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10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About WordPress

When it comes to the Internet, everybody wants to have a unique niche and stay ahead of everyone else..

Competitors play important roles everywhere: in business, sports, academics, etc. In the world of Internet Marketing, competition has risen at an alarming rate in the past few years with a steady growth of online marketers. As a WordPress user, you’ll find more stiff competitors than you would expect due to its popularity. For example, a food blogger would have more competitors using WordPress to run their blogs than a different platform.

The good news is you can actually learn a lot from all of these competitors.  While some of these techniques may be known by the more savvy users, it will no doubt add insight to beginning bloggers.

1. SEO Secrets of WordPress

As we all know, we can build SEO-friendly blogs and websites using WordPress. Just installing WordPress alone can’t give you good SEO rankings, however. There are  many experienced and established users with in-depth SEO knowledge who will be difficult to outrank with a new website.

These competitors know how to make a WordPress site more SEO-friendly with very little effort. Many of them share part of their knowledge or SEO techniques on their blog and websites. Instead of starting from scratch, you can follow a competitor’s process to make your WordPress site more SEO-friendly.

2. Setting Up

Let’s pretend that you want to build a food blog with a WordPress site, and you are faced with lots of options to customize your site. What decisions will you make? Reading the help resources aren’t enough to setup your site. This probably would not be our preferred approach because there are already thousands of food blogs online that are built using WordPress. We can follow other bloggers in our preferred niche, and learn how they set up their blog. Most of them might even share their success story and experiences. We can learn to avoid the same mistakes they made and produce better than them as a result.

3. The Right Plugins & Themes

Most of the features of your WordPress site are powered by plugins, which are responsible for how your blog looks to your audience. There are over 32,000 plugins and 2,600+ themes. Would you try each and every plugin or theme to find the best one? Our competitors suggest certain plugins or themes they prefer. For example, as a tech blogger, you can observe other tech bloggers using WordPress, and also take note of which plugins and theme that they use.

4. Solving Various Issues

Problems are common with WordPress sites. Once a WordPress user encounters an error, he tries to fix it quickly. He does research; trying various options until he finds a solution. If you experience a similar problem that they did, you now know how to solve it quickly without the hassles of in-depth research. This way, you can either quickly solve the problems or find ideas that help you.

5. Get the Most Use out of WordPress

Plugins, themes, or any other tools related to your WordPress site can be learned from competitors. They can describe the latest resources, how you can get the best ones. You can follow your competitor’s ways, how to use their knowledge and experiences, and join an experienced circle of WordPress users.

6. Audience Engagement Strategies

The aim of any site is to gain an audience, but it’s harder still to keep them glued to your site and its content. With time and experience, your competitors learn a lot that they can share with you, teaching you the strategies they implemented to engage their audience consistently. For instance, if you want to know what you should do to grow your subscriber list, you can learn from your competitor’s by doing what they do.

7. Selecting Right Tools & Services

WordPress community is rising daily. Naturally, the number of services and tools available for WordPress is very impressive. With a large user base, the selection of the right services or tools can be overwhelming, but with lots of competitors in your niche you could learn new and valuable things. You can use the tools or services that your most knowledgable competitors  are using. For instance, the choice of the web host to use is a difficult decision. But you can always ask your competitors which web host they are using or ask for their recommendations.

8. Customisation

Customising your WordPress site involves designing your blog theme and look. Your competitors’ sites are fully customised with amazing graphics and other eye-catching things. Your competitors might be using something unique from other parties to have a different look and feel from your blog. You can find something similar by learning from them.

9. Learning From Mistakes

Learning sometimes comes from mistakes. We also learn from mistakes that others make. Our competitors have had to find solutions to their problems that you can use for your issues as well. If you make a mistake you can find out what your competitor did when he made the same mistake.

10. Updating to the Latest Version

The WordPress community is developing and becoming better each day. WordPress is one of the most active developments in the software industry online. Monthly, we expect things to change in our WordPress platform from the previous version. A single change can cause a lot issues from connecting pieces working behind the scenes. Updating to the newest version is paramount. The new version of WordPress could have more options available to existing plugins, or new ones for you to add to your site. You can observe your competitor’s reaction to updates and the issues that come with it, and find the best solutions.

Conclusion:

There are lots of valuable things that your competitors can teach you. You can learn a lot from your competitor’s expertise and the experience that they have gained over time. Everyone learns from their predecessor, and you can try to avoid the mistakes that they made before you make the same ones.

Competitors have unique experiences and knowledge that you can learn from their blogs. All these are geared at having a dynamic blogging experience.

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