9 ways to increase blog traffic and build an audience

9 ways to increase blog traffic and build an audience

Today, we are going to look at ways to increase blog traffic.

Although I am by no means an expert, I have discovered a few things which work well. As of the 23rd of May, my blog is officially one month old. By all accounts, I am still very much a beginner.

During my first month, I had just short of 1500 visitors and 3000 page views. Upon sharing this news on Twitter, a lot of people asked how I had achieved it. So, I’m going to answer that question in this post (get comfortable – it’s a long one).

Full disclosure: I received a £10 credit from Facebook Pages so I was able to put out a couple of ads on there. These brought in around 300 of the views included in this total.

Please be aware that this post contains affiliate links, which are marked with an asterisk. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you purchase the product through my link (yay!). If you would like to know more, please read the full disclosure policy.

1. Work hard

First up, if you’re not willing to give it your all, you need to set your sights lower. This list of ways to increase blog traffic won’t make a difference if you’re not willing to put the effort in. It might seem like a fluke or good luck that I’ve achieved what I have so far, but it wasn’t. I wasn’t just doing this full time, I was doing it ALL THE TIME. We are talking 60+ hours a week. It took over my life. There was a lot of researching, stressing and networking. I’m delighted it’s paying off, but it hasn’t been easy.

I’m aware that the majority of bloggers are doing this alongside other commitments. You may not have the same kind of time to spare as I did, but you can still achieve results in line with the time you have. The point is making those hours count.

The following are some ways you can do that.

2. Comment on other people’s blogs

This is a big one. I’d probably say it’s one of the best ways to increase blog traffic. If nothing else, it makes someone else’s day. Think of how you feel when someone comments on your own posts – you get a little giddy, right? It’s nice to be able to give that to somebody else. Also, I’ve discovered a lot of people are likely to return the favour.

I fit this into my day by replacing an old habit with it. Normally, I wake up in the morning and scroll through Facebook. Instead, I open up my WordPress app, go to the reader and check out people’s posts. I comment on a few. You could try this, too. Alternatively, if you have a commute to or from work where you have the time to do it, squeeze it in then. It’s not possible to keep up with and comment on all the blogs you’re interested in all the time, but try to make sure you are checking in regularly.

If you are commenting on a blog with a similar niche to yours, there’s a possibility their readers could enjoy your blog, too. Their followers will see you are an engaged member of the blogging community. You are willing to read and interact with other’s creations, and this encourages them to want to get to know you.

3. Use Twitter

Twitter is my main source of traffic. There are thousands of other bloggers on there, all looking to give and receive support. Through interacting with them on there, a mutual relationship was formed – I was reading their blogs, so they were reading mine, too.

Here’s a couple of ways Twitter is useful when you’re starting your blog:

Twitter RT accounts

There are accounts on Twitter which are dedicated to sharing blog posts. When you publish new content, share it on Twitter and make sure you tag them. Where possible, they will retweet your links and bring your work to a whole new audience. Here’s some to get you started.

Finding friends

Not sure where to start? You know those Twitter RT accounts I just mentioned? Check out their followers. The majority of people following these accounts will be fellow bloggers, so it’s a good place to find people to follow and connect with.

Twitter Chats

I love Twitter Chats, because it’s where quite a lot of my blogging buddies have come from! Try to take part in at least one or two a week, if you can. There’s more information on these in this post.

Brands

Written about a particular brand/organisation? Tag them in your tweets. Occasionally, they will retweet your posts to their followers! For example, when sharing my first blog post, I tagged mental health organisations because I was hoping they’d share my message. Anxiety UK retweeted it to 20,000 people. It’s not going to happen every time, but you have nothing to lose.

4. Use Pinterest

Pinterest hasn’t been hugely successful for me until recently. The number of visitors coming from Pinterest is slowly starting to creep up. I imagine they are small numbers in comparison to others but it’s enough of a percentage to encourage me to recommend you try it out. I’m starting to see it’s potential!

I use Tailwind* to schedule pins and it makes life a lot easier. I set aside a few hours on a couple of days each week to line up plenty of pins and then I can just forget about it. Occasionally, I do still do some manual pinning during the day if I find myself with nothing else to do, too.

Pinterest groups and Tailwind Tribes are fantastic for increasing your reach, too. Mastering Pinterest would probably require an entire post of its own, so for now, I’ll point you in the direction of the ecourse* which set me on the right track.

5. Join Facebook groups

These have been incredibly helpful for me. They usually have threads where you can share your blog posts, and you can see work from other people, too. So, not only does this allow you to spread the word about your own blog, but you get to discover new favourites. It’s a win-win.

As well as that, it’s a space where it is easy to access help. You can see questions others have asked, or submit one of your own. In the case of GDPR, for example, there was a lot of support across all the Facebook groups I’m in.

Here are some of the ones I’m a member of:

Boss Girl Bloggers

Blogger Babes

Blog Passion Project

I also have a group of my own called Blogging Buddies. It’s more so a support group rather than a promo group, but there are weekly threads to share your work!

Joining these groups is only the first step. You need to be an active member if you want to reap any rewards. This means not expecting other people to help you unless you’re willing to help them, too. You’ve got to give a little to get a little.

