My blog, A Story About A Girl is primarily a personal blog where I blog about my life, what I am doing, how I am feeling, places I go, you get the idea and it will likely always stay that way. That being said sometimes I struggle to find things to write. The last few days I have been doing good but all bloggers lose their mojo from time to time. Some more than others With that said I figured I’d share some of the things I do to bring in more traffic to my blog and in doing so it’s another post for this blog, besides sharing wisdom and advice never hurts does it?
I tend to want quality traffic myself over quantity maybe because the blog not being a specific niche blog or blog that I am making money off of means that I don’t need or necessarily want to bring in tons of traffic just for the sake of having traffic that will click on my links and make me money. Typically I want quality traffic that will read my posts and comment on them. People with common interests. It helps me find blogs that I would enjoy. I like the going back and forth.
That being said making money is not a bad thing either. I am not against ads on blogs. I am not against niche blogs at all, some are super interesting. I just like old school myself, journalling I guess you could call it. I have struggled over the years with monetization on my own blog. In one way I feel that as I do not have what you would call a niche blog that there is no point in monetizing, is there?
On the other hand, it takes away from what I want my blog to be, a reflection of me, a way for me to connect to other bloggers with similar circumstances, in similar age groups (but not always) and with similar interests. But then again, who doesn’t love money right? Right now while I am writing this I’ve set up a Google AdSense account for my blog. Am I going to use it? I have no idea. Maybe.
Seems I’ve gotten a little off-topic of this post. Bringing more traffic to your blog benefits you no matter what. It opens up your world to finding other blogs that interest you. What have I found to be the best ways to bring traffic to my blog? Here is a list of the top things I find helpful for myself. I have been blogging almost 20 years, most of that on my own domain with my own self-hosted site and these have worked for me.
1. Commenting on other blogs
This is number one for me. I have my list of blogs I love which I visit almost every day when I am in a blogging mood that is, as if I am not in a blogging mood then I tend not to read blogs either. What does commenting on other blogs do for you? One, it lets the blogger know you were there and what you think of their content or sometimes it’s just to say “hi, I hear you” or something similar. It helps you find other blogs. How? Because when I read a blog post and comment on it I tend to go through other comments and click on the links to their blogs to see if they are interesting to me. Again, broadening my horizons. This works in reverse too!
I am sure I am not the only one who does this so therefore there is a good chance some bloggers who are on that blog commenting will then look at my comment and maybe click the link to my site. This I find to work very well for me. Does that mean I comment on every blog post I read? Or I comment just for the sake of commenting? No, not usually. I typically don’t comment unless I have something to say or I want to let them know I read it and for instance, if it’s a post about mental health as my last one was then I will comment in support even if I don’t have much to say. This, as I said, works well for me because it drives traffic to my site, however, it is not my primary motive.
2. SEO Plugins
With all the hype lately about SEO or Search Engine Optimization lately this is something almost all bloggers if not all know about. But I bet there are still some that don’t fully understand it or how it can help drive traffic. I won’t claim to know everything there is to know about SEO but what I do know is that it’s everywhere and it’s beneficial. Since I don’t know everything about it, I find that using a WordPress plugin works best for me. I am currently using Yoast SEO. I recently realized I hadn’t been using one, not sure what happened there so I installed it and set it up. It was super easy. In the past, after using All In One SEO Pack I noticed a difference in traffic, outside ones coming from other blogs or blog directories like Bloglovin or Bloglist Me.
3. Blog listing/Blog directories
Speaking of Bloglovin and Bloglist Me, manually adding yourself to as many blog listing/directories as possible can help bring in lots of traffic from people with blogs similar to your own, and obviously, those are two of them. I find that when I am blog surfing (is that a term?) I tend to also look and see what directories or listing sites blogs I like (and even some that don’t interest me as much) are registered or listed at and then I check them out and see if I think it’s worth listing my blog in them. A simple Google search for blog directories or blog listings will give you a bunch to choose from.
4. Be consistent
Sorry, the above image has nothing to do with this, but I couldn’t find anything related Okay so this one might not necessarily bring in traffic but it will definitely help you keep people engaged and coming back and in turn that can help bring in traffic (think of number 1 above). This is one I fail at all the time, but I keep trying. You don’t have to post every single day and in fact, as I am learning, posting every day poses it’s own problems as well. Such as getting the next post out before anyone has a chance to read the last one.
I would say 1-2 times a week or even a few times a month is good. Even if you are consistent in posting once every three months, it’s the consistency that matters as your readers may get bored and not come back if they think you haven’t written in a long time. Creating posts ahead of time or even just brainstorming ideas in a draft post can help a lot with this. Someone should create a WordPress plugin that allows you to brainstorm and save it on the dashboard of WordPress, if there is one, I haven’t found it yet
5. Use social media
You know those share buttons from Jetpack on my blog posts (which apparently aren’t working at the moment) and on a lot of other WordPress blogs? Or ones from other plugins? Well, using them can also help to bring in traffic to your website by utilizing social media. There are many ways you can utilize social media, besides the plugin buttons that allow your readers to share your posts to social media. I get that sometimes you might not want to, especially if your blog topic is personal and private and you don’t want your friends or family seeing it. I’ve been there. Otherwise though, utilizing social media can be a big boost to your traffic.
You can share your own posts on social media for your friends and family to share if your blog or posts are not too private. You can create a social media profile specifically for your blog(s). There is so much you can do. You can suggest a post to someone you know it might be of help or interesting too. All of this can help bring in traffic to your blog. Some of it may not be the same quality of traffic as number 1 above but if you are not so concerned about that then why not?
So that’s it for this post. I hope you found this useful and helpful and that you find something that works for you. Let me know what you do to help bring in traffic to your own blogs! I’d be interested in hearing what other bloggers do and what you think about the kind of traffic you are looking for and what’s important to you as a blogger when it comes to who is reading your blog and why?