How to Attract Readers Who Don’t Read Blogs

The other day I was driving with my friend Diane. As we drove to pick up a pizza for our kids, Diane, an editor for a major New York City newspaper said to me, “you know, I never read blogs. I read news and regular websites, but I don’t read blogs.”

A couple of weeks earlier, I co-hosted a retirement party for my mother. Most in attendance were over the age of 60. When asked by our guests what I’m doing for work these days, I responded that I’m a professional blogger. More than half of the people who asked had no clue what a blog was, and the rest of the people don’t believe they ever visited a blog.

Do only bloggers visit blogs?

I’ve come to the conclusion that the majority of people who visit blogs are other bloggers. Why is this? Is it because people who don’t blog don’t see us as a legitimate source? I have nothing against other bloggers dropping by, but I’m always interested in briging in more traffic. Eventually that’s going to have reach beyond the blogosphere. Now, if you’re only interested in other bloggers reading your blog, you probably have no use for the rest of this post. If you’d like to consider bringing in other types of web surfers, the non-bloggers, read on.

What do non bloggers read?

I know lots of non-bloggers and most of them spend at least an hour or two online. So what are they doing? Well, some play games or troll for porn, while others read news or gossip. They look for jobs, electronics, cars or homes and research information for school. Most of their sources are found using search engines, others come from links at forums or news sites.

How do you bring the non bloggers to your blog?

Good question. If these people are all hanging out at or, why are they going to visit your measly little blog and how will they find it anyway?

SEO – If you want to bring in the non- bloggers you have to be at the top of the search engines. Optimize your content and get it on the first page.

Comment – Many online news sources allow you to comment at the bottom of each article. Register and do so.

Issue a press release – Seriously. Is your pet blog offering a contest? Did you recently win an award? Did one of your posts receive 1500 Diggs? Issue a press release. Not only will this show up on the search engines, but there’s a good chance it will be read and picked up, by all the major news outlets. If they like what you have to say, they may link to you.

Visit forums within your niche – Dazzle then with your brilliance and they’re sure to follow.

Write for the local newspaper or magazine – Offer your services as a guest columnist or write an Op-Ed piece. Make sure you leave a short bio at the bottom with a link to your blog.

Attend seminars, conferences and lectures – Afterwards give out your business card. Better yet, offer your own lectures.

They do read blogs, they just don’t know it

In short, if you want to bring in the non bloggers, you have to hang out where they hang out. Find out where that is and don’t be shy. Personally, I’m of the opinion that some of the above referenced people do read blogs they just don’t know it. However, telling the difference between a blog and a website is a whole other post.

6 thoughts on “How to Attract Readers Who Don’t Read Blogs

  1. “How do you bring the non bloggers to your blog?”

    I have no idea how to find something on your page.

    Believe it or not but this is the main difference between people used to read blogs and standard Joe Surfer.

    I couldn’t resist to boost my blog with this subject:

    Attracting Joe Surfer to stay: It’s the navigation stupid

  2. Parallel to this is how people sometimes mistrust blogs precisely because they are blogs (i.e. publishing format instead of content’s trustworthiness). Depending on your niche, everything about your blog (from the design to the content to even the promotion and ads and the linkbait and the emails you send out and the way you talk to other people about it) should exude trust and authority.

    Being on the top of the search engines, issuing press releases, being noticed by other authority figures (i.e. trusted blogs), being referenced by traditional media – all of these things work.

  3. Traditional media outlets are consistently mentioning blogs (and their addresses) as well in their articles. Why? One way is to have bloggers contact journalists and simply tell them they are a resource in the areas the journalist writes. You have to back that up, of course, through your site, but there is no reason why being available for a journalist needing a comment for a story should be hard.

    This cross-functional need for information will continue.

  4. I know that the majority of my readers are not bloggers.

    No, I don’t think they view my blog as a blog but simply as a well organized site (though the name of it includes blog many of the emails I get from people simply say they’d visited my site).

    I think this article could be better if it was backed up with some real data about blog readers. Have you been able to get access to the Blogads Blog Readers project?

  5. This is an outstanding post. I find so many resources which offer tips on how to attract other bloggers to your site but very few on how to attract the general populace. I’m going to print in out and post it by my workstation.

    Oh, bye the way. Reg Adkins writes on personal and professional development as well as behavior and the human experience at

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