It doesn't matter how much time you spend writing great content and making your blog look attractive, if no one knows that it exists then you've pretty much wasted your time. The key to making money online is traffic, so here are five of the most popular ways you can bring visitors to your blog.
1. Start socialising
Social networking and blogging go hand in hand. Blogging allows you to start a conversation with other Internet users and your posts can also be distributed online quickly and easily. Start by linking your Twitter and Facebook accounts to your blog so that every time you write a post the link is added to your Twitter feed or your Facebook wall.
Sign up with services such as StumbleUpon and Digg; by becoming a part of the online community within your target niche you are then able to introduce your blog to other members who may then in turn share your blog with their friends.
2. Start commenting
Find other blogs in your niche and comment on their posts. Any comments you leave must be relevant and add value to the discussion. The owner of that blog will then hopefully come and visit your blog and leave a comment. Other readers of the blogs will also see your comment and may come and visit you too. Before you know it you will be a part of the blogging community.
3. Start syndicating
Your blog service should include an RSS feed as standard. This is a way for people to subscribe to your blog so that they are notified by email or by their feed reader service every time you update your blog. Promoting your RSS feed and featuring a subscribe button in a prominent place on your blog will encourage people to sign up for updates and then keep coming back to your site.
4. Start recycling
Another great way to bring in new visitors to your blog is to recycle your blog posts and turn them into articles. You can submit your articles to popular article directories and put your content in front of a whole new audience. By including a link to your blog in your resource box you will encourage people to click through and see what else you have to offer.
5. Start filming
Another great way to bring new traffic to your blog is through video submissions. If you have a camcorder then you could make a short video of you talking through one of your blog posts. You then simply upload your video to sites like YouTube to encourage new visitors to your blog.