Build it and they will come.
Those are the words upon which many new bloggers stake their future online journeys.
These newbies are driven by dreams of having thousands of visitors come to their site every day, so that they can earn that sweet passive income online.
But in the end, the only thing most of them experience is the cold embrace of failure.
And they’re not the only ones…
You’re guilty of it too!
You setup your blog. Write a few posts. Hit publish. Then… *crickets*.
No one shows up to read your blog. Every number in Google Analytics starts and ends with zero. The traffic you hoped for doesn’t come, not even a trickle. Then something happens…
Desperation kicks in.
So you hop online and type “how do I get more readers for my blog” into your browser. You need to find an answer fast because you’ve invested time and money in this and failure is hovering over you like Death.
How do I know this? Because you’re here.
That’s not a bad thing though, so don’t be ashamed. The fact that you came here means you’re already one step ahead of most new bloggers.
In this post, you’re going to learn the best ways to increase website views as a new blogger.
But first, let’s dismiss a huge lie about getting instant website traffic.
The Truth About Generating Blog Traffic
Almost every newbie stumbles upon those wild claims from other bloggers who make it seem like getting blog traffic is as easy as catching an STD.
They flaunt their blog income reports in your face, tell you that you can do it too, then try to convince you to purchase their course on how to make money blogging. Ugh!
Look, anyone with common sense, a credit card, wifi, and a laptop can start an online business. The barrier is super low. And these “pro bloggers” know that, so they sell folks like you the dream of wealth and success.
But it ain’t that easy sunshine. The reality is…
You’re going to have to get your hands dirty and bust your ass in the beginning to make this whole blog journey worth while.
Sure it might be easier if you have lots of money, but all that buys you is time.
So unless you’re stacking paper like a hedge fund, you’re going to have to learn how to use your limited time efficiently until you can ball like a crazy rich Asian.
Anyway, all I’m saying is that I know growing your website traffic can be overwhelmingly scary. And it doesn’t help when deceptive bloggers imply it’s an easy task.
Yes you’re investing the time and effort now, which is going to feel pointless most days. But when you start making passive income later on, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for doing all the hard work.
Hey, I’m an impatient person too. I sometimes want shit done yesterday. But I just remind myself that it’s a process and I need to focus on the little things that will lead to the big reward.
Now that we’ve busted the myth that you can simply get traffic without doing anything, let’s talk about what you can do to get traffic to your new blog.
9 Proven Tricks to Increase Blog Traffic Fast
There are no course pitches below. Everything you’re about to discover is free, actually works, and is what all those “gurus” have done themselves but try to sell you on.
Implementing just a few of these will bring you traffic. Use them all and your traffic will increase exponentially!
1. Focus on long tail keywords
So you just launched a travel blog, it’s not even listed in Google yet, and you chose to write an article on the keyword “best travel rewards credit cards.”
Excuse me while I do my Michael Jackson laugh… Hee Hee!
Listen up pudding pop, if you want your website to remain in obscurity, keep targeting those competitive keywords. I promise that you’ll quit blogging real quick.
Unless your site is as authoritative as NerdWallet or Trip Advisor, you have virtually zero chance of outranking those sites and getting traffic.
You need to target the right keywords instead. Specifically, long tail keywords.
What are those? Long tail keywords are super-targeted search topics that people are looking for, such as: “how to start a blog when you have absolutely no audience.”
The person searching for that phrase is looking for a very specific answer that a simple blog-setup tutorial will not cover.
Yes these types of searches won’t bring you boatloads of traffic. It may be less than 40 visitors per month. But the upside is, you’ll rank #1 for those type of keywords.
Even if you wrote 10 articles using long tail keywords that got 40 visitors a month, that’s still 400 extra visitors. Actually, that’s 400 quality visitors who just might be interested in buying your epic blogging course.
So how do you find these long tail keywords anyway? Well, you can search for them using Google. But that will require time and patience.
An easier, more faster option would be to use a keyword tool like Ahrefs, which makes the whole process super easy.
2. Fix your on-page SEO
There’s a good chance you’ve stumbled across the letters S-E-O at some point in your online journey.
If you’re a complete digital virgin it basically means: search engine optimization.
Most digital marketing experts make it seem like SEO is as complex as deducing partition functions. And because of that most new bloggers completely avoid it.
But you shouldn’t. In fact, since there’s less competition for getting more traffic to your blog, that’s good news for you.
