Everyone needs traffic to their blogs.
If you’ve been doing this a while then you probably have some methods that you’ve found work really well for you. If you’re new though you might not be having a lot of luck.
In order to build a successful blog, whatever success means to you of course, you are going to need some quality traffic. Preferably targeted so that they’ll take those action steps you want them to take right!
#1 – Blog Commenting
Yes, it’s time consuming but this is how I view this strategy and what has worked for me.
- As you visit blogs and read posts you are learning new things as well. Sometimes you’ll find great questions or maybe answers that can be elaborated on which spark new posts ideas for you.
- It’s a way to meet bloggers and get in front of them.
- By sharing your thoughts and adding value you are starting to stand out to them and they’ll be curious to come check out your blog.
- It’s the best way to start building relationships with other bloggers which we ALL know is huge.
- Be sure to interact with others in the comments by sharing your thoughts about what they said or perhaps asking them more questions.
Blog commenting, when done the right way, will probably benefit you more than anything else. It may take time but if you just visit a few blogs everyday that will add up within a months time.
People will start seeing you everywhere they turn and their curiosity usually gets the best of them. I mean who wouldn’t want those kinds of comments left on their blog right!
They’ll want to know more about you and that’s just awesome.
#2 – Social Media
My favorite sites that I use that drive traffic back to my blog are:
Now there are plenty of other social media sites out there such as Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, Reddit and many more. I’m sure there are some I’ve never heard of but these are the most popular.
The key here is to make connections with other bloggers which is how this can work for you.
As I’m always reminding people, it’s called “social” media for a reason. Be social people, it’s fun!
That old saying of if you help enough people get what they want then they’ll help you. Trust me, it works wonders.
#3 – Guest Posting
Guest posting still works and if you haven’t done one yet, now is the time to start.
If you’re nervous about writing a guest post because you don’t look at yourself as a great writer, we’ve all been there believe me. If I were you then I would approach a friend first and ask them if you can write a post for their blog. This will help you ease into getting over your initial fear and I’m sure your friends would be eager to help you too.
It’s a great way to get visitors to your blog and hopefully get some new readers. Guest posting is no longer about building the backlinks but more about making those new connections.
#4 – Repurpose Your Content
It just works because we all don’t view content the same way. You also have people who are on different sites and may not be interested in reading your blog post. Look at all the traffic we’re missing out on.
- Some people are addicted to SlideShare and would prefer to view it as a presentation.
- What about those who love to watch videos. How to’s are really popular.
- Podcasts are huge right now because they can load them up and listen to them in the car.
- People love Pinterest so putting them in images and creating boards is a big hit.
- Infographics are all the rave today as well and there are plenty of sites making it easy for us to create our own.
#5 – Google Analytics
I know a lot of people either forget or don’t pay a lot of attention to their Google Analytics but it can be such a gold mine if you just be sure to at least once a week go in and see where your traffic is coming from.
Do you want to waste time on sites that aren’t benefiting you?
Want to know how to find out which sites are?
Just check your Google Analytics and here is what you do.
Sign into Google Analytics and click on your blog’s URL. As the screenshot below will show, you’ll want to click on “Acquisition”, “All Traffic” and then “Channels”.
Be sure to pay attention to the “new sessions” and then click on each one to see where the most of your traffic is coming from. Maybe you need to spend a little extra time on the ones that are bringing you the most traffic and new readers.
- Pay close attention to Referral, those are the sites that are sending you traffic.
- Organic search results are the keywords people are using to find your content.
- Social are the social media sites that are sending you the most traffic.
Just take a look around each one and you might be very pleasantly surprised by your results.
#6 – Uncovering Links from Fellow Bloggers
Some people might call this sneaky but we are looking for more traffic right!
This method is about conducting a link search from someone you might think of as your competitor. So what does that mean actually?
When you put in a URL from a blog that you believe has a lot of your targeted traffic you’ll be able to see what content of theirs has performed well and the strategies they may be using to market their work. What links may be coming into their site and from who.
Visit those blogs, get on their radar, start commenting on their posts, share them on social media and of course start building those relationships.
In order to do this you would need some tools and I use Open Site Explorer by Moz which I’m sure you’re familiar with.
Are You Using These Proven Methods
I’m sure a good bit of you are using every single one of these methods that I’m sharing with you but I’m also sure that some aren’t.
Did you find these useful? Did I mention any that you weren’t aware of? Do you think you’ll try them so that you can start getting more traffic to your blog?
If you have any questions about what I’ve shared please be sure to ask. You know me, eager to help you move forward and traffic is just one of those areas we need to continue being creative with. Not sure about you but I’m always eager to finding me some new readers.
Always look forward to your comments and shares. Thank you so much and be sure to enjoy your day.