How I Grew My WordPress Blog, Part I

People are always saying that they wish they had as many visitors as I get. To be completely honest, I am in no way satisfied with the numbers I get. Now, I’m averaging about 350 page views per day but I don’t know how many unique visitors that is. I would really be happy with about 2000 per day. People are never satisfied, so if I got the 2000 visitors I want, I’m sure then I would want 10,000 per day. I can dream can’t I?

I guess to someone who is only getting 10, 50 or 100 page views, the amount I get is a lot. Even though my numbers aren’t where I want them to be, the only reason they are where they are is because I do some work almost everyday. I’m confident that if you follow the same steps I do/did, you can grow your site as well. Below you will find some of the things I have done and most you can implement as soon as you are finished reading this post and leave a comment (smile). If you simply keep a blog and enjoy any visitors you get, this post is not meant for you. You are already satisfied. This post is for bloggers not happy with the status quo and want to attract more readers to their blogs. Many of these tips can be used for any blog, not just a WordPress blog.

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Content

1. Sometimes the things that interest you personally might not interest your readers. If you are stuck on what to write about that might attract new visitors, read this post on curing writer’s block. I wrote it last November and sometimes refer to it when I get stuck. Maybe you will think of something in your blog’s genre that you never thought to write about before.

An example: I named this blog Morning Erection but it took until only a month ago before I made a post about erectile dysfunction specifically for the people who Google was sending here on a daily basis. The problem was, my site had no information on that topic. Lately my top post has been for erectile dysfunction. I’ve been able to grow my readership without alienating my regular visitors.

Live Blogging

2. Blog about an event you are attending that might be difficult for others to attend. Be an on the spot reporter and give an hour by hour account of what is going on at the event.

An example: Several weeks ago, I visited a site and the blog owner attended the Brooklyn celebration of Michael Jackson’s birthday. She covered the event on her blog and she had the best photos of any site I visited that day. I asked and she allowed me to use one of her photos in my post about it, as long as I linked back to her site.

WordPress Site Statistics

3. Check your site’s stats often – especially the search engine terms. These are the words and phrases that are bringing people to your site. If you find a certain word or phrase is bringing search engine traffic to your post you can capitalize on that and tweak your posts to include those words more often. Suppose you write a post about your favorite TV show, Sesame Street. Google is sending people to your post who searched for Elmo. You get three or four hits on your site just from Elmo but in your post, you never mentioned Elmo by name. Go back to your post and find a way to add Elmo into your post in a few of your sentences. The number of people who reach your post should increase rapidly by now having added Elmo to your post. If a search engine is sending traffic your way with any other Sesame Street characters, incorporate them too.

An example: I searched for my site Morning Erection on Google in late July and I found my site in the middle of page 3. Weeks later I wrote a post about morning erections because Google was sending a lot of traffic my way from people looking for medical information on losing their morning erection and erectile dysfunction. This might surprise you but when I did a search last week on Google I had moved from page 3 to page 1. Not only am I on page 1, I am the second site listed. Adding one post, not even trying to increase readership has brought in an extra 100-200 visitors a day. (See image above).

Possibly Related Posts

4. When you publish a post, WordPress searches other blogger’s posts and adds a possibly related posts: (automatically generated) section below your post. Be sure to visit those links and leave comments on those posts.

Preview & Vote

5. Before publishing your post, preview the post. Make sure everything looks the way you want it to, everything is spelled correctly and the images are placed where you want them. Try to create your posts a day or days in advance so you can tweak it and make sure it is exactly the way you want it to appear. If you are happy with everything about your post, schedule the post and in preview view, vote for your own post. Click on the 5th star for the highest rating.

It’s your post and if you aren’t happy with it, you can’t expect that anyone else will be either. If a visitor to your post sees someone else has voted for your post, they might also. If you feel this is wrong, don’t do it. Just know that I do and it works.

This is the rating of my highest rated post.

