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How to Increase Website / Blog Traffic for Free 2012 (Tips)

2012 is no different from 2011 when it comes to the need for blog traffic. The methods haven’t changed that much either! So what’s changed? Well, readers are savvier and expect more; there are more blogs now in every niche; Google Panda is under active attack. What else? Oh, yes, blogging is a whole other ball game in 2012. You need these tips to get that traffic going now.

Change Your Blogging Attitude

The way people interact with online content is changing. The novelty of blogs wore off long ago and now it’s all about survival of the most creative.

1. Offer More Than Boring Text Posts

Nothing wrong with text-based posts but they have sort of become the norm, and people want more. Explore audio and video podcasts, infographics, slides, cartoons, unique graphics, docs and webinars.

2. Be A Purposeful Guest Blogger

Guest blogging mainly to prime readers with regard to a unique selling proposition on your own site. For example, if you’re selling an eBook about rare medicinal herbs on your site, write a guest post about the benefits of growing rare herbs in one’s own garden.

3. Start Networking With Influencers

Use a good social media feed analyzer tool to keep tabs on the major influencers in your blogosphere. Network with them, guest post on their blogs, leave comments, interact with their readers and promote their blogs.

4. Ask Other Bloggers To Share Your Content

Write terrific blogs and email top bloggers with a request to share the content with their readers. A polite note with the right tone can work wonders and doors will open for you.

Enhance User Experience On Your Blog

If you want a visitor to come back time and again, you’ve got to lay out a thick welcome carpet.

5. Test Your Site Design

Here you were, pumping great content out every week and still not getting repeat visitors. Ever wondered if it’s the not-so-friendly navigation or the weird color combinations that’s keeping them out? Get a professional design unit do a once over for design, speed, SEO, user experience and usability.

6. Cut The Clutter

It might feel great to fill every corner with Ads and other stuff to keep the pennies rolling, but you’re actually keeping the big notes away with this method. Cut out unnecessary Ads, especially the ones in the sidebar. Keep only relevant Ads for now.

7. Understand How People Digest Information

Bloggers discuss endlessly about long posts and short posts. The only kind of post that’s relevant is a readable post. By that I mean attention-grabbing headlines, headers, sub-headers and bullet points, all within a decent length.

8. Avoid Overkill

Don’t add too many charts and graphs into your post’s body; provide links so people can click to view them if they want to.

9. Have A Care About How You Write

Your language, expression, length of sentences and writing style can attract, repel or leave a person feeling indifferent. Study effective blogs to learn how other people write. Best of all, get your family and friends to read your posts and record their reactions.

Target Your Content

A targeted audience can do wonders for your traffic-starved blog.

10. Target Audiences That Share Content

Study the types of content people tend to share. Funny stuff, infographics, great slides, videos, podcasts or eBooks are usually more popular. Find out which subjects are the easy-share types – beauty, fashion, health and so on. Combine target groups with targeted content and you’re a winner.

11. Join Forums Haunted By Your Audience

Find out which forums and online communities your potential audience haunts and join in. Be an observer at first and then start promoting your strategic, audience-targeted blogs.

12. Make Social Networking Work For You

Twitter, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn – these are there for you to leverage traffic if you do it the right way. Create two accounts on each – one personal and one blog brand. Make each profile compelling and complete and use great profile pictures. Network with personal and professional contacts; follow key influencers, blog celebrities and connectors. When you’re ready, share your thoughts, your blog posts, retweet tweets from key players and promote others’ blog posts.

Build On That Email List

One hopes you already have an email list up and running. If you don’t, don’t wait a second before getting a list ready.

13. Make It Easier For Visitors To Opt-In

Place your opt-in in the sidebar, at the end of posts, on your main web pages, your subscription page and above the fold feature box.

14. Try New Techniques To Increase Subscription Rates

Are you doing everything you can to increase your subscription rates? What about providing coupon deals, freebies, memberships to member-only premium content?

15. Provide Exclusive Subscribers-Only Newsletters

Consider creating a subscribers-only newsletter that can be accessed via a secure members-only log in on your site. Provide valuable information in text, guide and graphic formats.

About Author: This article is contributed by Invesp a conversion rate optimization services provider that offers a large range of ecommerce conversion and landing page optimization services.

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22 comments

  1. impressive article………if any blogger follow all the steps he will definitely get success.

  2. Great post, we need to change ourselves from time to time, to give people something different, something that will inspire them.
    Are not we all looking for that? For something that will change the daily routine of life, and turn blogging into fun and innovative form of life.

  3. I really enjoy the challenge of not only proactively seeking traffic but chasing my new blogs up the search engine rankings. I find this to be my greatest motivator when things seem slow.

    My next venture is going to be starting two similar blogs in the same niche and race them both to the highest ranking possible inside 30 days. Should be fun while a learning experience at the same time.

    All the best,

  4. #4. point is nice. We should never hesitate asking others to share your post. You have said that boring txt posts. why boring? If the post is all about a user needs then there is nothing boring. its all about the relevant information. Yes its good to insert some attractive image, videos etc.

  5. Hi Dean,

    This is a great post. Even though bloggers do a lot of marketing and writing they start to overlook alot of the basics. This is a like a refresher course.

  6. I have a lot to learn about blogging. I am trying to understand and use these points but I always feel so inadequate compared to a lot of the other “experts” out there. I am hoping a lot of these points will click over time as I continue. Thanks for the post, very helpful to me.

  7. does google pay when I make a blog on their site?

  8. No google will not pay you for just creating a Blog !

    However you can go for Google adsense if you see yourself getting good traffic with original content !

  9. We must network with so many bloggers whether small or big ..Also writing SEO optimized content can do the job ..Great post and nice points..Thanks

  10. Great tips on increasing blog traffic, Dean. 2012 should definitely be an interesting year from many standpoints.

  11. Wow a long list. As a bloggers are increasing everyone should have to work hard to be in game. Useful tips!

  12. Nice & brilliant tips for increasing blog traffic, i am very happy I found this post, thanks for sharing good post. I like your tips.

  13. Offering different graphics or podcasts are great ways to increase traffic. You have to join social networks these days as well. Backlinking is the best way to get free targeted traffic to your website.

  14. Yuor information is so necessary to increase traffic on website. Thanks

  15. Nice tips to increase traffic in 2012, it should work. Will try it.

    Thanks for the useful tips.

  16. Best options are guest blogging and writing purposeful content.

  17. Google Webmaster Tools & Analytics Is Very Good Tool For SEO. It Also Detect Any Errors On Your Website .It’s Very Helpfull Free Tool For all blog/website owners. I Advice To Use Them.

  18. It is a good idea to provide the visitor more than the post..I think some time I am so boring with reading the blog post. If posible can we post the useful video..but so worry about the visitor internet speed

  19. Analytics is a nice tools helps me alot in selecting a keyword with high cpc and low competition

  20. Google analytic is the best for getting the report for refferals

  21. Great Post.. Everyone wants to get free traffic. These tips are very useful.

  22. Impressive article … and your blog is also too good for people looking information for methods2earn