5 Clear Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

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  May 30, 2021 blogging tips 🕑 7 minutes read
ways to drive traffic to your blog

Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand.

 

(Updated 5/30/2021)

 

Blog traffic.

 

You probably read a few posts detailing how to increase blog traffic today. Over under? 5 posts.

 

I revisit the topic because you may be having a tough time boosting traffic. Mental blocks grow. Fear expands. Panic or frustration sets in.

 

I hated those days when my traffic grew at a snail’s pace but following a few basic tips persistently helped me enjoy a steadily increasing flow of traffic.

 

Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

 

Blog traffic is the lifeblood of any successful blogging campaign. One needs visitors to gain exposure. Visitors find your blog as…..drumroll…..traffic! Traffic is simple why you blog for anyone other than yourself. Unless you get some blog traffic you may as well publish a cyber diary.

 

Allow one core idea to become seared onto your mind: get blog traffic by giving value in the form of:

 

  • problem-solving content related solely to your niche
  • promoting other bloggers on social media
  • promoting other bloggers on your blog
  • commenting genuinely and generously on blogs related to your niche

 

If you suffer a blog traffic problem you have a giving problem. Traffic struggles reflect an intense fear of being generous with your time and talents. Every blog traffic struggle dissolves into genuine, generous service doled out over days, weeks, months then years.

 

If you want to increase your traffic consider these strategies for a sweet surge.

 

1: Guest Posting

 

Guest post on blogs from your niche. Increase your blog traffic.

 

Savusavu Fiji

 

Write 500 to 1000 words daily in a Word document just for practice. Trash the document. Gain confidence and clarity in your writing voice.

 

Follow the remaining tips to build friendships. Blogging buddies invite you to guest post on their blogs.

 

Don’t worry if guest post requests don’t flood your email inbox for a few months. You need to practice writing to improve your writing skills and you also need to patiently and generously build your network to land guest post invites.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • write 1000 words daily just for practice
  • write and publish 1-3 posts weekly – minimum – to get your name out there and to show off your blogging skills
  • build bonds over 3-6 months by generously helping other bloggers to build your friend network

 

Guest posting is one of my favorite ways to drive blog traffic due to the concept of leveraging. Imagine writing and publishing posts solely for your audience. What about the millions upon millions of people well outside of your blog community? How do you reach them to access this rich blog traffic stream? Guest post on blogs in your niche.

 

Janice Wald drives heavy blog traffic by opening her blog to guest posting. I always noted a traffic and profits increase after publishing guest posts on her respected Mostly Blogging site. Here is one such guest post:

 

5 Tips for Blogging the Right Way

 

On to blog commenting.

 

2: Blog Commenting

 

Genuine blog commenting drives blog traffic for 2 reasons:

 

  • you make friends by sharing your thoughts on other blogger’s blogs, your blogging buddies promoting you, increasing your blog traffic
  • people click your link after being impressed by your comment; quick traffic boost

 

Personalize comments. Be genuine. Read the post. Share your thoughts in 2-3 paragraphs. Be persistent. Comment on blogs aligned with your niche.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • comment mostly on blogs in your niche; connect with like-minded folks
  • be polite; if you disagree with someone just share your thoughts in pleasant fashion
  • read and comment on at least 5-10 blog posts daily; make the time to make your blog traffic shine

 

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Buena Vista, Costa Rica.

 

Lisa Sicard is one of the best in the blog commenting business. Donna Merrill also publishes some of the best comments online. Both bloggers ooze genuine, real, generous energy each time they publish a comment. Study their blog comments. Observe how they comment to both share their thoughts and to form bonds with fellow bloggers. Obviously, I link to each rocking blogger to give you valued resources and to increase their blog traffic; genuine blog commenting is a fool-proof traffic builder if you do it the right way.

 

Do you need blog commenting guidance?

 

Check out my blog commenting eBook.

 

Promote other bloggers to rock out the next 2 tips.

 

3: Promote other Bloggers on Social Media

 

Hit the Retweet button. Tap the Facebook Share button. Promote other bloggers on social media.

