7 Tips to Building Your Blog’s Readership

Attracting traffic to a blog or a web site is challenging enough. So from the very beginning, when you start to see visitors coming to read your blog, be sure that they feel comfortable to stick around. And there are a number of ways you can help them to do just that.

Seven Ingredients for building a successful blog with a loyal following

1. Publish Regularly

As your readers become familiar with the frequency of your posts, it will influence their visiting behavior. If your readers know that you post fresh content every day, they will probably come every day to read it. If they know you post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, that’s when they will come.

2. Stay on Topic

Stick to your niche. If your blog doesn’t have a niche, give it one. Readers like blog’s that are focused on a particular theme or topic. If you have no theme and just post about anything, then readers are less likely to become passionate about your blog and will probably move on to somewhere else.

3. Use Meaningful Titles in Posts

This not only announces clearly what the post is about, but it will help people navigate your blog and also influence your ranking with search engines.

4. Interact With Your Readers

Think of your blog like a conversation. You post. Readers comment. Be active and be positive as you interact and converse with your readers.

5. Highlight Your Best Posts

Don’t let your best posts get lost in your archives. It’s always a good idea to link to your best posts from a ‘best posts’ category on the main page. This is something I need to work on myself.  All the guru’s do this do you?

6. Provide Good Navigation to Popular Pages

If you help people find the key pages within your blog, their visit will be a much more enjoyable experience.  Navigation can always be improved, I know I need some work here how well does you navigation work on your site.

7. Avoid Not Posting for Extended Periods

If someone visits your blog and discovers that the last post was three weeks ago, they will probably be disappointed. If you don’t post, people may give you the benefit of the doubt and come back on a few days to check, but you better believe they will lose interest quickly if you fall out of your regular schedule and stop posting.

There you have it. Seven little tips that will make a big difference to your blog’s readership. It’s not rocket science. It’s just using some common sense when posting and interacting with your readers.

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22 Responses to “7 Tips to Building Your Blog’s Readership”

  1. EarningStep says:

    cool… look like i have done all the tips.. and 100% agree with you . nice sharing
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  2. Greg Ellison says:

    I haven’t done the best post thing. I will look into it. I agree with you that you should be posting regularly and stick to the schedule. Thanks Greg Ellison
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  3. Thanks for the tip about “best post” thing, I’ll have to add that to my new theme.

    I’m not really good about tip #2, “stay on topic”. I try to put a “tech” spin on most of my posts, but sometimes I just wanna write about so much about a subject, that it might not fit within my niche. If it’s something I just want “out there” because of possible search engine results, I publish it with an older date so readers doesn’t see it.
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  4. 7 Tips to Building Your Blogs Readership…

    Attracting traffic to a blog or a web site is challenging enough. So from the very beginning, when you start to see visitors coming to read your blog, be sure that they feel comfortable to stick around. And there are a number of ways you can help them …

  5. Nice post, Jared. I was having some problems with internet connection and server lately, so my posting schedule was quite messed up. But now everything is OK. I’m back and I’ll post new posts soon.
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  6. Extreme John says:

    I really wish that when I first started my blog I searched for a few tips like this it would have made life a lot easier.

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  7. Hesham says:

    I am trying my best, but so many times I am late to post on my blogs, many things to do!

    Thanks for the good tips!
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  8. Jared Little says:

    @Hesham
    Yea, I not sure that I follow all of these myself all the time but should. I really posted this as a reminder to myself and figured outhers would benifit from it.

    You need to post 2-3 times a week at a min. I really see a drop off in traffic if I don’t. I try to keep to M-W-F but this month has been a mess for me. Lot’s of distraction.

    Posting however is right up there with breathing as far as making your blog stay alive. Must do activity.

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  11. My aim is one post per day or sometimes five posts per week. I tried to keep up with those two (at least the five/week). If bad things happen, just give your best shot :-)
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  15. Brad Harmon says:

    Jared,

    Great tips! I really need to work on #3 because I try to come up with witty titles rather than good keyword optimized titles. The post that has received the most traffic on my site is a top 7 type post (guess I should take the hint).

    Since my blog is just a little over two weeks old, I have not worried about a best of posts widget. I put this on my list to add to my site towards the end of the month.

    Thanks,

    Brad
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  16. Hey Jared,

    I agree that interaction with the people is the sole concept that will built credibility for your blog among your readers.

    However quality content is another aspect that will make your readers come again and again.

    The points that you have mentioned will surely help the newbies.
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  17. Not sure what the absolute nr 1 is from this list, but I truely think that interacting with your commentators (commentingers? Not sure ;-) ) is one of the more important things. It will keep your readers to come back, and will create a communityfeeling. This will enhance the viral effect.
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  18. I think point 1 is super important. Regular publishing is probably the single biggest factor in getting people back to your blog regularly…
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  21. Anand says:

    The best tip is a very common one which can be handy in just about everything, it’s to be hard working, determined, passionate and have fixed target. I don’t think it’s possible to achieve much till we have those qualities. I did not had all that straight away but thanks to OctaFX broker and their Champion demo contest where there is 1k prize pool with 500 USD for first position is really great and help us learn and correct our mistakes to correct in building our career.

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