The best blog in the world will be the worst blog at the same time if no one can find it to see the awesomeness it contains. These 9 easy steps will boost your blogs visibility and suck people in for the long haul!
If you’ve got a winning blog post and you know it, take a little extra care with the title.
This blog post for example is one that I believe to be useful. Therefore I put the keywords Increase Blog Traffic in front. Most “list posts” will have it switched the other way around, but readers will get the point.
Placing your keywords early on in the title (assuming your permalink structure is set to
%postname%) is known to help with SEO rankings. Google will crawl and add weight to the first few words of a page’s URL, so the earlier the keywords are found the better.
Go through your posts and link them to one another using keyword anchors. This helps your posts get indexed faster and serves as inbound links to your posts.
Do this mostly for posts you really want to rank. Not all blog posts should be written with the intention of climbing the ranks, but some should. The ones that focus on ranking need to be linked to and start with the right keyword.
If you write your best posts on days that your blog’s traffic is at its lowest, it’s probably a good idea to save it for later, right? You bet! Analyze your blog’s traffic and you will see trends on days where traffic will be lower or higher depending on the day.
Schedule your best posts to release on these days and your readers will tune in when it’s best for both you and them!
Probably not… and neither do I. That was just something to catch your attention. You should do the same things with your readers, just not in a way that doesn’t make sense as I have.
Rather, be sure your posts are easy to read, and have headlines that will catch a reader’s eye. This helps with traffic by first ensuring that people will read your post and second since they will actually read it they will be more likely to share it.
A readable post is more enjoyable. A more enjoyable post gets spread around the internet faster.
Make sure your post is easily accessible to the major sharing sites. Stumble Upon, Twitter, Digg, Facebook, and Delicious to name a few should be one click away from someone sharing your post.
Make sure the post is written in a way that hits home with the readers of it. Be sure to engage your readers by using “you” and asking questions, and then tell them to share the post with their friends since they enjoyed it.
I really mean stalker, reading them just isn’t enough. You’ve got to watch every move of the top blogs around you.
Why is that important? Well if you analyze, re analyze, and over analyze the top blogs based in your market, you will learn what sets them apart from all the others.
Next step is to find ways to implement their strategies without straight ripping from their blog. That shouldn’t be hard though if you STALK them and observe from a distance. You’ll be able to implement the strategies quite easily!
Did you write a kick ass post today? Is your blog currently chirping crickets right now? Consider sending that post to a blog that’s already credible and siphon some of that traffic your way.
This works really well with the keyword tricks above. If you send one of your better posts that’s keyword geared to a more prominent blog, their blog will likely rank easier with that post than your blog will simply because of their readership and pre established traffic.
You can always write a similar post on the same topic for your blog readers, and you will benefit better in the long run from such a sacrifice through the amount of traffic you’ll receive over the long run!
You may or may not be familiar with Star Wars. If not, what rock do you live under? If so, then you understand that the Jedi are known for their wisdom.
Carry a bit of wisdom to a blog post and apply it in the form of a comment. You will get a ton more traffic to your blog if you will
Oh, and it doesn’t help to word it like Yoda… He may be the wisest of the Jedi, but you will confuse the hell out of people!
If nothing else, ensure your blog post solves an immediate problem. Don’t write about theories, yourself, or wishful thoughts.
Instead write about your readers, their problems, and the exact ways they can solve them. Give out steps to take, applicable advice, and try your best to make it enjoyable.
We all know that learning isn’t fun when someone’s trying to teach you, so be sure to get to the point and keep the fluffiness to a minimum.
Ok, maybe this isn’t really a tip, more like a request. And I guess you might say it’s not so much of a bonus as it is an intrusion.
You wouldn’t mind sharing this article would you? It’s a great one! Just use the floating twitter device or any of the links below to instantly send this out to your followers and friends… But before you do that, just leave me a comment saying the following so you don’t have to do any thinking. You can copy and paste this if you want:
“Hi Chris, cool post. I really liked it, thanks for writing it! I’ll use these tips with my own blog now. Goodbye!”
Or if you don’t mind thinking, shoot me a real comment… I’m always down to talk and stuff!