 

Make friends by generously sharing other blogger’s content on social. Observe how freely your buddies retweet your blog posts, Facebook Share your blog posts and feature you on their blog, leading to increased traffic.

 

Promote other bloggers on:

 

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Linkedin

 

persistently. Meaning not once a week guys. Be generous. Give up your stream to make friends and to offer helpful content to your readers.

 

Nikola Roza tirelessly promotes me and other bloggers on Twitter. He retweets multiple blog posts of mine in generous batches. Note how I link to him on my blog to introduce you to a pro networker; I intend to help you learn from a valued resource and to drive traffic to his blog. Promoting fellow bloggers on social media works, point blank, as a genuine blog traffic builder.

 

Help. Ask for nothing in return. Expect nothing in return. Not asking for anything in return – like a retweet or Facebook Share – earns blogger’s trust because you prove that you want to help to help them, not to get something in return from them. Allow help to flow to you organically, by building strong blogging friendships. Assist to serve. Observe how your blogging buddy network, social shares and blog traffic expands through the principle of being generous.

 

4: Promote other Bloggers on Your Blog

 

Promote other bloggers. Promote yourself. Drive blog traffic.

 

How it works; you promote other bloggers and ask for nothing in return. Generous act. Keep doing this, linking to bloggers on your blog. Mention ’em. Link to ’em. Eventually friendships form. Blogging buddies promote you on their blogs and through social media, boosting your blog traffic.

 

Consider doing interviews via text posts or your podcast. Or do a video interview to add a personal touch to the feature. Simple quick hitter mentions work fine too. Be generous. Diversify links. Drive traffic to other blogs and increase your blog traffic.

 

Link to:

 

  • valuable resources adding credibility to your blog
  • primarily blogs from your blogging niche
  • bloggers without looking for anything in return

 

Look up. I promoted a few bloggers through my blog. Linking to fellow bloggers builds bonds leading to increased blog traffic because if you polish your creating skills and link to fellow bloggers, more than a few bloggers will link to you via their blog.

 

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Keel-billed toucan, El Valle de Anton, Panama

 

Link out routinely. Generosity offered flows back to you in a brilliant way. Linking out drives traffic not only through friendships you establish but also by boosting blog authority. Skilled bloggers who link out to valued resources increase social shares and backlinks organically through the principle of building authority. Readers freely share an authority blog pointing to oodles of valuable blogs, increasing your blog traffic in the process.

 

I link to skilled bloggers like Anthony Gaenzle because he offers you rich blogging experience, business-building knowledge and a leader to follow as you evolve into a more successful blogger. As we help each other by promoting each other we both increase our blog traffic. Anthony and I discussed on Twitter yesterday how we really need to work together, collectively, as bloggers. The more you involve other folks on your blog the easier blogging gets because these folks amplify your success far greater than you could, alone.

 

5: Brand Your Blog

 

Bonus points for anybody who brands their blog. Smart way to drive traffic that is almost completely passive from a physical work standpoint but some thought on the mental front.

 

See the featured image for this post? That’s branding. My eBook in the left hand corner and my brand logo in the right hand corner. Reminders.

 

See how my blog is all Blogging From Paradise? Branding again, my blogging sweet robbins.

 

Branding drives blog traffic through recognition. Folks feel comfortable sharing my content because my blog feels familiar, safe and…..well…..branded.

 

Branding your blog effectively requires:

 

  • deliberate planning
  • sustained thinking
  • financial investment in the form of a domain and hosting plus a premium or custom theme
  • testing, tweaking and finding clarity as you sharpen your vision

 

My branded blog slowly morphed into its current day incarnation from 2014. 7 years of planning, thinking, testing, tweaking, trashing, adding, cutting and fine-tuning went into my current blogging brand. I am not done. I will likely allow my brand to evolve until I either sell this blog or stop blogging. Brands evolve over lifetimes because bloggers can always get a little bit clearer on their message.

 

Branding drives blog traffic through the simple concept of standing out in an eye-catching way. Read my blog name. Visualize someone blogging from paradise. Study my theme. Pay close attention to my blog design. Note how it stands out; one quick visit makes you think of someone blogging from paradise. I built my blog into something memorable by building my brand into something memorable.

