Full disclosure: I admit that sometimes I’ve fallen behind on my marketing plans.
Sometimes, life just gets in the way.
Currently, I own two blogs (this one being my newest one), and I also admit that some niches are harder to get traffic to than others. Sometimes it’s the niche, sometimes it’s the content, and sometimes it’s just having a poor marketing plan in place.
Either way, if you want to get 10,000 pageviews a month in 3 months or less, we need to look at everything.
Are you ready?
If you’re ready to put in the heavy-lifting to get the traffic that you deserve, then let’s get started.
Disclosure: Some of these links may be affiliate links, which means that if you purchase anything through an affiliate link I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only promote products that I believe in. You can learn more by reading my Affiliate Disclosure page.
Look at your content
Is it your content that is not converting, or is it your promotional strategies?
To find out, check out these 5 tips before you start or re-evaluate your promotional strategy.
Edit your blog posts
If you haven’t read Harsh Agrawal’s post on ShoutMeLoud about why you must edit your old posts, you’re missing out.
In it, he lists what you need to focus on when editing your posts, and why it’s so important.
Here are just a few of the things to keep in mind when editing older blog posts:
- Adding keywords
- Headlines/blog post titles
- Is your post clear and to the point?
- Call to action
- Does it provide a solution?
Remember, you don’t need to only promote new posts. You can promote old ones, too! And with social media and/or search engine sites like Google or Pinterest, old posts will often be favored over newer ones, which means these are what people will likely relate to your brand.
So, if you have a blog post that makes you cringe, think about editing, re-posting, and re-promoting it, instead of deleting it.If you have a blog post that makes you cringe, think about editing, re-posting, and re-promoting it, instead of deleting it. Click To Tweet
Write longer, in-depth posts
Maybe a couple of years ago writing a short, 500-word post would be fine and can be easily ranked high in Google.
But today is different.
Today, Google (and readers) tend to lean towards more long, in-depth blog posts. These are the types of posts that tend to go viral and get loads of shares and comments.
That’s because it answers all of the reader’s questions and solves all of their concerns.
So if you found a blog post that hasn’t done so well, or maybe went semi-viral for a short period of time, try turning it into a longer, in-depth piece. And if it’s already long, why not consider making it a blog series?
Also, if you are unsure how long your blog post should be, try to aim for about 2,250-2,500 words.
Add more internal links
If you have no internal links in your blog posts, chances are you also have a high bounce rate.
That’s not good.
Here’s a tip: Try writing related content and link to that content somewhere in your article. For example, if I was writing an article about the best places to visit in Italy, I can also link to an article related to how to find the cheapest flights.
Remember to make it sound like you are in a conversation. Don’t just throw a link out and expect people to click it.
Structure your blog post well
Chances are, at least half of your readers are simply skimming your blog posts.
There’s no fix for this, really, but what you can do is structure your blog posts better.
Avoid a wall of text, and try to have more “white space” if you can.
Also, use more headlines, sub-headlines, and bullet points to get your point across in a nice and organized manner.
Add more photos, videos, infographics, etc
According to HubSpot, people are more likely to remember information in your blog post with relevant images (or other visual content) than blog posts without relevant images. Plus, more than half of YouTube viewers watch videos to help with a problem.
The statistics are clear: If you want more engagement and a better content marketing strategy, you need more visual content. That includes pictures, videos, infographics, or even tweets or quotes. And if you aren’t comfortable being in front of the camera, that’s fine. You can also do videos by recording your screen or a slide-show.
Or, you can also easily create infographics with Canva.
Look at your promotion strategy
Now that you looked, edited, and re-evaluated your content, it’s time for the next step.
Your promotion strategy.
Is it truly optimized for success?
Have you checked the SEO?
Invested your time in social media marketing or other marketing methods?
Here are 11 totally free marketing methods so you can be well on your way to 10,000 pageviews a month.
Optimize for SEO
If you want to get 10,000 pageviews in 3 months – or even 30 days – then you need to optimize for SEO.
This means putting keywords in your header, sub-headings, throughout your content (without annoying the reader or looking weird), and even in your ads, pins, or content on other social media sites or other platforms.
Target long-tail keywords
If you target long-tail keywords, that’s easy traffic, right there.
To find long-tail keywords, use a website like SemRush. In it, you can look at related keywords, the volume, trend, and even keyword difficulty level.
Start off by searching your keyword in SemRush, click “keyword magic tool”, then search your term. You can even organize the list by clicking on “KD” for keyword difficulty to see the easier long-tail keywords first.
Use Pinterest to gain massive traffic
Depending on your niche, Pinterest can be a gold-mine when it comes to increasing your pageviews. Just do a simple “increase pageviews” search in Pinterest and you’ll see how hundreds of users have leveraged this social media/search engine platform to gain more traffic to their website.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when using Pinterest:
- Create shareable, click-worthy content
- Design beautiful pins using Canva
- Write relevant, keyword-rich descriptions
- Pin to relevant boards
- Pin to group boards or Tailwind Tribes
In addition, make sure you are pinning every day. You can do this manually for free, or even use automated software like Tailwind – and get 1 month free.
Create engaging content on Instagram
Another thing you can do is use Instagram to boost your traffic.
While this method can be harder due to not being able to post links in the comments (and only the bio), using Instagram can still be a worthy choice when gaining traffic and building an audience.
