Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Get Your Blog Noticed: 7 ways to Increase Traffic

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This post is for fellow-bloggers! Have you been trying to get people to read your blog? Trying to increase your rankings? There are several methods of promoting blogs. You can do a search and find most of them. But here's an article I really thought was special: it's called How to get noticed in the blogosphere and I've excerpted the ten critical points below:

Small list of what you should do to get your blog noticed:-

1. Try to get fame for others, the more you give the more you get.
2. Search engine optimize well.
3. Comment on others blogs, create a conversation.
4. Provide RSS feeds for your blog.
5. Be an expert of your field and provide quality content.
6. Get yourself listed in major directories.
7. Pick up products and provide first hand user experience.
8. People do not talk about you if you are a part of the crowd. You need to be innovative and creative.
9. Get yourself noticed by the A-list Bloggers(I’ll soon tell you how)
10. Add a viral effect to your blog, be contagious.
11. Try Viral Marketing and Linkbaiting
12. Use Social Network Sites to your benefit, without depending on them.

And, what about those "A-List" Bloggers?

Some bloggers are under impression that linking A-Listers might get them in notice and a link back. A-List Bloggers get 100 people linking to them on daily basis, which makes it practically impossible for them to go through each and every post which is written about them.

Seomoz recently posted 21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic, but I don't think some of the 21 apply. I've re-numbered, re-ordered and skimmed down the list to a cool seven!

1 - Participate at Related Forums & Blogs
Whatever industry or niche you're in, there are bloggers, forums and an online community that's already active. Depending on the specificity of your focus, you may need to think one or two levels broader than your own content to find a large community, but with the size of the participatory web today, even the highly specialized content areas receive attention. A great way to find out who these people are is to use Technorati to conduct searches, then sort by number of links (authority). Del.icio.us tags are also very useful in this process, as are straight searches at the engines (Ask.com's blog search in particular is of very good quality).

I personally believe "comments" are very important on any blog. Don't worry if you don't have any! Less than 2% of your daily readership will bother leaving a comment, unless you're like LaShawn Barber, where the comments page takes on the look and feel of a discussion forum! Don't worry about spam or nonsense comments either! If they're really bad you can always delete them! Make it as easy as possible for any reader to leave a comment at any time!

2 - Tag Your Content
Technorati is the first place that you should be tagging posts. The tags should be right on your post, pointing to the Technorati searches that you're targeting. There are other good places to ping - del.icio.us and Flickr being the two most obvious (the only other one is Blogmarks, which is much smaller). Tagging content can also be valuable to help give you a "bump" towards getting traffic from big sites like Reddit, Digg & StumbleUpon

3 - Write Title Tags with Two Audiences in Mind: Readers & Search Engines
First and foremost, you're writing a title tag for the people who will visit your site or have a subscription to your feed. Title tags that are short, snappy, on-topic and catchy are imperative. You also want to think about search engines when you title your posts, since the engines can help to drive traffic to your blog. A great way to do this is to write the post and the title first, then run a few searches at Overture, WordTracker & KeywordDiscovery to see if there is a phrasing or ordering that can better help you to target "searched for" terms.

4 - Invite Guest Bloggers
This is something that has worked very well for me! I've had guest-posts from some very top-notch bloggers! Asking a well known personality in your niche to contribute a short blog on their subject of expertise is a great way to grow the value and reach of your blog. You not only flatter the person by acknowedging their celebrity, you nearly guarantee yourself a link or at least an association with a brand that can earn you readers. Just be sure that you really are getting a quality post from someone that's as close to universally popular and admired as possible (unless you want to start playing the drama linkbait game, which I personally abhor). If you're already somewhat popular, it can often be valuable to look outside your space and bring in guest authors who have a very unique angle or subject matter to help spice up your focus. One note about guest bloggers - make sure they agree to have their work edited by you before it's posted. A disagreement on this subject after the fact can have negative ramifications.

