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How to Boost Traffic to your Blog as a New Blogger

As a new blogger, you are all giddy about finally launching your own blog that you sit down for hours writing your first ever post, wanting to WOW your readers. After reading through and adding the finishing touches, you hit the publish button. Done. Time to relax! But wait a minute…when you check your blog stats after a couple of hours, you are bewildered at the number of visits you are seeing. Zero. No traffic at all. You take a fatal blow to the chest and that is the dramatic end to your blogging journey.

It is not the end.

There is a way to turn zero into hundreds. Hundreds into thousands. Thousands into tens of thousands, and to every blogger’s dream, millions of visits per month. Grab a cup of tea and get comfy as I am about to explain the many different ways to boost traffic to your blog.

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Ways to boost traffic to your blog

Set a list of specific goals

I am a self-proclaimed goal setter. I love setting a list of goals to achieve because it motivates me to tick off the boxes. Write a list of specific goals you want to achieve for your blog during the short to long term. This could involve getting ‘X’ amount of views in 3 months or gaining ‘X’ amount of subscribers to your email list. Be realistic though. Setting your unrealistic goals may be an issue as you will feel disheartened and stressed if you don’t reach them

Share your blog posts on Facebook

With more than 2 billion active monthly users, it is wise to promote your posts on Facebook to drive traffic to your blog. If you are afraid of being ‘annoying’ by always promoting your posts, make a Facebook page for your blog. Let people on your friends list and all over your social media platforms that you have a Facebook page, and those who are interested will give you a like. They will expect to be notified when a new post is out, and are more likely to be more engaged with your blog.

Auto-Tweet new posts (Oh and don’t forget to tweet your old posts)

On your blog, you can set up auto-tweet to automatically tweet whenever a new post is up. Easy! It doesn’t stop there. Use Twitter to your advantage and give a traffic boost to your old posts from time to time.

Let your Instagram followers know about your blog

You can drive traffic to your blog via Instagram using 3 strategies:

  1. Announce new posts in your caption
  2. Adding your blog URL to your bio
  3. Announce new posts on Instagram stories, or if you have more than 10,000 followers, use the swipe up feature to link your Instagram followers directly to your blog (Instagram should really let anyone use the swipe up feature, don’t you think?).

Join Pinterest group boards

Pinterest is an amazing way to gain exposure through your visual content. To attract your target audience, make pins that are eye-catching. I recommend using Canva. It’s free and super easy to use (you don’t need to be a graphic designer to make pin-worthy content!). There’s a lot of group boards out there so request to join some that are relevant to your niche.

Join relevant Facebook groups

There are many Facebook groups for different interests from cake making to blogging to fitness. Simply search a keyword that interests you and lots of Facebook groups will pop up. Join some, read the rules, and start interacting. There will usually be strict threads for each day of the week where you can promote your content but some groups allow you to post your own threads, discussions and links.

Leave meaningful comments on blogs within your niche

Be part of the blogging community and support other blogs. Actually read their content and leave well thought-out comments rather than just saying “great post” or “i love this”. It just shows that you aren’t interested and probably didn’t even read their post. Also, avoid being too self-promotional when leaving a comment by encouraging their readers to check out your blog. It’s not professional.

Remember, what comes around goes around. Support others and others will support you. This is what I love about the blogging community. There is no competition or race to become the best. We all support each other which is awesome!

Reach out to other bloggers

Networking is important in the blogging world. Making connections with bloggers within your niche is advantageous because you can work on collaborative posts, and special projects to guide readers to each others’ blog. You will get exposure from other bloggers audience and vice versa. It’s a win-win! Plus, you have now gained a blogger friend.

Always respond to comments

To build blog traffic, you have to manage the traffic you already have. This involves being responsive to your readers and make sure they know that you value their input. I respond to everyone because I appreciate them taking their time to read my post and letting me know their thoughts.

Write clear, compelling titles

When people are searching for something in particular within your niche, it is pivotal that your title encourages them to click on your blog. Make sure that your title clearly conveys your content, and will interest them enough to click on your link.

Share some of your traffic boosting strategies below.

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  • Sarah Chung

    Some great tips there! Gonna check out RankCrew now. Thank you Stephanie and keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you Sarah! I’m glad you liked these tips 🙂

  • Katie Saada

    These tips are great, Stephanie! So many new bloggers don’t yet understand the importance of SEO and its best to start as early as possible!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yay I’m glad you like them, Katie! Yes I agree! Start early and you’ll reap the benefits of SEO rather than being stuck in a rut later on!

