In blogging, you need to follow some basic blog tips to increase your blog traffic.
Being a blogger, I know how much blog traffic means to each and every blogger. Blog traffic plays an important role for our blogs. Through this, we get to know what are we actually doing and how to create content for improving blog traffic.
Blog traffic helps in boosting your blog's ranking in the search engines and makes search engine optimization a breeze to boot. Let me introduce you to 10 valuable blogging basics for beginners that will help achieve this goal.
My Top 10 Basic Blog Tips To Increase Your Blog Traffic are –
1. Use WordPress –
When you are starting to blog, you should go for the best blogging platform that is WordPress. Why I am recommending WordPress to you is because of its many brilliant qualities.
WordPress is an open source blogging tool and content management system that is easy to use for building websites. It is not like HTML Coding and Dreamweaver in which one has to practice a lot for building a blog. Also, WordPress blogs fetch higher rankings on search engines than Tumblr, Google Blogger, Square Space and other platforms which leads to more traffic for your content.
2. Use Good SEO Plugins –
WordPress is SEO-friendly, easy to use and is the best platform for building informative portals. It has so many plug-ins that help you in easy optimization of your blog. You can use WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin for doing SEO. You can even buy a premium SEO plugin for better optimization of your blog. This will help you in getting good rankings for a particular keyword on Search Engine.
3. Use of fast loading theme –
Another blog tip that you need to follow is adding a professional theme on your WordPress blog. There are lots of themes available in WordPress. You can go for Swift Basic which is free, or you can go for Thesis or Genesis Frameworks which are paid. I am suggesting you to go with these themes because they have more features and they take less time to load the page. People and search engines love sites that loads quicker than others.
4. Customize 404 Error Pages –
You should customize 404 error pages in such a way that it looks appealing to your blog visitor in case your visitor gets it. If a person gets a 404 error page then he/she should click on another link in your blog instead of closing your blog's window and searching for other site. This will help in decreasing the bounce rate of your blog and prevent you from losing precious traffic.
5. Add Share buttons to your blog post –
There are so many social sharing plugins available on WordPress. Currently, I am using AddToAny Plugin on my blog. Your blog readers will never share the blog posts on social networks if you don't add social sharing buttons on your blog. Social sharing buttons improve blog traffic and they can even increase your blog's search ranking.
Bonus Tip: Ms. Ileane can help you Install the Digg Digg Plugin [Video] which she uses here on Basic Blog Tips
You should also join and become active on social sharing sites like Triberr, Social Buzz Club or Viral Content Buzz.
6. Install Google Analytics to track blog traffic –
When you start to blog, you should install Google Analytics to see the performance of your blog stats. You can sign in easily on Google Analytics using your Gmail ID. Through your Google Analytics reports, you can see where visitors are landing on your blog and also from where they are coming. You can see which keywords are doing good for your blog and you can target that particular audience.
Google Analytics has so many features and is considered as the best tool for getting to know more about the source of traffic coming to your blog and you can also track conversions. So, you should see the flow of your blog's traffic in detail and schedule blog posts accordingly. Connect your Google Analytic account to Google Webmaster Tools for even more insights about your traffic.
7. Content is king –
Blogging 101: without content, you can't do anything in blogging. If you want to make your blog popular, then you need to produce quality content every time you publish the post. When you are new to blogging basics you'll find that, writing quality blog posts is not an easy task. It requires good writing skills and you must have good knowledge and expertise on a particular topic.
This will help your readers to gain a better understanding of your topic. And people will be coming back to your blog which is a positive sign and a sure way to increase traffic. Don't forget to create content in various formats outside of blogging. Make use of sites like YouTube to build your authority and your email list too.
8. Keyword Research –
Keyword research is one of the most essential technique in the search engine marketing. This can help your blog to gain more organic traffic from search engines. People do search for those terms that comes first in the “Google Search Suggestion”. If you add those keywords for your blog posts, then you can get more blog traffic than normal. You can check the keyword popularity on the Google AdWords Keyword Planner
These tools will give information about monthly searches of each and every term and you can put accordingly. This will help you in getting right kind of visitors or targeted traffic on your site.
9. Guest Posting –
Guest posting is the most brilliant way to drive traffic from other blogs. You can write on some popular blogs for increasing your blog traffic. In real estate, location matters a lot to a buyer. Similarly, the location of your content matters as well. If your blog post gets accepted on a popular blog, then you will be getting familiar with new people. This will help you gain authority and thus your blog traffic will increase.
Same way, you should also accept guest posts on your blog. The writer will be sharing that blog post on his/her social networks and you will be meeting new blog visitors.
10. Blog Commenting –
The last but not least, it is blog commenting. There are lots of benefits of daily blog commenting. You should comment on different blogs of the same niche for getting more blog visitors. Also, try to leave the first comment on other's blog posts. People do check out the blog of the first commentator. This is what I have experienced personally and helps me get lots more traffic.
These are a few the basic blog tips I use to increase blog traffic, can you think of any?
Video Transcript for the Digg Digg Plugin Tutorial:
Hey guys it's Ileane from Basic Blog Tips.com
We're going to talk about a plugin today and this one is a plugin for WordPress that's called Digg Digg
Let me just show you and this is a hugely popular post friend Ryan Hanley at RyanHanley.com
and it was called Share Button Versus Like Button for Best Facebook Exposure.
