10 Free Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic Today! [Last Updated – May 2022]
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 free ways to boost your blog traffic today 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 out 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 free 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.
10 Free Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic
1: Use Retweet Accounts on Twitter
A really good way to increase your blog traffic is to utilize retweet accounts 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.
There are lots of accounts out there that can help such as Bloggerstribe which is a retweet account that I created back in 2015, 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 the hashtag #Bloggerstribe.
I actually have a blog post all about retweet accounts. In it I talk about how to use retweet accounts effectively. As well as taking you through ow to use them, there is also a list of retweet accounts on twitter.
I keep this list updated so you know you are getting the best information that is relevant.
You can read the post here – List of active blogging RT accounts on Twitter.
2: 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. First I started to research as much as I could to find the best information on using Pinterest effectively.
Once 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, once I got serious about Pinterest and utilising it for my blog, I noticed so much more traffic coming in from Pinterest. Now I wouldn’t look back and love Pinterest.
Here is an example of one of my pins that blew up after a week!
When you create a blog post, make sure that you have at least one pinable image within the post.
I’ll be covering some of the basic practices when it comes to creating pins, but if you want more in-depth information, check out Pinterest’s Creative Best Practices.
Making your Pins
As I said above, you should always make at least one pinable graphic/image for your blog post. I normally put mine at the end of a blog post as it’s near the share buttons. But, you can put yours anywhere within your blog post.
You can also add in as many pinable images as you like, just don’t over saturate the post.
Here’s what Pinterest have said:
We recommend using a 2:3 aspect ratio, or 1000 x 1500 pixels. Pins with an aspect ratio greater than 2:3 might get cut off in people’s feeds.Pinterest – static Pin and ad specs
As this is the ideal specs for your pins, make sure they are vertical and not horizontal. Vertical pins that follow Pinterest’s recommended specs preform a lot better than ones that aren’t fully optimised.
Use a 2:3 aspect ratio and aim for 1000 x 1500 pixels. Also go for eye catching pins that stand out!
And make sure that they reflect what your blog post is about. You don’t want to create one that makes no sense with the blog post you are trying to get eyes on.
Here are some examples of blog pins I have created for some of my blog posts.
As you can see, they are all vertical and I used the dimensions 1000 x 1500px. They explain exactly what the blog post is about and look neat and tidy.
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 as I’m using fresh pins.
There are many different ways you can create pins from using Adobe Photoshop to Canva.
But, if you would rather spend time of the fun parts of blogging like actually writing your posts, why not buy some ready made templates.
Ready Made Pinterest Templates
Ready made pinterest pin templates are a great way to save time as all you have to do is add in the relevant information, save and use! It really couldn’t be easier.
I have a pack of 60 Pinterest Templates on Canva available on my Etsy and Gumroad stores. This pack of templates has been created in the optimal size for Pinterest with headings and designs that stand out. They are easily customisable from fonts to photos meaning you have full control.
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3: 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.
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.
4: 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.
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.
5: Share on Instagram
Every time I have a new blog post out; I make sure that I share the news on my Instagram.
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 blog post.
Here are examples of the graphic I share to my stories and how I add it into my daily Instagram 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.
Here is a handy guide on how to share your new post to your Instagram Story.
It’s super easy to get your content out there on Instagram now, especially as they have the Link sticker. You can add your links and direct people to your new content and maybe even do a poll afterwards.
Create an opportunity for engagement.
Here are some call to actions you can include
- Have you read my new post? It’s all about [insert your description]. How does this topic make you feel? Insert a poll into it for people to engage with.
- Today I’m talking all about [insert topic here]. What’s your thoughts on this subject? Insert a question sticker for people to reply with.
- Today I’m asking the question [insert question] in my new blog post. I’d love to hear your answers! Insert question sticker for people to answer the question.
6: 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:
7: 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:
It’s Saturday Free For all time 🤩— BloggersTribe (@BloggersTribe) April 30, 2022
Leave any & all links below 👇 Find new people to engage with & If you have any goals you’re trying to achieve, let us know! 🏆
– @ofaglasgowgirl || @JLCreate #Bloggerstribe pic.twitter.com/0QFUm2tLjm
8: 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.
Honestly I 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:
When scheduling your post, make sure that you also tag RT accounts or use the relevant hashtag.
9: 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.
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.
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.
10: 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:
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.
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