How Do I Get More Blog Traffic? | Ask a Mom Blogger

Yesterday, I was inspired by Stacie to start an advice column of sorts. ย Not that I have all the answers, but the best thing about a BLOG advice column is that we can get lots of answers in the comments from a variety of different people!

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Our first question comes from Wendy from Living Water… From Within.

How do I get more blog traffic?

I was once told that the way to do that is to visit other blogs and comment, comment, comment. But that seems fake…I’m here so you’ll visit me?? Let’s face it we’re all crazy busy and I don’t have precious time to waste on fake.

Help?

So give us your advice in the comments below. What are your blog traffic strategies? Reading this in a RSS Reader? Click here to comment

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  1. I know this isn’t what anybody wants to hear, but it depends on what kind of traffic you want. If you’re a commercial blog, traffic comes differently than if you’re a lifestyle/personal blogger. If you’re an opinionist, it has yet another life cycle. Commenting on other blogs is probably the least efficient way of gaining traffic EVER. Bloggers who say that just want you to come visit them so you’ll think you’re getting something back out of it. ;0)

    Write. Write. Write. Learn SEO (I haven’t, but I’m assured that will be good for me.)

    Above all, though, link! If you’re about to comment on someone’s blog (watch me break my own rule, here) and your comment is more than a paragraph, put it on your own blog, link back, then go participate in the discussion on the other person’s blog. I know it’s counter-intuitive, and sounds like taking it out to your own private corner to navel-gaze, but the internet doesn’t work like the real world. Clicks are gold. Create clicks for others, and they’ll create clicks for you (if you’re good at it).

    You get eyeballs from the other blogger, the other blogger gets eyeballs from you, and everybody sees a better traffic day. Building community is important, but don’t sit around waiting for other bloggers to notice your witty replies in their comments section. Take it to your own home turf if you have something useful to add to the convo. Everybody wins when you do that.

    Also, wait. And wait. And wait some more. Traffic comes with time, even if you’re two bit blogger like me. :0)

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    Cindy Reply:

    I was totally going to take out the first two sentences because I decided not to go there. Oops. They’re irrelevant…sorta. Maybe I’ll write a blog post about them.

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    Andrea - Moody Mama Says
    Twitter: simplyandreah
    Reply:

    I agree with you Cindy. I would like to add that supporting other bloggers by means of retweets on Twitter, mentions on Facebook, etc. is also a great way to gain traffic. I know when someone does this for me I try to return the favor or visit their blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cindy Reply:

    Oh, yes! One good turn deserves another.

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    Christy, The Simple Homemaker
    Twitter: TheSimpleHome
    Reply:

    Thanks, Cindy. Great advice. Even with the first two sentences! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Brandy
    Twitter: brandyellen
    says:

    I do think comments are a good way to get traffic back to your blog, but in all honesty it depends on what type of audience you are trying to reach. For me my two main sources of blog comments come from Facebook and Twitter. When people leave me a comment I do try to make sure I return the love by commenting on their blog if they have one, I do this within a week not always within same day, because let’s face it, we are busy! So I say social media is a great way to get your blog out there and gain more traffic & exposure.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Yes, Brandy! I follow links from Twitter and Facebook to read blogs now. I haven’t opened my reader in a LONG time! And I do get a little traffic from Comment Luv plugin when I comment on other blogs, which is why I use it here.

    I think commenting is a great way to build “community,” but it’s important to have a well rounded collection of traffic sources, like searches, social media, Stumble Upon, and inbound links

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    Brandy
    Twitter: brandyellen
    Reply:

    Oh I forgot about StumbleUpon that and Digg work well for blog traffic too YES!

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  3. Crissy
    Twitter: Crissy
    says:

    I don’t want to imply that anyone needs to spend a dime to earn traffic, because it’s not necessary, however? I do buy button advertising on popular blogs in my niche, and it has brought new readers/visitors who seem to stick around!

    If you would rather not pay someone for a button ad, I still think button swaps are a great way to share traffic. I mean, not 200 buttons, but a couple? It works.

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  4. Andrea @ Simple Organized Living
    Twitter: LivingOrganized
    says:

    I’ve been utilizing my facebook page to help promote my website…and it’s working great.

    I actually just blogged about what I’m doing the other day! http://www.simpleorganizedliving.com/2011/03/01/increasing-blog-traffic-via-facebook/

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  5. I was hesitant to jump on the Facebook page bandwagon but I finally did last fall and I do get a lot of click thrus via Facebook. As one of my wise local blog mamas noted, Facebook IS the Internet for a lot of people. I also try to respond to new commentors. It’s tough, though. I started blogging B.T. (Before Twitter in late 2005) and it was so much easier to build community by good ole fashioned visiting and commenting on other blogs. You do need a well rounded arsenal of social media tools to help build traffic and Twitter and Facebook are my two faves. StumbleUpon is also great, but to me only relevant for certain type posts.

