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10 Tricks To Increase Blog traffic

posted 13 Dec 2010, 09:10 by Mpelembe   [ updated 13 Dec 2010, 09:12 ]

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

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 optimising 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.

About the Author:

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