Being in blogging for around 2 years has made me know and analyze what clicks with social networking sites like Digg and Stumble Upon. Though it is a trade secret it is known by many bloggers and exploited well enough to get popular on social networking sites.
Today I would like to let the readers of Blogging Tips know about these trade secrets so that you can use it to leverage more readers towards your site. Remember these tricks may not work all the time so don’t blame me for that :).
Collection posts are those posts where instead of writing about a single product you club in all the related products and offer the user a collection of products that are related.
While you may not be able to do this every time, while you are writing about a product or software research about other similar products which you can club together with it. Once you have done that publish the post under a suitable title like “Top xx products” or “Top Products to do this”.
Why Collection Posts Work?
While writing about a single product is perfectly alright it may not always appeal to all the readers. With providing a collection of products to the readers you are capturing a larger reader base since a reader may dislike one product but like another one from your collection, prompting them to promote your post more.
As you can see you are capturing more user interest than a single product review would have done.
Original Posts / How To
Another great way to get user attention is by writing original posts and how to articles. These articles may be about solving a simple problem you may have faced and solved with little or no help from the Internet.
Since you yourself could not get much help from the Internet in solving the problem other users too may have had the same. Making a blog post about that can gain you more readers from Social Networking sites and also quite a bit of link love and added search engine love.
Why Original Posts Work?
As I said earlier that original posts are not easily found on other sites and that makes your post a must visit for people who want to know more about what you have written thus gaining you more readers.
Additional things that may help you build more traffic and backlinks
These days discovering new products is not that hard and I am usually attacked by a new way of marketing popular bloggers are subject to. I usually get contacted by owners of software companies tipping me about their product so that I can write about it.
Well that usually is not the best way to discover new products. Being the first is what matters so over a week spend some time researching for products that have not been written about and post about it. You can use Google Search or Google Blog Search to know if any other bloggers have written about it or not, search for those products in popular blogs and see if they have written about it.
If your research states that pretty much no one has written about the product make a blog post about it and look at it get popular not only from social networking sites but also from top bloggers in your niche.
These tips may or may not bring traffic to your site and you should continue trying till you hit the sweet spot with readers. Building traffic is not that easy and everything has to be done step by step. Social Networking sites are a great way of gaining additional traffic and expose your blog to a wider audience.
That said these tips are incomplete and your comments and views about getting popular on social networking sites would help other bloggers.