Hi friends and welcome back to the blog! Today I’m going to share with you 12 easy ways to increase blog traffic fast!
This post comes very highly recommended – seems bloggers these days are always wondering how they can actually increase their blog’s traffic – and even how they can get blog traffic to begin with.
Well, that’s what I’m going to help you with today.
I recently hit the 15,000 page views per month mark (in June 2020) up from 1,000 in February 2020) – so I want to share with you how I did this & how you can do the same.
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12 Easy Ways to Increase Blog Traffic Fast
1. Practice Good SEO to Increase Blog Traffic
This hopefully will not come as a surprise to many of you, but practicing SEO is one of the best ways to increase your blog traffic.
Why, you ask? Well, because it is the best long-term plan to solid, repeated, consistent blog traffic.
When Google and other search engines start to recognize your blog and place it high in search rankings (because you are practicing good SEO), you will begin to get consistent monthly blog traffic – not just because you are regularly Pinning to Pinterest either.
I have a post coming up about the best SEO practices, so stay tuned for that. Also, my ebook, which comes out soon, will have a whole chapter dedicated to SEO.
2. Take Pinterest with Ell to Increase Blog Traffic
The next best thing you can do, besides practicing the best SEO you can, is taking Ell Duclos’ Pinterest with Ell course.
Why, you ask? Well, because Pinterest is going to be your number one blog traffic driver when you are new to blogging (and even beyond).
You have to make sure you have set your Pinterest account up properly (business account, rich pins, etc.) in order to get started – but then you have to make sure you are pinning at the right intervals, consistently, and that you are making attractive pins that will boost your traffic.
In order to do this, you need to take Pinterest with Ell. She goes over all of this and more & I am here to tell you her course works!
I went from 65,000 monthly viewers to 1,000,000 monthly viewers within 3 months – so, I’m telling you, it works. And better yet – not only did my Pinterest views go up, but so did my blog traffic.
Do yourself a favor and take her course today – you will not be sad you did, I promise.
3. Use Facebook Groups to Increase Blog Traffic
I recently wrote a whole (lengthy) post all about using Facebook Groups for the blogging business – but will briefly go over a few tips from that post here.
For starters, did you know that Facebook can drive tons of traffic daily and monthly to your blog? It sure can!
How, you ask? Well, it’s simple. For starters, you want to make sure you are in plenty of blogging-related Facebook Groups, especially if you are blogging about blogging. People are always asking for tips and advice there and you can simply answer their questions and link your relevant blog post when doing so.
Secondly, make sure you are in Facebook Groups for your niche. For example, I am in Facebook Groups for moms (mostly because I honestly use them to ask mom questions for myself and my son) and routinely get traffic from those because people ask specific questions and I link a specific blog post that answers that question.
The cool thing about Facebook Groups is that, if you watch your Google Analytics “real time,” you will see that when you link a blog post, not only will the person who was asking the question jump on that post, but so will tons of others! It’s really fantastic!
Go check out that blog post I mentioned so you can get more info about Facebook Groups driving blog traffic – but in the meantime just know that you want to use these regularly to drive and increase blog traffic.
This is also a good time for me to mention that I have two Facebook Groups that I would love for you to join! The first one is Ladies’ Lifestyle Bloggers Link-Up (for women in the lifestyle blogging niche).
The second is my Stubborn Stepmom Facebook Group all for stepmoms! We’d love to have you there!
4. Encourage Social Media Sharing to Increase Blog Traffic
Have you ever heard the saying that goes something like “you don’t know if you don’t ask” – or “you can’t hear yes if you don’t ask the question” – well, this is how I look at social media sharing when it comes to blogging and increasing blog traffic.
You have to get into the habit of actually asking your readers to share your content on social media. If you scroll back to the very beginning of this post, you’ll see that I did that before I got into my main content – because I want you to share my blog post on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, etc.!
But the thing is – no one will think to share if you don’t blatantly ask them to. So start asking – make it a regular part of your blog post routine – include a reminder for your readers at the beginning, middle, and end of your post!
It really does work – since I’ve started doing this I have had more social shares across various platforms – and that in itself has driven and increased my blog traffic.
So while I’m at it – let me ask you, will you please share this blog on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter? That would help me (and others) so much!
