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9 Killer Ways to Make Your Blog Popular

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I have been working on my blogs for a while and every time I tweak something, I learn something new. Today, I am basically going to recap what I have posted so far. Previously I have posted on why blogs are important and I provided several traffic generation tips. Today, I will share some common working methods which you can implement right now to make your blog popular and stand out in the crowd. Some of the methods have been posted earlier. That’s why I said I am going to recap 🙂 Keep in mind that these methods are simple to implement and they always work.

Making a blog popular is every bloggers dream. It cannot be done overnight and I know it is not easy if you are new in the business but if you are hard working and are willing to learn and adapt, I can guarantee success my friend.

There are many ways to take your blog to the next level but always make sure you know what you are dealing with. I have seen people spamming the shit out of social bookmarking and networking sites such as digg, reddit and requesting people to vote for their links. Please do not do that. This is considered spam and it really sucks. But then again, reddit is very popular. If you have something awesome to share and it goes viral on reddit, you will get ton of traffic.

So without further ado, I am listing out several killer ways you can get your blog popular in the right way.

Make your blog popular – 9 methods that work!

1. Customize Your Blog Design

I have posted this like what, hundred times before. Well without a doubt, design matters. This is very important my friends and that is why I have listed it first. Every blog should have a unique design. People are attracted to something that is unique and interesting. When a person visits your blog, the design gives them the first impression and this determines the amount of time they spend browsing your blog. Now to be honest, if your blog has a crappy design, I am not going to visit it. Even if I visit it accidently, I might spend a few seconds before I leave and bam.

Look at this blog. How cool is it? 🙂 I am sure you can setup something similar or decent. Practice makes perfection so keep tweaking and trying out new layout, design and navigation and focus on creating the best user experience for your readers.

There are plenty of decent templates you can find online. I am running a customized thesis theme which is one of my favorites and it powers almost 80% of my websites. I chose thesis over woothemes and others because it gives you ton of sweet options such as buttons to easily change fonts, color and seo capability. It is easily customizable and if you know a little code like I do, you can create awesome designs in no time.

2. Add Your Blog to Blog Communities

Blog communities are really popular for blogs. Other bloggers and web enthusiasts are constantly checking out these communities for networking and information. There are many communities you can submit your blog to but it’s better to stick with the ones which are popular and have a decent Google PR (pagerank).

I have posted a list of top article and blog directories so check them out and submit your blog right away.

Remember: When you follow a blog that you find interesting, and you contribute something nice through commenting on it, you are basically increasing your visibility in the community. A lot of people will check you out and also subscribe to your blog if you are good. Always try to participate in a network and engage in conversations. Whether you write a blog post or a comment, make sure it delivers some value to the community.

3. Write Tutorials and Pillar Articles

I have followed Yaro Starak who is one of the top bloggers. Yaro has always emphasized the importance of pillar articles. Now think about this, if you write an article about what happened on a certain day, the content is meant only for that day and with time it gets old. But, if you write a How-to Article or a tutorial that solves a problem, it stays there forever.

Let me explain. If you write something about “How to get rid of twitter spam or How to get loyal readers to your blog”, you know that you can use these tutorials whenever you want and they won’t get old because the same method would apply all the time. Lots of people will share it and bookmark it for future reference. Pillar articles are killers and you can easily write at least 5-6 a month.

Check out my wordpress hacking prevention guide which got shared over thousand times throughout various social networks. The post was retweeted more than 700 times and is growing every day. It’s really not a big deal to see such numbers especially when your posts are awesome and solves a community problem.

4. Be a Guest Author on Popular Blogs

Most blogs you will come across these days accept guest posts. Popular blogs like problogger, shoemoney, johnchow just to name a few; they all give new bloggers a chance to get noticed through guest blogging. Now this is a great opportunity and shouldn’t be missed. You can’t just post anything you like but it should be related to the niche and you have to prove your worth. One blog post on some of these popular blogs can get you huge amount of traffic.

How to find blogs that accept guest posts? How about you Google terms such as “guest post by” or you can check out this blog post on kissmetrics that explains guest blogging in details.

Writing guest posts is a truly amazing way to get noticed and drive traffic to your blog. Don’t forget the link juice you get and waves of new subscribers.

