Increase Blog Traffic with Killer Articles

 

Increase Blog Traffic with Killer ArticlesSuccessful bloggers maintain that the best remedy for low visitor figures to your blog is to increase blog traffic with killer articles. What would be classified as a killer article and how often should you post one?

 

Daniel Scocco of DailyBlogTips.com shares with us his strategy for creating killers articles.  His complete article is available here.

 

First Step: Killer Articles (1 hour per day)

 

Spend one hour brainstorming, researching and writing killer articles (also called linkbaits, pillar articles and so on).

 

Notice that your goal is to release one killer article every week. If that is not possible aim for one every 15 days. So the one hour that you will spend every day will be dedicated to the same piece. In other words, expect killers articles to take from 5 up to 10 hours of work.

 

If you are not familiar with the term, a killer article is nothing more than a long and structured article that has the goal of delivering a huge amount of value to potential visitors. If you have a web design blog, for example, you could write an article with “100 Free Resources for Designers”. Here are some ideas for killer articles:

 

  • create a giant list of resources,
  • write a detailed tutorial teaching people how to do something,
  • find a solution for a common problem in your niche and write about it, or
  • write a deep analysis on a topic where people have only talked superficially

 

When visitors come across your killer article, you want them to have the following reaction: “Holy crap! This is awesome. I better bookmark it. Heck, I better even mention this on my site and on my Twitter account, to let my readers and friends know about it.”

 

Second Step: Networking (30 minutes per day)

 

Networking is essential, especially when you are just getting started. The 30 minutes that you will dedicate to it every day could be split among:

 

  • commenting on other blogs in your niche,
  • linking to the posts of bloggers in your niche, and
  • interacting with the bloggers in your niche via email, IM or Twitter.

 

Remember that your goal is to build genuine relationships, so don’t approach people just because you think they can help to promote your blog. Approach them because you respect their work and because you think the two of you could grow together.

 

Third Step: Promotion (30 minutes per day)

 

The first activity here is the promotion of your killer articles. Whenever you publish one of them, you should push it in any way you can. Examples include:

 

  • letting the people in your network know about it (don’t beg for a link though),
  • letting bloggers and webmasters in relevant niches know about it,
  • getting some friends to submit the article to social bookmarking sites,
  • getting some friends to Twitter the article, and
  • posting about the article in online forums and/or newsgroups.

 

If there is time left, spend it with search engine optimization, social media marketing and activities to promote your blog as whole. Those can range from keyword research to promoting your blog on Facebook and guest blogging.

 

 

As you can see from David’s post it takes time and discipline if you wish to increase blog traffic with killer articles, but it is worth the effort in the long run.

 

Another way other bloggers suggest is to offer frequent valuable freebies on your blog.  What would your preference be?  Why not both?

 

 

To your success

 

Deon and Johan Reynders

 

 

 

 

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