7 Blog Traffic Secrets From Pro Bloggers
Are you trying to grow your blog traffic but you feel that there must be some blog traffic secrets that you don’t know about?
Every blogger knows the feeling, you tried everything but those 50.000+ page views seem a lifetime away…
Most of us know that SEO and Pinterest are the best ways to grow your blog traffic but there are a few other things you can try to give your blog a boost.
I’ve asked a few pro blogger friends what their secrets to increasing blog traffic are and they’re sharing their top tips with us below.
So let’s have a look at these lesser known ways to increase your blog traffic!
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Blog Traffic Secrets
As you might know the most sustainable ways to get consistent blog traffic is by implementing Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and using Pinterest marketing.
If you’re new to SEO make sure to read my beginners’ guide here:
and if you’re new to Pinterest Marketing I highly recommend grabbing my free guide:
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Ok, now let’s have a look at these blog traffic secrets and tips!
1. Participate in Linkup Parties
Linkup Parties also know as “linky”, a carnival, a blog party, a grid or a blog hop, are a fantastic way for bloggers to come together as a community, support one another, and possibly get featured on bigger blogs.
A blogger (or group of bloggers) creates a blog post and other bloggers come and submit their links into a form on that blog post. The bloggers then read through the other submissions and engage with them in some way – comments, pins, shares to social media, etc.
Most linkup parties occur on a weekly basis. When the blogger writes a new post for that week’s party, they often feature their favourite submissions from the week before. Sometimes these parties have themes, so that post also doubles as a roundup post.
Linkup parties are a fantastic way to collaborate with other bloggers and get your posts out to audiences they wouldn’t normally reach. In addition, it can also get you legitimate backlinks for those posts you’ve submitted if they’re chosen to be featured.
Click here for a master list of over 80 linkup parties that you can join.
2. Contribute to Round Ups
Contributing content to round up posts is a great way to build backlinks and increase your blog traffic. The more quality backlinks you collect the higher your Domain Authority gets and the higher your DA, the higher you can rank in Google.
Join Round Up Facebook groups to find suitable round up posts which you can contribute to.
You might be surprised how many participants are willing to share your blog posts with their audience as well.
3. Keyword Research
Buckling down on my keyword research strategy helped me explode my blog traffic to over 50.000 pageviews per month in about 10 months. Keyword research can increase traffic even faster depending on your niche, topic authority and publishing frequency.
It is important to target long tail keywords that relate to your blog and are not dominated by high authority websites in your niche. As your authority on a topic increases, you can start to target keywords that are more difficult to rank for.
To be able to do proper keyword research, you need a keyword research tool.
My favourite keyword research tool is RankIQ.
RankIQ is one of the easiest keyword research tools to use because it was created especially for bloggers.
Rank IQ helps you outline and write your blog post by suggesting keywords for you to use. It tells you what keywords to put in your body copy and gives you tips on how to optimise your post title.
RankIQ will literally guide you in writing your blog post so you can write content that will rank in Google in half the time.
While most SEO keyword tools charge over $100 per month, RankIQ is actually a lot more affordable. Plus they offer 50% off at the moment so make sure to check them out.
To be able to rank higher in Google, it’s also important to build backlinks. Backlinks are links from other sites linking back to your site. You can get more backlinks by creating valuable content that people want to link to organically, by guest posting or contributing to round ups.
For more tips on building backlinks quickly, make sure to check out this guide: Easy backlinks for SEO by Debbie Gartner.
To check your website’s backlinks, use this backlink checker.
4. In Depth Evergreen Content
The one hack I used this year to grow my traffic was to create in-depth evergreen content. This meant doing proper keyword research and really writing a detailed blog post on my chosen topic. The more detailed the post is, the better it ranks.
Writing about topics that are evergreen (meaning it’s not just a trend and people will still be searching for this topic 1-2 years from now) really helps your traffic in the long run. If people are still coming to your blog for a post you wrote 2 years ago, you can see how your traffic will accumulate quickly.
