Nothing is more discouraging than working so hard on your blog, and have no one to read it. You just spent literally hours writing your blog post, editing your photos, trying to come up with the best article possible, and when you finally hit that “publish” button… Nothing. Nada. Peanuts. No one is reading your post.
Nasty feeling, right?!
I got over 1500 page views in my first week of blogging, and if I had known back then what I know today, I would probably have reached more readers.
I started several blogs before this one, and I thought that I just had to write my posts and that readers would stumble upon my blog (how?!), like it, subscribe, and that my traffic would grow that way.
WRONG. It just doesn’t work that way.
You can’t just wait passively for your readers to find you. I mean, you could do that of course, and after years of blogging, you would probably see your blog grow a bit. Or you can take the bull by the horns (sorry for that animal-unfriendly phrase, love ya bulls! ♥︎) and decide to take real actions to boost your blog traffic.You can wait passively for your readers to find you, or decide to take real actions to boost your blog traffic. Click To Tweet
Here are the real actions I took to boost my blog traffic, and the ones I should have taken from day one.
1. Create Valuable And Helpful Content
I know, you probably heard that already, and maybe you’re even tired of reading this advice on every blog that you read. But babe, this is the cornerstone of growing your blog and boosting your traffic. Really. I can’t tell you how many blogs I have seen that had posts like “Things I did this week”. I mean, no offence if you have this post on your blog, there are probably people who enjoy reading it and if you had fun writing it then it’s a good thing. But this is never going to bring you any real traffic.
Have you ever googled “things that a blogger did this week”? –Probably not.
Have you ever been really excited about reading the things that a random blogger you’ve never heard about did this week? –Probably not.
You need to create helpful, valuable, interesting content that YOU would actually enjoy reading, especially if you don’t have a blog that has millions of views (since you’re reading this post, I’m assuming you don’t). Put yourself in the reader’s position for a minute. Always ask yourself if you, as a reader, would click on that post if it was on somebody else’s blog and enjoy reading it.
You also need to think of a good, catchy title. Your title is the thing that makes people click on your post or not, so it’s kind of a big deal. I mean, why would you ever click on a post to read it if the title doesn’t attract you in some way ? People need a reason to click on your posts. The only thing that you have to convince them to do so is your post’s title. You could write the most amazing post in the world, if its title is bad, then honey, no one’s gonna want to read it.
2. Facebook Groups Are GOLD
My biggest source of traffic for now is Facebook. Whenever I say that to someone, they usually think that I’m talking about my Facebook page. But no! I am a part of several great Facebook groups where I regularly share my blog posts and connect with other bloggers.
Facebook group are awesome to boost your blog traffic because they allow you to connect to thousands of bloggers and share your blog posts with them. It is an amazing way to grow your audience traffic. It took me several blogs to finally understand the importance of Facebook groups, and how to use them for them to be beneficial to my blog.
3. Use Pinterest Like A Pro
Pinterest is my second source of traffic, and probably my future N°1 since it has grown so much in the last couple of weeks. I now have over 1 million monthly views on my Pinterest profile, and this is, of course, bringing traffic to my blog.
A big part of that growth is due to my intensive Pinterest strategy; I am pinning over 100 pins per day. I know, it’s huge! But the result is so worth it.
Since pinning over 100 images a day would be very time-consuming if I did it manually, I am using Tailwind to schedule my pins. I have seen such an amazing growth since I started using it! All I have to do is sit at my desk one hour a week, schedule all of my pins for the upcoming week in an hour, and then forget about it until the next week.
I am currently in the process of writing a whole post on my Pinterest strategy. Meanwhile, you can have a FREE month of Tailwind with this link only! That way you will be able to see its benefits by yourself, at absolutely no cost to you (you are under no obligation to purchase an account at the end of this free trial).
4. Create Your Newsletter
Newsletters are precious, because they allow you to send your new posts right into your readers inboxes. Your Newsletter readers are your loyal readers, so you want to make sure that you take good care of them. Send them freebies, exclusive posts, tips, anything that can retain them.
A great way to grow your email list is to create a freebie that you send them in exchange for their email address. For example, I created a free printable blog planner that helps bloggers set their goals and ambitions. Find something that your readers will like, and you will see your email list grow like crazy!
5. Be consistent
Probably the hardest part of blogging, for me at least. But this is something that you cannot avoid. Being consistent in everything that you do is key for a successful blog that gets tons of traffic. You need to be consistent in your posting schedule, in your social media strategy, in your whole blogging organization.
Search engines recognize blogs that post regularly, and your readers will feel more connected to you if you stick to your social media schedule. Pinterest rewards you if you use it consistently. It is all a matter of consistency and perseverance.
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What do YOU do to boost your blog traffic?