For a blogger, increasing blog traffic is usually a top priority. Having high traffic will result in high engagement, readership, and possible monetary gains. Let’s face it though, this isn’t as easy as it seems, especially if you’re and focusing on the wrong things. Here are some tips on how to increase your blog traffic whether it’s for yourself or for some other reason.
Content is key
Before anything else, you should know that content is key. You can’t desire for more traffic if you a) don’t post anything regularly and b) if your content is crap. You have to give a ton of importance to your content. Your content is what readers will be after. It’s not your minimalist theme or blog layouts. Remember to give priority to your content and your already half way there. A well-written and engaging post will create traffic for itself.
It also helps if you have a blogging schedule. The words “blogging schedule” sounds quite daunting but truth is, it isn’t. The best blogging schedule is one that actually works for you. It just seamlessly fits into your lifestyle without adding extra pressure. Writing when you aren’t stressed allows you to create better content for your readers to enjoy.
There are blogs out there who offer link ups. Link ups are usually hosted by a single blogger. This blogger will then create a link up for other bloggers to send in their links. This is a great way to get your blog out there and see more blogs who write about the same topics as you. Check this weekly Coffee share by Part time Monster.
If you blog on WordPress.com, they offer the best link up ever. The Daily Post offers daily prompts, weekly photo challenges, and community pools. All you have to do is create a permalink and your post will be seen on their page.
Joining link ups is a great way to advertise your blog but merely joining is not enough. You have to engage with the other bloggers and join in on the fun.
Engage with other bloggers
Take time every day to go through your blog list to comment, like, and share posts. You should be ready to commit an hour or so of your day to do this. Not a lot of people are willing to do this but this is the best and most effective way to get your blog out there. If people see that you are an engaging reader, they will likely check your blog as well.
Engaging with bloggers should not stop at their blogs. If you have social media accounts, you should be willing to connect with them there as well. You can also use social media to find new blogs to follow. Creating connections with other bloggers is hard work. It takes a lot of effort to create authentic engagement and readership. Don’t worry though, it usually pays off in the end.
If you continue with these three tips, your traffic will surely improve in no time! Remember that if you want traffic, you have to recognize that it is a day in day out job. You have to continuously create and write engaging posts. On top of that, you have to advertise your site 24/7.
It’s not always about the numbers though. Don’t be misguided and solely focus on that. Blogs are personal reflections and you should not sell yourself for traffic. Just enjoy writing/blogging authentically and it’ll pay you back for sure.