I have blogged for over 6 years now and if you click my username you will arrive in my blogging tips blog where you will find a large collection of over 500 posts focused on providing information for bloggers who are intent on on becoming a better blogger, building a better blog, and effective blog promotion. Below are some tips I have extracted from posts under my copyright that have been published in that blog.
Traffic builders checklist - consider employing these traffic building strategies:
* creating and publishing pillar posts that provide timeless content for readers in your niche
* using anchor text in your recent posts to deep link to your earlier related posts
* learning basic SEO techniques for on page optimization and applying them to your posts, images
* joining online groups and forums related to your niche or topic
* creating and offering free newsletters and/or ebooks
* submitting press releases
* creating podcasts and videos for your readers
* guest blogging on blogs with higher PageRanks than your own blog
* inviting guest bloggers to create guest posts you can publish on your blog
* submitting articles to sites that accept free articles and provide backlinks
* participating in blog carnivals
Promote your blog and your posts
* Write well and publish regularly. Keeping your blog updated with fresh and informative content will maintain reader interest.
* Reply to every comment as this may encourage more comments from the same readers and from others who have yet to comment.
* Be cautious about reciprocal linking and be very selective when choosing related blogs to link to (link to high authority blogs in the same niche that your own blog is in) and keep your blogroll updated.
* Be aware of your subscribers and subscribe to the feeds on their related blogs.
* Comment, comment, comment and comment.
* Backlink to posts published by faithful readers wherever possible in post of your own.
* Create a social media time management strategy and stick to it.
* Use a Recent Comments widget to showcase those readers who leave the most recent comments.
*Create a Frequent Commenters widget to showcase those who leave the most comments.
* Promote and support the promotions of the blogs of your faithful readers within this wordpress.com community and beyond it on soocial media sites and on social networking sites.
Twenty five steps for increasing blog traffic
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