Most beginners quit blogging just because of one reason and that is lack of website traffic. They work very hard in the beginning and follow each and every way to increase their site traffic, but they will give up after not noticing any results from search engines.
Always remember one thing, without optimizing your posts for search engines, you will NEVER get any organic traffic. You must be optimizing your blog posts, at the same time, you also need to take care of your readers. Don’t over optimize your blog posts and focus on solving your readers problems on your blog posts, you will notice great results from the search engines.
How to increase website traffic?
Are you searching for different ways to increase your website traffic? If yes, this detailed guide is for you, and I’ll walk you through few essential things that you need to do to get more traffic to your websites.
1. Install WordPress SEO by Yoast
If you are a WordPress user, you are in luck. There’s a plugin called WordPress SEO by yoast, it is one of the best SEO plugins out there to increase your organic traffic.
It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or SEO professional, this plugin makes it easy for you to optimize your blog posts and pages for search engines to increase website traffic.
I used both All in One SEO pack and WordPress SEO by yoast, and I must say I am more impressed with WordPress SEO by yoast plugin. It’s simply awesome and it will allow you easily to optimize your posts and you can make sure your headlines are not more than 70 characters etc. by using this plugin.
One more advantage of using this plugin is that, you can noindex and nofollow the web pages or links you don’t want to see on search results. This is important because few pages like your email subscription pages won’t need any visibility in search engines.
So what are you waiting for? Download the plugin here.
2. Know and adopt to Google latest updates
Google is introducing new algorithms like Google Panda, Penguin etc. to give best experience to its search users. Though there are effective ways to recover from these updates, but you need to adopt to Google latest algorithms to improve your website traffic.
Most WordPress users never worry about the changes in Google algorithms. All they do is to post contents regularly and praying for Google to get more traffic. It doesn’t work if you don’t realize the importance of latest Google algorithms. So make it a habit of reading to Google’s latest updates, find various ways to recover from them if you are concerned about increasing your search engine traffic.
3. Focus on LSI keywords
Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) keywords are simply the relevant keywords. For example, if you’re trying to rank for the keyword “WordPress SEO tips”, you can use the relevant keywords like SEO tips for WordPress beginners, WordPress tips for SEO beginners etc. to rank better instead of using the same keyword in your posts again and again. Moreover Google rewards your posts if you use LSI keywords and penalizes you if you do too much keyword stuffing.
Content is always the king. So focus on creating detailed content (about 1000 words) for the posts that you want to rank for. Google always rewards detailed content, but make sure not to fluff. It’s always the quality, not quantity.
One of the major benefits of writing detailed blog posts is that you can insert more LSI keywords naturally so that you can rank for more keywords on Google search results. Ranking for more keywords on Google means more traffic from a single blog post. So start focusing on using LSI keywords and start writing detailed posts that server your readers.
4. Getting search engine traffic takes time
If you want long lasting traffic from search engines, focus on long term goals and give your blog posts enough time to get ranked for certain keywords. If you give up too early, you may not see any growth in search engine traffic.
It’s essential to be patient when you want more organic traffic, don’t quit too soon. Instead of focus on what went wrong on your blog posts. If possible, always spend time on reviving your old blog posts to bring more SEO traffic. You don’t have to too much rely on optimizing old posts to get more traffic, instead just add few more links, update and improve your headlines. It will do the trick.
5. Build backlinks from relevant sources
Backlinks are one of the key factors of improving your SEO traffic. Without building quality backlinks, your blog posts will never get rewarding results in Google eyes. You have to build links from trusted and relevant sources.
So how can you do that? One of the effective ways is to create infographics around your niche hot topics and email all the influencers to check it out. If they find your infographic valuable, they will definitely either share or link to your contents. You can also use backlink checker tools to find and analyze the quality of your links.
Also, you can still depend on guest posts to build backlinks, but never make a mistake of guest posting only to build links. Firstly, focus on building relationships with other bloggers, then start writing great posts for their blogs and add relevant links to your own blog posts to rank better in search engines.
You also have to be careful while choosing blogs to write guest posts, don’t write for the blogs that accept mediocre posts. Only guest post on those blogs that accept truly exceptional guest posts.
