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10 Ways to Improve Blog Traffic in 30 Minutes or Less

This is a guest post on improving blog traffic from Courtney Tuttle. Courtney writes about marketing online at Court’s Internet Marketing School.

1. Create link clusters within your blog

A link cluster is a group of links that you can point at a post or page to improve its search engine ranking. Let’s say you have a post that’s ranked for ‘stupid business ideas’. Edit 10 of your other posts to create links (using ‘stupid business ideas’ as the anchor text) to the ‘stupid business ideas’ post and you will surely move up in Google for that keyword. This process can be implemented in about 10 minutes and can be used for any keyword your site ranks for or is trying to rank for.

2. Rework HTML title tags of trafficked posts

By watching your stats, you can often identify posts that get search traffic from a keyword, even though the keyword isn’t listed in the HTML title of the post. By editing your posts’ HTML titles to add the keywords they cover, you can strengthen the rankings and therefore the traffic that the post generates. You can easily make a difference with this method in less than 20 minutes. This method combines very well with #1.

3. Invite your readers to connect with you on StumbleUpon and Facebook

You can never ever have too many friends on SU and Facebook. Inviting existing readers to find you on these services with a post should take less than 20 minutes.

4. Save your best posts for the best times of the week

Writing a home-run post on a Saturday afternoon will probably happen from time to time. However, does your blog have good traffic on Saturdays? Analyzing your blog’s stats to determine when it naturally has the most traffic can get more eyes on a great post, which will translate to more social votes and more links. If you have created the post of your life, wait for a good day to publish – it will cost you about 1 minute on a later date to put it up.

5. Edit your post one more time

How can you improve your title? How can you improve your first paragraph? Small details in your post, especially in the beginning of your post, can make an enormous difference in its ability to draw social traffic and links. You can definitely improve your title, first paragraph, formatting, and grammar within 30 minutes.

6. Stop writing about yourself. Start solving problems

Surfers become readers when a blog provides something that is wanted. A casual visitor may read your blog because they find training, answers to problems, entertainment, or something else they want. This more than likely will mean that they won’t want to read about you, your girlfriend, your cats, your kids, or your catastrophes (unless you have a personal blog that your friends read). Discontinuing the off-topic posts will help you to develop more repeat traffic and takes exactly 0 minutes to implement.

7. Subscribe to the feeds of your industry’s major players

That way, you won’t miss important news releases. When news breaks in your industry, there will be a lot of extra traffic searching for information on the event. Adding your thoughts will almost always generate extra traffic. Subscribing to the feeds of your industry’s top sites should take no more than 15 minutes.

8. Give a great post to a prominent blog

Let’s say that you took the time to write something great. Donating your post to a great blogger can help you to create a win-win. The great blogger gets a great piece of content that will bring him social traffic and links and you can create exposure for your name and brand. Emailing your post to a great blogger or blog takes less than 10 minutes.

9. Go to the store

Look at magazines. Pay special attention to the types of titles that are used on the covers. Write down the most interesting titles and think about what makes them interesting. In order to generate buzz around a post, a great title is an absolute necessity. More on this topic here: The Cosmo Headline Technique for Blogging Inspiration. You should be able to find some good title ideas in about 30 minutes.

10. Answer your email and comment questions

Nothing will show a reader that you care more than answering an question (even if you have already answered that question 100 times on your site). Why do people read your blog? Because you solve their problems. Why will they come back again and again to your blog? Because you solve their problems. Answering a person’s email or comment question should take less than 5 minutes.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. vishnu says:

    hi you have given great tips. some of the tips i am following right now. i will improve with these tips
    thank you

    vishnu

  2. Chetan says:

    Nice article Darren. But I think you forgot on main thing and that is contextual link exchanging. That can not only increase the traffic to your blog but also your ranking.
    Read my article on Contextual Link Exchange at http://blogoninja.blogspot.com

  3. Saurer says:

    very impressive tips, i will try this approch with my sourcing sem expert blog,will get back with how it goes

  4. Sportoracle says:

    I have really tried to pull away from the online journal side of blogging but sometimes I have nothing else to write about. Recently I have written about things I have found interesting on the internet so that visitors will have a list of posts with things that they can do that is entertaining.
    I would like to have a continuous vlog but I don’t have enough to video to make interesting videos….
    hoping to learn more!

  5. Ryan McLean says:

    Great tips
    Most of these tips I will implement onto my financial blog today :)

  6. Hey, this is a great article. I have recently joined a Network Marketing Company and I have had 47 new pre-enrollees in 1 week, and I was strickly using Craigslist.com and nothing else. I just recently started using Myspace.com to start building more relationships. So I figured if I could find articles like this I could generate more leads and prospects.

    Derek Honeywell
    http://www.ResidualWireless.com

  7. Dante says:

    Nice tips there, I got my blog on Google in two weeks and have a daily traffic of 1000. My blog adhere to one or two of the tips at the top but mainly I used one kind of method. Check out my blog and see how you also can get your blog on Google in two weeks.

    http://www.dantemoneynet.blogspot.com

    Cheers mates, happy blogging.

