Are you looking to give your blog a boost with some more traffic, and to do it fast? Read on to learn how to increase blog traffic overnight.
Wondering how to get new traffic on your blog without investing months of effort?
Increasing your blog traffic takes a bit of work. However, the right strategies can have such a drastic effect that you’ll see your traffic grow from one day to the next. Tens of millions of people now blog in the U.S. While some of those people simply blog for fun, most of us hope to gain money, or at least recognition, in the process. And the way to get those things is to increase blog traffic.
Wondering how to increase blog traffic fast? We’ve put together a few key tips that will get you the results you want. Keep reading to learn how to get new visitors to your blog overnight!
1. Create Content Strategically
If you’ve been randomly putting content out there with no strategy, you’re not likely to see a lot of traffic. To get people clicking, all it can take is a single, strategic article. Some people see their traffic blow up overnight thanks to just one post.
The key is figuring out what kind of posts will get you those traffic booms. Content is, of course, the most important thing on your blog. It should be what you invest the most time in.
The content that gets the most visitors tends to meet a particular need that those visitors have. Think of it like marketing. Marketers look for “pain points” in their target customers, then create products that will address those pain points. A blog is much the same way. However, instead of a product, you’re creating content to meet a specific need.
Consider your target audience, what they do, and what they’re into. The content you post might be things that they find useful or things that they find entertaining. Of course, the best content usually hits both of those points.
Check online forums to see what people are asking related to your blog’s subject. This can help you generate good post ideas. Check what other bloggers have written about, as well. Can you give a different angle on something, or is there a gap in what’s been discussed so far?
Readers love gorgeous infographics, fascinating statistics, and great storytelling using images or video. If you can hit those marks, you’re likely to see your traffic grow fast. People will want to share and link to the right content.
2. Make it Evergreen
Another part of your content strategy is to create evergreen content.
If you only post timely subjects, you have a short window of time for your posts to gain popularity. However, evergreen content is poised to blow up at any time. And if some news breaks that’s relevant to one of your evergreen posts, you have a chance to push it out to readers all over again.
Many posts that go viral aren’t new posts — they’re just evergreen. Give your posts more chances to catch people’s eyes by not giving them expiration dates.
3. Create Stellar Headlines
You can’t draw attention to your content overnight if your headlines don’t shine. Many people decide to click on a post based on the way the headline is phrased even though they may not realize it.
In fact, some people believe that the headline is more important than the post itself. If the content is great, but the headline is lackluster, it doesn’t matter, because no one will read it. However, even poor content with an excellent headline will get some visitors (although good content is always better, of course).
Sharing your post is like giving it an interview with potential readers, and the headline is the interview clothes you choose. Without the right clothes, readers won’t give your post a chance, no matter how great it is.
Experiment with different headline styles, especially in the early stages of your blog, to figure out what works best for generating traffic. For example, you might share the same post different times with different headlines, and see which ones get the most traffic.
4. Use Email Wisely
People can’t boost your visitor count by sharing your posts if they don’t know what to share. Promotion is one of the most important parts of your blog strategy, and email newsletters are a great way to promote.
When people visit your blog, collect their emails for the newsletter. After you have that information, send out regular (but not too regular) emails featuring new content, and relevant or timely old content. This helps people who already like your content stay connected to it, making them more likely to share it.
5. Check Your Keywords
To make content that gets noticed, you need the right keywords. Check your keyword rankings to make sure you’re targeting the right keywords for your niche.
SEO might sound scary, but having a post that’s highly ranked by Google can really change your traffic numbers overnight. Today’s keyword strategies involve using keywords naturally, not stuffing them into posts. You can optimize for Google without making your content clumsy and hard to read.
You can also use long-tail keywords. Google loves longer keywords, and there’s less competition for them, so they’re easier to rank for. Figure out what your target audience is searching for, and use that knowledge to find the right keywords to rank for.
6. Optimize for Mobile
Your audience probably isn’t looking at your site from their desktop or even laptop computers. Does your blog read well on mobile?
Although this may not technically increase your traffic overnight, mobile optimization is key to having your blog posts poised to go viral. You won’t get the numbers you want if your site is hard to access or read using a phone.
Ready to Increase Blog Traffic?
When you increase blog traffic, you can meet your blog goals, no matter what they are. There’s no secret formula for growing traffic to your blog. However, these time-tested tips are sure to get you the numbers you need.
Want to learn more about using social media as part of your strategy? Check out our guide to growing traffic on Instagram.
How to View the Relationship Between Your Blog and Social Media
Alonzo Pichardo says it best.
“Buy your own domain and hosting and make that your own main hub. Social media is a branch of the marketing tree. That’s all.”