When using Instagram, make sure that you:
- Create engaging content
- Provide freebies for your email list (so you can leverage that email list to get more traffic or sell your products)
- Are posting regularly
- Using relevant hashtags
Tweet several times a day
Twitter is often one of the first social media platforms bloggers go to after starting a blog – but if you don’t know what you are doing, you can easily get lost in the crowd.
One way to find great Twitter tips is Wishpond. For example;
- Write short tweets
- Use hashtags
- Publish consistently, multiple times a day
- Use mentions
- take advantage of visual marketing
Join niche-related Facebook groups
One method that has boosted my own traffic is niched-down facebook groups.
Start off by going to Facebook and searching for a keyword. Then click “groups” and start applying to these groups.
It’s best to provide great questions, content, and engage with the facebook group before you start promoting your own content.
Plus, it’s also important to mention to read the rules. In some cases, no other links (especially affiliate links) are allowed unless on certain promo days. Please follow the rules!
Network with other bloggers
Networking, networking, networking.
It can sound exhausting sometimes, especially when you are already writing blog posts, creating infographics, tweeting, pinning on pinterest…
And now networking, too?
I get it.
It can be boring, sometimes, too.
But don’t make the mistake of not networking with other bloggers.
Start off by commenting on other bloggers within your same niche, or even replying to their newsletters.
Or, if you happen to mention them in your blog post, try to shoot them an email. Here’s an example:
Hey [blogger’s first name]!
[Your name] from [your website] here. I just published [brief information about your blog post] and I mentioned you in it as an excellent example of [insert reason here].
Would love it if you could check it out and share it with your audience if you enjoyed.
Start guest blogging (even for free)
I know that guest blogging for free doesn’t sound fun, but hear me out.
If you do it right, guest blogging can bring in loads of traffic and customers to your website.
One must-read book about guest blogging is Guest Blogging Goldmine by Tom Corson-Knowles. I have personally read this book and loved the tips and techniques he has used and demonstrated, and would recommend this book for anyone getting into guest blogging as a way to boost their traffic.
If you want 10,000 pageviews in 3 months or less, then guest blogging is a must. Not only are you using other blogger’s traffic to bring to your own website, but you are also networking with other bloggers and building long-term relationships.
Use forums to gain interest
Are forums even still a thing?
Yes, they are. And some even have thousands of readers and contributors per day.
If you want to get a piece of that traffic pie, then using forums to bring in traffic is a must.
And it’s all completely free.
Here’s what you do:
- Join relevant, popular niche forums
- Contribute without being spammy by providing useful information and questions
- You can also search the forums to see what people are asking and what solutions you can provide for them (for freebies or informational products)
- After several contributions, you can also start to use your link (depending on the rules), but make sure you aren’t just throwing your link out there and being spammy
- Add your link to your signature, if allowed
- Remember to provide value FIRST!
To search for popular forums in your niche, choose a keyword and write it in quotation marks in Google, followed by + forum. For example:
“Make money online” + forum
Using this example, you will see that BlackHatWorld, a very famous and popular forum, will come up first.
Join several forums, provide value, do target audience research, and get to (free) marketing!
Republish your content on other sites
One popular way to gain traffic or even build your email list is by republishing content on other sites, such as medium or LinkedIn, but beware that there could be some problems when it comes to SEO and duplicate content for search engines. For example, you could get penalized by google.
But don’t worry, there’s a way around this.
My recommendation is to do your research first before you dive into the world of republishing, but one way you can get around this is by providing a slightly different version of the same article, an entirely new one around the same topic, or even provide a sample of the same article with a link to your website for readers to keep reading.
More work? Maybe. But remember you can easily write an article if you already have an outline written out.
You can also google “your niche” + “write for us” and read the rules on different websites. If the rules say republished (or similar) content is allowed, then go ahead and submit your work!
Here are some more places where you can repost your content in one way or another:
Build an email list
The great thing about having an email list is that you own it.
With a Facebook group, an Instagram page, or anything else, the platform can easily deactivate your account if you break the rules or if they think you broke the rules. With this, everything – your audience included – could be gone in an instant.
But with an email list? You own it. Your audience specifically gave you permission to send them emails regularly. They like your content and they want more.
Your email list is your biggest fan.
And with an email list, you can easily send them a discount of your digital product or other product you have, earning money almost instantaneously.
How great is that?
Here are the basics of how to build an email list:
- Sign up for a free email marketing service provider like MailChimp or MailerLite.
- Offer an opt-in freebie, like a mini-ebook, a template, an e-course, or something else of value
- Promote the heck out of your freebie
- Watch your list grow
Bonus: Use everything listed above to help build your email list and watch your numbers grow!
There are other things that you can do to increase your pageviews and even build your email list, but sometimes these things can depend on your niche. Here are some more ideas:
- Amino apps
- Commenting on other blogs
- Create business cards
- Talk about it with friends, families, or even strangers – without being annoying
- Facebook ads (not free)
- Pinterest ads (not free)
- (free or paid) Udemy courses
In addition, remember when you are getting traffic you are oftentimes investing one of two things: Time or money. Sometimes even both.
So, which one are you going to invest in?
Not sure if blogging is for you? Or maybe you are looking for something else to do…like drop-shipping, starting an Etsy store or freelance writing.
If you are unsure where to start – or maybe even unsure what to do next – check out my free Ways to Make Money Guide now!