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The First Five Steps I Am Taking To Increase My Blog Traffic

Written by George Manty  · March 16, 2007

As part of my Blog Traffic Challenge, the first steps I will be taking to increase traffic to this blog are:

1. Update My WordPress Theme (already done)
Last week, I updated my wordpress theme and judging from the comments about my new theme, I think it definitely will help me retain readers. Having a nice, easy to navigate, easy to look at, user friendly design is one of the most important factors in having repeat visitors.

2. Write More Quality Posts
My normal goal is to write at least one really, really good post a week. I now intend on writing more than one really, really good post a week. It will mean I have to spend more time writing posts and less time doing other things, but I expect it to pay off.

3. Post More Frequently
I have found that the more often I post, the more traffic I get. This has been the case with all of my blogs. My current posting frequency is about 4-6 posts a week for this blog. Starting next week, I am going to aim for 6-10 posts a week.

4. Continue to Network
Last year, I wrote that my biggest blogging mistake was not networking with other bloggers enough. Since that post, I have really done a good job of networking with other blogger and have seen a significant increase in traffic. I will continue this practice over the next three months.

This networking has consisted of:

A. Leaving comments on blogs and participating in the conversations.
B. Having email conversations with other bloggers and forming relationships with them.
C. Using MyBlogLog to conact and discuss things with other bloggers.

5. Test Out StumbleUpon
After reading Maki’s post on StumbleUpon, I decided I needed to test it out. I will be doing that sometime this month.

There are many other things I will be doing to increase my blog traffic over the next three months, and I will be letting you know them as time goes on. Additionaly, I will be revealing other succesful blog traffic tips that I have used in the past, both for this blog and my other blogs.


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12 Responses to “The First Five Steps I Am Taking To Increase My Blog Traffic”

  1. Tar on March 16th, 2007 8:26 am

    Question for you: I see you have an RSS feed. Where do you register that feed to get more exposure? Or is this something that people just decide to subscribe to when they come to your site? This issue has been confusing me.

  2. George Manty on March 16th, 2007 8:46 am

    That is a good question. I have always just used bloglines, and My Yahoo to follow feeds myself. So I just figured other people did the same kind of thing.

    However, I am going to look at setting up a feedburner account , because I think many people find it easier to subscribe for a feed with it.

  3. George Manty on March 16th, 2007 8:48 am

    Tar,

    It looks like your site does the same thing. What are the advantages of using blogskinny over feedburner?

  4. John Wesley on March 16th, 2007 10:34 am

    StumbleUpon is definitely worth your time. While Reddit or Digg can bring more traffic in a single day, SU will keep bringing you traffic for weeks. It is by far my biggest referrer.

  5. George Manty on March 16th, 2007 11:16 am

    Thanks John,

    I will probably check it out next week then.

  6. Shirlene on March 16th, 2007 6:57 pm

    Some good ideas, and I’ll be looking to do the same. Stumbleupon sounds interesting – I’ll have to have a look into it.

    Thanks,

    Shirlene

  7. Maki @ Dosh Dosh on March 18th, 2007 3:33 pm

    I think networking is by far one of the most important points if you want to get noticed. Writing a great post and having the right people link to it can bring you a lot of exposure and recognition.

    Commenting often at as many blog as possible is the easiest and fastest way to network. Bloggers love getting comments so you’ll also be making them really happy if you do that šŸ™‚

  8. George Manty on March 18th, 2007 4:28 pm

    Maki,

    I agree. I plan on spending even more time commenting on some of my favorite blogs and networking even more than I have been. Thanks for the input.

  9. Paul on March 19th, 2007 2:46 am

    Most of your list is good, but I have to point out something that is bugging me about it…

    I see a contradiction between your #2 and #3. You state that you want to write at least 2 REALLY good posts every week, but you want to post 4-6 times a day.

    This tells me that if I continue to read your site I’m going to have to wade through as many as 40 posts to read 2 that are worth it. This is a disturbing and growing trend I’ve noticed on sites.

    Personally, I would much rather visit a site that is only updated once a week if that post is always good. Quality is ALWAYS better than quantity.

    Just my .02

  10. Simon on March 19th, 2007 4:24 pm

    I’d agree with Paul, as a reader I’d rather know that there are less posts, but of higher quality than have to wade through lots of posts that have been made for the sake of posting.

    Obviously, it also depends on the subject matter, if I’m really interested in it then I may want to learn as much as possible from as many posts as possible.

    Depends on your point of view I guess.

  11. Simon on March 19th, 2007 4:28 pm

    Also, on StumbleUpon – I set up my site on it last weekend and have found that in the following week, around a third of my total weekly traffic (admittedly we’re not talking huge amounts at this stage) has come from there.

    How long people actually stay or even if they bother reading any of the site is another matter! šŸ˜‰

  12. Rahel on March 20th, 2007 6:00 am

    Hi George,

    I found your site via dailyblogtips. good luck on increasing traffic. I haven’t tried stumbleupon yet, but plan to head over there once I leave here. It’ll be interesting to see what it does to my own traffic.





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