7 Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic

Driving traffic to your blog can be a daunting task, it require lots of time and dedication. Below are 7 ways to increase your blog traffic and how I tripled my page views this month.

Why Start a Blog?

  • Creative Outlet
  •  Friendship & Blogging Community
  • Inspire others through your content
  • Accountability 
  •  Side Hustle & Passive Income
  • New & fun hobby
  • Continuous Learning 

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An Appealing Unique Web Design

Investing in a unique design is going to be what makes your blog stand out among the rest. It doesn’t necessarily matter what type of design you have whether it has bright colors or is black and simple. You want to have a design that is easy to navigate, and personal to you. Using a free theme will work when you first get started, but after a while you definitely want to invest in a design that is going to grow your blog’s brand. I started off with a fee design, because I was on a budget. I updated my design all most two months ago, and I immediately saw a rise in my traffic.

If you are on a budget, there are a lot of inexpensive websites (99designs, Creativemarket) where you can find beautiful designs. If you are on a more flexible budget a good route would be to hire a designer and a developer to create a special design. You can then work together with them to create something you love, and that you are proud of. 

Write Helpful Content + Share Buttons

Create content that is somehow helpful to your readers. When you create useful content it is more likely to be shared among social media. Your readers will be more likely to pin your content for later, and share it with their friends. They can’t share your content if there are no share buttons, so make sure you have visible share buttons.

Creating A Strong Social Media Presence

It is an investment to get your name out there on social media, because of all the time and push it takes to get people to follow you and engage. Having a social media following will help to grow your blog, and with getting organic traffic. There are a lot of not authentic ways to gain followers out there. I would recommend steering away from those apps, and follower trains, they won’t help you gain authentic traffic. With that being said your following won’t grow by the thousands overnight it will take time. Being your authentic self is the best way to gain followers that actually follow you because they genuinely want to.

Being most of us have full-time jobs sometimes time will become our biggest investment. There are social media schedules like Tailwind (affiliate link)(Pinterest scheduler), Twuffer (Twitter scheduler), and Later (Instagram scheduler) that can help you save a little time when you first get  started. Not to mention keeping up with so many social sites can be overwhelming. It can be hard to manually post everyday that is why I recommend signing up for social media schedulers.

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– Pinterest SEO

When you scroll through your Pinterest dashboard you have probably noticed your pins no longer show up in a chronological order. Instead Pinterest now has a smart feed that uses its algorithm to figure out the kind of content that you are most interested in, and that is what will show up on your Pinterest feed.

To make sure your pins get seen by the “smart feed” you need to be sure to use Pinterest SEO. By using Pinterest SEO even users who do not follow you will  get to see your pins. First things first you need to make sure your website is verified, and sign up for rich pins. When you have rich pins, which I highly recommend you get. Pinterest will have your pin description under all of your images. Adding text over your image will help your image to stand out even more. Pinterest users will automatically know what to expect when they click on your post. Another way to utilize Pinterest SEO is to make sure your image names, board descriptions, pin descriptions, and Pinterest profile all include relevant keywords. Pinterest SEO is huge in order to make sure your Pinterest profile gets optimized, and in return bring massive traffic to your blog.

Re-pin old post + Share on Social Media

Schedule an update on Facebook, post to Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or LinkedIn, and then pin it againRevive Old Post is a great plugin that will help you with sending out automatic tweets linking to and promoting your old posts on Twitter and Facebook. Tailwind is also another great app that helps you to schedule your pins. It gives you an insight into your analytics where you can see which pins and/or boards are performing the best, but we will get to that in another post. Scheduling my pins to post automatically has changed everything. Don’t be afraid to re-pin old post and delete pins that are not performing well you never know they may go viral years later. That is why it is very important to update old post with Pinterest friendly images. 

Create a Roundup Post + Interlink your posts

To bring more traffic to older post a good idea is to create a roundup post. What this means is you will create a post where you round up and link up your best content. For example, your top spring beauty post, best blogging tips. This way your new readers can see your old content all conveniently in one place.

Be Consistent

Growing your blog and getting traffic is a lot of work. It takes time and lots of effort. A lot of people give up after a while, because they don’t see immediate results. Be consistent and patient you won’t see results overnight, but you will eventually get there. I didn’t start seeing any type of real traffic until a year in to my blog. Whatever you decide on make sure it is something you love, so you don’t burn out down the line and get bored. There are so many topics you can choose from. You will definitely learn while you go, so don’t be intimidated by other experienced bloggers.

Connect With Other Bloggers

Interacting with other fellow bloggers whether in your niche or a different one not only will bring you more traffic, but it is what makes blogging so unique. Always write meaningful comments with good intentions, but don’t be afraid to put a link back to your blog so others can check out your blog as well.

