Own your absence with raw honesty and a heartfelt apology, and watch your vulnerability draw them back to you like a magnet.

Tip #1. Suck It Up and Apologize

Tip #2. Prove That You’ll Put Their Needs First


The next step to healing your relationship with your readers is to make them feel like you have their backs — that you’re listening to their specific issues and that you’ll do your best to help them.

Send them a survey with one meaningful and open-ended question. But don’t call it a survey. Ask them to tell you about their situation or to offer their opinion, and they’ll be more willing to play ball.

You can then use their answers to tailor your next few blog posts to their specific wants and needs, guaranteeing that you’ll win back their affection.

You can even go one step further by rolling up your sleeves and jumping on the phone with them. They’ll be stunned into adoration by the personal connection in our cold, digital world.

And these readers will turn into your biggest fans, opening every email and sharing your posts with their friends.

Tip #2. Prove That You’ll Put Their Needs First

Tip #3. Win Back Their Affection With a Shiny New Gift


Now that your readers are paying attention, you’re ready for your next re-engagement play — the freebie.

Think of it like a relationship — you’ve rekindled the spark of attraction and you’ve shown you care by listening to their needs. So next, you win back their affection with a gift.

And make sure you tell them it’s free. The word “free” will set your readers’ pulses racing as it releases a flood of happy chemicals through their bodies that are impossible to ignore.

You could design a new report, cheat sheet, or checklist, but if you’re looking for a gift that packs a punch, try joining the online quiz craze. Tap into your readers’ innate curiosity to find out what type they are, how much they score, or which category they fall into.

You’ll restore trust and respect by demonstrating you’re on-trend with your content and grow your shrinking list at the same time, as quizzes are often shared like crazy.

Tip #3. Win Back Their Affection With a Shiny New Gift

Tip #4. Show Them a Crystal Ball


Let’s assume your readers totally dig you again. Even if you’re back on their radar, what’s to stop them getting distracted next time you contact them?

They could miss your email as they dizzy themselves scrolling past all the clutter in their inboxes. Or they could be sidelined by the unpredictability of life.

But there’s a way you can set a honey pot for their attention so they don’t drift away before you’ve become a sought-after fixture in their life again …

You can prime their minds to be on the lookout for everything you send.

Create an email that shows them the future and tells them what they can expect in the coming weeks. Drill down into the topics you’ve mapped out in your relaunch plan, and target the pains and desires they’ve shared with you in their survey responses.

Your email open rates will soar as they instantly recognize your email as familiar content that they’re waiting for. And they’ll like you more as you demonstrate you’ve listened to them.

Tip #4. Show Them a Crystal Ball

Tip #5. Be Bold and Boost Your Open Rate


The first few emails in your re-engagement plan are the keys that unlock your readers’ attention and draw them back to you. You need to get as many eyeballs on them as you can.

But if statistics are anything to go by, you probably won’t connect with up to 70% of your readers every time you email them.

Don’t leave it to chance. Be bold and resend the emails to unopens after 48 hours, sporting a new headline. The apology, the survey and the gift emails should be hot on top of your resend list.

Every one of those emails puts you back on your readers’ mental radar, boosting your chances of them opening your email next time.

You can also do this once you start sending them posts again.

Speaking of which …

Tip #5. Be Bold and Boost Your Open Rate

Tip #6. Remind Them Why They Loved You So Much


You’re back in the saddle and now you’re picking up pace, but the journey is just beginning.

Remember, you’ve let your readers down, so you need to win back their trust. You need to remind them why they loved you so much in the first place.

The last thing you want to do is hit them with a bunch of fluff pieces or generic, rehashed content that leaves them feeling disappointed.

Your revival campaign should include at least three posts — let’s call ’em revival posts — that go above and beyond.

Write an ultimate guide that details every single step of an intricate process, create an epic manifesto that gets your readers’ blood pumping, or collect a huge number of insider secrets from influencers in your niche.

Your revival posts must be so jam-packed with value that they blow your readers’ minds and hook them to your blog again.

