Getting people to visit your blog

gro_03Having your own blog out there is great, but what if only a few people actually see it? You surely need to drive traffic to your blog, otherwise it’s just another blog in cyberspace. In this article I’ll show you how to get people to visit your blog.

In the previous articles we’ve talked about setting up your own WordPress blog and what to write about on your blog. Today I want to show you, how you can get the first people to visit your blog. It’s actually not that hard but you need to do it consistantly.

Easy ways to increase blog traffic

If you are just starting out with your blog, you want to make use of the easy traffic strategies first. This is stuff that you can do in minutes or a few hours. There are other strategies that need more time and work and I sort them under the advanced traffic strategies. There are also strategies that you can use to increase your traffic without sending more new visitors to your blog. We’ll talk about these in upcoming articles.

Ok, here are some easy ways to get traffic to your blog:

1.) Bookmark your blog posts with social bookmarking services. Don’t bookmark every blog post with every bookmarking service and make sure you bookmark not only your sites but other people’s sites as well… otherwise your bookmarking accounts will look like spam accounts.

2.) Integrate Feedburner into your blog. Then integrate Twitter into Feedburner and finally let Twitter post to your Facebook status updates. This way you automatically post on Twitter and Facebook when publishing a new blog post.

3.) Comment on other people’s blogs and link your comment to your blog. Only post real valuable comment, not just “hey your blog is cool visit my site”.

4.) Set trackbacks to other blogs in your blog posts. You can do this by simply linking to other people’s blog posts in your posts. If they have activated trackback on their blog, then your trackback link will appear under the linked blog post in or below the comments section.

5.) Enter your blog into the large blog- and website directories. Check the alexa ranking of the directories before you enter your blog there. Only enter it if you see an actual graph in alexa (rank 100,000 or lower). Other directories are not really worth your time if you ask me. (don’t enter your blog there before you have 10 articles posted on it)

6.) Once you have at least 20 articles on your blog go and find link partners. There are many blog owners out there and it should not be hard to find a link partner through facebook or other ways.

Here are some more advanced blog traffic strategies:

1.) Write real good articles and submit them to article directories.

2.) Write real good articles and give them to other bloggers as guest articles.

3.) Create Videos, post them on YouTube and link to your blog in the textarea (or in the video if you can).

4.) Give interviews on other blogs.

5.) Create a Facebook fanpage about your blog or about you as a person and promote it throughout Facebook.

6.) Get business cards with your blog url on them and hand these out to everybody you meet.

OK, there you have it, 12 strategies to get traffic to your blog. They work but you gotta work them to get the traffic!

Got some strategies that you want to share with our readers or just leave a comment? Use the box below, I’m happy to hear from you!

To your success,

Guido Nussbaum