Feed readers are tools that keep track of the blogs you have interest in. You may use your feed reader to keep track of competitorâ€™s blogs or blogs that will notify you of trends or important news. Whichever blogs you choose to add, there are some great ways that you can make use of that blog traffic.
Here are some of the ways that to generate traffic to your blog.
Build a Network
When youâ€™re reading other peopleâ€™s blogs, youâ€™ll develop a network of like-minded individuals and people who share similar interests. You can also meet people to provide your products and services to and youâ€™ll find people who have products and services that you need.
The beauty of creating a network this way is that the more you are on other peopleâ€™s blogs and commenting on their posts, the more traffic you will receive. The thing to remember is that people love to have visitors on their site and they want to know who those people are. If youâ€™re commenting on posts they have written, you can bet that they are going to appreciate that and check out your site as well.
Register a feed reader account at a website like Newsgator (www.newsgator.com) or Blog Lines (www.bloglines.com) and add some feeds from your favorite blogs. Now, spend about 1 to 2 hours per week reading your blog feeds and comment on posts that you feel you can provide valuable feedback on.
Create Links Back to Your Site
By commenting on other peopleâ€™s blogs, youâ€™re creating a search engine ranking fiesta and all roads lead back to you! Page rank is determined by a number of things but one of those things is how many incoming links you have to your website. The more links, the higher you rank.
One thing to keep in mind though is that a simple comment is not going to give you much back in terms of valuable traffic and notoriety. When posting comments and creating these links back to your site, you want to be sure there is some substance in your comments.
Another way to create links back to your site is to write great blog entries that people will want to post onto their blogs. In the world of blogging, people â€˜copyâ€™ content all of the time and link back to the original author. This allows you to have a viral marketing source and you wonâ€™t need to do anything to generate this traffic.
One last way to create links back to your site is to add your favorite bloggers to your â€œBlog Rollâ€? and request that they add you to theirs. If you have a lot of colleagues, friends or family who also own blogs, ask them to also add you to their â€œBlog Rolls.â€? All of these incoming links will increase your traffic AND your page rank.
Right now, go to your blog and create a â€œBlog Rollâ€? if you donâ€™t have one already. Add your favorite bloggers to this list. Next, ask your friends, family and colleagues to add you to their links list on their blogs. Make sure that whatever you do in terms of links, it is reciprocal so that both parties benefit.
There are many ways to generate traffic but those are just a couple of the ways to utilize the RSS feed reader tool that you have to stay in the line of sight of your potential customers (and ideal clients).
Erin Blaskie is the owner of Business Services ETC, The VA Coach and VA Matchmaker. She services internet marketers, coaches, speakers and solopreneurs with their everyday operational needs which frees up their time to focus on the big picture. She can be found at www.erinblaskie.com.