57 Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic

Using effective tactics that boost your blog traffic is the first step in achieving a variety of goals.57 Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic

Those objectives could include, selling products and services, building brand awareness, position yourself as a thought leader or to connect and network. Whatever the goals are, traffic provides the visibility to engage and sell.

Website visitors is where it all starts. No traffic…nothing happens.

In the past bloggers only had one big tactic.

Building an email list.

This is still important despite the allure of social media with all its hype and bluster, real and imagined.  Social media since arriving on the scene has offered bloggers two core and very important capabilities that were not part of the web landscape until social media turned up.

  1. Multiple platforms and networks to re-publish and share their content on. You can now discover a blogger and their content because it is published to Facebook or their video is on YouTube
  2. Crowd sourced marketing as people share bloggers articles with a couple of clicks on Facebook and Twitter. No longer is the post hidden in the email silo where sharing is restricted to passing an email on.

So if you have just launched a blog or you’re struggling to grow your traffic, what are some of the tactics that the top bloggers use to get attention, bring readers back and become part of your loyal tribe of readers?

Tips to boost your blog traffic

Some of these tactics are more effective and direct than others but collectively implemented can create long lasting and organic growth path for your blog.

  1. Build a large following on Twitter
  2. Automate the sharing of content on Twitter. (you cannot scale if you don’t do this)
  3. Link to your blog on Twitter in your profile
  4. Increase your likes on Facebook
  5. Link to your blog on Facebook
  6. Share your post (including links to it) on Facebook
  7. Build an email subscriber list from day one
  8. Host a webinar (you can capture many emails when you run a webinar)
  9. Create and publish great content
  10. Make it easy for people to share your content with a Twitter retweet button
  11. Ensure you have a LinkedIn sharing button (there are over 230 million users there)
  12. Include a Google+ sharing button even if you don’t use it very much (over half a billion people there!)
  13. Facebook sharing button is a must
  14. Make it easy for people to share your content with a Pinterest sharing button
  15. Provide an incentive for people to subscribe to your blog by offering a free ebook in exchange for their email address and name
  16. Place the email subscriber box in a prominent position (top right or even in the top banner)
  17. Include multiple locations for people to subscribe
  18. Include an RSS feed option
  19. Link to your blog from your YouTube videos and channel 
  20. Make your blog easy to read (this will keep them loyal and bring them back)
  21. Write the best headlines you possibly can
  22. Guest blog on larger blogs in your industry
  23. Comment on other bloggers articles
  24. Reply to comments on your blog posts
  25. Interview the influential bloggers in your niche and category
  26. Obtain testimonials from influencers in your industry who have a strong social media presence
  27.  Ensure your blog can be easily read on mobile devices
  28. Optimise for search engines by using an SEO plugin such as WordPress SEO (Also known as Yoast)
  29. Write sub-titles with keywords in posts to help your SEO
  30. Improve your blogs search engine friendly content by including key words in images
  31. Publish new articles regularly (at least once a week)
  32. Write long form content that will be a resource for readers (they will link and bookmark it for future reference)
  33. Place a Facebook ad that drives traffic to your blog (could be an offer of free premium content)
  34. Advertise on Twitter with “Promoted Accounts”
  35. Provide links to archives on your blog
  36. List your most popular posts (this is a default WordPress feature)
  37. Use an SEO friendly online publishing platform like…”WordPress”
  38. Use a simple design that profiles your content and highlights your focus
  39. Include “prominent” social media sharing buttons placed at the top of your articles (floating buttons are good too)
  40. Have your top social media channels displayed in a prominent position so people can easily follow you
  41. Share other top bloggers content on Twitter and let them know you have shared with an @topblogger mention
  42. Copy and emulate the strategies of top bloggers
  43. Write a great introduction that is compelling and draws readers in
  44. Engage with your readers so that they want to come back and become loyal fans
  45. Write a blog post that highlights the best bloggers in your industry
  46. As you build credibility display your awards, wins and social proof in a prominent position
  47. Link to your blog in your email signature
  48. Join Facebook groups and participate
  49. Create a Google+ hangout for a hot topic in your industry and promote it
  50. Participate in LinkedIn groups
  51. Create some controversy that attracts attention
  52. Submit your top posts to Reddit
  53. Publish articles on Stumbleupon
  54. Make yourself available to speak
  55. Have a business card for your blog
  56. Take photos with Instagram (over 130 million registered users there) and share them on Facebook and Twitter
  57. Include multimedia in your articles to broaden your blogs reach. Videos, infographics, podcasts and Slideshare presentations are sometimes preferred over learning in a text format.

