Owning a blog is not always an easy task, sure you can come up with content or posts whenever you have free time but more effort should be put into your blog to ensure that it is successful. In this article I am going to go over some techniques that you can implement to increase the amount of traffic you get to your blog.
There is nothing worse than a dormant blog that has not been updating in months. Try to set a schedule for yourself to update your blog at least a few times a week, this can be in the form of a new post, rant or even adding image posts or a video. Keep in mind Google places more importance to blogs that have new content and will also help you reach out to new long tail keywords.
One thing you can utilize for all of your new content is by bookmarking it on various social bookmarking sites, this will help spread the word about your content and also get your content indexed more quickly. Some sites that include bookmarking are Digg, Stumbleupon and Reddit, these are just a few of the top bookmarking sites but there are literally hundreds out there that you can utilize.
Create an Email List
Almost every blog that you visit now days you may notice have a opt in form to sign up for their newsletter or email list. There is a reason why this method is so popular, you can reach out to your reader’s via email almost anytime that you want. It is a great platform to use to let your readers know when you publish a new post on your blog. Service’s like Aweber and Getresponse are two of the more popular email marketing services that you can utilize an email list for your blog. Simply add an opt in form to your blog to start building your list up.
Get The Word Out on Forums
One method that many people forget to use is by simply interacting with other’s in your niche. One popular way of doing this is by joining community forums that relate to your blog and using a link to your blog in your signature. By joining into conversations and utilizing your signature link you are in essence advertising your blog, you will then start to see referral traffic to your blog from these forums. The amount of traffic you receive depends upon how much time you place into being active on these forums and also how much traffic the forums receive. So keep these two factors in mind when utilizing forums for traffic.
Target Long Tail Keywords
Another technique that you can use is do some keyword research before you start to write a new blog post, research and find out what long tail keywords relating to your idea for a new post get a small amount of searches ideally between 100-1000 searches per month. I only choose this number because generally lower searches per month are less competitive and easier to rank. By creating a post that target these long tail keywords will allow you to rank for that term and bring in more referral traffic to your new post. If you do this with all of your posts and you have 20-40 posts the end result can mean a lot more search engine referral traffic.
These are just a few tips to start increasing the amount of traffic you get to your blog. By starting with these simple tips you will start to see your traffic increase in no time.