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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Blog Traffic Building in 2013

I started blogging in 2006 and quite frankly building traffic was the furthest thing from my mind.  By the time I discovered BlogExplosion as a way to meet other bloggers and build traffic, new blogs were popping up everywhere.  The primary goal for some of these bloggers was making money so between 2008 through 2010 there were sites aimed at helping bloggers reach that goal.  They ranged from paid to post sites, blog rolls, directories, link exchanges, blog advertising networks, forums and basically anywhere the blogger could get their link out even if it was borderline to blatant spamming.  They were actually encouraged by some blog advertising networks spam, especially comment spam but it was never put that way.  Many of the sploggers (spam bloggers) and those into blogging simply for the money have moved on realizing that making their fortune blogging wasn't going to happen especially in their allotted three month period before boredom set in.  Many more have left the blogosphere when the free traffic sources from the blog advertising networks folded.  Bloggers are once again isolated in their own world of blogging, perhaps doing a bit of blog hopping and finding blogs via the search engines.  So where does that leave bloggers with respect to building traffic in 2013?  Here's a few of my ideas:

  • Focus on your writing and adding regular content.  The only way you are going to get readers and the attention of the search engines is through content.
  • Forget the notion of leaving as many comments as possible with a link to your blog.  First it is spammish, second aside of annoying other bloggers, it is seldom effective and third many bloggers have set comment links to rel="no follow".  Instead, when you come across a blog post you like, leave a comment that adds to the discussion or in somehow ads to the content of the post.  Do not leave an url in the body of a comment on someone's blog as that just tells them you are trying to circumvent any type of link control you have in place.
  • If leaving a comment that adds content to the post, you have two choices with respect to including your url.  First, you can leave a direct link to your blog or you can leave an indirect link that points to your Blogger profile.  Surprisingly, the indirect link can be rather effective as it's not viewed so much as spamming.
  • Let traffic build naturally.  If you have good content and show in the search engines then the traffic will come.  


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