The last article I posted was in March 2022 and I have not written nor made any changes to this blog since then.
It was approximately 1 year and 9 months that this was inactive.
I wasn’t able to take care of this blog due to some personal and business-related stuff.
Now that I have some free time, I will try my best to update this blog again. If you are a “hobby blogger” like me, I will share some tips on how to get back into blogging after a very long hiatus.
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My Long Blogging Break History
I don’t blog consistently and I have taken long breaks almost annually in the past.
Most of those blogging breaks lasted for months. This may be the longest blogging hiatus that I have done though (1 year and 9 months).
And since I’m quite used to taking a long break from blogging, I also got used to how to recover from this slump.
I will share with you how I usually get back into blogging after a very long hiatus (Hint: Tons of work to be done!!!)
How to Get Back Into Blogging After a Very Long Hiatus
Do a Site Audit and Create a Priority To-Do List
The first thing to do is to audit your blog and create a priority to-do list.
In the past, I immediately resumed creating articles to breathe new life into my blog.
But it will only work if you’ve been away for a short period of time.
And since I have been away for almost two years, what I immediately did was audit my blog and identify the most important things to be updated first.
In my case, the things that I prioritized include:
- WordPress and Plugin Updates
- Broken Codes/Links
- Wordfence Security Issues
- Ezoic Integration
- Google Analytics Intergration
Luckily, I was able to renew every time it expires, however, I found that there are so many broken parts in my blog that need to be updated/updated.
Execute Necessary Changes Based on the Level of Importance
In my case, the first thing that I did was to remove my MailMunch plugin because I got some info that it had some security issues (during that time) and definitely I made it my top priority.
I also looked for a replacement for the time being and uploaded that to my blog.
This may vary depending on how long you’ve been away and what plugins you use on your blog.
The most important thing that you should prioritize is your blog’s security from potential issues such as malware/spyware/hacks.
I also found out that my Ezoic and Google Analytics Integration were not working already.
Since I’m not yet blogging for profit, I didn’t bother to check anymore how long they’ve been down for the time being.
I just addressed the immediate concern first, which is to ensure that Analytics is up and running again.
For Ezoic, it might take some time before I implement showing ads on my blog again.
Create an Action Plan on How to Recover the Loss of Traffic
Since I have already addressed issues relating to the blog’s security, the next step to take is to recover from the huge loss of traffic due to inactivity.
This blog used to get hundreds of visitors on a daily basis and now, it’s now down to 10-30 per day, mainly due to the following reasons:
- Outdated articles
- Outranked articles
- Social Media Inactivity
Surprisingly though, some of my articles are still on page one of Google Search (Thank you Universe!!!).
Although they’re at the bottom of the first page, it’s still a good sign that I can easily improve my ranking in the coming months.
Some of the things that I’m planning to do in the next few months to help recover the traffic are:
- Prioritize updating articles based on their existing Page Rank
- Write new articles
- Update internal and external links
- Create new external backlinks
- Update all social media accounts
This may take a lot of time and, since blogging is not my main priority (as of the time being), I might not be able to recover its previous level of traffic right away.
But I’ll still try and I will share the results here in this blog.
You may be curious why am I still updating this blog if it’s not my main priority.
Well, the reason behind this decision is that I like blogging. And when I say blogging, it means – writing, designing the website, generating traffic, etc. I do enjoy this process and it’s a fun hobby for me.
I also want to keep improving my knowledge of SEO and other related stuff. Who knows, this skill may come in handy in the future.How to Get Back into Blogging After a Very Long Hiatus Click To Tweet