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How to Increase Traffic to Your Online Content

Updated on October 5, 2016
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Kathleen Odenthal is a freelance writer from New Jersey. She has a passion for holistic healing and health.

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Why Strategy is Important for Writers Looking to Profit from their Work

If you are a writer who wants to make an income from your passion, you must treat your writing like you would any job.

Just like a doctor wouldn't do an operation without all the necessary preparations, writers should not begin writing until they have strategized their approach.

What kind of writer do you want to be? Who do you want reading your work? Do you prefer fiction writing or more factual pieces?

These are all questions that successful writers have answered, and then have used to create a framework for their practice.

It is crucial that you view your writing as a business. Ask yourself, "if I was running a store, what would I do to bring people into my store?" View your writing portfolio as a brick and mortar business, and concentrate on keeping a clean and tidy shop.

Lots of people want to be writers, many people try to be writers, but a small fraction of those individuals succeed at writing as a source of income.

So what separates the writers who earn steady income and writers who can't seem to generate any steady traffic?

I'll give you a hint, it's not talent.

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Find Your Niche

No, talent isn't what separates successful writers from unsuccessful writers.

Although talent plays a part in determining whether or not you will be able to attract readers who keep coming back to your work, larger factors that contribute to your success as an online writer include the specific topics you choose to right about, as well as the way you approach writing about those topics.

Do you enjoy writing arts and crafts articles? If so, you have a lot of competition. Try searching what arts and crafts articles are already published, and find a unique way that you can approach the topic.

For example, an article about how to knit is going to have much more competition than an article on how to knit a patterned sweater. Another example of an article that would have a higher success rate is an article such as "Money Saving Tips for People with Food Allergies" instead of "Ways to Save Money at the Supermarket".

By narrowing down your audience, you can actually increase your traffic, because you offer readers a unique point of view that other writers don't offer. The less competition you are competing against, the more likely you are to attract larger amounts of traffic.

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Define and Target Your Audience

Before you beginning writing online, you need to ask yourself one question, who are you writing for? Obviously the first person should be you, but who do you want to read your material?

If you don't know your audience, your readers will be able to tell. This is what separates the writers who succeed and the writers who don't.

Once again, picture your writing as a business. If you were a paper company, would you try to target companies that use a lot of paper, or would you target small businesses who pride themselves on their eco-friendly paperless system?

It seems like a no-brainer, but I have seen writers make this mistake far too often. With the plethora of analytics available today, not only can you make informed decisions to help you build an audience that is reliable, but you can track the progression of your traffic.

Who is reading your material more? Is it women or men? What age range do you receive the most traffic from? What areas of the globe seem to come to your pieces most?

This information is vital to your success as an online writer. Don't just dismiss analytics because they confuse you, or because you don't know how to use them to your benefit. Ask questions, post on forums, and learn the ins and outs of these figures - after all, that is what they are there for in the first place.

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Encourage Readers to Keep Coming Back

Your focus shouldn't solely be on gaining traffic - a key part of being a successful online writer is attracting readers who have a desire to keep coming back for more.

Are you writing in a way that does this? To you structure your articles in a way that is intriguing, engaging and informative? If you aren't, then odds are you will only be attracting "one time shoppers".

This doesn't mean that you don't have the right people reading what you write - it means that you aren't writing in a way that makes them rely on you for that information.

You could be the most knowledgeable person about a certain subject and still not gain returning readers if you don't focus on the way you structure your writing, as well as focus on the information you provide.

Here are a few ways to encourage those who read your work to become regular visitors:

  • Be specific; provide in-depth information readers are not likely to find elsewhere, and find ways to stand out from the crowd. (I would tell you examples of ways to stand out from the crowd, but that would defeat the point since as a writer, the way we each stand out is completely unique to us all).
  • Avoid fluff; although word count is important, quality is far more important, so 600 words of useful information beats out 1300 words that mean nothing every time.
  • Show your readers who you are as a writer; long gone are the days where neutral pieces were preferred. Because of the quantity of information available, showing your personality through your words can be one of the best ways to build a connection with your target audience.
  • Use calls to action at the end, but don't be lame. Every writer knows the importance of ending with a "call to action", however unlike other professions, the best call to action for writers are ones that blend into the piece and leave the reader wanting just a little bit more.

