7 Quick and Easy Tips: Blog Traffic for Beginners

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blog traffic for beginnersBlog traffic is as important as physical traffic that takes people from point A to point B and back.

New online business owners are encouraged to create a blog, and there are several good reasons for this.  The challenge is that there are millions of blogs on the internet.  Millions of active blogs. There are thousands, if not millions of inactive ones, started by enthusiastic owners who gave up because of lack of blog traffic.

According to Technorati, in 2010 there were more than 8 million blogs online and 12,000 new blogs were started every day. It’s likely that the daily new blog creation has increased significantly.

What are some quick and easy ways to increase blog traffic for beginners?

Keep it Relevant: If your website, hence your blog, is about travel, don’t confuse your readers by writing about gardening unless you can make it relevant to travel.  For example, some of your travel readers may have shared their enthusiasm about gardening. You could have a post that incorporates gardens they may want to visit when they travel. Otherwise, stay on topic to keep them coming back.

Become a Part of the Blogosphere: Find blogs in your niche and make it a habit to leave meaningful comment on three or so every week.  For one thing, most blogs allow you to post a link back to your website.  Another is that when you leave comments that add to the conversation in a good way, some bloggers will get curious and return the courtesy of visiting your blog and leaving comments.  Link-building has changed over the years, but it’s still a benefit to have links coming back to your blog.

K.I.S.S: Keep your blog sweet and simple.  Unless you enjoy writing and love your topics enough to write long, informative, and interesting posts, just keep it short at a minimum of 300 words.  It’s much better to be blogging on a regular basis with short, informative posts than wait to write one 800 word post.  Of course, there’s a place for that and when you’re ready to expand to writing on places like the LinkedIn publishing platform, you may find that lengthier posts work well.

Check for errors: Making grammatical and spelling errors can be a major put off for many readers. They may not visit your blog again simply because of the many errors they find in your blog posts. Always proofread. A small typo here and there can be understood, but make sure you avoid making any major errors.

What works for me is to write the post, walk away and do something else then come back to it with fresh eyes.  I do this because I find that when I read and publish immediately after writing, my mind seems to inject the correct spelling instead of recognizing what is on the page.

Develop your own personality and style of writing: Remember your blog is one way to build the know, like, and trust factor.  Write in a way that reflects your personality. Avoid trying to write like someone else who is successful as what works for them may not work for you.  Also keep in mind that you’re not writing a term paper. Write in a way that’s easy to read and understand.

Use Images to Increase Blog Traffic:  Take a look at a few of your favorite magazines. Every page has interesting images. Do you find yourself drawn to the graphic even before you read the article?  Your readers will also appreciate sharp, interesting images with your article. It can be challenging to find the ‘right’ graphics and ones that you won’t be penalized for using. Kelly McCausey and Samantha at White Label Perks offer the most beautifully designed social media graphics which you can use on your blog posts and on social media.

Post Title: A catchy post title or headline is important in attracting readers to your blog.  Also, it’s important to optimize your titles and the entire post as these are what will allow your post to show up higher in search engine results.

What are some other ways you increase traffic to your blog?  Please share in the comments. If you enjoyed what you read, I would appreciate if you click on the social media buttons above and share. Thank you for reading. 🙂

Yvonne A Jones is a Business and Life Coach to small business owners and entrepreneurs and especially enjoys working with women 50 and Wiser who want to take their passion from dream to reality. She focuses on mindset and then business development. Her main website is: www.YvonneAJones.com where you can read more on her blog. New website www.50andwisercoaching.com coming soon!

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7 Quick and Easy Tips: Blog Traffic for Beginners — 10 Comments

  1. Hi Yvonne,

    Good post about getting targeted traffic to blogs. I get most of my new traffic from using your 2nd suggestion: ‘Become a Part of the Blogosphere’, yet all your tips are good.
    Thanks,
    Edward

    • Yvonne A Jones on said:

      Thank you for sharing what works for you, Edward. Commenting on other people’s blogs is an excellent strategy that builds relationships…and of course, traffic. 🙂

  2. Great tips, thank you, Yvonne! My favorites are KISS and Develop your own personality and style of writing. I tend to write longer blogs and takes more time… So, less is more, as long as it concise, relevant and interesting, right?
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    • Yvonne A Jones on said:

      You are a prolific blogger, Millen, and incorporate your personal experiences beautifully in your posts. I like to mix up my post lengths, definitely write longer posts on the LinkedIn publishing platform, but even there we have to be strategic and make the content easy to read.

  3. That is a lot of new blogs! I have no doubt that # has only gotten larger. I really like the K.I.S.S tip also and try to follow that for my blog. We are all so busy it is hard to find time to read a blog that is a book each post.

    Also, if I can’t easily skim a blog post to see if it is something I want to read further I don’t read it at all. So how you have your key thoughts bolded I can easily see yes I want to read what she has to say, if that make sense.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Yvonne A Jones on said:

      Makes a lot of sense, Summer. We lead busy lives and have to consume content quickly. Most of us are skimmers, so I’m glad you
      confirm the importance of having bolded headings or in some way let the reader know very quickly what is being shared in each
      section.

      Thank you for leaving a helpful comment.

      Yvonne

  4. Yvonne, these are great tips not only for the newbies but for the rest of us who get a little lazy from time to time. I’ve been writing longer posts because that was what was recommended. But, I think I’ll change it up this year with some shorter ones. Thanks for keeping us on track.

    • Yvonne A Jones on said:

      Hi Joyce, I always appreciate how authentic you are and you readily acknowledge
      where you can benefit from strategies, although I know you’re a well-respected
      business professional. I’m happy you got a lot of benefit from the post, and
      thank you for sharing.

  5. Really informative post Yvonne. I am guilty of writing long posts. I do love writing but I’m going to set myself a challenge for Feb and see if I can stick to 300 words per post. It wont be easy ( I’m a natural chatterbox) and I’m making no promises but lets see how I do? Thanks again Yvonne x

    • Yvonne A Jones on said:

      Hi Dee, That makes two of us. It’s a challenge for me to keep it short too but we could be preventing many people from reading our posts.
      People are busy so if we can mix them up, it may be a good idea to do so. All the best with your attempt. 🙂

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