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With the growing interest in blogging as a means of online promotion and branding, a lot of marketers are starting blogs to promote their opinions, products, books and services.

But a blog is like a website. “Write and they will come” isn’t exactly a magic formula to bring in traffic by the boatload.

If you need to promote your website in order to build traffic to it, you need to promote your blog as well.

Here are some ways you can become a well-read and influential blogger.

1. Write Posts That People Will Want To Read

This should be common sense, but many marketers tend to forget that their readers are real people and that you need to use the principles of online copywriting to make your headlines and copy interesting to your readers.

If you write posts that people enjoy reading, they will reward you by returning to your blog regularly.

Make your posts conversational, pithy and topical. Keep them short and stick to one topic per post.

Write often and regularly so that both readers and search engines visit your blog more often.

2. Optimize Your Posts for Search Engines

I cover this topic in detail in my article on “Search Engine Optimization For Blogs” http://www.blog-maniac.com/blog-seo.htm

But here are the most important rules to follow to get your posts listed for keywords of your choice.

* Make sure your blog URL contains the primary keyword you want to optimize for

* Use your primary keywords in the title of your post

* Use your secondary keywords in the body of your post

* Use your keywords in the anchor text of links in the body of your posts

3. Submit Your Blog and RSS Feed To Directories

If you publish a blog you should submit your blog and RSS feed to big directories like Yahoo and Dmoz, as well as the numerous blog directories and search engines.

Here is the best list I’ve found of places to submit your feed or blog, compiled by Luigi Canali De Rossi, who writes under the pseudonym Robin Good.

Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/

Another list of sites to submit your Blog. http://www.rss-specifications.com/rss-submission.htm

4. Ping The Blog Services

There are a number of services designed specifically for tracking and connecting blogs. By sending a small ping to each service you let them know you’ve updated your blog so they can come check you out.

Bookmark the Ping-O-Matic ping results page so you can visit it and quickly ping a number of services with a single click.

http://pingomatic.com

5. Build Links To Your Blog

I recommend the methods here as the best ways to get links pointing to your blog

* Link to your blog from each page on your main website

* Trackback to other blogs in your posts

* Post legitimate comments on other blogs with related topics

* Offer to exchange links with other similarly themed blogs and websites

6. Edit Your Blog Posts Into Articles

One of the best methods for promoting your website is to write articles and submit them to article directories.

The suggestion for extending this to edit your blog posts into articles and submit them to directories came from the coach at “Explode Blog Traffic” who also has other noteworthy suggestions at his blog here. http://bloghit.blogspot.com/2004/11/how-to-explode-blog-traffic.html

You’ll find an extensive list of article directories here http://ebizwhiz-publishing.com/write-articles/submit-articles.htm

7. Create Buzz About Your Blog

Creating a buzz about your blog posts and topic in the local and online media will give your marketing a viral component.

* Create a controversy around your blog or it’s topic.

* Distribute bumper stickers or other merchandise with your blog’s URL and tagline.

* Write a press release about something newsworthy and tie it in with your blog topic.

8. Capture Subscribers By Email

It may seem strange for a blogger to send out updates by email, but email is still the #1 choice of most people who want to receive news and information.

Using a free service like Bloglet to manage your subscriptions is easy and it allows your subscribers to manage all their subscriptions from one interface. http://www.bloglet.com

However, if you want more control over your list and don’t mind mailing out the updates yourself, you can use an autoresponder system to capture and follow-up with subscribers.

RSS responder is a new script that allows you to keep in touch and follow-up with your subscribers without the hassle of email. http://ebizwhiz-publishing.com/rssresponder.htm

These tips should give you a good start to building your blog traffic.

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  • kent james

    This post gave me more insight on getting traffic to my site, thank you so much. Traffic has risen since started using some of these techniques.

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    • guru

      me too!

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      I agree with you. Very useful post and I hope
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  • Connie B.

