27 Easy Tips to Double your Blog Traffic in 2019

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  • Learn how to grow your blog traffic in 2019 with these simple tips. Implementing these blog traffic tricks will help you generate blog traffic. #blog #blogging #millenial #girlboss #lifestyle #bloggingtips

With the New Year just around the corner, this is probably one of the best times to start focusing on strategies that increase blog traffic.

And not just any blog traffic, but blog traffic that converts

You know…

Into clicks, subscribers and sales!

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But getting blog traffic and especially blog traffic that converts… why… that’s a whole different story all together!

With so many traffic strategies online, it can get pretty confusing to make sense of it all. There are so many things a new Blogger must know before starting a blog!

If your blog posts are catching dust on the shelves of the blogging stratosphere because you’ve tried every free blogging strategy there is, don’t you worry your pretty little head about it. Because I have outlined some of my best traffic tips for you that will undoubtedly double your blog traffic in 2019!

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What kind of traffic you should be aiming to get?

You shouldn’t aim to get just pointless traffic.

You should aim for traffic that converts into clicks, sales, commissions and subscribers.

Basically, the people that land on your website must take some sort of action – either subscribe to your email list, or buy a product that you’re an affiliate for, or share your post.

You must always focus on traffic that converts into clicks, subscribers and sales. By truly engaging with your audience, your blog will grow automatically.

By planning your blog content in advance and creating intentional content that directly prompts people to take action, you will get more conversions!

So, let’s move on to some strategies that you can implement pronto up your Blog Traffic game, yo!

Creating intentional mind-blowing content

1. Write for your target audience

When you know whom you’re writing for, you can plan your content faster than the speed of light.

In order to attract clients, your website should be clear and concise.

That’s because you’re in your reader’s heads and know what problems they have.

Every piece of content you push out will result in something magical for your Blog. And it should get you closer to your goal. Writing for your target audience on a weekly basis will help you increase your blog traffic quickly!

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If you’re looking for a more detailed strategy on finding your target audience and writing engaging content that keeps your readers coming back for more, you can read this post.

2. Write viral blog posts

You can read my super easy guide here on how to write viral blog posts.

This is a quick shortcut to getting a lot of blog traffic. You can either write about something that is trending.

By being active on Instagram, following Twitter Chats or looking up Google Trends, you can keep up with the latest trends.

Or you could do what I do!

Go on Pinterest and type keywords related to your Blog Niche. Pick up pins that have over 5K repins and note the common theme.

Note the titles they use.

In my niche for instance, I noticed that people loved Blogging Income Reports and productivity so I made it a point to cover both those topics in my Blog.

Blogging is all about learning new things every single day.

Blogging involves constant learning and research.

If you were blogging about food, you’d definitely want to cover vegan and keto recipes because they’re the current hype and I literally see it plastered everywhere.

Not to mention, I love reading keto and vegan recipes.

By picking topics that people cannot get enough and putting your own spin to it, you cannot lose.

3. Write more tutorial posts

Sit back and recollect what type of questions you input into Google Search every time you have a query. What does it sound like?

Doesn’t it almost always look like this?

“How do I…”

or

“How to…”

You see… people are always looking for tutorials to learn new things! So, join the club and start writing more tutorial posts! Tutorial posts gain a lot of traffic because they’re detailed and teach people how to do something.

There is a takeaway at the end of every tutorial post. As a result, you will gain more eyes on your posts.

Do your research and break up your tutorial into plenty of bite-sized steps. Go crazy and include lots of images and screenshots as well.

Brownie points if you add a video!

4. Spend a lot more time crafting headlines

I never used to do this in my old blog.

One of the many blogging mistakes I’ve made.

In the beginning, it's totally acceptable to make blogging mistakes. This is how you grow your blog. Girl hitting head on wall illustration.

I r dumdum.

What’s the point of spending 10 hours on a blog post and spending only 5 minutes to write a crappy headline that no one might click?

What a waste of time and effort!

Spend at least 30 minutes coming up with a variety of catchy headlines that makes you want to click on the blog post. Switch it up.

Aim to invoke an emotion – like curiosity, envy, happiness or anger.

People are also drawn to negative titles.

For egs:

How eating rice is stopping you from losing weight! – invokes curiosity

13 Blogging Mistakes that are hurting your Blog! invokes curiosity


Formatting your content to increase blog-engagement.

5. Write long-form content.

Okay this is pretty much a no-brainer. And also partly the reason why all my blog posts are 2000+ words. Some even crossing 5K words.

