13 Tips You Absolutely Need to Know that Will Make You See Wonderful Blog Traffic

By: | January 17, 2016 | Tags: , , , |

The right #blog combinations will get you massive traffic #bloggingtipsDid you make any New Year’s Resolutions?

If yes, did they concern your blog?

Sadly, many bloggers resolve to abandon their blogs unless the new year brings them the traffic they desire.

Their concerns are indeed warranted. The competition is fierce. After all, there are more than 152 million blogs in the world, according to recent statistics.

People don’t have to threaten to stop blogging.

Perhaps they just need to change the combination of actions they are taking in order to get the traffic they want.

After all, isn’t that what a new year is for, the opportunity to make a change if things aren’t going the way we want?

This post will share a combination of factors that successful bloggers agree is vital for mass traffic.

These tips are based on the techniques of Chris McMullen. Chris has amassed more than 4,000 Email subscribers in approximately two years and has received hundreds of thousands of page views.
Chris is not self-hosted. Therefore, all bloggers can benefit from these tips.
This post is a follow-up to How to Have a Winning Combination of Blog Factors. In that article, Gertrude Nonterah describes the seven factors that made her the successful blogger she is today.
In contrast to Gertrude, Chris McMullen believes thirteen factors are pivotal to blogging success.
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How to Get the Blog Traffic You Desire

Produce the right kind of content. That does not necessarily mean you have to whip out a 5,000-word blog post each time you publish. Actually, you don’t have to create a blog post at all. Many formats exist which will enable you to empower your readers. Using a variety of formats will prevent both you and your readers from getting bored.

According to Blogging Wizard‘s Adam Connell, certain types of content perform better than others. A recent study published by Noah Kagan showed that Infographics and list posts get the most traffic.

Format your articles. Make sure you format your posts so busy readers can quickly skim. Use of bold, bullet points, and subheads go a long way in keeping your readers engaged and on your site longer.

Have an About page. Readers want to know who you are before they decide to give you the time it takes them to read your content. How to Write a Killer About Me Page That Will Attract New Followers  explains how to write the most effective About page to generate traffic. Make sure you have a gravatar as well.

Enable sharing. You want viewers to be able to share your work with their followers. In this way, their readers will become your readers.

Go to your dashboard. Click Setting, Sharing to enable social shares. If you are on WordPress.com, you should be able to turn on Publicize which will add your social media followers to your blog followers count and make your blog look even more popular. The Band Wagon Effect says people want to get out with the virtual crowd and do what seems popular.

If you can, allow reblogs. Go to Settings, Sharing. Scroll down to click “Reblogs.” Make sure “Show the reblog button on posts” is clicked.

Interact with your readers. Enable likes and comments. I have seen people close comments. How frustrating for the reader who just found your post! When readers comment, be flattered they took their time to write you and write back promptly.

This interaction is a two-way street. Danny Ray and Jason Cushman are successful bloggers that spend hours interacting with their readers each day. Danny Ray reports he might spend up to five hours a day each day starting at 6:00 am working on his blog, and Jason Cushman starts at 5:00 am.

Cushman echoes the importance of networking. “Most of us… humans find it impossible to garner interest without first showing interest in turn.”

Fill in Categories and Tags. To my surprise, many bloggers skip filling in the Category section. Don’t waste an opportunity to be found in search engines. Don’t make your category or tag so specific that no one would think to look that up in a search engine. Don’t box yourself in. The more people that can find you, the better.

Develop a brand. People should come to know what to expect from you. Also, if they recommend your blog to their friends, but your site has changed gears when they get there, it could be confusing to visitors, and you could lose potential subscribers.

Use relevant images. I know of bloggers that ignore the need for graphics believing they already have enough to do. Graphics get the readers’ attention. Since they are attracted to the graphic, they will be interested in the content of the article.

Make sure visitors have a way to subscribe to your blog. In my right sidebar, I have a “Subscribe” widget where visitors can type their Email address to subscribe to my blog and get my posts in their inbox.

Be professional. Even if blogging is your hobby and not a profession (yet), you can still behave in a mature manner. I know one blogger who chose to wage an argument with her ex-roommate over the Internet using her blog as the vehicle to do it.  Don’t use your blog as a place to complain. The odds are you will calm down, but your angst will still be on the Internet for the world to see.

Hook your reader in your introduction. You want your reader to know your post is about how they will be better off because they read your article. Although, at times, I have mentioned myself in the first sentence of my articles, it is the exception. The introduction lets the reader know the post will be about helping them, and they will have information in order to reach a goal that they didn’t have when they began the article. Once you hook them, keep them engaged during the rest of the article.

Write what your reader wants to read. According to Chris, you will enjoy the experience of blogging more if you have an engaged community. Jon Morrow‘s instructions support this. Don’t write what appeals to you until you are rich and famous. Write what appeals to your readers. Check your stats page. Top Posts and Pages, Summaries will tell you what articles garnered you the highest page views.

Be patient. Blogging has a snowball effect. The more traffic you get, the more exposure you will get as your new readers share your content, and the more traffic you will continue to get as the cycle repeats itself.

In conclusion, How to Have a Winning Combination of Blog Factors explained the combination of blog factors that helped Gertrude Nonterah be successful. This post explained the combination that helped Chris McMullen get to a place where he was happy with his blog traffic. You need to find the combination that works for you. However, if you haven’t found that formula yet, perhaps try the methods offered in this post.

You may feel thirteen blogging tasks is a great many to try to achieve. As Danny Ray points out in the article in which he describes his day as a blogger, blogging can be a grind. You have to grind your way to success.

Did you get a chance to compare Chris McMullen’s techniques described in this article to Gertrude Nonterah’s? Chris has 13 factors while Nonterah has only seven factors for success. Did you check to see if there are any overlapping areas?