6. Research, research, research

And then research some more. I have read hundreds of articles about blogging. I spent about a week doing this before I even launched my blog. Then, when I was up and running, I continued to research, and I will continue to do so. A lot of them do tell you the same thing but every now and then, you stumble across a little golden nugget of wisdom and it feels worthwhile.

I found them on Google or on Pinterest. As much as I am happy to answer questions and try to help you, I do believe you need to help yourself, too. There’s a difference between not fully understanding something, and just not taking the initiative to look for it. I have worked REALLY hard to get my blog out there and if you want to achieve similar results, you need to do the same. I’d love to tell you there’s a quick fix and you can take a lazy route but, unless you’re really, really lucky, it’s not going to happen.

7. Be kind

Trampling all over others may get you where you want to be quicker, but it’s also going to make you very lonely. If you play the follow/unfollow game on Twitter or Instagram, you might end up with thousands of followers but are any of them going to be interacting with you? You need to make a real effort to connect with others.

I am first in line to be a personal cheerleader for others. This isn’t because I want them to do something in return, but because I want to see them do well. I want to encourage, support and motivate my fellow bloggers. It’s probably this attitude which has done me the most favours, although it was never done with that intention.

Don’t do it in anticipation of getting something in return; do it because it feels right. In my case, I’d reach out to people who were feeling a bit down and see if they needed to chat. If I noticed someone was struggling with something on their blog, I’d send them an article to help them. At least 50% of my time in the first month has been helping other people. This wasn’t done with the expectation of them looking at my blog in return. If anything, I just wanted to make friends. Yet, because they felt compelled to do something in return, they’d often read my blog, or share it on their own social media.

Think of how you’d like to be treated and bear in mind you never know when you’ll need help.

8. Be yourself

This was the hardest one for me, but it was something I set my mind to doing right from the start. Be unapologetically you. Share your own thoughts and opinions. Discuss your own interests. Don’t try and copy what everyone else is doing. It won’t feel natural to you, and it won’t come across well to your readers.

For example, I wrote about my cat. I hadn’t seen others doing this (although, I’m sure they have.) It made me nervous because I thought it would just come across as crazy cat lady-ish and no one would take me seriously. Then, I pushed all those thoughts to the back of my mind and did it anyway. I love my cat, and I wanted to share it with my readers. So, I did it, and people loved it.

Equally, on Twitter, I stopped censoring myself all the time. If I had something I wanted to say, I typed it out and shared it. No more questioning what others would think. I replied to people and said what I wanted to say. Nothing was particularly controversial. In fact, more often than not, it was me replying to people to say I knew how they felt, that they weren’t alone and that I was rooting for them. However, I wouldn’t have done this in the past, in case I came across as weird or made people uncomfortable. I forgot about all of that. I started typing out replies to people and pressing send. There was no more over analysing. It is not an easy skill to master, but try it. You’ll find others respond well to it, which encourages you to do it more.

Ultimately, people worth having in your life are going to support you and like you for who you are. Even if they don’t agree with everything you say, they can have a discussion about it without shutting you down. You need to get a handle on the fact that not everybody is going to like you. Yet, for the one person who isn’t keen on you, there could be ten who think you’re brilliant. You won’t find those people if you’re hiding behind a mask. Understanding this makes it a lot easier to be yourself and put yourself out there. Getting there is the tricky part but you can do it!

9. Break some rules

In line with being yourself, you need to be aware you are going to find a lot of suggestions that might not work for you. Ignore them. Trust your instincts.

Almost every article I read told me I needed to decide on a niche before I started writing. I didn’t do this, and I was terrified it would mean I would fail. The truth? Nobody seems to care. I write about what I want and people read it and seem to enjoy it. I think the opposite is probably true in my case – if I’d picked a niche, I would have been struck by writer’s block because it was restrictive and never published a single post. I’d like to think people come to my blog because they like me.

Megan gave me the best advice: if you really want to pick a niche, go with lifestyle, because it pretty much covers everything. If you don’t have a clue yet, just write. You can hone your niche further down the line, or have a few niches covered in one blog. You’ll notice a lot of bloggers have a crossover between several niches.

Most bloggers I came across had a themed Instagram. It looks amazing, but it’s not something I wanted to do. It would have only put me off posting on Instagram because it would have required too much thought and effort. My Instagram is a mix of all the things in my life I love, and I like it that way.

Similarly, I was told on a few occasions to only pin things on Pinterest which were relevant to my niche and to keep any irrelevant boards secret. I ignored that and made a public cute animals board to cheer up myself and anyone else who needed it. So far, I haven’t noticed it be particularly damaging. (And, really, why would it – who doesn’t love cute animals?!)

You don’t need to do everything exactly the same way as someone else to be successful. You need to find what works for you and go with it.

So, that’s 9 ways to increase blog traffic but now it’s tough love time

Anyone can start a blog but not everyone can do it well. If you’re already doing these things and don’t feel as though you’re getting anywhere, I’d recommend taking a long, hard look at your content. Is it consistently good quality? Is your spelling and grammar up to standard? Do your posts have a point? Even my post about my cat became a list of reason cats are amazing so I could appeal to cat lovers in general. There’s no harm in keeping a diary of your daily life if that’s what your blog is for, but don’t expect lots of people to want to read it. Harsh as that sounds, it’s the truth.