    Thanks for your fabulous ideas to build traffic to your blog. Hmm. Intriguing to think of optimizing your posts for search engines. Fascinating idea.

    And thanks for reminding me to ping the blog services and to trackback to other blogs — oops I’ve been forgetting to do both of these things!

    Connie
    www.SugarShockBlog.com

  • Jason

    I love your blog, as I’ve said before many a time! You should drop by mine again and see what you think – browse around under recent posts – http://jasonpilbin.blogspot.com – I’d love to trade links, since I’m on here all the time anyway!

    • scratchdisk

      I post links to relevant articles i write in forms too. I have generated hits that way, but its hard work and stickiness is an issue. Take about 30 minutes a day and post on other blogs to create links to your site.

      Check out my site:
      http://www.playingwithpower.com

      • http://www.gardening-tips-idea.com tracy

        l am thinking of greating my blog and had no idea of how to do it in terms of traffic . this has been very helpful.

  • Nick Mutt

    hi priya,

    Congrats for such a nice information. I am also in the same field and would like to share you my own experience with how to promote blogs. I have used SMO (Social Media Optimization) for blog promotion and it is giving good responses. What’s your opinion… See my blog: http://www.search-engine-marketing-facts.blogspot.com/

    Good Day!!
    - Nick Mutt

    • http://www.postonfire.com PostOnFire

      Although online traffic techniques change like everything else online… but the information in this article still good even after 3 years…
      This article is dated 3 years ago but because the information is the basics of traffic it’s true today…

      And surprisingly the only thing is missing in this article is the social marketing and social bookmarking which was popular which was popular in the last few years…

      so add the traffic tips here with some social marketing and you get a winner..

  • The Brothers Bleiman

    Just wanted to say thanks for the great suggestions. Do you know of anywhere I can find out how to take our blog to the next level? We’ve had a couple of posts go viral in the last week (30,000 hits today alone), and we’re hoping to capitalize on our momentum.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

    Thank you kindly,
    the Brothers Bleiman
    www.zooillogix.blogspot.com

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  • James

    Very insightfull tips. Thanks for your help.
    I also have some good tips on gaining traffic at my site.
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  • Jerry

    This was my first visit and I think I’ve found all the information I need to promote my new blog to teachers. Thanks for the information.

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    • Stella Roy

      Well this is one of the best articles written on ‘How to increase traffic to your blogs?’ Reading this gave me lot of info to increase traffic to my website.

      I thank Priya you from bottom of my heart.

      -Stella Roy
      http://rahul-stella.blogspot.com

  • Gerri

    Hi,
    I am relatively new to blogging and am always on the look out of ways to increase traffic. You have some really good info posted.
    Thanks
    Gerri

    http://whereisthatmoney.blogspot.com

    • legend32

      I need some traffic for my blog :)

      http://legend32.wordpress.com

  • Nek

    Great article! There are a number of blog traffic increasing sites, namely Blog Explosion, but does anyone know any others? It seems that B.E. has died off lately because they were switching owners.

    .:Nek:.
    http://paranormalnewslink.blogspot.com/

  • Golden Sounds Entertainment

    We at Golden Sounds Entertainment want to thank you so very much for the useful information that you have offered. We do not specialize in Blogging. We specialize in providing entertainment services to weddings, corporate events, and more. We have to rely on people like you who focus on this to give us the information we need.

    Thank you,

    Golden Sounds Entertainment Management
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  • Boyd Cohen

    Being new to the blogosphere I did not know where to start in terms of trying to get people to take a look at my site. I have a very ambitious goal of trying to help in my own way to save the world by combining my knowledge and experience with cities to help promote solutions to environmental and social challenges (including global warming, ecological destruction, homelessness, etc.) through a new blog I have launched (regenerativecities.blogspot.com). I have gone through each of your steps and for now done the quick hit low/no cost solutions. I am anxious to see if it yields results and if so I may be willing to invest more to see it grow.

