Ten Traffic Promotion Tips for Bloggers

clipartwomanandcomputerWhen I first began to blog I had no comprehension of how to promote my blog posts and encourage traffic. I simply sat down and began writing on a topic I was passionate about. Little by little I learned some lessons from other bloggers such as in blogging content is king and I began to promote my blog by applying them.

In time I moved from having only free hosted wordpress.com blogs to also establishing a blog on my own domain with the assistance of a professional web developer. Time passed and I learned how to clean up my markup, do bad neighborhood checks and how to establish and maintain links.

Every day as a neophyte blogger who is growing I surf the net to read more about how to structure a reader and search engine friendly blog and, to accumulate more blogging tips, blogging tools and resources to share with others in this blog. This morning I found a great blog post that I would like to recommend to my readers.

I’ll begin with a quote, follow it up with a sub headings list and leave it to my readers to gain some insight into making their blog a traffic magnet.

Here are the top 10 techniques new bloggers can use to find readers. These are tips specifically for new bloggers, those people who have next-to-no audience at the moment and want to get the ball rolling.

  • Write at least five high quality original major “pillar” posts of timeless value to readers.
  • Write 5 posts new per week minimum for at least 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Purchase a domain name.
  • Start commenting on other blogs.
  • Trackback and link to other authoritative blogs in the same niche in your blog posts.
  • Encourage comments on your own blog.
  • Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival.
  • Submit your blog to selected blog directories with high PageRanks understanding that joining directories in done to get backlinks as they provide very little traffic.
  • Submit original articles (no duplicate content) to article directories.
  • Become a guest author on blogs in your own niche with high PageRanks.

Happy blogging!

99 thoughts on “Ten Traffic Promotion Tips for Bloggers

  1. Timethief— I just wanted to pop by and thank you for writing such clear, definitive instructions on starting and maintaining a blog. I still feel as though I have a ton of things to learn, but you’ve answered so many of my major questions with recent and older posts on One Cool Site. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

      • It’s my pleasure! I owe you this thank you, and a dozen more! Your incisive writing is helping me to shape my knowledge and ideas about blogging. That’s huge to me. I’m gonna say it again— thank you!

  2. Great help!! thanks
    Love your name… so true!!! We can lose so much time reading blogs…
    But you don’t really rob people of their time though, I see it as an investment… lol
    Thanks again!

    • Hello there,
      I’m glad you took the time to tell me you found value in my post. Thanks for doing that.

      P.S. I chose this handle long before the negative connotation was attached to it. The reason I took it was because I twice escaped death and recognized how precious life is.

    • Thanks for taking the time to let me know this post was helpful. There are 25 basic steps when it comes to increasing traffic to a blog. Above all is creating your own original content and publishing frequently. Second to that is commenting meaningfully and frequently on related blogs in your own niche.

  3. These tips are very helpful. But I have two silly questions:

    1) What are the benefits of owning a domain? I’ve heard I should do this but I don’t understand the actual benefits.

    2) WordPress always suggests trackbacks and pingbacks but never do they actually lay down a step-by-step how-to. So currently, I want to link back to my blog from other people’s posts but I’m missing out because I don’t know how to do it.

    Thanks!

  4. great advice!!!
    i have started with my own blog today….
    im a student…
    please can you suggest me a few ways so that i can get people to read my blog!!

  5. Since i started with wordpress the doors open to a new world. WordPress rocks :-) I would not mind getting more traffic to my blog, however I am more focus on making a difference and ppl to support those I represent. My concern when they read my blog do they then support ? … so not sure how effective my blog is. I have so much to learn and thank you for sharing ….

  6. Thank you for the tips. I’m hopeless at this kind of thing and my trafic numbers seem to swing round wildly for no apparent reason. I’ve no idea why

  7. I am very new at blogging and i am focus to make a difference in people lives.

    I need help to get my blog off the ground, however I dont have money to invest, for that reason I find your post very useful.

    There is so much to learn and a lot of reading.

    Thank you for the informative post

  8. I am on my fourth day of blogging and have followed a couple of these tips. I do not know where I stand. Yesterday I had 332 page views and today I have 378 page views. Is this good or just ok? I also have received ~50 comments in all four days. My website is http://slimem.com if you wouldn’t mind giving me a little feedback. I am blogging about my weight loss and achieving a healthy lifestyle for my family. Thank you!

  9. Hi timethief,

    Found your tips very very useful. I think the key as you say is original posts / pillar posts and punctual content.

    I have only recently started on my blog (http://prasannaellanti.com) since March 2010. It is a personal blog. I am new to wordpress, SEO, blogging in general, so your articles are a great help.

    Appreciate if you have any thoughts on my blog, particularily home page, as i think this doesn’t lead people into viewing the site’s content, but rather get lost in the pictures…if you know what I mean.

    Thanks.

  10. So True! thanks for your tips, I share any of them. I would add that to get more traffic, you should give people a reason to visit your website! For example, you should take a look at your traffic statistics so that you can learn what your visitors like the most and push on that topics.

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