How to get traffic to my blog
Welcome to the first lesson in the Instant Blog Traffic Crash Course. Over the next few days, you will receive several lessons that will help you learn simple tips and techniques that you can use to boost traffic, views and profits for your blog.
In this first lesson, we are going to talk a little about some of the best ways you can get in more traffic to your blog because without it there will be nobody to read all of the awesome content and offers you post.
In order to attract enough traffic to see any real results, you have to come up with a long-term plan that will not only bring in traffic but also ensure that it’s a consistent and continuous flow of targeted visitors.
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The first method we are going to discuss is social networking which is extremely popular right now. This method includes the integration of both the social media and social bookmarking sites. To benefit from social media, it’s a good idea to have accounts dedicated to your blog on the top social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.
The reason why this is so important is that, you can easily share your blog posts on these accounts and if your followers like the content, they may end up sharing and recommending them to their friends and followers. This helps spread your content and increase the amount of traffic your blog receives. The same applies to the social bookmarking sites likeDigg, Reddit and StumbleUpon.
To help expand on this method you can take part in discussion forums, respond to all of your readers’ comments, and always include a link to your blog in your email signature,
posts and responses.
The next strategy we are going to discuss is the importance of posting high quality and relevant content. The main reason why people visit your blog is for the content so when it comes to having a successful and profitable blog content is everything.
The trick is to make it captivating enough so that your visitors want to keep reading and coming back for more. When you are creating content it’s important to focus on writing headlines that grab the attention of your visitors so they want to know more and then follow it up with quality content that delivers exactly what the headline promised.
Also, make sure that the content is easy to read; up to date and that, you are posting regularly. This will help keep your visitors engaged and also have SEO (search engine optimization) benefits. As you are creating your content it is a good idea to think about the keywords and phrases you want to target and weave them into your headlines and content where appropriate. Just don’t go overboard. You don’t want to sacrifice the quality of your content for just for the sake of more keyword usage.
Another tip, when including pictures, name them properly (with keywords in mind) so that, when someone is searching for images, yours will show up in the listings hopefully at the top.
The last strategy we are going to discuss in this lesson is often ignored by bloggers but it has the ability to drive large amounts of traffic to your blog when used correctly. You may be surprised to know that you can get a lot of online visitors by promoting your blog through offline advertising. This technique involves including an easy to remember link to your blog on business cards, flyers and pamphlets. It can also include posting ads in your local newspaper, trade journals and magazines that your target audience would be likely to read.
If you want to get fancy, you can purchase some airtime on your favorite radio station, which isn’t as expensive as you may think. In fact, if you can entice them to interview you about your business you can get a ton of free exposure. One of the best ways to score interviews is by writing and submitting press releases. Just make sure they are news worthy and enticing.
Telling your friends, family and colleagues about your blog is always a good idea. You can also taking part in blogging conferences, networking events and if you can swing it opt to be a sponsor, which will get you and your blog even more attention. While these offline techniques may seem a little old-fashioned they still work and have the potential to bring in a lot of visitors that may not have found you otherwise.
We have a lot to go over in the next few days if you want to learn how to boost traffic, views and profits for your blog, so make sure you look for your next lesson soon. We will be going over some simple tricks that will help you write your blog posts faster.