Sunday, October 16, 2011

10 ways to get more views and traffic to your blog


I found a great post over on Wordpress.com called, "Getting more views and Traffic". The author's points are what my Grams would have called common sense, but I find I occasionally need reminding.

1. Tell people in your social networks about your new post.
Dead obvious, but I don't do this. I post a link on Twitter and leave it at that.

2. Make your content visible to search engines
Fortunately, sites like Blogger and Wordpress do this if you've made your site visible to the public (look at your privacy settings if you want to check whether your site is visible).

3. Pay for traffic to your site
Apparently you can get visitors through StumbleUpon for the (I hear the deep base of the announcers voice) for the low, low, price of $0.05 per visit.

I can understand the utility of this, but the offer leaves me feeling indignant. I feel myself wanting to say: I don't pay for views!

4. Bug your real-life friends
I disagree with this one. I think it's common sense NOT to bug your real-life friends. It's easy to alienate people. You know that guy everyone pokes fun at, the one who is always trying to show his home movies? Yea, you don't want to be that guy.

My real life friends know I blog and if they want to read my posts they will. If they don't, that's okay too.

5. Use appropriate tags
Definitely a must. I've begun looking at the topics that are trending over at Twitter and mulling over whether I could do a blog post about one of those topics.

6. Read and comment on other blogs
Excellent idea, and something I do. Or try to do. It nelps grow your blog, but I've also met some mighty nice people that way.

7. Link to other blogs
I do this, but should do it more. It would be a good idea to put up a 'Best Of The Writing Blogs' list and include those blogs I read every day, the blogs I use as touchstones, that help encourage me and anchor me.

8. Let people know about your blog entries
Once I wrote a blog post that was inspired by a conversation I'd had with someone I had just met on Twitter. I tweeted him about the post I'd made. It worked out well, he posted a comment and retweeted my link to the article, but -- obviously -- one needs to be careful when doing this, I could see this going horribly wrong. Stephen King wrong.

9. Relax, it takes time
True, very true, but I want results NOW, dagmabbit!

10. Size doesn't matter
This is what the original blog post said: "Finally, remember that it's not the size of your audience, it's how much you care about them and they care about you."

I'm trying to think of a tactful way of putting this.

Nope, just cant.

If you're trying to sell your books and, hopefully, sell enough to to allow you to quit your day job, it is about the numbers. That's not to say that I don't get a special thrill when someone tells me they read my book, and I am humbly grateful to all those wonderful folks who reviewed my book, but for anyone who is hoping to use their blog to help them sell books, the size of their platform does matter.


A good 10 points, even if I didn't agree with all of them. Besides, if we agreed with one another all time, time wouldn't life be boring?

Here is a link to the original article: Getting More Views and Traffic

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great info! :)

    Jan Romes

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  2. Stumbleupon actually did me a huge favour - I paid $10 for 2 days worth of advertising a month back and recently I've been getting a lot of organic visitors due to my posts cropping up on the site free of charge. Not sure if I've been lucky or... but it worked for me :)

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  3. Thanks for the comment, Jan! love the joke on your sept 14 blog (marriage is like a deck of cards ...)

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  4. Extreme, thanks for the info, I appreciate it. It's difficult to know where to put ones advertising dollars, that's something I'll look into. Cheers!

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  5. I started blogging last month and I agree about wanting visitors now. This is very helpful, thanks

    Pete

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  6. Thanks Pete, l appreciate the comment. Love your blog posts, by the way. Especially the one: Twitter made me buy a kindle (petedenton.wordpress.com). So true!

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  7. Karen,

    This was a great idea for a post -- it was humorous and amusing, but also informative.

    On point #10, I'm curious to hear your thoughts. As I'm sure you've noticed, a lot of ebook authors are thankful about having a lot of traffic on their blogs, but point out that most of it is from other writers.

    The assumption is that traffic from other writers doesn't sell books. Is this true?

    If it is, should ebook authors be blogging primarily for readers?

    Is there no middle ground?

    Thanks

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  8. Hi Robert, thanks for your kind words.

    Joe Konrath said a few times that writers didn't buy his books, readers did, and I believe his blog had hundreds of thousands of viewers (mostly writers) per month. If Joe says it, I'm not going to argue. Besides, it makes sense that readers would buy more books than writers.

    However, every writer that I know is a reader as well. A voracious reader.

    If Joe says that he didn't sell a lot of books to writers I believe him, but, sometimes I wonder if Joe's "not a lot" would be my "omg I can't believe this is happening! I can quit my job!". After all, the last I heard Joe Konrath is making about 500,000 a year. That's one huge ballpark.

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  9. Well put, Karen.

    Since following a number of author blogs recently, I have picked up at least a few books I otherwise wouldn't have.

    So maybe there's hope even if your audience is mostly writers...

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