Tip #6. Remind Them Why They Loved You So Much

Tip #7. Name-Drop to Be Noticed


To run a successful revival campaign, you need to do more than just re-engage your list. You also need to make up for readers who chose to unsubscribe despite your valiant attempts to win back their hearts. Plus, you need to reconnect with other bloggers in your niche who think your blog is pushing up daisies.

You can hit three birds with one stone by making one of your revival posts an expert roundup.

You provide massive value to your readers, you let other bloggers know you’ve started blogging again, and since you give them an irresistible reason to share it, you’ll get a surge in traffic.

So gather multiple expert opinions together into a meaty post bulging with value and name-drop like mad. Send it to your list and to the experts who’ve participated, and triple-whammy the effect.

Tip #7. Name-Drop to Be Noticed

Tip #8. Make Yourself Impossible to Ignore


Imagine you’re taking a stroll through your neighborhood. You notice a big poster on a wall, but you pay it little attention. A block later, you see it again. And then again. This poster is plastered all throughout your neighborhood.

How many times do you think you’d have to see it before you stop and see what all the fuss is about?

The more you come across something, the more likely it is you’ll get curious enough to check it out. And your readers are the same way, so here’s what you do …

Write several guest posts for popular blogs and, if they’re accepted, tell the bloggers the posts are for a revival campaign. Ask if they could be published on the same date (give or take).

Chances are, your target audience frequents a number of blogs in your niche. Readers can be fickle creatures, and some may click through on the first post of yours they see while others won’t. But when they see you on the second, third and even the fourth blog they visit —  well, now you’ve piqued their interest!

There’s no way they can ignore you when you’re everywhere.

Tip #8. Make Yourself Impossible to Ignore

Tip #9. Harness The Power of Social


Let’s face it — not everyone reads blogs yet. But there are millions of potential readers actively lapping up everything they see on Facebook. And ads are a hot way to reach these readers.

Sure, back in the dark ages of social media, only the technically minded would dare run a Facebook ad campaign. But Zuckerberg, being the smart cookie he is, realized he was making it too damn hard for us.

You don’t need to sit back and wait to be noticed any longer. You can take your posts to these hungry new readers — or send them a landing page offering them a bribe to subscribe — by running ad campaigns with minimal pain or risk.

Here’s a tip — don’t just use a scattergun approach, select the audience you’re going to target by interest and demographic. You can even set small daily limits, so you don’t spend the day panicking that you’re draining your life savings.

You’ll rebuild that crumbling list in no time.

Tip #9. Harness The Power of Social

Tip #10. Give Your Blog a Face Lift


Beauty turns heads. It sets our hearts fluttering, and our brains read that feeling as a positive sign.

Before you invest hours into writing guest posts and dollars into running Facebook ads, ask yourself this — does your blog still look okay?

Perhaps your fonts, headers, and buttons now resemble last year’s uncool fashions. Or maybe the design still holds up, but your outdated theme is snail-slow to load.

If your blog design is a mess, you might give your blog a makeover before you start your re-engagement campaign. After all, your readers aren’t really expecting to hear from you right now, so it’s the perfect opportunity to invest some time in it.

Not only will your new design make a better impression on the new visitors you’re getting from your guest posts and Facebook ads, but it also sends your existing readers a signal that you’re serious about being back.

Be sure to add your face lift announcement to your relaunch strategy in one of your re-engagement emails.

Tip #10. Give Your Blog a Face Lift

Tip #11. Switch Your Hobby Hat for a Business Hat


Have you ever had a grand plan to do something, felt an immense surge of motivation, and then slipped back to your old ways?

It’s the sticky trap of old habits. And they’re lurking nearby, ready to thwart your plans of a blog revival the split second you lose focus.

By treating your blog as a hobby, you’re weakening your defenses against the same old mistakes you’ve made in the past. You need to get serious to keep up momentum.

Let’s face it — blogs take a painstaking number of hours of behind-the-scenes grunt work to stay well oiled. And to stand out from the crazy millions of mediocre blogs out there, you need to keep your foot on the pedal.

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Flitting in and out of your blog with whimsical notions of creativity and abundance ain’t gonna cut it. Shift your mindset from hobby to business by blocking time aside to work on it, creating to-do lists, and planning your content strategy. Your results will speak for themselves.

