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11 Sure-Fire Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

The one thing that seems to be what every blogger wants more of is traffic. And with good reason. More page views on your blog can expand your reach and lead to more opportunities. Such as to turning readers into followers, growing your email list, and monetizing. If you’re producing killer content that you pour your heart and soul into, but no one ends up reading it, it can really sting. Trust me, been there!

If getting traffic to your blog is like pulling teeth, then this post is for you! Getting more page views is a topic I get a lot of questions about and is one of my biggest struggles as a blogger, as I’m sure we can all relate to. Since focusing more on my blogging strategy, I’ve learned different ways to boost my traffic in the past few months that have dramatically increased my monthly page views, so without further ado, lets hop to it and start driving that traffic!

Increase Blog Traffic Tips and Strategies

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1. CREATE VALUABLE CONTENT

First things first, you need to be writing blog posts that people want to read. Your posts should be packed with valuable information and contain high-quality images. Don’t know what to write about that people are interested in? Figure out what your target audience would like, browse Pinterest, or look on Google Trends.

2. COMMENT ON OTHER BLOGS

Many bloggers fail to do this, but it’s actually the way I generated traffic to my blog for over 3 years (before I knew anything about “strategy,” lol!) You should always share the love on other blogs, but make sure you leave genuine, thoughtful comments. This will make your comment stand out to other people browsing the same blog post, who will more than likely check YOUR blog out and leave a comment!

3. HAVE A BLOGLOVIN’ ACCOUNT

Bloglovin is my preferred way of following my favorite blogs and discovering new ones. When I visit a new blog and decide that I want to keep up with their content, I always look to see if they have a Bloglovin’ button so I can follow them. They also have a tagging feature which is great for getting found by other users. Follow me on Bloglovin’ here!

4. POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media has become a major source of traffic for bloggers, myself included. In a recent survey I held with my email list, I was surprised to find that most of my readers found my blog through social media and that my Instagram is the most popular way people follow my blog! Other platforms to post to are Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Google+.

5. CREATE + SHARE PINNABLE IMAGES

Despite the myths that surround this platform, you absolutely NEED to be sharing your content on Pinterest. It is a HUGE game-changer in terms of boosting your traffic and growing your audience. I’ve been working on my Pinterest marketing strategy and my page views TRIPLED in just 30 days!!!

Ideally, your photos for Pinterest should be vertical and long (735 px wide X 1102 px tall), include text overlay explaining what your blog post is about, and contain your logo or domain name somewhere so users can be directed to your site.

6. POST IN FACEBOOK GROUP THREADS

Facebook groups are a goldmine when it comes to getting your content out there. Find groups in your niche and share your blog posts, paying attention to the group rules. Most groups have daily promotion threads that allows you to share your link. My only tip is to make sure you engage in the threads and check out other people’s posts–don’t be a mooch!

You can find Facebook groups to join over in my resource library!

7. SHARE TO PINTEREST GROUP BOARDS

Group boards provide a lot of opportunity for your posts to get exposure. It’s essentially one Pinterest board that accepts contributors to post their pins to. If you are part of multiple boards with thousands of followers, that’s A LOT of people who can potentially see your content.

You can find a list of over 75 group boards and how to join them in my resource library!

8. SHARE TO TAILWIND TRIBES

Tailwind is a Pinterest automating program that allows you to schedule your own and other people’s pins and saves you a butt-load of time, while putting your content on blast. Tailwind Tribes is a feature that comes with the program and is slowly proving to be more useful than Pinterest group boards. I’m completely obsessed and highly recommend that all bloggers add it to their growth strategy!

9. SCHEDULE + AUTOMATE YOUR POSTS

If you’re on WordPress, there’s an option after you hit publish for it to automatically post to your social media accounts, which saves a lot of time while pushing your content to multiple platforms. I also recommend Hootsuite to schedule your posts to social media. It’s free for up to 2 platforms (I use it for Twitter & Facebook) and it allows me to spend 10-15 minutes setting up posts to automatically post throughout the week.