Conclusion: Organic traffic is the key for any profitable blog or website. Without search engine traffic, you won’t get any leads or sales. Getting more traffic from search engines is not a tedious task. Even if you are new to SEO, you can still increase your website traffic by implementing the above methods. So focus on analyzing your LSI keywords, and make sure to learn from latest Google updates.
Do You Get Lost in Blogging Busywork?
My prime business intent going forward is to get my 124 ebooks in 1 billion places. That’s it. I will promote other opportunities of course and prosper through multiple channels but it is a billion with my 124. Hold me to that. Wait a second. You won’t have to hold me to that. I’m pretty good about being accountable to myself.
Anyway, it’s been fascinating to see moments of my mind attempting to pull me to blogging busy work. You know exactly what I mean. For me, my day is largely about promoting my ebooks through Twitter, Facebook, blog posts, guest posts, Live broadcasts on Facebook, my podcast, and videos on Twitter as well. Other than promoting a few other opportunities, I do not intend to do anything else. But of course my mind tries to pull me toward blogging busy work at times. How does my sidebar look? Is my sidebar converting enough? What about blog comments? Should I open comments on specific old blog posts? Each question indicates some type of busy work that is not genuinely important or business building for your blog. Of course, most bloggers spend a fair chunk of their days on busy work and wonder why they struggle and fail so horribly. If you spend most of your time doing what does not matter, you will fail. But if you spend most of your time doing what does matter, creating and connecting and opening multiple streams of income, you will succeed. Blogging is that simple.
But blogging is not comfortable at all because even though we intellectually know to avoid busy work, our fears pull us in towards the silly activities. Some bloggers spend weeks or months or even years doing stuff that ultimately does not matter. Why spend hours on your blog design when it’s the content you create and the connections you build that lead to your greatest blogging success? You have to be honest with yourself when it comes to blogging. Being straight with yourself makes the difference between success and failure.
I usually catch myself within seconds to minutes of being engaged in busy work that does not really make a difference. I scan my email in seconds. I am down to that number now. But I recall my struggling days when I would be in my email for 20 minutes or an hour or longer every day. I tried to read every word of every email. I tried to engage every silly sponsored post pitch. Huge mistakes. I wasted so much time on what didn’t matter. You know what matters? Creating helpful content and building genuine connections with human beings by helping other bloggers. Do these things and you position yourself to succeed. Add income streams and you position yourself to become a full-time blogger, just like I discuss in this eBook.
Blogging is simple but uncomfortable. Creating and connecting feels uncomfortable when your fear pulls you toward busy work. Ego is like that. The mind is like that. It makes a mountain out of a molehill by pulling you away from core, business building blogging activities towards stuff that waste your time. I have never looked at a heat map in my blogging life yet I’ve circled the globe for the past eight years as a professional blogger. Feel free to spend a few moments checking out heat maps but when moments become hours, you’re messing up. You’re too engaged in blogging busy work. Help people freely and generously. Trust in the process. Open multiple streams of income. Promote your core opportunity the most, like me promoting my 124 ebooks. Success will find you.
Do You Reject or Accept Opportunities for Growth?
I just wrote and self published this ebook in a little over 24 hours:
not bad, eh? I asked my readers for ebook ideas. I received answers. I wrote the ebook. I really hustled on this one. I’ve already generated a quick sale. How? I accept opportunities for growth immediately. Do you feel the same way? Or do you reject opportunities for blogging growth? Be honest with yourself. This is not a comfortable process for bloggers to follow because your ego may sting a little bit.
Blogging struggle is borne of rejecting opportunities for growth. Blogging success is born of accepting opportunities for blogging growth immediately. I opened another income stream within 24 hours based on seizing an opportunity immediately. No hesitating. No hemming and hawing. No delaying. Other than sleeping for a handful of hours I did nothing else other than write the ebook, proofread the ebook, add photos and publish the sucker during that 24-hour stretch. Oh yeah. I also did some networking and content creating and yes, I promoted a handful of my 123 books. But I wrote ebook number 124 during that time frame too. Why? I love blogging. I love freedom. I love seizing opportunities for blogging growth.
Emerson said all life is an experiment and the more experiments you make the better. This wise man knew the secret to success. Seize the moment and squeeze all you can out of the moment by accepting opportunities for blogging growth fast. If a reader nudges you to write an ebook, write the darn ebook. Do not delay. Unless you despise writing, and you probably don’t because you blog, write the ebook, help the reader and make money. If one reader has that issue than 50 million readers have that issue. We are all human beings with pretty similar problems when you break everything down.
