Starting a blog is only the beginning. Since your website is brand new you are not likely to just appear as a search result. So you might ask yourself how to get your blog seen. It is not uncommon to have a blog and wonder when the views are going to start streaming in. I know I did. But I didn’t realize how much work went into it beforehand.
You, much like me, might think that posting quality content with great graphics, or website design will get everyone to fall in love with your blog. But, if they can’t find it they can’t love it. There are some things you can’t avoid when it comes to getting your website seen. Usually, search engines will prefer websites that have existed longer, because it is more substantial. You can counteract this by uploading more content more often, writing longer posts, or like I did, create posts before you launched your site to have more from the start.
So here is how I started outside of my blog:
Tip #1 Sign Up For Google Analytics. In order to properly view the amount of traffic, you are receiving it is important to set your website up to be viewable. I started this immediately in order to have a realistic view count when I launched my blog. I can even see where the views come from. If I am spending all of my effort to get views from Facebook, but most of my views are from Pinterest maybe I’m focusing on the wrong platform.
Tip #2 Show Your Friends and Family. These people should be kinder and more personally invested in you. Show them your content for advice. And if they like it they can share it with their friends and family. It can have a ripple effect. If you ask them to be completely honest about your site they can also make suggestions that strangers would in the future in a more polite and sensitive manner.
Tip #3 Join Facebook Groups. This is how I got the first page views that were not from my family and friends. I joined a group on Facebook focused on improving their blogs and others. It can be a really supportive environment of people with similar goals in mind. You could even end up making good friends in these groups.
Tip #4 Join Social Media. Set up a page for you and your blog on everything. If you gain followers on one, but not another it still leaves them a way to find you and your content. Be sure to link and advertise yourself and your other social media pages on each site. If you don’t let people know you have Instagram they won’t know that the have the option to follow you.
Tips for your blog itself:
Tip #1 Download Yoast SEO. This WordPress plugin is a real life saver. Before I installed it on my website I didn’t notice the potential I was missing. It allows you to choose keywords you want people to be able to search your article by, which is so helpful. I also know the readability of my articles to see if it is a good fit.
Tip #2 Use Smart Keywords. On the Yoast SEO section of the post where you choose keywords, you want to make sure you choose them well. If you wouldn’t look up “My First Day of College” then don’t use that, use “What You Need to Know for Your First Day of College”. If people don’t search it, they won’t find it. My title is “How to Get Your Blog Seen” This is the number one way people will organically find you.
Tip #3 Have Relevant Keywords. My title is “How to Get Your Blog Seen” but I could have bananas as a keyword despite it being irrelevant to my post, or blog in general.
Check out “How to Start a Blog” to see more content like this.