The Anglican Chaplain Prague asked: ‘How to get more traffic (other than the spammers * insert evil grin here*) visitors to my blog?’
Hm, a lot of visitors and no spam, that sounds like a bloggers dream 😉 The answer to your question could be painfully short: ‘The amount of visitors your blog has, depends proportionally on the time you invest to promote your blog.’ Or I could answer your question with a question: ‘How much time do you want to/ can you realistically invest into blog promotion?’ There is no, absolutely NO short cut in increasing the count of visitors to your blog! It is simply hard work. Let me show you a few possibilities and you can than choose what works well for you. I included some estimates of the necessary time investment for each blog promotion method as I think that, bearing in mind your profession, time might be the crucial factor for you.
1. Tell people that you have a blog by inserting the url in your email signature.
How many of your friends/ email contacts do actually know that you have a blog? By inserting a link like this:
‘My personal blog can be found at http://rickyyates.com/’ in your email signature you tell everybody that you have a blog and where to find it. Time necessary <5min
Get some backlinks on some high traffic and relevant sites. For example, your church in Prague has a web site. Get the poor, over-worked and under paid web master to put up a link to your blog. [Attention, previous sentence has to be read with tongue in cheek!] Do you have other friends/ family that have a web site that would put up a link for you? Don’t spam/ bother people too much with link requests but keep your eyes open. Time necessary-variable
3. Make your own backlinks
Facebook profiles, forum signatures, twitter, social media profiles, everywhere where you have an online existence you might be able to post a link. Make a check list of all the sites you use and check if they allow you to post a link. Again, don’t spam and don’t join a forum just to post your links neither. Time necessary-one hour or less/ week will be plenty.
Entrecard is a great tool when used in the right way, but it can be also very time consuming, so think twice before you join! If you do so, I would suggest that you concentrate on dropping cards on the blogs in the categories ‘Religion and Spirituality’ and ‘Expat’ as that are the two most relevant ones for your blog. Time necessary-Set yourself a limit how much time you’ll spend each day on entrecard, if not it can be rather addictive 😉
5. Post more often, but shorten/ split your posts
The content you write is great, interesting and witty, but a bit too long. Consider splitting your post in chunks of 250- 500 words. You can always write the post and publish part 1 immediately and set the next parts up for auto posting in 24/48/72h. A bit in the style of a ‘to be continued series’ Visitors to your blog will come more often back, if they can expect to find new content, rather than seeing the same post for weeks.
6. Offer blog subscriptions by email
I noticed that you have a ‘subscribe to comments’ plug-in installed, the same that I use, but you should also offer ‘subscription by email’. I suggest that you try FeedBurner as it is very easy to set up.
7. Comment on other blogs
Don’t comment just for the sake of commenting. Try to find other blogs that interest you and build a relationship with them. After a while blog-hopping you will discover that you have found a whole new bunch of blogging friends!
OK, enough for the moment, I hope these seven tips help you to increase your blog traffic, take care. 😉
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