Part 2 – How To Increase Your Blog Traffic (and other blogging advice)

by SomeGirl on August 20, 2011 · 25 comments

Let’s continue where we left off from part 1 of How To Increase Your Blog Traffic (and other blogging advice). If you missed that, please read it here first.

Many sites recommend that you visit other blogs and leave comments to make yourself visible to others. I confess I did that early on, but it just didn’t feel right. I quickly decided to stop and only read blogs and comment when I was truly interested in the content and blogger, not to drive traffic to this blog (see this post: Do Nothing Out of Selfish Ambition). However, getting to know other bloggers in your niche (area of specialty) is a GREAT thing to do. There are some wonderfully sweet people blogging out there and getting to know them will bless your socks off!

In fact, one of the best things I did in regards to this blog was to go on a camping trip and put a request out via twitter and email for guest bloggers to fill in while I was gone. I made some great friends through that experience and kept the momentum going here with continual posting in my absence.

Which leads us to one of the original questions my blogging friend asked: how do you relate to the blogging community?

Probably the best way I’ve seen to start building relationships with other bloggers is Twitter. I confess I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter. I LOVE the relationships I’ve been able to make there and love vegging out/tweeting often, but HATE the addictive feeling that grows the more I use it. I also used to hate the overwhelming feeling brought on by my rapidly moving twitter stream, but developing a purpose statement for my use of Twitter helped me with that a lot.

In addition to twitter, reading and commenting on blogs you admire, asking for guest bloggers and filling the request for guest bloggers (which often times go out as blanket request on twitter), my new favorite way to build relationships within the blogging community is to go to blog conferences. I just LOVE them!! If you think about going to one I’d HIGHLY recommend The Relevant Conference as a GREAT first conference experience! (I’m super excited about going to Relevant for the second time this October.) :)

If you’re in the DFW area there’s a great mini conference coming up on the 27th hosted by MamasWrite (a local area blogger group). I’m looking forward to attending that, too! :) It’s such a nice experience to sit down and have a cup of coffee (or a Coke) with your online friends! If you’re not in the area, I’d encourage you to look for other bloggers around you and join their meet ups!

Once you make some good blogging buddies you’ll find that you naturally want to help each other out. As you organically retweet, link and mention each other, you’ll most assuredly increase traffic to each others’ blogs, and you’ll have a great opportunity to make good blogging prayer partners. (I’m SO thankful to have Rachel, Shell, and Patti for that! Love them and think you will, too!)

Another way I’ve found to build relationships with fellow bloggers is to reply to comments. I’ve not been very good about it lately with our trip and now therapy for our oldest son’s vision and auditory processing starting, but when time and life allow I LOVE to connect with my sweet readers who leave comments (most of whom are bloggers themselves).I use a great WordPress plug-in called “Comment Reply Notification” which sends an email to the person who commented when I or someone else replies to them. I used to reply wondering if they ever saw my comment, and now I know they do. I also used to visit each person’s blog and leave a comment there to show my appreciation, but had to let go of that custom when it was getting in the way of my family relationships (which are of utmost importance).

FYI: I’ve heard less than 10% of readers leave comments.

But… What if you don’t like social media?? I have just the article for you! Found it this morning (on Twitter via @BrookeWrites): 5 things to do if you don’t love social media.

Ok, I’m going to stop now before you and I get bored. I’ll get another post out soon with tips gathered from online friends and expert bloggers. Be back with part 3 of How To Increase Your Blog Traffic (and more blogging advice) before you know it!

 

{ 25 comments }

Rachel

Ok…maybe it’s pregnancy hormones, but I literally started crying when I just read your sweet link to my blog! I’m SO incredibly thankful for your online friendship and your prayers!! Wish I could see you again this year @ Relevant! Take tons of pics, ok?? Oh, & totally loving this series! Love ya, friend!

SomeGirl

Awww… love you, Girl! I wish we could see each other again (and that I could see that precious little baby)!! I can’t believe you’re 32 weeks already… how time flies!! Thanks for your encouraging comment! I was looking forward to 2 free days a week to catch up with my online life, but it looks like that’s 5 or 6 months away now. One of these days I’ll get back out there. ;)

Oh, you can count on lots of pictures for sure! Want to send a flat Rachel with me?? :)

Rachel

I don’t know how “flat” a flat Rachel would be at this point! haha!! :) I’d love to go along any way I can though!! :)

SomeGirl

Do I make one or do you make one and send it to me? I’ve never done that before, but I would be honored to have you with me!! :)

Rachel

Haha! I honestly have no clue either! I’ll see if I can make something! :) I’ll let you know what I come up with!

