- Write good content. Good content gets read and linked to.
- Leave great (but genuine) comments on the blogs you like.
- Link to entries of other bloggers as an effort to share good writing/information on blogville. If someone is doing something great that others can learn from, share this information. The favour will be returned, not necessarily from the person you linked to.
- Use twitter to announce new entries. I don’t do this often but others do and it seems to be very successful. The best part is that twitter’s 140 character limit means you have to think of a short but catchy headline to advertise the entry. If you are a prolific blogger you may want to be more choosy about which entries you use twitter to announce or people may start ignoring your frequent tweets advertising new entries.
- If you’re not so anonymous, you can use facebook to announce blog entries. Some of us have a facebook account for our blog personalities but most of your friends on that facebook account already read your blog so if you’re trying to reach out, you may need to decide if you want anyone on your main facebook account to read your entries.
- If you’re a new blogger, get involved in collaborative blog activities in an effort to carve a space for yourself in the midst of all these great bloggers. I’m not sure if Blogville Gist is still looking for writers but that’s one idea. If you’re more serious-minded, how about getting involved with Nigerians Talk, Nneoma‘s other baby? Or, you could always start your own version of Bella Naija, 9jagal or Nigerian Curiosity.
- Write consistently. If you want even people who don’t use feed readers to be checking for when your next entry will drop (lol), try to blog a little consistently. I know someone out there has probably done studies on how often one should blog but I’d say that’s up to you. Vera tries to blog every three days and that works fabulously for her. Readers know when to expect an entry from her and they are ready to comment when she posts.
- I notice this more among oyinbo bloggers but if they are going to be away from their blog for a while, they will arrange to have guest bloggers write entries on their blog, just so the blog doesn’t sit there with nothing new to engage visitors. Most of these bloggers are quite organized: they will ask for guest posts a month or so before they leave, then schedule these posts to appear while they are away. I’ve never been a guest blogger nor have I sought guest bloggers so I can’t say much else on this approach.
I seem to have a lot to say about blogging lately! This particular post came as a result of a question I received on how to increase visitors to one’s blog. Do you have any suggestions to add to this list, or any questions you’d like me to tackle? Let me know! If you want to read more on what I’ve said in the past on other aspects of blogging, check out the following:
- Unsound blogging advice (do not follow it!)
- My blog turnoffs
- Blog domains (basically why you might want your own .com site and how to get it)
- Blogging styles
- Confessions on the kinds of blogs I read (and in the comments, the sorts of blogs that others read).
- My thoughts on commenting
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