You might have heard blogging tips like write about your passions or write about what you’re feeling. Well, if these are the only two things you’re doing, your chance of creating a successful blog is slim. The truth is that even if people are interested in what you’re writing about, it’s impossible for them to visit your site if they can’t find you. And even if they do find you, traffic is meaningless unless you can actually get them to read your content. So today I’m going to cover some important blogging tips that have helped us consistently get traffic to our blog. Stay tuned. What’s our bloggers segment here with the tool that helps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors and dominate your niche?
Now, while there’s nothing wrong with blogging about your passions, creating a successful blog goes beyond just you. You should be a half decent writer. Understand the technical elements of blogging as well as social strategies that can help you take your blog from nothing to something. So rather than giving you a popcorn bowl full of random blogging tips. Let’s break this down into three buckets to help you get more traction. The first bucket is all about becoming a better writer. In the first tip that falls in this bucket is to focus on a specific part of your niche. Now, you might label yourself as a food blogger, but by covering the topic of food as a whole, you may be spreading yourself too thin. For example, even if you were able to publish to post for a day for an entire year on some topics like grilling food smoothies, vegetarian diets, slow cooker recipes, nutrition and more, it be tough to compete with larger sites are those that are just focusing on one of those topics. So in my opinion, it’s better to focus on being a master of one than a jack of all trades. So focus on becoming the go to place. People go to find smoothie recipes, become the go to place where people go for grilling techniques. And after you’ve dominated that niche audience, you can try and expand to other subtopics to reach new audiences. The second tip is to create content that’s worth referencing. Referencing requires attribution and attribution in the world of blogging equals links. Links from other websites are important because search engines like Google use them to help decide which pages should rank high in the search engines. Now, how do you create content that’s worth referencing? I’ve got three nuggets of wisdom for you. The first way is to create content that’s unique and interesting to your industry. For example, we ran an experiment where we spent over fifty thousand dollars on podcasts, advertisements to the best of our knowledge. No one had written this kind of post and this resulted in around one hundred and forty unique websites linking to this page in a short period of time. Another way to get people to reference your posts is to include statistics. HFS blog has over twenty five hundred links because of a stash and this is one of the reasons why we continually publish data studies. There are literally link magnet’s now. We have access to a ton of data because we integrate it into our suite of tools. But you don’t need anything fancy like this to use this tip. For example, a good chunk of Lingle’s links come from stats and they’re often referencing his own personal results, like growing his organic traffic by one hundred and eleven percent and boosting conversions by seven hundred and eighty five percent. And it also works outside of the marketing niche. Nerd Wallet has nearly twenty nine thousand back links because of a mention of a stat. Naturally, as people blog, they want to provide supporting resources that back up their claims, make sure yours is in the mix.
Finally include unique images that are worth stealing. Creating high quality images is hard, which means that it’s a point of leverage for those that are willing to put in the effort. Within our posts, we often like custom images, whether they be graphs from our data studies or illustrations that help better explain concepts. Not only do they create a better experience for readers, but they result in links. As you can see here, we’ve got around eight hundred and twenty links pointing at JPEG images on our site and then another sixteen hundred links to PMG images. All right. The next step is to make your post easy to read. In the words of our kmo, nobody likes to read. They just want the information. If they could download it to their brain, they would need to do that. You need to ensure your posts are easy to read and use. Here are a few tips on how to do that. You short paragraphs instead of big walls of text, short paragraphs help readers progress through your article in small and easy steps. Next break up long sentences because they’re hard to follow. Break up these sentences by finding places where you used words like End because and that next use multimedia in your posts. So whether that be videos, images or GIFs, they can often help illustrate your points clearer than words. Finally, right in a conversational tone, the easiest way to check this is to read your copy out loud. If it sounds like you’re talking to a friend, you’re on the right track, but if it sounds like you’re competing in a national debate, try again. The next step is to right click worthy headlines that aren’t click be. The one thing that separates your website from a user is a click fail to get clicks and you fail to get traffic. Now, since most people will find your web pages through search or social, you want to craft a headline that accurately represents your article without sounding boring. For example, an article titled The 15 Best Headphones gets the point across, but it’s boring. Something like 15 best high end headphones for under a hundred dollars is more click worthy because a it tells the reader that the headphones are of high quality and b high end headphones are usually a lot more than one hundred dollars. The next step is to write introductions using the app formula. The headlines job is to get the reader to click through to the page. Then your intro needs to hook them in so that they’ll read the rest of the post. So to do that, we use the app formula, which stands for a line present and proof. First, you need to align yourself with a reader’s problem, then you present your post as a solution to that problem, and then you finish off with some proof as to why they should trust you. Here’s an example from our blog. In the first sentence, we align ourselves with the reader by saying, looking to grow your YouTube channel and attract more viewers. We then present our solution by saying that the trick is to target topics