How To Get Traffic To Your Blog
As a blogger, the survival of your blog depends on the traffic you get to your blog on a daily basis.
This is the main focus when we start and even when we have been around a couple years. Getting more and more people to see our blog is a never ending journey.
Think of the tall wavy blow up guy you see in front of local businesses, got that visual? lol
Sometimes that’s what it feels like, you are constantly bouncing around online trying to get people to see you and see your blog.
One time when I had my Kidney Transplant, I had to go back to the hospital for minor rejection. You basically go in for 5 – 6 days and get pumped with Prednisone to halt the rejection.
Other than that, you are fine and just sit around bored. Normally I would be awake at like 2am and would walk around the hospital or outside for hours. “they hated that haha”
As I walked in the hospital I would see pay phones everywhere, and at the time 10 yrs back, I was in a MLM program and had about 1000 biz cards.
I decided that I would place my biz cards in the phones for anyone to see and grab as they were on the phone.
So that’s what I did for about 3 nights until I got bored with it lol
I got about 30 calls but no sales or signups.
For me it was a success since that was 30 people that never would have seen my website.
The point is for you to think differently, get creative when it comes to getting more traffic.
That’s why I put this post together to help you get the ideas flowing and get you to start doing your wavy inflatable guy too.
Here are My Top 8 Ways To Get Traffic To Your Blog
Write Good Content
Yes I said good not great content. The reality is, most people don’t know the difference between good and great content. What they do know is whether they enjoyed reading it and if they learned something.
You can accomplish both those things with good solid content.
Plus the easier it is to read and learn from, the faster they will share it.
Which scenario do you think happens more?
1. Someone reads a post and shares it with their friends and says.
“Mary, you have to read JP’s post, it was so elegantly written, and so intellectual that I read all 10,000 words.”
2. Someone reads a post and shares it with their friends and says.
“Mary, you have to read JP’s post, it was to funny and some awesome tips in there to help you.”
I’m thinking #2 happens more.
As much as I disliked the recent Google update, there has been one silver lining.
Writing for SEO is much easier now then it ever has been.
Before you had to choose, write for people or write for SEO or write for both and put in the hard work to make it happen.
Today, you can write for both much easier.
Now Google doesn’t want to see too many keywords in a post, you only have to use a keywords a few times to make it good for SEO, which makes it good for people too.
It is a no brainer to write some of your blog posts for a specific keyword. Your writing the post anyway, why not do a some keyword research first.
That way the post just might get ranked and you will get traffic to your blog for Free.
Twitter, Twitter, Twitter
I placed Twitter alone since to me, Twitter is a traffic driving machine for newbies and long time users.
You have heard me talk about the power of Twitter many times and hopefully at some point, you acted on that advice.
If not, stop reading this right now and go stand in the corner for 10 minutes…. GO! haha
But honestly, Twitter will be your #1 traffic source beating out every other social platform if you put a small amount of effort into it.
Since I have talked about this before, I’ll just give you one of my best tips for getting blog posts seen and driving big traffic to your blog.
When you write a new blog post, you will want to go out and follow people that day that fit your blog post topic perfectly.
You write a post about “dog cleaning tips” you would then go and follow people that fit that…
dog bloggers, pet bloggers, dog owners, dog trainers, dog cleaners etc…
This will have you bringing in fresh new faces to your stream and they will see a perfect post that fits them, they will see it, visit your blog to read it and most likely share it.
You do this for every post your write.
Now the only thing is this tip only works if you write content that fits your blog topic.
That way you will be left with targeted followers that will want to read your next dog cleaning tips and any other dog tips post your write.
More Social Media
For me, Google+ has recently become a great place to connect with people and find and share content.
Lately I have seen people writing Google+ tips and what to do and not do.
Like, you shouldn’t just share your stuff on Google+ or Facebook, you need to share others too.
Listen, every social platform should be worked the same when it comes to the way you use it.
No matter what platform you use to get traffic to your blog, you have to stick close to a 70 – 30 share ratio.
You share 70% of others peoples content and 30% of your own content!
You do this on EVERY platform, the only difference is you may want to target content specific to that platform.
Facebook posts on FB, Twitter posts on Twitter, Google+ posts on Google+
Do you want to know the real secret to getting big shares?
You have to share others peoples stuff A LOT!! Mind blowing huh?
Bookmark Your Posts
Yes social bookmarks are still good to use, but not for traffic getting, well not directly anyway.
Once you publish a new blog post you will want to bookmark it to start building backlinks to it and help it get ranked.
This is especially important if you just wrote a keyword post, see how I tied that all together haha
There are so many tools out there to get bookmarks, but for me, I use Fiverr 90 to 100 bookmarks for $5.
If you decide to use Fiverr for bookmarks, ask me in comments and I will tell you the gig I use personally.
Quality blog commenting is still powerful way to get traffic and get seen.
When I started my blog, I had no money, so I replied on social media and blog commenting to build my site.
Today commenting still works, but you have to be smart and selective and you have to leave a quality comment to see any real benefit.
What can a good comment do?
I still get traffic from sites that I commented on months and years ago. How?
Well most likely that blogger re-shares that post on social sites on a regular basis, so my comment continues to get seen by new people.
You want to find blogs that are related to your blogs topic and leave a comment once a week. Commenting should be about adding to the conversation first, the traffic and back link should NOT be your main focus here.
The better your comment, the more traffic it will bring, so take your time and thing your comment thru.
Good Design Helps
Your blog’s design won’t directly get you more traffic, but it will indirectly.
On the same idea as I shared above.
No one will tell their friends to come see your ugly blog, but if it’s design really nice and looks different, then they will share it with friends to take a look.
Plus good design that stands out makes you be remembered, how many black and lime green blogs do you see?
A good design and feel will build trust when people visit your blog, and trust is what it is all about.
Have you visited a blog and saw how bad it looked and automatically thought negative things? I have, all the time, it’s natural.
If your blog is badly designed, I will assume there isn’t much you can help ME with when you can’t even help YOUR own blog.
Take It Offline
Sometimes all this online stuff can get so consuming that we forget there is a real world out there, with real people with real money lol
It’s always a good idea to think differently and try things other bloggers aren’t doing to get more traffic to their blog.
This is an offline flyer idea I did with a local photographer friend that worked really well, so I’m tweaking it to fit you and your blog.
First let me say, flyers still work, they work really well and work even better if you get a few kids to pass out the flyers. Not sure why, but when an adult hands or places a flyer it’s more annoying then when a bunch of cute kids do it.
So load up the mini-van with your kids friends and promise them free pizza and get to work.
The idea is to find places that have lots of cars that also fits your blogs topic.
Let’s say you have a craft related blog, you will want to visit stores like Michaels, AC Moore and even Walmart… I’ve heard crafty people like to visit Walmart and place flyers about your blog.
Let’s say you have a pet blog, you will want to visit stores like Petco, PetSmart and any local pet store and place flyers about your blog.
Now the flyer design should be simple, and pick bright colors.
On the flyer you want to keep the promo simple. Give away what ever opt-in offer you have on your blog, or come up with some else.
The goal is to tell them they will get something free by visiting your blog.
So BIG title telling them what they get free, small description, picture of you if you can, then a big ass link to your blog.
Take this a step further and make a landing page targeted to them and the flyer.
Make your title ay something like:
I see you got my flyer, TY for visiting.
This flyer idea wont work perfectly for everyone, but think of what your blog is about, and get creative, you should be able to find real world places you can drop some flyers.
There are many ways for you to get traffic to your blog that you haven’t tried yet or even thought about yet. You have to be open and creative and traffic ops will be everywhere.