Now that everyone has a blog, it is definitely time to figure out how to drive traffic to your one. Millions of blogs fail just because they don’t know how to drive traffic to their blog. With so many different blogs to choose from, it is easy for your typical blog to become a needle in a haystack. How can you overcome this issue? Read on to discover 15 ways to drive traffic to your blog,
1. Discover Interests of Readers
Write posts people desire to read. Although this seems obvious, taking a quick look around many blogs you will find thousands upon thousands with too much personal information and not enough useful information. Do people really want to read about your dog? Or better yet, do you really want to attract the kind of people who want to read about your dog? Create timeless, conversational posts about relevant topics. Consider what you would want to read and write that!
2. Try to be The Expert
Become the expert on your topic. Research and stay current on the topic of your blog. If readers believe you have information and musings on the latest and greatest, they will come to you first. People do not want old news rehashed. They want to be informed of something new and cutting-edge.
3. Do Not Forget SEO
Utilize Search Engine Optimization. Learn all you can do about SEO, and use it for your blog much like you would use it to optimize a website. This means, place keywords in the URL to your blog, the title of your post, the body of your post, and within your post text links.
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4. Do Not Advertise Yourself
Don’t make your blogs too much like an advertisement. Readers feel used and abused when they visit a site thinking they will find useful information only to discover they are reading a blatant advertisement for some product or service. By making yourself an expert and providing thoughtful and thorough information, you are going to peak the interest of readers and make them want to learn more about your product.
5. Create a Buzz to Drive Traffic
Create some drama, controversy, and BUZZ. People love wars of words, some controversy here and there. It creates wanted buzz and develops readers who will return to your blog just to see if anything is brewing. Always allow comments on your blogs, and post comments on other blogs that will cause readers to want to visit your blog to see what you are all about.
6. Concentrate on Email Subscription
Send notification of blog updates via e-mail. For those potential readers who are not going to seek out a blog post, e-mail is a great way to reel them in. Use a free blog service or an auto-responder to invite readers and manage your reader list.
7. Submit Your Blog to Search Engines
Of course, submit your blog to every search engine! Use and configure Google Search Console, Bing Webmaster Tools, Yandex Webmaster Tools to submit your sitemap and invite them to crawl your site and index your pages.
8. Link Back to your Blog
Make sure the link to your blog is on every piece of written communication you send. Include the link in your newsletters, brochures, business cards, in your e-mail signature etc.
9. Use Article Directories
Turn your blog into an article. Create blog entries that can be easily adapted into articles, and place them in online article directories along with the link to your blog.
10. Do Guest Blogging
Guest blogging is a popular option to drive traffic to your blog. Find websites that are related to your niche and will accept guest posts. Write some killer posts and submit there for review. Once your posts are reviewed and approved you will have some quality backlinks to your blog.
11. Do Blog Commenting
Use blog comments as a way to drive traffic to your blog. Again find high authority sites that are related to your niche. Leave thoughtful and well-researched comments on those blogs and see the difference.
12. Promote Contents on Social Media
One of the best ways to drive traffic to your blog is to use social media sites to promote your contents. Social media sites have the highest user database and targeting those will definitely benefit you.
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13. Internal Linking
Internal linking of your blog post is a nice idea to keep your visitors alive and minimize the bounce rate. Link your previous posts related to your current post. That will keep your users busy and increase page views.
14. Write Compelling Headlines
A headline is the face of a post. To rank higher on search engines and to be read the Headlines play a vital role. Your headlines should have your keywords placed correctly, have a nice length and compelling enough to be clicked by users.
15. Blog, Blog, and Blog
Blog often. You want people to know they can expect a blog from you daily or weekly. If you are inconsistent or rarely post a blog, it is difficult to develop a reader-base. Set a goal for your writing and stick to it.
That’s all for today. By following the above tips you will never have to worry about traffic anymore. If you have more ideas on how to drive traffic for free, I would love to hear it from you.
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