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10 Actionable Ideas To Drive More Traffic To Your Blog

Today, I have a wonderful special guest on my blog “Sue Anne Dunlevie” of “Successful Blogging”. She is one of my favourite bloggers,who I came across last year.

Today, we are going to exchange our guest posts on each other’s blog. You are also welcome to read my guest post on Sue’s Blog that she will be publishing today.

Please take away Sue…….

Sue:-

We’ve all been there…

You work so hard on writing a great blog post. It’s taken hours of your time. So you breathe a huge sigh of relief and hit “publish”.

Do Read:-Blogging 101: Top 5 Smart Tips to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

But the next day, when you check your numbers, you aren’t very happy. Not enough people are reading your post or visiting your blog.

How do you get more people to read your blog posts?

Here are 10 tips for getting more visitors to your site.

  1. Have a professional blog design that emphasizes what you want your readers to do.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a blog design. Pretty doesn’t get you more traffic. Having a strong call to action for visitors once they land on your blog will get you more traffic when those readers return to your blog.

A feature opt-in box is a great way to have a strong call to action. Here is a great example from Brian Dean at Backlinko

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  1. Write great headlines.

 This is the most important part of your blog post. In order to get readers, you need to entice them with an irresistible headline.

Jeni Elliott of The Blog Maven creates curiosity with this headline that also uses power words like “passion”, “hoax” and “empire”.

Recommended:- Content Marketing Strategies Designed to Draw Traffic

Blog_maven-great headlines

  1. Include links to other bloggers in your posts and let them know that you have linked to them.

This is one of my favorite traffic hacks. I linked to 33 bloggers in this particular post. I just asked each of these bloggers one question by email and the majority of those I asked responded.

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  1. Comment on other blogs.

Commenting on other blogs gets you both on the radar of the blog owner and gets you traffic from readers of that other blog. I recently left a comment on Blog Tyrant and received 32 visitors that day just from that one comment.

By commenting on at least 2 blogs a day, you will increase your traffic and potentially be able to ask that blogger if you can do a guest blog post.

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  1. Start guest blogging at least twice a month.

This is my biggest traffic driver. (Nisha and I are doing it today on each other’s blogs).

She and I guest post on other relevant blogs regularly to drive targeted traffic back to our own blogs. Here is a recent guest post Nisha did on Tweak Your Biz on the subject of guest blogging. Nisha_guest_post

  1. Reverse guest blogging.

Have other bloggers write on your blog to get new eyeballs to your website.

Anthony Metivier recently wrote a guest post on Successful Blogging about the fears and worries that can overwhelm bloggers. That post brought a lot of comments and social shares and traffic to my site.

  1. Blogger Outreach. Building relationships with other bloggers.

This was my biggest mistake when I was a beginning blogger. I just wrote blog posts and posted them on social media. I didn’t connect with other bloggers to ask them to help promote my posts.

Here is a great article on just how to do blogger outreach by my colleague Adam Connell on Blogging Wizard.

  1. Share your post on your favorite social media channel where your ideal reader hangs out.

The key to social media is to use just one channel and then potentially branch out to others as your traffic grows.

Bloggers hang out on Twitter so I use Twitter most of the time to get traffic to my posts. But that’s for my niche. Your niche might be hanging out on Google+ or Pinterest.

See where your readers are before you decide on the channel you’ll use most often.

Also read:-The Effective Way Helped Me for Driving Traffic to New Blog

  1. Interview Thought Leaders in your niche

Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income is a great example of a blogger who has grown his blog through interviewing other thought leaders. He does it through podcasting.

Even when you are a beginning blogger, you can ask bigger bloggers in your niche for a short 10 minute interview and many of them will say “Yes”.

  1. Blog consistently once a week (and spend the rest of your time doing the other 9 things on this list!)

One of my mentors, Yaro Starak, firmly believes that 20% of your time should be spent writing and the other 80% should be spent in promoting your posts. Driving traffic to your blog is the key activity that you need to accomplish every day.

