57 ways to boost your blog traffic

57 Ways to Boost Your Blog

Traffic

Written by Jeff Bullas - 135

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Categories: Blogging, Social

Media, Social Media Marketing

Using effective tactics that boost

your blog traffic is the first step

in achieving a variety of goals.

Those objectives could include,

selling products and services,

building brand awareness,

position yourself as a thought

leader or to connect and

network. Whatever the goals are,

traffic provides the visibility to

engage and sell.

Website visitors is where it all

starts. No traffic…nothing

happens.

In the past bloggers only had

one big tactic.

Building an email list.

This is still important despite the

allure of social media with all its

hype and bluster, real and

imagined. Social media since

arriving on the scene has offered

bloggers two core and very

important capabilities that were

not part of the web landscape

until social media turned up.

1. Multiple platforms and

networks to re-publish and

share their content on. You

can now discover a blogger

and their content because it

is published to Facebook or

their video is on YouTube

2. Crowd sourced marketing

as people share bloggers

articles with a couple of

clicks on Facebook and

Twitter. No longer is the

post hidden in the email silo

where sharing is restricted

to passing an email on.

So if you have just launched a

blog or you're struggling to grow

your traffic, what are some of the

tactics that the top bloggers use

to get attention, bring readers

back and become part of your

loyal tribe of readers?

Tips to boost your blog traffic

Some of these tactics are more

effective and direct than others

but collectively implemented can

create long lasting and organic

growth path for your blog.

1. Build a large following on

Twitter

2. Automate the sharing of

content on Twitter. (you

cannot scale if you don't do

this)

3. Link to your blog on Twitter

in your profile

4. Increase your likes on

Facebook

5. Link to your blog on

Facebook

6. Share your post (including

links to it) on Facebook

7. Build an email subscriber

list from day one

8. Host a webinar (you can

capture many emails when

you run a webinar)

9. Create and publish great

content

10. Make it easy for people to

share your content with a

Twitter retweet button

11. Ensure you have a LinkedIn

sharing button (there are

over 230 million users

there)

12. Include a Google+ sharing

button even if you don't use

it very much (over half a

billion people there!)

13. Facebook sharing button is

a must

14. Make it easy for people to

share your content with a

Pinterest sharing button

15. Provide an incentive for

people to subscribe to your

blog by offering a free

ebook in exchange for their

email address and name

16. Place the email subscriber

box in a prominent position

(top right or even in the top

banner)

17. Include multiple locations

for people to subscribe

18. Include an RSS feed option

19. Link to your blog from your

YouTube videos and

channel

20. Make your blog easy to read

(this will keep them loyal

and bring them back)

21. Write the best headlines

you possibly can

22. Guest blog on larger blogs

in your industry

23. Comment on other bloggers

articles

24. Reply to comments on your

blog posts

25. Interview the influential

bloggers in your niche and

category

26. Obtain testimonials from

influencers in your industry

who have a strong social

media presence

27. Ensure your blog can be

easily read on mobile

devices

28. Optimise for search engines

by using an SEO plugin such

as WordPress SEO (Also

known as Yoast)

29. Write sub-titles with

keywords in posts to help

your SEO

30. Improve your blogs search

engine friendly content by

including key words in

images

31. Publish new articles

regularly (at least once a

week)

32. Write long form content

that will be a resource for

readers (they will link and

bookmark it for future

reference)

33. Place a Facebook ad that

drives traffic to your blog

(could be an offer of free

premium content)

34. Advertise on Twitter with

"Promoted Accounts"

35. Provide links to archives on

your blog

36. List your most popular

posts (this is a default

WordPress feature)

37. Use an SEO friendly online

publishing platform

like…"WordPress"

38. Use a simple design that

profiles your content and

highlights your focus

39. Include "prominent" social

media sharing buttons

placed at the top of your

articles (floating buttons are

good too)

