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Yaro Starak’s 10 Great Blog Traffic Tips

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In every bloggers life comes a special day – the day they first launch a new blog. Now unless you went out and purchased someone else”s blog chances are your blog launched with only one very loyal reader – you. Maybe a few days later you received a few hits when you told your sister, father, girlfriend and best friend about your new blog but that”s about as far you went when it comes to finding readers.

Here are the top 10 techniques new bloggers can use to find readers. These are tips specifically for new bloggers, those people who have next-to-no audience at the moment and want to get the ball rolling.

It helps if you work on this list from top to bottom as each technique builds on the previous step to help you create momentum. Eventually once you establish enough momentum you gain what is called “traction”, which is a large enough audience base (about 500 readers a day is good) that you no longer have to work too hard on finding new readers. Instead your current loyal readers do the work for you through word of mouth.

Top 10 Tips

10. Write at least five major “pillar” articles. A pillar article is a tutorial style article aimed to teach your audience something. Generally they are longer than 500 words and have lots of very practical tips or advice. This article you are currently reading could be considered a pillar article since it is very practical and a good “how-to” lesson. This style of article has long term appeal, stays current (it isn’t news or time dependent) and offers real value and insight. The more pillars you have on your blog the better.

9. Write one new blog post per day minimum. Not every post has to be a pillar, but you should work on getting those five pillars done at the same time as you keep your blog fresh with a daily news or short article style post. The important thing here is to demonstrate to first time visitors that your blog is updated all the time so they feel that if they come back tomorrow they will likely find something new. This causes them to bookmark your site or subscribe to your blog feed.

You don”t have to produce one post per day all the time but it is important you do when your blog is brand new. Once you get traction you still need to keep the fresh content coming but your loyal audience will be more forgiving if you slow down to a few per week instead. The first few months are critical so the more content you can produce at this time the better.

8. Use a proper domain name. If you are serious about blogging be serious about what you call your blog. In order for people to easily spread the word about your blog you need a easily rememberable domain name. People often talk about blogs they like when they are speaking to friends in the real world (that”s the offline world, you remember that place right?) so you need to make it easy for them to spread the word and pass on your URL. Try and get a .com if you can and focus on small easy to remember domains rather than worry about having the correct keywords (of course if you can get great keywords and easy to remember then you’ve done a good job!).

7. Start commenting on other blogs. Once you have your pillar articles and your daily fresh smaller articles your blog is ready to be exposed to the world. One of the best ways to find the right type of reader for your blog is to comment on other people’s blogs. You should aim to comment on blogs focused on a similar niche topic to yours since the readers there will be more likely to be interested in your blog.

Most blog commenting systems allow you to have your name/title linked to your blog when you leave a comment. This is how people find your blog. If you are a prolific commentor and always have something valuable to say then people will be interested to read more of your work and hence click through to visit your blog.

6. Trackback and link to other blogs in your blog posts. A trackback is sort of like a blog conversation. When you write a new article to your blog and it links or references another blogger”s article you can do a trackback to their entry. What this does is leave a truncated summary of your blog post on their blog entry – it”s sort of like your blog telling someone else’s blog that you wrote an article mentioning them. Trackbacks often appear like comments.

This is a good technique because like leaving comments a trackback leaves a link from another blog back to yours for readers to follow, but it also does something very important – it gets the attention of another blogger. The other blogger will likely come and read your post eager to see what you wrote about them. They may then become a loyal reader of yours or at least monitor you and if you are lucky some time down the road they may do a post linking to your blog bringing in more new readers.

5. Encourage comments on your own blog. One of the most powerful ways to convince someone to become a loyal reader is to show there are other loyal readers already following your work. If they see people commenting on your blog then they infer that your content must be good since you have readers so they should stick around and see what all the fuss is about. To encourage comments you can simply pose a question in a blog post. Be sure to always respond to comments as well so you can keep the conversation going.

4. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival. A blog carnival is a post in a blog that summarizes a collection of articles from many different blogs on a specific topic. The idea is to collect some of the best content on a topic in a given week. Often many other blogs link back to a carnival host and as such the people that have articles featured in the carnival often enjoy a spike in new readers.

To find the right blog carnival for your blog, do a search at blogcarnival.com.

3. Submit your blog to blogtopsites.com. To be honest this tip is not going to bring in a flood of new readers but it”s so easy to do and only takes five minutes so it”s worth the effort. Go to Blog Top Sites, find the appropriate category for your blog and submit it. You have to copy and paste a couple of lines of code on to your blog so you can rank and then sit back and watch the traffic come in. You will probably only get 1-10 incoming readers per day with this technique but over time it can build up as you climb the rankings. It all helps!

