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February 16, 2006

How to make your blog popular?

Filed under: Opinions — Manish Bansal @ 1:53 pm

65% of new blogs created are abandoned within a month of the first post. And less than 20% of the blogs are updated regularly, if at all. One of the reason people abandon their blog is low number of hits. How can you motivate yourself to write when no one other than you is going to read it? Another common reason is lack of time or work pressure. Some people quit because they don’t see any point in blogging once the novelty wears off. Well, assuming that you have decided to go ahead and keep at it, here are some points to help you along.

  1. Know why you blog: Some people blog ’cause they just want to rant and get the load off their chest. Some blog to create a repository of their knowledge which they can refer to later. Some write about their experiences from which others can hopefully learn and avoid making those same mistakes. For some it’s a weapon to fight boredom. So before you start blogging, know your type. I started blogging to learn new things. I have to do a lot of research before I can post “How to” type of posts.
  2. Write from the heart: People come to your blog to read about a real person. They want to get to know the raw you, not some stuff PR laundered stuff. Be direct and write in first person. People want to see your emotional core, the person they would see if all the gurads were down.
  3. Be original: Give others a reason to come to your blog. Make their time and effort worthwhile. Don’t just link to others’ posts and don’t say what has been said thousand times before. If you don’t have anything to say, keep quiet.
  4. Give and take: If you want others to come to your blog, you have to go to their blog! And let them know that you’d been there. Best way to do that is to leave a comment. Don’t just say ‘nice blog’ etc. Write something creative so that other person feels like checking out your blog. Leaving a good comment can make any blogger’s day.
  5. It takes time: You are not going to become Robert Scoble in a day. Be patient. It takes time and a lot of it. Just keep writing. It took me about 6 months before my site was the first hit on Google for my name.
  6. Be consistent: I like blogs which get updated regularly. You don’t have to bang out a post everyday but maintain a consistent frequency. Strive for atleast 2-3 posts a week. See #3.

Popular or not, writing a blog is its own reward. Atleast you can tell yourself that till you start getting a million hits a day.

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54 Comments »

  1. Write from the heart: When I started bloging I didnt know that anyone can even read
    my posts but I have written posts just becoz I like to write a diary (so I found the
    electronic diary to write about what I feel). That makes all my post real. I think
    ppl visit my blog only becoz of being real, as I strongly know that my writing
    skills are not so good but still I get comments on my blog. I believe “Write from
    the heart” really matters a lot.

    Give and Take: Yes, when I get a comment from someone, I really feel to check
    his blog to know about him. Its all very natural tendancy. I dont check their
    site expecting that they will also check mine. I dont go much on Stats of number
    of hits but I do like getting good comments and replying to them.

    (Nice Post OOPs I forgot what you written “Don’t just say ‘nice blog’ etc”)

    Comment by Nidhi — February 17, 2006 @ 6:28 am | Reply

  2. These are good tips. Thanks for putting them together…and for leaving a comment on my site 🙂

    Comment by anoccasionalinterruption — February 17, 2006 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for posting those tips, I have my blog from like 1 week and I have some comments by my blogging friend and the stats show I get like 50 unique hits each reset on IndianBloggers, and my blog is ranked 5th there in the Computers section but I get no comments and also I think I am the only onw who really reads my posst! What should I do?

    Comment by Falak — February 18, 2006 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Falak, there are two ways of looking at how popular your blog is – number of hits and number of comments. If you get lot of hits but not many comments, you are still ok. Most people read too many blogs to have time to write comments. I personally subscribe to more than 100 blogs in my bloglines account. So don’t worry about not getting comments. A lot of hits are just fine as well.

    Comment by manishbansal — February 19, 2006 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  5. Hi Falak, I dont know why whenever I go to your blog and try to open any post,
    it says “Page Not found”

    Manish did you get a chance to check his post on the blog.

    Comment by Nidhi — February 20, 2006 @ 6:13 am | Reply

  6. Hi Nidhi, I did go to his blog and it was opening fine for me here. Try going to ‘http://backdoorguardian.wordpress.com/’. He has mapped his wordpress blog to his own domain name.

