Have You Reigned In The Queen Of Blogging?

Content might be ‘KING’, but who’s the ‘QUEEN’?

You may produce stellar content everyday but if no one reads it, how do you build a blog?

You have the KING, now you need the QUEEN. The Queen of Blogging is TRAFFIC. Without this, the King has no value, at all.

3 Difficult Ways to Reign in the Queen of Blogging

queen of bloggingIt’s not easy to get everlastingly repeated traffic. A Social Media share here and there will give you 20-30 visits daily, but are you satisfied? A real blogger won’t be. Therefore, here I am giving you 3 difficult ways to reign in the Queen of Blogging and make her stick with you.

Mind you, these are all time consuming methods and if you value your blog, it will be worth it.

1. Create a Case Study & Do NOT Share on Your Blog

People love case studies. Why? A case study represents a real experiment based on a hypothetical concept that is proven or not along the way. An example could be the case studies which Zac Johnson of BloggingTips.com undertakes every year and gives ‘real-time’ reports to his readers.

Readers love this and stick to him, giving the blog a regular dose of high traffic. A case study could be about anything worthwhile, you decide. You can publish the case study as a complete piece or keep on publishing as and when you get results, but do NOT share on your blog.

Why?

If you blog already had 1000+ traffic daily, you wouldn’t be trying so hard. Moreover, when your blog is not popular with readers, who the hell is going to take interest in your case study?

Therefore, the best way to do this is to publish the case study on some high reputed platforms like TrafficGenerationCafe.com, Hongkiat.com, ProBlogger.net, SEOmoz.org, SearchEngineJournal.com and others. Such blogs are always on the lookout of stellar content and they would love to publish your material. You can either publish it as one piece or become one of their regular contributors.

The moot point is that this will give you 100% leverage and drive traffic to your blog, for months to come.

2. Get Influential Bloggers to Collaborate with You

I love the way Mauro D’Andrea of Blog-Growth.com and Enstine Muki of EmFastIncome. com is working to create everlasting traffic and high readership engagement.

Again, this is not the work of an hour or two. It will take weeks and months to build this kind of pillar post and publish on your blog. Personally, I believe that this kind of exclusive content is much better than ‘Top 10’ or ‘How to’ blog posts because:

(a) You are collaborating with other influential bloggers and promoting yourself.

(b) You get to maximize traffic because the featured bloggers will do their best to gain you attention from their readers.

(c) You position yourself as a ‘team player’, a ‘learner’ and ‘a promising future influential blogger’.

(d) You get to rub shoulders with the high-end bloggers.

(e) You get to create loads of back links from just one post.

3. Develop Visual Content

I wouldn’t be surprised if you are just skimming this content and filing it to read fully later, if that time ever comes! Everyone does, including me.

The attention span of visitors is decreasing drastically and there is no time to read through endless blog posts. The only alternative is to create visually engaging content like PowerPoint presentations, Infographics, Videos and Podcasts. Share the visual content on your blog/s and community platforms like SlideShare, YouTube and Vimeo. If you can optimize visual content with white-hat SEO practices, you will most definitely get tons of recurring traffic.

The optimization part may require you to shell out some money but it will be worth in terms of ROI.

Apart from these difficult and time consuming methods, there are the easier ones like social media sharing, bookmarking, sponsored posts, offering free eBooks and others. But, I feel, these methods can only give short-term benefits.

Now is the time to really reign in the queen of blogging aka traffic. What do you think?

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PPC vs Organic SEO: What Should You Choose?

PPC Vs SEOPPC stands for Pay Per Click. It is a method of online advertising that is done through an affiliate network. The idea is that you create an advert and submit it to an affiliate network. They will display your advert on websites and search engine results pages. With PPC you do not pay to have your advert run, but you do pay if a user clicks on one of them. Organic SEO relates (in most cases) to your website. You have to optimize your site so that the search engines will show it on their search engine results.

If your website’s SEO is good then your website will be ranked higher on the search engine results pages. This is known as organic SEO, because your website rises up through the search engine results pages on its own, without any forcing from your end. If you were to pay to have your website rank higher on the search engine results, then that would not be organic, and therefore your SEO for that would not have been organic SEO. This article deals with the keywords that make up PPC and organic SEO.

