So you have started your blogging adventure and you have started to slowly add content to the website. But the traffic just is not getting there. I think most people who have a legit online business will find trying to increase and leverage traffic one of the hardest parts of their online job.
Here I am gonna try give you some pointers on how I generated traffic naturally to a few of my sites and maintained it.
Though there are other ways to increase traffic like PPC (pay per click), and some click bait methods but we are going to just discuss the best ways to generate traffic naturally.
1) Choosing the Best Niche for Your Topic
Before even trying to generate traffic this should’ve been one of the more important things I needed to do some keyword research on before drawing up a website (though now I know better). Let’s face it, even though you can create a niche out of virtually anything but some things interest people more than other things a good example is sports people are going to love watching NFL football more than watching extreme ironing.
So you have to draw up more than 1 niche (preferably what you love to write about) and dig deep into each topic making taking note of the SEO competition and traffic generated.
Pick a niche that you love and is traffic worthy there you will start having people naturally browse through your pages.
2) Powering Your SEO via Titles
This also requires some research as the will always be similar titles but some will generate traffic more due to being either written in proper English (some exceptions to the rule) or 2) because they are phrases most people use. If are going though using your keyword research tool, best to target the low-hanging fruit i.e titles that have low competition with best traffic.
Some of the best titles are longer phrases i.e instead of “lose weight”; the other title “Awesome Ways to Lose Weight” is much more SEO powered.
You can always use the Google search by typing 1 word will give you relevant suggestions and those suggestions are also what people frequently look which means it is good for a title.
3) Engaging in Comments on Your Site & Others
Readers and bloggers alike love interaction from people and feel they are being cared about on your website and giving some input on others as well. So some bloggers love to surf the net and find things they are familiar with niche to comment on or offer some suggestions.
Though you would not add your website in the comment itself you could use it as a signature or your profile. If people find you useful they will come to your site.
4) Make Sure of Overall Health of Your Site
This is where Google Webmaster or Bing Webmaster is really useful. If you are a reader you do not want to go into empty pages or pages with errors on them. Therefore, always use your webmaster tools to check if all your pages are going smoothly if they aren’t, fix them quickly.
5) Getting Indexed on Search Sites
The more articles you write the more you will notice that some are are going to be indexed on Google or Bing. The more of your pages are indexed on search sites the more they will be found during searches and the more authority you have on the topic at hand.
This is also the reason why if you have your own website and not free ones like blogspots and siterubix, are more likely to be trusted and indexed overall by Google. Though choose carefully if you want buy your website, always best to be absolutely sure.
6) Leveraging Social Media
Once your website is set up and enough content is inside you can always put posts about your websites on social media. I found that the best social media sites are Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter. The other like Facebook are starting to lose track due to situation with the news and view that it is for older generations.
Always try to pick a few like, 2 or 3,that you feel are good for you and work on these. Anything else is really time-consuming and not good for business.
7) Be a Guest Blogger
This is similar to comments as you gain notoriety by being helpful to others in order to generate traffic. Though this will include writing whole articles for websites apart from yourself. Again if people like what they read they will come visit your website or follow your social media.
I found some sites offer this for like Fandom Wikia sites always offer external input. They do not pay you but you gain popularity by helping them expand their topics.
Or Cracked, they are now offering readers US$ 200/- per article that is included in their site. You can get popularity and money.
Invite others to Guest Write
This entails that you hire writers to write articles for your site. Either this comes later or you can get your best friend to help you. If they have a good social media standing, their followers are sure to follow your site too. You get what you pay for, so make sure you check if the content is good.
I like using Freelancer as it has a lot of competition who are willing to give you quality content writing.
Incorporating Imagery & Videos in Your Posts
This is the fun part of content writing finding the best images to add to your articles. Videos such as YouTube always give you a code to embed their videos from but for pictures you have to find pictures that are royalty free in order to place them inside your site.
For good pictures you can either take them yourself, via your phone or screenshot, or on the internet which I sometimes use Google Search (are going to advanced settings and changing it to commercial use) and sites like Free Images and Wiki Commons.
Studying Board Sites on Latest Craze of your Niche
This is what I do which I think pays off and which people do not really do. Some research can be done of boards such as Reddit, 4Chan and Quora. Sometimes you can put your article in as an answer to their questions this gives a quick boost to your traffic. There you can find what kind of problems people might have regarding your niche and give you a direction on which to write about.
Sometimes you can post your articles in these boards but discretion must be used as each board has its own set of rules.
Always Aim for Great Content
Always remember to write about what people care about first and to write it in a way that people can relate to. There is always are going to be ways to generate traffic its how you make the most of them.
I hope that this has helped you to increase your traffic to your site.
Do you have any cool methods? Please let me know in the comments below.