As the press have reported over recent times, Ahmed Nashaat has now progressed into blogging. Nashaat opted to start a travel blog and to say that it has become popular would be a gross understatement.
In truth, it has probably surpassed many of the targets that he instilled, with scores of people visiting it following its launch.
Following on from the incredible success, Nashaat has been quite open about the methods he has used to bring traffic to his new website, documenting methods that should help other bloggers in the niche.
The power of SEO
There are all sorts of questions suggesting that search engine optimization might not be as effective as it once was, but according to Nashaat this has been one of his primary sources of traffic.
“The traffic from Google and other search engines has been incredible”, he said. “I’ve found that this has driven almost 55% of the entire traffic to my website, which is pretty phenomenal really”.
Bearing in mind the immense traffic potential, it goes without saying that time should be invested to ensure that you really are appealing to Google as you put together your content. Nashaat said that he barely spent any time on the technicalities, but more the content he was writing.
“I spent a lot of time researching the questions that would-be travelers needed answering. It might be the best restaurants in a small neighborhood, or what to do if you were spending three days in Tokyo. These really specific topics seemed to appeal to Google, probably because there were so few other blogs covering such small niches”.
Don’t neglect social media
“In truth, social media was what really kicked things off for my website. Without this, I wouldn’t have experienced the SEO success and everything else that followed”, says Nashaat.
“I found that other bloggers are very receptive in the travel industry and happy to promote other, non-commercial blogs. This really gave me a great foot up during the early days”.
This advice is certainly not uncommon; the blogging community can be very receptive if they are treated correctly. There is a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” philosophy in there, and this means that new blogs tend to receive a great helping hand on social media. Of course, over time their reach spans to “normal users”, but it’s those initial days in which you can really network with other blogs and utilize their existing social media power.
Getting involved on other blogs
“Something else that worked for me was just becoming active in the community. Commenting on other articles, asking other bloggers for quotes – it all seemed to work”, Nashaat says.
Simply leaving a valuable comment on another travel blog really can make the difference. All it takes is a couple of readers of that blog to click the link a day, and you’ll soon have a steady stream of visitors. This might be one of the so-called traditional tips, but few would disagree that it works like a charm.