Sunday, 8 April 2018

How I Tripled My Blog Traffic

Before I begin writing, numbers aren't everything. Many people think large number of followers = great content. But this isn't always the case. So please, blog because you enjoy doing it, not to reap in as many followers as possible.


However, sometimes it is nice to know that content you have spent a lot of time on is being read. Before I discovered these methods, I had no idea how to increase the amount of people following my blog, and assumed it would just, well... happen. I couldn't have been more wrong. Now I am using these, my traffic - as said in the title - has increased hugely! 

CREATE A TWITTER ACCOUNT 

There is such an amazing community on Twitter, which I was totally unaware of, until just a few months ago. Since creating an account, I have met so many like-minded bloggers, and it such a great platform for both promotion and... 

INTERACTION

In order to build a following and encourage people to visit your blog, you really need to interact with the rest of the community. A simple like, share or comment will show that you have recognised/appreciated somebody's content, which is always reassuring, and will often be returned. Take part in blogger chats (often daily on twitter), tell someone if you love their Instagram feed and leave comments on posts you have enjoyed! Speaking of... 

COMMENTING ON POSTS? LINK YOUR BLOG!

I don't know about you, but when I'm browsing through comments, I am likely to click on links people have left, as their blog content is usually similar to that I have read. Therefore, to encourage people to do this further, I set my link out neatly, with this code:

Lauren | <a href="http://www.sincerelylaurenemily.co.uk/ ">Sincerely, Lauren Emily</a>

Which ends up looking like this:


Doesn't this look so much better? One simple click and they're on your blog. This is an effective way of interacting with bloggers, and also encouraging their readers to visit your blog, once they've finished reading the one you've commented on.

You can replicate by following this: Name | <a href="blog link">blog name</a>

DON'T JUST FOCUS ON THE WRITING

Most bloggers start because they love to write. I did. I'm not saying to prioritise anything above, but to encourage people to read your content, you need to make it as aesthetically pleasing to promote as possible. Including a well-lit, sharp and relevant photo in your posts is sure to encourage people to click the content you've shared. 

INVEST IN A USER-FRIENDLY TEMPLATE 

It took me a long time to actually purchase a template. This was because I thought it would make little difference, and my blog could look good enough without this added expense. Nevertheless, I decided to take the plunge a little while ago and haven't looked back.

You usually find that bought templates are more user friendly, and you end up making the money you have spent back, as brands and affiliates are more likely to want to feature on a more professional looking blog!

I hope these tips help you; happy blogging!
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17 comments

  1. Great post dear, definitely some helpeful tips to grow traffic, thanks for sharing!

    Tx. // MusicGeekOnline

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed!

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  2. Twitter is honestly one of the best places to get traffic from. Pinterest as well, although it's a little hard to get things started, but once a post hits off on pinterest, it keeps generating views.
    Thanks for sharing these tips!
    Kanra Khan

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    1. I agree! I tried with pinterest and just couldn't seem to get anywhere - perhaps I should try again, after your recommendation! No problem, glad you enjoyed!

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  3. I totally agree about interacting more, I notice such a difference when I comment on other blogs/follow and like people's photos on Insta!

    Faye x
    i wish i could wink

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    1. Absolutely agree, I find that it's also enjoyable as well as promoting your blog. I've met so many lovely people in the blogging sphere! X

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  4. I'm not finding Twitter all that helpful at the moment but it may be because I've had to start a new account and traction takes a while. Useful tips thank you.

    http://www.muttonstyle.com

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    1. I'm sorry about that, Anna! Perhaps try joining in with more blogger chats, and also make use of blog promotion accounts? Hope you find some luck with the platform soon!

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  5. I could do them all except twitter and maybe not the 'don't just focus on the writing', I think bloggers should write as they like and not try to please others, at least, if you don't care about traffic.

    definitely a nice blog template and organize your sidebar items well because if there's one thing I dislike is a cluttered sidebar.

    have a lovely day.

    my blog: tea rain dreams

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  6. I am a blogger too Lauren Emily <3, on Medium my name is Nadine French.
    I haven't commented in a while, how are you?

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  7. Loved this! I love your blog by the way. :)

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

    ^ ^ I'm already using your tips haha.

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  8. Getting interaction can be so time consuming. Great post

    www.dailygoldrose.com

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  9. Thank you so much for that code! Will be so useful later on :)

    Florence

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