Wanna know the secret to getting more traffic to your site?
It is actually much easier than you think…just be more social! The whole process of starting your website, setting up your automatic posts, figuring out which media platforms to start with can all be a LOT to take in and figure out your own groove. At first. Luckily for you, there is no need to reinvent the wheel, there are plenty of people to learn from and get the best tips from.
This should be your first focus.
This is the most powerful, effective, and FREE marketing force to have behind you. Of course, there is a method to the madness. There is an endless amount of posts for just about any idea or problem you can come up with, so you just have to stand out.
This can be done by implementing these 4 tips:
1.) Create gorgeous and Pinnable photos
Grab people's attention and make then want to repin. There are many ways to find great photos (if you don't take them yourself) and here are my top 5:
*IvoryMix– Kayla offers 300 styled stock photos FOR FREE, and then if you sign up for the newsletter, you will receive new photos every single month, that are royalty free, which means you can use them how you like when related to your posts (the unspoken rule is to give credit to your photographer).
*Pixabay– completely free stock photos, just type in a keyword of what you are looking for and you will see tons of photos from globe wide photographers. Make sure for each one you download you make a note of that photographers name so you can give proper cred. I messed up the first time I went on there and did a monster download of probably a hundred or so pics, realized I mixed up all the information for each photo, so I had to delete and start over. You don't have to be so diligent, but you wanna give credit to those that are helping draw traffic to your site.
*Pexels– all free photos, royalty free, just make sure to dish out the appropriate credit per photo.
Once you find a source (or more than one source) for awesome photos, next you will absolutely need a photo editing service…and there are plenty of paid and free ones to fit your needs.
Currently I am with PicMonkey. Their process and extras were so simple to understand, and the templates I created are stored in my account. So, to switch now would really take a lot of effort, and I am completely happy with what I have. Everything is easy to edit, copy, share, fonts, doodles, pre-made templates that will help you create any ad or project you are looking to create. With ease.
2.) Organize your boards
What this means is limit the boards that are visible. Only show boards that relate to your website. Also, this is very tedious, but necessary…go through each board and each post to make sure there is a detailed and relevant description with hashtags for each one. Also, make sure your name and “about me” profile includes keywords that are relevant to your brand. When people are searching for terms and categories you want your profile to be in the running too (even if they don't know your personal or business name yet).
It looks really good if you put them in alphabetical order too. What I do is put the group boards and my “Best Of” boards first, then all my boards in alphabetical order, then all the group boards (that other people created) that I follow in alphabetical order. Helps bring some order to all the chaos of the bright and vibrant boards and posts.
Here is a screenshot of my semi-uniform cover photo creations (that I made in PicMonkey) to make all my boards look a bit more organized and aesthetically pleasing.
***to move the whole board, you must left click and hold as you move the board. The screen used to scroll with you until recently, so now if you need to move one all the way to the top it kinda sucks, but you just have to realize you are gonna have to screw them all up before they are in order. Trust me, it is worth it.
Don't hate the player, just hate the game. Once you do this, you will notice immdiate results and a dramatic difference in your Pinterest profile.
Start one board at a time, and for each board, fill in the descriptions (including key words that relate to your business or website), choose an awesome and eye-catching photo, & choose an accurate category description (from the drop down).
If you want to make a Group Board all you have to do is start inviting people (where it says “collaborators” you can enter the people or email of peeps you want to help make an awesome board with, and choose your own terms). If you want to find boards other people started, go to PinGroupie.com, and you can search by niche and find all the group boards (that have registered with PinGroupie) that exist and give you the low down on what to expect and how to apply.
Below is a screenshot of one of my Group Boards, Blogging Whirlwind, and I am pretty lax with my terms…I just wanna create a board for fellow bloggers no matter which niche you are in, and to help share each others posts.
My terms for my group boards have no limit on posts, but seriously just try and share AT LEAST one for every one you post. I will talk about the 80/20 rule later, which would say that to get the most engagement (and this has been proven) you should share at least 5-8 posts for every ONE that you do.
Just as an example, because some boards will say you can have no repeat posts within a month, no more than 3 per day, etc. You have to know the terms you are signing up and comply in order for that board to be beneficial to you. Otherwise, you might as well just start your own! It will help you gain followers too.
Not a huge deal if you don't share that much, but YOU WILL notice a gigantically HUGE difference in your followers and blog traffic if you do.