He shared my video on Instagram. Video registered 3,926 views. Here it is:
I filmed the video because I spent 20 minutes clicking profile links of folks who Liked my updates. I found a few self-hosted WordPress blogs, read and commented on these blogs. Relationships established. But most Instagram users:
- had no blog to speak of
- linked to YouTube
- linked to Facebook
For the heck of it, I spent a good 3 minutes looking for one user’s blog. I found an obituary (he was young and alive but shared a common name) and a collection of spammy “look up his information sites.” He claimed to be a blogger via his Instagram bio but he is no more a blogger than I am a werewolf.
Think about Alonzo’s advice; the blog is your main hub, or root, or base of your tree, and social media acts like branches. Offshoots, nothing more.
Instagram owns Instagram. Instagram:
- can kick that kid off of Instagram for 1 of a billion reasons, in a heartbeat
- WILL change their algorithm, soon enough, forcing the kid to change his strategy, uprooting his online world
- forces the kid to make his brand, Instagram’s brand
Not investing is a domain and hosting is about the biggest mistake you can make online because not owning your site hands your power, your decision making, your branding potential and your monetizing potential to someone else.
Social media is a branch. Spend most of your time daily working on your blog and networking with other bloggers who own their self-hosted, WordPress blogs. Unless they change their values or quit blogging, this is the most sound, intelligent approach to blogging.
Use social media for a little bit daily to:
- tag bloggers you mention on your blog
- help bloggers in groups related to your niche
- share your blog posts
- share other blogger’s blog posts
You are a blogger. Not an Instagrammer. You are a blogger. Not a Facebook-er. Spend most of your day on blogs. Not social media.
Marios Tofarides runs an authority blog on eBooks. Not in a billion years could he make his social media profiles look anything like his branded, self-hosted blog. Paula at Contented Traveler runs a first class travel blog. She could never re-create her blog’s branding, style and voice on social media. Sarah Arrow built a well known brand and thriving business by making her blog stand out, through creating, through connecting and through smart blog branding. Impossible to do this, through social media alone.
Pay Up to Play Up
I can mention your blog on Blogging From Paradise, a DA 47 blog read by many influencers.
I can mention your blog on Blogging Tips, a DA 48 blog read by many blogging influencers.
But I never link to free platform blogs because no influencer or experienced reader trusts information on free platforms. If you cannot invest $3 a month, you carry too much of a fear-lack-poverty conscious energy, that seasoned readers and top bloggers know to avoid.
I never link to a social media profile because….social media is not a blog!
Pay up to play up.
Invest in a domain and hosting. Move up in blogging circles. See social media as branches, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as secondary or even tertiary means for helping people. Spend most of your time on your self-hosted, WordPress blog and networking on other self-hosted, WordPress blogs.
1 Failure Conscious Tendency That Makes Blogging Tougher
Some bloggers cannot accept a good thing when they get it.
I have linked to tens of thousands of bloggers over my decade online. I love my friends. I take care of my friends.
99.999999% of bloggers are beyond grateful to get a backlink from an established, pro blogger like myself for many reasons:
- Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 47; that’s some backlink juice!
- Blogging Tips has an even higher DA; 48 I believe, meaning more backlink juice
- you bond more deeply with me, and forming a deeper friendship allows me to open doors for you, via guest posts, more backlink mentions, interviews, prospering partnerships
- greater blog traffic through exposure
- greater blog profits through exposure
- greater brand awareness through exposure, and also, your blog and brand aligns with Virgin, Forbes and Fox News, sites I have appeared on, creating greater trust
I could go on for 45 minutes. The list of benefits are endless. There are absolutely no downsides to being mentioned by me, on my blog or via guest post. Yet, some folks, because of their own fears, cannot accept these gifts freely and gratefully. Hey guys; I luv ya’s. This is not a rant, but a lesson in seeing good (versus fear/downside), expressing genuine gratitude and learning how to move up in blogging circles, by being fully grateful to receive the above gifts and by purging any fears or lack of gratitude you feel, when a world renowned blogger links to you.
Virtually all bloggers are grateful for receiving the above list of benefits. Donna Merrill is a blogging high roller and she responds to virtually all my tags and mentions. I would never expect her to do so because we are great friends, and she is so busy, but that is heart-filled blogging.
But a few bloggers clinging to deep fears have responded to my generous backlinks a few different ways:
- some fear the linking structure is not neat and orderly
- some fear they are not getting enough link juice via Google, and ask me to log into search console and make changes or whatever
- some fear they are not getting enough links to a specific site or permalink, and ask me to edit the post, to change the link
All above motivators are fear, and fear is not real, so if you honor these fears and react-respond in the above fashion, you judge things or make a request from an illusory, untrue, false, totally not real energy of loss, lack, limitation.
