Generating an audience
WordPress teaches new bloggers how to be their website’s own wingman or (wingwoman).
Want more traffic? Here are some tips for attracting more visitors to your site:
Tell people on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks about your new post. You can do this using WordPress.com’s Publicize feature, which will automatically tell your Facebook friends and Twitter followers as soon as you publish a new post.
Read and comment on other blogs
Check out Freshly Pressed and our Global Tags to find people who share your interests. Then follow their blog and get to know them a bit. When you see an article that interests you, click through to their site and leave a comment with your thoughts.
Blogs that have more frequent and regular posting schedules tend to develop an audience more quickly. If you need inspiration, check out The Daily Post.
Link to other blogs
Other folks love getting links just like you. Remember, blogging is all about people. When you link to another blogger or blog entry, that blog’s owner will often find your blog through their stats.
Make it easy for visitors to follow your blog
Adding the Follow Blog Widget to your sidebar allows your readers sign up to receive email notifications for each post you publish.
Use appropriate tags
Attach appropriate categories and tags to your entries and people may find your blog through those. Be careful not to use too many tags though — between 5 and 10 tags and/or categories is a good number. Beyond 10, your post actually becomes less likely to be featured in the WordPress.com tag listings.
Make your content visible to search engines
If you want your post to be indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing, you should make sure your site’s privacy settings are set to “I would like my site to be visible to everyone”.
Pay for traffic to your site
Web applications like StumbleUpon can bring visitors to your posts with rates starting at $.05 per visit. If you’ve just published a great post and you really want some feedback from visitors, this can be a good way to get the ball rolling.
Bug your real-life friends
Encourage friends and family to read your blog: send them reminder emails when you update and talk to them about it when you meet in person. Better still, encourage them to sign up for updates using the Blog Subscriptions Widget. Often having a really small audience of people you care about is better than having a million visitors and not knowing any of them.
Relax, it takes time
Even if you do all of the above religiously, you probably won’t develop a huge following overnight. Like anything worth doing, building a sizable audience takes time. Many of the bloggers you admire have probably been at it for at least a year. Stick with it, and don’t get discouraged by a slow start — everyone starts slow.
Size doesn’t matter
Finally, remember that it’s not the size of your audience, it’s how much you care about them and they care about you.