Thursday, November 30

Nobody is reading my Blog! Follow this best simple ways to get more traffic and readers.

Am going to break down this writeup into 9 powerful tips you should follow that will give you good omen if you really wants to succeed as a Blogger. 

Nobody is reading my Blog! Follow this best simple ways to get more traffic and readers.

1. Be Controversial

Now starting from number one of them all i.e to be Controversial, is true that you have created a blog and filled it with well thought out, great, superbly written and thought provoking posts or articles but the web or search engines are not favouring you efforts with the kind of visitors and readers you expect,

and you begin to ask yourself questions like what should l do next?  Sha have patience and gently follow these tips and guildlines l will give you here and you would definitely become a top Blogger too and (blessly) make much money blogging!

One of the main problems we Bloggers face at first is that you know you have something very important or valuable to say to the World at large, 

and you are totally convinced that people will love what you write and say. 

So as a Blogger naturally you will think Google and other Search engines would index your work (You will say something like beside l have summited my blog to them) (Search Engines) and next thing is to be getting visitors that l need quickly,

but this things don't usually work that way because as a new Blogger (no matter) the subject, Niche or Topic you are writing about, there have been other previous Bloggers who have cover and written something about it and ( many who are still and will continue to do the same). 

So sometimes to avoid writing the same thing with this other Bloggers you will dig deep to find topics that are still virgin topics and after you feel your writing beats the writings of the other blogs you found on Search engines like (Google) but they still appear ahead of yours, 

so what should be the problem? They must have done something different to get ahead? Yap

The answer is capital yes becuase they usually not just do blogging there's more to it than blogging,

You will notice that sometimes successful Bloggers are Controversial, If you browse the posts that usually have the most comments in top blogs you'll notice that they often expresses strong opinion and feelings. 

Just think deeply about this when you're sitting on a fance and tries to cover both side of  an argument why would your visitors bother to leave a comment or even try coming back? 

On a second thought you have to give them something to think about, or even annoy them just a little and they'll leave responses,

So quess what? They'll keep coming back or keep checking on that post to see if somebody has commented on thier comments,

this trick can even make them to bookmark your blog for easy access,

But when doing this don't go too far expressing views not much related to the center of your post or you may have the opposite effect and may lead people to exit your site assuming it's been runned by a wack. 

To follow this tip just be Controversial enough to trigger or provoke a positive reaction that will start a discussion on as many of your blog posts as possible you can.

Summary: Comments= Traffic. 

2. Be Interactive

Being interactive is very neccessary in blogging World like in some blogging programs it offers you the ability to insert polls into your blog,

So if the software you use allows you to run this polls then you have to run polls once in a while (something like once per week)  that would be a good space inbetween because running it frequently could lead to removing the previous poll even before about 80% of your visitors have even voted on it and running it frequently also could start boring your repeat visitors with same item,

to avoid this you just have to be sensitive enough to notice when the incoming polls starts to depreciate that means it's time to run another poll,

also remember to chose Controversial or very interesting topics for running the polls Sha na only 10 of your visitor fit vote  but those who do vote will occasionally come back to see how the polls are going. 

For better result try to chose a topic or subject that's topical, topic that will spark but Controversies and also be Interactive too. 

You can also find a way to allow your visitors send images in cartoon, Photoshop creation forms etc this also promotes visitors participation and loyalty as those who have submitted there pictures will keep coming back to know if there pictures has been used. 

Contests are also good traffic builders. Like the Japanese Haiku contest on the subject of your chioce or maybe ( animals (cat) or any other one doing wired things are very popular now) but make sure the images or what you use is related to your blog Niche. 

On the contests you can use prize tags on them offering something like iTunes or store vouchers which will cost very little. Or you can encourage them by publishing their work on your blog.

You can also use your blog prize award logo which they can use on thier blogs or websites if they have one, this way you will get tons of visitors and it will promote your blog. 

You can also use relevant YouTube or Google Videos to embed on your post about a video every 10 or more posts can do alot of wonders for the impressions it will creat on your blog.

Why did l say every 10 or something posts? So that people with slow connection won't get mad at you because it's  not included frequently and people with broadband width will appreciate and applaud the little extra you gives them but make sure this videos don't auto start people really hates it.

Summary: Interactivity = Return Visitors.

3. Be Authoritative

If the blog you created is a very informative one then you have to site reference to any post you write. Some times we Bloggers dn't like to place out going links on our blog but unknownly the more of this links you place to relevant sites, the more search engines will assume you ( Sabi book) you know something of what you are writing about.

To do this you can go to www.wikipedia.com  articles and reference the post you are writing about or you can use other good sources like www.reference.com and www.about.com.

