Monday, January 24, 2011

11 tips on how to increase your blog’s pageviews


Interlink your Posts
This is perhaps the most simple method to increase your pageviews. Whenever you write an article, check whether you have written similar articles. If so link to them. This is helpful for new readers as well as it is not necessary that all your readers have been with you from the beginning. But remember that too much interlinking can get your readers distracted from the orginal post.

Highlight Related Posts
For WordPress users there is a plugin called Related Posts that can automatically find related posts for you based on the keywords you used in the article. You can do this manually if you want, but I prefer the plugin as it is a lot easier. There may be a similar plugin for other Blog Platforms, but I am not sure about it.
It is best that you place 5 related posts just after the post ends. 

Add a Newsletter or Post Notification Services
Services such Zookoda and FeedBurner can be used to notify readers of new posts via email thereby increasing page views. I think that notifying new posts through emails are more effective than feeds as people check their mails many times a day.

Highlight Key Posts in Prominent Positions
You may have noticed that my header links to some of the important articles of johntp.com. When visitors reach this blog there’s a high chance that they will notice these links and click them. My header links has helped me almost double my pageviews.

‘Best of’ Pages
Blogspot has a built-in feature (aka gadget) that lets you put up the top blog posts you've made. I think they're rated by the # of comments you have in it.
Write a Series of Posts
A series of posts on a topic can drive readers from the first part to the last thereby increasing pageviews. Readers will also return often to read what you have to say on the next part.
Although I suggest you don’t break every article into a series of posts as it may irritate some readers.

Run a Blog Project or Meme
Group writing projects can get you new links and readers aswell as visitors who come back multiple times in a week to see what updates there had been to it. Projects or competitions works best if you have a lot of loyal readers willing to participate.

Excerpts in RSS feeds
If you use Full Feeds, your readers are likely to read your content through feeds and never return to your blog. To increase page views you may switch to Partial Feeds.

Entice RSS Readers to Visit
If you decide to use Full feeds, you need to find ways to get your subscribers to visit your blog. Darren suggests methods such as Polls, writing posts in a way that invites comments and interlinking posts.

Build Interactivity into your Blog
The more your readers interact on your blog the more pages they view. Comments and polls are a good way to interact with readers.
You can encourage comments by asking question or opinions at the end of every post. If a reader leaves a comment or takes part in a poll they are likely to come back again to see if there are any replies to their comments or to find out the result of the poll. Building an interactive blog can increase your pageviews a lot.

Add a Search Feature
Adding a Search feature to your blog allows your readers to search for previous posts thereby increasing pageviews. Your theme may already be having it by default.

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