You know when you work, work and work some more on your blog and yet no matter what you do you see no growth? You pour your heart into your posts and yet there are still just the faint sound of crickets chirping when it comes to your online presence?
Growing your blog does take time and lots of work, but it is super possible! Here are my favorite ways to grow your traffic and engage that online audience of yours.
1. MAKE IRRESISTABLE POST TITLES
I admit, sometimes I spend so much time trying to come up with a catchy title that by the end it doesn’t even match my content. Well, never again…Here are some super popular fill-in-the-blank headline templates to spark some ideas and get you that ‘must-click’ post title:
# Simple ___ That Will ___ Improve ___
Top # ___ Mistakes You Must Avoid
How To ___ Like A Boss
The Ultimate Guide To ___
# Things You Didn’t Know About ___
# ___ Rules You SHOULD Break
___ Shouldn’t Be Complicated
How To ___ Even If You ___
The # Best Ways To ___
How To ___, The Easy Way
The Only ___ You Should ___ Today
2. MAKE SHARE-WORTHY POSTS [obvi]
I know this is an obvious one but when you are wrapped up in blog world [aka the place Amy goes for hours on end] sometimes the obvious gets slightly overlooked b/c you are wrapped up trying to focus on too many things.
Make uber helpful free information-overflowing posts that are simple and specific. Make them clean and easy to read with lists or numbered points and be sure to include some pretty, yet useful, graphics/images.
THEN, make sure your post is super easy for your reader to share with just the click of a button & BAM, watch your shares increase!
3. ALWAYS END YOUR POSTS WITH A QUESTION
Engage with your readers by starting the conversation for them. Ask if they have had similar experiences of their own or perhaps additional advice they can contribute. Then, of course, always reply to all of your comments in a timely manner. [Apply this to social media posts too].
4. WANT MORE COMMENTS? THEN, GIVE MORE COMMENTS
I know this sounds obvious too, but one day I was really bummed I wasn’t getting any comments on an important post and I realized…’Amy, when is the last time you left a comment of your own?!’
Take a minute after reading a super awesome post to comment and tell the writer that their post was awesome. If they followed the advice in step 2 engage in their convo. [Apply this to social media posts too].
5. WANT MORE SHARES? THEN, GIVE MORE SHARES
Just like #4, take a minute to share a post that you loved reading on social media. Take a second to tweet it, share it on Facebook etc. Do it because you loved it and want to support your fellow helpful blogger and in return get more shares from them/their readers. [Also, you are being even more helpful for your readers by sharing content other than just your own].
6. DIG INTO YOUR VAULT
If you have old archived content that is already popular be sure to keep it active. If a lot of people found it helpful, there are more readers out there that will benefit from it too so share, share, share.
7. BE MY GUEST
Collaborate with other bloggers. Be a guest post writer for another blog or invite others to write for you. Help each other out and share audiences to gain engaged traffic.
8. MAKE [MORE] AWESOME FREEBIES
Have some awesome freebies already? Great, make a LOT more. Seriously, give away so much free stuff that it is shocking! Add little freebies to your posts that are downloadable and super helpful for your audience.
9. ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
Trying to get more Instagram followers? Ask your readers to check out your Insta account and put a link. Want more comments on a post? End the post with a question [see #3] and ASK your reader to comment. Give your reader direction – sometimes you just need to ask in order to make it happen.
Have any of this tips helped you to grow your traffic and engage your readers? I would love to hear about what has and hasn’t work for you in the comments below. Thanks for reading!!