40. Have your top social media

channels displayed in a

prominent position so

people can easily follow you

41. Share other top bloggers

content on Twitter and let

them know you have

shared with an @

topblogger mention

42. Copy and emulate the

strategies of top bloggers

43. Write a great introduction

that is compelling and

draws readers in

44. Engage with your readers

so that they want to come

back and become loyal fans

45. Write a blog post that

highlights the best bloggers

in your industry

46. As you build credibility

display your awards, wins

and social proof in a

prominent position

47. Link to your blog in your

email signature

48. Join Facebook groups and

participate

49. Create a Google+ hangout

for a hot topic in your

industry and promote it

50. Participate in LinkedIn

groups

51. Create some controversy

that attracts attention

52. Submit your top posts to

Reddit

53. Publish articles on

Stumbleupon

54. Make yourself available to

speak

55. Have a business card for

your blog

56. Take photos with

Instagram (over 130 million

registered users there) and

share them on Facebook

and Twitter

57. Include multimedia in your

articles to broaden your

blogs reach. Videos,

infographics, podcasts and

Slideshare presentations

are sometimes preferred

over learning in a text

format.

How to Include an RSS Feed in Blogs at Blogger.com / Blogspot.com

How to Include an RSS Feed in

Blogs at Blogger.com /

Blogspot.com

RSSinclude.com makes it very

easy to include RSS feeds in your

blog. Basically there are two

areas on blogs where you can

add an RSS box:

1) in the sidebar on the right

side (containing the Blog Archive,

About me and Followers...)

or

2) in blog posts.

We would like to explain both in

the following sections.

1) RSSbox in the Sidebar of the

Blog

This area of your blog is visible

permanently. You can add a blog

archive, your personal bio and

much more to this area. Of

course you can put an RSSbox

from RSSinclude.com here. This is

how:

a) Log in to your account at

blogger.com. On top of the page

there is a main menu. Click the

"Layout" link, this will lead you to

a graphical overview of your

blog.

b) Click the "Add a Gadget" link. A

new window will be opened

displaying different gadgets from

which you can choose. Select

"HTML/JavaScript" to add third-

party code like ours.

c) A form will appear which

contains two form fields: title

and content. You can type in a

title for the gadget, e.g. "Latest

RSS News".

d) The content of the gadget

comes from RSSinclude.com. You

should keep rssinclude.com

opened in a new window

simultaneously. In order to get

your IncludeCode you have to

create a new RSSbox first. As

soon as you are done you will

get an IncludeCode by clicking on

"Include!".

e) Copy the IncludeCode of your

RSSbox and paste it into the form

at blogger.com (see screenshot).

f) Click the "Save" button to

return to your blog

administration.

g) You can click the "Preview"

button to preview your changes

or save the change layout by

clicking the "Save" button.

h) Click the "View Blog" link (next

to the "Monetize" tab) in the

blogger administration.

Subsequently your blog will be

displayed containing a brand

new RSSbox. You can still change

the styling of the RSSbox at My

RSSboxes. If you play around a

bit you will be able to embed it

very nicely.

2) RSSbox in a Blog Post

The second way of including an

RSS feed in your blog is to embed

it into a blog post. The following

steps and screenshots show you

how to do that:

a) Go to your blog administration

at blogger.com. Click the

"Posting" tab on top of the page.

Edit the post in which you want

the RSS feed to be displayed - or

simply create a new post.

b) Click the "Edit Html" link on top

of the rich-text editor.

Subsequently the html code of

you post will be displayed.

c) Open rssinclude.com

simultaneously in a new window.

Click the " Create a Box" link.

Create and style your RSSbox as

you wish. Keep in mind that its

dimensions should fit into your

blog post. As soon as you are

done go to the "Include!" tab

(see screenshot).

d) Copy and paste the JavaScript-

code from rssinclude.com into

the html of your blog post.

Ensure that you paste the code in

a spare line of the editor (see

screenshot).

e) Click the "Publish Post" link.

Blogger.com should now say

"Your blog post published

successfully!". Click the "View

Blog" link to display your

changes.

f) This is how your blog post

could look like. You can still

change the styling of the RSSbox

by surfing to My RSSboxes at

rssinclude.com.