with search demand. Finally, we ended up with proof by showing them that we’ve grown our YouTube channel from ten thousand to over two hundred thousand monthly views in a rounding here. Keep your interest short on point and focus on addressing why the readers on that page in the first place. The last writing tip I have for you is to create feedback loops. Your first draft should never be your last at HFS were known to go through a pretty rigorous editing process. The writer generally starts with an outline after that’s approved, they write their first final draft and no doubt they should think it’s pretty good. Then someone else from our team will review their post question. Any claims suggest different formats or whatever anything goes at this point. This usually ends up with a document that’s completely highlighted in yellow with suggestions. Then the writer makes any necessary changes and we’ll have those reviewed one last time before publishing. This feedback loop helps us to always put our best foot forward on every post we publish. Now, if you don’t have a team to work with, it’s worth connecting with other bloggers in your space who also want to become a better writer. But don’t just reach out and say, hey, can you at my post, I’ll edit yours to this kind of process. You can come through relationships, which I’ll expand on later. For now, let’s move on to the more technical aspects of blogging. The first step is super important, and that’s to write about topics people are searching for, more commonly referred to as keyword research. Fifty one percent of all website traffic comes from organic search. And if you want a piece of that traffic, then you need to use keywords that people are actually searching for. Fortunately, search engines like Google give you clues through features like auto suggest. Just type in a topic you want to write about and you’ll see a few other closely related terms. There are other freemium tools out there like answer the public where you can find keywords, phrases, questions. Now, the problem with these tools is that you can’t see keyword metrics, meaning you don’t actually know how much traffic you can get to find this information. You’d have to use premium tools like keywords explore where you can basically generate lists of keyword ideas, see important metrics like search volume and keyword difficulty, and decide whether they’re worth pursuing for your site. We have a full tutorial on doing keyword research, so I’ll link that up for you. Another strategy worth doing is to cover your competitors best topics. And by best, I’m referring to the pages that are sending them consistent traffic every month to find your competitors. Popular pages just enter their domain in a tool like H.F. Site Explorer, then go to the pages report, which shows you the pages that get the most monthly search traffic. So if I were in the prepping niche, then I would definitely consider going after these topics since they make up around forty five percent of the entire websites, organic traffic plus they all seem pretty relevant to me. Which brings us to our final technical tip, and that’s to do some basic on page. Also on page refers to the practice of optimizing web pages to help them rank higher in search engines. So without overcomplicating things, you should include your primary keyword in your title and your URL and make sure you cover your main topics. Sub points, for example, if you’re talking about how to make the perfect cup of coffee, you should probably talk about things like finding the right roast water temperature grind and brewing methods. All of these would be relevant, if not, how crucial to truly cover the topic full. We have a Full Step-By-Step tutorial on doing on page four blogs, so I recommend watching that and mastering this process. And now we’re on to our final category, which is to get social. And I’m not talking about which social media networks you should use. So the first tip is to connect with other bloggers you admire in your space. Smart bloggers reach out to forge relationships with one another. They offer feedback, help and often cross promote each other’s content. And this is often why it seems like all of the big players in your industry are friends. They started early and they grew together. Now, not everyone is going to want to be friends, but there’s a good chance that people in your industry want to connect. They just don’t know you exist, at least at this point. So to get started, think of five to ten people you admire in your space. These might be people who run blogs and newsletters that you’re subscribed to or maybe people you follow on social write their names down on a piece of paper and note something that you actually admire about their work. Now go and email them with a purpose of just connecting. Don’t ask them to share your content, review it linked to you, or ask for any kind of favor. Just send a simple and genuine email like name. Just wanted to say that I really admire whatever you do. Thanks for whatever you admire. Shares your name. I sent a similar email to the CMO at HFS in twenty seventeen in around a year later we ended up working together and became good friends. Nothing was manufactured here. It just happened organically. The next social tip is to build an email list from day one. Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re trying to remember which site you were on that had that awesome recipe or tutorial or whatever it was? Well, if you had joined that email list, you know, without any kind of email often forms, you’re preventing your readers from getting future content or product updates. Building an email list also acts as a good way to perpetually get traffic to new posts you publish. And since subscribers are warmer visitors than cold traffic, some of them might share it on social or even linked to you if they have their own blog. So bottom line, start building a list from day one finally is to promote your content in online communities. Now, this is a bit of a touchy subject because you don’t want to spam Facebook groups or read it with things that people are going to get angry about. Instead, spend your time integrating yourself into these communities, become a recognizable name and face it, as you see a need share content that can help solve other group members problems. If you nail it, you can get thousands. Dozens of visitors. If you don’t, it can get you banned from those communities so sherling sparingly and spend most of your time just meeting like minded bloggers to build mutually beneficial relationships. Now, I’m wondering if you have any blogging tips that I’ve missed.