Friday, June 25, 2010

Attracting Attention




Building Traffic is perhaps the most challenging task for both website and a blog. The best way is to use easy traffic techniques to build small communication channels and build up to the point when you gain access to larger communication channels. Use your best content to drive more traffic. Once you have content worthy of significant attention, other bloggers and people will recommend it naturally – viral marketing will start to take over – you just have to work hard to get to that point.

Here’s some surefire traffic tactics that are easy for new bloggers to begin with. These techniques will get you to your first few hundred readers.

1.   Comment Marketing
Yes, it’s common advice, but leaving comments on other blogs works. When you post comments on other’s blog you grab attention. So, post good comments. Where people go wrong is deciding what good content is, given their goals (usually the error is made when determining exactly what the goals are and what strategies will be used to meet the goals) and assuming that just good content is enough.

2.   Forum Marketing
Just like commenting, a few value-adding contributions to relevant forums with    links back to your blog in your signature file will bring visitors to your blog. Again,   the more time and energy you invest in establishing a credible profile in a forum,   the more traffic you will send to your blog.

I wrote a solid article about affiliate marketing, with references to my blog, and instead of posting it to my blog; I posted it in three forums. Consequently a discussion ensued in each forum after my article was published and a lot of people clicked through to see my blog.

3.   Trackback Marketing
This technique isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but it still brings in a little traffic. Send trackbacks to articles on other blogs whenever feasible in your own blog writing. Trackbacks are placed in the comment area following a blog article and if you can be one of the first to trackback a hot post on a popular blog, some of the traffic will trickle to your blog as people look for more discussion of the hot topic. You also get the attention of the blog author when you send trackbacks.

4.   Encourage comments on your own blog
One of the most powerful ways to convince someone to become a loyal reader is to show there are other loyal readers already following your work. If they see people commenting on your blog then they infer that your content must be good since you have readers so they should stick around and see what all the fuss is about. To encourage comments you can simply pose a question in a blog post. Be sure to always respond to comments as well so you can keep the conversation going.

5.   Submit your blog to blogtopsites.com.
To be honest this tip is not going to bring in a flood of new readers but it’s so easy to do and only takes five minutes so it’s worth the effort. Go to Blog Top Sites, find the appropriate category for your blog and submit it. You have to copy and paste a couple of lines of code on to your blog so you can rank and then sit back and watch the traffic come in. You will probably only get 1-10 incoming readers per day with this technique but over time it can build up as you climb the rankings. It all helps!

6.    Submit your articles to EzineArticles.com
This is another tip that doesn’t bring in hundreds of new visitors immediately (although it can if you keep doing it) but it’s worthwhile because you simply leverage what you already have – your pillar articles. Once a week or so take one of your pillar articles and submit it to Ezine Articles. Your article then becomes available to other people who can republish your article on their website or in their newsletter.

How you benefit is through what is called your “Resource Box”. You create your own resource box which is like a signature file where you include one to two sentences and link back to your website (or blog in this case). Anyone who publishes your article has to include your resource box so you get incoming links. If someone with a large newsletter publishes your article you can get a lot of new readers at once.

I hope you enjoyed my list of traffic tips. Everything listed above are techniques I’ve put into place myself for my blogs and have worked for me, however it’s certainly not a comprehensive list. There are many more things you can do. Finding readers is all about testing to see what works best for you and your audience and I have no doubt if you put your mind to it you will find a balance that works for you.

3 comments:

  1. Hope that works for me.
    By the way great tips.
    thanks a lot.,,:)

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  2. Good Tips
    Regards,
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  3. Tnx a lot for sharing this tips . . . . Keep it up!!! Congrats!!!

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