10 ways to boost traffic to your blog

A birds eye view photo of a copper letter board that has "10 ways to boost blog traffic" on it that is on top of a pink blanket.

Sometimes it can feel like a losing battle trying to get views on your blog, you may feel like you have hit a wall and don't know what to do to gain loyal and organic readers, I've been there myself. So, I thought I would share 10 ways in which you can boost traffic to your blog that will work in the long term as well as short term. 

It's worth noting that you shouldn't be looking for a quick fix, although it may work for a little while, you'll soon see your views drop, so, I find it's best to have a strategy that you use all the time as it keeps you consistent. You will have days that are better than others, it's only natural and there are certain times of the year where blog views drop, it happens to everyone, even the biggest bloggers our there so don't get yourself down if you have a "dry" spell. 

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, it's time to talk about 10 ways in which you can boost the traffic to your blog and these are things I suggest doing all the time, especially after you hit publish. 

Use RT accounts on Twitter

A really good way to increase your blog traffic is to utilize retweet account on Twitter. 

When you use retweet account it helps to get your promotional tweets for your content seen by a larger audience. I find that when I put out tweets for my content and tag retweet account or use the relevant hashtag, that my blog traffic increases. By doing this you are reaching a wider audience, more than just the people who follow you on twitter and it can also help you to gain new followers and new readers of your blog.


A Screenshot of Bloggerstribe Twitter landing page

There are lots of accounts out there that can help such as Bloggerstribe which is a retweet account that I created back in 2015 and my good friend Katie helps me run, that's why I will be using it as an example throughout this post when relevant. 

Accounts like this will retweet your content if you use the relevant hashtag or tag them, be sure to check what they retweet from as all accounts have their own "rules" so to speak, for example at Bloggerstribe we only retweet from our hashtag #Bloggerstribe. 

I actually have a blog post all about retweet accounts, I talk about how to use them and there is also a list of accounts that are active and actually retweeting content as there are some out there who are no longer active or pick and choose who they actually retweet. You can read the post here - List of active blogging RT accounts on Twitter

Use Pinterest 

Using Pinterest is said to be one of the best ways to increase your blog traffic and I really had no idea how useful it could be until I started to use it myself and get serious about it. 

I have been using Pinterest since I created my blog back in 2015 but it wasn't until 2019 that I really got serious about it and started to research as much as I could. When I started to implement all the tips I had researched, my blog traffic doubled! Now, I say I implemented it but I didn't use it to its full potential, I would fall away from it some weeks and there were periods when I wasn't using it at all but over the past few weeks I have been really going for it and oh my lord, the results are amazing! 

For example, here is a screenshot of one of my pins that has just blown up over the past week 


A Screenshot of Thelifeofaglasgowgirl pinterest pin stats

When you create a blog post, make sure that you have at least one pinable image within the post, make it vertical as that is said to be the best practice for creating pins and with free editing suites like Canva, it's easier than ever to create beautiful pins that will have people engaging with your post. 

Here is an example of some pins I have created for blog posts


An Example of Pinterest graphic for blog post Mental health is made up on Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.ukExample of Pinterest graphic for blog post The rules of blogging on Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.ukExample of Pinterest graphic for blog post Blogger burn out and 8 ways to avoid it on Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk


As you can see, they are all vertical, they explain exactly what the blog post is about and look neat and tidy. All of these were created on Canva and I can easily create new ones whenever I want. As well as making a graphic that goes in my blog post, I also make around 3 or 4 other pins for the same blog post that I will upload straight to Pinterest with my link and a description, I find doing this helps to boost traffic even more. 

Use Facebook Groups

There are lots of blogging Facebook groups out there that have daily, weekly and monthly threads where you can leave your blog post links plus social media links.

By using these threads, you are opening up your blog to more readers plus there are certain groups that have threads where it's mandatory to leave a comment on each person's post. Now, sometimes these can be tricky, especially if there are people simply link dropping which is where someone will leave their link and then disappear until they leave another link, these people won't engage and are only looking for people to interact with them. But, thanks to admins in the groups, these people don't seem to last long and are booted from the group, top tip, don't be one of these people! it will hurt you in the long run. 

