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How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog and Keep It There

It happens to the best of us eventually. At some point, each and every blogger faces the same issue. It’s the bane of our existence and the great quandary causing us to scratch our heads.

How to get more traffic for your blog

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The blog traffic jam. That sudden halt of visitors to your site that has you wondering, “What did I do wrong?” It may happen at the beginning, middle, or end of a blog, but it’s inevitable. At some point, we all go through this.

If you’re just getting started or have been blogging for a while, you’ve faced this nemesis. And you’ve asked yourself,

How do I get out of this? How do I get more traffic to my site?

To help answer that question, I came up with a simple list. But before that, let’s talk about motives…

Check your motives at the door

So, you have a blog, but want more traffic? First, check your motives: Is it help people, be a resource, and make a difference? Or to make you famous?

If the latter, quit blogging now. If you’re blogging for self-serving reasons, then that may be the real inhibitor to your blog’s growth. Because here’s the truth:

People want you to talk about them, not you.

It’s okay to write about personal experiences and share what you’ve learned from a first-hand perspective, but be careful of making yourself into some kind of blog rock star. Instead, aim to be a resource and help to others.

The irony is that if you do that, you’ll end up becoming a star.

23 tips for getting more traffic to your site

Here are some ideas for how to get more traffic to your blog (click the links for more helpful resources).

  1. Leave thoughtful comments on other people’s blogs.
  2. Write shorter posts.
  3. Blog consistently.
  4. Write less.
  5. Be a resource.
  6. Use trackbacks.
  7. Organize your posts with lists and subheads.
  8. Get on Twitter. Tweet links to your posts and other useful content.
  9. Link out to other sites (but only ones that will help people).
  10. Share your content on Facebook (and ask your friends to share it, too).
  11. Write stuff people will want to link to.
  12. Ask questions.
  13. Be funny.
  14. Be clever.
  15. Be remarkable.
  16. Request a link from someone else to a blog post.
  17. Do some public speaking.
  18. Write attractive headlines.
  19. Optimize your site for search engines.
  20. Deliver killer content.
  21. Guest post on someone else’s blog.
  22. Write in the second person (“you” not “me”).
  23. Tell stories.

Any serious blogger will eventually hit a plateau and need some help extending her platform beyond its initial reach.

This happens to all of us. And there’s nothing wrong with asking the question: “How can I get more traffic?” (Just make sure that your motive is to help and not merely to make you famous.)

We all get stuck some times. This is where using a “jump starter” like this list may come in handy. (Thanks to Seth Godin for inspiring this post with his own list of tips for how to get traffic for your blog.)

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What tips would you offer for getting more traffic to your blog? Share in the comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/AnnotatedAudrey Annotated Audrey

    Thanks for sharing these tips. 

  • http://dowava.com/ Andraz Vene

    Jeff that is one nice list of tips on how to get AND maintain traffic to our blogs. Being fresh and posting unique content is definitely one of the most important aspects of blog posting, but what many of us often forget is, just as you said, “write for others, not yourself”.

    If we stick to that and be persistent anyone can make a blog work. People like to read useful content, not the same articles over and over again.

    So thanks for some great tips, which we all should follow!

    Kind regards

  • Mel

    Thank you, Jeff for you informative tips — I really need traffic to my site.  

  • Jill Cline

    So happy that I stumbled upon this post. I’ve been trying to figure out how to bring traffic to my blog. There’s so much out there on this subject. You broke it down in a with relevance and simplicity. Thank you, Jeff!

  • http://twitter.com/Jahkotta Jahkotta Burrell

    Thanks so much. I especially like your recommendation to write in second person. Will definitely work on incorporating these tips in my writing.

  • http://www.languageninjas.com/ Jade

    These were some great tips

  • Belinda Ferrell

    awesome advice thank you

  • Johnson Donatus

    thanks man i really love this blog , i have several blog but few people visit it and they never comment. I think my post are too long.

  • ontrick

    well written. I think it will help me to get more traffic in blog. Thanks for sharing

  • http://twitter.com/TapThatTech Tap That Tech

    Great Article :)

  • auldman

    Thanks Jeff. I’m impressed with what you’ve done as a writer. Congrats mate. W.A.

  • http://www.onsecrethunt.com/ Varinder Pal Singh

    Very informative post. Your tips are practical and easy to implement. Thanks!

  • Annette Persinger

    Thanks for the blog, new to the blogging world and I truly enjoyed reading yours.

  • PulkitAgarwal

    Thanks a lot buddy it has helped me a lot

  • Popsie Sausa

    Thank you for the info… Very useful

  • http://isaiahmjackson.com/ Isaiah Jackson

    1. Leave Thoughtful Comments on other peoples blog

    And I scroll down the page and I see people linking back to their websites with comments like “awesome blog post”

    Anyways I found this blog by doing a google search for how to get more traffic to my blog and this came up. I have now bookmarked and added this post to my reading list so that I may come back to it and implement what you shared here.

    Thanks for writing a detailed blog post and list.

    -Isaiah Jackson

  • thetotobox

    Now, I will restart my awesome blogging journey by giving you a very thoughtful comment :)

    This article will be of great help for my future blogging endeavors. Thanks!
    -Mark Vincent

  • IDHWhy

    Nice tips, Jeff. You’ve got a lot of helpful links going on there!

  • www.armycareercounselor.com

    A lot of great suggestions. Thank you. I will definitely be saving this page to reference later.

  • Backen macht glücklich

    I like especially the sentence “write less”. I come across so many blogs with endless posts which might be great for search engines (if even), but are actually terrible to read ;-)

  • http://www.gen-y-mum.blogspot.com/ Cam

    Wow 23 tips … I wonder if you have any more? But yes all great and useful tips I will be considering as I write posts and utilise my social media platforms.

  • Jaryd Krause

    There are a hell of a lot of things listed here to drive traffic and followers to your blog, which we are all very capable of doing. However the hardest part is actually in the doing. Which is what i love because it sets all the hard working bloggers apart from the ones that try and eventually quit, Cheers for the 23 tips

  • AGrowingGarden

    “be remarkable” is a ‘tip’? seriously? Id say that’s more than a tip …LOL!

  • Game Mob

    Awesome tips!

  • http://206fitness.com/ Julian Hayes II

    This is straight forward and most helpful. Really valuable as I’m starting my blog up

  • http://twitter.com/pinoyathletics pinoyathletics

     lol i know of some people who even write in the third person about themselves.

  • http://twitter.com/AmateurHoliday Lennie Dimashe

    Yeah, my blog is about making homemade gifts this christmas, using my own experiences as examples of what to do/not to do, so the you not me thing wouldn’t make very much sense… Wish I’d used it for my old blog though…

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Follow the 23 tips above. :)