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10 Blog Traffic Tips

Presented By: EJ Cooksey | 6/18/2007 05:29:00 PM

In every bloggers life comes a special day - the day they first launch a new blog. Now unless you went out and purchased someone else's blog chances are your blog launched with only one very loyal reader - you. Maybe a few days later you received a few hits when you told your sister, father, girlfriend and best friend about your new blog but that's about as far you went when it comes to finding readers.

Here are the top 10 techniques new bloggers can use to find readers. These are tips specifically for new bloggers, those people who have next-to-no audience at the moment and want to get the ball rolling.

It helps if you work on this list from top to bottom as each technique builds on the previous step to help you create momentum. Eventually once you establish enough momentum you gain what is called "traction", which is a large enough audience base (about 500 readers a day is good) that you no longer have to work too hard on finding new readers. Instead your current loyal readers do the work for you through word of mouth.

Top 10 Tips

10. Write at least five major "pillar" articles. A pillar article is usually a tutorial style article aimed to teach your audience something. Generally they are longer than 500 words and have lots of very practical tips or advice. This article you are currently reading could be considered a pillar article since it is very practical and a good "how-to" lesson. This style of article has long term appeal, stays current (it isn't news or time dependent) and offers real value and insight. The more pillars you have on your blog the better.

9. Write one new blog post per day minimum. Not every post has to be a pillar, but you should work on getting those five pillars done at the same time as you keep your blog fresh with a daily news or short article style post. The important thing here is to demonstrate to first time visitors that your blog is updated all the time so they feel that if they come back tomorrow they will likely find something new. This causes them to bookmark your site or subscribe to your blog feed. You don't have to produce one post per day all the time but it is important you do when your blog is brand new. Once you get traction you still need to keep the fresh content coming but your loyal audience will be more forgiving if you slow down to a few per week instead. The first few months are critical so the more content you can produce at this time the better.

8. Use a proper domain name. If you are serious about blogging be series about what you call your blog. In order for people to easily spread the word about your blog you need an easily rememberable domain name. People often talk about blogs they like when they are speaking to friends in the real world (that's the offline world, you remember that place right?) so you need to make it easy for them to spread the word and pass on your URL. Try and get a .com if you can and focus on small easy to remember domains rather than worry about having the correct keywords (of course if you can get great keywords and easy to remember then you've done a good job!).

7. Start commenting on other blogs. Once you have your pillar articles and your daily fresh smaller articles your blog is ready to be exposed to the world. One of the best ways to find the right type of reader for your blog is to comment on other people's blogs. You should aim to comment on blogs focused on a similar niche topic to yours since the readers there will be more likely to be interested in your blog. Most blog commenting systems allow you to have your name/title linked to your blog when you leave a comment. This is how people find your blog. If you are a prolific commentor and always have something valuable to say then people will be interested to read more of your work and hence click through to visit your blog.

6. Trackback and link to other blogs in your blog posts. A trackback is sort of like a blog conversation. When you write a new article to your blog and it links or references another blogger's article you can do a trackback to their entry. What this does is leave a truncated summary of your blog post on their blog entry - it's sort of like your blog telling someone else's blog that you wrote an article mentioning them. Trackbacks often appear like comments.
This is a good technique because like leaving comments a trackback leaves a link from another blog back to yours for readers to follow, but it also does something very important - it gets the attention of another blogger. The other blogger will come and read your post eager to see what you wrote about them. They may then become a loyal reader of yours or at least monitor you and if you are lucky some time down the road they may do a post linking to your blog bringing in more new readers.

5. Encourage comments on your own blog. One of the most powerful ways to convince someone to become a loyal reader is to show there are other loyal readers already following your work. If they see people commenting on your blog then they infer that your content must be good since you have readers so they should stick around and see what all the fuss is about. To encourage comments you can simply pose a question in a blog post. Be sure to always respond to comments as well so you can keep the conversation going.

4. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival. A blog carnival is a post in a blog that summarizes a collection of articles from many different blogs on a specific topic. The idea is to collect some of the best content on a topic in a given week. Often many other blogs link back to a carnival host and as such the people that have articles featured in the carnival enjoy a spike in new readers. To find the right blog carnival for your blog, do a search at http://blogcarnival.com/.

3. Submit your blog to blogtopsites.com. To be honest this tip is not going to bring in a flood of new readers but it's so easy to do and only takes five minutes so it's worth the effort. Go to Blog Top Sites, find the appropriate category for your blog and submit it. You have to copy and paste a couple of lines of code on to your blog so you can rank and then sit back and watch the traffic come in. You will probably only get 1-10 incoming readers per day with this technique but over time it can build up as you climb the rankings. It all helps!

