Starting a blog can be overwhelming and at times discouraging. How do you get people to visit your new site?
The first couple months of blogging for me were simply about writing. Then I had to figure out how to actually get people to read what I wrote!
The 5 tricks I’ll share here allowed me to triple my blog traffic in one month. This was early on in my blogging career, but essentially what it meant was that I went from a few hundred readers a month to thousands.
It was the first step in turning my blog into a resource that people came to (on purpose!) for inspiration, as well as a way to earn a full time income!
First things first…
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I want to begin by saying that there is one thing that is absolutely key for growing your site traffic: content, content, content! There has to be something to engage visitors: making them stay and keeping them coming back for more.
If you’ve just started blogging less than a month ago and you only have a few entries posted, don’t rush out a start trying to promote like crazy. Take your time! You need to have consistent content so that when people DO come to your site, they will know it’s a serious blog. If you push people to come before you’re truly ready to “go public,” they might not give you a second chance.
However, if you’re a few months in and you know you’ve got killer content, then you’re at the right place to really start expanding your reach. Here are some steps to get started and some of the ways that I was able to actually triple my blog traffic in just one month.
5 Steps to Triple Your Blog Traffic in One Month
A well-rounded social media strategy and presence on all networks is important, but Pinterest might just trump them all. In fact, Pinterest is one of the top sources of traffic for my site. The reason? Once a pin is out there (and if people like it) it gets repined exponentially. It’s amazing how far one single pin can travel!
It also amazes me how many bloggers still don’t use Pinterest, or don’t use it consistently. Pinterest is built around blog content and its users are actively looking for ideas.
I had no idea how to use Pinterest before I started blogging, so I did a lot of research and practiced different tactics to capitalize on the seemingly endless potential of Pinterest searches.
Pinterest is often the biggest traffic sources for bloggers, but you’re pins will be competing against millions of other pins! The key for success is finding a way to make your pins stand our from the crowd.
2. Auto-Schedule Tweets
Twitter can seem overwhelming with the sheer number of tweets flashing across your screen every second. Each individual tweet has a tiny window of opportunity to be seen, so the key is quantity.
Unless you want to be on your phone all day long posting, it’s a good idea to utilize a scheduling tool (Tweet Deck is a free one) where you can load up tweets to post days, weeks, and months in advance so you don’t have to worry about it.
Use #hashtags to expand the reach of each tweet. When people search for a particular topic that you have tagged in your tweet, that is an additional way for people to find you. You can use up to three or four hashtags per tweet to maximize exposure, but any more than that could backfire and be seen as obnoxious— so use discretion.
Images are another way to make your tweets stand out among the crowd. I probably use images for about one third of my tweets (again, you don’t want to overdo it). I’ll often design an image specifically for this purpose, kind of like Pinterest, but sized appropriately for Twitter (landscape orientation).
3. Comment Daily on Other Blogs
This is one of the most basic and most personal ways to make connections. I have quite a few “blogging buddies” that I check in on regularly to see what they’re up to and leave positive feedback. I genuinely enjoy their sites and want to support them. You’ll find that your blog friends will be the first to comment on YOUR posts too.
Commenting is also a great way for strangers to find your blog, as your site address is shown with your response. If you’ve left a reply on a popular blog there’s the potential for hundreds or even thousands of new readers to find you. Plus, these linkbacks to your site improve your SEO and presence on search engines, making it easier for your site to be found.
One thing of which to be mindful: don’t leave an additional link within your blog comment itself. This can be flagged as spam, or deleted by the blog owner who might see it as shameless self-promotion instead of an authentic comment.
4. Pay It Forward
If you find great content written by someone else, SHARE it! Retweet a catchy tweet, share an interesting article to your Facebook fan page, repin awesome pins. Maybe the person whose work you shared will return the favor! Even if they don’t, it’s still good karma, of which I am a strong believer. (Always do this the proper way with sharing buttons and never claim someone else’s work as your own…hopefully that’s a no-brainer!)
5. Enlist the support of Family and Friends
Your family and friends should be your biggest fans! Whenever I have something that I’m really proud of, I’ll post it to my personal Facebook page and ask them to check it out or to share. You might be surprised JUST how willing they are to help!
As you grow, you’ll find that your audience goes beyond your local crew, but
Through the above techniques I was able to triple my site traffic over the course of one month. Of course I can’t guarantee the exact same results, but if you’re willing to put in the work you WILL see positive effects!
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