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In the world of blogging, I think it is important to collaborate and share ideas with other bloggers. This can lead to new ideas, new friendships, and even a more successful blog. I have decided to create a post here on Omega Web where I will ask a few questions, answer them myself, and then turn it over to other bloggers in the comments.

Increasing Traffic to a Blog

1. What inspired you to become a blogger?

I first started blogging in July 2010 and I got my inspiration from popular blogs I read like Droid-Life, Engadget, TechnoBuffalo, and iMore (called TiPb at the time). I was inspired by these tech blogs to start my own Blogger-based site about smartphones, software, computers, and other general technology topics. I have since sold that blog because the niche was way too full and I wasn’t having any success.

2. How do you get most of your traffic?

According to my Google Analytics for the past 30 days, 64% of my traffic is coming from search engines. Of that search engine traffic, 98% is coming from Google, 0.76% from Bing, 0.38% from Yahoo, and the rest from other search engines like Babylon, Ask, and AOL.

Another way I get a lot of traffic is referrals, which accounts for 16% of my readers. Referrals are when a user clicks a link to your blog from an external site. 12% of my referrals are from Facebook, 6% from IanEberle.com, 6% from DoFollow.info (directory), 4% from Em Fast Income (CommentLuv links), and more from various other sources. I haven’t written a guest post in a while, but when I do write guest posts on popular blogs like Daily Blog Tips, it makes up for about 50% of my referral traffic.

3. How do you make money with your blog?

I make the majority of money on this blog with Google AdSense. I am also supporting a few affiliate programs, but I hardly have any revenue from any of the offers. I make about $25 a month on average with Google AdSense, which isn’t great, but my numbers are improving each month. When I first started blogging in 2010, I was making about $1 a month and it gradually increased over time. The placement of AdSense units is very important and for that I recommend a product called Cash Donator. This plugin will help you make more money from your blog by selectively placing AdSense or affiliate units inside your blog posts.

4. What software, plugin, or tool is most vital for your blog’s success?

In the case of this blog, I would have to say CommentLuv is the most important plugin that I use on this blog. After I upgraded to CommentLuv Premium, the amount of comments my posts were getting skyrocketed. I am getting on average 12 to 30 comments on every blog post I write. This is a good way to judge the popularity of your site and to get feedback from your readers. CommentLuv is great because it gives your readers an incentive to leave a reply.

5. What are some other tips you have for new bloggers?

If I were to start over, I would do a few things differently. First off, every good blog starts with a good domain. Research keywords, search for domains that are for sale by owner (I like GoDaddy Auctions for this), and research domain name extensions such as .co as well as .com, .org, and .net. If you start your blog out on a something.wordpress.com or something.blogspot.com, you are crushing all hopes of success. It might be your most expensive investment with your blog, but I would spend the extra money to get a good domain.

In addition to a domain name, you should get a premium WordPress theme, reliable web hosting (I recommend Host Gator), and plugins like CommentLuv. All in all, I would expect to invest about $300 in starting a brand new blog. If you decide to go the cheaper way out with shady web hosting, a domain with .blogspot.com or .wordpress.com, a free WordPress theme, and other freeware plugins, you are limiting the amount of success you will have.

It’s Over To You!

If you’re a blogger and want to add to what I had to say, answer a question yourself, or even answer all five, hit the comments below!

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