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It has been six months since I started A Rose Tinted World. But at the time of writing this I have domain authority of 28 and get 5000 views a month on average. Now I do realise that these are not massive views, but I am still proud of the fact that my numbers are organically increasing month by month. I am not setting myself out there as an expert, but here are some of my tips on how to build your blog’s DA and traffic.
How To Build Your Blog’s DA and Traffic
When I started my blog on 14th July 2018 I knew practically nothing about blogging. I knew NOTHING about Pinterest, to the point I didn’t even know know how to use it. I followed lots of people on my personal Instagram, but didn’t really use it as a business model.
In June I’d had an email from a lady that I’d been following on Facebook for a while. I love a bit of frugal living, who doesn’t? Even though I like the luxuries in life it doesn’t hurt to look after the pennies. Emma Drew is a guru of frugal living. She did some Facebook sessions on how to set up a blog. I was at a bit of loose end, being on a hiatus from my career. Wondering what to try next, I was actually thinking of trying a sewing business. Selling my homemade wares. So a website was definitely on my to make list.
I tuned in to see what Emma had to say. She gave some really good advice. I took a lot on board, and decided to start a blog. It turned out to be a massive learning curve for me. And at one point I wondered if I had bitten off too much. But it turns out I can learn new tricks. I got started on blogging.
So. How To Build Your Blog’s DA and Traffic?
Do Some Search Engine Optimisation and Make Your Blog Seen By Google
Before you post a single thing, make sure that your blog has a site map (A plugin like Yoast can generate this for you) and enter this into the google search console.
Research your Keywords for your blog topics. And I again love the Yoast plugin to improve my posts before I publish.
This article from BritMums is brilliant about how to do 90% of your blog SEO with 3 free tools.
Post Good Content Consistently
I usually post 3 times a week, but have posted more if the mood and subject material has prompted me. You can post every day, but you don’t need to, as long as you have good material. Stick to the same posting schedule though, as that way your audience know when to expect your next post. If you are inconsistent they may miss your posts or even worse decide to stop looking for them.
It is hard work. I am certainly not sure I was prepared for how much I would be thinking and planning my posts. But at the same time it is very rewarding. It has given me a heap of confidence and a lot of belief in my own abilities. I’ve had a chance to get some of my creativity in to the blog, most recently in making these children’s leggings.
As for good content? I like to pick ideas that come to me in my everyday life. For example, just recently we were faced with the problem of Elizabeth hitting herself. Have you had to work around events in your life? You may have the answer or life hack that the world is looking for!
But it is also good to look for content that appeals to lots of people currently. Is there a news story trending that interests you or that you have a knowledge of? Write about that.
The community is really supportive, if you are with the right people. I would definitely recommend setting up some social media profiles for your blog and following some fabulous bloggers.
Twitter is my favourite for finding new blogs to read and comment on. By reading others blogs you can see what the trends are and how other people are doing it. But do be yourself!
Do interact. Join in with Twitter chats. Promote by all means, but read others blogs and comment. Follow the blogs that you love. The act of commenting on blogs is truly the only way to go with blogging. My philosophy has always been “if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing”, so if it isn’t your thing, no need to say you don’t like it. Move on and find one that you do!
Always comment more that 10 words. Just putting “Great Post” is not really enough (and it might be seen as spam and put in the spam folder anyway!) Say why it moved you.
I do love the Comment Luv plug-in. It gives people who comment on your blog a chance to link one of their own blog posts to your site. Call it a little bit of back-link love. And if you have an anti-spam comment filter set up on your blog such as Akismet, it does filter out any unwanted or obviously spammy commenters trying to benefit from your comment luv.
Promote Your Posts
Now this part can be the hardest bit, but it is so important if you want your posts to get read. I set up my blog to post immediately to Twitter and my Facebook Page, but then there are so many other ways to promote your posts, including
- Pinterest – This brings me a fair percentage of my daily posts. I post practically every day, both manually and with the scheduling tool Tailwind (get a free month worth $15 here)
- Instagram – now this hasn’t been quite so successful for me thus far, but I’m going to put some hard work in. I need to use relevant hashtags and tag more. Why not give me a cheeky follow?
- LinkdIn – apparently this can be good for posting your blog links. I haven’t tried this yet.
- Twitter. I do promote my posts on there with a scheduler. But I also retweet other blog posts that I find interesting, and always thank other bloggers for retweeting my content. I follow some great bloggers. Follow me.
- Facebook – again I do neglect my own Facebook page a little and need to work more on it. But joining Facebook groups relevant to your content can be a great place to promote your own work and find new blogs. Even better, there are Facebook groups that can help you find blogging job opportunities and help you to crowdsource for your future posts.
- Link Parties. These are great for showcasing your blogs, getting some comments and finding new blogs to read.
- Blog forums. Some let you put a blog link into your forum comments.
Writing Guest Posts for Other Bloggers
Once you do start to write, you will probably discover where your real niche lays. But that doesn’t mean that you can never write about other things. Sometimes writing for other bloggers or other blogs as a guest blogger can be a great place to promote your work, and let you write about other subjects. I have been honoured to write for some amazing blogs, including these (I will try to keep updating this list, so I do apologise if I have written for you and your blog isn’t below!)
This year I do hope to offer up some guest posts from other bloggers on my own blog so watch this space!
With a mixture of all the above and a lot of hard work I have improved my blog, views and domain authority to a point where I feel really comfortable pitching to brands, and working with brands to promote their products. I hope that you too can use these tips to work at how to build your blog’s DA and traffic. If you need any other help, do comment below, or find me on my social media.
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