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Get More Blog Traffic Blueprint [Week 2]

by Steve Scott | Join Him On Facebook

Welcome to the 2nd lesson in the “Get More Blog Traffic Blueprint.”  Here we cover different tactics you can use to skyrocket the traffic to your blog.  If this is your first time here, read the previous lesson before proceeding with this article.

Today we’re going to talk about the most important aspect of getting more blog traffic – Web content.  The saying really is true, “content is king.”  If your content isn’t excellent on a regular basis, then it’s going to be an uphill battle to increase blog traffic.

People read blogs because of the value that’s provided.  Your blog should be a destination people use to stay in touch with your niche.  That’s why it’s mandatory to give readers content that’ll bring them back for more.

Keep a Regular Posting Schedule

Since my first article back in January 9th, I’ve kept a posting schedule.  This has helped me track posts I’m currently working on, while maintaining a record of what’s already been written.   It’s great for planning future articles and it’s also a useful tool for maintain my little 9-month streak of posting.

Now I’m not saying you have to obsessive like me and post every day.  But, it’s absolutely critical that your blog is updated on a regular basis – At least four to five times a week.

The blogging game has changed.  No longer can you post a few articles a month and expect a blog to provide a full-time income.  People now expect great content on a consistent basis.  It’s not going to be easy.  But like I said last week, blogging is the most difficult online business I’ve ever experienced.  If you’re not able to write on a regular basis, then start thinking of another online business model to pursue.

What Makes Great Blog Content?

Content is a continuous process.  Right now, I’m working hard to take the quality of my posts to the next level.  You should do the same.

If you look at the pro bloggers in each niche you’d notice they always provide top-notch articles.  The question is “what makes good content?” Well, I think there are five types of content that are ‘must-haves’ for every blog.  If these five are done correctly, you’ll have blog that’s in the upper tier of all blogs:

1)      How-To Articles- In your niche there’s probably a bunch of topics where people need a little hand-holding.  How-to articles go way beyond theory.  They delve deeply into a topic and provide a working blueprint readers can use to solve their problems.  To give you an example, every Monday I have an in-depth article that discusses a topic that’s common in the “Internet Lifestyle” niche.

2)      Resource Page-Similar to a how-to article, a resource page is a collection of tools and sites that people use on a regular basis.  This should go way beyond a normal post on your site.  In a way, you want the reader to go through and wonder why in the hell you’re giving away this kind of information.

3)      List Posts- People love lists.  That’s why you should have regular posts that start with titles like: 10 ways, 11 tips, 9 steps, etc.  Lists are great way to provide value while making the lesson easy to follow.

4)      Regular Series– A weekly (or monthly) series is an excellent way to get return visitors.  To get started, find a massive problem in your niche and create a step-by-step blueprint for fixing it.  This is was why I created the info product series and now I’m doing it with this course on getting more blog traffic.

5)      Link to Valuable Resources– Linking to other resources is a great way to add value to what’s discussed on your blog.  Furthermore you’ll build goodwill among other bloggers who get a free link from your site.

As I said before, an excellent blog can be built just from the five tips just mentioned.  With that said, here are fourteen more to help you stand out from the masses:

6)      Humor Articles– It’s okay to write content with a humorous slant.  Once in awhile I like to create something that’s a bit off the wall.  This keeps readers on their toes and also shows you have a personality.  As an example, I once wrote an article titled, “5 Stupidly Simply Ways to Make Money on the Internet” as a way to mock all those get rich quick schemes that plague this industry.

7)      Video- Without a doubt, video is the best way to connect with your audience.  Some people prefer to passively learn about a topic.  Instead of reading, they’d like to be told how to do something.

8)      Personal Slant– People want to know how you feel about a certain subject.  Remember, at its core, blogs are supposed to be an informal diary of your experiences in a certain topic.  So it’s okay if you have an opinion on a matter.  Don’t be afraid to voice how you feel about something,

9)      Q&A– I like to create posts from questions I receive from readers.  This is a great way to help out an individual person, while adding value to your site.  Generally, if one person asks a question, it’s probably something others are struggling with.

10)   Interviews– Find knowledgeable people in your niche and ask them a bunch of questions.  This interview can be done by video, audio, or even text.