How quickly do you reject opportunities for growth because you fear something or someone? My most lucrative freelance writing client basically had to beg me to work for him. I so deeply feared I would not be worth the money he was paying me and I also feared his criticism, even though he was such a nice, warm, genuine dude. After he would not accept me saying no, I accepted the job and made a pretty penny over the course of our relationship. I learned my lesson. Now I gobble up opportunities for growth so quickly it’ll make your head spin.
I could go to bed right now to take a quick nap. I just worked for the long stretch to write the e-book and release it. But I gobble up this opportunity to write a guest post. Again guys, I accept opportunities for growth and grow like a stinking blogging weed.
Do not ignore opportunities because you fear seizing blogging opportunities because ignorance leads to struggle, failure and quitting. Seize the moment. Seize opportunities for blogging growth. Write the guest post. Broadcast live on Facebook. Upload a video to Twitter. Write the ebook. Convert it to audiobook. Create a course. How do you think I retired to a life of island hopping? I did not sit on the sidelines folks, waiting and waiting and waiting for opportunities. I seized opportunities for growth quickly and more opportunities flowed my way. Opportunities seized, multiply fast. Opportunities rejected disappear immediately.
Seize the blogging moment!
No Blogger Can Force Clients Customers or Readers to Learn and Succeed
Sometimes you just need to get right to the point with blog post titles. This is one such title and blog post. After answering questions for readers recently I made a realization. Honestly, I’ve had this realization in mind for many years. I guess I never chose to write about it. But today I will cover the topic. You cannot force a reader, client or customer to learn and succeed. This is just not possible. You cannot will someone to see what they are not prepared to see or do what they are not prepared to do.
Sometimes, coaches struggle horribly because they base their success or failure on the success or failure of clients. This is lunacy. You can show a horse the way but you cannot force the horse to drink, right? Ditto for human beings. You can coach someone but you cannot force them to do what you advised them to do. That is 100% in their hands. In truth, the best blogging coaches, ebook writers and consultants are at peace with doing their best job and leaving it at that.
I regularly answer questions for free, offering experience, helpful advice for new or struggling bloggers. Said newer struggling bloggers return within a few seconds with more questions, trying to find a different way to succeed, trying to find the quick shortcuts that lead to guaranteed failure. I release these people. Although I have compassion for fear-filled new and struggling bloggers, it is not my job to convince them of my 30000 hours of blogging experience. Either they’re smart and listen, humbling themselves and their ego. Or they make the foolish decision of trusting their fears over my 30000 hours of blogging experience. Either way, I have nothing to do with their outcomes. They choose to listen or to ignore me. I’m cool with that.
Be clear with the fact that most humans live predominately from fear so until they change their programming through a personal decision they will ignore good advice and follow bad advice. Self-fulfilling prophecy. In the same regard, you can trigger emotions in someone that allows them to follow your successful advice. Someone may open up and learn from you if it’s their time to open up. Totally their personal decision that has nothing to do with you. This is why I never get full of myself. I understand everybody’s life is their choice. I can show the way. You choose to follow or ignore. Nothing to do with me.
Stop wasting your energy trying to convince, manipulate or flat-out force clients and customers to do what you advise them to do. Offer your advice. Detach. Some folks will follow your advice and succeed with their blogs. Other folks will ignore your advice and continue to fail. You did what you could but now it’s up to them to use your knowledge and experience for their benefit. Keep helping people. Keep meeting new people. Don’t get attached to clients or customers. Offer tips and leave it at that. Every human being is fully accountable for themselves. You are a blogger, not a babysitter. You inspire but you’re not a savior. You can try but you can’t force people to do anything. Be at peace with this truth and you will become more successful than you ever dreamed. Most bloggers never succeed wildly because they never scale, being heavily attached to a few clients or customers. Highly successful, happy, free bloggers keep meeting and helping new people and allowing those people to find their own way. I am responsible for no one but myself. This is how I’ve lived the life of my dreams.
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PS…the featured image is me in New Zealand and the hut above is where me and my wife lived deep in the jungles of Costa Rica.
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