Traffic, traffic, traffic : we always want more!
As a blogger, you like to read any suggestion to receive more traffic to your website.
Building a blog seems easy, but getting a lot of visitors and readers is not so obvious.
There are several ways to bring traffic to your blog, and a lot of them really work.
Here you find a list of ten tips on how to get more visitors to your site.
1. Satisfy Your Audience Needs
It’s not just “writing quality content”, but understanding your audience and satisfying their needs is the most effective way to increase traffic to your website.
Give to people exactly what they are looking for.
Well, it’s not.
If you are able to get to know your readers and write just useful content, they will reward you with many visits, also sharing your content around the web.
Tip : be sure to make your content easily shareable on the major social networks. I use “Genesis Optimized Social Share” plugin, specially crafted for Genesis Framework.
2. Use SEO Techniques
I am sure you have a fantastic blog with amazing content, but if people do not find you on Google, what are your efforts for ?
I know. Once again, this is easier said than done.
But using SEO techniques (the right way) allows you to be visible on search engines and to receive direct organic traffic to your blog.
Search Engine Optimization is one of the most effective way to get more visits. But there are actually several advices that can be given.
A very practical tip : before you write a new post, choose your primary keyword to optimize in the content. Use Google keyword tool to see how many queries are associated with the selected keyword.
3. Use the Social Power
Being active and engaging with your audience on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus or Pinterest is a powerful way to increase traffic to your blog.
Do not just share your content there, be more social!
Commenting and sharing other people posts, liking, retweeting, pinning or recommending those articles on Google+.
Tip : try to get more Facebook fans on your page or followers on Google+, while sharing funny media, from time to time.
Tip n.2 : are you on Tsu? It’s a new social network, that shares the revenue with its users. It’s under invitation. To register, go here.
4. Install and Use Google Analytics
It is essential that you install Google Analytics on your blog and that you start studying your data.
With the observation of its details, you will understand what are the things that work on your blog ( and that you can replicate ) and what are the things that do not work ( and you need to correct).
Tip : here the Moz blog shares 11 Google Analytics Tricks to Use for Your Website
5. Enter the Right Media in Your Content
Another way to increase traffic to your blog is to insert graphics in your posts, like photos and images.
Also, if you optimize them carefully, they will be indexed well in Google Images and may represent an interesting source of web traffic.
Be sure to put your keywords in the description and in the alt text.
Also check the weight of the picture, as it must be as low as possible, without losing its quality.
Your site must be fast to load, as Google like it this way.
Tip : do not just share pictures, add also some interesting videos, relevant to your content.
6. Comment in Blogs of Your Niche
An authoritative comment in one of the posts written by popular bloggers is a great way to direct traffic to your blog.
But do not just visit the big websites, it’s good to connect also with new bloggers within your niche.
Tip : I recommend that your comment should be relevant, intelligent and interesting. In this way you will intrigue the readers, that may want to pay a visit to your blog.
7. Use Yahoo! Answers
Every day, many users are asking questions on Yahoo! Answers, hoping that someone would answer them.
Using this logic, you can leave answers for users in your niche who seek help, by including and mentioning relevant resources.
First you should find the category that match your interest. Then you can write and share your knowledge, including a link to your site.
Be sure to be the first to answer.
But of course you should try to give your best answer, in order to be “featured” and get your content positionated at the top of all the others.
This will help your blog receiving more traffic.
Tip : don’t just spam your blog links, or you will be banned soon.
8 . Insert Your Blog Link in Your Social Media Profiles
We all like social media and we all have personal pages on one or more social networks.
In order to increase visitors to your blog, you can do something very simple : add a link of your site in all your social profiles.
Tip : there are many powerful social media networks, be sure to choose wisely.
9 . Enter Your Blog Link in Your Email Signature
A very simple system : put in the signature of your e-mail the link to your website.
More generally, post your blog link in any type of document that you write and publish around the web.
Tip : WiseStamp is a free resource to add an email signature.
10. Do Not Give Up !
Building a popular blog is possible, but it takes patience and dedication.
So do not give up: you should work a lot for this purpose.
But sooner or later, you will realize that the internet will repay you for the efforts made!
Do you have any other suggestions on how to get more traffic?
Please share them within the comments below, thanks!