How You Can Increase Traffic to Your Blog

blog-under-construction_blueprints This is the time of year so many of us like to make positive changes.  We promise to eat better, live better, and be more content with what we have. Sometimes things are overlooked.  One thing that often gets overlooked is our blog.

A lot of time and effort goes into blogging.  For many it is a way to share their life story with family and friends, or to share their talent.  For others it consumes much of their spare time, and for a smaller population, it is how their living is made.  Sometimes we start to blog with one purpose in mind, but ends up moving in a different direction.  Whatever the reason, it all comes down to one thing.  Blogging is work!

Why Blog?

Part of the fun in blogging is seeing the blog grow.  There are many ways to help with the growth without too much effort, and on the flip side, there are ways to grow with time and effort.  However you choose to make improvements and grow is a personal decision.  Listed below are some helpful questions to ask yourself on the quest to improving your blog.

1.   What was the purpose of you starting to blog?  Has that changed?

2.   What posts got you the most excited?

3.   What posts were the most popular?

4.   What do other bloggers do that you would like to do?

5.   Has the traffic to your blog increased?

6.   How does the design of your blog look?

7.   Is there clutter on your blog?

8.   Does your blog engage the reader?

If your blog has the ability to gather statistics, you can narrow down the results even further:

1.   Did the growth of your traffic grow steadily.  Has it dropped off?

2.   What posts were the most popular?

3.   What was the biggest source of traffic?  Why was it so big?

4.   Where were your visitors from?  Did outside-of-country visitors increase?

5.   How long do your visitors stay on your blog?

6.   What postings get the most visits?

How To Increase Traffic To Your Blog

1.   Leave a nice comment on someone’s blog.  It is a simple and easy way to increase your traffic.  blug-under-construction_thumbs-up Not only does it lead to the owner to reciprocate, but it also leads to other people clicking on your name.  Once they visit, they may never leave again.

2.   Take some time to toot your own horn.  If you post a tutorial, let people know.  Are you a member of a message board?  If you are, this is the perfect place to announce your hard work.

3.   Participate in challenges.  Quite often, the originator of the challenge will link you up.   Not only are you having fun creating, but you get your name out to other bloggers.

4.   Offer blog candy.  Everyone likes a chance to win, and many bloggers make announcements about other bloggers who are offering blog candy.

5.   Do you have a business card?  Business cards are not only for the business woman and man.  Today, business cards are colourful and fun.  Create a business card with your blog name and path name for friends and family.

6.   Are you mixing up the style of your cards or projects?   There are always new techniques and card folds, and readers enjoy seeing them.  Two great sources for learning new techniques and folds are available right here on my blog, and the Technique Junkie newsletter. By the way, Pat just expanded her newsletter from six to eight pages–that’s a lot of extra information and card art.

7.   Are you using popular products?  Quite often you will find popular items at the dollar store.  If you find an older product, invent a new way to use that product.  Reinvention draws lots of attention.  If you reinvented, don’t forget to plug it on   the message boards.

8.   What are other bloggers doing well?  Does it fit into your niche?  If it does, don’t be afraid to try something new.

9.   Are you keeping your talent fresh by taking workshops or classes at your college?   Today there are lots of on-line classes to sign up for if leaving the house isn’t for you.

10.  Was a particular post popular?  If it was, revisit the idea and turn your post into a three part series.  Not only will it be fun for your readers, but it will get them coming back.

11,  Are you involved in the blogging community?  There is an abundance of message boards to choose from.  Getting involved and staying involved will draw visitors to your blog.
12.  How does the design of your blog look?  Are you happy with your host, or is it time to look at another?  There are many new “skins” or “themes” for blogs.  Is it time to update yours?

13.  What features and widgets are you using or not using?  Readers like to see fun new things–and there are a lot around.

14.  Does your blog offer a variety of methods to subscribe?  Readers who subscribe love you, so why not keep them coming back for more.

blug-under-construction_smily-face This list should be enough to get you started.   Maybe you already have ideas swirling around in your head.  Let me know your thoughts.  Next week I will discuss some of these items again, and will have a few new ideas. Watch for your subscription to jump into your mailbox or RSS feed.  Not signed up?  Sign up today–it’s free.

Posted on : Jan 17 2009
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7 People have left comments on this post

Jan 17, 2009 - 07:01:35
Nadine Motes said:

So glad you are alright–thanks for the e-mail letting me know what been going on!! I hope Snow doesn’t get lost in all the remodeling–she is so cute!! Keep up the good work and now I am off to work at the hospital early shift this morning–but will get off in time to go to a College Basketball game girls and boys-just will miss alittle of the first one…..

Have a GREAT day!!

Jan 17, 2009 - 02:01:39
Kim said:

This is excellent advice Beth, thank you so much for sharing! And thank you for always leaving such kind comments on my blog, it is greatly appreciated! 🙂

Jan 17, 2009 - 11:01:02

I come to your blog but, it is with google reader… I guess I should pop in more and say hey great work…

BTW, I like your blog…


Jan 18, 2009 - 11:01:27
Joan B said:

great ideas and I love the card on your last post!

Jan 22, 2009 - 03:01:19
Jany said:

Great article! I just printed it off so I can check all the history in my account graphs. I think you covered almost everything! I just have one question about the blogging community. I know of only 2 places. One of them I don’t think I can post that I have a tutorial in my blog since it has a tutorial area. Thanks for sharing so much of what you know and taking the time to do it for free.

Mar 7, 2009 - 07:03:34

Thank you so much for all this wonderful information!!!

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