- Use catchy titles
- Frequent posting
- Make interesting, insightful comment on popular blogs
- Post on controversial topics
- SUBSTANCE: make sure your posts have valuable thoughts !
Today I noticed something else that increased my traffic: IMAGES! If you choose good pics and, more importantly, label them wisely, your hits will go up! Google will find you. [Since posting, I did a Hindu Iconography post that poured thousands of page views for months into my blog — though I doubt many stayed].
So today I discovered this when I saw a huge rise in the reading of my old April post, The Sanctification Cloak. I couldn’t figure out why. Then I looked at my post. There it was – the pic of holly leaves which I labeled “holly leaves and berries”. So imagine the poor innocent folks trying to find nice pics to decorate their Christmas letters and Holiday cards and they accidentally find my Atheist site. Oh the horror !
So, just before every holiday, don’t be ashamed to put up a bunch of holiday pictures and watch your stats rise !! Then when all these temporary new “readers” leave after realizing the anti-Holiday nature of your blog, watch your stats plummet as you welcome in those post-holiday blues !
See, stats ain’t everything ! Maybe you should shoot for substance and quality commenters instead of transitory numbers! Don’t be cheap like me. But go ahead, feel free to use any of these nice pics for your holiday cards !
Related Posts: Blog Talk: an index post of my posts about blogging.