These #blog combinations will get you blog traffic

Perhaps if time is at a minimum you can follow the tips they both agree are essential for success. After all, they only seemed to agree on three points! (Note: Chris did not specify an About page, so it is not listed in the overlapping area. However, he did specify a gravatar which is normally put on an About page.)

Readers, please share, so that other bloggers can experience the success Chris has had and have a chance to compare the techniques of McMullen and Nonterah in order to find out what combinations work for them.

What do you think? I know other bloggers that take a formulaic approach to blogging. Are there any factors Chris left out that you feel are essential if you want to be a successful blogger? Did he include any factors that surprised you? I look forward to your views.

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  2. Jim

    Great tips, thank you so much. I am now going to “attempt” to integrate as many of these necessities as possible without pulling my hair out trying! While I presently do use most of them, I think I’m not using them to my advantage.I use wordpress.com so things are a little different, I can’t use Google Adsense (which sucks), but I want to be able to monetize it somehow. Any suggestions? Peace my friend!

  3. John Doe

    Great post chuck full of really useful idea on increasing traffic. I really liked the overlapping graphic and the suggestion to try using those if you are short of time.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kimba,
      Thanks for coming by and checking out my blog! I am glad you liked the post.

  4. Carol Cassara

    Good and helpful tips, every one of them. Good advice for any blogger.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      How kind of you to come on by and say such nice things about my post. Great to see you. Thank you!

  5. Melinda

    Love the purple accents! Hopefully in this case, 13 is a lucky number!
    The Venn diagram comparing their essentials was very informative.
    Thanks, BBFFJ!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi BBFFM,
      Thanks for writing me! Regarding #13, I read that you should have an odd number in your headline, and it should be a prime number. 13 is a prime number!

  6. T.O. Weller

    Hi Janice! A year ago, I would’ve been scurrying around trying to do all of those things … now I do them!! How cool is that?! Good to know I’m learning. LOL
    You’re so right about the list posts. They are my best performers for traffic. Soon, I must tackle an infographic! I love them myself, so it’s probably time to learn how to create them!
    Thanks for another great post!

  7. Kathleen

    I am enjoying this well-informed post and I will take the time to digest and learn from it.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kathleen,
      Great to see you. Thanks for coming by. I am glad you felt the post was valuable.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Debby,
      Great to see you! I let Chris know that I wrote about his methods. Thanks for writing.

  8. Joyce

    “Be patient”, one of the most important ones, yet almost nobody says so. Thanks a lot Janice for this article.

    I also use Boost.re to help me amplify the reach of my content. It helps bring quality traffic.

    • Janice Wald

      Joyce, I can’t find Boost.re. Is it a plug in or a site? Do you have a link you can send? Thanks,

  9. Mark

    Thanks for sharing another information packed post Janice!

    All of the 13 incredibly practical tips, make total sense!

    And thanks for providing so many excellent and extremely
    credible resources, to go with it!

    I can’t wait to check them out!Especially the ones, I wasn’t currently familiar with!

    • Janice Wald

      My pleasure Mark. I am glad you enjoyed the article. I appreciate your interest.

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  11. OneDizzyBee

    I find myself pinning your posts because I like to come back to them from time to time and refresh the ideas. This one’s joined my collection.

  12. Lee MacArthur

    Great Post. I think some people are in too much of a hurry to get the number of readers up without realizing that every blog post we produce is one step towards polishing our writing, learning what people read, and learning more about the whole topic of blogging. I am happy that over all my readership is slowly increasing one reader here, one reader there.
    As always you have some great suggestions and I love reading them. Please keep up the great work.

  13. jill conyers

    Great tips that will help me reach my blogging goals for the year. Thanks.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jill,
      Great to hear from you. I am so glad you enjoyed the article.

  14. Katy Kozee

    Great tips! I came over from #pitstop. I’m working harder on breaking up on my posts into scannable sections with big headers. I realized I wasn’t doing that. I’m going back and reformatting my old posts too. I think that’s really important.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Katy,
      I think all your ideas are wonderful. I use to have the mindset that once I hit “publish,” the post was done, over. I never thought to go back into them and revamp. I am recently going back and retagging my posts. I am not done, but I am trying to make a dent.
      Great to see you. Thanks for writing and for supporting my new Pit Stop Linky party.

  15. Carol

    Lots of great information here. I’ve recently changed my blog’s focus, format and image and need to take note of your great advice. I’ve pinned for reference.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      Thank you for the kind words on my article. Thank you also for pinning. I changed my blog’s focus three times before I settled on blogging tips, so I can relate. Good luck with the revamping. Thank you for writing me.

  16. Kathleen

    Janice, congratulations. I am pleased to say that this post was the most clicked in the Blogger’s Pit Stop #7 and it will be featured in #8 Well done.
    I also want to thank you for being an awesome Pit Stop Crew member.

  17. April Munday

    This post is so useful that I distracted myself by going away and doing a couple of the actions that I hadn’t thought about before. Thank you.

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    • Janice Wald

      Thank you for writing me. I do not have the problem. I always use Chrome. I have a wonderful tech person who is knowledgeable; she may be able to help. Here is her contact info: merrivdennis@gmail.com

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    • Janice Wald

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for writing me. I am glad you enjoyed my post.
      I love interacting with bloggers. I am not able to do that so much on Facebook since most of my Facebook friends don’t blog. Some bloggers I became especially close with; we became FB friends, and we talk on FB, but it is the exception, not the norm.
      I am planning a blog post on FB for bloggers.
      I just came from your site. It seems you have an engaged community. I am glad. I am sorry I couldn’t help you with your kindle selection.
      Thanks for the visit, and the kind words about my post.

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