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8 Surefire Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Brand New Blog

How I got 70k Pageviews in 3 months

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Hello fellow lovely bloggers! You’ve just published your blog, finished my complete guide to starting a profitable blog, or have recently decided to start taking blogging seriously, and now you need to build a following. You want to know exactly how to get readers and drive traffic to your site from day 1, but have absolutely no idea where to start.

Well, I am going to walk you through how to get your new blog in front of eager readers! Whether you are brand new or if you have been blogging for a while but feel that your numbers aren’t where you want them to be, you are in the right place!

These are the exact methods I used to get over 70K pageviews in 3 months with my new blog!

  • Share on social media
  • Pinterest Aka: The holy grail of blogging
  • Blog Hops and Link Parties
  • Comment on other blogs
  • Refer back to other blogs
  • Giveaways & freebies
  • SEO
  • Interlinking posts

[themify_icon icon=”fa-arrow-down” link=”http://”] Pin it! [themify_icon icon=”fa-arrow-down” link=”http://”]8 Surefire Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Brand New Blog

1. Share on Social media

When your blog is brand new, it is unlikely that you will get many – if any- readers to your site by just simply launching your blog into cyberspace. To drive readers to your site you need to put your blog directly in front of your reader’s eyes! The easiest way to do this is through social media!

If you read my first blogging post How to Start a Profitable Blog – A Complete Step by Step Guide then you probably noticed one of my essential steps laid out is to create social media accounts for your blog.

This means a Facebook page, Pinterest account, Instagram, Twitter, the works. These accounts give you a platform to share your content with the world, helping you reach potential readers.

Create Social Media Accounts and post on them daily!

  • Pin your blog posts to Pinterest
  • Share blog posts on FB/Instagram/Twitter
  • Share on your personal accounts along with your blog accounts
  • Invite your current followers to like/follow your blog accounts
  • Use #Hashtags on Instagram and Twitter
  • Use a Call to Action when sharing (ask your followers and friends to share your post!)
  • Add share buttons to your posts – I use the SumeMe plugin from Sumo! (See my cute gray share bubbles? Plus they areawesomee for building your email list as well!)
  • Always use great pictures!

You don’t have to post on every account every day but post on at least one account daily. You can share a post on your facebook page one day then update your twitter the next.

2. Pinterest (The holy grail of blogging)

Yes, Pinterest is so essential for building my traffic up to 70k pageviews that it gets it’s very own section!

There is nothing else that drives my traffic quite like Pinterest, but there are a few steps to take to get the most out of your account.

  • Create a business account.
  • Enable rich pins
  • Pin Daily
    • Pinterest “ranks” you as a pinner, and people who pin often (30-50), their pins rank higher in the search (show up first) which means more eyes on your pins and more traffic to your posts!
  • Create “pinnable” images
    • Images that do best on Pinterest are long and skinny.
    • Use warm colors
    • Have no faces in them.
  • Join and pin to group boards
    • This is how you get mega exposure! Use Pingroupie to find Pinterest group boards that are relevant to your posts/niche and ask to be invited as a collaborator. Group boards can have thousand of followers and are the best way to get your pins out there especially when you have a small or no following.

Check out my full post on how to completely optimize Pinterest for your blog here!

3. Blog Hops/Link Parties

Blog hops and link parties are awesome when you are just starting out or when you need an extra boost! They are a campaign set up by a blog/website where you can feature your own content with an image and a link back to your site.

All you do is add your URL, add a picture and post! It is that easy, and now you have your posts out there on someone else’s site where their readers can find you too! 

Some great ways to find these blog hops and link parties are through a Pinterest search or through Linky Tools, but my favorite way to find them is to simply google search “link parties mm/dd” because there is often a certain amount of time like a week or so that you can submit your links. For example, I could search “link parties 3/08” and it is usually the first link to Linky tools that does the best for me.

I used blog hops and link parties a ton during my first few months of blogging to help me gain some readers!

4. Comment on other blogs

Commenting on other blogs, especially blogs that are similar to yours can also help drive traffic from other blogs.

When commenting on other blogs to gain traffic…

  • Be sincere and authentic
  • Comment on posts you really like, not just as many as you can tackle in a day.
    • People sniff out fake in seconds and no one likes a spammer on their site. Instead, comment on blogs and post that you actually like and are inspired by. When your comment is authentic and adds value people are bound to want to check out who you are. Plus this is where you can actually make some great friends/connections in the blogging world so don’t be spammy with a “come to my site” sticker stuck on your forehead.
  • Add your site link in the comments
    • Most comment sections will have a spot to put in your site, but if it doesn’t you can add your URL to the end of your comment.

