The No Traffic Obstacle: A Beginning Bloggers Guide to Get Over It!

9 Blog Traffic Tips for Beginning BloggersThere 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 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.

If you learned something new or this post added value to you, please tweet it and Facebook it to others who will benefit!  And please leave a comment if you have feedback or value to add to this post. You’re on a DoFollow blog so the link love will keep on flowing!


p.s. More tips for beginning bloggers:

Writer’s Block: A Beginning Bloggers Guide to Get Over It!

A Beginning Bloggers Guide to Get Over the No Traffic Obstacle!
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  1. Hey Heather

    Great tips!

    Sometimes people do not know what to write about in their blog as well as not know how to get traffic. Joining tribes and commenting on other blogs will get the juices flowing and ideas will just naturally occur.

    Plus you get all that great traffic.

    Looking forward to your video this week 🙂

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Peter,

      Sorry for the delay, I found a few comments in my spam, so I’m playing catch-up.

      I’m loving the tribe effect! So many great tips and ideas, so little time!

      Thanks for your comment!


  2. Hi Heather,

    Article writing is a great tip and one I have just started to implement. I also find post links from Facebook groups back to my blog post get lots of traffic, even if the post is months old people still come and comment. Thanks for sharing your valuable tips.

    Tristram Lodge

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Tristram!

      I’m amazed by the feedback I’m getting from Facebook. I’m a twitter girl at heart — must be my add tendencies 🙂 — so I haven’t put much of my efforts on facebook until very recently. Obviously it’s an area I need to improve on.

      Thank you for your comment!


  3. Heather,

    These are EXCELLENT! I’m going to start using these immediately. I know article marketing and guest blogging work – but sometimes it’s hard to write for our own site – let alone for other places. I need to get over that.

    Any tips on how to manage it all would be another great post you could do.

    I’m going to Tweet about this one now.

    ~ Joel Mark Witt

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Joel,

      Welcome and thanks for the awesome feedback and the suggestion for a future post. I’ll definitely do that!

      I appreciate the tweet too!


  4. Hi Heather,

    great tips. I wish I would have had them when I was first starting blogging at the end of last year. And congratulations for being invited by Ty Tribble.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Take care


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Oliver!

      Thanks for your stamp of approval on my tips and for the congratulations! I’m excited too!

      Thanks for the comment!


  5. Those are great tips! So far I have not tried article marketing, guest posting or video. Out of those three I think that article marketing will be the next one that I try. I’ve had success with all of the other tips that you suggested.

    I’m also going through the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge and I’m learning a lot of other ways to improve my blog. My new to-do list must be a mile long!

    I’ve enjoyed this post, I look forward to looking at the rest of your blog!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Stacy!


      Definitely try the article marketing! I shared my experience with the ezine plugin for my article submission the other day. I think it will help you to leverage your awesome blog content easily into articles without a lot of effort!!!

      I’d love more information on the 31 days to build a better blog challenge if you have it. I’ll check your blog for info!

      Thanks for your comment!


  6. Great post, Heather! I know that I’ve tried some of them, and they have really helped me get traffic to my site. I’m not getting as many subscribers as I would like, so I will implement more of them. Thank you for putting everything together so well.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Steve!

      I’d love to be getting more opt-ins too, so I’m tweaking my offer this week. I’ll let you know how it goes! I think what is most important is matching your offer to your readers and piling on the value so the would be crazy not to take you up on it!

      Thanks for the comment!


  7. Hi Heather,
    Thanks for this list of tips and I am about to
    get an article submitter and also getting more
    confidence with video whether it be of the desktop
    or of me. Really like your blog and information
    you have posted on other parts of your blog.
    Will definitely revisit
    Thanks again

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thanks for the comment Sharon. Glad my information was helpful!


  8. These are great tips! I’ve actually tried most of them but I never thought of tagging photos. That totally makes sense because people search photos all the time and sometimes it is easier to be found in a photo. Thank you so much!!!

  9. Hi Heather! I’m so glad to dropped by to your site. Your Marketing Strategies are very useful. Thanks for this wonderful information.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Ann,

      Welcome! I’m so glad you dropped by as well!


  10. All the tips are good and i am using most of this in my SEO campaign. I haven’t used VIDEO and pod cast.Now i will try for that.

  11. I am glad you put in the tip regarding the newsletter. This is something we state over and over again to our clients. Instead of putting the whole article inside the blog just put in a couple of lines and then a ‘Read More’ link which takes them to the actual blog post.

    Some other great tips here also. Thanks!

  12. Enzine Article Plugin in is fantastic! thanks.. and let’s go to post!

  13. Hi Heather, All great strategies!

    I’m personally not a big video fan, (making them I mean), but because it’s such a popular way for generating traffic, I’ve got it on my list of things to do for the new year 😉

  14. That is a pretty exhaustive list, which is a good thing ofcourse. Guest Blogging is one of my favourite on the list. Hopefully, I can get a breakthrough and have an opportunity to guest blog on a popular blog.

  15. Thank for this wonderful post! I am a beginner blogger. I am thinking of attaching a blog to my current website. I have 2 questions though:
    1. would it be smarter for me to put it like : mysite/blog or like blog.mysite ?
    2. posting every day fresh content will it help me to increase my google crawl rate?
    Thx, Heather!

  16. Hi Heather,

    Thanks for the tips. Do you go through all the various steps in a methodical way?

    • Hi Audi,

      I do have a methodical way to market my blog so that it gets traffic, although I do mix things up and try new things from time to time to keep it interesting, and figure out what else works!

      Thanks for the comment,

  17. I’m also going through the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge and I’m learning a lot of other ways to improve my blog. I have enjoyed this post, keep the good work up

  18. Awesome post Heather, some great tips!

    Do you still believe in article marketing now article submission sites are no longer showing prominently in Google’s search results?



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