25 Tips on Increasing Your Blog Traffic

You may want to do it for money, you may do it for vanity, or you may just have a lot of great ideas, stories, and information you wish to get out to the masses, but everyone wants to get more eyeballs looking at their blog. Other than telling their grandma or co-worker to view your blog, what are some of the other ways of driving traffic?

 

I’ve given you several ideas below to help you get started.

 

Search Engine Optimization

 

Whether you’re trying to capture hits for one of the latest hot topics on the web or just trying to get a few people hitting some of your archived posts, you need the search engines such as Google to be able to scan your pages, index them, and rank them highly for keyword searches.

  1. Get SEO plug-ins. There are many available for WordPress, including the All in One SEO Pack.
  2. Write good, keyword-rich titles for your articles. A clever or funny one may catch peoples’ eyes, but make sure it’s packed with good, pertinent terms based on the post’s subject matter.
  3. Use Article title as the URL, not month/date, etc. Instead of having your blog’s links be something along the lines of http://www.yourdomain.com/2009/03/02/blog-traffic.html or http://www.yourdomain.com/?p=1473, make it look like http://www.yourdomain.com/ways-to-increase-your-blog-traffic.html. This can be accomplished in your blog’s admin (you may need one of the aforementioned plugins).
  4. Have article headers – such as <H1>, <H2>, <H3> tags – that are keyword-rich
  5. Use <strong> instead of <b> tags, especially for important words and keyword phrases
  6. Use plenty of keyword phrases and variations on your articles. If your article is about running shoes, use loads of variations on that term and brands associated with that: tennis shoes, cross trainers, cross training, athletic shoes, sneakers, Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Reebok, etc… (Just a warning – your writing style should seem natural to a typical human reader, who is quick to spot if the article sounds like it’s from a marketing brochure or so crammed with keywords it looks like spam. So use caution and use a balanced approach or else you’ll irritate those ever-so-important human readers.)
  7.  Have a good, easy-to-follow site structure. Your categories and sections should be well organized and have a good, clean, uncluttered design. Make things as easy as possible for others to use your website. Use good navigation, keep good archives, keep things free, have a nice site search.
  8. Frequently link back to and refer to older articles you’ve written – these “deep links” will ensure that not only will Google and their ilk be able to easily reach archived pages, but human visitors will, too.
  9. 9. Use a robots.txt file and have good sitemaps.

 Get Links to Your Site Everywhere

 If you want to get some serious increases in the number of readers, you’ve got to post your website address in as many places as possible.

  1. Find other sites that are similar to yours in subject matter and offer link exchanges with them.
  2. Set up an “e-mail to a friend” link, and encourage others to share the love.
  3. Find plenty of similar sites, blogs, and forums to yours, and post frequently there with your blog URL. DON’T spam their comments with your name and URL; you should always have something meaningful to say that will legitimately add to the conversation.
  4. Submit your blog to DMOZ, which is a human-edited directory of links.
  5. Offer to guest-post on a blog that’s in a similar niche as yours.
  6. Answer questions in Yahoo! Answers and Google Groups. Give relevant, pertinent info, and if you’re able to throw a URL to a blog posting that is related to the question, that even better.
  7. Post your URLs of your latest blog posts to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. and post these updates often.
  8. Sign up for accounts on social network sites such as Technorati, Digg, etc. and get your blog listed on them. This includes your blog’s RSS feed. If you don’t know what the URL to your RSS feed is, learn it.
  9. ANY site giving you the capability to post a URL of your website, you should: profile pages for various online accounts, social networking sites, forums, and so on. If it’s scanable or readable by humans or search engine spiders, get that link up there.
  10. Write a great article and submit it to free article sites like EZineArticles, iSnare, and GoArticles. People are always looking for fresh content, so why not provide it for them (along with that all-important link back to your site)?
  11. Update your site on pingomatic.com every time you crate a new post entry.
  12. If you find them (or if they find you), have your blog listed on a blog carnival.

 Content, Content, Content!

This is the most important tip of all: write fantastically engaging content.

  1. Don’t worry if your content seems too vague, niche, narrow, or specific a topic. The more specialized the better. You’ll have less competition on the web for that subject matter. If you write a detailed article about a particular niche, you might be considered to be one of the main sources of info on the web.
  2. Update your blog frequently. Post on a frequent, regular basis. Have set schedule of posting. If possible, write an extra blog article or two so that if something happens in your day-to-day routine that prevents you from posting, you’ll have a backlog of fresh content on hand to give to your loyal readers.
  3. Get readers involved. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to tackle controversial topics, just as long as your arguments are thought-out and written well. Site visitors are more likely to be regular readers if they feel they are part of the “community”.
  4. Write a piece about current events. Did something happen in the “national discussion” that’s near and dear to your heart? Why not blog about it, especially if you have are able to present it with a unique angle? I’m not suggesting that you pen something about every news headline or celebrity scandal, but if you can put an interesting spin on a hot topic then Google, Yahoo, and the rest could rank you high in their search results, giving you a small flood of new readers.

If you follow this simple, yet comprehensive, list of suggestions, you will find yourself on the fast track to successful SEO optimization.

Written by: Scott Roberts

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One Response to “25 Tips on Increasing Your Blog Traffic”

  1. Chaunna Brooke Says:

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