Looking to get more blog traffic this month? I was in your shoes earlier this year. I was working two exhausting jobs for over 12 hours a day. I would wake early and go to be late just to squeeze a blogging task in.
I was overwhelmed and to make matters worse my traffic was stagnant. I could not get over 30-40 ish views a day. I felt like all of my hard work was going to waste.
I had to choose between my second job and blogging. My second income or my passion. Heck, my second job or my mental health!
Those of you who have followed me for a while, know that my mental health is important. However, I had the hardest time letting the other job go, even though I knew I was burnt out!
This, my friends, is why mindfulness and self care is so important! I took time out of my weekend, away from blogging and away from working to focus on what I needed to do to fix my life!
Needless to say I am still blogging and let the second job go! It was the best decision I made as I have been able to invest my time in learning more about making my blog work and increase my blog traffic. This is what I learned:
5 Tips To Increase Blog Traffic
- Research As Much As Possible
If you are like me, you started with little to no knowledge about blogging. I seriously thought I could write, post and people would come flocking to read it. Shockingly, that did not happen and I was not able to increase my blog traffic.
I began to search on pinterest as many free things as possible to make my blog successful. I followed tips to develop a WordPress site, social media sites and SEO approved post.
I found freebies on Everyday She’s Sparkling such as the plug ins I needed to download, strategies for my blog and tools to make blogging easier.
I also collaborated with Koko from Koko Consultancy who assisted in developing the beautiful website you all see today. She also has a resource library for Newbie Bloggers that has many templates, strategies and ebooks to use for social media marketing, blogging tips and pin templates.
Use Youtube, Pinterest, Google and anything else you can access to improve your site with freebies.
Eventually, the freebies run out -or run out of good information- and you will need to invest. Again, if you are like me, you were not interested in paying for expensive courses that would not help anyway.
I researched and followed the advice of other newbie or intermediate bloggers and chose the courses for me. I did not pay more than I could afford and figured that the bit I learned from the smaller courses would still have value.
I purchased the Ell Duclos Pinterest Course and it was one of the best things I could have done! My pinterest views jumped from 100k monthly to 398k monthly views. I now have 442k impressions on my pins on my Pinterest.
Update I am now at 667k monthly viewers!
Ell updates her course as Pinterest changes their algorithm so you will pay a small amount for endless information! You can see other benefits of this course here!
This was one month after the Pinterest course! I was ecstatic!
3. Join Facebook Groups
I joined some good and some horribly managed Facebook groups. I now have a good combination of groups that provide free insight and advice for improving my blog traffic.
I found groups specific to my niche, my blogging goals, my business goals and groups I have access to by purchasing courses. These groups also have threads which will allow you to market your latest post, freebie, or paid product.
Here are a few I love:
Mental Health Bloggers Support And Networking
Blogging Babes Collective
Boss Girl Bloggers
Bloggers Supporting Each Other
Blogging Well With Pinterest
Help A Blogger Out
For The Love Of Blogging
Blogger Babes Connect
Becoming A Blogger
4. Be Present On Social Media
While Pinterest brings me the most traffic (shoutout to Ell’s course), Twitter is second in line and where I form relationships with my audience. Instagram is where I market to the world and show my audience who I am and how my tips help me. Facebook is for collaborations and professionalism and gives me the second to least traffic.
In my book, all traffic is good traffic. If social media brings me 4000 views a month that’s 4000 people viewing my work! Read my post! Joining my email list!
5.Write Amazing Blog Post!
I know this seems like common sense but you have to know what an amazing blog post consists of. You need to identify a need your audience has- a hint would be to look at your most popular post and make a post out of one of the bullet points.
I also suggest using Ubersuggest to identify keywords that will help you rank on Google. I use the Rank Math plugin to ensure that I am doing all that I can to make Google happy. The happier Google is the higher you rank on the search engine.
Use Pinterest as well to see which topics are trending and will be trending. We often forget that Pinterest is a search engine as well and people use it as such. That is why it is important to direct pinners to your blog post of the problem they want to resolve.
6. Take Care Of Your Mental
I know! It is so me to bring up your mental health but it is very important. Your mindset has to be in the best place to succeed in blogging. It can get frustrating, time consuming and stressful if you do not remember to practice self care.
Contrary to what others may tell you, it is important to take a day off! Blogging is a job, do not let anyone tell you different! Just like a 8a-5p job allows you the weekend to become rejuvenated, you must allow yourself time for rejuvenation in the blogging world.
Honestly, some of my best ideas come to mind when I am taking a “mental health day”. By taking my mind completely off of the task I clear my mind and welcome any brainstorms.
By taking care of yourself you will also allow time for your hard work to reflect in your traffic (and your pockets). If you keep pushing and running you may miss opportunities to seriously increase traffic or monetize because one of your post took off.
I hope these tips help you to increase your blog traffic and gave you insight to your next steps as a newbie blogger. Good luck and welcome.