Overwhelmed?

So you are now overwhelmed and fifty seven items to add to your blogging “to do” list may seem like a tad too much to implement. It has most probably crossed your mind that this is a big mountain to climb. You may even be considering forgetting blogging and taking up drinking.

How can you have enough time to have a life and blog without losing your mind?

Here are the top tips that will make the biggest difference that you should not ignore to get you started.

6 “must do” tactics to accelerate your blog traffic

There are many tactics that you can pursue but some have more value than others. If there were six that should be on your “must do” do list then here they are.

1. Build an email list

Do this from day one by offering a free ebook or premium content that readers can only get by entering their name and email.

Resource: 5 Email marketing Tools to Help You Grow Your Business

2. Grow a targeted Twitter following

Twitter is the best platform to build a focused list of followers. It’s simplicity and unfiltered stream ensures your tweets with your content linked and embedded will provide visible attention.

Resource: How to Build a Targeted Twitter Tribe of 100,000

3. Increase your Facebook likes

Facebook cannot be ignored and ensuring you have a large group that have liked your page can be one of your top two social networks that will drive significant traffic.

Resource: 20 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Likes and Engagement

4. Build your blog and content for search engines

Search engines are the biggest traffic source for my blog. This will not happen from day one as it will take time to get Google’s attention. Don’t ignore doing this from day one as it requires persistence and will take time.

Start today.

Resource: 6 Simple Tips to Rank High in Google’s Search Engine

5. Create and publish awesome content

This may not be obvious to some but if you create contagious content that solves people problems and adds value to their lives you will collect fanatical fans. They will link to your blog and they will share it.

Write, create and publish the best liquid content you can. This will then flow across the web and build brand awareness.

Resource: 20 Ideas for Content that People Love to Share on Social Media

6. Include prominent social media sharing buttons

You have written, produced and published content that rocks. But if you make it hard for people to share on the social web then it will still be great but invisible.

Make it prominent and easy to share with a couple of clicks.

Resource: How to Get More from Your Social Sharing Buttons

What about you?

What tactics have you used to increase your blog traffic? Are there any tips that you have discovered in this post that you could implement today?

What is the one best tip that you have discovered that worked for you recently?

Look forward to hearing your stories and insights in the comments below.

 

Want to Learn More About How to Create Compelling Content that Your Audience Wants to Read, View and Share?

My book – Blogging the Smart Way “How to Create and Market a Killer Blog with Social Media” – will show you how.

It is now available to download. I show you how to create and build a blog that rocks and grow tribes, fans and followers on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. It also includes dozens of tips to create contagious content that begs to be shared and tempts people to link to your website and blog.

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Comments

  • http://www.womenlovetech.com/ Frederique Bros

    This is a very interesting article – thanks Jeff for sharing it, I retweeted :)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for sharing. :)

  • http://siddarthrajsekar.com/ Siddharth Rajsekar

    Jeff.. this is one of the most concise pieces of action points that I have ever come across. I guess this one post can sum up the entire content of your blog. I’m going to come back to this post again and again and make sure that I check them off like a bucket list. :)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Glad to hear you found this useful Siddharth.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for bringing up the RSS question. I think it has value and many bloggers and readers still use RSS to push content to them.
    I do.
    It doesn’t take much to implement and do the others as well
    So it still comes down to putting content in various formats and locations as time and resources allow.
    Be ubiquitous is the cry!…Everywhere!!!

