It Wasn’t A Sequel To Begin With
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My 3rd novel wasn’t meant to be a sequel to the 2nd novel in the first place. Then something happened. Characters began to beg to be included in the story. Thus, a sequel was born.

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How to Increase Your Website Traffic

Submitted by on March 4, 2010 – 01:339 Comments

Traffic flow has never been my concern when I started off as a blogger in 2002, and it is still not one of my concerns with Cybermate’s Dungeon simply because of my passion for blogging. I do not make money from my blogs because I don’t want to, and I’d like to keep it that way as long as I can. But that doesn’t mean I don’t monitor the traffic flow in my blog.

Surprisingly the stats for my website has been increasing in leaps and bounds since its birth six months ago (refer to graphs above). The statistics is nothing compared to successful bloggers out there who probably get more than 100,000 hits per day. But for a humble new blogsite like Cybermate’s Dungeon, 1300 hits per day for the first six months of its launch is considered a success in Malaysia. It makes me sit down and wonder what have I done right to deserve the increasing traffic into my website.

Here are some of the things which I have done to draw in more traffic (genuine readers, mind you) into my website and you don’t have to pay any money to do the same. Try it out and let me know if it’s as effective for your website.

Free Original High Quality Contents
Offer your readers with something original and of high quality; something that they cannot find elsewhere so that people will come to your website to read the information they need. If you have to offer something similar to other stories, make sure yours is of a higher quality and worth reading. And make sure it’s free. No one is going to pay for information they can get for free.

Regular Updates
Make sure you update your blog regularly as this would keep the traffic coming. New updates encourage current readers to constantly check out your blog while bringing in new readers from new contents. Don’t let your blog rot a silent death. Update regularly so that your readers know what to expect from you.

Backlinks When You Comment
I am sure as bloggers, you read blogs too. So when you leave a comment on other people’s blog, ensure that you leave a link to your blog. That way, people who are interested to find out more about you will have the opportunity to do so. And you are tapping on other blogger’s network to grow yours.

Simple Keywords
Forget the bombastic words you have been planning to use in your posts to impress your readers. Because you might impress them, but it’s definitely not friendly to search engines. When people need information, they will google the layman language keywords which they know of. So bombastic words will not help you in the search engine department. Use simple, straight forward words so that the search engine can identify your contents easily and put you at the search list.

Post to Twitter
This is one WordPress Plugin that I strongly recommend. It automatically updates your Twitter page with your latest blogpost so that your followers will know when you have a new post up. That way, you don’t have to spend time twitter about your blog because it’s all automatically done.

Facebook Import
Import your blog’s RSS to your Facebook Notes. I used to copy paste my blogpost to Facebook Notes so that my friends get to read as well. But ever since I used the import feature, it has been easier. Facebook automatically extract part of my blog post and updates it on my Facebook Notes. And readers who want to read the complete post will have to click a link that leads to my blog.

Related Posts Plugin
This is another WordPress Plugin that I recommend to all bloggers because it leads readers to browse your article from one to another. Let’s say they are reading about your latest writing tips. At the bottom of the post, a list of other writing tips which you have posted previously would also be shown. Not only that, the posts would be listed according to popularity ranks.

Freebies For All
Yes, everyone loves free stuffs. And it’s even better if you make it exclusively available only at your blog. That way anyone who wants it has to come to your blog to get it. It’s a way of rewarding readers while bringing in new ones. And it gives you a chance to share your generosity and build new friendships with your readers.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2010

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