How to get more blog traffic to your blog
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Introduction to what i’m doing to increase my blog traffic
Getting blog traffic is a real struggle for new bloggers. It seems like you try everything and nothing seems to be working. You are out of patience and don’t know what to do anymore.
I am at that stage right now. So I thought I would write a post about what I plan to do to get traffic to my blog.
I don’t plan on doing too much. I don’t want to be overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. Just a few tactics to try and increase my blog traffic.
Let’s get started on what I’m doing to increase my blog traffic.
1.1 Learn proper SEO
Search engine optimization is one of the first words you hear when deciding to start a blog. And for good reason. It helps make your blog more searchable. More SEO-friendly. It basically helps your content to be found easily.
SEO can be as complicated or as easy as you want it to be. Learning how to optimize your website properly should be a top priority for our blog’s success. There are plenty of tools and plugins to help us with optimization. Tons of free advice, blog posts, and tutorials that we can use to help us rank in search engines.
1.2 Keyword Research
When I started blogging, I didn’t do any keyword research. Of course, I knew what it was but didn’t realize the importance of it. I created content around what I thought people wanted to read. Still do. But I’m trying new things now. And it would be in my reader’s best interest to at least do the minimum keyword research. That way I don’t create content that will never be read.
Doing keyword research takes a bit of time, yes. But in the end, you save more time knowing your article will rank in search engines. So, implementing keyword research helps you discover keywords and sentences that users are searching for. Which in turn will increase my blog traffic.
2. Create high-quality content
Trying to write longer, more in-depth posts. Ideally 1600 – 2000 words. We should at all times try to write high-quality posts. But there are those posts called pillar posts that should be comprehensive, your cornerstone articles. These are your most important posts.
Articles that cover all the details that are extremely helpful to your users. Creating as many comprehensive articles as you can drive massive traffic to your blog. Think how-to guides, listicles, tutorials, or comparison posts. Articles that you can go in-depth with. These pillar posts are evergreen and will always be useful to readers.
3. Master Pinterest
Pinterest is a beginner blogger’s best friend. Although it’s not as useful as it was a few years ago. We can still get a lot of traffic from it.
Pinterest can do wonders for our traffic if we master that beast. Many bloggers have had great success using this search engine/social media platform to drive traffic to their blogs in 2021. We just need to be more patient, create good pins and optimize for SEO.
Most importantly is staying consistent and being an active pinner. Pin fresh pins every day. Pinterest favors fresh pins more than repinning your own content repeatedly. I pin 3-5 brand new images every day.
As well as repinning other users’ content to keep engagement on my Pinterest account. And provide my audience with the best content. The trick with Pinterest is to keep going and not give up. Even when you don’t see results as fast and as soon as you want to.
4. Making my blog more user-friendly
Optimizing my blog and making it more user-friendly will increase my blog traffic. Choose a simple, clean, and functional theme that will give a good first impression. Striving for simplicity is best.
Easy to navigate and find. People don’t want to search forever for what they want. They will give up, leave and never come back.
Use shorter sentences, readable font size, and large paragraphs. Making it easier to read or skim. To make it more visually appealing use images, videos, infographics, gifs, and screenshots to attract people to your post.
Write better titles that get attention to your blog to get more clicks and capture the user’s attention. Search engines consider the speed of your website and how fast a page loads as an important ranking factor. In order for a site to load fast, we have to optimize our workplace performance. That includes optimizing images and using caching.
Nobody likes waiting for a website to load. Slow websites send people away from your blog. I still have a long way to go in improving the speed of my site, but it’s a work in progress.
5. Use Google Search Console
What is Google Search Console? Basically, it’s the backend of your search performance on Google. It helps you to understand what are the keywords that are ranking on your blog. What are your top-ranking pages? And over time it tells you what people want from your blog. And what content is not working. Making sure that you edit your blog post with the keywords that the search console is suggesting. Which in turn helps to grow your blog traffic.
Conclusion to what I’m doing to increase my blog traffic
There are a lot of tips I’m trying. Some very simple and some more complicated. The above is what I’m trying to focus on at the moment.
There is also the email list that I never really got started on, that I want to get going with again. But I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.
Taking it one tip at a time and seeing how it goes and what to work on next. I know Rome wasn’t built in a day and I have my work cut out for me. But I’m willing to put in the work to increase my blog traffic in 2021.
Please tell me what steps are you taking to increase your blog traffic?