Tip #11. Switch Your Hobby Hat for a Business Hat

Tip #12. Jump on the Weekly Roundup Bandwagon


You’ve executed all the big moves in your comeback strategy, and now your energy is waning. Keeping up momentum can become a struggle as you get overwhelmed by producing weekly content.

It’s daunting — you see all the big players sending steady streams of amazing posts to their readers, and it strangles your confidence. “How can I maintain a regular schedule of riveting content?” you wonder.

Easy! There’s a growing trend in weekly roundup emails for a good reason — your readers are suffering from content overload.

So make their life a little easier, and they’ll love you for it. Become a trusted source of the latest and greatest content in your niche by offering a weekly roundup email straight to their inboxes.

It’s also a cunning energy-preserving tactic that allows you play the long game.

Tip #12. Jump on the Weekly Roundup Bandwagon

Tip #13. Safeguard Yourself from Slipping Again


As with any long game, you need to replenish your resources to succeed.

But being a blogger can be lonely. It can be hard to feel inspired when your coffee buddies are your keyboard and monitor and your office manager is your pooch.

Build a safety net to prevent yourself from slipping back into your old ways by surrounding yourself with people who inspire you, support you, and keep you accountable.

Feed your mind by joining online communities pumping with engaged members who stimulate your thoughts and generate intelligent discussion on topics in your niche. They’re the perfect place to find accountability partners or to jump into mastermind groups that will keep you in the right mental groove.

Restoring your energy and passion will spark inspiration for longer, deeper posts and allow your blog to evolve with your audience well into the future. And having people in your corner will ensure you keep your momentum from here on out.

Tip #13. Safeguard Yourself from Slipping Again

Ready to Get Back in the Game?

The churn in your gut as you think about your neglected blog makes you nauseous.

Following the path of least resistance and turning your back on it would be so damn easy. Nobody would even notice as you slipped silently into the recesses of binary code.

There’s one person who’d notice, though — you — and it would gnaw at your soul.

You can do this. Really, you can.

With a healthy dose of preparation, you’re sure to pull together a winning comeback strategy.

With a bit of resourcefulness, you’ll have months of content at your fingertips, enough to be back on track until you start monetizing your blog again.

With hard work, strategy, and grit, you’ll win back your reader’s hearts, and your blog will be hustling and bustling once again.

So go on — get your head in the game, construct your plan, apologize and stage a comeback that you can once again hang your blogging dreams upon.

Your pride is counting on you.

Your readers are counting on you.

Miranda Hill

Miranda Hill

Miranda Hill is a qualified coach, behavioral profiler and writer who helps people to master their  performance in business and life. As a published blogger and ghostwriter, she helps entrepreneurs to trade confusion for clarity. Trained in many coaching models, she’s developed her guide 10 Mindset Secrets That Set Truly Successful Writers Apart so you can boost your writing results.

70 thoughts on “Ignored Your Blog for Months? 13 Tips for Getting It Back on Track”

  1. Hi Miranda,

    Welcome to Smart Blogger!!

    Apologies for the two exclamation points. Usually, I’m not so hyper. But you’ve given us such a great post I couldn’t help myself. 🙂

    Thank you for the great thoughts on a topic MANY bloggers face: how to revive a neglected blog. I’m sure it’s going to help a lot of people.

    I’m off to tweet. Thanks again, Miranda. Hope you have a wonderful day!

    – @kevinjduncan

    1. Hey Kevin,

      Thanks so much for the warm welcome! You’re totally forgiven for the exclamation points – I do the same when I’m excited – that’s why they exist isn’t it? 😉

      And I agree, it’s a topic that many bloggers face, yet they may feel as if they’re the only one in the world when they’re faced with the decision to let it slide or give it a red hot go again.

      Thanks for your support and all the best with your new blog as well.

      Have a great day.

      Miranda 🙂

  2. Hello, Miranda!

    Actually, I am the ‘committer’…

    I am so ‘all out’ of blogging for months and it does happen quite frequently…

    And believe me, your tips are the apt ones! Too effective to re-enter into the blogging world with.

