A blog is an awesome traffic getting magnet. Don't waste it. If you are struggling for traffic to your blog, then this article will take a look at some strategies to end that struggle once and for all. Here are 3 proven ways to get traffic to your blog and ultimately use your blog as leverage to attract more visitors to your site automatically:

1. Search Engine Optimization

Search engines love blogs and give them great rankings - that's a fact. So leverage your blog to shoot it up the search engine rankings and reap the zero-cost traffic on offer. Optimize every blog post to get high up the rankings. Many people have made their living off getting the 'money shots' right when it comes to SEO.

2. Article Marketing

Article marketing is a free method to swamp your websites with loads of hungry, targeted visitors. This method works. If you aren't doing it yet, now is the time to get in! The trick is to be consistent in your article submissions. Submit 2 articles per day, and after 2 months, you will have some serious momentum to get traffic hands free.

3. Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking entails using special bookmarking sites like Reddit, Digg and Stumble Upon to get traffic (and also to build backlinks for your search engine optimization campaigns). It is an effective way to get traffic quickly and easily. Simply post your bookmarks every time you make a new blog posting.

Take action on these 3 simple strategies and see your traffic counters start moving!Blog Traffic Tips - How to Get Unstoppable Traffic to Your Blog For Free!

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Once you have installed your blog and begun posting in it, you may be frustrated to find no one is visiting your blog to read your posts. Having an interactive, lively blog requires a little work, but it's not hard. I have five ways listed below to help get blog traffic to your site.

1. Post to your blog at least 2 to 3 times a week. Keeping fresh, original, quality content is a must. In each post, target a specific keyword that pertains to your blog subject area.

2. Visit other blogs in your niche and make comments to their posts, leaving a link back to your blog in your signature block. By becoming interactive with other blogs within your niche community, you will have more visitors already interested in your information.

3. Install the Google Sitemap Generator plugin. By submitting your sitemap you are informing Google, Live, and Yahoo of the pages within your site that you would like them to index. The bots quickly follow these pages and your blog is usually indexed quickly. Every new post or page you create, the sitemap is automatically updated along with Google, MSN and Yahoo being notified.

4. A quick way to get backlinks is through social bookmarking. It's free to add your website as a bookmark within social bookmarking sites, and by doing so you are acquiring a backlink from the bookmarking website.

5. Add an RSS feed to your blog so readers can be automatically notified when you post a new topic. This keeps them from having to check in on a regular basis, and allows them to visit only when your post interests them. They will also be reminded of your blog so they have a better chance to return to your site.

Blog traffic to your site is right around the corner. Just implement these 5 ways and you will start seeing results soon.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Communication Exchange

That's the name of this blog--Communication Exchange. A place to exchange ideas, information, and experiences about communication. I love to share my background as a Communication teacher with you, but I love even more hearing about your ideas and experiences, because communication requires two people--just like the tango!

One blogger who has been remarkably helpful to me as I try to navigate my way around this new and interesting world of blogging is Jena Isle. Jena stops by Communication Exchange and my other blog Subjective Soup regularly. Her comments are always insightful and packed with valuable information--particularly about blogging. It was Jena, for instance, who steered me to Helium, a nifty writing site, and encouraged me to get involved there.

One of Jena's blogs, GewGaw Writings (don't you love that title?), is a regular stop of mine. On this site, she notes that she is in the process of collecting posts from various bloggers to form a book of inspirational essays and she asked me to contribute. My effort, entitled A Simple Theory of Communication, appears on her January 8 post at GewGaw Writings. Please stop by and read it, and check out the variety of other wonderful selections Jena has for you on this site.

Thanks, Jena! Here's to communication exchange!

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