Now that your blog is up and running, how do you actually get people to visit your blog?
How do you get your blog to rank high on Google, Pinterest or Facebook?
Do you need more blog tips to grow your blog?
Growing an audience and getting traffic to your blog is an ongoing process.
5-minute Tasks to Grow your Blog Quickly – Starting Right Now
Here are several blog tips and tricks I do when I have a few minutes.
These small actions help to grow my blog traffic, keep my engagement high, and add subscribers to my email list.
❑ Send out a new email to your subscriber’s list
❑ Set up an RSS feed campaign, via ConvertKit, to notify your subscribers of your new blog posts every week.
❑ Create an auto-resend campaign with ConvertKit to redeliver the email for people that didn’t open it the first time
❑ Add links to your blog posts in an email course or challenge
❑ Setup an email welcome sequence and direct new subscribers to your best articles
❑ Email your blog posts to friends, family, and your online buddies
❑ Add your website link and latest blog post in your email signature with WiseStamp
❑ Convert your visitors into email subscribers with OptinMonster
❑ Send newsletters with roundups of your best and latest posts.
❑ Share a link from your personal account
❑ Add a link to your website in your bio.
❑ Create a Facebook Page for your blog
❑ Share all posts on your Facebook Page
❑ Share your link in Facebook groups around your topic
❑ Leave your link in promo threads in blogging FB groups
❑ Create your own FB group and promote your blog there
❑ Boost a post
❑ Create an ad campaign to get more page likes
❑ Create an ad to promote an opt-in on your blog
❑ Start participating in FB exchange threads to get more eyes on your blog
❑ Add a link to your bio
❑ Shout-out your blog post and link in your IG Story
❑ Post a new photo and direct people to your blog post in the caption
❑ Use Linktree to link multiple posts at the same time
❑ Boost a post linked to your website
❑ Promote a post to get people engaging with your content
❑ Engage with your target audience by liking and commenting on their posts
❑ Guest post for other bloggers and link back to your blog posts
❑ Allow guest posts on your website and ask the authors to share it with their followers
❑ Leave comments on other blogs and leave your URL at the end
❑ Get featured in other bloggers’ round-up posts
❑ Create a Pin, upload it to Pinterest and link back to your blog post
❑ Add your Pins to your blog post so people can bookmark them and share with others
❑ Add keyword-rich descriptions to your in-post Pins so they can be found easier
❑ Join Pinterest Group Boards that relate to your niche
❑ Repin your graphics to other group boards
❑ Join Tailwind Tribes — Add your Pins to Tailwind Tribes
❑ Schedule your Pins to go out several times to all your relevant boards via Tailwind
❑ Participate in Pinterest promo threads on FB to get more repins
❑ Create multiple graphics for each blog post
❑ Add a link to your website in your Pinterest bio
❑ Promote a Pin that links back to your website
❑ Find your most popular Pins using Google Analytics
❑ Repin your most popular Pins several times a week
❑ Update the cover images of your Pinterest boards
❑ Create new, relevant boards on Pinterest
❑ Research your blog and find your top five posts
❑ Improve the SEO of your top five posts
❑ Update any older blog post with new tips
❑ Embed a YouTube Video into your blog posts
❑ Add affiliate links to your most popular blog posts
❑ Update your About Me page
❑ Create a page on your blog for Frequently Asked Questions
Learning the Basics – How to get Traffic from SEO
Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is really just “traffic from search engines.”
Since Google is the biggest search engine, it mostly translates to “traffic from Google.”
So how do you actually get traffic from Google? How do you get your blog posts to show up on the Google search pages?
Not to discourage you, but SEO is a long-term game and it takes months, if not years, to get steady traffic from Google.
If you’re just learning how to start your blog, I would focus on structuring your blog posts correctly, finding the right keywords and gaining backlinks.
Just keep in mind that “working on your SEO” won’t bring in traffic overnight.
One person that definitely knows his stuff when it comes to SEO and being #1 on google searches is Neil Patel.
Essentials List of SEO Terms
On Page SEO: Working on your on-page SEO means you’re structuring your blog posts correctly to provide a good user experience.