Readers engage with things which make them feel something, or which helps them. If you’re describing a trip to the supermarket, nobody is going to care, unless you share your bargains or something of interest which happened on that occasion. You have to be willing to try and provide useful information for those reading your blog or be willing to lay all your emotions out there. I’ve written about personal things, and plan to do so again in the future, because it’s how I connect with others. Then, other times, I’ll write something like this which is done with the sole intention of helping people on their blogging journey. You need to provide something for your readers if you want them to come back.

If you’re confident in your content and you put the work in, you’ve got a pretty good chance. It might just take a little longer than you would like. Stick with it, and focus on your own journey. Comparing yourself to everyone else is the most damaging thing you can do, both for yourself and your blog.

The best way to know if blogging is a good fit for you is to try it, but I want you to realise that, just because a lot of people are giving it a go, it doesn’t mean it’s easy, or that you will be an instant success. It requires a lot of work and even more patience. Everyone’s journey is different. While these things have worked for me, I can’t guarantee they will work for you, but they won’t harm your chances.

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132 Comments

  1. 28th May 2018 / 11:11 am

    Love this 🙌🏼 fab fab advice! I always find I get so.busy with uni and all my other commitments that I cannot fullt partake in Facebook groups and Pinterest groups! I feel like that would defo help me but that gal has to get her time management on point first! Great post Ruth! x

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:15 am

      Thanks lovely! Yeah, they can be quite hard to keep track of, even for me with all my free time. I’d say Pinterest groups are a bit easier to start with because you usually only need to pin one other person’s post to one of your boards whereas Facebook ones have more rules. You’ll get there, though! 🙂 x

  2. 28th May 2018 / 11:37 am

    I need that Pinterest class! I’m so happy for you that your blog is doing so well!!!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:40 am

      Thank you! The ecourse I mentioned was a life saver! I kept seeing people say how good Pinterest could be for bloggers and I couldn’t get my head around it. Then I went through the course and it has made a HUGE difference. x

  3. Nati
    28th May 2018 / 11:42 am

    Omg Ruth I had no idea that you’d only been blogging for a month- your writing and social media is so professional! Love this post- I found it so helpful as a fairly new blogger myself!
    Nati x | http://www.lifeaftercoffeeblog.com | @NAfterCoffee

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:43 am

      Aww, thank you so much! That’s really made me smile! 🙂 I’m glad you’ve found it helpful x

  4. 28th May 2018 / 12:24 pm

    Such a wonderful post Ruth! And great tips. Definitely a few things you’ve mentioned that I really need to start doing more. I’m slowly getting myself on a schedule and a rhythm and pushing myself to do things I would never do before.
    I’m going to try and take a leaf out of your book and not think so much about what to say when commenting on peoples posts/tweets etc, I agonise so much about what to say I usually end up saying nothing!
    It’s amazing to see how far you’ve come and how much of a difference you’re making. Keep it up! I’ll be rooting for you all the way <3
    Menna x

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 12:29 pm

      Thank you so much! You’re the sweetest.

      It’s all about learning at the end of the day! I’ve already noticed you putting yourself out there more which is wonderful to see, so I have no doubt you’ll get there in your own time. 🙂 I can’t wait to see how you do! x

      • 28th May 2018 / 5:02 pm

        Thank you 🙂 I’m trying hard to not listen to the voices in my head. I’ve got to get myself together soon as my hours in work are going to jump from 16 to 40! So I’ll have even less time for at least a few weeks.
        I always appreciate your support x

  5. 28th May 2018 / 12:47 pm

    You have absolutely smashed it this month! I can hardly believe that you’re only been doing this a month. Congratulations on your impressive first-month page views. I think I got about 40 views in my first month of blogging, and they were all friends/family, so you’ve done way better than I have.

    This post reminded me of how much I miss blogger’s chats. I used to take part in them all the time, but it seems like their popularity died down, and I’ve never tried to find new ones to replace the ones that stopped. I’m definitely going to rectify this though because I miss the networking side to it so much! Getting to know other bloggers definitely helps when things get tough. I have a few friends in the community now who will join me in a moan (like the one I’ve been having over on Twitter about good ole’ Instagram these past few days) and it really helps you feel like you’re not alone.

    Keep going with Pinterest, too. I’ve just had a look at your ‘activity’ page, which is where others will pin your content to the site directly to your blog, and you seem to be doing amazing! It takes weeks of consistency but you will get somewhere with it. It took me like three weeks of consistent manual pinning (I’m on a student/freelancer budget and can’t really afford to buy Tailwind at the moment), but I’m now getting anywhere between 100-300 visits to my blog just from Pinterest everyday. This drops when I don’t manual pin so it’s definitely a site that requires effort, but the rewards when you DO put that effort in make it SO worth it.

    I’m so sorry this comment has turned into a ramble! In short, I just wanted to say thank you for posting this and reminding me of some of the things I’d forgotten that I used to enjoy. Thank you!