    So, thank you for the BEST one!

    ~ Adeel

  3. Hey Miranda,

    This piece is timely for me. In the process of writing my second book, my blog fell by the wayside. For my next book, I will have content locked and loaded to publish for my blog before I zone in on writing it.

    I’m going to use these tips you offered asap!

    Off to share.

    1. Hey Ayodeji,

      Wow, a second book. Go you! I hope it takes off for you – a lot of work goes into writing a book. And yes, planning ahead and getting your content locked and loaded is a smart idea before you disappear into the creative process of writing a book. Once you’re there, it’s hard to pop in and out without disrupting the flow.

      Miranda 🙂

  4. Wow Miranda! This post is solid gold. Well, it’s no surprise to discover gold in a goldmine like Smart Blogger 🙂

    A lot of your tips are instant actions points for me, despite being a consistent blogger. A good way to safeguard oneself from slipping into the Houdini act again, for instance, could be to collect a stockpile of topics even before we apologize to our readers. Also, every serious blogger should put a business hat on. Unfortunately, the only business hats most bloggers put on are affiliate links and adwords. We must think beyond.

    But I loved point 5 the most. It’s a potent idea even for regular bloggers. I write multiple headlines for my posts and tweet them. I’ll now identify the most popular ones (based on clicks) and use them to target subscribers who didn’t open my first email. Maybe after 48 hours, or 72. I’ll test this, make notes and share the results with you soon.

    Off to share this insightful post.

    1. Hi Vishal,

      Thanks so much, I’m so pleased my post hit a sweet spot for you. Smart Blogger is definitely a gold mine of knowledge – I can get lost for hours here 😉

      I agree, stockpiling and planning topics in advance is a smart move. That way you can hit all your research in a dedicated session and have ideas planned out to write later.

      I love #5 too, it’s a tactic I use with my readers for posts I really want them to read – and it works! Let me know how you go with your experiment – I’d love to hear all about it.

      Have a great day,

      Miranda

  5. Thanks Miranda! I could not pass up reading your article because it is SO timely for me!

    Although I’ve been pretty consistent with my IG game I have definitely been neglecting my blog. Your article is the whisper in my ear to forgive myself and re-engage with my purpose and passion.

    Thanks for reminding all of us that we are not alone and there is hope! I am going to use the tips that apply to me to help me get back on track!

    Thanks again and keep being awesome☺!

    1. Hi Carla,

      You’re not alone in neglecting your blog. There’s a saying I love, “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” Be sure to listen to that whisper and revisit the reason you started blogging in the first place. Let me know how you go getting your blog back on track.

      Miranda

  6. Great post, Miranda! I’ll echo Kevin’s enthusiasm for your joining the ranks of the Smart Blogger guest posters. 🙂

    I flashed on Jon’s recommendation as I was reading – when you’re thinking about getting started with this, BE SURE you’re ready to commit again. Because while your audience may be willing to forgive you once, if you let them down again…

    Thanks for this great list of ways to get back in the game.
    Jessica

    1. Thanks Jessica, so nice to hear from you.

      Yes, Jon’s advice is alway’s solid gold. But, I’d not let that be the reason to give up entirely. People can be more forgiving than we think – we just may need to work a bit harder for it.

      Miranda 🙂

  7. Hi. Miranda!

    It’s SO good to know I’m not alone on this one! My blog is never far from my mind, but the longer I wait, the worse the guilt.

    Thanks for these great tips for getting back on track. Now I have no excuse, right?

    1. Hey Sandra,

      Nope, you’re definitely not alone. One of the best antidotes for guilt is action. I recommend starting at the top of the list and the rest will fall into place as your momentum builds. Good luck with it – you’ve got this!

      Miranda

  8. Hi Miranda,

    Very inspiring post indeed.

    I liked both the text and the image content of the post very much. You’ve chosen the images perfectly that matched up with your content well.

    It was a great read.

    Thanks and hope to see your post again,
    SM

    1. Hi SMN Zaman,

      I’d love to take credit for the amazing images, but I can’t – the Smart Blogger team to a damn great job of making our posts look schmick. I’m pleased you enjoyed the post.

