Anyone who has been blogging for any length of time knows there are many ways to entice readers to come to your blog. There are even ways to quickly get huge amounts of traffic on your blog, but often the traffic declines as soon as you stop heavily promoting your blog. I have figured out how to build blog traffic three different ways - and best of all they are not short term solutions. Blogs that draw in huge amounts of traffic on a consistent basis do so because they came up with a long-term strategy that works so even when life happens and they cannot promote their blog as frequently as they normally would, it is still getting a decent amount of traffic. Here are the top three ways I have found to keep my blog traffic consistent. There are also links to products I recommend from companies I have a referral relationship with. I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Social networking is about so much more than hanging out on Facebook chatting with your friends or fans. It includes the integration of both social media and social bookmarking sites such as Pinterest. To effectively benefit from the social media, it is recommended to have accounts dedicated to your blog on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. The reason why this is so important is that it makes it easy to share your blog posts on these accounts. People who follow them are looking for the kind of content you post on your blog and if they like the content are sure to share it with their followers. The same applies to the social bookmarking sites. Other top social bookmarking sites include Digg, Reddit and StumbleUpon.
In addition to this, you could take part in discussion forums, respond to all of your readers' comments, and also include a URL link on your email signature. One other tip is to share your blog posts on Linkys. Be sure to leave comments on other blog posts too and when you do, don't just send potential readers to your home page, instead choose a specific link that is similar to the article you are commenting on and share it.
High Quality Content:
Content is indeed king - and not just for a day. The main reason why people visit your blog is to read the content. They want your unique point of view. The key is to make what you write captivating enough that they keep coming back for more. Begin by coming up with some catchy headlines then follow those headlines with quality content. Be sure the content correlates with the heading and that the heading is not too "cute". Make sure the content you post is easy to read, up to date and set up a posting schedule that you can adhere to. Even if the content is great, be sure to focus on keywords and key-phrases. In fact it is a good idea to choose those before you write the headline and article so you can incorporate them into both.
Pictures are worth a thousand words - we all know that - and it is imperative that you include high quality, clear images with your posts. Blogging is so visual these days - and often no matter how well written an article is, if there are not at least 3 to 5 images to draw the reader in, they will move on. Be sure to name the images accordingly so they show up in search results. I suggest using the title in the Alt Text area and one of the keywords or key-phrases in the title area. This way when someone pins your image the wording you want to show up does.
Creating controversial content is sure to draw traffic as people debate what you said. Before you post something controversial especially on high traffic blogs or social media, prepare for the backlash from people who do not agree with you. I personally find posting controversial content stressful and so often avoid it unless it is a subject I feel very strongly about.
The last strategy that is guaranteed to drive huge amounts of traffic to your blog would be through offline advertising. While this might seem strange, what this involves is including a URL link on your business cards, telling your friends, family or colleagues about your blog, taking part in blogging conferences or other networking events. For example, I blog on homesteading, so attending a homesteading conference and networking with the people there is sure to draw the attention of some who are interested in reading my blog. Believe it or not, despite being a little old-fashioned, word of mouth and meeting people face to face still has a lot of influence.
Executing these three simple strategies will do more than just draw traffic to your blog, it will put you in a place of prominence and authority both online and off.
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I highly recommend the following articles:
- Five Essential Steps To Building A Blog Site
- 12 Must-Have Blogger Apps
- Link Parties And Blog Hops Master List
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