by Paula Neal Mooney
If you're itching to get more people to read your blog, try my method of gaining readers.
Sometimes I'll type up a subject that's close to my heart.
Other times, I'll do a little research first to make sure it's a topic that will bring me more blog traffic.
Here's an example of the method I used to increase my blog traffic:
1 - Check for the most-recent search terms.
My favorite up-to-date search term lists are Technorati's Popular and Yahoo's Buzz Log overall movers and shakers list.
2 - Start from the bottom up.
Search terms that are at the bottom of the list, like Frenchie Davis in the 20th position right now, are ones that still have time to gain more popularity.
Names at the top might already be well-covered on the net.
3 - Use Google's suggestions to find the best keywords...
...for your blog post title and to repeat throughout the post.
Once I began typing in the name Frenchie Davis in the Google search box on my Internet Explorer toolbar, it gave me suggestions that other folks are typing in.
Once of these was "Frenchie Davis Dreamgirls."
So if I were to write up a post about this, I'd make sure those keywords were included in my blog post's URL by putting all three toward the start of the post title, like "Frenchie Davis' Dreamgirls Role of a Lifetime" or something.
And I'd make sure to bold the terms "Frenchie Davis Dreamgirls" all thru my post.
For the love of God, make sure you have your blogging platform set to create separate URLs for each blog post!
4 - Do a Google Blog Search to check out your competition
Before firing off that blog post, check out Google Blog Search to see how many other bloggers are banking on your keywords.
As you can see in this screenshot, a Google Blog search on "Frenchie Davis Dreamgirls" only turns up 56 total listings.
You can out-SEO those and get your blog posting near the top of the list in terms of relevance if you bold your specific keyword terms and make sure they make up about 5% of your blog post's total text.
5 - Get on Google News!
Another avenue to drive more traffic is thru Google News.
Join Associated Content (use their news template to submit your news report) and American Chronicle -- two news joints that can get you listed in Google News.
The Frenchie Davis Dreamgirls thing would make a good news report, for example, because only four news reports pop up when you plop in those search terms in Google News.
Make sure to include links back to your blog in any Google News reports you get published.
6 - Publicize, Publicize, Publicize!
And don't forget to submit your newly created URLs of your blog post and any news reports to Google, Yahoo and social networking sites like Digg.com
Ping Technorati.com, Pingoat.com and Google Blog search ping (put in your new URL and hit enter - when it says "Thanks for the ping!" it worked) with your new URLs, too.
I get lots of traffic employing these methods.
Hope you will too, now.
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