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Its Friday Blogging 101, Episode 7; How to Grow your Blog’s Traffic: Pro Tips. Something I have been asked about a lot. Next to how do I monetize my blog which I will cover on the next episode. So don’t Go anywhere. You have Fully set-up your Blog, it’s up and running. You followed the do’s and don’t tips to consider Before publishing your blog post and After Hitting the Publish Button. Now what next? Well someone needs to read your work right? But how on earth do you get this someone to invest their time in your blog and actually read your work. Not just the first time, but investing in your blog and reading it, time and time again?
As a blogger, I have made approximately three zillion mistakes, learned tons of lessons from them, and worked my little tail feathers off the whole time. While I’ve found plenty of things that didn’t work, I’ve also discovered some strategies that are lit-rally the bomb.dot.com. Today, I’m sharing some of the ways that I’ve been able to grow my blog. Over a single month alone! I have been able to double my Stats manually without investing on any automation apps. I hope they help you, too!
Without Further Ado
How to Grow your Blog’s Traffic: Pro Tips
1. Check your Motives For Blogging
Your blog is up and running but your traffic is working a slow pace or worse working in the opposite direction. This can be very frustrating, I know for a fact. And here is something that most newbie and the not-so-established bloggers tend to forget, overlook or both. None of this influential bloggers ever started with a million, one thousand, hundreds. Heck a single subscriber even. We all have to begin with ZERO Subscribers. You have to put in work to create a following and loyal readership.
The first thing you need to do however is to check your motives: Ask yourself, Why the heck am I Blogging? Most answers fall in the following range of categories
- A: Help People, Be a resource; make a difference.
- B: Connect with like-minded People.
- C: Create awareness
- D: A passionate Hobby
- E: To be Famous
All of the answers above are great reasons for blogging and Kudos to you. Slash That, All answers except the latter. My honest advice would be, “Quit Blogging Now.” And I say it with love, If you’re blogging for self-serving reasons like Fame and money.
Here are the two reasons why,
- People want you to talk about them, not you. People want to read something they can resonate with, to do so, you need to find a perfect balance between you and your readers. That way, they are able to come back time and time again.
- You will be greatly disappointed. The two, Fame and Money take a lifetime of commitment, trial and error, investment, sweat blood and tears to accomplish and it’s not a guarantee. That’s why you need to be passionate and love what you do above everything else. Otherwise you will not get enough traffic and stay salty and disappointed.
2. Have a Killer Blog Design
Your Blog design matters. Apart from Blog branding, it is important to drive traffic to your blog. This is imperative, because we are human and Visual Impressions last forever. Make an effort on your Blog design, it should be catchy, reflect your personality and serve as blog branding at the same time. Looks aren’t everything, but they are definitely something. Think of it as a cover of your book and guess what, it’s 2017 and people still judge a book by its cover. So if your design is boring, nobody would be interested to stick around, trust me. A little investment goes a long way.
3. Respond to Comments
This is one of the most important things you should be doing. Acknowledge your readers. Don’t just say “thanks.” Be thoughtful. Try to build a conversation and friendship. If you always see a similar name in your comment section, try visiting their own blog and leaving a comment. If you can build a community in your comments section, people will continue to come back and say hello. And the only way to build that community is to engage with your readers.
Also, I understand that once you reach a certain point, it’s not possible to stay sane and respond to every comment. But until then, I think it should be a priority. Plus, it’s one of my favorite parts about blogging!
PRO TIP: For the love of God and all things Holy please be Sincere.
4. Stay Consistent
This is one of the most rewarding tip of all. So if you are to take anything from this post, How to Grow your Blog’s Traffic. Then, this my friend is the money-maker pro tip! Consistency is said to be one of the most repeated factor among all bloggers, successful and upcoming bloggers alike. This not only attracts new traffic while retains your current traffic, but also allows your readers to have your full blogging schedule and know when to expect new contents from your Blog, Instagram or YouTube. Yes, Consistency should be across all platforms. If you post Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11AM (Like I Do) then its imperative to do so always, incase you slip out, offer an apology or a heads up to your readers. That way they feel valued by you. Plus its really professional and that will take you a long way.
PRO TIP: Stand Out from the consistency crowd by not only being consistent on posting days but also have a specific time. To do so, check your engagement stats and see when most of your readers visit your blog and strike an arrow on the clock for publishing times.
5. Play around with Your SEO
Search engines Have massive opportunities for traffic, yet many bloggers ignore this channel for a variety of reasons that usually have more to do with fear and misunderstanding than true problems. Google sees over 6 billion daily searches from around the world, and that number is only growing. Taking advantage of this massive traffic opportunity is of tremendous value to bloggers, who often find that much of the business side of blogging, from inquiries for advertising to guest posting opportunities to press and discovery by major media entities comes via search.
SEO for blogs is both simple and easy to set up, particularly if you’re using an SEO-friendly platform like WordPress or Drupal . For more information on how to execute on great SEO for blogs, Do install the Yoast Plugin. I talked about it here 10 Do’s and Don’ts for your First Blog Post. You will thank me later Best believe it
6. Guest Blogging
When you’re first starting out, it can be tough to convince other bloggers to allow you to post on their sites OR have an audience large enough to inspire others to want to contribute to your site. This is when friends and professional connections are critical. When you don’t have a compelling marketing message, leverage your relationships – find the folks who know you, like you and trust you and ask those who have blogs to let you take a shot at authoring something, then ask them to return the favor.
