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Mini-Blog Workshop Series 4: How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

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Posted by Cindy on June 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

We have covered

  1. Mini-Blog Workshop 1: How to get started blogging
  2. Mini-Blog Workshop 2: What should I write on
  3. Mini-Blog Workshop 3: How to monetize your blog

In this week’s post, I like to cover a critical element in your entire blogging career if you ever want to be able to successfully make a living online from your blog.

If you have been online for any length of time, you might have guessed that it has to do with traffic.

 

Yes, traffic is to online websites and blogs like oxygen to the brain, cash flow to a business and blood to the body. Without traffic, you might have a paltry number of readers if you have great content.

However, with more than 181 million blogs out there, up from 36 million blogs five years ago, according to a study by NM Incite, a Nielson/McKinsey Company, how do you make you blog stand out and attract visitors to your blog?

Here are top five ways to attract more traffic to your blog

 

1.      Blog commenting

If you have written on similar topics as those top blogs out there, posting relevant comments on their blogs and related posts can drive traffic and backlinks to your blogs.

 

However, your comments have to be constructive; otherwise, you will be treated as spamming.

 

This remains one of my favorite ways to drive traffic to my blog. It is also a great way to network with other bloggers who write on a similar topic.

 

2.      Guest Post

If you have great content to share with high traffic blogs, this is another great way to attract traffic to your blog.

The smart way to do this is to approach the blog owner with a series of titles and outline of the post you intend to write. If they agree to a particular post, you can submit it for them to feature on their blogs.

 

In this way, you are building a readership for your blogs with people who are already interested in your content. In addition, you do not have to look for readers one at a time. They are already gathered on your other high traffic blogs. The only thing you have to do is to write great content that is beneficial to the readers of the blog you intend to guest post for.

 

For more on guest blogging and increasing your traffic through this method, refer to

this post by Neil Patel who has a great  post on this topic.

 

http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/04/02/how-to-build-links-through-guest-blogging/

 

Neil is founder of two tech start-ups Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics so he certainly knows alot about SEO and driving traffic to your blogs.

Another resorce is the Guest Bloggin Master who has excellent tips on this as well. To get started, click here.

3.      Forums

If there is a forum that you are an active participant of, you can try this approach to drive more traffic to your website.

 

Whenever relevant, you can offer help to your fellow ‘forumer’s and add a link to your related post for them to find out more. Other ways you can get the word about your blog includes adding a signature at the end of the post.For more on this, refer to ProBlogger Tips

 

4.      Twitter, Facebook and other social networks

In web 2.0, almost everything is inter-linked. In order to drive more traffic to your blog, you can post a link from your twitter account or update your facebook wall whenever you have updated a post on your website.

 

5.      Blog network

Blog networks work this way, if you have content that is related to a niche, for instance, personal finance, you can get involved with a blog network. Examples of blog networks include Life Remix which has a famous blog by the name of “Get Rich Slowly”. What networks do is they will promote each other’s blogs on their own blogs. However, to get accepted by a network, you got to have high quality content so this strategy may not be one of the easiest one to implement but is certainly one that will reap great dividends for you in the long run in terms of traffic generation.

These are the top ways to get traffic to your blog, in next week’s post, I am going to cover ways you can use your blog to earn freelance income, which I believe is a favorite topic for some of you, based on your feedback and emails to me.

To learn more about setting up a professional blog and other insider tips, refer to this

ProBlogger Tips.

 

 

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