According to recent statistics, 6.7 million people publish blog posts on their blogs.
That’s weighty competition.
Do you want to beat the competition?
Why not use these secret blogging tips to stand out in the virtual crowd?
My two secret tips posts, #1 Secret Tip that Will Make You See More Search Engine Traffic and #1 Secret Tip That Will Make You Gain More Credibility contained my secret tips.
Some of the secret blogging tips in this post are provided by me. The additional secret blogging tips in this post have been provided by other bloggers.
(Note: There might be times you will want to click the links in this article in order to implement the secret tips. If you click the link, you will leave my site. Be sure to right click and select “Open link in new tab or window” so you can keep reading this article.)
14 Secret Blogging Tips That Will Change the Way You Blog
1. Do you want to know how much money your website is worth? Click http://rankrets.com/check-traffic. Make sure you put the www. before the name of your website. Click “check” and scroll down. Because it’s one of the secret blogging tips, it isn’t visible when you get there, although helpful statistical information about your site will be visible. Scroll under your site’s statistics. In green, you will see “Worth web-site.”
2. Source Kathleen Aherne: Post to Google+, and you will see your article on the first page of Google the next day although not necessarily Spot #1. I asked Kathleen if it mattered whether we post to Google+ Communities if that would enhance our chances of being found on Google. She said no, it would not increase our chances. Just posting to the Google+ home page is enough for this tip to work.
Proof the secret tip worked: I posted my blog to Google+ Communities. Look who I saw on the first page of Google! Me! Interestingly enough, the links are to my posts on Google+, not links to the posts on my blog.
Consider this comment from a new subscriber. I asked him how he found me, so I would know what promotion techniques work for me. He responded, “I had done a Google search on how to increase blog traffic, and yours was the first [blog] I saw.” Clearly, it’s true! My blog is in a good position at Google.
3. When you comment, add your site name. My source said this increased her traffic by 500%!
Notice from the screenshot, when I commented on this blog, and I was asked my name, I did not type my first and last name. I typed my first name and my blog name.
4. Source Hugh Roberts: This is one of the secret blogging tips that will instantly get more traffic to your blog.
- Go to your blog’s dashboard
- Click on ‘Settings’
- Click on ‘Reading’
- Next to ‘For each article in a feed, show’ click the ‘Summary’ box.
- Save Changes.
5. Get your blog’s report card. There is a website grader that will assess how well your blog is going. Care to see?
Go to http://hubshout.com/?p=webgrader and enter your blog’s URL.
You will see the keywords you rank for and other valuable information analyzed about your blog.
The Skyscraper Technique explains you will be found in search engines more often and increase your organic traffic if you have links coming to your site. The site shows you how many domains are linking to you.
You can even grade your competitors’ blogs and see how their results compare to yours.
6. Get Twitter to count your blog’s retweets. Twitter stopped social share counts, but you can have them back again. NewShareCounts.com will give them back to you for free. Just click the link, enter your website, and sign in with Twitter.
7. Source Robin Khokhar: Click Keywords not Adwords at Google Keyword Planner. One extra step will give you long-tail keywords. Long tail keywords are phrases, at least four words long, people might type into search engines that enable them to find your blog.
Go to http://adwords.google.com/keywordplanner. Click Sign into Adwords. Click Search for new keywords using a phrase, website, or category. Enter your keyword. Click Get ideas.
According to Robin, you will be able to find long-tail keywords by clicking this tab. Tagging your post with these keywords will enable your blog to be found in search engines more often if you click Keyword ideas and not Ad group ideas.
8. Source: Beth McIntyre: Close comments on old posts.
I have a post that’s a little over a year old that ranks high in Google for certain keywords and therefore gets loads of search engine traffic. Lately, I’ve noticed that if someone leaves a comment on that post, its search engine traffic plummets. Much to my regret, I’ve had to remove two comments over the past couple of months to regain search engine traffic.
Therefore, I have set WordPress to close comments on posts that are more than 300 days old. Much as I want people to interact with my posts (of course), I rarely get comments on posts that old. Apparently, Google’s search algorithms frown on comments left on old posts. I don’t know why this would be, and I couldn’t find anything written up anywhere about it. The commenters hadn’t left CommentLuv links, and removing their website links from the comments didn’t help. So, it’s apparently not related to any links in comments but to having comments on an old post.
9. “Subscribe” is a bad word in blogging. Get the irony; that’s exactly what we want people to do to our blogs. Reverse psychology says you can’t tell them what to do. Tell them why they should.
When I blogged at Reflections, my conversion rate was 40%. When I moved to Mostly Blogging, my conversion rate fell to 20%, predictably. My optin-box said “Subscribe” which is what I wanted my visitors to do. When I changed the word “Subscribe” to “Send me a PDF with 89 free blogging tools,” my conversion rate rose to 70%.
10. Use fewer tags. As I explained in my post, #1 Secret Tip that Will Make You See More Search Engine Traffic, in 2015, I was receiving two hits a day from search engines. That’s all, just two. I reduced my tags and now look at the kind of search engine traffic I receive:
11. Get new traffic to old posts. My post 7 Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging discusses hashtags that I learned over time to help me on Twitter. While this hashtag tip may not be one of the secret blogging tips, it is certainly obscure.
When people create new content, they often promote their new posts on Twitter. However, you can promote on Twitter without creating new content. The “secret” is there are special hashtags that you should use to accompany your tweets to older posts. #TBT and #ThrowbackThursday are used on Thursdays. On Saturday, use “ArchiveDay” to accompany a tweet with a link to an older post.
This is effective in getting new traffic to old posts and saves you the trouble of creating new content. You can still get traffic to your blog by using these hashtags to promote older content.
12. Source PCMate: There are secret words in blogging. Apparently, they lure readers into staying on your site longer which helps your bounce rate. Here they are:
- By the way
- It’s true
When asked why these words keep bloggers on your site longer, Clay from PCMate responded, “The purpose of the secret words, also known as Bucket Brigades, is to connect with the reader, to make the text more thinkable, not focusing only on technical details, but taking the reader’s brain into the real word.”
13. Google Keywords only tells you keywords that will enable you to be found at Google. However, there is a free tool that will tell you how to be found in many search engines– Souvle. Go to http://www.soovle.com/ and type your keyword in the box in the center of the screen. Many relevant keywords will appear including long tail keywords which are more valuable in getting found at search engines. Following this trick is how I found the long tail keyword I used for this post– blogging tips and tricks. (See related tip #7).
14. The Secret of the Yellow Box – The Femtrepreneur blog gained 600 Email subscribers in one month. How? The blogger attributes it to putting her incentive to subscribe in a yellow box! Www.dzineflip.com explains the reason.
Yellow colors are powerful in capturing the attention of the audience by providing an illuminating and uplifting outlook that oozes happiness, hope, fun, and cheerfulness. Yellow represents confidence and a strong belief in the abilities to fulfill clients’ needs. Optimism levels increase with the yellow color owing to the release of serotonin (feel good hormone) when it is displayed.
I hope you don’t feel these secret blogging tips constitute cheating in order to get ahead of your competition and be found at search engines. Successful bloggers know hacks. This post presented 14 of them.
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Which secret tip surprised you the most? Which do you think you will try? I look forward to your answers in the comments section.
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