10 Ways To Get More Readers To Your Blog

by Melissa · 48 comments

This is a guest post by Mellisa Tamura from ZenCollegeLife.

The saying goes that Content is King – but even if you’re a great author with amazing things to say, it still takes work to get people to read your blog.

How do you differentiate yourself amongst a million voices who are all striving to get the same attention and readership that you are? How do you reach out to an audience that is already drowning in noise?

Good content alone will not do the trick – there has to be something more then just hoping that people will read your blog entries.

With that in mind, here are 10 proven ways to get more readers, more attention and more traffic to your blog:

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1. Pick a Sweet Title – Picking a great title is one of the most basic ways to attract more readers to your blog. Even though it is only a few words, the title can entice viewers to continue reading and ultimately subscribe! Remember, pick a title that is catchy. This is extremely important for drawing traffic from sites like Digg.com or del.icio.us.

2. Improve SEO Improving your blog’s search engine friendliness is vital for attracting more readers. In order to do this, one should change their permalink structure and even tailor their title to Google’s needs.With a few simple steps, search engines can vastly increase the audience who views your blog.

3. Marketing – Word of mouth is one of the most basic but useful ways to increase the number of readers for your blog. Have a facebook? Create a fan page encouraging your friends to read your blog. They might just pass it on to more people if they find something they like. Have a Twitter? Post your blog’s link. Any type of advertisement will be helpful!

4. Write Original Content When you write content that has already been blogged about, the chances are readers won’t come back for more because they’ve already encountered something similar. The solution – put a new spin on whatever subject you’re writing about! Quality blogs all have subject matter that is new and inspiring. Readers will always keep checking your blog if this is skillfully done.

5. Comment On Other Blogs PostingGiving feedback on other writer’s blogs is an extremely easy way to get the attention of other bloggers and their readers. It’s very important, however, that you don’t look like you’re spamming. Make sure you read the article, and then simply advertise your own blog in a discrete way.

6. Guest Blog Guest blogging on a similar blog is an effective way to get even more traffic to your site. Some bloggers have greatly increased their own amount of viewers by simply writing one entry for a very popular site. Even though it is hard to get your guest entry posted, it is certainly not impossible. If you succeed, your traffic will surely increase greatly.

7. Run a Contest Running a contest is a great way to generate buzz in the online community. With a type of sweepstakes, readers will regularly check your blog for an update on the winner, while also telling their friends about their hopes of winning. Find something that is related to your blog that readers would enjoy winning. After your contest is over, publicize the winner. Participants will continue to read your blog even after the contest is over!

8. Link To Other Blogs Don’t worry, you won’t lose traffic! Bloggers who link to other blogs usually see their efforts reciprocated. This friendly relationship allows writers to share a common audience. By networking with other writers, your blog’s traffic will inevitably increase.

9. Be Controversial, It’s Okay! There are many bloggers all over the world. Not many bloggers, however, will write about a controversial subject. Don’t be offensive, but distance yourself from those other ordinary blogs. The online community will definitely take notice if you continue to push the envelope.

10. Just Wait! While all of these tips can help you attract more readers to your blog, it still takes time! Do not become frustrated! The longer your blog is thriving, the sooner you will see a heavy increase in traffic. Don’t be upset if you only have a few readers! In time you’ll have a popular site that everyone is reading!

At the end of the day, you need to put in the effort, but if you do, you will certainly be able to reap fruit from your efforts in promoting your blog and getting more readers.

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Melissa Tamura recently wrote about weird scholarships for the Zen College Life directory of online degrees.

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Scent Magic May 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

I’m fairly new to blogging and keep toying with the idea of running a contest. I guess I thought you had to wait until you had a fairly large audience before that would work, but via Twitter and Facebook, I think I could promote it pretty well and see if it drives traffic. Any advice on how long I should run the contest for? Is a week to short? Two weeks too long?

laura
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Typhoon May 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm

A normal kind of contest should run for like one month…But it will also depend on what type of contest you are gonna run.

Surendra May 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Depends on the traffic. If it is low wait for a longer time. If it is high finish it quickly. Keep the poll till at least two thousand people submit their votes.

Scott June 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Ya, but I don’t get your point Surendra..Why would you end contest quickly if it’s bringing great amount of traffic..Why you won’t like to keep it running to get more benefits of that increased traffic.

Wayne Stanila June 8, 2010 at 12:14 am

Great Tips!! People are hungry for for good information. Use what Melissa has suggested but be sure to do what a lot of other people have commented on. Be Yourself…Be Dependable…Keep At It….Don’t Give Up and It Will Happen For You…

gReesa June 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

Sometimes we know these things but, not end up doing a lot of them. I am making sure that all is implement for me to have success. Thanks a lot

Michelle Sterling September 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm

You stated good points here. However i just want to add that engaging in social networking sites is also a great way to get you more readers visit your blog. Today, Facebook and Twitter are great sites to look for potential readers. You just have to create an effective strategy to make this work.

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