You can also get help from Google or Yahoo news alerts by signing up to thier sites and set the service(s) up to be recieving links to news articles immediately they are published, this way you can be one of the first Bloggers to include the first munite links on your post,

Just like l said before emphatically the more authoritative sites you links to the more Google and other search engines also thinks higher and authoritative of your blog,

when doing this site linking l usually dn't support "no-follow" tag on links beside traffic is what you are looking for so share it and it will be shared back to you (thier love in share). 

Also remember when writing about a topical topic, to not copy and paste or using news clippings verbatism because this will lead to your site losing ranking in Search engines do to plagiarism,

Instead make sure you read and understands the post you are writing about, then ignore the source site (unless for checking or rechecking facts), and rewrite the story or post to your own understanding or words,

this will take you a little time but it worth it as it will reflect wonderfully on your ranking in search engines,

and when including links to your blog or website make sure that the site you are linking to has authority and dn't just use generic terms like " this website or click here" in the anchor text, but let the anchor text you use succinctly summarises the linked topic or subjuct. 

Summary= Relevant Linking= Higher Search Engine Ranking. 

4. Be Linked

Is good to get people's blog been linked by others but it's often time easier said than done but (it's not that hard either) you should have in mind that most Bloggers are lazy and uninformed and finds it difficult to follow great advice, tips or tricks like this one am giving now.

Which lead to www.technorati.com which is one of the top blog indexing sites carring out a research which they found out that there are over 50 million blogs of which just few of them have 'Authority'  this term Authority  is used by Technorati in place of 'Popularity'  which goes to say that no other site is found linking to many of these blogs.   

So the important question now is how can l be able to get this all important Links l need

Thier are many ways one can get links to is blog but am going to used this tested and working methods instead,

example assuming you are writing more than one topic in your blog, then you can really split the postings into many blogs. Like if you are covering 10 subjects then, you can be able to get 'Authority' of 10 at Technorati because you will simply link them to each other, 

But it's advisable not to split your blogs to more than three blogs until you feel comfortable and have the speed and agility to be able to cover them all because you can risk forgetting posting to some of this blog frequently enough to keep your visitors interested. 

You can easily use Blogroll system which is built into most blogging platforms or system to build up links to your blog both incoming and out going links.

The best way to exchange links is to find sites similar to your content, but why doing that make sure you search for the blog with higher 'Authority'  and it can even have a Google Rank Page  and that's regularly updated. 

When you finds a good candidate add his or her blog to your own Blogroll with a description, description link text and an email written to the blog owner informing them you like thier blog and in few sentence why you liked it, so that they will actually believe you have been and read it. 

Then tell them you liked thier blog much that's why you have linked them from your site and also give them your own blog URL so they can check the link.
Finally tell them you would really appreciate it if they find out time to link back to you, but dn't insist on a link back as you can get a better result by just asking instead of insisting. 

After this processs wait for them for some weeks and if you dn't get a link back then drop the link for them and move on unless it's very much important link to have in your site and also remember to thank them when they link back. 

You have to repeat this process until you gets up to 15 or 20 links in your Blogroll. Why l said 15 or 20 is because having more than that number may put off sites that's linking to you thinking you are spreading your blog traffic too thinly.

When you have acquired the required number make sure you keeps an eye on the links to make sure they are still linking to you and replace any one that unlinks you.

Summary: Links = Your Blog's Lifeline. 

As a Blogger you must make sure that you have summited your blog on all the top search engines like, Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask etc. 

Thier are other search engines we have but they may not help you much on getting more traffic and if your blog has sitemap widget enabled make sure you notify and summit it to the search engines so that your blog can be indexed by them properly. 

Some software like Wordpress can automatically ping most search engines when you writes a new post but make should this feature is enabled on your blog. 

Next important step now is to sign up to www.technorati.com as memeber, creating a new account and also fill as many details as possible this will help other blog owners to fine your blog easily when they search.

Also remember to list the blogs you operate with like Technorati, including keywords and descriptions. 

After this you can join other important indexing sites like www.blogcatalog.com, which is made up of social networking site and indexing site, and it can help increase your blog traffic alot. 

Also look up for blogs that are similar to yours and add thier authors as friends with time they will start adding you back and this will lead to rapid increase to your blogs/sites traffic.

You can use Google to look up other indexing sites and if they requires you to put thier banner or logo on your blog don't worry because that will do you more good than harm. 

And do remember that your blog software is a content management system (.CMS.) and also for writing blog posts,  and you can also use it to write informational articles or collection of background on your blog's topic. 

This may take little time to form or put together, but the more you put on your blog the more quaility links you will get from search engines and other websites. 

Summary:  Indexes = Ongoing Traffic. 

6. Be Pictured

Using pictures on your blogs without doubt will fatch you tons of traffic from the search engines picture search feature.
Many people who browse and surf the internet generally look just for pictures and images but when they find one from your site they will often surf your own site before they takes (steal) the picture. 

