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How to get more visitors to your blog

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So you write a blog, but do you have any readers? How can you drive more traffic to your blog? When you spend time to write a blog, you want people to read it. Right? If you think you don’t have enough visitors or you want more, this small guide is for you.

I’ve been blogging for some years now and I have between 40-60 unique vistors everyday. And I think that is good, but it could always be better. There’s a lot of different tips out there on Internet. The tips I give, is what I have done to get more visitiors. If you have other tips, please leave a comment.

Choose a topic

You have to write about something. I’ve read that you shoud stick to a couple of topics. But I don’t know, I write about everything, and that seems to work just OK. But choose wisely what you want to write about. Write about things that people want to read about. Write about things that last forever, like this blogpost. People always need this information. And write about things that are up to date, like things that happens in the news.

Use paragraphs which makes it easy to read,and don’t write to much. People don’t read if you have too much text, I don’t anyway. But if you devide the text and have space, it’s easier to read.  Keep what you write interesting and if you write well, people will come back to your blog. Quality is good.

Ping your blog

Submit your URL to search engines. You chould be well covered if you only add your site with Google. A quick look at the statistics for my blog, about 96% of hits from search engines came from Google. You should also add your RSS-feed to Google Blog Search and Yahoo. You can also use ping-o-matic which pings a lot of different services. If you use WordPress like me, it will ping a lot of services automaticly when you publish a post.

You could also use services like Technorati and Feedburner (my Feedburner RSS-feed).

Use links

The web is build around linking. You click a link to get from one site to another. So you have to spread the link to your blog. If you have friends or family members who blog, have a list of each others blog with links in the sidebar. People will click on them.

Read other blogs and make comments. You will then be able to leave a link to your site, and the people who own that blog will probably check it out. I do anyway, so leave a comment and you get some traffic from me. And other people who read that blog might just click your link if they thought you made a great comment.

If you are a member of forums, make sure that you put your link in your signature.

When you write an article for your blog, make sure to find other relevant site that have the same topic and link to them. Because of a feature called pingback and trackback, the link to your post will often be posted as comment on the blog you link to.

But remember, do not spam.

Give you pictures a name

I’ve seen that I often do get traffic from Googles picture seach. So it’s actually wise to give the pictures you upload to your blog a real name. Instead of DSC_2494.JPG which is given by the camera, call it eating_hamburger_mcdonalds.jpg.

Tag your post

It will help you to tag your posts. It helps you and your readers to easy find things in a specific categories to read. It also helps search engines.

Headline

Make a good headline. It must describe what your post is about. A great headline will attract more readers, and will help them find what they look for when searching the Net. I hope my headline How to get more visitors to your blog was what brought you here.

Social networks

If you have a Twitter account [link to my profile], you can use that to inform your subscribers that you have posted something of interest. But don’t broadcast all your blogpost on Twitter. That will feel likes spam.

Or if you are on Facebook, you could use the statusbar to link to post that could be of interest for your friends.

Google Friend Connect

With Google Friend Connect visitors can become a member of your site. I installed it some weeks ago. But for me, it haven’t given me any traffic. But feel free to join my site.

Digg it

If you’ve written a great blogpost, like I did with this one, digg it. While I don’t get that much traffic from Digg.com, it do help. It’s one of the biggest news sites out there.

Closing commens

If you do some or all of the above, you will over time increase the traffic to you blog. I don’t say these are the best methods. But it’s the one that I have used and that works for me. I’ve found other sites that says much of the same.

Feel free to make a comment. If you have other and better tips to get more readers to our blogosphere, please write it down. If you add links in your comment, please do not add more than two since you will then end in the spam bin.

I hope this will help you to get more visitors to your own blog. Happy blogging!

Related topics

I made some seraches, and found some blogs that writes about the same topics like I’ve done. You should take a look at them and they will give you some more insight to attract other web surfers to your blog.

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How to Increase Traffic to Website for freeonlinedefine.blogspot.com

Few effective steps to increase blog traffic – Professional bloggers’ tips….theneers.blogspot.com

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How To Increase PageRankisaacyassar.blogspot.com

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PC: The Sims 3 will not use SecuROM

I’ve been a Sims fan since the begining and is looking forward to Sims 3. This week it was announced that The Sim 3 will no contain SecuROM or any other DRMs. The game will only have disc-based copy protection, which means you have to only input a serial code like you did in Sims 2. No need for any online authentication, which is very good. I hope EA have learned.

