Anyone who has ever started a blog knows that one of the biggest challenges is getting traffic to your blog, and traffic is essential if one hopes to monetize their blog. There are various recommendations on the web regarding how best to draw traffic to a blog, and after reading through several of these, it’s easy for a new blogger to feel overwhelmed and confused by the conflicting information.
A few years ago, I listened to Bill Belew speak at the HDCWC meeting in Apple Valley. At that time, he recommended multiple short posts (100-150 words long) per day to generate traffic. He shares similar information regarding the success of mutiple short posts per day at Search Engine Journal. Another site suggests longer posts (300-350 words) two or three times per week are best, and one claims that Google considers posts of less than 200 words to be “thin content”. Another site recommends a combination of regularly scheduled quality content on your own site paired with guest posts on a blog that has more traffic than your own. There are sites that list specifically how long a tweet, facebook comment, and a blog post should be in order to be most effective. These list the best content length for a blog post at 1600 words. When you’re looking for a definitive answer, all of this seemingly conflicting information can be very confusing.
Even regarding the topic of page rank, there is disagreement. There are those who say it’s vital to get traffic to your site, but is it really? READ MORE »