A blog without readers is like a car without an engine. It might look nice, but it’s not much use. And it’s certainly not going anywhere.
When the engine falls out of your car, you call in a mechanic.
What about getting your blog going? Well, if you’re a blogger, that’s something you can do yourself. We’ve collected these top blog posts on traffic generation to give you a jump start.
Is your blog ready to hit the road?
Six Ways to Get Traffic to Your Blog – Without Getting Penalized by Google (Daily Blog Tips)
Want to know where to start with traffic generation? Then check out this post from Ali Luke. You’ll get an overview of what it takes to pull in new readers for your blog.
You can read all six tips here.
This post covers the basics. For more in-depth strategies, continue reading.
How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog and Keep It There (Goins, Writer)
Writer Jeff Goins explains traffic generation from a writing perspective. His 23 tips include writing shorter posts, writing attractive headlines, writing in the second person (“you” not “me”), and telling stories. Many of the tips include links with deeper explanations. Goins also provides a word of warning to traffic chasers:
“So, you have a blog, but want more traffic? First, check your motives: Is it help people, be a resource, and make a difference? Or to make you famous? If the latter, quit blogging now. If you’re blogging for self-serving reasons, then that may be the real inhibitor to your blog’s growth.”
You can read all of Jeff’s tips here.
Use Content Curation to Drive More Traffic (Triple SEO)
We’ve always advocated content curation as a brilliant way of driving traffic. Curating allows you to position yourself as an expert while taking the pressure off to constantly create awesome content. In this blog post, Chris Dyson explains how automate the process of curating content using Scoop.it.
Vital to effective curation – as with all tools for generating traffic – is choosing a tight niche. As Chris puts it:
“The key to being a great content curator is by picking a niche in which to share your information and vigilantly sticking to it. The narrower the niche you decide to curate content in, the better.”
Read the full post here.
Write Epic Sh*t (Fizzle)
The premise of this blog post from Corbett Barr is simple:
“Building a raving audience online all starts with writing epic sh*t. Period. Hands down. End of story.”
According to Corbett, only 20% of building a successful site is about promotional tactics. The remaining 80% involves creating something awesome.
So how can you be epic?
“Write things that make people think. Inspire people. Change lives. Create value. Blow people away with your usefulness.”
Want the bad news? Being epic takes time. The successful bloggers cited in this article spend up to 18 hours writing a blog post.
Being epic takes hard work – but the potential rewards are huge.
Check out the full post here.
How to Be Unforgettable (Boost Blog Traffic)
Being epic sounds attractive. But how do you actually do it? Jon Morrow of Copyblogger fame explains how it’s done – including how to make your writing pulse with energy.
“Your readers are the dead batteries. You are the live one. The written word is your pair of jumper cables. The secret is knowing where, exactly, to connect those cables.”
Read the full post here.
How to Promote Your Blog and Get More Visitors/Traffic (Start Blogging Online)
Want an example of epic? Check out this mega-post packed with helpful ideas on getting more traffic to your blog.
You’ll be shown how to:
- Create awesome content (including a link to 101 blog post ideas)
- Share your content on social media
- Promote your content in forums
Most useful of all is a script showing you how to reach out to influencers in your niche and ask them to share your content.
“Search for some popular posts (use Google to do that) in your topic and see if someone has left a comment under the post. If you’re lucky, you’ll get their contact details by clicking on their profile. Once you have found the contact details, send them a quick email.”
For the full script, check out the post here.
How I Doubled My Traffic by Finding My Audience (Think Traffic)
In this post, Robert Farrington of Beat the Nine to Five shows how he increased his blog audience 2.5 times in a year by finding his audience. Key to his success was embracing Q&A sites such as Quora and Yahoo Answers. He also used a variety of other tools to keep his audience interested. He gives three reasons these sites are so useful:
First, when someone posts a question, you know that is the specific information they are looking for. These people are letting you know they are your target audience! If you can answer their questions really well, you can easily convert them into loyal followers.
Second, you gain credibility on these forums by answering questions well.
Finally, in your answer, you can link to your “source”. If you have a relevant article on your own website that highlights the information you provide, this can be a great source.
Find out all of Robert’s secrets here.
10 Ways to Increase Your Business Blog Traffic by 227 Percent (HuffPo)
By now, you’ve probably gotten the message that to get traffic to your blog, you need to create amazing content. You need to provide massive value to your readers, so they want to share what you’ve written.
But once you’ve done that, what else can you do to give your post the best possible chance of success?
In this post by best-selling author Norm Schriever you’ll discover:
- Why the titles of your posts matter
- What to include in your blog posts (other than words)
- How to use keywords and links to boost your search engine ranking
As Norm puts it:
“The goal of any professional blog is to get people to click, read, engage and share – in that order. Enticing them to do so can vastly increase your business visibility and drive exponential future sales. While there is no substitute for writing quality, human, dynamic content, knowing how to maximize blog traffic can make all the difference between attracting a big crowd online… or just hearing crickets.”
You can read all 10 of Norm’s tips here.
Over to You
What have you found is the best way to get traffic to your blog? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below.