Guest blogging is a fantastic way to spread your brand to new folks who’ve never seen your work before, and it can be useful in earning early links and references back to your site, which will drive direct traffic and help your search rankings (diverse, external links are a key part of how search engines rank sites and pages).
- Find sites that have a relevant audience
- Don’t be discouraged if you ask and get a “no” or a “no response.”
7. Enable Subscription
If someone drops by your site, has a good experience and thinks “I should come back here and check this out again when they have more posts,” chances are pretty high (I’d estimate 90%+) that you’ll never see them again. That sucks! It shouldn’t be the case, but we have busy lives and the Internet’s filled with animated gif-s of cats. In order to pull back some of these would-be fans, I highly recommend creating and putting visible buttons on the sidebar, top or bottom of your blog posts encouraging those who enjoy your content to sign up (either via feed, or via email, both of which are popular options).
8. Write Remarkable Content
You’ve seen awesome writing on the web, right? Work that creates reputations and builds businesses. Their amazing content turned them into respected experts, helped them build a loyal fan base, and opened up huge opportunities in their business and personal lives. And it all started with great content.
The real question is: Can you do the same? Simple Answer: Yes! To do this, you need two things,
- Great content; and
- Mad skills in reaching out.
9. Write More Compelling Blog Headlines
A compelling headline is what sells the content. If you want your content to be read – and also to rank in search engines – then great headlines are key. Now, there are two things you must optimize for with your headlines: Social traffic and Search traffic. To do so, your headlines should have the right keywords, the right length, and also be compelling enough for social media users to click on them.To find the right keywords, use Google Keyword Planner. Plug in some possible search terms for your blog post idea. For example, if you’re writing a post about how to quit your job, you can plug-in terms like, “How to quit your job,” “How to quit your 9-5 job,” “How to quit your job and travel,” and perhaps even “How to become an entrepreneur.”
From here, you know that “How to quit your job” and “How to become an entrepreneur” get the two highest average monthly searches, and you can choose which to include in your title. Then, you can use some of these compelling headline templates so that the title is also compelling for social media:
Pro Tips For a Great Headline:
- Just try to keep your title under 70 characters so it doesn’t get cut off in Google Search.
- Use list posts (i.e. “10 Ways to Do X in Record Time”)
- Ask a question.
- Create curiosity.
- Create a sense of urgency.
- Aim to trigger emotion in the reader.
- Use alliteration occasionally.
- Use power words.
- Make the value as clear as possible.
10. Internal Linking:
Internal linking refers to adding links from one page on your BLOG to another page on your BLOG. This can mean you’re adding links from one blog post to older posts, or from certain pages to other pages. Most websites don’t use internal linking nearly enough. Sure, you shouldn’t overdo it with 40-50 internal links in each blog post – but there is a happy medium. Why bother with internal linking? These types of links are useful because they help your readers navigate your website, help improve the search rank of the pages you link to, and help define the architecture and hierarchy of your website.
PRO TIP: Here’s how you can get the most out of internal linking.
- Create more content
- Use the right anchor text: Example. As discussed on previous post (Link It Here)
- Link to relevant content – Dont do Clickbaits
- Don’t overdo it
11. Get Social and Be Social
There are so many bloggers in all Niches and new ones keep coming up each day. Therefore, It’s not enough to produce great content and hope that people find it – you have to be proactive. One of the best ways to increase traffic to your website is to use social media channels to promote your content. Twitter is ideal for short, snappy (and tempting) links, whereas Google+ promotion can help your site show up in personalized search. Instagram is for visual promotions in terms of a picture, a caption or both of which, if its well designed can bring traffic back to your website. Lastly. Pinterest is for infographic that can bring be an incredible source of traffic and if well curated it can be your number one source of traffic to your blog. See Bonus Tip #12
It’s not enough to just share content through social channels – you need to actively participate in the community, too. Got a Twitter account? Then join in group discussions with relevant hashtags. Is your audience leaving comments on your Facebook posts? Answer questions and engage with your readers. Nothing turns people off quicker than using social media as a broadcast channel – use social media as it was intended and actually interact with your fans.
- Optimize for each platform
- Create a sharing schedule
- Post during peak hours
- Don’t be spammy
- Add sharing buttons to your website
12. Pinterest and Tribes
How does Pinterest work exactly?
The simplest way to explain it is ‘a visual idea search engine.’ When you log in to Pinterest you’ll be met with thousands upon thousands of ideas or ‘pins’ curated by people just like you with infinite passions and interests from all around the globe. This is a complex topic that took me about two months to wrap my head around. But since you are loyal reader, I offer you first dibs on a full exhausted E-Book, “Everything you Need to Know about Pinterest.” Read it, work on it and watch your stats multiply.
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Incase you Missed the Previous Episode: 10 Tips for Blog Branding and Why you Should Do it