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Building an Audience – DailyBlogTip’s Traffic Generation Tips Project

Posted in Building a Community, Group Writing Projects, Technology by engtech on February 06, 2007

Daniel at DailyBlogTips ran a group blogging project for tips on how to increase traffic to your site. I participated, and here are the group results as ordered by the Blogomatron 5000.

Even Einstein wanted to increase blog traffic

Strangely enough, the Blogomatron 5000 put my contribution first. There must be a problem with the algorithm.

Community – engtech

  • Community.It’s one word but it is the most important one when it comes to blogging. The only “blog metric” that makes sense is the vibrant community of readers it has. Building a community around your blog will bring you increased traffic, but how do you start? The boilerplate response to building traffic is always “SEO, social networking sites, and commenting on blogs” but it can be simplified to “be part of a community”. The easiest way to seed your blog is with an already existing community. But the only way to do that is to be part of the community yourself.

Communities/MySpace – Kat

  • I’ve recently gotten involved with several “MySpace-like” community sites that focus on my target audience. I share my thoughts in their forums, post intros to my real blog on their system blog and I’ve even created a group for my specific niche. It’s been very, very successful for me.

Communities/Newsgroups – Ramen Junkie

  • Newsgroups. I always see a spike when I post a review to a newsgroup.

Communities/Answers – Mark Alves

  • Participate in Yahoo Answers and LinkedIn Answers where you can demonstrate your expertise, get associated with relevant keywords and put your URL out there.

Communities/Squidoo – Chris

  • Squidoo Lenses are a good way to generate traffic. By using a lense, you can generate your own custom “community” of webpages, including some of the more popular pages in your “neighborhood.” Including your own
    webpage in such a list is a good way of generating traffic.

Give Value – Ian Delaney

  • Nothing creates long-term traffic more than value. Making a post along the lines of ‘Evaluated resources for XYZ’ is useful. Useful things get linked to and they get onto del.icio.us, which is far better long-term than a digg front page.

Add Value Through Simplification – Kyle

  • Simplify. Pay attention to complex issues in your field of work. It may be a big long publication that is hard to wade through or a concept that is hard to grasp. Reference it and make a shorter “for dummies” version with your own lessons learned and relevant tips. When doing this, I have been surprised to find that the simplified post will appear before the more complex version in search results. Perhaps this is why it results in increased traffic; people looking for more help or clarification on the subject will land on your blog.

Offline Traffic – Andrew Timberlake

  • A great tip for generating traffic is off-line by including your url in all your off-line liturature from business cards, letterheads, pamphlets, adverts through in-store signage if applicable. I even have our website on my vehicle.

CSS Galleries – Eric Atkins

  • Create a new design for your website. Not only will it be more attractive to your regular readers, but you can submit it to some CSS gallery showcase sites that feature great designs. This will give you exposure on those sites while generating a lot of traffic and backlinks from those types of sites.

CSS Galleries – Jen Gordon

  • I came upon some unexpected traffic when my blog popped up on some css design portals like http://www.cssmania.com and http://www.webcreme.com. If you can put some time into the concept behind and design for your blog, I’d recommend submitting your site to a design portal not only for additional traffic but to build an additional community around your site.

Translation – Daniel

  • A simple tip that will probably boost your page views: install a translator plugin. I decided to use a paid plugin for this, but if I am not wrong there are some free ones as well. The translation is not very good, as you can imagine, but it helps to attract readers that are not fluent in English.

Deep Archives – Alan Thomas

  • Don’t forget your archives. I just posted a roundup of all interviews I did over the past seven months. One of them generated a new link and a big traffic spike from a group of users that look like they will be loyal readers now.

Be Opinionated – Grant Gerver

  • Try to be polemic. I write obsessively about all-things political from the left-wing perspective in the form of humorous, sarcastic one-liners.

Controversy – KWiz

  • Write something controversial. I don’t think it’s good to write something controversial just for the purpose of getting traffic necessarily (especially if it’s only for that purpose and you’re being disingenuous), but it works.

Group Writing Projects – Brandon Wood

  • A simple trick I’ve used to increase traffic to my blog is participate in group writing projects. In fact, that’s what I’m doing right now.

Group Writing Projects/Blog Carnivals – Rory

  • Submit articles to blog carnivals (http://blogcarnival.com). Your article almost always gets posted, and it must generate a handful of visitors, at least.