A WordPress plugin I really like is Revive Old Post, which automatically posts older blog posts to my Twitter and Facebook. This is a great way to *revive old posts* that still carry weight and can get seen by newer audiences.

10. HAVE AN EMAIL LIST

I can’t stress the importance of maintaining an email list for your blog enough. It’s the perfect way to promote your blog posts and build a relationship with your followers. It’s also absolutely necessary to have if you ever plan to sell products or services.  The sooner you start one, the better. The best way to get people to sign up is by offering a freebie that serves nothing but value. When I came up with the perfect freebie, my email list exploded! I personally use ConvertKit and absolutely love it because it makes collecting email addresses and maintaining my list easy, smooth, and effective. Click here to sign up and get your first month free!

11. UP YOUR SEO GAME

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization which is a strategy to get organic traffic to your site by adding relevant keyword or keyword phrases to your blog posts. This is a great way for users to discover your blog via search engines like Google. You want to make sure to include keywords in your blog post title, the body text, images, and meta description.

When sharing to social platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, be sure to use relevant hashtags. Another important place for SEO is in your Pinterest description. Optimizing your searchability will allow for outside traffic to find your blog, without you having to do anything!

 

What are some other strategies that work for you to drive traffic to your blog? If you’re interested in learning how to grow your blog audience and not just your page views, please join my free 7-day ecourse by clicking here or the image below!

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  • This is a super helpful guide Sheila – thank you! I just joined Tailwind (I wasn’t a fan of Boardbooster) and I’m loving the tribe feature!

    • So glad it helped you, Jessica! I agree that BoardBooster is a little clunky. Let me know if you need any help with Tailwind, you will LOVE it! 🙂

    • BoardBooster is definitely a clunky program IMO! I think you’ll love Tailwind, let me know if you need any help with it!

  • Hi Sheila, very helpful tips! I absolutely agree with you regarding Tailwind Tribes. They’ve been a game changer for me. I find that the best ones for me were those with the highest repin to reshare ratio. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Isabelle, thanks for stopping by! Gosh, I love Tailwind Tribes! I’m excited to see how the feature evolves as the program develops it more. And that’s a good tip, will keep that in mind!

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  • I definitely agree with #2 and #10! Those are some of the ways that I generate traffic to my blog too. I learned many new tips and I definitely will utilize them. Great post as always. 🙂

    • Commenting is like the O.G. of getting noticed for bloggers, haha! Thanks for reading Jennifer, glad I could help you!

  • Super helpful! I just started using tribes and I’m hoping I start to see some traction from those soon.
    http://www.anortherngirl.com

    • Thanks for reading Desi! Tribes are amazing, I’m sure you will see an increase in traffic!

  • Great tips! I use Yoast for SEO, but I still don’t see the benefits hahaha. Pinterest will be always my number one for sure.

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

    • Haha, I love Yoast! Since I’m still new to using it, we’ll see how it pans out. Love Pinterest so much!!

  • Great tips, I’m totally bookmarking this post!

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

    • Awesome, Anika! Hope it can help you 🙂

  • Claire – StartACraftBlog

    This is a great post for new bloggers 🙂 I utilised all of these except for the blog commenting. I am soooo bad at commenting on other bloggers. I feel like I am so frickin busy that I don’t have time to read peoples posts thoroughly and leave genuine comments but your post has given me the kick up the butt that I needed so thank you! (you can delete this part of my comment if you want – I’m offering a giveaway of the Ultimate Work at Home Bundle on my blog if you want to enter. The link is in the top bar)

    • Hey Claire! I know that it can be hard to take some time to read blog posts and leave a comment from your heart, but I really think it’s important to carve 10-15 minutes of your day to connect with other bloggers! It will benefit you in the long run 🙂 Good luck!

  • deerheart lovejoy

    This is a great summary of the necessities!

