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4 methods I am using to get more traffic to my blog

I’ve told you the 5 things I would do differently if I started blogging today, and one of the most important is to keep focusing on my goals. I still think about publishing a new blog post every day; I still ask myself the question, how long should my blog posts be, even though I’ve been blogging for several years.

That’s because things change. People change.

I continue to focus on progress and how to always improve what I’m doing (not just my job, but my personal life as well). I’m writing every single day, not just because I enjoy writing, but because it’ll eventually turn me into a (much) better writer. That’s also why I created my morning routine. I believe that I need to hustle every single day, in order to accomplish my goals.

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Comments and Reciprocate

Sometimes, I think that I’m not writing for an audience. It’s just me and my words; it’s like I’m looking for a place to keep my thoughts. On the other hand, I really enjoy the comments. It feels that the traffic and the comments is what’s keeping this blog alive.

The reason I get traffic to my blog, is based on two major discoveries. The first one, is linked to what I wrote about a few days ago. I am still commenting on blogs to get in touch with people. If you focus on building relationships, you’ll end up with more traffic, quality traffic. It’s about reciprocity and that once people get to know you, they become more interested in what you’re offering.

The second discovery, is also based on relationships with people. But, it’s a more direct response. If you join a community with like-minded people, like Triberr, and practice reciprocity, you’ll end up with a community of people helping you to get more traffic.

Search Engine Optimization

I always focus on people when I write, it’s the same when I’m using different methods to drive traffic to my blog. In the end, what people think about what you write, that’s what matters. I still write for search engines, but I understand that no matter how good my technical skills are, I won’t get much traffic if people are not interested.

My search engine optimization method is fairly simple. I focus on two things:

Don’t get me wrong. I still focus on doing keyword research and using the proper keywords in the article, using headlines and metatext and all the other important SEO techniques. But, what really matters to me, even when I’m writing, is to add enough quality links to the article to get my readers to read more articles. My goal is to get my readers to spend more time on my blog. That’s how I keep looking at my stats.

Email

The fourth method of driving traffic to my blog, is to get people to sign up for my newsletter, and once a week, I’ll send the newsletter to my subscribers. This way, I’ll get most of my regular visitors to come back and read my recent articles. I’ll write a short overview of my latest article and I’ll send them the e-mail telling them to read it.

I know, it’s not a very complicated method. I keep focusing on people, by commenting on blogs, sharing good articles, analysing their behaviors on my blog and doing my best to get regular readers to come back and read every new article. That’s it.

Your turn

I’ve just told you my four methods of driving more traffic to my blog, now it’s your turn. How do you drive traffic to your blog, are you doing anything similar to what I’m doing?



14 responses to “4 methods I am using to get more traffic to my blog”

  1. Lisa says:

    Hi Jens, Mine are similar. I would add social media with Twitter being #1. I’m working on the more comments as I had gotten away from it and it DOES make a DIFFERENCE.
    I don’t do SEO as much as I used to.
    I just sent out an email this .am. to my subscribers and I’m noticing I get emails in return sometimes now with questions etc. That’s nice. I should do one every other week at least. I’m working on it.
    Great points Jens!

    • I have been lazy with twitter lately, but it’s still my #1 social media network, and it’s how I get most of my traffic from social media. Comments used to be my number 1 source of traffic, and it’s still a very important part of how I get new traffic to my site.

      I haven’t sent an email to my list in a long time telling them about my new posts, but every time I do it, I get hundreds of visitors to the post, so it’s definitively something I should keep doing.

  2. Shaan Haider says:

    First one is what works for me the best…. I stopped caring about SEO as Google keeps changing algorithm and nothing particular works for more than few month.

    • That’s the reason I don’t do much SEO either. I still do a little, but it’s hard to keep up with everything Google is doing, so now I focus on my readers and how they’re using my website.

  3. Pankaj says:

    I toally agreed with Lisa, You can also bring traffic to your website via social media sites. But you need to know which network can be more fruitful to you.

  4. Hector says:

    I do a lot of the same methods but still having a hard time at getting steady sign ups.

  5. Phillip Dews says:

    Yo Jen’s,

    long time dude! This is one subject I fail at! I recently redeveloped my blog and stuck it on a new domain name!

    Seems to me I must be spending more time commenting on others blogs. Which I suppose I landed here via Adrienne Smiths blog leaving you this comment!

    One thing I would have is a call to action at the end of the blog post asking people to share it out; actually Matthew Woodward has a great way of getting people to share his posts and that is by having a gateway that reveals epic stuff if the person reading tweets or shares said post!

    Good to be back here dude! have a great rest of week.
    – PD

    • Hi Phillip,

      Commenting on posts is a great way to build relationships, and that’s how I’ve been doing it for a long time. It works when it comes to building relationships and to drive traffic. Great that you came over from Adrienne’s blog, she’s awesome and her content is very interesting.

      What Matthew Woodward is doing sounds like an awesome technique. I am not sure how he is doing it, but maybe there’s a plugin for that? 🙂 Is he sharing different content for different posts?

  6. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    Well you know I use commenting as a way to drive traffic to my blog. Most definitely and it’s my favorite way as well.

    I don’t do SEO really, not like you probably do so I would have to say that’s not on my list.

    I do share my post on several other networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Triberr, etc. I do this religiously and it works great.

    I also repurpose my posts on others platforms. I haven’t been as consistent with those processes as I should but trying to get more of in a habit.

    I’ve been very fortunate to have a great following that also shares my posts so I get a good bit of traffic from what they’ve been doing for me too.

    I always email my list when I have a new post and they’re very good about visiting as well.

    I guess that’s the majority of what I do and it’s probably pretty similar to you.

    Hope that helps and good to see Phillip drop by.

    Have a great week Jens.

    ~Adrienne

  7. Hey Adrienne,

    Thanks for the feedback a great list of your methods.

    I don’t repurpose my posts on other platforms, it would be awesome if you’d give me a short explanation about how you’re doing it.

    Have a great week Adrienne.

    -Jens

  8. Hi Jens,

    Great post here.

    Comment and reply to comments is a great way to build engagement with your audience. When they see that you took the time to respond to their comment (which alot of bloggers surprisingly DON’T do this) then they appreciate it and will start engaging more with you.

    I’ll be truthful, I don’t focus on SEO anymore. Sure I do keyword research and all but Google is too fickle and I rather focus on relationship marketing to build my traffic.

    Emailing your own list is obviously an option that SHOULD be done my all but it’s not. It makes no sense to me that a person takes the time to build their list and they don’t even email them when they have a new post out … then they complain that they can’t get traffic to their site.

    Makes you really wonder.

    Great post here, Jens. Hope you have a great week ahead.

    – Andrew

    • Hi Andrew,

      I’m focusing less on SEO, and I hardly do any keyword research anymore. The reason is the same as yours, it’s hard to keep up with Google, and I rather spend my time connecting with people.

      I’m one of those guys with a list that hasn’t really been emailing them with my blog posts. I felt that it was hard to understand exactly what I should be doing with my list. I wrote articles and unique content that I only sent to my list, instead of using my list to drive extra traffic to my blog. Now, I’m doing something about it and emailing them with every new article.

      I hope you’re having an awesome week and thank you for your comment Andrew.

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