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57 Ways to Get More Traffic to your Blog

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Now if you thought that – “Just write and they will come” is the magic formula to bring tons of traffic to your blog, then you couldn’t have been more wrong.

I agree that CONTENT IS THE KING. But king needs ministers as well as administrative staff to run his empire. So even if you have good content, your ministers and administrative staff need to work hard. And who are they? PROMOTION OF YOUR BLOG!!…. that is you need to promote your blog well.

Here are some ways by which you can become a well-read and influential blogger who is loved by search engines like Google and sites like Technorati.

My list has been prepared from a number of sources like Seth Gobin and the likes and a few ones from me too…

So, you ready to handle ‘uncontrollable’ traffic?

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You sure?

So here is my list…  

  1. Write a post that includes one of your older posts (with links obviously).
  2. Ask questions from your readers or set some sort of a poll.
  3. Write a Links Round-Up which includes the best posts in the blogosphere about a specific topic.
  4. Write about your blog’s achievement over the past week.
  5. Blog on what your readers can do if they don’t have anything to blog about in the weekend. 
  6. Keep track of blogs and leave comments on them.
  7. Write posts with resources or explaining how things work or how things can be used efficiently. Useful things get linked to and they get onto del.icio.us, which is far better long-term than a digg front page.
  8. Inform search engines and aggregators like Technorati using the ping services like Ping-O-Matic , Pingoat when your blog is updated.
  9. Simplify.  Write posts that simplify complex stuffs. People looking for more help or clarification on that subject will land on your blog.
  10. Participate in conversations on related blogs. Start conversations on your own blog. Don’t just post about a story and leave it at that, engage your audience, ask questions and call to action.
  11. Comment on blogs, write useful content and make good friends on forums.
  12. You must be active to generate traffic. Post comments on other blogs that are related to yours, and post your site link in your signature at the forums. Spread the word about your blog and it will certainly attract readers.
  13. A great tip for generating traffic is to add your blog as your email’s signature.
  14. Read lots of other blogs. Leave trackbacks.
  15. Leverage social bookmarking sites like Digg
  16. Leave comments on other blogs.
  17. Post 3-5 times a day (if you can – 🙂 )
  18. Participate in Yahoo Answers and LinkedIn Answers where you can demonstrate your expertise, get associated with relevant keywords and put your URL out there.
  19. Be the first to write a post about the ‘Top Ten Blogs’ in your niche. The post will rank highly in any general search for blogs in your niche and other bloggers in your niche write about the post and link to it.
  20. Don’t forget your archives. Just post a roundup of all that you did in last month or quarter.
  21. Write something controversial.
  22. Find the best blogs on your niche and contact the authors. Introduce yourself and send a link of your blog. This might help them to discover your blog, read it and possibly link to it. 
  23. Use lists. Everyone loves lists.
  24. Learn enough to become the expert in your field.
  25. Post Breaking News.
  26. Be timeless… write posts that will be readable in a year.
  27. Share your expertise generously so people recognize it and depend on you.
  28. Include eye candies.
  29. Tag your posts. Use del.ico.us.
  30. Coin a term or two.
  31. Use photos.
  32. Encourage your readers to Digg your posts.
  33. Encourage your readers to subscribe by RSS.
  34. Write a series of related posts
  35. Assume that every day is the beginning, because you always have new readers.
  36. Point to useful but little-known resources.
  37. Write about Google.
  38. Have relevant ads that are atleast as good as your content.
  39. Write about blogging.
  40. Digest the good ideas of other people, all day, every day.
  41. Post on weekdays, because there are more readers.
  42. Write about different topics so you that don’t bore your readers.
  43. Post on weekends, because there are fewer new posts.
  44. Be patient.
  45. Give credit to those that inspired, it makes your writing more useful.
  46. Don’t write much about emotions like Love. It comes down as boring to those who are not very emotional. (And most are not).
  47. Write stuff that people want to read and share.
  48. Create link clusters within your blog. A link cluster is a group of links that you can point at a post or page to improve its search engine ranking.
  49. Invite your readers to connect with you on StumbleUpon and Facebook and other similar services.
  50. Save your best posts for the best times of the week.
  51. Stop writing about yourself. Start solving problems. Surfers become readers when a blog provides something that is wanted. A casual visitor may read your blog because they find training, answers to problems, entertainment, or something else they want.
  52. Subscribe to the feeds of your industry’s major players. That way, you won’t miss important news releases. When news breaks in your industry, there will be a lot of extra traffic searching for information on the event. Adding your thoughts will almost always generate extra traffic.
  53. Use interesting titles.
  54. Answer your email and comment questions. Nothing will show a reader that you care more than answering an question (even if you have already answered that question 100 times on your site).
  55. Write Posts That People Will Want To Read.
  56. Optimize Your Posts for Search Engines.
  57. Finally – Try Helping out by your blog. I swear this is going to generate good traffic. Believe me.

So here are the 58 ways in which traffic can be increased to another orbit. If you have any more suggestions, leave it here as a comment and I will acknowledge it by adding it in the future lists along with your name and link…

Happy bloggin’ (but remember – Traffic is not everything)

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Written by Dev

October 4, 2008 at 12:15 am

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  1. I copied your great tips. I was searching squidoo th other day and found 101 ways to get free traffic to your blog. Thanks for your info matthew faulkner

    matthew faulkner

    November 19, 2008 at 9:49 am

  2. I am impressed with your insight into blogging. 😀

    http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com is a great blogging tips site (optimized for WP) run by a Canadian woman on a non-profit basis who is always helping others despite her serious injury.I recently did a post on her and my guest post on that site.

    You may publish your blogging posts on that site. If interested, you can tell me and I will be happy to inform timethief (her pen name).

    Don’t mind the suggestion if you don’t like it.

    I don’t have much time and I can’t contribute much (besides I have little time; I am still unemployed Ph.D. students who badly needs a job) but I see that you can write incisive pieces on blogging.

    BTW, check out the latest announcement by WP admin on WP blog and enable comment threading here; you’ll love it.

    Vikas Gupta

    February 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm

  3. Thanx man..
    I will try to implement your suggestions.
    And you seems to big a famous blogger….doing guest posts!!! WOW!!
    Thanx again

    Dev

    February 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm

  4. I am not famous or renowned! You are famous (PR 4)!

    Vikas Gupta

    February 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm

  5. Thank you for a good post. Very good info in this one. Wondering if there are any java scripts that can manage extra data pull to assist with SEO and site traffic

    Christian

    July 29, 2009 at 4:12 am


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