  • Technology Internet

    Fantastic!!!! I am blogger and i will surely use this tactics to boost my presence felt in Search results.

    Thanks
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  • johnson joseph

    Hi Jeff,

    I have become your fan very recently. I have been writing off and on as a passion, but have not thought of blogging it. I have read your recent book on mastery of blogging as well. Great Content and brilliant points. The points to boost blog traffic is also well scripted to details. Thanks a lot!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Blogging puts you out there for all to see and provides the feedback that keeps you growing. Look forward to reading your new blog!

      • johnson joseph

        Hi Jeff, Thank you!

        I have just shared a budding blogging at : http://johnyatweb.blogspot.in/

        will soon upload my personal blog site too. Thank you for the encouraging words and please do give your feedback. Cheers Master blogger!

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    The view from the top of the mountain is worth it.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Treat your blog as a business with its own brand, so that means having a business card that not only has your phone number and email but all your social media networks and blog link. Instagram is just a fun place to post photos that appear on Twitter and other networks so keep your personal brand out there circulating on the social web

  • http://actresspakistannews.blogspot.com/ Nadia shah

    I think all tips are useful.I have added subscribe by email to my blog and found many followers using that.It is a nice way to build audience.

  • Tom Howlett

    Great post Jeff. Will definitely work my way through these in more detail. One thing I do often see – is those who have gone to the lengths of creating a blog, however they don’t do a huge amount to keep visitors on the site or to persuade them to become a subscriber.

  • Ginger Harrington

    Wow, Jeff–you never cease to amaze me with a wealth of information! What do you mean by # 32 with a long form content that they will come back to for reference?

  • Remy Cruz

    I’m new in the world of blogging and so far this is the best article that, I have read! Thanks for sharing..

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    I posted a recipe to 3 food-related subreddits and although I did not get that many upvotes, my analytics show 500+ hits in the first few hours.

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  • http://www.shoutmeloud.com/ Harsh Agrawal

    Jeff initial tips are basics, but they are very useful and must-have for any blog. What one should always remember is “Quality over quantity”… On social network sites, number do look great, but it should also followup with proper engagement…. I have worked a lot on building Email-list, but still need to work on leveraging it for traffic….

    I love your blog… It’s very useful.. :)

  • http://www.techinspiration.net/ Ahamed Anas

    This is the great ways to boost blog traffic for newbies. Thanks Jeff!

    I love this post… It’s very useful

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  • Debashis Barman

    This is really helpful for blogger, Thanks !!

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    Excellent Post…for all those Bloggers out there!!!
    Thanks Jeff!

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  • Jessica Wolfe Wright

    Hi Jeff, I totally agree with the previous comments. This is the most comprehensive list I’ve found on how to generate/increase traffic. As a newbie at http://www.thriveby40.com, this is much appreciated!!

  • I Will Win Definitely

    Thanx Jeff its really helpful me.

    please post more about blog.
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  • Nabeela

    Great post i Will definitely work my way through these in more detail.
    One thing I do often see – is those who have gone to the lengths of
    creating a blog, however they don’t do a huge amount to keep visitors on
    the site or to persuade them to become a subscriber.
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  • Dr. Talha Roney

    hi jeff,I am from Bangladesh and i have a result related blog but my traffic is not sufficient, may be your post help me for increasing my traffic so thanks buddy. my blog is http://bangladeshresults.com

  • John Culbertson

    I really enjoyed this article. There are several tips here that I will have to come back to and try out. I’m having trouble getting visitors to my blog at http://www.mysticjohnculbertson.com and was running out of ideas on what to do next. Thankfully this has spurred my awareness in new directions.

