April 15, 2011

Three Quick Tips for Attracting Traffic to Your Blog


A guest post contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who regularly writes for OnlineUniversities.com


Search engine optimization (SEO) has been the hot topic in all areas of the blogosphere for years now. Now that creating and maintaining a blog has become fairly simple, bloggers and wannabe bloggers are all about getting readers and creating traffic. While there are dozens and dozens of tips and tricks to mastering SEO available on the web, these three tips are simple and often overlooked.

One of the most important aspects of optimizing your blog is learning to link intelligently. This is an area that people have significant trouble with (and for good reason). Linking in a way that appears both natural and unobtrusive can be tricky. When you link out in your blog posts, you should always be aware of how the links are related to the content you provide. Not everything that you discuss in you blog will warrant a link. You must determine where it is appropriate to use convention to link and where a little more creativity is necessary. The biggest deterrent in a blog is over-linking, however it is also important to realize that under-linking can have very dire consequences as well. If you mention Wikipedia in a blog post, it is obviously not necessary to link to Wikipedia in general because everyone on the internet knows what it is. However, if you mention a specific page from Wikipedia it is not only good that you link to that page, in fact it is necessary.

Another great tip for optimizing your blog is launching your blog posts without comments enabled initially. Unfortunately, many readers will base what they read on how many other people have read it. We've all done it. You click on a post that has an interesting looking title, scan the page, see that there are no comments, and decide that it's not worth reading. Obviously, this doesn’t always happen, but there is something kind of sad about a blog with 0 comments on every single post. The site looks dead and unpopular. The simple solution turn off the commenting option. This way no one can see that there are 0 comments on your blog. After you submit a post, pay close attention to the number of RSS subscribers you have and the number of unique visitors you have each day. Once your RSS subscribers tops 100 or you get more than 300 unique visits a day open up the comments. Using this technique keeps particularly tech-savvy visitors from judging your blog based on popularity.

Finally, many bloggers underestimate the value of guest bloggers for their site. Having already established bloggers write content for your site will help attract their readers to your page and will strengthen your SEO. Of course, it is important that you choose your guest posts and guest posters carefully. The guest posts that you choose should be relevant to your blog's interests and aims. However, it may also be useful to support guest posts that counter something that you have discussed previously. This way you are catering to all spectrums of the general audience and you demonstrate that you are open to discussion. Fostering varied discussion in your blog can be important to generating more interest in it. Another important thing to look for in guest blogs is links or direct references to other posts from your page. If a guest blogger discusses other blog posts you have written, it will encourage readers to read more of your work and it establishes that that guest writer is familiar with your blog.


This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who regularly writes for online universities. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katherynrivas87@gmail.com

Image credits: sdnn.com

19 comments:

Reza Winandar said...

Well, its the trick I used to attract new readers, I never show my RSS counter until it began raising over a hundred.

Paul Santosh said...

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JCWhat said...

Excellent tips, can't wait to implement.
Thanks!

Jen Stekkinger said...

It took me 10 minutes and my forum was up and running. Thanks a million your tutorial was awesome and so easy to follow.Your tips were also really informative.

JACK SPARROW said...

hi can you suggest some changes in my blog hackerstips.tki like your blog very much and iam a new blogger..

Rajesh Kumar said...

Thanks for these tips. I liked the tip of disabling the comments if the number of user visiting the blogs are less.

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Lauren said...

Hi Divya Sai,

It's Lauren, (Nymphont) long time no talk :) I am trying to come back as it were into the blogging world myself, so this is just the advice I need. Hope you are doing well.
<3

Rackmount Monitor said...

Agree with all your points here. If even concentrate in just few strategies you have mention above good enough to get substantial traffic. Thanks for sharing.

Sohail said...

Amazing Tips,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Rudy Hartono said...

a nice informations

Jacko said...

With the tips above, may be my blog can get considerable traffic.. :p :p

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Thanks for the info, you've pointed me into the right direction.

Jim Luthra said...

Nice post, thanks for the tips

vicky said...

Hello,I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation. Wishing you the best of luck for all your blogging efforts.

Mother Theresa said...

I don't agree with turning off the comments. When I find a blog that won't allow me to leave a comment, I usually don't come back. To me, commenting is a very important part of blogging, it's like a conversation, and without comments there is no conversation. I'm less turned off by a post with no comments than a post that's closed to commenting.

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