This is a guest post by ZK the blog consultant .
When you start a blog, you want traffic. Everybody likes traffic. If you have got traffic you will at some point be able to convert that traffic into money. Of course it will take time.
But don’t sit there and wait and hope that the traffic will just come, randomly.
You have to work to get the traffic, or at least to get the big amounts of traffic. You really don’t have to do that much to get traffic, you just need to do it every day, or at least as often as possible. That would give the best results.
1. Highlight Your Best Posts on Squidoo
Squidoo is a highly visited site that can drive targeted traffic your post.
What I often do when I see a post is going to be popular; I try to write around 300 words about the post, the same topics, though I don’t reveal all the details about the post. I just write about it, tell them a bit about the concept, benefits and my view point.
Users come to your blog to read about your view point on the subject
I write a great call to action, to make them come to my original post, where I reveal the details about the post.
Google loves Squidoo, being present on Squidoo will also help rank your post on Google bringing some traffic to your blog.
2. Write Good Content
This is quite obvious, people come to your blog to read your content. If people like your content they will visit your blog again or subscribe. It’s a no-brainer.
You have heard that one before, it really is true. If you write a blog post and you really don’t think this topic suits you, then save the title and maybe the description. Then maybe after a couple of weeks it, return to it, change it and make it into a better article.
In that way you will only say something when you really have something to say. It will be an uninteresting read if you really have nothing to say.
Good content should be written consistently, and consistent content will over time bring you traffic through RSS readers, search engines etc.
3. Using Social Media Sites
Social media sites are always a great way to generate traffic, especially when you interact with your community.
Being helpful and just interacting on social media sites will go a long way to getting traffic to your blog. If you do that you will get more influence in the social media world. This refers to sites as Digg, Twitter, Facebook, other people’s blog, forums. Every social media site in general.
4. Interact on Forum Threads
Interacting on forums by replying to forum threads or starting a forum thread gives you that extra edge of being perceived as an expert in the subject. Forums are a great way to channel your expertise and you become a useful forum resource.
Add your signature to your link, which means that you will get a link to your blog. This is a cool and easy way to get traffic.
5. Guest posting
Guest posting is one of the most under utilized tools to generate traffic. Not a lot of bloggers use this to their advantage. Apparently bloggers don’t find the time to write one more article each week. If you really are under a major time pressure then start writing one less article to your blog every week.
So you replace the article you should have written to your blog, but you use it as a guest post elsewhere. You don’t have to do that every week. Maybe every second or third week.