5 - Go Beyond Text in Your Posts
Blogs that contain nothing but line after line of text are more difficult to read and less consistently interesting than those that offer images, interactive elements, the occassional multimedia content and some clever charts & graphs. Even if you're having a tough time with non-text content, think about how you can format the text using blockquotes, indentation, bulllet points, etc. to create a more visually appealing and digestable block of content.

6 - Pay Attention to Your Analytics
Visitor tracking software can tell you which posts your audience likes best, which ones don't get viewed and how the search engines are delivering traffic. Use these clues to react and improve your strategies. Feedburner is great for RSS and I'm a personal fan of Indextools. Consider adding action tracking to your blog, so you can see what sources of traffic are bringing the best quality visitors (in terms of time spent on the site, # of page views, etc).

7 - Only One Post in Twenty Can Be Linkbait
Not every post is worthy of making it to the top of Digg, Del.icio.us/popular or even a mention at some other blogs in your space. Trying to over-market every post you write will result in pushback and ultimately lead to negative opinions about your efforts. The less popular your blog is, the harder it will be to build excitement around a post. The following statement comes from one of the 21 that I deleted: "Nothing kills the potential linkbait "bump" faster than a blog whose content doesn't update for 48 hours after they've received a huge influx of visitors." I disagree. Most incoming traffic to a particular post will NOT bother coming back to your "base." In other words, if someone has googled in to joeblow.com/BritneySpearsEatsSpinach, you can bet they won't be putting plain old joeblow.com in the browser address bar any time soon!

If those 7 are just not enough for you, Seth Godin has posted no less than 56 ways to get traffic to your blog. If all else fails, go for it! Do the 56! But I think your chances of doing well in the blogosphere are much better with "the Seven."

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73 comments:

  1. Omg you da blog king!!

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  2. yo dave, wanna link up ? hehehe

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  3. As a real newbie (2 days) blogger...thanks for this. Helped me catch up on the jargon!!! And some ideas to get me started.

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  4. You have given me the best ideas that will help elevate my blogging of any other source, Thank you!!!!!

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  5. There are many advantages of your web blog above a website, except it's easy to setup and free. You can put every thing in your blog: from a couple of lines what it is on your mind or your new article just published elsewhere, or a product review. In principle, a blog is the same as a website, but you will need to update more frequently to get the visitors to your site. A major advantage of your web blog here above a website to getting major search engines like Google and Yahoo to visit your blog frequently is a technique called "pinging". It's a method of notifying all of the major search engines and blog directories, each time that you have updated your blog. The search engines will come and to take a look at your blog, thereby increasing traffic to your blog. If you link your blog, the search engines will follow the links from the blog pointing to your sites. This will help the search engine rankings of your sites as well!

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  6. as someone who just started blogging (yesterday) I want to say thanks for the info and help

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  7. Just found this page - some very useful tips here.

    Thanks! =)

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  8. I will have to try the guest blogger idea.

    My favorite way to generate traffic is by using trackbacks and comments on other interesting bloggers sites.

    I also like the idea of using KeywordDiscovery. I had never thought of that before.

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  9. Dave, great article.

    After writing an article called Building Blog Traffic: A Measured Approach, I think I will take most of these measured approached.

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  13. Just one question, how do you check how many people have viewed your blog? I know many blogs have a counter that tells you, but I don't know where to find one

    Thanks, Sarzah

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  14. Thank you very much, I used sitemeter.com. It is gr8!

    Thanks, Sarah

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  15. Thx Revellian for this via Digg*

    5* Bloggers have an Excellent Free Source of Fabulous Visual Images + Photos from Flickr which can be used (Creative Commons that Links Back to the Original)! It does make for a more Interesting Read + can Easily provide New Topics to Blog about*

    ;)) Peace*

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  24. Thank you. I am just getting started and you have offered what seems like some very sound advice.

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  26. You can increase number of visitors to your blog by pinging search engines. Say to ping yahoo, you need to type the following url.

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  28. Really good tips. Thank you so much. I'm new at this and would really love some traffic!

