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5 Ways to Start a Blog and Get Big Traffic from the First Day

5 Ways to Start a Blog and Get Big Traffic from the First Day

Ask 99% of bloggers and they’ll tell you that when they started their blog, it was dead quiet for the first few weeks.

It’s a horrible feeling.

You’ve spent ages setting it up up to look slick and stylish, your logo and branding is tight and your content is compelling and exciting.

But nobody comes to read it.

Well, it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are five tested strategies that you can implement on your blog that will bring in big traffic on the very first day.

Start a successful blog (the right way)

One of the first mistakes that new bloggers make is to set up a blog any old way and assume that it doesn’t really matter what platform it is on or what host is providing the service.

This is a big mistake.

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When you start a blog you have two broad options: free hosting and self hosting. As you can see, starting a free blog is quite simple and has the added advantage of not costing you a penny. But the problem is that is severely limits what you can and can’t do on that blog; you have less features, less ownership and generally, less chance at success.

The better option is to get your own distinctive domain name and start a WordPress blog on your own host. This sounds complicated but is actually extremely simple to do and will only cost you around $5 a month. By taking the extra time to set it up this way, you’ll give yourself full ownership and control, a stronger brand, complete access to hundreds of thousands of themes and plugins, etc.

Perhaps most importantly, by using your own domain name and brand, you are signally to Google and all the other services/people who might potentially endorse you that you are a serious blog/website which they can happily refer to their own readers.

Here’s a quick checklist of the things you’ll want on your new blog in order to set it up for big success:

  • Your own domain name

Make sure it just says www.yourblogname.com and doesn’t include any other brand in there.

  • Some good hosting

A quality blog host should have fast speeds, simple WordPress set up and 24/7 support staff.

  • A distinctive brand name

Make sure your blog stands out from the rest. Find a way to make it different and emphasize those differences.

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  • WordPress blogging backend

WordPress is a powerful blogging platform that you can install for free once you have your domain name and host. It is used by the most popular blogs (including this one) and gives you access to free plugins and themes that can change the look and functionality of your site with just a few clicks.

  • Your beautiful face

When I first started my blog, I did it anonymously. While it was a good experiment, I got a lot more trust and subscribers once I added my name and photo. Have a strong About page with a high quality photo of yourself.

  • A solid content plan

Every blog needs a content plan that includes goals for that content. Try to have at least one or two hugely useful and detailed posts on your new blog before you start the promotion methods that we’re about to get into below.

How to get big traffic from the first day

Now that we’ve got the bits about starting a blog out of the way, let’s get into the juicy bits about how you can attract big traffic right from the very beginning.

1. Make big connections early

One of the most important things that new bloggers forget to do is make connections with big bloggers in their niche. This is perhaps the most crucial step for getting big traffic because, if you’re lucky, these big bloggers will endorse you to their readers.

Now, it’s really important that you don’t just try to connect with people for the sake of getting something out of them. I always try to find people I genuinely like and admire and connect with them as if I’m trying to make a lifelong friend. I think this has made a huge difference.

Start by researching websites and blogs in your niche and then leave comments and connect with them informally on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. At first, just try to be friendly and get on their radar. Sometimes this will be enough to get yourself mentioned or more visible.

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2. Mention them in a post and tell them about it

The next thing you can do (and this takes the first strategy to a next level) is to mention those new friends in an extremely high quality blog post that you write. Make sure you link to their blog in a favorable way.

You then shoot them a quick email or Tweet to let them know that they featured in a post that you’ve done, and if you feel like the relationship is solid enough, ask if they wouldn’t mind sharing it.

If the post is good enough they will usually share it straight away. At a bare minimum, you will get your blog on their radar in a positive way.

3. Drop an easy $10 on some advertising

Something that always amazes me is how quick bloggers are to dismiss advertising. It is a real shame because a blog is like any other business and all businesses need to advertise in order to grow.

The great thing about the Internet is that it isn’t like buying an advertising spot on radio or television. Those things will cost you thousands and thousands of dollars. Instead, you can use Facebook Ads or StumbleUpon Paid Discovery to send a small amount of targeted traffic to your new post.

These things are super simple to set up and you can re-use the templates over and over again. Most people wouldn’t bat an eyelid at spending $10 on a sandwich and coffee, so why not do the same to give your amazing new blog post a helping hand and perhaps send it viral?

