This post could have been more aptly named (take deep breath here…) “How to dramatically increase blog traffic, page views, new visitors to your website, increase time spent on your site and lower your bounce rate really really fast with these simple strategies”. But that was a little long for a title, even though that’s exactly what these strategies did for me in less than a 2 week period. Like I said, really really fast!
Just to give you a little background, I went into December doing some serious butt kickin’. My blog visitors had steadily increased over the past several months. Compared the the past 18 months, breakneck speed! You see, I’ve made this one of my main priorit over the past 6 months (OK, my 2nd priority – my main one has been to steadily increase my income). Funny how things fall into place when you make them priority, isn’t it?
Anyway, I was chuggin’ right along… then December hit me right between the eyes and knocked me on my azz! I had the flu for 34 days straight. Then in January my elderly mom developed some health issues that requires numerous weekly visits to a specialist 65 miles away. This falls on me being the “designated daughter”. It was all I could do to post a couple of times and keep up with email and basic customer service. My December and January really sucked. Just to give you an example of how fast things can go downhill, my blog readership went from thousands to hundreds in less than 8 weeks!
Although I am still working around my mom’s health issues and doctor visits, I am able to schedule work around that and am raring to go.
Here’s how I got massive traffic back to my site in a very short time.
1. Blog Often
Take every spare moment to write. Posts don’t have to be long ones as long as they add value. Something I used to do was keep several posts scheduled 1 or 2 a week ahead and fill in in-between with “what’s happening now” type of posts to keep my audience engaged regularly. Recently I slacked off from that and just wrote fresh stuff several times a week. I’m definitely going back to having some per-written stuff on hand to post
I don’t use PLR on my blog, but some re-written PLR is handy to have on hand and I might rethink that, just in case of emergency.
2. Guest Blog
Guest blogging is a great way to increase readership. Think about who you know with good blog traffic that will publish your guest blog post on their blog? Start asking around. Write a good post with lots of value to THEIR audience. Write it for them. Specifically for their readers. Then offer to publish a guest post from them as well. A trade off works doubly as well, because you get new readers coming and going so to speak.
3. Share Your Blog Posts With Your List
Depending on your writing style you can do this a variety of ways in your autoresponder…
- You could simply copy and paste your post into your auto responder and email it to your list in it’s entirety with a link back to comment
- Use a template (aWeber offers a big variety too choose from) that’s set up for you to write your email message then include an excerpt and image from your post with a read more… tag.
- Set up Blogcasts that automatically send out excerpts of your recent posts to your list. Again aWeber makes this easy to do.Here is a sample of just a few of the over 150 templates they offer…
This is a really good start to building your web traffic quickly. Stay tuned for more really really simple strategies to increase your blog traffic. We’ll continue with more traffic building tips in the next post.
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