Getting and maintaining a good traffic stream to your site is the hardest part about starting a blog. It may seem like no one cares about what you have to say, however, that's just not true. Getting in front of your target audience can be difficult, but with these easy to follow tips, you can easily double your traffic in a short length of time.
When it comes to Twitter, the best way to get traffic is to post eye-catching posts that are short, witty, and clean-looking. Include your link, a great attention grabbing sentence, and, of course, the right hash tags, and watch your audience grow. Check out this post on how to promote on social media in a non-spammy way.
2. Your Personal Facebook Page
Facebook is a good source of traffic because you know everyone, and they are interested in your opinion to begin with. It is much easier to get a friend from Twitter to read your work than a complete stranger.
3. A Business Facebook Page
A Facebook page is kind of like a fan page- it puts anything you post right into the timeline of those who have liked it, making your link more likely to be clicked.
Pinterest is the best and easiest place to get traffic from. Not only will posting your links with a good photo lead to people looking at your site, but also, contributing to a popular board with other bloggers gets you in front of their audience as well.
Forums are a wonderful way of driving traffic if you can get your link in your post signature. That way you can talk about things related to your work, and they can click your link to find out more information on the subject. This also establishes you as a part of the community which can aid in your construction.
6. Email Signature
When sending an email, most include the senders first and last name and possible their job or something similar. Adding your link to your signature can be a good way of getting your site more well-known in your community. Especially if you send a lot of emails.
7. Guest Blog For Others
Guest blogging for other sites in your niche puts your content right in front of their audience, driving traffic to your site, as well as ensuring that some of their readers become consistent readers of yours.
8. Letting Others Guest Post For You
When someone guest posts on your site, not only does it give you a little break from creating content, but it also provides more blog readers because the guest poster is more than likely to link back to their post on your site, putting your link in front of their readers.
Google+ is another great social media platform to get your link in front of people. It has countless blogging groups and groups for different niches. You are bound to find some really great groups to post your links.
10. Conduct Interviews With Someone In Your Niche
When you interview someone, they are going to try to get people to check it out because it promotes them. So they will post it all over social media and share your website, driving traffic to your blog.
11. Do A Giveaway
Giveaways drive traffic because they not only bring more people who are interested in winning, but often times you have to be a subscriber to win. After they subscribe, they will be alerted every time you post, and they can go check it out!
12. Collaborate With Bloggers On An Article/Project
Working with other bloggers in a collaboration is similar to guest blogging, only it's not limited by your imagination in the way you can work with the other blogger.
13. Post Often, At Least 1x A Week
Posting often increases your rank in search engines, as well as keeps your readers engaged, which helps you out!
14. Make The Headers Catchy
A catchy headline will make sure that the reader goes through the entire post and is more likely to visit it when it's seen on social media or a search engine. Having a catchy headline that grabs the reader's attention is extremely important.
15. Keywords/ SEO
Having keywords that pertain to what you are blogging about helps you rank better in search engines which helps you get more traffic! It's not the only thing that matters to search engines, but it will definitely help you out if you are a beginner.
16. Reddit/ Stumbleupon + Bookmarking Sites
Sites like Reddit, StumbleUpon, and others drives a bit more traffic than Twitter and Facebook because its not limited to how many followers or friends you have. Anyone who enjoys that topic can check it out!
17. Get Interviewed
Participating in interviews is a fantastic way to get more visitors, as it lets that website's viewers know exactly what they will find when checking you out, as well as gives them a direct link to your site. Be sure to do interviews in your niche, though, as it brings more readers.
18. Post More Pictures And Videos
Pictures and videos make posts look more attractive and appealing to the audience, which keeps them on the page longer!
19. Comment on other blogs
When commenting on Wordpress blogs, you can also leave you link. This is a great way to network with other bloggers in your niche and get more readers. Be sure that your comments are relevent to the conversation, and not just spam.
20. Post helpful information on different platforms related to your niche
Answer questions on forums and social media about your niche. If you are a beauty blogger and see someone tweeting for makeup recommendations, help them out. It gives you more of an expert reputation which will bring them to your blog for more information and help.
21. Ask your followers what they want to read
To make sure that your readers don't get bored and move to another blog, ask them what they want to read. Their suggestions will not only help you keep their attention, but also give you ideas for future posts, making your life a bit easier!
22. Facebook Groups
Facebook groups like Bloggers United provides a unique audience for opinions on your blog; your peers! It's also a good way to get new visitors especially if your picture/headline is appealing.
23. Weekly Linkies
We've touched on link parties before, but they are also a great way to receive backlinks and traffic for months.
24. Comment On Other Blogs
Leaving comments has been a touchy subject in the blogging community. Some people advise against leaving your link in the comments but I'm all for it. It's easy for someone to overlook your link when you leave a comment because they have to highlight your name to get access to it. Placing your link in the comment section makes it obvious where you're coming from. You can also leave a link from a post that you think might be relevant to them as opposed to just leaving your dot com.
25. Ensure That Your Blog Links Are Visible
This may seem obvious but make sure that your blog link is visible on every social media page. You can put your website in your Facebook summary and also highlight pictures from your website in your photo spotlight.