Three Choices

You have three decisions; you can pick one, the other, or both. This article will help you decide which path to take. As a rule however, if you have the chance to start a PPC campaign then you really should. This article deals with PPC SEO, which are the keywords and rules relating to PPC. However, if you have the budget to start a PPC campaign then you should do it and refine it so that it makes you money. This article is not about PPC specifically, but is about where you should put your keywords for the best SEO. This article discusses whether you should cram all of your best keywords into your website (Organic SEO), whether you should cram all of your keywords into your online advertising (PPC) or both.

You come up with your best keywords…where do you put them

Keyword research involves finding out what people are going to type into the search engine. Your goal is to find out what your target consumer is likely to type into the search engines. It is not as difficult as it sound, and you do not need to be a mind reader. For example if you lawn fertilizer then you can guess that people are going to type the words “lawn fertilizer” into the search engines. You can also assume they are not going to type, “Damp proofing my flat” into the search engine. It is your job to come up with a list of keywords, and decide if you should put those keywords into your PPC campaign or your website.

PPC SEO

If you put your keywords into your PPC campaign, and into your website, they may fight it out on the search engines results pages. If you put all of your best keywords into your PPC campaign then you stand a better chance of being seen by a lot of people. It will cost you more money that putting them into the website, but there is a higher chance that your website will be seen when using a PPC campaign. You could use the website to host long-tailed keywords, so that your website would still rank near the top for lesser-used keywords.

Organic SEO

Putting your best keywords into the website is going to save you a lot more money. You will however have a lot more competition, and there is a good chance that you will never reach the first page on any of your keywords. It is however cheaper because organic traffic from search engines is free. You could also put your long tailed and less applicable keywords into the PPC campaign. It would not get many clicks, but the clicks it does get would be very low priced (which is good for saving money on the advertising budget).

Both

Once clever thing to do is to put some good keywords into your website, but put the difficult ones in your PPC campaign. Some keywords or key terms are hard to put into a website’s content because they are grammatically incorrect, spelt incorrectly, or awkwardly phrased. They are still good keywords however, so you could put them into the PPC campaign. In the PPC campaign–those awkward words would not be seen, and so would have no negative affect–whilst still drawing traffic.

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Tips To Get Free Traffic From Blog Commenting

Interested in getting free traffic for your blog? And one that doesn’t need much effort either? Well, you can through blog commenting. You know, when you visit another blog and leave your comments instead of being a silent reader. You can drive traffic to your blog by branding your comments.

Benefits of Blog Commenting

There are quite a few benefits to commenting on blogs, of which some of them are:

  • Building relationshipsin the Blogging community
  • Let others know of your existence and expertise
  • Create quality backlinks to your blog
  • Of course, increase your blog’s traffic

With so many comments out there, I’m sure you sometimes wonder just how to attract attention to your comments. Here are some questions that you may want to ask.

Does The Blog Have CommentLuv Plugin?

blog comments trafficI like it when I see a CommentLuv plugin on the blogs that I am about to comment. It does encourage me to comment. I’m sure many of you would agree too.

What this plugin does is to place a link of the commenter’s latest blog post at the end of their comment. This way, other readers and commenters are able to view the title of my latest post and if they are interested, can just hop over. Great to get some free traffic to my website!

Do You Have An Avatar?

An avatar is your image that tags along on your comments on posts and forums, together with your name. It is easily created. Check out Gravatar.

Would be great if you do create one. Sure will come in handy especially when you are not among the first few commentators or when there are a whole bunch of other comments too. It definitely makes your comment stand out and be more visible to other readers. This will get you some good traffic for sure!

Although recommended, you don’t have to put your picture. You can upload an image of your pet or an animation or just about anything else you fancy. Nothing rude or offensive though please.

Are You Adding Value?

Is what you have to say, meaningful? Or does it even make sense? Is it of value to the other readers of the blog?
Too often, commenters make general comments that seemed to fit in almost any blog they go to. It’s like the ultimate go-to comment that you use on every single blog you visit. It gives the impression that you are trying to blog-hopto as many blogs as possible in the shortest time… without really reading the posts. That’s akin to being a fake. And you know what? You are sounding like a spammer too.

Try to come up with something informative, witty or funny. Alternatively, you could also provide your insights and recommendations. Good advices are always appreciated. If you can’t or don’t have the inspirations at that moment, you could even comment on other comments.

Is Your Comment Related To The Topic?

Even though you desperately wanted to talk about something else, the comments section is not the right place to do so. Not only will you sound irrelevant, you may end up irritating some people.