11)   Freebies– An excellent way to add value to a blog is to give stuff away.  This could be a PDF, a webinar recording or a free template of some sort.  People love freebies with no strings-attached.  Once awhile give readers something for free without asking anything in return.

12)   Case Studies– Find a major topic in your niche and give a specific example of how you’re working on it.  As an example, for this series it would be great to take a blog with low traffic and show how it increased its readership by following my “get more blog traffic” blueprint.  (Anyone want to volunteer?)

13)   Guest Posts– Moving forward, I’m going to do at least one guest post each week.  In my opinion, guest posting is a ‘win-win’ situation.  The author gets a full article to show off their expertise with a permanent backlink.  And you get a free, unique article for your site.  The quickest way to get started with guest posts is to let your audience know that you’re open to it.  Write post about it.  Or do what I do and create a dedicated page about your guest posting policy.

14)   Poll Your Audience- Ask your readers a simple question and provide two (or three) possible responses. I recommend using this technique to gauge people’s interest in a particular topic.  Find out what they want to learn.  Then create content around this subject.  A quick way to get started with polls is to use this WordPress poll plugin.

15)   Run a Contest– A contest is an excellent method for getting your audience to participate.  You don’t have to break the bank with your contest.  In fact, you could give some away that doesn’t cost a thing, but still has value.  Like your time, services, or even a permanent backlink from your site.  Just think about what your audience would want the most and offer it as a prize.

16)   Ask a Question- Give a short background on a topic and ask your audience a simple question.  Then your audience will provide most of the content by voicing their opinion.  Now here’s a sneaky trick to really increase your number of comments.  After creating this post, link to it from your Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.  Then send out a quickie email to your list.  Within a few hours, you could have dozens of responses with very little effort on your part.

17)   Give them Homework– Every niche has a major problem people experience.  Instead of only writing an article on the subject, give out assignments readers can use to fix this problem.   All you do is break down this subject into easy-to-manage parts and give your audience something to do each week.  Your audience creates content by describing the results they see in your comments section.  They’ll list their challenges, what they’ve learned, and unique ideas.

18)   Set up a Debate– It’s simple.  Introduce a hot topic in your niche.  Give arguments for both sites.  Ask your readers for their opinion.  Then sit back and watch what happens.  We all have opinions…Especially on the things that matter.  With a debate, your audience will interact with you and most importantly, with each other.  What you debate about really depends on the theme of your blog.  You could use a current event.  Or talk about something that just happened in your niche.  Or even ask a simple question, and express your viewpoint.  The trick here is to find a topic that gets a strong reaction.

19)   Regular Blog Posts- Not every article you write has to gain world-wide recognition across the blogosphere.   In fact, it’s a great strategy to have a steady diet of quality, but short posts.  That way you won’t overwhelm your readers with too much information.  Sometimes short, pithy posts get the best reactions from readers.

Final Thoughts on Content…

I just gave nineteen types of posts.  Try all of them, especially the first five, and see which work best for your blog.  While this is a series on web traffic, I feel that increasing readership is mostly about what’s posted on your site.  If the content is excellent, you’ll have a solid foundation for skyrocketing your blog traffic.  What do you think?

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{ 46 comments }

Tristan

Awesome post, Steve! Really great job with this one.

I personally post 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for a couple reasons: 1) I feel like I need 2 days for the majority of my readers to make their way to my blog and read the most recent post (although I suppose that if they expected to see something every day they’d come back every day), and 2) I HATE the pressure of having to blog every day. Last year I had 3 blogs that I updated every single day, and I just got sick of it after a while. I didn’t like that hanging over me every day. It also kind of burned me out on what I was talking about. And with my current blog, while I love it and love blogging about what I’m blogging about, there are just some days I don’t feel like writing, so on those days I can just spend my time working on my blog’s design or promotion, which are two things I also love doing.

I also have found that it’s nearly impossible for me to go through the effort of writing high quality content on a daily basis. It just takes too much out of me. You’ve mentioned before that you outsource part of your post creation; how many posts a week are outsourced, and what does it cost you (if you don’t mind sharing)?

One thing I plan on implementing is having more guest posts when I get more firmly established. I’d still post on Mon, Wed, and Fri, but then have guest posts on Tuesday and/or Thursday.

