how to increase readership

This article on how to increase your blog’s readership doesn’t say anything I haven’t heard before, but repetition can be helpful. It would also help if I were to to try some of those things instead of just reading about them.

He has also written several other articles about improving your blog which may provide some interesting reading, if you’re even interested in having more readers.


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  1. Sure, sure. But what if you want to decrease readership? I have a feeling if you starting badgering and insulting your visitors, you’d just get more. Kind of like an abusive friend, the gluttons come back for more. LOL.

    Comment by Renee on April 5, 2004 @ 8:06 am
  2. Well, I for one wouldn’t keep reading – unless you were badgering and insulting people who deserved it.

    Comment by dan on April 5, 2004 @ 9:16 am
  3. Badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger… Mushroom mushroom!

    Sorry, talk of badgering just made that pop into my head. I couldn’t help it!

    Comment by Levi on April 5, 2004 @ 9:32 am
  4. a snake a snake

    Personally I increase readership my using the words “Anna” and “Kournikova” in all my posts. It is sometime tough to do when I am talking about what I ate for lunch or something, but I find it to be worthwhile.

    Also sending people letters made of clipped out magazine letters and saying “we have your daughter give in to our demands –”. Even though most of them don’t have daughters, they still seem to come by the site check it out.

    Comment by Steve on April 5, 2004 @ 1:07 pm
  5. I’ve seen my readership increase by doing two simple things. 1) post often. 2) diversity of content. As for badgering people, I hope I don’t do that, but stirring things up a bit can’t hurt. It’s a drag if the comments on your blog consist of “Me Too!”.

    Comment by jason on April 5, 2004 @ 3:44 pm
  6. Jason, ME TOO!

    Dan, they all deserve it. okay, just kidding

    I’ve found that I get way more hits since I archive monthly. The chance of all the words someone is looking for to be in 1 month’s worth of posts is mighty high. Nevermind that I have no idea why they are looking for “Dr. Zoidberg+anti-semitic” or “shaved eyebrows, accident” or “picture of woman shopping in a grocery store” and I am of no use to them.

    Ah well, I’ll never be anything more than a lowly amphibian in that TTLB ecosystem.

    Comment by Renee on April 5, 2004 @ 9:19 pm
  7. Renee: Archives get you traffic, but I don’t think they provide much of an increase in readership. They do give you some interesting search phrases to post though.

    If it makes you feel any better on TTLB you have me beat. We’re both Crawly Amphibians, but you’re at 3201 and I’m at 3284.

    Comment by dan on April 6, 2004 @ 12:16 am
  8. Woah! David is at 788 (a marauding marsupial). Maybe he should share his secrets for getting so many inbound links.

    Comment by dan on April 6, 2004 @ 1:13 am

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