If you are going to make money from your blog, then you need traffic. Building traffic when starting from scratch isn’t easy, but it can be done…faster than you might think. Here’s how you get on the fast track to high levels of traffic in your first twelve months as money-making blogger.
The Secrets to Ramping Up Traffic
There’s no doubt about it, blogging is a fantastic career opportunity – especially if you are in a situation where you want or need to work from home. Whether you are a parent who wants to spend more time with your family or you just want to escape the office cubicle, then blogging has the potential to set you free.
Just imagine a life where you never have to get up at some ungodly hour when your alarm clock goes off. You don’t have to trudge through ice and snow to get to work, or spend hours stuck in commuting traffic. You never have to put up with office politics, and you have the satisfaction that you are in control – because you are the boss! You can make as much money as you want, and take time off whenever you want. In short, you can live a totally awesome life.
Yes, blogging can do all of that for you. I know that for sure because I have been a full-time blogger for many years. I make great money every month, I have paid off all my debts, and now I enjoy a career that is both rewarding and profitable.
Are you just a little bit jealous? Well, you don’t need to be – because you, too, can become a full-time blogger and make a life-changing income. In this post, I am going to show you how.
Get A Million Website Visitors
To make money from a blog you need traffic – that is, visitors to your blog. Once you get a decent number of visitors per day, making money is straightforward. You can make money from advertising, affiliate products, sales of your own products, membership programs…the list goes on.
But without traffic, your blog is dead in the water. It doesn’t matter how good your blog is, if you don’t have a good number of visitors daily, you won’t make a cent. And don’t make the mistake of thinking ‘if I build it, they will come.’ Sadly, that only works in the movies. In the real world, you have to get good at marketing and driving traffic if you want to succeed online.
The good news is that it has never been easier to drive traffic to a blog. With almost everybody using smartphones, the volume of potential traffic is exploding to unheard of levels. There are literally billions of people who could visit your website.
And that’s not all. It has never been easier to create a website that sells. Thanks to amazing tools like WordPress, you can have a great looking blog up and running in no time, even if you have no technical skills whatsoever. Quite simply, there has never been a better time to be a blogger.
So there really is potential to get a million visitors to your blog relatively quickly. All you have to do is seize the opportunity. Now let’s look at how you will do that…
Create Great Content
When it comes to blogging, it’s all about great content. It doesn’t matter what theme you use, what plugins you deploy or what clever marketing tactics you use. Those factors are just the icing on the cake. If you want to build a successful blog, then you need to create content that rocks.
That means having a clear theme for your blog, and then delivering strong content that meets the needs of the audience you are targeting. You don’t have to be the best writer in the world (although it clearly helps if you hone your writing skills), but you do need to connect with your potential readers.
That’s why so many experts recommend blogging on a subject that you are passionate about. Because then your passion will show through, and you will be able to connect with all those people who share your passion.
Optimize for Search
Search engines like Google can send you a ton of traffic, and you get all of those lovely visitors for free. So when writing your blog content, you should always have search engine optimization in mind.
Don’t be tempted to try to game the Google system, though. That is likely to backfire sooner or later, as many ‘black hat’ marketers have discovered. Instead, just focus on creating lots of good content, but work especially hard on your blog post titles. The more enticing the title, the more people will click through, and your search traffic will grow as a result.
Make sure your content is rich in keywords. That doesn’t mean stuffing your blog with the same keywords over and over. The days when that strategy worked are long gone. Instead, ensure that your blog posts are rich in a variety of keywords that may help visitors find your blog post in the search results. This long-tail traffic soon adds up to an avalanche of visitors.
Internal linking helps, too, especially if you have very good post titles. I like to use the Inline Related Posts plugin to improve internal linking between my blog posts.
Pinterest has been a real game changer for bloggers, especially if you are targeting a female audience. In fact, Pinterest is now the main source of traffic for many bloggers, often delivering millions of page views a month…all for free!
To get your share, learn how to create great Pinterest images, and then pin them from your blog to your Pinterest boards. Making it easy for your visitors to share your images by using a plugin like SumoMe Image Sharer, which you can use for free.
Promote your pins by using a scheduling service such as BoardBooster or TailWind. Both of these tools automate the pinning process, save you many hours a week, and can help you get lots of Pinterest traffic.
Build Up Your Facebook Page
Although Pinterest is awesome, Facebook is still the king of social media. Building a following to your Facebook page is harder than it used to be, but it is an essential plank in your blog promotion strategy.
If you create content that people really want to share, then you will always be ahead of the pack. As your Facebook following grows, the number of shares you get will grow, too.
Post New Content Regularly
The more content you post, the greater success will be. You never know which posts are going to take off and go viral, so you need to keep publishing. If you can publish a new blog post every day, that’s fantastic. Within a few months, your blog traffic will start going crazy.
The Cycle of Success
If you keep doing all the above, then you will be well on your way to generating your first one million visitors. Some people will find your blog through Pinterest, then perhaps share one of your posts on Facebook. This leads to other people linking to your site, which results in Google giving you a boost in the rankings. Other people will then find you in the search results, click through to a blog post – and save your pin on Pinterest…and so you have created a cycle of success. Each visitor you generate brings you more visitors, and your blog grows from strength to strength.
There are many other strategies you can use to build your blog traffic – from starting an affiliate program to guest blogging on other websites. But if you stick to the simple plan listed here, you can be sure that your blog traffic will grow steadily month by month. Before long you will hit your first one millionth visitor.
And then, of course, it’s time to start planning for your 10 millionth visitor.