5 Tips For Increasing Blog Traffic

by - May 18, 2018


When it comes to being a new blogger, it can be hard to get your name out there, and equally as hard to get your first initial view or follower. This can be so frustrating, especially when writing just one blog post takes time and effort. Despite this, there are multiple easy and simple ways to increase your blog traffic instantly.

Catchy Titles

One of the biggest tips for increasing blog traffic is definitely the wording of your titles. People are always looking for solutions, tips and answers daily, so by creating titles that bring this solution (e.g. 'Top 5 Tips to Become a Morning Person' or 'How I Cleared My Skin') will instantly bring the traffic.


Active on Social Media

For me, social media is my main driving force for blog traffic, and so if you're not using it, you're missing out. Social media gives you multiple platforms (Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are my main platforms) to get your name out there, alongside updating your followers on new content. Interacting with other bloggers and your own followers gives them a reason to return the favour and hopefully become regular readers! So get involved in the wider blogging community through daily blog chats, follow and comment trains and begin promoting your content! 

Clear Design

I have discovered so many blogs which have messy sidebars, no information about them, random pop-ups and an overall cluttered design. Do I re-visit their blog? No, and I'm pretty sure you wouldn't either. So, my tip is to create a design that keeps in theme and branding of your blog, which is cohesive and user-friendly. Therefore, you can ensure that readers will come back for more! There are other aspects of blog design that are a must; including a simple sidebar, categories, about, contact and follow information and much more. 

Stay Consistent

I struggle with this tip, and I know it's hard to keep up when you're busy working or in full-time education, but posting frequently and on a regular schedule will definitely help to increase the traffic to your blog. Remember, you do not have to post daily (I don't) and there are many successful bloggers who showcase this. Yet, readers want to know when to refresh your blog! I post twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, which gives me time on the weekend and during the week to schedule multiple blog posts in advance. I would recommend having at least a weeks worth of posts pre-written, which can be achieved by taking photos in bulk. 


Create Shareable and Beneficial Content 

The posts which drive the most traffic for me are ones which are helpful for my readers, usually by sharing my tips and tricks (like this blog post!). This type of content is perfect for sharing on Pinterest and I've found that I get more engagement and interaction from these posts. Linked to this tip, is the idea of the catchy titles. 



What do you do to increase blog traffic?

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45 comments

  1. I have a blog schedule that I (mostly) stick to and I really do think that helps as like you said, regular readers always know which days to come to my blog! I really need to learn to use Pinterest to create some more traffic to my blog as I've heard it can be such a helpful tool. And I definitely need to write more advice posts like this...
    Alice Xx

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    1. Advice posts (depending on how well you promote it) are at time my most loved posts which get the most traffic, engagement and comments!

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  2. Promoting your blog on social media makes a HUGE difference!
    I love blogger comment threads on twitter because not only do they help get your blog out there but you also discover so many great blogs and get to connect with new people.

    Louisa | Loubee Lou Blogs

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    1. The blogger comment threads are definitely what helps my blog to gain an audience and connections with others! I always seem to miss them though!

      Thanks for commenting x

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  3. Before I begin, I LOVE Muji and love your notepad! These are great tips on increasing blog traffic. I started becoming more engaged on Twitter and found positive results. Consistency is important too. I also find interacting with other bloggers very valuable. Respect is a two-way street and I feel like showing love to each other's blog will bring both parties to success :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Muji is the best! I find it hard to give the time to be able to connect with others, but when I do it definitely pays off!

      Thanks for commenting x

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  4. Social media makes such a huge difference! I've been saying for ages now that I need to dedicate some time and figure out Pinterest for blog promotion but that's yet to happen x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. At first it is hard to get your own pins to go viral, but when they do it generates so much traffic! Definitely start using Pinterest!

      Thanks for the comment x

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  5. Some lovely tips and some that i already use!x

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    1. So glad you loved this post, and hope the tips work well!

      Thanks for the comment x

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  6. I totally agree with all of these!! A clear design is a dead giveaway! If it doesn't look clean, fresh and organized I am not likely to stay very long, but the titles have to be good in order for me to click on it in the first place! Haha!! Consistency really is key though!! xx

    http://zoe-ware.com

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    1. I definitely agree with you, if you don't have a clear and easy to navigate design, I won't be returning! This is probably the first step to take when wanting to secure regular readers and traffic.

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  7. I’ve found that staying consistent has made a huge difference to my traffic, as well as staying active on social media, but I find that interesting with other bloggers is also key - participating in chats, comment swaps, generally being involved is all super important.. 🙊

    Andi | www.andthenzen.co.uk ✨

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    1. I definitely agree that these are the main ways to increase traffic! Although, it is hard to maintain this!

