Friday, November 20, 2009

Here's an easy way to get more traffic to your blog

No matter what you blog about, this easy trick will boost your traffic each time you do it. Make this a consistent habit and you could see a steady and regular increase in your blog's traffic. This tip makes use of basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization.)
1. Go to a popular homepage type of website like Yahoo and look up that day's popular searches. You can see this day's popular searches in the box on the upper right (shown in the picture above.) Today's top 5 popular searches are: Sandra Bullock, Amanda Knox, Jayson Williams, the Health Care Bill, and New Moon Reviews.

2. Incorporate one of these top search subjects into your blog post. Each of these subjects is a keyword, so for today's example, using the name Sandra Bullock is a keyword.

3. Make the post relevant and interesting to read, and repeat your keyword a few times. (Three times is good, five times is better.)

This may take a little creative thinking, but works like a charm if you do it right. 

When people surfing the internet type in your keyword, your blog post will come up in the listings. Actual mileage may vary depending on the keyword you chose, where in the listings it landed, and how interesting your text is, but you should see a bump in traffic.

Try it out and comment here with your results!

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  1. Supposedly it can take up to 6 months for a page to get spidered. So the key word needs to be something with a bit of lasting relevance.

    Or plan ahead for events live the Superbowl, the Oscars, holidays, etc. and publish those prior to the events.

  2. Pam, this is an interesting idea, but do you really get good hits? Are people going to stay and read or are they just going to scan your content and leave, never to return?
    New hits are great, but I would also like new subscribers and return visitors.

  3. Seisrush, that is a very good point. I have noticed that Google spiders tend to work very quickly (I can Google content 24 hours after I've posted it and it's there) but Google is not the only search engine out there. Planning ahead such as talking about the Superbowl will help bring in traffic ahead of the actual event, but will bring in post-event traffic as well.

    Crafterella, you've hit on a key point. If you're focusing on a niche with your SEO, such as felting and wool dying, and your content is engaging, chances are your readers will return again and again. If you are using more general SEO terms such as fiber or crafts, your traffic is less likely to return. The trick is to find something that is general enough to attract readers yet tightly focused and interesting so they'll come back for more.

    I'll blog more about this down the road...


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