You’ve already learned a bit about SEO from this list, which was targeting keywords. This time though, the focus is on on-page SEO.
So what’s that all about?
It’s about optimizing a blog post for a chosen keyword so that it brings traffic to your page and helps it rank higher in search engines.
It’s actually pretty simple.
To help you out, I’ve put together a checklist with 16 easy things you can do to ensure all your blog posts have perfect on-page SEO.
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE SEO CHECKLIST
3. Host a giveaway contest
FACT: everyone loves free stuff.
It could be free gift cards, food, clothes, appliances, baby stuff, money, or something else.
If you put 10 random strangers in a room with an irresistibly relevant offer, more than half (if not all) of them would gladly accept it.
Of course the key words there are “irresistibly relevant.”
Let’s go back to the travel blog idea. If you did a giveaway contest and the prize was a free tattoo almost none of your visitors would care. That’s a weak freebie and totally irrelevant.
Now imagine if the prize was a free trip to Paris or a free Disney vacation. How do you think people would react?
They’d flock to your site like some hungry vultures! Not only are those prizes relevant, they’re simply irresistible.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “I can’t afford to give away stuff like that, I can barely pay the rent.”
First of all, the giveaway doesn’t have to be so elaborate, so calm down.
Secondly, you can partner with a company in the travel industry to offer the the giveaway prize. Most are willing to do contests because it means more customers for them. And if you offer to do all the content creation, they’ll rarely object.
Heck, they might even help promote the contest too, giving your blog more exposure. It’s a win-win situation, they get new customers and you get increased blog traffic.
Giveaways, when done properly, can bring lots of traffic and new subscribers to a brand new blog.
TIP: Try to partner with medium-sized or growing companies, they usually respond faster than the old geezers at large corporations who can take ages to reply or might not even care.
4. Use free social media traffic
I went to the park recently. Lots of people were there but many weren’t present. Huh?
What I mean is, while most of them were physically there, they were focused on their phones. Their minds were trapped in the social media matrix.
And before you say my assumptions are unfounded, consider this…
People in the U.S. spend an average of 53 minutes a day on Instagram alone.
My point is: social media networks are massive sources for getting blog traffic.
Unfortunately, most new bloggers try to use every social media platform to promote their blogs. That’s like shooting ants with a shotgun.
You should find out where your audience is first. Once you figure this out you’ll know which platform is best for your blog niche.
For example, Pinterest is best for niches such as travel, personal development, frugality, saving money, cooking, home decor, etc. You can actually get a tremendous amount of traffic from Pinterest.
But like I said, your goal is to focus solely on one social network — as long as it’s where your audience hangs out.
Stick a Pin in It
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5. Write insanely attractive headlines
If you think this means writing clickbait titles, you’re absolutely right… sort of.
You see, everyone believes that clickbait is some new phenomenon because of all the fake news, sensational news headlines, etc.
But the reality is, clickbait or should I say insanely attractive headlines, have been around for decades. The Internet just amplified it.
At the end of the day, most people read headlines first before the post. The headline is like the hot guy or girl that attracts your attention in a crowded room.
However, the problem with many headlines today is the way they’re being used. In most cases, clicking them leads you to a shitty blog post with more ads and distractions than a porn site. You don’t want to do this.
Your attractive headline should lead to a high-quality blog post. That way you’ll not only get visitors, but they’ll actually stick around to read your content.
So yes, I highly recommend writing enticing headlines for your blog posts.
If you don’t know how, that’s okay. Here a few great books that can help you learn how to create the perfect blog post title:
6. Outsource your content production
Let’s face it, there’s only so much you can do in 24 hours working alone.
Even if you don’t have a job, with a minimum of 6 hours sleep and maybe 3-5 hours for eating and leisure activities, that only leaves you with about 15 hours.
Most of that time will be spent writing a single blog post, formatting it, finding pics, then publishing it on your blog.
And after all that, you’re expected to find time to promote your stuff?
Sorry, that’s NOT happening.
I’m not saying you can’t do it or it can’t be done. It is possible. However, if you’re like most new bloggers, you’ll get burnt out real fast.
Assuming you did this everyday for a month straight, you’d still only be able to produce a limited number of blog posts. And unfortunately, your growth will be very slow due to these limits.
Now if you invested in outsourced content, you’d be able to publish more posts and grow much faster.