5. Get Backlinks to Your Site to Increase Blog Traffic
Another way to increase your blog traffic is to ensure you’re getting backlinks to your site. Remember, I have an upcoming post about SEO (and also a chapter in my ebook which will be released soon) which will go over backlinks and SEO in more depth.
Backlinks are incoming hyperlinks from one web page to another website. Simply put.
To get backlinks, one way is to guest post – this also helps you network with other bloggers which is always a recommendation of mine! (If you’d like to guest post on my site, just fill out this form!)
Another way to get backlinks is to use infographics to post on Pinterest & have them linked to your blog.
Finally, you can simply promote your content in order to get more backlinks (promote in Facebook Groups, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.)
6. Produce Good Content to Increase Blog Traffic
I know it is probably common sense, but I have to say it – you must be producing good content in order to get and/or increase your blog traffic.
People will not revisit a blog that has awful content (or content that is not relevant to the niche/time).
In order to make sure you’re producing the best content possible, for starters – make sure you never post anything except your absolute best work! Quality over quantity.
Another way to ensure you are producing great content is to do keyword research prior to deciding on a topic. I like using Ahrefs and Ubersuggest to do so. Again, I will go over this more in detail with my upcoming post on SEO as well as in my upcoming ebook that will be released soon.
7. Keyword Research Increases Blog Traffic
Just as I mentioned in number 6, keyword research is super important in increasing your blog traffic.
Keyword research ensures that you are only posting what people are searching for – and that by doing so, and using keywords, Google will start referencing you more often, which will lead to an increase in blog traffic.
Make sure you look in to keyword research more in depth (this really is an entire blog post worth of information) but again, I recommend Ahrefs and Ubersuggest to get started.
This is a great article about keyword research if you would like to read this before my SEO post and ebook are released.
8. Update Existing Posts to Keep Content Fresh & Increase Blog Traffic
One of my favorite ways to increase my blog traffic is to update my older blog posts.
I love to do this because a lot changes in the world and in blogging and within my niche from the time I post content to two to three months after the fact. There is always something that can be updated!
The things I typically update on older posts in order to keep them fresh and more attractive, thus driving more blog traffic are:
- SEO (adding new headings, redoing the titles of headings to be more relevant and keyword-friendly, etc.)
- Links (adding in links that have been updated or maybe that were not available or produced at the time I originally posted, and linking new content links)
- Products (adding in products I have made since then)
- Graphics (updating graphics to be more relevant to the post or including my own graphics I have made)
- CTA’s (adding in more Call-To-Actions in order to get more email sign-ups, etc.)
- Ads (adding in more ads or removing ads, depending on what is needed)
- Pins (making new Pinterest pins for my content and sharing it again as a new post)
There really is so much you can do to update an old post. The key here is just to simply do it – and do it frequently. This will definitely help to increase your blog traffic.
I can’t tell you how many posts I have updated and re-pinned with new images that have taken off as if they were brand new! These have driven a ton of traffic to my blog!
9. Use Great Images to Increase Blog Traffic
This kind of goes in line with numbers 6 and 8, but using great images really deserves its own number.
I can’t tell you how many times I have come across a blog that may have had good content – but the images were so horrible I clicked away immediately. Don’t let this be you.
I’m not saying you have to go out and purchase a brand new camera and take all of your own pictures (heck, I don’t!), but I’m saying you need to get good stock images and images from places like Canva and others like Pexel and Unsplash in order to make your blog stand out and to make it more aesthetically pleasing.
Your content may be great, but if your images are not up to par, your blog will never take off.
Please make sure your images are good – this will definitely help to increase your blog’s traffic!
10. Use Email Marketing to Increase Blog Traffic
Using email marketing to drive blog traffic is really key, especially once you have a good following on email.
As of right now, I only have 250 email subscribers (which I am super happy about, by the way!), but let me tell you – these 250 people are my people! They drive so much of my blog traffic it is not even funny.
Every time I send out an email, I make sure to hop on to Google Analytics “real time” view, and sure enough, my hits go up tremendously when I first send out that email.
Also, I like to recommend to my email subscribers to share my content with others and I can see from my analytics that they are doing this, which is nice.
There are so many ways to drive blog traffic by keeping up with your email list. Make sure you read my blog post on email to learn more and also this article which is a great resources for driving blog traffic by using your email list.