That’s why it is a good plan to just blog once a week when you are starting out. You can then spend more of your time on blog commenting and guest blogging to drive traffic to those posts.

What tips would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!

Comments
  1. Hi Sue and Nisha,

    Great post, I couldn’t agree more. And I can completely attest to #2. People always tell me how interesting my titles are and how it made them want to read my post. When people are scrolling through content it’s the only shot you have to get them to click over.

    ~Lea

  2. Titles are the key, as you have found out, Lea! You have one shot and you have to nab them.

    Thanks for commenting!
    Sue

  3. Hi Sue and Nisha

    A wonderful post that is so informative.

    I like all the 10 actionable ideas to drive traffic to a blog . I haven’t tried all but I have used most of the traffic strategies and they really work. I try to do catchy headline and I do guest posting every month.

    Thanks Sue for an awesome post as usual. Hi Nisha, thumbs up for inviting Sue to share her wisdom in traffic generation.

  4. I am a big believer in guest blogging. I try to get 3-4 per month.

  5. Hi Nisha madam,

    Good to see Sue madam on your blog. The 10 ideas of bringing traffic truly showcases her professionality in blogging. I only know a few and didn’t tried the rest of the points that are related to guest blogging.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing such an useful tips. I will implement them in my blogging routine from now.

    Have a great weekend both of you 🙂

  6. Hi Sue and hello Nisha,
    Its good to see Sue over here. I have applied some of these tricks and they have worked for me. I am definitely with you on these topics for using as traffic hacks. Not only traffic but also social shares are a must if one follows these tips. I am sure the linking strategy to bloggers might help .
    Sue, I have just followed you on twitter and would love to hear more from you.

  7. Hi Sue,
    This is a wonderful post and thanks for sharing it here with us.

    While these are active points, I think #2 is interesting for bother traffic from referral sources and search engines. If you write great posts that rank top on SERP, with poor titles, your CT will be too low and Google does not like that.

    The same is true for social media. One of the reasons people click links is beautiful and attractive headlines. You understand here that point #2 carries a lot of weight?

    Beautiful point dear friend and than you Nisha for inviting such a wonderful woman I have known and featured on my blog in the past 😉

    do have a wonderful week you both

  8. Well, you completely rocked this post, Sue! I started following all the links you recommended…and then realized I’d never finish reading this post to the end if I did that! So I am just bookmarking the post as a reward for delving deeper into, later. All ten points are supremely valid. Interaction is the name of the blogging game today!

    I know many of us are shy to actually “ask” :). But if we want to be seen, there’s no choice but to get over that!

    Thank you, Nisha – I enjoyed your post over at Sue’s and it is great to see Sue here!

  9. Hi Nisha and Sue,

    I’ve started commenting on about 2 blogs a day, this year, at least for 5 days a week. So, by the end of the year, I’d have posted about 500 comments. But, there are days, I have to scratch my head, because there aren’t new blog posts yet, or not that interesting to me, on the blogs I follow.

    I wanted to start guest posting last month too, but couldn’t yet. Still polishing my drafts, to refine and make them super fine. Will aim to publish one long, quality guest post a month, though, not two. Plus, I haven’t yet found out the ideal blogs I want to write on. The ones in my niche hardly get comments. Even the top 100 ones.

    #10 is something I’ve abandoned since last year. I did write daily for a month, when I was in a month long blogging challenge, but after that, it came to a halt, after a few months. It certainly was tough to write daily. Nothing else did I do the whole month, but think and think and write and write.

    I do believe in the 20-80 rule, though. But, for now, I’ll keep it to once a month. Sorry, I couldn’t add any tips.

  10. Hi, Ikechi,

    You are the first to comment on both posts, Nisha’s and mine.
    Catchy headlines do work well and so do guest posting.

    I would challenge you to do 2 guest posts a month – you’ll see a bump in traffic for each one.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment,
    Sue

  11. Hi, Sasidhar,

    I’m happy to hear you are willing to try the rest of the tips! My clients always have a bump in traffic when they guest post at least twice a month. You will also.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting,
    Sue

  12. Hi, Swadhin,

    I’m now following you also on Twitter. I’m glad these tips have been working for you.

