Once you created you blogs, it is time to figure out how to drive traffic to your webisite. There are tons of blogs on Internet, how can you attract the visitors to our blogs. Read on to discover 10 ways to get traffic to your blog.
1. Write posts people desire to read
Although this seems obvious, taking a quick look around many blogs you will find thousands upon thousands with too much personal information and not enough useful information. Do people really want to read about your cat? Or better yet, do you really want to attract the kind of people who want to read about your cat? Create timeless, conversational posts about relevant topics. Consider what you would want to read and write that!
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2. Become the EXPERT on your topic
Research and stay current on your blog’s topic. If readers believe you have information and musings on the latest and greatest, they will come to you first. People do not want old news rehashed. They want to be informed of something new and cutting-edge.
3. Utilize Search Engine Optimization
Learn all you can about SEO, and use it for your blog much like you would use it to optimize a website. This means, place keywords in the URL to your blog, the title of your post, the body of your post, and within your post text links.
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4. Don’t make your blogs too much like an advertisement
Readers feel used and abused when they visit a site thinking they will find useful information only to discover they are reading a blatant advertisement for some product or service. By making yourself an expert and providing thoughtful and thorough information, you are going to peak the interest of readers and make them WANT to learn more about your product.
5. Create some drama, controversy, and BUZZ
People love wars of words, some controversy here and there. It creates wanted buzz and develops readers who will return to your blog just to see if anything is brewing. Always allow comments on your blogs, and post comments on other blogs that will cause readers to want to visit your blog to see what you are all about.
6. Send notification of blog-updates via e-mail
For those potential readers who are not going to seek out a blog post, e-mail is a great way to reel them in. Use a free blog service or an auto-responder to invite readers and manage your reader list.
7. Submit your blog to every search engine
Don’t worry telling Google about new pages on your site once your site is indexed and appearing in Google. Google is very good at finding new content. Google loves fresh content, and if you publish lots of it on your site, and it’s of a good quality, Google will visit your site often, and rank your content for free. You can also add an xml sitemap direct to search engine webmaster tools, either Google, Bing or Yahoo.
8. Make sure the link to your blog is on every piece of written communication you send
Include the link in your newsletters, brochures, business cards, in your e-mail signature, and in every post you make on various forums.
9. Turn your blog into an article
Create blog entries that can be easily adapted into articles, and place them in online article directories along with the link to your blog.
10. Blog often
You want people to know they can expect a blog from you daily or weekly. If you are inconsistent or rarely post a blog, it is difficult to develop a reader-base. Set a goal for your writing and stick to it.
5 More Tips to Generate Traffic
Blog traffic is crucial if you are in the business of making money with your blog. If your blog traffic is low, chances are so is your revenue. So how do you increase your blog traffic? Easy if you follow these basic steps:
1. Post On Niche Related Forums
Please don’t spam. Search for the forums that can be added to the niche that you wish to promote. Carefully study the entire discussed topic and relate it to the questions asked during the discussion. The discussion can also answer personal questions. Make sure that in every discussion made, you put a small resource box at the end of it to serve as a link to your blog (not always your homepage). Many forums will have you tossed if all you do is promote affiliate products, so don’t do it! It is necessary to put your bio in every end of your postings with a relevant keyword link back to your blog. Do not pursue with some of the forums that do not allow the posting of a resource box.
2. Write Your Own Content
You can pass an article or web content in many websites. Usually, these sites are free and if you are cash tight, you can pass your own made web contents initially. Writing your own web content will save you a ton of cash but will also cost you a lot of time. There are freelance writers that will do the work for you, but there is something to be said about having your own personally written content. Therefore, it is wise to do your own article. The article that you will be writing must match the niche of your blog. Put knowledge that you know into every writing, you can discuss tips, tricks, guidelines that you get from your own life experiences. This will encourage your blog traffic to frequently visit your site.
3. Get Involved In Link Exchanges
This is the most effective way to bring traffic in your blog. This is a careful study of all the links shown on the search engines. It is important to secure the sites that are linked to you to have topics same to your blog. Blog traffic is generated if the same subject is seen on the recommendation by the site that you share your subject with. There will be an increased chance of reaching the highest rank with the benefit of linking with other site or search engines. Both sites exchanging links will benefit from this exercise. Don’t get involved with “link farms”. Send an email to the blogger you wish to exchange links with and simply ask if they are willing to exchange links. You will be surprised how many say yes. Also, if you create well written, highly niche targeted posts, bloggers will link to that post creating tons of “search-engine loved” one-way links.
4. Create A Newsletter
If you have regular blog traffic, you must develop a newsletter for your readers. Your newsletter can be either on weekly or monthly basis. This can sometimes seem too difficult for the new blogger, but this is the time to use those freelance writers. Have them write 5-10 articles on your niche, and use those as your newsletter. You should only put a small resources box after every article. The small box will serve as the link back to your blog. This will surely increase your blog traffic and returning visitors. If your customers like it, they may even recommend you to their friends, relatives, and colleagues.
5. Join Traffic Exchanges
This is another form of exchange links allowing the member to view each other’s blog posts by surfing. By surfing to the blog, you are gaining points, the more you surf the more points you receive. You are also given an option to gain credits. This will not produce much blog traffic, but it will obtain the names for your visitors by using squeeze pages. If you display Google Adsense on your site, be careful joining traffic exchanges as it can violate Google’s TOS.
Follow these 5 steps and watch your blog traffic grow. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. Stay patient, stay focused and work hard to increase your blog traffic.