Now, this blog post you are currently reading is well over 4000+ words.

I truly believe that quality triumphs quantity.

If you’re pushing out one 2000+ word post rather than five 300+ word blog posts a week, the former will get you more traffic.

Sustained traffic.

Quality over Quantity. Remember that.

Long form content has a better chance of becoming viral and getting more shares! So put one foot in front of the herd and write a 1500+ word post instead of the generic 150-300 word posts.

Every time I’m researching something and come across a blog post that’s hardly 300 words, I am seriously cheesed off.

Not only does it not provide all the information I want, but it’s unsatisfying and a complete waste of time.

It’s like eating one bite of yummy chocolate cake and stopping.

Unsatisfying.

By writing short posts that do not completely help the user solve the problem, you will increase your bounce rate and not get traffic that converts.

You have to aim to wow the reader with each post you write. They should be left writhing for more.

They should fall in love with your writing and have close to zero doubts by the time they are done reading your post.

This means, that they will come back to your Blog to read more and more of your posts, thus decreasing your bounce rate.

Which brings me to my next point…

6. Make your content extremely visual

There are over 2 million blog posts published every single day. Meaning, you really need to up your game and stand out to get noticed!

We live in a very visual word.

Gone are the days when people actually liked reading long pieces of text.

Now, if you write a 1000 word blog post without pictures, your readers are going to fall asleep on their tablet or believe that you’re living in the 1800s.

We live in a very visual world. Gone are the days when people liked long blocks of text. By adding lots of images to your blog posts, you will inherently increase your blog traffic.

That’s why you need to liven up every post you write if you want your readers to be more engaged. Spice up your posts by including a picture after every 250-300 words.

Note:

Make sure you’re not using someone else’s images by just picking up images from Google Search. You can use stock photos from Freepic and Unsplash and if possible, give credit to those artists.

Little Content hacks to increase web traffic

7. Update popular posts and re-publish them

If you don’t already have Google Analytics, follow this easy tutorial to set it up.

Just hop into your dashboard and click on Behavior>Site Content>All posts to see your most popular posts.

By constantly updating your most popular posts which you can find by looking at your Google Analytics, you will double your traffic much faster!

Use this list to your advantage. Brush up those posts and see if you can add more points or make it more relevant by spicing it up and adding more pictures.

Then, change the date to the current date and re-publish the post.

Make sure you don’t change the URL, otherwise you might end up with a broken link.

8. Add Infographics to your posts.

Infographics do amazingly well on Pinterest and aren’t that hard to make. I created an Infographic and took this screenshot a week after it went live.

They also help you get a lot of backlinks to your Blog.

Additionally, big companies love putting infographics on their websites. If they use yours, you can ask them to give you a backlink citing you as the source for the infographic.

Making an infographic is super easy using pre-made Infographic templates on Canva.

If you are well-versed with graphic designing, you can also use Photoshop to create your Infographics.

9. Write a Blog Series

Not only does a blog series help you showcase your authority but it also helps build hype for a product that you may want to promote like – a course or an eBook.

Take any topic in your niche for instance.

One post will definitely not cover all you want to teach in that topic, right?

So, what you want to do is break it up into 5-10 blog posts. And then connect all the blog posts to each other via internal links.

You start with the Post that serves as your Introduction. It can be detailed but includes links to all of the other posts in your series. All you have to do is update the pillar post every time you add a post to your series.

This really helps you boost traffic and decrease your Bounce Rate.

A Blog Series Example:

Imagine you create a Blog Series on becoming a full-time Artist. The Blog Post Series could go like this:

  1. How to choose a drawing course when you’re on a budget
  2. Buying materials in bulk – where to find good quality art materials!
  3. 3 things you need to know before choosing a sketchbook
  4. Don’t make these mistakes when building an online portfolio
  5. How to create your own art course on Skillshare
  6. Passive Income Ideas for Artists!

Many people interested in art will definitely be looking for budget supplies and eventually they will want to make money with their art, so by adding posts that are actually predicting the next step, you are making it easy for your readers to understand the topic completely.

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This also gets you more traffic, because the reader invariably clicks on related titles, taking them to the next related post and so on.

By doing this, you are accomplishing two things:

  1. You are making yourself look like an expert in art, which will result in more email subscribers and better brand awareness.
  2. Search engines will pick up you are blogging about art, because you’ve just published 10 continuous posts on art related topics and it will automatically boost your posts.

Writing a blog series takes a lot of time, but the traffic you get is definitely worth it. And it will pour in for years to come.


