53 Tips and Tricks to Grow Your Blog Traffic

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

Today I would like to to take a break from the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series and share with you my favorite tips and tricks I use daily to grow my blog traffic. This started off as 53 sentences but has since evolved as I continued writing and added links. These tips are not limited or specific to a particular niche so they can be used by anyone. I hope you find this useful!

1. Publish Blog Posts on a Consistent ScheduleGetting on a consistent schedule can be helpful both for your readers and for you as a blogger. Your readers will expect and look forward to your posts on particular days. You on the other hand will start to develop consistency and a rhythm for your blog. Do you have an editorial calendar?

2. Create beautiful pictures. You can create great pictures through… Or you can also get stock photos for free.

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3. Post Pictures Regularly on Instagram. This Facebook owned company has 400 million active users. Did you know 75% of Instagram users live outside the U.S.A.?

4. Pin Regularly on Pinterest. There are an estimated 50 billion pins and 1 billion boards on Pinterest. I’d say 70 million members is nothing to shy away from. 

5. Join a Collaborative Board on Pinterest. You can join these boards here: Bloggers CommunityBlogger Engagement/Promotion Group, and Christian Bloggers Reciprocation Group

6. Post Multiple Times a Day on Facebook Page. Don’t have a Facebook page for your blog? Set one up today. Post multiple times a day. Share inspirational quotes from other blogs or Facebook pages. Share blog posts from other blogs in your niche.

7. Join blog engagement and promotion groups on Facebook. Cross promotion can really boost your social media shares and increase your daily blog views. Check out Bloggers’ CommunityBlog Engagement & Promotion GroupSocial Media Network GroupBlogging to Success, and Christian Bloggers Reciprocation Group

8. Tweet Regularly on Twitter. There are over 300 million active users. Tweet multiple times a day. One idea is to tweet one of your old blog posts, one of your new blog posts, a picture for inspiration, and a couple links to other blogs in your niche. Find what works for your niche and your followers. Make sure to tweet between 1pm and 3pm on weekdays. If this is not the most popular time for your account followers, use your Twitter analytics to determine when your niche is most likely to engage on Twitter.

9. Post Regularly on LinkedIn. This will drive traffic to your blog and attract more “professional” readers.

10. Host a blog giveaway. Blog giveaways are great ways to get readers to engage your site. This could be through leaving a comment, pinning a picture, tweeting a tweet, sharing your post on other social media, or subscribing to your blog newsletter. To see an example I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card this month using Rafflecopter.

11. Host a link party, blog hop, or booster party. This will build engagement with other bloggers in your niche. If you don’t want to host you can also participate in bloggers. I will compile a list of blog parties I participate in regularly. For now, I’d check out 60 the new 40My Snippets of InspirationEat, Drink, and Save MoneyCozy Reading Spot, and DIY Just Cuz.

12. Get feedback from readers and other bloggers. Watch a first time reader on your blog. A great way to get feedback from bloggers is through Facebook groups like the Blog Review Group.

13. Use eye-catching blog post titles. You can check out how to create eye-catching blog post titles from CopybloggerWordStream, and Problogger.

14. Write an eBook. I plan to do write one this year. Have you written an eBook or PDF? Did you sell it or give it away? My favorite articles so far include mistakes to avoid here with BlogBoostTraffic, how to write your first ebook via WikiHow, and the ultimate guide to publish your ebook on Kindle with Amazon by Copyblogger.

15. Write useful, long posts. My goal is to write posts with at least 1000 words with useful content. I try to keep them under 2000 words as well. Check out Niche Hacks post about lessons learned from writing 1000+ blog posts. Check out too this article from Problogger on writing long content verses series blog posts. Don’t forget too to ensure you have a good mix check out this article from Quick Sprout. Longer content gets shared more and typically has more click backs.

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16. Write amazing content! Make your content useful and engaging to your readers. Solve their problems. Be the expert. Inspire them to be more. Share from your heart. Be raw and vulnerable. Be bold and assertive. Whatever works for your blog and niche.

17. Promote your blog. If you write amazing content but nobody reads it then perhaps there is a disconnect somewhere. Remember you can write great content but if you don’t promote the blog people have a hard time finding your great content. Use social media to promote your blog. Don’t forget to use other social media such as  Google+ or BlogLovin’.

18. Include your blog URL in your email signature. Seems simple but this will certainly be beneficial in communication with any of your readers or potential business partners.

19. Make sure you have social sharing icons on all posts. Sharing is caring as the saying goes!

20. Link your social media accounts on your blog. This will allow others to quickly and easily follow you on social media.

21. Link back to your best, archived content. You could even try a sneeze page or a link post. Guess what? This blog post is a good example of a link post.

22. Use scheduling software like Buffer or Coschedule. You can watch a short video how to use Buffer here.

23. Pin your blog posts regularly. Make sure your images are pinnable! Make sure your images are high quality and not blurry. Include a description, hashtags, and a permalink.