  • Katelyn McCullough

    Love these tips! Thanks so much for sharing your insights! xo

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you, Katelyn! I’m glad you find these tips helpful xx

  • Healthy Laura

    So many good tips! I recently started to join the group boards and it really works for me! 🙂

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m happy to hear that it’s working for you! 🙂

  • Kayla Saber

    Some great tips! Thank you for sharing these!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you, Kayla! Glad you found these tips helpful!

  • There are some great tips on this site, most of them I have not even thought of. Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yay! I am happy to hear you find these ideas valuable!

  • Wes Lambert

    Great tips. Especially about engaging other bloggers.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Glad you found them useful!

  • Jeanne Ward

    I have most of these tips down except for the last one; I know I need to look into it but it does seem quite intimidating!

    • Stephanie Foo

      There is a huge reward if you get your SEO on point – better to start early than later 🙂

  • Michelle Thibodeau

    I love this post! “There is a way to turn zero into hundreds….” This really hit home for me, thanks for all the amazing tips!

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m glad you were inspired by these tips! Everyone starts at zero but only those who put in the hard work and effort can turn that number into whatever they want 🙂

  • Cris Moreno

    All the tips are super helpful! I’m gonna check more about SeO

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m glad you find them helpful! Good luck on improving your traffic!

  • LeeAnah Kristian James

    Thanks for the tips!

    • Stephanie Foo

      You’re welcome!

  • All of these tips are super helpful! I agree that it’s tough to spend so much time crafting a well written post, and only have friends & family read it! I’m going to continue using the tips you provided, but I really need to work on mastering SEO, and working with other bloggers!

    Amber S. | http://www.thesuburbansocialite.com

    • Stephanie Foo

      Hi Amber! I am so glad you found these tips helpful! Keep them as goals to work towards 🙂 It will be so worth it!

  • Sharlene Anne

    Very helpful! I’ll definitely be coming back to read some more. =)

    • Stephanie Foo

      Ah thank you so much! I’m glad you found these helpful, Sharlene 🙂

  • Vivek Jaiswal

    This is a great post, Stephanie. Thanks! I have a question though, you mention posting on FB could get you traffic. However as a blogger wouldn’t you want the most relevant traffic? How could we achieve that? Have you addressed this in some other post? Thanks once again for the great content.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you, Vivek. Yes you do want the most relevant traffic but more often than not, people will share your post to their friends and family that they think will be interested in it, and the train goes on. You can also join Facebook groups that are relevant to your niche as everyone in there will be your target audience. I will definitely plan a post all about how to reach your relevant target audience. Stay tuned!

  • O’Shea Willis

    Awesome post. I really need to figure this whole thing out! Thanks for the RankCrew tip!

    • Stephanie Foo

      I am glad you find this post helpful! Best of luck!

  • Cristina Criddle

    Great tips, it’s important to engage with your audience to boost traffic. I love reading other blogs!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yes definitely. Engagement is e v e r y t h i n g. Me too! Everyone’s writing style is very different and I love that!

  • Sophie

    Love the meaningful comments part. Think loads of bloggers leave “love this” or “nice post” comments and that just won’t make the blogger remember them. Interesting article!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yes I agree! Whenever people leave those “love this” or “nice post” comments, I just think that they didn’t even read a single word of my post… And yes I agree, we remember those who leave meaningful and interactive comments 🙂 Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it! xx

  • Pinterest and Facebook groups can send massive traffic to your posts. SEO and blog commenting are other proven methods to improve the website ranking. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us,

    Take care,

    • Stephanie Foo

      Oh yes definitely! I didn’t know about blog commenting! I learn a new thing everyday – thanks for letting me know 🙂 You’re welcome. Good luck boosting your traffic!

  • Knackered Dad

    Some great advice there! One problem i’m working on at the moment is getting my Twitter to sync with Facebook. It’s just not happening. Oh well…

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m glad they help! Hmm… I haven’t had that problem before… Mr. Google should be able to help!

  • Tanya Viljoen

    Thanks for all of the helpful tips! I will definitely bookmark this for future reference.