Some SEO to up your Blog Traffic game

10. Do keyword research

SEO is very important. It’s one of those abbreviations that aren’t totally useless and actually mean something.

As a Blogger, it is crucial that you learn basic SEO. You can start by downloading the Yoast SEO plugin. And before you even think of writing a blog post, always do keyword research.

Pick long tail keywords, because the competition is slightly less and it’s easier to rank for these.

Include long tail keywords in your post. This will help boost your SEO and your blog traffic will automatically increase.

Include long tail keywords in your post title, throughout your blog post and so on.

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11. LSI technique

LSI means Latent Semantic Indexing.

Basically this means, using keywords that are related to the main keyword you use – synonyms.

For instance, if the main keyword in your blog post is “pencil”, and you use words like “paper,” “drawing,” “sketching,” “graphite” and so on in your Blog post, it tells Google that your post isn’t spam and it’s certainly about drawing and art.

The key to have an amazing blog is to not only know how to find your target audience online but also to stand out from the competition in whatever you do.

This is very helpful when you’re writing blog posts and will in fact boost your posts so that they rank higher.

12. Interlink your Blog posts

When you’re writing a blog post, always try to link to related posts in your Blog.

Remember that when someone lands on your Blog, they’re entering new territory. They’re reading your blog for the first time. And they may not have the patience to go to your Blog directory and click through past archives to search for something they may need.

So, try and interlink posts within every post you write. Aim for at least 5-10 posts.


RELATED POST: 17 KILLER WAYS TO GET TONS OF COMMENTS

See what I did there? *wink*

13. Update Image descriptions

This is a common mistake that I see most bloggers making. Don’t name your images as image123.jpeg. It’s a huge waste.

It should be related to the blog post. Preferably it should include related keywords.

Additionally, update the alt tag in every single image. Include keywords in your alt tags as well!

Simple Social Media Tips to up your blogging game

14. Add Social Share Buttons on your Post

I cannot even begin to describe how many times I’ve landed on a good post (that I’ve wanted to share to my audience) and found no share buttons.

This is such a turn off.

Are your blog posts catching dust because you're getting no comments? Learn how to get lots of comments on your blog posts!

No one has the time to copy blog URLs and manually paste it in their social media.

The world is evolving and so should our blogs.

Upgrade your blog posts by making this one tiny tweak. I use Social Warfare in my posts. It’s only $29 a year and it’s by far the neatest and prettiest plugin you can find.

Use Social Warfare to encourage people to

I’ve tried loads and nothing compares to SOCIAL Warfare.

You can check out Social Warfare here.

15. Add click-to-tweets

The thing about getting people to engage with and share your posts is that you have to be relatable and make it easy for them to do it.

Add at least 2-3 click-to-tweets to every single blog post.

Simply go to www.clicktotweet.com and login using your own Twitter Handle.

Now, just write a super relatable one-liner from your Blog post that triggers your readers to share it.

Generate a link and post that link in your Blog post!

All done!

16. Using Pinterest and Tailwind

This is one deadly combination to boost your traffic.

A lot of my readers tell me that they feel like they don’t have enough posts to use Tailwind, but that’s where they’re mistaken.

I hardly had 6 posts before I joined Tailwind.

I created 3-4 unique pins with slightly different titles for each post and added them to Tailwind.

Instead of wasting 2-3 hours of manually pinning every single day, I simply schedule all my pins a week in advance within a span of 30 minutes.

Tailwind is a smart-queueing system. It judges how your posts fair on Pinterest and gets to know when your audience is most active. Then it suggests favorable time slots for you to use.

Tailwind knows when your audience is most active and creates a schedule for you.

Ain’t that neat?

So, while you might think that I’m pinning on Pinterest at 2 am, it is actually Tailwind doing all the work for me while I sleep like a wee little baby.

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Networking with other Bloggers

17. Comment on blogs similar to your niche

I really hate to pop your bubble but you’re not a special snowflake.

You cannot always expect to write good posts and have a flock of followers without giving back some of the love.

Find 5 blogs you love that are in your niche. And follow them. Engage in their comment threads by leaving helpful comments or strike a conversation.

And leave at least 2-3 comments on different blogs every single day.

This will not only help you discover popular trends in your niche but will also arouse curiosity among other commenters. So, the more you comment; the more you end up putting your name out there.

And this helps you build brand awareness. Which in turns leads to getting more comments on your Blog.

It was very difficult for me to get over my social anxiety and put myself out there. But I’m glad I did.

Because I’m really enjoying mingling with other Bloggers in my niche.

