Blog Traffic Tips That Drive Big Traffic Results

blog traffic tipsHow do you drive traffic to your blog when there are so many other blogs competing for the same traffic?

The answer’s probably easier than you may think.  At least for me it is. I simply use the blog traffic tips that successful bloggers use, then use them consistently.

Things like basic SEO strategies, keyword optimization and creating quality content.

But today much of your traffic can also come from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ LinkedIn, Pinterest and others. In fact those are some of the best blog traffic tips you’ll find.

So let’s take a closer look at some of these blog traffic tips and how you should be using them.

4 Blog Traffic Tips That Drive Big Traffic Results

Tip #1.  Tag your keywords in all your Post Tags

Tagging and using your keywords correctly is so important but it’s also pretty simple SEO strategy to let the search engines know what your site is about.

But you need to include your keywords in all your tags.   The search engines do look at your post tags, some carry more importance than others, but they should all be used to display your keywords.

Here are the tags to use with your keywords:

  • Title tags. Your Title tag is actually the most important tag and the phrase you use here should accurately describe what your post/page is about within about 70 characters.

<title>Primary keyword phrase here. </title>

  •  Header Tags. Header tags are important to the search engines. They signify logical order, so make good use of the H1, H2 and H3 tags in your posts and use your keyword phrase in each one.

Using these headers is similar to the way you use headers in an outline.

    • <h1>Primary header with keywords</h1>
    • <h2>Sub header using keywords</h2>
    • <h3>Sub header using keywords</h3>
  •  Description Meta Tag. This is the tag that describes your page detail.  I like to write one or two factual statements in the description tag using my keyword phrase and do it with 156 characters.
  • Alt Tags. Alt tags are used to provide a text description of a graphic. I would suggest that each graphic on your site should have a description and an alt tag and at least one graphic should contain your keyword phrase.

To help make sure you use these tags correctly download the Yoast SEO plugin. It’s a free plug-in and super easy to use.

Then go to this page for a tutorial on how to configure the plug-in for setting the parameters correctly.

http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/plugins/the-beginners-guide-to-wordpress-seo-by-yoast-configuration/

Tip #2 Add Quality content but make sure it’s useful and relevant

Quality content is what drives the search engines and the traffic. But bloggers often think that it’s the frequency of their content that boosts traffic.  So that brings us to the question,

“Should you post new content to your blog every day?”  

That’s a popular question nowadays. But the answer is not necessarily.   There are highly successful blogs that publish every day, some twice a week and some even less than that. There are successful blogs at all ends of the frequency scale.

What drives traffic is the usefulness and relevance of your content, not frequency.

If you can post every day without being annoying, then by all means, post every day.  But if your content is just for the sake of posting something and it’s not relevant for your readers, there’s no value in that.

What do the search engines think of frequency?  They don’t rank frequency, but they do rank quality.

Tip #3 Work at Getting valuable and relevant incoming links

The more links pointing to your blog and blog posts the more value the search engines will give your blog. But where the links are coming from is important too.

Search engines give more weight to links coming from authoritative, credible sites that are relevant to your blog’s niche.  Just for clarification, there are 3 types of links.

  • Direct link – Basic website address link.  It looks like this:  www.yourwebsite.com
  • Text link – A webpage address embedded in text. It looks like this: text link
  • Deep link – A direct link or text link pointing to another page on a blog or website that is not the home page.

Here’s how to get links from other pages pointing your blog’s home page or blog posts:

  • Add quality content to your site that others will refer to with a link to your page in their own blogs or website. (Bloggers will do that only if the content is good)
  • Write Guest posts for other prominent blogs in your niche. Guest posting allows you to attach your author box to your guest post that contains a link to your blog or blog post.
  • Make useful comments on other niche blogs. Use these blog comment tips to help you.
  • Participate in social networking forums and social networking sites.

Tip #4 Be Social And Be Serious About it!

Today more than ever, the search engines are listening to what others are saying about your blog. Likes, re-tweets, mentions are noticed by the search engines making social networking a valuable traffic generating strategy. But to get these likes, re-tweets and so on you need to be social.  Use these social sites consistently to create a profile and then post links and comments that drive followers to your site.

Get involved with these social sites by participating in conversations, connect with others and make friends. But keep in mind that it’s not about how many people you socialize with, it’s about building an interactive social media following. It’s about the interactions and engagements.  That’s what brings folks to your blog.  Who knows, they may even invite you to guest post for them which can bring you some quality links.  It’s all about the relationships.

There you have it, 4 easy blog traffic tips that can drive big results. Just make sure you are consistent with using your posts tags, generate great content that is useful and relevant for your readers, work on getting quality links coming into your site and be social.

None of this is rocket science but it does require commitment.  Simply do these things consistently for about 1 month and you will see results. But don’t give up, keep the ball rolling :-)

What blog traffic tips can you add?