Anyway, back to your post… I think one great thing about a series that you didn’t mention is that it allows/forces you to break down larger projects one chunk at a time. Your info product creation series is a perfect example of this. You had the larger goal in mind of writing the ebook, and then you write it bit by bit as a weekly series. Great way to do it.

And finally, I love video on blogs. I don’t always watch it video, but I love having the option to watch the video. I also think it’s a great way to differentiate your blog from others. Most people still aren’t doing video, so if you’re doing that on your blog, you’re going to stand out.

Ok, enough rambling. Moral of the story? Great post!

Steve@Lifestyle Design

Tristan,

I have actually been debating decreasing my daily posting a little bit to maybe 5 a week. I am not sure there is much of a benefit between 4 and 7 posts a week, besides more backlog for Google to find. 3 regular posts is likely just as good, as you are hitting with regularity. Even once a week is far better than those that do 5 days in a row and then nothing for a month.

Sometimes daily posting is a strain, but often not really is you schedule and write in advance. The only thing that sucks is not being able to throw in timely tidbits. But those make an article not be evergreen anyway. Ultimately though doing it how you feel comfortable is the real key…and obviously you got that…

Generally 1 post a week is outsourced at 15-20 per. Sometimes 2 but but never-ever more than 2. Longer posts are never outsourced… so ones (like todays and yesterdays) weren’t.

If I had to write each and every day 7 days a week…I think you may be right, the quality might suffer. With an outsource post and a guest post it does make it easier…being only 5 posts really…

Video is one thing I really need to work on. I have done them, and will do more..but i never feel very”comfortable” but i know reposting them on youtube gives you a whole ‘nother audience and some people really LOVE watching video posts. Personally I prefer to read, but many don’t.

Thanks for a great comment and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Ryan Biddulph

Hi Steve,

Wonderful post here.

I’m partial to How to’s – although I haven’t posted on in a while – and list posts. Both attract readers like bees to honey.

Provide usable content on a consistent basis. Don’t scrimp, don’t hold back and don’t save your best stuff for paid products. If you hold back it will be held back from you.

I like the homework idea. Your blog is one of the view that gives out assignments on a consistent basis, which is great. Too many readers are lazy. They expect bloggers to solve problems for them without putting any effort into it. Feel free to learn from my stuff but then put it into action!

Thanks for sharing and have a powerful day!

Ryan

Steve@Lifestyle Design

Ryan,

Yeah, I suspect many don’t do there homework! they will have to stay after class! (lol) The thing is to really learn the things that are put out there is refresher needed. A lot depends on the person. Someone like you might KNOW a lot of the info. Reading it is more of a refresher itself. “yeah..that’s right” type of stuff.

Doing the “work” when you really know it all ready is obviously pointless. But for people to whom the material really is NEW it is almost essential to really take something away from it.

I do agree that “how to’s” are great. they really show can show a lot. Every post does not have to have actionable items. But posts that do are awesome.

Thanks for the great comment. I hope you have wonderful Thanksgiving!

Steven

This was a very thorough run-down on all the different formats we can use to write a killer blog post. Half of these I’ve done before with great success, and others I’ve never considered (set up a debate).

You say we should update our blog 4-5 times a week. That is a lot – even for me – and I thought I was a pretty consistent writer! Some of my favorite blogs only do 1-2 posts a week, and I was even considering posting less, but with better quality. I guess it depends on the blogger, but this is something I am going to have to give more thought.

I’m jealous that you have had this site for half the time that I have been blogging at The Emotion Machine yet you get loads more traffic. I think part of my problem is my niche is coming together at a very slow pace.

Thanks for the tips and I will be back for more sometime soon!

Steve@Lifestyle Design

YOu may have a point. I might have been overboard with 4-5. I might be willing to stand by saying 3 though.

There are some great blogs that do 1-2 times a week…but they are established. My opinion (just an opinion after all) is that a growing blog can use a little more frequency. You keep your blog in peoples minds. there should be something new every time someone visits if there are posts every other day, and you begin to create a backlog of posts for Google, interlinking and for visitors to find specific content from you.