 

Traffic grows as you stick out in the minds of readers. Build an eye-catching brand to stand out.

 

Resources

 

  1. Anthony Gaenzle says:
    at 9:20 am

    This is great, Ryan! All excellent points. I think it’s a solid practice to promote others on your blog. After all, growth is all about helping others and working together!

  2. Lisa Sicard says:
    at 9:34 am

    Hi Ryan, Funny I was just working on a guest post and writing more daily now that I’m settled in my new place as you taught me many years ago now 🙂 It’s like you were reading my mind.
    I started a post yesterday and got to 1800 words in no time, it was in my mind but once I started writing I had the whole thing almost written. Back to it shortly now, thanks for the mentions and tips, Ryan.
    Enjoy your day in paradise there!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:36 am

      I find it awesome how when we get clear in our mind – in the proper setting – everything comes together seamlessly Lisa. Enjoy your paradise too!

  3. Janice Wald says:
    at 12:31 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    I’m so excited to find myself here! Thank you for including me! You offer strong tips for any new blogger and a great refresher for veteran bloggers. I’m off to share your post!
    Thank you again for your thoughtfulness.
    Janice

  4. Mudassir says:
    at 1:51 pm

    All the amazing tips and bloggers, Ryan.
    Each one of these individuals is helpful, skilled, and inspires others to blog better. I consider myself fortunate to connect with them all, including you.
    Blogging really gets easier when we all lift each other up instead of competing.

  5. Nikola Roza says:
    at 2:46 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    thanks for the mention, I appreciate it.
    I share your posts in batches because I start reading just one but usually continue with the second, third…
    It’s a useful exercise for me to unwind after a day of hard work.

    Thanks!

  6. Ayush Mishra says:
    at 7:54 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Getting traffic on the blog is the most difficult task for newbies but you have shared all the proven ways to drive traffic to the blog from the day. Specially I use social media promotion and brand building to get traffic on my blog. Thanks for publishing this valuable post.

    Thanks and Regards
    Ayush Mishra

  7. Pedro Okoro says:
    at 5:24 am

    Hey Ryan,
    Great post as ever!
    Some truly amazing tips!!
    Sharing is caring, so I know the value of networking with fellow bloggers. But as you say, perhaps more importantly is genuinely and freely promoting other bloggers within one’s niche.
    There’s something to be said about freely sharing without any expectation. That’s the hallmark of genuine friendship.
    Branding is one that I’ve only really gave serious thought to last year, and now my blog has got a new fresh logo with a stunning and stylish WordPress theme.
    I salute you Ryan for a practical, thought-provoking and actionable read.
    Off to share with my folks.
    Best,
    Pedro

  8. Donna Merrill says:
    at 4:50 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Great information and great people here. (Thanks for the mention). I do find that blog commenting was the backbone of my business. The more comments made on other blogs that make sense, the more others will follow you also. I have had many people remark that they came over to my blog because they found a comment I left on someone’s blog.

    Commenting doesn’t end there, we have to share a blogger on social media. Lots of times when I share someone’s blog, others find it interesting. I like to write a personal intro about the blogger so people will “listen” and peak their curiosity.

    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:35 pm

      You are one of the genuine blog commenting and social sharing masters Donna. Giving freely opens many prospering doors.

  9. Pravakar says:
    at 7:35 pm

    Hi Ryan sir,

    I was struggling to get traffic to my blog but when I implemented these tips then I see some improvement. Looking forward to continuing this. Thanks for sharing such valuable tips.

    Regards,
    Pravakar!

  10. Kaushik says:
    at 2:46 am

    Thanks for such great content really helpful!

    I have a question for you; What about if we get backlinks from Word Press website and blogger site?? Is it valuable? Is it affect our ranking?? Is it boost our Google ranking??

    Regards,
    Kaushik

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:27 am

      Since you cannot control if WP dot com and Blogger bloggers link to you I would give no thought to these questions Kaushik. The way I see it, the more backlinks from any source the better because it gives me more exposure which allows me to help more people. I give link value, Google and SERPs no thoughts when it comes to blogging because none affects my ability to help human beings. Thanks for reading.

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