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Blog Tips for Increasing Traffic

Updated on July 13, 2013

As your blog grows so should traffic.

Starting a blog is as easy as setting up an email account but getting traffic to your blog might not be as easy.

You often wonder how others are making money from their site, moving up the rankings or maintaining traffic; how did they get all those followers? Why aren’t the methods you’re using working?

You’ve put a lot of hard work into your blog but how are you ensuring that people are actually seeing it? Just because you clicked on ‘publish’ doesn’t mean you will automatically be in front of millions of households.

Promote your blog URL to the search engines

Google, Yahoo, and Bing. By submitting your blog link to these search engines they will 'crawl' your content and your blog will begin appearing in the searches. This is the best way to increase traffic to your blog over time.

Rest assured however, the hard work isn’t over once you’ve managed to get your blog to the top of the search engines. Staying there is a completely different monster to contend with. The only thing that will differentiate your blog from the thousands and thousands currently online is content.

It's all about content

Don’t be fooled into believing it’s all about the traffic. You will earn a bad name quickly if your content is not useful or informative. If you are like many other blogs, only including link upon link upon link, you will find your blog life will end before it really even got started.

So how to you maintain a position in the search engines? Well there are many other ways to increase traffic to your blog:

Post Daily

Don’t think for one moment that just because you post a few articles that you are done. You have to be consistent. Once you have written the post for your blog, promoting it is as simple as copying the link and putting it on Facebook, Pinterest and your other social networks such as LinkedIn, MySpace or Twitter.

Link to everything

Apart from your personal pages, consider setting up fan pages or accounts strictly geared to promoting your blog. Then link, link and link some more. Set up a Twitter account if for no other reason than to promote a link to your newest posts by including your blog link to increase visibility.

From your website, link to your blog and all social networks you are a member of.

Tidbit: Try not to mingle your personal life with that of your professional image. You don’t want readers confusing your musings on your “wall” with that of the content driven articles from your blog.

Expand out from the blog

For those blogs that offer a product or service then consider promoting on along with a link to your blog. Outside of your own blog site, allows you to sell your product or service on their site for $5. After fees you are bringing in $4 per transaction.

Listing your blog link on other site increases visibility because you are being listed on sites that are responsible for their own SEO marketing and already have their names established.

Just remember that for maximum exposure, Include your blog link on all of your social media platforms while at the same time linking to those accounts via your website. The point is to redirect the reader back to your own product, service or article by using your links and written content.


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    • sydneyspence profile image

      Sydney Spence 5 years ago from Austin Texas

      @hawaiianodysseus I have a couple of blogs other than Hubpages which is the main one I use for personal posts, which are just as successful as blogs pertaining specifically to business.

      I've tracked what works and doesn't work and using some of the techniques I've listed here I've been able to actually increase my traffic, even by a little.

      This post is geared more to businesses that haven't yet realized the power of social networking for their company.

      And yes .... People LOVE personal anecdotes and comical stories and personal quotes, etc. Personal videos seem to fare well on YouTube as well which can also be linked to any blog!! Hope this helps!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Very good advice, Sydney. Do you yourself have a blog? If so, have you had good success in driving traffic to it?

      Final question...isn't it possible for a blog with personal posts to fare well, traffic-wise? I mean, aren't personal anecdotes a form of content as well?

      Thank you in advance for answering these questions for me.