Thursday, July 12, 2012

SO, YOU WANT TO START A BLOG?

 I love getting e-mails from my  readers, it always brightens my day. That being said, the e-mails I receive almost ALWAYS fall under the same three categories 1.) "will you pleeeasee do a guest post for me?" 2.) "will you promote my product/brand" and 3.) "how did you start your blog/how do you get traffic?" Receiving emails like these are quite flattering to be honest. To think that bloggers and readers look to me as a source of authority is hard for me to wrap my head around. I find myself constantly comparing myself to the big-time career bloggers like Emily, Blair and Jules, so it is neat to think that I have my own little following.
As for starting a blog, go for it! Just remember I have given you fair warning that it takes an inordinate amount of time. Some days hours upon hours in front of my computer screen. I would say "go ahead, try it," but I will also warn you it is extremely addicting and you may not be able to stop.


I generally think of blogging having two components, one being amazing content creation and the other being  marketing and spreading your content to build a follower base and buzz around your blog.  Today I am sharing with you five simple ways to improve your blog traffic:

1. Cover a few social media bases--it only takes a few minutes but publishing your post to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn is well worth your while.
2. "Pin" your content. This will improve your traffic A LOT. I recently installed the Pinterest button to my toolbar. I simply click the toolbar and select the photos I want to pin while adding the link to the post--it works wonderfully and brings a lot of traffic to daily crush. Here is a link that explains how to add the pinterest button to your toolbar.
3. Let people know when you are blogging about them. Say you publish a post including an interior designer, take a few seconds to mention her on twitter along with the link. Hopefully he or she will see this and re-tweet it to their followers, directing more traffic to your site.
4. Chose a variety of blogs each day and COMMENT. Providing helpful, meaningful comments on other blogs can be a great way to generate traffic, develop relationships, build a following and add back links.
5. Run your URL through marketing grader. This tool is amazing. It happens to be created by the company I work for, but I have been using the tool for a while now. It measures your content creation, optimization and website promotion skills and gives you a score out of 100. Daily Crush only had a 50/100 in March but by making a several minor changes my score has increased by 18 points recently!

Do you have a blog? If so, what strategies do you use to increase traffic to your site?

27 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to start one. I think I have even e-mailed you once (or 5 times) about it. It seems like a lot of work. I love reading my favorites every morning.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great Tips - thank you so much for sharing! I'm gonna need to try Marketing Grader :)

    http://allthingsalisamarie.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Alisa! It's an awesome tool, it's pretty helpful. Have a great day : )

      Delete
  3. These tips make me want to start a blog, I think I would become a complete computer nerd.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This was so helpful and inspirational, girl! Many thanks! :)

    http://cstyledesign.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Loving your tips, Katie! I couldn't agree more with all of them. When I started blogging, I had no idea that I would be spending 3+ hours a day on my blog. But it's all been so rewarding and I love it. I am going to have to try the marketing grader!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Katie--I wish I had the discipline to have a blog. I used to back in the day but I got too lazy...your awesome!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is very helpful for those just starting out or thinking about starting out. I just LOVE your blog so of course you have a following!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is very helpful! I just ran my URL through the grader- looks like the suggestions will be very helpful! Especially with SEO, which really confuses me. Thanks!

    Cheers, Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment

    ReplyDelete
  9. These are great tips!! Thanks for sharing!!
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. GREAT tips! The Marketing Grader = AMAZING! Such great information, some of which I had no idea about. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Cheers,
    Sara
    www.SocialSara.net

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great tips! I will pass them along to my blogger friend!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Nice of you to share several key methods on how to start a blog and make it visible to readers and achieve good traffic. Social media is among the most powerful avenue at present - effective and provides significant results.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great tips thanks for sharing! Love your blog.

    http://singingcream.com/

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wonderful tips Katie. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you so much for this post! I am just starting out with my blog and this was very helpful, thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Ohhh interesting ! I am trying to increase traffic to my blog also but the thing is i know what i need to do it's just finding the time to do it ! Blogging does take up a lot of time and while it is fun and yes addictive it is also tiring ! x

    ReplyDelete
  17. These are great points and one's I have come to realize over the year have worked best for me! Thanks for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks so much for the marketing grader tip! So interesting! xx

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks Katie! These are great and helpful tips! I am going to look into marketing grader.

    bstylewise.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Great tips, thanks for sharing. Marketing grader is such an awesome tool!

    -Melissa

    beholdahoneybee.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thanks for the great advise!

    TiramiShoe.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thank you for the tips they are very helpful!

    ReplyDelete
  23. This was extremely helpful! Thank you so much! My blog is still in the works I feel like even though it's been a few months!

    Xoxo
    http://sosimplychic.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  24. Awesome tips. I'm definitely going to check out the marketing tool you mentioned. I blog at www.cohalls.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Awesome tips. I'm definitely going to check out the marketing tool you mentioned. I blog at www.cohalls.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing from you! Your comments make my day! xo Katie