You have now set up your blog and started posting concise and useful information that your niche would benefit from and enjoy. Days go by, you keep posting, but no one comments and your traffic statistics are barely recorded. What do you do for a living?

Like any website you own, you need to do some blog promotion to start driving traffic to your site. Here are 16 steps, in no particular order of importance, that you can start now to get traffic moving to your blog.

1. Set up an email subscription form on your blog and invite everyone in your network to subscribe: family, friends, colleagues, clients, associates.

2. Set up a feed on so that the Yahoo search engine will search your site regularly.

3. Read and comment on other blogs that are in your target niche. Don’t write things like “good blog” or “great post.” Write useful and smart comments with a link to your blog.

4. Use Ping-0-matic to ping blog directories. Do this every time you post.

5. Submit your blog to traditional search engines.

6. Submit your blog to blog directories.

Tip: create a form to track your shipments; This can take several hours when you first start, so schedule an hour a day to ship or hire a VA to do it for you.

7. Add a link to your blog in your email signature file.

8. Place a link to your blog on every page of your website.

9. If you publish a newsletter, make sure you have a link to your blog in every issue.

10. Include a link to your blog as a standard part of all outgoing correspondence, such as autoresponder sequences, sales letters, reports, white papers, and so on.

11. Print your blog URL on your business cards, brochures and flyers.

12. Make sure you have an RSS feed URL that people can subscribe to. The acronym RSS stands for Rich Site Summary, or some may consider it to be Really Simple Syndication. It is a type of document that lists the website or blog updates available for distribution. These RSS documents (also known as ‘feeds’) can be read using aggregators (news readers). RSS feeds can show only headlines or both headlines and summaries.

13. Post frequently to keep attracting your subscribers to come back and recommend you to others on their networks; include links to other blogs, articles and websites in your posts

14. Use Trackback links when citing or referring to other blog posts. What is TrackBack? Basically what you do is send a message from one server to another to let you know that you have published a reference to your post. The beauty is that a link to your blog is now included on your site.

15. Write articles to publish on the web in article directories. Please include a link to your blog in the author information box (see example in our signature below).

16. Commit to blogging every day. 10 minutes a day can help increase your traffic as new content attracts search engine spiders. Put it on your calendar as a task every day at the same time.

Tip: Use a hit counter to keep track of your visitor statistics: how many unique visitors, how many page views, average visit duration.

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