I have been working very hard to increase my page views to allow me to work with other brands and grow my blog. Since making this decision 2 months ago, I have double page views since . I am not writing this post to pat myself on the back, but to simply tell you how I did it in case you ever have the urge to gain more traffic to your blog. I don’t claim to know everything about blogging because I’m still learning more every day, but this is what worked for me:
I joined a few Facebook groups. One that caters to blog comments, another that caters to Pinterest and one that caters to StumbleUpon. These helped me gain a greater following and more pageviews just simply by making new connections with the other girls in these groups. It has been extremely beneficial because I have also found great new blogs to follow that I enjoy reading daily. Win/win!
I participated in a couple of giveaways. I know that some people will write me off for this one, but I know a lot of “big” blogs that host and participate in giveaways often. That is a huge reason that they have grown so much. I know this because from the 2 giveaways I participated in, I gained 300 new Bloglovin’ followers. I like to think that some of those were people who just loved my blog so much that they wanted to follow it, but I know that most of them were from the giveaways. And the best thing is they haven’t gone anywhere. They are still hanging around and that makes me very happy! It also means that my blog has a broader audience and is reaching more people.
I have started pinning my posts to Pinterest. I wasn’t really doing this before, but I read so many posts about utilizing Pinterest and how most people get the majority of their traffic from Pinterest. I have seen my traffic go up a lot since doing this.
I focused on my content and photos a little more. I try to write at least one Pinterest worthy post a week. I also try to make photos more Pinterest friendly. I typically use Picmonkey, but I do use Gimp every now and then because I was use it with my job. I still prefer to write mostly personal stuff and I always will because that is the point of my blog. However, there is a balance because I do want to attract people to my blog and give them something interesting to read as well.
I participate in link-ups. I have a few fashion link-ups and a few “anything goes” link-ups that I began participating in weekly. You can find a full list of them here.
There you have it! Making these simple changes only added a little more time to my blogging but the benefits have been great. Like I said, this isn’t a complete list by any means. These are just a few things that worked well for me.
Do you have any other tips for increasing your blog traffic?