18. Guest post

Not only is this is a good way to interact and engage with other bloggers in your niche, but guest blogging is very valuable because this gives you the opportunity to get back links to your Blog!

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when guest blogging:

  1. Guest blog on blogs related to your niche. If you’re a food blogger, don’t guest blog on a creativity blog. People clicking to your website from that blog will be utterly confused and leave.
    By not knowing her target audience, and not implementing the right marketing strategies, Sarah made very few sales.
  2. Be respectful and follow the guest blogging rules. Do your research before sending a request and make sure to include lots of samples to previous guest blog posts you’ve written. Also suggest titles to make it easy for the Host to respond to you.

19. Engage in Facebook Groups.

Join at least 2-3 Facebook groups. And actively participate in conversations and threads. You don’t always to have to promote your blog, just be helpful.

I cannot stress enough on this but don’t spam groups with your blog posts. Just be super friendly and helpful. It goes such a long way – not just in creating awareness for your Blog but getting clients.

A small Reminder:

Don’t forget to update your Facebook Profile and include your Blog’s link. If people click to your profile out of curiosity, they shouldn’t reach a dead end.


Using email marketing software

20. Start an email list

Ugh, you’re probably sharpening your pitchforks and lighting your torches to burn me right now, aren’t you?

I know I talk about ConvertKit a lot, but it’s only because it’s the one resource I cannot live without.

It’s responsible for making me at least one sale on my Blog every single day. And I describe how I automated my digital product sales by using ConvertKit in this post.

So, hear me out okay…

I made this mistake with my first blog by not starting an email list straight away and I regretted it dearly.

I started with a subscription of ConvertKit when I started my second Blog and I’m loving the results.

Everytime, I send out a Broadcast announcing a new post, my traffic spikes up.

See?

Not only can you segment your readers based on their interests, but ConvertKit makes it super easy to market to them.

P.S. You can check out all the resources I love and treasure here!

Creating a sales funnel:

By creating a variety of email courses that I offer my readers which then leads to me pitching a related product to them at the end of the course, I am able to increase my digital product sales conversions.

This is the basic principle of a sales funnel.

This diagram shows how a customer moves through a sales funnel. After reading your blog, your prospective reader signs up to receive your emails, and eventually buys from you thus becoming a customer!

And the best part about a sales funnel?

It’s completely automated!

If a person clicks on a link to my product in one of my emails, they are automatically tagged as interested buyers.

And this gives me the chance to market to them later.

A Super Cool Marketing Tip:

Those who are interested in a certain product but don’t buy, are automatically given a coupon or a discount after a little while to nudge them and make a purchase.

All of this is possible with ConvertKit. You can read how I use ConvertKit to make $600+ a month here.

It’s a freakin’ God send.

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21. Have an objective for every email you send out

Before you sit down and write a newsletter, ask yourself, “What is the objective for this email I’m sending out?”

It should never be more than one of the following objectives:

  1. Raising brand awareness or just keeping in touch.
  2. Updating your readers of a new post.
  3. Raising awareness for a new product you’ve created.
  4. Giving them a tip for the week and building trust and show that you’re an expert.
  5. Promoting a sale/commission.
  6. Pushing them to complete an action – fill a survey, follow a certain social media, etc

Basically, you want to fulfill only 1 or 2 of the above criteria. Because, if you aim for more than 2 objectives, you will only confuse your readers and accomplish nothing.

This is the number 1 mistake Bloggers make that prevent them from making money from their blogs.


Best Blogging Practices to keep driving Blog Traffic

22. Have a consistent blogging schedule.

Aim to publish at least 1 post once a week.

This not only gives your subscribers something to look forward to, but informs Google that your website is constantly being updated – which helps you rank better on Search Engines.

And adding extremely good and relatable content each week will help your Blog get more traffic.

I notice that my traffic goes up relatively higher when I’m consistent rather than when I’m not.

23. Research blog traffic tips constantly

Like I said before, blogging is a continuous learning process.

And SEO is changing every single day. You have to keep yourself updated by constantly researching marketing and blogging techniques.

I’m attaching a few books below that have really helped me improve my Blogging game.

24. Make sure your blog is super fast

By this I mean, your blog should have an incredibly short loading time. There are many times when I’ve found a blog title interesting, clicked on it to find that it takes forever to load!

And I just go back in frustration and click on another title.

Remember, blogging has become very competitive. So, choose a good and reliable hosting. If you’re a seasoned blogger, and are ready to up your game, go with Siteground.

It’s fast. It’s reliable.

And their Customer Service is super excellent!

