Top 10 Tips for building a better blog (Part 2)

Thank you for the great positive response I received to the first part of this article which I posted last week. Here is the second part of the article on Top 10 Blogging Tips that I promised. Let me know how you enjoy it.

In every bloggers life comes a special day – the day they first launch a new blog. Now unless you went out and purchased someone else’s blog chances are your blog launched with only one very loyal reader – you. 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.
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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 (Tips 5 to 1)

Tips 10 to 6 are here.

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 EzineArticles.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 Ezine Articles. 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 Box”. 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.


This article was by Yaro Starak, a professional blogger and my blog mentor. He is the leader of the Blog Mastermind mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.

To get more information about Blog Mastermind click this link. And if you do nothing else you absolutely should Click here to download the Blog Profits Blueprint. It’s a great FREE REPORT packed full of tips to improve your blogging.

Other related posts:

Top 10 Tips for building a better blog (Part 1)
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4 Responses to Top 10 Tips for building a better blog (Part 2)

  1. Lela Butler August 11, 2007 at 2:37 am #

    I was very interesting in the Blog Mastermind by Yaro Starak but after downloading the information I was advised of a virus in it by my virus checker which prompted me to delete the Adobe file and all reference to his website. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
    Lela

  2. karooch August 11, 2007 at 11:27 am #

    Hi Lela I have not heard about this at all. I downloaded the the Blog Profits Blueprint with no problems. I will email Yaro with your concern and find out if he knows of any other people getting this message. I will then email you with the answer.

  3. PaintChip August 12, 2007 at 9:22 pm #

    Fantastic series with alot of good tips in it. BTW – I’m loving the Blog Master Mind course too. It’s a great business investment!

    I am currently practicing the tips you’ve offered here, except the one about daily blogging. I’m still trying to squeeze in the time for that one. I do get in at least 4 or 5 articles a week though.

    I’m new to the blog carnival scene. I added an article to one that you were participating in recently and I had some extra blog traffic from it. And I’m hosting a carnival this month as well. Not much action on it yet, as it’s primarily for bloggers who blog about the business side of scrapping and I’ve noticed not too many bloggers do that.

    Bottom line is that your tips are right on the mark. I’ve attracked more traffic my way by doing the very things you are recommending in your article!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

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