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Ho Do I Get More Traffic To My Blog?

  1. I have made my first blog, not sure if anybody can see it as I am completely new to blogging. I have posted on Facebook, but not sure what elso to do with it.

    I went on an adventure last year to find Ronnie Biggs to complete a set of autographs in a book left to me by my late father. I have wrote a blog about my journey and I thought you may like it, it's here...

    http://stevieroche.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/my-special-book/

    If you have time please feel free to read and leave a comment.

    Thanks
    Steven

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

  2. The most effective way to attract traffic to your own blog is to comment frequently on other similar and related blogs in the smae niche your blog is in.

    On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/ The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/introduction/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/

    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.

  3. Wow, that's a lot to take in. Thanks for your reply timethief I will make inroads!

  4. You're welcome and if you need to locate "how to" do any of those 25 steps click my username and search my blog.

  5. And I have mis-spelt my first word in the title of my forum post!! Not a great start... it should obviously read How!!! You can tell I am new...!

  6. Ok will do, thanks again.

  7. Not to worry. I'm visually challenged and without doubt, I have become the forum queen of spelling errors and typos. :(

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  9. Ah, sorry, still trying to get to grips round here!

  10. I think an easy way to get views is to comment on forums and have a link to your blog in the signature. My blog is a travel one and I post regularly on the Lonely Planet boards. I've also begun posting on a fashion and lifestyle board which has been effective as well.

    I get between 60-110 views per day and this is purely from people follow the links on forums as I told any of my friends about my blog.

  11. That sound like a good idea. I have tried but failed to find out how to automatically add a signature to my posts... any help??

    Thanks

  12. Sorry the above didn't work

    [a href="url"] Link text [/a]

    just replace the [] with <>

    Hope that helps

  13. an easy way to get views is to comment on forums and have a link to your blog in the signature

    This is not a good idea at all. Another member who left link to her blog as signatures was warned like this:

    If you continue to link drop in threads your account will be flagged for possible ban from the forums without notice...

    For reference See this (reply from sl1k).

  14. Do you mean wordpress forums? Probably.

    But it's fine to do so from the Lonely Planet Forums - many users do this and its not in violation of the forum rules.

  15. It may be allowed on social media but not here on wordpress forums.

  16. It's all about finding the right websites to promote your blog - most forums will allow you to include a link in your signature.

    I can understand why WordPress wouldn't allow it though, as everyone on here has a blog they want to promote.

  17. Here's another idea. Try copying a blog from another blogging platform and you might even get 'Freshly Pressed' . (Rampant sarcasm here)

  18. @pacifictheme
    Most forums ... eaxctly which ones are you referring to? I've blogged for over 7 years and the only forums I see that happening on are make money forums which I am not a meber of but do lurk on.

    Signature link dropping is redundant here as your username is linked to your primary blog. We only post blog links when we are referring to a blog that's not linked to our username here.

  19. OK, question: why is checking out another platform in the hopes it may suit your needs better so vilified? I realize I am a noob and it is normal to rip the shit out of noobs for their mistakes, but I would like to know what exactly I am being reamed for. Cheers.

  20. Hi

    I'm also new to blogging. Although I am managing to post regularly, I now realise how little I know about how to make connections and increase traffic to the site.

    Thanks for the information you give above, I'll certainly be studying it. I can see that blogging can be a great way to share ideas and comments and also a way to build community.

    My site is at soulsnet.com, an online retreat for the bruised, the bothered and the bewildered and I aim to update it daily. What I really would like to know is how to build a community of like minded souls to share experience strength and hope. Now I have actually dipped a toe into the blogging world it seems to me that this is what blogging is actually about but at present I do feel a bit lost at sea!!!

    Any help gratefully accepted.

    Corinne at soulsnet.com

  21. I've been blogging a long time, and the best advice that I can give you, is to never blog for your audience. You can spend all the time in the world posting stuff that you think people will want to read, and you just might make it...

    However, you will never be happier with your blog than if it's full of things that matter to you, things you want to share, and things you want people to know. You'll never have to pretend you're anything more than yourself, and you'll never disappoint your audience.

    Just get the content up that you enjoy, and it will come through in your writing. There's no better draw for a blog than genuine content.

  22. Thanks Matt

    Duly noted. I think it's easy to lose sight of why you come to blogging in the first place. I may not be getting alot of traffic but I am meeting alot of nice people. Bloggging may not be what I expected but it may be even better than I expected.

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