The whole point in having a blog is having traffic. I would say you want it looking like Los Angeles during rush hour. But you may be saying “My blog traffic sucks,” and you are trying to figure out what to do about it.
Instead of giving up, I suggest you read this blog post in depth; take notes and follow the many tips here to get your blog traffic up. You can do it! I will tell you how with these 30 tips.
Tip #1: It Is About Helping Your Readers, Not Helping Yourself
Naturally, you want to make some money. Why else would you have a blog? After all, you invested in a domain and hosting. But if all your thoughts are on helping yourself, you are in for a nightmare.
The bloggers who succeed are those who are helping the readers. Educate, inspire, motivate and solve the reader’s problems and you will be helping yourself in the process.
Your readers will keep coming back and they may purchase products, click links, join your business and share your work. But only if you are helping them.
Tip #2: Create Evergreen Content That Is Magnificent
There are really 3 types of content that will drive high traffic:
No matter which you choose, it will gain better odds of getting great traffic if it is evergreen. What that means is the content will stand through time.
If the content is a passing fad, it may get immediate traffic but it will fade away quickly.
While fad subjects may help, I suggest you focus on content that will draw traffic 5 years from now.
Tip #3: Use Visuals
People love to share visuals on social networks. Using high quality images, enticing videos and elaborate infographics just increase your odds of getting shares on sites like:
- and others
More shares = More traffic.
Tip #4: Publish An eBook
Writing and publishing are quite simple with Amazon Kindle. I suggest you develop an eBook that offers readers valuable information. On your Title page, include a link to your blog, and throughout the book, link to other relevant posts in your blog.
Remember that Kindle readers can click those links.
You may be wondering how this can get your blog traffic up?
There are several ways:
- Keep the price of the eBook low and those who purchase will visit the links.
- By having links within the first 4 pages, people visiting Amazon can see it in a preview of your book.
- Use Kindle Select. This will allow people to read it through the Kindle Lending Library.
- Use the Free Book Promotion for 5 days each month.
This method WILL help your blog traffic.
Tip #5: Share On Social Media
Whenever you publish a blog post, there is nothing wrong with sharing it on:
And, by all means, put social share buttons with each of your blog posts. There are various plugins to do so.
Tip #6: Join Online Forums
Find forums that are directly related to the subject matter your blog is about. Create a profile and make your signature link back to your blog.
Now the key is to offer valuable input within the forum. As other members realize your knowledge and wisdom, they will visit your signature link.
They will also share it.
Tip #7: Share At Other Time Slots
Most marketers and blog owners set their post to share on social media once and move on. With the amount of information roaming the internet, many people will not see your blog post the first time you share it on social media.
I suggest sharing it more than once at different time slots. Don’t overdue it or you will look like a spammer. But you may share it at say 8 AM the day it is published. 2 days later, share it at 1 PM and 3 days after that, share it at 4 or 5 PM.
By using this method, you are apt to have more people see it in their news feed.
Tip #8: Publish More
Statistics have proven that bloggers who publish twice per week get much more traffic than once a week.
Just write and publish more great content and you WILL see a traffic increase.
Tip #9: Write Guest Posts
As I am sure you have noticed, I regularly guest post here at Chuck’s blog and it has helped my own blog traffic. Just having the simple link to my blog in the about section at the end of each post does allow me to gain readers that Online MLM Community receives that I normally would not have had visit my blog.
Just find blogs related to your industry and offer to write guest posts. You will see an increase in personal blog traffic by doing so.
Tip #10: Comment At Other Blogs
If you leave valuable comments at other blogs, people will click your name to see what you have to offer on your blog. Not only are you creating a simple backlink, you are showing your expertise and readers will click to see more.
Tip #11: Ask And You Will Receive
Case studies have shown that bloggers who simply ask their readers to share their posts get the shares they ask for. And if they don’t ask, less readers actually share the post.
There is nothing wrong with simple saying: If you found this content helpful, help another by sharing on social media. Buttons are below.
It works! Your readers will share it if you ask them.