Your Comments

6. Use Backtype to check older comments that Google and WordPress might not access or archive. To check your site’s information add your url to the end of  this http://www.backtype.com/url/

Try this example and see all the comments I have left on other blogs: http://www.backtype.com/url/morningerection.wordpress.com

Gimmicks

7. Create a gimmick that will entice visitors to interact with you and your site. Find something quirky and unusual to do or ask your visitors to participate in. You could start a story with just a paragraph and ask your loyal visitors or commentors to help create the story by contributing a paragraph each. Find out who is willing to participate, assign a day and paragraph number. Ask them to email their paragraphs to you and each day you post a new paragraph to the story. See where the story leads. It might work better if you create an new page and not a post for this gimmick. Stay tuned for the gimmick I have planned!

SEOLogic and Yahoo! Site Explorer

8. Try using SEOLogic to check the popularity of your site. Use SEOLogic in conjunction with Backtype. Check for backlinks and see where you have commented before and go comment again. It is very important to have sites linking to your site. Google thinks highly of that. Another great tool is Yahoo! Site Explorer. Site Explorer lets you view the most popular pages from your site, dive into a comprehensive site map, and find pages that link to any page on your site.

I used Site Explorer just a few minutes ago. I like the ease of use and the information it supplied. Site Explorer shows that I have 161 posts (not including pages) and I have almost 4300 links pointing to my site.

I have a few more ideas to help you grow your blogs. Come back for part two after you read our Guest Blogger, Blaga Todorova’s post on October 2nd. Blaga is a poet and has an awe inspiring poem and more to share with you.


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  1. #1 by Jaco on October 7, 2010 - 9:48 AM

    Tom

    This doesn’t refer to clitoris ….? york_litoris is yor klitoris. Is this not your email address? I quote you as saying “there is not an image of a clitoris anywhere near my email address” Really?

    • #2 by Tom Baker on October 7, 2010 - 11:53 AM

      Maybe I misunderstood you but to me an image is a picture or a photo. Anyway, I consider the matter closed.

  2. #3 by Judy on October 4, 2010 - 11:05 AM

    Tom, these are great tips too. I guess reading this before part two might have been nice, but no matter. Also, keep doing what you’re doing. In one comment Jaco says you are helpful and the next he’s cutting you down. I appreciate the tips.

  3. #4 by Jaco on October 3, 2010 - 1:04 PM

    Tom,

    You say check your stats often? This is contrary to what every successful blogger will tell you not to do! You seem to be obsessed with your stats as you’ve even posted a snap shot of them. So are you blogging for numbers or readers? How long have you been blogging? And how many subscribers do you have? IMO the title of your blog is not very mature and doesn’t present a very appealing mental image. It’s a gimmick ….it is disingenuous. As I said before your email address. Why would you post a phony email address with the image of the clitoris? Numbers are not the mark of a successful blogger. I’m not saying I’m a successful blogger because I’m not. But I think you’re perpetrating a fraud. No matter what your numbers.

    • #5 by Tom Baker on October 4, 2010 - 8:41 AM

      Jaco, I’m not being disingenuous at all. This is not a blog solely about blogging tips. My blog is a conglomeration of any thoughts that enter my thought process. Nothing in particular and nothing special.

      Due to some of the comments I was getting I decided to post a list of the things that have increased my readership and in turn my numbers. I have also admitted several times that I am very immature in many aspects of my life. I am in no way an expert on SEO or any area that would make a person a professional blogger.

      My email address is not fake. It is a working AOL domain. As far as I know there is not an image of a clitoris anywhere near my email address. If I have offended you by my post, my blog’s name, or my email address, it was not my intent. I’m not going to change a thing about my blog, but perhaps you might not want to visit anymore. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Have a great week.

  4. #6 by Iron Cook Carl on October 3, 2010 - 11:52 AM

    These are great ideas. Sadly I have been ignoring my blog. I have been doing some cooking lately and last night made dinner with my oldest daughter. Maybe I will post about that since I don’t see her that often. I’m looking forward to part two. Take it easy Tom.