I am sure that a “growing” blog could be successful with 1-2 posts a week. – I wouldn’t call it life or death- But I think a decent amount of frequency will help a blog to grow. I guess my point was that I am not sure if there is ANY difference in speed of blog growth between 4-5 and 7 days a week.

To risk previewing next weeks post -a little- I think the biggest secret in fast growth is really being proactive in commenting. I have been a little bad about it the last two + weeks, since I have been a little busy…but commenting intelligently on 10-20 sites a day is one of the best things that can be done in early stages for building up a blog. It is not scalable, so it loses potency as a blog grows, but there is no better way to get people to visit you than for you to visit them and leave good comments when you like their material.

Thanks for the great comment. Have an awesome Thanksgiving.

Matthew Needham

Hey Steve, I think you’ve managed to get all sorts of posts into one post, lists, debate, how to etc.. Well done!

It’s interesting, last week I couldn’t update my site, so managed only one article. (Which was a list article) However, I got more comments on that post than I usually do and more re-tweets. What’s more traffic was marginally up on the prior week.

Now, I am with you that you need to post regularly, but what I don’t quite understand is that some folks (Corbett Barr, Tim Ferriss, Chris Guillebeau, Glenn Allsop) post less frequently.

Any thoughts?

Steve@Lifestyle Design

List articles do great that is for sure.

The post frequency is for growing blogs. The way I see it is that once a blog has a really solid readership I think that goes out the window and a couple times a week might be best. (as per all you mentioned) Those guys probably would be harder pressed to “grow” much more. Or at least any growth would not be enough to make it worth their time and effort using the 80/20 principle.

Getting to that point can take being being proactive IMO. 4-5 may be excessive on second thought. But 3-4 times a weeks is certainly where I would put the sweet spot (with 4-5 being “slightly” better) to maximize growth.

Tito Philips, Jnr.

Steve!
At least 4-5 posts per week, man that got me thinking wow!
The 1st thing that came to my mind was this,
“how the heck do I cough out so much content and how do I pull in visitors to read them?”
Staying up to date on blogs I like is already consuming much of my writing time, since connecting through comments is also a key way of attracting visitors to ones blog.

What do You say to people like me, who does other traditional business except blogging?

Steve@Lifestyle Design

Well, I might have been little bit aggressive, 3-4 would probably do just as well for growth. Doing 1-2 might not “kill” you, just might (IMO) make it a little bit slower.

Next weeks post is on commenting…and I agree with your statement…when push comes to shove commenting does more for your blog growth than an extra 1-2 posts a week. If something has to go time-wise extra posts a logical casualty.

For you I would say Try to do 2-3 posts a week. Just make sure they are schedualed and DO happen. Consistency is the key. I am pretty way overkill with 7 a week. I think 4-5 really has NO step down at all from 7 a week. You may slow you growth dropping to 2 a week…but if you balance it with a lot more commenting you can equal it out.

Like I said next weeks post is on commenting, and in the end commenting is more important early on than just about anything else.

Tito Philips, Jnr.

Consistency is the KEY.
I really would want to do more than a week post, but again, I want to be sure it’s sustainable in the long run. Right now, I’m still in my learning days, testing and evaluating strategies. Will definitely try out the 2 posts per week strategy and see how it turns out 🙂

Thanks Steve!

Daniel Sharkov

Hey Steve,

Awesome post man! Although I can’t really say whether content is the king, it is without a doubt the backbone of each and every blog out there. You MUST come up with quality and original content if you want to get the attention if the big players and eventually become one. That’s for sure.

Having a posting schedule can be of a great use as you’ve mentioned in the article. Planning your content and knowing exactly what you are going to post the next day or week is without a doubt beneficial. Even though I’m not planning much further ahead, having an idea of my next post and details around it does provide a helping hand.

The posting frequency is yet another important component. Keeping it consistent is what matters the most. At the moment I’m posting once a week only, since I virtually don’t have the time to work on my blog. There are far too many things I should work on outside blogging unfortunately. Even if I had the time, having as frequent posting schedule as yours would’ve definitely been impossible. I just can’t come up with that much content every day.

The tips you have provided are pretty good as well. How-to and list articles are in my opinion the ones that visitors pay attention to the most. It is just that they are the easiest to scan. That’s the kind of articles, I’m concentrating my efforts on and as of now it works quite well.

