Tips to Get More Traffic to Your Blog
Contrary to what you may have heard, you don’t have to wait for weeks or months to do something about boosting blog traffic.
In fact, many strategies can be implemented right now — today — to bring in new hits.
Here are a few tips to bring traffic to your blog right away:
Blog Every Day –
Regular blogging is a great way to build traffic. More content means more opportunities for readers to find you — not to mention search engines. If you’re still getting ready to start your blog, you’re in luck! We have an amazingly easy way to get your blog online here.
Share Your Blog Posts on Facebook –
Nobody wants to seem like a loudspeaker on social media, constantly shouting “Me! Me! Me!”
But by creating useful content and posting it on your blog, you are delivering value. People expect you to share your links on Facebook, and by providing value with your links they’ll be more apt to Like your page to enable them to keep up with your updates.
Pin Your Images to Pinterest –
Do you use your own images in your blog content? You should.
Not only does this make your content more interesting, but it also gives you freedom to share images on social sites.
Every time you publish a new blog post, share its images on Pinterest! You can even share multiple images from the same post.
Link to New Blog Posts on Google+ –
Google+ is new but getting more powerful every day.
Backed by the world’s biggest search engine, Google+ even offers search-ranking benefits.
When you publish a new blog post, share the link on Google+, along with a little commentary & maybe one of the images from the post. This invites your audience to check out the blog post, while also alerting Google to your new content.
Stumble Your Content –
When you publish a new blog post, share it on StumbleUpon.
This network pushes stumbled content to users, giving you an immediate burst of traffic.
What’s more, when viewers like your content, they will stumble it again, meaning more chances for your content to spread.
Include Links Everywhere –
Place links to your blog in your email signature, on your personal Facebook profile, on your LinkedIn profile & so on.
By sharing the link everywhere, you increase opportunities for others to find your site.
Leave Meaningful Comments on Relevant Blogs –
Comment on other blogs in your niche.
Don’t do this in an obviously self-promotional way (i.e., putting your link in your comment, asking readers or bloggers to check out your site).
Rather, subtly promote your site by being an interesting, thoughtful commenter. Not only do you let the blogger know about your site, but you also get your name in front of your target audience.
Always Respond to Comments on your Blog Posts –
Part of building blog traffic is managing the blog traffic you already have.
Treat your existing readers well by being responsive. Respond to every comment & make readers feel part of a conversation
Interview Someone in Your Industry –
Think about leaders in your industry or bloggers you admire. Could you interview someone & post the interaction on your blog? This is a great way to bring in new traffic.
Write Something Controversial –
You don’t want to overdo controversy, but if you feel strongly about something & are willing to take a risk, boldly post.
Keep in mind, especially with subjects like religion or politics, 50% of the people won’t agree with you. Do you really want to alienate 50% of your readers?
Controversy tends to draw high traffic, if only because it evokes readers’ passions. Be careful with this one, though — being too controversial can backfire, sending readers away.
These are some of the top tips I could come up with. But I’m sure I missed something.
What tips could you offer to a fellow blogger who wants to increase traffic right away?
Let me know in the comments below. 🙂
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