Some tips to increase your blog traffic!

It is no secret that I've been an internet addict since I was 12 (literally 12 okay) Even though we were just learning about long division at school, I was already a member of many social sites. I've also mentioned before that I've had numerous "blogs" in different platforms. In short, I'm an internet whore (no, not a porn star) and I've figured out a couple of ways on how drive organic traffic to my blog.
The good news is, I'm about to share everything I know! This may not work for everyone but hey, it's worth a shot right?

This is the easiest way to drive traffic to your blog/shop... if you do it properly. It also brings a tremendous amount of traffic! One certain post that's submitted to Stumbleupon may get an additional of 50 views in less than a day! It's free and really addictive. Although, I would strongly advise you to limit submitting your own posts because Stumbleupon does not like that. Maybe limit it to 3 submissions a week, and when you do, place the appropriate tags for better results. Install their widget and place the code below your posts so that your readers can share/like it! 

It's like Pinterest or Tumblr with a mixture of Blogger. People often "reblog" photos (similar to repin) so your post gets noticed by a lot of people! I started blogging there on 2009 so I've already built  readership. I place my blog posts there and also get a lot of traffic from that site. 
Based on personal experience, advertising on different blogs give me a traffic jam. This method also gives me potential clients and readers! If you don't have the budget, swap with others! This is how I reached my first 100 readers ;) Just make sure that you choose the right blogs. If your blog's all about food and you advertise on a fashion blog, your target results won't most likely be good.

Personally, when I receive a genuine comment, I click on the commenter's link! Get people to recognise you, give them the nudge to visit your site without being pushy and cocky. Do this everyday and you will see a big difference. Not only will you get more traffic, you'll make friends too! Win-win!
Twitter and Facebook are VERY essential to blog traffic. Why? When your followers retweet or like your post, their friends (or even friends of friends) will see it! Why do you think a lot of companies and bloggers ask you to like and retweet their posts? Or ask you to tweet about the giveaway for extra entries? These social media sites give you free traffic as well as advertising! So get it on and be active.
When you post your content on someone else's blog who has loyal readers and good amount of followers, you just scored yourself another traffic jam and new friends! Be sure that your post matches well with the blog owner's niche. Don't start talking about recipes if you're guest posting on a fashion blog, that's blogging suicide.
Charlotte from Charlotte's Web has a great mini series about it. It helped me a lot! Check it out.
Do you see the 'Link within' widget below my posts? That also gives me a lot of traffic! It's also a great tool for new followers who want to catch up on your blog. Install that widget now and from time to time, link back to old posts if necessary. 
Do you notice that my posts always go live at 6 or 6:30 AM? (NZ time) It's because that's the time when a lot of bloggers are online and awake! (English and American friends are online that time ;) ) Timing is everything, so figure out the perfect schedule for your posts. It will do wonders for your blog traffic.
Even if you do all the other 9 stuff that I've mentioned, they would be all useless without great content. Make sure that a lot of people will want to read everything you post. Be witty, creative, helpful, etc. Totally up to you! 

What about you? How do you drive traffic to your blog?

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37 comments :

  1. This post is really really really helpful for me! Since I'm pretty new to blogging all of it is unknown to me, so thanks a lot. I'll be taking these into account - my goal is to reach 100 followers by the end of this month!

    xxxx

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  2. I really like this post! Great tips and tricks to drive more traffic to your blog. I have been thinking about paying for some advertisements now I just need to find the right blogs!!
    Carlee
    Almost Endearing

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  3. Finally, your secrets! Thanks Gia.

    Blog fame, here I come!

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  4. Great post, thanks! xx

    seeking--serendipity.blogspot.com

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  5. Awesome post! I have a question: How did you install your link within widget underneath your signature? Mine will only install above my signature which I think looks kinda gross. I had to manually install mine via HTML because of my customized template. Please help!

