Sometimes I’m lulled to sleep when hanging with my established blogging buddies.
Most of these cats have the blogging fundamentals down cold.
But a trip today into the unknown revealed a few stunning points.
I read and commented on a handful of new blogs outside of my friend network.
A shocking majority of bloggers are leaving mad blogging traffic on the table by ignoring these tips.
1: Include Your Twitter Username on Retweets
I spied many Tweeters who may as well *not* be on Twitter.
Because few of these bloggers included the “@username” text in their retweet buttons.
Adding your Twitter handle simply boosts your blog traffic.
When I retweet one of your posts to my 45,000 followers – and you include your handle – my 45,000 followers get to follow you, read your posts and boost your blog traffic.
Find your social sharing plug in in your backoffice.
Add your Twitter handle.
2: Use a Comment System that Gives Commentors Link Juice
Some bloggers use Facebook or Blogger commenting systems.
But few established bloggers bother commenting on these sites because pros look for link juice every time they post a comment on a blog.
Pro bloggers who comment on your posts will generally share ’em on social networks, giving you a monstrous traffic boost.
Use a comment system that allows bloggers to post their URL.
Increase your blog traffic.
3: Open Comments in the First Place!
I *do* realize that I closed out comments for months recently on Blogging From Paradise but I already had an established blog and brand.
Closing comments if you don’t have a well-read, popular blog is usually blogging suicide.
If readers can comment on your blog virtually all commentors will share posts they comment on with their social networks.
Comments add content to your posts, beefing up your blog and positioning your posts higher in search engines.
My blog post on Triberr has received nearly 120 comments and has ranked #2 on Google for a “Triberr” search for the past 2 years.
Open your comments guys!
4: Tell Stories…A LOT of Stories
This is an incredibly easy way to drive more blog traffic because people love a good story.
But today, I’d estimate 5% of the blogs I read shared entertaining, magnetic stories that pulled me in.
Most posts were simple, 3rd person accounts listing practical tips or techniques or strategies.
Which of these lead ins to a blog post catches your fancy?
The insect with the most agonizingly painful sting on earth stared me dead in the eye, his jaws gaping.
He had his beady little eyes fixed on me.
I slapped at the bullet ant with a dirty, moldy, disgusting dish rag, launching the vicious insect into the jungle canopy.
This fierce, inch long, fiery creature taught me a crystal clear blogging lesson.
I learned a really cool blogging lesson the other day.
It will help you become a successful blogger.
Of course, #1 is more entertaining, fascinating and attention arresting.
People don’t go on Netflix watching binges because they like dry, boring, dull lead ins.
They love colorful, emotional stories!
Through most if not all of your posts.
Draw in more readers.
Build your brand.
Do you follow these tips?
What tips can you add to this list?
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