Unless you have just discovered the Buzz Baiting Blog, you probably have noticed that a lot of posts are about attracting visitors to your site and generating traffic for your blog. There is good reason for all of this hullabaloo about traffic — it is REALLY important!
A lot of the stuff we suggest here for generating traffic is pretty easy, but some of it is a bit more advanced. If you are just getting started, or if you need to bump up your visitor count in a hurry there are some easy peasy things you can do. The following are five quick tips on how to easily generate blog traffic that are perfect for even the beginning blogger.
1.) Post on GOOD days. Some days bring more traffic than others, and Saturday is not that day. On the weekends, your readers and potential readers are out and about and too busy to browse blogs. Weekdays are best, and look at your analytics to recognize days that are best for your blog.
2.) Stick keywords in your URL. You can help to drive traffic to your blog through search results, and a great way to boost your SEO is to alter your URLs. Not only should you insert keywords into your title, but you should do what you can to get those keywords in the URL too! If you have great posts that aren’t getting the traffic, you may want to change these old post URLs to start bringing in more visitors.
3.) Quick! Create a link cluster. If you don’t know what a link cluster is, don’t let the name trick you; we are referring to a cluster of links in and not a cluster out. Take the top long tail, low competition keyword from a post and then edit about 10 other posts to include that keyword as anchor text and link it to the first post. This is a sure way to boost SEO and blog traffic.
4.) Watch what you write. Even if you manage to stay within your niche, you want to make sure that you are providing VALUABLE content. If you say stuff that readers can get anywhere, why would they need to visit your site?! Give pertinent, helpful or entertaining content that visitors will not only enjoy once, but they will want to come back for it again and again. Give readers what they want and they will come back; they may want to read about you and your dog and your new boyfriend, but the odds are great that they do not.
5.) Put images in your posts. This is about more than making your posts look pretty! If you add images (and title, tag, and caption them correctly) you can see a real boost in traffic. These images you insert in your blog can end up indexed by search engines, and like with your other SEO efforts, inserting images could lead to your pictures or illustrations ending up at the top of image results. By adding images to your posts, they will look more stylish to all the extra eyes that find them.