Thanks for sharing mate! Tons of useful information. Keep up the great work! 🙂

Steve Scott

There are certainly other extremely important factors, but yeah…content has to at least be the backbone of a blog. I still say the “essenital piece” but SEO/social media and networking make very good arguments too.

If you can;t post more frequently..you simply can’t. It is important to be regular though. If you do 4 posts in one week and then one next, it would be better to save and Schedule some posts (IMO)

I totally agree with your reasoning too. Lists and how tos are the most popular usually and for the reason you say: they are scannable. People want their info fast and they want it NOW.There is a wealth of information out there and if it is not delivered readily enough people just go elsewhere.

Thanks for some great comments i appreciate it.

Ryan Renfrew

Hey Steve,

Ive just strating blogging. What types of post do you suggest I start with in order to build a solid subscriber base?

Blaze Your Trail

Ryan

Steve Scott

Ryan,

A mix of the first 5 is the most important. List posts particularly tend to rank well, but you want to do more than “just” list posts. When you are just starting out getting the word out is also just as (maybe more) important than the content. Tweeting, getting your friends to visit and more importantly leaving intelligent comments on a ton of sites can be the best way to build up a subscriber base in the beginning

Fran Aslam

Hi Steve:

I remembered, you started the traffic series, and this blog post is an encyclopedia of blog traffic. So many list numbers and everyone is more important than the other. A great list.
I find All of them important and want to use all of them and therefore, I can’t choose some as I like to use all.

You have a very simple and effective way of explaining the use of these methods too. thanks for a valuable post.

fran A

Steve Scott

Thanks Fran! Glad you liked it and found the resource valuable.

I hope your Thanksgiving is going (or will be going) wonderfully!

Dia

Hi Steve,

Very nice post my friend. I agree with you we should update our blogs/sites as often as we can. Personally, I try to add a new post every 2 days (one day yes and one day nothing), which will equal to 3-4 articles per week. I think this is crucial, so people can come back more often and for the search engines as well. The more content the blog has, the more chances that the blog will show up in google when people search for some type of info. After the blog gets established, then we can go down to 2 articles per week.

I love to write “How to” and “list” articles. I try to usually combine them in one. Speaking about articles, research shows that the majority of people prefer to read short articles, otherwise, they will skim over the long articles, so it is a great thing to keep the articles short around 500 words per post.

I personally haven’t done many guest posts as I would like to. I have been focusing on writing articles for my blog, working on my ebook, and marketing. I like the idea you suggest to guest post once a week, I might start doing the same very soon. 🙂

Thanks for sharing my friend

Steve Scott

I agree Dia,

3-4 days is probably sufficient. You get a good balance of a lot of content but also let the most people find your articles. I am not sure at what point I would be comfortable dropping the amount down. Certainly “a-list” bloggers get away with less, and I think some fairly established do fine with less too, but could they do even better with more? Could be a little hard to say.

I have mixed emotions on short articles. I try to have some that are 500 words or less. But sometimes those do not really make very “definitive” posts. Personally my “favorite” articles are the occasional massive ones that really tell you everything you need to know (I would be much more comfortable with those 2x a week) But because of the length and the scope of those articles they are cdertainly not everyday articles.

It might be best to have 1 “in depth” one a week and the rest short (for the reasons you stated)

Steve Youngs

Hey Steve!

I already knew about everything on your list (with one exception that I’ll get to in a moment), and I’m sure that a lot of (most?) other bloggers would be just as familiar with your points too. But here’s the funny (sad) thing… very few of us think about them when we’re trying to come up with ideas for new articles. So thank you very much for this article, Steve, it is going to help me immensely. In fact, I’ve written down your 14 points in a notebook to refer back to.

Now, that one point I wasn’t familiar with… The “resource page”. OK, I get what it is, I just don’t know if I’ve ever seen an example of one. Can you point me to yours? (or anybody else’s that demonstrate it well).

Kind regards,
Steve

Matthew Needham

Hi Steve, good idea about noting the points down, I think this list will be referred to often.

