Maybe you love writing about your latest Geeky Hobby, or your long time gaming addiction. Or perhaps you enjoy blogging about your adventures with your level 90 Rouge? Either way, here are some tips for getting a little more traffic to your blog with little or no investment on your part.
Create an Eye-Catching Blog
There’s really no need for you to buy themes. Blogger and Wordpress are decked out with attractive templates so you can use them without spending a penny. Blogger users, if nothing tickles your fancy, you might want to head down to Shabby Blogs. A picture speaks a thousand words. It shows what sort of a blogger you are. Does your blog need a revamp? If you would like to start from scratch, just check out this tutorial. It’s a free editing program for users to create unique images. This is an exceptional tool for creating blogskin and header pictures.
Interact with Other Bloggers
Interaction is by far the most important factor in the blogging world. Most bloggers tend to return the favor. A little tip: everyone prefers comments over likes. And don’t leave redundant comments like “I like this”, “nice post” etc… It’s a turn-off and clearly shows that you haven’t been reading the blog. Make an effort and it will pay. And who knows, you might even gain a new buddy!
Post Great Pictures On Instagram
Hashtags are very important! Especially popular ones: #likeforlike. If you manage to garner a decent amount of likes, you might make it to the popular page! And when this happens, Instagram users from around the world are more likely to visit your blog. Which brings me to my next point; the next time you’re using Instagram, make sure to include your blog url in your bio section. Bloggers with hi tech gadgets, you’re in luck. Some great photo-editing apps include Fotor and VSCO Cam.
Take Advantage of Social Networking Sites
It’s not enough to post good content on Facebook and Twitter. I cannot tell you how many wonderful under the radar blogs I’ve seen. If you want your blog to get noticed, plan ahead. Thanks to Quick Sprout, I managed to learn the ins and outs of social marketing. For instance, did you know that posts with less than 80 characters get 23% more interaction? As for Twitter, do a makeover for your account. Include a quirky bio to stand out from the crowd. If you need inspiration, give this article a read.
Install Useful Plugins
SEO is a huge deal. And there are many plugins that improves SEO. Yoast is really SEO friendly, so beginners might want to look into that. If it’s not your cup of tea, explore the site to find more suitable plugins for your blog, like Jetpack for example.
Do Your Homework!
Read up. The Wordpress team has recently published a free eBook, “Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog” for the public. You’d be foolish not to read it. The comprehensive guide is loaded with practical and useful tips for newbie bloggers. I’ve been blogging since I was a teen and there are many things that even I am not aware of! You should download the eBook and read it on your geeky gadget–like now.
Bonus Material: Fiverr
Sure, Fiverr gigs aren’t exactly free, but, at five dollars, they’re close enough! Plus, they have tons of cool stuff. However, do take some time to look through the gigs. Not all of them are useful. In a nut shell: steer clear of gigs with unpractical offers. 30,000 Twitter followers in an instant? No thank you. Fiverr gigs are great for social bookmarking sites. The next time you’re on Fiverr, keep an eye out for crorkservice. They’re pros.