    • #7 by Tom Baker on October 4, 2010 - 8:28 AM

      Blogging takes a lot of time. I’m happy to got to spend time with your daughter. Too bad about the Colts yesterday. I do recall asking you to guest post but you declined because my blog’s name didn’t correspond to the audience you were trying to reach. I think it was when you first started your blog. I can add you to the Blogroll though! Thanks for coming by. It’s been a while.

  5. #8 by gibsongirl247 on September 30, 2010 - 9:57 PM

    Tom,
    Thanks for the tips. I will try some of these to see if I can get more readers. I’m going to start with #3.

    • #9 by Tom Baker on October 1, 2010 - 5:51 AM

      I was amazed at how number 3 worked for me. One post moved my entire site to a Google page rank of 2. Not the post itself but the entire site. Try it and please let me know in a few weeks how well it worked for your blog.

  6. #10 by Cherlyn on September 30, 2010 - 12:44 PM

    You sir, must have been reading my mind with number 7. I was totally thinking about doing that in November! Though I dont get a huge number of hits, I get a few regulars and I thought it would be a totally fun idea! At least I know someone else who may be interested :D. I thought of doing it because I was talking about the improv drama games we used to play in grade 11/12 drama class to warm up, and they were tons of fun.

    Thanks for the tips, they’re pretty helpful :) Oh, and you had asked if the guest blog had helped or not, but I can say that after a few weeks there has been an increase, so thank you for the help :) I noticed that for mine, I get a lot of image search hits, so maybe I’ll do a few posts dedicated to images. Thanks for the tips again, very very helpful :)

    • #11 by Cherlyn on September 30, 2010 - 12:46 PM

      Oh, and I also find that commenting on other people’s blogs really helps increase traffic. I find days where I go through WordPress and read some interesting posts and leave a comment are the days where I get more hits than usual. Maybe that’ll help some people out too :)

    • #12 by Tom Baker on September 30, 2010 - 1:19 PM

      It is my hope that both the guest and my blog get new and increased readership. I am going to add this to part two, but make sure when you add images to your posts, they have names. Not image.jpg or image2.jpg. If the image has a name, it is picked up easily by Google Image Search.

      Commenting is on part two as well. Thanks and by the way, I’ve been reading your mind for a while now!!

      • #13 by Cherlyn on September 30, 2010 - 2:07 PM

        No i never leave my images with names like that. I always put the name of the picture and the artist attributed to it. or if it is my own i make a descriptive title. One of the searches that always brings me to my blog is “vegita” – from Dragonball Z lol.

        Looking forward to part 2 :) And I suppose you have, perhaps you’re telepathic! I’m more telepathetic, but i was born that way lol

  7. #14 by Jaco on September 30, 2010 - 8:08 AM

    You post is helpful. My blog doesn’t get 30 visits a day. However I think the real reason you’re getting traffic is simply because of the title of your blog.

    • #15 by Tom Baker on September 30, 2010 - 8:31 AM

      Thanks for your visit Jaco. Let me know if you try any of these suggestions. I think my blog’s name keeps away as many people as come here because of it. Also it is an entirely different group of people that do just come here for the name! Thanks for commenting.

  8. #16 by Rose on September 30, 2010 - 7:48 AM

    Thank you, thank you! I haven’t posted recently because I’m not getting visitors and I’m stuck on ideas for what to write. I’m praying that I can use some of this to help get more people to A Rose Is A Rose!

    • #17 by Tom Baker on September 30, 2010 - 8:30 AM

      These things worked for me Rose. It is time consuming and sometimes it feels futile when you don’t see results right away. Keep at it. I would like to add you to my blogroll, but I need to know that you post consistently since I’m recommending your site to others. I know you can get there! Indianans Unite.

  9. #18 by Scent of my heart on September 30, 2010 - 1:07 AM

    Very helpful! Thanks!

    • #19 by Tom Baker on September 30, 2010 - 6:37 AM

      Blaga you are very welcome and I hope you enjoy your time away. Let me know if you try any of these to make Scent of my Heart grow.

      • #20 by Scent of my heart on September 30, 2010 - 2:45 PM

        I will, when I’m back! I have good visitors for a very new blog ..but there is more to be done! Thanks again!

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