Helloooo lovely Beach Cottage ladies, some blog tips for real girls from this old cottage broadcasting from deep Down Under this morning.
Now, I love blogging, I think that is pretty much obvious now for sure, for me it has opened up a world of opportunities that simply were not available in any shape or form to me when I sat down as a SAHM after being out of the workforce for many years, and started this blog. For that I am grateful and proud. And I love celebrating that!
And here’s to being positive in blogging and being positive about good things that happen to other bloggers!
I love learning about blogging too – I actually have gathered in my little online life quite a bit of knowledge and experience as I have gone along, through what I have seen other bloggers on a similar journey to me do and through what I have done on here that has worked and not worked.
I have also read a whole big lot on blogging and I wrote a course on it, but what I found is that a lot of what I read and gathered was not realistic with my lifestyle….yes I definitely know what SEO is, I could also bore you about certain stats etc and when I came back from my first bloggers event just before Christmas I realised that I sure knew a lot but I was certainly NOT implementing anything that well, sure I dabbled in stuff…but I had observed these other bloggers using these little tricks & tips to enhance their blogging and they were doing it in a focused and professional way and I was definitely not doing that!
But I am lazy and easily bored often in life and so I came to the conclusion, like many things in my world (like recipes that need to be easy ) that if I was going to do any of this techie stuff that can make your eyes glaze over, then I needed a Beach Cottage Formula (a bit like the Beach Cottage ‘uniform’ I wear everyday) to make it more bearable and more importantly, more do-able.
I sat down and worked out what was priority to me to enhance my blog and give it a bit of a boost
1. it promoted my content but not in excess
2. it allowed me to ‘meet’ / network with new bloggers
3. it was very quick
4. it needed to be easy on the brain power
5. it needed to utilize content already on the blog
and I decided that this is what I needed to do consistently – a few simple little things, some everyday, most every so often to oooopmh up all the content and work on this blog…simple little things that weren’t too hard on this forty-is-the-new-thirty brain …
I wrote a list out (please note this is nothing fancy schmancy, they aren’t tricks to get traffic per se, but more things I had gathered from reading about blogging that I was pretty sure were super important to nail consistently)
So these little Blog Tips for Real Girls will take you not much time, will boost your traffic and get you out there quickly and easily and can done between loads of laundry & the dinner ;-)
for Real Girls
A Formula for Quick Traffic Boost
1. Promote a post on Facebook
Promote your blog posts on Facebook (you don’t have a Facebook page for your blog? Get one.)
Try different ways to of posting, it’s believed that adding a photo (from the blog post) and a link works best on Facebook for referrals…
this sounds like I am telling you something you already know…but are you doing it consistently and are you trying new things & seeing what happens?
I poo-poohed this a bit, thinking oh yeah I link from Facebook whatevs…but mess around with different times of the day, different ways to link & get talking on your page (that’s the fun bit) and see…
2. Link to an old post in a new post
this takes all of thirty seconds to a minute – as you are writing a blog post think about what else you have written that might be interesting and link to it
(you will not see many successful bloggers who don’t do this at least a few times in a post…some push the boat out and leave a whole list of links at the bottom of the post and some have lots of links peppered throughout a post)
3. Share an old post on Twitter
Yep share an old post – be a bit careful about what you post in terms of how relative it is. For example something like a recipe does not really date and is perfect to share….once it is pushed down into the depths of your blog it can go unforgotten by both you and your readers for, like, ever. Case in point – I recently Tweeted a recipe for my Chorizo Stew – the Tweet went out about lunchtime, that evening I had a DM from a reader who said that she had seen my Tweet when she was wondering what the heck to cook for dinner that night, knew she had some chorizo in the fridge to use up, followed the link to the recipe, threw it in the slow cooker and hours later everyone in her family were being nice to her…all because I Tweeted that link.
4. add some photo albums to Facebook
I like doing this anyway so this is a no-brainer and I noticed that it was effective when I got Facebook emails from girls saying they had enjoyed them..
I am not sure whether or not this will boost the blog directly but in my book if I get more than a few messages from people commenting on something good then I know at least I am doing something right!
5. Share someone else’s post
Too easy to share someone else’s blog post right?
If you find something you like online and you think the people that read your blog will like it too (pretty much a given that they will if they have taken the time and energy to follow you) share the love…
don’t expect a thank you though, and I don’t mean that in a negative way, especially if you have shared a blog post from one of those Super Bloggers…
I have shared through various social media places others’ posts and ideas & heard not a sausage, it doesn’t matter, what actually happens is that it just makes the blog world go round…hopefully someone might share mine too!
6. Update your About page or add another page and link to it and from it!
I recently added a new About Page that was more up to date and more appropriate for the journey my blog has been on…
now my about page is a bit more succint but* it has links to other places on my blog which carry more info should anyone want to read about my exciting life ;-)
7. Get a Pinterest button on your blog
OK, EVERYONE is talking about Pinterest, some of the bigger bloggers are claiming huge traffic from Pinterest…and I recently went to a bloggers event specifically geared to Pinterest
hmm, I think traffic from Pinterest very much depends on your blogging niche (obviously if you have stunning photos people will pin them regardless…)
but if you don’t have a Pin It button on your blog you won’t be prompting anyone to pin your stuff…so give them the chance and make sure there is one there
And also get yourself a Pinterest account – now I started mine on a whim (the same as Facebook) – I linked it to my blog once it had been going for a while (& I got the URL to my blog wrong, someone informed me a bit later, haha such a professional) so I was NOT trying to drive traffic with Pinterest, I still don’t, I rarely post a picture of my own stuff on there…that ain’t how it works baby…but I do have quite a few followers on there now and I think it is a great sidearm to your blog if you enjoy it… however be warned it is a huge timewaster…
So there are my Blog Tips for increasing traffic.
I am proof that this little Beach Cottage Traffic Boosting Formula is rock solid…but don’t expect miracles, with some of these tips you will see an instant result, others need to be used consistently…and as they say at Tesco…Every Little Helps!
See you next time, oh I have a energy booster to share that I have been trialling the last month or so and so far it has worked pretty well… plus don’t miss Beach Cottage Meal Plan tomorrow…
oh and of course please share any blog tips you have learned along the way…I’d love to know!
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