Page views and traffic can be a major obsession for bloggers.
Before we dive into strategies on how to increase blog traffic, let’s just set the record straight: Page views should NOT be the be-all-and-end-off of your success as a blogger. You actually DON’T need huge numbers to make an income blogging (I talked about that here), and you shouldn’t stare at your numbers day in and day out. You can get stuck in the rat race of trying to build your views, and it can be so discouraging if it takes a while to get there or whenever you see a dip (which is inevitable!).
So just remember all that as we go through this post, OK?
Having said that, you DO need to get some eyeballs on your content in order to grow your blogging biz. I have rounded up some of the best strategies to help drive traffic to your site as a home / DIY / decor blogger.
1 // Take advantage of Pinterest
I have said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but Pinterest has GOT to be on your radar as a blogger. It’s a maaaaajor traffic generator for bloggers in any genre, but especially in the home + DIY niche. It’s essentially a visual search engine, and design and decorating is ALL about the visuals.
Pinterest is my #1 traffic generator, and I know that the majority of my blogging friends would tell you the same. If you are going to spend time on any social media platform, this should be it.
There are lots of things you can do to improve your Pinterest game to make sure you are using it to it’s capacity. You want to both grow your following on there, pin your own content to drive traffic back to your blog, and make sure that the images on your blog are Pinterest-friendly (beautiful, vertical, and tagged with good descriptions).
2 // Pay Attention to the SEO for Each Blog Post
SEO (“search engine optimization”) is super important so that your blog posts come up as high as possible in google searches. Writing an evergreen post (ie. one that doesn’t go out of style) that ranks high in Google will continue to bring you traffic for months and years to come.
There are tons of factors at play that go into how Google ranks pages, and it isn’t the most straight-forward thing, but there are some basic things you can do to improve your ranking.
The first is to install some kind of SEO plugin on your site to make sure each post is optimized. I personally like the Yoast SEO plugin that gives you a green light when you are good to go.
Secondly, you need to use a good keyword phrase. You will be identifying a new keyword phrase for each blog post you write. The phrase should be 2-4 words in length, and something that you can imagine people would search for (and you want them to land on your post). This post, for example, would be “increase blog traffic”.
I use the Google Keyword Tool (through their Adwords platform) to research the keyword phrase I want my post to rank for. I do this because instead of me guessing what people are searching, I can use a tool to actually show me exactly the terms that are most used.
I’ll input keywords in there related to my post topic and then it shows me how searched that phrase is by folks online, along with other similar phrases. I go through the list and choose the keyword phrase that has a high number of searches but low competition – this will mean you will have a better chance at ranking higher up in the search.
So for example, say you were writing a post on faucets. You would want to do some research into google to see what the search term is that a lot of people are searching for. If “brass kitchen faucets” is a highly searched term, then you would want to use that as your keyword for that blog post. It could be something like “20 affordable brass kitchen faucets to transform your space”. You would aim to use that same “brass kitchen faucets” phrase in your title, throughout your post, and again in your meta-description.
I know all of this can be overwhelming, but even just doing the basics for better SEO will be great for your posts to help drive traffic to your site from Google.
3 // Submit your Post for Features
Submitting your blog posts to other larger sites to get featured is a great way to help bring some of their traffic over to your blog. Having other sites link to you is also a great way of boosting your blog’s overall SEO.
An example of a feature would be getting a room makeover showcased on Apartment Therapy. They would feature some photos of the transformation, but link to your blog as the source of the images. Then the interested readers from that post would click on over to your site and hopefully become raving fans of yours!
It’s an amazing feeling to get featured on big sites that you follow and love. It really makes your day!
There are lots of big sites out there that you can submit your work to. I have built up a list over the years of sites that offer features – it’s like my handy little reference tool whenever I do a really stellar project or have a room makeover I would love to get some extra attention. Instead of keeping it all to myself and making you do the legwork of creating your own list, I thought I would just share it here with you!
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The only caveat I’d throw in here is that it can be very time consuming to send out your work to a bunch of sites. I would watch closely to see which sites actually feature your work often, and track whether you get much traffic whenever there is a feature. This will help you know which sites are worth your time submitting to.