When making a post and thier's no video or any other media you must make sure that the post has suitable image on it, and it not good also to do what most other Bloggers do i.e taking pictures from Google and other search engines, just be smarter and add the ideology or term "royalty free", "free" or "public domain" to your search because you wont like your blog to risk to be sued when it become popular.

Always remember also to rename the picture you are uploading on your blog post, assuming your are writing about best pinging sites then you have to renew it like best_pinging_sites_for_your_blog.jpg.

This description keywords are very important because it's what users will search and hopefully they will find your own picture or image ahead of other many thousand others. 

It becomes necessary to say it's of no use to use third party services  like Photobucket to store images but that you must upload this images on your blog if you wants it to generate traffic for your blog.

Summary: Pictures = Thousand Hits.

7. Be Noticed

To be noticed as a Blogger then you have to learn to use the power of social medias, social news, bookmarking sites and other sites that can give and creat for you theawareness you need to be noticed. Sites like www.digg.com and www.stumbleupon.com would help alot to give you the traffic you need. 

Digg site at first would give you rapid increase of visitors but if your blog is popular it may temporally  grind your blog server to an halt. 

StumbleUpOn on the other hand will grow your blog little by little at first which, if few Stumblers gives your blog thumb up, will slowly grow and generate you the traffic your server can handle. 

This shows that at long run StumbleUpOn will generate much more traffic than Digg as your blog stay in the mix of StumbleUpOn sites. 

There are other many services that can offer you such services like www.reddit.com,  www.twitter.com, www.myspace.com, www.facebook.com etc. 

Some of this sites would require you to signup, do so and start submitting your blog post but not that much to avoid annoying visitors thinking you are going against the spirit of this sites so you have to be summiting other people blog post too and sometimes summit yours so that your traffic don't suffer. 

This sites might not make visitors to be clicking your ads but they may bookmark your blog and this way you will have more traffic and next with time it will start giving you the income  you need. 

Summary:  Social Bookmarking = Traffic Goldmine.    

8. Be a Capitalist

If you don’t want to try and make money from your site then ignore this section. On the other hand, if there’s money to be made from your blogging, why not?

You may not make very much but if you could make $10 a day (everything on the web seems to be in dollars) that would net you $300 pocket money each month. And it’s actually not that hard to achieve with a few blogs. Of course, if your traffic grows you might be able to generate a handy second income of $1,000 or more a month. But at that level you’ll probably be putting a significant number of hours each week into your blogging.

Just for something to sets your sites on you might be interested to know that it is actually possible to generate over $10,000 a month from blogging as there’s an elite group doing just that. According to figures published by www.problogger.net in 2005 there were 45 bloggers in the $10,000 a month league, and that figure has risen ever since.

Anyway, that’s the top bloggers, but what about you and me? Well, the way to start is to get yourself a Google AdSense account and add the code they give you into your blog. Providing you have any kind of decent traffic you’ll see a click-through ratio of up to 3%. Poor traffic such as from Digg and StumbleUpon will get you less, while good traffic such as from search engines will get you more. But on the whole, for every 100 visitors to your blog you might expect about three of them to click on your ads, for which you’ll be paid anything from around 5c up to $1 or more each per click.

When averaged over a month or more the actual payout seems to end up around 15c a click. So you can work out that 1,000 daily visitors to your site might generate $1.50 in revenue. That’s about $550 per year which isn’t bad and should be quite achievable for a beginner.

All you have to do next to increase your earnings is three things:
  1. Increase your traffic
  2. Increase click-throughs to your ads
  3. Increase earnings per click
Achieving the first is what this article has been all about. The other two can really only be attained through trial and error. For example, you could change the placement of the ads on your site. Or you could try changing the colours. Then again, because AdSense responds to what you write about you could try covering different topics to see if you get better results.

As long as you make a note of what you did and when, you can then go back over your earnings reports and see what did and didn’t work for you. A word of advice when doing this though. Only change one thing at a time or you’ll find it very difficult to extrapolate any meaningful results from the data. Also, try to extract any StumbleUpon and Digg or similar traffic from your data if you can before you analyse it, as this type of traffic will skew your ratios.

Summary: Advertising = Money For Old Posts.

9. Be Smart

Be smart by exploring the new technologies around like turning your blog into an iPhone or Android application,  you can make it be a static blog updating app that requires downloading every now and then or as a dynamic app that would automatically displays your blog latest posts (this really works

You can also use the potential power of the new Tablet computing platform by finding ways to make use of them to your advantage,

also try as much as possible to follow the advice on this post, you can bookmark it and keep on reading it till you assimilates it and it becomes part of you.

Then finally treat your blog and your blog readers with respect and always pay attention to details. 

Because Bloggers reader can figure out blogs that are created for the purpose of just generating income. So be interesting and your reader will be interesting. 

Then after a year or less you too may become one of the web's next hit top Blogger. 

Summary: Goodluck - Happy Blogging. 


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