  • arrgophil

    Hi,
    I enjoyed your site very much. The advice seems qquite useful, though I’m not certain that I understand it all. I’ll try to implement as much of it as I can.
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  • Davin

    My blog is still quite new, but I’m sure with these tips I might just get some more traffic. Thanks :)

    http://lovedirectory.blogspot.com

  • http://top1n2newsphotosof2005.blogspot.com/ azriman sahril

    There are many advantages of your web blog above a website, except it’s easy to setup and free. You can put every thing in your blog: from a couple of lines what it is on your mind or your new article just published elsewhere, or a product review. In principle, a blog is the same as a website, but you will need to update more frequently to get the visitors to your site. A major advantage of your web blog here above a website to getting major search engines like Google and Yahoo to visit your blog frequently is a technique called “pinging”. It’s a method of notifying all of the major search engines and blog directories, each time that you have updated your blog. The search engines will come and to take a look at your blog, thereby increasing traffic to your blog. If you link your blog, the search engines will follow the links from the blog pointing to your sites. This will help the search engine rankings of your sites as well!

  • http://www.weneedtostop.com kerry

    Thanks for the tips.

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  • http://www.shapeyourthinking.com John W

    Thanks for the help. Just started my blog a couple of weeks ago, and I seem to be the only one doing anything on it. Will take some of these pointers.

    www.shapeyourthinking.com

  • http://www.TechSack.com Andy

    I enjoyed reading this information. I especially liked the suggestion to create controversy.

  • http://www.TechSack.com Andy

    I enjoyed reading this information. I especially liked the suggestion to create controversy.

    http://www.TechSack.com

    • http://gardenersdaughter.blogspot.com Philomena Ojikutu

      Priyah,

      your article is classic and eternal. Even two yeras after, it was like written yesterday!

      Thanks for these exceptionally brilliant and fruitful and invaluable lessons.

  • http://www.freemikekelly.org Michael Kelly

    Hey there. I love your page for help by the way. I use it at work and for personal. The question is what constitutes traffic. I’ve been making tons of blogs for MTV at work for some time now and they just naturally recieve traffic from the shows. But how to get random people to your site. I have a blog since I’m under federal house arrest and want to document the whole ride. www.freemikekelly.org. I do it mainly for myself and friends but would love more people to join in to read it. How do I do that?

  • http://4startups.blogspot.com Valto

    Just started blogging. Will have to see how long it takes for start building traffic. Good stuff.

    http://4startups.blogspot.com

  • http://www.arabs-forex.blogspot.com Maldino

    thanks for this useful article .. it helped me alot for getting more traffic for my blog about Forex

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  • http://www.linksfilms.blogspot.com lalitnagrath

    good tips for newbies .
    making links and leaving comments is a good way to get traffic to your blog

    i can aslo give u a tip!
    avoid captcha in comments
    :)

    __
    www.linksfilms.blogspot.com

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    Really Good

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      More money I’ve earned.
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  • http://www.gamedesigncenter.com/eblog Angie Clever

    I think its great that we bloggers post how-to to help other people break into the blogsphere. No matter what topics we cover (I design games, and write about creativity and gaming) it is what makes blogging great.

    :) Keep up the good work, and visit my blog sometime. I am adding more content about blogging soon. Thanks!

  • http://www.gamedesigncenter.com/eblog Angie Clever

    Oh yea, my blog is http://www.gamedesigncenter.com/eblog

  • http://www.connietalk.com ConnieTalk

    Great information, thank for doing this!!

    Connie
    http://www.connietalk.com

  • http://www.palcry.com Audai

    Hi and thank you for these great tips. Here is also another way to increase traffic

    http://www.palcry.com

    I think it’s useful.

    Best Regards,

    Audai Louri

    • http://etopblog.blogspot.com George

      Really great topics..

  • http://buckwheet.blogspot.com/ marvan

    I am having a hard time figuring out wich topic catagory my blog fits.