Blessings,

Comments

  1. Kanute Fleming says:

    Hi Liz,

    Very useful tips, which apply not only to blogs but to a ‘normal’ (static) website as well (except the SEO plugin).

    Kanute

  2. Awesome tips Liz!

    I remember when I was first starting out and people use to tell me “oh it’s so easy to drive traffic to your blog” yet they never told me how. They never went into depth or detail of the how. I eventually learned and then thought to myself okay, they’re right. This is pretty easy. Now, if only someone had told me this earlier.

    These are all spot on tips Liz and the linking to other pages on your blog was one that I started doing not long ago. I had someone ask me not long ago in a particular post why I wasn’t linking to another post and I had to tell them because I hadn’t written about that topic yet. I’m not going to link just to link, that does no one any good.

    So I’ll be sharing this post with my friends for sure. I have a feeling there are more people out there today that need this same advice.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hey Adrienne,

      Linking use to be so frustrating for me. Like you said, I would see the need to link to other related pages but I didn’t have anything else written yet on the topic.

      But also you don’t want to link for the sake of linking either. Your link has to add value to the context of what you’re saying, it should be ‘add on’ information that helps your reader, not confuses them, although I have to say, I think I’ve done my fair share of that in the past, LOL!

      Thanks so much Adrienne for sharing. I so appreciate you :-)

      Liz

  3. Razak Gory says:

    tnx for this tip. i wil take action on this tip :)

  4. Awesome tips for the bloggers.

    Am a part time blogger am doing almost all these genuine ways to drive traffic to my blog.

    Am using the SEO by yoast as you told and it is an exceptional one to show the SEO status of the written blog post.

    Also am active on social media, doing blog commenting and guest blogging.

    Mine is 5 month old blog and it has good SERP and Alexa below I lakh.

    Thanks for sharing the useful post for the bloggers to drive quality traffic, keep doing it :)

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hi Nirmala,

      Congratulations on your new blog and glad to see you’re using SEO by Yoast. For me I know it’s made a difference and sounds like it has for you as well.

      Thanks for your great feedback Nirmala :-)

      Liz

  5. What more can add? I can’t add anything because these are the tips I follow and as a result, Im getting more traffic each day. It’s funny how something so simple like these tips can create so much traffic. It’s almost like Pareto’s 80/20 rule… Just doing a little work can give you mounds of traffic on the internet. Thanks for sharing Ms. Liz!
    Sherman Smith recently posted..The Importance Of Promoting Your Opportunity, Products Or Services On The Back EndMy Profile

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hey Sherman,

      You are very welcome! It really doesn’t take all that much work but it does take consistency.

      Thanks so much for your great feedback Sherman :-)

      Liz

  6. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    You have a very clean blog here ;)

    Now, traffic is what we need to survive and any tips to get more of it is like a piece of gold. This is not just any simple piece of info like we read somewhere. It’s quite unique.

    I’d like to add that if your keyword in the title tag comes first, it carries more importance to search engines than putting it somewhere after some words. I mean something like this:

    Primary keyword phrase before some other words
    This is better than:
    Some other words before Primary keyword phrase

    I love search engine traffic because it converts better than referral traffic. However, referral traffic (social media, banners) and even direct direct is good to keep the blog active and attract advertisers.

    Whatever the case, we need traffic ;)

    Thanks for the useful tips Liz
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    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hi Enstine,

      Thank you for your kind words :-) Yep, it all starts with traffic.

      I love the search engine traffic too, it’s the ideal traffic, but referral traffic is a good start and I also think that Google’s going to start paying some serious attention to that in the future. Any thoughts?

  7. Sue Price says:

    Hi Liz

    Thank you for the clarification on the tags. I have never been totally clear on these so you have cleared that up for me.

    The frequency of posts is an interesting one. I personally do not know how people manage to blog daily. I did used to do twice a week but lately it is once. I never go more than that.

    Great tips so thank you Liz.

    Sue

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hi Sue,

      I know what you mean. It’s hard to blog every day. Did you see a difference in traffic or stats dropping down from blogging twice a week to once a week?

  8. Hello Liz
    This is my first time on your site. I found you because Adrienne shared your post.
    So here I am…
    I love your clean look on your blog. I could read with ease and I don’t get dizzy. LOL
    Many probably would consider me a newbie and I think I still am, but I have wonderful people that I met on the blogging world and many have helped me along the way. Barbara Charles has helped me with the tag and meta description, but I have also picked up some tips from you.
    My question is what is H1 H2 H3?

    Thank you Ms. Liz for this information.
    Gladys recently posted…Think Forward, Keep Moving and Be Determined

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hey Gladys,

      So great to meet you! I love it when folks visit my site and we can get acquainted. I wouldn’t consider you a newbie you’ve done really well with your site and I certainly enjoyed reading it. Lots there to think about.