    Rebekah Gillian | https://rebekahgillian.co.uk/

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 12:57 pm

      No need to apologise at all, lovely – I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a thoughtful and detailed comment!

      I completely agree about having other bloggers around you to help you know you’re not alone! Blogging can feel quite lonely sometimes and it’s easy to feel like things just aren’t going your way so it’s a huge help when others are there to say they are struggling, too.

      You’re right about Pinterest – I am definitely starting to see how it can help traffic! It does take a lot of work but once the ball starts rolling, it seems easier from there. My post about anxiety is doing the rounds and bringing in around 30-50 views each day from others repinning it which has definitely helped confirm it’s potential.

      While we’re here, I just want to say thank you for your help, support and encouragement! You’ve been so kind, and I’m so glad I know you!

      I’m glad I could remind you of things you enjoyed previously and can get back into again! 🙂 x

      • 29th May 2018 / 12:25 am

        Aw, I’m glad you appreciate them!

        That’s why I appreciate the blogging community on Twitter so much. I don’t use it for promotion anywhere near as much as I should, but just being able to talk to those in a similar boat is so beneficial.

        Yeah, that’s definitely true. I hate how they’re constantly changing the algorithm, but I think that goes for most social media websites these days! 30-50 views a day is excellent! I’m getting similar from an autism pin, and although it’s definitely not one I put the most effort into, I’m happy with it nonetheless.

        Aw that’s so lovely! Thank you so much. I’m glad to know you, too!

  6. 28th May 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Some really good advice here! Definitely going to incorporate these, thank you very much!! x

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 1:11 pm

      No problem, glad you found it useful! 🙂 x

  7. 28th May 2018 / 1:14 pm

    This is great advice Ruth, thanks for sharing! I didn’t realise you’ve only been doing this for a month. You’re doing brilliantly. One thing I do struggle with is time as I work full time but I spend a lot of my free time on my blog or looking at other people’s, it’s nice to give support to others isn’t it. You are right – you do have to put in a lot of effort but blogging is so rewarding and you meet such lovely supportive people 😊

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 1:50 pm

      Honestly, you have my never ending respect for being able to juggle both (especially because you’re doing a great job!) I find it hard enough to do it when I’m giving it my all, but it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve done! 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting, lovely x

  8. 28th May 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Such great tips!! I also didn’t know you’ve only been doing this for one month. You are in your element, girl and you’re doing a fantastic job. Keep it up!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 1:50 pm

      Thank you so much, gorgeous! 🙂 x

  9. 28th May 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Thanks for such a great post! Just got back into blogging after a big break because uni was so stressful and hectic, but can’t wait to get back into it and want to do my best to spread my content! I like the idea of instead of checking facebook, checking blog posts, think I’ll do this with my Bloglovin app!

    Annabel x
    http://annabelreid13.blogspot.co.uk/

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 1:51 pm

      No problem! Good luck getting back into blogging and getting your stuff out there! 🙂 x

  10. 28th May 2018 / 1:22 pm

    ” It might seem like a fluke or good luck that I’ve achieved what I have so far, but it wasn’t.” It certainly did look like a fluke from where I’m blogging, I can see just how much work you put in and I admire that I can see it’s hard work but you also make it look effortless because you obviously enjoy it so much too.
    I step 2 I like how you say you replaced an old habit with a new one. I’ve found I’m spending a lot less time on facebook since starting my blog!
    “Ignore them trust your instincts” is possibly my favourite part of the whole post. I think alot of people don’t give there instincts enough trust and I believe thats when you end up with people just doing carbon copies of other peoples works and produce nothing original.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you so much, that’s really very kind of you. 🙂

      Oh, same, but I’m glad. Facebook is pretty dull so it’s nice to have something more interesting to do with my time, instead of scrolling through the same old nonsense all the time!

      I understand why people find it difficult to do, I kept contemplating if I should just do what everyone else was doing but then, as you say, everyone ends up being the same and it just makes it impossible to stand out.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, lovely! X

  11. 28th May 2018 / 1:25 pm

    I honestly found this post so helpful. I find that my blog traffic has been dreadful ever since I took a couple of months off when I lost my blogging motivation. I never thought about joining Facebook groups but I have now joined some of the ones you stated in this post.

    I’m now working on new, different content in the hopes things will pick back up again.

    queensapphire.co.uk

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 1:54 pm

      I’m so glad you found it helpful, lovely! Hope those Facebook groups are helpful for you. Good luck getting back into it! X

  12. 28th May 2018 / 2:31 pm

    These are great tips! I can’t wait to give them a try 😊

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you! Hope they help you!

  13. 28th May 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Hi, Ruth. I enjoyed reading this post, very helpful first hand experience. I’m all for that. I will definitely try your suggestions and though I have a Pinterest acct now, I have been focusing most of my time blogging, reading. and connecting on Twitter. My habits are a work in progress, definitely learning from others. Congrats on what you have accomplish thus far. Keep up the great work.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 2:57 pm

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! It sounds like you’ve started in a good place with blogging, reading and Twitter, but I would definitely recommend seeing what you can accomplish with Pinterest next! We are all learning as we go 🙂

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

  14. 28th May 2018 / 3:22 pm

    A great article, with some wonderful advice. With so many bloggers out there it can be very difficult for bloggers to be heard!

