How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog ASAP

September 20, 2021 0 Comments

In ancient times people who wanted to stay up on the latest news, trends, or fashions would head to the market place. As time progressed the gossip moved first to the tavern, then to the barber shop and beauty shop. Today the place to find all of the action is on the internet. To be more specific, people’s blogs. There is a blog for every piece of news, gossip and trend today. In fact, new blogs surface every day. The only thing that a blogger needs is something to talk about; however, with all of the blogs that are out there it is easy for a new blogger to get lost in the shuffle So how do you drive traffic to your blog? The answer is methodically. It takes effort to find the right venues for your blog. It means having to research different high traffic sites and maybe even resorting to a bit of shameless self-promotion, but in the end, it is worth the effort. The first thing to do is get your name out there.

Every blog has an RSS feed and that is your first step of self-promotion. An RSS feed is a live feed that when clicked can bring up to the minute accounts of your blog. This is a great way to drive traffic to your blog, because blog fans, like all news hounds, want up to the minute information. So once you have set that up you can post the RSS feed to some of the higher traffic sites like:

There are other sites also that you can post your blog to. Two of the best sites are Squidoo, and HubPages. These sites feature an array of topics that bloggers can post content about and are highly trafficked by blog-hungry readers. Another bonus is that while Squidoo does not offer any compensation, HubPages does. Yes, you can be paid for blogging on HubPages. Since every person’s ultimate goal is to be paid for what they post this is a good place to start your blog. The best places to utilize for promotion though are the social bookmarking and networking sites.

Social bookmarking sites will allow you to post a little bit of information about your blog on the site and people looking to read about a certain category can visit your site. However, it is best not to only use these sites for driving traffic to your blog, lest you end up being viewed as a spammer. A good rule of thumb is for everything that you post click on the links of five other people. Also, do not be afraid to comment on someone’s post.

Social Networking sites are a little bit different in that you can actually have direct contact with your audience through instant messaging. The beauty part about this is that you could develop a fan or two and they in turn may help promote your blog. There are many social networking sites to choose from so explore a little bit and see what is out there.

Well you are not alone. According to Reuters News Service there are about 550 Billion websites populating the Internet. While search engine giant Google may have as many as 1.3 billion indexed in their database, this is actually a number they chose to keep secret.

Websites serve a multitude of purposes-they may carry late, breaking news, today and maybe tomorrow’s weather, health information covering what causes pimples to how cancer is treated, or perhaps the latest family photos from a couple living in New Zealand. Regardless of a website’s purpose, their creators, known as webmasters, may choose one of two delivery formats: a website or a blog.

What is a Website

In the true sense of the word, what we refer to as a website today is a connected group of pages posted to the World Wide Web that is regarded as a single publication, which is usually maintained by one individual (webmaster) or perhaps by a business or organization. Many websites are devoted to a single topic or even a number of closely related topics or themes. The news of the day is an example and so are health matters.

From a technical standpoint, a website is a static collection of written content and illustrations in what amounts to a fixed format. A website is constructed using hypertext markup language (HTML). This is a code that when viewed-looks like a bunch of gibberish. By fixed format, I mean once the website is constructed, it is often a bit complicated to change its appearance.

Websites are most often built using an HTML editor. For the right price, this editor may be purchased as part of a complete software package or website builder. I bought one of these after trying unsuccessfully to use the site builder offered free as part of my first website hosting account (more on hosting later). My personal experience in building websites was an exercise in futility and I built two of the ugliest sites on the Web. Blogs are most often thought of as a website that posts short articles on any topic conceivable and readers are able to go on the site and post comments. Pretty cool…right!

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