Aloha Friday #78

April 16, 2009 by  
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Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My question is:

What do you feel is the best way to attract visitors to a blog?

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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82 Responses to “Aloha Friday #78”
  1. 1
    Sarah says:

    I get a good bit of my traffic by visiting and leaving comments on other blogs. Giveaways don’t hurt either!

  2. 2
    Heather says:

    Well, I can really only judge by telling you what attracts me to other blogs. That’s either commenting like crazy or being funny.

  3. 3
    Louise says:

    Giveaways are great, but there is no interaction, I feel content and leaving comments on other people’s blogs oh and memes like this one are great too

  4. 4

    I find giveways bring in the most traffic for me.

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  6. 6
    Sues2u2 says:

    I love the fun memes like this one. It brings me to all sorts of blogs. From there it’s the content & also the return comments help. *grin*

  7. 7
    Kari A. says:

    Having spent most of my blogging life searching for giveaways I have now enjoyed finding blogs that are funny. So I would say writing witty and interesting posts.

  8. 8

    i think visiting others and leaving comments. i think i got most of my readers that way. memes work too, i just don’t know how effective they are.

  9. 9
    Janet F says:

    I am attracted to a blog that is updated frequently.

  10. 10
    Nabeel says:

    How unique and upgrade your posts are AND of course linking and commenting also brought traffic

  11. 11

    I think giveaways bring a lot of traffic – but not necessarily a lot of interaction. I think the best way to create a community through your blog is to visit other sites and comment. I only wish I had more time to do more of it!

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  13. 13
    Megan says:

    I think commenting on other blogs as well as this sort of thing where you’ve got blogs linking to you for one reason or another. Giveaways never hurt either, but I don’t always visit a blog just because they’re giving something away.

  14. 14
    Michelle says:

    I would say product reviews with giveaways but to keep visitors it is the interaction that counts! Building friendships and common interests on the blogosphere is important to keep subscribers.

  15. 15

    Giveaways bring in the most traffic but commenting, responding to comments and visiting back keeps people coming.

  16. 16
    pam says:

    I think commenting is a big thing. But also joining communities and groups is pretty good. (SITS, MBC, etc)

  17. 17

    Visiting and leaving comments on other blogs as well as giveaways.

  18. 18
    otin says:

    Just be interesting, and also visit alot of other blogs. Nudity seems to work sometimes, also! LOL!

  19. 19
    Sheila says:

    Well, I think I’ve tried almost everything, but a well written blog, whether you are funny, or giving info on a subject or just well written is best. I find it amazing the amount of people who lurk. Lurking and not commenting prevents people from not seeing what the other has to offer.

    Giveaways are nice, but not if you are looking for regular readers. And for the seller, I’m not sure they actually drive real business. ??

  20. 20
    pamela says:

    content is important as well as giveaways but I think visiting other peoples blogs and commenting and making new friends every day is the best way.

  21. 21
    Elle says:

    Visiting other blogs and leaving comments seems to work. I look for blogs that update frequently and are funny.

  22. 22
    Auntie E says:

    Great question! Leaving a comment on a blog you like is great. I will visit any blogger who leave a comment on one of my post. My thought for writing a blog ,One should write well, use graphics, have humor when appropriate and truly Love what they post. There are other means to get traffic. Using Social networks, Search engines, and joining promotion sites all help. To name some , entrecard, blogcatolog, fuel my blog, bog explosion, my blog log, slogbite,along for the ride, and many more. When you are on a blog look at the different widgets on their page,there are so many site to help with Blog traffic.

  23. 23
    Angie says:

    I believe the information that is on your blog attracts people. If one person like it, they usually will post your button on their blog and so on.

  24. 24

    If you comment, they will come…

    I think it is all about visibility! And then of course, the content is what keeps them!

  25. 25
    Tara says:

    for me it’s content, and if it is updated regularly. I always like to visit blogs that have good comment interaction too :)

  26. 26

    I think giveaways bring a lot of one-time traffic, but commenting, for me, brings the most repeat readers.

  27. 27

    Honestly, I think that offering your readers “great, solid, content” is the best way to not only attract new visitors, but keep old ones coming back! I have also found that running a contest or giveaway every once in a while helps too.

  28. 28
    Kim says:

    If you want regular readers, then commenting is the best way to go…or so I’ve found.

