Water Doesn't Help Your Blog Grow

The only way to grow a successful, meaningful blog with consisten visitors (good traffic) is to devote a lot of love and time to the blog.


I have been spending a lot of time learning about these things lately. I've wanted to increase the traffic to my blog - but I want those visitors to be interested in the things I write about. I don't want traffic just to have traffic.
I would like to share a great list I came across on another site. BeJeweled by Candi is a site I'm thrilled to have found. She creates beautiful jewelry pieces (like the one above) and sells them in her Etsy shop, she showcases other artists, provides great blogging and marketing tips, and even sits as the guest editor for "Everything Else" category on the Etsy Profiles blog. I think she needs to do a few more things, don't you??

It was great visiting her site. I had the opportunity to feast my eyes on gobs of delicious art by several artists - and I learned some outstanding new tips. The list below comes directly from her site. It appears to be pretty inclusive and definitely a fantastic place to start. If you are trying to gain readership, follow these tips.

1.Use a lot of pictures
2.Leave comments on other blogs. Make sure they are relevant and useful.
3.Have an RSS Feed
4.Submit to blog directories
5.Add a bookmark link to every post
6.Start a 2nd blog and link to yourself
7.Join BlogCatalog and join communities
8.Join MyBlogLog and join communities
9.Use social bookmarking sites like Digg and StumbleUpon
10.Create follow-up posts to give the original post some added attention. Write a second post to extend the thoughts of the first post
11.Submit your blog to web directories
12.Make sure your blog is indexed on the main search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN
13.Exchange links with blogs of similar interests
14.Create an account with Technorati and submit your blog url
15.Create a Google sitemap on your blog to help get it fully indexed
16.Link out to other blogs in your posts and have a blogroll of your favorite blogs
17.Submit articles to Ezines
18.Create a lens at Squidoo
19.Make sure your blog address is on your business cards
20.Offer an email newsletter by adding a Feedburner subscription box
21.If your blog hosting site offers a place to tag your posts - use them
22.Make sure that your content is good. Be sure to use the spellcheck feature and try to use proper grammar
23.Write your blog posts as if you are talking to a friend. Tap into your readers emotions
24.Use Twitterfeed to tweet new blog posts via a RSS feed
25.Sign up with Entrecard

I think she did a really good job on this - so I wanted to pass it along to you guys. I hope it proves helpful to you. xo

17 Royal Responses:

Sinclair said...

Very informative! I just did a similar post, but yours offers things I didn't even think to add!

Leah said...

Thanks so much, I have been doing hours of research on this topic recently!

SSM said...

katherine,
I've found you via blogcatalog!
I hope you are feeling better.
sarah

twinklescrapbooks said...

Hi! I have had my blog for 3 years and I still struggle to make it meaningful to me and my readers. :) Thanks for the tips!!!
tina

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Happy Valentines Day!

Check out my first birthday bash at Custom Blog Designs. There will be a blog makeover giveaway, blogging tips, and fun!

twinklescrapbooks said...

Drive-by blogging to say HI! :) tina

---MARILYN DAMSCHEN--- said...

Kat!...You're back! I saved your blog URL several years ago, just in case you got your 'puter replaced and your 'poop in a group' sufficient to resume posting. You've been BIZZY! Congrats on the Hallmark thing. Will do my bit to support. Nice to "see" you again. Will check in regularly. How are the wee beasties?

~marilyn, former group-mate from some YahooGroup or another.

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Today's the day!!
Come on over to Custom Blog Designs and join the birthday party. There will be games, chats, prizes, and discounts! 10-noon CST.
Blog Makeover winner will be announced by 7pm this evening.

lisa winter said...

thanks for posting these, i needed some suggestions to help get interested people to my blog. i would like them to be interested in my blog and not just drop by to "drop" a card. although, i guess however they stop by, if my blog is good enough they'll look around right?

SolSisters said...

excellent list. I am pleased to see I am already doing a lot of these things. Yeah.. cause I have enough to do :)

Veronica Lee said...

Those are great tips. Thanks.

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Excellent post ~ thanks for sharing all these tips! Sometimes it's hard to devote enough time to our Blogs, but these ideas will help!! Happy Monday!

Landscapeideas Team said...

the informations are true!..anyway thanx for your review & info bout my blog..but,i'm puzzled that u cannot access my blog as,there are other bloggers have successfully visited my blog (from blogcatalog & friends)..it's unfortunate u r unable to see my blog.however, do try visit my blog.Thank you very much. will visit your blog too!

Michaela said...

Great info! I've started doing some of the things you mentioned and actually found you through Sited and Blogged, who found me through Entrecard!

Leah said...

Thanks so much, I'm marking this!

G.Kannan said...

Hi,

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In this regard. yoru "25 Ways To Promote Your Blog For Free" is really useful for budding bloggers like me, but still I would request guidance in blogging. My email ID is gopalganapathy1944@gmail.com My blog url is http://ofcourseyes.blogspot.com

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One Creative Queen said...

Thanks for all your comments! It's true, I have the best people stop by my blog. If I can do anything to help, I'm happy to. I hope to post more good info here as I find it...so stay tuned. It won't be all about life's craziness!

Hugs to you ALL,
Katherine :)

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