How to get Me to Read Your Blog

Filed as Features, Guides on November 1, 2007 7:54 am

Chances are I’m not reading your blog. That’s not because I don’t like you, most likely I don’t even know you exist, and that’s your fault.

Yes, you heard me. Your fault. It’s something you can remedy though.

There are a gazillion blogs out there, and most of them suck, to be honest. Yours might not, though, so I’m willing to have a look. But how am I to find it? And why should I stay along at all?

Are you commenting on my posts? That works, you know, don’t be shy – tooting your horn is something you need to learn. Sometimes reading other people’s blog is the best way to get lots of traffic in the long run, since it can award itself with links, trackbacks and the like.

Do you submit your posts to social tools, like StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, and Splashpress’ own Blogosphere News? That’s a very natural way to reach your niche, and if I’m interested in it I might end up reading something on your blog.

Do you write great headlines? If I see a link with a true eye-catcher I’m more likely to click it, than something boring like “New plugin out now” – now what’s up with that? Writing snappy headlines is an art by itself. I admire people who can do that.

Does your blog look like shit? And have I seen it a thousand times before? I’m really sorry, content may be King and all that (something I agree upon, by the way), but if you present it in a bad way I just won’t read it. Small fonts, lousy contrast, crappy design – they’re all turnoffs and they won’t make me subscribe to your RSS feed, read your posts, or get active in your comments. Looks is important, because first impressions last.

Actually, does your blog even function like it should? There are too many blogs with dead links, plugins that bugs out, and other problems. It doesn’t even have to be a bug in the code, it could be your lousy implantation of functionality I don’t want or need. Don’t clutter it with widgets and thousands of “cool things”, or I’m gone.

Don’t clutter it at all! Seriously. Less is actually more.

Do I get your blog? If I don’t it might be my fault, but if you don’t do what you can to make me understand what your blog is all about, why you’re blogging, and what I can expect from it, then I’ll be bored and leave. I’m not saying you shouldn’t surprise your readers, but if the turns are too sharp you’re sure to lose a bunch in the process.

Are you being consistent with your updates? You know, you should post more or less the same amount of content all the time. If not, I might wonder where you are (if I’m an avid reader), or forget about you (if you haven’t impressed me yet).

Are you getting these things right? Then you’re bound for blogging glory!

At least if you’re a good writer. You know, content is still King, after all…

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  1. By Katie posted on August 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm
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    i just started a blog yesterday.
    thanks for the tips.

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  2. By Cashew Mirman posted on August 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm
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    thanks for the tips! i went back and realized how cluttered my blog was. hopefully i was able to address that.

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  3. By Krazy for Kupcakes posted on August 18, 2010 at 3:51 am
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    I went through the list and all of it I have in my blog! So check it out:

    http://www.krazy4kupcakes.blogspot.com :)

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  4. By The fallen hero posted on August 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm
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    hi Thord,

    That’s a good list of things to ensure appropriate traffic to blogs.
    more often , I tend to know all but forget / miss to implement it…
    i really liked the tips because all of them make absolute sense.
    my blog is http://www.afallenhero.blogspot.com
    When you get some time, if you can kindly visit the blog and let me know if its allright i would be very grateful to you.
    Awaiting in anticipation…

    Warm Regards,
    The fallen hero

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  5. By Martin Goodyer posted on August 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm
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    Great blog – love it when an old blog is as useful today as when it was first written
    Thanks
    Martin

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  6. By Anna posted on September 1, 2010 at 12:02 am
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    Great tips! I couldn’t agree more. I’m going to look over my blog now and see if I’ve broken any of those rules …

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  7. By Anne posted on September 5, 2010 at 2:46 am
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    I have to say this is perhaps the best “how to get people to read your blog” posts I’ve seen yet! Simple, honest, to the point. In return, here I am tooting my own horn (hey, I don’t have to be asked twice!)

    http://www.quenarth.blogspot.com

    I’m a newbie with a dozen loyal readers, looking forward to all the possibilities out there!

    -Anne

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  8. By Swarm posted on September 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm
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  9. By SoundByThePound posted on September 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm
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    Just put up my first album review. It is off Jeff Beck’s Emotion and Commotion. Anyone who is interested is welcome to check it out. Thanks.