That fear has 100% to do with you, and nothing to do with me. I will keep being generous with my blogging buddies, but I seek out loving buddies, not those weighed down a bit too heavy by fear, so fear-bloggers gotta go, along with their links, going forward. Nothing personal, as I love and respect these folks. Just an energy thing.
We See the World as We See Ourselves
You see the world, you see other bloggers and you see their linking strategies as you see yourself.
If someone fears they won’t get enough traffic or clicks or Google juice through my linking strategy, that has nothing to do with the guy featured on billionaires’s blogs, and living his dream, circling the globe. That has to do 100% with you, your fear of loss, your fear of not enough, your trust issues, and other deep, fear based energies, begging to be unearthed and felt.
I am the mirror. You are the source. You are cause, and effect.
Picture break! Me during my trip to Fiji with my friend Olivia.
My dear friend Alonzo Pichardo sent me a Message months ago. He was deeply grateful I had linked to him 50 plus times on Blogging Tips alone. He is grateful! Does it surprise you that the guy runs a highly prospering business and leads a huge, loyal following?
David Boozer routinely sends me Messages sharing how grateful he is for my eBooks, courses, content and mentions, writing from the heart. More gratitude! Does it surprise you that one of his YouTube channels has registered millions of plays, alone?
Alonzo and David do not ask me to change links or put stuff into Google console or to change my linking style; they know a gift when they see it.
Vishwajeet Kumar feels incredibly grateful for each backlink I give to his helpful blogging resource, and expresses his gratitude on social media.
This is how you move higher in blogging circles, to see more success, versus moving lower, through fear-based lack of gratitude, and, losing link mentions.
Guys; see the blessing in a coveted backlink. Be grateful. See the good. Move up in the blog-0-sphere. Experience increased blogging success.
Connect to Get Connected
Do you want to know how I became a connected travel blogger?
I patiently read posts from a brilliant group run by Mapping Megan, published genuine comments and promoted my fellow bloggers.
That is it. I put in serious work. I also published helpful content on my blog, too.
Bloggers mistakenly believe in “getting connected”. Like being connected is a passive act, that just happens. By luck, or by lame pitches.
Do you want to get connected enough where you get featured on world famous blogs? Invest in my Teachable course. I teach you how to do it without pitching anybody.
I created the course after bloggers emailed me asking if I can feature them on Forbes, or asking how much it costs to get a link on Forbes. All these bloggers made the critical error of believing asking someone for a favor or feature – quite a passive, lazy, mindless act – is how you “get connected.” If this were true, 30,000,000 bloggers would be featured on Forbes, Forbes’ reputation sinks into the sewer and nobody would want to get featured on Forbes anymore.
Do you see how foolish and silly strategies like asking people to get featured on world famous blogs waste your time? Like me asking the NY Knicks for a try out, after I only had skills good enough to be a junior college basketball player. Foolish.
Passive Versus Active
Getting connected is passive. Not gonna work.
You EARN connections by connecting yourself to human beings, and you connect yourself by featuring skilled bloggers on your blog, by mentioning them and sharing their content on social media and by expecting nothing in return. I mention Paula Pins the Planet because she’s a first class travel blogger. I connect myself to her. Friendship forms. I connect myself to Rhonda Albom by linking to her on my blog and by tweeting her posts. As more and more friendships form, blossom and grow, my friends:
- promote me
- endorse me
- help me
- inspire me
- buy my eBooks
- hire me
People then say, “Hey, Ryan is a connected blogger! He knows everybody.” Fools believe me being connected just….happened. Passively. Lost folks believe I am lucky to be connected. The blogging brain dead believe I began blogging from a connected, influential space, when I knew more cats than bloggers 10 years ago, a lost blogging soul who did not know what a blog, was.
I spent 10 years of my life connecting myself to bloggers by promoting them without asking for anything in return. I help skilled bloggers because skilled bloggers provide you with helpful resources. Naturally, this level of generosity and calm, cool detachment helped me pop up on the radar screen of high profile brands. Kinda happens, when an army of influential blogging buddies endorses you, promotes you and vouches for you.
Connecting yourself to successful bloggers requires:
You pay a specific tuition for being connected; helping influencers without giving thought to your own needs. Then, over months, then years, you become incredibly connected, powerful and influential, based on your generosity and willingness to shine the spotlight on other bloggers, like Moss Clement. Peep his generosity. This is how to get connected. Be a tireless supporter of other bloggers, like how David Boozer and Alonzo Pichardo do it. These guys are generous! David promoted me more than I promoted me. That’s saying something. Then, Alonzo and a bunch of folks found me through David, and these blogging pros generously promoted me. I keep promoting them too, returning the generosity these folks have shown me.
Do you want to know my secret for being hyper connected?
Take care of your friends!
Think little of your own needs. Friends will help take care of you.
Connect yourself to people. Promote them. Expect nothing. Be super connected.
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