    Comment by manishbansal — February 20, 2006 @ 6:58 am | Reply

  7. Thanks Manish, it worked.

    Comment by Nidhi — February 21, 2006 @ 4:56 am | Reply

  8. Firstly, thanks for linking back to my blog on your blogroll – I really appreciate it. I often wonder who bothered reading the nonsense I spend half my life mentally composing, and the other half trying to remember what I just mentally composed.

    Secondly, great advice on blogging – it can sometimes feel a bit like pushing rocks uphill when searing inciteful comment appears to gather few readers and fewer comments, but then, as you say, the very act of blogging is actually rewarding enough in terms of learning, honing writing skills and getting stuff off your chest.

    Thirdly, a thorny problem you might be able to assist with. How can I get MiniDV camcorder footage off the tapes and onto to my iMac? I keep scouring forums from techies who seem to know such things, but noone gives a straight answer, there´s just lots of shoulders being shrugged (as far as you can tell by reading an email) and lots of confusing acronyms assuming a knowledge on behalf of the reader that I don´t possess – I don´t have the patience to read instructions you see, I just sort of jump on in, then slowly, over time, fill in the gaps with targetted reference to help pages and instruction manuals.

    Comment by MrZhisou — March 1, 2006 @ 10:46 am | Reply

  9. That should have read “insightful”, not “inciteful”.

    Comment by MrZhisou — March 1, 2006 @ 10:47 am | Reply

  10. Hi Zhisou, Thanks for your comments. What else a blogger lives for? I also enjoy reading your blog. I was planning to watch the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” but now I am thinking of picking up the novel after reading your recommendation.
    I had tried copying the tapes off MiniDV camcorder (Sony) on my iBook once and it had worked fine. I just opened iMovie and it recognized the camcorder and offered to copy the tape on to iBook. You would have to connect the camcorder thru firewire cable though. USB won’t work. Let me know if this does not work. Also it would be helpful if you could tell me excatly what error message you are getting.

    Comment by manishbansal — March 1, 2006 @ 11:29 am | Reply

  11. There’s some interesting points that are covered in your post. It sure does take some time to gain popularity, I do agree with that!
    I’ve also seen some interesting articles from you, which I’ll go and read now! 🙂

    Comment by hyperreality — March 3, 2006 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  12. The “give and take” tip is so true. Thats a great way to get some attention. How else will people know about your site. It takes a lot of effort to gain some popularity and if you’re consistent with it then eventually you will get something out of it. And ofcourse originality is extremely important!

    Comment by Tanjina — March 24, 2007 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  13. Well guys a nice 6 pointer article which can explain drawing internet traffic to your site. What I would like to know is how to pull peoples to your blog or site and keep them tied. I would like know how to take yourself in someone’s shoe and find where it is pinching or where it is comfortable. If you have any tips, tricks advices regarding the same I would highly appreciate.

    Besides you have not mentioned anything about earning from a blog. Of course a guy who is there to blog only for learning will not think about earning because it serves his purpose. But other peoples would like to know making bugs from the hard work that they are/will be putting in.

    Comment by Samir — April 17, 2007 @ 7:18 am | Reply

  14. I do not think you can make money from your blog until you are doing it fulltime AND you have a ton of original content. Anyway, I never thought of making money from my blog so I can’t really say much on this topic.

    Comment by Manish Bansal — April 17, 2007 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  15. hi thanks for ur tip but i dont think ur tip is useful to make ur blog a popular one i think u need to market and publish ur blog… u need to have a great marketing skill to make a blog popular one .ne way hope 2 hear from u ..www.microalert.blogspot.com
    guys check my blog ..and help me and i will help u .. we can work as a team

    Comment by aavash — April 24, 2007 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

  16. I found your tips to be very useful…Thanks a Zillion

    Comment by Omer — August 30, 2007 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  17. Great points, exactly what i was looking for. Thansk

    Comment by Z — September 4, 2007 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  18. Thanks for your tips on how to make blog popular. I will try to follow those tips to make my blog popular. I will be thankful if u could visit my bloghttp://tips4crafts.blogspot.com/

    Comment by viji — September 21, 2007 @ 6:30 am | Reply

  19. Yes your correct…
    The popularity of your blog cannot be rushed it takes time and a very-very long patient….

    Comment by Ezekiel — November 11, 2007 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  20. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

    Comment by Idetrorce — December 15, 2007 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  21. To Idetrorce:
    Any thing specific that you have an issue with? Just curious.

