Sunday, 20 March 2016

How Twitter Can Increase Your Blog Traffic



It may seem daunting at first when publishing your first post, and it can be especially disheartening when it isn’t read by many people. I’ve got a few tips on how you can increase your blog traffic and rake those followers in, using my favourite social media platform – Twitter.

If you’re a newbie blogger starting out and you’re struggling to get your blog out there, take my advice and join Twitter. It can be a little confusing at first, but stick with it. There a great communities such as #TheGirlGang and our very own #BloggingGals who will share your posts to thousands of other bloggers if you tag them in our tweets.

You’ll really notice a difference in your blog traffic if you follow these handy tips:

#1 ENSURE YOUR BLOG URL IS IN YOUR PROFILE

I’m sure this will be an obvious tip for most, but it’s the most important. Your bio is the first port of call for a new follower, so if it screams ‘I’m a blogger, here’s my blog link’ – chances are they’ll give it a read.


#2 PIN YOUR BEST POST TO YOUR PROFILE

Twitter now enables you to “pin” a post to the top of your profile. This is a great way to showcase your blog. It will appear above your other tweets and is an easy link for a new follower to get a taste of your blog. Pick your post wisely. I’d advise going for your best received post, that way the follower will be able to read your best work!

#3 PARTICIPATE IN TWITTER CHATS

The best way for people to discover you on Twitter is via a Twitter chat. There are many different chats on Twitter, all created by various bloggers. For example #TheGirlGang host a chat on Mondays at 6pm, this is a personal favourite of mine. It just allows you to engage with other bloggers, and the topics of the chats are always different. They’re also great for picking up tips from other bloggers.

#4 SCHEDULE YOUR TWEETS

Chances are you’re not a full-time blogger, and if you are, congrats! You want to keep your tweets rolling throughout the day, but this can be difficult trying to fit in around work or college. Et Voila! Welcome to the realm of scheduling. You can use apps such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to send out your tweets at the times you want. So if you’re at work and you want to promote your new post, schedule the tweets to go out throughout the day. That way you don’t have to worry about cramming it in during your lunch break. But remember not to be super-spammy, that could result in an unfollow.

#5 IMAGES ARE EVERYTHING

In my experience, my tweets get more engagements if there are images accompanying them. So it’s important to give your followers something visual. Remember, they could be following hundreds of accounts and you want to give them a reason to click on your profile. Hit them with a nice flatlay or an inspirational quote, they always go down a treat.

#6 TWEET YOUR OLD POSTS TOO

Don’t just stick to your latest posts. Twitter is great for reviving those great posts in your archive. If you’re having a blogging slump and struggling with writing new posts, just tweet a sassy tweet with a link to an absolute corker of a blog post. That will keep your followers happy, and will allow you to showcase your best work.


I hope these tips helped a few of you - feel free to tweet me or bloggingals if you have any other tips you think we should know!



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