New to blogging? Can’t get anyone to visit your site? Blog traffic is dead-ish? Well then, this post is just for you.
So anyway, how do you get easy blog traffic?
- This is something that I did very early on when I started blogging and that is to sign up with BlogExplosion.com. It works like this: for every 2 blogs that you visit, you get 1 visit in return. The other blogs are owned by ppl like you who have signed up with them.
This is a really simple method albeit a little tedious. And the conversion rate of random surfers into regular readers is very low. The pro is that you don’t even have to write about anything to get ppl to stumble onto your blog. But of course it helps if you write well so that you can get a “convert” or more. And by surfing randomly through this system, you may even discover a good blog or two. I know I did.
- Observe the “top” bloggers and when a weakness or an opening presents itself, pick it apart with ferocity. Of course, don’t pick a fight just because you can. Instead of using personal attacks, argue intelligently and with reason and logic.
Performancing calls this the “Attack Hook“.
Fans use Technorati and other tools to search posts about their favourite bloggers religiously, and the chances are that they will find your post.
The downside of this method is that it can raise your stress and rage levels when diehard fans of the blogger come here to berate and insult you. The upside of it is that you may get like-minded ppl dropping in to see what the fuss is about.
And like-minded ppl are more likely to become regular readers.
- If you happened to blog about something high on the Technorati search and tag lists then you are going to get the traffic. Guaranteed.
So how do you achieve this? By blogging about things shown on the lists. The lists contain the hot topics currently debated on blogs. And it’s self-perpetuating, because when ppl see that a term is high on the lists they’d click on it.
Thus maintaining the popularity of that term, and guaranteeing that more and more ppl would stumble upon your post.
- Daphne Teo who!?
- Singaporean blogosphere belies size of nation (about Dawn Yeo/Yang)
- Less Tammy, More Daphne
- Freedom of speech works both ways (about those Islamic cartoons)
The downside of this is that you can’t always rely on this method because you are not always inspired by what’s on the lists. Though you can cheat by just including the terms in your post in a non-coherent way or in a throwaway sentence. But do this often enough, and ppl would know your style and would not return. Ever.
The upside of this is that if you can consistently write good commentary then ppl will continually come back to see what your thoughts are about the “current affairs”.
These tips will get the masses into your little blog. But keeping them coming back and staying is an entirely different matter altogether. That depends on the quality of your writing, and improvement can only come from practice.
A good tip is to dive into a wide variety of reading material to get inspiration and also learn a good writing style. Another is to write about what you know and are passionate about – it’s easiest when you don’t have to pretend or make shit up about something that you ain’t got a clue of. It also helps if you lead an interesting life. 😉
I neglected to include one tip up there and that is to become friends with a popular blogger, and get them to link to you from their blogs. Before that will happen though you will have to write well enough to be worthy of being linked. That is, unless you are already friends in real life to begin with.
But this goes back to my main point and that is: ppl may come but they may not stay if you have nothing to reward them for clicking on your link.
So write well and happy blogging!