So, read the blog posts (and not just the post title only) to understand what the author is trying to say before you comment. And make sure that it is relevant.

Now, if you have an entirely different experience on the topic, won’t that be a great idea for a new post? You can place a link on your comments to let others know where to find your post.

Are You Nice?

Being nice doesn’t mean that you have to always agree with the author. You can disagree but be polite in delivering your thoughts. Respect the author and other readers and you will find that you will get respected too. I’m sure many will be interested to know more about you if you display a good character.


Commenting on blogs definitely bring you lots of benefits. When properly done, this will get you a lot of free traffic to your own website or blog. I do hope that you find the above tips useful in improving your blog’s traffic, just like how I did for mine – 100Webhosting.com. You can’t just comment normally, you can use some tips to become a Hero on Blog Commenting.

Use Pinterest To Get Massive Traffic To Your Blog

pinterest trafficOver the recent couple of years, Pinterest has received much attention over the exponential growth of visits it has received. Recently, it was reported that Pinterest has generated more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn.

If you ever had any doubt over just how useful or popular Pinterest is, hop over to Pinterest’s Popular page and judge for yourself. Feel free to let me know what you think of them, when (and if) you could pull yourself away from the hundreds of beautiful pictures.

What Is Pinterest Really?

Launched as a beta-version in 2010, Pinterest is based on a very simple concept. Remember how you or your mother used to cut those lovely recipes or the inspiring home decoration ideas or the beautiful vacation destinations and pinned them on the pinboard? Well, Pinterest is the virtual version of this.

And because of the modern-day technology it is built on, Pinterest doubles up as a Social Media photo sharing website. Its users can create, manage and share theme-based images from recipes to crafts to home décor. So you can imagine the viral effect of this. Recent studies had shown that Pinterest attracts more female users and that more than half of its users are between 25 to 44 years of age.

Many websites had recorded an increased in traffic from just a few hours of pinning and re-pinning images in Pinterest. If you wish to learn how to drive massive traffic to your blog, check out the following tips.

Tip # 1: Quality Images

Just like how quality posts builds blog’s SEO, quality images attracts attention and re-pins among Pinterest users. So create beautiful images and photos and add them to your blog and Pinterest account. If possible, use your own pictures and make it look as amazing and inspiring as you can. There are loads of photo enhancing tools that are easily available these days.

Tip # 2: Add Pinterest Sharing Plugin

There are lots of plugins that you can put onto your WordPress blog eg Pinterest “Pin It” Button. This simple to install plugin adds a button on your posts that allows your visitors to easily pin your contents to their Pinterest account. It’s customizable giving you flexibility to pre-determine the image to pin or to allow your visitors to select the images themselves. You can also choose the pages to add the button to as well as the location eg above/below content or on post excerpts.

Tip #3: Run Contests

Ah, contests and giveaways. Everyone loves them. Run one every now and then to create buzz. You don’t have to get really expensive prizes. Perhaps some blog badges or DIY crafts (especially if yours is a crafts blog) or vouchers will do. In return, ask them to re-pin your pins or become followers.

Tip #4: Analyzing and Monitoring

It’s not enough to just link the images between your blog and Pinterest, you would need to monitor the traffic that’s being generated. There’s Google Analytics and PinReach that can do the job. You want to analyze your stats and see which pins are your most popular. What kind of images drive traffic and you may want to post more of these kind of images e.g. between wide-angle and macro shots.

Tip #5: Share Pins On Facebook and Twitter

You probably are aware that Pinterest allows its users to share their pins on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Make full use of this as it allows your pins to be viewed and subsequently shared by a larger community. Note: free advertisement here!

At the same time, you can also “remind” your Facebook friends and Twitter followers that you are on Pinterest. Get them to check out your pins and more often than not, they will end up at your blog.


Pinterest is a simple yet powerful tool in generating traffic to your blog. It does not require rocket science to figure out how to do that. But it does need some good strategies. I do hope that the above tips would help in promoting your blog through Pinterest!

6 Simple Ways To Make Your Blog Pinterest Friendly

Pinterest FriendlyPinterest is not just an interest sharing tool, but also a good traffic generator for blogs. According to an Infographic ‘Pinterest for Business‘, Pinterest traffic makes 27% more conversions than Facebook referral traffic. So when you want to see more people clicking on your ads, or more people following you on Social Media, or more people subscribing to your blog feed, you will need to consider Pinterest as a profitable resource. You can also track your site’s popularity “in and with” Pinterest.

