Get Visitors to Your Blog
If you have just started a new blog and written your first post you may now be wondering how to get the first visitors to your blog. After all it is no fun writing a blog if no-one is there to read it right?
If you think you just need to publish a blog post and sit back to watch people flocking to read what you have written, then I’m afraid you are in for a shock. Writing a blog is only one small part of the process, and learning how to get the first visitors to your blog is another part. Luckily there are lots of ways to do it!
Friends and Family
I think every new blogger relies on friends and family to be the first visitors to your blog. Unless your blog is something you really don’t want them to read then just ask them to check it out. I would also ask them to leave a comment too if possible. This will help you get off on the right foot, and it encourages others to comment too!
To get friends and family to visit it is best to share your blog link (URL) with them because it can be difficult to find a new blog without it.
Social media is one of the most wonderful inventions when you are a new blogger. Chances are you share your blog link and you will get some people going over to check it out. Do be careful about over sharing though as people don’t like seeing the same thing over and over again!
On Facebook there are lots of blog related groups that can be useful to use. Each will have its own rules regarding sharing links and there is a lot of reciprocation expected in them. Don’t forget you can share your blog posts in my Blogging Mastery Facebook Group too if you wish 😉
Forums are a bit of a funny beast these days. In some ways social media sites have done away with a lot of forums, after all you can discuss pretty much anything you like on those. However, social media sites do tend to be quite disorganised and chaotic. Even if you are in a group specifically for a particular topic it can be difficult to find information you want. For those of us who like to have our information a bit more structured, forums are the place to find it.
To get visitors to your blog from forums is quite easy. Most of them allow you to add your blog link to your profile or signature. If you post in a forum with your links added in the proper way the chances are high you will get some visitors! DO NOT just join forums and share your links everywhere – that is called spamming and no one likes it.
This is the biggie when it comes to getting visitors to your blog. People use search engines like google, bing, yahoo etc daily to find specific information. They do that because of course it is the search engines job to match what they are looking for to posts on the internet that answer their particular questions or relate to their search. For this reason as a blogger you need to learn more about how search engines work.
Sadly it is not a case of just writing a blog post and search engines will send hundreds of people over to read it. In fact one of the main reasons why bloggers give up is because they don’t get visitors. If you are going to be successful as a blogger you are going to have to learn about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Personally I recommend checking out Yoast to help you with that!
If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others. Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!