2. Submit your articles to EzineArticles.com. This is another tip that doesn't bring in hundreds of new visitors immediately (although it can if you keep doing it) but it's worthwhile because you simply leverage what you already have - your pillar articles. Once a week or so take one of your pillar articles and submit it to Ezine Articles. Your article then becomes available to other people who can republish your article on their website or in their newsletter. How you benefit is through what is called your "Resource Box". You create your own resource box which is like a signature file where you include one to two sentences and link back to your website (or blog in this case). Anyone who publishes your article has to include your resource box so you get incoming links. If someone with a large newsletter publishes your article you can get a lot of new readers at once.

1. Write more pillar articles. Everything you do above will help you to find blog readers however all of the techniques I've listed only work when you have strong pillars in place. Without them if you do everything above you may bring in readers but they won't stay or bother to come back. Aim for one solid pillar article per week and by the end of the year you will have a database of over 50 fantastic feature articles that will work hard for you to bring in more and more readers.

This article was by Yaro Starak, a professional blogger and my blog mentor. He is the leader of the Blog Mastermind mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.

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  1. Jackie June 18, 2007 at 9:53 PM  

    Thanks for the article. I would be interested in hearing more about your results from using blog carnival.

  2. EJ Cooksey June 18, 2007 at 10:32 PM  

    Hi Jackie...I just started using the Blog carnivals so I don't have any results as of yet. As soon as I do, then I will make a post about it. Thanks for the visit.

  3. Michael Bridges June 19, 2007 at 6:47 AM  

    Hi EJ, very informative article. I will be putting this information to use.

  4. Family Man June 20, 2007 at 11:17 AM  

    This is a really great post with lots of informative information, I am looking forward to seeing how the blog carnivals work.

  5. shaunlow June 22, 2007 at 12:16 AM  

    Excellent post! Keep up the good work I really like your writing style :)

  6. Hock June 22, 2007 at 12:28 AM  

    Hi EJ,

    Hock here from MoneyMakingBlogs.com

    Great tips! Another one I can add is to make sure you have an informative "About Me" page on your blog. Usually that's the first thing I look for when I visit a new blog. I want to get to know the person behind the blog if I'm going to come back and read the blog on a consistent basis.

    P.S. Thanks for adding MMB to your blogroll. :)

  7. EJ Cooksey June 22, 2007 at 12:47 PM  

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for stopping by. glad you found the article usefull.

    Stop back by anytime.

  8. EJ Cooksey June 22, 2007 at 12:48 PM  

    Hi family man,

    I just started with the blog carnival and will be posting how my efforts go with this.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  9. EJ Cooksey June 22, 2007 at 12:51 PM  

    Thanks for visiting shaunlow,

    This post was written by Yaro Starak...I hope to someday be able to write posts as good as his. I just started using his Blogging Blueprint report that he is giving away.

  10. EJ Cooksey June 22, 2007 at 1:00 PM  

    Thanks for the visit Hock,

    That is a great tip on the "about me" page...I didn't even think about mine until my blog had been going for about 2 months and I read on someone elses blog to do this. I have had a ton of clicks on my "about me" page since then.

    P.S. You are welcome!

  11. Sharon June 22, 2007 at 6:56 PM  

    Great tips I look forward to putting them to use!

  12. EJ Cooksey June 23, 2007 at 10:33 AM  

    Hi Sharon,

    Glad you liked the tips. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Rogers Place June 23, 2007 at 8:06 PM  

    Good tips. very interested in trying some out.

  14. Sherrykins June 24, 2007 at 9:54 PM  

    Great post on traffic tips, very useful info. I followed a link from shaunlow.com and found your site. :)

  15. Laura June 27, 2007 at 12:59 PM  

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing. Time for me to get started on my pillar articles!

  16. Stephen June 28, 2007 at 10:22 AM  

    Hi EJ, You have some great tips here. I will be implementing some of these to promote my blog. I really need to write a couple piller articles. Somewhere else I read about writing 'link bait' articles. I think it is the same idea; an article that other sites/bloggers will want to link to.

  17. Z June 29, 2007 at 12:21 AM  

    This was a really exciting little dip into your blog and I'll be back... I learned about three new things from this article alone and am re-visioned. You have a nice, clear review style. I just picked your thumbnail up off someone's widget-- synchronicity I guess.

  18. H June 29, 2007 at 2:41 PM  

    Hi, thanks for the tips - I have only just started blogging, so your info has been very helpful.
    My blog is at http://makemerichonline.blogspot.com/
    Thanks again.

  19. Kat Master July 4, 2007 at 4:48 PM  

    I really liked this article. Thanks for posting the tips. I looked up Yaro too. Sounds like an interesting program. How do you like it?

  20. EJ Cooksey July 5, 2007 at 1:00 AM  

    rogers place, sherrykins, laura, stephen, Z, h, kat master...Thanks for the visit. I am glad you stopped by!

    kat master: I have just started reading his free ebook, I was not able to afford his blogging course at this time...hopefully by next month I can budget it in.

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