But what if you have no advertising budget for your blog? No problem! Here are some free methods you can use to get more traffic to your blog.
1. Social Networks:
Most of you are members of social networking sites (such as myspace, facebook, friendster, etc). If not, you should be. This is one of the easiest ways to get your core group of readers started. Just announce your blog or post your updates in shout-outs, bulletins, etc. Those in your network already have some kind of connection to you (even if they are just “chat mates”), so many will take the time to read your blog.
2. Blog Directories
If you look down on the right side of this blog, you’ll see all of the blog directories I’ve registered with (such as blogcatalog.com).
Blog directories help you in a couple of ways. Your blog will get hits from those searching the directory (especially from other members of the directory). In addition, adding your link to a directory helps improves your blog’s ranking in search engines (SEO).
Most directories only require a reciprocal link or banner. The registration takes a few minutes, but it is a worthwhile investment of your time. Once you get registered and put the banner on your blog, the work is over. The directory does the rest—most of them will list your recent posts in the directory.
3. Forums/Message Boards
There are multiple online forums for every imaginable topic. Find a few that are related to your blog’s topic and join. Many forums allow you to put your blog address in your “signature.” Many allow you to post links, especially if you post an article that is related to the discussion. Just be sure to follow the forum’s rules and do not flood it with irrelevant links.
Entrecard is a banner exchange program I’ve mentioned in a previous article.