    Thanks for commenting!
    Sue

  13. I totally agree about headlines, Enstine! No one will read them if they don’t have a good headline to entice them in and the SERPS don’t like it if a keyword isn’t in the headline. It’s a balancing act, definitely!

    Good to see you here on Nisha’s blog. She’s over on my blog today.

    Thanks,
    Sue

  14. You are the second person to comment on both mine and Nisha’s posts, Vidya! We should have awards 🙂

    I find the best way to get guest posts is to share the person’s social media posts and comment on their blog for several weeks. Then they will know who you are when you send them an email about guest blogging. A “warm” email is always better than just emailing them”cold” with no commenting or sharing.

    It’s always wonderful to see you, Vidya!
    Sue

  15. Hi, Raspal,

    It’s so good to see you hear on Nisha’ blog!

    I’m proud of you for commenting twice a day 5 days a week. Can I challenge you to do 3 a day? Try it and see if you can fit it into your schedule.

    I believe you should only post once a week. The other days you should be promoting that one post – social media, blogger outreach emails, etc. It’s a much better use of a blogger’s time.

    You are in the blogging niche – send me a guest post pitch. I’ll be glad to look at it!

    Thanks for commenting,
    Sue

  16. This post is seriously a rocking post..Everyone needs to draw traffic to their website . The website may be either big or small but however everyone needs traffic from the website.These are really fascinating points which everyone should follow without fail. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  17. Hi, Vino,

    Thanks so much for the compliment! Traffic is the key between all blogs.

    Thanks for commenting,
    Sue

  18. Love reading your work Sue. Easy to read and informative every time. I like the idea of doing a interview and this is my next goal. Thanks Nisha for your post on SEO, to tell you the truth SEO scares me. I read about Google Analytics etc and it’s like my brain switches off. I need to dedicate some time to nutting it out.
    Thank you Sue and Nisha for your wonderful posts.
    Cheers Julie

  19. Hi, Julie,

    You’ll love doing interviews. They don’t have to be long. The trick is to send the questions in advance to the person you are interviewing.

    Thanks so much for reading Nisha’s and my posts today and taking the time to comment,
    Sue

  20. All great ways to drive more traffic. I’d also add: get involved into the other blogs’ comments section. There’s a lot of good quality traffic to be had, not to mention you’re an active member of the blogosphere.

  21. Hi Nisha and Sue,

    Great tips here!!

  22. Hi, Manish,

    Very true! You also get to meet the blogger (when he or she approves the comment) and you get on their radar. Then you get eventually ask for a guest post opportunity.

    Thanks for commenting,
    Sue

  23. Thanks so much, Emebu!

    Sue

  24. Hi Sue,

    This is a great post.

    I agree with all that you said here bout ways to generate and drive traffic. Commenting is really good but I don’t think it’s better than guest posting. That’s still one of the best ways believe. Especially if you guest post on a blog that has an audience that similar to your own, but you haven’t reached yet.

    Blogger outreach is also a really great way to generate traffic as well.

    – Andrew

  25. Hi, Andrew,

    It’s so nice to see you on Nisha’s blog!

    I totally agree with you – guest blogging brings in the most traffic to my site. And blogger outreach has been an excellent way to boost my traffic.

    I know you have done guest posting to drive your traffic and subscribers. I’m sure it has helped you also.

    Thanks!
    Sue

  26. There were a lot of ways to get traffic from the internet but the hardest is how to getting traffic from search engines and keep those traffic increase.

  27. Hi, Alize,

    When you want organic search, writing great content and telling other bloggers about it so they can share it (blogger outreach) is so important.

    I tell my clients to spend 20% of their time writing a post and 80% of their time promoting the post.

    Thanks for commenting today,
    Sue

  28. Hi, George,

    You are believing in the right thing! Guest blogging, in the right places, gets you new “eyeballs” on your site.