5. Give Something to Download for Free

I love free stuff, don’t you? A good way to gain readership and make your blog popular is to give free stuff to the public. It can be almost anything; an eBook, a wordpress theme, some popular tools or even free online class. Based on the experience from my other blogs, people love free things especially when they are premium and valuable.

There are several PLR content that you could give away to your readers. Whatever you decide to give, make sure it is worth downloading. Ask yourself, would you download it yourself? If you wouldn’t download the free stuff yourself, you can’t expect others to download it either. Quality matters my friend and if your stuff is good, people will just keep coming.

6. Blog Frequently

Fresh content is the key to your blog’s success. Do not just blog once a week and expect people to check in every day. Your readers are hungry for information and they expect to see something valuable and new on your blog frequently. I know sometimes you can get busy and have days when you don’t feel like blogging, and it is completely ok. If blogging is your passion, you will manage time for a post; it comes naturally my friends.

The search engines can find out how often you blog and they love fresh content. The more often you post to your blog, the better it gets. Of course, unless you follow a different blogging style such as Glen at viperchill who makes 1 – 3 posts per month. Glen has a unique style of creating blog posts. Most of his posts go above 4000 word limit and if you carefully notice, he has a lot of lengthy pillar articles on his blog. And as a result, viperchill gets 10 times more traffic than most other blogs combined in the similar niche. Viperchill is the proof that quality content matters over quantity of posts.

Whatever style you adapt, make sure your content is unique because at the end of the day, that is what matters the most.

7. Link Love

One of the best ways to get your blog noticed is to trade links with other bloggers in the same niche. There are multiple ways you can approach a blogger or an author and request for a link love. You can email them (make sure you don’t spam), you can comment on their blog post and request and of course add them on your facebook and discuss about it. I personally do not do this right now because google doesn’t give much value to such links.

The best way to get link love is through guest blogging as mentioned earlier. Try creating some great blog posts in some popular blogs and you will get both traffic and quality backlinks.

8. Create a Facebook Page and Promote it

Facebook pages are rising in popularity. Check your account right now and tell me how many invitations you got to join a page. I bet it’s a lot. Create a facebook page for your blog right now and start sharing it with other millions of facebook users. When requesting to join your page, make sure you don’t spam because it can be really irritating. You can also set up your blog’s RSS Feed on the Page itself so that people can check out your posts without even visiting your blog.

The new facebook timeline gives you lots of options. There are lots of amazing facebook apps that you can use to integrate your blog with facebook and make sharing easy breezy. Some good methods you can use to promote your facebook page is by adding a widget on your blog, adding a popup like button, writing a blog post on it and also including the page details in your newsletter. Facebook is huge and the traffic is legit. The quicker you create your page and get involved with it, the better social presence you will have.

9. Get a Twitter Account and Tweet your Posts

I am sure by now most bloggers have a twitter account. Forget bloggers, pretty much everyone has a twitter account today, and they use it to broadcast what they eat, when they sleep etc. There is no problem in doing that but to make it a little more productive, how about tweeting your blog posts to your followers instead.

People follow you because they are interested in sharing things with you. When you tweet, they are most likely willing to check it out. I like the idea of microblogging because it makes it easy for you to share your opinion and cool stuff with the world. Achieving the celebrity status on twitter is everyone’s dream. If you deliver value through tweets, you will have created a huge network of loyal followers who will retweet your stuff which eventually drive massive traffic to your blog. Retweets matter. Remember, retweets do not only help in driving traffic but also help in search engine optimization.

I hope you have found this article useful. I would appreciate if you share it and spread the word. Keep following the right thing, learn and adapt and, I promise that your blog will reach new heights. What other ways can you make your blog popular?

Post Updated 2014

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  • The Ranter

    Great advice. Thanks!

  • dee

    cool article. i am going to try out those tips for my blog too. fingers crossed*

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  • Really nice tips up there. I always wonder how sites like mashable came out to be so popular

  • RX

    Gonna try out these tips…

  • Nice article.

    But these list goes on. It should not be just 9.

    Hope you add more someday.

