Whether you are a newbie blogger or a pro, there isn’t a single blogger I know who doesn’t want to increase her pageviews.
I started blogging 2.5 years ago, and now my pageviews are 250k / month – a lot more than when I started but a lot less than where I think I’ll be in 2 more years.
If you want to increase your pageviews, I recommend doing the following steps. And if you haven’t started a blog yet, read my how to start a blog tutorial to get started!
1. Make sure your blog is ready for traffic
There is a lot of traffic out there that you can have access to. You just have to get your blog in front of the right people.
But there is no point in doing that if your blog isn’t ready.
You have to make sure your blog is set up properly. All the other tips are going to magnify your blog and promote it. So, if you don’t have it set up properly, all the effort in the next steps will just make it fail faster.
Here are my faves for setting up your blog the right way:
- How To Start A Blog (my tutorial blog post)
- How To Go From Zero To Profitable Blog In 1 Year (my eBook)
- 5 Day Blogging Bootcamp (my email course – use the form below to join)
- EBA Blog Structure Blueprint (a PDF to organize the structure of your blog)
- Goal Setting Workbook For Bloggers (workbook to help you plan your blog)
Use these resources to make sure your blog is the shiz-nit before moving on to the next steps.
2. Post consistently
It’s really important that you post consistently so that readers know when they can come back for new content.
Posting 3x per week is typically what I recommend. I only post 1x per week because I work full time, but I wish I posted more!
Also, make sure that you have an editorial calendar and post only about the topics that you’ve categorized in your blog. Be clear about your purpose and content. People should know what to expect when they come to your blog.
3. Learn SEO
There are two ways to direct people to your blog — 1) Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and 2) social media. I avoided SEO for three years. Don’t be like me!
I’ve created a massive guide to learning SEO, so hop on over to that post now and get started working on it.
4. Focus on social media
It’s really important you are posting on social media consistently. The more of a following you have on all relevant platforms, the better.
Whatever you do on social, make sure you’re authentic and true to yourself and your brand.
5. Create a Pinterest strategy
The best way I know how to increase your pageviews is through Pinterest. I learned this first in Ruth Soukup’s How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul. And I have continued to learn it through experience. Pinterest has changed so much over the years, so the best advice I have is to stay on top of new trends and algorithm changes.
To get started with Pinterest, read my How to get started with Pinterest for Bloggers blog post.
My biggest advice for Pinterest is for your to brand your images so they look “pin-worthy” (i.e so they’re pretty and people want to pin them! I started branding my Pinterest images so they look alike. For my Pinterest images, I use the same font and keep them around the same size. They’re always vertical and much longer than they are wide.
I have over 100 Pinterest boards, and I pin a lot — it’s my biggest traffic generator. Most successful, full-time bloggers who I know use Pinterest as their main source for driving traffic to their website. Pinterest pays huge traffic dividends!
Another Pinterest tip is to join group boards on Pinterest and to only pin your highest performing pins to your highest performing boards. This process has changed a lot over the years. Some people think smaller boards are more successful, while traditional the bigger boards were more successful. Trial and error is key here. The more you can test, the better.
You can get the stats of which pins and boards are performing the best by using Pinterest Analytics to find which are your most popular pins and boards.
I use Board Booster for my Pinterest scheduling. It’s not perfect, but I’ve found that it’s the best scheduler I’ve tried. I also pin manually every morning, too. This keeps things fresh and ensures I’m staying up to date on the best performing pins.
6. Join Blog Groups on Facebook
The fastest way to learn how to do something is from other people. Lucky, you can learn from people online — without having to actually be by them. Through my own personal experience, Facebook groups have been critical to my traffic growth. I’m a part of several groups and even created my own called The Blogging Mastermind Community for bloggers to connect and help each other grow their blogs. I highly recommend joining Facebook groups that align with your vision (mine should do that if you’re interested in growing your social media followers).
7. Read How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
I highly recommend reading How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup. This book taught me SO much about blogging. After implementing the suggestions in the book, my pageviews went from approximately 150 / day to about 1,000 / day. Seriously – it’s that good.
I would also recommend looking at the Top Five Books Bloggers Should read. The more you learn about blogging, the more likely you are to get your pageviews up.
Network with bloggers in your niche so they start to know who you are. You can do this by commenting on their blogs, by attending conferences in your niche and meeting people in person, by emailing and reaching out to other bloggers, and more.
Just make sure you’re everywhere connecting to people in your niche. The more you do this, the more people will get to know you, and the more opportunities you’ll land. This will bring more traffic to your site for sure.
9. Guest post on other blogs
Guest post on other blogs to get exposure to that blogger’s audience. This is a great way for people to find you and start following you on your blog.
A Final Note!
You can take action right now to increase your pageviews. It takes time but it will happen.
Start by taking massive action with one of the steps above. Every little bit helps!
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