Of course you’d be paying anywhere from $20 – $200+ per post. So if you’ve got the capital, I definitely recommend doing this from the start.
If not, just wait until your site is earning money, then invest that into hiring writers for your blog.
NOTE: If your dream is to make six figures a month blogging, you will have to build a team at some point. And trust me, it’ll be one of the best investments you can make for your online business.
7. Build links to your site
Regardless of what anyone says, link building is a must.
Whether you attract links naturally or actively pursue them, they’re necessary.
You need links for your blog to increase it’s authority. It’s kind of like saying: “Yo, Mr. Search Engine, this site is the bomb diggity. Please show it some ranking love.”
Perhaps you already know how link building works. And what you really want to know is how to do it. Well there are two ways:
- You can either pay for links (not recommended), or
- You can write high-quality guest posts for top websites (best option).
Yes, the first option can be used to get blog traffic, but it’s shady and can get your website blacklisted when the next search engine algorithm update rolls around. So feel free to do it at your own risk.
If you want better results, you’ll contribute guest posts to high-ranking/popular websites. This method is a proven way to get links, however:
- It takes time
- Not everyone will respond (it’s kind of a numbers game)
- You’ll get rejected more than ugly folks on Tinder
- Asking to guest post is kinda like asking a random stranger out on a date (it takes a bit of skill)
Obviously the biggest of those is the ask, which is usually as bad as a corny pick-up line… or worse.
But don’t worry, I’m not going to let you roam the web sounding like an idiot. I’ve prepared a free email script you can use to properly pitch your guest post.
BTW, don’t copy it verbatim. Change it up to suit your needs then use it to get as many links as you want from top-ranking websites.
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE EMAIL SCRIPT
8. Buy traffic (pay for ads)
Buying traffic simply means promoting your blog on sites like Google, Facebook, etc.
Although effective, it can be a tricky solution to getting more website visitors.
For instance, if your goal is make money from putting ads on your site with Adsense, Mediavine, or AdThrive, I’d advise against using paid traffic.
In my experience, paid traffic works best if you’re selling digital products, software, or running an e-commerce store.
You can also use paid traffic to send visitors to your giveaway contests.
The reason why those options are better is because you can get super-targeted with your ads and ultimately make money once you’ve found the right audience. This obviously excludes giveaways, which are a way to get subscribers not make money.
Like I said, running ads to attract website visitors works. Companies do it everyday and you can see it just from scrolling on Facebook.
Now before you run out and start buying ads, make sure you have a plan of action for those potential visitors, whether that be a freebie or product.
Ideally, it would be the latter so you can at least make some money to cover the ad expense or make a profit.
9. Buy an aged site
Maybe you’ve got some Benjamins to spare. Maybe you want a shortcut. Maybe you’re just damn lazy.
excuse reason is, there’s one way you can avoid worrying about increasing traffic to your blog…
You can simply buy an established website that’s already making money.
By purchasing an aged site, you’ll be able to fast-track your growth. How?
Because an already established site will have strong backlinks, a social media presence, lots of keywords, good on-page SEO, and a high ranking in search engines.
Of course, that’s assuming you purchase the site from a reputable seller.
Yes it’s risky and it won’t be cheap, but you’d be skipping a lot of the pains associated with growing a new blog from scratch.
You’d essentially be investing in an established business.
Make no mistake though, you’ll still need a plan to create content and promote it in order to grow the site to the levels of revenue you want.
If you’re interested in purchasing an aged website, check out these two reputable website brokers:
The Bottom Line About Increasing Your Blog Traffic
Now that you know how to increase blog traffic fast, it’s time to start implementing these strategies.
Some of them can be done today. And all are powerful enough to bring thousands of visitors to your new blog every day.
As a new blogger, it’s easy to get distracted by the glamour of a popular blogger’s monthly income report. It’s human nature to be attracted to success. But it’s time to stop consuming and start creating.
The key to getting the results you want is to set a realistic goal, outline a plan, and consistently work to execute that plan.
That’s what it takes for blogging (or any business) to work.
Unfortunately, most new bloggers believe there’s a secret method or blog course that will help them achieve success quickly. And they’re still searching for answers online.
But you and I know that isn’t true. The answers they’re looking for are in this post. And by sharing it, we can help them learn how to grow their blogs the right way.
Obviously we can’t help everyone. But we can help at least one of them get the results they’re looking for.
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