Have you noticed how most blogs give
away a free eBook, report or white paper
to new subscribers? That’s because
giving something away increases your
blog traffic by encouraging people to
subscribe and become loyal readers.
It also makes people want to tell their
friends and online networks about your
blog because it has something valuable
If you haven’t developed a free product
you can give new subscribers you need
to put that at the top of your list but it’s
not the only way to increase your blog
This post was inspired by a new website
called Personal Development Free. It was
set up by Dirk de Bruin (his friends call
him Diggy) to help him, and other
personal development bloggers,
showcase their free products and build
their subscribers faster.
Diggy’s idea and the site he’s created
perfectly embody the blogging tips I’m
sharing below so I hope you’ll check out
Personal Development Free, grab a few
freebies that take your fancy and find
some more interesting bloggers.
1. Band together with
Blogging is much easier with a team of
supporters. A blogging buddy is essential
to keep you motivated and on track but a
team of other bloggers are even more
powerful to help you spread the word
further and faster.
Form a Google Group or create an invite
only Facebook page, ask other bloggers
to join you then see who actively
engages and is a genuine team player.
2. Be innovative
Think of new ways to help people spread
While there are plenty of tried and tested
ways to increase your blog traffic like
guest posting, there are still many new
ways that no one has ever tried before
and even some old ways like simply
asking people to share your posts that
can be improved on.
3. Widen your blogging
In life and in social media there comes a
time when you want to stop meeting new
people. Sometimes we all think we
already have enough friends, more than
we can keep track of and stay in contact
with so what’s the point in having any
Forget that because some friends will
come on the radar then disappear, others
will sneak up on you from nowhere and
be the ones that stick around for years to
come. But you’ll never know who’s who
unless you open your mind to possibility
and make yourself available to everyone
to begin with.
So open your mind and heart to meeting
more people and never stop widening
your network. The wider your circle the
more potential readers you can reach.
4. Broaden your
People get very caught up in their
blogging niche but life isn’t just about
travel or fishing or fashion.
Of course, you’ll naturally want to spend
time with other bloggers in your niche
but make sure you broaden your
perspective and find time for bloggers
and blogs outside your niche.
No one is focused on one topic all the
time so readers who like travel may also
have an interest in fishing and/or
5. Invest in your blog
You have to spend money on your blog.
At least on a domain name and a decent
logo and preferably on a unique blog
The more you invest in your blog the
more you should get out of it although
don’t invest too much to begin with until
you’re really sure of your topic and your
goals. For a new business $3,000 should
be enough to help you set up a good blog
which will stand the test of time and
offer a good return on your investment.
6. Go the extra mile
Every overnight success, every well-
known business person, writer or blogger
has put in hundreds of hours of work to
attain that success. You’ll have to too
because if you’re not ready to go the
extra mile someone else will.
7. Throw in some free
If you haven’t already developed a free
product you can give away to your
readers now’s the time. It doesn’t need
to be big, new or costly. You can create
a simple eBook based on some of your
most popular posts or a short email
course with the information your readers
If you need ideas or motivation to get
you moving head over to Personal
Development Free and check out the
fantastic free products. I hope you’re as
inspired by Diggy’s attitude to blogging,
business and life as much as I am.