Monday, April 20, 2015

Six Way to Get More Traffic

Once you have taken the time to design your blog, and post some well though out content - you want to get people to actually read it. So here are six creative ways to increase your page views:

Ways to Get More Blog Traffic


Host a Link Party.


Tons of popular blogs have weekly link parties and for good reason - they get hundred of readers to their blog every week!

I am currently hosting Bloggers helping Bloggers which is a different sort of link party in which you link up your blog, review the blog of the week and have your blog reviewed in return by several of your peers so you can get back lots of feedback. If you would like to link up it starts Tuesdays at 7:30 am EST and runs until Sunday night.


But hosting a link party isn't as easy as it sounds, as a newbie blogger its difficult to promote your link parties to get 10s or 100s of link ups each week.

You can try to promote it by submitting it to a linky party directory like Link Party! A Complete Link Party Directory - to get more exposure.

Promote it on social media - which is somewhat dependant on the number of followers you have. You can find out how to increase your Twitter or Pinterest Followers here.

Or add it to my Favourite Link Parties Board on Pinterest:


And add it to other link parties that allow you to add yours.

And you often have to purchase a inlinkz subscription which is only $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year inorder to have thumbnail images. They do offer a free trial though for text links which I believe is 60 days or so.


But it can be a little daunting - when no one (or barely no one shows up to the party) so another great and much easier way to get traffic is to:

Co-Host a Link Party


I see several opportunities every week at the link parties I attend to co-host their link party with an already established blogger. - you just need to keep your eyes out. I was thrilled when I was approached to be part of the fabulous Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop starting every Tuesday at 7:00 pm EST.

To be a cohost you will probably need to email the host and ask to co-host and follow the rules of the link party, some people allow you to change the information before and after the links and thanks to Tammy from CreativeKKids leaving a comment and co-hosting Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. I realized you do not even need to purchase an inlinkz subscription to co-host a link party so the cost to you would be free.

But this gives you the opportunity to promote your blog, and lots of link parties have the requirement of following your hosts on social media - so you may be able to boost your social media followers every week as well.



Giveaways


Lots of people host weekly giveaways to attract new viewers. It may not be easy as a new blog to find giveaways to offer your readers but you can sometimes find group blog giveaways - in which every one of the blogs chip in a small amount in order to offer a bigger prize.

I know Grow your Beck has a large list of available giveaways - and you can purchase different options for joining the giveaway you choose.

Where to Find Giveaways

Some bloggers have contacted companies directory and offered to do giveaways on their blog for one product for themselves and one for the readers. This may be a little difficult if you are just starting out but you may just get lucky - you can list some of your more positive site stats and possibly successful giveaways you have run in the past.

 

Guest Posting


Another great way is to write a guest post or contribute to an 'expert' round-up for a larger blog that focuses on the same niche as your blog.

I have written a guest post for ... And this can be a great way to drive traffic to your blog if the blog you guest write for promotes the article a lot and their is a call to action to visit your blog - free printables or more information that relate to your post.

I always love featuring people on my blog - so if you write about blogging, social media, children's activities, budgeting or any other related topic please e-mail me about guest blogging.

 

Button Swap


As a new or small blog your main focus is probably on increasing your views - one great way to accomplish this is to offer a free sidebar button swap with other blogs. You can advertise this on your media kit page - and/or a button in your sidebar.

For instance I am currently offering one sidebar button swap with another blog (of somewhat similar size).

You will want to create a square button incorporating your blog header in order to promote this opportunity but you will be able to score an ad on another blog for free in return for the same option.

blog sidebar button

I have also seen people run giveaways for free ad space on their site for a couple weeks or a month.

Attend Link Parties


Attend lots of link parties and leave meaningful comments - something's that lets the author know you actually read their post - nice post or great tips! Is too generic and shows you didn't put any thought into it.

You can track your stats to see which link parties drive the most traffic to your blog and try to focus on those each week. And you can check out How to Get Noticed at Link Parties for tips on standing out.



If you are currently looking for co-hosts for your link party or know where to find opportunities for giveaways please leave a comment so I can add them. Thank you!

45 comments:

  1. Thank you for the great tips. I found link parties works well for me as a beginner, but I'm a little bit scared to just jump in with hosting a party of my own. Co-hosting sounds like an excellent idea. #tttparty

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  2. Thank you for these great tips! I have found that actively being involved with link parties makes the experience worth while for everyone! Linking and running will do nothing for your visitors! Visiting from Totally Terrific Tuesday :)

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  3. Thanks for the great tips! I am still new to all of this but loving the linky parties and just signed up to co-host my first giveaway. Can't wait to see how it works out. Found you over on the Tell it to Me Tuesday link up. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for linking up at Together on Tuesdays! This is a great post with wonderful tips that you've shared :)

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  5. This was extremely helpful. I hadn't thought about the button exchange. Thank you so much. Pinned! Blessings from "Espressos of Faith"!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing at Bloggers Brags this week. I'm pinning it to our board on Pinterest!

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  7. I found your blog on the Mom Blog Party. It is so nice to see how everyone's journey in parenthood differs.

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  8. I cohost two linky parties. I also try to link to linky parties each day.

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  9. These are awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing your link on Mom Blog Party.

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  10. Link parties are so much fun! Thanks for the great advice.

