20 Tricks To Drive Traffic Away From Your Blog

  1. Use 5 Adsense blocks on every page, especially when you’re blog is new.
  2. Get music to play automatically when people visit…doesn’t everybody love “Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me”?
  3. Have so much blogger bling (plug-ins, badges, etc) that readers can’t tell the difference between content and bling.
  4. Use fonts that are too large, too small or too difficult to read. 
  5. Use a color scheme with poor contrast…light colors on light background.
  6. Don’t optimize images for the web – making your page loading time 7 weeks long.
  7. Use a rainbow colour scheme with rainbow gradients everywhere
  8. Don’t offer RSS feeds.
  9. Use a visible feed counter when you only have 2 subscribers.
  10. Don’t use points or subheadings and write posts that span 10 pages with no paragraph breaks.
  11. Design a site that is only usable in one web browser.
  12. Never trackback to other blogs – who needs links anyway?
  13. Never leave comments on other blogs, never reply to comments left on your blog or emails relating to your blog.
  14. Turn comments off. (is it really a blog if you don’t have comments?)
  15. Delete comments just because they disagree with you.
  16. Use popups…or pop unders for that matter.
  17. Require registration in order to leave comments.
  18. Use flashing GIF’s especially nice big ones that will give some of your readers a fit.
  19. Have a misleading title 🙂


How to Increase Technorati Rank

Recently I was asked by a reader for some ideas on improving the Technorati rank of a blog. Ultimately it is good content that will increase the Technorati rank of your blog. Technorati rank is based on the amount of links aiming at your blog, particularly from blogs with high authority on Technorati. So if you are writing about content that you readers enjoy, you are going to get more links. Of course exposure is also an issue, if your blog is new, your readership is likely to be much smaller than more established blogs, so with less exposure, even well written interesting content is going to take time to work it’s charm on your rank.

Here are a few tips to get things moving:

Claim your blog

You need to create a Technorati account and claim your blogs. The process of claiming involves filling out a form about your blog. It is important that you put in some effort here, include as many relevant tags as you can think of, and write a good description.

Add a photo/avatar to your profile in Technorati

All the search results on Technorati have a small space for a photo or avatar of the blogger of that article. If you have added a photo to your profile the photo will be displayed in search results on the site. This will make your site stand out and may help get you a few more clicks.

Tag your posts

Make sure you are tagging your posts. In WordPress you can use Simpletags or Ultimate Tag Warrior.


Make sure your blog in pinging Technorati. In WordPress you can check what sites your blog in pinging by checking: Options / Writing / Update services. If you have never changed this setting it will probably have Pingomatic listed, which is good. Pingomatic does the job for you, pinging all the important services. If there is nothing in this box you should add this address: http://rpc.pingomatic.com/ . With other blogging platforms you will need to find out how to ping Technorati and other important services automatically. I have experimented using other pinging services as you can add as many as you want. But from what I have found unless your blog is in another language simply using Pingomatic will give you the best results. If you are writing in another language you should also consider using Pinggoat, which pings additional sites.


Getting more search engine traffic to your blog

As a fairly new blog giving advice on SEO and building traffic for blogs I want to get something straight. I often read posts that suggest that if you spend countless hours implementing tons of SEO WordPress plugins your blog will become very popular. I strongly disagree with this.  Yes SEO is important. But Where the true advantage comes is be creating good unique content. I know you have read this before, but I am going to waste 5 seconds of your life by making you read this again….but from my experience “Content is King”. What this means is that writing good content that people want to read is the key to getting a good page rank and lots of traffic.

Some other areas to consider working on with your blog:


Tagging plugins like Ultimate Tag Warrior for WordPress can have an effect on the SEO of your blog. Adding tags to your blogs is a free opportunity to list key words to be indexed with your post. The feature of UTW that adds the tags to the meta tag in the HTML of your page is also a very nice feature and worth enabling.

Permalink Structure

A permalink is the file name that is generated by your blogging software, that all links to your article will point to. It is important, particularly in WordPress to alter the default structure of your permalinks. By default pages are given an id number as a name which is poor for SEO as it doesn’t say anything about the content of the post. If you change the permalink structure to display the title of the post like on this blog, you will have much better results. It is important to do this early on as you can’t change the structure of your permalinks with-out losing all the links to the original format.

Keyword Strategy

As difficult as it may sound, it is important to think about key words when writing articles. The more times a word appears in a article the more that word will effect the search results you get. Try an use important words as much as possible with out messing up the flow of your writing. Also consider key thrases and wordings. For example if you are writing an article that relates to an album, ensure that you use the exact wording of the title.  

