Do you want to get more traffic or better traffic to your blog? If you’re a beginner, then you want traffic period! But if you’ve been blogging for a while and you’re still not getting a nice amount of traffic, you too want a little of both. Some of you been working hard and still not getting those great results. Well now it’s time to work smart. In this post I will talk about how you can get MORE BETTER TRAFFIC to your blog!
“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” ~ Napolean Hill
If you’re a blogger then you’ve wanted one of four things.
- You want traffic
- You want more traffic
- You want better traffic
- You want more better traffic
Isn’t this the thinking process of us bloggers?
When we first come onto the scene, we just want people to read our content and so we can get any type of traffic. Once we do we feel like that we’re really doing something. We give ourselves a pat on the back and inadvertently develop a big nice ‘koolaid’ smile.
But after a couple of weeks, we get a bit more greedy. We figure that we’re not getting enough traffic. So what do some of us do?
Well we start paying for tools that’ll help us get the traffic. Some of will go to the extent of paying for the illegitimate use of Black Hat SEO, which can really hurt us. Once we start using it, we get penalized.
Ok, Ok… now frustration is setting in. You don’t know whether to give up or keep moving.
You decide to keep moving because now you’re starting to see people who are actually having success with blogging. You see that they’re monetizing their blogs by different means which strengthens your faith.
You read a couple of blogs on getting better target traffic and you put it to practice. After a while you mildly get better results, but now you want MORE BETTER TARGETED TRAFFIC. So now what?
Whether you’re just getting started with blogging or you’re an intermediate, you definitely want to build a foundation to help carry you through your blogging journey.
When I first started, my mind was everywhere. Although I was doing some productive activities, I didn’t link any of them together. I learned that your blog is the ‘hub’ of your online marketing, but I treated all the strategies I was using as though they were separate islands without bridging them.
But the focus of this blog post is to summarize past posts about traffic and show you different ways to start building a strong foundation, preparing your blog to receive targeted traffic.
So here are 8 points I came up with to get you started as a beginner and for those who been blogging over 6 months..
Figure Out Why You’re Blogging
Ok, you want to figure out why you want to blog and those that are already blogging, why did you start blogging in the first place.
I have to admit, my reasons have changed throughout the years. When I was in MLM, my sponsor was really the reason why I started, but I’ve grown to really like it.
If you have a home business, there are many strategies already out there for you to choose from. There are quite a few people who are having success just through strategies like email marketing and social media.
Some of my own reasons are:
- It’s easier for me to start building relationships
- I like sharing what I learned
- I like to share my trials and tribulations
- I like to show other entrepreneurs other options for growing their business
- I’ve grown to love the blogging community
- I want to improve my writing and communication
Figure out What Niche(s) You Want to Focus On
I couldn’t stress this enough.
Repeat visitors leads to repeat customers.
Why do I say this. Well this goes back to one of the reasons why entrepreneurs start blogging in the first place… You’re advertising yourself.
Also I mentioned for myself, it’s easier to build relationships with your market.
As a salsa dancer, there’s certain DJ’s I follow. There’s quite a few genre’s within salsa music in and of itself. I listen to a lot of genre’s but my favorite is Cuban Salsa. And if you’re playing mostly Timba Cuban Salsa, then I’m going to make you my best friend.
This definitely applies to your blog. If you’re a blogging, you may want to talk about online marketing, but your main focus might be email marketing which would appeal to that specific audience although they may also be interested in online marketing all together.
Point Out Your Trials And Tribulations
One thing I learned about getting a job in IT, you may get the job interview because of your degrees and certifications, but that doesn’t guarantee you the job.
What I learned is that in this field, these companies and institutions love it more when you have a lot of experience.
And when it comes to experience, your audience is going to love it when you point out your trials and tribulations. This is a way for you to build a better connection as humans and start the process of engagement.
If you’re a beginner then you may want to talk about your fears and doubts about blogging, and if you’ve been doing this for a while, then you want to go over your actual challenges of blogging.
Set Up An Analytics Tool To Analyze Traffic
When it comes to traffic then analytics is where it’s at.
This is the information you’re going to need to know to figure out how you’re going to get more targeted traffic.
- Which post gets the most responses?
- What’s your least responsive post?
- Which blog posts get the most subscribers?
– How to get more targeted traffic?
- How to keep your targeted traffic?
These are all important things to know if you’re leveraging blogging as a strategy to build your home business.
But as I mentioned about niche marketing, from my experience, you want to be a bit more specific as far as your audience. Asking questions like I mentioned will help lead you to the answers.
Learn The Basics Of SEO
Search Engine Optimization is what SEO stands for if you don’t know already.
You use SEO to dress up and make your blog posts look attractive to search engines like Google, MSN and Bing.
Now within the past 2 years, SEO hasn’t been as strong as it was in previous years. So not as many bloggers are focusing on it as much. The ones that aren’t, are getting enough traffic from all the relationships they built through the years of blogging or from just building connections offline.
But if you’re not getting the traffic you want, then learning the basics of SEO doesn’t hurt. It will help your blog posts get found on search engines.
Build Strong Connections With Other Bloggers Within Same Niche(s)
For some people this is a tedious task, while other’s enjoy making those connections with other bloggers.
But one thing I can tell you is that it takes some time. Some people can naturally connect with others instantly, while others of us may take a while.
As I mentioned before, when you build strong connections with other people, then using SEO strategies won’t be a big need. Not only will you be communicating back and forth, but also they will share your content for others to see. This will especially be beneficial if you’re in the same niche.
How can you build these connections? Here are a few
- Comment on their blog posts
- Add as a friend and engage with them on social media
- Engage with them on their facebook pages
- Comment on whatever they post on social media
Search Engines actually look at your comments through ‘mentions’. When you mention someone’s name or they mention yours on sites like facebook, Twitter or Google plus, this is an indicator of engagement/interaction which also helps you get higher ranks with the search engines.
Make Use of Blogging Sites
There are quite a few blogging sites you can leverage. I’ve used quite a few of them, but out of all the sites I’ve used, I like Kingged.com the best.
Well for one I find the same serious bloggers within the site and for two, it has a program to where you get paid for commenting.
So it’s definitely a win/win situation.
I also have to mention that you can really target your audience with sites like kingged.com. They have blogging categories to where you can target specific strategies.
Since I like to blog, love content marketing, make use of social media, and an affiliate marketer, then I target these 4 categories within these blogging sites where the target market is.
In The Process Figure Out Why You Get Better Traffic To Your Blog
This point can be tied into the previous point of setting up Google Analytics on your blog. But when it’s all said and done you want to figure out why your traffic is improving.
You want to keep your returning visitors and at the same time you want to be able to get more targeted traffic.
Now at first Google Analytics can be quite a challenge to look at when you first see it. As a matter of fact it can be quite a challenge trying to set it up.
If you’re confused on how to set it up, go back and click on the link about why you’re not generating traffic from your target audience. There is a video included on how to set Google Analytics up on your blog.
Once you set it up, you want to know what to look for. You want to set up goals and your metrics. These two tools are indicators that will show you how your traffic is responding to your posts as well as other sites.
Now It’s Your Turn!
Are these tips doable and easy to execute?
If you’ve been blogging for a while, what would you recommend to beginners? If you’re a beginner blogger, were these tips easy to understand.
Please share your comments below and share this post with your friends. I look forward to reading them!