Want more traffic to your blog? Try these three simple tips — two of them you can implement today, with just a few minutes of your time.
Let your visitors share your blog posts.
Don’t try to do all your blog promotion by yourself! Enlist the help of your readers by installing a social sharing plugin like SexyBookmarks or DiggDigg so they can share you with their friends and circles of influence.
When you give people those easy-to-see, easy-to-click sharing buttons they are much more likely to share your content with their connections on the social networks.
Here’s my favorite plugin for sharing: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sexybookmarks/
Offer readers the opportunity to subscribe by email.
I use feedburner.com to allow my readers to enter their email address and then receive an email anytime I’ve got a new post on my blog.
Feedburner is a free service from Google. You may also be able to set this up through your email delivery service (like AWeber).
Here’s how to set it up: https://www.michelleshaeffer.com/how-to-add-a-subscribe-by-email-widget-to-your-blog/2010/11/12/
Grow your connection channels.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest — where ever you are active, and you connect with potential clients, work to grow your audience. The more listening connections you’ve got there, the more traffic you can generate back to your blog.
Now it’s not all about numbers because it’s better to have 1,000 engaged connections than 10,000 followers who ignore everything you say. So be careful how you build. Build those targeted, engaged connections.
Next week I’ll be sharing more about how to grow your connection channels, so stay tuned!