      Miranda

  9. Hi Marinda,

    Awesome post…I couldn’t let this post slip off.

    My blog hasn’t fallen by the wayside but your piece has energized me to keep up and maintain momentum.

    I also like the fact that you revealed a step by step process in reactivating your creative juice and strategies.

    Nice piece I must say.

    1. Hi Chinedu,

      Thanks for your kind words. I love that you feel more energized now. Use the energy to keep blogging and I’m sure your readers will notice.

      Miranda

  10. Hey Miranda,

    How I wish you had written this blog a year ago!

    That was me- “If you simply dive back in with blind faith and hope that your readers are still eagerly waiting for you, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment ”
    They chewed and spite me out alive!

    Nice post!
    Ann

    Now I write almost everyday. Not the blog but to subs.

  11. Loved this post Miranda,

    I look forward to reading more of your articles on SmartBlogger. You have such a beautiful, easy-to-read style.

    Great tips too. I’m definitely saving this one to my favourites. Time to dust off the cobwebs!

  12. Hi Miranda,

    Great post and while I haven’t neglected my blog completely, I didn’t write nearly as much as I should’ve this weekend. Thank goodness I had a bunch of posts pre-scheduled, as I didn’t have a very productive week.

    I think it’s easy for bloggers to fall into this trap of neglecting their blog. Especially, once the newness of the blog wears off.

    Starting a blog is so exciting, you jump into it with both feet and just want to pour your heart and soul into it. However, after a few months you start to realize that no one is reading your blog posts.

    So you start thinking what’s the purpose of writing. So eventually, it becomes easier and easier to stop writing. What you don’t realize is that you may have some regular readers who are reading your posts, they’re just not engaging with you.

    There’s always people who are reading our blogs, especially, if we’ve been providing great content and promoting our blogs. Just because people aren’t engaging doesn’t mean anything.

    Now it’s up to us to not let our readers down and keep providing them great content. If we ever fall off the blogging bandwagon, at least we’ll know what it takes to make it right again.

    #3 Shower them with a shiny new gift should work. Who doesn’t love free gifts?

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us on how to revive our blog.

    Have a great one 🙂

    Susan

    1. Hi Susan,

      Very true, many of these tips can be used to breathe new life into a blog when engagement drops off, or when you need to shift your energy into another gear. And you’re right, shiny new gifts are loved by everyone.

      Miranda 🙂

  13. I’m probably alone here, but I get annoyed when bloggers apologize for not posting. Unless the reason is compelling (ex. your mother died), I don’t care about your excuses. I’m also not interested in your promises. Let me know what I can see now.

    So here’s my advice for reviving a blog – write an amazing new post and tell your email list and social media groups about it. That’s it. If your content is great, there’s no need to do anything else. If someone is no longer interested in what you have to say, changing your design or begging for their forgiveness isn’t going to change their mind.

  14. This is truly a masterpiece. I like the way you blog and write your content.
    Thank you so much that I’ve learned so much from you. Currently, I’m building my blog using your tips and suggestions. I’m growing it. It’s slow, but it’s definitely growing.

  15. Hi Miranda ,

    I think your post is very interesting and mostly i keep looking for like this type of websites where i learn or get new concept.

    thanks

  16. Awesome stuff Miranda – I definitely need number 12 all the way at the moment – better get cracking on my weekly roundup! Thanks for the wonderful tips and so relevant…

  17. I love blogging because it allows rambling thoughts in the back of my mind to surface and I can see who agrees or thinks I am crazy. lol

    Sometimes, people blog about nonsense. What may seem like nonsense to someone others may see it as something useful. So whether you blog as a hobby or looking to earn a few bucks, stick with it, because there are people who went from broke to blogging millionaires.

  18. Awesome article Miranda,

    This post is so powerful to Encourage new blogger. It helps to engage with their blogging. there you gives so many helpful tips. This post like a booster for go ahead with blogging.
    I love this post. Thank you Miranda and also Thanks to Smart Blogger for publish this kind of energetic Article.

