Tips for beginners - Tips to Get Your Blog Read
Having a blog is one thing, but getting people to visit it is another. Apart from the usual SEO techniques, here are a collection of tips to get your content the attention it deserves.
Comment on Related Blogs
Find blogs that have related topics to yours, and leave interesting comment. When people leave comments on your blog, answer them. It encourages them to come back.
The more you post, the more you will be read. Comments may dwindle, but the amount of readers will certainly increase.
Just like with related blogs you should join forums with related topics and become an active member. Search for posts you can contribute to meaningfully, and share your experience.
Building up respectable traffic doesn't happen overnight. Give a blog some time to become better known. And by some we mean a lot.
Give Away Freebies
Find something to give away for free, ideally something that has some relation to your blog topic. You can even put up small SEO campaigns around the free stuff you give away. Free stuff attracts people, creates links, and makes your blog easier to find.
Write Effective Post Titles
Your post titles tell something about you, your blog, and the content of the post of course. A post title should attract attention and create an instant urge to read the post. Keep it simple and to the point.
Be Opinionated but Encourage Opposing Viewpoints
Expressed opinions are interesting, but should not keep other people from expressing their own. Encouraging different viewpoints creates a richer blog.
Getting even more opinions on your blog can be achieved by putting up interviews. Find people you think have something to say and send them an e-mail interview. If you want to read something about a person, chances are other people will want to read it to.
Explain RSS to Readers
Don't overestimate the level of your readers. Everybody easily believes their visitors are the apex of their niche's culture. In fact, chances are your visitors don't even know what an RSS feed is. Explain in detail what the RSS possibilities are, so it won't get used only by the most advanced.
Personalise Your Blog
People are interested in people. Put up a page with personal information, and encourage your regular commenters to do the same.
Get Guest Bloggers
Invite other bloggers to guest blog, to enrich your blog, get links back and create an open atmosphere to the blog.