    One piece of advice I give to others is that it’s not all about follower counts. I have very few followers relatively, but plenty of returning readers!

    I can’t wait until my uni module is over and I have the time to focus properly!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 3:23 pm

      That’s excellent advice, too! It’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers, but it’s much more important to have engaged readers who come back, time and time again.

      Thanks for sharing your tip! 🙂

  15. 28th May 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Thank you for such a great post! Tips are very practical and blogging with job is obviously a tedious task, but when blogging has turned into your passion..You are ready to manage your time anyways.

    Once again it was a great read!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 4:07 pm

      No problem at all, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  16. 28th May 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Loved reading this post Ruth! Thanks for sharing 😊 keep up the great work, you’re doing amazing!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 4:08 pm

      Aww, thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  17. 28th May 2018 / 8:03 pm

    You are a total darling. This post was really nice. I’m really working on incorporating Pinterest and Facebook. Twitter is indeed useful, trying to master that one currently. Thanks for the tips!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Awww, thank you so much! I’m glad it was helpful for you. Good luck – I’m sure you will do great! 🙂

  18. 28th May 2018 / 11:23 pm

    This is such a helpful post! My blogging got pushed to the side while I finished school, and ever since I finished I’ve been looking on how to improve traffic! Thank you for sharing!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:32 pm

      No problem at all! Good luck giving your traffic a boost! 🙂

  19. 29th May 2018 / 1:09 am

    Good advice, Ruth! I didn’t know about the Facebook groups for bloggers, and it was good to be reminded of the rest. Thanks for sharing!

  20. 29th May 2018 / 2:23 am

    Loved reading this! We just started utilizing twitter and all its glory, and you pointed out a few opportunities we haven’t discovered yet! Had no idea about the retweet accounts- will be looking for those!
    We just finished our first month as well, but haven’t done nearly as well as you traffic wise. Here’s to June though!
    Cheers!

    Megan
    http://www.thechristophercollective.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      29th May 2018 / 10:00 am

      The retweet accounts have helped me so much! Some of my favourites are GRLPOWR, BloggersTribe, allthoseblogs and teacupclub. Hopefully that gives you somewhere to start.

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂 x

  21. 29th May 2018 / 3:09 am

    Great post with great advice. I really need to work on my pinterest game. It has not a great source of traffic for my blog but I know it can be. Oddly enough I had most of my traffic this month from my Instagram account.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      29th May 2018 / 10:02 am

      That’s impressive with regards to Instagram! I know a lot of people are struggling to get far with that, so go you! Pinterest is a bit of a learning curve but definitely worth the time. When you get the ball rolling with it, it brings in traffic without you needing to worry about it, whereas other social media needs regularly shares of your posts.

  22. 29th May 2018 / 5:39 am

    What a great post. Loved every tip. I definitely agree with you about how essential Facebook groups are. Every time I’ve had a question I’ve asked it to a group and I’ve gotten almost instant responses. I feel like I’m chatting with tech support sometimes 😂
    Anyways, keep doing what you’re doing! Thanks for sharing!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      29th May 2018 / 10:04 am

      Aww, thank you for reading and commenting! I’m glad you found it useful.

      Most of the time with Facebook groups, someone has beaten me to it when I have a question and the answer is already there waiting for me which is awesome 😀

  23. 29th May 2018 / 6:16 am

    These are some really great points!! Im always hesitant to share my work incase I come across as annoying (you know like the people who share their instagram with the same wording, several times a day?) I don’t know usually I just share my blog posts once and then never again, so I should probably get better at that!! Loved how in depth you were!! I just had one question if you had the time to answer (no worries otherwise!) on Pinterest when you say you try to pin X amount of times a day, what does that mean? Like uploading your own photos with links to your blog or pinning other users photos etc. Its always confused me! Thank you for this Ruth, so helpful! Definitely going to put some of your advice to the test! Your blog has come so far, and I am so proud of you!! xx

    http://zoe-ware.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      29th May 2018 / 10:11 am

      I completely get what you mean about sharing your work. I’m getting better at it, but there are some days when I start thinking “I’m probably annoying people.” I guess the key is balance so, on Twitter for example, I try not to have too much of my own posts in one go. I’ll try and have random tweets about my day thrown in, or retweet other people’s blogs, so it doesn’t come across as full on.

      Of course, always happy to answer questions! So, a few things with Pinterest:
      1) Make sure you have a board dedicated to pins from your blog – so, for example, mine is called “Ruth in Revolt” and I always upload the pins from my post and include a link back to it.
      2) Make sure you always include a pinnable image in your posts (like my one at the end of this!) I use Canva to create mine, with the template “Your Story.” This lets your readers pin directly from your blog!
      3) You don’t always have to be uploading your own images. In fact, pretty much the only ones I upload is the pins from my blog. The rest of the time I repin other random stuff I love/other people’s blogs which leads me on to…
      4) Make sure you join group boards so you can pin your posts to those, too. This also gives you the opportunity to share work by others. They usually fall into one of three categories for me – “Social Media Tips”, “Blogging Tips” or “Awesome Blogs.”
      Between pinning your own things, repinning others and sharing posts from the group boards, it gives you plenty to pin throughout the day!
      Hope this helps. 🙂