Source: https://www.rssinclude.com/help_support/integrate_into_popular_services/how_to_add_an_rss_feed_on_blogger_blogspot

25 great blogger widgets

Many people think that Blogger

lacks in all of the extra goodies

you can add to other platforms

like WordPress, but it simply isn't

true. By using widgets you can

customize your blog as much as

you like by just adding little

snippets of code to the sidebars.

Allow users to talk to you via IM,

see what your most popular

posts are, or even read news

from sites such as Mashable. With

these 25 widgets, you can create

an even more powerful way of

communicating with your

visitors, just make sure you don't

overload them with too many!

What are some of your favorite

widgets for use on Blogger?

Communications Widgets

Google Talk - Give visitors the

ability to talk to you via Google

Talk directly from your blog

sidebar.

Jaxtr - Create a widget that

allows people to call you on the

phone without revealing the

phone number to them.

Meebo Me - Meebo Me will allow

you to create a chat box that you

can install on your Blogger page,

giving you the chance to

converse with visitors to your

site.

Skype - The official Skype widget

allows you to create various

buttons that can show your

current status and also allows

people to just click it and give

you a call.

Tag-Board - Allows you to add a

real-time chat board to your blog

that your visitors and you can

use to converse.

Social Widgets

Delicious Linkrolls - Share your

Delicious bookmarks with the

world with this easy to install

linkroll widget.

FriendFeed Widget - Share all of

your FriendFeed activity with the

readers of your site.

Google Friend Connect - A

makeshift social network that

runs across any site that has

installed Google Friend Connect.

You can join a site, see the other

members, play games and more.

LinkedInABox - LinkedInABox

retrieves your LinkedIn profile to

display on your blog, allowing

people to look through things

such as your specialties and

experience.

MyBlogLog - If someone visits

your blog that is also a member

of MyBlogLog, their avatar and

username will appear in the box.

You can then click on any person

to check out their profile on the

service.

Twitter - Add your Twitter stream

to your blog and display

anywhere from your last tweet to

the last twenty. Also gives a link

for people to be able to follow

you.

Share on Facebook - A simple

widget that allows your readers

to share items from your blog on

Facebook.

SocialFeed - A miniature

lifestreaming widget that

broadcasts your activities on

sites such as Twitter,

StumbleUpon, Last.fm and so on.

Has several different skins you

can choose from.

Utility Widgets

Add This - The popular social

bookmarking button is available

for Blogger accounts.

Easy Comments - This widget

allows you to add commenting to

any page of your site by placing

the widget at the bottom of a

page. Allows people to say if they

liked the comment, includes

comment threading and more.

Google Search - Add an AJAX

powered Google search box to

your blog that you can allow to

search the web and your blog, or

even just restrict it to the

contents of your site.

Popular Posts - This widget will

take a look at your comments, up

to the last 5,000, and generate a

list of which posts had the most

conversation around them.

Recent Comments - Display the

most recent comments on your

blog in this widget so that

readers can join in the

conversation.

Related Posts - Not so much a

widget as a hack, this will give

you the related post functionality

that so many WordPress

powered blogs use.

ShareThis - The highly

customizable green button that

ShareThis is known for can be

added to your blog. Choose if you

want it for social bookmarking,

users emailing your posts and

more.

Shout List Icons - Be the king (or

queen) of social sharing with this

widget that generates icons for

over 30 social sites your blog can

be added to.

Tag/Label Cloud - Gives you the

ability to install a traditional tag

cloud in your sidebar so people

can see what you write about

the most.

Miscellaneous Widgets

Flickr - You can generate an HTML

or Flash based badge of your

photo stream to share your

images with your visitors.

Mashable - Yes, now you too can

share the best web-related news

on your blog with the Mashable

widget.

Picasa Albums - Display your

public Picasa albums in your blog

sidebar with this handy widget.

