Isn’t that the thought of many of you bloggers out there? 🙂 C’mon, just admit it. You check your stats every now and then, hoping to see more visitors!
Are you one of those who always look at your website statistics in dismay as you see a measly single-digit visitor? Are you those that get cyber-orgasm as long as that digit comes close to 10? 😳
In this article, I will….. blehhh, forget it because I can’t summarize it properly. Just read the article, It’s good for you! 😉
Some people have too high an expectation for their blog. It’s as if they thought that by having a blog means they’re supposed to automatically get droves of visitors each day. 😯 Dream on, just be humble and stop having nonsensical expectations. Be realistic and know that a blog is like a tree, it takes time to grow.
First Step in Blogging – Is Your Content Special?
Quite often, people who complain about blog lacking traffic are those who run personal blogs. Remember what I’ve mentioned in Choosing Your Blog Type about personal blogs?
The easiest type of blog (referring to personal blogs) to run and the best choice of blog type those who want to get their feet wet in the blogosphere. 8) Being the easiest type of blog to run also mean that it’s the most common type of blog as well.
In that article, I also mentioned the following
What sets a personal blog apart from the ocean of personal blog is the personality of the author. So if you run a personal blog, remember to make it interesting, and make it YOU!
Again, what sets Niche blogs apart are the personality of the authors.
So what does that tell you so far? YOU GOT TO BE DIFFERENT!! MAKE IT INTERESTING!! You’ve got to learn to show some personality!! Now c’mon, tell me how many personal blogs have you seen over the past years? I’m sure your friends Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Dumbledore and Hagrid already have their personal blogs as well. And how many times do you see the similar content? The usual…..
- Food I ate yesterday
- My friend hurt me
- I chipped my nails
- Lassie was missing
- My trip to the local shopping mall
- Nice new song I heard
Again, these are some of the most common types of post I could think of. I’m sure they’re not new to you but have you ever taken note that some are more interesting than others? 🙂 See, that makes the difference.
I’ve also observed that female blog authors tend to get more publicity, especially if they look cute and post quite a lot of their pictures and stuff. It’s like there’s this thing about men that they’ll go about spreading the good news of coming across a hot-babe’s blog. 🙄 Seriously, that doesn’t mean you pretend to be a girl blogger – BE HONEST!
Be wise in creating your content and remember to read my article: What Makes Content A Good King?
Hint : People love watching dramas. People like to be glued. I’m sure you guys know Lost, 24, Heroes, Dallas, Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, whatever……….. What made these shows a hit? 🙂 What drew you to these shows? I’m not saying that you should dramatize everything by making up stories like Lonely Girl 15. Just be yourself and try to make things interesting. No, photos of the beaches do not make your post interesting.
Alright, Smarty Pants! What About You?
Let’s see, I launched this site on 31st May 2007 and my personal blog on 31st August 2007. The site is less than 120 days old at the time of this post and here’s what I got from Google Analytics and SiteMeter last week
|Site Meter Report||June 4th||September 20th|
|Average Visits per Day||19||127|
|Average Visit Length||4:03||5:07|
|Visits This Week||37||890|
|Total Page Views||248||36,053|
|Average Page Views per Day||64||493|
|Average Page Views per Visit||3.5||3.9|
|Page Views This Week||128||3,453|
It’s not the best traffic in the world, it’s not a record breaker for a ~4 month performance either – nevertheless it’s a nice amount of page views and visitors for someone who’s not blogging full-time. At least I know I did something right, right? 😉
How Was It Done? Please Tell Me!
I’ll save those details for another day, so many things to write about in so little time (and space too).
In the mean time, focus on making your content interesting. Write about something interesting, or at least write it in an interesting way! 😀 No point religiously practicing 101 effective ways to market your blog when your blog content is nothing to shout about.
If you’re going to pour water into a bucket, you’d better make sure the bottom of the bucket is sealed. 🙂 Having lousy content and drawing traffic is like pouring water in to a bottomless bucket. You still have nothing in the end.
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