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    1. I followed this article's step by step guide and it worked! Hope this helps: http://www.mandm.org.nz/2009/05/how-to-insert-stumbleupon-into-your-blogger-footer.html

      :)

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  6. All such great tips, I've tried using both Stumble Upon and Reddit but find them both difficult to work out. The good timing one is a great tip and one I hadn't gave much thought to, I usually end up posting at ridiculous times where I've been up all night writing because I can't sleep lol. Thanks a lot for sharing this post, I've bookmarked it! x

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  7. I would never have thought of something like stumbleupon, but it totally makes sense. And I agree about the timing of your posts, even though it's hard to resist that urge to post something at 2am sometimes..

    Thanks so much for sharing your advice!

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  8. this is super helpful Gia, thankyou!:) I am definitely going to try out stumble upon, I've never heard of it before, but it looks so useful! :) I love reading you blog and I think your header is fabulous, it's so creative! Thanks for such great advice :) Jo xxx

    http://brighteyedbeauty26.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. This is sooo helpful. I'm new to the blogger world so this is perfect for me. :) Thank you

    ♥ Anusha

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  10. Thanks for all the tips - I try to do some of them but have definitely learnt a bit from this post. Your blog is awesome btw, so glad I found it!
    xo Emily @ Hungry Delights

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  11. Thank you for the tips! It is always good to keep learning...especially in the blogosphere! I'm looking forward to using Stumbleupon!

    xo,
    Jessika

    JessClassy

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  12. I thought this was a very helpful tip. I've been "blogging" for about two years now + I've noticed I don't have a lot of people coming my way. It's picked up lately because I've been trying to put myself out there with these tips.

    Thanks again.
    sabrinadellinger.blogspot.com

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  13. Thanks for these tips. I've been blogging for a little over a month and traffic has been slow, but still very appreciated. Will definitely use some of these!
    xx
    The Introverted Brunette

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  14. hahah I want to take credit for the inspiration of this post with my noob questions yesterday. AMIRIGHT?! this is super helpful!!

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    1. maybe ;) and i'm glad you find this helpful!

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  15. This post is great! So of the tips are really obvious but I always forget them! :D Thanks for a great post! :)

    Em :)

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  16. Hi! Just stopping by from the FTF blog hop! New follower on your lovely blog, would love to have you stop by my blog sometime and follow back if you like.

    xoxo,
    Melissa @ thisgirlslifeblog.com

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  17. This was very helpful to me, especially since I've been getting rather frustrated with my lack of traffic lately. I need to use these practices for my blog soon! Thank you for your help! <3

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  18. Gia!!! I find your post really helpful. I personally loved the SEO thing and the LinkWithin widget that I've installed on my blog right now. Many thanks :)

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  19. Nice tricks to increase blog traffic.... keep it up..!! ;)

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  20. Thanks, Gia! I wasn't sure how StumbleUpon was going to be useful for me before, but yeah, now I realize I *can* use it for traffic too! I am just getting started on my blogging (after several beta versions LOL) and your post will really come in handy.

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  21. This is great advice, I had no idea that you could submit your blog posts to Stumbleupon! The rest have been covered in part by other tips/advice posts but you really elaborated. I'm going to put these into practice and see what kind of effect it has on my blog. Thanks for taking the time to share!

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  22. Thank you, Gia!! I have read tons and tons of blogging tip posts that all pretty much say the same thing. Stumbleupon and Tumblr are great suggestions I either didn't think about (stumbleupon), or forgot about (Tumblr). Forehead slap. Thank you so much!

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  23. This is a really good post. Very thoughtful. Would you recommend using tumblr in addition to blogger to promote your blog?

    http://herfashionlust.blogspot.com

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  24. Great post. I'm actually working on a similar post for my blog too. It is really hard to get traffic but with tips from other bloggers it should help.

    http://societyandthechicgirl.com/

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  33. Thanks you for some great tips and ideas - I have been blogging for 6 months and finding it a bit of a minefield. Thanks for breaking it down- - I need to look into stumble upon…not done that one.


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