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

Blogging is one of the easiest ways to increase your exposure and credibility in the online community. But I’ve seen many bloggers flounder when it comes to increasing the traffic to their blog.

While it is easy to set up a blog with WordPress or other platforms, grabbing the attention of the target audience is what most people fail to achieve.

You can have the best design, tools, and features in your blog, but without the proper elements that increase your exposure, I can say for sure, you cannot go anywhere with blogging.

Blogging 101-Drive Traffic to Your Blog

Here are some powerful tips that’ll drive traffic to your blog largely.

Regular Posts

Setting up a blog is just the first step. The main part is maintaining and updating it regularly. I’ve seen many bloggers start out on full throttle, but lose their enthusiasm in a couple of weeks.

While for some it is because they’ve exhausted all possible ideas, for others it is because they don’t get any immediate response and give up on the whole idea.

But with regular posts, you can definitely boost traffic to your blog. Here are some statistics to prove this.

  • When you increase the frequency of the posts, you can see your leads increasing in direct proportion
  • Blogging reaches your audience more effectively than advertising
  • Companies with 200 and more blog posts have better leads than those that have only a few posts

Initially I’d suggest writing on all week-days for the first 2-3 months.

Once you have 50 or so posts, you can reduce the posts to 2-3 times a week.

If you are too busy to contribute, have guest posts or hire writers but make sure you edit and check the posts for relevancy.

Keep writing down ideas for posts whenever you think of them. This will help when you run out of topics to write about.

A post need not be filled with content for all time. Shorten the content and include more images and graphics to make it look more attractive and easy work for you.

Do Read:- How I Improved My Blog Speed and Sales by 200%

Setting up Social Media

Social media is without doubt the best tool you can use to promote your blog. In fact, I strongly advocate, giving it more importance in your blog.

The easiest and quickest way to optimize for social media is to include a plugin or widget that adds the social sharing buttons that are easy for readers to share.

Spend time on the social network that is right for your blog regularly for a month until you make the right connections and build your followers’ list.

Social Media setting-up

Interaction with other bloggers is necessary. Subscribe to a couple of blogs in your niche that you admire and comment in the blogs.

Make sure you link back to your blog if the topic is relevant to any of your posts.

While a full-fledged social media optimization can be expensive, you can always include social sharing without spending much.

You can use Buffer as Matthew Barby has suggested in this post, to schedule all your social media posts to get maximum exposure.

Recommended:- 10 Simple Steps to Increase Website Traffic with Social Networking

Tweak Your Posts

In my opinion stopping with great content is not enough to generate traffic. You should develop you own style, use the right type of keywords, top quality inbound links, and proper page construction.

Good page and domain level authority is necessary to be noticed by search engines.

To garner attention, use the post formats including images, videos, links, quotes, galleries, chat, audio, short snippets, and status that are collectively termed as asides, to add your own special touch.

These do not need technical expertise, as your theme will take care of it depending on the post format you pick.

In case your theme doesn’t have post format, you can add your own style like embedding a video with some short comment or using single sentence asides.

Add an audio file, and to add more perspective to your image, write a story to go with it. A photo essay is also a great idea.

I’ve found that the more tools of communication you use the better is your reach. For more ideas on tweaking content, have a look at this post from entrepreneur.com.

Mailing List is Vital

Mailing lists

If you look closely at all the successful blogs, each of them would have a mailing list or a giveaway. This is the best way to get income out of blogging.

The subscribers read your posts, promote it to friends, and help to launch your products successfully. So, an email subscriber list is important.

Sign up for good email marketing software like Aweber and add your blog to it.

Create an eBook to encourage people to sign up.

Giveaways help in increasing the subscribers to your blog. Free goodies always attract, don’t they?

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Know Your Audience

It is vital for your writing to have the right tone. It should share ideas that you are passionate about. But this is just one side of the coin.

Target Audience

The audience who read your post should also be focused on. This way you always stay on the line without throwing unrelated ideas to the unrelated crowd.

This is where Google Analytics comes to your rescue. Use it to know about how your blog is reaching out.

You can know how many readers view your blog via the search engines or social media sharing and on the type of searches that bring people to your blog.

