Seven Tips for Increasing Your Blog Traffic | Seersucker Sass

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Seven Tips for Increasing Your Blog Traffic

I'll preface this by saying that I know my blog is a small blog; I don't have a million readers every month.  However, I've noticed that in 2015, my traffic has increased drastically.  I'm really excited to share with you how I increased my blog traffic, and I hope that these tips will help you to increase your blog's traffic, as well!


1. Create quality content.  If your content isn't up to par, there's a good chance that people won't come back.  I always strive for my content to be genuine and a reflection of who I am, and I keep my reviews honest to preserve my integrity.  When I submit a post on here, I'm showing y'all a little piece of myself, so I want to be sure everything is linked properly and spelled correctly!  (If you're taking the time out of your day to check out my little corner of the internet, it's the least that I can do for you!)  One of the most helpful things I've found in creating quality content is printing a blank calendar for the month (I like WinCalendar,) writing out holidays or major sales, and then planning out relevant content around them.  It has done wonders with curbing my writer's block!

2. Display "pinnable" images.  I spent a large part of my blogging "career" in denial that my images sucked.  So I started studying the "bigger bloggers" and how they posed, where they posed, their methods to laying things out for product shots, etc., and I definitely think that has helped me to improve.  When I take photos or create graphics, I try to make them "Pinterest" worthy.  (Again, if you're taking the time to come check out my blog, the least that I can do is provide you with aesthetically pleasing graphics!)  

3. Cross promote your posts.  I share my posts on every form of social media that I use - Twitter, InstagramPinterest, and Google+.  Sometimes tweeting (and remembering to tweet) can be a lot of work, so I use Hootsuite to schedule my blog related tweets for the day!  I started out using their Pro plan, but I found that the free was just as sufficient for what I needed to do.  I'm always looking for programs to maximize the ease of social media, so if you have any you'd like to recommend, I am alllll ears!  I also think it's super helpful to put your blog link in your social media bios.  Honestly, whenever someone follows me on social media, I do some minor creeping.  If they have a blog link in their bio, I usually click it to check them out!

4. Engage!  Engage with your readers and other bloggers on social media!  Try to respond to comments, whether it be on your post or via email.  (That one has been a biggie for me!)  And always respond to emails, even if it's just to say that you're appreciative, but not interested.  Some of the emails I get can be kind of condescending, but I always try to reply with a positive spin.  Quick story about the importance of responding to emails - a blogger wrote a post that I really related to (and would later realize was sponsored.)  It was emotional and had me in tears at my desk.  I sent her an email about how much I related to her post, how appreciative I was of it, and how much it helped me to cope with what had happened in my life.  She never responded, and I was kind of bummed out.  I continued to comment on her posts and say nice things to her on social media, but she never responded. So I just stopped reading her blog.  On the other hand, I sent Emily at Life with Emily an email about how I was having a hard time finding jeans and asked for some recommendations since we seem to have similar body types.  She sent me the nicest, most thorough email with suggestions for different brands, different styles, and different price points.  Because she was so nice to me, I go back to her blog more frequently, and I think so highly of her and her opinions, and I'm more likely to check out products and brands that she recommends.  

5. Comment on other blogs.  This one could probably go with engage, but I think it's so important that it needs it's own line item.  I'm not familiar with other sites, but I know with Blogger, I can check my "traffic sources."  It's amazing how much traffic is generated just by commenting on other sites!  (Confession - When I'm looking to check out new blogs, I'll go to a blog that I like, and click on the clickable blog links in the comments.)  When you comment, I would recommend including your blog link.  (If you're unsure how to do this, click here.)  I'm all about ease, so I want people to have a really easy time getting to my site!  Also, please leave sincere comments on people's posts!  There's nothing more annoying than pouring your heat into a blog post, only to be met by a two word comment, followed by "Check out my newest blog post!!! *link*"

6. Join groups.  I'm an Admin for the Millennial Blogger Network, along with Annaliese & Caroline, and I have found being in a group of lifestyle and fashion bloggers to be so beneficial!  It's a great opportunity to ask questions and share your content with bloggers that you actually have things in common with.

7. Find your tribe!  In a world full of women who aren't always so supportive of other successful women, it's important to have your "tribe."  I know that I can always count on my friend K from Pick Your Beau,  Brittany at Life Like a Twenty Something, and Katelyn of Southern Samplings.  Your tribe shouldn't be girls that are all like you; it's good to have a different group of strengths!  I personally enjoy having different brands in my tribe, as well.  Sharing each other's content and writing guest posts for members of your tribe is a really great way to bring in new readers from a different niche, as well as support your favorite ladies!

Did you find this to be helpful?  Do you have any other tips that I should include?

Feel free to shoot me an email or leave me a comment with any questions you may have or suggestions for future blogging related posts!

Happy Thursday!  Don't forget about tomorrow's floral link up with Pick Your Beau!  My post will go live at 6 AM so that you can link up as early as you would like :)

XX,

SS




53 comments:

  1. I've been looking for a post like this!! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to improve my blog this summer when I have more time to focus on it!

    Maddy

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    1. Ahh, then this was perfect timing! Hope you have a great weekend, Maddy! Xo

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  2. These are awesome tips! I think we can all learn from eachother- regardless of traffic or time in the blogging world so far. If it works, it works! I totally agree with everything you shared and am excited to continue getting involved with the blogging community.