There are two cases we can think of.

Number 1: People come to your blog because they see a pin from your blog on Pinterest.

Number 2: People pin your blog posts to their Pinterest profile.

These two actions are equally important for your success. You need to work on both the aspects of Pinterest Marketing of your blog.

We will focus on the second case in this post. Your goal is to gain more pins for your blog posts. Ready? Here are few tips to get started:

1. Include a Pin This button

Pinterest has a bunch of Goodies for making it simple to pin your interests. The most used goodie is the Pin It button. You actually don’t need to worry about this because most of the WordPress social sharing plugins already include Pin It button in their bunch. If you don’t have the button, you can add it easily.

2. Have a Pinterest friendly WordPress theme

If you want to use your current theme and don’t want to change that, then you can happily skip this part.

This part is quite interesting. People like posts to be organized into squares. If your blog is organizing blog posts in Pinterest style, you may have more user interactions on your blog.

3. Keep your featured image seductive!

People won’t just pin your images for no reason. Your featured image has to be attractive enough so that people repin and like it.

There are many ways to get attention for an image. You can either put a slogan or a cartoon which is related to your blog post. (For example, this post’s featured image shows what it represents.)

If you don’t want the featured image to be displayed on the pin, you can keep a pin in button to every image of your blog post. The Pinterest Image Pin plugin can help you for this task.

You can check this list for Copyright and Royalty free images.

4. Videos works the best!

Videos are good content type to pin when it comes to sharing an interest. If your blog has videos and you have a pinterest friendly blog, then you will see lot of people pinning and repinning your blog posts.

You can also boost traffic to your site with viral videos.

5. Infographics are the most shared type of photos

When it comes to research, people do not have enough time to read journals or lengthy survey data. So Infographics help you to get what you want in minutes. If you share useful Infographics on your blog, you have best chance to get more pins.

6. Have a Recent Pins Widget

There is a Pinterest RSS plugin which can display recent pins to your blog. I am actually not sure if this idea will make people follow you on Pinterest or not, but this is a good idea if you are an active Pinterest user and pin awesome stuffs regularly.

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Do you think we can improve this list? What are the other techniques you are using for making your blog Pinterest friendly?

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Social Media Curators Can Increase Your Blog’s Traffic

Social Media CuratorsDo not underestimate the power of the rising social media curators as they can really contribute to your desire to increase incoming traffic towards your website. Social media curators are more close to what we all used to know as social bookmarking and sharing. This method is not new and it is being widely utilized by most bloggers, website administrators, online entrepreneurs, and whoever makes their business online. The method is still there and it is one of the best tool that each of us can utilize to increase and drive traffic towards to our websites. However, I am not encouraging you to fully depend on this principle because you don’t want to end up seeing all your traffic coming from these curators. Of course organic traffic is still the best source of visitors – those who found your contents from SERP or search engine results page.

There are different kinds of incoming traffics which can lead people from viewing your contents – direct, referral, and organic. I won’t be discussing all of them but here’s one thing that each of us must be wary about, it’s the direct traffic. Yes, it’s good to know that we see returning and loyal visitors coming to our blog site but it’s not good if we talk about the total performance of our blog site. I assume you already know why, if not you can always ask.

Do not be lax about your blog site’s traffic

Going back to that social media curator principle, I consider this method as referral traffic. Whenever you create a new and unique quality content and post it on your blog site. What’s next? Most often than not, someone who’s new to blogging will just sit around feeling fulfilled for adding a new content into his blog site. But the next day when he checks his blog site’s analytics, the traffic is still the same as if he did nothing the day before. This is where curating plays its purpose to drive more traffic into your website.

Social Media Curators, what is it and who are they?

I initially mentioned about social bookmarking. This is not curating per se but rather the first step. As an analogy, let us say that you are looking for something specific. Yes, Google can surely help you by typing your queries into it but how many from these results really answers your question? Unless you have provided Google the correct query and you might get lucky to achieve the exact information you needed. Try asking your question through Facebook, then a few minutes someone answers back with a link redirecting you to the information you are looking for. That “someone” is considered as a curator – a person who searches and share information. This is the main purpose of a curator. Are you getting now the picture?

How can I encourage Social Media Curators to increase traffic?