      Thank you for such a lovely comment, Zoe. Good luck with giving your traffic a boost, and just let me know if I can help you with anything else! x

      • 31st May 2018 / 12:19 am

        Awee thank you so much for spending the time to write all this out for me!! FYI your tweets are never annoying ; ) and I completely agree with tweeting random things throughout the day, those are my favourite tweets by far! That makes a lot of sense, I have tried doing the pinnable images before, but I keep forgetting to do them, so definitely need to get my head around it and force myself every time!! I never know how to find group boards, Im only part of one because it was retweeted on twitter if anyone wanted to join, so I did, but I cannot find any others! Thank you so much Ruth!! xx

        http://zoe-ware.com

  24. 29th May 2018 / 4:22 pm

    This was such a helpful post. Thanks for the tips!

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      29th May 2018 / 4:23 pm

      No problem! Glad I could help!

  25. 29th May 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Where do you find most your traffic comes from? I’ve been finding mines twitter followed by Facebook! My Pinterest doesn’t do so well😬

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      29th May 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Most of mine comes from Twitter, too, although Pinterest is beginning to catch up! x

  26. 29th May 2018 / 5:50 pm

    I absolutely love this post, I needed it so much! You have done so well this month, and should be so proud of yourself! It’s easy to see why, just by reading this! I feel like I’m doing rubbish with my blog, and that I have no one to talk to about it, because I don’t really know how to interact with other bloggers! I come to the point sometimes where I feel like giving up on it all, but then i remember why I started it all, because I have a passion for it! I’m a month in, and no way near as good as you are, but hopefully some day, I might be! And I’m definitely going to bare this post in mind! So thank you!! X

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      29th May 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Aww, thank you for such a kind comment, lovely! Also, you’re always welcome to talk to me about it, if you need to? I know it can be hard to talk to other bloggers and have definitely experienced my own days of doubting myself, so I have some idea of how you’re feeling. But, don’t give up! You can do this.

      I have absolutely no doubt you’ll be able to achieve great things! You have a passion for it, and that’s a good place to start. Just let me know if there’s anything I can help you with x

  27. 29th May 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Love this! You’ve given some amazing advice and I wish I had this post to read when I first started my blog! Congratulations on your first months stats that is fab! I hope your blog continues to grow and you continue writing as I always love reading your posts!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      29th May 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Aww, thank you so much, lovely! 🙂 x

  28. 29th May 2018 / 10:20 pm

    Love love love this! What fab advice and I will definitely be taking some of the points and using them. Thank you so much for this post!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      30th May 2018 / 10:43 am

      Great, so happy you found it helpful! 🙂

  29. 29th May 2018 / 11:29 pm

    Fab advice Ruth! Definitely agree that you need to put the effort in and that you should just write!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      30th May 2018 / 10:44 am

      Glad you agree! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  30. 30th May 2018 / 8:26 am

    Love this post. The traffic to my blog is slowly increasing but I know there is so much more I could do. I think your blog is amazing btw 😀

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      30th May 2018 / 10:44 am

      Aww, thank you so much. Happy to hear your traffic is starting to increase. Good luck! 😀

  31. 1st June 2018 / 11:53 am

    This is brill. All great tips. I can’t bring myself to use pinterest. I already struggle with what I do. I don’t put much effort in to my blog traffic at all, and if I do, I’m really inconsistent. It’s bad. I don’t take my blog very seriously at the moment and I feel like I don’t have enough to offer yet. One of my friends who is a larger blogger said she didn’t get why I don’t blog more because I always help her and have good ideas and stuff. I think it’s a lot harder when it’s you yourself. You’ve worked hard, Ruth, and everything you’ve achieved, you’ve earned! It’s well deserved. Just be good to yourself and don’t burn yourself out. <3

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      1st June 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you for such a kind comment! For what it’s worth, I love reading your blog, and I think you are a wonderful person with a lot to offer! Pinterest is a whole different beast, and has probably been the hardest one for me to wrap my head around so far, so I definitely understand why you want to avoid it just now. If you’re already struggling, you need to do what’s right for you and not push yourself too far. I’m confident you’ll get into your stride when you’re ready. I’ll be here rooting for you when you do (and all the way beforehand, too.) x

  32. 2nd June 2018 / 3:15 am

    Great tips! I’m always thinking so hard about my blogging journey but you were straight to the point with some great ideas to incorporate. I think my next step/goal is Pinterest.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      2nd June 2018 / 3:40 am

      Thanks for commenting! Good luck with Pinterest – it really can make a difference to your traffic when you get the hang of it. Takes a little while but it’s not impossible. 🙂

  33. 2nd June 2018 / 6:43 am

    Loving all your blog posts – so helpful and giving me loads of ideas, thank you!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      2nd June 2018 / 8:52 am

      Aww thank you! Glad they’re helping.

  34. 5th June 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Great article Ruth and sincere congratulations on your awesome accomplishments during your first month of blogging! It’s so inspiring!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      5th June 2018 / 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much!