25. Clean up your design

Keep 3-5 blogs as your Role Model blogs at all times.

  • Study their design.
  • Look at the fonts they use.
  • Analyze the widgets they use.

And implement what you’ve learnt.

Furthermore, sans serif fonts are better than serif fonts. They’re more readable. Also, aim for dark grey instead of jet black. It’s less straining to the eye.

If you’re confused, always choose the simpler and cleaner design.

Remember, less is more.

Being a Blogger means always trying to be one step ahead of the game. You have to keep your web design fresh, neat and user-friendly.

So, ditch the wacky fonts and colors. And stick to something stable and make sure it’s cohesive with your Branding.

Which comes to my next point…

26. Use a good and reliable theme

I cannot stress on this enough.

As a Web Designer, I can automatically tell when someone is using a free or pirated theme the moment I land on someone’s blog.

One of the biggest blogging mistakes you can make is downloading a pirated theme. This is such a bad idea, because not only is it illegal, but you will never get updates from the theme, which is important if you want to have a money-making blog.

Doesn’t matter. You’re a friggin’ pirate now, Chloe.

It’s second nature to me now and it’s a little turning off.

Your Blog is your Baby. You cannot afford to make it look shoddy or sub-par.

Once you buy a good theme, it will last you forever. This is an investment. Do not scrimp when it comes to your theme and hosting.

What you should look for in a good theme?

  • is extremely flexible
  • supports WordPress
  • has a good support system
  • lets Google crawl your website
  • is SEO friendly

If you’re using WordPress and are looking for something easy but beautiful – go for Divi. This is super simple and comes with a wide variety of options and settings. It’s a die-hard favorite of most Bloggers.

Now, if you want more freedom and flexibility, go for the theme I use – Avada.

27. Keep implementing new techniques to generate more blog traffic

Are you still with me?

Okay, I know this has been a very long, and exhausting list. But having a blog means constantly trying new techniques.

Don’t just implement tips and leave it at that.

See what’s working and what isn’t.

Use your Google Analytics side by side to see if your blog traffic picks up after implementing a certain technique. Do your research.

At with that, we’ve come to the end of this very, very, very long blog post.

I know I’ve covered a lot.

You can bookmark this post or pin this image to keep coming back to it.

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Lastly, I’d like to know which tip did you fancy and are going to try straight away? Let me know in the comments below!

About the Author:

Angela is a 26 year old Illustrator and Comic Artist living in Bangalore, India with her husband and 2 cute little Labrador retrievers who resemble a cream-bun and a chocolate kiss.

46 Comments

  1. Irene January 2, 2019 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Angela!
    It’s me, Irene. Again.😂
    I have a few questions about this post, as it’s so long but so informative, some doubts have come up to my mind which I would love to hear the answer:
    In nº6, where you talk about adding images to make your posts more clear, you also said, if possible, give credit to the artists from the images you are posting on your blog. How can we do that?
    In nº 10, you said to choose the perfect keywords. Are there any websites that can help us do this, or do you have any other related posts that talk about it? Just to make myself more clear about this.
    You talked about guests posts on nº18. I have no idea what this means 😂. Could you explain a bit more, please?
    In nº20 you talked about SendOwl. What is this used for? In addition, you said you were going to do a post about this, which I am really looking forward to reading!
    In nº24 you mentioned SiteGround. What is this, and how is it going to help me double my traffic?
    Thanks for reading this super long comment, but I’ll love to hear from you, and I’m so excited about being the first one to comment!
    PS: For how much have you been blogging for? Just curious!😊
    With lots of love and happy 2019,
    Irene, former beginner blogger in https://ireswaytolive.com/.

    • Angela Vaz January 4, 2019 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Hey Irene,

      Okay, those are a lot of questions! Let me see if I can cover it all.

      1. You can just link back to the artist of the photo underneath the photo. Like a backlink? 🙂 Or mention the name of the Artist.
      2. I actually discuss it in extreme detail in my eBook – The Secret Sauce for Skyrocketing your Blog Traffic. I did a lot of research and only wrote down what worked for me. So, probably in the future, I will make a post on it.
      3. Guest posting means writing a blog post on another person’s blog. This helps you build your brand and helps you get good backlinks.
      4. SendOwl is an online platform that helps you sell digital products with 1 click. A lot of my products on my Shop page are using SendOwl.
      5. Siteground is hosting. It’s amazing hosting and is extremely trustworthy.
      6. I’ve been blogging for 8 months now. 😀 Pretty cool, huh?