Well, good question. But you know what? You don’t have to look too far because the answer is just in front of you. You just need to push yourself to do a little more effort. If you are reading this, I am pretty sure you have a Facebook account. And that’s one of the best ways to curate your content. All you need to do is post your new content on your wall, make an enticing comment about it and let it flow. I am pretty sure, your friends will pick it up and once they liked it then they’ll share it with their friends and to their friends’ friends, and so on and so forth. Are you now getting the picture? Facebook is not only the social media curator source you can use, there are others. Some were old while some were recently popularized. You can engage yourself to Pinterest, Digg, StumbleUpon, Scoop.it, Delicious, and many more. If you always do this and making the principle as a habit whenever you have a new post on your blog site, surely there will be additional traffic into your website.

Can I make my new post or content viral?

Of course yes, there’s always that possibility. However, there are some ingredients that you should add into your content – uniqueness, quality, and creativity. You need to create something big and new. Something that you feel like your readers are going to love it and it is worth sharing. Once you do this and shared it on some of the recommended social media curator sources I’ve mentioned above. There is always that possibility that when the reception is positive, your friends will most likely share it. Then the sharing principle will go on and on – before you know it, your idea has become viral.

There are no boundaries when you want to drive more traffic into your blog site, for as you are doing it right and you are not engaging yourself into some cheap tricks. You just need to find some more resources like these social media curator sources to aid and boost your traffic.

Explode Your Blog With Free Traffic From Facebook

Facebook TrafficDid you know that having an active Facebook fan page for your blog can increase your blog’s viewership tremendously? The reason why everyone is establishing a base on Facebook right now is simply because that’s where all your potential viewers log onto every day. As of the 31st of December 2011, there were over 845 million active users connecting to Facebook on a frequent basis. This means that when done right, gathering a substantial amount of followers on Facebook will also mean increasing traffic to your blogs.

Create a Fan Page

The first thing you need to do is to create a Facebook fan page for your site. You should create as many fan pages as you can according to the number of blogs you own. While this means that you would have to do double the amount of work and spend even more time on Facebook, it also means that you will be able to target your market niche even better. After all, someone who’s interested in cupcake blogs will not be interested in joining the Fan Page dedicated to palm oil estate, so there really is no point in jumbling all your blogs together under one Page.

I don’t recommend using your personal Facebook page to promote your blogs as this would make it harder to brand your blogs. It would also make things awkward when you decide to post an emotional or heartfelt message too, so just like in real life, you should always keep business and personal postings a separate matter.

Spruce Up Your Fan Page

As most Internet users have the attention span of less than one minute, each of your Facebook fan pages should be attractive enough to deter them from abruptly moving on to the next page. The golden rule to creating a truly attractive Facebook Fan Page is to literally look different from the rest of the Fan Pages on Facebook. To get inspired, you might want to check out the McDonalds, Skittles, Victoria’s Secret and Red Bull Facebook Fan Pages for a start.

Making your fan page look fun and pretty would also probably mean that you should prep yourself with graphic software such as Photoshop and knowledge of HTML and CSS programming. The good news is that this stuff is pretty easy to learn and the long term results are definitely worth the effort. Remember, you can be anything you want to be on the Internet, so why not aim to have a Fan Page stylish enough to rival that of Louis Vuitton or Gucci?

Posting Content

Nobody really wants to be a fan of a Facebook page which only concentrates on promotions and advertisements, so be sure to post interesting information on your page. Your posts can be relevant to your blog or it could be totally random (but attention-grabbing) videos, pictures or statements which will keep the viewer scrolling along your page for more content. Do remember that while there are plenty of eager visitors on Facebook, they are much more interested in being entertained, as opposed to buying a product or service from you which is why you should keep your materials free and easily attainable.

At the initial stages, you might want to simply repost popular videos, photos or images onto your Facebook page. Overtime though, you should think about creating your own original content as the more authentic your page is, the more well-liked it will become as people tend to prefer going to the original source of any cool postings. In general, you should spend about half an hour updating the content on your fan page at least once a day to keep your existing fans interested. Just like how you would go about writing a good blog post, your goal on Facebook is to also create posts which can trigger conversations and dialogues between yourself and your fans.

Do note that while those who have liked your Facebook fan page would be able to view your posts on their newsfeeds, not all of your posts will be viewable in this manner. To increase the viewership of your post, Facebook judges your posting based on its Edge Rank, which is made up of your Affinity Score (i.e. the more you interact with your fans, the higher the score), the Weight (i.e. the higher the number of people who have shared your post, the higher the weight) and time decay (i.e. the more recent the post, the better)!