  35. 20th June 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I’m slowly getting better at engaging on Twitter. It is intimidating at first. It gives me a bit of social anxiety. But it’s good to push my boundaries.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st June 2018 / 2:54 pm

      I completely understand that. Take it at your own pace and you’ll soon see how far you’ve come. 🙂

  36. 22nd June 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Some very helpful advice here hun, I am stilling learning and I’ve been blogging for nearly 4 years now LOL!
    I do think to engage with other bloggers makes such a big difference and its good to comment on others blogs because it’s a great way to know other bloggers and also for research on how to improve your own blog

    Mel x
    http://www.moonlightmel.co.uk

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      22nd June 2018 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, other bloggers are definitely good for inspiration as well as for a chat! 😀 x

  37. 22nd June 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Loved this blog post ☺️ I’m new to wordpress and blogging how do I find you on wordpress? 🤔
    Abi x

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      22nd June 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Thank you. If you go onto your reader and search for my URL in the search bar, you should be given the option to follow me 🙂 x

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      22nd June 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  38. 22nd June 2018 / 9:07 pm

    These are all great tips! You always have great advice for getting a blog up and running. I can definitely agree that the Pinterest would take a post of its own. I’ve been getting the hang of it but honestly it takes a lot of time! Recently people were having trouble with Tailwind and Board Booster? Did you notice any of those troubles? Manual pinning is taking ALOT of time!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      22nd June 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you very much. There’s no issue with Tailwind because it’s an official partner of Pinterest, however Pinterest have released a statement to say that Board Booster is NOT a part and using it would be considered a breach of their rules. Hope that clears things up 🙂 x

  39. 22nd June 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Wonderful post with an amazing amount of useful information!

    I had also read to only put things in your niche on Pinterest. I don’t follow it because I want to help other bloggers no matter what their niche is. I have travel, food, parenting, beauty, fashion and everything in between. I blog about living with Chronic Illness and I decided that my readers and Pinterest followers would appreciate the distraction of different topics.

    I also do a monthly book review on my blog. Why? Because a lot of people with chronic illness spend time on bedrest, like I do and I read/listen to a lot of books. So, even though my niche is Chronic Illness, I can go outside of that as long as it has a way to tie in.

    Again, great post.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      22nd June 2018 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you! Your reasons for what you’re doing are logical and I stand by it’s best to do what you think is right! 🙂 Some rules are made to be broken. x

  40. 1st July 2018 / 11:54 pm

    I really needed to read this over again. This is definitely one of my favorite post because it seems to be a checklist to my blog as well. And the confidence & motivation that u provide your readers truely makes you one of the stand out auidance.
    I am glad to have a blogger that opens their heart out with beautiful content and I have read many of ur blogs as well. Keep writing and thank u for sharing.
    There are so many things I feel I can do to improve my blog and reading your blogs are helping me find my loopholes. 😊
    I am not comparing, blogging is never a competition but rather learning through identifying mistakes and I wish u all success in ur blog life

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      2nd July 2018 / 9:17 am

      This is such an incredibly kind comment, thank you so much! Good luck with your blog. 🙂 You can do this!

  41. 25th July 2018 / 5:29 am

    Love the advice! Thanks so much for sharing 💕

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th July 2018 / 10:14 am

      My pleasure!

  42. 26th July 2018 / 2:00 pm

    As a new blogger myself (I’m talking infant stage), your suggestions in this post have helped me so much just by reading them! I get caught up in my head about what people will think and say about certain things and the numbers, but the truth is doing things the way you want and being truly yourself brings in more people than faking things ever will!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      26th July 2018 / 2:05 pm

      Exactly! I’m very happy to know you found it helpful. 🙂 I’m always a message away if you need a hand!

  43. 30th July 2018 / 12:12 am

    Nice of you to share what works or worked for you. We can hopefully learn a thing or two from it.

  44. 1st August 2018 / 6:48 am

    Ruth, I love the content I see on y our blog. I will definitely follow your advice. Good luck!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      1st August 2018 / 9:39 am

      Thank you!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:36 am

      Noooo, I don’t think so!

  45. 12th August 2018 / 5:22 am

    This was super helpful! Thanks for the tips 🤗

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:36 am

      No problem at all! 😀

  46. 12th August 2018 / 8:02 am

    Thanks for the tips! I really need to step up my commenting game and join some Facebook groups.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:35 am

      You’re welcome. Good luck!

  47. 12th August 2018 / 10:24 am

    Ah some great advice 🙌 hopefully with your help and some of the things mentioned here, i’ll Improve my blog 😊 Thank you ✨

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:33 am

      You’re very welcome. Good luck! 🙂

  48. 12th August 2018 / 10:29 am

    Ahhhh this is such good advice Ruth! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m super tempted by that ecourse you took now 😂

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:33 am

      I can’t recommend it enough, to be honest! 🙂

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:33 am

      Awww, thank you – I’m glad it helped!

  49. 12th August 2018 / 6:57 pm

    This is great! I’m totally a researcher and learner too. I like your style, Ruth!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:32 am

      Thanks, Kari! 🙂

  50. 12th August 2018 / 9:44 pm

    Such a useful post. Thank you so much for sharing! I definitely will be practising these tips! 💚

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:32 am

      No problem! Good luck 😀

  51. 12th August 2018 / 10:05 pm

    So helpful! I really needed an article such as this to guide me! Thank you!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 9:32 am

      You’re welcome!

