Do you speculate about why there aren’t more people visiting your blog?
Explanations range from “There’s something wrong with my computer; it could not be this quiet,” to “The weather is so warm, no one is on their computers.” Have you found yourself thinking this way?
Blogger Chris McMullen received over 100,000 page views to his site in less than a year. I was so impressed, I blogged about his methods in my article 13 Tips You Absolutely Need to Know that Will Make You See Wonderful Blog Traffic, so you could replicate his success.
One year at my site is ending this week. My first post at Mostly Blogging was written August 1, 2015. As it turned out, I, too, received over 100,000 views to my site in less than a year.
This post will explain the techniques I used to get the page views, so you can get those page views within a year as well and end your frustration.
This screenshot was taken on July 31. I actually felt I received the 100,000 page views in eleven months. I take one month off every year to vacation during which I don’t create new content for my blog.
What is a page view?
A page view is counted each time a reader visits your blog.
Blogging Factors That Lead to High Page Views
This is the fourth in my Combination of Successful Blogging Factors series.
What did I do?
1. I had multiple incentives for checking out my blog.
For example, when I saw people asking for social shares, I commented that I had a Blogger Collaboration group for my subscribers. They would come to my site to check out the group.
If I saw someone looking for like-minded bloggers or a link swap, I mentioned I had a Link Exchange Group.
When I read of people interested in garnering traffic from StumbleUpon, I commented I had a StumbleUpon group.
2. I attended Meet and Greets which are blog parties.
I left my link in the comments section and explained why the guests should check out my blog, so they could pick up a few more blogging tips.
While I was visiting the blog links left at the Meet and Greet, I suggested the bloggers check out my blog too. Since they attended a Meet and Greet to meet new people, I figured the odds were in my favor they’d visit my site.
3. I put the answer to a pain point in the comment section of someone’s blog.
I included an apology for promoting on their blog. It is considered spammy to do that, but I took a gamble that by apologizing for being offensive, I wouldn’t be too offensive. I was trying to help their reader solve a problem.
4. I left my link at content syndication sites that allow self-promotion.
5. I contributed articles to Lifehack.
Lifehack is one of the biggest blogs on the planet. They syndicate their articles all over the world. (I actually got to see my article in Russian.)
I wrote a post about 2014 technology. I received massive hits from Lifehack. I know since I saw people clicked the link I left in my Lifehack article to this particular tech post.
People still come to my site from Lifehack, and I haven’t written for them in a year. If you are going to guest post, make sure you are allowed to leave links to your site in the article.
6. I joined reciprocal thread groups on Facebook.
For example, I am a member of a StumbleUpon group there. The members are required to go to your site to stumble your articles.
7. I reduced my post tags.
This improved my SEO. Once I started following my secret tip for increasing search engine traffic, my organic traffic increased by 28 times!
8. I consistently used StumbleUpon.
I had a few posts go viral on StumbleUpon. My post How to Make 1,406 People Look at Your Site in 1 Day explains why my post went viral on StumbleUpon.
9. I wrote about places with a built-in audience. For example, when I wrote about Pinterest, I received many page views coming from Pinterest. Since the members use the site, they are already interested.
10. I held linky parties. Linky parties are popular, so many visitors came. Also, my Blogger’s Pit Stop linky party, which I host on Fridays and Saturdays, holds contests which make them even more popular.
11. I held Meet and Greets. Everyone loves a good blog party! It’s a chance to meet new readers and extend the reach of our information.
12. I inserted a “Read More” tag. If people clicked it, I got two page views per article instead of only one!
13. I strived for excellent content. There is an expression in blogging that content is king. I took it to heart. People linked to me. This resulted in my getting exposure from their readers. My Alexa ranking and SEO improved, so I was found in search engines more often.
To Sum Up
For the year, my top referrers of traffic are
Search Engines, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Twitter (I use Twitter tools), and Pinterest. (I am not counting the WordPress reader which came in second.)
As I reflect on the close of my first year at Mostly Blogging, I would like to make future predictions for my referral traffic. I predict Kingged is going to be a major force in sending traffic to my blog. It’s an up and comer. The site is rapidly rising through the ranks of referrers on my dashboard. We will see in a year.
In conclusion, this article explained how to get people to your blog. If you want to know how to get them to subscribe, I recommend reading How to Quickly Get 2000 New Blog Subscribers for Free.
This post explained how to get 100,000 page views in eleven months. If you want to see how to get massive blog traffic in a day, see the articles under Related Posts.
Readers, please share this combination of successful blogging factors, so other bloggers know how to get people to visit their sites.
Is there an effective strategy you can share that works for you in getting people to your site? I’m sure readers would like to know other options. I look forward to your views in the comment section.