You’ve got a blog. Everything runs well except for one problem: no-one notices your blog! As you know, there’s no point to have a blog up and running when no-one reads your blog!
Here are more than 10 tips of how to increase traffic to your website:
Note: not all tips may work for your website.
1. Write Well And Write Often
Updating your blog with hot content frequently is the best way to get readers to actually read your content. If the content you write is interesting, readers would want to come back to read more!
You then have to write more often so you don’t disappoint your readers! Make sure you ask for their opinions at the end of every posts you write. Include social networking buttons for easy sharing.
2. Submit Your Blog To Search Engines!
This is one of the most important step to increase traffic – and that’s submitting your blog to search engines! Many blog services like WordPress and BlogSpot already include an option for your site – whether if you want your blog to be searched or not. But the negative thing is that search engines crawl around the web – not human. This means that it could take up to months for search engines to finally find you!
However, we could speed up the process. You could start by submitting your blog’s URL to Google (or other search engines). They would then crawl your blog and include your pages and posts in their search results.
Although submitting your blog doesn’t mean your pages and posts would appear at the top of search results, at least your pages are included and hopefully readers can finally find your posts. Posting more “hot” and interesting content would be useful.
3. Use SEO
Many users search up latest and hot news on search engines like Google. Google received over 3 billion daily searches from around the world in 2011. People often visit websites that are at the top of the list.
To help your posts to be on top of the list, websites often use SEO. SEO is one of the best ways to get traffic to your website. In many cases, it can improve your Google page rank.
4. Use Social Networks To Share Your Contents
Many readers actually go into their social networking accounts to see the latest updates. This could range from their friends’ status updates, to posts they share! Research shows that users click links that they are relevant from two sources:
- pages that they liked (on Facebook) and followed (on Twitter)
- posts that were shared by their friends
With over 465 million accounts on Twitter and 850 million users, you can see why having social networks for your website is a great idea. There are also applications that are specially created to automatically post content to social networks whenever a post is published on your website.
Another tip is to integrate social networking buttons (eg “like” and “tweet”) into every single page/post you published on your website.
5. Add Graphics To Your Posts
A lot of times, websites actually get around 30-50% of the views from Image Searches. This also shows that not all users are interested in searching for the content, but it’s the images they’re looking for! Research has shown that around 40% of the users would read about the actual post while trying to find the image!
If you use your own images, you could ask people to link-back to their post (or website) so your website could actually gain traffic hopefully!
6. Enable Email Subscription
When someone drops by at your website and thinks that they would drop by again later when your website has more posts, there’s a high possibility that he would forget. After all, all of us have busy lives! But there’s a way to solve this – and you guessed it! – email subscription.
You can easily get simple and great email subscription like Google Feedburner, to custom animated, pop-ups with full html, paid email subscription. Get it all set up – then check how many subscribers you’ve got every couple of days. Check which sort of posts the readers are interested in more – and try to post more of that type.
If you are using WordPress, you must try WPSubscribers!
Basically, the advertisement’s owner has to pay a certain fee whenever a person clicks on the advertisement which would redirect the person to another website. Though this pay-per-click advertisement service is usually more expensive, it’s however one of the most effective way to increase traffic.
8. Guest Post On Popular Websites
If you write something on your website that is practically not getting any readers reading it, then there’s not really a point. Posting on popular websites, however, does help. You can start by looking for websites that offer guest posting, usually they would even reward with link-back to your website, or even money, if the content you write about is really good.
If you write for a website that would allow you to link-back to your website, then it’s a good start. Most websites now would include author-bio for guest authors where you can put one or two links there. Remember not to over-introduce yourself in the bio – a few sentences about you will do.
Oh, Intense Blog (that’s us!) also allows guest-posting! We allow link-backs to your website. In additional, if you write a high quality, in-depth tutorial, we’re willing to pay you between $20 and $50, depending on the the tutorial’s content! For more info, click here.
9. Link To Your Site From Your Social Networks
Nowadays, many of us already have social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkIn and more. In fact, you might be more popular on your social network than to your own website! This is why you should put links into your “About” sections in your profiles.
Another great way is to share your content on your own accounts. Write a few sentences about the post then finally include a link. Putting questions in your sentences like “do you want to know…” and “wouldn’t it be great if you could…” would make your friends think!
However, never share your content more than twice on your social networks. The next second, your friends could be unfriending you!
10. Write A Free eBook
Writing a free eBook can also increase your website traffic! This might be hard for people as this usually takes some time to finish, but if you have the writing skills and have some kind of knowledge about a topic, then I encourage you to start.
After you’re done, try to encourage people to download your free eBook. Most likely, people would click on links (in the eBook) to your site and read more about it.
Just a few tips in the eBook – use text that is moderately large and easy-to-read font. Remember to include lots of pictures and graphs where necessary!
If you often share videos on YouTube, remember to put one or two links in your video!
11. Tag Your Posts!
It only take a few seconds to add tags to your posts! Like links, search engines search for tags to find out the best posts for people! They help readers to find your blog when they search search engines, especially search engines.
Any more tips you want to include? Did you find the tips helpful? Let us know all of your opinions in the comments below!