Use Blog Comments, Big Publications And My Best Kept Secret To Boost Blog Traffic
The most popular question I hear from bloggers is ‘How Do I Increase My Blog Traffic?’
I won’t sugar coat it, the real big traffic comes to those who- hustle hard and are in it for the long haul. However, I’ve got a few simple ways to get your blog noticed and increase your blog traffic, if you’re willing to make the effort. The efforts I made over the past few weeks have led to one of my blog posts being published in a major publication! Plus I’ve noticed a spike in traffic because of it:) You can totally do it too!
As a blogger, writing is only (a sometimes small) part of the job. Gaining exposure is key if you want anyone to actually read your work. You can’t just set it and forget it if you want more blog traffic. And, let’s be honest, we all want more to increase blog traffic.
I’m currently working toward a degree in Social Media Marketing at George Brown College. I’m using the skills I’m learning there, along with my background in journalism to really shape and continue to grow Steph’s Social Pie. I’ve been super busy the past few weeks creating content I hope my readers love and marketing it properly to really increase my blog traffic.
Easy, Effective Ways To Get Your Blog Noticed
1.) Optimize Your Site. You can have the best content on the web, but if your blog is slow and sketchy chances are Google won’t favor your site in search engines and your audience will click and leave. Your site should be easy to navigate through and you should be able to reach any post within 3 clicks. Your page should also load quickly and be mobile friendly. So, if you’re curious about how your site is performing, you can check the speed easily here https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
2.) Be Useful. Write stories people want to read. Answer the questions people want to know. Read other stories, and find ways to make them better. Sometimes I’ll read a story and have a few questions after and I’ll use that as a base for a future story. Those are always popular posts! I find Quora helpful in finding out what people want to know, and to generate story ideas! I know the most popular blog question right now is how to increase blog traffic.
Tell Me A Story
Now that you’ve got your story idea, write it like you are telling a story. This is my favorite little piece of advice that has always helped me a lot as a writer. For example, if you can captivate your audience with your words, it’ll set you apart from the millions of other writers. There’s already a million blog posts about ‘my favorite spring outfits’ or ‘101 blog post ideas’ but out of those they’ll be a few that stand out. Why? Because they’re providing you with information that you don’t already know and find useful and the way the writer is telling the story. Make it fun and relatable.
Que the shameless self-promo now: Just this week, I had a post noticed by an editor of Thought Catalog who happens to be a huge fan of the tv show Friends. She liked my fun spin on the series and therefore asked to publish the article. You should check it out here. This has already brought me a major backlink, more traffic and readers I wouldn’t have had otherwise and for that I’m so grateful!
Interact With Other Bloggers
3.) The Power Of A Good Comment. If there’s one thing I wish I had of done more of in the beginning, it would be commenting on more blogs. In the beginning I was so focused on my own blog- writing and marketing, that I brushed off the significance of this simple act. Meaningful comments take time, but this one step alone has really helped me connect and grow my blog traffic and drove the right audience to my site!
Get Your Comment Noticed
You could just skim through the post, write a quick ‘Great post. Super helpful’ and be done with it but you won’t be achieving much other than wasting your time. If you want to establish meaningful connections with other bloggers, they have to know you exist and that you have something useful to say. So, check out some blogs within your niche and after you read their articles thoroughly. And if you feel compelled to write a comment, first ask yourself ‘Does my comment add value?” Or maybe you’ve read the post and want to ask a thought provoking question? Do it, but do it well. You only have a few sentences to hook other readers, so choose your words wisely.
If done right, you can attract the attention of the blogger themselves and also their readers. If you comment on the big blogs, with a super witty and insightful remark, you can get some authoritative followers and a relationship with the blogger.
Go Beyond Social Media To Market Yourself
4.) Get Yourself Out There. You’ve done the work, but that’s only half the battle- now you have to get noticed. If you want to establish yourself as someone with impeccable writing abilities and story ideas people want to read, try reaching out to some major publications to have your stories published. This provides you with confidence that you’re doing something right and most publications offer you a bio and a backlink. It may seem counterproductive to write for other sites, but if you can get a few high quality backlinks and new visitors to your site it’s absolutely not a waste of time. Plus, if your articles are popular you could become a regular contributor .
Writing guest posts for other blogs is also a great way to get new eyes on your blog as well as a valuable backlink. Just a few external posts can do big things for your blog brand and authority.
My Best Kept Secret
I’ve discovered an amazing, supportive blogging community that has very active threads, Pinterest group boards, and more. The Bloggers Traffic Community. is organized and easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. It’s free to join and this has been a huge source of blog traffic for me every day! I’ve shared this group in a recent post and had so many bloggers join in the awesomeness that they made me inaugural member of the week, my second week in! I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received to my blog and in general!
Blogger Recognition Award
I always knew I loved to write and thought of blogging as just an outlet for my thoughts. I didn’t expect to find such a supportive community. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by these two sweet bloggers- Jenni of https://housewifehustle.blog and Claire of https://ourfavouritejar.home.blog. I really like this award idea, as it will also help many other bloggers gain exposure, grow you blog traffic and backlinks, so I’m all about it!
The Rules Of The Blogger Recognition Award:
- Thank the blogger that nominated you.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select new bloggers to receive the award.
- Let the new blogger know that they have been nominated and provide them with a link to the post you made.
About Steph’s Social Pie
I started Steph’s Social Pie as an online outlet for my writing. As a journalist and Social Media Marketing student- blogging mixed the two fields perfectly and really seemed like a no-brainer. Steph’s Social Pie is all about sharing a slice of the social pie with you. I want to have my pie and eat it too. I’m ready to launch Steph’s Social Pie Seasonal Editorial next month, which will feature some pretty cool seasonal articles as well as a feature blogger. If you’re reading this, head over here and get yourself signed up so we can feature your blog!
My Nominations: These Awesome Bloggers
Morgan Jo of https://barbedwifeandlaceblog.com MJ also created a Secret Tribe for bloggers and business owners to connect and exchange ideas, support and more. You should check them out here- https://the-secret-tribe.mn.co
Andrea of https://pinetreefarmhouse.com
Vee of https://designs-byvee.com
Leslie of https://lesliescarpa.com
Shellie of www.shellielynn.com
Elsie of https://elsielmc.wordpress.com
Ilona of https://easydiet.blog
Heli of https://helixiroflife.com
Thank you for all your support in this blog community! I had no clue what I was getting myself in to. All I knew was I wanted to write and I was hoping to be heard. Mission accomplished:)