    Best of Luck for next Blog
    Mamun Mahdeeb

  19. Hi Miranda,

    This is just an amazing article for bloggers who quit and again start blogging after few months….this is very common when you don’t get traffic and attention from your readers. But, this article has given lot of tips for getting up and again fight back to be in the list of successful bloggers. Thanks Miranda for sharing this.

    Keep up the good work!
    Arvind

  20. Hey Miranda,

    What a lucky post for me. I just came back after a long holidays and this really means a lot for me. I am going to get my readers back with all these tips. I always think that being in touch with your reader makes your blog more successful as other leads/influencers does the same.

    Again, Thanks a Lot.

  21. Wow those are some really neat tricks.

    I’m currently reviving the social profiles for my music blog and I haven’t updated the blog for almost 2 years because I had reached my goal.

    The blog was popular on social media then started getting search engine traffic and I just chose to focus on SEO since it required less work, actually there’s no work it’s just maintenance. I was also seeing good conversion rates as compared to social traffic.

    So the blog is working I’m getting leads and profits daily. But I want to revive my social profiles to see if I can double the revenue this year.

    Your strategy about giving away a Shiny New Gift will work best for my audience and if the contest goes well I think this will grow my entire business exponentially.

    I’m going to do almost all your strategies and add live videos for facebook and youtube.

    Many Thnx for sharing Miranda, this is top value content.

    1. Thanks Gugulethu, I’m pleased you enjoyed it. Sounds like you’ve got an audience who’ll love a shiny new gift to kick your blog back into action again. All the best with it.

  22. Hey Miranda – this is super helpful, both for people who’ve neglected their blog for a while, AND for this who need to inject new life into their content and their relationship with their audience.

    Great, great tips. 🙂

  23. Hi Miranda! I can’t tell you how amazingly useful this post was. This is an issue I’ve encountered from time to time since starting my first blog in 2014. Maybe not to the extent I’ve lost my readers, but there were months I felt I could have updated my blog more often to keep those valuable readers coming back for more.

    I really liked tip #8, which is to “Make Yourself Impossible to Ignore.” This advice is spot on and I think there is no better way of doing that then by putting your readers ahead of everything else by giving them the most valuable content and advice possible.

    Also on that point, I think tip #10 really speaks to my current objective which is using an amazing format within my blog posts for giving away the best impression possible. Your post and use of images really do a great job at exemplifying this.

    Thanks for the amazingly useful tips!

    Peter

    1. Hi Peter,

      Yes, I firmly believe that what you give out, you get back – maybe not directly, but it’ll come back somehow. Enjoy giving your blog a makeover, it does wonders for first impressions.

      Miranda 🙂

  24. I ignored my blog due to certain challenges for 3 months and it went back to zero. But I am surprised to land on this post at a time when I am struggling to resurrect it back to normal. Thank you.

  25. Hey Miranda,

    Blogging is a long run process which needs to be configured with consistency. But people leave in somewhere between and realize it after some time.

    Then comes the concept of reviving their blogs. I really liked an idea to send an email for apologizing.

    It will place a positive impact to your subscribers as why you’re and away and what happened to you these days.

    Giving a facelift can add a value. People like to see attractive design. I always considered that the layout of your blog should speak itself.

    Republishing your old content can be some great. People would remember why they loved you what you’re capable of.

    I always find new topics from my existing blog posts.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Have a great week ahead.

    ~Ravi

  26. Hi Miranda!
    Great article.. Recently i have ignored my site for the last three months. While for me this article really helped the purpose of my visit.
    Thanks for sharing the post.

  27. Thanks for the tips. I can see how apologizing needs to come first. People would often wonder where you went when they find that you are suddenly gone.

  28. I’m really really disappointed by my blog but since reading your wonderful post, I think work on consistent base is good enough to come up with a positive future.

  29. Thanks for writing about the dirty little secret of bloggers.. the ignored blog 🙁 I am the most guilty. Love your honest and fresh approach of how to connect again with your readers using a survey. It is such a great idea that is interactive and also a perfect outreach way to mend fences. Being a blogger is not easy and we all fall off the blog posting wagon from time to time.

