Archive for October 4th, 2010

How I Grew My WordPress Blog, Part II

If you have read the first installment of Grow Your WordPress Blog posted on Thursday, September 30th perhaps you are back for more. I hope these additional strategies will further assist you in growing large amounts of traffic to your WordPress blog. By no means are any of these methods guaranteed to work, but most have worked for me and I am willing to try those I haven’t yet used.

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Comments

1. Make sure you comment on other WordPress blogs and always respond to their reply to your comment. You can check the ‘My Comments’ section under your dashboard to see if anyone has replied to your comments. This is very important because it creates a repore between you and the other blogger. Always reply when you receive comments on your site as well. Always! You don’t want visitors to feel ignored or neglected.

2. I comment on at least 10 different WordPress blogs everyday. Also find a popular blog in a category you like (maybe your hobby or the subject of your blog; TV, poetry, politics). I look for the most popular food blogs then I comment on a post that has lots of comments already. After that I try to visit the  blogs of another 10 people who have also left comments on the same comment. That gives me an opening when I comment on their posts.

Example: I’m a first time visitor and I saw your comment on So-And-So’s blog. Your comment was interesting so I decided to visit your site…. Don’t be insincere and don’t lie. Just be yourself and honest. Make sure you do a better job at spelling than I did.


3. WordPress is the greatest free platform to blog with however you should not ignore the other platforms. I also try to comment on Blogspot, Xanga, Live Journal, TypePad, Blogsome, and a myriad of other blogs. Also it was just announced that the millions of Windows Live Space Blog users will have to migrate their blogs over to WordPress. That means millions of potential new visitors to your site, millions of potential comments on your site and millions of chances for you to welcome Windows Live users to WordPress.

Marathon Posting Schedule

4. Pick a month and plan to post every single day. Find a blogging buddy that is willing to accept the challenge and blog for thirty days too. Also tell your visitors of the commitment you are making so they help you stick to it. You might even choose a specific topic or theme for the month. It might be easy to find a few other bloggers willing to take the challenge with you.

Input From Your Visitors

5. Add a Skribit widget to your blog and get suggestions for posts directly from your visitors. Skribit allows your users who have ideas or subjects that they would like for you to specifically write about, to post them to your site and the Skribit community at large. These are the people reading your posts, so it would be advantageous to get their feedback and ideas.

Posting

6. Post at the same time each day you publish. People who are used to you posting in the morning are not going to keep checking all day long if you have decided to post that evening. You can always create your post days in advance and use WordPress to schedule your posts for a regular time. I always post at 12:01 am. This post is scheduled for an October 5th publishing date and I’m writing it on September 30th.

Quality Posts

7. Quality posts are important but have you ever heard the saying, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know?” Well it’s just as true for blog promotion as it is for getting a job. Your friends will generally link to your site and share your posts with other people through links. They will vote for your post and leave comments. You should vote for their posts as well. Also when you come across a post you really enjoy on a new blog you visit, vote for that post. Vote and let the blog owner know that you voted. Do it often and they will see you as a valuable asset to their site. They might return the favor.

I’m not saying your posts don’t have to have quality content but mediocre content with thousands of links pointing to it will bring lots of visitors. Great content with no links pointing to your site, will bring NO visitors.

Images

8. When adding images to your post make sure they have proper names. Don’t use generic sprite.png, image1.jpg. Giving the image a name will make it easier for your images to appear in image search engines like Google Image Search.

WordPress Search

9. Utilize WordPress search at least once a week. Search for the most recent posts on topics that you yourself posted on your blog. When I posted The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, I searched for posts on self esteem and visited and commented on those sites. When I post a recipe, I visit food blogs. I think WordPress search is a valuable asset.

Interview A Blogger & Guest Posts

10. Interviews can generate great numbers of visitors. Try to do interviews with bloggers who receive more traffic than you do. That blogger’s loyal readers will visit your post and leave comments on both sites. Guest blogging on a site can also increase your readership. This is something that I started doing in January and I think it has helped gain visitors for myself and the guest bloggers. It’s not an exact science because a few of my guest bloggers don’t post regularly. Do a Google search for Guest Blogging to get more detailed information.

Google Translate

11. If you notice from looking at your stats that visitors from other countries are visiting your posts and pages, try to figure out the keywords that they are using to reach you blog. Take those keywords and use Google Translate to translate it into their native language. Go back to your posts and update your post tags and categories to include those translated words.

Example: I increased the amount of post coming to my Indianapolis Colts wallpaper by adding fútbol americano to my tags. I noticed I was receiving a lot of traffic from Mexico and South American Google sites. It really does work. I also added the Japanese word for morning erection in my about page when I first started the blog. I get a lot of traffic from Japan and from people looking for Andrew Zimmern’s Japan episode of Bizarre Foods. Try it.

Growing a blog on any platform is hard work and takes lots of dedication. If a large readership is what you want from your blog, in the long run it will be worth it. Leave meaningful comments on new blogs everyday. Create a network of bloggers to socialize with online and constantly refine your posts using keywords from search engines that bring traffic to your site.

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