11. Encourage User Engagement to Increase Blog Traffic
Another way to drive and increase blog traffic is to encourage user engagement.
There are so many ways to do this – so many. Let me give you a few of my favorites:
- Use CTA’s at least 3 times in your blog posts
- Ask readers to share to social media
- Ask questions and tell readers to leave their answers in the comments
- Ask questions on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and ask readers to “comment below”
- Include encouragement of user engagement in your emails (sharing, replying, etc.)
Again, there are a ton of ways to encourage user engagement around your blog – you have to find out what works best for you – but these are just 5 little things I try to do regularly to encourage my readers to engage more.
And, more engagement = more blog traffic. Easy peasy.
12. Be Patient – Blog Traffic Will Come
I know this is so much harder to say than it is to do – because I’ve been there. But please, trust me when I say: be patient. The traffic will come (if you are implementing the above 11 steps I’ve recommended).
If you are doing everything you can to increase your blog traffic and you are still not experiencing anything, I would like to recommend that, outside of being patient, checking your hosting company.
I recently noticed that my load time and page speed was extremely slow, and it lead me down a very productive rabbit hole that had be switch from BlueHost to SiteGround hosting – and I am so glad I did. I think these loading times were really affecting my blog’s traffic.
Once I switched to SiteGround (and got a few plugins that I needed to help my site work better), my traffic skyrocketed from 10,000 monthly viewers to 15,000 – nearly overnight.
I’m not promising this will be the case for you, but it’s worth looking in to. I have a blog post about this that you may find helpful. Here it is.
In the meantime, if you are doing all 11 of these steps, and have a great hosting company, time is just going to have to be something you consider – great things take time.
Plenty of people told me 6 months ago that it takes time – but I didn’t want to believe them…however, they were right. One day I woke up and all of my hard work was paying off because my blog traffic was soaring and so were my profits from it.
Just remember, like I’ve already said – great things take time to come to fruition – and you, my friend, are no different. It will come, as long as you are practicing the above 11 steps. I promise.
Well friends, if you don’t feel better about increasing your blog’s traffic after the above 12 steps, I don’t know what will help you! These really are the best steps you can find to helping you drive and increase blog traffic to your site.
Remember, I have an SEO post coming out soon, as well as my ebook (which I am so excited about!!!) and will update you as soon as these are both out. To get notifications about when these are out, be sure to subscribe to my Business Babe’s email subscription so you can become a special Business Babe and never miss a post! You can do so by filling out the teal form down below.
If you are new here, welcome! My name is Leslie and I am the writer and founder of Leslie W. Blog. You can read more about me here.
I write a lot on mom & toddler things, but also on stepmom & business topics as well.
Some of my recent business posts that you may be interested in are:
- The Top 8 Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Website
- 31+ Opt-In Freebie Ideas to Grow Your Email List
- The Blogger’s Ultimate Guide to Facebook Groups for Business
- What is a Sales Funnel & Why You Need One Right Now
- How to Actually Make Money Blogging – 4 Actionable Steps
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That’s all for today friends, thanks so much for joining me! Thanks for reading and as always, take care.
Resources to Start and/or Maintain Your Blogging & Social Media Business
- Leslie W. Business Babes | Resources
- Ladies’ Lifestyle Bloggers Link-Up Facebook Group
- This Blog Post (the blog post you should read before starting your blog)
- WordPress (where I design and post my blog – aka my website site)
- Start a Blogging Business 5-Day Crash Course (course I took prior to the BBO course to launch my blog)
- Blogging Blastoff 2.0 (THE BEST course you can take prior to or right after launching your blog)
- SiteGround (my self-host platform)
- ShareASale (a great affiliate marketplace in which to get started)
- MailerLite (my email service)
- Canva (the graphic design site I use)
- Adobe (another graphic design program I use)
- Yoast (the SEO service I use)
- Ell’s Pinterest Course (must-do course for driving blog traffic through Pinterest – the number one way to drive blog traffic)
- Tailwind (how I automate my Pinterest pins)
- Tube Buddy (SEO for YouTube)
- Tailwind Tribes (I pay extra to be able to pin more)
- USM Premium (the best Social Media Plugin for your blog)