So you have already set up your website, stuffed it with several blog posts, and what you get in the end is…. *crickets*.
I get it. I could relate. It’s not easy to attract blog traffic organically, especially when you are just starting out. So you would do whatever it takes even if you can get a few page views here and there.
What you really need is the right kind of traffic. As in, your audience is searching for a particular query, and your blog posts are what they look for. Fair enough, your article won’t be performing well if your audience isn’t looking for the topics you intend to write.
Is it possible to get the right traffic to my blog?
If your blog still couldn’t get some traction, don’t despair! At the very least, you already have the foundation you need to grow your traffic, which is your blog! (If you haven’t set up a blog yet, read my another article on how to start one RIGHT HERE)
But still, I can tell you that it is possible to get the traffic for your blog. In other words, your audience is looking for your solutions to their problems, and if that doesn’t happen, they will pass through your blog and close the browser tab.
Praying and hoping that more people will come to your blog won’t work. You do need to start somewhere, which includes sharing your posts on social media, as well as guest posting.
How long does it take for a blog to get traffic?
It largely depends, as mentioned by an article from Hubspot.
If you consistently publish your blog posts and share through various avenues to bring in organic traffic, and your audience finds your posts valuable, then there’s the possibility of keep doing what works and improve from there.
It may take months or years to gradually get a lot of readerships on your blog, unless, of course, you have a massive following on social media from the beginning. But the point here is you need to be consistent with your blog schedule and what you want to write.
How many blog views a day is good?
Again, it depends. But in my opinion, having blog views alone should not be the primary goal, especially if it doesn’t convert. As in, if they visit your blog but do not make any purchase for your products or services, it is not exactly an attainable goal to pursue the sake of getting blog page views.
Of course, if you are starting out, you should know how to get some traffic to your site. But at the same time, you should also know how to entice your audience to invest in your product or service (not in a very salesy manner, obviously).
I know it’s tough even to get 1 or 10 visitors per day, but once you get to figure out which method works best for you, then you keep doing that method until you managed to grow your blog page views higher to hundreds or even thousands.
How do I increase my blog traffic?
There are a number of ways that you can do to get the right traffic for your blog and, of course, ensuring that your blog content is relevant to your audience.
Make sure your blog (and your blog posts) addresses what your audience searches for.
Nowadays, researching your audience is super easy thanks to a number of tools and the features Google search engine has.
For instance, if you search for specific keywords on Google, a section with a couple of questions is commonly sought by users. Use that to your advantage and create a blog post based on what your audience asks on Google or other search engines.
[Google search screenshot]
Even with the searched keywords, you may wonder if many people searched for it, or in other words, the search volume.
I use a tool called Keywords Everywhere to see the keyword search volume and whether the keyword is competitive enough to rank on Google. You can download the plugin for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Although the plugin itself is free and you can see the list of suggested keywords, you do need to buy the credits to view the search volume, cost per click (CPC), and the competition level.
As low as $10, you will get 100,000 credits, and I can assure you that you would only use the plugin when you need to do keyword research at times.
For instance, if you search a particular keyword and the plugin shows about 30 keywords, including the volume and competition data, it will only consume about 30 credits. Since you have 100,000 credits, it will, most likely, last much longer. Best of all, you only pay on what you need, no monthly subscription!
Another tool I occasionally use is Ubersuggest.
Not only it provides the keywords search data (similar to Keywords Everywhere), but you can also search for content ideas from other websites.
Search for the keyword, and it will show several websites with relevant blog posts or articles.
You can download Keywords Everywhere plugin on the Chrome Store or the Firefox Extension page.
Use social media platforms.
People commonly get to know about the latest articles through social media, especially on Facebook and Twitter.
Sharing on social media sites, when doing it right, would help your audience, especially if your article from your site is what they are looking for.
One of the ways to lead your audience to your site is by sharing your expertise or what you know on Facebook groups. There are lots of groups that you can join in your niche.
Remember, don’t just drop your site links there and run! That may look spammy on the eyes of others and even the group admins.
Develop relationships with other members in that group, help them by answering their questions, which may be related to your situation. Share articles or anything on your site, which can solve their problems.
Do you know posting on social media can get you quality backlinks, thus increasing your website ranking along the way? For example, when you share your blog post through Pinterest pins, you will embed your post link into that pin when you post on Pinterest. That itself can increase a bit of your site ranking slowly and steadily :).
Republish your post on other sites.
You may be thinking:
Doesn’t that constitute plagiarism?
Well, if you 100% copy and paste an article directly from other sites, then absolutely.
However, republishing your post does not indicate that you are plagiarizing your content. Search engines nowadays are smart enough to identify which one is plagiarized or republished by the same person.
As long as you can make sure that you are the person writing the article, and in some circumstances, putting in the canonical link of your original article source, you are not plagiarizing.
Republishing your post ensures that it can reach to a broader audience in which they are more active.
For instance, you can republish on sites such as Medium and LinkedIn. On LinkedIn, there’s a feature where you can publish your post and share it with other LinkedIn users.
Similarly, on Medium, to ensure that Google doesn’t penalize you for duplicating, put the canonical link through the settings on that post before republishing.
Either way, you can then mention that the article is from the other website, which you’ll link back to the original article you published beforehand.
To wrap up
Getting the initial traction to your site can be hard when starting out.
But with the right strategy and get to know your audience better, not only can your article get significant traffic, but it also provides value to your audience that they will thank you for sharing it.