24. Reach out and build relationships with other bloggers. Follow other bloggers on social media. Offer to cross promote content with bloggers in your niche.

25. Share your old posts through social media. Share your best, archived blog content every few days on Facebook. Tweet 3-10 times on Twitter. Share at least one Instagram picture every day or two.

26. Make commenting easy for your readers. If you require a login through Discuss for example readers will be less likely to engage. Don’t require them to jump through hoops. Consider too allowing for open source commenting where the reader simply inserts his or her name and email address.

27. Always try to reply to comments. This could be on your blog for sure but don’t forget to respond to social media interactions as well. Other readers will see that you respond and will be more likely to engage as well.

28. Use spam prevention plugins carefully. There’s nothing more annoying to me than when I have to attempt 3-4 times to comment on a really great blog post due to CAPTCHA’s or other plugins. Use a simple plugin like Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin for people to confirm they’re not a spammer for example. Well on second thought maybe popups are slightly more annoying.

29. Use pop-ups carefully. Whether it’s a call to action like subscribing to your blog, subscribing to your newsletter, liking your Facebook page, following your on Twitter, etc. just make sure they doesn’t annoy your readers. On one blog I have commented on there’s a Facebook like popup as soon as you land on the site. Once you click away from it 30 seconds later the popup shows up again. Or worse, there are some sites that have multiple popups. While this may capture some readers it’s definitely going to turn others off.

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30. Comment on other blogs. Get off your blog and post some useful comments on other blogs. This will help you connect with other bloggers in your niche, potentially link back to your blog, and further your reputation. Make sure you leave useful and relevant comments on other blogs or this could backfire. Check out this post on how to comment on blogs.

31. Always use photos in your posts. Kind of common sense but an amazing picture attracts more readers. Take your own pictures.

32. Share other blogger’s posts to social media. This shows your niche you are well-rounded and read more than just your own blog.

33. List your top articles on your sidebar or at the end of your blog posts. This is yet another way to link your best content and perhaps get your readers to stay on your site a bit longer.

34. Use Calls to Action. Use calls to action on your blog and social media accounts. Remember, knowledge only goes so far. Action is the key to lasting change. If you are trying to lead your readers on a path or goal, a call to action can be a very powerful tool.

35. Use Keywords! Check out these suggestions on using key words here. Check out this article how here from WordStream and also this one from Problogger.

36. Make sure your site is mobile and tablet friendly. More and more readers now use their mobile phones more often than their personal computers. It’s very important to have a responsive and mobile friendly plugin so your readers can easily view your content.

37. Build an email list. My favorite plugin is Mailchimp. You can view how to install and use Mailchimp on this video.

38. Guest post! Guest posting is a great way to get your name and blog brand out there. Read 3 ways guest posting can help grow your online audience here.

39. Remember the importance of SEO. SEO or search engine optimization is something that takes time to learn and study. You can start learning about it here with WordStream or read this free SEO starter guide in PDF format here.

40. Use hashtags. Use hashtags that are trendy in your niche. Create a unique hashtag for your blog. Interested in learning more about hashtags? Check out this article by Social Media Today and this article by Take Flyte. 

41. Update your “About Us” page once every 3-4 months. If you don’t have one create one. Read this article by Miachel Hyatt too about 10 ways to create a better about page.

42. Create a “Contact Us” page. Make it easy for both readers and potential advertisers to contact you. Check out this Contact Form 7 tutorial on Youtube.

43. Include a search feature on your blog. This will help others find useful and relevant content on your site. It could also be a great potential source for ideas for new blog posts. It can also help other bloggers find useful content they would like to link to. If your site is newer and you have less than say 100 posts perhaps you should not use a search feature with your blog. You definitely don’t want to have first time readers get a “Sorry, no search results found” the first time they visit your blog and use the search feature.

44. Ask questions of your readers or followers on social media. Learn how to ask questions on social media here. For example, check out this article from ClickZ on 10 questions to ask your social media audience.

45. Ask questions of your readers or followers on your blog. Learn how to ask questions on your blog here. 

46. Conduct a poll or a survey to gage your target market. Learn how to conduct polls or surveys here. 

47. Link your blog on forum signatures. Make sure the forum allows this of course. This is an easy way for others to find your blog. This implies you are commenting on forums in your niche.

48. Link your blog. Don’t forget to link your blog on your Blog Facebook page, Personal Facebook Profile, Twitter Account, Pinterest Account, Instagram Account, Google+ account, and LinkedIn profile.

49. Monetize your blog. Try to do this in a way that doesn’t annoy or scare off your readers. Adsense is a good start. You could also try affiliate links. Or sell your own products. Regardless, having products people want can certainly drive people to your blog.

50. Brainstorm. Spend at least a couple hours every month brainstorming ideas for your blog. Here are some tips on brainstorming blog ideas.

51. Focus on your brand. Make sure all your profile pictures on social match. Create or have someone desigh a logo that expresses the essence of your blog. Define your blog’s brand. Check out advice from top bloggers here.

