Advice for New and Seasoned Bloggers
I belong to many blogging groups and forums, and one of the questions that keeps coming up consistently is how do I drive traffic to my blog?
Many work at home business artisans and mom bloggers pour their hearts and souls into blogging – night and day. Now you’ve got a great blog going with several articles and killer content. The trouble is, you don’t know if anyone is reading it besides your mom!
You feel like you’re writing to yourself most of the time and that’s not what you want. You want to get people to comment on your posts, enter your Giveaways, perhaps sell an affiliate product or make money on ads or something!
Start taking steps now to drive traffic to your blog and soon you’ll have some blog comments being posted and products being sold.
Getting traffic to a blog follows the same steps as getting traffic to a website, with a few other possibilities thrown in. Don’t concentrate on one method because traffic can, and should, come from all over.
- Pay Per Click (PPC) is a quick and easy way to get traffic to your blog. It will cost you money, and if you’ve never used AdWords before, you should research how to do if effectively so you don’t lose your bloomers.
- Interview an expert and post that interview on your blog. Most likely the person being interviewed will want to let his list know about the interview. This is a win-win because this person’s reputation as an expert will be cemented, and you’ll gain new viewers to your blog.
- Put your blog link in your signature line when you post on forums. Join forums that are in your niche and answer questions when you know the answer and can be really helpful. You are establishing yourself as the “person in the know” and they may click on your blog link to see what else you know.
- Write quality articles and submit them to article directories. Really work on your bio and link at the bottom of your articles so that targeted people can’t help but click to your site.
- Post thoughtful comments on other blogs, preferably well-trafficked ones, and establish a relationship with them. One time I did this and it lead to them asking me to be a contributing writer for their network of blogs. Talk about exposure. You can also get curious people clicking through on your link from the comments you left.
- Look for guest blogging opportunities. When you blog on someone else’s blog with lots of good information, their readers will visit your blog. I like to give bloggers an opportunity to guest post here on Moomette’s Magnificents (check out my sidebar under Guest Posts – let me know if you’re interested!)
- Similarly, cross post with another blogger. Ask them a burning question on their blog, and they answer it on your blog and vice versa. Readers will have to go to the other blog to find out the answer. I participated in a Cross Blog Conversation with Christie – at Profitable Mommy Blogging read about it here.
- Business cards are never out of fashion in the offline world. Hand them out whenever and wherever appropriate. I’ve handed mine out at craft fairs where I’d be interested in doing product reviews – you never know what opportunities will arise!
- Press releases, online or off, give you and your blog attention. Your local newspaper may be interested in the human interest aspect of your blog.
- Remember to feed the feeds. RSS, Atom, XML, Newsgator, Bloglines, MSN, AOL, etc. for syndication of your blog posts.
- MyBlogCatalog and MyBlogLog are also ways to get your posts in front of others. Your post titles will show up in widgets on other blogs in your niche so make sure the titles are compelling enough for people to want to read them.
These are just a few of the ways to drive traffic to your blog. After all, the point of your blog is not to write to yourself but to help others and possibly make some money. When you start working on your traffic you should begin to see an ever-increasing flow of it to your blog.
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