How To Get Blog Traffic

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How to get blog traffic is no big secret. It is just a matter of tactics and strategy. I for one am all about the simple things in life and I love to share what I find with others and this post is no different.

I am currently getting more blog traffic than I ever thought possible (as this is really a business mentoring site and not a typical blog) but never-the-less I am getting tons of traffic.

How?

By using Pinterest. I used to think that Pinterest was just for bored housewives to pin their favourite recipes and knitting patterns, but I was soooo wrong.

Turns out Pinterest is not a social media site. It’s a search engine. This one piece of information has made me think about it and use it in a totally different way.

I already knew about SEO as I have to do this for my clients when helping them build and develop their websites and blogs so I get the idea about pinning relevant content to relevant boards and putting keywords in the descriptions and board titles. Yep, that bit I got. But how on earth does it help with my blog traffic?

By pinning images with keywords included in the text, Pinterest is able to show my pins to people who enter those search words or keywords into the search bar. By having the keywords also in my description makes them more relevant and therefore even more likely to be shown by Pinterest to people who key in those words.

Once someone sees my pin and likes what they see, or feels the content could be relevant to them, they click it. Once they click they are brought straight here to my blog post (much like what you just did if you came via Pinterest).

I am getting so much blog traffic from Pinterest because of 2 things. 1. The reach that my posts get is unbelievable. In just over 2 months I have almost 500 followers, over 39,000 monthly viewers and 2. over 700 engaged viewers (which means they interact with my pin – re-pin, comment, share etc) I ask you to think about where else online you can get this sort of reach without paying for it. I’ll tell you, nowhere!!! Just take a look at my results below.

Image showing my Pinterest figures when i started the account in march

 

Image showing my Pinterest Reach and engaged viewers

Are you getting views and engagement like this?

Of course, like I said at the start of this post you need a strategy and Pinterest is really no different, but unlike Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and the other popular platforms, Pinterest is pretty easy to get to grips with and the results come through thick and fast.

My strategy was…

  • Pin at least 30 pins per day. I tried to pin 5 of my own and 25 from other people
  • Find at least 10 people to follow every day
  • Look at the people who follow others who offer the same service or product as me and follow them (pinners are good at following you back)
  • Make sure I follow anyone who I think is going to be interested in what I do and blog about (in my case business support for new and small businesses)
  • Find group boards to join, I am for at least 3 per day
  • make sure I go onto the group boards every day and pin at least 3 pins from each of them to my boards
  • Manually pin my new pins to these boards as soon as they are published (there is a free scheduling tool called Tailwind that can help you schedule your pins)
  • Leave comments on other people’s blogs to get them to notice me and hopefully follow me or come to my blog
  • Leave comments on other pinner’s pins to get them to notice me and hopefully follow me or come to my blog
  • Create at least 2 new pieces of content each week
  • Create at least 5 pins for each piece of content
  • Pin those 5 pins to my boards over the course of the week.
  • Share my content on Facebook, Instagram, Stumbledupon, Google+ and anywhere else I can think of
  • Add social share buttons to my blog to make it easier for people to share my content
  • Make my pins rich pins by validating my website with Pinterest
  • Make sure my SEO is done properly on my blog post as well as my pins

 

To be honest, and to give credit where it’s due, I got some help from this lady. Michelle taught me how to pin, what to pin, where to pin and when to pin. She took me step by step and talked me through my own boards, group boards, Tailwind tribes and everything else you can do to speed up your results, just like I did in her short course making sense of affiliate marketing, and as she earns over $5,000 per month from her blog, I thought she was someone worth listening to.

And remember I said I like to keep things really simple. Well this was simple. I did the whole course in a few days and the results just started happening. I was truly amazed.

The course is really to help you monetise your blog with affiliate marketing which is why it is so entitled, but it walks you through the Pinterest strategies too so you can choose whether or not you want to make money from your blog. To be honest, that too is so simple you would be crazy not to give it a go.

Just so you know just how easy it is, I am an affiliate for Michelle’s course. I took the course, I got the results, I want to tell other people about it so that they can get the results so I became an affiliate (or rep) for the course. In exchange for me sharing it with people I help in the course of my blogging or day job as a mentor, she pays me a commission every time someone buys the course through my affiliate link. There you are, that’s all there is too it, so don’t tell me that you couldn’t become an affiliate marketer and make some money now that you know how to get blog traffic.

Happy blogging

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