How to increase your blog traffic…
How do I get more traffic to my new blog?
How do I get millions of views on my blog in a month?
A peek inside many new blogger’s Google search history (including my own years ago when I first started.)
I already know you landed here because you want to learn how to increase your blog traffic so I don’t feel the need to go into a deep intro for this post.
So let’s just dive in.
How to Increase Your Blog Traffic in 2019
1. Focus on Value
If there’s only one thing you take away from this post, or you simply don’t read any further than this paragraph, make sure your main focus is value.
I don’t think I can put enough emphasis on this but seriously, every single time you sit down to write, think value, value and more value.
I could sit here and write the word value all day but what does that really mean.
Writing valuable posts simply means solving a problem for your audience with as much information as you can on that topic.
If you’re writing a post about “the best pair of mom jeans under $50”, make sure to show your research, tell your audience what makes them so great.
Really, the point here is to give your audience something to read that they can learn from.
My goal for every single post is to make sure someone leaves learning something new.
That helps me make sure I’ve given enough value in each and every post.
The more people can learn from you, the more they will continue to come back.
And the more likely they are to share your posts but we’ll get into that later.
2. Write Content Your Audience Wants to Read
This one is so important I’ve actually written an entire post about it. You can read that here after you’ve finished this post.
Assuming you are blogging for more than a hobby, your audience is the most important part of your journey.
You are writing for them.
So if you want more blog traffic, you have to write what the people want.
This means following trends within your niche.
Searching Facebook groups and forums in your niche to understand the struggles people are having or simply their interests.
You can also use sites like Buzzsumo and Answer the Public to find which topics are being written about and shared on social media as well as what questions people actually have and are searching for on your topic.
The more you write about what your audience wants, the more they are going to stick around and recommend your blog to others.
Which of course, increases your blog traffic.
3. Visit Other Blogs & Comment
It’s a lonely world out there especially when it comes to blogging.
But remember, we don’t blog in a bubble.
There are 3.2 million bloggers out there. (I just made that up, there are probably a lot more)
Get out of your comfort zone and visit other blogs and start networking, commenting and building relationships.
The more people see you consistently commenting on their blogs, the more likely they are to come to your blog and check it out and comment.
Driving more traffic back to your blog and getting your name out there.
This is fantastic for new bloggers.
Not only that, getting more comments on your own blog posts in return can help with SEO because Google will begin to notice your blog is more valuable and trustworthy.
4. Encourage Social Sharing
I don’t mean marketing your blog, we’ll talk about that soon, I’m talking about encouraging other people that do come to your blog to share your posts.
We live in a social world…well an online social world so when you get your posts shared on social media you naturally drive more traffic.
I like to think of each share of my posts as an endorsement for me and my blog from that person.
Think about it like this, when I tell my friends about a restaurant I fell in love with they are more likely to go check out that restaurant simply because I put my “Emily Approved” stamp on it by telling them about it.
It’s the same with social shares of your blog posts.
The act of getting more social shares can be a bit tricker than it used to be but you just need a strategy.
I break this all down in this guest post, but I’ll give you a few quick tips below.
Make your Social Share Buttons Easy to Identify
This is one of the simplest ways to get more shares on your blog posts.
Simply make your social share buttons easy to find and identify.
Don’t make your audience go searching for them or scroll all over your posts because guess what, people will just leave with a sour taste in their mouth about your blog.
Not so great.
Only Use Three or Four Social Media Platforms
I know what you’re thinking, use all the social platforms that way your posts will get shared everywhere.
But all your doing is giving your audience too many options.
Just make it easy for them and pick three or four platforms at the most you want your posts to show up on.
I recommend, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Any more than that and it becomes too much for all involved.
Add a Call to Action
What do you want?
When do you want them?
After people read your post.
At the end of your blog posts ask people to share them.
You can’t get what you don’t ask for right? And people are more likely to share them when you’ve reminded them to do so.
5. Write a Series for a Set Number of Days
This tip is for anyone who is a bit more comfortable blogging but I wanted to add this tip in as well.
A series is a fantastic way to grow your blog because you’re writing every day for a set period of time.
Which can sound terrifying but it won’t be forever.
You can create a series on anything you want but I recommend following trends or the time of year to decide what to write about.
An example would be for the holidays, a series on the perfect gifts for everyone in the family and each day would be a different family member.
Or a “how to” series sharing how to do a particular task or hobby over a few days.
List posts also work really well for this.
Writing a series of posts like this will help you get your name out there and give you more chances to be seen.
It basically puts your blog on the map and shows your audience and Google that your blog is of value.
Of course, you can’t just write willy-nilly, you need to write posts with value that serve your audience.
Read more about writing the perfect post every time here.
Make your series a few days long like 10-12 days and then go back to your normal blogging schedule.
Doing this at peak times, like the holidays can really boost your blog traffic.
6. Promote on Pinterest
You already knew it was coming but what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t at least touch on Pinterest.
The reason Pinterest is my number one strategy for increasing your blog traffic is because it works and works really well.
If you use it correctly.
Once you get the hang of Pinterest it will continually send you traffic even if you’re away from it for a while because the life of your blog post on Pinterest is tripled that of the life of your post on social media like Facebook or Instagram.
Let’s break it down a bit:
- Write a super in-depth/valuable post
- Create a few template graphics for that post in Canva
- Post to relevant boards on Pinterest over a few days or weeks (depending on how many boards you have)
That’s a really simple way of looking at Pinterest but that’s what it takes.
I will say this, Pinterest will work if you use it consistently and have posts people want to read.
If people don’t want to read your posts, you won’t gain traffic.
Pinterest is a long game but a game that is 1000% worth it.
To get you started on the right foot, here are a few posts you need to check out:
Trust & Patience
For new blogs to really grow it’s going to take some time and a little bit of trial and error to really see growth.
Pick a strategy and stick with it for a few months before changing it.
If you’re seeing growth, not rapid growth but your numbers are going up, it’s working.
Don’t break it trying to fix it.
Write solid content, promote it on Pinterest and other social platforms, rinse and repeat.
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