    Comment by Manish Bansal — December 16, 2007 @ 3:10 am | Reply

  22. Hello,
    I just started my blog this week, even though I have been viewing blogs actively for quite some time now. I have always loved writing, and this year, I finally promised myself that I would begin a blog, and voila, so I have! Now, I am visting new blogs I had not visited before to get a better feel, as well as hopefully increase my ranking! So, I am here now reading your advice, and your visitors’ comments, and I like them! It feels odd, but uplifting to belong the blog community now. Everytime someone now talks of bloggers, my ears will prick up even more than ever before as I can now safely assume I belong to this special group of innovative writers, or so I tell myself I am :-). Again thanks, and if you or anyone else would like to visit my blog, I would be thrilled!
    http://worldofmarcelo.blogspot.com/

    Comment by yashar (marcelo) — February 20, 2008 @ 12:47 am | Reply

  23. Great tips!!! If you’re talking about “know why you blog”… I guess its just simply because I like to talk… and when I just didn’t feel any satisfaction by just telling the person I know in real life… so I go online… 😄

    Now I hope more and more “you-dont-know-me-I-dont-know-you” will come and listen to what I crap in my blog… and finally become “you-like-me-and-i-like-you”…

    Sorry for crapping here… anyway… Thanks a lot for your tips… AGAIN!!! Muahahaha!!!

    Comment by Jingle — March 14, 2008 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  24. thanx for the tips…
    I know thats the way to make my blog popular but god it needs patience:( I only created a blog coz my profssor asked us to, but now i like it hopefully one day my blog would b popular…
    n Im gonna b consistent:P

    Comment by JC — March 24, 2008 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

  25. Thanks for your tips, they look very useful. I have created recently a blog and yes, no one has seen it yet but I’m looking forward to make it popular.
    There is one thing I would like to be adviced into: how about the language? I mean my native language is spanish but I can read/write in english as well so, how can someone make a blog bilingual? I guess this feature would expand my blog’s potential, don’t you agree?
    Well, thanks again anyway.
    Regards.
    Mauricio

    Comment by Mauricio Leyzaola — April 28, 2008 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  26. yup, good comments make they day.

    Comment by dmb — May 3, 2008 @ 6:24 am | Reply

  27. manish,

    am just two months into blogging and its really fun. just added google ads and am always peeping in to see if people are reading. and yes they are. i can tell you how excited i was yesterday to find to unbelievable comments to one of my posts (it was in some foreign language, which i didnt bother to find out! who cares they visited!) and then again on the same day my ad revenue climbed from $0.00 to an amazing $0.13…(am RICH lol…). your comments have encouraged me and i can guarantee you that i will keep on blogging for the world and probably get a million hits per day!!!

    visit my site Manish…AND SIGN MY GUESTBOOK…THEN i’ll know i got to you. Great day my friend.

    Alen

    Comment by Alen Wekesa — May 16, 2008 @ 7:33 am | Reply

  28. Assuming either the Left Wing or the Right Wing gained control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles.

    Comment by LosAngeles — May 20, 2008 @ 7:37 am | Reply

  29. WOW nice guide.. tank u so much men.. you are owesome thank u..

    Comment by ROMEL APATAN — June 23, 2008 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  30. Hello,thanks for this,its great help, been blogging for a while,maybe a year, and though i get some comments, not so many come. just looking for many more coming in.
    stay well
    http://www.normzo.blogspot.com

    Comment by norman — June 25, 2008 @ 10:07 am | Reply

  31. Hi Manish,
    Thanks so much for your advice. I just started blogging because I enjoyed reading other blogs so much I figured I’d join in the fun. I make sure to put up a few posts a day, I really have no shortage of topics to talk about.

