How can I get free traffic to my newly started blog? – An everlasting quest of a writer who has just started a new blog.
Just as blood is for life, Traffic is for a blog.
In the initial days you might get frustrated and plan to give up on blogging because you are unable to gain readership. Frankly speaking, I too went through the same phase. When I started my blog, I was unable to fetch readers which pissed me off and I planned to give up on blogging.
If you don’t drive traffic to your blog, it will eventually die and all your efforts will go in vain.
Now, the internet has evolved so much that even if you write quality stuff you won’t be getting quality traffic unless you have a proper strategy. So here are some modern methods using which, you can drive free traffic to your blog.
- Pay attention to the headlines
Headlines are of foremost importance while crafting a blog. A proficient reader will spare only a split second to decide whether to read the article or not. And many a times it happens that the reader shares an article not after reading it but by seeing the title itself.
Therefore, spend a little more time to decide the title of your article.
- Post as frequently as possible
Studies have proved that the more frequently you post, the more traffic you drive to your blog. So if you want to drive more traffic, try updating your blog at least twice or thrice a week. And don’t forget to make your content compelling as quality content is of prime importance.
- Long Tail Keywords also deserve focus
Wondering what are Long Tail Keywords?
Long tail keywords are keywords or key phrases that are more specific and usually longer than more commonly searched for keywords.
These keywords help you in connecting with your audience well.
There are many tools available online to find a wide range of long tail keywords, but I personally take help from https://kwfinder.com/ .
- On-page optimization
On-page optimization (AKA on-page SEO) should be done in a way that includes both, your primary as well as long tail keywords. However, the density of these keywords should be used in the most advantageous way that it helps your site to rank amongst the top searches.
- Incorporate Links
To make your blog site compelling, link it to other websites. This will give your readers a more well-rounded experience as it will give provide them with all the information needed for their blog or website. Also, the company you linked might notice you and link back to you.
- Design Image for your blogs
Power of graphic illustrations is mighty.
Don’t be among those people who don’t want to invest their time in creating images for their blogs.
Create images because it will work best for your blog. It will also fetch you external traffic in the form of image searches that Google has introduced. So, never forget to include alt tags for the same.
P.S: I will suggest you not to include any image in your blog if you don’t want to create your own images.
- Take Interviews or start a debate
Try to take interviews of the influential people in your niche. This will make them share your blog with their audience which will drive traffic to your blog.
You can also engage your readers like I did. Start a debate about an important issue. This draws them in by inviting them to comment and voice their opinions
- Write as a guest blogger
For me, Guest Blogging is a long term strategy. It is a great way of getting broader exposure. This is a good way to get links back to your own blog and get your name recognized as an expert in your niche.
There are several really good sites, including Wordpress, which will accept blog posts by guest writers.
The bonus of guest blogging is that it could lead to paid work as a writer or blogger in the future.
- Network with other on Social Media
If you feel that your content is good enough to be shared on social media. Start doing it now! Join groups on social media domains like Facebook and Twitter and promote yourself.
If you have a quality content, people on these sites will read, share and comment on them.
- Do lots of Blog Commenting
Start commenting on high traffic blogs matching your blogs.
I use Google Reader to track my favorite blogs
- Include e-mail subscription in your blog
Don’t forget to add email subscription option as well. If you don’t, you lose a huge opportunity for people to get your content and become regular readers
- Promote other blogs
Always try to promote fellow bloggers’ content so that they could also promote yours. This will sooner or later get you high chances of getting noticed.
To increase the traffic to your blog, these tips will work as charm. But with these tips, you’ll also have to be consistent with your work. All the best for your blogs. 🙂
I hope this will be the ultimate list for writers to bring traffic to their blogs. If you feel I missed out something please share it in the comments below.