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5 Tips to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

Posted by on February 20, 2012

We all want more traffic. We’re all little traffic-greedy creatures counting on every single hit like a miser counts his pennies. There are countless tips on how to increase traffic. Yet what works for one person won’t work for you and vice versa. I’ve compiled a list that might help (though the results are unpredictable) get you those much needed views.

1. Use social networks. Since I started my blog in September of 2010, I’ve been tweeting every single post I’ve posted. You’re running a blog, a media outlet to get yourself heard. Don’t be static. And don’t ONLY post links to your blog. Make yourself accessible. Make yourself a dynamic character on the intrawebs that people can get to know. I personally love Twitter more than any other outlet. And as I’ve learned from my stats, a majority of my visitors come from there as well. So use Facebook, use Twitter, use Tumblr. They’re all free. So why not?

2. Connect. This is something that consumes time. A lot more time than some of us have, but it’s worth it in the long run. Visit other blogs, comment on posts that you actually read (its surprising how many people comment on posts without actually reading them – and believe me, we notice). Link back to your blog at the end. You don’t necessarily have to say “Visit my blog”. The best way to put it would be your name and your blog’s name, linking your text back to your blog. You’ll be surprised how many people actually come back.

3. Reread your posts before posting them. This may sound like a no-brainer, but its surprising how many of us forget to use a no-brainer. We’re human, we make mistakes. But we can reduce the number of them by spending some time. Check your spelling. One of the most common errors I come across: than instead of then. It’s a small mistake, but that small typo can go a long way in judging your professionalism. And the number of people who’ll revisit you tomorrow.

4. Participate in memes. When I started blogging, I had no idea what memes were. According to the dictionary, a meme is an image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another. In the book blogging world, memes are hosted by a single blogger. Other bloggers participate by following the easily-laid-out rules and posting the meme on their blog. You link your post on the host-blogger’s blog afterwards. Memes make it easy to connect with a bunch of bloggers. Its an easy and fun way to find new blogs, make some friends, and learn a little bit more about the blogging community along the way. Did I mention it helps boost your traffic too? Yeah.

5. Tag it up. When writing up a post, it takes only a second or two longer to add a tag (or label) to it. If you’re writing a review, tag it as such. If you’re posting an interview, giveaway, or whatever, label it to match. Not only does it make it easier for your visitors to search for related posts, but search engines pick up labels quicker. They’re more visible to search crawlers than your post content.

There are a lot more tips to help boost traffic to your blog. A lot. For now, try these, and see if they help. At least one of them will.

Do you have any tips to share? Leave them in the comments!
And if you’ve got a post idea you would to see discussed, feel free to say so!


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22 comments

  1. Wow I never saw that label thing. When adding labels do you add commas between each label or just a space? Could you give some other examples of label/tags you will use especially for review books?
    Thanks

  2. Tags are fantastic. I love those and know a few sites that do weekly things and I wish they would tag them so I could go read all the old posts easier instead of searching for them.
    I also have to agree with reading your post before posting. It's also a good thing to read your post AFTER posting it as well. Make sure everything is where it should be. I know that when I post pictures, sometimes they like to shift around after I post them.

  3. I definitely agree with you about memes. Personally.. I read and comment on memes more than anything.. I use memes like Waiting on Wednesday, Top Ten Tuesday, and IMM to build my wishlists. That's my main reason for blogging.. find more books.. read more books.. LOVE more books! :)

  4. Great tips. I have been blogging for about 6 months now, I love interacting with other bloggers and authors on twitter and their blogs. It is time consuming, but well worth it. And if I truly love a blog I want to go check it out each day.

    Amy @ Book Loving Mom

  5. I get about 30% of my from Twitter, do that's definitely one trick that works!:) And leaving thoughtful comments is probably the best way to gain visitors that will keep coming back, instead of just one-time clicks:)

  6. Thanks (as always) for the great post!! I agree on all fronts entirely! But I wanted to add something – If I'm reading comments and I see someones “signature” (like: -Jac @ For Love and Books ) most of the time? I click it and check out their blog. It's helped me find some great blogs, and it's such a simple thing to add, but it seems so professional! (And much easier than going to their google profile and then their blog.)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  7. These are great tips! Some of these things I'd been doing without thinking about it, but now I'll do them more consciously! I've only been blogging for about 1 month and doing things similar to your tips have gotten me almost 1,000 views already. So yeah I'd advise everyone to try these tips out :) Thanks for sharing

  8. Wow, super helpful! I just started a blog, and right now, my Followers section pathetically screams “Be the first!” XD Thank you!! I don't have a Twitter account, but I'll do my best to advertise my blog because I really believe people will enjoy reading it ^_^

  9. Hm… I've been hesitant about participating in memes consistantly since I didn't want to end up being a lazy blogger who only does meme, but I guess I could restrict myself to just a couple a week vs. one meme a day. And I agree with the social media usage. My visitors/pageviews have gone up since I made my Twitter account. Not sure if I'll move on to include Facebook, but I'll definitely keep that option in mind.

    Thanks!

  10. Aww, this is such a helpful post, Hafsah!! :) I love love LOVE connecting with my followers by always commenting back on their posts when they take the time to visit mine, and I make sure to write comments that are relevant to what's actually in the post so they actually know I read it (because it's always nice to know that people are actually reading what you write)! The only thing I don't really have is Twitter — my family isn't really social-network savvy LOL! x)

    Thanks so much for the awesome post, Hafsah! These are amazing tips for people to use, whether we're new bloggers or old! :) <3

  11. Very helpful post!

    I'm a bit intimidated by Twitter. I have it and link to my posts, but I never know what to say inbetween posts! I try to reply to other's questions though. That seems to help getting to know other bloggers and finding new blogs to follow. :)

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

  12. I’m glad to hear that I am doing a lot of it right so far! A lot of what I have learned so far is just from observing what others do on their blogs and seeing what works well, but it’s great to actually see tips all laid out! Thanks for the great tips, Hafsah! You are one of my biggest blogging inspirations :)

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  13. Great post–such good info. It can get frustrating to put so much effort into your blog and have minimal visits/comments in return (like you said, we're all traffic-greedy creatures!). Personally, the most effective thing for me is commenting on others' blogs. Sometimes the favor's returned and you make a new friend. Sometimes not. Sometimes never–which can be frustrating, too. You just have to keep at it and build your web, like a happy spider (think Charlotte versus a black widow…).

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