5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic

I wrote this how-to article initially as a guest post for my girl, Nigeria Lockley.  But, I recently stumbled across it in my computer files, while putting together my  writing portfolio for my new freelancing business. If you haven’t checked out my freelancing services, what in the world are you waiting for? In the meantime, my advice on increasing your blog traffic is still relevant two years later. Enjoy!


Blogging is not for the faint of heart, but it doesn’t have to be super difficult either. At its root, blogging is intended for two things: sharing a person’s personal thoughts on a variety of subjects and connecting with others. That’s it in a nut shell. But we all know that many folks use their blogs as a way to sell products, make a living by working with sponsors and/or building a platform for future endeavors. So whether your goal is to make connections, money or both, you need a steady flow of traffic from online visitors. Here are a few ways to help make that happen.

BE CONSISTENT–Nothing alienates a following more than posting inconsistently. Whether you post daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly do it regularly. The best practice is to clearly state your posting habits on your blog near your subscribe button. But keep in mind that you should under promise and over deliver.

PRODUCE GREAT CONTENT–They say knowledge is power, and blogging about subjects you’re an expert in is a great way to build, and keep, a solid audience. Invest time in researching and sharing relevant content on a regular basis. You should also focus on being entertaining. Plenty of blogs generate a lot of traffic simply because the blogger shares their personal life on a regular basis. If you have an engaging personality and you’re able to translate that with pictures and writing, you have all you need to keep people coming back for more!

TAG YOUR POSTS CORRECTLY–Neglecting to take advantage of search engine optimization (SEO) is something many bloggers overlook. Tagging your posts with key words consistently is a great way to put you at the top of Google and other search engines. For example, if you blog about easy quick food recipes, it’s probably a good idea to tag all your posts with the words ‘food’ and ‘recipes’. Then add specifics like ‘easy’, ‘enchiladas’, ‘30 minute meals’, etc. Do this often enough and your blog will be one of the first to populate in specific searches. When I first started blogging I Googled my name and I wasn’t even on the top few pages of the results. Then I started tagging every single post with ‘Faith Simone’. Now, my blog posts span the first couple of pages for that search. It works, try it!

COMMENTS–One sure way to increase traffic and comments is to comment on other blogs. Especially blogs that cover similar information to yours. Bloggers love comments like a mother loves her kids. I’m serious. Bloggers spend time and effort producing content for their blogs and usually don’t get a whole lot of feedback for it. A thoughtful comment makes a blogger’s heart sing. It means that not only is someone actually reading their content, but they took time to respond intelligently to it. Do this often enough and you’re on your way to building a sincere relationship with the blogger whose posts you comment on and with their loyal followers. Keep in mind that comments like ‘Great post!’ won’t fly. Be sincere and only comment when you have something meaningful to contribute.

SHARING– I was late to the party on this one, but I’m so glad that I recently came to understand the gift of sharing content. Taking just a minute to share a great post by a fellow blogger on Twitter or Facebook is an awesome way to build a relationship with fellow bloggers. Plus, it gives your social media followers access to more great content. It’s also reciprocal. Once you share a blogger’s content they’re more likely to share yours. You’re both helping each other reach new audiences. Sharing is indeed caring.

So that’s it folks: consistence, good content, effective tagging, sincere comments and social media sharing. Put those elements into practice and watch your visitor stats grow!


Are you a blogger/influencer? How do you drive traffic to your blogs and social media posts?

 

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Guest Post: 10 Things No One Tells You About Book Blogging

Today I’m happy to host fellow blogger Emily from Confessions of a Bookaholic. She hails from across the pond so I’m grateful she was able to tear herself away from going ga-ga over Princess Charlotte long enough to give us the lowdown on book blogging. It ain’t all free books and five-star reviews!


 

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When I first started blogging I knew nothing about it but here are some things that may help new bloggers out there!

You Won’t Always Have Something Nice To Say About A Book
When I first opened my blog up for business I did what most people would probably do and reviewed my favourite books. When I started reviewing every book I read I found something unsettling, I don’t always love the books I read! When you are reading and not reviewing you don’t notice as much but when you review a hated book all those bad feelings towards it come bubbling to the surface and spill onto the screen in the form of a rant. My first one being of Phantom by L.J. Smith.

