The number one question I see raised in blog forums is “How do I get people to visit my blogs?” There are lots of things you can do to drive traffic to your site but, really, it’s not getting people to your party that’s a problem. It’s keeping them there. All the traffic generating tips in the world will do you no good if you lack the content to make your visitors stick around.
Below are a few tips to help you create good, solid, fly-paperesque content that’ll will keep your visitors glued to your blog.
Many people begin to blog without any idea as to what they want to talk about and that’s alright. What is it that they say about spontaneity being the spice of life. Or was that variety? Eh, one of those.
Anyway, when that first rush of creativity wears off, bloggers often find themselves abandoned by their muse on a dry but surprisingly crowded island called Writer’s Blocktopia. Here are a few ways to flag down the rescue ship of inspiration:
Very few people go through life hoping no one will notice them. This is especially true if you have been bitten by the blogging bug and spent the last few month, weeks or even days churning out post after post of clever repartee. But in order to build the fan base you secretly crave, you have to let blog surfers know where you’re at and why you are worthy of their undying devotion.
Currently there are over 30 million blogs on the internet and thousands more being created each week. Assuming ownership of one blog per person, that’s a minimum of 30 million people slinging around their personal opinions on all that exists under the sun. This is a good thing. The free exchange of thoughts and ideas is what prevents the world from becoming a stagnant pool of dictatorship with the appropriate green scum floating on top.
However, to steal a line from the movie Spiderman, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’. Blogging has become a way for the voice of the people to be heard. We must be careful, though, not to abuse our power through thoughtless acts that hurt the credibility of bloggers and blogging. One place that continues to be our Achilles heel is when good posts go bad.
Welcome to tonight’s edition of Who Wants to Be a Problogger. I am your host, Daria Black. No doubt you’ve heard the success stories of Darren Rowse, Dooce and Jason Kottke who have all managed to carve out a decent living via their mad bloggin’ skillz. I see you sitting there with dollar signs in your eyes just dying to know the secret to their success. Well I can sum it up for you in just one word and I won’t even force you to read to the end of article before I bare all.
Okay, so that’s two words but if you are continuing to read this article rather than immediately clicking exit button, that means having to work hard doesn’t scare you and you have just won the first round of Who Wants to Be a Problogger. Give yourself one point and let’s move on to round two.