When I first started blogging in 2006 I was unable to connect with other bloggers, mostly because I simply did not know how to do that! It was only by joining a mentoring programme that I was given the tools and advice to create a blogging community around me. During the first stages of the course I took we were encouraged to engage with each other, to explore other blogs and to interact with everyone. I made a big effort to get to know my fellow students and visited many, many other blogs, engaging with everyone I visited. This in itself proved to be the making of my own blog. Most of the people I visited reciprocated. One of the things I noticed at the time is that there were many ‘challenges’ that you could get involved in. All of them involved you participating in an activity then visiting and commenting on the other participants’ blogs. And of course they would do the same.
Recently I have been involved in a couple of challenges in a group I am part of, The Power Affiliate Club. The first was a 30 day challenge where we were encouraged to write a blog post each day for 30 days, then visit and comment on other blog posts in the challenge. It was a great challenge and not only did we all get much more traffic and comments for that month but everyone saw an improvement in their Alexa rank.
The second challenge was one I ran for the group myself. I ran a Blogging Carnival. You can still go over and read all of the posts written for the Carnival by clicking the banner below. A blogging Carnival is where everyone writes posts on the same topic. We ran a short series of posts for the month of July, one each week with a topic for that week. Again everyone has seen a much higher amount of traffic and more comments during this challenge.
When I was first blogging and started the mentoring programme some of my fellow students ran challenges. It brought their names and blogs to the forefront of many blogging communities. They attracted some big name bloggers to their challenges and it meant a lot of people got to know them and their blogs. I never had the courage to run my own challenge at that time, but I’m making up for it now!
If you seriously want to improve your traffic, get your blog better known and create a bigger community for yourself in the blogging sphere then run a challenge of your own. All you need to do is come up with an idea, maybe have a prize or two for the participants to compete for, publicise your intention and then be very encouraging when people participate. It really works!
Enjoy the journey!