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  1. This is my new blog, been running since 10 Dec (ie 10 days) and I have 313 hits. Is this good?

    The blog I need help with is internationalcricketblog.wordpress.com.

  2. It's neither good nor bad, it's what you have. Keep writing content, keep posting, post and comment on the forum and other blogs and you will build a following.

    Another thing you can do is showcase your blog on other social networks like Twitter and Facebook. In other words, just let your friends know you have a blog out there they may be interested in following. Also, since it is a cricket blog, you might want to find forums interested in that specific topic and make the people there aware there is another resource they might like to check out.

    Good luck! :)

  3. There is no basic set of numbers we can point to and label them as good or not. There are millions of blogs in different niches and featuring different subjects and apples to oranges comparisons are not at all useful.

    Here are 25 basic steps to take to increase traffic to your blog:
    1. Structure a reader and search engine blog;
    2. In blogging content is king create unique, high quality content so publish fresh content frequently;
    3. Learn basic SEO so you can use keywords effectively and apply basic SEO to your headlines, blog and posts;
    Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results.
    4. Make your blog posts look professional;
    5. Create at least 4-6 pillar posts and continue to create pillar posts;
    Pillar posts are also referred to as flagship content. Pillar posts are comprehensive posts that offer great value to readers as the contents are timeless in nature. They define you as having authority in the niche you blog in.
    6. Select and link to appropriate anchor text;
    7. Leave meaningful comments on related blogs and encourage comments on your own blog;
    8. Develop relationships with other bloggers so you can build a blog readers’ community around your own blog;
    9. Support the blog centered communities on related blogs by commenting on them and promoting posts from them;
    10. Link to authoritative sources in your posts;
    11. Deep link to your earlier related posts in your new posts;
    12. Assign appropriate categories and tag your posts with care;
    13. Link to related authoritative blogs in your blogroll;
    14. Provide RSS feeds for subscribers;
    RSS (Rich Site Summary or really simple syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
    15. Having a well designed theme is important, evaluate your theme for effectiveness, and if required, create a new header, make improvements or replace your theme and reduce page loading time;
    16. Avoid cluttering your blog with widgets that lack reader value and slow page loading time;
    17. Buy your own domain and domain mapping;
    18. Verify your blog with the three big search engines.
    19. Get organized, use an online to do list by developing a blogging workflow;
    20. Join social networks and social media sites like Facebook and use Twitter, Friendfeed and other Free RSS directories to promote your blog posts;
    21. Promote your blog through social networks, online groups, and selected directories;
    22. Develop a social media time management strategy and stick to it;
    23. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival;
    24. Become a guest blogger on sites with higher page rank than your own site.
    25. Create newsletters and/or ebooks for your subscribers.

  4. Have you been using the learn wordpress.com tutorial?
    http://learn.wordpress.com/
    Have you noted these tips in the support documentation?
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/

  5. I have been blogging for a while now, and I rarely cross 200 hits a month. Just sharing the number, to see if makes you feel any better ;) I have to agree with timethief above. Content is what makes the difference. Also, if it is a new blog, you would have to give it some time before people start noticing it, start subscribing to it, bookmark it and so on...

  6. I don't think there is ever a good or bad number. The number is usually equivalent to how much work you put into writing and promoting the blog.

  7. Cheers guys, thanks for the links tt :)
    I've seen around here that general consensus is that hits have to be seen in context of the niche that is being explored. Is there no way I can gauge how well I am doing for my niche in terms of hits? Or is it still subjective?

    Also, any feedback on my actual writing style will be much appreciated!

  8. Sports blogs always have a lot of hits, so while for the general personal blogosphere that's excellent, it's hard to say how you're performing in your niche. There are tools at Technorati, etc, for that kind of analysis.

    Your blog is pretty optimized, but you should include some images upfront. People and search engines BOTH love posts that start with images.

  9. Yeah, images are something I want to look into but its so hard finding images that aren't copy-written! Any tips, sites etc?

  10. I would say that 30 per day is a good start. After all, you can't expect many more until you have more content! Don't be too eager Brad.

  11. Haha

    I've got another question and am too lazy to start a new thread (carry on answering the previous questions too please :D ):
    My profile links to the URL I used first, but I then decided that I wanted a different URL so all my content is on a second URL. I have set the 2nd URL as my "Primary." Why is the 1st URL the one that you reach if you click on my name in this forum?

  12. Lazy and eager? Well, this will be interesting.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/personal-settings/

    Dashboard >> Users >> Personal Settings

    Scroll down

    Enter the URL of the required blog in the WEBSITE field.

  13. Haha you know what I meant :p

    Thanks!

  14. I started my blog back in October and was getting about 30-40 hits a day and now it's grown to about 150 a day. Publishing great content is definitely the first rule of thumb to improving your numbers as you need to have a reason for people to keep coming back and ultimately to want to share your work with others.

    SEO is very important too because search engines will be the biggest driver of traffic. Social media can be helpful too, but it's hit or miss, as I've found that most people on Twitter are interested in promoting their site but will hardly ever click on your link despite how many times it's retweeted.

    Keep on writing and eventually they will come.

  15. Cheers :)

  16. TT has several posts on where to find images you're allowed to use, so look to http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com for that.

  17. Thanks!
    If I use Zemanta, is it legal to use all pictures that come up?

  18. I mostly write movie reviews, so I end up using the promotional posters for my blog entries, which I am guessing is part of the whole fair usage thing.

    Some times I do write random articles in which case I find the relevant pictures from sites such as - http://www.publicdomainpictures.net - who do not mind one using the pictures on blogs as long as the original location is linked as the source.

    Of course, if you have a camera, just click away and you might just get what you are looking for ;)

  19. Its a bit more of a struggle as a sports writer though ;)

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