    Thanks again for another great post!
    xox. A Peachy Sonder

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    1. That is a great point! So glad that you joined Millennial :) Xo

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  3. Amazing post, girl! So true-- I needed to refresh my memory to do all of these things. I think engaging is the most effective method... it's worked wonders for me!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.thediaryofadebutante.com

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    1. Thank you! You are always so sweet :) Hope that you have a great weekend, love!! Xo

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  4. This is such a great post! Great tips!

    Xo, Rach | Seashells + Sparkles

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    1. Thanks so much, Rachel! Hope that you have a great weekend, lady! Xo

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  5. This post has so much great info. Amazing resource for new and experienced bloggers alike!

    Lyss | Life with Lyss

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    1. I'm so glad that you think so! Thank you :) Xo

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  6. These are all great tips! And I totally go to blogs I like to see who commented and then go to their blogs too :)

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

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    1. We are definitely twinisies! Hope that you have a great weekend, love!! Xo

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  7. Yes to all of these tips! I think taking time to proofread (ie quality content) is so so important and engaging with your audience and other bloggers is one of the most rewarding aspects of this community.

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    1. Rewarding is the perfect term!! And you're so right. I know that typos happen, but I can't handle when people do things like misspell the name of a brand in a sponsored post or you feel like you have to try to decipher what they're saying. Have a great weekend, my love! Xo

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  8. This is such a great post! Commenting on blogs is what got me into starting my own. It's the most basic act that leads to surprising traffic.

    xo
    Alex | Mrs. Mason Dixon

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    1. Isn't it funny how that works out? So glad that you started a blog, because I love reading it!! Xo

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    1. Thank you, love! Hope that you have a wonderful weekend!! Xo

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    1. Isn't it the best?! Hope you have a great weekend, dear! Xo

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  11. Hi! I just found your blog. I'm intrigued by the Millennial Blog Network and have just joined! I hope we can connect! www.kaybeeelle.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey, Kara! Thanks so much for joining Millennial :) Looking forward to getting to know you! Xo

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  12. Great tips, so many fun ideas! I definitely agree with the necessity of engagement - that's how you can make blogger friends!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

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    1. Yes! Aren't blogger friends the best?! So glad I had the opportunity to e-meet you through blogging! Have a great weekend, Mikkaela! Xo

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  13. Wonderful post!
    I feel like cross-linking your posts is necessary and commenting on others posts also helps me drive more traffic to my blog.

    I still don't really have a "tribe" but Brittany and I have been friends since before starting our blogs so that definitely counts.
    Maybe you can add little old me to your tribe..

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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    1. You're officially in the tribe! Initiation soon ;) Hope that you have a great weekend, love! Xo

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  14. I'm so honored to be a part of your tribe (insert blowing kiss emoji here) and this post was super helpful! I feel like I'm always having a hard time driving traffic towards my blog, but our new little network has helped so much!

    Can't wait for the linkup tomorrow!

    Pick Your Beau

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    1. I agree! It has been so helpful with reaching a new audience. So glad that you're in my tribe! Thanks for sharing fun ideas with me and being down for mine :) Xo

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  15. These are all such great tips! Being a part of blogging groups is definitely what made me meet more bloggers. I love them!

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    1. I agree! And I love being in a network with you, lady! Xo

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  16. I did find this post useful! I am going to write e-mails to anyone who asks me something on my blog, thanks for the idea!

    sunandsany

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    1. Ahh, I'm so glad that you found it to be helpful!! Xo

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  17. These are all great tips! Thanks for sharing them :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope that you have a great weekend! Xo

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  18. These are all great tips, I feel like as a blogger I'm constantly learning new tips and tricks. There are always ways to improve :)
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree! I'm always looking for new tricks, as well! Hope that you have a great weekend! Xo

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  19. Great tips! I am in the process on making an editorial calendar for both of my blogs. I think writer's block got to me in the past. I want to really focus on not letting that happen this year!

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    1. Girl, I would be lost without mine! It is such a big help :) Best of luck! Xo

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  20. These are awesome tips! So helpful! Thanks for sharing!!

    Anchors and Pearls

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  21. I love this! Commenting on other blogs is essential!

    xoxo
    Lauren Ashley
    www.thefashionistasdiary.com

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    1. Thank you, love! Hope that you have a great weekend! Xo

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  22. Engagement and Commenting is so important! I wish I knew this when I was starting out. I curse myself every day that I didn't! Hahaha

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. It's all a learning experience! Better late than never :) Xo

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  23. So interesting post!! those tips are absolutely useful!! I´ve just started my blog this year and I´m always looking for tips to improve!! so thank you so much for sharing!
    have a really wonderful day!
    xx

    100% natural & homemade cosmetics => check out my new post here

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    1. Aww, thank you, Sano! Glad that you found it beneficial! Hope that you have an amazing weekend! Xo

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  24. This is awesome! I'm always trying to find new ways to increase my blog traffic, who isn't? Thanks for sharing these!

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    1. Thank you, love! Hope that you have a great weekend! Xo

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  25. These are really good! It's so true. You do an excellent job on Twitter! I constantly see tweets from you. Hootsuite sounds awesome. That's ashame that blogger didn't respond. That's horrible! I don't blame you for not reading her blog anymore. It just shows how inconsiderate she is. Great tips! Have a great weekend.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Kim, you're such a sweetheart! Thank you :) I really love Hootsuite. My boss really likes Buffer; I'm unfamiliar, but if you're looking for a social media program, it may be a good one to use! Hope that you have an AMAZING weekend love! Xo

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  26. Great tips and they really do work!!

    Pop over to my blog :)

    Sarah

    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com/

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