As most of you know by now, the volume of traffic that a site receives has an undeniable effect on the amount of revenue that it generates. In other words, if you want to make money blogging, you have to encourage a lot of people to go to your site and convert them into loyal readers. While this can be quite a challenge, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist – or a Black Hat SEO specialist – to figure out how to attract more visitors into your blog. Here are a few tips that you can use to do just that:
1. Get out there and socialize!
Widen your online social circle! You won’t get any visitors to your blog if you don’t visit other blogs yourself. When you do go out and drop by other bloggers’ sites, leave comments on their blog posts and make yourself known to them and their readers. Don’t just post any comment for the sake of putting up one. Leave a comment that’s intelligent, well-written, and polite so you’ll make a good impression on the blog owner and his visitors. Don’t forget to tack your own blog’s URL at the end of your comment, so people have a way of finding you and your site.
Although linking to other blogs isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get a link back, it’s still worth a shot. Don’t just link to every blog you see, though! Choose blogs that you like and respect, and which you actually visit when you get the chance to.
You can also pay a visit to forum boards that talk about the very same topic that your blog deals with. Be an active member, post helpful information, and most importantly, leave a link to your blog that other forum members can click through if they want to get more of your unique advice.
2. Fan out your work to article directories:
Article directories are a great way to spread your work, cement your credibility through your articles, and get backlinks from other sites. Places like eZine Articles and Buzzle are a great place to send your articles to, since they have a lot of users and your articles – which should come with a link to your blog — are sure to find an audience there. Take note, however, that these services exact some very strict rules: there’s always a minimum word count for submissions, and some topics are just taboo.
3. Write better posts
There’s no way around this: when it comes to gaining significantly more site traffic, the best method is still to create the best content you can come up with. Nothing’s a better crowd-drawer than a blog post that’s well-written, filled to the brim with useful information, and completely relevant to the needs of your readers and target market.
Keep in mind that if you want to make money blogging, you should do more than create a marketing strategy that aims at driving traffic to your site. At the heart of your blog lies its content, and when your readers find that you always have something good and interesting to offer to them each time they visit your blog, they’re bound to return again and again. That’s much, much more than what traditional SEO methods can accomplish for you any day.