Getting More Views and Traffic

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If you feel like you’re not getting the amount of traffic to your blog that you’d like, there are a few things you can do to try bring a few more folks to your blog. Here’s a quick summary.

Bug your real-life friends

Almost everybody has 10-20 friends and family members they can coerce into reading their blog. Send them reminder emails when you update, talk to them about it when you meet in person, just generally encourage it as a new form of communication between you guys. Often having a really small audience of people you care about is better than having a million visitors and not knowing any of them.

Read and comment on other blogs

Use a search engine like Sphere to find the people who care about the same stuff you do. Then subscribe to their blog using a RSS reader like Bloglines and get to know them a bit. When you see an article that interests you click through to their site and leave a comment with your thoughts.

Link to other blogs

Just like you love getting links, so do other folks. (Remember, blogging is all about people.) When you link to another blogger or blog entry they’ll often find your blog through their stats, Technorati, or a pingback and come to see what you had to say. If you’re interesting, they may even subscribe to you and leave comments just like we suggested you do above.

Let people know about your entries

If you have a blog entry that you wrote with someone in mind, feel free to drop them a short email with a link to it. WARNING: This only works if used very sparingly, maybe once a month per blogger. Remember, you don’t want to annoy anyone or seem like spam.

Use appropriate tags

Attach appropriate categories and tags to your entries and people may find your blog through those. Be careful not to use too many tags though — between 5 and 10 tags (or categories or both) is a good number. The more tags you use, the less likely your post will be featured in the WordPress.com tag listings.

Blog often

Blogs that have more frequent and regular posting schedules seem to develop an audience quicker.

Have a passionate voice, be controversial

Blogging has traditionally been about strong voices, people enjoying reading folks who have strong opinions and back them up. A little controversy never hurt either.

Relax, it takes time

Even if you do all of the above religiously, you probably won’t develop a huge following overnight. Like anything worth doing, building a good audience takes time. Many of the bloggers you probably admire have been at it for at least a year. Stick with it, and don’t get discouraged by a slow start, everyone starts slow.

Size doesn’t matter

Finally, remember that it’s not the size of your audience, it’s how much you care about them and they care about you.

Article Courtsey: Support.Wordpress.Com

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