You were having lots of enthusiasm when you started your blog. However it has been quite sometime, you find that your blog is not receiving much traffic. You are clueless about why your efforts are not getting rewarded. You are now discouraged and disappointed. In short, your blog is not well.
Dear new blogger, what you are experiencing is normal. Give a break to your disappointment and take a look at below checklist to see that whether you are making below 9 mistakes? If so, then rectify them and witness the results yourselves.
- Your writing is not interesting
Though you might have written good numbers of articles on your blog but if it is not written in an interesting manner, it won’t appeal to the visitors. Remember, retaining visitors is equally important as attracting visitors. Write in such a way that it converts casual visitors into subscribers. It’s time to brush up your writing skills. Create irresistible headlines, put images, and use bullets points where ever required. Let your writing be interesting. I think you got my point
- Most of your time is spent in Design and Dressing up your Blog
My dear, there is no doubt that your blog should look good and appealing. However blogs are read not seen. Even search engines will not see the design of your blog, they read your blog as a plain text. You decide where you should focus. My advice is chose a design and incorporate few basic widgets and stick to it. Just focus on writing quality articles.
- You write a post but discard it thinking that it is not unique
Let’s imagine that your friend uses a great software utility and recommends the same to you. You also try the same and find that it’s really great. This inspires you to create a blog article reviewing this tool. You now create the blog article nicely and before clicking the publish button, you do search in Google about this new utility to find out whether somebody else has written a post about it. To your horror, there are hundreds of blog posts already about this tool. You now discard your blog post thinking that why should you again write about this utility since there are already so many entries on the internet. You are afraid that you won’t be adding any value and instead duplicating the content. Hold on. Please don’t do this mistake .I advice you to continue writing about the utility. It’s you who is reviewing this utility now. Write your own opinion and benefit experiences about this product in your own manner. Reveal your views on this. You are NOT duplicating the content.
Now, if it so happens that for every article of yours, you find thousands of blog entries already on the Internet, then I would like to put a quick question to you. Have you selected your blog niche properly? It seems to be very broad to me.
- You have not put subscription form and social sharing buttons on your blog
How did you miss this basic step? Put subscription forms enabling readers to subscribe via Email and RSS. You can create a page for Subscribing and keep all subscriptions options right there in the page.
Regarding social sharing, add social sharing options for each one of your posts. You can utilize wordpress plugins to do this task. People definitely share the good stuff. That’s why web has been a great success. Never underestimate the power of sharing. You can use a great plugin called ShareThis. It’s very easy to create an account and put the code in your blog template.
- You are not guest blogging
Guest posting on other blogs is very important strategy for driving traffic to your blog. Submit quality articles to high authority blogs in your niche. If published, it will result in good amount of traffic back to your blog. I do guest blogging for couple of blogs. It has been a great experience and my referral traffic from those blogs has been awesome.
- You are not harnessing the power of blog commenting
Commenting on other blogs is easiest way of getting quality backlinks. However, don’t spam other blogs but leave quality comments.
- You are not an active player on social networks
Social networks are great places to boost your blog traffic. Promote your blog actively on these social networks.
- You are not utilizing the power of email marketing
Email still rules and its here to stay. Send your blog updates through emails to friends and relatives. They will share your article via social tools if they like it. You can also use Aweber for great Email marketing tools.
- You want overnight traffic and a quick success
This will not happen, believe me. Remember, it needs hard work and consistent efforts. Things will take time and be patient.
Patience is a virtue. With above tips and hard work I am sure soon you will see great traffic flooding your blog.
All the best for your blog. Time for you to implement point 6 now.