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Make Your Own Blog, and Boost your Traffic Quick

Updated on March 16, 2013

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If you have recently jumped on the blogging band wagon and are now wondering what to do now that you have a blog sitting out there on the internet that no one knows about. You must take some time to learn how to increase traffic to your blog. Here are a few simple and effective ways to increase traffic to your blog.

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Join Hubpages to Gain an Audience

One of my favorite, and I believe the very best ways to drive traffic to your blog is to sign up with hubpages. If you were to do only one thing to increase traffic to your blog, this is the one! Hubpages is a community of writers who write on various topics, and because we are all one a site together, we brows what other writers are "hubbing" about. This gives you immediate audience, as opposed to writing strait into a blog that know one knows exists. Some very sociable writers here at hubpages have over one thousand "fans" within a few months, and those fans can be led straight to your blog, just by saying something like, "for more information click here." The other writers on Hupbages are gracious and of like mind, and you may find yourself receiving advice and moral support that you could not get out of 10 books. To join hubpages click hubpages After signing up Put as much effort as you can to submit as many hubs as possible, and learning as much as you can about Hubpages. This can greatly increase your web exposure quickly, and bring you to a point of having a regular audience for your blog within 3-5 months. This is how long it took my blog to take off after being here at Hubpages for 2 months.


The Advantages of a QR Code

Another way to drive traffic to your blog is to arouse curiosity. If you do not have a quick response code, like the blue thing to the right of this paragraph, now is a good time to get one. They are similar to a a bar code that is placed on all items in the supermarket. A QR code is actually a pixel bar code that is easily scanned by a smart phone.

If you have not already done so, install a QR code application on your smartphone, and then Google "Make quick response code." There will be many free sites where you may get a quick response code.

Depending on the type of code, it could be led to a video, a website, or a blog, the possibilities are endless.

Killer Ways to use QR codes for driving traffic:

  • Put a QR code on the back of your tee-shirt. Make sure it is big enough that people can really see it and wonder what it is. While you are working and running errands people will see the code and will scan it out of curiosity. The Pool Nanny of North County San Diego conducted this little experiment. They advertised by wearing tee shirts with their logo seen here at right, and then switched to just a QR code. After switching, they had more than double the traffic to their webblog. The reason is simply, the ad says it all. It explains who they are and what they do, with a phone number, and there is simply no reason to take it further by scanning the code unless they are in need of a pool service. The code alone drives people crazy wondering what it is. Imagine wandering around town during a lunch break, or standing in line at the supermarket, think of how many bored people you see holding their cell phones in their hand and just trying to kill time. These are the people who will be scanning your shirt, wondering what it is, and If they decide that they like your blog, they will be back for more. Your could turn yourself into a walking billboard, instead of just hoping that people will find you. Anyone who has run their own business understands the value of a free walking billboard.

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Use Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn

The friends and business colleagues you have now can easily be an audience for your blogs. Submit your URL with an enticing caption and your friends are sure to take a look. Remember that on these sites the six degrees of separation rule. You must have heard the six degrees of separation rule. It's a theory that we can connect to anyone on the planet by connecting through no more than five other people. On these sites your network is a group of users who can contact yo through connections of up to three degrees away. I am sure that you have had the experience of seeing someone you were in kindergarden with being suggested to you as a friend, and then you realize that he is friends with two old high school friends you just befriended. You may just be 5 people away from one of your top followers.

Blogging Communities

Participate in, and initiate conversation with other writers on similar subjects to your blog. Popular blogging communities. This is also a great way to gain a reputation as an expert within your blogs subject.

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    • ShaamCA profile image

      ShaamCA 5 years ago from India

      Awesome tips , this would definitely help us in generating good traffic to our site , Thanks for the informative post

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      robb6669 5 years ago

      I loved your advice about QC codes. That is awesome. It is such a new way to advertise. I wonder how many people are doing it. Thank you for your article. I am going to investigate QC codes further and see how I can use them in my business.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you all.

      @ Angela-I would love to take a look at your blogs sis.I will be sure and check your profile

      @ Neil- Lol.. Yes, I can be. The only problem is I write so fast, and just blast content out, that I often have to make a few corrections a day or two later. Its just the way I work. I have writing days and correcting days. Hehe.

      @ImKarn23-Questions are always welcome. If you see people pull out their smart phone and scanning items in the store, that is it.Now that you see this picture, take a look at the next ketchup bottle you see.

      @Seeker7-Its kind of lonely starting a blog. I believe that Hubpages is a great "kindergarden" for developing blogs.

      @Vinaya Ghimire-Thank you for the vote up.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Wow..i believe

      First i've ever heard of a QR code - but, on the other hand - i'm the furthest thing from a techie there is out there! I may have questions

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      Larry Horton 5 years ago from Greenwood, Arkansas

      I think writing over 100 hubs with excellent formatting in just two months is an effort well worth noting. You are a mad writing machine Skarlet

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Great information, Skarlet -- very well and concisely written. I have a blog but can't seem to get going on it -- keep putting it off. Your information and encouragement may change that as soon as I get a little extra time to begin. Best/Sis

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      A very interesting hub! I've just recently set up my own blogg so this article was very good timing for me. Very useful information and interesting. Voted up!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      You have mentioned some good points here.

      Useful and informative. Voted up