Detailed Blog Posts convert to Higher Traffic
The nature of blogging, and especially tutorial style, how to, and technical support type blog posts that I like to create tend to create articles that can be quite long. This is because in order to help your readers, you really need to get into the nitty gritty of the topic or problem at hand, as well as the step by step actions one can take to come to a solution. The harder you work on your post, the better it will do with the search engines. It really is that simple. The king of this is Glen over at ViperChill as his posts often hit many many thousands of words. For me, that doesn’t quite work as I just can’t type that much! For many though, it is a great way to drive traffic while also give their reader solid useful information.
Leverage What is Free
We’ve already shown how easy and free it is to create a wordpress blog in no time at all. Once you have your platform up and running, now you can focus on making it your own with free themes, free updates, and even free content. How can I get free content you may ask. The answer is via guest blogging. There are millions of other bloggers just like you that are trying to get their site noticed and one of the most popular ways to do this is via the guest blog post. Make friends in the community of likeminded bloggers and set up some guest blogging, you’ll both benefit!
When starting out – Social is Key
Everyone wants to get tons of search engine traffic from Google, Bing, Duckduckgo and others but the reality is that when you’re starting out, it will probably be social that sends more visits than the big search sites. The big sites get a lot of search traffic, so why shouldn’t you? Well what happens is since your blog is new, your authority rankings are not super high but if you make good content, people will share via the social sites. Sooner or later, that Google Traffic will kick in, but in the meantime make use of Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, Pinterest, and Digg among others to help your website get quality visitors. Stumbleupon believe it or not, is incredibly powerful in fact. If you are lucky enough to have a power user share your blog post to his or her Stumbleupon account, you could see thousands of visitors from that one share!
Keep Growing with Steady Posts
It’s true. Consistency really is the key to growing your traffic numbers. We’ve all heard time and again from the likes of Darren Rowse, Michael Dunlop, and Glen at ViperChill that having consistent updates on your blog will increase your visitors. Some people create one quality post per week. Other bloggers may be able to push through an awesome blog post every single day. Yet other webmasters may only have time for one update per month. We’re all different and what works for one may not work for another. Figure out how much content you are comfortable creating and then stick to it.
Consider Making Lists
Readers love to consume content in list form. When you make a list, especially if it is numbered, you are creating an easy to digest group of content that the reader will find useful.
Have you ever felt like someone is talking at you rather than talking to you? You know the type of person, where you can’t get a word in edgewise. It’s painful. Let the reader in on your story, make it personal to them. It’s fun to talk with friends, not so much to be lectured at by an authority figure. Keep the loose style with liberal use of ‘I’, ‘We’, and ‘You’. Your readers won’t feel so talked at in that case. Punctuation and Italics are a cool way to spruce up the conversation as well.
Did you know that by helping people you are also helping yourself? It’s not just a cliché, it is actually scientifically proven that when you help someone, you actually also increase your own happiness. At the end of the day, what really are you here for? As a blogger and as a person, we all need to be selfless, even if the internet is often a selfish place. We can click around all day long and do nothing but consume and stave off boredom. Let’s be honest, I just described 99% of the internet population, how else would all the meme sites, cat pictures, and buzzfeed stories be so popular? What are you good at? Are you an awesome Gardener, Programmer, Video Gamer, Guitar Player, Web Designer, Marketer, Fashionista, or maybe some completely random thing? It doesn’t matter what you’re good at, and you are good at something, create some content around that – it will resonate with people and you get a chance to share and help with your talents.
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