    • Stephanie Foo

      I am glad these tips help you, Tanya 🙂

  • Hi Stephanie, great post. I also take time to prepare different visuals for each social media platform to go with my post. For instance, I use 3 different templates for Pinterest to help me promote my post. And, of course, I do everything you listed in the article.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Hi Livia, thank you! Oh that is a smart idea! I should put some time into making different visuals… Thanks for the idea 🙂

  • Melissa Ash

    Great post! I’m also a list maker…Nothing feels better than checking things off (even if it’s sometimes as simple as ‘take a shower’ 😂)!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yes! That’s me too! I love the feeling of checking something off 🙂

  • Ishani

    Great tips and yes I agree major traffic can be achieved via Facebook and instagram. Also SEO is very important. Thanks for the tips.

    • Stephanie Foo

      I am glad you found these tips handy. Yes definitely! I am trying my hand at Twitter to see how it goes but Facebook and Instagram are a must!

  • Sara Flanagan

    Such great tips! SEO and social media are so important for bloggers new and old. 😊

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you, Sara! I totally agree with you – it’s a consistent effort 🙂

  • Rawlings

    I won’t deny the fact about seo and how to go about it. Thanks for this post. Will make an effort towards it.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Good luck boosting traffic to your blog!

  • I am totally saving this post! I have been blogging for 4 years, but am still taking all these steps to build my blog audience. Each tip you gave really does help!! Thank you for sharing your insight. Would love to follow you on IG! Xo

    • Stephanie Foo

      Ah I am glad you found this post helpful! Even for bloggers who have blogged for years, they still have to keep up with these steps to improve their traffic or else they will be left behind! Oh yes, do follow me on IG! It’s @stephanie.vivienne 🙂

  • DG

    Thanks for these tips. I need to work on my goal. Thanks for sharing these tips.

    • Stephanie Foo

      You’re welcome! Good luck on achieving your goals!

  • Kathryn-Jane Van Prooyen

    What great tips. Thanks for sharing.!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you! I’m glad they helped you.

  • Angela Epolito Lewis

    Great post! I cannot express how much support I have had from fellow bloggers! It has really helped me learn and grow as a new blogger! Also, i’m not surprised most of my blog traffic does come from Facebook, but Pinterest is close behind despite the fact that I have the least amount of followers!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yes! The blogging community is such a supportive and inspiration group that I am grateful to be a part of. Keep sharing your blog out there! More traffic will come your way!

  • I love the Facebook community! It’s my favorite way of sharing. And I love the feedback you get. I’m still trying to get the hang of Pinterest though…

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yes! Me too! I’ve met so many lovely bloggers through the Facebook community 🙂 Same! I’m still a baby at Pinterest… we will get there!

  • As a new blogger, this post was very helpful, especially the part about SEO. To bring traffic to my site, I post on my social media accounts but still trying to get the hang of Pinterest. I also joined several blogging groups on Facebook, which have been great!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Congratulations on becoming part of the blogging community! I am so glad this helps you 🙂 You are definitely taking the right steps towards bringing more traffic! I wish you the best of luck, Heather xx

  • This was genuinely so helpful! Loved how honest and tried-out all these points are. I’m a newbie blogger and social media is definitely working to drive some traffic to my blog. Now it’s the SEO that I’m looking forward to understanding and implementing. <3

  • Jenni Maria

    These are really good tips and I wish I had read this when I started. I didn’t know anything about blogging, haha! Luckily we also always learn something new :)!

    • Don’t worry! I didn’t know anything about blogging either when I first started! I did SO much research though 🙂 Glad you learnt something new! ^.^

  • GG

    This is really helpful. I also just started my blog recently but you seem to really know what you’re doing. I joined pinterest as well, but I can’t really figure out how to join group boards. It doesn’t show any option to leave a comment or message the group owner.

    • Congrats on starting your blog!! You have to go into your Inbox and create a message to the group owner 🙂

  • max artist

    It helped me a lot, i dont have many views i hope this would take me ahead..

  • Madi Dearson

    Fantastic post! I’m going to check out the Pinterest group thing. thank you! and now I’m going to dig around your older posts…

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  • Lily Collings

    I’ve been blogging for a little while but have just switched to being self-hosted so I am reading all the information I can on growing my following. Your posts are so helpful; I stopped reading mid-way through to set up auto-tweets when my posts go live!!