Are you not getting enough traffic you deserve from search engines? Have you ever thought why your blog or website is not bringing you enough visitors from Google even though if you are posting quality contents?
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What’s wrong with your blog’s traffic?
Here are few common yet widely ignored blogging mistakes you might be making. Avoid them to increase your search traffic and website sales.
Blogging mistakes to avoid to increase your website traffic and sales
#1. You don’t focus on Google updates
Google is known for its frequent algorithm updates. Each time it updates a new algorithm (be it Panda, Penguin or Hummingbird), you will either lose or gain more website traffic. Nothing happens if you gain more traffic but the problem is most of the times, you will lose a lot of traffic from search engines after an update from Google.
Most bloggers unfortunately don’t spend time on these Google updates and they blame themselves for not getting enough traffic from Google. In other hand, if you spend some time learning few SEO basics and hone your SEO writing skills, you can drastically improve your organic traffic without having to sweat much.
Here are few ideas on improving your traffic after every update from Google.
- Always give top priority to creating highly relevant content that is helpful for your readers. Stop writing for the search engine bots. Don’t ever try to stuff your pages with the same keywords, keyword stuffing is the surefire way to get penalized by Google Panda updates.
- Read the beginner’s guide to SEO by Moz. It’s one of the most comprehensive and widely read articles on Google.
- Subscribe to all the major SEO blogs including Moz, Search Engine Journal, Matt Cutts, Search Engine Land etc. to spy on all the latest updates from Google.
- Also read this helpful guide to recover from Google Panda updates if you’re ever hit by Panda!
#2. Your web hosting sucks
Whether you believe it or not, your web hosting plays a crucial role in your website’s success. If you are not getting the website traffic as you deserve, that might be because you are using a web hosting service that is either cheap or unreliable.
You may think that does website hosting really affects SEO. In fact, it’s true that your traffic and loading time depends majorly upon the hosting service you choose.
So don’t go for a cheap or free web hosting service just to save yourself a few bucks, it may cost you even more in the long run. If you are really serious about making money online, invest wisely on the reliable hosting service.
If you are facing frequent downtime issues, immediately consider moving to a better web hosting service something like Bluehost or HostGator. These hosting services are not only used widely but they are in the hosting industry for over a decade now and they offer excellent features to their customers.
#3. Your website is not user friendly
One of the biggest blogging mistakes most beginners make while launching their blogs is they don’t focus on their website user experience. Bad user experience can kill your readership and can badly hurt your SEO.
Your site is not mobile responsive: Make sure to create a mobile friendly version of your blog or website. You can use plugins like WP touch to easily make your site mobile responsive. If you want to increase your overall website traffic, make sure your website is loading pages smoothly across all the devices including smartphones, tablets and PC’s.
Your site is taking ages to load: If your site takes more than 3 to 4 seconds to load your web pages, your visitors will find another place to search what they want. Online readers are extremely lazy and they will abandon a site if the loading times are slower. So speed up your website by using a faster web host, less plugins and a installing a cache plugin.
Your site is not search friendly: Make sure your navigation is easy. Showcase all the important pages such as about us, contact etc on above the fold to easily get found by your website visitors. Use search engine friendly themes such as Thesis or Genesis framework to improve your search traffic. Also use SEO plugins like WordPress SEO by Yoast to optimize your blog posts and web pages for search engines.
#4. You don’t have clear Call To Actions (CTA’s)
A Call To Action is a graphic or phrase that provides a link to the clear action that has to be taken by a visitor on a blog. I have discussed plenty of time about the importance of having call to action (CTA) on my blog.
Never end a blog post without having a CTA. You can use anything from asking your readers to like your page on Facebook to subscribing to your email updates.
If you are not using proper call to actions on your blog, you are not really engaging with your readers. User interaction is the single most element that will make or break any blog’s success.
Here are few solid ideas for including call to actions on your sites.
- Make sure to use attention grabbing headlines on your blog posts and web pages.
- Always call your blog readers to take action after reading each blog post by giving them an email subscription option to subscribe to your email updates or share your posts on social media or even commenting on your posts.
#5. You don’t perform keyword research
Finding profitable keywords is the first step to increasing your website traffic from search engines. Unfortunately most beginners don’t focus on keyword research.
They keep on writing blog posts without worrying about the usage of proper keywords and in the end they get pitiful of traffic that won’t make any difference on their website success.
