Monday, October 13, 2008

Blogging 101 - Driving Traffic To Your Blog

Now that you have written a few quality posts, it’s time to get some people to read your blog. There are many different things you can do to get people to your blog, but I will start with some of the easiest. If you have a Facebook or Myspace account, put a link to your site and send a quick message to all your friends and ask them to check out your site. Make sure to ask for some feedback as it will help in perfecting your blog.

The next thing is to add a signature to your email account. The signature will be added to the bottom of every email you send out. Make sure to include the title and a description of your blog. Now when you send an email to anyone there will be a link to your site.

Forums are another great way to get your site noticed. Forums are basically large communities of people that are all interested in a specific thing. Whatever your topic is, there will be a forum about it. So search Google for forums about your topic if you don’t know of any and make sure to make an account. Then just like your email create a signature with your blog’s URL and this will be seen after every thing you write on the forum. If the forum is large enough and you actually write meaningful things then you can receive a considerable amount of traffic from them. Make sure that you aren’t spamming the site as your blog will become your brand and you don’t want it to be associated with spam.

There are obviously many more ways to drive traffic to your blog and tomorrow I will post a long list with examples. Everything on the list tomorrow won’t cost you a dime, just a little bit of your time, but there are things you can pay for that might be more beneficial. I will go over them in a separate list as generally beginning bloggers won’t be able to afford them.


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