Interested in more Blogger

resources? Check these out:

- 50 More Beautiful Blogger

Templates

How To Automatically Link Blog Post to Specific Keyword in Blogger

How To Automatically Link Blog

Post to Specific Keyword in

Blogger

Creating automatic anchor links

to other web pages on

Wordpress hosted blog is quite

simple and easy with the use of

plugins using relevant keywords.

On blogger blog, we manually

create internal links to our

previous webpages using

relevant keywords or key-

phrases. But if you prefer to

automatically create internal links

to relevant webpages using a

particular keyword, there is a

script to help you do that.

Here, i will show you how to

implement this script on your

blogger blog so you don't need

to be creating internal links

manually again. This tricks will

help those who blog with their

mobile phones and don't have

the opportunity to create anchor

links to other relevant post

using their mobile phones.

Creating internal links in your

blog post also helps to increase

your website organic traffic

because it makes Google bots

crawl and index your webpages

faster and easily which help in

ranking. It also help your visitors

to navigate to other webpages

on your blog which helps to

reduce bounce rate %. So

without much ado, let's move

straight to the point.

How To Automatically Link Your

Blog Post To Specific Keyword in

Blogger Blog.

Here you will have to choose a

particular keyword you are

targeting and a post that relates

to that keyword. Include them in

these javascript code below and

paste it in your blogger html. All

keywords found on your

webpages that are similar to the

one added in this script, it will

create a link to the post included

in your script.

For example, If i include a

keyword "Traffic" in the script

and the webpage i want this

script to create anchor link to is

http://

www.cyracksinternetbiz.com/201

2/02/top-15-website-traffic-

generating-tips.html
. After

adding the script in my template

code, all webpages with the

keywords " Traffic" will be link to

that webpage. You DIGG?

So let's get started.

1. In your Blogger Dashboard,

click on Template then click Edit

HTML.

2. Press Ctrl + F and search for </

body> tag.

3. Then copy the code below and

paste above it.

<script src='//

ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/

jquery/1.10.2/jquery.min.js'/
>

<script type="text/

javascript">function autoLink(){

this.keywdHref = new Object();

this.add = function(keyword,

href){

if(keyword.substr(0,1) !=

&quot;&quot;){keyword = &quot;

&quot; +keyword;}

this.keywdHref[keyword] = href;

}

this.createAnchor = function(){

var objs

=document.getElementsByTagNa

me(&quot;div&quot;);

for(var i=0; i&lt;objs.length; i++){

var obj = objs[i];

if(obj.className.indexOf

(&quot;post-body&quot;)&gt;-1){

var content = obj.innerHTML;

for(var keyword in

this.keywdHref){

var href = this.keywdHref

[keyword];

var newstr =content.replace

(keyword, &quot;&lt;a href=&#

39;&quot;+href+&quot;&#

39;&gt;&quot;+keyword

+&quot;&lt;/

a&gt;&quot;, &quot;gi&quot;);

obj.innerHTML = newstr;

content = newstr;

}

}

}

}

this.startScript = function(){

var onLoad = window.onload;

window.onload = function(){

if(onLoad){onLoad();}

setTimeout

(&quot;f.createAnchor()&quot;,

100);

}

}

}

</script>

<script type="text/javascript">

var f = new autoLink();

f.add(&quot;KEYWORD

&quot;,&quot; http://

www.cyracksinternetbiz.com/

&quot;
);

f.startScript();

</script>

4. Now replace the text in Blue

with your Keyword.

5. Also replace the Red text with

your blog post URL not

homepage. Take note.

6. Save template when done and

refresh your blog. That's all.

7. Okay now check any of your

post that contains that Keyword

and you will see that an anchor

link has been created linking to

the post you included it's URL in

the script.

Remember This script only allows

one keyword

How To Add Automatically Link To This Post Widget To Blogger

How To Add Automatically Link

To This Post Widget To Blogger

Do you like to add "Link To This

Post Widget" under your blog

post?This will help you to

increase your site's backlinks

for better SEO.So if you interested

to add this useful widget to your

blogspot blog follow the simple

steps below.