    I hope everyone will check me out at http://www.spittalker.com

    Comment by spittalker — August 8, 2008 @ 1:39 am | Reply

  32. hi!
    though i have read other blogs in the past,this is the first time that i am writing a comment.i too have started writng few days back.wish me luck!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by pokhariyal — August 11, 2008 @ 8:21 am | Reply

  33. Manish,

    You are correct. But above all there are is also one more thing one should be aware of. “The topic”. One shouldn’t (just like that) write some non-sense and wait for huge traffics on his blog…

    May be techinaical stuff kind of blog would become popular and also would be useful i guess…

    Am saying this because, i got traffic from google (though i started my blog only few weeks ago)

    So wirtting something which would be useful to others will also be a good tip i believe…..

    cheers,
    freddie

    Comment by freddie maize — August 26, 2008 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  34. Hi bro
    Thanks for some really great tips.Can you give an insight on how to optimise your blog for search engines ?

    Comment by XERO — September 18, 2008 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  35. Thanks a lot for this useful info. I started my blog yesterday and how I wish others also read my blog within less than 24 hours!! I do see a strong point of enriching the content..Saying WHAT to say is very important. Will keep this in mind for my next post.Blogging definetly teaches a thing or two about patience and being consistent.
    TC
    Lavanya

    Comment by Lavanya — September 26, 2008 @ 6:28 am | Reply

  36. hey thank you so much 4 the tips. I started my blog around 20 min. ago and had ono idea what to wright about, but now i have some ideas.thank you again 4 all the help

    Comment by preston — September 28, 2008 @ 10:49 pm | Reply

  37. Hello! Thanks for advices which is really needed for Young (in blog field) bloggers. Will use!

    Comment by Leo — October 25, 2008 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  38. Hi Manish,

    I liked your post about blogging-its to the point, very helpful(for a newbie like me) and makes a lot of sense.

    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by B — October 28, 2008 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  39. My blog is all about how global warming is anatural cycle, so if you want to check it out it is aemagp.blogspot.com

    Comment by aemkid — October 29, 2008 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  40. A really nice post ….. very well written … I try to follow those as well …

    Comment by Nitin — November 15, 2008 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  41. Really very thanks for useful information.

    Comment by Binod Suman — December 11, 2008 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  42. thanks for the info:)

    Comment by farouk — February 7, 2009 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  43. Very informative post. These are commonsense ideas that many of us forget or don’t even think about in the begining.

    Comment by golfcaddytalk.com — February 24, 2009 @ 2:17 am | Reply

  44. Its a good summery. I just want to add that topic of writing is alos an importing factor.

    Comment by Monoar — March 24, 2009 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

  45. Its a good summery. I just want to add that topic of writing is alos an importing factor

    Comment by Monoar — March 24, 2009 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

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    Comment by headlineslatest — April 30, 2009 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  47. Great Post. I am glad for this feedback.

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    Comment by Data Czar — May 19, 2009 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  48. very nice post. I am going to try

    Comment by ajay — May 28, 2009 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  49. I’ve been “blogging” for 2months now and although my hit count is not that bad my comment section is virtually null and void. I guess it takes a lot of hardwork

    Comment by lilybox — June 19, 2009 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  50. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. These are the coolest things I have ever seen. I am definitely gonna try it. Let me see if I can attract more visitors to my site.

    Thanks again for your post.

    Comment by ranjan — July 7, 2009 @ 5:25 am | Reply

  51. This brings me to an idea:…

    Comment by Matt-Matienzo — July 29, 2009 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  52. nice 😉

    Comment by thetruthalwayshurts — August 3, 2009 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  53. Very good advice. I like your blog. #5 and #6 are very important and am working on those :).

    geekgardener.

    Comment by geekgardener — August 25, 2010 @ 11:43 am | Reply

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