How do you get more blog traffic fast? Growing decent blog traffic for your new blog is one of the major challenges of blogging.
Once you’ve started your blog, have a good amount of content, your email optins all set, freebies to offer, and so on, the next step is figuring out your traffic strategy.
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10 Ways To Get More Blog Traffic Fast
Written by guest writer Emily Standley
It can be frustrating especially when you read some blog reports that seem to get boatloads of traffic seemingly overnight.
Please remember that this is not typical.
Organic traffic takes time to acquire and you must keep your expectations low.
Unless you’re willing to pay to jump to the head of the line by purchasing ads directly from Google or Facebook, it will take time for the search engines to rank your posts.
It’s very important to remember to keep the faith and not quit! Between 6 and 12 months is when most new bloggers throw in the towel.
When it comes to new blogging it’s important to remember to keep your head down and keep writing your awesome content.
Promote it on various social media platforms and continue writing consistently about 2-3 times per week, and promote the remainder of the time.
How To Get More Blog Traffic Fast
Now, you may be wondering, how can I get traffic to my blog faster?
Below are 10 specific ways to increase your blog traffic fast!
Comment On Other Blogs
One thing I learned from Veteran blogger Matthew Woodward is: Take the time to comment on other blogs 20 minutes every day 5 days a week.
You could also send a quick email noting that you’ve mentioned him or her on your site.
It doesn’t take long but this is a strategy that a lot of new bloggers neglect doing.
Not only can you get more blog traffic fast, but you build a connection with other more experienced bloggers who are invaluable in aiding you on your journey.
This is also where Facebook group collaborations come in very handy.
I love updating old content! Whether with new affiliate links, or new blog post links, or updated blog content information.
Then I push out the content and it’s like brand new again.
This is what’s so great about ‘evergreen’ content.
It’s timeless and can be used over and over again.
Link To Other Articles Within Your Posts
This is helpful for getting your site indexed faster thereby providing you with more traffic.
If you link to other articles from high-quality blogs Google recognizes this and ranks your blog accordingly.
The well-known blog NicheHacks does this brilliantly.
Just remember to credit the other blogger or blog site when you do and let them know about it (important).
Optimize Your High-Quality Images
In the beginning of my blogging venture, I was all over the place with my images.
I’m certain I confused the heck out of Google. Even now I still have a hard time of it.
I know it’s important to have cohesive images on your blog and social media for branding purposes.
My wise advice to you is; pick 2 or 3 colors on your blog and stick with them.
Your audience needs to be able to recognize you. If you keep switching it up they will get confused.
Think of the major brands; Coke, Pepsi, Nike,etc.. If you want to be taken seriously in business and branding you must pick ‘a look’ and be consistent with it.
Remember to label your alt tags appropriately to describe the image.
This is because Google can only read text and not images.
Focus On Pinterest
For most bloggers, Pinterest is key for traffic.
Unless you want to pay for direct traffic in the form of ads, Pinterest gets bloggers approximately 80% of overall traffic to their respective websites.
It’s truly a fantastic way to get your content in front of others who are seeking what you are promoting.
And the great thing is that your pins never die. They live forever!
One of my favorite traffic strategies is to make 3 or 4 different pins for one post on Pinterest and flood your blog with traffic!
Tailwind makes it possible for me to automatically schedule all of them.
Especially now that I’ve enrolled in their Tailwind SmartLoop scheduler this makes it even easier to re-share content consistently.
I pin approximately 150-200 pins daily. I’d be crying if I had to do this manually all the time. It’s so well worth it!
They keep track of my best pins, my Tailwind tribes, my SmartLoop pins that I choose, give me amazing analytics and show me what my followers are interested in.
Join Pinterest Group Boards & Tribes
Joining Pinterest Group boards can be a vital element in gaining massive traffic to your new blog.
The latest Pinterest update mentioned that there is less emphasis on Group boards now, however, you’ll still find that the top bloggers have quite a few relevant group boards (Over 100).
I have 81 which gets me about 150K views monthly.
Just remember that it’s also important to have your own boards for your own niche and to build those up as well.
Tailwind Tribes are awesome for gaining speed on sharing your pins on Pinterest.
Not all tribes are equal though and you have to do some research on which ones are the best for you.
A Tribe that isn’t performing well won’t do your blog a service.
Join Facebook Blogging Groups
Facebook groups are wonderful for networking, collaborating and seeing what other bloggers are sharing.
I notice I always get a nice little spike in traffic when I share on Facebook.
It’s always great to have your content promoted by others and when you share back they remember you!
To ultimately start and run your own Facebook Group is a real booster in obtaining blog traffic as well!
Write Actionable Posts
I know it’s tempting to write whatever you feel like some time, but the rule of thumb is you want your posts to be directly relevant for your target audience.
Remember you’re not writing for yourself, you’re writing for them.
They’re reading your post to look for something specific.
Your title snagged them (hopefully) and your job is to provide them with the answer.
The best strategy to consistently draw traffic is to write evergreen posts that can be read months and even years from now.
These subjects will never become old in nature.
As a blogger, another strategy is to always have your post have an end goal.
What do you want your audience to do at the end of the article?
- Sign up for your newsletter?
- Purchase your eBook?
- Sign up for your optin?
- Purchase an affiliate product?
Your posts should always be written with a purpose in mind to direct them to that goal.
Guest Post On Other Sites
I can’t stress enough the importance of this.
Guest posting on other top sites will gain you more recognition than probably anything else you do as far as driving traffic to your new blog.
I guest posted on a well-known blog and got over 10K views from that!
Imagine if your article got linked to a super famous blog that got hundreds of thousands of viewers? See what I mean? Instant traffic!
If you see a blog that is in your particular niche that you want to guest post on they probably have a guest post section that you can apply for.
Go for it! Don’t be afraid of rejection. Persistence is key!
Survey Your Readers
Ask your readers what they want to hear more of.
Take surveys, ask questions, send emails. Find out what pains, problems, issues, your readers want solutions to.
How else will you know? You are not a mind reader.
Sometimes I think I’d get traffic to a certain post and it would be a complete dud.
Why? Because I was listening to myself and not my audience.
To be a successful blogger you need to hone in on the requests and needs of your target audience.
You don’t necessarily need a huge amount of traffic to be successful and make a lot of money.
But you definitely need a loyal fan base. In that case, you need to keep serving up more of what they want.
You need to know exactly down to the nittiest grittiest detail what they are looking for so you can keep offering it to them.
Study your analytics. And listen. Just listen. This way, your traffic will come.
Get More Blog Traffic Fast: In Closing
Follow all these tips and you will get traffic to your blog I guarantee it!
Although these tips intend to help you get more blog traffic fast, keep in mind, blogging a marathon, not a race.
Your blog will grow, you’ll start getting more comments, more people will talk about it soon enough.
You’ll have followers and before you know it your fan base will blossom!
Emily Standley is a former Military Mom to 3 amazing kids, animal advocate and Digital/Social Media Slayer. Working in Digital Marketing for over 14 years, Emily runs Socialbuzzhive full time. Visit her blog to learn about blogging strategies, creative ways to make a passive income online, and Internet Marketing tactics.