5 Ways to Make a Better and More Well Visited Blog (or just 5 Ways to Increase Traffic)

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no trafficThis 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.

ZK is a blog consultant, he generally does not guest post but if given an opportunity makes the best of it. You can also follow him on twitter

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36 Responses to 5 Ways to Make a Better and More Well Visited Blog (or just 5 Ways to Increase Traffic)

  1. Jack March 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Nice post ZK – These are all great ways to build that traffic back to your site. I’ve been so busy building my blog I haven’t done any guest posts yet. But I’m adding that to my whiteboard to do next month!

    Thanks!
    .-= Jack@Blog Marketing´s last blog ..How I Got My 3 Month Old Blog Listed As Technorati’s Top 100 Small Business Blogs! =-.

    • ZK March 23, 2010 at 10:35 am #

      Alongwith Squidoo you must also look at hubpages.com

    • andrew
      Twitter:
      March 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

      Jack,

      ‘Whiteboard’ – music to my ears!

      When I purchased my whiteboard a few months – it really focused what I worked on…and stopped me procrastinating.

      Andrew
      .-= andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Fear of blog writing or is it shyness? =-.

  2. Chris Peterson March 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Hi Andrew Rondeau, You are absolutely right. Squidoo and participant in forum is the best way to get high traffic. Forum is the way where we can directly converse with visitors and we able to get turn him/her into our customer

  3. Biodun March 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Good points, providing great useful content always promote and maintain a site traffic, from the list, i don’t use squidoo though its very effective but its consumes a lot of time.

    • ZK March 23, 2010 at 10:33 am #

      I ve been using Squidoo very regularly and it gives me good traffic, the other advantage of Squidoo is that Google loves Squidoo and if you have a Squidoo lens for a niche keyword you may just be able to get on the first page of Google

    • andrew
      Twitter:
      March 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

      Biodun,

      Creating a Squiddo lens only takes 30 mins or so.

      Andrew
      .-= andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Product Reviews =-.

  4. Tom March 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Content and networking! I have done a little bit with Squidoo, but need to start using it much more regularly!
    .-= Tom@Building An Email List´s last blog ..Flipped: The Complete Guide To Flipping Blogs For Profit (Review) =-.

  5. David Stillwagon March 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    I have found that squidoo really helps to drive traffic to my blogs and a link on my blogs helps with the squidoo traffic.
    .-= David Stillwagon´s last blog ..Older adults need proper nutrition =-.

  6. John Soares March 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    I haven’t yet gotten involved with Squidoo. It’s primarily a question of determining the best return on investment for my time, and I have a lot of high-priority items on my to-do list right now.

    • andrew
      Twitter:
      March 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

      John,

      Add it to your list..finish off those high-priority items and then create a Squiddo lens – it just might be worth it.

      Andrew
      .-= andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Product Reviews =-.

  7. Tiffany March 23, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    Five great tips for increasing your traffic for your blog. it can definitely be frustrating at first trying to get traffic but these tips are 5 solid tips for getting quality traffic over a period of time.
    .-= Tiffany @ passive income opportunities´s last blog ..My February Online Passive Income Earnings =-.

  8. chandan March 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi Andrew very interesting post. As you have mentioned here about squidoo, yes squidoo is really one powerful web 2.0 properties not only for build backlink but also for drive traffic, I see that most of squidoo lenses has high PR like PR1 to PR4, and within a few hours the lense is cached by google.
    .-= chandan´s last blog ..10 Work from Home Money Makers =-.

  9. Dennis Edell March 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    I don’t link this post. At this time I’m only doing 1 outa 5 listed. LOL

    I’m not currently on Squidoo or any social sites including forums, and I haven’t started guest posting yet. They are all on my to-do list.

    Forums were actually my very first foray into web marleting and got quite addicted to it, however, I got far to irritated with all the garbage on one or two that I just quit them all for a while.

    I’m signed up for many social sites, I just haven’t played much.

    Guest posts are next, i have many planned. Who would like one? 😉
    .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Would You Like a FREE Banner Ad Position? =-.

    • andrew
      Twitter:
      March 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

      Dennis,

      I read the first few words and thought, ‘Oh no, Dennis is going to start ranting…’.

      LOL

      Guest post anytime here, Dennis. You are always welcome.

      Andrew
      .-= andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Fear of blog writing or is it shyness? =-.

      • Dennis Edell March 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

        Heh!

        Thanks for the offer. 😉
        .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Holy Power Outage Batman, Not Again! Yep, Another Two Days Shot to Hell… =-.

        • Andrew
          Twitter:
          March 29, 2010 at 10:05 am #

          Dennis,

          You going to take me up on it?

          Andrew
          .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Want A Blog Income But Have No Time To Write? Then Cheat! =-.

          • Dennis Edell March 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

            Sure am, but I have some catching up to do at my place first…dunno if you’ve been reading me lately. 😉
            .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Attention Readers of all Kinds! – Multiple Articles Comin’ Atcha!! =-.

  10. Anne Moss March 24, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Have to say, I mainly tried Hub Pages and not Squidoo – not a lot of direct traffic but they actually have good Adsense revenue.
    .-= Anne Moss´s last blog ..Ok, so now this blog runs on Thesis… =-.

  11. Kok Siong March 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Hi Andrew! You have a nice guest post from ZK. I agree with the 5 points that you mentioned. Yet, I think blog commenting is also a good way to increase the traffic to our site. In addition, it can help us in link building too.
    .-= Kok Siong @ Cancer Research´s last blog ..Activation Proto-oncogenes Causing Cancer =-.

  12. Fazreen March 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    I’m a big fan of social media and squidoo..I often use them to drive traffic to my blog. I don’t even like forum posting. I don’t know why 🙂

  13. Kharim October 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Thankful for these tips. I have applied all except for using Squidoo and I am going to check it out to try and boost my traffic. Thanks again 🙂

  14. The Link Medic October 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Squiddo really gets you traffic? I remember signing up a long time ago for another blog and didn’t think it seemed that important. Maybe I’ll have to check that out again they must be doing well then. Another great post as always guys!
    The Link Medic recently posted..SEO Compendium- The Very Best Sites to Learn SEOMy Profile

  15. Todd Michael Greene December 2, 2010 at 5:48 am #

    I found your site and this post in particular from my new Twitter friend The Link Medic. I’m like Aaron. I signed up for Squiddo quite some time ago and never really did find a use for it. I might have revisit it as well. I’m not new to blogging, but I am new to being serious about it and have started a new blog in the past few days. I’ll be bookmarking your site for future reference.

  16. Thao Nguyen January 5, 2015 at 1:00 am #

    Hi, I have read your blog, in my opinion, guest posting is really strong, that’s why people are start spamming, you can not blame Google about this. Anyway, thanks for your article, I hope I can apply your article to my blog:

    http://bb2u.net/category/make-money-online/drive-traffic

  17. Thao Nguyen January 5, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    Great work! I am at the beginning of that journey now myself…..good for you for not giving up after your first 2 failures!

    Anyway, thanks for your article, I hope I can apply your article to my blog:

    http://bb2u.net/category/make-money-online/drive-traffic

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