Good place to start? Right here! Add a comment and your link down below and I’ll be sure to check out your site! 

5. Referring other blogs

Good karma is what this is, you add a link back to their site, they are bound come check you out and possibly mention you in the future. So add links to other sites and blogs when relevant. You help them, they help you kind of thing.

Plus there are SEO benefits as well, making your site more valuable.

6. Giveaways & Freebies

Giveaways and freebies are amazing for driving traffic! People are all about anything free so these methods are awesome for building your traffic! You can offer physical or digital products and require a follow on social media or to subscribe to your email list. That means more readers for the future!

  • Decide your product
  • Create rules to enter (tag a friend, follow on Instagram, 1 entry per person, etc.)
  • Share on social media and your blog
  • Pick a winner!

I did a few product giveaways when I first started and that is where I got my first 100 Instagram followers in only a few days! 

7. SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization. I am still a beginner at SEO but I am willing to share what little I do know and use myself!

Effective SEO will result in more users finding your site through search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and help you rank higher on those sites.

  • Set up an SEO plugin
    •  I use Yoast SEO and love it! It is so simple to configure and use.
  • Always use keywords in your posts!
    • This is also key to making more money on your ads!
  • Use H2 headers
  • Interlink your posts
  • Set up custom permalinks

If this is all gibberish to you like it was to me, this post will explain exactly how to do these things and what they mean!

8. Interlink your posts!

This means adding links to other articles on your site within your posts. This helps you take advantage of the readers that do come to your site!

Within this pos,t I have already linked my How to Start a Profitable Blog post which means that people like you who are reading this post can click right through to another post of mine that is relevant to what they are already reading. See what I did there? 😉

Only interlink posts that will benefit your reader or is similar/a similar topic to each other. Again, you don’t want to spam your readers or they likely won’t want to come back!

Remember your main focus as a blogger should be to help your readers!

 

When it comes down to driving killer traffic, it really all goes back to content. If you have great content then the readers will come, you just have to get it out there and these 8 methods are exactly what I did to get my posts out there resulting in 70k pageviews in only 3 months. 

I know if you honestly put the work into and implement each method you will see results in your traffic and soon!

Don’t forget to add a link to your site below, I’d love to check it out! [themify_icon icon=”fa-heart-o” link=”http://”] Cassie Jean

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  • Jenn
    March 10, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Great roundup – have my weekend to-do list ready now! Didn’t know how to figure out link parties – good tip!

    • Cassie Jean
      March 10, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks Jenn, I got quite a bit of traffic from link parties! Ps. I also checked out your site and it looks awesome! I also had a chance to read your about page and was so jealous of your ability to travel so much! My husband also lived in Puerto Rico for two years and I was just able to go and visit! Keep up the good work!

  • Jessie
    March 10, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Definitely gonna add these to my blog arsenal!

    • Cassie Jean
      March 10, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks for the read Jessie! Ps. I think your niche is super awsome!

  • Caitlin
    March 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    This is such a helpful post. My traffic has been stagnant at a certain number and I think these tips will really work!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

    • Cassie Jean
      March 10, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks Caitlin, they are working wonders for me! Your blog is so beautiful and so are you! Um your IG feed is seriously Beautiful!

  • Linda Daily
    March 11, 2017 at 5:54 am

    I am new too and wanting to grow my followers. I have never heard of link parties. I will definitely look into those and I need to post more on Pinterest. Thanks for the tips.

    • Cassie Jean
      March 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Linda! Link parties definitely help in getting more eyes on your content, and Pinterest is KING! Love your sweater bag by the way!

  • Marta McCue
    March 11, 2017 at 7:26 am

    This was great information and I could not agree more with all of your recommended steps!

    • Stephenie - Blended Life Happy Wife
      March 11, 2017 at 7:58 am

      I’ve been having a hard time getting traffic to my blog. Your post offers some really good information that I plan to put to use right away. Thank you so much

      • Cassie Jean
        March 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

        Thanks Stephanie! It really does just take a little bit of time! Use these methods and I promise they will come!

    • Cassie Jean
      March 12, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks Marta!

  • Elle
    March 11, 2017 at 7:59 am

    This list was extremely helpful! It was straight and to the point, which is something I truly appreciate. Thank you for sharing your expertise 🙂

    • Cassie Jean
      March 12, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for reading Elle! Ps. your Movie night popcorn and candy bar looks delish!

