Are you interested in growing your blog traffic? If increasing traffic to your blog is your major blogging struggle, then you’re going to love this post. Straightforward, I will be sharing strategies and tips to increase blog traffic.
Not just these tips are immensely helpful but are equally effective. Give yourself a five-minute break and find out how I increased my blog traffic to 21,000 pageviews every month.
If you’re a beginner blogger or have been into blogging for a year or so – you will be interested in knowing what I did exactly to explode my website traffic.
Because, blog traffic matters!
Many bloggers use ad networks as their monetization strategy, and for that, they have to constantly improve their traffic for more income. And, I truly believe that if you have an engaged audience and a constant huge traffic then you can make a good income from ad networks.
On my blog, I have paid zero to little attention to ad networks. Because, my main blog income source is affiliate marketing, and I absolutely love it. I would consider applying for Mediavine, when my traffic reaches up to their requirement.
But, why I’m sharing my blog statistics here?
For the sake of transparency. I love when I read blog statistic reports where bloggers share screenshots and reveal their strategies. These kinds of posts help bloggers find the motivation to work on their blogs and improve it with proven tips. I’m sure you will find new tips that you can implement on your blog, and grow it.
My awesome reader, I want to see you grow your numbers, and make more income 🙂
Now, let’s get straight to blog traffic strategies that helped me grow my readership.
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How I Increased My Blog Traffic?
If you regularly visit my blog, you might notice that I don’t really force on increasing page views. I know that it matters, but as a new blogger, you should not be focused on numbers at the beginning stage. Because this can make you unmotivated and you will eventually end up losing interest in your blog.
I don’t want that happen to you.
Growing a blog is a constant struggle. It requires great hard work, commitment, and interest in what you do. You should just focus on growing yourself and you will see your growth in many ways.
Here are my statistics;
This is a report from July 2018.
And, my blog page views hit 22,861 which is almost 23,000!
It may not be that huge traffic but still, it’s a good number.
I also confess that I did not take my blog seriously in my first year of blogging. My whole interest was to get more freelance clients and make income to support myself. Almost after one year, I started getting serious about blog growth. In mid-2017, I started working on my blog seriously along with freelancing and I learned to balance both. If I had focused on my blog growth in my first year of blogging, I would have got these results a lot earlier. No need to mention I often take breaks when I am off to something, or spending time with my family.
So, how I actually increased my blog traffic?
I love producing super helpful, and meaningful content. I receive messages, and emails regularly where people let me know how helpful my content was. I’m not bragging but I’m lucky to have such readers, like you.
It’s just that when you solve YOUR reader’s problem, you will GROW. That’s a simple formula. It’s obvious that you need to work on a lot of different things but your content strategy should be really strong to have a constant readership.
It takes me longing hours, and even days to write and schedule one post because it’s super long, and of course, helpful. Having a solid content strategy will help you gain more traffic every month. This is exactly what I followed to gain more readership and trust me, this is the gold advice you would read from several pro bloggers.
Create problem-solving content = Increase readership / more traffic.
Three things to consider;
- Have a solid content strategy
- Create outstanding content and promote it to the maximum.
- Keep updating the content, and add more value to it.
Let’s move on to what other strategies helped me increase my blog traffic.
The Strategies I Use To Get 21,000 Pageviews Every Month
We know that quality content brings more readers to your blog but there are some other significant steps that we don’t take often. But, they are equally important to grow your blog.
Before we go into detail – I would like to recommend ‘Traffic Transformation Guide‘. It’s a wonderful compilation of all the strategies and techniques to skyrocket your website traffic. I know how much value this master E-book contains, and that is the reason I want you to look at this. I wholeheartedly recommend this!
I experimented with a lot of things, and honestly, they did not make a huge difference in traffic unless I adopted the following things.
Also, do check out 61+ Crazy Blog Traffic Ideas To Skyrocket Your Pageviews
1- Fixed my website speed
As my website is built on Genesis Framework, I knew that my theme is perfectly strong and professional. There can be something wrong with caching, hosting etc. (Here’s what you need to know about genesis framework)
I did three things;
- Upgraded my hosting plan (I recommend Siteground, Inmotion, and Bluehost)
- Installed WPSmush plugin and reduced all the heavy images to smaller sizes.
- Removed unnecessary plugins from my dashboard.
All these three things helped me increase my website speed which was excellent.
2- Improved website’s SEO
SEO can be complicated for many bloggers and I completely understand this. That’s why there are SEO consultants and experts who know how it actually works. There are so many things that come into WordPress SEO other than basic keyword optimization.
My website is built with Genesis Framework, and a custom child theme. It’s SEO friendly, and strong in many ways. If you have a slow performing theme, then you may consider switching your theme. And, I highly recommend you to do that!
My theme was perfect and was working fine. So, the next step was to improve Search rankings.
I did the following three steps to improve my website SEO performance, and it worked magically;
- Took an SEO audit by SEMRUSH site audit tool and did every little thing as suggested in the report. Just sign up for SEMRUSH and take a free audit. You can also hire someone on Fiverr to do complete SEO audit of your site or use the tool yourself.
- I also did comprehensive keyword research using my favorite keyword research tool. (I explained the whole process of keyword research in this post)
- Started building backlinks for my website. And, I have just focused on natural link building and have not tried any other technique for now. (Read my detailed post on how to get free backlinks)
- I already use Yoast plugin, so I just reviewed the free version and checked for any settings.
- Optimized all my images with keywords.
- Improved and worked on my blog post titles.
