In this case, traffic translates to comments.
So, I’m part of this blogging community called Better Blogger Network, and I feel like every time I go to the forums some new blogger is asking how to gain traffic, readers, etc. If you want it to all just come to you, this post isn’t for you. It’s not easy to get returning visitors who comment your blog, and it’s also not easy to keep up with them.
- Blog hop: No, not blog hop via blog swaps, but blog hop. Hop, hop![1. That was really lame. Let’s pretend it never happened.] It requires your time, effort and attention: go to a person’s blog, read their latest post, leave a relevant comment (MAKE SURE YOU READ THE GUIDELINES[2. It’s really annoying when people leave me comments with “Jane of Blog Name Here” with their URL in the proper field AND THEIR URL AT THE END OF THEIR COMMENT. Make sure you read the guidelines. It’s obvious when you don’t.]). Then, go to their blogroll and do the same with those who are on it. Note: Not everyone will comment back, however.
- Return comments: The thing with Blogspot blogs is that it allows you to reply directly to their comment via email. For some odd reason, that gives the impression that replies stating, “Thank you so much for visiting my blog!” and/or, “I hope you come back!” are actually something that is needed, thus taking away the original blogging experience that I grew up with, which consisted of commenting people back. Go back to their blog and return the favor. If you don’t have something to say, come back later; if you aren’t interested, then so be it. Personally, those “thank you” emails just come across as junk mail to me since almost every Blogspot blog I comment on has a blogger who sends those. I receive over 10 a month.
There. I’m not gonna suggest you buy advertising if you’re just starting out. I won’t, because I really believe that a lot of these newer bloggers should really know and learn that blogging isn’t just about them — it’s about building a community, connections, circles, relationships, a family.
If you do it right and you continue it long enough, you’ll earn yourself a little support group of people you can count on. I’ve made some amazing friends through these two methods.
…and I owe a ton of comments, but that isn’t the point.
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