52. Keep learning! Don’t be satisfied. Learn and improve your blog a little each day. Consider too taking the 31 days to build a better blog challenge!

53. Remember to have fun! Blogging is a ton of work but it is fun too. Remember those moments when you get those comments on your blog or social media. Remember the private conversations you are having on email or private messages. You are making a difference. You are changing lives. You can do it! Keep moving forward.

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What has worked for you? What are your best tips or tricks for growing engagement to drive traffic on your blog? 

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

105 Comments

    • AnnMarie, consistency is really a great thing both for you as a blogger and your readers. Yes, I’ve found Facebook to be the most important social media too. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

  1. What a comprehensive list! These are great! Some I was familiar with, some I knew but have been slow to use, and others are brand new and will force me to learn something new! Thanks!!
    Pam recently posted…Come CloserMy Profile

  2. Social media does play a great part on your blog traffic, really. It’s definitely an essential these days. These are so accurate and helpful as well.

  3. Once again, another useful and well done post. I totally agree about putting your blog information in your email signature. I must get to that as I have been telling myself to get this done for far too long. Also need to get going with my Instagram account…..thanks
    Mardene Carr recently posted…Working GirlMy Profile

    • Mardene, Instagram can be very helpful in building your brand. I need to focus more on that particular social media account this year. Also having your blog info on your email signature is an easy way to get your blog link out there and direct people who contact you back to your blog. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Wow this is a LOT of info! There are many here that I already do, and I got a few new ideas as well, so thank you very much for that. I also pinned to my Writing and Blogging board so I can come back later to refresh my memory.

    Thanks for the links to the blogging groups as well, I requested to join a couple.
    Miranda recently posted…How to Have a Perfectly UN-Organized HomeMy Profile

    • Miranda, thanks for pinning this post glad you found it useful! Yes, being involved with good blog engagement groups can really boost your traffic. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  5. I love these tips! Thank you so much. There are many of these tips I haven’t tried yet that I will be definitely working on and trying. I love the blogging Pinterest groups! I haven’t seen anything like that before.

  6. Another well researched post! This list of to do’s is very detailed. I have done most of these but I must say that I am more focussed on having fun, doing what I love to do which is sharing the experiences along the way. I do use pop-ups and try to discriminatingly as I do hate a flat looking page. I find them boring and that is the last thing that I want my blog to be. Had some feedback about them and have adjusted somewhat but I will not completely remove them. Thanks Jonathan for a great post.
    Claudette recently posted…Satisfied Vs Settling: Same Or Different?My Profile

    • Claudette, thanks for the encouragement! Yes if done well pop-ups can definitely help grow your blog. Absolutely important to remember to have fun! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    • Brittany Pinterest is my second top referrer so I can relate. Commenting on blogs really helps you engage other bloggers and their audiences. I resisted using LinkedIn for some time… And Twitter too but they’re great mediums for connecting and engaging people! Thanks for commenting and reading!

  7. Fabulous list Jonathan! I don’t think people realise when they start blogging (I started almost a year ago) that there really is so much involved with having a great blog. I do have some of your tips implemented but there are certainly others I have to work on like Group Pinterest boards which I forget to pin to and Instagram. Saw your post through From The Archives Friday

    • Sue it’s so true that there’s a lot involved in blogging. Instagram is something I hope to focus on more this year. Pinterest boards are great! Love The Archives thanks for checking out the post!

  8. Hi Jonathan,
    Thanks for sharing these tips, going to bookmark it for future, there is alot of things to do.
    Eat Healthy Stay Healthy 🙂

    Myda Tahir

    • Beth I’m so glad you this this useful. Yes, the about me page is essential to update regularly. Besides our home page it’s probably one of the top five most view pages on most blog’s. Thanks for enabling my site on Comment Luv.

  9. These are great tips! There are some I already use (like the blogging promotion groups, for example) but a lot of these I haven’t managed yet– like the giveaways. I’m going to have to give Rafflecopter a try!

    • Krystle sounds like you have a few takeaways I always love seeing those. Yes Pinterest pics being vertical can be very helpful. And the engagement groups can be useful in promoting your blog too! Thanks for reading!

  10. Wow! Lots of great tips here. Thanks for the great ideas. I’ve definitely noticed an increase in my page views when I remember to consistently post on facebook and twitter. Pinterest is amazing!

    • Jenny, I think finding whatever social media works best for your blog and readership is key. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are some of my favorites too. Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment!

    • Brittany there’s no real way to gage Instagram traffic that I’m aware of. I think it’s a good practice to have an account where there are 400 million users right? Lol thanks for stopping by!

  11. This is a super helpful post! I’m still new to blogging and unsure of a lot of things. This post gives me a lot of great new ideas to try out. Thanks for posting such an awesome list!

  12. One way to build traffic on your site is by Guest posting but this doesn’t mean to pamper yourself in spammy link building through guest blogging what I am saying is we can always do it in a very natural way in order to make it work.

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