You Will Go From Obsessed To Infatuated – Yes There’s A Difference 
Two years ago I read quite a lot but not nearly as much as I do since I started this blog. I went from around 100 books in three years to 100 in one. Before I used to read books, now I devour them. You find when you read a lot you get faster at it, at most this year I’ve read three books in one day – this time last year that would be unimaginable.

You Will Suddenly Find Your Purse A Lot Emptier
Similar to the last point, when you start a book blog you will read a lot more – three times more in my case – and when you read more you buy more. Last year I didn’t own a single book, my supply came from my library. But after a while I had read all the good books (it’s a small library) so I had to look elsewhere. I borrowed them from my friend for a while since her supply seemed infinite but after a while I decided to get some of my own. Now it has got to the point that I can’t leave Amazon without buying a book. I log on to buy an iPod charger, I come off with an iPod charger and five books on their way to me.

You Will Turn Into A Green-eyed Monster 
You know how it is, you log onto blogger and a list of the blogs you follow come up and I can almost guarantee that one of the top posts will be someone’s ‘Stacking The Shelves’ or something of the like. You will then become curious and click the link only to find that person has somehow got hold of every book you have ever wanted (or that’s what your irrational jealous brain tells you). You then proceed to press back as quickly as possible or leave a comment that goes something like “Well Jell, ur sooo lucky!!!” (Okay maybe I’m currently watching The Only Way Is Essex – horrible show by the way) when you’re really thinking Life is unfair, why does she/he get that? Am I that bad a person??? If you go through this then there’s only one solution… when you get something awesome rub it in everyone’s faces and start the cycle again.

You Will Have Reading Slumps
Ah, the dreaded slump. You have work slumps of course but who would expect you could not feel like doing something you ordinarily love? I didn’t. But there are many ways to get out of a reading slump, some that worked for me are:
– Rereading a book you loved.
– Reading very short books – don’t attempt 400+ pages.
– Take a couple of days off from reading then you’ll be eager to get back to it.

Authors Are Your Friends… But You Can’t Accept All Books
I’ve heard so many people say they started their blogs for the free books but believe it or not but I had no idea bloggers could get free books. So imagine my surprise when I was emailed by an author asking me to review my book. I jumped at the chance without even reading the blurb. Lucky for me I enjoyed it but now I’m more careful about the books that I accept because there’s some unwritten rule about giving self-published books bad reviews and I don’t want to be the one to break it.

***Click here to read the other 4 Things No One Tells You About Book Blogging via Emily’s blog Confessions of a Bookaholic.***


Faith Simone says:

I can personally identify with all of Emily’s observations. The main problem for me is that I have to turn down so many review requests simply because I don’t have enough time! I’ve gotten much busier with my own writing and promotion than I was when I first started this blog, and it really cuts down on my extracurricular time…plus I’m training to run my first 5K, but that’s a post for another day! #Hilarious #YallAintReady.

WHAT ARE YOUR PET PEEVES ABOUT BLOGGING? HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR BOOK BUYING HABIT IN CHECK? ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE THINKING OF STARTING A BLOG? HOLLA AT US BELOW!

If They Only Knew….+ #GIVEAWAY !

A few weeks ago I sent a shout out into cyberspace asking for bloggers that would be willing to host me during my debut novel blog tour. The response I got was absolutely awesome! Wonderfully kind ladies came forward offering to help promote ‘When the Real Thing Comes Along’. Some I’ve known for the last year through following their blogs and some I’ve just ‘met’. They’re all my bosom buddies as a result.

I’m an unusual person. I’ve made my peace with that, but sometimes I’m reminded of just how weird I am and it freaks me out. The dream I had the other night is proof positive that I’ll never have access to #TeamNormal.

Picture it: Memphis, Tennessee 2015. I open the door of my home and all of my bosom buddies are standing on my porch with a copy of ‘When the Real Thing Comes Along’ in their hands. In classic hood style I invite them in and we all turn up; throwing our hands in the air, and waving my book around like we just don’t care. It was an epic night of dancing, book discussions and exclamations of “You look so different in person!” You know, typical nerd like shenanigans.

I woke up with a smile on my face, happy that the love of my cyber bosom buddies and the questionable decision to eat buffalo wings late at night combined to create the perfect storm for the release party of my dreams. Literally.

So you can imagine how thrilled I am to invite you to get to know these fabulous bloggers (and me) a little bit better by following along as I tour with them today! Don’t by shy. Click on the links/pics. We’re all family here.


INTERVIEWS!!!

