Get More Blog TrafficI’ve written before about how important a blog is nowadays. Especially if you are a writer, poet or book reviewer, a blog is where you can express yourself and get your message out to readers. But how do you get more visitors to you blog?

There are literally 1,000s of articles on the Internet about increasing blog traffic, however most of these concentrate on getting visitors from search engines by using SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). For those of us on a literary bent, this method will rarely succeed because who is going to search for the title of your book? Secondly, you’re not going to want to fill your blog posts with SEO keywords such as, iPhone, iPad, Get Rich Quick, and cute puppies. So you need a different approach. Here are some tips.

  • Above all else, write interesting and relevant content and post regularly. Keep it short though as the Internet is about instant gratification, so a post of 2,000 words will rarely be read to the end by most visitors. 300 – 500 words is about the right length for a standard, everyday blog post.
  • Use social media to make people aware of your blog. Probably very obvious, but make sure your blog URL is on every profile you have on the Internet. The most important is to have a Google profile.
  • Always offer an easy way for readers to subscribe to your blog with one click. An orange RSS button at the top of your blog works best. It’s amazing how many blogs I visit that don’t make it easy to subscribe. After hunting for 30 seconds or more, I just give up and they just lost a potential subscriber.
  • Add the RSS feed of your blog to Twitter and Facebook so that every time you post, it is automatically sent to your accounts.
  • Don’t waste all your old posts. If you write them well and make them ‘ageless’, which means that they are not about dated events or material, post them again on your social networks. They may be old posts to you, but to your new followers, they are new material. This is one of the best ways to bring new readers to your blog.
  • Use Bookmarking sites such as Digg, Stumbleupon and Delicious to find new readers.
  • Add an RSS feed of your blog to your Goodreads Author Page. I get a lot of traffic from this feed.
  • And lastly, reply regularly to the comments you receive on your blog, and also comment regularly on other blogs that are in your niche. Blogs that offer you the option to add your own blog post to your comment can really bring more visitors to your own blog.

Building a great blog with steady traffic takes time, so be patient. But with patience and bit of effort the rewards will come.

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12 thoughts on “Get More Blog Traffic

  • 20/09/2011 at 6:37 pm
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    Thanks. Very useful information. I’ll get there eventually, but it is somewhat overwhelming to a novice like me. I don’t understand this RSS thing.

  • 20/09/2011 at 8:22 pm
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    Dang! At long last I’ve finally found the RSS thingy among the many available and added it to my blog. Trouble was it wasn’t logically called RSS gadget, oh no. Instead I found it under “Subscribe To”.
    They don’t make life easy do they – sigh. :)

    • 20/09/2011 at 8:25 pm
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      Internet Life Jack, is just one long daily learning curve!

  • 20/09/2011 at 8:44 pm
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    Thanks, for the addition. Thanks for all your hard work, and for Feb. 5th which I am still enjoying immensely. Cheers, David

  • 20/09/2011 at 9:01 pm
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    I have a subscribe to button on mine, but under the Meta heading it lists ‘entries Rss, is this the same thing?

    • 20/09/2011 at 9:21 pm
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      Yes Mazza. The subscribe button is usually the RSS feed as that is what your reader’s subscribe to.

  • 21/09/2011 at 4:49 am
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    Thank you for the information. I can use this.I do research more so i can understand a lot. Thanks again…

  • 22/09/2011 at 4:16 am
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    You’ve provided some useful tips to novice bloggers like me. I definitely need to understand what’s going on in my blog page and utilize all the features. Thanks…your posts are amazing.

  • 26/09/2011 at 2:29 pm
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    All good advice, though I am personally not a fan of posting too many links to twitter. For most people it’s hard to follow as-is.

    Additional tip: If you are a regular on any forum, make sure it’s in your footer. Even if it’s not a main source, it brings quite a bit of traffic for my – admittedly really low traffic – blog.

    • 26/09/2011 at 3:59 pm
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      Nils,
      Adding anything to the footer of your blog will hardly ever be seen (see Derek’s latest blog post “Is Your Visitor Friendly?”. Everything has to be at the top left or right. :)

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