    Cheers!
    Okoji

    • Salman Ahsan

      that someday is coming soon. When i started blogging, I had only 9 in mind.. I guess now I have ton more that I want to include 🙂

  • I do not know about free stuff or link love for blog but thank for the information. Will try this on my blog.
    I was advice by a blogger that my blog was unoriginal and that why I was rejected by Adsense. Care to check my blog and give advice to improved it?
    http://best2knowall.blogspot.com/
    Thanks for the tips given, it’s very helpful.
    Have a nice day.

  • Can you please check out my new blog and give advice?

    iinsiders.blogspot.com

    • Salman Ahsan

      pretty straight forward arent you :). Not bad for your 1st blog. Although lots of room for improvement. Think about more quality content and less advertisement. Remember, content first, monetization later. Good luck

  • This is really helpful. I hope I understood it right.

  • great tips. follow my blog about my everyday life as an army wife. don’t get turned off by the title, my life is quite entertaining lol

  • This is a really interesting post, Salman. I recently joined the blogosphere and have been trying to get my blogs name out there.
    Where do you find inspiration for your posts? I love writing about my niche, but sometimes I feel like there’s so many things in it that topics don’t come as easy.
    How do you battle writers block? And what’s your opinion on submitting links to places like Google, Yahoo, and Reddit?
    Thanks for the great article!

    • Salman Ahsan

      Thanks for the lovely comment Amy :). When you are passionate about a topic, words simply flow out naturally. Don’t confuse or overload yourself with ton of topics. Focus on your comments and see what your readers are more interested in. Take a poll or a survey just like I did few days ago on this blog. Trying to solve your reader’s problems can be a great blog post topic. For example, when I wrote the article on preventing wordpress hacking, there were several readers who commented that they had problems with wordpress spam and I thought it was another great topic since it is solving some kind of problem.

      You can get ton of ideas and I am sure you know that now. The challenge is being consistent and producing awesome quality content. Putting your ideas and blog posts in a proper sequence can be challenging but trust me, once you start doing it, it will become a habit and you will get better at it 🙂 Good luck and let me know if you need any help.

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  • hey, do you think you could check out my blog? I’m starting out so I can use all the help I can get!

    • Salman Ahsan

      lack of time and lots of projects prevent me from checking out each and every single blogs 🙂 However, I do my best because I love my readers. The simple yet powerful tip I can give is, subscribe to this blog and read all the posts you come across. I have some great things planned. Good luck

  • plz give me ur rank about my blog ?

  • great information !!!!!!! Good Job.

  • Thank you so much for this article! 🙂 I am a new blogger with only a few followers.

    Claudia

  • This is a really interesting post, Salman. I recently make my own blog cum website.
    I love writing about my niche, but sometimes I feel like there’s so many things in it that topics don’t come as easy.
    please visit my website http://www.techrootservices.com and give me some hist about blogging

  • I like this blog since it has a lot of useful suggestions. I am using some of it by actively commenting related blogs and articles.

  • Hi I started blogging on New Years Eve and have blogged everyday since. I would really appreciate your honest feed back on my blog, meanwhile I will look at a research your 9 methods.
    I am enjoying blogging and find the whole community courteous. I love this guy The Worlds top 10 of Anything and Everything!!! on word press. I am still very new to this so your help would be appreciated.
    Thanks for your time
    Jacky Swift

  • Thank you so much for the tips. I’m excited about getting my blog going and really appreciate the helpful tips.

  • Great article. Will be following them for my blog. 🙂

  • Your tips are absolutely inspiring and beneficial. I recently started my own blog and I have often looked to your suggestions and have treated them like a bloggers bible! I hope you post more soon!

    Pebblespr.weebly.com

  • I follow most of these tips except for the 4, 5 and 7. I think it’s about time. Thanks for your post! 🙂

  • alakin

    hi, there.. whats up..

    i have a question. can my blog be a popular blog?
    my blog is an english blog, but i don’t really speak english..

    can you give me an advice?

    thanks 🙂

    • Salman Ahsan

      Just keep writing awesome content that solve a problem, make your readers happy and you will be popular 😉

  • Thanks for giving nice info plz see my blog W3S Tutorial and tell me how to promote it and improve it

  • Thanks for the article. you pillar post idea is very good and have seen it works in case of my blog which is travel one. http://traveller1234.blogspot.com/ one more thing in case of travel blog is rare topics or places are visible to google rather then the most popular onces. my article for our native home towns temple visit got selected in mustseeindia.com blogs section.

