The most asked question by new bloggers is always…”How can I drive traffic to my blog?” We’ve talked about many traffic-building ideas in this blog, but today we are going to explore one we haven’t yet covered.
One of the easiest, most painless, and free ways to increase traffic to your blog is by participating in a blog carnival. For those of you unfamiliar with blog carnivals, the best way to explain them is to compare them to well…a carnival. Just as a carnival travels from town to town, blog carnivals travel from blog to blog. And just as a carnival draws a crowd…so does a blog carnival!
A blog carnival begins with a host – – a blogger who is willing to oversee the carnival, choose the topic and date of publication,take submissions, promote the upcoming carnival, and ultimately gather the submissions and publish them in a single post. The host, though, is reliant on submitters – – bloggers who are willing to follow the guidelines of the carnival and submit a blog post from their blog that corresponds with the carnival theme. Finally, you have the readers – – folks who are interested in the carnival subject and enjoy coming to a one-stop-shopping destination where they can read posts related to that subject.
You can see that the possibilities for blog promotion are tremendous with a blog carnival. The host benefits by having submitters become familiar with his or her site, by networking with like-minded bloggers, and by receiving lots of hits on his blog following the carnival posting. But even carnival participants can see spikes in traffic after their post has been featured in the carnival. A carnival is a chance to showcase your work, and without much effort, readers will be flocking to your site to see more of what you have to offer. A blog carnival directly links to one of your posts, so readers who have never heard of you before will click on your link to see what you have to say about the topic they are interested in.
Blog carnivals can be on almost any subject. If you would like to find a blog carnival that matches your interests, go to Blogcarnival.com, which is a directory of all ongoing carnivals. Not only is it a great way to increase traffic for your blog, but it is also a terrific outlet for meeting people with similar interests.
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Until next time,