We’d all like more traffic. Regardless of your motives for writing, I’ve never heard of someone saying they wanted less traffic. Without readers, what’s the point of blogging? As your traffic levels grow, it gets easier and easier to get new readers, and with more people to share, retweet, and post about your content, you’ll eventually experience the snowball effect. Even big bloggers, though, need to think about traffic; those social shares and links won’t always happen on their own.
Whatever stage you’re at with your blog, these tips will help you get more traffic.
1. Write a Shareable Post
You always need to start with great content before looking for more traffic. Content is king! Write compelling posts that deliver real value, and make sure you have an attention-grabbing headline.
2. Pay Attention to SEO
Paying attention to SEO doesn’t mean that you need to hire a company to create a high-ranking blog; it also doesn’t mean that you need a degree in computer science to understand it all. Pay attention to the basics like having keyword-rich headlines, interlinking posts, and getting links from high PageRank sites and you’ll find that your serach engine traffic goes up.
3. Leave Great Comments
Commenting on blogs is a great way to grow your blog and create a community with other bloggers. When you comment, make sure you’re adding something relevant to the discussion; people will be much more likely to continue to your blog if you share an interest in topics.
4. Ask for Shares / Retweets
Some bloggers worry that it’s somehow wrong to ask their audience to share their posts, but asking readers to “Please retweet” or “If you enjoyed this post, please share it”, can build your blog. Sometimes a little reminder is all that it takes.
Make it easy for people to share your posts, too. If you’re tweeting a link and asking for a retweet, make sure your tweet is short enough that people can add a “RT @LesleyMCarter”.
On your blog posts themselves, have social share buttons.
5. Write a Guest Post
One of the very best ways to get an influx of targeted traffic is to write a guest post for a blog in your niche. (This also boosts your SEO by giving you an inbound link from a high PageRank site).
Your guest post should be your very best work – that way, it stands a good chance of being accepted. Make sure you use your bio and especially your link to full effect: try linking to a particular post or resource rather than to your blog as a whole, as this gives people more of a reason to click through.
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