  • Nice article here. Blog designs really matter, you were right. Readers always visit nice and pleasant blogs.I suggest using maximum of three colors for a blog design . I hope this one helps. 🙂

  • This advice is amazing. I just got back to blogging and I will be using it to promote my business. Having all of this information will help me so much.

  • I use social bookmarking for my blog.. it work great with keeping in touch with followers and update… I also like what you write about pillar article… keep the pen ink flowing bro!!

  • Is there anywhere that I can go to get feedback about my food blog? I receive about 150 – 200 readers a day, but nobody ever leaves a comment or follows me. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I know some people are coming in by entering my address, so I do have some invisible followers.
    http://Www.producepantry.com

    Also, would it be better to have a word press account; and if it is, are there classes available to learn how to use it? I have stayed with blogger, because it is so easy to use.
    I have a goal to be making money off of my website within two years, so any input that I can get would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    • Salman Ahsan

      I am a wordpress fan so I prefer wordpress and you dont need any classes to learn it. Its easy and if you need help, Just follow this blog 🙂

      Focus on quality content. Content marketing is the next SEO, traffic generation technique or whatever you want to call it. Encourage your readers to leave comments by “entering a call to action” at the end of your posts. People need to be told what to do. Ask some thought provoking questions or post some controversial stuff. I am sure you can be creative on this. Most of the time, people leave comments IF they can relate to your stuff. They will leave a comment if they either Hate your post or totally love it 🙂 Good luck

  • Hi Salman,
    I am a recently blogger and writes about something i really love doing, talking and reading -culinary. My niche has a crowd public, but a crowd blogs with similar contents, in my country and all over the world. Definitely your ideas are great. But lets go to the point: in you 8 and 9 ideia about facebook and twitter , you wrote: ” You can also set up your blog’s RSS Feed on the Page itself so that people can check out your posts without even visiting your blog.” . That tip increase you content readers but dont deliiver more traffic, because they will read it through facebook page , right?

    By the way, i’ve already put in practices on of you tips, about registering to a catalog /directory – 5 till now. Good very good

    • Salman Ahsan

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 By the way, how would you differ content readers and traffic? 🙂 Regardless of what you want, you need to focus on what your readers want and you need to give them several choices for getting the content delivered to them. So for example, if I switch off my RSS feed because I feel that its taking away all the traffic from the blog, then imagine what happens when I lose those readers who prefer to receive my content through RSS? I hope you are getting the point. Get traffic (content readers on your blog) and then convert them to subscribers so they receive your latest stuff as they get published. Good luck

  • Really great stuff dude. have started blogging recently. hope people will notice. Do read it if you hve got tym.

  • i want to do blogging.I will purchase a domain name soon.but the problem is i dont know coding.I have dream weaver but i dont know how to use it.i am learning.In order to get a google adsense account i have started http://indiahow00.blogspot.in
    PLEASE SUGGEST ME WHAT I SHOULD DO NOW

  • Thank you so much for the awesome advice! I’ll try to do all these things c:.
    So, about my blog, its basicly a blog about me and my everyday life 😀 im a middle school student and i started this blog in the exams. I think that it is pretty interesting because I write stuff about my point of view etc.
    I have already made a really neat design, i really like it! I don’t think that I can be a feutred author because, well im only 13 and there aren’t many blogs that would like me to write something for them!

    • Salman Ahsan

      If you have something awesome to share, people would want you in regardless of your age or gender. 🙂 Good luck blogging

  • Thanks for the advice! I have not tried reddit yet, I think I should do so.

  • Thank you very much for the advice, I really needed it since I just started blogging very recently, and I hope that people will like what I write about. I’m just a 15-year-old girl and I share my thoughts on, well, whatever it is that comes to my mind and about my dreams. I know that my blog isn’t a big thing, but my aspiration is to inspire someone one day… So, once again, thank you. I’ll make sure to follow these steps. :]

    • Salman Ahsan

      You are most welcome. I like your blog :). Starting is the hardest thing and you have already overcome that. Next is consistency and I can see that. Keep going and you will inspire many down the road. Good luck.

