There are many obstacles that beginning bloggers face and get over and not having traffic is one of the biggest challenges a new blogger will have. So to help you get some traffic to your blog, I’ve got 9 traffic tips for beginning bloggers!
I was reading my husband’s Backpacker magazine today and I came across an ad with the phrase Get Over It! I got to thinking about all the obstacles that beginning bloggers face and thought it would be fun to create a series of Get Over It posts related to these obstacles. I’ll be writing about them this week, so please check back daily for more Get Over It tips! Today I’m focusing on the No Traffic Obstacle: A Beginner Bloggers Guide to Get Over It!
Traffic can be tough, especially to a beginning blogger. Here you are, writing all this great content and no one knows it’s there. Your blog does not get much traffic, you can’t help people with your information, and you’re definitely not making money and building a list of opt-in subscribers without traffic.
Beginning Bloggers, Are You Playing Follow the Leader or Hide & Go Seek?
The ONLY way you can get people to your blog is if YOU lead them there! Beginning bloggers (and experienced bloggers who want more traffic), are you leaving footprints and bread crumbs back to your blog everywhere you go online? Are you giving your readers a reason to go to your blog?
Here are 9 marketing tips for beginning bloggers:
Get over the “my blog gets no traffic” obstacle:
1. Article Marketing: Articles are a great way to leverage your blog content and get more traffic to your blog. You are allowed to put a resource box on your article with links leading back to your blog. Try creating a 2 part article and send your readers to your blog for part 2! Read my Leverage Your Blog Content with Automatic Article Submission post for some ways to make article marketing easier.
2. Blog Commenting: commenting on blogs that use the commentluv plugin are great. You can also look for do-follow blogs to comment on so you can get some backlinks. I find that I get a lot of traffic to my blog through the comments I leave on other people’s blogs. Make sure you’re leaving interesting, informative, value adding comments!
3. Forums: be helpful in the forums, offer advice, suggestions, guidance and include a link to your blog in your signature. Communities and groups online can be a helpful way to share what you know, establish credibility for beginning bloggers, and drive traffic back to your blog.
4. Guest Blogging: this can be a great way to get some traffic to your blog in a hurry! Especially if you’re a guest blogger on a popular blog and you write a post their readers love! I’ve been given the huge honor of being invited to be a guest blogger on tytribble.com in the near future and I’m very excited to get my message out to a bigger audience! I’ll let you know how it goes in the traffic department!
5. Newsletter: make sure you’re sending your opted in subscribers back to your blog even if you’re a beginning blogger and you have a very small list to market to! Notify them when you have new content on your blog and send them to your blog for the whole story.
6. Photos: Title and tag your blog photos with keywords. They can be a great way to get traffic to your blog. Especially if you’re drafting something in the news or media.
7. Search Engine Optimization SEO: Make sure that you’re using your keywords in everything you’re doing online. Pick a few main keywords you’re going to focus on frequently so your content can build rankings in the search engines. Check with Google analytics to see what keywords people are searching for and finding your blog content as well. I’ve got a 10 Step Blog SEO Checklist for beginning bloggers if you need some SEO tips!
8. Social media: Twitter and Facebook are probably two of my highest traffic sources. Make sure you have buttons on your blog to help your readers easily share your content with their lists. Link your profiles to your blog and use a service like “twitterfeed” to promote your blog posts automatically on twitter and facebook. Don’t be afraid to switch up your tweet and retweet your blog posts throughout the day. Twitter is the type of resource where your readers may or may not catch your tweet, so sending interesting tweets that add value out at various points in the day increases your chances of your followers seeing it!
8. Tribe: Join a tribe or group of bloggers in your niche and help each other syndicate your content to your lists. This is helpful because is can help beginning bloggers build a list, helping to keep great content circulating. It gets new readers to your blog, builds relationships and friendships with leaders you can collaborate with in the future, and it pushes you to promote great content so your tribe friends are excited to share it!
9. Video: Videos and pod-casts are another great way to re-purpose your blog content and lead people back to your blog. They can rank quickly on the search engines, and people really enjoy them. Some people are visual learners so a video is a great way to get your message across in a more effective way.
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