How to get People to your Blog – Redux

A number of bloggers have asked me how to drive traffic to <insert name of your blog here>. I have talked about the technical aspects of getting more people to your blog, but I’ve forgotten one the most basic concepts. Your content has to be interesting and have value to your readers.

Robert Scoble was asked this same question and after looking at the blog in question his response was:

  • It took me five years of blogging every night to get where I am in traffic.
  • Patience, patience!
  • I can only see one post on here.
  • The first question you have should not be "how do I get more traffic?"
  • It should be "how can I blog better?"
  • Traffic FOLLOWS good content. There’s no way around that rule. Well, unless you want to do something salacious.

Seth Godin sez:

  • Use lists.
  • Be topical… write posts that need to be read right now.
  • Learn enough to become the expert in your <hobbies>.
  • Break news.
  • Be timeless… write posts that will be readable in a year.
  • Be among the first with a great blog on your topic, then encourage others to blog on the same topic.
  • Share your expertise generously so people recognize it and depend on you.
  • Announce news.
  • Write short, pithy posts.
  • Encourage your readers to help you manipulate the technorati top blog list.

    I write this blog mostly for myself so that I can find things that are frequently asked questions (FAQs), stuff I want to do more work on, and as a history of what I’ve done in the past. I can’t count how many times I’ve been able to go back to my blog and find when I purchased something like a bass clarinet or scooter. And it’s nice to have access to important pictures for other endeavors and conversation.

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    About Gandalfe

    Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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    5 Responses to How to get People to your Blog – Redux

    1. Beth says:

      My blog is more of an online diary for me. I have had over 182,000 hits in 3 years so that is enough traffic for me. lol

    2. Graham says:

      Short and pithy. That’s where it all went wrong. Thanks…thanks a lot. Short. Pithy. Salacious. Yep!

    3. Rambling says:

      I largely disagree with the sentiments. There is really no accounting as to why some folks go to a blog more than another blog. Content that is interesting is not necessarily the thing that draws readers. In the years I have blogged, I have seen many sorts of blogs. Sometimes the ones with not that much content are "best sellers" 😉 Yes, mine has well over 100000 hits, so nothing personal here.

    4. Deb's says:

      There are so many different types of blogs kicking around and to be fair I dont think it makes any difference what topic you write about, it would appear that after the recent changes the more friends or network links you have on your list will determine not only the traffic but also the amount of comments. plus the amount of traffic is also determined by the country in which you live, for example most american bloggers will receive at least 4 times the traffic we do over on the other side of the pond. from a personal persepctive i prefer to develop relationships with a far smaller number of people who become friends over time, rather than some of the sites that have over a thousand peeps in their network, beats me as to why because when you see the blogs there is little to no content what-so-ever. rambled on enoughlove n hugsdebsxXx

    5. kitten says:

      I agree with Deb and a few others darling on some points the small intimate group you can get to know over time I like that…Darling I also write for myself, my blog is private just for my refreshment the posts of people I read along the way only add to that enjoyment.I may go for periods without going to my live space. But when I want to read or write my heart in poetry or a short story I have the venue to partake of over and over again at my leisure I guess to each his own darling. Darling now take your writing you are extremely well versed. Very funny at times clever beyond the pale…darling your posts gift a very enjoyable read…some wonderful moments the proof is in the pudding…yum. Post on you Sexy Sax Man…wild…lolKisses, Catherine

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