For bloggers, it is imperative that they have a considerable number of people following them to determine the quality and success of their blog. Most bloggers feel that there is a secret technique that leads to the blog being followed by hundreds and thousands of viewers. This is a false notion and one must know that by knowing a few simple “tricks of the trade” along with some reliable techniques and tools, anybody can easily create a mark in blogging world.
Below are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned to take my personal blog from nothing to over 100K uniques a month in less than a year.
One of the basic ways by which you can get more followers on your blog is to make it more interactive. Following are a few steps that will help you in making your blog just that.
Try to indulge your friends, coworkers and family members. Let them comment on the posts that you make on your blog and ask them to share your blog. This is a basic marketing method called word of mouth. Even though this may sound tedious, all great and creative blogs that have millions of followers started off similarly with a few followers who told others about it.
One of the basic ways by which you can create more following on your blogs is to allow the comment section on your blog. Many blog services like WordPress allow their users to create a comment function for their readers to express their opinions and also their own perceptions over the matter. Feedback like this will prove to be very useful as it allows you to fix what you are doing wrong. This will also help in letting you know what you did right in your blog posts as well. When you respond to comments, make the follower feel special and unique as they are heard and believe that they have some value in the creation of the blog.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make resulting in their blogs failing is that they create content that is either not relevant anymore or happens to be outdated. To succeed in creating blogs that manage to get you following and prominence in the cyber community, try writing about things you have experienced and felt from your own perception. This will help you get a following. You can discuss politics, sports, arts, even your own life. Readers are always looking for genuine articles and content among the clutter of information on the internet. Your content can be simple and subtle yet something that your readers can easily relate to.
Use Social Networks
Apart from making your blogs interactive you can also use the social networking websites to promote your website.
One thing is for certain, your potential followers will be on Facebook and Twitter. These networks have gained considerable prominence on the internet and are growing daily. You can create your own page on these websites and start with your own posts and statuses regarding the updates and posts of your blogs. You may get people to like you on this page and increase the following of your blog through this medium. Also create yourself a twitter account on which you will let your followers know about what you are doing and what the next post on the blog is going to be about. The best part about these social networks is that you are able to get followers more rapidly than you can by using the traditional methods.
Get started using social bookmarking tools. There are now around 25 to 30 social network websites out there. This means that there are potentially a large number of followers waiting for you to join these pages. But by using tools that allow you to install the social network bookmarking tools on your blog you can allow your readers to reach you easily through the social networks. You don’t even have to be apart of them and people will be talking about you. Many services like WordPress and Blogger are aware of the importance these websites have for their users, for that reason they provide widgets that allow you to have numerous options to share your content online.
Using Search Engine Optimization
You can start applying SEO techniques like link building and keyword usage to increase the chances of your website to have a better ranking on the internet. When your potential readers for keywords on your site, with more SEO help your site will show up as the top results. There are now many SEO firms that allow you to hire their services and help you with various options like keyword usage, creating inbound links and using other techniques. You can easily hire their services and use them to be more interactive online. Choose who you work with wisely or do it yourself by guest posting on sites like JohnChow.com.
By using these tips you will be able to start to get more readers to your blog. These aren’t all the tips but a few good tips to attracting tons of readers to your blog.