Six Essential Ways of Getting Blog Traffic

by A.D Paterson on 08/09/2009

Blog traffic is essential to the success of any blog and, if you really want to see a major increase in your number of visitors, you’ll need to do a tad more than just your usual blogging.

In this article we are going to look at six of the most effective ways of getting more blog traffic. It isn’t critical to use all of them, but, you should get proficient with at least one of them. Once you master one, try and get good at one of the others – and then repeat the process.

1. You need to create high quality content for your site; it should also include keywords and keyword rich phrases. There are two huge benefits in doing this.

First off, people will enjoy visiting a site that has fresh content, and actually has something to say, it will keep them coming back and, importantly for you, it makes them far more likely to buy something you’re selling.

The second thing is, having fresh content, with relevant keywords, will keep the search engines camped out on your blog – that gives it a massive boost in the rankings, and brings in more blog traffic.

2. Use your keywords, or keyword phrase, in your title when optimizing your posts. If you know the keywords people are using for finding other sites in your niche, then putting them in your title will help to propel your posts up the rankings and send some of that blog traffic your way.

Make sure the title doesn’t look as though it has been created specifically for the search engines, though. No matter how high you are in the search engine rankings it’s real people who will be clicking on your link, if the title looks odd they may just pass on to the next site.

3. Give the people reading your posts a reason to get on your email list. Having a list is a great way of getting a steady flow of returning visitors.

The emails should have useful information in them, don’t keep sending them repeated messages to ‘buy my stuff’ without giving away fresh content and important information that will get them interested in knowing more about what you have to sell – building trust and value is a great way to get people on your list to eventually buy from you.

You can setup an autoresponder sequence so that you won’t have to type messages each day to send out. Once you have the email series setup it will work for everyone joining your list – just make changes as needed.

4. Take advantage of social book marking sites. These sites still have a huge amount of people visiting them on a daily basis. If you can rank well in them for your chosen keywords, then you could well see an additional surge in traffic from the social book marking sites.

5. The RSS feed. Let people visiting your site know that they can quickly and easily be updated on all of your newest posts; all they need to do is subscribe to your RSS feed.

As soon as you add a new post the subscriber will be notified, they’ll get a snippet of the post and, if that part is compelling enough, they’ll head to your site to read the rest of the post.

6. Reuse the content you already have by turning your posts into articles. Article marketing can bring in a huge flow of blog traffic, and all you’re going to have to do is to tweak the content you already have so that it isn’t exactly the same in each article.

If you don’t want to spend too much time doing it then just change the title, slightly reword a paragraph (or two) and maybe write an introduction and conclusion.

Many people submit exactly the same articles to the article directories, but, even though there’s no conclusive proof as to whether there is a penalty or not for duplicate content, it makes some sense to spend a few minutes to make some changes.

After all, the articles could bring you traffic for years – if the search engines don’t decided it’s duplicate content and pull it from the rankings.

There you have it, six of the best strategies around for getting blog traffic.

The best part is that most of them will keep on generating you traffic even if you don’t do anymore to them. Taking a few minutes now will save you a lot of time in the future because you’ll be able to concentrate on other not so easy ways of getting visitors.

Now you should have no road blocks when it comes to blog traffic.

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