    • Thanks for reading, Valerie! Hope if came across as simple and easy to read 🙂

  • I definitely need to up my pinterest game!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
    IG | @VIVIYUNN_

    ~

    • I should have done it sooner!! It’s crazy how much it drives traffic.

  • Maya La’shae Humphrey

    Love this so helpful i need help with my email list message me veiw my blog http://www.xosparklegirl.wordpress.com insta @simplysweetmaya love Maya

    • Glad I could help, Maya! I have a bunch of posts on starting and growing an email list 🙂

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  • yes yes yes to all this! SEO used to be pretty boring to me (I’m sure I’m not the only one), but I’m making an effort to think about it more.

    love this list, girl!

    • Thanks girl! SEO can be a bit too technical, but it’s definitely worth spending a little time on learning!

  • Taylor Greenwald

    This is a great list! I am definitely pinning this one to come back to and re-read when needed. Thanks!

    • Hey Taylor! Thanks for bookmarking and feel free to shoot me any questions 🙂

  • Some very helpful points here.. So many things that I am not doing yet. Hopefully Soon!

    • Hey Kay! It’s never too late to start 🙂 I would suggest starting out in a few areas, such as learning a little SEO and promoting on social media.

  • This post was very helpful! I’m just starting my blog and trying to find my edge. 🙂 I appreciate your tips!

    • Hey Angie! Welcome to the blogging world 🙂 If you ever need any more help just let me know!

  • Shane’

    I’m a new blogger and this is so helpful! Thank you for these great tips. I can’t wait to see more! 🙂

    • Thanks for reading Shane! You have a cute little blog so far, I’m excited to see where you take it!

  • Jessica Lynn Albee

    Great tips, I definitely need all the help I can get figureing out how to actually get people to find my posts!

    • Thank you Jessica! I think the biggest obstacle for new bloggers is getting your work out there! Luckily there are many ways to do that 🙂

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  • Bloglovin’ is the greatest thing ever, it’s so easy to follow other bloggers!! Can’t believe I wasn’t following you on there, but I am now!!
    xo, Syd
    anchoredinthesouth.com

    • It really is! Such an easy and organized way to read my favorite bloggers 🙂 And yay!!

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  • This is such a great post, Sheila! I really need to invest in Tailwind past the free trial because it will totally up my Pinterest game 🙂 I’m so glad to hear that it was super helpful for you!

    • Tailwind is def worth it! I recently upgraded to the annual plan 🙂

  • Laura Ward

    HEY! I have a bloglovin question, I signed up for an account, but how do you get “your blog” on there? (sorry does that make sense?!?) Like, my profile says “Laura Ward” blah Blah, but yours says “In Search of Sheila” by Sheila Joy. Thanks!

    • Hi Laura! Sorry for the late reply. Bloglovin does this thing where it has a separate profile for you AND your blog. So you can follow me at Sheila Joy and also my blog. Did you claim your blog in your settings?

  • Paris

    Love this! Pinterest is amazing! My views have double in two days by using Tailwind. As a new blogger, I was afraid to invest, but I also knew that I wanted to build my brand. I have to admit that blogging is hard, especially when you have to work full time. I hope to become just as successful as you one day. Keep up the great work Sheila!

    Also, my blog is found at diylifestylewithparis.com

    • Hi Paris! Thank you for such a wonderful comment and I am so glad to hear how well Tailwind is working for you. It’s definitely worth the investment if you plan to grow and monetize your blog! And yes blogging takes a lot of work, but it’s worth it if you truly love it and are persistent!!

  • Hi there,

    i’ve been following your blog and tips lets see how it goes 🙂

    https://claylovers.com

  • Lindsay

    I’m so glad I just found your blog! I’ve been having such trouble trying to find and grow my audience. I can’t wait to try out more of these tips and see how it does! Thank you so much.

  • Jaimie Zaki

    Thank you for this! I’m working hard to grow my brand new itty bitty baby blog and I’m so impatient. Hopefully some of these tricks will help!

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