    It’s great to see you here on Nisha’s blog. Thanks for taking the time to comment!
    Sue

  29. Hi Sue,

    I’ll accept the challenge, posting thrice a day from today, and let yo u know the results after a week. I’d guess, half the time would be spent searching which blog to post my comments on. I did subscribe to about two dozen blog feeds, though. 🙂

    Once a week too becomes difficult. The problem is, I’m in two niches not one, and not making any money becomes an issue too.

    Actually, I’m more into WordPress. I do like the writing and blogging niches as well. In fact, when I started, I was in more than half a dozen niches I’m good at. Will contact you via e-mail, soon. Thanks.

  30. I’m so glad you accepted my challenge! Email me and let me know how it works out for you.

    Thanks,
    Sue

  31. Hi George,

    This is good to know that you a big believer of guest blogging. I too believe in the power of guest blogging. But, I don’t get much time to do so..

    I always try to submit 1-2 guest posts per month.

    Thank you so much for stopping by here. Have a nice day!

  32. Hi Sasidhar,

    I am glad to know that you implemented on these tips.

    Good luck, keep it up!

    Thanks for stopping by here. Enjoy your day!

  33. Hi Swadhin,

    This is good to know that you are getting success after applying these tips.

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback.

    Have a great day!

  34. Hello Enstine,

    You know, I feel good when you take some time out of your busy schedule and come to my blog.

    Yup, headlines are the main thing to attract readers as well as for rocking on social media.

    Thank you so much for stopping by here. I really appreciate this.

    Have a wonderful day!

  35. Hi Vidya,

    Welcome to my blog. I really appreciate your presence here.

    Thanks for bookmarking it. I really appreciate your comment here and at my post on Sue’s blog.

    Thanks again! Have a nice day!

  36. Really informative and #2 top all key points.
    May I ask how would I know this blog am guestposting on can drive me more traffic apart from being in my niche.

  37. Hi, Hiidee,

    Great question. One of my mentors, Jon Morrow, says you should look for engagement on the potential blog you’d like to guest post for. They should be averaging at least 20 comment a post.

    You can also look on Majestic.com or Alexa.com to see how many backlinks they have and what their ranking is. But I like going with the number of comment.

    Thanks for commenting!
    Sue

  38. Hi Sue,

    Excellent Article Shared with us. I have a question here – Is still guest post working for SEO? I heard somewhere guest post is no longer valid for SEO. Is it true?

  39. Hi Sue,

    You have covered really effective methods to drive targeted traffic to one’s blog.

    I am saying this because I personally use most of the tips you listed above such as writing great headlines, linking to other relevant posts, commenting on others blog, etc.

    But, the best method to drive traffic that worked for me is Blogger Outreach.

    Thanks for sharing these tips.

    Regards,
    Vinay Kumar

  40. Hi, Vinay,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post. And I agree with you – blogger outreach is key. The interesting thing about outreach is that very few bloggers do it. So you stand out when you do email a blogger.

    Thanks for the comment!
    Sue

  41. Very important tips, Sue and thanks Nisha for publishing this.
    I agree on all these points and all are really effective, at the end of the day we need to build an identity and community around our brand which help us to grow our reachability and trust.
    Being an entrepreneur and digital marketing coach, I personally started to be active on different social media groups and communities (especially Google plus) and try to answer questions on search engine and digital marketing techniques and this is helping me a lot.

    Regards
    Soumya Roy

  42. Hi, Soumya,

    That’s great about your social media groups.

    I’m hesitant to tell newer bloggers to do it because they get bogged down in social media. I’m glad it’s working so well for you!

    Thanks for your comment,
    Sue

  43. Hi, Swapnil,

    Great to see you hear on Nisha’s blog!

    Guest posting, the old spammy way, doesn’t work at all any more. But a well-thought out blog post published on another blog gets you a backlink, new readers and new subscribers.

    Most SEO experts, like Nisha, don’t believe it’s true (Nisha guest blogged on my blog the same day I did this post!)

    Thanks for the question.
    Sue

  44. HI Sue, Nisha,

    Awesome article! simple.