3- Invested in Tailwind [Hands down to this tool :p]
I don’t mind saying that tailwind is my best-ever investment and I wholeheartedly recommend it everyone who wants to increase traffic, subscribers and more sales.
I love Tailwind for all of its features.
Honestly, I was not convinced to use the premium tailwind version before unless I tried it myself. But, just after I gave the first free trial – I was stoked to see how excellent it was.
It literally took a few minutes to hop over my card, and make the payment to enjoy Tailwind Plus. As a blogger or business owner – you want to promote and circulate your content over different timings, days and months. Even if you’re too smart and very timely, you will not be able to do what tailwind does.
I used to be a manual pinning person, and I loved it. I still do manual pinning because I love being on Pinterest. But, it’s obvious that I cannot wake up at 4 a.m just to send my pins to people who live in the U.S or somewhere else in this world.
Tailwind helps to schedule pins at peak times to several Pinterest group boards at different intervals. Isn’t this amazing? People get to see my pins even when I’m not pinning them from my own.
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Just the benefits of investing in a scheduling tool.
- I can easily schedule 50 – 60 pins every day.
- I can track my Pinterest board performances, and results.
- It shows follower growth, pins, likes, comments and number of repins.
- It also shows Pinterest organic traffic activity.
- Tailwind also provides basic profile metrics.
On the other hand, tailwind tribe is an excellent feature that makes it easy to find quality content that you can schedule for the entire week. In tailwind tribes, we all share each other’s content which gives more exposure and reach to the content. This increases the amount of repins, and of course, it brings new traffic surprises.
With the tailwind basic plan, you have 5 Tailwind Tribe membership and 30 monthly tribe submissions. However, you can add Powerups if you want more submission and access to tailwind tribes.
‘Making Pinterest Possible’ is a detailed e-book to teach you everything you want to know about Pinterest. My friend, Ana, has created this ebook to help bloggers make Pinterest possible. It also has a whole chapter about case studies of different bloggers who have achieved success with Pinterest. This ebook is of great advantage!
4- Published more keyword focused content
I am not an advocate of always writing content with SEO perspective but you should have some brilliant content pieces that are perfectly keyworded, and well optimized.
I wanted to increase my organic traffic, and I made that happen.
Because getting traffic from Google is no joke!
With the increasing ratio of bloggers and small business owners, there is a strict competition to be on the top search results. That will only happen if you have keyword focused content.
These kinds of posts require a lot of searches, study and of course, time. I gave extra hours for writing one keyword focused blog post and I was greatly surprised by the results.
I use KWFinder, and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s my favorite keyword research tool. If you want to find the best keywords for your own blog then maybe, try this tool for one month and collect keywords for your blog content. You can read my complete KWFinder review and guide here.
Must-read: If you really want to get traffic from Google, then you need to learn SEO. I have written an in-depth post on ‘how to get google traffic to your blog’. Definitely read the post, and bookmark it. I have shown all the steps that you can take to increase your blog traffic.
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5- Grew My Social Media Presence
We cannot deny that social media is crucially important to build a readership. It is where our target audience is present and is probably looking for you to reach out to them.
I still have to interact more with every social media channel but due to time limits, it’s hard to catch up on every platform. My current focus is to grow my Instagram, twitter and facebook group. I know that Pinterest is growing on its own so I have time to work on other platforms.
I did three things to grow my social media following;
- Plan and schedule my content in advance.
- Make engagement with my followers.
- Interact with others on social media.
Now, I can see that I have followers coming from different channels. Thus, it has ultimately increased my traffic, subscriber rate, and overall engagement.
Here’s my current follower’s report;
Pinterest Update: I have successfully hit the goal of 5k followers, and currently, numbers are 5,525 followers. I use tailwind to schedule Pinterest.
Instagram Update: From past 3 months, I have given full attention to Instagram and found a wonderful engaged community there. I have reached 1,000 followers. I use Preview app to schedule in advance.
Facebook Group Update: My Facebook group has 1.9k members, close to 2k.
Facebook Page: As my site has rebranded so I created a new Facebook page for shemeansblogging.
Twitter Update: I definitely like being on Twitter. Currently, I have 1370 followers and I aim to build more followers there. Hootsuite, and Recurpost are great tools to start with. Their free plans can help you schedule a few tweets, but it’s obvious that the free plans don’t provide automated scheduling.
6 – Build my email list
Lastly, email lists also send you a portion of traffic. But, honestly, we don’t create an email list to increase traffic to your website. It cannot be the major source of traffic, but when you have automation series, and you regularly send emails then you can send your subscribers to your blog every day. That means more views.
An email list is a way to engage with your readers and speak to them. I regret to build an email list when I started out, but thankfully I did. I use Mailerlite, and OptinMonster and I find it really easy to use email marketing tool.
Now, I have almost 2500+ subscribers who regularly read my emails, and respond to it. If you have not started building an email list, start it today.
I have shared almost the most important steps I took to increase my traffic to 21,000 pageviews and the number is increasing. I encourage you to do the same, and double your traffic because I know, it’s possible and you can gain even more traffic than what I’m getting.
Bonus tip: Be consistent with your posting schedule. Even if you cannot stick to post every week – post twice in a month. Remember to add new content to your blog to gain constant traffic.
Here are some final points to conclude the post;
Create awesome content.
Don’t scare to invest in your blog.
Get active on social media.
Do your website SEO audit once in a 6-month period.
Build an email list from the beginning, if your blog is a business.