Getting more website traffic is one of the biggest struggles with a website business. Your livelihood can sometimes depend on it.
My website had plateaued or gone stagnant at 15k page views per month. Even though I was pumping out loads of content. I couldn’t figure out why, but at the same time didn’t really sit down to figure it out, either because I was so busy chasing my tail or like a hampster on a wheel.
When I finally sat down 12 months later to write New Years Resolutions or business goals, I asked myself ”what has worked recently?” and ”what hasn’t worked recently?”.
I had no website traffic growth. And then I asked myself – well, what did I do differently.
Here is how I went from 15,000 page views per month to over 80,000 page views per month in a few short months.
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8 Ways to Get More Website Traffic
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#1 Fill in SEO Plugin
Make sure to fill in the plugin. I use and recommend both SEO by Yoast or All In One SEO and they are both good (what I have been told by SEO expert). But they only work if you fill them in!
I got lazy and didn’t fill in for most of 2015. And my traffic plateaued at 15k page views per month for the whole 12 months! I teach how to use SEO plugin + my SEO strategy inside Blog Business School.
#2 Moved to ConvertKit
This email service is the da bomb. So easy to use and the fact I can send an email newsletter in less than 5 minutes means more direct traffic (which Google loves). Here is a ConvertKit demo + review.
#3 Reduce image sizes
Big images increased website page loading time (slower). Quicker is better.
To fix it – images already on your website add a plugin ‘SmushIt’. Moving forward – reduce image sizes to 600px maximum and then put the images through tinypng.com to reduce the image size.
#4 Pinterest strategy
Pinning and repinning daily, about 30-50 pins per day with 50% own pins and 50% others pins. This strategy increased Pinterest website traffic from 1000 to 5000 page views within 5 week.
Related article: 9 Step Pinterest Re-Pinning Strategy
#5 Adding long Pinterest pin
Bigger pin takes up more valuable Pinterest real estate (800px x 2000px) and makes it more pinnable and clickable. I added a long Pinterest pin to my most popular blog posts.
#6 Add really good content
It goes without saying but at the same time, it needs to be said. Minimum of 300 words. But really high quality, epic or ultimate pieces of content.
If someone asks you ”is that the best you can do?” and you can 100% answer with confidence ”yes”.
#7 List posts
I have found these lists posts get Google ranking really quickly, within a couple of weeks.
I create a ”top 10 unicorn cakes”, for example, using Pinterest images and other people’s content (crediting the original).
#8 Update old blog posts
I heard from an SEO expert that Google gives preference to the current date, versus ‘old’ content from years ago.
Updating and upgrading old blog posts (the most popular) and republish to the current date (don’t change the URL!) get Google to notice you.
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