I gotta admit i'm showing off a little bit here because this is the Digg Digg share bar and I just so happen to have I'd say a few hundred shares and likes on this particular posts. So I wanted to show you how to install this plugin and how to have that sharing bar float.
The reason why I like to have it float is because I get a lot of comments on my blog. For example in this particular post I have a hundred thirty comments. So if someone has to add a new comment when they're all the way here at the bottom of this post they will still be able to share it, Tweet it or give it a +1 on Google.
I wanted to do this tutorial for quite some time but today it got… my memory was jogged because someone asked me to take a look at their blog and actually I think this is a very nice-looking blog. Only one problem this toolbar the sharing toolbar for Digg Digg is WAY over too far on top of their content and their featured post. So I said hey your website looks great but your Digg Digg Share bar needs to be moved over. Just go to your settings page and tada!
He did it! Now I'm gonna show you how to do that as [well].
Okay let's swing over, now we're on the back end of my blog and before i go any further i have to give a shout out to our friends who actually uh…took ownership of this plugin and that's Leo and Joel they are the owners of Buffer. And they purchased Digg Digg earlier this year, and since they've been behind the helm they've made a lot of changes that are really really positive. Once you install the plugin you'll find it over on your menu on the side and you're going to see different modules and the first one is the Global Configuration.
It's pretty simple – the number one thing you have to do on this page is to add to your twitter name, and add your Buffer name okay if you have these other services like Flattr or if you're gonna use Tweet meme (which we're not going to) or Topsy – then you want to go ahead and put your username in there as well!
Now Normal Display let me explain the difference – Normal Display just means that your sharing buttons will be spread out horizontally across the page as opposed to the vertical floating bar which I showed you I'm using.
So we're gonna skip the normal display because you don't need to have both normal and floating setup. You only need to decide which one you're going to use and then you'll do the settings accordingly. Okay,so we're going to use the floating displaying some let's go and to that okay the very first thing – DON'T skip this box 'cause it's very important! It's the status you're going to let the plugin know that –
Yes – you are using the floating display you must check this box. Then you can decide here whether you want it to be on posts, pages categories so forth. Personally I just like for to be on posts but if you wanted to show up on your home page, just like the example I showed you it is showing up on his home page.
Personally I didn't want them on my home page so I left that off. I only want it to show up on posts I really don't want people to share my home page I'd rather for them to share specific posts. You can alyways test things if you say to yourself “No I want them to share my home page.” Then go ahead, check it off you know it's up to you. So, this is the part that I explained to my friend that he needed to change.
How far from the left is the Digg Digg placed.
Well if we go back over to my blog you'll see here's the left and this is thirty-nine pixels from the left. The next setting has to do with how far from the top do you want the floating bar to start floating. Now let's take this back up to the top of the page and it looks like the top of the post starts probably right around underneath where it says this is a guest post.
And then it starts to float. And as you can see if floats all the way down as I mentioned earlier we want to make sure that when people are leaving comments that they have those sharing tools handy. So that's the next setting, let the Digg Digg bar float past the end of the post and yes we want that. Now, here's where you're going to choose which sharing options you want to appear on that bar and all the weight means is the one with the highest number is it going to be on top.
So therefore I have GOOGLE PLUS there and if you look at the bar the first thing there is the Google plus one! And then I have Facebook Like next see I have it checked but it also has to be checked off and then I have Twitter and then I have Blog Engage.
Ok you have a whole host of other options here. I've actually tested some of those you can have the Digg sharing bar there you can have Buffer – and right now I'm testing it with Buffer being off but I've toggled back-and-forth. Sometimes if you give people too many options they don't do anything so these are the core ones I them to do. I'd rather them go ahead and Tweet it now and it's been effective in some cases. I know other people like to Buffer but my feeling is this:
I'm a Buffer user I love Buffer so what I to is I have the Buffer extension install up in my toolbar. So when I'm on people's blogs I'd probably would rarely every use the Buffer sharing over and the Digg Digg toolbar.
That's just me. So like I said, you have to test, you have to know your audience, and know|which one will get the most use. And you'll know because you'll see the numbers you'll see the counts. For example here's another more recent post this was actually just published yesterday. And so I have a fair number of Tweets and Likes. So you know, like I said you will test to see what works for your audience.
Any of these other buttons, if you don't have, because of your theme, it doesn't displaythe number of comments you have maybe this is the opportunity where you want to display that as well. Now I don't do the lazy loading and I'm not going to cover that in this video – you could go ahead and test it. The main things that I wanted to go over with you is your options for whether it's going to appear on the posts or pages and also whether you're going to float, how far you're gonna float it, if you can use the normal display or at the floating display. Now if you have feedback these guys Joel and Leo they're very responsive you see that they even have a feedback button there.
So go ahead I urge any blogger, even if you are not personally active on social media, people will come to your blog especially when it comes to Facebook. If they have that option there they can just click that and give that post a like this is also going to share it for you. You can post that right on Facebook. I'll do it now just to show you how quickly it works and you always want to have to sharing options available for any visitors that come to your blog or your website So that's it for today.
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Talk to you soon.