      Wishing you happy and prosperous New Year!
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  2. Vincent January 4, 2019 at 5:10 am - Reply

    That was a great read. I’ve learnt a lot from this, and I’ll definitely some of these tips to get more traffic to my digital marketing blog.

    • Angela Vaz January 4, 2019 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Hello Vincent,

      I’m super happy that you loved this post!

      Wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year!
      Angela

  3. Sandi January 5, 2019 at 12:35 am - Reply

    This is a super fantastic and informative article!!! Thank you so much. As a relatively new blogger (I just started my baking blog) I am trying to learn everything I can to be successful and this is sure to help. I’ll be pinning this and referring to it often. I look forward to taking a deeper dive into your site and seeing what other goodies I will find.

    • Angela Vaz January 7, 2019 at 4:26 am - Reply

      Hey Sandi,

      Thank you so much! 😀 I’m so glad you found these tips useful! 😀 Your blog URL is super cute.

      There are a lot of goodies in my Blog. 😉

      Keep hunting,
      Angela

  4. Okolie Anthony January 6, 2019 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    wow! I need to implement this as I aim to revive my blog this year – 2019
    Thanks a lot but it’s kinda difficult networking bloggers in the herbal niche

    • Angela Vaz January 7, 2019 at 4:21 am - Reply

      Hey Okolie,

      It’s difficult. Have you tried conventions or group meetings? Those are pretty great too! 😀

      Hugs,
      Angela

  5. kristenbutler January 9, 2019 at 8:11 am - Reply

    You are amazing Angela. You put so much effort in your blog and images. I am a fan.

    • Angela Vaz January 9, 2019 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Hello Kristen,

      Thank you so much! 😀 I love illustrating and I am so glad I could combine my love for drawing and writing into one big lovely project! 😀 It warms my heart to know that you love it. <3

      Your website is absolutely lovely by the way! Wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year!

      Hugs,
      Angela

  6. Karley January 10, 2019 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Hey Angela!
    Thanks so much for posting this! Most of the blog posts I read about increasing traffic mostly say the same thing but I learned a few new tips from this. It was detailed and well written.
    Great read!

    • Angela Vaz January 11, 2019 at 5:34 am - Reply

      Hey Karley,

      You are most welcome. 😀 And yes, there are so many more tips but they must be discussed further. I plan on making more detailed posts soon!

      Lots of love,
      Angela

  7. Sarah January 22, 2019 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Angela, this is my third year blogging and I just self – hosted last year in October. Obviously my site ranking is quite new but my biggest concern is that Pinterest won’t claim my site and pins on my site can’t be saved due to an error on their side. I have emailed them several times with shady responses.
    Where Pinterest is not an option, what would you recommend to grow traffic.

    • Angela Vaz January 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Hello Sarah,

      Wow! Your third year? How exciting!!! And that’s super cool!

      Don’t worry about followers, what’s important is engagement. If you’re having trouble with your Pinterest account, simply start a new account! Just keep posting. What’s important is that your pins get views and you get clicks back to your website.

      Have you tried reaching them through their Customer Support? They’re usually pretty fast!

      Aside from Pinterest, you can work on SEO and other social media to help your website traffic.

      Warm regards,
      Angela

      • Sarah January 29, 2019 at 10:43 am - Reply

        I have reached out to them several times, and every time they have a new reason why they are having trouble which leaves me with the opinion that they are guessing. I have great numbers on Pinterest and it would be great to try and convert them. I have consulted with 3 web developers who see no problem on my end and the error that I’m getting suggests it’s pinterest fault. Overall, I am disappointed with their customer service.

        However, I am getting a lot of Facebook traffic+ SEO so I am focusing on that but having Pinterest would be awesome.

        • Angela Vaz February 4, 2019 at 4:02 am - Reply

          Hey Sarah,

          I’m really sorry to hear that. This really proves that Social Media can be completely unreliable. I also heard that many people have had their accounts suspended for no reason. It’s really sad that their Customer Service isn’t helping you. Please try generating as many support tickets as you can.

          Warm regards,
          Angela

  8. Monique January 27, 2019 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Such a great article as always, I really have nothing to say besides the fact that I just started Blogging not too long ago and I constantly find myself on your blog learning new ways. Thanks for being so thorough and informative in a fun no stress way. I one point I thought blogging was turning into Homework now I say blogging as my fun time again.

    • Angela Vaz January 28, 2019 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Hey Monique,

      Thank you so much! You’re too sweet! 😀 I’m so glad you loved this article. How long ago did you start blogging? 😀 Because your Blog is super, super pretty!!! And do you take your own photos? They’re gorgeous!

