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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  1. #1 by Thomas Mosch on November 1, 2010 - 3:40 AM

    I mistyped this website address before and luckily I found it again. Presently am at my university so I added this to favorites so that I can re-read it later, regards.

  2. #2 by MaryAnne on October 23, 2010 - 5:44 AM

    Thanks for the information!

    • #3 by Tom Baker on October 29, 2010 - 3:53 PM

      You are very welcome! Thanks for coming by.

  3. #4 by Lucky on October 12, 2010 - 1:07 AM

    Great information.

  4. #5 by Scent of my heart on October 10, 2010 - 11:40 AM

    Hi Tom! So I read again carefully part I and II about how to grow my wordpress blog and as I said before it was very helpful! I will now start to publish my posts at the same time because before I was not! And it’s true that when you comment on other people’s posts you get some comments and visitors back! There are few other things that I will apply in the next few days and will see how they will work! Thanks! …and by the way … I saw there was a comment from a guy that your blog is immature because of the name of the blog … I personally think that people shouldn’t judge others by appearance, name, religion, background … etc. What is important is our inside, our soul and behavior and your inside and behavior are beautiful! Take care! Regards to April!

    • #6 by Tom Baker on October 11, 2010 - 1:29 AM

      Looking forward to hearing what works and what doesn’t work for you. Commenting on other blogs is a great way to get new visitors and friends! Thanks for your nice words Blaga. My wife would say I am immature, but not the way Jaco means. I got an email today from him apologizing. He didn’t need to do that; he’s allowed his opinion.

      • #7 by Scent of my heart on October 11, 2010 - 1:33 AM

        Oh, everyone is entitled to their opinion, after all that’s why we have freedom of speech part of our lives, but … with respect! We all have something immature, we all have been kids once upon a time!

        • #8 by Tom Baker on October 11, 2010 - 1:39 AM

          You are so right! He was disrespectful considering he could have just not said anything.

  5. #9 by Scent of my heart on October 8, 2010 - 4:32 PM

    Very good post and helpful! I read it quickly now, but this Sunday I will give it a second try and explore and apply everything one-by-one! Thank you Tom! To me all the information here is very useful!

    • #10 by Tom Baker on October 8, 2010 - 5:51 PM

      I look forward to knowing which ones if any helped you. I also wanted to know if you have seen any more traffic to your site since your guest post?

      • #11 by Scent of my heart on October 9, 2010 - 12:54 AM

        I have few new visitors which I believe I have thanks to my guest post! Wondering how many readers you got when I was your guest?

  6. #12 by Chris on October 6, 2010 - 5:26 PM

    Good tips Tom. I may have to make use of them as I restart my blog.

    • #13 by Tom Baker on October 6, 2010 - 8:11 PM

      So glad to see you are back Chris. What have you been up to man?

      • #14 by Chris on October 6, 2010 - 9:25 PM

        Bought a house and moved. Its been crazy. I’m actually starting to have free time again. I had left my site in my friend’s care but they never posted or put the ones I’d pre-written up. Time to rebuild again. haha

  7. #15 by Norah on October 5, 2010 - 9:21 PM

    Great tips Tom!! I just love visiting your blog. I learn something new each time! Take care.

    • #16 by Tom Baker on October 5, 2010 - 9:44 PM

      Thanks Norah, let me know if any work for you!

  8. #17 by Judy on October 4, 2010 - 11:00 AM

    Sadly I have not blogged in a long time, but I have a few friends who still do and I will send them your way. Great tips. I suppose I should read part one too!!!!

  9. #18 by Mike on October 4, 2010 - 10:44 AM

    This is just a basic list. There is so much that can be done to help get visitors.

  10. #19 by Joss on October 4, 2010 - 10:43 AM

    I had a blog once and the level of fluctuations in my visitors were such that I stopped. My website stats were very up and down. I had to keep commenting in order to get visitors. Hope these help someone.

  11. #20 by Cherlyn on October 4, 2010 - 4:11 AM

    Really great tips this week Tom!! I’m definitely bad for not posting at the same time for each post…I haven’t quite got into organizing my time for writing. But I’m working on it! lol. I like the idea of a marathon posting schedule. I had never thought of it but it sounds like a good idea. Maybe one day in the future I’ll try to tackle it :) The search tip also is a great one; it’s simple, easy, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. It’s always good to put yourself out there. I should try to doing that more. Right now I have my blogs set up with my Twitter and my Facebook, I find that helps too :).

    Thank you very much for your blogging tips – I know I really appreciate them :)!

    • #21 by Tom Baker on October 4, 2010 - 8:23 AM

      Thanks Cherlyn,

      Of course these tips are just things that I have used myself and worked or I have seen the benefit of it’s use on someone elses blog. Commenting on blogs gives you more links pointing to your blog. Your continued support of my site is very much appreciated. Take care and I hope that if you do use any of these that they work for you as well.

      • #22 by Cherlyn on October 4, 2010 - 10:07 AM

        If I do use any of them I’ll definitely let you know :) Hope you have a great day!

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