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Tip #15 - Track Your Blog Tracking your blog does not have to be overly sophisticated usually a simple free page counter like StatCounter.com, ActiveMeter.com, Extremetracking.com or Sitemeter.com will do trick. Install (copy/paste) code into html of your blog template and start tracking your visitors. Its better to use a service which gives you advanced traffic analysis, such as keyword tracking information, referral information, and search engine information. Visitors, returning visitors, and unique visitors should be standard for any page counter service you choose.
Tip #16 - Make use of your Blog's statistical and tracking information. Believe it or not, your visitors' information from your tracking scripts will provide you priceless information on how you can attract more readers. Keep note on keyword terms used from search engines which bring you traffic. You can identify relevant closely related topics which you can venture into and add more variety into your blog, yet staying very much in topic. Simply put, more topic coverage and more variety = more traffic. You may analyze your tracking information further on how you can strategize your blog's content. You can also apply some keyword optimization strategies here.
Tip #17 - The essence of your Blog is your Audience, listen to them. Always interact with your readers who post comments on your blog. Reply with a brief thank you note or just simply attend to their questions if they have any. It's a proven fact when there's a direct human interaction and knowing fact that there's a "real human" at other end of blog makes most of them coming back. If your audience provide suggestions, comments or feedbacks, take them constructively and inform them if you have any desires of implementing such ideas on your next update. And of course, don't forget to thank them for their ideas. If it's a great idea, why not throw in a free gift? Mention their website in your blog?
Tip #18 - Create and increase "Why Must I Return" Value to Your Blog Everyone knows fact that Blogs get a huge level of returning visitors because of its constantly updated content. Why don't you add more interesting items to that return value by having fixed periodical posts / offers, e.g. Monday Top 10 Tips, Picture of Week, Free Bonus of Month, Free Daily Wallpapers, etc. to give them absolute excuse to return to your blog. As long as you can efficiently and appropriately increase that Return Value constantly, it is mostly guaranteed that you'll be getting tonnes of repeated visitors, period.
An advance notice, prelaunch announcement or anything similar to that also can act as a short term return value strategy. Encourage readers to comment on your such notices / posts. Experiment and play around with this idea.
Tip #19 - Multiple blogs It never hurts to use multiple blogging accounts to attract more people. You can even have multiple blogs within Blogger.com itself, but you may also want to try different free blogging services such as JournalHome.com, LiveJournal.com, Blog-City.com, etc. Should you have urge to have multiple similar duplicates of your blog just to gain more traffic, it is wise to avoid it as search engines / feed directories might translate that as excessive redundant information which simply brings you trouble, and you're tend to get penalized, banned or even accused of spamming.
Tip #20 - Digital Art, Creative Graphics Another proven fact - Monotonous and continous display of text will make your readers run away! Try to include non- advertising graphics, pictures, photos, and art in your blog entries, but try to keep them at a limit. Too many graphics also mean slower loading time and messy text and graphical combination. You don't want your blog to look messy. Most of time, graphics can bring your blog to life. Pictures can make boring texts interesting no matter how long it is. Graphical elements are by far fastest message delivering element available on net today. It may deliver various messages by a split second of a look.
Tip #21 - Maintain a Personal Blog A blog is most successful when it is kept personal. Try to include personal experiences which relates to topic of your blog entry. Stay away from business style of writing. Write with a more personal style and use first- person narratives. Share product reviews and personal endeavors, instead of trying to make it sounds like you're selling.
Tip #22 - Credibility & Popularity As thing progresses, things need to change in order to cope with flow and nature of development. If your number of readers are reasonably huge, and still using a free blogging service to get your messages out, you may want to consider getting your own domain name and hosting plan to have a more personalized Blog.
Domain names and hosting plans are pretty much straightforward. Research is all what it takes to get best of all available options. For most highly recommended comprehensive listing of Free Blogging software out there, drop by at http://www.opensourcecms.com/. This is by far best place to drop by if you want to get your research done about which blogging software to choose. Reviews, ratings, public votes, demos, etc are provided. And best thing is, all of them are Open Source, which means they are totally free. Try going through server requirements for each software before purchasing your web hosting.
Tip 23# - Customize look of your Blog If you happen to be using one of Free blogging services out there, you might notice that most of us are using same template again and again for our blogs. It is well understood that not everybody has technical knowledge to change layout as how they want it to be, but if you have knowledge, by all means try to customize it and make it look DIFFERENT. You can grab that extra attention, if you're different in certain ways. Create that image for yourself.
Tip #24 - Blog and Make Money
Once your blog has gained some real momentum and your blog traffic is increasing then it is time to start thinking if you want to turn your traffic into profit. Some of recommended income generating sources are as follow :-
Google Adsense, Amazon Associate program (www.amazon.com), Blogads.com, Crispads.com, Tagword.com, Affiliate Programs and any advertising related text links can be your place to start off.
Final #Tip - Conclusion. Following these blogging tips should make your blogging experience much more rewarding. Blogging is generally done out of interest and enthusiasm and sometimes for income generating purposes. The flexibility of blogging will never cease to expand. Through time, dedication, and persistence you will be rewarded with all royalties of blogging.
About the Author
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