  • http://buckwheet.blogspot.com/ marvan

    http://buckwheet.blogspot.com/
    what topic catagory should this be?

  • http://mycuti2.blogspot.com izali

    this post really help me. thank you very much…:)

  • http://www.blogrash.com mar

    I have a blogrush widget on my blogsite and its traffic coming from it is considerable good.
    http://www.blogrash.com/blogrush-widget/
    I added it two days ago, and it gives me more unique viewer just like signing up for google adword. I love it because its free. And it really works!

  • http://www.chicnwild.co.uk zephrus

    very well written. it is really helpful for newbies like me

    www.gamesthrill.blogspot.com

  • http://www.seosubmitter.com SEO Rank

    RSS feeds are great for getting your blog noticed. I put a post up at least once a day. I try to focus my blog on helping others and it works well.

  • http://skinnyjeansss.blogspot.com/ skinnyjeansss

    Thank you so much for your great advice. As a blogger just starting out this has been a great recourse. Thanks again!
    http://skinnyjeansss.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.seosubmitter.com SEO Guy

    I aggree. Blogs are great to have for traffic generation. I especially like word press because of the rss feeds. You can submit the blog feed to pigomatic and feed shark.

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    hey really great , ive been trying to increase traffic to my site I use to sell discount shoes and boots http://heelsandsteals.com

    and this will really help

  • http://lamenews.blogspot.com/ Mark Putnam

    good tips,

    you should check out my blog http://lamenews.blogspot.com/

    but wait a couple days before visiting my age verification is currently down so all the juicy stuff is free for now.

    remember you’re on the honor system!

    • http://forex-trading4you.blogspot.com/ Muj

      Hey,,

      Some really nice tips out there.

      It did help my site http://forex-trading4you.blogspot.com/

      Thanks

  • http://earnfun.blogspot.com ashina

    This is a very nice and to the point article on blog promotion that I have read in a lon time. I shalll certainly recommend this one to my readers too.

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      Very nice blog. Come here and take a look around.

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  • http://www.seostarters.com www.seostarters.com

    The best way to increase traffic to your website is to optimize it. Optimizing your website will allow you to achieve a higher ranking with the search engines. This is very important considering 90% of the traffic you receive will be coming from the search engines.

  • http://www.easymotivationalstrategies.com Sue

    Hi Priya

    I have been looking for traffic blogs to help me get a handle on this when I stumbled across yours. I love the info and especially the links to follow through on what you say. No wonder you are on the top. Excellent for newbies like me. I’m going to refer it to my friends.

    Phoenix

  • http://www.easymotivationalstrategies.com Sue Hall

    forgot to leave my web address

    http://www.easymotivationalstrategies.com

    • http://www.ihomesecurity.info/ kevino

      You did a great post and great tips. Thank you.

      http://www.ihomesecurity.info/
      http://www.articlenewsinfo.com/

  • http://yomoola.blogspot.com/ David Dahl

    I only have one blog at http://yomoola.blogspot.com/ and I’m kinda new at this.

  • http://connectingwithwomen.com Heidi Whitaker

    Thanks for the information Priya.

    I’ve found one really helpful tip is to ask everyone you know to visit your blog and post a comment or two.

    I also have been helped by using blog i360 technology to promote my blog.

    Lastly, nothing beats going out and commenting on other blogs!

    Heidi
    http://connectingwithwomen.com

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    i know that this article was posted many moons ago, it still has vital info for today. i am very glad that i was able to come across it. thanks for the info. ciao.

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  • cailee

    i agree with it.. just like with my blog in http://www.cailee.blogetery.com

  • http://howtomanagehumanresources.blogspot.com Amit Bhagria

    I have my blog optimised, but wasnt able to figure out about building good traffic to my blog. Would be thankful if you can suggest anything or service..

    http://howtomanagehumanresources.blogspot.com

    Cheerszzzzz