4. Write less on your blog and more on other blogs

Another big mistake that new bloggers make is to assume that by adding more content to their new blog they will get a lot of new traffic. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.

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A better strategy is to put one or two extremely high quality articles on your new blog (as we discussed above) and then spend more time writing guest posts on other blogs to attract new readers to your own blog.

The important thing here is to choose blogs that have active communities in a niche that is very closely matched to your own. If you give them something highly useful and relevant, you will find that the post will index on Google and create a long-lasting traffic source that will bring you big traffic for months and years to come.

5. Leverage the power of Google+ blogging and communities

If you’re not on Google+ yet and you want to run a successful blog, then now is the time to get started. Google’s social network is now the second largest in the world and is becoming more and more active and highly targeted every day.

The great thing about Google+ is that you can write super long micro-blogs that include images, links, bold text, etc. They then allow you to post these little blog entries to relevant communities that you have joined. The result is a that a lot of relevant traffic can find you through your activities on this social network. Darren Rowse often does this and gets lots of shares and positive responses as you can see below.

Darren Rowse Google Plus

    Photos and longer posts tend to get more attention over there so make sure you find something pretty to attract attention and then write something compelling that people will want to share. If you include a link to your own relevant blog/blog post you can find you get a lot of new visitors.

    Conclusion

    These strategies have all worked really well for me, but the possibilities for finding new traffic on the Internet are literally endless. If you’ve started a blog that did well really early on, or if you’ve tried any successful strategies yourself, please leave a comment and let us know.

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    25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

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    If you are using Windows regularly, using these Windows keyboard shortcuts will definitely increase your productivity. Compiled below is an exclusive list of shortcuts that will help you breeze through your daily work.

    You might know some of them, but there are certainly some hidden gems that you wouldn’t have heard of before. Once you start using them, you will notice how easy navigating and operating on Windows has become.

    Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

    These are the most basic shortcuts and ones you’ll likely have heard of. They are key in moving through your work quickly and easily.

    1. Ctrl+Z : Undo

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      Irrespective of what you are doing, or where you are doing it, Ctrl + Z is a lifesaver. One possibly can’t survive without this function.

      Whatever program you’re running, this function helps you get back to your last input. So don’t worry about all the mistakes as this particular shortcut will save you every time.

      2. Ctrl + A : Select All

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        Again, irrespective of which program you are running, this shortcut key selects all of the text, files, folders, or elements in any given program or page.

        Instead of spending your time dragging your mouse all over the page, use this to grab everything in one go.

        3. Ctrl + C : Copy

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          You’ve selected what you wanted to. Now you’d like to copy it.

          This is probably one of the top shortcut keys people use when working on their Windows system. Easily copy whatever you like, and it stays with you until you are ready to paste it.

          4. Ctrl + V : Paste

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            Easily paste all that you have copied. It could be a text, file, image, or folder. In any case, this is a very useful feature to bring everything together.

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            If you would like to paste plain, simple text without original formatting, just add Shift to it, i.e. Ctrl + Shift + V.

            5. Ctrl + X : Cut

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              Don’t want a piece of text/table/image/file in a particular place?

              Simply select it and use the shortcut Ctrl + X. The piece gets removed and copied. Then, use the paste shortcut to paste it anywhere you like.

              6. Alt + Tab : Switch Screen/Tabs

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                This one has been around for a while and has been enhanced with upgrades in the Windows OS. Simply press Alt and then the Tab key, and you will switch to the next tab/screen.

                Holding down the Alt button and tapping on Tab let’s you move and choose between multiple screens. Talk about multi-tasking!

                7. Ctrl + Alt + Del : Start Task Manager

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                  What happens when an application starts to lag or stops responding, or your windows OS stands still and you can’t move a thing? You summon Ctrl + Alt + Del! When you press them together, a magical box called the task manager opens up.

                  You can then check out which programs/apps were making your PC slow and shut them down from the task manager itself, bringing your PC back to life.

                  8. Alt + F4 : Close App

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                    This shortcut has been around for decades now! Simply press Alt plus the function F4 key and the application you’re using will close.

                    However, it is smart enough to ask you to save your work before it shuts down. It also works almost on anything right from your browser to games and custom applications.

                    9. Ctrl + F : Find

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                      You know you just wrote that sentence, and now you can’t find it! Or you really need to find a particular keyword in a document or a browser? Ctrl + F is the handy shortcut that will open a quick bar where you can type in the keyword, and it will show you all the results in the document matching your request.