We are all grown ass adults, so do what you want, I am just sharing what I have learned from kind heart-ed (and truly genius) bloggers before me that are kicking ass and taking names.
THEN, do the same for each post and make sure you have a great description and hashtags so people can find the pins you have on your board when they are searching for specific categories or terms. Even if it is someone else's pin, this helps you because the more people that link to your profile, the more followers you will gain and you will be respected more and thought of as a blog guru!
Powered by Creative Market
If the pin has NO SHARES, delete it! Even if you love it, just move that one to a secret board. You only want top pins with high number shares that have great descriptions and traffic drawing hashtags.
Pinterest has recently changed things, so hashtags are back and super helpful. Necessary even. And the myth that you will lose followers by deleting non performing pins is false! The more bad ass and organized your boards are, the more people will come to you for good ideas.
3.)Next is scheduling slow and consistent posts.
The way to do this without spending hours upon hours a day completing this task is… auto scheduling services! They save the day, seriously!!! And hours and hours of our time. Totally worth $9.99 a month to me. Almost ALL of the different services will offer you one month free trial (to fall in, sweet digital you're really doing me a solid, love) so that is really nice because there are a lot of different ones to choose from.
What you have to know before even shopping around is which social media platforms are you going to start with? Pinterest should be #1, then maybe Facebook, Twitter, , etc. Until you get the hang of how everything works, I would only start with 2-3 TOPS. It is damn near impossible to keep up with everything when you are first learning how to sufficiently blog. The company I use, Viraltag, offers auto posting for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Linked In, and Instagram.
Anyway, each company has its own perks and specializes in different platforms. I have tried a few, and am currently paying monthly with VIRALTAG because they offer UNLIMITED posts, free link shortening integrations (if you are doing affiliate marketing this helps a ton), google analytics, Canva Photo Editing service, Evergreen content (posts that are saved and can be scheduled over and over when you set them to run), ideal posting times based on your own personal traffic that is recorded through your analytics. This is super cool because the times will be different for everyone and accurate for your posts.
They also offer “Circles” which is kind of like an extension of Pinterest in the sense that it is filled with hard working bloggers like yourself. There are Circles for every niche, it is free and simple to start your very own, and when you share you are much more likely to get a direct share response from your members. It is there to support each other and help everyone's posts get seen and shared.
So, this is why I love Viraltag and will vouch for them any day.
The best response that I have found with the public is when I schedule the posts at least a half hour apart. What you would ultimately like to do is create a steady stream of posts all throughout the day, every single day. If you start going overload with posting you will notice people starting to unfollow you or even get kicked out of the group boards.
Don't worry, you will figure out a posting groove with an auto posting service. Once you take the time to get it all set up, you can schedule your posts as far ahead as you want. I recommend one day each month to get on the and get your posts scheduled for the next full month. That way you spend a few hours on it ONCE a month and can spend all your other time doing more income producing activities.
The only reason I don't recommend doing more than a month in advance is because you really just don't know what could change, and if you have a shit ton of posts scheduled for the next 6 months and then decide to change service carriers or change affiliate programs, then you will have to go back and delete ALL those posts you scheduled.
Especially when you are first learning how to use the auto post programs. It is super easy to make mistakes, and you don't want to have to delete more than a month's posts. Trust me (as you can tell from this long and drawn out rant, I have done this before, lol).
4.)engaging with other boards & profiles
If you don't engage with others, do not expect that for yourself. This is the funnest part because you will make new friends, learn about new tools, & cool concepts to structure for your blog. If you want to eventually collaborate with someone and make an irresistible blog post this is the way to go about it.
Start following awesome bloggers that are doing exactly what you want to do. Start commenting on their posts and products, ask questions, etc.
You want to make yourself known online. Just remember that some people are always gonna know more than you, and some people are always gonna know less, so this puts you in an awesome position of finding a mentor and using your learned skills to teach others that are going to look up to you. You will then be the expert, and continue to grow the beautiful cycle of becoming an online entrepreneur. And most importantly- SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!!!!!!!!
***on a side note- when a board instructs you that you have a 3 post minimum per day, this means that whether you OR someone else wrote that post, every single one counts within the limit. So, 3 means 3 (in this specific example).
Blogging networks are nice because it is like a blogging support group where we all love, learn, and support each other. Most of them are free with an option to pay more to receive extra perks. So, how much time, effort, or money is totally optional. Here are the ones that I have found recently and have grown very fond of.