2. Submit your articles to EzineArticles.com. This is another tip that doesn’t bring in hundreds of new visitors immediately (although it can if you keep doing it) but it”s worthwhile because you simply leverage what you already have – your pillar articles. Once a week or so take one of your pillar articles and submit it to Ezine Articles. Your article then becomes available to other people who can republish your article on their website or in their newsletter.

How you benefit is through what is called your “Resource Box”. You create your own resource box which is like a signature file where you include one to two sentences and link back to your website (or blog in this case). Anyone who publishes your article has to include your resource box so you get incoming links. If someone with a large newsletter publishes your article you can get a lot of new readers at once.

1. Write more pillar articles. Everything you do above will help you to find blog readers however all of the techniques I’ve listed only work when you have strong pillars in place. Without them if you do everything above you may bring in readers but they won’t stay or bother to come back. Aim for one solid pillar article per week and by the end of the year you will have a database of over 50 fantastic feature articles that will work hard for you to bring in more and more readers.

I hope you enjoyed my list of traffic tips. Everything listed above are techniques I’ve put into place myself for my blogs and have worked for me, however it”s certainly not a comprehensive list. There are many more things you can do. Finding readers is all about testing to see what works best for you and your audience and I have no doubt if you put your mind to it you will find a balance that works for you.

This article was written by a guest blogger by the name of Yaro Starak who is a professional blogger and my blog mentor. He is the leader of the Blog Mastermind mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.

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134 Responses to “Yaro Starak’s 10 Great Blog Traffic Tips”

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monique on Jan 24, 2009, 2:07 pm  

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zuluu on Feb 2, 2009, 5:08 am  

Heh, 99% of the people is linking back…

Good learners.

beny on Feb 2, 2009, 11:34 pm  

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kjsand01 on Feb 10, 2009, 5:08 pm  

yaro starak is one of my favorite bloggers and his tips really help out.

Thanks so much for this post.

Eric Alexander on Feb 19, 2009, 10:35 am  


I think Yaro and Gideon are doing a great job in helping many aspiring bloggers with their great videos, tips and advice.


jj on Feb 27, 2009, 9:48 pm  

very useful, thank you Yaro

Tami on Mar 8, 2009, 11:45 pm  

Thank you for your great list. Wow, posting everyday is not always relevant for every blog. I think a once a week to once every two weeks will work for many blogs. Of course a news type blog would need to post more often. Thank you though, I’ve printed out this list to put right on my desk.

CELEBSIMAGE on Mar 11, 2009, 7:33 am  

I am too worried about my traffic. I read or do a lot to make it more and try many things suggested by people and site like yours. Thanks indeed for good list of what to do.
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leon on Mar 13, 2009, 6:31 pm  

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Holly on Mar 15, 2009, 3:50 pm  

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Floryn on Apr 23, 2009, 6:04 am  

Great article!

Millionaire Acts on May 11, 2009, 7:20 pm  

Nice way of getting a traffic. I’m following most of them especially the pillar articles.

Rob on May 13, 2009, 4:10 am  

Excellent post. This is a great breakdown of Yaro’s Blog Mastermind program and the principles that Yaro goes by. If you do these yes, you traffic will increate.

Prince_yankee on May 13, 2009, 7:19 pm  

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satannoy on May 28, 2009, 10:35 am  

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ebizexperiment.com on May 31, 2009, 5:20 pm  

these tips are pretty common. Posting every-day is not easy to do also. Thanks anyway

getinformer on Jun 10, 2009, 10:49 pm  

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LogoMann/HollywoodWiz on Jun 13, 2009, 11:42 am  

I’m fairly familiar with the various methods of promoting one’s content, but this article is absolutely “spot on,” as the Brits say.

I don’t know if it’s “your” term or not, but this is the first time I’ve run across “pillar article,” and I must say it’s apt. I really like it. I think the 5 pillar articles is an excellent strategy, and I plan on following it ASAP.

blogcarnival and blogtopsites are great suggestions. I should probably be embarrassed, but I’m not familiar with them. I will be now!

I agree with Jose Rivera, too. It’s better to not write anything at all for a short period of time than simply fill space because you feel an obligation to do so. If you don’t have anything “valuable” (that, of course, is a somewhat arbitrary and subjective term) to say, leave it for a tweet — if that!

God knows we get enough crap tweets now, too… Ugh.

Really excellent work, Yaro, and the quality of the writing is top-notch. I will enjoy following your work (and learning from you).

Owais Ahmed on Jun 18, 2009, 10:11 am  

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Techno Primer on Nov 30, 2009, 2:30 am  

Excellent tips, thanks a lot for sharing. I’m gonna work more on tips no. 8, 9 and 10. By reading through this article I now know some of the reasons why i have a hard time holding on to my readers.