    I hope you can stop by:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2015/04/tea-time-42415.html

    Colletta

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  11. I didn't know about button swapping - thanks! I've participated in several giveaways with Oh My Gosh Beck, and they did increase traffic. The best thing I've done for traffic, though, is keyword research and SEO.

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    1. Great tip, I am trying to improve my SEO too and was so sad when the free version of Google Keyword tool disappeared, still trying to find an alternative as google trends seems so basic.

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  12. Yes, link parties are so helpful for a newbie blogger!! And it's a great way to find other blogs to read and other bloggers to connect with!

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  13. Found you through the Frugal Friday link up party. Really useful post - pinned for future reference.

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  14. Great post-- if someone co-hosts a party, usually the host supplies them with the inlinkz code. The host can get it and share it with her co-hosts. So none of my co-hosts have to buy the code themselves.

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    1. thanks so much for the info Tammy! And I have update my post.

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  15. Great ideas! Since I've started attending link parties, my traffic has gone up. I found you at the Link Party Palooza link party :)

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  16. Thanks for the tips! I'm glad I stumbled across your blog on Tater Tots and Jello. I'm a newbie blogger too and finding more ways to increase traffic is extremely helpful.

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  17. Thanks for great tips I'm a newbie blogger and hadn't come across these tips before. Thanks

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  18. Linking with you at coffee and conversation today -- guess I'm following one of your tips anyway! This was a helpful post, because I'm pretty new at all this. Thanks for the input!

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  19. Great ideas. I'd love it if you'd add our linky party to your list. http://debcb.com/category/best-of-the-blogosphere-linky-party It goes live Monday at 12:00 am CST. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Deb, thanks so much for stopping by! And I have added your link party to Tuesdays starting at 1:00 am EST. http://musingsofanaveragemom.blogspot.ca/2015/04/tuesday-link-parties.html

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  20. Great post! I'm a big fan of link parties and even started co-hosting my own last week. I'm still fairly new to blogging so it's great for getting my blog out there...

    I'd love to be added to your list! The blog I co-host is Share The Wealth Sunday and we go live Saturdays at 7pm.
    http://funmoneymom.com/uncategorized/share-the-wealth-sunday-2/

    Thanks!!!
    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa, sorry it took me a while to get back to you -- my laptop battery died. I had Share the Wealth on Sundays at 1:00 am EST so I have updated it to Saturdays at 7pm. Is that time in EST??? http://musingsofanaveragemom.blogspot.ca/2015/05/saturday-link-parties.html
      And I linked up last week and will be visiting again!

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  21. Love your post and suggestions! Please add Anything Goes, Monday party, no requirments but like shoutouts! And to your Pinterest board. Appreciate it ! Thanks for haring at Anything Goes!

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    1. Hi Marilyn. I have added Anything Goes to Monday Link Parties as well as my Pinterest Board. I have it starting at 9am EST? And I will be stopping by again this week. Thanks.

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  22. Great tips, Kristen. Personally, my great content and meaningful comments are my favorite for starters. Even if in the beginning they will not help you reach 1,000 visitors with the blink of an eye, they are the base of a strong brand. Have an awesome week!

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  23. Very nice tips. Easy to follow ♡♡♡♡ I also put my website in the signature of my comments ;-)

    www.journalofjanedoe.com

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    1. What a great and simple trick - it worked for me and I check out your blog (and signed your petition)

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  24. Great info Kristen! I love all the link party info....I am visiting from MeetUp Monday!

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  25. These are all great tips! I have tried just about all of them and can agree that they are good ways to get exposure. Nice job.
    #MeetUpMonday
    SunshineDad.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting! And glad you like and have tried all the tips will have to come up with some new ones in the future...

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  26. Thanks for the great tips! I'm still new to all of this and trying to learn what is going to work and what isn't. I think Link Parties are going to be something I get involved in quite often.

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  27. These are all great ideas and I appreciate your sharing them. I found you through the Meet Up Monday link-up.

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  28. Great tips! Thanks for linking up at MeetUp Monday, and hope to see you again next week!

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  29. Thanks for the tips! I've been linking up to lots of link parties and that definitely helps!

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  30. thanks for the tips I definitely need to try c0-hosting have a great weekend

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  31. These are all great tips, especially for newer bloggers. However, I don't think it matters how big you are, everybody wants more traffic! I'm definitely a big fan of link parties and would recommend it to anyone!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I always love reading what you have to offer :-)

    xoxo
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa! And you're right everyone, no matter their size wants more traffic. Love visiting your link party Share the wealth every Sunday! Great hosts :)

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  32. I have so enjoyed the link parties I've participated in. It's a great way to easily scan which topics most interest you and make connections with other bloggers. Thanks so much for all of the great tips. I took notes! :) I'm also excited to check out the other resources on your site. It looks great!

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  33. I think your tips are really great! I actually found this post at a link party, the Pintastic party! I'm pinning your post!

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  34. This post has already attracted a lot of Pintastic Pinteresting Party attendance. Blogging is about network and socialization among bloggers and readers. I agree with you in some ways. Thank you very much for sharing with us.

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  35. Great tips!! Working with the parties has increased traffic for me on www.tigerstrypes.com a lot over the past few months! :)

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  36. Fantastic tips! I totally agree about link parties, that's where the majority of my traffic comes from!

    Thank you for linking up with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

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