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How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

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English: Traffic in Oslo (E18 Bjørvika) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are hundreds of millions of blogs out there, and only a small percentage of them have regular readerships.  Here are some tips to drive traffic to your blog:

  1. Submit your blog to search engines
    This one is very basic, but effective.  Go to the homepages of major search engines like Google, Yahoo!, and Bing to submit the URL of your blog for indexing.
  2. Build a community
    Make open-ended blog posts that invite users to comment.  When someone does comment on your blog, respond to them immediately.  This shows your readers that you care and helps to build comment threads into conversations.  Check your moderation filter often to approve comments that pass your Terms of Use.  Ban abusive commenters rather than engaging with them.
  3. Set up a Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed
    RSS feeds automatically compile your blog’s activity into a standardized summary.  Users can sign up for RSS updates from their favorite blogs.  This makes it easy for users to follow your blog regularly.
  4. Aggressive social media advertising
    Spend as much time as you possibly can building a social media presence.  Release content and posts on all social media channels regularly.  This will help you attract customers as friends or followers of your social media. It will also increase your search ranking through organic link building.
  5. Link to other related blogs
    Linking to other great blogs in your content or in your will make other bloggers aware of your work.  Many of them will reciprocate by linking back to you.
  6. Comment on other blogs
    Leave useful, productive, and interesting comments on other blogs.  Include your URL with every comment.  This will not only gain you some new readers, but will also read as linkbuilding to search engine bots.
  7. Invite guest bloggers and write guest blog posts
    Guest blogging is a win-win situation.  The host’s blog gets free content, and the guest blogger gets new readers and a new link.  Build up relationships with other blogs and help them out with content when you can
  8. Nominate yourself and others for blogging awards.
    Who actually wins the award isn’t that important.  What’s important is that even by nominating blogs and participating in the awards process, you are getting your name and your links out there.
  9. Submit your content Scoop.it
    Scoop.it collects and reviews content for other bloggers to link.  If you can get your content featured on the front page, it will create a ton of organic high-quality links for your blog.
  10. Engage in “newsjacking”
    “Newsjacking” is when you take a breaking news story, find a unique take on it, and then outcompete actual news sources for hits.  Newsjacking is only possible if you are legitimately an expert on the subject.  Subscribe to news RSS sites and pay attention to new news stories.  Be prepared to drop everything and write a blog post about a news story just as it breaks.

Mike manages SEO for SMB clients to large corporations. He leads a growing team of Internet Marketers at TechWyse. Learn more about SEO leader TechWyse here: http://techwyse.com/blog.

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7 Responses to “How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog”

  1. Thank you for these useful tips on how to drive traffic to my website. Driving traffic is the hardest part of running a website….so far. :)

    Posted by Rachel | November 13, 2012, 9:36 am
  2. Cheers for this..would you be interested in writing for my blog?

    Posted by Colm | January 3, 2013, 4:26 pm
  3. Hi, Thanks! very useful to start blogging. these tips motivates us

    Posted by Ben | January 12, 2013, 3:31 pm
  4. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I
    get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Many thanks!

    Posted by Mabel | January 15, 2013, 8:37 pm
  5. Let me know if that keeps up…I tried to disable it. I may have to go in for more work. Sorry!

    Posted by tom | January 15, 2013, 9:17 pm
  6. Drive traffic to our blog is difficult, the most important thing before to maintain the interest of visitors. Thanks for your tips.

    Posted by stimmy | February 5, 2013, 5:03 am

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