This is a guest post by David Walker. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.
When it comes to making your blog grow in order to gain popularity and increase the potential to make money online, the most important aspect that you have to focus on is traffic. Traffic is everything for your blog or website and without it all you have is content that nobody sees.
If you want to grow your blog fast and increase the amount of traffic that you see on a daily basis, then there are a number of strategies that you should keep in mind.
1. Great Content
One important aspect that you must focus on when attempting to grow your blog fast and gain popularity is your content. High quality and original content, not just ordinary recycled content that can be found anywhere on the internet, is the key to attracting visitors on a regular basis. When you provide valuable information that your visitors truly enjoy, then they will want to come back for more. Chances are they will also tell others about your blog which will spark a fury of referrals that will eventually lead to huge amounts of traffic.
2. Link Out to Authority Figures
Linking out to authority figures is a good way to gain trust from your visitors because it shows that you are willing to reach out to other well known sources in order to reinforce the content that you are providing on your own blog. Not only will visitors place more trust in you when you do so, but search engines might also place more trust in you as well. Both cases will help to increase the amount of traffic that your blog gets.
3. Guest Posting
Guest posting is another way to help increase the popularity of your own blog because it gives you an opportunity to express to others how knowledgeable you are in particular areas of interest. If you’re able to provide valuable information on numerous topics, then there is a good chance that those who view your guest posts will want to learn more about what you have to say in your own blog. In many cases you will be allowed to provide your own personal link in your guest post which you can use to direct potential viewers back to your blog.
Commenting is also a popular tactic that can be used to draw visitors to your blog. Much like guest posting, commenting can be used to voice your opinion and provide feedback on particular matters that you are knowledgeable in. When you give people the answers or advice that they are looking for, they may be likely to come to you for more answers or advice later on. When this happens, you can give them what they need by creating great content for your blog.
Networking is an increasingly popular strategy that can be used to grow your blog fast, and there are a number of ways that networking can be done. The recent surge in popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace has greatly improved the networking opportunities that any blog or website owner has. Networks much like those found on popular social networking sites are commonly formed by those with similar interests regarding just about every aspect of life including work, family, religion, recreation, hobbies, and much more. If you become part of a network or many networks and contribute to them on a regular basis, then you can increase the potential of attracting traffic to your blog.
Have you tried any of these strategies? What are other strategies you have tried or think could help make a blog grow fast? Please share your thoughts.
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Maybe i’ll be having problem with suggestion #1 lol.
Great post ! I think i’ll try guest posting on my site….
You mentioned that search engines might trust your blog more if you link to authority sites… can you elaborate on that a bit? Conventional wisdom says search engines only care about sites linking TO your blog, not FROM your blog.
And one more time: Content is king ;)
I really enjoyed reading this article this morning. Maybe it’s partially due to me being a coffee lover as well.
most of the points here are quite familiar but for now, I am more pressing on the linking out to authority figures thing. Just curious how will it affect blogs bounce rate?