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How do I increase my traffic to my blog?

(26 Posts)
alexis80 Mon 17-Sep-12 19:22:08

Have started up a blog, just want ways to increase traffic, have done fb, twitter, pinterest.

Let me know your thoughts

Thanks

www.stylemesunday.blogspot.co.uk

Natalie

DillyTante Mon 17-Sep-12 19:47:51

Comment on other blogs, join blog hops and blog catalogues.

Do you just tweet about your blog or have you tried to build up a following by being witty and erudite grin?

DillyTante Mon 17-Sep-12 19:57:09

Nice blog btw smile you are v beautiful which is extremely convenient for a fashion blogger. One of the reasons I'm not a fashion blogger. You know, that and not being very fashionable!

alexis80 Mon 17-Sep-12 20:15:49

never heard of a blog hop, or catalogue. will check it out.

On twitter i just put my blog on, its a good idea, i'll try.

Thank you for your kind words and great ideas.

MmeLindor Tue 18-Sep-12 01:11:00

Love your blog. I agree with Dilly, you look great, and have a lot of style. The maternity dresses you modelled were beautiful.

Your link to Twitter doesn't work. Once I did find you, I discovered your mum makeover - it is fabulous.

I have a blog post here about using Social Media - particularly Twitter is interesting for you, I would think. Twitter is a communicative medium, so simply tweeting links to your blog won't work.

alexis80 Tue 18-Sep-12 08:03:52

Thanks so much for the great advice. Really appreciate it.

I don't know why I can't get the twitter badge to work, keep trying.

And I will definitely work on trying to tweet witty/interesting stuff.

x

Tee2072 Tue 18-Sep-12 11:20:40

Just Tweeting in general, and responding to other's Tweets and re-Tweeting etc should help your traffic.

I'm hardly witty or interesting, but I get hits through my Twitter. grin

MmeGuillotine Tue 18-Sep-12 16:31:28

Yeah, you need to promote by stealth! I slip mentions of my blog in between inane chatter, one liners and iniquity and as for my books, well they get a mention when they first come out and never again. Too much promotion is actually a huge turn off so you need to be cunning and low key. ;)

katese11 Wed 19-Sep-12 08:54:49

I've found Twitter really hard work and have never had a hit through it (have only been on for a few days mind!). I get most of my traffic through search engines and quite a lot through the BLW Forum (I post on that a lot, and my blog is in my signature). There's some magic trickery you can do to make your blog visible to search engines...

MmeLindor Wed 19-Sep-12 22:31:02

Kate
It does take a while to build up a Twitter following so do stick with it. Search for others who have similar interests - maybe ask on your BLW forum if any of them are on Twitter.

SEO is a big topic. I am testing a WP plug in which is supposed to help. To be honest, I think that caution is to be taken with SEO. You can have great SEO but if the blog is not great then no one will read on once they find your blog.

Good writing and interesting topics are vital, so that when someone finds your blog through google, they continue to read, bookmark or follow your blog in some way.

TheNewson Fri 21-Sep-12 13:03:33

Nice blog Natalie! Welcome...

I am in exactly the same boat as you, in terms of trying to gain more traffic.

MmeLindor - I enjoyed your blog about social media. It's extremely useful (especially the guide to Twitter) so thanks. Just tried to leave a comment but I keep getting an internal server error message (I'm not very technical, so presume that's my end...)

Anna x

www.thenews-on.blogspot.com

alexis80 Sun 23-Sep-12 19:15:53

sorry i'm being really thick what is BLW?

alexis80 Sun 23-Sep-12 19:19:41

MmeLindor I had a quick look at your blog and it looks like they'll be lots of useful stuff for me to read so i'll do that.

I will persevere with twitter, but i think i just need to be a bit more patient. I've only been doing it 2 months. Hopefully with time and a little self promotion it'll start increasing.

Thanks for the advice.

Nat

oh and don't forget the check out the blog ;)

katese11 Sun 23-Sep-12 19:35:12

sorry, BLW = Baby Led Weaning. I joined when my son was weaning and have never left. I get a lot of hits from it cause I post there a lot and "know" most people there. It hasn't worked so well when I've posted on other forums...

katese11 Sun 23-Sep-12 19:36:27

oh and OP, love your pics!

