If you are reading this article probably you just created your first blog and you have to learn how to gain the first substantial traffic.
Or may be you want to check if in this list there are some suggestions and things that you have not done yet.
Let’s suppose that you have chosen WordPress as a platform and you have already installed it : well done, because it has a built-in search engine notification system for new posts (you may choose also a good customized theme like WooThemes that are SEO friendly).
To find out if Google has indexed your site, go to Google and enter in the following : “site:yourdomain.com” .
If Google has any results for you site already, congratulations, because you are on the good way to get visitors from Google.
If your blog is not indexed yet, do not worry, because Google regularly scans blogs and social networking sites for new content. To help the process, you can start here :
1 -go to Feedage and sign up for an account. Then, click “Submit Feed” ;
2 - go to Blogger and register for a free account. Create a new blog, that takes just a minute or two and write a quick post that includes a link to your site. Do not worry about the content of the post, or the anchor text or anything, just put something up with a link to your site. Since Google owns Blogger, this should new post should be picked up by them quickly.
3- go to a social network like StumbleUpon for example, and register for a free account. Then, submit a link to your site there.
After doing these easy steps, your site should get indexed by Google within 72 hours or less.
Once you are indexed in Google, submit your site also to other search engines like
4 - Yahoo Site Explorer
5 - Bing.
Insert your blog in these directories :
7 - Pegasusdirectory
8 - Prolinkdirectory
9 - Premierdirectory
10 - Dmoz
11 - Pledging for Change : a relatively new directory built for ethical businesses and ethical blogs on the web. The directory listings are very high quality and human edited containing deep linking into your site. Sign up here .
Now that your site is up, it is time to start attracting visitors to it and get traffic.
There are many different ways to generate traffic, including search, social media, article marketing, viral marketing, email marketing, paid advertising and more.
Search engines can send to your blog high volumes of relevant and sustainable traffic that you do not have to pay for.
You have to do a lot of work above all at beginning, but after this, traffic will keep coming from the search engines with little maintenance effort from your part.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the practice of making URL rank well in search engine results.
Basically, there are things you can do on your blog to help your rankings like :
12 - Choose a keyword-relevant domain.
13 - Include your keywords in your title.
14 - Include your keywords in your content (in headings, throughout the text, in images alt tags, etc.).
15 - Include keywords in your meta description and meta keywords.
16 - Provide a sitemap and clear navigation structure.
17 - Make sure the content on your site is relevant to visitors (the search engines are placing more and more weight on relevance).
18 - The most important aspect of search engine optimization is getting links to your site. The main things that matter are the quality of the site where the link is coming from and the anchor text that will be used for the link.
Anchor text matters because it helps the search engines understand what the site being linked to is all about.
You have to be careful though, because Google does not like to be manipulated : if Google sees that of dozens of links pointing to the same page are all using the exact same anchor text, it will suspect something unnatural is going on and will start to discount the value of those links.
This is why it is important that you vary a little the anchor text of the links you get.
Now you should :
19 - Ping the search engines. WordPress has Pingomatic built in. This tip is wonderful : use Pingfarm ! It is exactly like pingomatic with one huge difference : with Pingfarm you can add as many URL’s as you like at once and then you can hit “Submit. You will have for free your links pinged to all of the major services.
20 - Comment on some other blogs related to your market and it would be better related to the material of the post you just published. Check blogs that have Comment Luv enabled, in order to get a link back to the post you just wrote (see this wonderful Comment Luv lists of PR 2 until PR 6 blogs).
21 - Bookmark your own post as well as the posts of the other blogs you just commented on social media sites. Use Delicious, Digg, Reddit and others social network.
22 - In your own post, include at least one link out to a related blog (send trackbacks). Also, include one link in to one of your own internal posts (this will also help your blog structure).
23 - Share your new blog posts to your Twitter followers.
24 – Do not forget the power of Facebook : make a profile, build a page or a group, work and have fun getting fans and friends. You may share your posts and links.
25 - Try also article marketing. Sign up to EzineArticles and write a useful guide about something that you are expert about : it must be unique content and after you will get approved, you can point to your site,getting a link to an high value site.
In few words, you want to be everywhere in the web : everything you do on your blog should be as visible as possible all over the Internet.
Processing all these steps may takes time, but they will bring traffic to your site.
And when you have traffic, you can make money online, if you desire.