|Traffic, train style.|
I started off with a blog about my life and my beliefs called A Day in the Sun. Haha, get it? Sunny, sun. Anyways, that blog (and another) has since gone out the window in favour of this one. Since the beginning of SOI back in 2011 I have learned a few things about attracting readers. I've been meaning to write up a post on the few blog traffic nuggets that I have learned, and the day has finally come! Without further adieu, the first part of a list of ways to improve traffic on your blog:
1. Be present in the blog-o-sphere
a) Make intelligent comments on other people's blogs that relate to the content.
Don't use comments simply for self promotion. I usually don't put a link to my blog in the comment. Personally, I find that a little presumptuous, unless the blogger asks for it in the post.
b) Follow other people's blogs
Don't feel obligated to follow someone's blog just because they've followed yours. I only follow blogs that I'm genuinely interested in, because I don't want to litter up my notification box with stuff I don't really want to read.
c) Get involved with linkies and different contests
It's okay to say no to some of these. It's better to do a good job on one, than a bad job on two.
The power of getting your name (and thus a link to your blogger profile) out into the blog-o-sphere depends on people's curiosity. If they click through to see who you are,whether they see it in a linky, comment or as a follower, then they will find your blog on your profile. I am super curious so anytime someone comments or follows, that I haven't seen before, I always click through to check them and their blog out. I also check out people who have commented on other blogs that I read, if they have made a really profound comment. I've attracted most of my followers by simply getting my name out there.
Stay tuned for the next post on attracting blog traffic! I had intended to condense it all into one post, but as usual I rambled more then I intended, so this topic will be continued. As always, comment if you have any further thoughts on attracting traffic to your blog and let me know how you found SOI.
What I'm reading: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
What I'm listening to: New Orleans Christmas album
What I'm watching: too much Youtube! In particular, Paint