Traffic is the lifeblood of a blog. Without it, you’re basically just keeping an online journal for your eyes only. To get your message out to people who can benefit from it, you need visitors and readers – aka traffic. There are so many different ways to get traffic and I recommend trying new methods every so often. Check out the ideas below and start implementing the ones you’re not using.
I’ve written about this topic several times over the last few weeks. Here are the links in case you missed any of them.
Previous posts in this series:
Why you’re not getting blog traffic and three ways to get some.
Six ways to get more blog traffic by thinking outside the box.
7 bloggers share their best tips for getting blog traffic.
1. Round-up posts.
Round-up posts have the potential to bring a lot of traffic to your blog – and the best part is it’s usually targeted traffic. Round-up posts consist of curated content from other bloggers, like this one – 45+ Creepy Halloween Treats. These type of posts usually get a lot of social shares and they can open doors to further networking with bloggers in your niche, which is always a nice bonus. Think up a topic, look for links from reputable bloggers, publish your post and let them bloggers know you included their post in your roundup.
On the flip side of that – when a blogger adds your link to their round up you can also get a nice burst of traffic, especially if they promote the round-up post with their followers.
2. Link parties aka Link-ups
Use apps like Mister Linky to allow bloggers to add their link to your post and have a link party! Done right, these types of posts can generate a lot of interest. Some link parties happen on a reoccurring basis, but you don’t have to do that unless you want to. Think of a topic that is general enough to attract a lot of links but niched enough to make it worthwhile for your readers to pursue. Let’s use a food blog as an example. Instead of doing a link party for any type of food post, do one for cupcakes. Start with one of your recipes and then invite other bloggers to add the link to their cupcake recipe. Over time, you’ll have a nice resource for people to find cupcake recipes and it has the potential to bring you traffic for months and years to come.
Adding your blog post to link parties is a fun way to share your link, meet new bloggers and hopefully gain new readers. The best way to find them is through networking with other bloggers or doing a search. If you don’t see any – start one! Like round-ups, you’ll get traffic by either joining one or starting one.
3. Pay attention to your analytics
Check your analytics to see where traffic is coming from, so you can put more focus there, and what posts are getting attention, so you can optimize them. If you notice a lot of traffic coming from Twitter, add more quality tweets and connect with your audience there. When you see a certain post generating traffic, check it for spelling or grammar errors, add some internal links and a quality external link. Add that post to link parties and roundup posts to extend it even further.
4. Guest posting
I know, I know — you barely have time to write for your own blog, where are you going to find time to write for someone else’s blog? The fact is guest posts are written for a totally different reason that your own blog posts. You write them to gain new followers and promote your blog. Look for blogs that have similar niches and ask if you can guest post with a link to your blog. Guest posting even a few times a year can have a tremendous impact on your traffic. Want to guest post here or at Seasonal Family Fun? Let me know!
Do you have any other ideas for getting traffic to your blog? We’d love to learn from you so leave a comment below.