WordPress is a fantastic avenue of creating content and beautiful designs for websites. But what is the use of creating a well-designed and interesting website if nobody sees it? Pretty frustrating, I know. Lack of adequate traffic is one of the most common complaints (especially from bloggers) around the cyberspace.
There’s an overwhelming degree of information out there in the cyberspace and it can be depressing when you don’t get the least amount of traffic hoped for. A lot of sites now look like a ghost town compared to when they just started. This is probably because no matter how hard they tried, they could not sustain the following/traffic they were hoping for to keep themselves afloat. It goes without saying that enough positive response pushes one to do more.
With a stupendous amount of site choices to navigate through, enough to make one’s head spin, it is advisable to understand some simple strategies to improve your visibility and also bring you the following you seek. Some of these strategies work on a ‘one-to-many’ approach where you have the possibility of gaining multiple links and shares from a single effort.
SOCIALIZE – NETWORK, ENGAGE AND CONNECT WITH PEOPLE
Networking/Socializing with others is vital for your business or blog, especially if you’re just getting started. It’s a digital age. Connect with people online for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Using social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ just to name a few are avenues where you can surely expand your social network.
Also, join Facebook and Whatsapp groups in your niche. There are Facebook groups in every category, join them and make friends with the Admins. If you happen to be in a niche where Facebook groups are popular, then you’ll find a goldmine of ideas to monetize. Plus you’ll sharpen your copywriting skills by seeing the ‘native tongues’ in which your audience speaks.
MAKE USE OF THE HASHTAGS OF MEETUPS YOUR AUDIENCE IS ATTENDING AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION.
Most conferences nowadays have a hashtag for their attendees to communicate with. This helps especially for multi-day events where you’ll find people chattering about smaller meetups. This is a good opportunity to introduce your site to relevant people in your niche.
COMMENT ON BLOGS
Open your browser, create a folder in your bookmarks (to save time), save at least 10 authoritative blogs in your circle/niche in it, then visit some of those sites and comment daily. Comment on at least 3 blogs a day. Also make sure to comment with a link back to your own website. Doing this brings traffic back to your site from the other readers that peruse the Comments Section and see your comment, especially if you’ve left a Value-Based comment or interesting comment. The reader of your comment might wonder what you have to offer, then follow your link to your page.
Also, if you’ve received inspiration from a blogger or another website, mention them, and put the link to their websites too.
ADD YOUR CONTENT TO PINTEREST COMMUNITY BOARDS
Head over to http://pingroupie.com/ and find active community boards in your niche or head over to your competitor’s profile and see which group boards they are a part of. If your article is good, it’ll get re-pinned over and over again.
CREATE LINKABLE ASSETS.
Linkable assets are things such as tools, infographics, top lists, etc. that people can’t help but link to. For example, if you create an infographic that breaks down complex information into digestible parts, then you should have an easy time getting it repinned on Pinterest or shared through a site like http://visual.ly/ which has a special section for infographics alone.
GUEST POSTING – GUEST BLOGGING
Guest posting is one of the most overlooked methods for creating traffic back to your site. For those not familiar… ‘guest post’ blogging is where you write content for another blogger and in return you will gain exposure from the Author Bio area.
Guest posting is a great method to gain quality, targeted traffic back to your site. It’s a great way to take your blog’s traffic to a new level and gain recognition from other like-minded professionals reading and commenting on blogs, where your post is published, that are within the same niche as you.
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CHECK OUT YOUR IMAGE NAMES
Your images are not just there to beautify your content as they also bring extra information and help Google rank your website for a specific query. Google’s Image results can drive a lot of traffic to a website, so don’t underestimate them. Use proper image name to include the keyword you want to be ranked for.
Leaving automatic image name like DSC234.jpg is a terrible mistake because Google will not be able to understand what your image is about and rank it. Also, you should make use of the “ALT” tag you see on WordPress when uploading an Image. You can describe your image with extra keywords. They have a nice SEO power.
Use a sitemap to ease Google’s crawl. When it comes to improving your rankings, an XML sitemap can be a really good partner. It helps Google to easily understand your website structure while crawling it. Sitemaps are known as URL inclusion protocols as they tell search engines what to crawl. With plugins like Google XML Sitemap (Download Here), it is very easy to set this up.
CAREFULLY CHECK YOUR POST FOR GRAMMATICAL ERRORS
There is nothing that can put off visitors like a lot of grammatical errors on your website. I’m sure you don’t want readers cringing while reading your post. As much as it’s important that your content is filled with your main keywords, description, information, and uniqueness, it should also be free from errors.
Bad spelling is a sure way to make you lose visitors. Because no one is perfect and we can easily make mistakes and errors sometimes, you can install “Grammarly” to your device. It eliminates grammatical errors and improves your writing.
How long have you been blogging? What are the best traffic tactics you’re willing to share to help the small business owner/blogger? Please share suggestions in your comment below.