  • Hi bro I loved the simplicity and and tips for newbie blogger like me in your blog. I have scrolled a lot in blog and found many useful articles here…
    cya soon with new tips about blogging 🙂

  • hey salman, i used your advise for my blog which i just started like 5 days ago, thanks a lot for the tips, could you possibly check out my blog and tell me if its okay? i really could use your tips since you’re so popular. thanks

    http://askriia.blogspot.com/

    thanks a bunch salman.

  • Hey everyone, i just created a website and it would be nice if u visited it, commented on stuff and gave me some advice 😉

  • Hi! Thanks for this. You gave me a lot of idea right now on how to improve and make my blog popular. Some of your advice I already did. And I will try some of it. I just have one question?. How will I change my website name on adsense? I’m still on pending mode and I would like to change my website name that I submitted to adsense because on my website I did some changes and it includes my website name. Or should I re apply again using the different email? Do you have any idea about it? Thanks. And more power to you.

    • Salman Ahsan

      Adsense doesnt allow more than 1 account so you dont have to. Wait for a response from them and then decide if you have to reapply (only if your current application gets denied).

  • Great ideas from a great blogger .Thank you will try all of your tips.

    Do write more stuff this way.

    Thank You.

    Nikhil.

  • Very Good Post, The Number of Comments shows it. 🙂

    I have a question regarding point #2. I have a food blog http://www.restaurantinfo.in and I want to make it popular.

    Now, I want to put my site in ” blog communities “. But I want some suggestion from you about popular blog communities, which will be best for me. You make contact me via my email also.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Thanx for your kind words Salman.
    Salman I want to ask you that. I recently purchase a domain name for my blog from go daddy. I have a blog on the topic “how to make money online?”. Now the problem is that my blog is on blogger and after researching on internet. I found that WordPress is far better than blogger for professional blogging. I don’t buy any hosting account for my domain. Now tell me shifting to WordPress and buying a WordPress hosting is good for my blog. Please help me Salman. I want to be a professional blogger.
    Check my blog and suggest me how to become a professional blogger

    Hoping for a good reply from you. I am also interested in writing a guest post for your website.

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  • Chris

    Hi Salman. I really believe it would have done me great help had it been i read this blog before attempting to start my blog at krskoyo.blogspot.com. I know it IS bland. I mean the layout(if can call it that). Do i have to be technically savvy before i can tweak my blog to something resembling your’s? I really want to make a success of my blog. Thanks

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  • really nice article! you actually have a lot of original points 🙂 (usually these sorta posts say the same thing over and over again-I would know..I google stuff like this all the time :p)

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  • Hi,

    Kindly give me advice, How can i make my blog more attractive and get more visitors.

    My Blog: valuableinfo.blog.com

    Thanks

    Amal richard

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  • Thanks for this post, I’ve started a blog on health, food, wellness, and basically everything that encompasses a healthy lifestyle with bits of everyday life thrown in. I need all of the help I can get. I really appreciate this post and am excited to delve into more of your content!

  • Great information. Thank you for sharing!

  • I am very serious about making my blog more popular..and have been reading non stop for the past month. I have also bought some books to pore over but getting traffic is so tricky..I can’t even get pass the 20 uniques a day..I am currently studying in China with a restricted internet so I can’t even access Facebook or twitter. I am going to see what I can do with this guide. ^^ Thanks.

    And do check my site out.

    http://nicoleinchina.com

  • Thanks for your tips Mastermind. I too am a Blogger, who just crossed 1150 pageviews and now I am going to attempt your trick. If you are a Tech geek visit http://9thin.blogspot.in/p/breakthroughes.html
    and if you would like to visit amazing things happening all around the world visit this http://9thin.blogspot.in/ and please tell me what are the tricks to make it poplular.

    Happy Posting
    Abdul Hadi Khan

  • Mastermind,

    Awesome tips. Certainly need to join more communities to give me more exposure.

    I have saved this page in my favourites and will forward to friends.

    Please visit my developing and engaging blog here;

    http://stevendavisuk.com/

    Thanks again and keep winning!

    Steve

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