How To Increase Blog Traffic

So you’ve decided to start a blog. Excellent!

  • You read all you can about how to start.
  • You pick a topic and choose a name.
  • You follow my step by step guide to set up a WordPress blog.
  • You create a nice looking website.
  • You join all the different social media sites to promote it.
  • You write some great content.
  • You find some great pics, pick appropriate tags and post.
  • You spam your posts everywhere.

Then you wait. And wait. You get a few hits but you don’t understand why it’s not taking off. You read all the “how to’s” and followed every step. What now?

You feel like you’re standing alone at the bottom of a mountain screaming “Look at me!”. All the while you can see others on the ascent with their eyes clearing focused upwards. They don’t see you. They don’t hear you. Why? WHY?!!!

Short answer: You think blogging is a competition when it’s really a community.

So you read all the advice and started a blog. Then you wait. And wait. You get a few hits but you don't understand why you can't increase traffic.What now?

 

Yes, there are a lot of blogs out there. Yes, it is more than likely that someone else covers your exact topic. Yes, they are probably getting a lot of hits and winning competitions and awards for their writing. How did they become so successful?

They didn’t do it alone. If you look closely, you will see that someone is holding their hand, pulling them upward while their other hand is helping pull someone else up.

holding hands

So how do you become a part of the community?

Get Involved!

  • Find and follow other bloggers on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc. Do not limit yourself to your genre. Don’t wait for them to find you.
  • Join blogger groups on Facebook. Here’s a link to mine: blog•share•learn
  • Be generous. Like and share other bloggers’ posts.
  • Read and comment as much as you can on other blogs. Not only will you learn from others, hone your own skills and connect with other bloggers, you will leave a footprint that says “I was here, I’m listening, come check out my blog”.
  • Participate in linky parties.
  • Participate in hashtags on Twitter. #MondayBlogs #ArchiveDay #SundayBlogShare #wwwblogs (there are many more)

It is so easy to become a part of the blogging community. All you have to do is:

READ, COMMENT, SHARE

You will see that others are more then willing to return the love.


I would love to connect with you!
You can find me on PINTEREST, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM or Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Join my support group for bloggers here. Join my Pinterest group board here.

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57 thoughts on “How To Increase Blog Traffic

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! After starting a blog a year ago I’m only now looking into promoting it! All your info has been very helpful!

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  2. I just joined your facebook group! Thank you so much for the advice. I’m just starting out and finding ways to increase blog traffic is difficult. You are very right that blogging is a community. Now I just have to find my way in. Again, thank you!

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  3. Thank you for the post! I’ve been really struggling with this especially because I write in a niche that’s so crazily saturated (beauty). I will definitely try some of these tips out!

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  4. Thank you for starting #blogsharelearn. I am still a new blogger and love getting to know new people through the community. You shared some great tips and look forward to learning more from other bloggers.

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  5. Hi Elena,
    #Blogsharelearn These are great tips especially for newer bloggers that don’t understand the value of going to other people’s blogs to network. Too many have the illusion others will come to them.
    Janice

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  6. I love connecting and building relationships with readers and other bloggers. It’s not all about the numbers. Enjoyed your post and some good points raised

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  7. Awesome! I have only recently started learning about the community aspect of it and I have been more of an ‘active blogger’ rather than a ‘passive blogger’. Joined the linky party and your blogging group on Facebook. Now link it to my post on my blog ! 🙂 Thanks, looking forward to learning more!

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  8. Hi Elena! You are one of the kindest and most generous bloggers out here in the blogosphere and your energy and enthusiasm are so very much appreciated. What you say here is so very important. The only thing I could possibly add is that patience is also very helpful–especially if you are offering something unique rather than the usual. ~Kathy

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    1. I agree Kathy. Too many bloggers are in a hurry for traffic, money or success. If you enjoy blogging and write what you are passionate about, sooner or later, readers will find you.

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  9. Thank you, Elena for the smart tips and hosting today on your blog. Sharing and supporting takes time, but is well worth it. I would be lost without all the gracious, experienced writer and blogging advice from people like you!

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  10. I believe these tips to be true, but I’ve discovered that it’s a slow process and social media can be very time consuming. Definitely effort has to be put into it. I think it’s important to find your tribe (group) of people that you connect with, as well. Facebook groups have really helped me with making connections. Visiting from #BlogShareLearn 🙂

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  11. This is actually some great tips that many others forget to mention. Understanding that it isn’t a competition but rather, a community is key and even though I’m still learning all of the social media stuff, it has helped me a great deal plus I love getting to know other bloggers. Getting to know them and my writing has been a great form of therapy! Thanks for sharing this! Visiting from #blogsharelearn

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    1. It is great finding people you can connect with all over the world. And they are so supportive which helps me on days where I am not feeling it. Thank you so much for joining the linky.

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  12. Thank you for encouraging me to emerge from the shadows and to comment!

    My clients are reluctant to comment … the stigma of infertility runs deep here. Yet some of my posts are life issues.
    Super advice, greatly appreciated!

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    1. I’m glad you did Helena! Welcome to the conversation and I hope you find a tribe of bloggers that can help you expand the conversation of the real issues your blog is about.

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  13. This is spot on. It took me a couple of months of blogging with no comments before I understood this concept of reciprocity and community building. Then when I started grasping this then my blog traffic started building. Then I created my own huge community.

    I’d still like to see more traffic at my sites, but on the other hand I’m in a comfortable blogging zone.

    Good advice in this post well worth heeding.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  14. Yes, exactly, community, community, community! I doubled followers once I realized that, but just as importantly, I found really fascinating bloggers.

    This is excellent clear advice. I’m a full-time author but also guest teach at Michigan State University. I’d like to use this if I ever do a talk specifically about blogging. Would it be okay if I printed it out–as well as gave people the link (you know students can lose things)?

    Lev Raphael
    “Writing Across Genres”
    http://www.levraphael.com/blog/

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