Maybe a few days later you received a few hits when you told your sister, father, girlfriend and
best friend about your new blog but that”s about as far you went when it comes to finding readers.
Here are the top 10 techniques new bloggers can use to find readers.
These are tips specifically for new bloggers, those people who have next-to-no audience at the
moment and want to get the ball rolling.
It helps if you work on this list from top to bottom as each technique builds on the previous step to
help you create momentum. Eventually once you establish enough momentum you gain what is
called “traction”, which is a large enough audience base (about 500 readers a day is good) that you
no longer have to work too hard on finding new readers.
Instead your current loyal readers do the work for you through word of mouth.Top 10 Tips
10. Write at least five major “pillar” articles. A pillar article is usually a tutorial style article aimed to
teach your audience something. Generally they are longer than 500 words and have lots of very
practical tips or advice.
This article you are currently reading could be considered a pillar article since it is very practical
and a good “how-to” lesson. This style of article has long term appeal, stays current
(it isn”t news or time dependent) and offers real value and insight.
The more pillars you have on your blog the better.
9. Write one new blog post per day minimum.
Not every post has to be a pillar, but you should work on getting those five pillars done at the same
time as you keep your blog fresh with a daily news or short article style post. The important thing
here is to demonstrate to first time visitors that your blog is updated all the time so they feel that if
they come back tomorrow they will likely find something new.
This causes them to bookmark your site or subscribe to your blog feed. You don”t have to produce
one post per day all the time but it is important you do when your blog is brand new.
Once you get traction you still need to keep the fresh content coming but your loyal audience will
be more forgiving if you slow down to a few per week instead. The first few months are critical so
the more content you can produce at this time the better.
8. Use a proper domain name. If you are serious about blogging be serious about what you call
your blog. In order for people to easily spread the word about your blog you need an easily
rememberable domain name.
People often talk about blogs they like when they are speaking to friends in the real world
(that”s the offline world, you remember that place right?) so you need to make it easy for them
to spread the word and pass on your URL.
Try and get a .com if you can and focus on small easy to remember domains rather than worry
about having the correct keywords (of course if you can get great keywords and easy to remember
then you”ve done a good job!).
7. Start commenting on other blogs. Once you have your pillar articles and your daily fresh smaller
articles your blog is ready to be exposed to the world. One of the best ways to find the right type of
reader for your blog is to comment on other people”s blogs.
You should aim to comment on blogs focused on a similar niche topic to yours since the readers
there will be more likely to be interested in your blog.
Most blog commenting systems allow you to have your name/title linked to your blog when you
leave a comment. This is how people find your blog. If you are a prolific commentor and always
have something valuable to say then people will be interested to read more of your work and
hence click through to visit your blog.
6. Trackback and link to other blogs in your blog posts. A trackback is sort of like a blog
conversation. When you write a new article to your blog and it links or references another
blogger”s article you can do a trackback to their entry.
What this does is leave a truncated summary of your blog post on their blog entry – it”s sort of like
your blog telling someone else”s blog that you wrote an article mentioning them. Trackbacks
often appear like comments.
This is a good technique because like leaving comments a trackback leaves a link from another
blog back to yours for readers to follow, but it also does something very important – it gets the
attention of another blogger.
The other blogger will come and read your post eager to see what you wrote about them. They
may then become a loyal reader of yours or at least monitor you and if you are lucky some time
down the road they may do a post linking to your blog bringing in more new readers.
5. Encourage comments on your own blog. One of the most powerful ways to convince someone
to become a loyal reader is to show there are other loyal readers already following your work. If
they see people commenting on your blog then they infer that your content must be good since
you have readers so they should stick around and see what all the fuss is about.
To encourage comments you can simply pose a question in a blog post. Be sure to always
respond to comments as well so you can keep the conversation going.
4. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival. A blog carnival is a post in a blog that
summarizes a collection of articles from many different blogs on a specific topic. The idea is to
collect some of the best content on a topic in a given week. Often many other blogs link back to
a carnival host and as such the people that have articles featured in the carnival enjoy a spike
in new readers.
To find the right blog carnival for your blog, do a search at http://blogcarnival.com/.
3. Submit your blog to blogtopsites.com. To be honest this tip is not going to bring in a flood of
new readers but it”s so easy to do and only takes five minutes so it”s worth the effort. Go to Blog
Top Sites, find the appropriate category for your blog and submit it.
You have to copy and paste a couple of lines of code on to your blog so you can rank and then sit
back and watch the traffic come in. You will probably only get 1-10 incoming readers per day with
this technique but over time it can build up as you climb the rankings. It all helps!
2. Submit your articles to ArticleBase.com. This is another tip that doesn”t bring in hundreds of
new visitors immediately (although it can if you keep doing it) but it”s worthwhile because you
simply leverage what you already have – your pillar articles. Once a week or so take one of your
pillar articles and submit it to ArticleBase.com.
Your article then becomes available to other people who can republish your article on their
website or in their newsletter. How you benefit is through what is called your “Resource
You create your own resource box which is like a signature file where you include one to two
sentences and link back to your website (or blog in this case). Anyone who publishes your
article has to include your resource box so you get incoming links. If someone with a large
newsletter publishes your article you can get a lot of new readers at once.
1. Write more pillar articles. Everything you do above will help you to find blog readers however all
of the techniques I”ve listed only work when you have strong pillars in place. Without them if you
do everything above you may bring in readers but they won”t stay or bother to come back.
Aim for one solid pillar article per week and by the end of the year you will have a database of
over 50 fantastic feature articles that will work hard for you to bring in more and more readers.