7 Counterintuitive Ways to Boost Blog Traffic


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Blog traffic is hard to improve. Even blog practitioners are challenged to keep up with many algorithm changes that affects the quality of their sites. But sometimes the solution to solve their problems are just under their nose. They just can't see it because of their limited perspective in search engine optimization and blogging.

To help you, here are effective counterintuitive ways to improve blog traffic and readership:

Don't Use Captcha

Captcha is an effective tool to block spammers from infesting your website. But this tool has its cons. One of these is that, captcha also prevents “real” people from visiting your website. Another reason is that it takes more time for people to leave comments, click to another page and more. In other words it limits user engagement. As you already know, comments and shares from these users help in improving your website quality.

Know When to Post Your Blogs

Instinct tells that when a blogger finished writing his article, he needs to publish it. But to schedule publication and to know when posts get better engagement is an effective way to gain more readers. According to Buffer, men prefers reading blogs at night while women read posts in the morning. This means to publish blogs at night if you're writing about sports, fitness and other male oriented topics. If you are writing about fashion, cooking and other female-oriented articles then you should update your blog during day time. To know the reading habits of your readers gives better mileage to your blogs.

Link to Other Websites

There are many bloggers who avoid creating out bound links going to other websites. They argue that these links reduces their link juice, which might lower their rankings. Atually it is the opposite. Links going to authoritative websites are helpful in improving your blog quality. It adds credibility to your articles and to you as a writer. Not linking to your source is rude, not to mention selfish. You should be grateful to your sources and give them citation through a link.

Be Authoritative

Use command rather than suggestive sentences because they are authoritative. Avoid using “you can leave comments” or “you may share this post.” Instead use commands like “leave your comments below” or “share this article.”  Suggestive sentences are unclear, it keeps readers second-guessing on what you want them to do, whereas commands are clear. It gives better response or action from the readers.

Share Your Posts Multiple Times

Sharing your article in social media is important to get more mileage for your blog. More share means more people can read your blog. That is why you should take Guy Kawasaki's advice in sharing blog updates. According to him, it is okay to share the same link more than one time because not everyone can see the link the first time you post it. He also adds that he shares his post 3 times a day with an 8-hour interval. He adds that 75% of his traffic happens because he tweets or shares his blog posts several times. At first you might think sharing the same content multiple times pisses your followers but Guy Kawasaki has a point. It gets you more traffic and readership.

Avoid Pop-Ups

Whether an encouragement to like your social media or an advertisement of your affiliates, you must think twice when putting pop-ups. These are intrusive and people do not like being pushed to do things they don't want. Also, it is irritating to click though different pages and these pop-ups keeps showing. Online readers have short attention so they'd rather leave the site than to see these advertisements over and over. Limiting pop-ups to once per session is good, removing it all is better.

You have to take chances and be open to various strategies to be able to survive constant algorithm changes. To make blogs effective, you have to experiment which strategies are better to use. Sometimes the less obvious strategies are the most effective ways to lead your blog to success.


Author's Bio:
Maddy Bertelsen is a writer and a blogger. She has been writing for several companies, one of them is bestessay, a writing service that helps students. She dreams of one day publishing her own book.
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