Traffic is one of the most important things to any blogger! If you want to have a successful blog, especially as an affiliate marketer, you need lots of traffic. The more traffic you can get, the more opportunities you have for conversions.
Obviously, that’s how you make money.
Maybe you’re wondering how to get more visitors on your blog. Even more importantly, how do you KEEP your visitors? It’s one thing to get clicks, and visitors, but it’s far BETTER to have repeat viewers.
So how do you get them?
1. The Elephant In The Room. Pinterest.
If you really want to explode your organic blog traffic, the best place to expand your reach is on Pinterest. There’s no social media platform that can drive free traffic to a blog quite like Pinterest.
It can be intimidating at first! There are a lot of other pins vying for people’s attention. Don’t let this scare you off! When I first started my blog’s Pinterest account, it took a couple months of trial and error, pinning to group boards, and pushing hard before I finally started getting views.
If you need some guidance on how to use Pinterest SEO to improve your
rankings check out this post ==> How To Use Pinterest SEO
If you need some tips on how to make more attractive, click-worthy pins,
take a look here! ==> How To Create Click-Worthy Pinterest Pins
The more you fill up Pinterest with colorful, attractive pins that entice viewers to your blog, the more visitors you’ll get. It took me a couple months of building, but now my Pinterest viewership has built some traction. There’s a screenshot of one of my recent pins. You can see that it’s already brought in 140 visitors to my site.
Many of my pins, like these, get over 10K impressions with a week or 2 of pinning them. These impressions inevitably lead to clicks.
Pinterest is free to use, and extremely easy to get free attention through. If you want to get more blog visitors, you need to build up a strong Pinterest presence, it’s as simple as that. Often, pins will be your blog’s first source of traffic, long before you have search rankings.
2. MiloTree. The Key To Keeping Visitors.
Pinterest may be the perfect tool for getting blog visitors, but MiloTree is the perfect tool for KEEPING them. MiloTree is a simple plugin that you can get on your blog, that creates an attractive pop up inviting your visitors to keep following you.
It can be designed to invite them to an email list, but it’s even BETTER for building your Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media followings. People may hesitate to sign their email over, worried that you’ll spam them, but following your blog on Pinterest or Facebook is a much smaller commitment. This makes it easy to amass a huge following, by retaining a lot of the people that visit your site.
Once you have this following on your blog’s social media, everything that you post will be seen by many of your previous visitors. If they visited your site, then they’re already interested in your topics, so you’ll now have the repeated attention of an already attentive audience.
This is why MiloTree is one of the most effective marketing plugins
3. SEO Always Matters!
Search Engine Optimization tends to take a long time to really sink in. Google has to grow to trust your website, before they start ranking your
blog posts in Google. That’s why you hear so much about the
importance of SEO.
It takes a lot of patience to wait for SEO to finally land you traffic. It takes a lot of patience. This is why you need to use Pinterest early on, to prove to Google that your posts are worthwhile and click-worthy. The more traffic you get on your site, the more Google will like you, and the more Google likes you, the more you’ll rank.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to an optimized, Google-friendly site, and the full extent would be worth a whole blog post in of itself. For now, make sure that you’re using these SEO best practices when you’re publishing posts. Here are a few significant things to keep in mind about your website’s structure:
– Your website should be using a mobile-friendly theme (which is
easy if you’re using a website builder like WordPress or Wix, because their templates generally come already mobile friendly).
– Your images should be optimized using a plugin like EWWW Image
Optimizer to keep them trim, fitted, and not slowing down your site.
– Your site should be running fast, without lagging. I recommend
investing in a good website host, like BlueHost, Kinsta, or Wealthy
Affiliate for this. Lagging sites annoy your visitors, and hurt your engine rankings.
– Your blog posts should ideally be over 1,000 words long, with good
spelling, grammar, and structure (use paragraphs with headings). Long form content tends to rank well, because it’s considered an authoritative resource.
– Use powerful keywords that have lots of searches, with a low
number of competing pages. These can be tough to find, which is why I use a keyword research tool called Jaaxy to find strong keywords. They’re one of the keys to your blog’s success, so truly invest in a reliable keyword search tool.
– Post Often! Don’t spam your followers, but keeping a consistent flow of content is very important. Hard work, but important. Try to blog at least once per week, and pin at least 3 times a day!
These are just a few of the factors that will lead to your website getting better search rankings. Check out this massive guide to SEO in 2019 for the full details – Search Engine Journal for 2019
4. Write Compelling Content
This probably seems obvious, but you really need to write content that will ENGAGE readers. Get them excited! If you’re writing about something that really interests you, or means a lot to you, it will show. You don’t need to be a mind-blowing, amazing writer. You just need to create engaging content that is helpful, and full of good ideas.
If there is an area of life where you have that kind of expertise, or passion, than write from the base point.
Writing content that is consistently worth reading, helpful, and creative is the best way to get readers coming back. This will truly help you establish your brand, establish your voice, and make you stand out.
5. Use Quora Like A Champ
This is one you have to be careful with. Quora is a giant Q&A website, where thousands of people ask questions, and thousands of other people answer them. This is basically like a smorgasbord, buffet dinner for affiliate marketing. You can directly target millions of viewers with your own links. The catch is just that Quora decides that you’re begin too spammy with your links, they’ll chop your answers off of the platform, and may even kick you out of the club.
So how do you find a way to sneak your links around Quora’s vigilant police force? Ultimately, it’s smart to try to insert only 1 link per answer. As long as your answers are thoughtful, legitimate, and not just a short, rushed mess, than Quora’s suspicions will be soothed.
Quora is a perfect place to promote your blog posts too. Quora is a resource for instant views. I answered just 2 or 3 questions on Quora in the beginning, and had a couple thousand views by the end of the week. It already has so much traffic, you just need to find your piece of the pie.
Beyond just getting some attention to your blog, it’s even easier to get a lot of referrals and affiliate clicks fast on Quora. Digital content that you produce within Quora will quickly be seen by hundreds of people. So you can directly drop your affiliate links right into your answers on Quora, and watch affiliate clicks roll in.
These are some of the best ways to get more visitors on your blog. Remember that they’re people! Not just cattle that you want to herd into your blog corral. If you treat your visitors with respect by creating
rich content, out of a desire to help them, and answer questions, you
will succeed. That’s the true purpose of a blog, right? In the purest
sense, a blog is about sharing helpful, and meaningful information.
Take some consistent action on these 5 things, and an increase in visitors will be inevitable. Good luck guys! I’m routing for you.