Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog and Keep It There

It happens to the best of us eventually. At some point, each and every blogger faces the same issue. It’s the bane of our existence and the great quandary causing us to scratch our heads.

The blog traffic jam. That sudden halt of visitors to your site that has you wondering, “What did I do wrong?” It may happen at the beginning, middle, or end of a blog, but it’s inevitable. At some point, we all go through this.

If you’re just getting started or have been blogging for a while, you’ve faced this nemesis. And you’ve asked yourself,
How do I get out of this? How do I get more traffic to my site?
To help answer that question, I came up with a simple list. But before that, let’s talk about motives…

Check your motives at the door

So, you have a blog, but want more traffic? First, check your motives: Is it help people, be a resource, and make a difference? Or to make you famous?
If the latter, quit blogging now. If you’re blogging for self-serving reasons, then that may be the real inhibitor to your blog’s growth. Because here’s the truth:
People want you to talk about them, not you.
It’s okay to write about personal experiences and share what you’ve learned from a first-hand perspective, but be careful of making yourself into some kind of blog rock star. Instead, aim to be a resource and help to others.
The irony is that if you do that, you’ll end up becoming a star.

23 tips for getting more traffic to your site

Here are some ideas for how to get more traffic to your blog (click the links for more helpful resources).
  1. Leave thoughtful comments on other people’s blogs.
  2. Write shorter posts.
  3. Blog consistently.
  4. Write less.
  5. Be a resource.
  6. Use trackbacks.
  7. Organize your posts with lists and subheads.
  8. Get on Twitter. Tweet links to your posts and other useful content.
  9. Link out to other sites (but only ones that will help people).
  10. Share your content on Facebook (and ask your friends to share it, too).
  11. Write stuff people will want to link to.
  12. Ask questions.
  13. Be funny.
  14. Be clever.
  15. Be remarkable.
  16. Request a link from someone else to a blog post.
  17. Do some public speaking.
  18. Write attractive headlines.
  19. Optimize your site for search engines.
  20. Deliver killer content.
  21. Guest post on someone else’s blog.
  22. Write in the second person (“you” not “me”).
  23. Tell Stories.
Any serious blogger will eventually hit a plateau and need some help extending her platform beyond its initial reach.
This happens to all of us. And there’s nothing wrong with asking the question: “How can I get more traffic?” (Just make sure that your motive is to help and not merely to make you famous.)
We all get stuck some times. This is where using a “jump starter” like this list may come in handy. (Thanks to Seth Godin for inspiring this post with his own list of tips for how to get traffic for your blog.)


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Jason Butler said...

I'm sorry man, but number two is wrong. Shorter posts will not get traffic to your blog. I've been blogging for 4 years. My traffic went up when I started writing longer posts.

Chelf said...

this was a great read. Very inspiring! It's true, people are there to read something about them, not the blogger,and even though personal stories can be relatable, you always need to focus on your readers to get their attention!

Anamika Debnath said...

You wrote a very good article, but I observed that shorter posts were not works for me.

Dada said...

Really useful tips! People will hate me for this but yes I have seen a lot of fashion/lifestyle bloggers that seems to be into fame than really give somekind of intressting informations...and I am still wonder how some of them even get that much readers.

Christel Arcucci said...

Great resource list. Thank you!

OneLove OurLove said...

This is great post. It is alway nice to learn more about how to get more traffic. I like your tips.

Cynthia Nicoletti said...

Great tips thanks for sharing. I would have thought the opposite write more. Now that I am thinking about people do get bored with a long post. Thanks again !!

Jasmine Duff said...

I really enjoyed this post. The most valuable lessons were to talk about my audience and not myself as well as tip #22. I'll be implementing some of these very soon!

Khushboo Motihar said...

Ihave been struggling to get decent traffic to my blog and this is an article that I found to be very useful. Would love to implement these :)

Ankana Silva said...

Writing less might not always get you the needed traffic. The small articles we wrote got us less traffic than the usual posts.

Nzekwe Godswill said...

Great work! Looking forward to get more such amazing posts.
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Chimmiii's Happy World said...

This is a good list but it varies from person to person and the audience too that what they actually want to read. Thanks for sharing!

Shannon - Fit SlowCooker Queen said...

All great tips bloggers and website owners need to read! I particularly like how you say to write LESS.

Taylor Mead said...

These are some great tips! I especially find the tips on writing shorter posts and more frequently interesting because I find my posts to be really long and always wonder if people even read them or just scan them. Thanks for giving me stuff to think about! :)

-Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle (

Blair Villanueva said...

Love your tips for gaining traffic which i did as well. Especially telling stories, like am just talking to my readers personally.

kristin @ tlsf said...

These are interesting tips. I definitely agree you need to mix things up after a while!

SoulSistah09 said...

This is highly useful info. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading your article.


Grace Adepoju said...

Shorter posts works for me. I learnt that I should make the post about my audience. Really informative post

Eazy Nazy said...

Am New to this blogging world and i found these really helpful. Thanks for sharing

Oscar said...

Yup this is all about helping others. You can put your own spin on it to help engage your readers. But ultimately it's about helping them.

Thanks for the post.

Richard Letourneau said...

Very helpful tips, I need to blog more often but don't always have the time or great things to share. But, in the coming weeks i will have plenty to say.

silenceinterrupted said...

Great advice. thank you for sharing. I will have to keep this in mind!

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