From social media to blog hop sites and blog networks. Here are ten ways to get even more traffic to your blog and, even more subscribers with the least amount of effort. After all, blogging ain’t easy and we need all the help we can get…
10 – You, Yourself
The single biggest cause of a blogger not getting any readers is the blogger themselves. Not posting regularly, not offering anything of value and not putting in a little effort now-and-again. Only you can make this and any of the ideas listed below work.
9 – WordPress Reader
Getting into that wordpress.com reader is not just for people who are hosted on wordpress.com. This is a blog network for everyone, so join up and get following and reading others.
8 – Family and Friends
At the start of your blogging life, why not turn to both friends and family to help share the blog on social media as well as read it and offer some feedback. Just be warned that you might not like some of the feedback you will get.
7 – Blog Networks
By joining sites like outbrain.com and blogupp.com you can grow followers and readers in a number of different ways. Sometimes they do an organised blog-hop method and others are simply plugins that can help grow traffic. Either way, they are both fun and easy to do.
6 – Grow Email Subscribers
By growing a subscriber list and emailing them whenever a new post is published is a fantastic way to grow new followers. The longer this goes on, the more followers you will gain!
5 – Guest Posting
Writing a guest post for someone else’s blog might seem like a waste of time(after all, why post it on theirs when you could write one for your own!?) but that post will present your skills in front of a whole new audience, a whole new set of readers! Good for a quick traffic jump rather than a long term gain.
4 – Blog Hop
At the start of my own blogging life, all I ever did was blog-hop. These days I only have time for a few of my favourite blogs, but starting out this is a great way to get traffic and PR exposure! For those people who don’t know what to do, all you have to do is read and comment someone else’s blog, then maybe suggest they do the same for yours.
3 – Related Post Share
Adding related post share plugins like Zemanta is one of those ways that can bring in a surprising amount of traffic and they are always active, so the more you share the more traffic you will earn by simply suggesting another post at the click of a button!
2 – Keywords
By getting your searchable keywords right is just about all the SEO you ever need to do! Using free keyword planners like the one in Google Adwords is a great way to make sure people find and read your posts.
1 – Social Media
Love it, or hate it. Social media is the very best way to help grow a blog. Even if you just post it onto the main social media sites and don’t even have many followers, at least it is on there and searchable. Sometimes one pin, one tweet or one like is all you need to go viral. Sharing is caring so they say!