After spending much time yesterday preaching about setting up your site and/or blog, some of you may be saying; “That's great information but who's going to actually read it?” So let's talk about some fairly easy traffic drivers to your content, website and blog. I use the words fairly easy because there is a little work involved initially to get your system in place.
One of the best pieces of advice came from Mark Alan Effinger who runs a company called Rich Content. The advice was for every blog post that I write, I should comment on three other blogs. Since I was so new to the concept of blogging in the first place, this step was a little tricky for me. I had no idea where to go and find other blogs. Luckily I was put on to Google Alerts. For those who don't know what Google alerts are. It's basically a system to that tracks key words that are important to you and delivers relevant websites, blogs etc to you. They are e-mailed once a day in the form of a list. You can can then review and comment on posts that you liked.
Commenting on blogs is a great way to build relationships with other people who share interests. It's also a good way to drive traffic to your site as your name shows up on the comments as a link that goes back to your site. The higher the traffic of the blog that you comment on, the more chances someone will see your comment and click to your site to check it out. It's important to make sure that you comments are meaningful and relevant. The “atta boy” or “good job” comment isn't going to fly. You can also trackback to another site by posting a link on your site. This will also show up on the other blog.
Getting your blog listed in blog sources also increases your blog's exposure. The first place I would get listed is Technorati. A couple of other good places to get your blog listed and build connections are Blog Catalog and My Blog Log which is a service through Yahoo.
These are tools that I have used to double the traffic on my blog since I started it 5 months ago. They are “fairly easy” and best of all free. What other tips have you used to make your blog successful? I didn't even touch on the social media aspect of promotion. How have you been able to use social media to drive traffic?