For more tips on epic blog posts read:
5. Consistently posting and learning from other bloggers
One of the biggest things I did to increase my traffic was consistently posting and creating content. When creating content try I try to focus on SEO and creating posts that relate to each other. This has really helped my organic traffic explode and I hope I can continue this trend.
Following the right people can also be a game-changer. There are a lot people who claim to be experts and you have to find people who actually know what they are talking about from experience.
The Theory Of Content Podcast is full of great information about SEO, specifically for bloggers. I wish I would have discovered this podcast and others earlier in my blogging journey. Other podcasts to check out are: The Blogging Millionaire, Do You Even Blog? and Smart Passive Income. Podcasts are such a great way to learn without spending money.
As for posting, it might help to know that I try to post once a week. However, don’t comprise quality to meet the deadline.
6. Plan and Write Better Optimised Content
SEO has always been a priority for me, helping me to get my articles ranking on the first page of Google, but a few months ago I stepped it up a level. I invested in an AI SEO tool called Frase.
Frase uses artificial intelligence (natural language processing and machine learning) to help bloggers create better articles that outrank their competitors. Google is getting smarter at determining which blog post best answers the reader’s query.
Instead of scanning your article for your keyword, Google picks up on lots of other words which it thinks is related to the topic. These are called LSI keywords.
For example, if a travel blogger was writing an itinerary, Google would expect to see words like accommodation, restaurants, things to do etc. If that itinerary was for Paris, then Google would expect to see certain places mentioned too like the Eiffel Tower or The Louvre.
Frase essentially scans the top 20 articles ranking for your chosen keyword and pulls all the subheadings, related keywords and LSI keywords to help you create a blog outline. It also pulls any authority links, stats or related news your competitors are mentioning. Finally, it pulls questions from forum sites like Quora, People Also Ask and Reddit.
Not only does it help you plan epic content but it also helps you write it. As you start creating your draft, Frase is scoring you against your competitors and making suggestions for improvements such as LSI words to add.
Frase has helped me not only create better content but also rise up the search engine results pages much faster, even when the competition is tough.
7. Consistency on Pinterest
I used to get frustrated when bloggers said that Pinterest exploded their blog traffic, because mine was all over the place. I thought that because Pinterest had introduced so many new algorithms and changes, it was no longer working like it used to.
Because of my doubts about Pinterest I wasn’t sure wether to invest too much time into it and as a result my Pinterest traffic was going up and down like a yoyo with no real upward trend whatsoever.
But then I decided to make Pinterest my main focus and be super consistent. I started posting 2 new pins every day without exception. And I started using Tailwind to its full potential.
Now I post 2 new pins every day with the Pinterest scheduler, and then I schedule those same pins on Tailwind to be pinned a week later on a different board.
I also share these pins in Tailwind Communities and sometimes in Facebook share threads, which gives them another boost.
And I have to say it’s been working! In my first 2 weeks of trying this strategy my Pinterest monthly views went up from 417k to 737k and my blog traffic is increasing too.
To really see the results, I think I have to give this strategy a bit more time, but it’s looking good so far, so I recommend giving it a try. * Update: I’m still using this strategy today and my traffic has doubled in the past 8 months!
If you can’t find the time to create this many pins every week, you could use Tailwind Create which is a new pin creation feature on the Pinterest scheduler Tailwind.
Try Tailwind Create for free here when you sign up for a free month of Tailwind, or if you want to see how it works, you can watch me use it here in this Tailwind Create review.
Give these Blog Traffic Hacks a try
I hope you like these lesser known blog traffic secrets. If you have any traffic tips that helped you increase your blog traffic I’d love to know so please share them in the comments below.
My main 2 sources of traffic are Google (SEO) and Pinterest, if you’re new to SEO please read this post:
And if you need help getting started with Pinterest, setting up your business account properly, linking your website and learning how to use Pinterest SEO, make sure to grab my free guide Pinterest Setup For Success below.