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How I Doubled Traffic and RSS Readers in Seven Days

Trying to increase traffic to your blog is not an easy task. All in all, this is one of the main reasons that a lot of people give up on blogging after only a couple of weeks. Although I felt good about this blog’s progress at the end of July, I am even more optimistic about the future after the way things went this last week.

On Tuesday August 1, I posted my freelance writing income for July 2007. While I thought that this would get people talking, I was not expecting the results that followed. Within a couple of days this post made its way around the blogosphere, and really hit it big when John Chow featured it on his blog.

You are probably wondering what this did for my blog, right? First off, it has helped to increase comments. To me, this may very well be the biggest benefit; I feel that comments are a great way to make the most of the blogging experience. At this time, my freelance writing post has 33 comments; my personal best for this blog.

Additionally, my daily traffic has doubled. I thought that this may only be temporary, but it appears that the numbers are holding steady for the most part. The reason that I am optimistic is that my RSS readership has also doubled. Obviously, this will have a positive effect as time goes on.

Although a lot of this success has to do with top ranking blogs linking to me, I feel that the quality of my original post is where everything started. Think about it this way: if my original post would have been poorly constructed, nobody would have ever taken notice. This is why you need to make sure that you put your all into every post that you write. You never know when a John Chow or other big time blogger is reading!

Despite the fact that I got a huge boost over the past seven days, I am not going to stop working hard this month. The way I see it, the more great posts I make, the more publicity this blog will receive. Sounds easy enough, right?

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