How do you drive traffic to your blog?

Comment below

  • Great actionable advice. As someone just starting while it’s a little scary to hear there is no magic bullet it is great to hear that with hard work you can grow your blog.

    • Jonnie

      Yes, it takes lots of work and dedication!

  • Lianne Benning

    I’ve been working at it for about 6 months now and I can confirm it is a whole lot of work. No easy fix here! But things gradually go better and better. You’ve got to be disciplined if you really want it.

    • Jonnie

      I am glad to hear that!

  • Stressy Mama

    Great tips. I love the round-up post idea. Sam x

    • Jonnie

      Thanks sam xox

  • I’m getting frustrated with mine at the moment, I get mine going up and then for some reason have to leave blogging for a month or two (life gets in the way) and I’m back to square one, but I just got a new blog design I’m super stoked about so I’m going to keep going!

    The Quirky Queer

    • Jonnie

      That is super exciting! Staying consistent is Key!

  • Krista Aoki

    Great job tripling your traffic girl! Pinterest SEO is soooo important. I’ve only been blogging a few months, but I’ve already seen the benefits of good Pinterest SEO!

    http://kristaaoki.com

    • Jonnie

      Thanks Girl!

  • Syls Hanes

    You have some really smart steps. I so support the social media presence – once I started really taking the time to post authentic comments, and truly read the blogs, or comment on IG, I saw the readership respond in a measurable way. Thanks for sharing those!

    • Jonnie

      No problem! xo

  • Maya Maceka

    Jonnie, this is spot on! This month, I’m going to work on writing a roundup and connecting with other bloggers. PS – love your graphics! <3

    Maya
    http://www.mayamaceka.com

    • Jonnie

      Thank you Maya!

  • arita muhaxheri

    wow good work on getting all that traffic . So insightful and helpful I am certainly taking notes over here ,thanks for sharing <3

  • I use only seo to drive traffic to my blog

    http://www.petskeeping.com

  • Thank you, this is very helpful to new bloggers. I found a big value in it!

  • Kim Bui

    Great post, Jonnie! My favorite is re-marketing old posts, what’s the point of creating great content if it just sits there? A little marketing and pushing on social media goes a long way.

  • Azelea Montes

    Thank you! I’ve been looking ways to increase traffic lately. I’m trying to be more consistent since I had a stale period. How much do you pay for Pinterest SEO? Or is it free?

  • Julie Perez

    Great tips! I’ll be using these for my own website

  • Jennifer Weltz

    You have some great tips here! Creating ever green content is the best thing to do ! Re circulate those old posts! http://jenniferdawn.ca/category/blogging-tips/

  • Ezekwesiri Nwanosike

    Thank you for the insight. Reading this has made me a better blogger…

  • Gina Marie

    Great tips. Love the pin old pins. Sometimes I even creat new images as well.

  • Such great tips! I’ve recently written a similar article on this topic and we seem to agree on almost everything! There’s some new ones in here for me too, I definitely don’t utilise Pinterest enough!

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

  • Useful tips and informative. As everything in life, needs time and dedication in order to have the best results in blog traffic.
    Helene // Beautiful Is My Attire

  • Matthew Huseby

    These tips are so helpful, thank you! I especially like your last tip, “connect with other bloggers.” That’s one of my new goals.

  • Those are some great tips especially abut linking your posts!

  • Vicki Law

    thanks for sharing. I’ve been trying to increase traffic to my blog http://www.skncomplex.com.au/blog for a while now so these tips are going to come in handy.

  • A brilliant post Jonnie, so many great tips in it! I’ve just had a blog rebrand and even though I always stop at how much bloody money I’m spending on it it’s so worth it because every little thing you change can make the biggest difference! You have a wonderful blog and can’t wait to be reading more of your archive, so happy I’ve found it x

    • byjonniedavis

      Thank You so much! I am glad you found it helpful!

    • Jonnie

      Ow a rebrand sounds exciting! Thank you so much I am glad I could help! xo

  • Abhilash P S

    Great tips, I could you use Pinterest SEO seriously. I’m very much interested in growing social media traffic to website. Plans should be implemented in short time. I like to interact with more bloggers. Thank You

  • I still trying to figure out SEO trying to find keywords is hard!

  • Bryan Carey

    There is no easy answer, but perseverence with a blog pays off. The Pinterest SEO you mention is especially valuable.

  • RIkki Parker

    Some of things these I started doing but some I never thought of! Great post!

  • Amy

    Great tips! I never would have thought to do a roundup post of all my links. Will have to try it!

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