Whether your blog is brand new or been around for quite a while, you can always benefit from more traffic. Here are couple traffic generating tips that have helped over the years.
1. Write Thought Provoking Content
Put a lot into your writing. As bloggers, we all know when we’ve poured our heart and soul into a post and when we’ve just “phoned it in” so to speak. Write remarkable content, and people will come to read it and share it. I find that lists do really well in generating comments. So for example, writing a list of “10 of my favorite tapas restaurants” or “16 Different Ways to Use Cilantro” are great ways to generate interest, readership, comments and sharing.
2. Market Your Blog
Even if you consider yourself to be a blogger, you must consider yourself a marketer too. Those great posts you need to write need to be read and that starts with you marketing your blog. Have a sharing mechanism in your posts, so that readers can share your content with friends. Publish your posts to Twitter when they go live. Link your blog to Facebook.
Besides Social Media, there are other ways to promote your blog. Comment on other blogs. There are no doubt blogs are more well-known than yours. Go to those and comment on posts. Having said that, there’s a right way and a wrong way to comment. The wrong way is to simply comment instructing the readers to go to your blog. The only thing you’ll succeed in doing is pissing off the blog owner and no one will bother clicking through to your site. The best way to do this is to provide some value of your own. For example, on a post about a restaurant that you’ve been to, briefly comment on your experience with the food. Below your comment where you put your name there may be a space for your blog url. If not add it below your comment in the body.
Alternatively, guest blogging is another way to generate interest in your own blog. I suggest writing to a few bloggers and asking them if they would like a guest post. Choose bloggers that have about the same level of experience as you. Very established won’t be willing to give you a chance if you are a newbie. Most will be thrilled as we bloggers are always looking for content. Right?
3. Ask people to comment
People are pulled in so many different directions, you have to be very specific about the action you want them to take. You might be surprised that by just asking them to comment on a post, the response you will get. If you are having trouble getting the ball rolling, ask one or two friends to comment. No one seems to like to be the first person to comment. Once they see some Social Proof, they will be more inclined to comment themselves.