But come on: What you really want is hundreds, maybe even thousands of readers a day.
So how do you get more blog readers?
Here are the top 5 techniques I use to attract more readers. (What are your techniques? Share them in the comments below).
1. List Posts
I’m not sure exactly why, but people love reading lists. Take a look at some of the popular blog posts around the web: “10 techniques to…” “My 7 Favorite…” “The 10 Hottest Women”.
List posts always get much more traffic than a traditional post. Try writing a couple of list posts and see how they do.
2. Write About Someone
People love seeing their name in writing. Do you know someone who is doing something interesting? Write an exposé on them. Did you read an amazing blog post? Write a post about the author.
When you write a post about someone, they’ll tell others to go to your blog and read it.
So who can you write a post about?
3. Keyword-Targeted Posts
A great source of traffic are search engines. But if you want that traffic, you need to write articles addressing issues people search for.
Use the Google Keyword Tool to find what people are searching for in your niche. For me, I found people are searching for “get more blog readers.” So I wrote this post and optimized it for that search term (notice the title of the article?).
Most of the time, people will come to your blog, read one article, and leave. We don’t want to lose these readers. So how do we keep them?
Provide an incentive. Offer a free ebook or guide when people sign up for email updates.
A great tool to help out with this is Popup Domination [affiliate link] (I use it to get people to sign up for my ecourse). You will also need email marketing software to deliver the email updates and also send the incentive content. For beginners, I recommend Aweber (Affiliate link).
5. Guest Posting
Out of all 5 techniques, this is the best.
Find a blog in your niche and contact the writer. See if they accept guest posts. If they do, contribute an article.
Guest blogging brings me the most traffic. In fact, when my CopyBlogger post was published, my traffic jumped over 10 times as much.
For a more detailed article on guest posting, check out YoungPrePro’s Guest Posting article.
And that’s it. It’s that simple.
What About You?
What techniques do you use to get more blog readers?