You’ve started a blog, filled it with great content, and have been patiently waiting to be discovered. Only now your patience is running out and you are beginning to wonder if visitors will ever head your way. If this sounds like you, no need to worry, there is a way to turn things around.
Ready for the secret?
You are your biggest marketing weapon.
If you can remain patient a little while longer and devote an hour a day to marketing your blog, you can get the visitors you want and deserve!
Tip # 1: Comment, Comment, Comment and then Comment Some More
For those of you who participated in Blogelina’s 100 comment event you know how great it was to see 100 comments on your “epic post.” While commenting can be time consuming it can be the single most effective strategy in getting new visitors to your blog. Not only will commenting on other blogs bring you new visitors, the best part is you will build relationships with fellow bloggers.
Tips for Commenting
- Do not leave spammy comments; be sincere.
- Interact with other bloggers, reply to their comments, and ask questions.
- Comment on blogs in your niche.
- Do not just comment on large blogs, read and comment on blogs that have about the same popularity as your own.
Be persistent and consistent. Before you know it, you will have a slew of comments on your posts and some great new blogging friends.
Tip # 2: Give Some Link Love
Who doesn’t love getting a pingback on one of their posts? I know I am very appreciative when a fellow blogger links back to me. So, why not spread the link love?
I make it a high priority to link to the posts I enjoy. This is a great way to let the blogger know that their hard work is being appreciated. Try linking to other blogs when you find it relevant to do so. You could even do a roundup of all the posts you enjoyed that the week.
Remember, don’t just link to the big blogs. Small blogs need love too.
Tip # 3: Guest Post
Guest posting is a great way to reach a new audience. The nice thing about guest posting is you can guest post outside of your niche.
Guest posting on blogs within your niche will likely bring new visitors who are interested in the subject you are blogging about. But you can also write posts for blogs outside of your niche to try and widen your readership. (Check out Blogelina’s Guest Post Meet-Up to find blogs to post on!)
If your guest post get rejected don’t take it personally. I have had a guest post that was rejected and it only motivated me to write a better post. I resubmitted it and the second time it was accepted.
I would even suggest asking the blog owner for constructive criticism. A lot of bloggers would be happy to tell you how you can improve your post to be more relevant to their readers.
I have used these strategies for my blog and they have worked. I’m not going to lie and tell you that it was quick and easy, because it wasn’t. It takes some time and dedication, but if you make a plan and stick to it, you will see results.