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How to Increase Your Blog Traffic in 2019

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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?

Social shares.

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:

21 Ways to Accelerate your Blog Traffic with Pinterest

5 Smart Tips to Create Pins that Get Clicks & Drive Traffic

How to Use Tailwind to Grow your Blog with Pinterest

 

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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20 Comments

  1. says:

    I’m looking for a way to sign up for emails while on my mobile device and I can find it 🙁 love your post and I look forward to reading more from you blog 🙂

    1. Emily says:

      Hey, Raye. I’m sorry about that! I do have an email sign up for a free email blogging course and a Pinterest checklist but on mobile, they are all at the very bottom in the menu.

  2. says:

    Thank you for these great tips! Just focusing on three social media platforms was a breathe of fresh air. I literally just finished googling all the sites I should have my blog Wanderinghoofranch represented.

    1. Emily says:

      Glad you found these tips helpful, Diana!

  3. Hey would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m going to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

    1. Emily says:

      I use a self-hosted WordPress Site and love it and would only recommend using WordPress simply because it’s the most well-known although not always the easiest to use. Thanks for asking!

  4. I came here from pinterest and thanks for sharing these tips. I’m going to check out answerthepublic. Never used it before.

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks for visiting, Enstine! Answer the public can be a really interesting resource to use to get a much better feel for what people are actually searching for. Just another tool to use.

  5. I absolutely love your blog and find almost all of your post’s to be just whatI’m looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content for you?I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on most ofthe subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome website!

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you, Mario, I really appreciate it! I am not currently accepting guest posts and may do so in the future but for now, it’s going to be me writing. Thank you for the offer though and for stopping by!

  6. says:

    Hey Emily,

    Thank you so much for this article. As someone who has just started a blog, this is very informative and gives me some strategies to work on (in the beginning it feels very daunting). Great work!

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you, I really appreciate that. I’m so happy to hear that you found this article so helpful especially when you’re first starting out in your blogging journey. Good luck with everything!

  7. says:

    As a new blogger, this post seems tremendously helpful! I’m definitely gonna implement your advice! Thank you, for the in-depth suggestions.

    1. Emily says:

      That’s so great to hear Dixie! Good luck with everything on your new blog!

  8. Another great post! My biggest struggle lately has been finding what my audiences wants to read and creating posts to match those needs instead of writing whatever I want. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you Teya! I understand that. It can be a challenge to understand what your audience wants but it is a really incredible way to grow your blog and really build that connection online with an audience.

  9. says:

    Wonderful post! As a fairly new travel blogger, I appreciate all of your tips and your advice on having readers learn from your blog gives me a lot of hope as I value teaching a lot on my blog. Thanks for posting!

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you, Hillary! I’m so glad you were able to gain so much information from my post! Hope your travel blog does amazing!!

  10. says:

    As a new blogger in a fairly small niche (helping new digital artists), this post meant a lot to me. I just came from another post that said doing all of this was wrong for people with zero followers, but it’s good to see that this strategy can work, you just need a little patience!

    1. Emily says:

      You can drive traffic to any blog, in any niche! And actually have a more dialed in niche can help you when you want to expand and start making digital or physical products.

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