                      10. Ctrl +H : Find and Replace

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                        You just finished your essay, and you realize you’ve been spelling the name of that scientist wrong the whole time! Now you not only need to find the keyword but replace all uses of it with something else. Not a problem at all. The Ctrl + H shortcut comes in handy here.

                        Just hit the keys and a box will open. You can simply type in the word that you need to find and replace. This works for most document types.

                        11. Ctrl + E : Select the Search Box

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                          Whether you are in your file explorer or browser, pressing Ctrl+E will select your search/navigation bar, and you can directly start typing into it. This will make your life easier when you need quick search.

                          12. Ctrl + N : Open a New Window

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                            Pressing Ctrl+N together will open up a new file or a window depending on if you are working in your browser or offline. This Windows keyboard shortcut works well with most offline applications and online browsers made for Windows.

                            13. Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Wheel : Zoom In/Out

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                              Text too small? Want to see the details more clearly? Viewing an infographic that requires zooming in? This shortcut provides exactly that.

                              If you are in a document, this command will make your files and folders appear larger, and if you are on your browser, it will simply zoom in on the page. Talk about attention to detail!

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                              14. Win + L: Lock Screen

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                                Stepping away, but don’t want to shut down or put your system to sleep? Win + L is a great shortcut. It helps you lock down your screen, and unless you re-enter your password nobody can open it (assuming you have a password set for your system).

                                15. Win + D : Show Desktop

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                                  This is actually a quick minimize option. No matter how many tabs/windows are open, this shortcut quickly minimizes all of them and shows you the desktop, allowing you to access files or an application in a couple of clicks.

                                  16. Win + Tab (+ Shift) : Toggle Task View

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                                    This shortcut is very similar to what Alt + Tab does, but it is a more advanced level Windows app navigator. When you press it, you will see tiles of all the open programs and most used programs.

                                    You can scroll or jump between them by additionally pressing the shift key with the Win + Tab command.

                                    17. Win + C : Opens Cortana

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                                      Are you a fan of voice control or like using Cortana to get things done quickly? You can summon her by using the Win + C shortcut. She’ll then be available to grant your every request.

                                      18. Win + Prt Sc : Save Screenshot

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                                        While Prt Sc allows you to take a screenshot, pressing the Windows button at the same time allows you to automatically save the screenshot. There is a folder named “screenshot” in your pictures destination, where PNG files of the screenshot will get saved. No need to add another screenshot tool!

                                        19. Win + I : Open Settings

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                                          Need to quickly open the settings tab? Now, you don’t need to browse through 3-4 destinations to reach the settings tab. Just hit Win + I to open up the settings menu for Windows.

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                                          20. Win + S : Search for Windows

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                                            You will always have that file or application that you can’t find on your PC. For this, Windows introduced the search bar.

                                            You can easily open it by pressing Win + S and typing in the file name you want to look up. Additionally, since Cortana is integrated with the search function, you can use it to ask additional questions as well.

                                            21. Fn + F2 : Rename

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                                              Depending on the hardware manufacturer, F2 keys perform various tasks, like volume up/down or turn Wifi off/on. However, using the Fn + F2, you can quickly use the Rename file option when a file/folder is selected. Say goodbye to the right click.

                                              22. Fn + F5 : Refresh

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                                                Your PC stuck is stuck and the processor can’t keep up. Refresh is a good method to get things moving. Pressing Fn + F5 can refresh Windows, or if you are working on your browser, it can refresh that, too.

                                                23. Win + X : Hidden Menu

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                                                  Did you know that windows had a hidden menu? Press Win + X and see it pop-up. It will give you access to all the essential areas of the system.

                                                  24. Win + V : Navigate Through Notifications

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                                                    If you have configured notifications and alerts on your systems, this shortcut will help you easily toggle through all of them. It’s extremely useful for people who are especially popular or busy.

                                                    25. Win + Ctrl + B : Open App That Displayed a Notification

                                                      You’re working, and a notification pops up that needs your attention. Use Win + Ctrl + B, and the explorer will switch to the application that sent you the notification. Swift.

                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                      You might be excited to start using all of these Windows keyboard shortcuts right away. While I advise you to try them all out, it entirely depends on how you engage with your system and what work you do. Any number of them can be generally useful. Start experimenting today.

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