Do Housekeeping Everyday

Nobody really wants to see you post up advertisements on your fan page, so why should you let any other rogue fan page promote their page on yours? Be prepared to log on and clean up your fan page at least once a day as when left unwatched, there will be individuals who will use the opportunity to advertise their blogs, sites, fan pages, products or services on your Facebook Wall. Occasionally, you might even have the occasional virus or lewd graphics left on your Facebook page as well, which is why constant monitoring is essential to maintain the branding of your blog.

Make Friends

The most expensive and arguably the fastest way of building your database of Facebook fans is to simply have your page advertised on the Facebook side bar. However, a better (and cheaper) alternative would be to simply fish out interested users and then establish your fan base from that point onwards. To do this, make it a point of spending about half an hour everyday visiting other similar pages and leaving comments on their posts.

Just like how you should follow forum posting etiquette, you should also be just as amiable on other fan pages. Do not start a fight, a controversy or write something like: “Hey guys! If you like this Page, you’ll like mine too! Click on this link NOW!” as that will just have your comment deleted and you may even be reported as a spammer to Facebook.

The Best Time to Promote Your Blog

Once you’ve gathered about 1,000 Facebook fans, you can then begin subtly promoting your blog. The easiest way to link your fan page to your blog is through the Notes feature. The best thing about notes is that it can also be viewed by your fans via their newsfeed and you can also tag loyal fans onto your notes as well. You might also want to consider forming a tagging relationship with other similar niche fan pages so you can indirectly share the information to more fans with similar interests.

Another direct approach would be to promote your blog’s URL directly on your Facebook fan page profile picture or to post up images with your blog URL at the bottom. I believe most fans don;t really want to be forced to view a page, so you need to make it as voluntary as possible.

Popular Fan Page Equals Popular Blog

The key to boosting your blog views via Facebook is to literally plan out your Facebook campaign just like how you would have planned your blog creation. Think about the people you would like to attract, the purpose of your page and how you would like to grow your fan base overtime. Just like in the blogging world, creating, maintaining and growing a fan page requires us to think long term and leverage off relationships to achieve wider viewership!

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7 Effective Basic Tips To Get Traffic to Your Blog

Increase TrafficWe all blog for a reason – for people to read what we have to say. If it wasn’t, we would have written our thoughts, opinions, product launches or service reviews in our diaries. So just how do we get as many people as possible to read what we have to say about ourselves or the items or services that we are trying to sell? Use a few of the tricks below to draw traffic to your blog.

1. SEO your Blog

For the uninitiated, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. If you even need an introduction to what SEO is, you are definitely not using any technique to push your website to appear at the top of search results whenever a search is performed. SEO is the most effective way to get traffic to your site but you need to put in a little effort to get your desired results. It isn’t that difficult really.

SEO mainly involves the use of keywords, which you would just need to know how, when and where to place them. There is too much to talk in detail about SEO here. You can simply Google the topic and you would get a lot of articles on SEO. You really need to optimize your website for search engines if you intend to pull visitors to your website, or else you’d be only blogging blindly and hoping for the best.

2. Update your Blog Frequently

But don’t overdo it. Quality still reigns over quantity. We want repeat visitors, not just new ones who would stop visiting if they get put off by the quality of articles on your website that have no useful contents, are obviously copied from elsewhere or are peppered with grammatical errors. Updating your blog often with useful and interesting articles not only elevates your blog to the top of the search engine results page if the SEO is done properly but also, you will build up loyal followers who are interested enough to constantly check your blog for new posts.

3. Use the Power of Facebook and Twitter

With almost everyone owning a Facebook and/or a Twitter account, there is so many that you can reach out there. Write a great post and share it on your Facebook wall. If it is really captivating, your friends might even share it on their pages and now you’ve reached out to another social circle.

4. Submit your Articles to Articles Directories

Articles directories such as EzineArticles and ArticleDashboard are popular with both writers and readers alike. Writers love these sites directing traffic to their blogs while readers visit to read and learn on a wide range of topics. It is true that article directories do not work wonders anymore like they used to, but they are still worth submitting to!

