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Blogging: Your Gateway to Free Website Traffic

Jun 3, 2008
Blogging is an invention that is a combination of a message board and a website. Basically, webmasters post short articles or journal entries, which are free to get commented on by readers. This is where the audience interactivity comes in. But it goes even further than that, as you can also make comments and develop a relationship with your readers. And, through this relationship, (along with content that is continuous and worthwhile), you can form a following that can provide you free website traffic for other sites you might be promoting.

With this in mind, you'll want to blog on topics that relate to the industry you are marketing. For instance, let's say you wanted to promote Carnival Cruise Lines, (which has an affiliate program available on Commission Junction). Your blog can talk about the cruise industry, and even Carnival itself, though don't overdo it. If you want more website traffic, the last thing you need to do is to make blog posts that look like advertisements. Instead, post a compelling banner at the top and bottom of your blog. You can also post one link at the end of each article. Your readers will see these banners and links everyday, so there's no need to overly-advertise.

To create your blog, you can use a number of free blogging services. Examples include Blogging, Wordpress and Blogster. You can also make your own blog from scratch, use a paid service or find a social bookmarking site that also allows for blogging. If you make your blog from scratch, or use a paid service, you have the most options for customization. But don't think you need to do extra work or pay more money to get more website traffic, as free blogs work just as fine.

Once you have made your blog, you need to submit it to blog directories. This is the quickest method to increase web traffic for bloggers. This is because blog directories make your posts available through RSS feeds, which is a format that allows other webmasters to post your content onto their own sites. You still retain all rights to your articles. In fact, usually visitors can just click through right to your blog.

However, to make sure you're getting the most out of blog directories, you need to ping your blog. Pinging is the process of letting a group of blog directories know your site has been updated. To initiate pinging, you'll need to use a pinging site. Two of the best is Pingomatic and Pingoat. It's a very quick and simple process.
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