Tip #12: SEO Optimization
There are 2 WordPress SEO plugins that I favor. I suggest you use one of them:
- Yoast SEO
- All In One SEO
Follow their directions and you can optimize your blog for search engines. While it won’t happen over night, you will see an increase in search engine traffic if you follow the methods these plugins teach you.
It doesn’t hurt to read up on SEO good practices either. There are many great publications on SEO.
Other posts you may enjoy:
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- Blogging Success Story: Realistic Traffic, Website Visitors, Growth and Time-frame for Success with a Blog
- MLM Leads with Blogging: How to Do It
- How to Promote My Business On Google: Top 14 Ideas
Tip #13: Longer Blog Posts
While people on the internet do have short attention spans, longer blog posts have showed the means of drawing more visitors. There are several key points in these long posts:
- Use several visuals
- Have interesting headlines throughout the post
- Do not “fluff” the post with info that is not valuable
The days of 500 word posts gaining top spots in search engines are gone. I suggest posts to be at least 1,500 words and over 2,000 can be better.
Does that mean an 800 word post is bad?
If you said all you need to say in 800 words, by all means publish it.
I just suggest that you try to prioritize your blog posts to longer as search engines give them more authority.
Tip #14: Link To Influential Bloggers
In researching this post, I studied what top bloggers do. You will see that I put these links in the reference section. People like:
- Neil Patel
- Rand Fishkin
- Matt Lindley
- and more…
These bloggers will probably see the link and by doing so, the influencer is influenced to also share your mighty content.
Tip #15: Join Communities And Groups
We already discussed sharing on social media, but I must take it even deeper. On Facebook, Linkedin and Google+ there are groups and communities you can get involved in that focus within your industry.
Personally, I am a member of several MLM groups as well as entrepreneur and freelance groups.
When I share my content in these groups, I get a huge influx of blog traffic because that group is focused on the same subject.
I suggest you join some groups, introduce yourself, like other member’s content and share your own content.
Tip #16: Build A Subscriber List
Make sure there is a clear and easy method for people to subscribe to your blog. As you publish posts, ensure there is an automatic delivery to your subscribers.
This is a sure way to gain heavier blog traffic.
Tip #17: Boost Posts
While there is some costs, boosting Facebook posts is an excellent way to increase blog traffic. The costs are quite minimal and you can target demographics such as age, gender, location and more.
I suggest just testing it for $10 or $20 and seeing how much more traffic you can get.
Tip #18: Tell Stories
Do you think your story might be boring and not worth telling?
Don’t underestimate your readers! All stories are worth reading. Just because you don’t assume it will be interesting, don’t prejudge your readers.
Tell the story and let your readers be the judge.
Tip #19: Be Mobile Friendly
Just check your blog from a mobile device to see if it is compliant. There are many plugins that can help you ensure your blog is mobile friendly.
Tip #20: Link To Past Posts In Current Posts
When you have a word or phrase that coincides with a previous post you have written, it can greatly help your content to hyperlink it to that previous post.
While you do not want to overdo interior links, a good measure is 2-4 of them in each post.
My Blog Traffic Sucks More Tips
I just gave you 20 great methods to raise your blog traffic. It will help you turn that North Dakota gravel road blog into a St. Louis I-80 blog.
But let’s not stop with 20… Here are more ways:
- Write review posts – review products, books and companies and you will get more traffic.
- Respond to all comments on your blog.
- Ask your current audience what they would like to see on your blog.
- Feature “expert” related articles. Interview experts in your industry and share a roundup of their tips and strategies.
- Run contests and giveaways.
- Make sure your blog is eyeball friendly. Too many ads and obnoxious colors can drive people away. It does pay to study the best designs.
- Target emotions and add logic.
- Solve problems.
- Publish resource posts.
- Re-purpose your content into eBooks, Videos, Webinars, Podcasts, etc…
Just like multilevel marketing, having a blog with a traffic jam requires hard work and consistency. If you keep at it and follow the tips I gave you here, you will no longer have to say to yourself “my blog traffic sucks.”
Do you have any questions? Do you have any other methods of raising blog traffic? Just post your thoughts below.
Thank you and may blog success be in your near future. Hey, if you found this post helpful, share it with the buttons below please.
About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.