    Great topic!

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  6. Marnie Fernandez
    Twitter: marniefernandez
    says:

    This was very helpful! I have been blogging for Tulsa Kids magazine for two years and just went out on my own last week…I wanted to expand my audience beyond Tulsa. Thank you all so much for the feedback and look forward to reading your blogs!

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  7. Jen @ One Moms World
    Twitter: onemomsworld
    says:

    Commenting on other blogs lets people know you are a real person and want to connect with others, but don’t expect a large influx of traffic from it.

    One of the key ways to get traffic is your content. Write content that will leave people wanting to come back for more. Write about current up to date topics that will get people talking and actually searching for that particular topic.

    Use Twitter and Facebook to post your blog posts and when you put out your posts make sure you are writing eye catching headlines that will get that person to click thru. Headlines mean so much and I have seen with my own eyes how two different headlines to the same story controlled how many click thrus the topic received.

    Be yourself, be genuine, and create awesome kick-butt content and the readers will come ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Annie @ Mama Dweeb
    Twitter: MamaDweeb
    Reply:

    Love this advice! I couldn’t have said it better!

    Content is very important. That second paragraph is very well put.

    And definitely utilize facebook. I started seeing an increase in traffic as soon as I used networked blogs to post my posts to my personal facebook page. All my close friends and family members still read my blog and they share it with their friends….it’s great!

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  8. For me, it’s been building a community and getting to know people through twitter, facebook, local and national events, etc. I find that when I have made personal connections with people, I get more regular, consistent traffic. THings like giveaways and memes help, but they tend to be fleeting.

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  9. Thank you so much for your very informative comments and tips. I was able to gain some new insights and I look forward to trying out a lot of the ideas mentioned. Great topic of discussion!

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  10. Really useful information on this post, thank you for all the advice you wrote.

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  11. Write excellent, timeless content that is useful for others and then start utilizing twitter, facebook and stumbleupon. Learn about how to use stumbleupon and it will bring you more traffic – here is a great article, but there are better ones out there than this: http://jessicagottlieb.com/2011/01/the-power-of-stumbleupon/

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  12. Hi Wendy,

    Commenting on blogs has become the popular thing to do, but I agree with you, it’s fake. It’s forcing something that doesn’t offer any real value.

    Search engines recognize links in comments on authority blogs but the value isn’t as great as a link that is contained within content. In other words, links in comments, sidebars and footers hold less value than links contained in a blog post, article or some other quality content.

    One of the best things you can do is write guest posts for other related blogs in your niche. Your resource box will provide you a quality link back to your site.

    It’s a little more labor intensive as you’ll need to offer bloggers quality content that is unique and useful but just a couple of guest posts a week can lead to substantial traffic in just a month.

    I hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Kathryn Lang
    Twitter: kathrynclang
    says:

    I appreciate the ideas in the comments and I agree that community is vital to growing a website, but I have to say that I think commenting is a big part of community. It is tough to build a community if you never get out of your own home.

    Tips for commenting? I say add something to the conversation. Make it worth the reader’s while – just like you do when you are creating content.

    Also, keep the conversation flowing. That means you have to actually READ the other comments to participate.

    Follow the links in the existing comments. Meet other people in your niche and even the outskirts of your niche to continue building and expanding your community.

    Above all, never, never, never let commenting distract you from what you need to be doing. Limit the amount of time that you will spend reading and commenting so that it does not keep you from the focus of working on your own site.

    Twitter is great too – check out some of the chats that are being held (like #blogchat and #AOchat) you have the chance to learn something and connect with people that you may never have met otherwise.

    One more thought – remember that your readers, followers, and friends are people and not just numbers. The days when I choose to see their faces are the days when my writing excels and so do my numbers.

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  14. Lena
    Twitter: Lenasledge
    says:

    Commenting on other blogs has worked well for me. Not all will comment back on your blog, but I have gained a few loyal followers by being consistent in following their blog. Also, don’t just comment anywhere. Make sure the blogs you’re hoping to gain traffic from have something in common with your blog. I’ve gotten a lot of followers from blog hops and from passing out my business cards that have my blog address in big letters across the card. I decided against adding my website, I figured I’d get them at my blog and redirect them to my website instead. It has has worked fairly well. I just started blogging in January and I can remember it being a ghost town on my blog with no visits/clicks and now I get 400 visits/clicks some days. You really do have to be patient and just stick with it even on the boring days. Also, keep your blog up and be consistent in posting. I’ve been trying to learn SEO but it seems so complicated. Wish they offered classes on it. I would definitely take one.

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