Tuesday, October 17, 2006

12 Ways to Get More Blog Readers

This is the question everyone is asking, especially the folks who are putting ads on their blogs. Copyblogger has written a post, How to Attract Links and Increase Web Traffic, that lists 50+ posts about blog marketing. Blogger also has an article in its help section, Promoting Your Blog, that has more information as well. Obviously there is a lot to say about this topic, but here is a quick list culled from some of the posts to get you started:

1. Link to other blogs in your posts and in your blogroll.
2. Comment on other blogs and respond to your readers' comments.
3. Ping blog search engines when you write a new post.
4. Tag your posts so that they are easy to find.
5. Write engaging first sentences, and snappy titles with keywords.
6. Include photos, or some kind of illustration with each post.
7. Post about current events, or better yet, break news.
8. Interview people related to your blog's topic.
9. Post lists, like this one! It helps if it has a number. One of my most popular posts is 10 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Blogs.
10. Post regularly. Whatever regularly means to you. It doesn't have to be everyday, but it shouldn't be once a month.
11. List your blog's URL in your email signature.
12. Write about what you care about. If you are excited about your topic your readers will probably get excited about it too.

Photo credit: Mild Winter Afternoon Reader by JimmyOK.


Anonymous said...

This article will be helpful for my new blog about myself trying to get my photography business back. My husband started his blog 2 months ago, receiving high success. Keep showing more blog tips especially on catagory add-ons or software. Thank you.

Britt Bravo said...

Hi Jrfolwick! I'm glad it was helpful. A great blog to read for ongoing blogging tips is ProBlogger: http://www.problogger.net/

Lulu said...

Thanks for the tips. THEY ARE FREAAAAKIN HELPFUL! :)
its nice to have a concise list.

Clara said...

hey, thanks for the advice, it was pretty helpful! I'm sure i'll be revisiting this page for some more online hints! Cheers.

Britt Bravo said...

My pleasure, Clara.

daisymay said...

thanks for the tips! so helpful, and not too difficult to implement any of them!

Cara Gourley said...

Thanks for the tips! I'm going to work hard to follow them.

Retro Petite said...

Great tips, Thanks for sharing!

Sunshine said...

I will test one of the tips :) hee heeh :) www.we-are-precious.blogspot.com is a blog for christian and unchristian teens. To remind them that they are extremely precious, to tell them about God's love and about his amazing plan for their life :)

Lisa Shaw said...

Testign 1-2-3! I'm responding to your helpful blog, and inviting you and your readers to mine


Unknown said...

Thank you Britt, these are great suggestions. I celebrate my one month anniversary as a blogger tomorrow and whilst its not quite just my Mum reading it, its not far off. Will be using your tips to spread my wings a bit.

Thanks again.

marie said...

Thanks for tips! It was great inspiration for me:)