Yesterday I talked about how to get sponsors or advertisers for your website/blog. I think I should probably take a step back today and talk about how to get users to your blog in the first place.
Now this is not a definitive guide or anything…. its just my thoughts from my experience writing the site and also feedback from readers over the years on how people came to find shoemoney.com and then what made them stay.
Be active on other blogs.
I can’t stress how important this is. Making good comments on other blogs will not only encourage the blog owner to visit your website but commentators as well. I started reading lots of commentators blogs who make comments on here… I think I could comfortably say I have visited everyone’s site who has ever commented on here… at some point. Just this morning I was checking out commentator SMM Guru’s site about social advertising. Some great articles about making money with Facebook I will be following up on for sure.
Now if you have a advertising/marketing blog and your commenting on Perez Hilton then I doubt your going to get much traffic from there…. but commenting on other blogs in your niche with intelligent comments is a great way to get some traffic.
Also just be honest and don’t try to spam… no matter how creative you think you are your trying to sell ice to eskimo’s – marketing to marketers.
Be active on forums.
When shoemoney.com started 99.9% of the traffic came from forums like forums.digitalpoint.com seo-guy.com. I never got into webmasterworld but its another really good forum. Digitalpoint worked very well because you could put your blog in and it would display your latest blogpost in every post that you made. I even purchased the rights to have other people show my blog posts that had over 10,000 posts or so.
In my case I had a great site that started out with only contextual revenue and then I learned affiliate, donation, and subscription revenue so I would write tips on how to monetize websites in other ways then just contextual based on my experiences. I posted in forums for years before even starting my own blog but was pretty well respected before doing it.
Stick your pecker out there
You have a brain and opinions. They might not always go with the flow… who cares? Be yourself. Stick your pecker out. But know what you are talking about and be genuine.
Well those are the best tips I can give you for getting and retaining visitors to your blog. The cool think is it does not cost you any money… just good content, consistently over time. If you can do that the visitors will gradually come.