I'm networking my tiny behind off and logging into sites...I am seeing growth of traffic to my website but not as much as I'd hoped. I'd like to find sites who welcome guest bloggers (I'll be doing that as well on my site in 2012). I just did guest blogs on BeautyQueenSheet and GutsyLiving. My writing is versitile and I'm not locked into any subject although I write most often about singlehood, 40+ singledome, single parents, adoption, careers. But I also wrote a humor piece on Wetopia! What's a girl to do? Thoughts ladies?
I am in no way an expert, but it sounds as though you are doing all the right things. Just keep it up. My Problogger book says the average age of the most successful blogs is 33.8 months. Good luck to you!
First - spell check your post. That is one way to turn people off. To "increase" readership is something we all struggle with. I would suggest being less "versatile" and more focused. Ramblings are difficult to follow, so try staying on a topic important to you and you can speak about with some authority and knowledge. I have guest authors on my blog, but they write on the monthly topic concerning writing and publishing.
Well - I suggest hanging out in #blogchat on Sunday nights (8pm CST) - I have gotten some great suggestions there. You may also want to focus your writing so that you can hone in on a core audience. Visit other blogs related to your niche and comment in those - but be sure you are adding value to the content. Finally, know what is important and what range you are aiming to achieve. What will YOU consider good traffic numbers?
Although I haven't yet had a chance to dedicate time to this, and my writing blog is still somewhat new (http://inksplattered soul) - I have been blogging for several years, and I can not agree with Kathryn more, regarding commenting on others' blogs.
People love it when someone has read their blog, and they usually will click back to see who you are.
Along the same lines, if you find a blog you love, add it to your sidebar under a category like: Blogs I Love or Bloggers worth reading... etc. Then, leave the blogger a comment to let them know you have done so. One warning: It is considered poor net etiquette to expect a blogger to automatically add you to their side bar in reciprocation, so don't ask them to do so. If they do it on their own, super!
I am trying to read as many pieces as I can, but it is extremely difficult given just how many there are, and how much time I have to devote to my own writing, baking, life, etc., etc. But I do try, and so should we all. Perhaps scheduling one day or evening a week, or a few hours during the weekend to read just a few. But we must TRY, as feedback is the only contribution we can make to each other.
http://www.relocationtheblog.blogspot.com (And posted intermittently on this website, BlogHer.com, and Divinecaroline.com)
I haven't tried Divine Caroline although I've been encourage too...what do you think of it?
stop by my world www.yourbestwritinggroup.com Delved into my world as a single mom of a teenager who has been forced into a midlife career change. I try to show tips and tricks on how to survive.
I am very appreciative when sites will post my blog, but I won't automatically post. I like to check them over before I say "yes." Divine Caroline is a nice site--gets very high ratings on lots of blog lists. Women who frequent that site are the kind of women I want reading my blog. (I do have to admit that most of the comments I receive come from either people I know or this site. Still trying to figure out how to drum up more "business.")