How to get more traffic to your blog

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…Put up a video of yourself singing in the shower. Your cat looking vaguely guilty for bringing in a headless pigeon…

But if you don’t have such footage…

…here are a few ways you can use to turn your blog into a mini magnet.

Open with compelling, keyword-rich titles.

If the title doesn’t strike a chord in your visitor’s mind, he’s gonna walk within half a minute or so. If you’re nuts’ about raw food, get those high search volume keywords in there in the title and first paragraph.

Don’t be afraid to repeat your main keywords. So if it’s raw food, you could say: Raw food isn’t a raw deal, except on the cancer lurking within

A strong title will increase your search engine visibility as well as increase the likelihood of visitors Retweeting or Liking your post. So that means their friends get to read you… and may also Retweet or Like… You get the picture.

Write blog posts that don’t tell your visitors the bloody obvious

Blog posts that waffle on about the patently obvious truths in life, or talk about how wonderful you are, are the verbal equivalent of a fart. Don’t we have enough vanity and celebrity crap to be getting on with?

Write blog posts that answer questions that you would have wanted answers to when you first started out. Create how-to’s and give away your best material. Be generous, create a vibe… people will tune in… eventually;)

Make it easy to subscribe to your blog

You know that little icon you see everywhere – the orange one that reminds you vaguely of radar. Put that up and then title it something like, Keep up to date with me. Don’t leave it there without the words urging them to take action.

Even if your blog is moneteized, remember people don’t got o a blog in a mindset, thinking, Oh, I wanna go shopping. They are here to read and pick up FREE stuff. Once a visitor subscribes to your blog, he or she becomes a potential buyer. But don’t make the mistake of assuming they signed up to be sold to – go easy on that one; make your sales pitches occasional not predictable.

Make sure your email and RSS subscription boxes are “above the fold” and easy to find.

Add a Retweet button to the top of every post and a ShareThis/like button at the bottom of each post.

If you write well, people are happy to Rewteet. It looks good on them too. On WordPress it’s easy to add Retweet or Like – they’re plugins.  Just go to Add new Plugin, and search for Retweet or Like button and install.

Add your blog posts to your Facebook business page

Sign up for a facebook ‘NetworkedBlog’ to get your blog posts appearing on your Facebook business page every time you write a new post. This will increase your reach – with no xtra work coming from you – and enrich your business page with more (hopefully good) content.

Add your blog posts to your LinkedIn profile

If you’re running a WordPress blog, you can have your most recent blog posts appear on your Linked in profile. You can set this up by going to the Application Directory under the More navigation tab.

Tweet out your blog posts

Pick up the url for your post and run it through bit.ly, the shortner service (it’s free to register) then post to twitter. If all you post on twiter is the net hot business opportunity you’re going to turn into a spamometer, so a good post now and then helps lift your twitter profile as well as driving traffic (albeit not that much) to your blog.

Leave intelligent comments on other blogs

Leaving a comment on another blog will create a link back to your blog. But make it count or the owner may well delete it. If it’s intelligent, the blog owner may even reciprocate…

Home in on influential blogs within your industry, but don’t ignore well-written blogs that may not have much readership just yet.

Gambate

That’s Japanese for stick at it. (My ex used to say that to me all the time;) It takes a while to develop a readership and drive a strong number of people to your blog on a regular basis. I’d say you need to reckon on having to write 2 – 3 blog posts a week for six months before you start making money from your blog. Your posts don’t need to be long; so 300 – 500 words is fine, so long as it shows evidence of some thought behind it, otherwise it just looks half hearted and indulgent.

Give your blog limbs

By that I mean, link your blog to your youtube channel(s), you twitter account(s), your facebook group, and so on.

Brand yourself

And wherever possible brand yourself in the process. For instance, my blog is called Generous Entrepreneurs Online. Guess what my facebook Group and fan pages are called. Excatly. And my youtube account? GenerousMarketingMan. My twitter account (one of them)? GenerousBoy. I now own the word Generous in internet marketing. What word or emotion would you like to own? Think about before you just slap down any old name.

If you need help driving more traffic to your blog, or converting that traffic into business, get in touch through the contact tab.

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3 Responses to “How to get more traffic to your blog”

  1. Jim Daley June 26, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Hey. I just found your site and I love it. I am launching a new site soon and I am hoping you can watch my YouTube videos.

    • admin July 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

      Thanks for dropping by Jim. If there’s anything I can help you with invite me on Skype at
      nic.penrake

  2. admin June 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    If you’d care to translate ;)

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