It is really a memorable day when a blogger launches his/her first blog. I think it’s something many of us can resonate and remember well (if we are indeed blog owners)
This happy, excited feeling doesn’t often remain for long, as all too quickly we find that our readership and traffic isn’t quite where we had pitched it in our own “ideal”
If you have taken on someone else’s blog – by way of purchasing it, then you might not have to worry too much about getting the readership up, especially if the blog itself already has a decent amount of traffic, however if your blog is a new start up sight, then really you do have some work to do!!!
This article will provide you 10 essential tips for the new bloggers that they can use to find readers. These tips are especially designed for new bloggers, who have little traffic on their blog at this moment in time.
If you start working through this list in order, it will go some way in helping you attract more readers to visit your blog. Knowing the best way to approach this, combined with “giving it some time” will really make this task a LOT easier in the future, and readers will grow over time as you would expect.
Top 10 essential tips that will help you to increase readers in your blog
1) Write 5 pillar articles that appeal to your readers most.
A Pillar article refers to the tutorial-style article that is written to provide proper guidance, knowledge, or instructions to people. There should be no word limitation regarding Pillar Article. Although I would recommend at least a minimum of 500 words, or even more than 1000 words, which is totally depended on your topic. The only thing is to provide practical help, tips or advice through these Pillar articles that will remain evergreen. Basically, these are article are “how to” based articles. Pillar articles are able to make long term appeal to the readers. The more Pillar articles you have, the better your blogging result will be. For example, you could consider this article as a pillar article.
2) Write at least 1 post a day for your new blog
When writing 5 pillar posts, make sure you have published all of them at the same time – or at least within a short space of time. This will make your new blog attractive to the readers. After that, you have to maintain publishing daily posts, probably for at least 1 month I would say – as this will populate content and make your blog look “fuller” quickly. You don’t need to write Pillar articles each day, just keep writing fresh and informative posts that are considered helpful to the readers. If people see the blog being worked on with fresh content you are showing that you are committed to it and in turn, this will attract your readers, and create a sense of interest to come back to your blog tomorrow. Moreover, they will be interested to bookmark, or subscribe to your site’s feed.
It is not necessarily important to post articles daily, but it is important to do when your blog has just started. Once you are able to interact with your loyal readers through your blog posts, they will understand why you’ve slow down. That time you can post a couple of articles per week instead of daily posting.
To say it again, the first three months of blogging are critical, so you should publish as many articles as you can on a daily basis.
3) Select a proper domain name for your blog
If you are going to start blogging seriously, you should also be serious at the time of selecting your domain name. Domain Name is a very important and it should be consise and memorable. It enables the people to share your blog others easily. You know that people like to talk with their friends and others about the blogs which they used to read regularly. They also like to share the domain name or URL to their close friends, family and relatives. So, if your domain is not memorable enough, people may forget you.
Always try to get .com for your blog. When going to select a domain name, focus on your selected keywords that are easy to remember. If you find a domain name that is easy to remember and related to your keywords, you have done a great job. (so pat yourself on the back!!)
4) Comment on other blogs.
Once you have published your pillar articles and continue with daily articles, now you are ready to spread your blog to the world. I think, commenting on other’s blogs is a great way to find blog readers for your new blog. Aiming to comment on related blogs can bring lots of readers to your blog.
There are many blogs, which allow you to put your name/site title in the comment box. This will enable blog readers to find your blog. Commenting valuable information can grow interest to the readers to jump into your blog – and remember “curiosity killed the cat” so if you are commenting well on other blogs, people WILL be curios if they keep seeing your name pop up, so make it worth their while when they come over for a visit.
5) Link to another blogger’s article in your posts.
Actually, linking to other’s blog posts in your article is called “Trackback”. If you are going to write a post that references another blog post, you can track back to their site. So, how do you trackback? You can do it just leaving a short description of the article on their entry. It is like telling them that you are going to write a blog post mentioning them. Usually, trackback appears like a comment.
It is a very effective technique that will encourage others to tell their readers to follow your blog post. On the other hand, the other blogger will come back to your post to check what you have written about them. If they like your posts, you may get another loyal reader of your blog and possibly a nice little social shout out – which can again increase traffic to your blog.
6) Encourage readers to comment on your blog posts.
So you want readers? You need to show them that you have already some loyal readers to your blog (trust me it helps, if they think they aren’t alone) If they notice that other loyal readers are commenting on your blog, then they will assume that your posts are good enough to read. They will come again and again to read your posts. One good technique to get comments from your readers is asking them to comment on your blog posts. How do you will ask them to comment? It is really a valuable factor for the expert bloggers. Most of the expert bloggers love to encourage their readers to comment on your posts. On the other hand, you may ask them some question regarding posts. Not only that, you must respond to any reader’s comment, so you can keep your conversation going on.
7) Submit your most recent Pillar blog posts to a blog carnival.
What do you know about the blog carnival? It is actually a blog post that used to summarize few high-value articles about a specific topic from different blogs. The main idea of a blog carnival is to collect some good content on a specific topic. Most of the bloggers link back to a carnival host that is really useful to get a number of readers.
8) Submit your blog link to www.blogtopsites.com
This tip will not get you a flood of readers overnight, but it is worthwhile, as it doesn’t take much time to submit your blog at blogtopsites.com. You just select appropriate category and submit it. After that, copy and paste some codes to your blog. You will get at least 1-10 readers of your blogs using this technique.
9) Submit few quality articles to Ezine.
This tip will help you to bring hundreds of readers, so it’s worth considering, especially if you have already some Pillar articles in your blog. Submit a quality article every week at ezinearticles.com.
Ezine article provides a “Resource Box” that will be a great benefit to you. In that resource box you can include your signature, 1-2 sentence, and link it back to your blog. You will get incoming links when you include your blog link as a signature. If someone likes your article then they may well share it with their own large network, you will get more than hundred readers.
10) Write more and more pillar articles with regular intervals.
All of the above mentioned techniques will only work when you have some strong Pillars in your blog. Without Pillar Articles, you may be able to bring readers, but they will not stay on your blog, or they will not come back again. It is a good idea to write at least one Pillar article in a week. Thus, you have above 50 pillar articles in a year, which will work for you to bring more readers to your blog.
I hope you have read my post very carefully. Everything that is mentioned here are from my own experience with blogging. I have put all techniques for my blogs, and I found these very effective. Also, I should mention that, these are not all techniques to bring readers. Different people use different techniques to find readers. Obviously, based on my own work and experience I can tell you that these 10 tips really do work and help over time in growing your readership and traffic at your blog.