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8 Effective Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic

8 Effective Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic

You don’t have to do anything shady to improve your page rankings on search engines. Even if you are a complete newbie to blogging, you can still climb to higher search engine rankings with these quick and easy tips.

1. Content is King

Content stuffed with keywords doesn’t guarantee that people are going to stay on it or come back to it. In the end, quality and uniqueness count, so what you need is great content. Make sure the content focuses on your main keyword or the search phrase you have decided upon. At the same time, remember, your keyword is about your content, not the other way round. Do your research and write intelligently to get return traffic.

If you aren’t sure what to write about next, check the comments section. See what questions the readers have and address those questions. The added advantage here is that you can get specific keywords and search phrases as well.

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2. Write it Yourself

You may decide not to write your own content. For example, if you have a site with content that remains the same, you may have decided to add a blog to get more traffic. However, you may feel that you’re too busy to be able to actually write the posts yourself. Getting someone else to ghostwrite for you does solve the problem of time, but it doesn’t address quality and uniqueness.

Apart from the quality of the content, the reason people will come back to your blog or website is to get your unique take on things. So write your content yourself. If you aren’t confident about your writing skills, you can get an editor or proofreader to go through your content.

3. Use Keywords Intelligently

Instead of stuffing your general content with keywords, try using them intelligently without compromising the quality of the content. Insert your keywords in the meta tag, the text used in the search engine to give details about your website and attract readers’ attention. Put the keywords in the subheadings, so your content isn’t awkward, but the keywords are included.

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Also try to include the keyword in the URL of the page, which means that your URL should have a page description. For example, the URL for this post could be www.domain.com/seo_aids. Also use keywords when naming the images in your site.

4. Try Using Search Phrases 

There is fierce competition for keywords. If you type in a keyword that is just one or two words, you’ll find that a lot of results show up. To increase the chances of your site showing up on the first page, try using more specific and slightly longer keywords instead.

For example, instead of ‘fitness programs’ you can use ‘corporate fitness programs’ or ‘fitness yoga workout programs’. If your content is detailed and based around these keywords, you’ll definitely see an increase in traffic.

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5. Linking is Important

Give your piece added credibility by including links you can trust from other experts. Also, insert your own links to related topics. Try to have your articles and posts linked in other websites.

The other websites, thus, help your rating and increase traffic on your pages. Contact other sites to see if your posts can be included in a blog carnival or a round-up post. Not only does this improve SEO, it also encourages people to linger on your website.

6. Get Attention Through Titles

This does not mean the kind of click bait title that initially grabs readers’ attention but fails to keep it and is soon forgotten. A title that says ‘What Happened Next Will Shock You’ will hook someone in but if it links to five lines of text and lots of pictures, no one is going to stay and no one will remember it later.

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You’re better off with a less sensational, but more informative title, into which you can incorporate some keywords.

7. Write Regularly and Recycle

You may have a great website with great existing content, but if you don’t update it regularly, you’ll find your readership falling away. Set a goal every week and ensure that you post to meet that goal.

Also, you may have written relevant posts, but they may be lost under other posts after all this time. Resurrect them, brush them up, update them and present them in a brand new avatar.

8. Share, Share, Share

Of course, sharing your own posts on your social media feed is important. Facebook, Twitter , Google+ give you the opportunity to reach out to a wider audience. But if you share posts related to your own and written by other bloggers, they may just return the favor.

SEO, if done properly, can help you attain that longed for page ranking. You don’t need to be an SEO expert to utilize these aids effectively. Just ensure that all your optimization is backed up by strong content.

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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