Ask the Readers: What’s the Most Effective Thing You’ve Done to Build Traffic this Year? (Win a Free Website Strategy Session)

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.

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Ask the Readers: What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content?

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?

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Ask the Readers: Why Do You Comment on Other Blogs?

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.

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Ask the Readers: How Much of Your Self Do You Have to Reveal to Succeed?

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?

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Ask The Readers: How Do You Make Blogging Easier For Yourself?

making blogging easyIn this week’s “ask the readers” segment, let’s discuss ways to make blogging easier for yourself. Maintaining a high-quality blog can be a challenge, and anything you can do to reduce that burden will improve your chances of longevity and success.

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Ask The Readers: How Much Time Do You Spend on Content Vs. Promotion?

In this week’s “ask the readers” segment, I’d like to ask you how much time you spend creating content vs. promoting your site. I’m also curious to find out why you split your time how you do, and what you think an optimal split between content and promotion is for your stage of site.

The winning answer from our previous question

But first, let’s review your answers from the previous “ask the readers” question. I asked: what’s the most important measure of a site’s growth?

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