I was asked by a fellow blogger how do you get traffic to your website? This is such an in depth and complicated answer I figured I would put together a blog post to share how I do it.
Over the years I have realized and learned from other smart bloggers that you need to diversify your blog traffic. You don’t want to rely on 1 particular platform as your source of traffic, you want it to be coming from many different areas.
The reason for this is that if 80% of my traffic is coming from Pinterest and for say and Pinterest were to close down I would loose almost all of my traffic. Not that I think for any reason Pinterest will close down, well I sure hope it doesn’t 😯 since I am addicted to it so much.
How To Get Massive Amounts Of Traffic To Your Website
Here are the areas I think you should be trying to get traffic to your website from.
- Search Engines – Search engines are my #1 traffic source, and they should be your’s too. There is quite a bit that goes into getting your blog found on search engines, however.
- Submit your blog to search engines –If search engines don’t know your blog exists they are not going to add it to their search engines. To be at the top of search engines more frequently you need to work on getting a higher Google Page Rank, and Alexa Rating. You need to manually add your site to the following, DO NOT let a program add them for you or your blog could be marked as spam, and they will likely sell your email address resulting in TONS of inappropriate spam.
- Submit a sitemap of your blog and images to search engines – You need to generate an XML sitemap of your posts and images and ping both of them to Google using Google Webmaster Tools and Bing both of these you need to have a webmaster tools account (free) set up for your site. I use YoastSEO plugin and it automatically generates both sitemaps and pings them to Google for me. SOO Much easier!!
- SEO of your posts and pictures – There is a lot of information to know when writing SEO posts and pictures. I use YoastSEO and just fill in the information at the bottom of my posts to make them more search engine friendly. First off
- Research keywords – The words you would think should be your focus keywords likely will NOT get you much traffic. You need to do research to find out what keywords or phrases are being searched for to include in your post. I use Google Keyword Planner for every post I write. I will do a future post on how to research Keywords for higher ranking. I am slowly going back over time and fixing all of my old posts I didn’t do this for.
- Write posts related to what you are already being found for on search engines – If you know how to use Google Analytics you can find out what landing pages are ranking high for your blog and write posts related to those same topics.
- Having Good Post Titles – You need to be creative when making post titles not just putting down whatever you think is good. You will get more clicks on your post for titles that grab people’s attention. I use co-schedule’s headline grader to find out what post titles to use.
- Social Media – Social media is my #2 traffic source. Not just 1 type of social media but a diversified mix of different social media. You also CANNOT just share your posts on social media!! You need to have about an 80%/20% ratio of sharing. Where you are sharing others posts about 80% of the time and your posts abut 20% of the time. I DO NOT use Facebook because I do not like their algorithms forcing websites to have to pay for your followers to see your posts. I do use Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and have recently started using Stumble Upon (just for “stumbling” posts.) Pinterest is a HUGE traffic generator for me! You need to make good images and write good posts for them to be more likely to be shared on social media. While I don’t suggest using scheduling for ALL of your social media posts, I do for some of them. I use HootSuite for scheduling to my Google+ page, and Twitter and Tailwind for pinning my own posts to Pinterest.
- Linky Parties – Link your blog up to different linky parties weekly that bring you blog traffic. I have a list of different linky parties and I get a good amount of traffic from linking up to them weekly. If you watch your Google analytics you can find out after some time what parties are worth you linking up to and what ones are just not worth your time.
- Commenting on Others Blog Posts – Leaving comments on other sites is very important, but not just leaving comments like “great post” leave a meaningful comment to their post. There are a few different reasons this is helpful.
- You will get to know other bloggers who can be a vital resource to helping you, and you can meet some great friends. The more you comment and share their blog post chances are they will return the favor.
- Some bloggers have CommentLuv on their blog, which will leave a link to your most recent blog post. These are follow links, Google loves your site the more other blog link to your site giving you higher rankings when you have enough follow links on other sites.
- Blog Followers – If you offer your followers many different ways to follow you, you’re likely to get a lot of traffic from these when you share new posts. I frimly believe you should have an email list, so that you can utilize it when you want to promote a good deal or need help with something. I have older followers who follow me from Google Friend connect. I offer email following, Feedburner, Feedly, and BlogLovin. That gives followers many ways to follow my blog according to how it is most convenient for them.
You can read my first post in this series, creative and intriguing opportunities to make money blogging! Where I shared ideas on how to make money from your blog.
What are ways that you bring traffic to your website? Leave a comment letting me know, I LOVE hearing your tips too!!
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