Here is a quote from the news on TheSims3.com:

The game will have disc-based copy protection – there is a Serial Code just like The Sims 2. To play the game there will not be any online authentication needed.

We feel like this is a good, time-proven solution that makes it easy for you to play the game without DRM methods that feel overly invasive or leave you concerned about authorization server access in the distant future.

The game is out on 2-5 June (both PC and Mac), depending on where you live.

Gamespot have put up a Sims 3 interview with Ben Bell.

The nominees for the Norwegian Game Award – Gullstikka 2008

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On Thursday March 5, 2009 the Norwegian Game Award Gullstikka 2008 will take place. Since there is now official English name for the categories, I’ve translated them to the best of my knowledge. (Source: My Norwgian Blog)

Here is the list of the nominees:

Best Strategy
Civilization: Revolution (Firaxis Games/KE Media)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (EA LA/EA Norge)
Spore (Maxis/EA Norge)
Tom Clancy’s End War (Ubisoft/Ubisoft)

Best Adventure/RPG
Age of Conan (Funcom/Ubisoft)
Fable 2 (Lionhead Stuios/Microsoft Games Studios)
Fallout 3 (Bethesda/Ubisoft)
Final Fantasy Crisis Core (Square Enix/Ubisoft)

Best Childrens game
Englekræsj (Ravn Studio/Norsk Spill Distribusjon)
Josefine og Drømmespeielet (KREA/PAN Vision Norge)
Litlest Pet Shop (Hasbro/EA Norge)
Ungene i gata og Rocke-Ragnar (Minimedia/Norsk Spill Distribusjon)

Best Action game
Call of Duty: World of War (Treyarch/Activision Blizzard)
Gears of War 2 (Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studios)
Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North/KE Media)
Metal Gear Solid 4 (Konami/PAN Vision Norge)

Best Racing game
Burnout Paradise (Criterion/EA Norge)
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (Polyphony Digital/Nordisk Film)
Mario Kart (Nintendo/Bergsala)
Race Driver: Grid (Codemasters/Atari)

Best Sports game
FIFA 09 (EA Sports/EA Norge)
Football Manager 09 (SEGA/PAN Vision Norge)
NHL 09 (EA Sports/EA Norge)
Pro Evolution Soccer 09 (Konami/PAN Vision Norge)

Best Platformer
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule/Nordisk Film)
Mirrors Edge (DICE/EA Norge)
Prince Of Persia (Ubisoft/Ubisoft)
Tomb Raider (Eidos/Ubisoft)

Open Class
Guitar Hero: World Tour (Red Octane/Activision Blizzard)
Rock Band 2 (Harmonix/EA Norge)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Sora Nintendo/Bergsala)
Wii Fit (Nintendo/Bergsala)

Best Multiplayer game
Call of Duty: World at War (Treyarch/Activision Blizzard)
FIFA 09 (EA Sports/EA Norge)
Left 4 Dead (Valve/EA Norge)
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard/Activision Blizzard)

Best game with Norwegian language
Buzz TV Quiz (Relentless Software/Nordisk Film)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule/Nordisk Film)
Resistance 2 (Insomniac Games/Nordisk Film)
Spore (Maxis/EA Norge)

Best Norwegian-developed game
Age of Conan (Funcom/Ubisoft)
Englekræsj (Ravn Studio/Norsk Spill Distribusjon)
Riding Club (Artplant/Norsk Spill Distribusjon)
Ungene i gata og RockeRagnar (Minimedia/Norsk Spill Distribusjon)

Best Cellphone game
Bejeweled 2 (iPhone)
Boom Blox (N-Gage)
Hero of Sparta (iPhone)
SimCity (iPhone/Java)

Best Retailer
Electroworld Sandvika
Elkjøp Megastore Karihaugen
Gamezone
Platekompaniet Oslo City

Critics Award
Braid (Number None Inc/Microsoft Games Studios)
Fable 2 (Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Games Studios)
Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North/KE Media)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule/Nordisk Film)

Best Handheld game
Final Fantasy: Crisis Core (Square Enix/Ubisoft)
God of War: Chains Of Olympus (SCEA/Nordisk Film)
Ninja Gaiden DS (Eidos/Ubisoft)
Locoroco 2 (SCE Japan Stuido/Nordisk Film)

Best PC game
Age of Conan (Funcom/Ubisoft)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (EA LA/EA Norge)
Fallout 3 (Bethesda/Ubisoft)
Football Manager 2009 (SEGA/PAN Vision Norge)

Best Console game
Fallout 3 (Bethesda/Ubisoft)
Gears of War 2 (Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studios)
Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North/KE Media)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule/Nordisk Film)

Game of the Year
Fallout 3 (Bethesda/Ubisoft)
Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North/KE Media)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule/Nordisk Film)
Metal Gear Solid 4 (Konami/PAN Vision Norge)

Community of the Year
Battlefield.no
Multigamer.no
Spillegal.no
Wii-fan.net

Best Magazine/online site
Dagbladet
Gamer.no
Gamereactor
VG

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Gullstikka
translates to something like The Golden Stick.