  52. 27th August 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Oh, don’t mind me, just binging all of your posts when I’m supposed to be working.

    I don’t know you, and this is my first time here but I can say that I’m proud of you for the work that you’ve put in your blog, but also in yourself. Keep up the quality content and the positivity!

  53. 28th August 2018 / 8:38 pm

    This is such an amazing post! I started blogging recently myself, but for me it was mostly for fun and on the side type of a thing, but this post inspired me enough that I just decided to take it more seriously and try to blog more and bring more viewers!
    Thank you for sharing these useful tips 🙂

    Fundamentalsofthe20s.com

  54. 3rd September 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Love this post, it’s so informative and helpful! Thank you so much for sharing such great tips I love it!

  55. 5th September 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Hey Ruth.
    I don’t know how I missed this post especially since it was posted on my birthday 🙂
    But for reals, it was extremely useful and encouraging. I didn’t know you’ve been doing this even shorter than I have. Haha. Presently, I’ve been blogging for around 6 months and traffic isn’t great at all but I love blogging. I love that I can be honest about what I feel and that I can share it with the world. I’m also a med student so I don’t really get as much time as I would like to do all the whole social media things. I love love love interacting with people especially about anything remotely relating to blogging or writing in general but I’m also not a very social (media) person. But I’m going to use your tips and try and write a social media schedule especially for twitter, facebook and pinterest. I’ll try and dedicate a few hours a week to doing this and hopefully after a while, not only will I gain lots of online friends but also more traffic.
    Thank you for this incredible post. You’re such an inspiration.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      7th September 2018 / 3:22 pm

      Awww, wow, what a lovely comment – thank you so much! You must be so busy being a student as well, but I’m sure you can find a way which works for you. The fact you seem so enthusiastic and dedicated to blogging says a lot so I’m sure you will get there once you figure out how to balance it with other things. 😊 Good luck!

  56. 20th September 2018 / 7:18 pm

    This was really helpful, thanks! 🙂
    Do you have any good advice or resources for how to improve blog photos, especially if you’re taking them on a phone?

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st September 2018 / 9:35 am

      No problem. If you use Pinterest, do a search on there and you will come across a lot of posts about it 😊 I use a camera for my blog photos so I wouldn’t be the most help!

  57. 23rd September 2018 / 5:27 am

    Great tips. Ive had my blog for a month now and always worry about my content. All I can do is be myself and hope ita enough.

  58. 23rd September 2018 / 11:29 am

    Wow, some great advice here – will bookmark it so I can come back and refer ti it. Had no idea about the facebook groups!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:24 am

      Glad I could help!

  59. 30th September 2018 / 11:25 pm

    I loved this and the link to the RT accounts. I knew about that but it was good to read because I’m always worried that I’m being tricky or something if I tag accounts. I don’t know why. It’s good to have a better idea of them. Do you mind if I ask how you decide which accounts to tag? I’m guessing you have a post on this so I’ll look around.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      30th September 2018 / 11:30 pm

      I have a list, and just work through them. I have a spreadsheet with the title of my post, and the list of RT accounts next to each one so I can check off once I’ve used it and avoid repeating the same ones 🙂

  60. 1st October 2018 / 4:54 am

    Those are all good points! I’ve been blogging for nine years. I rarely use Pinterest but often use Twitter and Instagram to connect. I also subscribe and comment on other people’s blogs, which helps return the favor.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      2nd October 2018 / 11:12 am

      Aww, that’s awesome 🙂

  61. 1st October 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Love this post..thank you for all the tips I am just celebrating my first month so I am so new that any and all advice is helpful!💕🐦

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      2nd October 2018 / 11:15 am

      Congratulations on your first month! Here’s to many more 🙂

  62. 1st October 2018 / 3:53 pm

    I was actually thinking of removing some of my pinterest board (about cute animals and rendom lists) but after reading this i decided against it. 😅😅

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      2nd October 2018 / 11:16 am

      Everyone needs a cute animals board!

  63. 1st October 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips. It was perfect timing. Frustration was setting in and this gives me some clear steps to follow. Thanks again.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      2nd October 2018 / 11:16 am

      My pleasure – best of luck to you!

  64. 1st October 2018 / 6:46 pm

    Great post, full of excellent advice and tips Ruth. Recently I have started to see an increase in my traffic from Pinterest and believe it’s from interacting with blogger groups on the platform. I also couldn’t recommend commenting on other people’s posts’ enough. It’s a great way to put yourself out there and be seen whilst it can make you some lovely friends. I love your tough love section at the end. In reality it’s what every blogger needs to hear.
    Kate x
    http://www.katesbeautyhome.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      2nd October 2018 / 11:18 am

      Doing those things are definitely rewarding (in more ways than one), and I don’t think I’d get much traffic at all from Pinterest if it wasn’t for the group boards. They’re a lifesaver! 🙂

  65. 11th October 2018 / 11:14 pm

    Some really helpful stuff here. Still need to try get my head round Pinterest!

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