5 Ways To Increase Traffic & Gain Followers6:41 PM
For us bloggers, it's hard to figure out at first how to really get our stuff out there and to gain a true following. I've been blogging now for almost two years and I've tried different ways to gain traffic and followers. These are my top five methods.
Scheduling ahead of time is a great way to make sure your content is getting out there for people to see without you investing every minute. I've used many different social media schedulers, but out of all of them, I like Buffer the most. They have an easy to use site that allows you to schedule all of your major social media accounts. They allow you to add photos to your posts and even send you a weekly analytics email to allow you to see which pins, tweets and posts were more popular so you can find the best time to post.
Being on your actual social media account is key as well. You need to make sure that you are responding to your followers when they message you or comment on one of your posts. It makes them feel heard. Joining, starting and carrying on conversation will create a buzz about your blog and people will stick around.
There are many benefits of a link party. If you are not sure what a link party is or how to join one, visit my How To Link Up: Joining A Link Party post. You'll find all of the information you'll need. Not sure of where to look for link parties? Visit my Ultimate Link Party List for many listed by day.
The best way to increase your page views from link parties is to make sure that you use an eye-catching image in your linkup. There are usually a lot of links in a party and using a bold image that not only tells the story of your blog post, but also catches the eye will bring in a lot more visitors. I typically use images that do not have words on them such at the title image.
Do you host a link party? When hosting a link party, visit the people that link up and leave comments on their posts. Invite them back and thank them for joining. Chances are, they will. Don't forget to leave your website and name when you visit so they know where to go. You can also do this when you visit posts from other parties. I've seen it many times where other blog party hosts will leave URL links to their parties on posts they find interesting. Don't forget to leave a honest and kind message with your link or you'll come across spammy!
Offers & Giveaways
When it comes to trying to get subscribers for a newsletter or visitors in general, try giving something away. By providing a free service or even a printable will get people to stop by and engage. For instance, you probably noticed when visiting this post that there was a drop down message that asked you if you would like to subscribe to my newsletter and receive my Free 2016 Planner, Calendar and Organizer in return. I've built a large number of subscribers from this.
Offering a prize is another way to gain followers and new visitors. It could be anything from a gift card to the hottest toy everyone wants to get their hands on. Filling out a Rafflecopter form and putting it in your post will allow people to follow you on a variety of different platforms in exchange for an entry. You can make as few or as many as you'd like.
Roundup and Informative Posts
I've gained many followers with roundup posts. One of my most popular posts like this include 25 Copy Cat Recipes From Your Favorite Restaurants. I've received thousands of new visitors from this because people like the ability to find what they are looking for in one place.
I like to write about what could possibly help people. I especially like to share what I have learned. One of my more popular posts on the matter is my How To Create Printables post. It doesn't have to pertain to blogging though. It could be something like crocheting or building a shelf from a pallet. Providing information will always keep people coming back and will work well with search engines when people search for what they need.
There is no point to blogging when you're not talking to other people. Visit other posts and start conversations. This is something similar to when you are joining link parties. Share personal stories or instances on posts you find interests in. Share information with fellow bloggers. Don't forget social media. Sharing a project you like of a fellow blogger or even giving a shout out can go a long way, too. Sending a little traffic to others means that they are more likely to do the same for you.
This also goes for the bigger bloggers. It may be a little hard to get in touch with them because, after all, a bigger blog means more people to keep in touch with, but becoming blogging pals with the big cats can help you in the long run. You can do this by trying to guest post on their blogs and allowing them to do the same or to apply to contribute to their blog.
I hope that this will help you in one way or another or at least inspired you in some way. They may not work for all of you, but I wanted to share what has worked for me so far! Thanks for stopping by!