  8. Great post Darren. I have improved my traffic dramatically by linking to other post within my blog on your advice.

  9. CeKay says:

    Can you tell me what host problogger use ?

  10. This is a great list, that will not only help drive traffic to your site, but help you maintain it. I think interacting with you readers if one of the best ways to keep people coming back again and again, it shows them that you really care.
    I’ve seen many of the others scattered across other blogs, but that one is new to me. And I also think its a great tip – sometimes the best inspiration will come when out with friends or family, away from your computer.

  11. Shaun says:

    Hadn’t thought of using an RSS feed to stay up to date on my blog topic. Thanks.

  12. i take this point of yours: Create link clusters within your blog, very good, please do keep me update more on using word press techniques, right now i am doing this trick of yours using seo smart links plugins and create hell lot of link clusters taking down each note with specific keywords relating them to my certain news articles. hope this works well at the end.

    thank you once for the awesome sharing. looking forward to it

  13. Abdul Wahab says:

    Thanks for the nice tips. I’m sure that all the advice will create traffic but is it true that we can do it in just 30 minutes. I look into it though. Thanks again.

  14. Matthew says:

    Very nice tips! I’ll have to try to employ some of those keyword related tips to get some better targetted search engine traffic.

  15. rjjrdq says:

    Those sound like good ideas, but they’re generic. They don’t work for everybody. There must be another way to drive traffic.

  16. I have done number #9 numerous times with Video and it works! The best place to go for compelling headlines is the grocery store cash register. If you look at the magazine titles there they have to be so compelling for you to pick them up because your right there with your wallet wide open. I grab these titles and re-optimize them for my headlines for video. Defintely a good idea.

    Number # 1 and #2 are great! Going to implement that this week.

  17. Mark says:

    Great advice , the question on how to quickly boost blog traffic definitely come up a lot in my line of work. I especially liked #6, way to think outside of the box!

  18. john says:

    Great tips! I have been putting them to work, so we will see how it goes. I have a blog on how to get more blog traffic its kind of geared toward the average blogger and not seasoned pro’s

  19. Thaifrau says:

    I suggest the cereal isle at the super market! They know how to pitch something to kids in very few words. And I think all the bold colors in a super market is inspiring.

  20. mechape says:

    Nice summaring, can you explain more about giving a title to posts ?

    And why it is so important ?

  21. Robert says:

    I’ve read this many times but never really took the time to implement some of these things. I’ve gone ahead and did the first two.
    Already by blog (http://www.iambored.co.za) has gotten more hits from search engines. About double actually. And it really did not take me long to do.

  22. Thanks for the tips.

    I had always thought that you where getting penalise for editing your previous post since you will ping it again.

    Great post keep them coming :)

    All the best,
    Cedric Aubry

  23. James says:

    Excellent tips. Adding new life to classic blog posts does help.

  24. Mohit says:

    In my opinion Interlinking the post is one of the best way to rank up.
    Thanks for the tips

    -Mohit

  25. Another good way is, have your headline left-justified on your homepage. If it’s in the center, it mat be ignored more often than not.

    Tom

  26. Another good way is, have your headline left-justified on your homepage. If it’s in the center, it mat be ignored more often than not.

    Tom

  27. Neha Kapoor says:

    Fantastic Advice.especially #1. Thank you for the post.

  28. Nice article, point 5 is quite valueable.

    It’s hard to not press that publish button right away, but reviewing a post again makes it that much better.

  29. Jason Ortiz says:

    The three points that were most helpful to me were points 5, 6, and 7! Point 5 helped me realize how much my own writing needed editing so that people could understand what I am trying to convey. Point 6 has also crossed my mind. People want solutions to their problems. As a Network marketer, I would dedicate my time to solve their problems. That goes for all marketers. Point 7 is excellent for getting ideas for the next great article idea. Point 7 is something I learned from Ed Dale on content creation!

  30. EnergyChina says:

    good articles.

    But Create link clusters within your blog? I think this method is complex.

  31. Great ideas, Always looking for new ways to improve my blog (and the traffic). It’s amazing how many small and easy things you can do to make some noticable changes!

  32. Anne says:

    Thanks so much! Just what I need when I feel my enthusiasm lagging — quick, easy things I can do to help my blog.

  33. papi says:

    11. build links from external site. even one link per day will do great difference within a few months.

  34. Kim Dion says:

    those tips are great and I will have to try them on my blog. I have been looking for ways to improve my traffic on my blog. I have to buy that book.

    You are right I about the money making abilities of most blog site on the internet today.

    Regards,

    Kim Dion

  35. fresher says:

    Some worthy ideas.Though 1 and 10 are great mentions.

  36. I am always looking for new ways to get traffic!