1.) LinkyTools- This one actually jump started my traffic. The super fun part is that you can create Blog-hops where you set up a link (come up with a catchy idea- mine is show your highest performing post form last week EVERY TUESDAY) and all people have to do to be a part of it is click on your link and enter their website and link the post they want to be seen.
On LinkyTools dashboard you can look up all the LinkyParties that people are throwing and sign up or follow them (and they will almost always follow you back).
You can create a number of different “Linkys” & I am still trying to learn the differences between them all.
You can go through the database of Linky members and follow them, visit their blog and learn while enjoying what they have to offer. My only aggravation with it is the site speed. Often times it is slow, and or non-responsive, but the rewards have been great which makes it worth it to me. And it is totally a “dude” website because of the lack of color and design, but like he explains, the site grew very quickly, but yields great rewards. So, Yay for LinkyTools!
Click here to follow this blog and view my other followers…
2.) TopMommyBlogs–This website is totally mom work at home based. There are thousands of members, free to join, but also you can sign up for the extra perks with a monthly fee. It is quite a wait to be accepted (2-3 weeks) but when you are, there are a ga-zillion money making opportunities, friends to make, people to learn from, etc. You must have been blogging for at least 6 months to be accepted, apply their button to your website while being considered for the group. They are all about helping out each other and throwing link ups, and so much more. They have a button you can put into the bottom of each post which allows your readers to click on it and vote a like for your website! Pretty cool. Totally worth checking out:
3.) BlogaholicNetwork– First off, I LOVE the fact that they are affiliates with Siteground. I have tried 3 different hosts and these guys are for sure the bees knees. Your website speed will be phenominal and they have awesome site security to protect you from being hacked. But, I am getting off point…
Blogaholic Network is a very female friendly blog network that is all about empowering women to work from home, supporting each other, and learning new and awesome techniques. You must apply, and they also make you wait a super long time, want you to put their button on your site before you are actually approved (the button is super cute though), but once you get in the community is super welcoming and is totally worth the wait.
***Side note- if you sign up for as many things like this as I did, be ready to set aside an entire day of, what I call, Social Media-lizing day. To keep on top of making an online presence with Pinterest, Twitter, Linky's, TopMommyBlogs, BlogaholicNetwork, Fuel My Blog, and my own email responses…I need a full day to make this all happen.
4.) FuelMyBlog– this is one I hear is great, but when you click on their site, they are doing work on the website…so I will report when they come back!
5.) Blogorama– this is one that I have not spent much time on, but hear nothing but good things about. Please fill me in with your experience and opinions, otherwise I will report back once I take some time to investigate!
Link Ups & Blog Hops
These types of things are not for everyone and that is totally ok. I think it can be really fun because if you can get a group of a similar niche together, you could all offer a free item of some sort or other clever IRRESISTIBLE offer that readers will not be able to dismiss.
This is a perfect way to not only make new friends and collaborate, but you will also keep up on the latest trends, tools, and everything blogging– just by being social ! You can see and appreciate the way someone has their blog set up and do something similar for yourself, you can come up with a completely awesome and original business idea that maybe is a rare find.
Being social and checking out other people's hard work is nothing short of fun, benefiting, and inspiring.
I am trying to start a Link Up/ Blog Hop every single Tuesday. What that means is people will come to the page of the Blogger's Soiree, go to the comments of the post, and attach a link to the post (or two or three) that got the most hits for the last week. Simple as that.
If you hook up with Linky, then it is cool because everyone that links up will see the same list of people and posts!
If you are interested in helping me get this party started every Tuesday, please grab a button code and apply it to your site. Sign up for the FREE LINKY ACCOUNT. Then once people go and view, your link will be affiliated, and the party will get bigger and bigger. This one will help EVERYONE too because you will be attaching the post that got the most views according to stats which means we can learn from each other what our readers want!
- Yoast- Site Structure help and everything SEO– this is a free read that you can bookmark and reference anytime.
- “SEO Fitness Workbook” by Jason McDonald– He explains everything about SEO very simply and gives you easy tasks so you can make improvements right away. And lots of free tools!
NGBN Blogging Reserve
***GET ACCESS NOW***
Join the NoGoingBackNow Community for blogging secrets, printouts, & inspiration.