I had been toying with the idea of posting this particular blog post as I've read a ton of these posts in the past and absolutely none of them were helpful to me, not one of them gave me the info I needed on exactly how to increase my blog traffic, even though the post title said different, but after much debate I thought why not share my blogging 'secrets' and let the world know just how I tripled both of my blogs traffic in just one month.
When I began my new blog, Fawns & Fables, I, just like many other bloggers out there, wanted it to be a success, I actually wanted people to engage and see my photography and I'm absolutely delighted to say that's just what's happening. My new blog is now 48 days old now and has gained over 10,300 page views - not too shabby I don't think! This blog, Dolly Dowsie, has gone from 1,000 page views a day to well over the 2,000 mark and even when I wake up in the morning I have over 500-600 page views, all through no promotion of posts at all. So just how do I get this traffic?
Adding my blog posts to StumbleUpon
This is probably the easiest and fastest thing anyone could do to promote their blog but I know there are a lot of people out there who still don't know what StumbleUpon is. Basically it's a traffic referral site which lets people find sites within their interests. I will promote the importance of making your content StumbleUpon worthy before submitting though, I've found that the 'parenting' category gives me the least traffic whereas 'photography' will give me over 55 unique page views instantly. Fawns & Fables highest traffic source is StumbleUpon and it's always a great feeling to know that people with a genuine interest in a subject are reading your blog for that reason alone. Adding my blog posts to StumbleUpon literally takes two minutes and the traffic benefits are more than worth that time.
Participating in Twitter retweet threads
This is the most time consuming type of blog promotion I do but definitely the most rewarding in terms of traffic and also opportunities too. I take part in Twitter retweet threads in three Facebook groups for blog/website promotion - Promote Your Website and Twitter Marketing Group - yes I actually shared the groups, no other 'how to' post I read did... We all retweet each others tweets and the benefits have been huge for my blog and I. All those retweets have allowed my blog posts to be seen and read by people who otherwise would have remained oblivious to my blogs. I see participating in these threads as being my own marketing strategy, I mean look at the tweet above, 131 retweets and 60 favourites, no way would I have gotten that reach if I had simply just tweeted and left Twitter to it. That tweet alone gave that particular blog post on my brand new blog 650 page views in one day.
Adding my links to Reddit
This is something I have only just started doing and I've already seen huge spikes in traffic. You simply add your link to Reddit (you do have to sign up to the site first), give it a catchy title and a subreddit and watch your traffic grow. I had 121 hits from Reddit yesterday alone by submitting one of my cupcake posts and what's great about Reddit is that people who actually want to read your link are the ones clicking on it and they can even give it a +1 too so that it ranks higher on the site for more people to see. I wish I had known about Reddit sooner, it's great to have all these free tools for post promotion.
Adding an image to all my post promotion tweets
This is something I've only recently begun doing too but I've noticed that it has increased both my Twitter interation and hits since doing so. I think people engage far more with an image than just words and a link so I use a relevant image from the post I'm promoting to my tweets and it has really helped in engaging people and making them actually want to click on the link to see more.
Making my images Pinterest worthy
I've begun using Pinterest more and more for post promotion, especially for my DIY and baking posts. I make sure that my images for these posts are Pinterest worthy. Clear, interesting pictures will inspire people to want to make/do these things too and pin your image to their own boards, thus making it possible for more people to see them and your link too. I've gotten some great traffic from Pinterest for these types of posts and I love seeing the 'pin it' numbers going up.
Having clear blog post titles stating what the post is actually about
I'm lucky in that most of my views are organic hits from Google. The SEO on my blog Dolly Dowsie seems to be great and I'm listed as number one on the 1st page of Google for a lot of my review posts - particularly my makeup reviews. I think having a clear blog post title stating what will be found within my post has really helped this. For example, I wrote a review yesterday for the Makeup Revolution Mermaids vs Unicorns palette and I am now the number one spot on Google when you search for reviews on this. One of my most popular posts as of late is my Kylie Jenner Lip using MAC Twig lipstick and if you search for those terms I appear as number three on the first page of Google. It's great to know that my blog is ranking highly for some of these features and reviews and is gaining traffic even though I'm not promoting these posts in any way anymore.
So those are my blogging 'secrets', not really secrets at all but still, very important things for me to do for my blogs. I see my blogs as my 'job' and not only do I need my blogs to work for me but I need to work for them too and keep up with my promotion, marketing, etc. All of these things are so simple and the only time consuming thing is the Twitter retweet thread, everything else literally takes about two minutes but those two minutes can be make or break for my posts traffic.
I hope this post has been helpful and helps you to triple your blog traffic in a short space of time too.