So how to perform proper keyword research like a SEO expert, here are few solid tips to get started.
- Use keyword research tools such as Keyword Planner, Long Tail Pro or SEMrush to get the best suggestions for the keywords you want to rank for.
- Always make sure to choose the keywords that are of less competitive. Ranking for huge competitive keywords is almost impossible especially if you have a fairly new blog.
- Prefer long tail keywords almost every time you are doing keyword research. Long tail keywords generally contain more than 2 keywords and are often rank well on Google search results.
#6. You spend more time on content creation rather than promotion
This is one of the most dumbest blogging mistakes anyone can make. Most blogging gurus suggest that to increase traffic you have to publish more contents on your blog. Is that really true? No, it’s not!
If posting more articles can send you more blog traffic then everyone will be updating their blogs multiple times a day. The real secret to increasing your website traffic is to create less content and promote more.
Make sure you reach to thousands of people with each and every article you publish. Use these promotion strategies to get more exposure to your blog posts.
- Whenever you hit “Publish” button, immediately share your stuff on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc.
- Use your email lists to notify your subscribers about your newly published blog posts. If you don’t have an email list yet, build one as soon as possible.
- Find and promote on the blogging forums in your niche. Actively start engaging with other bloggers and make sure to use your latest blog posts in your social media accounts.
- Tweet your latest posts multiple times a day to reach out to more people.
- Link to other bloggers in your niche. Make sure your links are all relevant. And when you publish your posts, outreach to all the bloggers who you have linked to. This is also called “blogger outreach strategy” widely used to get incoming links and social shares from other bloggers.
So there you go! These are the 6 blogging blunders that are you costing you website traffic and sales. Avoid them at all costs if you want to build a successful blog that makes money.
Final thoughts about the blogging mistakes to avoid
Choose your web hosting wisely and always focus on the latest updates from Google and make necessary changes to improve your overall website search traffic.
Always learn SEO as search engine optimization is an evolving process that needs proper SEO writing skills to master website traffic generation. Focus on improving your blog readership instead of solely focusing on SEO. If you make your readers happy, Google will always reward you.
Don’t quit if you are not getting enough traffic and sales. Building a profitable blog from scratch always takes time and making money blogging is not a get-rich-quick-scheme.
So what are your thoughts about the blogging mistakes mentioned in this post? Do you make any of them? If you like this post, please share it with others so they can benefit.
Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?
Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.
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The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.
Birds of a feather flock together.
You have heard that one, right?
I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:
- face your fears
- serve humanity
- be a bright light for people to follow
- live your deepest, wildest dreams
Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.
Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.
Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.
Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.
Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.
Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.
Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.
Who Do You Hang With?
Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.
For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.
Surround yourself only with bloggers who:
- have posture
- have authority
- charge top dollar
- profit freely
- prosper freely
- exude confidence
- have a highly developed prosperity consciousness
You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.
But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.
Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.
Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.
Just your blogging success at stake.
Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?
My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.
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All of our power resides in the moment.
None of our power resides in the future or past because neither exists.
Time is illusion.
Only Now is real.
Look at that brilliant featured image. I snapped it from the front porch during our trip to Fiji. Sweet things happen when you are in the moment, focusing all power on the present.
This marks my 796th blog post on Blogging Tips. I feel grateful to Zac for the opportunity to serve you. Plus I feel grateful for all success that flowed to me through these guest posts.
How in the heck did I write and publish nearly 800 guest posts on one blog?
I am in the moment, mostly. I am present. Plus I never, never, ever chase the flavor of the month.
Bruce Lee and Blogging
Being patient, persistent and present helps you tap into immense powers, including the power of being creative *and* prolific. See my 800 blog posts on Blogging Tips as evidence of such power. Toss in my 2,008 articles (between posts and pages) on Blogging From Paradise and you understand: focusing on one core task, or core purpose, in the present, leads to amazing things.
Bruce Lee spoke of fearing not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but he did fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times. He embodied this mindset in his genius, Renaissance Man type ways.
Lee’s wisdom and physical prowess are both timeless because he understood and lived this great truth: do 1 thing so frequently, with a focused energy, being in the moment, that you do it incredibly well. He understood the truth of how I live my life: where your attention and energy goes, grows.
