Sunday, July 1, 2007
I found myself first asking advise on the blog forums as to how to increase my readership, then I found myself giving advise on how to increase readership. I quickly realized that this was closely tied to having the right attitude, the focus of my blog. So I figured that I should write a piece on this subject. I hope you find it useful.
There is no short and simple answer. Like all worthwhile endeavors, this takes work. However, if you have “passion” for your blog, the “work” you will have to do will not seem like work at all. If you do not have passion for your blog, well, you can probably complete this statement yourself. These rules are designed to increase readership not increase traffic....there is a difference.
- Have worthwhile content in your blog; content that will interest others.
- Love what you do; your love for it will come through.
- Be sure that your blog is visually pleasing. Continuously make visual changes. Never be completely satisfied with its appearance.
- Submit your URL to as many search engines as you can (there are blogs that specialize in this.)
- Post questions on blog forums; such as “How do I get people to read my blog?
- Visit all blogs who respond to your question.
- Always leave a comment on these blogs.
- Thank them, on their blogs, for responding to your question.
- If you like the blog, visit its links.
- If you like the link, leave a comment and let them know how you found their blog.
- There is no shame in asking for a "link swap" if you truly believe that both your readers and their readers will both benefit.
- Visit as many blogs as you can.
- If you give a blog more than just a casual glance, LEAVE A COMMENT
- Always leave your URL at the end of the comment and invite them to visit your blog.
- If someone leaves a comment on your blog with their URL, always visit their blog and leave a sincere comment thanking them for visiting and include something positive about their blog.
- When you begin to create links on your blog to other blogs, visit them regularly and leave comments.
- Create and give out business cards that contain your URL and a brief description of the content. Don’t be obnoxious about it.
- Use your URL in your personal emails, again with a brief description.
- Go back to number one and start again, and again, and again……………..
By Mel Kaye
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