The Old Soldier has had several blogs in the past 10 years. The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is by far the most successful one of those blogs. The other blogs are now deceased.
Now I know that everyone with a blog may not be concerned about traffic. If the blog gets a few hits here and there that’s just fine. I’m speaking to bloggers who want to get as much traffic as possible.
In January of 2012 this blog got around 5,000 hits. In August of 2012 this blog got over 19,000 hits. My long-term goal is for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette to get at least 30,000 hits every month.
I am in no way a big-time blogger, but I can tell you what I’ve found out about increasing the traffic to this blog.
- Don’t blog for yourself. Blog for your readers.
- Pick a subject that you are or can become an authority on and that you are passionate about and blog about that.
- Blog often. Every day is the best.
- Post content that offers real, practical solutions that your readers can actually use to solve problems that they have or that will benefit them in some way. These solutions will deal with the subject that you blog about which is the reason your core audience comes to your blog in the first place.
- Although you can change-up and blog about different things to add spice to your content never forget what the focus of your blog is. Your core subject should always be your focus.
- Build links within your blog and external links back to your blog, too.
- Your blog has to be unique in some way that distinguishes it from all the other blogs in your niche.
- Have an immediate goal, a mid-term goal and a long-term goal for your blog.
- Building a blog that gets hundreds of hits a day is a long-term commitment. This blog averages at least 600 hits every day. This accomplishment took four years.
- Don’t think of yourself as just a blogger. Think of yourself as an online publisher.
- Check out the more successful bloggers in your niche and learn from them.
- Don’t try to write all the content yourself.
This list is just to point you in the right direction. Run your blog just like a business. And you will see your readership grow. Whatever your subject of interest is, you can be sure there is an audience on the Internet who share your passion. They are waiting for you.
This is the Old Soldier blogging out of Pittsburgh.
PS These tips are for blogs that have URLs that end in .com. If your blog does not end in .com and you are serious about blogging you should think about upgrading your blog so that the URL ends in .com.
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