Do you want more traffic on your blog?
There are certain “etiquette” rules about blogging, such as:
- When someone comments on your page, comment on their page
- If a blogger follows your blog, follow their blog
- It is rude to place a link to your blog in a comment
- Comments – actually read the post, it is rude to take up space just to say a vague comment
- Comments – If you did not have time to read the post, click the “like” button
- Links – Bloggers love it when you put a link to their post on your page! (on a related subject)
- Pictures – do not put pictures on your blog that have a copyright. Download Zemanta to get links and pictures that are not copyrighted.
- I prefer a theme that is simple, where you can find the “like” and “comment” buttons quickly. Who likes to search around a site for the “like or comment” buttons?
- Be sure to go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets and move the comments widget to the sidebar.
- People like to see their comments on your site, without having to click on the comments button. This drives traffic to their site. See how my home page shows the comments on the side?
- You can also move text widgets to the sidebar that show text, and any other items you would like to show on the sidebar.
- Site Stats – Recommend removing this widget from your site! Why? It intimidates new bloggers and it just feels like I am bragging to people. Plus, I don’t want to blog for hits, right? Blogging is a fun hobby! If you are a new blogger, seeing that widget can bring you down each time you start to blog!
- Blog Titles – Use titles that draw people in, not too long. Exciting titles!
Writing Tips – (to get more traffic)
- Indent paragraphs – unless informational post with bullet points
- Put lines between paragraphs for easy reading. Keep in mind most people read from a Smartphone.
- Think about making the font larger, so readers do not have to squint to read your blog.
- If all of your posts are generally “negative” be sure to add some “happy” posts sometimes. I like to read a mix of happy and sad. That’s just me.
- Pictures – I like sites with pictures, but not overkill on the pictures, unless it is a travel or photography blog.
- A perfect example of a perfectly written blog is http://invisiblemikey.wordpress.com/. See the writing? Isn’t it easy to read? See how Mikey has lots of pictures but writing in between? However, on his more serious blogs he has less pictures or no pictures. Take a look at all his blogs, they are a great example!
- Try to write in the present tense, use the proofreader to help with this, and spell check.
- Make a blogging schedule, to write on different topics each week or day etc.
- Technology and “how to” blogs are hot right now. Travel blogs are also hot topics.
- Tip: Facebook is one of the top searches on Google.
You will get more traffic by doing the following:
- Blog title – Google the most searched words, and put these in your title. This allows the search engines to find your blog. Use Exciting Titles! Not too long or too negative. Draw the reader in to “click” on your post.
- Refresh your post. You can actually change the date of your post to the current date, and it will be “refreshed” and shown as a new post on WordPress in the “tags” section
- Use Zemanta to post WordPress.com links to WordPress.com sites at the bottom of your blog. This is called a “referral.” This will drive traffic to your site. Use links that are related to the subject. You will get tons of traffic this way!
- Be nice in your blogs – do not discriminate against any group
- Blog consistently, doesn’t have to be everyday, but often.
- Follow comments you have made and comments others have made on your post. Respond to all comments if possible.
- Tags – use tags that will be easy for search engines to find your blog, and other WordPress users. Installing Zemanta will help. Do not choose too many tags.
- Make your blog PG or G, as Mikey suggests in the comment section of this post.
- Do no embarrass any person or group – See Mikey’s comments. Editing my blog now. Thanks Mikey!
- Go to Forum-Showcase and you can advertise your blog there.
- Comment on as many blogs as possible, but read the blog.
E-mailing Bloggers – Do not recommend e-mailing bloggers, unless they ask you to in a comment. However, see Mikey’s comments on the subject. Mikey is a “seasoned” blogger.
The best WordPress blog I have read regarding blogging is: http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/popular-posts/ She knows everything about WordPress, traffic, blogging. You name it and she has a “how to” on the website! I wish I would have read all of the posts on this site a long time ago!
This is all I have learned so far, does anyone know any other “Blogger Etiquette” or rules?