New release-date for The Sims 3 – June 5th, 2009

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The Sims games have sold millions of copies over the years. And fans all over the world have been waiting for the next game: The Sims 3. Original release date was end of February, 2009. But then the news hit the Net that the game was delayed. Well, the wait is over, at least for a new release date. The Sims 3 will be released on June 5th (June 2nd in US). So if you don’t have the money now, start saving.

Here is the pressrelease taken from thesims3.ea.com:

“The Sims 3 is an incredible game that lets you play with life, create art and show off your creations,” said Ben Bell, Executive Producer, The Sims 3. “In the game, players are inspired by endless creative possibilities like the new Traits and Lifetime Wish features which allow players to create Sims with real personalities and destinies. Players can then take their Sim into town to interact with other Sims in the game and capture the action on video to show off online.”

“The June launch combined with the break-through game the team is building gives us the perfect runway to create awareness for The Sims 3,” said Russell Arons, Vice President of Marketing for EA. “The Sims 3 will be the summer blockbuster of 2009 as we build off the success of the best-selling PC videogame of all time to create awareness with both loyal Sims fans and new players.”


Pre-order The Sims 3 for PC

Play-Asia.com Weekly Special: Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer [Limited Edition] (PC) – US$9.99

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This Weekly Special at Play-Asia.com is Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer [Limited Edition] for PC at only US$9.99.

Here’s the description of the game taken from Play-Aisa.com:

Set in the distant future, Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer is a fast and furious shoot ’em up with state-of-the-art graphics, driving soundtrack and classic fun gameplay sprinkled with fresh innovations. In the storyline, planet Earth’s resistance aims to stop a deadly infection consuming both life forms and technology alike, oddly having to rely on an anti-hero mercenary and bounty hunter to pilot a mighty prototype star fighter. His goal: To fight his way to the virus’ origin, save civilisation and earn cash to boot!

  • 12 stages of beautiful parallax graphics and animations, staged across 4 fantastic world/space settings
  • High definition graphics in 720p
  • Supports various screen modes (16:9, 16:10 and 4:3)
  • Supports 2-Player Co-Op Play (simultaneously)
  • Beautiful weather effects (such as rain, fog and lightning)
  • Detailed background animations
  • Classic design, yet state-of-the-art shooter technology
  • Unique upgrade weapon system with five standard weapon types
  • Never before seen tactical elements such as chaining, effectiveness system, ‘berserker’ mode and much more
  • Plenty of hidden bonus features
  • More than 20 extras (with both positive and negative effects!)
  • Addictive collection quests
  • Over-the-top boss fights
  • Features a superb soundtrack and sound effects
  • Bi-lingual story mode (English/Japanese)
  • Six modes of difficulty: very easy, easy, normal, hard, impossible, nightmare
  • Easy to learn, yet tough to maste
  • Online high score ranking
  • Constant frame rate

Amazon.com’s Game Downloads Store Launched

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Amazon.com opened their Game Downloads Store (beta) today. This is not big games, but smaller casual games. It looks like it’s US only (but I can be wrong).

Here is a quote from Amazon Game Room’s Blog:

Gamers, take note. Today we are pleased to announce the beta launch of the Amazon Game Downloads store, www.amazon.com/gamedownloads, our first step into the downloadable games space. Loaded with an ever-growing roster of casual gaming titles for your PC, the Amazon Game Downloads store features more than 600 games on day one, all priced under a tenspot at either $6.99 or $9.99. As a bonus for exploring our new Game Downloads store, for the next week we’re offering three free, full-version games – “Jewel Quest 2,” “The Scruffs” and “Build A Lot.”

If you miss out on this launch offer, not to worry  –  every game in our store is available for a free 30-minute trial.  We could tell you loads more about the range of games, and all the standard Amazon features you’d expect, but instead we’ll just say this: go play!

Source: Kotaku.com