Guest post by Tracy Collins
Have you just started a blog and want someone—anyone—to read what you have to say? Do you have an existing blog but just aren’t getting the type of responses you’d hope to get? Fear not! You don’t have to throw in the towel just yet.
There are a few simple ways you can generate massive amounts of traffic and visitors to your site and you don’t have to do as much as you think you would in order to make that happen. Let’s go through them, shall we?
1. SEO, SEO, SEO.
It can’t be stressed enough. Search engine optimization is your friend, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Utilize keywords in your blog content and even in the title of your blogs. Search engines will pick up on this and rank your blog pages higher in search engine rankings. Be careful not to overdo it, or else your page may be considered spam and negatively impacted in the rankings.
2. Invite friends on social media to connect with you.
Use your Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn connections to visit your page. StumbleUpon is great for accidental visitors, too. Use direct links where appropriate (don’t spam!) and briefly tell your contacts what your page is all about.
3. Use keyword-rich links for each blog posting.
This ties into SEO, but it warrants its own placement here. Once again, don’t spam the heck out of it; just put enough keywords in there to catch a search engine’s attention.
4. Write about things other than yourself.
Save your introspective musings for LiveJournal. If you want people to see your blog, you have to be more of a social commentator than an autobiographer. Give people your take on what’s happening in the world, and the world around you.
5. Write interesting content!
This tip functions as a corollary to the previous one. Boring people will write boring blogs. Give people a reason to want to read what you write. In order to do that, you have to write content that matters.
6. Post on the right day at the right time.
Lazy Sunday posts don’t generate many hits. Remember that people enjoy killing time at work, so that means blog posts that are made at 10:30 in the morning on Tuesday will draw more eyeballs than posts made at 11:45 on Friday night. Who’s reading blogs on a Friday night?
7. Post early, post often!
Once again, this is a corollary to the previous tip, but it deals more with the frequency in which you post rather than the content itself. The blogs with the most traffic are dynamic in nature, meaning they change frequently during the day and update with fresh content. If you’re just planning on a few posts here and there, just get out of the blogging game altogether. Blogs are for people who post often enough to draw an audience. Going weeks without posting doesn’t quite cut it.
8. Learn to build your audience over time.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your visitor base. Use the above tips (SEO, post frequency, post content, etc.) and all of them will blend together to improve your internet visibility gradually.
9. Message Board Signatures.
If you post often on message boards, use your blog web address as part of your signature (the part of the post that comes after the body of your post). Most people put funny quotes, pictures, or GIFs in that spot, but you can use yours for shameless promotion.
10. Interact with your readers!
If people have taken the time to read your blog and comment on them, interacting with them makes them feel like they’re talking to a real person instead of a spam-filled page with keywords littered everywhere. Your readers will get a sense of your personality and you can build a dedicated base of posters that will enjoy engaging in conversation and debate with you. It’s what a good blog is built on!
Take these 10 tips to get more blog traffic and use them wisely, because implementing all 10 of them will practically ensure that your blog is successful and thriving. Even just a few of them will get you going, though. Turn your blog in to a traffic generator and enjoy the conversation with your most frequent visitors.
About the Author
My name is Tracy Collins and I’m an internet entrepreneur,a internet marketer and a writer.My business website is http://tracy-collins.ws and my blogs http://tlkool9.blogspot.com and http://tlkool1.wordpress.com .