      Yes, Blogging can definitely feel like homework because there is so much that goes into it! But it is fun! Ha ha.

      Love,
      Angela

      • Monique January 28, 2019 at 4:45 pm - Reply

        Hey, I just started blogging in November 2018 and thanks, I’ve been trying to make my blog look super appealing. Some of my pictures I take myself and then some of the pictures, I have my friends use their fancy camera to take it.

        • Angela Vaz February 4, 2019 at 3:59 am - Reply

          Hello Monique,

          It does look really pretty! Your Blog will do really well! Trust me.

          Lots of love,
          Angela

  9. Shalvika January 27, 2019 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Thanks Angela! This is a really insightful post. I’m new to blogging and your blog is superb with all it tips and tricks. Thanks a ton!

    • Angela Vaz January 28, 2019 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Hello Shalvika,

      Super glad that you loved this post! <3 Thank you so much! Stick around because there's a lot more coming!

  10. Pratishtha February 10, 2019 at 4:48 am - Reply

    Hi Angela
    Lovely blog, you really know your stuff well! The illustrations keep the reader glued to the article. So inspiring
    I am going to implement the pinterest tip for sure right away.
    Thanks for inspiring!

    • Angela Vaz February 12, 2019 at 3:50 am - Reply

      Hello Pratishtha,

      Thank you so much! Pinterest is such an amazing Social Media! 😀

      Wishing you all the best!
      Angela

  11. Tasha February 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Your blog is a godsend for a new blogger!!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom in such an easy to understand way.

    • Angela Vaz March 4, 2019 at 3:12 am - Reply

      Hey Tasha,

      Thank you so much for the sweet compliment. 🙂 I received your email too and I will be replying soon. So glad to have you onboard the Stray Curls Ship! 😀

      Your Blog is very unique and I love the pictures! But you definitely need to narrow down your niche if you want to make money blogging. It’s very crucial that you cater to one specific audience! <3

      Lots of love,
      Angela

      • Tasha March 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        Oh my gosh!!! Thank you so much for your reply and your feedback. When I saw that you actually went to my blog, I can’t even tell you how excited I was!!! I told my husband this morning “Ok, you’re probably not gonna understand why this is a big deal to me, but…” and I told him about your blog and your comment and that you ACTUALLY looked at my blog. LOL!!! I’ll definitely be thinking about the feedback you gave and how / where to niche down. Again, thank you, thank you thank you!!!!!

        • Angela Vaz March 21, 2019 at 2:51 am - Reply

          Hey Tasha,

          Super glad to help out! 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words.

          Wishing you all the best with your Blog!
          Angela

  12. Cynthia March 5, 2019 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Hey,
    I love the post and lover your blog. I’ve been blogging for month and have spent more time learning about blogging than actually blogging. Your site has been the one that I want to go to first. Your posts are helpful and also very exemplary.
    I’m genuinely excited about your growth in 8 months. I wish you more continued success and of course I have pinned a number of your posts.

    • Angela Vaz March 21, 2019 at 2:53 am - Reply

      Hey Cynthia,

      Thank you so much for your sweet words,

      I spent a hell lot of time researching about blogging than actually blogging in my first 6 months. It’s very easy to lose yourself in researching, lol. But I highly recommend sticking to 3-5 Blogging Gurus at a time. Because it can be exhausting.

      I plan on making a post regarding my Growth soon!

      Thank you again for pinning my posts! It means the world to me to have such lovely readers.

      Lots of love,
      Angela

  13. Rebecca April 14, 2019 at 3:54 am - Reply

    I really loved this post, I’m not really one that loves to read but by the end of this post I was excited to check out more of your stuff! I don’t know how you do it. My favorite part is that you gave so much helpful content and you answered tons of my questions but you didn’t try to get me to pay for a course at the end! I will definitely be referring back to this post, sharing it on my Pinterest and signing up for your email list!

    • Angela Vaz April 16, 2019 at 5:08 am - Reply

      Hey Rebecca,

      Thank you so much! 😀

      I truly believe in helping people and I do have a few eBooks in my shop. I don’t believe in pushing anyone to buy my products. Because if you people my writing and want an upgrade, they will automatically buy my products. There’s no push required from my end. 🙂

      Super glad to have you onboard the Stray Curls Newsletter.

      Wishing you all the best with your Blogging Journey!
      Angela

  14. Imane April 14, 2019 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Awesome post Angela! I am still trying to accept the fact that growth takes time, so thank you for these tips!