Here’s the link to my resources page, which is probably one of the most visited pages after the ‘About’ page.

http://bigredtomatocompany.co.uk/resources/

Cheers,

Matthew

Steve Scott

Agreed. Mathews resources page fills the bill perfectly as an example.

Thanks 🙂

Steve Youngs

Oh, excellent! Thanks for that, Matthew.

Steve Scott

Glad you liked the ideas. They certainly aren’t “secrets” but it does help to think about all the options when looking to write things.

As for “resource pages” what I mean by that is articles that link out to a lot of other resources. It could be something like”30 awesome wordpress plugins” perhaps “15 blogs everyone on ____ Niche should follow”.

Just articles where you are linking out to other sites/programs etc. to solve a very specific issue. IMO it makes that post a “resource” for solving whatever issue is at hand. I hope that gives a little better explanation.

Steve Youngs

Yep, thanks for the clarification.

Patricia@lavenderuses

Hi Steve

As always really informative post. I started blogging with 3 times a week. I now post once a week on a Tuesday. Cos it is a small niche blog I figure that with any more regular posting I would give my readers information overload lol

Other blogs lend themselves to posting more frequently and I guess that depends on the blog owner. I like all your suggestions and some I have done and others I have not. Will bookmark and work my way through to see what ones are a good fit for me and my blog. Thanks again Steve for a really great articel.

Patricia Perth Australia

Steve Scott

Actually, usually I would recommend 3-4 times a week. But for a small niche like yours one time a week is actually perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing!

Thanks for a great comment Patricia!

Adam Paudyal

Steve, Four to Five times a week..? Not everybody is same but I really do need to work on that brother.

You are absolutely right..the blogging game has changed over the years. I love the way you write your weekly series man. That way after you are done with the whole series, add more content to it and create an ebook.

I sometimes wonder how in the hell you get all these ideas to create valuable posts every single day? Well from experience obviously! That is the whole reason I recommend every one of my buddies to your blog!

Hey, I really like that sneaky trick you talked about. I really need to use that tactic.

Later on brother and you have a happy thanksgiving!

Steve Scott

4-5 times a week seems to have gotten a pretty big, “you’re nuts” reaction from people. MAYBE I have overdone it a little bit. I will stand firm on having a schedule and the fact that more frequent posts (at least 3 times a week) certainly is AT LEAST beneficial…. really I think pretty darn important…but I will leave it at beneficial

John McNally

I like regular routines Steve, so posting 4 or 5 times a week wouldn’t work for me. I would have to aim for daily posts, and allow 2 or 3 days when I couldn’t manage that.

However reading the comments, you seem to have relaxed this rule a bit to between 3 and 5 posts. I like Dia’s system of posting EVERY 2 DAYS. I can understand this, it’s a regular routine, and it produces 3 or 4 posts every week……Back of the net! 😆

In 12) you were asking for a Case Study, how about me? I have been trying to improve my traffic through posting and commenting, but seem to have bottomed out. My Alexa is 307,525 and Daily Visits 50.

Looking forward to following this series.

John

Steve Scott

I agree. I am fairly proud of doing a post every day for the last 9 months. It might be a ‘little” overkill. From the “you’re high” reaction of some of the commentators, perhaps the 4-5 posts MIGHT be on the high side.

Personally I still think the daily (or 4-5) is the best…but I did relax a little in the face of strong reactions, thinking that the frequency might be a little of “my thing” But I agree having a set schedule for a MINIMUM amount of posts is essential.

I got a couple people who emailed me for the case study. I just outlined a post for this Tuesday for a little bit more into this idea of doing a case study. So more information will follow. But you sound like a pretty good possibility as long as you are going to put in the work!

The Vizier

Hi Steve,

This is a very useful article on generating great blog content!

I doubt I will be able to manage a post everyday and in my opinion, that would be a bit much for readers also. I prefer 3-4 posts a week so that readers have some time to digest what I am saying in between. I feel it is also less stressful for them to keep up also. Right now I am doing 2 posts a week, but with the ideas you have suggested, I should be able to increase it to 3 or 4. This is definitely an article I would refer to often.

Thanks for sharing!

Steve Scott

From the reactions 4-5 might be overkill. I might agree that it could possibly be overkill for some blogs, but 3-4 should be doable and give you a nice backlog of material.