Linking Strategy

Gaining links from other sites, particularly popular sites, and sites about similar topics really helps. Build a relationship with other blogger’s in your field. You want to get as many trackback links to your articles, and try and get on blogrolls. Also comment on blogs in your field, giving links to your site, or even better articles. This is particularly good if you are posting on blogs like this that disable no-follow on comments.

Article Titles

It is important to have a title that both strongly relates to your topic and also encourages people to click on it. Ask a question, make a statement, be controversial, be suggestive or write a leader. Using your key words is also a good idea. But try not to make it too long, long titles can be unfriendly in certain formats, templates, rss feeds etc.

Point: Not all SEO relates to flashy plug-ins and expert advice. A bit of common sense will get you a long way.


Generating traffic from sources other than search engines

1) Submit your unique articles to social bookmark sites

This is huge. As a unknown blogger, I submitted an article to Reddit. The article made it as high as 47, which is the 2nd page, and my blog got over 1000 unique visitors in the day that followed. Digg and Del-ici-ous, are other examples of popular social bookmarking sites that will help generate traffic for your blog. I don’t think it is a good idea to submit every article. However, it will certainly help if you submit the articles that you are proud of, think are good, or if the post is breaking some form of news.

2) Submit your blog to blog directories

Search Google for blog directories, and sign up to some of the directories. This may get some visitors to your site.

3) Post Popular blogs

Post on popular blogs, particularly on blogs with a high ranking on sites like Technorati. It is helpful if your comment is near the top. On uber popular blogs like pro blogger there are often 100’s of comments left. So as I am sure you can imagine most readers don’t bother to read through them all. So getting in early and leaving a comment near the top of a blog will probably get you a few visitors.

Leveraging social bookmarking sites, and becoming a regular on popular blogs should help gain your blog some traffic, and also in the long term gain you as a blogger a higher profile… now for something cheeky…

A cheeky (or silly) idea that will work, but you probably shouldn’t do:

Pretend you are selling your site and list it on web sites that have listings for web site sales. It will defiantly get your site some hits, however it will probably have an adverse affect on your readership as they may find out and think you are abandoning them. You may also run into a small problem if someone wants to buy – so set the selling price as something ridiculously high…I mean don’t be silly, don’t do this at all!!


5 Tips to improve the SEO of your blog

Getting traffic from popular search engines like Google can really help increase your readership as a blogger. The following are some tips to help improve the SEO of your blog.

SEO = Search Engine Optimization

1) Have a site map

A site map makes it easier for search engines to index your content and find the relevant goodies that they’re looking for.If you are using WordPress use Google sitemap.

2) Write unique or pillar articles

You may have seen the term “Pillar Article” used a bit around blogging. Essentially a pillar article is an article that is good enough or significant enough to encourage other blogger’s to link to it. Write something that is that great enough that your readers will want to link to it on their own blog. An article with a lot of external links aiming at it is search engine gold.

3) Links to others

Linking is a key part to gaining a good rank from search engines. People like John Chow take advantage of this by encouraging readers to write reviews of his blog and link to it using specific anchor text (for example: “Make Money Online”) to improve their ranking. So if getting links from others is your goal, linking to other is essential. Some people will offer link exchanges, typically offering a link in an article or on their blog roll in exchange for the same from you.

4) Comment on blogs with “Do follow”

Comment on blogs with “Do follow” like this blog. Most blogging software by default will set a do not follow tag to comments left on the blog. This means that the link to your blog that is left when you post a comment will not be followed by the search engines like Google. Some blogger’s like myself remove this tag to encourage readers to post comments, as commenting has the added reward of getting the commenter a link back. Feel free to leave a relevant comment on this blog.

5) Direct link to your articles

Google likes to link directly to relevant content rather than to home pages or index pages of your blog. So a link directly to a relevant article will get more love than a generic link to your homepage. A strategy to take advantage of this knowledge is to leave comments on blogs using as the address of your web site an article link rather than a homepage link. This will be particularly useful if you are posting on Do follow blogs.

Following these tips is a good start to increasing the SEO of your blog, and they are also very good rules to follow as a blogger. Good luck with your site.


WordPress PHP Code Snip – Assign image to post ID

The following PHP code is some code I use on this blog that I thought some others that don’t program may find useful. What it does is assign an image to each unique post ID from WordPress that is a gif file. If you put a file in the image folder in your root directory of your Website called 8.gif – the 8th post you made on your blog will be assigned that image wherever you place this code. If there is no image for that id (you haven’t put a file called 8.gif in yet) it assigns the image called uplogo.gif. Of course you can change any of the directories, file extensions, and the alternative image name to suit your own needs.You can find the post ID by looking in manage posts from your dash. You should use this code in template files.

$image = "$id.gif"; 
echo "<img src='/images/$image' alt='alt tag'  />";  
echo "<img src='/images/uplogo.gif' alt='alt tag' />";