The ranking and how to elevate it to until it reaches the first page of Google can be best understood here via my interview discussion with Larry Frank of flowingtechblog.com.

I hope the list I’ve compiled gives valuable info on making quick progress in your blogging journey.

Blogging needs more of smart work than hard work.

Knowing the right tips will keep you in tune with the trends and aid in your success largely.

Only when you introduce and merge discipline in your efforts, can the success be influenced to march at your address.

Let me introduce here, the special invited guests of my blog along with their guest posts. Hope, you will enjoy reading their awesome tips and experiences at one place.

Elizabeth McGeeguest post

Mi Mubaguest post

Donna Merrillguest post

Carol Amatoguest post

Don Purdumguest post

Sue Anne – Her guest post coming soon on 2nd Feb. Don’t miss to read her awesome tips.

Good luck!

Comments
  1. Hi Nisha!

    Solid tips here for sure. Across all of my sites, the biggest sender of return traffic is through my email list. Of course, you have to attract your leads an alternate way initially so the other methods you mentioned are good for achieving exactly that.

    People often ask me what the best way to get traffic is, but the truth is that there is no one way. It depends on so many factors like niche, target audience, level of authority etc. that you can’t just give a single answer. I think a good mix of several techniques like you mentioned here is the key to attracting the maximum amount of traffic possible.

    Thanks Nisha!

  2. Hi Nisha!
    5 smart strategies here indeed. Like James said, the biggest sender of return traffic is through email list. Of course, list building is very profitable if well utilized.

    Social media is another 100% sure way of driving traffic back home, it does not fail, it has worked wonders for me.

    Regular posting of good content that provides solutions is another sure way of driving organic traffic; organic traffic is where blog’s wealth lies.

    There are still so many ways to drive traffic to your site, but the 5 you listed here are superb, if you don’t mind, I will add “Forum Posting” as the 6th profit yielding way of driving traffic to your blog.

    Thanks Nisha!

  3. Hi Nisha,
    Regular weekday post for initial months of blogging is good idea to improve blog traffic and guest posts will help to spread our name on blogger’s community, email list building helps to maintain consistent traffic to our blog, social media is good medium for bringing traffic all the points which you mentioned are good tips to drive traffic to our blog.

  4. Hi Nisha

    Very valid points you mentioned to increase blog traffic and your proved it by sharing this post that surely is poised to go viral because of its power of engagement.

    You also mentioned about the number of posts at a blog that is noticed by advertisers. It is right a blog with just a few posts is hardly noticeable and one needs to share consistently at it.

    The way you are expanding the options of your content marketing strategy is itself is a proof it works great and you must have observed a big change in your blog’s analytics soon after publishing guest posts and interviews at it.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this highly engaging post.

  5. Thank you nisha for providing us with the wonderful post.
    Its very useful for the newbies like me to learn from you people.
    Keep writing and give us some knowledge. Thank you 🙂

  6. Hi Nisha ,

    Very Interesting , Blogging Tips , Mind Blowing Ideas Drive Traffic , Thank You For SHaring and providing me , You Are The Best Blogger , keep it up Good Job ,

    Jassica

  7. Agree to Sharath! Thanks for the informative post, Nisha. However, i would like to know more on SEO optimization.

  8. Hi Nisha,

    The information you shared here today is exceptional, quality and useful to anyone willing to increase is blog traffic without going the paid ads root.

    Email list building you mentioned is very powerful for traffic building that it most be given utmost priority and also, consistency in publishing.

    But in my recent experience with frequency of posting, I have found out that posting once per week works better for me at the moment due to my blogging model, time and goals.

    This allow me to spend more time networking with co bloggers, respond to readers questions, join the discussion on social media and other relationship building tactics which I consider more important for building a popular profitable blogging career.

    Thanks Nisha, nice reading your blog this morning from this part of the world – Africa, Nigeria.

  9. Hi Nisha

    These are great tips to increase blog traffic. Post regularly is a great strategy to increse traffic. Posts that are frequently updated will be visited more by readers.

    Social media does help bloggers boost traffic as it is able to reach out to your targeted audience. Tweaking a post is also a great tip but the best is when you know your audience. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Incredible post indeed. I will definitely apply above said points to increase blog traffic.