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  10. By SourPuss posted on September 16, 2010 at 8:55 pm
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    New to this. Trying to figure out how to use digg n’ all. Thanks for the tips.

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  11. By Rob posted on September 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm
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    Thanks for the brutal honesty :)

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  12. By Justice Bird posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:55 pm
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    Come check me out! I think a demon may be hunting me!

    – Justice Bird

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  13. By Will Quin posted on September 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm
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    One way to get noticed is to to be all over the net, specially social part of net. Great content and a little provocative headlines and you are set to go.

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  14. By John Dill posted on October 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm
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    Thanks for the great tips Thord! I am still new to a lot of the optimizations that can be done to increase traffic and a reader base, so it is genuine straightforward posts like this that make the adventure much easier. I feel I have a long way to go with mine, so I’ll be back here for ideas quite a bit!

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  15. By Kayla posted on October 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm
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    Good article, could you give me some advice on my blog?
    weasleygirl4077.blog.com

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  16. By Ian posted on October 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm
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    Hey great article. It seems we all want the same thing so if you come to my blog and leave a comment (or become a follower) and leave me a link to your blog I will check out your blog. If I like it I will also follow……Cheers

    mysuccessideas.blogspot.com

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  17. By FASHION PAPARAZZI posted on October 18, 2010 at 9:28 pm
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    I’m writing a new teen fashion blog called FASHION PAPARAZZI! thanks for the advice !

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  18. By Shay posted on October 19, 2010 at 5:19 am
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    Great ideas on how to grow a following. It made me really think about what I use for my headliners. I haven’t been putting much effort into it, but will from now on. Thanks!

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  19. By Long posted on October 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm
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    Hey, thanks for all the advice man. Even though the content is 3 years old, it is still very valid today.

    My blog is at http://phaml.wordpress.com/
    I appreciate the views man.

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  20. By Chris Moore posted on October 26, 2010 at 4:55 am
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    Sounds pretty good. Marketing is huge. One question, if you feel you are doing a fair amount of marketing, how do you really see the roi? Do you hound people, or follow up? I use social networking sites and haven’t seen much activity on my daily active blog. Granted it is only a few weeks old I do post updates with links on these sites for easy navigation to the newest post. I write fantasy and I’m using my blog for getting my name out, free write disciplines, and furthering my thoughts into plot and action. Let me know if you have any pointers on good blog sites to become active in for my niche.

    moorewriting.wordpress.com/

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  21. By Sally posted on October 26, 2010 at 10:03 am
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    Those tips are really helpful, thank you. Could anyone tell me if my blog is any good, though? I’ve activated the adwords thing, and intend to do the above, but what do you think? http://anonisquidge.blogspot.com – should I carry on with it? Think a bit like Bridget Jones, but in the real world!!!

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  22. By Rachael posted on October 30, 2010 at 12:31 am
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    I have a WordPress.com blog so I can’t add any plugins. How can you submit your posts to sites like StumbleUpon and Digg without those plugins?

    Please check out my blog. I work really hard on it, and I’d love for you to read it!

    http://cupcakesandcarrotsticks.wordpress.com/

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  23. By Dan posted on October 31, 2010 at 6:32 pm
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    Very good post. Gives me something to strive for and the details to get it right.

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  24. By Losing It posted on November 3, 2010 at 4:37 am
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    my blogg http://concurrentlyyours.blogspot.com/

    i dont always check spelling and it is all over the place. a day in the life of a crazy…

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  25. By Anouk posted on November 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm
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    hi guys! i blog about my style and fashion and i would really apreciate if you guys would take a look at my blog!

    http://www.stylememories.blogspot.com

    :)

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  26. By Ellie posted on December 8, 2010 at 1:59 am
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    EVERYONE VISIT MY BLOG! Nah, only joking, but thanks for the post :)
    ellieapplesauce.blogspot.com

    tehe ..

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  27. By sarah posted on December 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm
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    Another one tooting my own horn =)
    tooot tooot
    i love your post your tips are great!!
    i know my blog isn’t the prettiest it’s a bit like britney spears (the shaved head, cheese chips eating britney)
    If anyone has any ideas how to make it britney spears (the hot, hit me baby one more time) Id love to hear from you.

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