There are currently over 440 million blogs online. It sounds like an unbelievable number and if you’re starting your own blog, it means competition is a real thing. How do you set your blog apart from others? How do you get regular traffic and – more importantly – some kind of return on the time you put into building it?
There are various plans of attack that you can consider to increase your blogs visibility. A combination of all of these strategies and perseverance can help make your blog stand out from the pack. We’ll look at some of the great things you can do today to get your company’s blog in front of the right audience.
Fast Loading Times
If a blog doesn’t load quickly, its not going to retain visitors. If you’ve ever visited a site that took more than three seconds to load, you may find that you’re already losing interest. And even if you have the most patient user base ever, most web crawlers time out in less than three seconds and unreliable speeds lead to lower rankings in search engine result pages.
It may be as simple as a call to your site hosting service in order to get more processing power allocated to your blog. Much like having a luxury automobile would be pointless if he can’t actually drive over 20mph, having an amazing blog with a slow server defeats the purpose.
Keep It Regular
Regular content delivery is key to successful blogging. We can’t imagine watching a serial TV show that may or may not air each week, and most users won’t bother returning to a randomly updated blog. A big part of that 440 million blogs are basically randomly updates, sometimes with years of space in between; this pattern does not retain viewers.
However, its not always easy to make time to manually release an article each week or month. Instead, tools exist to allow you to schedule your blogs posts to automatically post. This way you can prep months at a time and then leave the blog on auto-pilot to post the new items as needed.
When starting a blog, you should have a clear idea of what the keywords you focus on will be. Think about what someone might type into Google relating to your company. Now think about what you phrases you’d like your site to appear in response to a Google query. Try to use these phrases naturally in your article. Don’t think that more is better. Stuffing the keywords into every sentence does not work. Google can detect unnatural badly formatted text. You’re best off just writing naturally and making a point to use the keywords when they appear naturally in context.
Below are a few popular tools for keyword research:
Incorporate internal linking
The sidebar of your blog and links to related blog posts on your blog are excellent ways of increasing traffic. If you wrote a past article on your site that relates to the current post, link up some keywords to it. This can help people to delve deeper into your blogs content and grow to appreciate all the effort that went into it.
Feature posts are also a great way to route traffics from any of your posts to one of particular interest or value. Many WordPress themes have a side panel with featured posts or recommended posts along the bottom. You can use these to drive traffic to specific topics that relate to your niche or help convery visitors into customers.
Nothing drives mobile users away like a clunky, slow desktop site that pretends the smartphone doesn’t exist. Your site should look great on a tiny iPhone screen, an Android tablet and an HD 1080p desktop computer monitor. Many plugins exist to convert existing themes to responsive themes. A responsive theme basically grows or shrinks to fit the available space and thus looks great no matter what kind of device is browsing your site.
Interact With Your Audience
The comment section on your blog is not just there for people to give you blind praise on a great article. End articles with a question that invites personal opinion. You may find that you have some great discussions in the comments sections of your blog. Even questions that may cause a bit of debate or in-depth explanation of a point of view can help draw traffic to your site.
Replying to comments on your blog should be part of your regular routine. It will make potential customers feel more loyal to your brand when they see that you actually took the time to respond to their query.
Search Engine Optimization
One of the most difficult aspects of making your blog more popular is search engine optimization. This is not something that can be done quickly with a few clicks. Using natural keyword placement can help but other things such as backlinking, long tail search keywords and low competition keywords for niche items can also help.
Bringing It All Together
Feeling a bit overwhelemed? Don’t be. The hard part of blogging is having good content. If you have that, we can help you with all the rest of the details. Fill out our contact form today and put our team of experts to work for your company.