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  32. so if I post here... people will come visit my blog?

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  34. Some great tips here to help me get my blog noticed...Thanks!!!

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  35. very informative post and certainly it would help a lot, thanks.

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  36. How to increase ranking in google ? yes its can be done through different ways, like article submission, social bookmarking submission, link building.All these helps in increasing website traffic.

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  37. I'd also add article marketing into the mix ... you can adapt your blog posts into articles, distribute them through an article submission service like submityourarticle.com or isnare, and link them back to your blog posts.

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  38. My two personal favorites are to connect with A-list bloggers (it's not as difficult as it seems, some of them are really very nice:), and guest blogging.

    Guest blogging has become my recent passion since I saw how much traffic it can potentially bring.

    Both are GREAT ways to Increase Blog Traffic! (Thanks for the link.)

    Ana Hoffman

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  39. Thank you very much for the tips! I am a new blogger just getting my things together and all help is welcome and very very appreciated!

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  40. Thanks Dave, I've only been blogging a short while so this article was really helpful. And a good way at eliciting comments:)

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  41. Everyone go to my Blog, it's all about gaming! I need the traffic!

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  42. havent started blogging yet. Very helpful tips.
    Thanks,
    pgajim

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  43. http://freestuff1230.blogspot.com/

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  44. Hey, thanks! I am excited to try this out!

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  45. thanks for the tips! great for a new blogger

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  46. Thanks for the advice.
    Check out my blog for stuff on rugby and me just sharing my opinion

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  47. NICEEEE HEHE thankyou for this, I'm goint to start most of these things right away but most of your suggestions are for BLOGS with a specific purpose but mine is more daily life and randomly good things that happen so if you could make one about those blogs I would appreciate that alot! =]

    http://freeman256.blogspot.com/

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  48. thanks for the tips! theyre great, especially because I just started my new fashion blog today(:

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  49. Cheers this is great! I'm hoping this will make my blog bring in more traffic so people can read my university guide to girls rather than me having to teach them in person!

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  50. well i have been blogging for 2 weeks and be earning adsense revenue but not enough www.onlytourism.blogspot.com
    please tell me what should i do to increase traffic your help will be highly appreciated

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  51. @mustirocks - the first thing you must do is BE PATIENT - sorry to scream at ya, but two weeks isn't even a blip. Come back in two months and tell me how you're doing!

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  52. Thanks for such a useful information. I really liked it

    Need more visitors

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  53. Good post! Gave me some ideas to work with.

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  54. hi im pete, great blog, great advice, i just started mine today, check it out, its not as good as yours tho, maybe you can give me a few tips.

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  55. cool :)

    http://freeman256.blogspot.com/

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  56. Thanks you! check out my blog :)

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  57. For a blog about how to get your blog noticed I would have expected more than just 64 comments.... Did you just decide not to get this blog noticed? Idk... Maybe you know what you're talking about, you just don't want too many other people to know about it, huh?

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  58. @Squall - you got that right. I have always wondered if maybe it's too difficult to leave a comment here. This post has literally had about a million hits since it first went up. I APPRECIATE YOU and the others who endured the comment-leaving process.

    I have a friend who gets about 50 visitors a day. And every day at least 30 of them leave comments on her latest post.

    Even on the "kick ass" posts that search engines lock on and deliver me droves of traffic, comments are hard to come by.

    HOW CAN I FIX THIS (assuming it can be fixed?)

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  59. Thanks for the info ill be sure to try this out soon

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  60. Thanks for all the info. Really helped!!

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  63. thanks for the info. I just started my own little blog and looking for info on how to do it right. thanks again.

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  65. Very comprehensive list of things to improve your SEO. The more you interact in the blogosphere and in social media the more links and attention your blog will get. Genuine social interaction is the biggest advantage individuals have over Internet Marketing Companies. Keep up the good work sir!

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  66. I usually don’t leave remarks at blogs, but your post inspired me to comment on your blog. Thank you for sharing!

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