It’s been while since we ran an ask the readers post here, so let’s kick the new year off with one.
If you’re working towards building a bigger online audience for your website or blog this year, you may have recently considered what you plan to do differently this year vs. last year.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (according to Albert Einstein), doing same things over and over to build your site’s traffic without seeing results must be insane.
So I’m curious to know, what do you plan to do differently this year to grow your online audience?
If this is your first “ask the readers” post here, feel free to jump in with your answer. There is no right or wrong way to answer. These posts are a great way for all of us to share information about what works and doesn’t work when it comes to building online audiences. Your contribution is welcome and appreciated.
Oh, and if you plan to do the same things this year that you did last year, tell us what you plan to do and why it has been working.
Happy 2011 everyone. Here’s to a breakout year for you and your site!
After 90+ comments containing over 10,000 words I have to say thanks to everyone for sharing your most effective traffic-building tips last week.
You confirmed what I suspected. As a group we have some killer knowledge about building traffic to our websites and blogs. Thank you, thank you to everyone who participated. Thanks for helping create such a great resource.
If you haven’t checked out the comments on that post, don’t miss out on the goldmine of audience-building advice. I highly recommend reading the whole thing if you have time.
As promised in the post, I’ve chosen one of those 90+ commenters to win a complimentary coaching session with me. See below for the winner.
Update: after 90+ awesome comments, this contest has ended. Check out all the great traffic-building tips below or see the contest results here.
Something occurred to me today. I’ve asked lots of experts about what they’ve done to increase traffic to their sites recently, but I haven’t asked you, my dear readers, directly.
And if I’ve learned anything from running this blog and reading your comments over the past seven months, it’s that I’m lucky to have some of the smartest, most successful readers on the Internet.
Now that I’ve buttered you up a little, I’d love to make this the best “ask the readers” segment we’ve ever created together. With your input this could become an awesome resource of traffic-building tips. Read on to find out how you can win a free strategy session with me.
A reader wrote me last week to let me know one of my blog posts had been posted to another site. It definitely wasn’t the first time, but this case was a little different because the blog in question is fairly popular itself.
Usually the blogs that copy other bloggers work are spammy and insignificant. I was surprised that someone more popular would use my work without permission. In the end I didn’t write the person or do anything about it really. The post did include attribution, so I suppose I don’t mind that much.
It made me wonder though, how do you all feel about stolen content?
There’s a debate that flares up between bloggers once in a while. Is commenting on other blogs a valuable strategy for building traffic to your own site?
Some web marketers and new bloggers swear by blog commenting as a way to build traffic, make new connections and generally raise the awareness of your own site. Other people say it’s a complete waste of time.
Here’s a question that I’ve been chewing on for months. How much of your self do you have to reveal to succeed?
I’d love to get your take on this one.
When it comes to your “voice” online, does it pay to reveal your full personality? Do you have to be fully self-expressed for your business to succeed online? Can you hide who you really are and still be interesting enough to grow a following?