There are over 50millions blogs out there, and more are being created as I write this post. Yet each blogger wants to be known. Everyone wants Traffic! That according to Rich Schefren is “endless demand for attention…” Everyone wants attention! Since 24hours/day cannot be extended, internet users are learning to be on guard, they have all manner of automatic filters programmed into their brain to filter out unwanted websites. They unconsciously rank older websites with high level of patronage as being more trustworthy while new websites are treated as suspects.
That is quite a big hurdle for every new blogger. How can people establish trust in me when I am not even given an opportunity to show that I am trustworthy? (I should be given a fair hearing first before judgment is passed 🙁 ). Unfortunately, that will not happen! The verdict has already been passed, “New websites and are not to be trusted until they prove they are trustworthy.” The verdict was passed before I have an opportunity to present my case!
That is the reason some blogs have thousands of visitors per day (great website traffic 😉 ), while some newbie bloggers can scarcely boast of 10visitors in a week(poor website traffic 🙁 ). As a newbie, this can be demoralizing. After investing so much energy and resource into a blog (setting up a beautiful layout, providing quality content), it is depressing to notice that nobody is coming around to visit. So what can you do?
Let me share my personal experience with you. Maybe you will learn some tips from my story. As a Nigerian, I knew right from day one that I have a big hurdle to overcome. Too many online users have been mis-informed that the word Nigerian is a synonym for the word Scammers (this is not correct, but everyone is entitled to their individual opinion. Unfortunately the bad eggs among Nigerians have not stop their evil acts). So, I did not attempt making friends with foreigners when I started, I searched and started making friends online with fellow Nigerians who can easily check me out and convince themselves that I am genuine. From there, it was easy getting to know their online friends who were non-Nigerians.
Immediately I come in contact with a non-Nigerian, I tried to repeatedly remind the contact that I am a Nigerian, living in Nigeria and I am proud to be a Nigerian. That set off an alarm and gives the contact an opportunity to decide whether the relationship should continue or not. (hiding your identity will deal a great blow to your INTEGRITY online, whatever website traffic you have built can simply disappear overnight!). I have been blogging for over nine months now and I have accumulated friends from different parts of the world (since you are reading this post, I will love you to be my friend, just drop a comment, and I will come visiting, that is a promise).
As at today, Non-Nigerians who visit my blogs and drop comments are more than my fellow Nigerian bloggers. That encourages other non-Nigerian to give me an opportunity to present my case (my case is that I am a Nigerian Earning Income Online Legitimately, I am one among millions of honest, hardworking, God-fearing people that live in the most populated black country in the world). Now, I am no longer restricted to Nigeria geographically, I have friends all over the world who believe I am trustworthy, so my blog traffic is increasing!
Are you finding it difficult to get visitors to your site despite the fact that you have quality content? I have the following tips for you, try them!
- Join the Entrecard Community (the Traffic you will receive may be called junk traffic by SEO experts, but in my humble opinion, junk traffic for a newbie is better than zero traffic). The effect of this community is immediate.
- Tell your offline friends and relatives. They already trust you. They have confidence in your integrity. Let them be your first set of visitors. Encourage them to patronize your blog or website and drop comments. That for sure will take you from zero website traffic to at least 10visitors a month (if you can’t achieve that, let me know. I will visit your blog and if I am interested in what you blog about, I can mobilize some of my friends to pay you a visit).
- Write emails to those that are close to you requesting that they visit your site.
- Use your blog address in your signature whenever you are sending email.
- Find bloggers who are from your country of origin, befriend them. (by visiting their sites and dropping useful comments).
- Find bloggers who have the same interest or hobby you have, befriend them.
- Reciprocate visits from bloggers who come around. This is an easy way of making new friends.
- Ensure you visit and drop comments on the blogs of those that drop comments on you (not the spammers please).
- Join other online communities and search out people of like minds.
There are many more tips and tricks that are recommended by Internet Marketing Experts (I am a newbie, so I am not trying to provide an exhaustive list). Visit blogs to learn about them and apply them in your online ventures. These tips may not produce fantastic result overnight, but within two months, I can guarantee that you will notice appreciable improvement in your traffic. I learnt from Yaro Starak that PATIENCE is a virtue that every online entrepreneur who wants to succeed must have. So be patient and persistent, your success will come. See you at the top!