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How can I get more traffic on my site without having to buy something?

  1. shadowoperator
    Member

    I'm not entirely in a state of despair, but a total lack of comments is bringing me close to desperation (since my site went up on July 4, and except for the first 3 days when my posts were mostly introductory, and again I didn't publish on the Monday that was the predicted malware day on the Internet, I have published what I feel is one sound and well-thought out post a day, and still no comments!) That makes 17 posts (actually, I think I did 2 on one day), and while I get 8-15 spams a day, all of whom are very enthusiastic, no real comments yet. I've checked what's on the search engines for my site, and so far, Google gives me a good number of links into my site. Bing and Yahoo only have the forum topics so far, at least up until yesterday when I checked. I still need to figure out how to set the search engine terms, I guess, but I hate to meddle with something that I know zilch about and possibly mess up Google's good work as well as bollocksing up something else somewhere. What am I doing wrong?

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

  2. I'm averaging one comment per 700 reads on my blogs, so perhaps you need to reduce your expectations. How many comments, after all, have you left on other blogs today?

    There are over a thousand tips in the forum already on getting more readership and more engaged readers, so just try a forum search. You will find enough to keep you busy for years!

  3. shadowoperator
    Member

    Well, you certainly put that in perspective! And you have more than one blog! Researching and writing for mine takes anywhere between 1-2 hours a day, depending on how complicated a topic I've picked. I like to proofread myself to keep in practice rather than relying on the automatic system, so that takes a little extra time, too. And I have other non-computer related chores during the day, as does everyone. Also, I've linked into Twitter and have one devoted follower, but I try to follow 5 people and that takes time too, hoping that one or more of them will return the favor and follow my blog. Part of the problem is that my blog is fairly narrow in interest, so maybe it's just not for everyone. If only there were more time in a day! Thanks for the advice.

  4. Please don't Follow or Like blogs and posts just so they check you out. It's spammy. If you want engagement, real engagement not just junk "check me out please please" likes and Follows, you need to really engage.

    The internet is entirely give to get.

  5. shadowoperator
    Member

    I don't of course follow just to be followed. I really do want to engage, and I entirely understand the "give to get" equation. In fact, every day Twitter suggests about 5 more people I've never seen for me to write to, and I don't, because I've never heard anything about them, and I don't know why Twitter thought we were compatible. So far, I've just stuck with following 5 people, but sometimes I feel that I'm doing all the writing and no one else is, that's all. And as for writing to a blog, so far I've found two I really like on WordPress, but I lost one somehow, and all I know is the name it went by on Freshly Pressed, and I can't seem to get it back. As I think I said before, I can't spend as much time as I would like to on the INternet writing to other blogs, but i am hoping to build these relationships up as i go along. I think you misunderstood me, a bit. But thanks for the advice.

  6. shadowoperator
    Member

    P.S. So far, when I try to do a forum search for info on getting more site traffic as you suggested, raincoaster, I come up with a lot of topics under a heading called "Related Topics" but which have nothing to do with my question. Also, I've inadvertently now written to someone who appeared to be writing to me, and also two people have advised me to follow timethief's blog on blogging (if she's writing about blogging, then that's the correct place to go for advice, isn't it?) and in short, I'm now getting bewildered by the forum format. I can't seem to find all those responses you mentioned on the topic of getting more site traffic. What do I fill in to the "search the forums" slot at the top of the page to get the listings? Thanks if you can help.

  7. timethiefs blog has a lot of ideas on getting more traffic as well as many other hints - she also helps in the forum on a regular basis

  8. It takes time to attract followers and effort to maintain them. Comment on many blogs every day that have similar content. remember that the golden rule of social networking is to give, give, give before expecting to receive.

    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/

    No matter which niche your blog is in, there 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.
    - Timethief

  9. shadowoperator
    Member

    My cup runneth over! Many, many sincerest of thanks to raincoaster, auxclass, ardpete, timethief, and anyone else who may happen to respond. Though I don't understand all of the advice and terminology yet, the mission is accepted: I'm going to try to fill in some of the corners (and the great big empty space in the middle!) of my computer knowledge.

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