  • Katie
    March 11, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Great post! I started my blog in February and I’m still learning the tricks – this post is very helpful! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Cassie Jean
      March 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Wow Katie! Your blog is so beautiful! I can’t believe you just started in February! Keep up the good work!

  • Melanie Hernquist
    March 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Killer post! you are rockin girl. I invited you to join my blog to biz board on pinterest!

    • Cassie Jean
      March 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks Melanie, your site is GEORGOUS! I love your logo and the feel of everything! We should collaborate sometime, I’d love to pick your brain!

  • prasad
    March 11, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Yes exactly nice excellent for getting traffic

  • Peter Sward
    March 11, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    You say:
    Pin your blog posts to Pinterest
    Share blog posts on FB/Instagram/Twitter.
    How do you do that since you can only post images to Pinterest and Instagram?

    • Cassie Jean
      March 12, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Hey Peter! You can use share widgets directly from your site! Mine are on the gray guys on the left of your screen, or bottom if on mobile. They will let me choose an image from my post like the feature image at the top of this post and will link that image back to the post! So when people on Pinterest click on that image it will take them to my site. For Instagram however, I do it manually. I take an image from one of my posts and put it on Instagram with a short intro/story and a call to action to go check it out! Then I will add the link to the post in my Bio, or just leave the link to my home page in my bio. You can check out an example at my Instagram @lifeonwaller!

      • Peter Sward
        March 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

        Thanks for the reply. So you are not pinning blog posts to Pinterest but pinning pictures. I already do that and I also have the blog link on my Instagram page. @peter_sward. I’m at http://thedailylunch-woburn.blogspot.com/. Otherwise is was a lot of good info.

  • Emma Lenhart
    March 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I love the tip of interlinking your posts. I always try and do that!

    • Cassie Jean
      March 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks Emma! I love the feel of your site and IG feed!

  • kaylarae
    March 12, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Thank you Cassie! I love the lay out of your site! It is so clean and professional looking! I am a new blogger and have not been getting much traffic to my blog. These tips are all very simple and I can’t wait to start putting in the work using these strategies! I have not shared on my personal facebook page yet… I am too nervous! Was this hard for you to do at first?
    Thanks for the help Cassie!
    http://thekaylaraelife.weebly.com/

    • Cassie Jean
      March 12, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Hey Kaylarae, thanks for reading! I am totally an introvert and was slightly nervous to post my blog on my personal accounts when I first launched, but I did it anyway! I figured that I was really trying to help people and wanted to give people out there who already like me as a person a chance to dive into my mind through my blog! This is where I create solutions to living an awesome life while saving money through DIY and making a living at home on the blog. I knew that there were people out there who are looking for the types of post I put out on my blog. In the end, be proud of who you are as a blogger and share it with your friends and followers! Ps. your blog looks awesome!

  • http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/
    March 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post, I am new to the blogging community, so im trying to learn as much as I can. My name is Brandy, nice to meet you. What kind of pins do you pin on pinterest besides blog posts? http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/

  • Dyana
    March 13, 2017 at 9:43 am

    These are great tips! My blog traffic is like a yo-yo right now but I am starting to focus more on growing my Pinterest! I hear so much about it!

  • Shaunte Booker
    March 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Hey Cassie! Thank you for this post! There is so much advice out there and some of it is like trying to read Chinese. This is so practical and easy to understand for me! I plan on implementing as much of it as I can. I am in a bit of limbo with my blog. Just trying to give it a fresh logo and add some content that is quality! It’s a little frustrating but I love blogging too much to give it up! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!?

  • Lauren
    March 13, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for the tips !!! Just started a life and fashion blog and love all the input ! Thanks for this valid info , will for sure put it to good use !

  • April
    March 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Pinned. Lots of good points here. It took me forever to figure out most of this. Ha! But that’s okay.

  • Dana
    March 21, 2017 at 4:02 am

    What a great list of tips! Thank you! I now have a list of jobs to do on my blog for next week 😀 Keep up the great work

    • Cassie Jean
      April 25, 2017 at 3:17 am

      Thanks so much Dana! Glad to help!

  • Dani
    March 21, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Great list! i’m a newbie blogger so finding ways to increase my traffic is my number one priority. Thank you for this xx

    http://www.daninaughton.com

    • Cassie Jean
      April 25, 2017 at 3:18 am

      I feel ya girl! Thanks for reading!