Networking – Dennis Coughlin

  • Find the best blogs on your niche and contact the authors. Introduce yourself and send a link of your blog. This might help them to discover your blog, read it and possibly link to it.

Social Bookmarking/Blog-buzz – Inspirationbit

  • Well, obviously everyone knows that social bookmarking sites like Digg, del.icio.us, etc. bring lots of traffic. But I’m now submitting some of my articles to blogg-buzz.com (a digg like site for bloggers), and I always get not a bad traffic from there.

Post Frequencies and Reader Engagement – Goerge Manty

  • Post 3-5 times a day. Use ping services like pingomatic or setting up wordpress to ping some of the ping services. Engage your readers. Put up polls, ask them questions, give them quizes, free tools, etc. Make them want to come back and tell their friends about you.

Article Directories – Splork

  • I’ve had good success writing articles and submitting them to EzineArticles. Articles that have been written from well-researched keyword phrases and accepted by EzineArticles tend to rank very high in Google for that search term. Placing anchor text in the footer of those articles so the reader can visit my relevant website has always increased my site traffic.

Comments – Megan Taylor

  • Participate in conversations on related blogs. Start conversations on your own blog. Don’t just post about a story and leave it at that, engage your audience.

Comments – Brian Auer

  • According to my Google Analytics, about 35% of my traffic comes from other people’s blogs and 25% comes from the forums I’m active with, while search engines provide about 15%. I post comments on other blogs that are related to mine, and I post my site link in my signature at the forums.

Comments – Nick

  • Participating in forums is a great way to get loyal readers. Either link baiting people in your signature or posting great advice and tips will give you high quality traffic, which will result in return visitors.

Comments – Guido

  • Comment on blogs, write useful content and make good friends on forums.

Comments – Jester

  • Leave comments on other blogs. If you’re already reading them, it takes just a couple of seconds to leave a message agreeing or disagreeing with the author, you get to leave a link to your site, and you will almost ALWAYS get traffic from your comments.

Trackbacks – Cory OBrien

  • Read lots of other blogs. Leave trackbacks. Make sure your blog is optimized for search engines. Leverage social bookmarking sites like digg (both for new ideas and for traffic).

MyBlogLog – Sridhar Katakam

  • Keep track of blogs and leave comments on them. How do you know which blogs to keep track of in the first place? Add the MyBlogLog widget/code to your blog. When you notice a MyBlogLog user visiting your blog, visit that person’s in turn.

MyBlogLog – Shankar Ganesh

  • Just browse around MyBlogLog.com and you will surely get visitors to your blog.

Ping Aggregators – Scott Townsend

  • Inform search engines and aggregators like Technorati (using the ping functionality) when your blog is updated, this should ensure maximum traffic coming from those sources.

Linking – Tillerman

  • Be the first to write a post about the ‘Top Ten Blogs’ in your niche. The post will rank highly in any general search for blogs in your niche and other bloggers in your niche write about the post and link to it.

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  1. envec69 said, on February 06, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    nice layout for the list engtech,

    i guess next time we should try to make participants write the tip on their own blog, and then the final list will only have links to the tips, so no dup content.

    thanks for participating and pointing out the missing links!

  2. raincoaster said, on February 06, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Why does the list slowly crawl offscreen to the left when viewed in IE6? Could we fix that?

  3. engtech said, on February 06, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    I have no idea why that’s broken… unless it is a weird CSS thing under IE6. Will investigate.

  4. raincoaster said, on February 06, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    And now you’re double-posting comments! But at least the list is fixed!

  5. rugjeff said, on February 07, 2007 at 8:52 am

    This is basically the only list you need to get more blog traffic. The hardest part is getting off our lazy behinds and doing it.

  6. Peter Flaschner said, on February 07, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    I really like your comments about being a part of the community. You’re absolutely spot on. This is the one thing that you can’t fake – you’ve got to have a genuine interest in mixing and mingling with your blog readers.

  7. engtech said, on February 07, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks Peter,

    It took me a few months of “hit whoring” and chasing traffic before I realized that what I’m more interested in is having an active community of engaged readers.

    I still can’t manage to focus on any one topic for more than a week at a time… but at least now I have goals in mind.

  8. pavlo said, on February 20, 2007 at 4:28 am

    hi engtech,I am amazed at the amount of material you have on your website.I have only read a small portion of them and hope to absorb some of the tips contained but i am a slow learner and reader as well.I may incorporate some of the ideas in your sites for my own blog.Thanks.

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