Social media is also a great way to find people who may be interested in what you write. Social media isn't just about sharing your writing with friends, it is about sharing your work with the world.

Successful socia media use targets authoritative social media users with huge followings. Look for bloggers, businesses and organizations who share your interests and then share your work with them. Utilize hashtags and learn how to best use each social media platform to its fullest.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think the stress on treating writing as a business is important and having a strategy will definitely be good for me. I already knew this before but I just need to start and all I need is a nudge. Your article did just that. Thank you.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think the stress on treating writing as a business is important and having a strategy will definitely be good for me. I already knew this before but I just need to start and all I need is a nudge. Your article did just that. Thank you.

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Very useful information for anyone who decides to become a professional writer and increase their traffic. I think what's so good is that you can let more of who you are show in your writing. Although I know it is not the way to increase a following, I don't stick to one niche, even though best practice says you should. There are so many interesting topics to cover. Thanks for such good info. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Useful---I am slowly getting an audience here and on my blog--now I am writing my first poetry chapbook--I am slowly putting together a plan

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      rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Kathleen, You've written a helpful hub with great tips and great photos. I like that you've emphasized defining and knowing your target audience. I think other than knowing your topic/niche well, it's the single most important element of writing online. Hit or miss writing is why we're slammed with so many duplicate, non-relevant articles. Well done, and continue the fine writing!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You have given all of us some excellent, sage words of advice, Kathleen. And something to think about. :-) Voted up.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Great suggestions, all important factors to consider when trying to attract readers. It has to be a business; if we don't take it seriously then how can we expect anyone else to?!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Kathleen. "A way that makes them rely on you for that information," is very important; as are all your other suggestions. Very helpful.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Absolutely! Anything for you shau :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Useful information, Kathleen. Would you consider doing a post on utilizing and understanding Google Analytics?

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Good useful information. I like that you use so many of your own beautiful images.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very helpful for this broad niche of social writing. I work in a genre with captive audiences so I am only beginning to think of these concepts with a plan. I think this hub also tells us a lot about life in general.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Thank you! I love that you added your own advice in your comment! What a great way for us to help out fellow hubbers! Thank you again and I will definitely check out your hubs on paranormal topics as they intrigue me a lot!

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Good Hub but a 600 word Hub will never do as good as a 1500 plus word Hub. Content is King. Check spelling and grammar. There are many free places you can do this online.

      And here at Hub Pages write on Evergreen Topics. By this I mean write on subjects that will be as popular 3 - 5 years from now as it is now. While a Hub Page on a happening news event may be really popular right now a really popular recipe for chili will beat you out long term and make more money. I have started to do in depth Hubs when I do my Ghosts and Paranormal Hubs and I'm going back and doing over the old ones. And I'm seeing positive results. Finally don't just rely on Google for traffic. I've started doing on topic forum posts where I can use a signature with a link and I'm getting good to great traffic for this. Also consider doing guest posts on Blogs where they will allow you to do a post with a link. Finally don't forget social media. I have Hub Pages that get huge traffic ( thousands of hits a day to each Hub Page ) from Pinterest and other social media.

      O.P. you did a great Hub Page here with a lot of useful information.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Thank you so much! I hope this information helps you!

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Thank you Jodah! Glad to provide new information that can benefit my fellow hubbers!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good hub Kathleen. I need to follow all your suggestions. I am largely a writer without a plan, but things seem to be slowly falling into place. Voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Lot of useful and helpful information provided by you to increase traffic for online writers.

      I have always found your hubs very informative.

      Thanks, voted up and Pinned!