10 Great Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic




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Blog Traffic
Guest Post By Brian Martinowich.

One of the biggest hurdles encountered by beginning bloggers is increasing blog traffic above a few dozen daily page views. Producing content for a small audience is frustrating, especially when you're unsure whether your efforts will ever be appreciated. Even more experienced bloggers who have more than 1,000 daily readers can find themselves on a plateau and in need of some tactics to kick their traffic up to the next level.

Blogs with several hundred thousand daily readers have more than luck -- they’ve built a loyal readership by creating a strategy that relies on a variety of proven tactics. If you're looking for more readers, try these 10 tactics to increase traffic to your blog:

1. Make sure that your blog design draws readers in.

You don't have to spend a fortune on the layout of your blog. A simple design that's modern and clean will encourage readers to check out your content. Don't underestimate the power of images; they can attract readers and increase your chances of being found by search engines.

2. Publish quality posts on a regular basis.

As Google and other search engines refine their algorithms, stuffing content with keywords is no longer a guarantee of a high search engine rankings. Publishing quality content that is useful, interesting and even controversial will attract readers, and make them want to come back for more.

3. Provide in-depth content once or twice a month.

In addition to short daily posts, publish articles once or twice a month that provide added value in your blog niche. Examples of in-depth content include lists of resources, how-to guides and detailed analyses of important issues. Spend extra time on these articles since your goal is attracting other bloggers who will link to your articles and readers who will return to your blog.

4. Use SEO wisely.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can help your content achieve higher search engine rankings. Learn how to use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool to identify popular keywords related to your content, then add these keywords in a natural way to your posts. Use relevant keywords without overdoing it; overusing keywords will decrease the quality of your content and discourage readers from returning.

5. Use outbound links.

Provide links to useful content elsewhere on the web as a service to your readers. Outbound links can also help your blogs get noticed by the owners of the sites you link to and increase you search engine ranking.

6. Add tags to your posts.

Your blogging platform should allow you to add tags (also known as metatags) to each post. They are keywords that described the information in the post. Tags are used by search engines to help identify relevant content for searches.

7. Build relationships with your readers.

Allow your readers to comment on posts and ask questions (use an approval mechanism to thwart spammers). Foster two-way conversations, and build reader loyalty by posting responses.

8. Spend time networking.

Spend time finding out where your potential readers hang out online. Become an active member of your niche community by reading other blogs and leaving useful non-promotional comments that contain the URL of your blog. Other readers who like your comments will be encouraged to click through to your blogs.

9. Invite readers to subscribe.

Provide standard mechanisms to allow readers to get updates through e-mail and an RSS feed. Your blogging platform should already have the tools to do this.

10. Use social networking to promote your posts.

When you publish an especially useful post, submit it to social bookmarking sites like Reddit, Digg and StumbleUpon. You can also set up Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts that link to your blog and update them when you publish. Some successful bloggers take promotion one step further with a dedicated app that notifies readers of updates.

guest blog postBy Guest Author -Brian Martinowich is a freelance writer with EarnMBADegree.com, a comprehensive resource guide for online MBA programs. As the Community Manager of the global social good campaign, Tweet Drive, Brian enjoys helping others through his experiences and expertise with social media.

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25 comments:

  1. for the umpteenth time I say thank you for the article from spiceupyourblog. very useful.

    I am also a fan some of the tricks from your web

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  2. nice and informative ...:) thanks ..:)

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  3. As a beginner in the blogging field must I say thanks. It will indeed be helpfull.

    To the owner of the site: This is a great site and the tips and guids given is really helpfull.

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    1. Thanks for this useful information .

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  5. As always, I thank you for being so informative. As a new blogger I have found this blog helps me almost daily. Please keep up the great work!
    Fan for life,
    Kimmy McPherson
    www.withoutalabel.me

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  6. What do you mean by modern, Modern Design Aesthetic or Technologically Modern Gadgets? I ask because I feel that my gadgets are appropriately modern to my read base, most of which can barely surf the internet let alone utilize newer gadgets. My look however is not at all modern and I am wondering if this is a hindrance to my blog. Thanks for the article, I loved it.

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  7. great content..I put much emphasis on outbound links..specialy form high page rank websites...

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  8. These are great tips, especially the meta tags. Thanks.

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  9. These tips very useful for blogging, most likely seo and outbound links you have mentioned in your post. nice tips

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    1. Yeah ! tips are very useful for bloggers

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  10. Well, it is the nice idea and use full for me. I think the quality content is the best for traffic. I have so less articles in my blog..and I have never tag it. thank for you article..

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  11. THNXXX FOR THIS INFO.

    REALLY HELP FUL

    www.fblatest.in

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  12. greate tips..specially for beginners like mee..thanx for providing such post..

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  13. more power to you and your blog :)

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  14. t is the nice idea and use full for me. I think the quality content is the best for traffic. I have so less articles in my blog.

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  15. I have a small doubt. Did using Pininterest will help to increase blog traffic ? How to find out websites giving good backlinks to our website ?

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    1. Linto, If your blog uses images Pinterest can help.There are No websites giving good backlinks.You have to earn good backlinks, write good content and people will want to link to it.

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  16. very good post really helpfull... thank you very much

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  17. thanks,i really don't taught much about tagging my blog post before, but after reading through,i will have to review my blog post and do some adjustment.tanks.

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  18. thank you for the tips. i changed from a free blog to a custom domain and my traffic dropped drastically. i will have to devote to the tips you have given. thanks again.

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  19. Hey i want to know Sharing new blog or new blog posts on diffrernt social media and bookmarking sites is good or bad. Bad means is it considered spamming according to google algorithms..? i started a new blog and i am working hard. I want to share blog posts on Google+ profile and page, facebook profile and page, Chime, Reddit, Digg, and all of the Top social sites, but i just want to know is it good for serps boost ups. I read that Sharing on diffrent sites will increase the indexing time of new blog posts. But i am still worried and want to know is it good or bad according to search engines to get a lot of link back to our sites through lot of diffrent social networking sites.

    Shruti

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  20. Well nice information you have given. I also run on WordPress blog on Tech Niche and this post of your is really helpful now!

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