      The H1, H2, and H3 tags are headers. So think of an outline. You have your heading which would be the H1 tag. Then your sub-heading would be an H2 tag and if you had another heading under that it would be an H3. Google LIKES pages that use those tags so keep that in mind when writing your posts. I’ve actually seen some improvement in some of my page rankings using all those tags.

      Hope that helps and again great to meet you :-)
      Liz

  9. This is a terrific post. I have to say I’m not quite as good as I should be about my tags. I really need to work on that. As far as links, I am working very hard at creating meaningful relationships with other bloggers in my niche. It’s so great to be mentioned by others when you create content that resonates.

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hey Jen,

      I know what you mean about the tags, that’s primarily why I use the SEO plugin by Yoast, it keeps me from forgetting :-)

      But you’re definitely doing the right things with creating ‘meaningful’ relationships. That’s so key I think.

      Thanks Jen for you feedback, and great to meet you.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  10. Siddhartha Sinha says:

    Hi Liz,

    Deriving traffic is not an easy task but one could drive through its unique content which itself self the main criteria for deriving the traffic and the language should be used in understandable manner.

    Regards
    Siddhartha Sinha

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hi Siddhartha,

      Both good points. Driving traffic is getting harder through the search engines. Social marketing helps make up for that a little.

      But ultimately if your content is good and both the search engines and human visitors think it’s good, traffic won’t be far behind.

      Thanks for your feedback :-)
      Liz

  11. Hello Ms Liz,

    Social networks and traffic? Yes, but when you are just beginning you won’t see so much traffic from social networks. What you will see is just hard work, sweat, tears, blood.
    Social networks are just a new toy. People are not yet bored. They are still playing. Sooner or later they will understand how difficult is to succeed in such a competitive environment. When their eyes will open and they will understand what a huge amount of work is involved in only ONE single social network, their interest will fade. Many will return to the out of fashioned blogs and comments.

    Yoast plugin? I didn’t try. Could you, please, tell me if it works with AllInOneSEO?

    I agree with you. Blog comments can help a lot but you must make quality comments. The days when you were commenting just to put your link on a blog are gone. People pay more attention to these things and you have to add value to a post with your comment.
    When a comment is not spam but it adds no value to my post I approve it but remove the luv.

    Keywords: I wasn’t able to find something more difficult than keywords in the whole internet marketing world. A guy from the Market samurai team explained it very poetic: To find a good keyword is like finding a nugget of gold in a mountain of dirt.

    Thank you very much for this interesting post. I hope my little comment didn’t bothered you.

    Have a nice day

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hi Silviu,

      I hear what you’re saying about social networks. They are hard work, but getting the most out of them depends on what you want to achieve. For example Social networks are great for finding joint ventures. FB for example is great for brand exposure. Twitter’s a great way to know what people are saying about you or your biz.

      I use to use allinoneSEO, then switched to Yoast which I think is a little more thorough. It’s not necessary to use both. If you have allinOneSEO and like it, stick with it, it’s also a good plugin.

      So true about keywords, finding good keywords just gets harder and harder and the strategies for finding them are numerous.

      Thanks so much for commenting, and don’t worry you didn’t bother me, I like to hear everyone’s comments :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  12. Roofing Contractors Orlando says:

    Liz,

    Great words of wisdom..”Get social – and be serious about it”..
    Great tip!
    Thanks.

    • Well, you know if you’re going to do something right you need to at least attempt to be serious about it :-)

  13. I think the most important key to success for blog traffic is commitment. It is almost a full time job. Finding blogs that relate to your field I feel is a bit more tricky. All of the tips you gave are great. Linking within your own site has always been a plus to Google as long as the links, link back to one another and are not just hanging in out there in space

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hi Arleen,

      Yes, blogging is definitely a commitment and you really have to have it to find success on the web, or any business for that matter.

      I know what you mean about finding related blogs, as a matter of fact I have a niche blog with that problem.

      Thanks for stopping by Arleen. Hope to catch up with you later :-)

      Liz

  14. Dee Ann Rice says:

    Liz,

    Great tips on how to get traffic to your blog. I think the most important thing you said thought was to be consistent. If you do everything else and are not consistent then it will not get traffic to any blog. By doing what you say and being consistent lots of traffic will come to your blog.

    Great points and great explanations.

    Dee Ann

    • Ms. Liz says:

      Hi Dee Ann,

      It’s really a bit of an experiment at first because there are lots of ways to get traffic and you can’t possibly do them all, so you have to figure out what works for you. Once you find the things that bring you the most traffic then you have to do them consistently.

      Thanks for your feedback Dee Ann.

      Liz :-)

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