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  8. These are such great tips! I think being consistent is super important, there are some really successful bloggers who just post as and when they like but it really turns me off to them- there are only so many times that I'll go back and see if they have any new content!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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    1. Glad you liked the post! There have been so many times where I know I would like a blog if they just tweaked a few things, and so I don't return...

      Thanks for commenting x

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  9. Social media is my go to for driving my blog traffic, there’s so many options and ways to get your blog posts out there using them. The tip I struggle the most with is consistency. I manage to post once a week, but I have no set day yet to post on, so it’s just whenever I finish my post! Need to start looking into a better schedule �� Some great tips here!
    Jo | www.mindfuladventures.co.uk

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    1. I would suggest timetabling a day which is best for you - one which gives you time to write a post on the days before and perhaps schedule it on a day in which you have time to promote it and be on social media for a few hours!

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  10. I can relate to all of these tips. I am glad I connected with fellow bloggers because I learned so much from that and I am having lots of fun making new friends and reading other people too.
    I have struggled with being consisten but my posting days are wednesday and sunday.
    And in between I post when I have some extra spare time. It's been really helping and I feel like my blog has become more succesful for it too.
    Your tips are great! All new bloggers should keep this in mind ^^

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    1. I'm so glad this post has been helpful, if I had these tips in the early days of blogging it would be something completely different!

      Thanks for the comment x

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  11. I feel like I always struggle when it comes to titles because I love more unique titles, but I know more catchy titles get a better reach!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. I definitely try to twist the title into making it more catchy and personal for the reader. Titles that also state how you achieved something or advice posts for me are amazing in regards to traffic and engagement!

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  12. I did have a schedule but I'm so busy at the minute I'm struggling to write and it's really affecting my stats! I also agree social media is such a big help when promoting your blog I really need to learn how to use Pinterest to help increase my traffic! Great post!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. Even I'm not a Pinterest pro and I still think it has helped me in gaining some more traffic, but not as much as Twitter. As for a blog schedule, I have so far stuck to mine, but I always find I have no posts literally until the day before I'm meant to be posting!

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  13. I really need to get better at writing titles, it's not something I spend much time on. I know there are some tools out there to generate catchy titles, do you use any?

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    1. What I usually do is I search up the highest SEO generated words, and try to add in a few to my title. Therefore, I know that when people search into google, my post will hopefully be near the top, and gain a wider audience! Also a small tip that actually is really helpful, is making sure you name your images!

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  14. I cannot agree with you more! Since I 'fixed up' my headings and engage a bit more on Twitter I've gained more 'regulars'.

    Thank you for sharing your tips!

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    1. Happy that these tips work for you!

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  15. Such good tips! I definitely need to be a lot better at writing up blog posts in advance and publishing them more often xx

    Andrea | Trxpical Andrea

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    1. I always end up writing around 3 blog posts the night before I need to publish :/

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  16. This is a very useful post for me as I just started my adventure with blogging and I think it is very informational. Catchy titles are a must for sure - it can be seen on YouTube especially with all those "roommate horror story" and "I've nearly been killed".
    Hope I can use your tips and get some traffic as well.
    Dorota
    www.fetchcandle.wordpress.com

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    1. As you're a new blogger, if you start using these tips now you'll get traffic instantly! Good Luck!

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  17. Love this post! I'm always looking for new ways to up my traffic, I need to do some more things about the SEO on my site I think, a few people have told me this but I just have no idea what to do!

    Beth xx
    https://isthisseattaken.net

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    1. I find SEO so confusing and hard myself!

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  18. Some really great tips in here, many of which I try to follow as best I can! I wish I had read posts like this when i was first starting. It would have made things a lot easier!

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    1. Same here, if I had used this tips when I started I would be somewhere different!

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  19. Great post. I have a pinterest and twitter. I jump on the blog train when I see them, but I still have 3 subscribers on my blog. I see where a few people go to my blog from pinterest and twitter. My blog is about emergency preparedness. I have free pdf's on a lot of my posts. Just not sure what else to do. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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  20. My blog traffic massively improved once I started scheduling tweets, even if I couldn't get a new post up that week - I blame it on being a student - I would schedule old posts that fitted to that time of year etc. I definitely need to work on finding a routine for posting now that I'm finished with university for the year

    Sophie | www.sophiesspot.co.uk

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  21. I agree with everything you've said! Especially the bit about being active on social channels. It's so important these days, and I can see the results in terms of traffic. Especially with Twitter - my only regret is that I didn't start doing it sooner!

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

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  22. Some great advice. I know I need to do better with my blog and this post gave me some ideas of how so thanks.

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  23. Some great times. I completely agree on promotion and also the organisation of your website. If things are clearly laid out that people can navigate the site easily and enjoy the experiences. Lovely blog post x

    Steph
    stephhannam.wordpress.com x

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  24. Some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing!

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