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How to Increase Your Blog Traffic

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One of the most important aspects of a good blog and what most bloggers strive for is a strong audience. However, for many new bloggers trying to figure out how to capture an audience is a mystery. You could have the most humorous, enjoyable, or knowledgeable blog out there, but the question is how to get people to notice it? You need to market your blog as you would any great and up-and-coming product.

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There are several ways to capture an audience and draw people to your blog. It is your job once you have captured their attention to keep it. Several ways to grow your audience are to run blog giveaways, interact with people on forums, comment on other blogs, and join blog hops.

Run Giveaways

One way to drive traffic to your blog is to run blog giveaways. Learning how to do this is a whole other post. But people love to enter giveaways and they love it even more when their odds of winning are high, which usually happens with blog giveaways. Keeping a steady stream of giveaways on your blog is one way to attract an audience and keep them coming back.

Join Networks

The more bloggers and people you know in which you can discuss your blog, the better chance of getting them interested. Join forums such as Mom Bloggers Club, Bloggy Mom, or one of the many Blog Frog communities. Don’t just join them; you need to comment and interact with people. Try to find people that you think would relate to your blog and open up a line of communication. Be sure to add a link to your blog in your signature so people can find it easily.

Be Active on Other Blogs

One of your top priorities should be commenting on other blogs. If you want people to comment and follow your blog, you are going to have to do the same thing. When you visit other blogs don’t just leave a canned comment. Take the time to read a post and leave a thoughtful comment. Continue to come back and read and leave comments, show other blog owners that you value the time they took in writing a post by giving them the time to leave a comment. The more you put yourself out there and interact in the blogging community, the more chances you have of letting people know about your blog.

Blog Hop

Blog hops are a fun way to find interesting blogs and get your blog out there for others to notice. You can usually find a blog hop for any day of the week just by Googling something like “Sunday Blog Hop”. Find a hop or two, or three, and link up your blog. Then you should be considerate of others and hop and follow blogs that peak your interest. Again when leaving a comment, the same rule applies above. If you leave a meaningful comment, people are more likely to reciprocate and leave the same on your own blog. Which means you have met one goal and that is getting people to your blog.

Building and growing a blog audience takes time and determination on your part. Everyone would love to write a few great posts and hope that people will follow. However, like with any great product it all starts with advertising. You need to advertise in the form of letting people get to know you so they in turn will be interested in your blog. The #1 key to a strong audience no matter what steps above you may take is content. You MUST write content that others are interested in reading. Find your niche, what you enjoy writing about, and perfect it. Try to get your readers involved by asking questions in your post, or debating a topic. In the end, you want to make sure that the work you put in bringing people to your blog, also keeps people coming back.

About the Author:
Colleen Shibley is a Featured Blogger on JoeShopping.com, where she regularly blogs about shopping and her family. The mother of three also blogs about fitness and her family on her personal blog Shibley Smiles.

22 comments
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ACN Scam

Very good website full of interesting content and comments. Thanks for your efforts.

Keith Williams
Keith Williams

I'm going to take these words to heart, I didn't know so much goes into blogging. I'm still learning new things, especially about increasing my blog traffic.

Paul
Paul

I agree with these expertly written tips. A blogger should also spend some time on their own blogs, replying to feedback and communicating with their readership, as well as being active on other relevant blogs.

Tekki
Tekki

You have only given an obvious methods in promoting a blog, but I admire that your blog receives so many traffic everyday. For this, it is very convincing that this post is really effective. Thanks for sharing!

Nicky Starr
Nicky Starr

Interesting information. I am a new blogger who am not quite sure how to become a guest blogger. For instance, does the blog host look for a guest blogger with experience or is he/she willing to give a newbie a shot?

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seo reseller

One more tip would be to use social networking in promoting your blog so that people would read them.

Tattu
Tattu

Comprehensive tips. Covered everything briefly. I am sure to try out some of these.

Satish
Satish

Really awesome article man! I loved the concept of making communities in those mombloggers club and bloggy mom :D they are really famous with good content. i will also keep in mind that giveaways will help us a lot thanks!

Mike
Mike

Thanks for the Share! Shibley referred me over here to the post and I found it very useful as I'm in the works of starting up a few blogs now!

Shahid
Shahid

I read all the same things all over and comment too but not much luck in being able to increase traffic to my blog. I hope people who are reading this do check out my blog.

DJ Trinity
DJ Trinity

Hi

Increasing traffic to a blog is very similar to a website, with just some minor differences. A website is often far larger than a blog, and more often than not it offers an array of products or services in addition to information. Whereas a blog is mostly full of informative content. NOW, these that you mentioned are the long list of things people can do to help increase traffic to their site or blog.

This is great and releasing a free ebook having valuable information is must and also other points are great to get traffic to blog.This is one of the best article, I ever read about promoting new or existing site.

Thanks For Sharing

shenoyjoseph
shenoyjoseph

Giveaways is new method for increasing blog traffic in less time and do comments on other blogs actively to generate a little traffic.

woman
woman

Thank you very much for this excellent explanation! it's been very useful.

Colleen
Colleen

@Rohan definitely agree "heart of communication"

Once you start getting your blog out there you then need to really try to interact with your readers.

Communication is needed in so many ways. To launch your blog you must communicate to social media and other outlets to let people know where to find you. Once you get them in, interact with them so they enjoy coming back.

Sreejesh @techgyo
Sreejesh @techgyo

Excellent traffic driving tips for bloggers. As important as writing good post, its also important to spend a little more time for promoting it on social media sites. That can give you some quick traffic if done instantly.

Rohan
Rohan

Interaction is the heart of communication....... Some people just write blogs in the dark and hope to strike without promotion and marketing , needless to say that they fail!
You have listed some practical tips for blog marketing which should help a wide range of audience troubled with the 'low traffic' bug !

Jolly Princess
Jolly Princess

Thanks for the info. I will try Blog Frog communities in addition to where I had already joined.

My Alexa Genie
My Alexa Genie

Thanks for sharing few networks. There are just too many networks to join and not sure which one will be profitable to join. Well, since it is shared by great post and pr 1 ranker, it should be trustworthy. Thanks.

carsten
carsten

thanks for the nice comments