1. Read other people's blogs.
When I first started blogging, I was obsessed with reading other people's blogs as well. It was how I got most of my followers.
I don't have the time to read blogs the way I used to, but the times when I make the time to, I usually get more page views and comments than the times when I don't.
People want to get to know you when you take an interest in what they have to say first.
Also, sometimes you get the opportunity to link to your blog post in comments (when it's relevant) and that can drive more traffic to your blog as well.
2. Tweet your blog posts and post them to facebook.
No one will know you updated your blog unless you tell them about it.
3. Exchange Links.
Exchanged links is an easy and passive way to advertise your blog to other people's followers.
In fact, if you'd like to exchange links with me, just add a link to this blog on your site and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the link you want to exchange and I will add you as well. There are directions about it if you scroll down and look at the menu to the right of this post.
4. Write about relevant issues and popular entertainment.
If you write about things that people are already discussing in other areas of life, your words will be more real to them. Because they want to read more information about that popular movie or that item on the news, they will be more likely to read your blog posts. Also, people searching for those things on google might get your blog as a result.
And if those popular movies or news items are similar to what you try to blog about regularly, then that's even better!
5. Find your audience.
Know what type of people you are blogging for. When you know your audience and what they like, it will be easier to hook them and know where to find new readers.
6. Be quick and don't repeat yourself.
Sometimes when we want to explain a point and feel it's very important, we'll reword our thoughts over and over again. The less words you use to express your ideas, the more people are going to read your entire blog post.
7. Make lists.
If I had written all this information as one giant chunk of paragraphs, your eyes would be glazing over right now. Because I made it a list, its quicker and easier to read (because there's so many breaks between each idea!)
8. Use pictures and memes.
Pictures are a quick way to entertain people. Most people have shorter attention spans on the internet than they do other places, so inserting images randomly can help keep them focused and reading.
9. Be personal.
Talk about yourself when you blog. Give examples from your own life when explaining information to people.
I used to try to keep personal stuff out of my blog as much as possible. I wrote about writing and how to do it without involving anecdotes or feelings
When I changed all that, by far, people started reading my blog more. In fact, the post that blogger tells me is my most viewed post is the one I wrote about Ten Random Facts About Me.
10. Participate in other blogs and host other bloggers on your own blog.
Don't just read other blogs-participate in the activities they have going on! Whether it's contests, guest posts, or interviews. I've formed friendships with other bloggers when we've exchanged interviews with each other or guest posts.
Being featured on another blog will expose you to readers you wouldn't already have and when you feature other bloggers on your own blog, they often post links to it on their social media sites, which also drives traffic to your blog.
They often start to read my blog on occasion as well.