4 // Amplify Across Social Media (repeatedly)
I’m guessing that you already have yourself set up across several social media platforms – be it facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. Remember that only a tiny percentage of your followers on each of these platforms are actually see your content when you post. I think it’s like less than 5%? Those dang algorithms.
So don’t stress about over-sharing your blog posts across social media. I promise that no one is going to complain of being bombarded by it, since they will very likely only see a small portion.
This means you want to have a strategy in place for regularly sharing your blog posts (both new and older ones) across your social media platforms DAILY. For example, I usually share 2 blog posts every day on facebook. I just recycle through my older content and keep mixing it up with other things, like favourite finds, sharing other bloggers’ posts, and promo’s for my etsy shop.
I want you to create a schedule like this for all of your social media platforms and use a scheduling tool to batch schedule it all out in advance (using something like Buffer, MeetEdgar, Later, etc).
5 // Share your Posts in Facebook Share Threads
Facebook groups have become quite a popular way of bloggers helping bloggers to share their content. Search around for facebook groups in your niche, and see if they have facebook share threads. Usually what you do is share your own blog post link, and then send the love back by sharing and interacting with other bloggers’ posts.
Like submitting for features, I would suggest that you monitor which threads actually produce a good result for you in terms of engagement building and traffic. Don’t spend hours on facebook everyday submitting your links all over the place if it’s not bringing back tangible results.
Here are some blogging biz facebook groups you might want to check out.
6 // Truncate your Posts
Did you realize that every click a person makes on your site means another page view?
If you have your blog setup so that each blog post is “truncated” – ie. has only a snippet of the text on the main page and the reader has to click “continue reading” or “read more” to get to the rest of the post – that just totally increased your page views. Same person, but double the views when they click on the button to get to the rest of the post.
If you look on my homepage, you’ll see an example of this. See how there are half a dozen of my latest posts but you have to click on “continue reading” to get to them? That’s truncating!
The other thing I personally like about this is that you can more quickly glaze over the posts as a reader, so you can click on the ones you’re truly interested in reading. Easier than having to scroll through sooooo much text.
If your end goal is to get email subscribers or affiliate conversions, then this bump in page views may not be something you care about since it isn’t actually increasing the NUMBER of people on your site. But, if you have any ads setup on your site and you get paid per page view, then this simple change will likely help to increase your income.
To actually do this, you’ll need to look into your blog theme and platform to change the settings to truncate. Usually it’s a checkbox located in the theme settings area.
7 // Use Slideshows
This is kind of similar to truncated posts in that you are increasing page views but not increasing people on your site.
What you do here is use a slideshow tool, so that within one blog post there is a slideshow that the reader needs to click through to see all of the photos in your post.
Have you ever noticed that on really big sites – like often magazine or gossip websites – they have a slideshow you need to click through when you’re reading the article? Like the “10 best outfits worn by Jennifer Aniston” or this “11 tips for a backyard garden party” on the Style at Home website?
Well, those galleries are used exactly for the same reason. Each time that reader clicks on that slideshow to get to the next picture, it equals another page view for that site. More page views = more pay from advertisers.
There are several plugins out there you can use to create slideshows – you’ll need to do the research to see which would work best for your platform.
8 // Collaborate with Other Bloggers
This one is equal parts fun and advantageous for your blog. Since every blogger has a different audience, if you are able to collaborate with other bloggers in your niche, you can share your audiences and both grow your readerships. The idea here is that you write guest posts for each other, include links back to your own blog, and then when you publish you are each directing your readers to the other’s site.
If swapping guest posts takes too much time or isn’t up your alley, there are totally other ways to do this too. You could gather a group of bloggers together and do a series – like a house tour series or a DIY project series of some kind. Each post in the series links to the others, so it encourages readers to click around and check out the other bloggers’ posts.
Another option is simply to do a lot of sharing of other bloggers’ stuff on social media. By sharing their work, they are likely to check out yours and share it back. Bloggers are nice people and it’s all about spreading the love!
So that’s a wrap! 8 tried and true strategies for increasing page views and blog traffic.
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