1.Log in to your dashboard-->

layout- -> Edit HTML

2.Click on "Expand Widget

Templates"

3.Scroll down to where you see

this:

<data:post.body/>

4.Copy below code and paste it

immediately after the line

<data:post.body/>

Note:You can change

colors,font,... if you like.

<div style='border: 0px solid #

646464; padding: 2px 2px;

margin:2px 2px;background-

color:#ffffff;font-size:11px;'>

<p> If you like this please Link

Back to this article...</p>

<textarea cols='60'

id='bloglinking'

name='bloglinking'

onclick='this.focus();this.select()'

onfocus='this.select()'

onmouseover='this.focus()'

readonly='readonly'

rows='2'>&lt;a

href=&quot;<data:post.url/

>&quot;&gt;<data:post.title/>&lt;/

a&gt;</textarea><br/>

</div><br/>

5.Click on "Save Templates" and

now you are done.

Source From : http://

www.bloggertipandtrick.net/2009/12/

link-to-this-post-widget-

blogger.html

11 Websites to Solve Your Content Marketing Problem

11 Websites to Solve Your

Content Marketing Problem



"A blog post should reach all the

people it is aimed to help while

writing. All of them." – My

principle. But let's see the other

side of the coin first.

You worked your ass off to

create a blog post that you are

proud of.

You published it.

27 of your regular friends and

fellow bloggers shared it on their

social platform and you got 200

page views the opening day.

The next day you got 156 and 87

page views the third day.

Your awesome blog post died a

natural death. Period.

It might appear natural, but I say

it was a murder by you. You

murdered your blog post.

If I were you I would not have let

the post die. A post I work "my

ass off" on should reach at least

its potential audience. If you also

agree to my principle you would

find this post on maximizing

your content reach useful.

I will show you 11 ultimate

places to share your blog posts

after you hit publish.

Let's continue.

#1 Twitter

With over 284 million active

monthly users twitter promotion

is a must for increasing your

content reach. Let's not forget

twitter as now signed a deal

with Google to allow the latter to

crawl the former for real times

tweet indexation. Here is how to

promote your post on twitter

most effectively.

a) Tweet your post as soon as it

is published.

You should let the world know

that you have a post ready for

them to gorge. If you schedule a

lot of posts or find it

inconvenient to tweet a post as

soon as it is published you would

want to use tweetadder which

allows you to share blog posts by

RSS. So it auto publishes your

post on twitter.

b) Use the cover photo real

estate:

I am a big fan of cover photo

optimization. It is the first

prominent place a new visitor

sees on your twitter profile. Use

an image that is catered to

display your most recent or

popular post.

c) Host a twitter chat:

For this, you have to announce

your post or subject prior to

publishing. And set a date and

time for the chat. Then you can

talk on the topic and probably

create a follow-up post based on

the reaction and suggestions on

the chat. Here is how to get

started with a twitter chat.

#2. Facebook

So you were worried about

Facebook's decreased organic

reach? Let me say Facebook is

still the number one traffic

referrer to my site. The strategy

is just as plain as it can be:

Be a human to promote your

post. If you want to be advertiser

you gotta pay to be one.

While I am not against the

Facebook's "pay to play" rule, I

still love to get loads of facebook

traffic for free. Here is how to do

it:

a) Post a status update with a

question:

Updates on Facebook that

requires some sort of advice or

action are most likely to get

engagement. You can use this

trick to ask a related question to

first set a base of audience. Then

you provide them the link to your

post that has already the

answers in it.

b) Post your update effectively:

Photos have recently sinking

organic reach

. You should think of using plain

text or the raw link structure for

getting maximum reach. Avoid

using click baiting, which

essentially is using catchy

headlines to force someone to

open a link. If it is not worth the

click and the reader bounces

back to Facebook after clicking

on your link Facebook might

penalize your link.

c) Facebook groups:

Facebook groups are spammy

dump yards of links. Agreed! But

it is not always the same.

