Search Engines are perhaps the most popular source of traffic for most of our blogs – however its also worth working on other sources for traffic to supplement what Google and Yahoo sends your way. Directories are also a useful source of traffic so ‘Text Link Brokers’ provide this useful list of 56 Directories To Submit Your Blog To. Most of them charge a fee to to submit to – but some of them are completely free.
I have recently been using Feedburner’s RSS services and have found them to work quite well. A number of you now read this site via the Feedburner RSS feed (although most still track us on the old one).
In the last day or two Feedburner have added a new feature to help you promote your readership via RSS – its a little button like this one that shows how many of you are using this RSS feed to follow my ramblings.
Click it to subscribe to get the feed in order to add it to your news aggregator.
The Blog Herald has a good post on Building blog traffic for newbies – pretty basic tips but well worth a read if you’re new to blogging and wanting to get some traffic over to that blog you’ve been working hard on. Here is their last tip:
‘The most important feature of all: post regularly and post often. It not only brings readers back regularly but it means the spiders from the search engines will return more frequently indexing your entire site, and you’ll start getting hits from the search engines. Some may argue but these aren’t that valuable but I would argue that’s rubbish. It exposes your site to a new audience for free, and even if only a few return you’ve still built up your readership for free. Take the Blog Herald for example, we get 5,000 views per month just from clickthrus in from Google and another 2,500 from other search engines (Google is the only real game in town though). Even if only 1% return to the site later, that’s 75 new regular readers per month or nearly 1000 per year, and what I also find is that this traffic also responds well to advertising on the site if they’ve stumbled in for the wrong reason.’
Does anyone out there know of any plugins for Word Press and Moveable Type that are for collecting and generating a mailing list for your blog? I’ve been using a paid system for the past year that has been very unreliable. I’m sick of writing up emails to send to those that have signed up for my mailing list only to find that the program which is billed as seamless and easy to use doesn’t end up sending anything 50% of the time.
It doesn’t have to be a plug in for WP or MT – I’m looking for something that will allow me to collect email addresses (opt in style) and shoot out weekly emails. It needs to be cheap (free is good, but willing to pay) and able to handle lists of over 3000 recipients. Any suggestions would be gladly received.
Over the past year I’ve collected a list of services to ping when you update your blog. Here is a list of those I have so far. There are heaps more out there – you might also like to head over to Jeremy’s Services to Ping list also where he’s got a list of 41 or so services (many duplicated here).
Here is an opportunity for bloggers to get their name and writing into the public eye a little more – it doesn’t pay anything but the side benefits could make it worthwhile:
‘The California Chronicle family of online magazines is offering writing opportunities for authors and bloggers to publish with the California Chronicle, American Chronicle, World Sentinel and 17 additional affiliated online magazines throughout the US and the world.
These are unpaid, yet rewarding opportunities. Authors and bloggers may regularly submit their work on a variety of subjects to gain exposure for themselves as experts in their fields or to refer employers to professionally published examples of their writing to obtain positions as full-time, freelance, or syndicated columnists. Writers can show off the best examples of their writing to employers, families, or friends. In addition, authors can write about almost anything, including hobbies, opinion, sports, travel, politics, or entertainment.’
WebProNews has an interesting article on the rise of RSS Ads and RSS spam:
‘Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is one of the fastest growing methods of content distribution associated with Internet technologies. Because creating feeds is not too complicated, the ability to present on-page information to subscribers has been embraced by bloggers and business sites alike. Many users also recognize the value of RSS when it comes to improving search engine ranking. Links that appear within subscription feeds are given relevance, which is essential for enhancing SERP position.’
Read more at RSS Ads A Growing Trend
Cube Management’s Pay Per Click (PPC) Blog will be an interesting one to follow if you are thinking about promoting your blog in this way. As the name suggests its following all Pay Per Click news from around the web.
‘Pay-Per-Click is a powerful tool that companies can use to increase sales. Cube’s PPC blog offer helpful insights the multifaceted world of pay-per-click campaigns, focusing on relevant stories and issues that appeal to both PPC novices as well as expert Pay-Per-Click campaigners. Cube’s PPC blog aims to be the top pay per click resource on the internet.’
Found via PR Leap
Boston.com has a good article on ways to promote your weblog called Don’t let your blog get lost in the fog.
They write – ‘But even good blogs can go unread, without a little extra effort to attract visitors.
What’s needed are some eyeball magnets — blogging tools that will bring new traffic to your site. And there are plenty to choose from.
Syndication, for one. That’s the popular practice of adding a tag to your blog that will automatically let readers know when you’ve added material.
On many popular blogs, you’ll see a link marked RSS, XML, or Atom. Plug that link into a syndication software program, and you’ll get an update every time the website is updated. Most avid blog readers use syndication programs to keep tabs on their favorite sites. Adding syndication to your own blog can deliver a quick boost in readership.
The leading blog-hosting companies, like Google Inc.’s Blogger, provide syndication; it’s just a matter of switching it on and adding a bit of extra code to your blog. If you’re serious about expanding your audience, it’s the first move to make.’