    I always find some unique an full packed articles on nisha’s blog and today i have got one more article to drive blog traffic instantly.

    Sue, you really forced me to leave comment, through idea number #4 😉 , BTW all the points are really good.

    I thought guest posting is one of the best idea to drive actionable traffic, I’ll defiantly try to write guest post at least twice a month.

    Thanks Sue for writing such a wonderful article and thanks Nisha for sharing with us. 🙂

    Regards,
    Mahadev

  45. Hi, Mahadev,

    Thanks for agreeing that guest blogging is so key to driving traffic back to your blog. I also do it twice a month and it always spikes my traffic numbers.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!
    Sue

  46. Hi Nisha,

    Somewhere I read that now guest post is not longer valid for seo. Is it true that? also I heard that now Google will not update Page Rank of a Website.

  47. Am greatful you provided this great info.
    Thanks

  48. Hello Nisha and Sue Anne,
    All Methods are good for fast promoting the website.In last Paragraph mention spent 20% time for Writing and rest of 80% time spent for promoting the Best. This is great idea for get the 100% benefit of our writing time by properly promoting the each post of Blog.
    Nice post Sue Anne and great idea for get 100% positive result for each post.

  49. Hi, Swapnil,

    It was the spammy “guest posts” that were basically article spinning, not well written posts like Nisha did for me earlier this week and I did for Nisha.

    Those are great to do – they get you a backlink, new visitors and new subscribers.

    Thanks for asking!
    Sue

  50. Hi, Gaurav,

    Thanks, I love the 80/20 rule. It applies to everything in life.

    Thanks for commenting!
    Sue

  51. Hi Sue,

    Thanks for the clarification. 🙂

  52. Anytime!

    Sue

  53. Hello, Nisha and Sue,

    What an awesome subject to write on! And I particularly like Guest Blogging. I’ve recently picked up the pace in this area and while it is difficult with regard to maintenance, the benefits and rewards are simply wonderful.

    I learned a new term, reverse guest blogging. I’ve always referred to having others write guest posts for me on my blog as my “guest writing series” but I really like the term reverse guest blogging.

    Your tips are great points, and I will be making sure to have a balanced implementation of all of them. Thanks for sharing.

    Talk soon,
    ˜Carol

  54. Hi, Carol,

    It’s so great to see your smiling face here on Nisha’s blog!

    Guest blogging can take a LOT of time – my best suggestion is cut back on how often you blog on your own site and/or get a reverse guest blogger to fill in for you on your site.

    That has definitely helped my quality of life!

    Thanks for the comment, Carol.
    Sue

  55. All brilliant ways to drive more traffic. I’d also add: get involved into the other blogs’ comments section. There’s a lot of great quality traffic to be had, not to mention you’re an active member of the blogosphere.

  56. Hi, Randy,

    You are so right! Great observation.

    Thanks for your comment,
    Sue

  57. Hii Nisha,
    the tips that you have shared here are really awesome. As, the way you explained is really impressive. I’ll definitely follow these instructions. As, its really a traffic boosting guide for bloggers.
    Really appreciative, keep it up.
    -Nitin

  58. Hi, Nitin,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. It’s great to see you here on Nisha’s blog and thanks so much for your comment!

    Sue

  59. Hi Lea,

    It is great to see you here at my blog.

    Thank you so much for the comment. Looking forward to see you around again.

    Have a nice Sunday!

  60. Hi Ikechi,

    Catchy headlines always rock. We must use some eye-catchy headlines to grab more user attentions.

    Guest posting is also a great way to connect with lot of bloggers and increasing traffic.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful comment here and at Sue’s blog.

    Enjoy your upcoming week ahead!

  61. Hi Raspal,

    Good luck for your new challenge. Hope, you are doing great with that.

    Looking forward to see you again here.

    Enjoy your day ahead!

  62. Hi Vino,

    Thanks for your wonderful feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed reading here.

    Have a good day!

  63. Thanks Emebu!

    Happy Sunday!

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