Getting Free Traffic & Exposure For Your Blog
It is no good having a blog if nobody is reading it! It would be like talking to yourself, but without the odd looks from passers-by.
Here are some steps I took in order to attract traffic to this blog without spending a penny on advertising:
There is absolutely no point in going to the effort of attracting traffic if users are going to be greeted by a site devoid of content.
Spend time getting original, quality content on your site before thinking about traffic. If your blog is new, visitors may only give your site one chance to shine. If they arrive on their first visit and see nothing, it is likely they will never return.
Join & Get Involved With MyBlogLog
Sign up with MyBlogLog, add a profile about yourself, include your blog and give yourself an avatar that stands out from the crowd.
Your avatar will appear alongside your chosen name whenever you visit a blog with the ‘MyBlogLog’ tracker. If you choose an original and interesting avatar, people will be more likely to click your profile and find out more about you and your blog.
My choice of avatar? An evil David Hasselhoff!
Take the time to find blogs similar to yours over at MyBlogLog. Join communities and add your favourite bloggers as contacts. This increases your exposure even further – MyBlogLog is modern networking in action!
Visit Blogs In Similar Niches
Regularly visit blogs that target similar niches to yours. By visiting these blogs, you are not only finding inspiration (be careful about using other blogs for inspiration) and learning new ways of thinking, but your visit is being recorded by their ‘MyBlogLog’ reader community (if they have it installed on their blog).
I ask you now – who wouldn’t be tempted to click on an evil David Hasselhoff in order to find out who on earth would choose that as their avatar?!?
Get Involved In Other Blogs
Regularly make comments and get involved in the blogs you visit. Regular comments mean more exposure – you can add your link into most comment posts, although you must ensure you are adding worthwhile comments; spamming will not attract people to your blog!
Get Involved In Forums
Add your site to your signature field when posting in other forums. Get involved in those forums – if your site is about making money online, get involved in that area of the forum. Answer questions and become a respected member – people will come to trust your advice and will want to visit your sites.
To add exposure to this blog, I often contribute in the ‘Social Networking & Community Building‘ forum over at SitePoint.
Use Your Existing Sites
Add a link to your blog from any other websites you already own or run. Most people will overlook this – do not make the same mistake. Use your existing websites as a resource to attract traffic to your new venture!
I hope this article has been useful – it was my aim to give advice on how to get your new blog the initial exposure it needs to begin attracting regular, long term visitors. After gaining this initial exposure, you need to continue working at creating unique, quality content. It is then that you can consider paid advertising to really get the numbers flowing.