How to Get More Blog Views
I am absolutely delighted when I receive contributed posts like the one below. It not only has an enticing title, it contains awesome advice as well. There was only one point that didn’t ring true for me.
Read on to find out which one (I’ve voiced my opinion in italics within the post).
How to Make Your Blog More Exciting (And Get More Views)
People rightly love blogging. It’s an outlet; it’s a project, it connects you with the wider world: any of these things on their own are positive, and a blog gives you all of them wrapped in one webpage.
But if you’re putting your energy into your blog, then wouldn’t it be nice if other people were reading it, too?
If your view count is low, it might be because, while your content is good, the blog isn’t quite as exciting as it might be. Below, we take a look at how you can make your blog more exciting, and thus improve your readership figures.
Give an Opinion
We are a world of opinions. Everyone who has ever risen to a high spot, or made a mark on the internet, has been unafraid to give their opinion. Indeed, reading what other people are thinking is one of the main reasons for the internet’s popularity!
So moving forward, look at offering your own viewpoint; you might find that it’s not to everyone’s taste, but that’s not the point. It’s better to lose a few internet users and build a loyal readership than it is to cater to everyone and find no-one is visiting your website.
Agree 100% with this advice. The idea is to attract readers who resonate with you on your blog and in so doing build a tribe, a loyal following of like-minded individuals.
Diversify Your Content
Your blog might be focused on one particular topic, but it’s important that you don’t go too deep into just one thing. No matter what subjects you’re covering, there is going to be plenty of spin-off topics built around those subjects.
For example, if you run a dieting website, then you could also focus on exercise, and how to keep a healthy work/life balance. Essentially, think of your audience, and then think of the other issues that they may be affected by.
Use Original Photos and Videos
Spend enough time browsing blogs, and you’ll quickly discover something: everyone’s using the same old stock photos for their posts!
Using original photos and videos on your blog is easy enough to do, and will help to boost your search engine ranking.
The key is to ensure that they look high quality; if you’re unsure of how to do this, look at taking an Adobe Photoshop course with Training Connection. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll soon find that your images and video form a big chunk of your blog’s overall appeal.
Keep it Tight
You can take any topic in the world, and no matter how interesting it may be, you’ll find that people give up on reading after a certain point.
Blogs aren’t supposed to be long, rambling posts that take fifteen minutes to read. They’re supposed to be short and get to a point using short sentences.
If your blogs are currently too long, focus on learning the best editing practices to get them down to the 300 – 500-word mark.
Aah, thanks for giving me the perfect opportunity to voice my opinion. I beg to differ on this point.
I’ve heard that on many Top Blogger’s sites, it’s not the short posts but the long ones, that are:
- their most popular posts
- their most read posts
- and the posts that receive the most comments and social shares
And when I say long, I mean much longer than you would think:
Over 1,500 words, over 2,000 words and even over 3,000 words long.
What’s more important than keeping a post short is keeping it interesting and targeted to your audience.
Let’s use an analogy here:
People say that teenagers have short attention spans… until you give them a tablet or IPad with the latest version of their favourite game and then their attention span magically expands. Because you’ve captured their interest.
Another real-life example:
I took my 4-year-old son to his first Ninja Zone class a couple of weeks ago and he managed to stay the whole distance, an entire hour’s lesson. He was riveted! And came out smiling. Now get him to do housework with me for an hour? Fat chance. Unless… I turn it into a Ninja lesson. Now there’s a thought.
Now let’s translate this into a real-life BLOG example:
Currently, my most popular post on this blog is my 2nd Income Report because what my audience wants to know is how I make money blogging – and how they can too.
- This kind of information is worth its weight in gold to a new blogger, so they’ll read the entire post, all 1,806 words.
- And read a bunch of the comments below the post.
- And leave a comment of their own. This post has 35 comments so far.
To keep blog posts interesting, what should be kept short is:
- sentences (you can even try using one-word sentences)
And there are a couple of other formatting techniques that work really well on the net:
- Using bullet points also draws in the reader
- A well as using punchy headlines.
Because most people only skim-read an article. And if they like the headlines and the bullet points, they may actually go in and read the rest of the post.
Mix up the Form
Finally, think about mixing up the format of your content. A blog post could be turned into an infographic, or a video, for example. It doesn’t always just need to be text!
I love this point! And I have one more important point to add to this post. To get organic page views you need to be using Long Tail Keywords. I’ll write a post to elaborate on this point next week.
Bloggers, which of your posts have been the most popular and why?
Were they short (300 to 500 words) or long (1,500+ words)? Be nice to know if my theory holds true.
Please drop a comment below.