Saturday, October 1, 2016
Whether you blog for fun or profit, the point of it is to be noticed … to get people reading what you have written. Given that there are hundreds, even thousands, of bloggers out there in the Land of Blog, how do you draw traffic your own humble blog site?
This is the goal of every blogger out there and it may seem like an insurmountable task. But if you understand the ins and outs of the Internet, you can succeed. One thing you may want to consider is your platform, that is your blog’s theme or purpose. Many just blog to be blogging, and that’s okay. They view their blog as their personal journal. That’s especially fitting when you consider the origins of the term “blog” – web log, in other words a log of your thoughts recorded on your website.
But if your purpose is to build followers or to use your blog as a marketing tool, it would be best to have an ongoing theme. That way you will be attracting people who have a common interest in that theme and will return again and again – and even refer others to your blog site.
Even if you’re not an Internet marketer, there are strategies they use that would serve you well to draw in readers. One of these is to become an established and active poster on the various social network sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. After a while people will start noticing your comments – and even look forward them.
If you leave a clear link to your blog site in your comments, pretty soon you will begin to notice the traffic picking up. People will become curious as to who you are, so when they see your link, they will click it hoping to learn more.
Just make sure you give them something to see!
This brings up another important tip regarding drawing people to your blog: Be regular in your postings. Don’t let weeks or months pass by without adding a new blog post. That is the quickest way to lose an audience. If there’s never a new post, your readers will quickly tire of visiting your site. So, make it worth their while.
Another suggestion is to use good tag words. If someone is just browsing or doing a search on a specific subject, they’ll only find you if you have tag words that will fall into their search parameters. Civil War buffs, for instance, might use such key search words as “re-enacting,” or “Confederacy,” or “Union troops,” or maybe if it fits, “abolition.” If you build a list of tags that are specific to your theme … they will come.
Posting on non-blog discussion boards that relate to your blog’s subject matter is another way to draw in readers. Again, if your blog has a Civil War theme, look up discussion groups centered around American History, Civil War History, or Reenacting. The point is to make your presence known to the right people – the people most likely to come, and read, and most importantly, to return.
Have you ever looked at a blog that only had a few posts and no followers? Most people start blogs without knowing that they will need to put in hard work to get to the number of followers that they want. Successful blogs are based on having traffic to your site, quality writing, and sticking with the blog even when it seems like it’s not going anywhere.
When you create a blog, your first priority should be writing quality pieces. This step is most important because even if you get traffic to your site, what will they read? The content that you write needs to be high quality to ensure that people continue to come back. Once you have followers, a lot of your site traffic will be returning visits; therefore, you should try to give your readers the best writing that you can. People aren't going to want to come back and read your blog if your content doesn't have structure, good spelling, or good grammar.
After you’ve wrote a few blog posts, you may run into the problem of not knowing what to write about. After you’ve gotten your best writing ideas out there, it can be hard to figure out where to go now. If your blog is about a particular topic, such as gardening, you may need to do a bit of research to find out more things that you can write about. You’ll need to try to think out of the box in order to keep great content flowing to your site. For example, if you’ve wrote five posts about past gardens that you’ve had, start writing about the tools that you used for each one.
Your post could turn into a kind of mini review on the things that you’ve used while gardening. Keep in mind that even though you should post frequently, you don’t need to post all of your content in one day. If you’ve wrote a few pieces that are ready to publish, post one at a time. You can even add a one to two day break between your posts. This will give you more time to come up with your next topic.
If you’re new to blogging, don’t just expect the followers to come. You probably won’t have one thousand views within the first week of your blog. Try not to get discouraged if you don’t see your site visitors number increasing. If you advertise your blog on social media sites, post quality content, and comment on other blogs within your niche, you’ll soon find that the visitors are starting to come. It takes a bit of hard work and time, but it will pay off once you’ve gained some traffic.
Blogging can be a great way to express your thoughts about things, make friends, and possibly even make a bit of money. Running a successful blog takes a bit of dedication, but it won’t be as difficult as it may seem. Just keep in mind the important parts of blogging, such as posting frequently, and you’ll be on your way to a high traffic blog in no time.
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