Five Easy Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog
Setting up a new blog is relatively easy compared to setting up a full-blown website. With blogs, you can:
- Install on your hosting.
- Pick a Theme.
- Add in your desired plugins.
- Start to blog.
This is a lot easier than needing to learn a complicated programming language, HTML or CSS.
No need to discover how to manage FTP (file transfer protocols) between your computer and the servers etc.
Blogs let you be a part of the World Wide Web in a fraction of the time it takes to get a website up and running. But when your blog is tweaked and set-up how you want it, then you are ready to monetize it.
The most important aspect of this strategy is how to drive traffic to your new blog.
Driving traffic to a new site is difficult but not impossible. I have outlined 5 tried and tested methods below to help you gain traction.
- Blog and Ping
Blogs can use the luxury of the RSS ping system. This lets the search engines know that a new blog post has been released. Fresh content needs indexing. As soon as you ping the engines, you will get the spiders running to your site and checking out your new content. If the content is fresh and original, the spiders will index it and store them in the search engine cache. Whenever someone searches for a term or keyword that is listed on your new blog post, your post will show up displaying the search result as being relevant to the term being searched. Traffic from the search engine will visit your page. This traffic is highly targeted & highly relevant.
- Blog Directories
Blogs have their own blog directories where you can list your own blog as a way to drive traffic from these directory sites to your blog. Directories are frequented by thousands of people every single day. This is a great way to drive some of that traffic to your site.
- Blog Comments
Visit other blogs in your niche and post intelligent comments on those blogs. The visitors to those blogs will be seeing those posts you make and if they are good, they will click on your link and visit blog as well.
Participating in forums is another good way to drive traffic and build loyal visitors to your blogs. People who join highly targeted forums have similar interests to you and would likely be interested in your offer to visit your blog.
Start by looking for five forums related to your niche and then join them.
Participate in the discussion and post a link back in your signature file. Every time you make a post, the forum members will see your message and the signature link back to your blogs. If the posts are beguiling and interesting, they will most likely click on the link back to your site as well.
- Finally or Firstly depending on the stage you are at. You should consider submitting your blog to both Google & Bing Webmaster Tools. Also upload a sitemap and robots.txt file at the same time.
These are 5 extremely simple methods of driving traffic to your blogs without spending too much money on paid methods of channeling traffic.