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December 13, 2010

10 Tricks To Increase Blog Traffic

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Blogs take commitment and time to build, without traffic it can be a lonely uphill struggle. Implement these tricks to increase blog traffic on your site.

So you’ve got your blog running, but you are waking up day after day to no traffic. What has gone wrong? This is a common complaint for many website owners. Read on for methods to increase blog traffic.

There are many methods to apply to increase blog traffic. Two mistakes that newbie bloggers will make, for example, is not providing top notch quality posts and not spending time building relationships. Without good content, there is not much reason for people to hang around, and without relationship building, people aren’t so likely to return.

Here are some actions to take that will improve your traffic flow.

1. Good content takes time to research and to write. Build time into your weekly to do list for this purpose.

2. Spend time networking. This can be done via social networking tools such as LinkedIn or Facebook. Alternatively you can network by commenting on other blogs. By adding pertinent and relevant comments that add value, you can build up a presence on other blogs in your niche and the readers of your comments will click on your link. If they don’t, you have at least built a back-link to your site, to help with your search engine marketing.

3. Offer free giveaways. Again, these need to be of good content that people want to read. The best giveaways provide unique and useful information that cannot be found elsewhere. You can create this content by running a survey, by offering your unique opinion on your industry (stay polite).

4.Learn about SEO. Yes, SEO takes time. It’s not even so much the application of it. It needs to be learned, then you need to stay on top of the latest changes and methods, as it isn’t something static with Google changing their ranking criteria at least a couple of times a year. This is essential to increase blog traffic.

5. Apply SEO. This might mean optimizing graphics, titles and tags on your blog. Spend time researching each keyword up front for the best results. Use SEO plug-ins and URLs to aid your blog in getting found.

6. Invite guest posters. Guest bloggers will often pull some of their own audience over to your blog for their post. If you invite bloggers from your niche, you will have access to the same market.

7. Don’t advertise. By adding adverts all around your blog, it can often lower the tone. Wait until you have a popular blog until you start adding them.

8. Keep comments closed. That is until you have got several RSS subscribers and regular readers. Nothing looks more sad and lonely than a blog without any comments. Keep your anonymity private until you are popular.

9. Share as much as you can. This might even mean revealing some of your own business secrets. The more you share, the more you will be rewarded with links and traffic.

10. Write pillar posts. These are the posts that really are worthy of getting a lot of attention. Perhaps a major list or a post that describes step-by-step procedure on how to do something. These are generally unique and take more than an hour to create. Make the most of them by bookmarking them on Digg and promoting them on your social networking accounts.

With so much competition out there, blogging does need to planned and implemented with quality posts. Before you know it, you will have implemented the steps required to increase blog traffic on your site.


Andrew Holtom is an experienced and accomplished online marketer. Andrew enjoys introducing newcomers to the profits of internet marketing. To read more about blogging and other online marketing methods visit Andrew’s blog at www.webmarketinginformation.com

10 Responses to “10 Tricks To Increase Blog Traffic

    avatar Processman says:

    When the blogging goes bad the blogger get going…

    The road is long
    With many a winding turn
    That leads us to
    Who knows where
    But I’m strong
    Strong enough to carry him
    He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…

    Hi to all,
    the above lyrics from the Hollies song He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother is my bloggers lament.

    As the marketing manager I have charged myself with the task of building a blog site for our company, Process Plant Network. We are involved with the Processing and Packaging Industry.

    It’s not a very sexy industry unless you are turned on by bright metal shiny thongs, sorry I mean things, however I have added some sexual and musical references to the site in an attempt to amuse myself.

    It has been a lonesome pursuit and the results have been somewhat mixed. Sure there have been some sharks circling around the berley that I have thrown out, but I’m waiting for the big bites!
    I can see from my WordPress dashboard there are tiddlers nibbling.
    Readership rises and falls like night follows day, but the numbers are moderate. I’m hanging out for the ‘Tsunami’, that I have been told will come if I do all the right things according to the ‘Authority Black Book’. The site has been running since September 2010.

    Obviously I ain’t done enough so hence that’s why I am here. And guess what, this is the first time I have submitted to a blog. What a selfish self indulgent ‘bastard’ I am. I hope you will forgive all you little bloggers for I have sinned! So I have taken note, and I now have closed most of my comments. I say most because you just can’t be sure, can you?

    And yes it does look sad and lonely without comments. In fact I have just decided if things don’t pick up in the not too distant future ie. after Christmas, depending on what Santa brings, that I will make the supreme sacrifice and fall on my own sword ‘harakiri style’, as I would of failed. I cannot go on being ignored like this.

    Don’t worry, I will make sure you can view this event on Youtube as my parting gift.
    Anyway don’t worry about me, no one else does, thanks for listening.

    Processman

    Hi, Andrew —
    This is one of the best posts I’ve seen on this topic. Very direct, to the point, and easy to implement. I don’t spend a ton of time on my blog, but I will definitely implement some of your tips. Thanks.

    avatar andromida says:

    I think there is no alternative than commenting to other bloggers’ blog.Each time I make a post to my blog, I add it to other social networking sites and then share that short post in twitter and facebook

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    avatar self defense weapons says:

    Great tip on blogging! It does take time and alot of effort to post good articles. It’s an ongoing project but hopefully worth it all in the end!

    avatar Affiliate Marketing says:

    Thank you very much for those tips. After going through your information I’ve got a few ideas that I can implement. It’s definitely takes a lot of time to make it happened, especially for the beginners. But it’s always worth to try! Thanks again!

    avatar instinctis says:

    Great help for a website startup, much appreciated. Still on this same direction i found it easy to monitor my blog’s seo progresss with the tools freely available on http://ministatus.com , which also bring in some light to what my competitors’ status is. Also the Firefox add-on in nice , yet not all the people are using Mozilla so that’ll only work for some 😉

    avatar cigarestsample says:

    The YouTube video also very helpful for increase blog traffic..

    avatar articlehack says:

    Sure there have been some sharks circling around the berley that I have thrown out, but I’m waiting for the big bites!
    I can see from my WordPress dashboard there are tiddlers nibbling.
    Readership rises and falls like night follows day, but the numbers are
    LOL

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