    Also having useful, humorous, or debatable content seems to keep ‘em coming too.

  29. 29
    Jennifer says:

    Giveaways bring people, but not necessarily readers. If you are asking specifically about traffic, I would say giveaways. If you mean faithful readers, I would answer differently. I prefer blogs where the person is telling about his or her life. Not drama, just honest thoughts. Of course there are many who seek out drama. So maybe it works? I prefer not to read it. Comments and answering comments helps as well.

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    Delaney says:

    Personally, I am drawn to blogs that are more humorous in nature. I do read other blogs but most of my favorites are usually well written and fun. Surprisingly the most hits I have had on my blog were for my articles on tattoos and of course, giveaways.

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  32. 32
    Jen says:

    I agree with the others, content & commenting. =)

    Happy Aloha Friday!

  33. 33
    Mighty M says:

    Giveaways is you do them, otherwise just constant visiting and commenting on other blogs, if you have the time!

  34. 34
    *Just Jen* says:

    For me it’s mostly MeMe’s and readers of my followers. I tend to visit the ones that are updated most often as well. TGIF!

  35. 35
    Toni says:

    To get regular readers it’s making relationships through visiting other blogs and replying to comments by email (when you can).

    Giveaways get a ton of visits but usually they aren’t there for your content.

    I try to visit other blogs in memes and reply to people comments they leave on my blog through email, it makes it much more personal and you build a relationship.

  36. 36
    Sky says:

    Saying what people want to hear. At the same time, keeping it real. KWIM?

  37. 37
    Sky says:

    Saying what people want to hear. At the same time, keeping it real. KWIM?

  38. 38
    Kimert says:

    I find that visting blogs and leaving comments is a good way to get someone to visit my blog in return. Or by following someone/adding a button.
    I’m still looking for the “magic” way to attract more readers since I am relatively new at blogging.

  39. 39
    AmyG says:

    By visiting and commenting on other blogs… which I’ve been bad at lately!

  40. 40

    I think you have to be willing to visit others before you can expect others to want to visit you. Meanwhile, keep it real on your blog and be yourself.

  41. 41
    Erin says:

    I have had the most “success” with getting traffic on my blog by posting on fun things like this one!

  42. 42

    Commenting and joining in on things like Aloha Friday, or Wordless Wednesday usually gets people to my site.

  43. 43

    Updating with new posts often, having variety (including giveaways), and responding to each comment left as quickly as possible.

  44. 44

    To attract it’s usually a giveaway and the bigger the better. Now to keep them as readers? That’s a different story. :)

    Hope you are feeling well mama.

  45. 45

    This is a good one . . . I think people with common interests naturally “hook up” so . . . it’s probably from visiting blogs with a similar theme and linking from there. I’ve found some of the most interesting blogs through friends’ blogs . . . like yours! Or by posting weekly questions, like yours where others hook up and visit each others or by posting give-aways. I’ll be reading everyone else’s to see what they think and visiting their sites, so there you go!

    I’ve posted an Aloha Friday at my site, too! Please swing by:

    http://everydaywomanusa.wordpress.com/2009/04/17/aloha-friday-3/

  46. 46
    Sarah Bean says:

    Content and bloghopping :)

    Aloha Friday!

  47. 47

    I have to agree with most of the other commenters. Leaving comments when you visit other blogs creates more connections and readers. Giveaways can get you some exposure and traffic aids like entrecard and linkreferral will get you some traffic, but to keep them you have to have fresh relevant content and an easy to navigate site.
    I think participating regularly in forums that are relevant to your content is a great way to make long term connections too. And memes are a fun way to meet other bloggers.

  48. 48

    I think it’s really a good combination of several things:
    -Leaving comments on other blogs to get your name out there
    -Getting listed in Blog directories
    -Posting good content that makes people want to share your links with others
    -Make sure to comment on sites that have the commentluv feature, then your last blog post title will show up under your comment (make sure you have a catchy title to get attention)

  49. 49
    Sherrie says:

    I’ll agree that commenting on other blogs has brought a lot of traffic. I also feel that Entrecard worked in getting traffic to my blog. There are other great sites, too…SITS and Blog Stalkers Unite are wonderful. Meme participation is another good way to get traffic. :)

  50. 50
    Abby says:

    Giveaways and leaving comments on other blogs I think.

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