What you as a blogger need to do is to write articles that end with an introduction of yourself and a call-to-action phrase asking readers to visit your blog for more tips, hints, news etc. These sites are also a great place to build up network of bloggers, where you can share and support each others’ blogs.

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5. Put your Blog’s Link in your Signature

If you are a member of a forum, include the link to your blog in your signature. That way, other forumers will see your blog link each time you post a topic or comment. It helps even further if you’re already a popular forumer or have already build a reputation as a “senior member” or one who is knowledgeable, trusted or looked up to within the forum. Don’t worry if you aren’t or do not participate in forums. First, you just need to sign up for an account on the most popular forum and then start commenting on topics that are close to your heart. The more you comment, your blog’s link appears with higher frequency and raises the chances that fellow forumers clicking on it. Again, remember that quality beats quantity, so don’t post something for the sake of it. If you aren’t careful, this method will backfire, leaving you with bad publicity.

6. Comment on Others’ Blogs

Blog hop among those who share the same niche and leave your “mark” behind in the form of comments. Leave your opinions in the comment box and encourage the readers to visit your own blog. Even if you do not do this, there will already be a link to your profile anyway once you comment. Just be sure to say something of value instead of being a spammer. It would also be great if you have written a post on the same issue, then you can encourage readers to read yours and debate or agree.

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  • Brand Your Comments To Drive Traffic To Your Blog
  • 7. Build a Blogging Network

    Bloggers are a close-knit community. They support and help one another in the blogosphere. So if you are known to each other and visit his/her blog, he/she is likely to return the favor and visit yours too. You can also ask if your friends are willing to link their blog to yours and if you’re buddies enough, you could ask them to mention you if they are posting anything related to your niche. In short, be nice because you’d never know when this community of bloggers would be useful!

    Many bloggers fail to realize that getting traffic to their blog requires some effort. Don’t just spend time writing and then keeping your fingers tightly crossed that somehow someone out there will realize how interesting you are because writing good posts alone isn’t going to get you far in terms of traffic. So, remember:
    Blog smart, not hard, use my tips discussed earlier and you are sure to get more traffic than ever!

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    Brand Your Comments To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

    Brand Your Comments !I got new friends through my blog. Guess how? I saw their comments in my blog and I replied to them and so on. Branding yourself in your comments is an important one in the Blogging field. It now helps not only to get online friends, but also drives all the traffic to your Blog’s link. Now let us discuss how to brand the comments in such a way. Commenting on others blog will refresh your blog and let others know your blog exists. You can comment in a blog unrelated to the topics in your blog, it can drive some traffic, but it will not be a permanent one. So I prefer readers to comment in a blog related to the subjects or topics in your blog, so you could easily link your blog for reference. The Golden Rule of Commenting is not to SPAM! Remember that in mind. Please don’t spam in my blog and also in others. You can refer the below stuffs for a decent commenting. Happy Commenting! 

    Why Should I Comment? Or/And How Should I Comment?

    Search Engine : Commenting on others blog will place your blog’s URL in search engines indirectly, without much effort. So it helps someone to visit your blog.

    Linking : Usually comments are made by entering details like Name, Email and blog/website link. So it helps to link your blog in other blogs.

    Relationship : By commenting on others blog, you will get to know something about that blog’s owner. By asking and replying you may develop a good relation with him/her. You can also interact with other readers in that blog by similar manner.

    Use Emoticons : You can also use some worthy expression emoticons to make the comments look interactive and attractive.

    Widget From Million Clues
    From Million Clues

    Be The First To Comment : Always try to be the first for commenting in a blog. Because first impression is the best impression. I meant every reader will check the first comment of a article/post rather than other comments.

    Check out Popular Posts : Search all the famous blogs and other blogs for their popular post. It is popular mainly due to the maximum page visits and the comments received. It will be useful to display your comments in such a post.

    Show Your Photo : Your comments will look dull if it has a default logo instead of other photos. So try to get yourself a cool Gravatar.

    Branding : By commenting frequently in blogs will help others to remember your name and your blog’s name. Even the regular readers will be aware of you and your blog. Most popular blogs have top-commentator widget installed. So always try be a top-commentator of a blog. It will try to increase Page Rank and Traffic.

    Quote by Arun Basil Lal from Million Clues

    Never comment for the sake of commenting, readers can easily distinguish a genuine comment and a fake comment. If you just want to say congrats, do it in a special way.

    As per I concern never/ever spam your comment! Don’t misuse or abuse commenting.