I know quite a number of groups

which are valuable and effective.

The engagement rates in those

groups are quite high. All you

need to do is to participate there

actively not link drop.

Post a link only when it is worth

the discussion. This is a very

effective way of getting targeted

traffic to your blog.

PRO TIP: Create a group yourself

and add members related to your

niche. Provide value to the group

members and you can refer them

to your blog too.

#3. Your million dollar

newsletter

When a subscriber signs up your

blog, he does it because he finds

your content valuable and

expects them to get delivered to

his inbox. Click To Tweet.

Write a compelling email and

broadcast your latest post to all

your subscribers. If you have not

yet started an email newsletter,

don't write your next post until

you set it up.

Yes, it's that important. Use

MailGet and start an email

newsletter with just $29/month.

Then after you write a post just

give a shout out to all your loyal

subscribers. If you have a dozen

of posts published each week.

Choose the few most remarkable

ones and send them as a recap

of the week.

#4. Reddit; The internet's

homepage.

Reddit started off just a decade

back but has by now achieved a

position that can give you loads

of traffic if used wisely. Just

choose your topic wisely and

post it to a rele



source:www.bloggingcage.com/content-marketing-problem/

How often should i posts on my blog

By Susan Gunelius, Blogging

Expert

Once you decide to start a blog,

you'll need to determine what

your goals are for your blog. If

you want to grow your blog and

attract new readers (and keep

them once they visit), you'll need

to put some thought into your

blog posting frequency.

.

Blog Content is Key

.

In the blogging world, a

commonly used phrase is, "it's all

about the content." In short, that

means that the most important

part of your blog is the content

you publish through your blog

posts. What makes your content

most compelling is a

combination of your topic, your

opinion, your writing style or

voice, and your blog's freshness.

Your blog posting frequency is

directly tied to the freshness of

your blog.

Continue Reading Below

The Theory Behind Blog Posting

Frequency

.

Put it this way, would you buy a

newspaper everyday if the

articles in that paper never

changed? Probably not. However,

if the articles are different each

day, you're far more likely to buy

a new newspaper everyday. The

same theory applies to blog

content. If you don't update your

blog with a new post, there is no

reason for people to visit. There

is nothing new for them to see.

.

However, if you post new

content frequently that is timely

and written in a style people

enjoy, they are likely to return

again and again to see what you

have to say. The more frequently

you publish new posts, the more

new content there is for people

to see and the more reason there

is for people to visit again and

again.

.

See Also: Before You You Start a

Blog, Determine if Blogging is

Right for You

.

High Blog Posting Frequency Can

Attract New Visitors

.

Not only do new blog posts give

people a reason to return to your

blog, but they also help your blog

in terms of search engine

optimization. Each new post is a

new entry point for people to

find your blog through search

engines

. The more entry points, the

better the chances are that new

readers will find your blog.

Continue Reading Below

High Blog Posting Frequency

Can Help You Retain Repeat

Visitors

.

Frequent posting helps to attract

more visits from people who like

your blog and decide to

subscribe to it. Each time you

publish new content on your

blog, your subscribers will either

see that post in their feed

readers or they'll receive emails

directing them to your blog to

read the new posts. That means

more opportunities to increase

traffic to your blog everytime you

publish new content.

.

Determine Your Blog Goals Then

Choose Your Blog Posting

Frequency

.

Bottom line, if you want to grow

your blog and increase your

readership, then posting

frequency is very important. The

unwritten rules of the

blogosphere

provide the following blog

posting frequency suggestions:

For maximum growth: post

multiple times per day to drive

the most traffic (3-5 times or

more is considered best for

power bloggers).

For steady growth: post at

least once per day.

For slower growth: publish at

least every 3 days or 2-3 times

per week.

For very slow growth:

posting less frequently than

2-3 days per week is most

appropriate for bloggers who

maintain blogs as a hobby



source: weblogs.about.com/od/startingablog/qt/BlogPostingFreq.htm

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