Sharla

Thank you for the information on the Comment Reply Notification. I’ve been wondering how to do this.

I would love to go to Relevant one year. Financially, I don’t see it being soon, but if God wants me there, He’ll make it happen somehow. I’ve heard such amazing things about that conference.

I am really enjoying reading this series. Thanks.

P.S. It’s encouraging in a way to hear that 10% of readers leave comments because I thought it was just on my blog that that happened!!!

SomeGirl

I’ve known people who were given tickets, won tickets and were sent by companies to Relevant… I agree with you, if God want you to go He’ll make it happen! I’d LOVE to see you there!

So glad you’re enjoying this series. Thanks for taking the time to comment! :)

(And the 10% stat made all of us sitting together feel encouraged when we heard it at Blissdom earlier this year.)

Jana

Thanks for the great info! I’ve enjoyed tweeting with you. :) It’s hard to get a new blog going and find your “tribe”; these suggestions will definitely help. Looking forward to saying hello in person at MamasWrite!

SomeGirl

I can’t wait to see you next weekend! I think you’ll really enjoy it and will quickly feel a part of a tribe…. I’ll pray for that for you! :)

Charity

I am playing with the idea of moving my blog off blogspot and to self-hosted. I will check out the blog SEO.

Thanks.

Craig_Os

I wonder what Michelle (SomeGirl) would say to moving your blog. I assume it would be a very smart move.

SomeGirl

I would think so, but I’m not an expert. :) I started out on a self-hosted wordpress and have loved it. I have friends who started on blogger and, as I will quote them in part 3, say, “Start out on WordPress!”

SomeGirl

I think that’s a great idea! It’s pretty easy to do. GoDaddy.com is where I host mine. A girlfriend registered and hosted hers there, then installed wordpress without a glitch (all on her own). I think you’ll be glad you did it! :)

Craig_Os

“BLOGGING PRAYER PARTNERS” … I like this phrase. I call it Power Of the Group. Which to my mind is 7. But that’s only because I was lucky enough to watch, on Twitter, 7 laid-off newspaper employees start their own Online Magazine and take it to amazing heights.

SomeGirl

I bet that was neat to watch! Power of the Group… that’s something I need to mention in Part 3. I have a group of around 10 like-minded bloggers that converse, brainstorm, request and encourage each other (as well as pray for each other)… they’ve been a real blessing! The blogging prayer partners are a little different than that. We pray for each other to stay focused on clarity of our message, bringing God glory, and doing nothing out of selfish ambition… knowing we are praying for each other has brought SO much joy and peace in this journey! :)

Thank you, btw, for your comments and tweets. It’s very nice to meet you! :)

Betsy at Zen Mama

Love it! I’ve taken some classes with A-List bloggers partially run by very successful blogger, Leo Baubata. I’ve learned a lot about keywords and writing what you’re passionate about. It does cost but it’s been extremely helpful. I really like his latest post that goes against all the social media, advertising etc.. (kind of against all his advice!) called The Quiet Theory of Influence… a good read at http://zenhabits.net/shhh/.

Thanks for two great posts!

SomeGirl

Ooh, I am going to go check that out… love the title! Thanks, Betsy!

aurie

These are wonderful posts – I’ve finally figured out feed burner thanks to your links!!

See you at Relevant :)

SomeGirl

Yay! Glad to hear that! Looking forward to seeing you soon. :)

aplaceforthoughts

Great post, Michelle. I need to get back to blogging better. My time and energy have just felt drained. When I first started blogging I checked out a BOATLOAD of blogs consistently. Now I just do my very favorites religiously and some other favorites if I have some extra time which rarely happens. Love being one of my very favs? ;)

SomeGirl

Awww… yes! I do LOVE that! xoxo

barbara

Thank you Michelle; Twitter scares me silly…

SomeGirl

It scared me, freaked me out, overwhelmed me, and gave me mini panic attacks… but now I’m used to it and love it! (sounds fun, hu?) ;) Honestly, I tell most people to stay away from it, but the relationships I’ve made there and then reinforced at conferences have been wonderful!

Vicki Arnold

Thank you for telling us about the Comment Reply Notification plugin! I just added it to my blog. I know I’ve left comments on blogs and wondered if the blog owner ever replied, but forget exactly where I was commenting, lol.

SomeGirl

You’re welcome! :)

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