  11. Hi Saifi,

    This is nice to see you here at my blog.

    All the best for your success. I would like to hear a feedback from you after applying these methods to increase your blog traffic.

    Thanks for coming by here. Enjoy your day!

  12. You have shared lovely tips here and is worth giving a trial. Although I have build social media but others are still there to give a trial. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Thanks Nisha for this great article… keep sharing such useful info. cheers

  14. Great article.. regularly updating site and knowing ur audience are 2 of the most important things according to me that differentiate good blogs and successful blogs.. keep up the good work..

  15. Interesting, thank you for providing such a wonderful article to read.

  16. Nisha Pandey

    Hi James,

    It is good to see you here. Yes, there is no one sure shot formula of success here. What works for my audience may not work for yours. Thus you’ll have to employ your experience and understanding to find out what click for you.

    Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day ahead 🙂

  17. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Emebu,

    Thanks for adding the 6th one. Forum posting is indeed helpful and I have done it myself, with great results. Thanks for the kind words.

    Have a great day ahead 🙂

  18. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Siddaiah,

    I am glad that you found the post helpful. Yes all five are useful tools to bring traffic to your blog,

    Thanks for dropping by. Happy blogging 🙂

  19. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Muba,

    Thanks for the kind remarks. I’m glad that you find the post interesting. While all bloggers want to be successful in this field, newbies have very little idea on what to do and what not to do. So, this post is to guide them on the basic.

    Thanks again for dropping by. Have a great day ahead 🙂

  20. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Sharath & Ajay,

    I’m so glad that you found the information useful. The post is directed for dynamic new bloggers like you only. Thanks a lot for dropping by.

    And Ajay, for SEO you can go through this post: http://seotechyworld.com/improving-sites-seo-performance/

    Hope you find it useful 🙂

  21. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Jassica,

    Thanks a ton for such lovely remarks. I’m glad that you found the post helpful.
    Implement the ideas and do let me know how these work for you.
    Have a great day 🙂

  22. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Shamsudeen,

    Thanks for dropping by. Yes, e-mail list is the most potent tool bring traffic to your blog, according to my experience. And as for the frequency is concerned, one must decide on his own on this. A lot depends on the niche you are catering to, your target audience and your blogging goals as well.

    Its great to see you here. Have a nice day ahead 🙂

  23. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Ikechi,

    According to my experience when you post regularly that help your SEO a lot, and in turn it increases traffic to your blog. And understanding your readers is the basic of blogging. From targeting the right social media groups to choosing a relevant topic to write about, understanding your readers is the key to success.

    Thanks a lot for dropping by. Have a great day ahead 🙂

  24. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Hiidee,

    It’s great to see you here. Do give a try to the ideas. Hope they’ll prove to be useful. Do let me know your feedback.

    Have a great day ahead. 🙂

  25. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Rahul,

    Thanks a lot for the lovely remarks. Hope the tips will be useful for you.
    Have a great day ahead 🙂

  26. Nisha Pandey

    Hello rahul,

    Thanks for dropping by. Understanding your audience and updating the blog on regular basis is indeed the key to success.

    Have a great day 🙂

  27. Nisha Pandey

    Thanks Devi for dropping by. Glad that you found the information useful. 🙂

  28. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Terrelle,

    I have not used the trafficfalcons.com yet. But surely give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Have a great day ahead 🙂

  29. Nice article mam…

    I love your site’s articles…

    Your tips are amazing…. 🙂

  30. Hi,

    Thanks so much sharing some good tips, hope this will helping me for increase my blog traffic, these day my multi-niche website having more then 400+ daily unique traffic .. hope this will increase very soon.. good article..

    Regards
    John

  31. Hi Nisha,

    Great tips to follow. I think “know your audience” is one of the most important for traffic generation. You should know who is your audience, what they require and what they will receive from your site and then only you will able to stop them on your site. Also “quality content” with respect to your targeted audience is also important to boost traffic to blog.

    Thanks for sharing post with us.

  32. Nice tips Nisha!
    Social media is definitely the best tool for promoting a blog – no doubt.

    Thanks for the tips.

    Anja

  33. Great article, Really this helpful for so many bloggers thanks for sharing & keep posting..

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