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    Jeff, this is a top quality piece! Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It will absolutely enlarge the traffic to my blog http://www.backyardliving.nl
    Cheers, Marcel (Amsterdam/Europe)

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  • Mohammad Nasir

    Bow, lots of points, please give me a small suggestion, I was not active for last 2 years on my site, from last 2 weeks started working on it but traffic is not increasing as expected, around 30 per day, any special suggestion to boost site traffic in this case or should I wait few more days….
    Thanks in advance

  • Nick Bisht

    I created a Blog few days Back. Wanna know how long does it take to show on google search?
    Here is My blog..
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  • chaggu

    please visit my site, i rarely get visiter to my blog,i have submitted my blog to google and bing but still no visiters to my blog.please help me to drive more traffic to my blog.

    • http://rightseoservices.blogspot.in/ sripani

      i think if you do 50% of the above said points you should get atleast 100 visitors per day and more as well..

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  • TechConnectPH(TCPH)

    this is very helpful, specially to those who are beginners. Thanks 😀

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    Thanks alot Jeff for sharing these useful tips. Indeed it was of help.

  • dandid

    Thanks for the tips

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    Very conversational post as mentioned in the tip here. I could definitely take home that aspect though the other tips on social media engagement and list blasting is still and improvement area for me. http://proresult.in

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  • Sarika Sharma
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    I found out using LinkedIn works better than using Twitter to generate traffic. Thanks for sharing these awesome ways of increasing visitors to our websites http://createawebsite.co.ke/increase-blog-traffic-from-linkedin/

  • Jason Chesters

    Thanks Jeff, tons of great resources here! I’ve already implemented some of these on my blog and they are working well!

  • bryan flake

    Wow, I am just a humble blogger and I didn’t know there were so many different strategies to get people to notice my site. It is so refreshing to know that some of the steps can be done in a matter of minutes, like joining Facebook. I am definitely not IT mindset oriented. I am glad that I am actually able to do this for myself.

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  • Sarfraz Anwar

    Great post i Will definitely work my way through these in more detail. I created a Blog few days Back. Wanna know how long does it take to show on google search?

    Here is My blog
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  • Stefano Lodola

    I’m giving my own webinars on marketing and webdesign for freelance translators and it’s helping a lot to build traffic and know people!

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    After creating content the main challenge is to promote it. It is wise to adopt as many methods as possible to promote your post. For this purpose these 50 ways are really cool and one should fully exploit them to get more visitors at his blog.

  • Michell Jackel

    nice post

  • Michell Jackel

    You post is very nice and the paragraph about content is very special because content is the backbone of any blog. Content can force your visitors to stay and it helps to increase trust rank of users.

    Regards
    Ikram Rana

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    Jeffbullas your blog is really amazing and work like a magic if we focus on your topics. i recently designed a blog on government jobs, http://www.ieugc.com. it start ranking after following your techniques

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      That is great news!!

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    please visit my blog and give me suggestion to improve it…

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    Hey Jeff,

    Amazing stuff. I’ll gonna try some of these techniques that you’ve mentioned in this post. I’m sure that it’ll gonna help me.

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    I’m loving this list! My blog is about a year old now but I haven’t really gotten enough traffic. Thanks for this list. Hope to see some traffic boost soon!

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  • Jonelle

    I know this article is from quite a while back but I’ve only just started blogging this year and to my delight, linked to Stumbleupon this week and wow what a good decision that was.

    Love all these useful tips.
    Thanks

    Jonelle
    Tyrannyofpink.com

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    Hi,

    The traffic is very important for any blog/website. Being a new bloggers, they need to understand the optimization methods to give a quality to a readers and as well as a search spiders.

    This article is well written, and piece of a quality for the new comers. Never indulge in any black hat activities to gain short term benefits. But, yes if blogging is your hobby, then traffic doesn’t matter that much.

    Thanks
    sunil k

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    Nice tips! i definitely use these ways to boost my blog traffic. Thanks for sharing.
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  • http://www.quickfever.com/ Devendra [CEO quickfever]

    Hi Jeff, I am new to your blog. but with the first result to your blog. I Am following your blog. I know its very old post but want to thanks you for writing this. :)

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    Jeff, amazing checklist. Greatly appreciated.