This includes using H2 and H3 headings, bullet points where applicable, and easy to read paragraphs.
Backlinks: These are links from other websites that link to your blog.
When a high authority site, like Forbes.com, links to your blog post, it sends Google a signal that your content is valuable.
The more backlinks you get from larger sites, the more authoritative your blog becomes and the higher your blog posts will rank.
Long Tail Keywords: This is the phrase you’re targeting to rank for on Google.
The reason you’re going after long tail keywords is that the competition is a bit lower.
It’s easier to rank for “how to become a Labor and Delivery nurse” than it is to rank for the shorter term “how to become a nurse.”
Keyword research is a bit of an art.
You’re looking for keywords that you’re knowledgeable about.
And, keywords that you’re able to rank for and that have a decent monthly search volume.
SEO is for the Long-Term
Finally, you want to write a blog post on a keyword that you’re knowledgeable about.
Most blog posts that rank in the #1 spot are over 2,000 words long.
So, make sure you have advice and new tips to share on the topic you’re targeting.
SEO is a long-term game and it takes time for Google to take your blog seriously.
The normal amount of time is about 18 months before you’ll start to see your rankings increase.
Here is a google site that has a complete starter guide for learning all about how to SEO your posts and site.
Create Great Content
Of course, if you work hard, create great content, and get larger-site backlinks, your site can be ranked higher, sooner.
When you are just learning how to start a blog, follow the basic SEO principles.
Don’t try to cheat the system and pay for backlinks or followers.
Google is smart enough to pick up on sneaky activity.
In time, if you write amazing content, people will naturally share your posts and link back to you as a reference.
How to Rank Higher in Google (Using SEO)
Use Long-Tail Keywords
- Decide which long tail keywords you want to rank for in each post. Optimize the post to include those long tail keywords.
- Trying to rank for long tail keywords is easier than ranking for the higher level, less descriptive keywords.
Keywords in your Post Titles
- Insert your long tail keywords into your post titles. This is the first thing people see in Google search results and it should match what they were searching for.
Keywords in Headings
- Use your long tail keywords in the headings on your post
- Use 2-4 headings (H1, H2, H3) and use your long tail keywords
- Headings also make it much easier for your viewer to read your post
- Your meta description is the few sentences of text shown under the main title link in a Google Search.
- Use your keywords again in your meta description. Always make it sound natural so the reader will click through to your site.
- Make sure you have related posts under your article. This will help direct readers where to go next and keep them on your site longer.
- Create links between your posts. This will show Google you have more authority on the subject and help boost your rankings.
- It will also keep viewers on your blog longer and create sticky traffic.
- Make sure your images have ALT text. This makes them searchable for Google and they could show up in a Google image search. This could drive more traffic to your blog.
- Because, the search engine can not view your images, it can only read the ALT text.
- Use the correct format whenever creating anchor text, either on internal links on your site or on other websites.
- Additionally, your anchor text should be descriptive of your post, and not a “Click Here” link.
- These are links from other sites that link back to your blog.
- Write amazing content and others will link to it from their sites.
- Guest posting on bigger blogger’s sites will give you a few backlinks to your blog.
- Also, the nicer and more active you are on the blogging community, the greater your chances are of other bloggers backlinking to your blog.
- Furthermore, this will boost your SEO because Google sees your blog as an authority in your niche when others backlink to you.
- Have the correct permalinks. This helps Google rank you for the right keywords.
- Here is how to change your permalinks easily in WordPress.
- Go to Settings > Permalinks, and change it to “Post Name”
Google Search Console
- Setup your site with Google Search Console to make it easier for Google to find you.
Google Featured Snippet
- Make sure your blog post is detailed and has pertinent headings for each of the steps. “How to” articles are great for this! Google can grab the steps from your post to show them in the featured snippet.
- Also, keep your readers on the article for as long as possible. The longer someone spends on your post, the more Google sees it as important.
- Have a high click-through rate. And, the more people click on your link, the more Google will like your blog. So, use a catchy headline that your reader uses when they search for your information.
I hope the above steps have helped you to better understand the basics of SEO and given you actionable ways to rank higher in Google!
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