Archive for September, 2016

5 Top Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

So you’ve found the perfect domain name, focused your time and energy on great post titles, and written amazing content in your posts. You’ve setup accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and any other social media platform you can think of. You’ve even convinced your mom, your dad, and anyone else who will listen to you that they need to click on over and read your blog or visit your website. But you still don’t have the kind of traffic you had hoped for.

Well, hopefully, the following list of 5 Top Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog can help.

1 – YouTube Videos

Many top bloggers take advantage of YouTube to upload videos. These videos range in scope and content. Some are simply informational and provide and overview of goods, services, or content. Other videos are instructional and contain tutorial or “how-to” guides. Still others are strictly selling points used for additional income. Either way, videos are good for pointing out how you and your blog or website can enhance the user experience, thus creating traffic to your blog.

2 – Free eBooks

Free eBooks are a surefire way to bring traffic to your site. Everyone loves FREE! One way to create a great eBook is to find several former blog posts on the same topic and merge them into an eBook that you can give away on your blog. Some bloggers require email signup as a condition for getting the download in an effort to build email lists, which in turn can then be used to bring even more traffic to your site. Plus, if you are offering something of value or something useful, you’re sure to get plenty of views.

3 – Guest Blog

Another great way to drive traffic to your blog or website is to write guest posts on other blogs. Most blogs will allow you at least one backlink in your author profile, which you can use to drive traffic back to your site, or even to a specific page or post. Now this is obviously easier said than done as it is difficult to find high-traffic sites that will allow you to write guest posts. However, always ask, since the worst that can happen is they say “no.” If they turn you down, simply move on to the next victim blog. If you have friends or acquaintances that own or edit a blog, that would be a good place to start. I am thankful that I have a blogging friend here at WBB that has allowed me to guest post once per month. I can attest that traffic on my blog has increased as a result.

Update – Google has made it clear that guest posting for passing PageRank is a no-no now. Have a look at what Matt Cutts has to say about it ,here.

4 – Contests and Giveaways

Again, remember, everyone loves FREE! Myself included. I have visited several blogs and entered many contests for the chance to win some great prizes and I’m sure you have done the same. So why not leverage that into traffic for your own blog or website. There is also software and plugins already out there to help make hosting such a giveaway simple. Two such services that come to mind are Rafflecopter and Punchtab.

5 – Hire a Professional

Driving traffic to your website or blog requires a lot of time and patience. Whether it’s recording a Youtube video, writing an eBook, finding blogs on which you can guest post, or finding sponsors for a contest, these methods will take a lot of time and effort to produce results. Not to mention additional time and effort to promote your video/book/post/contest once it is complete and ready to go. Therefore, another alternative would be to hire someone else to do it for you. Whether you operate multiple sites or blog part-time as a hobby, you can hire someone to promote your blog and drive traffic to your site. Many offer SEO and link-building services. Just make sure you do your homework and find someone reputable.

Thank you so much for reading! I would love to hear the ways you drive traffic to your blog posts! Leave a comment and then share the love with a Retweet, Facebook like, Google+ share, Pin, etc.

Blogging advice to help you become more successful

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Technology is evolving every day and has been for years, and the way people interact with each other has been changed forever. Blogging has become quite popular; if you want to find out about this form of communication and what it can offer, this article is a great place to start.

A great way to get some free advertising is simply to be active in your blogging sector with comments. If you have a Google Reader account, set up a folder specifically for blogs that relate to your niche or blogging topic. Comment on those blogs whenever you have something interesting to say about the topic.

Write new blogs on a regular basis. The biggest problem with new blogs is infrequent posts. Doing this will cause you to lose readers who found your blog interesting at first, but have no new information to look at regularly. Aim for one blog per week. Send your readers an email to update them when a new blog is posted.

When writer’s block strikes, don’t succumb to the temptation to copy content. Plagiarism is something that is taken very seriously, and any reputation that you are trying to establish for yourself will be lost if you do something like this. While even an amateur writer can find success in blogging, showing your passion through unique content is the only way to reach your goals.

Write blog posts that are interesting to your readers. Everyday chores like dusting and doing the laundry really aren’t so interesting. Unless you can discuss them in a really interesting way, it isn’t going to keep your reader’s attention. It should always be clear from your writing why you believe your chosen subject matter would be interesting for your readers. The goal of your blog is to lure visitors to your site.

Allow occasional guest posts on your blog. This can help you foster a good relationship with another blogger, and that could be helpful. Don’t underestimate the importance of making connections with other bloggers. It may be that you will require some assistance in the future, and bloggers who have commented on postings in the past may be the best ones to help.

Keep adding fresh content to your blog so that readers have new and interesting material to read and a reason to keep coming back. Great blogs generally default to posting at least once a day at minimum. While this may seem like a lot of work, consider sitting down before you post your blog to the Internet and writing many posts with timeless content. When you’re getting writer’s block, you can use posts like these to help fill some of the gaps.

Lots of people all over the world are going to be able to see your blog: always remember that. By getting your opinion out there, you have no idea of who you could have influence on. You need to remember this when blogging, that one person or sentence could change the world. This is the reason why blogging is enjoyable and people have the chance to voice out their opinions.