Following the rules and making sure you are active will definitely help when it comes to increasing your traffic and it's always good to put your links in as many places as possible because it opens up more chances to get new readers. 

A Screenshot of Bloggerstribe facebook group

Bloggerstribe also has a Facebook group which you can join as we have lots of threads where people can leave their links and interact with people. Bloggerstribe facebook group.

Share on your Facebook page 

Facebook pages seem to be a bit of a hit or miss if I'm honest, they can take a while to grow and not everyone likes to have one, especially if the want to keep their blog private from people in their personal life. But, if this isn't a problem for you and you don't already have one, make one! 

Much like my experience with Pinterest, I never really bothered with it and if I'm honest, this is probably the social media platform that I struggle with the most to keep up with as it's often a second thought for me, but I will say, when I was regular with sharing my content on there and being active, I was getting around 20 views a day from my Facebook page. 

A Screenshot of Thelifeofaglasgowgirl facebook page

As I said with the Facebook groups, it's good to have your content being shared to as many places as possible and it can't hurt posting your content there as well. 

Also, Facebook often have offers where they give you X amount of credit to promote one of your posts for free! So, definitely take advantage of that if you get one, this allows you to target specific audiences which is good when you know your target audience. 

Share on Instagram 

Every time I have a new blog post out; I make sure that I share the news on my Instagram. I don't have 10k followers so I don't have the swipe up feature but that doesn't stop me from sharing. 

If I have a new post out, I make sure to let everyone know in my daily Instagram post from that day, I'll explain what the post is about and direct people to the link in my bio, plus I will share a graphic on my Instagram story that also directs people to the link in my bio. 

Here are examples of the graphic I share to my stories and how I add it into my daily Instagram post:


An Example of Instagram graphic that Ofaglasgowgirl shares on Instagram stories A Screenshot of Ofaglasgowgirl Instagram daily post detailing how to promote blog post

I find that when I do this, I'll get more traffic to my blog coming from Instagram compared to when I don't promote my blog there. 

When you upload that you have a new blog post to your stories, make sure that you include hashtags as well! This will mean that your story will show up on the hashtag story and increases your chances of being seen by a larger audience. You can add up to 10 hashtags and if you don't want people to see that you have hashtags included, make the writing the same colour as the background so that they blend in. 

Comment Threads

Comment threads on Twitter are a great way to increase your blog traffic as the sole purpose of these threads is to send people to you blog to leave a comment on your post. 

When I partake in comment threads my traffic skyrockets, even if I only get a few comments on my post, for some reason my blog views go up into the thousands for that day which just blows my mind.

Be warned though, when you join a comment thread it's good etiquette to comment on a few peoples posts in order to show that you are willing to partake which makes people more likely to comment on your post in return. 

When I structure my reply to the thread, I will write it like this:

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well. Here is my latest post - Insert short description - returning all comments, please let me know if you leave one so I can return. 

- Insert post link - 

I always say that I will return comments because I do, so make sure that you are only putting that in if you are actually going to do it and don't just link drop! You would be surprised at the amount of people who take note of those who do this, me being one of them because it means next time round I won't bother with them and I can spend more time actually engaging with people who will return the kindness. It's also worth noting that leaving comments such as "great post - your link" are just bad practice because it helps no one and just looks like you didn't read the post and if you are leaving comments like that, you probably didn't so make sure to leave a few sentences. 

I have spoken about blog commenting etiquette before which you can read here - Blog comments I can't stand

Here is an example of the Bloggerstribe comment threads we have: 


Twitter Threads 

Much like comment threads, general blogging threads are a good way to increase traffic to your blog. 

When you partake in these threads there is less pressure to comment on lots of peoples posts as it's a chance for you to leave your links and then find other people you want to connect with. 

Not only are these threads a good way to boost traffic, they are a good way to find new people you can connect and engage with on social media as there are lots of different threads for different things such as Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and more. 

Here is an example of the Bloggerstribe free for all thread where you can leave all your links: 




Schedule Tweets  

Scheduling your promotional tweets is good practice because it means that you constantly have your links going out, even when you aren't online. 

