Website Traffic Series Part 7: Putting A Blog on Your Static Website
The Website Traffic Series will try to cover all the traffic generation strategies available, so some of them might not apply to blogs necessarily. This one, for instance, is geared towards people that have static websites, like a company or business site. Even if you are a blogger, however, you might need to create a static website in the future, or to do consulting for a company that has one, so I think you could still benefit from knowing the different angles of this technique.
The Concept: Blogs revolutionized the Web for several reasons. First of all, the appearance of blogging specific software like WordPress or Movable Type, as well as the free hosted solutions like Blogger, enabled pretty much anyone (even people with zero knowledge of HTML) to create their own website and to share with the world their ideas and knowledge.
Secondly, blogs introduced features like comments and trackbacks that allowed users to interact with each other more efficiently. What before used to be a monologue (from the few websites that published information) became a conversation where blogs, websites, authors and readers all interacted and shared their thoughts.
By adding a blog to your static website, therefore, you are basically entering this immense conversation that is going on around the Web.
This new platform will allow you to publish new content, to promote this content on new channels, and to receive a large number of new visitors that would otherwise never have found your website.
Does it work?: Definitely. Once you get used to how things work on the blogosphere you will realize that it is much easier to generate traffic with a blog then with a static website.
First of all you could publish interesting articles related to your niche, and pitch them to other bloggers covering related topics. If your content is good they will gladly link to you and send readers your way.
Secondly, you could also try to promote your content on social media and social bookmarking sites.
Finally, there is also an organic advantage to adding a blog to your website. Google and other search engines tend to favor dynamic websites that publish new content on a regular basis, so a blog could also boost your search engine traffic significantly.
How to get started: The best solution on the Web is WordPress. It has all the advanced features that you will need, and a vibrant community that is always releasing themes, plugins, and supporting the development of the project.
Just create a subfolder on your website called /blog/ or something else, and install WordPress there. If you are not tech-savvy, post a message on some online forums asking for help, and I am sure you will find someone willing to assist you.
Once the blog is up and running, it is time to put some fresh content there. You are free to get as creative as you want.
It will take some time to figure all the peculiarities of blogs and online marketing, but once you grasp them you will see the traffic soaring. Check also the other parts on this series, some of them will definitely help you to promote your blog.
Over to the readers: Have you used a blog inside a static website to promote it? What results did you get?
Website Traffic Series
- Part 1: Using Web Design and CSS Galleries
- Part 2: Submitting Your Content to Blog Carnivals
- Part 3: Leaving Comments on Other Blogs
- Part 4: Faking A Website Sale
- Part 5: Pulling an April Fools Prank
- Part 6: Using Forum Signatures
- Part 7: Putting A Blog on Your Static Website
- Part 8: Adding a Forum to Your Site or Blog
- Part 9: Buying Targeted Traffic
- Part 10: Using Email Signatures
- Part 11: Putting Your URL On Online Profiles
- Part 12: Emailing Bloggers to Showcase Your Best Content
- Part 13: Faking a Hacker Attack
- Part 14: Promoting Your Content on Social Bookmarking Sites
- Part 15: Promoting Posts That Link to You on Social Bookmarking Sites
- Part 16: Promoting Your Content on Social Networking Sites
- Part 17: Using Article Directories
- Part 18: Exchanging Links with Partner Sites
45 Responses to “Website Traffic Series Part 7: Putting A Blog on Your Static Website”
I use WordPress on my self hosted blogs and also Blogger on my other ones. I think a blog is the fastest way to get started when it comes to making money online. A blog will teach you the basics. Once you can have your blog up and running, you can then learn how to market it and get traffic. After you have accomplished this, you can transfer this knowledge to websites.
I was reading through this series in order, but the title of this one (Part 7) caught my eye.
I’m new to WordPress and have recently set up a local testing environment using XAMPP and am beginning to see the potential of WordPress for any site.
All the talk our there is of using WordPress to produce a CMS website with or without a blog. Most of the pages can be static but you still have the power of WordPress behind you.
There is a lot of support out there for anything associated with WordPress and posts like this one are a great source of encouragement and technical information.
Thanks for the post and thanks for the series… I’ll go back to Part 2 now.
Iâ€™ve never had a static website, but one person I do know that uses a blog to showcase his portfolio is David Airey, and Iâ€™m sure that setting up a blog has extremely increased his products and services.
Lots of interesting and useful information .will use these tips to get traffic thank you for these tips have to come back to read it all.
sad that blooger doesnt have this feature…..
I have a 6-week old blog that performs better than my 3 year old static site. Both have good original content. Amazing.
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