*Remember I am no expert, but these are the things that have helped me to get my numbers up.
This is a huge way to get return traffic to your blog. I kick myself for not starting this earlier, I just set up my newsletter subscription in October of 2015, but in the few months since then I have now got 180+ subscribers! I can not imagine how many I would have if I had started this when I started my blog. The plus with having a newsletter, is that you can get return viewers, this is a must have with a blog. You want to have people who keep coming back and have them refer and share your posts with others, and this is one of the best ways to do that.
It is very easy to set up and there are several programs that make it very easy for you.
The most common one that I see is MailChimp, and that is the one I use. It makes it very easy to create and schedule your newsletters. Just don't go haywire, and don't spam your subscribers. I usually try to send out a newsletter once maybe twice per week.
A few others are Feedburner (if you have a google account) and Mad Mimi. If you don't like the look or feel of those, just do a google search for email newsletters and see what you can find. Most of them are free up to a certain amount of email addresses.
Make sure that you are interacting on social media, share your posts, but that is not where it ends. You need to interact, read others posts, comment on them. Follow others accounts, and like their photos, re-pin their pins, share their posts, and most of all make meaningful comments. This will help to get others to follow you as well. You need to give as much as you give.
Make sure you are sharing and interacting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, Google+, StumbleUpon......you get the idea, the more social media outlets you use, the better your results will be.
This is a huge one for me. I am a member of so many blogging groups on Facebook (I actually need to weed some out that I don't use!). But as a new blogger this is a great way to meet other bloggers and gain more traffic. All you need to do is do a search in Facebook for Blogging, and you will find TONS of groups. Just check them out and pick the ones that look like you will be able to participate in.
Just remember, that if you want people to click your links, follow your social media accounts, then you need to do the same. Groups are there to help us support each other, so you need to give as much as your receive from the groups.
Don't worry if you don't have much to contribute at first, as you grow, you will be able to share as well.
Linky Parties are a great way to bring traffic to your blog. And this will also bring you a broader range of viewers, as you are getting to an audience you would not normally have access to.
How do you find Linky Parties?
Social Media and other blogs. Those blogger groups on Facebook, a lot of other blogs will list their Linky Parties, so make sure to join them. Again, remember, if you join a Linky Party, you need to visit and comment on other blogs that are in the Linky Party, the goal of these is to help each other gain traffic.
But you can't find a Linky Party you like? Make your own Linky Party!!! You can use LinkyTools and create your own, add it to your blog, and then promote it on your social media and in the groups you are a member of.
This is one of my favorite ways to bring traffic to my blog, and I typically join at least 1-2 Blog Hops or Giveaway Opps every month, sometimes more. This is a way to get followers and more traffic to your blog.
Blog Hops, you make your own post, and these are usually giveaways, and you link to the next blog on the blog hop. A Blog Hop usually has a large number of blogs involved, so the audience you have the chance to reach is great.
Giveaway Opps are probably my favorite way to bring new traffic to my blog. You will find these in those Facebook groups and other blogs will post them as well. You can be a co-host and usually pay it, but you will get more links in the giveaway. But most offer free options, where you can choose one link (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) that will be added to the giveaway app. The host will send you the html, and you just put it in a blog post, usually you will add one or two sentences for SEO purposes.
The best part about Giveaway Opps, is you can do a giveaway and offer a great product for your viewers to win, that you would not be able to get as a smaller blogger. This will help you bring traffic to your blog and grow your Social Media Followers as well. For me it is a win, win!!!
So that is all I have for you today. Question for the day:
Which of these methods are you going to try? Or if you don't like these methods, what are your methods for bringing new traffic to your blog? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next week, keep blogging!!!