The way I work it is, I'll schedule my promotional tweets for the whole week either on a Saturday or Sunday night. I have a tweet going out normally every hour between 7am and 9pm, and I make sure that it's different posts I am promoting every hour because when you have the same blog post going out every hour or every couple of hours, it looks and feels very spammy. 

As someone who also runs a retweet account I see this a lot and I won't lie, when it's the same tweet over and over every hour, I roll my eyes and get somewhat annoyed, I honestly don't know why because it doesn't affect me in the slightest but I know if I followed someone doing this I would either mute them or unfollow, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. 

I use Tweetdeck to schedule my stuff but there are other sites and apps out there like Hootsuite, it's all about finding something that works for you. I like Tweetdeck because it's easy to use, it's free and I haven't had any problems with it thus far. 

Here is an example of how I schedule posts:


A Screenshot of Tweetdeck scheduled tweet for Ofaglasgowgirl

When scheduling your post, make sure that you also tag RT accounts or use the relevant hashtag. 


Use Bloglovin 

Bloglovin is another form of social media which allows people to follow your blog and read your posts all in one place. 

If you don't already have one, I suggest that you make one and claim your blog URL on it. Once you have done that you can set it up so that when you post a new blog post or a new post goes live it also shows up on Bloglovin plus there is an option to post through Bloglovin straight to Twitter, Facebook and more. 


A Screenshot of Thelifeofaglasgowgirl Bloglovin

It's also handy when it comes to getting people to follow your blog, I know a lot of people who prefer to follow blog that way and I enjoy doing that as well as I can read all my favourite blogs in one place and I can then go through and leave a comment on their post (not through Bloglovin though) and I can get notifications when they post and it means I don't have to create profiles on different blogging platforms just to keep up with people. 

As your posts will be posted through Bloglovin when they go live, it's a great way to have people read and interact with your post if they are following plus they can save your post for later or add it to a collection which in turn opens your blog up to their audience as well. 

Add your blog link to all your Bios

Adding your blog link to your bios on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc... is a great way to bring traffic to your blog and it's a quick and easy way for people to find your blog if they are looking for it. 

Although I use Bloglovin to keep track of people's blogs, if someone doesn't have it, I tend to search their name on Twitter or Instagram and then get to their blog through the link in their bio. It's very easy and in the long run, it can't hurt to put your link there. 

Here is an example of my Twitter and Instagram bio where I have my blog link added: 


A Screenshot of Ofaglasgowgirl twitter bio
A Screenshot of Ofaglasgowgirl Instagram bio

It's also a good idea to have a call to action in your bio to go along with your link, it may sound silly but having a call to action makes people more likely to click on your link as you are ushering them to it. 


And there you have it, 10 ways to boost traffic to your blog. I really hope that this helps and there are some ways in here in which you can implement to boost your blog traffic. 


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45 comments

  1. Some really helpful advice here - thanks for sharing! Will definitely follow some more retweet accounts as I find they help with my blog views a lot. I also didn't think Bloglovin was really that popular anymore so it's good to know that people still use it.

    Anneka @ New Shades of Hippy
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    1. Thank you so much! I am really glad this could be helpful :) I love Bloglovin, it's great for keeping up with peoples blogs.

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  2. LOVE IT!!! omg, you're the Blogger tribe, so cool!

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  3. You are doing a great work girl!
    Your posts are so informative for new bloggers
    Thank you:)

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  4. This has been SO helpful thank you. Inspired me to start a blogging admin day today! I’ve just started a Twitter and have been struggling to find other bloggers out there organically, these blogging accounts are so helpful! Thank you!

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  5. These are really helpful tips! I love Bloglovin' for following my favourite blogs, and I've just started using Instagram which has surprisingly boosted my traffic quite a bit! I also love Twitter RT accounts and threads x

    - Charlotte / charlottesspace.com

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  6. This is great! I do a couple of these already, but I really need to get myself more active on Twitter as a lot of my traffic seems to come from there. I'm terrible with Pinterest though, so really need to work on things like graphics like you've suggested.

    Em xx

    www.emsworldblog.com

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    1. Thanks hun <3 I definitely love twitter for bringing in traffic! always helps.

