Tips for Bloggers to Get More Traffic

Here are some tips that are adapted from various blogging experts.

Use the power of social networks

Use tools or plug-ins to automatically promote your posts across your social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn connections (as appropriate) and more as soon as you publish a new post. You can also selectively mention the new post in your postings on the various social networks. Be careful not to overdo this and present helpful information that is not a hard sell. Add social sharing button to your posts so your readers can share them easily with their friends. Link back to your blog from your YouTube videos. YouTube is one of the top search engines for discovering content. Other video platforms are useful for content promotion as well.

Make your blog content visible to search engines

If you want your post to be indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing, set your blog privacy settings to make your blog visible to all search engines. Theories abound, but a sure-fire method of getting started is to present original, high-quality content with a few well-chosen tags.

Ask your real-life friends to follow your blog

Invite and encourage friends and family to read your blog regularly and to share it with their friends. Without wearing out your welcome, send them reminder emails when you update and talk to them about it in person. Better still, encourage them to sign up for updates using the follow link or email updates sign up if you have one on your site. If you do any volunteer work, teaching, or public speaking related to your blog topic, mention your blog and specific posts that might be helpful to the audience.

Write your posts well and use appropriate tags

Know your audience and write for them. Incorporate high-quality related images that help tell your story. Include appropriate categories and tags on your posts so people can find them in your site search and in your tag cloud, if you have one on your blog. But be careful not to use too many tags; fewer than 15 tags (or categories or both) is a good number.

Read and comment on other blogs

Use search engines to find bloggers who share your interests. You might even be fortunate enough to find a blogger group or blogger MeetUp or other events in your area that you can attend to learn about other bloggers and make partnerships. Then, subscribe to their blogs and read their posts. Leave a comment on the blog when you are moved by the post or find something of interest (avoid using the comment to be self-serving).

Link to other related blogs

Blogging is all about engaging with others and interacting in online discussions. When you link to a blog post that you find helpful or interesting for your readers (but not in a directly competitive niche), the blogger will likely find your blog through their stats, Technorati, or a pingback, and come to see what you had to say. They may even subscribe to your site and leave a comment, as we suggested you do above!

Let people know about your posts

If you have written a post with someone in mind, drop them a short email with a link to it. Or mention them in your post with a link and a "hat tip" or thank you for an idea that started you thinking. Do this sparingly so you do not seem like an annoying spammer. If you are blogging about a particular product or service, contact the advertiser and ask them if they can send you a sample for a product review. This is not always feasible, but it is worth asking politely.

Develop the habit of blogging regularly

Blogs with a frequent and regular posting schedule tend to develop an audience and generate traffic more quickly. Several times a week or daily posting is optimal for most blogs trying to develop enough traffic to monetize with affiliate marketing. Consider creating an editorial calendar to remind you when to post, or create serial posts to keep readers (and yourself) engaged. Subscribe to a daily writing prompt newsletter or group which can offer a jump-start, too.

Be patient...it takes time

Keep in mind that you will not develop a huge following overnight. Many of the top bloggers have been at it for years. Hang in there and do not get discouraged by a slow start. Review your site statistics in Google Analytics, WordPress, or another tool to find posts that are being viewed the most and least. Improve the ones that are not getting views.

 

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