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BOOK SPOTLIGHTS!!!

 A Women’s Wisdom

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And now, because that house party was so real for me I leave you with this throwback song from Grammy award winning gospel rap artist Lecrae. This is how I’m doing it all day. Go hard or go home!


Ever have a ridiculous dream that you didn’t want to wake up from? Don’t leave me out here by myself. Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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It’s My Blog-a-versary!!!

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Woo-hoo! I can’t believe its been one year since I decided that my thoughts and opinions were worthy of needing a public outlet. The time has flown by. My only regret is that I didn’t start blogging sooner. I’m extremely grateful for all of my delightful followers (yes, I’m talking about YOU). I’ve ‘met’ so many wonderful people in the blogging community and I’m looking forward to meeting many more over the next year.

Being that this is a milestone, I took the time to really think about the direction I want this blog to take. I’ve enjoyed posting about writing tips and publishing, as well as books and authors. I’ve been overwhelmed at the positive feedback for my poetry and fiction. I’ll continue to post on those subjects, but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it’s gotten a lot more personal over the last couple of months. I’ve been experimenting with blogging in the style of its original intention, which is as a sort of public diary. Hence, my Confessions of Faith category was born. Over the next year, you can expect lots more of my personal shenanigans. I look forward to letting y’all all up in my business. Close family, friends and random co-workers, you’ve been warned!

I was blessed to officially become a published author this year! Please wait a second while I literally pat myself on the back…ok, I’m done. I’m so proud of my contributions to the BEST ANTHOLOGY EVER! I’m also looking forward to dropping my first solo project this December. Yeah, I kind of like to randomly speak in the rhetoric of an independent music producer. If you’ve read this post, then you totally understand. Anyway, my book, When the Real Thing Comes Along is my debut novel, and since a writer is only as good as their last published book, I’ve got to get started on novel number two asap.

All that means for you is that a) you’ve got an awesome book to look forward to reading and b) I plan to pretty much limit my posts this year to once per week. There’s only so much time in a day and a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

Thank you for devoting a few minutes of your time each week to reading my random thoughts and mostly unsolicited advice. I hope you’ve found some inspiration and encouragement here along the way.

XOXO,

Faith

BTW, what do you think of my new theme? What would you like to read more about here? Holla at your girl!

This is what I’m singing all day in celebration of one full year of blogging. Giving myself a round of applause!!!

Bravo-Ledisi

 

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

My heart is full at receiving another blogger award! This one is very dear to me as it is given for being a very inspiring blogger. That’s one of my number one reasons for blogging. I love to motivate and inspire people. I’m grateful to Kim Gosselin of kimgosselinblog.com for nominating me. Please check out her wonderfully positive blog about family, blessings and life lessons. You’ll love it!

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Now on the award. I’m supposed to nominate 15 other bloggers for the award, but that seems super daunting to me. I’ll just put it like this: if you’re a blogger and you’re reading this, then I nominate you. I’m sure that’s against all sorts of rules, but you’re obviously a person of excellent taste so I think it’s okay. If it’s not then I suppose the award committee will come and take my award away…that would suck.

I’m also supposed to list seven interesting facts about myself. Here goes:

1. I’m currently obsessed with lipstick, especially the Butter line by NYX. I’ve sworn off all other forms of make up for a while and lipsticks have become my security blanket. I think I’ll do a blog post about WHY I’ve sworn off other make up soon. The reason is more complex than you might think.

2. I’m having separation anxiety about my first novel. It’s past time for it to go to the editor, but I keep putting off my final read through of the last few chapters. The thought of letting it go and starting to write my next novel makes me hyperventilate.

3. I have issues. See number 2.

4. I have a passport without a single stamp in it yet. That can either be seen as a testament to my unwavering optimism or as a kind of pathetic fact. Your choice.

5. Public speaking terrifies me, but acting doesn’t. I have no idea why. Maybe it’s because when I act, I become someone else. Maybe I need to invent an alternate persona to help me speak publicly about my book and perform my poems. Something like Faith Fierce? See number 3.

6. I attract weirdos like bees to honey. Unusual people consistently seek me out at grocery stores, social gatherings, etc. I guess like does indeed attract like.

7. I primarily enjoy receiving these blogger awards because it affords me the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite subjects: me! I’m okay with that.

DO YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT YOURSELF? DO YOU SOMETIMES BREAK THE RULES? TELL US AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF!