As bloggers, one of the most prevalent concerns is how to increase your blog traffic. Many ask themselves, “How do I let others know that I’m here?” There are several ways to increase the number of visitors to your blog.
Write Great Blog Posts
One of THE most important things you can do is to write great blog posts. Your blog’s number one goal should be to provide valuable content to your audience. Therefore, you should never let the quality of your blog post decrease because you are focusing on search engine optimization strategies or trying to implement quickie traffic strategies. Writing quality and consistent blog posts is THE key to increasing your blog traffic.
Understand Your Blog Traffic
By understanding your blog traffic I mean to know which social media network they hang out at. Is your of audience on Facebook or Twitter? Do you primarily deal with businesses? Then your ideal reader is on LinkedIn. Knowing who your reader is and which social networks they frequent, will help you know where to spend most of your efforts. Most consumes are on Facebook. Facebook is the perfect network to build relationships with consumers.
If you offer products, services or information for people to improve their business, then LinkedIn is a good place for you to spend the majority of your “marketing time”. Join a LinkedIn group within your niche and start building relationships.
Expand Your Reach
Creating profiles on sites such as Hubpages, Squidoo and Tumblr and great ways to not only create a high quality backlink to your site but also reach a whole new group of readers. All three of these sites are highly indexed with Google, therefore when you post an article on these sites with a link to your current blog, you will attract a new reader. Additionally, you can also make a little extra cash from these sites as well. These sites allow you to setup Google Adsense and/or affiliate links such as Amazon.com. I have articles on Hubpages that I wrote 4 years ago and I still receive traffic as well as resident income from it. Not too shabby!
Get Involved on Other Blogs
Frequently other blogs within your niche is a great way to not only develop a relationship with a fellow blogger but to also introduce yourself to another group of readers. I visit popular blogs within my blogging niche several times a week. I leave a meaningful comment to one of their blog posts. From my Google Analytics analysis I can see that I get several visits to my blog from the blogs in which I left my comments.
Developing relationships on social media networks, other article sites and niche related blogs are the best ways to increase your blog traffic. Not only are these the “natural” way to expand your audience but the links and relationships you build will stay active for a long time. Any quickie SEO tactic to find on the internet may give instant results but they won’t help you develop long lasting results which should be your ultimate goal.
So in summary, the best way to increase your blog traffic is to write high quality blog posts, get involved in social media, create profiles on article sites and build relationships with fellow bloggers. If some of you think this is a lot of work, just create a schedule on the best way to include these items in your daily routine. Make these part of your blog’s marketing plan.
What types of activities do you do to increase your blog traffic? Leave a comment below.