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Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
I’ve been getting a bit more traffic to the blog recently and at first I thought it was because I’d started posting more often – 3 times a week vs. once a week. But, after thinking about it, I realised there were a lot of small things I did here an there that – together – made a big difference. So today, I wanted to share a few of them with you.
1. Join communities
The first big increase in my blog stats came when I joined online communities for bloggers. Health and fitness groups like SweatPink and Girls Gone Sporty were my first introduction to the online blogging community. Then came the SITS Girls’ #SITSBlogging twitter chat (formerly #SITSShareFest) and content sharing communities like this one.
Spend some time looking at what’s available and then try to join a couple that fit you. And remember, these groups aren’t about forcing your content down everyone’s throats. Meet people, make connections and little by little your presence in the blog world will grow.
2. Pin. Pin. Pin. (and other social media)
I held off on joining Pinterest for a really long time because I was sure it would just snowball into one big distraction. But I’m so glad I eventually took the plunge. Pinterest is consistently in my top 5 referral sources and I would have missed out on tons of traffic if I hadn’t joined. These days I schedule my pins using a service called Tailwind App, but it isn’t absolutely necessary to schedule pins. It just makes it easier (more on that in #5).
Quick tip: The images in your posts are a huge deal for Pinterest so take time to create
good great ones. PicMonkey and Canva are two popular (and free) online tools for good blog graphics if you don’t have access to more sophisticated software, like Photoshop, or are pressed for time.
3. Comment on and share other blogs
I’m a pretty reserved person in new situations, including online. So when I first started blogging and reading other blogs, I barely commented. HUGE mistake.
Commenting on other blogs not only gets a link back to your site (sometimes), it also helps build invaluable connections with other bloggers. I’ve made a lot of blogging friends just from consistently reading and commenting on their posts and then sharing them. They, in turn, comment on my posts and share them, sending new visitors my way. The blogging community is just that – a community – so don’t forget to do your part.
4. Participatie in Link-Ups
Participating in link-ups is a great way to get your content out there, but it can also be time consuming if you try to link up to too many. Link-up etiquette usually requires a link back to the blog in your post and you NEED to socialize. Scan through the other links and find some that interest you and then comment and/or share. Doing a ‘link and run’ may be tempting but it isn’t worth it, trust me. You’ll see much more engagement from other bloggers if you play nice.
This isn’t a direct way to increase traffic but it’s definitely a factor. Pre-scheduling reduces the stress of trying to stay on top of everything at once and frees up time for other blogging related activities.
I don’t know about you, but I do most of my online reading in the middle of the night which isn’t always the ideal time to share. Being able to schedule social media posts for a time when they’ll be more relevant is great. Scheduling my blog posts has also been a life saver since I started posting multiple times a week because it makes it much easier to stay organized and produce quality content consistently, which is arguably the most important part of blogging.
BONUS: Attend the Blog Well Summit
I’ve always wanted to go to a blogging conference because it’s a great way to learn more, meet other bloggers, connect with brands and get your name out there. BUT, most are pretty expensive. So when I found out about the Blog Well Summit I was pretty stoked.
The Blog Well Summit is a virtual conference series for health and wellness bloggers that gives you all the perks of a regular blogging conference, without the travelling and expenses. The first Blog Well Summit is happening on October 17-19, 2014 and covers Blog Design, Development & Branding. You can find out more and sign up to join the mailing list here. Attendance is free and the sessions sure to be insanely informative so I highly suggest you checkout the Blog Well Summit!
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What about you?
What free or less costly tips do you have for growing a blog? Have you heard of the Blog Well Summit? Are you planning to attend?
Share in the comments below!