Glad you like the article! 🙂

Karen

Hey Steve,

Like others have mentioned, you’ve inspired me to come up with some new post technqiues. I forget sometimes about all the other methods that are out there. Great job listing them, for sure!

I’ve also noticed that when I post less frequently that I get more comments and more RTs, like Matthew mentioned. Posting every single day is sometimes too much and can result information overload. Plus, if I miss a few days to catch up on my reading it feels like work and that’s when I just click the “Mark All as Read” button my Reader.

It takes a toll on the writer and the reader to keep up, in my opinion. But, obviously, it’s working for you so more power to you! 🙂

Thanks for the ideas,
Karen

Steve Scott

I will admit that posting less frequently may get you some extra comments and tweets. I know I am not able to make it to every blog I like every single day, and I do not expect everyone to make it to mine every single day.

My thinking is though with 3 days worth of content having one of the 3 articles that EVERYONE will like increases. It also increases the chances that people will find articles in your old content that they missed, and of course increase chances for your articles to be find on Google, etc.

You do make a solid point about “mark all as read”. I have done that a few times myself. But That sword cuts two ways, though, with higher posting frequency your NEXT post has a better chance to pop up on their feedburner.

In the end higher frequency may not be worth it to “kill” yourself over, but I do think that it is an important aspect of increasing overall blog traffic. Certainly at the 3-4 posts mark…and MAYBE at the 4-5 or even daily levels depending on the site and what you want from it.

Brandon@Screwed By Life

I think out of those, how-to’s are really one of the best. The self-help industry is a huge market!

Ralph

Steve,
This post is a blogging class in itself. I know I need to work on my content. The frequency is fine. The quality of writing is getting better. The organization is slapdash. Most critical is that I do not manage to engage my readers- or enough of them and persuade them to return regularly. You’ve given me lots to chew.

Steve Scott

Thanks Ralph!

I appreciate your input. It does mean a lot that you would appreciate my work!

Fran Aslam

Hi Steve;

Feels like you are busy and that is okay. I will read the same post again and this time I will try to use those strategies that I have not used yet.

All the best

fran A

Steve Scott

Doh! Three is out now. Just a little late. I went to a Big ole’ tree lighting in NYC last night.

Constantin Gabor

Awesome post! Even this is a How To Article and a List as well. 🙂

I prefer posting timeless content once or twice per week. I guess posting frequency depends on the niche you’re in.

Natan Hajdu

Hey Steve,

Well done on this post. You definitely give people a variety to choose from. I also like the design of your site; it shows you’ve walked a long path to make it to this point. I’m currently running with 12, the case study. I’m not sure how I landed on this page but I like what I’ve read so far and I intend to explore your blog further.

From one blogger to another, keep it up.

AstroGremlin@superheroes

A post a day? Gee whiz. Your list of 19 post types is a great exercise for a writer to try them all. Of course that would only handle 19 days worth of content.

I recently started writing type #5 (Humor) and I noticed that they have a much lower bounce rate than How To or product review articles. Writing humor that is actually funny is a challenge, though.

Steve Scott

A post a day was a lot! I made it to 1 year and 1 day and took a break. Now I try for about 3 a week, but doing one a day for a year let me build up a nice little bit o’ content. I must say your commentluv title intrigues me. I will be checking it out 🙂

Jimmy/Life Architect

Wow Steve,

I never knew that we can have so many ways to position our content. Now you have really got me busy. This blogging stuff does not seem to end. But I am loving every moment of it.

Question: How can you position your post to get more people to comment on the post?

Cheers

Steve Scott

Jimmy,

Again, do you mean physical position on the page. If so yours falls into a fine area. Ultimately you might want to get a “theme” to snazz it up a little bit. But really…I would not worry about that for now.

If you mean position it in the sense of the work you do. Then you can do worse than following these steps. Also remember comments are not always a strong indicator of actual traffic. The closer you get to the “blogging” topic the more comments you might begin to get regularly, because blog owners understand the value of building relationships and those links. The farther away from the topic, people seem a little more hesitant to leave comments. Hence using something like Google analytics to tell you how you are really doing and commenting on blogs similar to yours (and guest posting on those too…once the blog owner begins to recognize you) so that you know what your traffic is really doing.

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