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  7. This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing. I definitely need to get back onto Facebook and sharing my content on there. I haven't been on for years now xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks lovely :) Facebook is a great place to find threads and such, I get quite a good bit of traffic from there.

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  8. Great tips! I definitely find that using facebook to share my posts really helps to get them seen.

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  9. This is such a helpful post! It's surprising that Facebook is where I get my most traffic from, with Twitter a close second. I need to keep working on Pinterest, I need to persevere! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Lucy :) I'm really glad that you found it helpful! :)

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  10. This has been so helpful, as you know promoting your own work takes a lot of work and i'm trying to be consistent with it. I joined your facebook group today and Pinterest, as I've started to use my own fb platform again. Thanks for sharing : ) xo

    http://www.juanitalikes.com/

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    1. So glad that you found this helpful :) it really does take a lot of work, it's definitely one of the most time consuming parts of blogging!

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  11. Great tips thank you - I'm trying Pinterest but it's so hard to get anything from it! Just think I'm not wired for that social network :)

    I will give a go to Facebook group to see how that works!

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    1. Really glad that my post has been useful :) pinterest is definitely one of those platforms that takes a bit of getting used to.

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  12. I am learning to recognize the importance for scheduling on Twitter. As there is huge time difference between between me and my audience, I can use it to schedule my tweets to be posted while I am sleeping :)

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    1. Scheduling for twitter has been such a time saver! It's so efficient and really does help when it comes to promoting your content.

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  13. Thanks for sharing these tips! I will give a couple of them a try. I appreciate the advice.
    -Rox
    www.onplanrox.com

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  14. Thank you so much! I am a relatively new blogger and especially things like the etiquette are good to take note of, since it can all be somewhat overwhelming sometimes!

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    1. Aww welcome to the blogging community! I agree, it really can feel overwhelming at times, it's best to go at your own pace x

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  15. Amazing tips, my blog rarely get's traffic so it's time i put more work into it and create something i a m proud of! Thank you :)

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  16. This is incredibly helpful!! I just started using Pinterest for my blog so the tip on pinterest popped out to me!

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    1. So glad that my post is helpful :) good luck with pinterest!

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  17. Great tips thank you! I used to use Bloglovin years ago and didn't realise it was still a thing!

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  18. Such a great post, really want to try and work on Pinterest as never quite understood how to use for my blog, so will get working on that.

    Fay x
    www.howfelicityfinds.co.uk

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  19. This is very helpful advice! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. This was super helpful thank you!!!

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  21. These were all really helpful tips! Honestly Pinterest is kind of intimidating for me. So much work goes into it but I will definitely look into getting better at it. I have a Bloglovin, I did not know people are still active on it lol

    Nikki O.
    HerDaringThoughts

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  22. Some GREAT tips in here!! Thank you so much!!

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  23. Some great advice! I am just starting to really focus on my Pinterest efforts for my pet blog - something that I know that I should have been working on a long time ago... after all, 60% of my traffic to my other blog comes from Pinterest! Just picked up a course and now I'm going to make this happen.

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  24. I'm definitely using your Pinterest tips because your stats are fantastic! I like the point you made about uploading 3 or 4 different pins straight onto Pinterest, it gives a unique range of the post.

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely try all of these.

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  26. This is a great post! I'm no good with Pinterest at all.. but I love twitter comment threads! I'm going to start promoting my blog more on Instagram. Thank you for the fantastic tips!

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  27. That was seriously one of the most informational and useful blogs I have read in a long time. Thank you so much- I learned a lot!! Still fairly new at this and need all the help I can get.

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  28. Thank you for this. We had this saved for a while and we are getting round to reading saved posts and making changes, and implementing tools to drive traffic, particularly since we are enjoying blogging so much more now! Great advice and tips. Hope you are feeling much better now x

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  29. I just got a new blog (had issues with transferring so thought I'll start fresh) and I felt very demotivated because I have to start from scratch but this is going to make me determined. I also have gotten back to using Twitter and Pinterest (whilst also seeing my horrible taste back in 2015- cringe) and it has helped tremendously. Going to check your post of active Twitter accounts now x

    http://thesydneysider.com/

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