10 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic
Leaders areÂ constantly seeking waysÂ to expand their influence.Â This past summer, the readership of this site has grown over 900%.Â I’ve learnedÂ muchÂ andÂ want to pass along my keyÂ learningsÂ aboutÂ multiplyingÂ readers and exponentially impacting the lives of othersÂ to you.
In addition to someÂ positive things I’ve learned, IÂ will alsoÂ passÂ on myÂ blogging mistakes.
Things That Work
- Read A LotÂ On the Subject of Blogging – Tony Morgan’s book Killing CockroachesÂ initiallyÂ inspired my blogging desires.Â Â I nowÂ also read www.problogger.net, www.bloggodown.com, Â www.sethgodin.com, and www.blog.ourchurch.com daily for insights onÂ improving my site and posts.
- Content, Content, ContentÂ -Â Try to post 5-6 times per week.Â There are two primary advantages to this.Â First, the moreÂ you write the betterÂ youÂ get.Â Two, it increases your chances of beingÂ foundÂ byÂ Google searches.
- Broader Appeal Within The Same Genre – I used to only write about leadership principles in sports.Â Now I alsoÂ find leadership principles inÂ church, family, and relationships.Â ThisÂ expanded my audience.
- Short Posts – Thank you www.josephsangl.com for teaching me this.Â I keep all posts 500 words or less.
- Scannable - Use lists.Â NothingÂ makes people move to another site quicker than long paragraphs.Â
- Graphics -Â Try to have images or video with all posts.Â We are a visual society.Â How do you like the image above?
- Social NetworksÂ -Â Use twitter and facebook to promoteÂ your blog titles.Â Â Â
- Solutions – People read a blog because they are looking for solutions on a specific topic.Â If you are looking for ways to improve your leadership,Â you will find answers here.
- Think Ahead – I think Christian Ponder will win the 2010 Heisman Trophy andÂ Aaron RodgersÂ will beÂ the NFL MVP.Â Â If you click their names, I have already written posts about their leadership.Â Â The goal is that these posts will become sticky for the next several months.
- ResponseÂ -Â Try toÂ respond to everyone within 24 hrs who commentsÂ about a post.Â ThisÂ shows that you genuinely care, creates conversation, and helps develop a loyal following.Â
5 Mistakes I’ve Made
- TitlesÂ -Â Yesterday,Â a good friend said “I see (on facebook)Â you’re excited that football season is starting.”Â I then asked “How did you like the post?”Â He didn’t open it.Â I’m still trying to break the code on titles that demand to be opened.
- Networks -Â The experts tell you that you must be part of blogging communities.Â I’m stillÂ figuring out how to build those bridges.
- Controversy – The same experts also tell you that controversy increases your traffic.Â That’s not my style.Â Â
- The Audience – I’m still trying to figure out my exact audience and then speak specifically to that audience.
- Planning – Bloggers are advised to have the next 6-10 postsÂ planned in advance.Â Â I have a family and full-time job so that concept is simply not feasible.Â My blog is almost like a diary.Â It is the outward processing of what I daily experience asÂ a leader.Â I needÂ a more proactive strategy.
Leaders, your blogs are desperately needed.Â Â Your thoughts and ideasÂ change the quality of people’s lives.Â Let us know what you’ve done that has increased your number of readers.Â We, specifically I, need to know.Â Â Â
For future leadership insights, please subscribe to this post or click here.