MmeLindor Sun 23-Sep-12 23:55:21

Anna
thanks, will have a look at that. I don't know why but I seem to be getting that error message a lot.

Bex66 Wed 26-Sep-12 17:08:07

MmeLindor - Have you tried Scribe at all? Someone mentioned it in a post on one of the other forums and have to admit it looks pretty good as an SEO tool but yet to find anyone who has actually used it. I must admit I tend to normally steer clear of plug-ins and sites that claim to massively increase backlinks and the like as you never know if they are Panda safe, but I'd be interested to know how you get on with your plug-in.

I also would be interested in finding a reliable plug-in for list building so if anyone has any good ones they can recommend?

janglitz Mon 01-Oct-12 17:00:14

Hi I tend to tweet out my posts and do blog hops but I too would like more traffic and followers xxx any recommendations

http://janglitzbbeautiful.blogspot.co.uk/

soontobeyummy Wed 03-Oct-12 20:04:06

Join networks, such as Mumsnet Bloggers Network, Tots100, and Britmums.
Join in with blog hops and linkies, where you link up your post with others.
There's some great links out there such as Silent Sunday, Listography, etc for example.
Engage in chat on Twitter to build up a following who are interested in the same things you are and are likely to want to read your blog posts.
My blog is castawaywithdreams.wordpress.com/

notanaxemurderer Wed 03-Oct-12 20:26:39

I'm not sure why but your blog isn't displaying properly for me, I have to scroll across to see all of it. I'm also not a fan of the centre-aligned text, either.

Some great content though.

My tips: make sure you tag all your pictures so that anyone searching for those particular images can find you.

Use Google Insights to see what people are searching. I put in 'fashion' and it came up with what people are searching for around fashion, if you see what I mean. Top of the list is 'fashion week' so if you write a post about fashion week you should drive some traffic.

Get your blog listed on any online directories that have listings of blogs that do similar stuff to yours.

annatanner Thu 04-Oct-12 07:17:35

Been reading this and v good tips. Thanks! Wondering about my own new blog Mussolini's Mam. Will have to learn how to do photos, backgrounds etc. Quite a task given am new to blogging and total non teccie. Type and save I'm afraid. Any advice gratefully received.

notanaxemurderer Thu 04-Oct-12 14:14:11

annatanner you write beautifully.

I would suggest putting some photos on your blog - it adds interest and if you 'tag' the photos your blog becomes much more searchable.

Make sure you tag each entry with keywords. eg: history, Florence, travel etc. This also makes your blog searchable and allows your readers to easily search for similar topics within your blog. You have an option to add tags when you write the post.

You also need to add Twitter/Facebook/etc buttons at the bottom of each post so people can share your blog with others.

As you're writing an expat blog I suggest you get your blog listed on expat-blog.com, you will get some traffic that way.

If you'd like more help let me know smile

annatanner Thu 04-Oct-12 19:11:17

Hey notanaxemurderer thank you very much. Will have to enlist the help of the kids to do the pics etc. Sad case. I'll check out the tags. Thanks again. Anna

annatanner Thu 04-Oct-12 19:22:00

Notanaxemurderer, I just tried to read your blog and can't find it. Perhaps now you realise exactly how challenegd I am at this. (And thanks for the kind comment!) Anna

notanaxemurderer Thu 04-Oct-12 20:48:11

Anna it's not you - I haven't listed it. It's a work blog and my day job. I'd rather not link it, it doesn't reflect who I am, if you see what I mean!

Keep up the good work, I'll keep reading smile

annatanner Thu 04-Oct-12 22:02:17

Hmmmmm. So you areanaxemurderer.....

Just added a new bit now and am kicking myself for not being able to put up, or whatever you do, a photo. But to add one I'd need to be able to take one on the now-menopausal digital camera or the still-pubertal and distinctly-goth Blackberry. Some chance. The iphone had to go back to the shop where it was born. Blood pressure in the stratosphere. But I did put in one of the tag things you mentioned so thank you very much. Mind your hatchet. Anna

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