Are you terrified to start blogging because you feel you have no connections and zero clout?
You see connected pro bloggers with huge networks and feel like “How in the heck am I ever going to get there?!”
It can feel as frustrating as heck when you feel like an outsider. Or when you feel like nobody on earth knows about you, your blog, and your message.
It almost feels like you’re writing a cyber diary as a newbie; I mean, who in the heck knows about your blog? And how in the heck will people ever find out about it?
Before you get too worked up, take a deep breath. Relax. I have a solution for you. This solution will help you increase your blog traffic despite having zero connections.
How do you build connections to increase your blog traffic as a new blogger?
1 to 1.
Making friends with folks 1 to 1 helps build strong bonds. Good friends promote you to their networks. This increases your blog traffic quite quickly compared to other new bloggers who try to game systems to drive traffic. While they foolishly try to manipulate Google or social media networks you’re making friends with 1 or 5 or 10 bloggers daily. Good friends, these folks become, as you comment on their blogs and promote their blog posts via social media.
Good friends do the same for you. 1 Retweet here. 1 Facebook Share there. An interview. A feature. Appearing on someone’s podcast as a guest. All these sweet friendly benefits increase your traffic pronto. But one aspect of doing the connection bit is so vital I need to mention it again.
All connections must be built:
1 to 1.
Not 1 to many. Which means, not by gaming a system to gain 30,000 Twitter followers (also known as “numbers on a screen”) so you can tweet your blog out to these 30,000 followers, believing you can get 5,000 or 10,000 blog visits from these 30,000 followers (most likely bought) because you ain’t getting jack squat from numbers on a screen.
Numbers on a screen are inanimate. This is why taking the 1 to many approach of trying to build traffic as a newbie is foolish. And quite futile.
Numbers never respond to your blog, to your calls to action or to anything you do online.
Good friends REALLY respond favorably.
And you make good friends one connection at a time. One to one.
Places to Build 1 to 1 Connections
Think offsite as a new blogger. Since you are just starting to build your online presence.
Question and Answer Sites
Become an active contributor on Question and Answer sites like Quora. If you love your blogging niche – and you should – you will have ample information to share with your audience, either via your blog or through Q and A sites.
Jerry Low shares a few neat Q and A sites and strategies for driving traffic through these rich resources in this helpful article:
Twitter is my personal favorite social networking site for its ease of use.
If you’re a new blogger intending to build powerful 1 to 1 friendships hop on this platform immediately.
Brian Honigman at Smart Blogger does a fine job helping you build 1 to 1 connections offsite via the micro blogging platform here:
Triberr is a newbie blogger’s dream.
This platform gives you the ability to connect with a large collection of successful bloggers by sharing their content and commenting on their blog posts.
I wrote a 13 step tutorial on my blog helping you learn the in’s and out’s of Triberr:
Now let’s dive into a few practical tips to help you establish critical 1 to 1 connections for boosting your blog traffic.
No clout? No problem!
Practical Tips for New Bloggers Building 1 to 1 Connections
- comment on top blogs from your niche, building 1 to 1 friendships with fellow bloggers, addressing them by name and adding value to their posts through your comments
- tweet their posts, tagging them to let them know you’re spreading their word
- Facebook share their posts, tagging them to let them know you’re spreading their word
- G Plus share their posts, tagging them to let them know you’re spreading their word
- Email bloggers from your niche – 1 to 1 of course – and ask if there is any way you can help them….let them know you’re a new blogger and ask if they need a tweet or mention on Facebook or perhaps if they want to guest post or interview on your blog, they are free to do so
- respond to every single comment you receive on your blog within 1 day
- Respond to all Facebook Like, Retweets and G Plus shares of your blog posts, 1 to 1, thanking your social media buddies for giving you props
Newbies gain traction stupid quickly by building 1 to 1 connections. It ain’t a numbers game. It’s a good friends game.
What tips can you add for driving traffic to your blog as a new blogger?