    • Angela Vaz April 16, 2019 at 4:38 am - Reply

      Super happy that you love this post! 😀 And yes, growth does take time, but once you start hitting your goals, there is no turning back!

  15. Dina April 29, 2019 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Angela,
    I found some of your articles on Pinterest and decided to stop by your lovely site. Oh my gosh. You are so helpful!! I have been lost in terms of figuring out how to manage my blog and my productivity. It’s awesome to read such well-written yet accessible and charming content. Can I just say that the graphics within your site are perfect! Each little lady is the cutest drawing of a person ever. I am going to sign up for your mailing list because you are absolutely brilliant.
    PS: (I have a couple of questions. I hope it’s okay for you to share with me your answers). Did it take you a while to figure out your brand? Or, does your web design background make the process easier? And, do you ever change up the site (color scheme or style of graphics or even, like, the layout itself)? Or, do you think it’s best to make little changes at a time?
    Thank you for creating beautiful content. I love your site! Have a good day.
    Dina

    • Angela Vaz April 30, 2019 at 4:11 am - Reply

      Hello Dina,

      Thank you so much! You are too kind! 😀 I’m so glad you signed up to my mailing list. It definitely takes some time to figure out a good posting schedule and then sticking to it. But don’t worry, you will pick it up soon.

      Thank you for your kind compliments. 🙂 I’m more than happy to answer your questions. It took me a hell lot of time to figure out my Brand. I picked up web designing from reading tutorials and learning from my husband. A combination of both. I had a website prior to this one but it was very vague and certainly was not as pretty as this one.

      I love pink, purple and yellow and it certainly reflects in my website. The graphics are all hand-drawn illustrations by me. I learnt this by myself. And my illustrating process keeps changing.

      Once you choose a theme, don’t keep changing it. It can confuse your readers. If you’re unhappy, you can make one big major change once in a year. But inform your readers via email. 🙂 I am currently using this theme:

      https://1.envato.market/c/1323912/275988/4415?u=https%3A%2F%2Fthemeforest.net%2Fitem%2Favada-responsive-multipurpose-theme%2F2833226%3Fs_rank%3D1

      Please feel free to ask me any more questions.

      Lots of love,
      Angela

  16. Sue Dunlevie May 9, 2019 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Hi Angela, I found you on my Blogging Pros Group Board on Pinterest and I LOVE your stuff! We blog about similar subjects. Do you ever do guest blogging? I’d love for you to be a guest on my blog. Perhaps I could do the same for you?

    Let me know and keep up the great work!
    Sue

    • Angela Vaz May 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Hello Sue!

      I am such a huge fan of your Blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. It’s such an honor! <3

      I'd love to guest blog on yours. But I'm currently swamped as I'm travelling for the next 2 months. I will write you an email with ideas sometime in July or August.

      And I'm definitely game for you writing for mine too. Please email me@straycurls.com and we can take it from there.

      Warm regards,
      Angela

  17. Sue Dunlevie May 14, 2019 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    That sounds great! Will talk soon.

    Sue

  18. Sandy May 30, 2019 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Angela,

    Such an informative post, I have bookmarked this paged to my favorites and shared on my Pinterest account. You provide great resources and tips to optimizing your blog. Plus the different ways to expand your reach and more.

    I agree that engaging in Facebook groups is important plus you build relationships and engage within the community. At the end of every month I set time aside to brainstorm and create a new monthly schedule for the blog. Definitely been a game changer for me!

    Thank you for sharing these lovely tips!

    Sandy, BeautyBlissandChaos

    • Angela Vaz June 3, 2019 at 3:54 am - Reply

      Hey Sandy,

      Thank you so much. You’re too sweet. 🙂

      And yes, that’s totally true. Facebook groups are so much fun because you get to engage with like-minded people and you get to understand what’s trending! This certainly is a huge help for creating more posts. You know what will work and what won’t!

      Wishing you all the best with your blog! It’s beautiful.
      Angela

  19. Teya // TLM Blog June 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Wow! Such an amazingly informing post! I’m constantly trying to find great ways to increase my blogging traffic without having to sell my soul and there’s so many great tips here! Especially LSI technique, it makes total sense and yet I’ve thought about the connection!

    • Angela Vaz June 17, 2019 at 5:12 am - Reply

      Hey Teya!

      So glad you love it! 😀 That’s so sweet of you. Thank you! And yes, the LSI technique works wonders. Another tip is to enter your keyword into Google Images and include all those related keywords that show in the bottom. That helps too!

      Warm regards,
      Angela

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