The reader profile is a weekly series where I attempt to give something back to one of my readers. It typically includes some information about his/her online projects as well as a mini interview.
I first met Tay back in the summer when I wrote a guest post for her blog, Super Blogging. Since that time we have become friends and I always enjoy her thoughts at Super Blogging.
One of Tay’s most popular posts was 75 Ways to Increase Your Site’s Traffic, which is definitely worth checking out. Another one of my favorites is 10 Ways to Create Exposure for Your Blog. For all bloggers and potential bloggers out there, I highly recommend subscribing to her feed.
1. Your subscriber count seems to be increasing pretty steadily in the past few months. What do you think has been the key to that growth?
I believe the subscriber count is one of the most important attributes to determining the success of a blog, so therefore I have been working on some ways to increase mine lately. The biggest thing I have focused on is getting my blog and my writing in front of a new audience. No blog can grow without expanding their reach and being seen by new
people. To do this, I believe guest posting is probably one of the best methods. I’ve been making an effort to guest write on other blogs more often, and it’s already really made a difference and increased my exposure on other sites. Doing other things to get solid recommendations from others and have your work be seen, such as achieving links from more popular blogs, is a good method as well to increase subscribers and readership.
2. What are your top traffic sources, and what do you think sends you the highest quality traffic?
My top sources of traffic are StumbleUpon, Google, forums, and other blogs. I think acquiring links from other blogs is the best source of traffic because it’s a solid recommendation, which is likely to send their visitors to your own blog – and those visitors are more than likely to be targeted and interested in your content so they’ll probably stick around more than other types of visitors would. That kind of traffic is the kind that will grow your blog the most. Social media and search engine traffic can be great for increasing pageviews, bringing in steady amounts of visitors, and making money, but overall traffic sent from fellow bloggers and webmasters is of the highest quality to me.
3. What advice do you have for new bloggers that are looking to be in your position?
I don’t think there’s just one piece of advice or line that could sum it all up. However, I would say that you need to really be determined and serious about what you’re doing. If you don’t have passion for it and get enjoyment out of it, then most of the time you won’t do as well. Bloggers that are going to be successful should work hard on writing quality content and sticking to a schedule with it, and then work on promoting their content, increasing their traffic and exposure, and networking with others. To grow a blog you can’t just sit around and hope for something to happen, you have to work on it. Also, don’t be afraid to try something new, and don’t give up! If a problem or obstacle stands in your way, then instead of letting it defeat you figure out a way to solve it and then come back better than before. Hopefully all of that made sense.
You may also be interested in a unique contest that Tay is running. She is taking guest posts from other bloggers and whoever gets the most traffic will win some free advertising at Super Blogging.