I’ve decided to revisit my How to Increase Blog Traffic post, not only to get away from my dull introspection of late, but also partly as it’s something that I’ve been thinking about over the last few days.
I don’t monitor my traffic at all, ever since it exploded last year due to the Imogen sex tape post, which was an accidental, or in web 2.0 jargon, viral success.
However, a number of anaj’s recent posts all contain references to blog traffic and her monitoring thereof, so I thought I’d revisit it briefly. Additionally, I wouldn’t mind increasing my own traffic, i.e. to make a conscious effort, particularly, once I relaunch it (in a month or two) as Diary of a Teleworker.
What I want to focus on in the increase is commenting more on other people’s blogs, as well as using more tags. When I first started blogging, I used plenty of tags; however, I started ‘tidying up’ after integrating a variety of widgets into my sidebar. There were simply too many categories and I thought I better strip down to the basics.
This means though that I don’t tag my posts much these days, usually 3-4 tags per post, which isn’t that good in terms of web 2.0 networking. I think that once I relaunch my blog, I’ll definitely make sure that I consciously use some strategies to increase my traffic.
There definitely is a science to it, and here are some links to help you (and I) get started:
- Blog Promotion (@ problogger.net – they also have a job category for professional bloggers! Might be something to look into re: my future telework patchwork portofolio…)
- Get Traffic to your Blog – Top 10 (this is where I was no. 9! Not bad, given I had just started out….)
- How To Increase Blog Traffic – my own post from way back.
- Imogen Sex Tape – the post that started it all 😛
I’m not going to change anything yet though – i.e. I won’t make a conscious effort to increase my traffic until I’m ready for the relaunch.
Should be in about 1-2 months’ time – depending on when I get the letter officially awarding me my doctorate. Since I’ll then finally be able to use my title, I can draw a proper line under Life After PhD 🙂