Traffic, traffic, traffic…bloggers always want more.
It might be simple to get more traffic just getting people to read your latest post, but the truth is most websites simply fail to get the traffic they hoped for (which means low engagement, zero comments, a few shares from social media and, most important, no earnings).
Getting traffic actually is the first step. After that, you need to convert.
There are three important points when talking to building an audience for your blog:
- getting visitors
- retaining users
- converting them into customers (or subscribers)
So, let’s get started.
These are five ideas you want to check and implement in your blog, to help you get and convert more traffic.
1. Increase Your Posting Frequency
The frequency of your posting schedule is going to influence whether how much traffic you are going to get.
RSS feeds and mailing lists are two ways to publicize your latest blog posts. Of course, this works just if you have new content.
Each time you publish a post, the more users will receive a notification about your update, the more traffic you will likely to get.
2. Get a Mobile Friendly Design
The number of users browsing the internet via smartphones or tablets is quickly increasing.
With the technology becoming more sophisticated, also their screen size is growing.
If you check your analytics, you probably get a great percentage of visits from mobile.
So providing an awesome user experience for both desktop and mobile users is really important.
Probably the easiest solution is finding a suitable responsive theme for your blog (Reviewz’n’Tips blog is now on a personalized theme, using Genesis Framework).
There is a wide variety when it comes to WordPress themes. You can search for a free one, but remember, you won’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. So be sure to choose a great design for your website!
If you already think to be ready for mobile users, you can double check it by using this free tool from Google.
3. Share It on Social Media
It’s quite simple. After you publish a new article, share it via the major social media, including the three big ones: Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter. Also, LinkedIn and Pinterest work very well.
Unlike search engines where you need to put a big effort on content optimization and getting links to increase your rankings, when it comes to social media it’s a different story.
First, build effective profiles on each of those social networks. Basically, if you want to get traffic, you have to work each day, posting updates both from your blog and from other websites in your market. Also, you want to engage with your audience by asking questions or making contests.
The content you share there doesn’t have to be just self-promotional. You just have to keep the interest alive, as to invite your users to keep following you for updates.
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4. Use Triberr
Being member of 80 tribes, with 6000 tribemates, gives me a total of 123 million reach.
This means my new posts can reach potentially that many users!
If you have a blog and haven’t tried Triberr yet, then you should sign-up as soon as possible!
Thanks to this platform you can really multiply your social media reach and traffic.
You can join tribes or create your own one. Once you are in a tribe, be sure to connect your blog’s RSS feed and whenever you have a new article, it is submitted automatically to Triberr, where your tribemates can see it and eventually share it on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Also thanks to Triberr, I’ve been able to get 1500 shares on this post (including 850 just from StumbleUpon):
5. Encourage Comments with CommentLuv
A blog without comments seems desolate. Although they might not be the reason of a successful blog, they still play a big role.
Encouraging comments is a good practice for two reasons:
- first, because you get to know new people who are interested in what you have to say. As you know, relationships online are really important;
- second, when new readers see that your content receives many reactions, they will think of it as trustworthy. The principle is similar to the social proof (think of a blog post with 10 shares or one with 1500).
So CommentLuv Premium is a must have WordPress plugin that encourages comments by letting the ones commenting promote their own blogs. It simply connects their blog’s RSS feed, so whenever they comment they have the option to include one of their latest posts (or favorite pages) to be displayed below their comment.
It also includes some other juicy options, such as TwitterLink, G.A.S.P., KeywordName and ReplyMe.
These are five ideas you can use to get more people visiting your blog, also lowering your bounce rate, improving the number of page views and may be increasing the conversion rates.
I hope these tips will be useful to improve your blog!
What do you think?
Can you add some other suggestions?
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