The Flavor of the Month
Most bloggers struggle because they practice 10,000 kicks once, chasing hot niches, running after trends, and choosing to blog today, and podcast tomorrow, because everybody runs a podcast these days. Wait a second; live video reigns supreme? Time to become a live video expert. Meanwhile, as you jump from niche to niche, and from blogging to podcasting to live videos, I just wrote and published 800 posts on Blogging Tips alone. Plus I wrote and published 1,000 more guest posts on other blogs.
While most bloggers chase hot trends, profitable niches and the latest game changing opportunity, guys like Alonzo and I thrive by doing one thing alone so we do it incredibly well.
Success is yours, but success is not an overnight or week-long endeavor.
Stop chasing hot niches. Visualize your dreams in detail. Focus on your blogging wins. Invest in coaching and courses from top bloggers. Surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.
Write, publish and connect with top bloggers by helping top bloggers.
Success Finds Specialists
I took a nap this afternoon. A calm, peaceful breeze kisses my face right now as I write and enjoy the day.
Imagine if you could work from home every day? Visualize that fun and freedom.
Specialists are the only folks who work from home full time. People who do 1 thing persistently, practicing this skill, so they become super skilled in a single, specialized niche.
I gave all of my professional energy to being a blogger for the past 10 years. I became really skilled at blogging because I never chased the flavor of the month.
Avoid program hopping, niche hopping and all forms of flavor-chasing.
Do one thing. Do it well.
What Is the Incredibly Easiest Way to Drive Blog Traffic?
Drive traffic to other blogs.
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Give what you want.
Help people get what they want and people help you get what you want.
I have found this to be the easiest way to drive traffic to my blog because friends I made through cross-promotion promote me around the clock, 24-7, 365. Easy peasy.
I checked my Twitter a few moments ago. During the past 3 hours I noticed 11 mentions, engagements and retweets collectively. 3 hours, 11 engagements, more blog traffic.
I drive a heavy amount of traffic to my blog by driving a heavy amount of traffic to fellow bloggers who drive a heavy amount of traffic to Blogging From Paradise every day, all day long.
The more you give, the more you get.
The hardest way to drive blog traffic is to try to do it solo. Imagine publishing one post and hitting social share buttons. Even if I do a fine job writing the post, gaining traction solo is tough because successful bloggers know: 1000 is better than 1. 1000 blogging buddies promoting you 24-7, 365 beats you promoting yourself or you trying to write and publish 5 to 10 or more posts daily.
I used to publish 60 posts daily between 2 blogs. Short videos and short posts created the bulk of the content. I had a difficult time succeeding because you can only do so much solo. I published 60 posts in a cyber cave. Nobody listened to me because I did not listen to anybody. But making friends by driving traffic to other blogs made blogging easier and easier for me.
My blogging buddies – who appreciate me promoting them – freely:
- link to me on their blogs
- retweet my posts
- share my posts on Facebook
- share my posts on LinkedIn
- send my blog posts to their email list
That my friends is a lot of traffic flowing to my blog easily, freely and exponentially.
Every time a blogging buddy promotes you to their tribe you gain exposure to one more large, targeted audience. Imagine when you gain exposure in front of 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 or more audiences daily? This is serious traffic! Plus it is easy traffic because your prime duties of reading posts and tapping social share buttons, or, linking to fellow bloggers on your blog, are quite easy.
How to Drive Traffic to other Blogs
I spent a fair chunk of today driving traffic to other blogs.
I promoted some of my blog posts linking to my blogging buddies. I also retweeted and Facebook shared posts from other bloggers.
Each share lays the foundation for new blogging friendships and fortifies old blogging friendships. Every time I promote Donna Merrill or Alonzo Pichardo, we bond more deeply. Easy way to keep friendships strong and to grow your blog traffic exponentially.
You Will Run out of Time Solo But You Never Run out of Friends
Eventually, I ran out of time each day trying to do it all by myself. No human is super human. No human can be in a billion places at once, by their own steam.
But you never run out of friends if you are generous. During a reasonable lifetime, no blogger will befriend all 7 billion humans. You will however keep meeting friends every day if you drive traffic to other blogs every day.
As more folks befriend you, more folks promote you. What an easy way to increase traffic to your blog. Your ever expanding friend network does much of the legwork for you and also drives traffic to your blog:
- when you sleep
- when you travel
- when you spend time offline with family and friends
Sounds sweet, right?
Drive traffic to your blog easily.
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