    1. Aaaah yes, the little-spoken-about world of blogger’s secrets! Falling off the blogging wagon is more common than many would admit. And I’d wager you’re not the ‘most’ guilty either 😉

  30. I like the way you developed the article, Miranda, well organized also, I want to say a word about the tip number 3. “Win Back Their Affection With a Shiny New Gift” and that’s what a friend did a few years ago, he was owning a small membership site and neglected his blog for one year and a half I think, then, one day, he posted a new blog post and of course, no one opened his email except one or two “it was a list of thousands”. Then, he sent another email with free membership for two months for all readers, guess what? That helped him a lot in getting readers back, of course, that may or may not work for all types of blogs and businesses, but in general, it’s great especially if you have something like eBooks to offer as a gift.

  31. Hi Miranda, I can’t tell you how helpful this is. I’ve saved it into my Pocket account, and stared at it a several of times, made notes, now it’s time to make it happen (again!). Thank you.

  32. t’s SO great to know I’m not the only one on this one! My blog is never a long way from my brain, yet the more I hold up, the more terrible the blame.

    A debt of gratitude is in order for these extraordinary tips for getting back on track. Presently I have no reason, isn’t that so?

    1. I hear you… the voices of blame can be paralyzing. Start by planning one simple action you can take that will move you in the right direction and build momentum from there. All the best with it. You’ve got this.

  33. This is solid advice Miranda. Love the practical tips you share. I have lost count of how many times I have fallen off the blogging wagon and I think my biggest takeaway from your blog post is that I am not alone and there is hope to get back on track again.

  34. As I was sick so I missed on from updating my blog since a long time, but after reading your useful post I will really make sure to utilize the tips you mentioned and to revive my blog.

  35. Hi Miranda,
    I agree, this was a great post, Kevin was right to use two exclamation points!! I love the layout of your post using photos to break up text, and breaking everything down into sub-topics. Well-done. It truly is hard to pull yourself up by the bootstraps when you’ve let your blog languish. I’ve been there, and I wish I’d had a post like this to kick me in the butt! Luckily, I got it started again of my own volition, but I’ll be sharing this with all of the bloggers who work with me. Kudos!

  36. I love tip #3: the giveaway. In my past experience, I’ve worked with bloggers on reviving and optimizing their blogs. Giveaways are an excellent strategy and consistently help the blogger gain followers. Excellent list of suggestions and tips!

  37. There are some great tips here; often it is so hard to stay on top of things! I think another tip is looking at reusing older evergreen content, perhaps putting a new spin on an older post or revisiting something perhaps a year or two later. I shall consider some of your recommendations, thanks for sharing!

  38. Great tips Miranda! Reviving the interest of your readers is like getting back together with an ex, tip #6 is really effective in winning back their interest and reminding them why they loved you so much in the first place.

  39. Great tips I must say. I abandoned my blog for more than 2 months too. But it is not because I did not spend time to do it. Because I am in phase 1 of the road map.

  40. Tip #10 is really great to me. I realize how important it is to use an amazing format within blog posts to give the best impression possible.

  41. Hi Miranda,

    You’ve spoken well and I can attest to the fact that all the ideas you shared here are true because I have been there before.

    I once abandoned my Facebook group of over 6,000 members and blog to focus on something else but when I was coming back to it, I apologized and offered them a gift.

  42. Couldn’t have read this at a better time! I haven’t been MIA on my blog for months (and have been still sending emails), but for weeks I haven’t posted.

    Mainly, because I’m trying to focus on my freelance writing biz – and juggling both have been a struggle.

    But, I’m going to follow some of these steps and get back to posting once a week. 🙂

    Thanks, for the great article!!

    Alee

  43. Ignoring blogging is like leaving $ gUaP $ on the table for someone else to come by and pocket. Blogging is a game of playing the patience card. You have to keep building even on days when you don’t earn one red cent from your advertisers and work by creating content on days when your site is getting low traffic. Leaving your blog on standstill is like quietly saying “I don’t want to be a blogging millionaire.” Who doesn’t want to “be a blogging millionaire?”

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