Looking to increase your page views? This post is for bloggers of all levels!

Hi friends!

It’s no secret that blogging success doesn’t come overnight. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to run a blog; it’s something that can only be done if you are passionate about it. Today, we are going to be talking about how to increase your blog page views with the ultimate goal of driving more traffic to your blog.

I’m a stats person, and I always will be. For me, it’s just a great way to measure what’s working and what’s not working. I’ve had many bloggers ask me recently how I’ve been able to spread my content and increase my page views in the past 6 months. The truth is, what works for me may not work of you, and vice-versa. Blogging is a very personal journey where you have to find a happy medium between taking others’ advice, yet implementing your own strategy. So please don’t look at me as someone who has all the answers, but rather as someone who is hoping to suggest a new idea that you perhaps maybe have never tried before.

I’m a firm believer that if you work really, really, REALLY hard, good things will happen.

My blog page views nearly doubled from December to this January, and I am very happy to try to give you any advice that I can. Today, I’m going to share with you a list of strategies that have personally worked of me, along with additional information that may help you that I haven’t tried just yet. I hope that you find a few new strategies from this post and try them out! You will see that I’ve organized this post in chunks for beginner bloggers, intermediate bloggers and advanced bloggers. This way, I hope this post will be valuable for all types of bloggers out there!

Beginner //

1.) Start with content. You MUST focus on quality content before you even begin to THINK about sharing your posts with others. Write honest and intentionally, like it’s the last piece that you will every write.

2.) Now that you have great content, show it off! Be sure your blog posts are easy to share. You can make your posts shareable by installing a social media sharing plug-in.

3.) Make sure your posts have strong SEO (search engine optimization), meaning that your blog will likely pop up in a Google search. I highly encourage you to install Yoast’s SEO plug-in to help with this.

4.) Buy a blogger planner. The 2016 Blog Action Planner is the one I use, and my favorite.

5.) Guest post for another blogger.

6.) Have a section of your most popular posts on your sidebar. I’m always really interested in seeing what the most popular posts are by my favorite bloggers!

7.) Start a Facebook page for your blog to share your posts.

8.) Tell your friends and family to tell their friends. Word of mouth goes is one of the best ways to establish credibility!

9.) Comment on other blogs.

10.) Make sure your site is easy to navigate.  In addition, make sure that your site looks pretty when it’s on mobile devices as well!

11.) Email other bloggers to collaborate.

12.) Join link-ups.

13.) Start a Twitter account for your blog to share your blog posts.

14.) Post regularly. BUT remember my golden rule- make sure it’s INTENTIONAL, VALUABLE content! Don’t just “post to post.”

15.) Install a hover “Pin It” button for your images. Make sure these images are pin-worthy content! If you need help with that, go here.

16.) Participate in “Follow Fridays” on social media. By featuring other bloggers, they may return the favor!

Intermediate //

17.) Join a Facebook blogging community. My personal favorite that I’m a part of is Blog Passion Project!

18.) Host a giveaway to bring in new readers. (Psst! I’m hosting on this upcoming Monday on my Instagram! Stay tuned!)

19.) Write a “Top 10” post or a “10 Reasons Why” post. List posts are more likely to be shared because they provide the reader with some sort of helpful information. However, make sure you mix it up and don’t post these kinds of posts every day. Your readers will likely get bored with them.

20.) Hyperlink old blog posts in new posts.

21.) Utilize Stumbleupon for viral traffic. Take part in Stumbleupon threads on Facebook.

22.) Do a round-up. Sharing other blogger’s work will likely encourage them to share your post with their own audience.

23.) Start a weekly or monthly newsletter. You can do so with the service Mailchimp. (Oh, and you can sign up for mine on my sidebar!)

24.) Share your best work on your personal Facebook page.

25.) Create a “How-to” guide. If your content is USEFUL and VALUABLE, it will be shared. (Are you noticing a theme here yet?!)

26.) If you have a large enough following, ask your Facebook audience to tag someone they know who would relate to your latest post. Example “Tag someone you know who is getting married!”

27.) At the end of each post, add a “You might also like these posts!” section, listing past blog posts in the same niche or category.

28.) Go back to old blog posts and update them. Make them more Pin-worthy or more SEO optimized. Update those old pictures.

29.) Read multimillionaire blogger Ruth Soukup’s book How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul. I read this when I first started my blog, and I can’t even tell you how helpful it was to grow my page views.

30.) Make sure you are personable, both on your blog and communicating outside of your blog (social media & emailing.) I have come across some AWESOME blogs before but have ditched them because the blogger never responded to ANY blog comments on their site. NOT cool to neglect your readers, dude.

31.) Write about a trending or controversial topic. Need help? Here’s an example of a controversial post I wrote.

Advanced //

32.) Use an automatic Pinterest scheduling service such as Boardbooster to schedule your pins out.

33.) Make business cards. Post them on bulletin boards around your city or town. Leave them with a waitress every time you go out to eat. Let your passion be known, and don’t be ashamed about it!

34.) Submit your blog posts to popular mediums such as the Huffington Post.

35.) Make sure your blog doesn’t seem like a walking advertisement. Write your sponsored posts in a style that will HELP your readers, not deter them away from your blog.

36.) Attend a blogging conference to network with other bloggers and companies.

37.) Make a media kit and pitch yourself to companies you’d like to work with. You might get published on their social media, thus bringing traffic back to your blog.

38.) Designate a day of the week to write your “Emergency Posting” drafts. That way, whenever you are in a time crunch and can’t make your posting deadline, you have a post ready to go.

39.) If you’re making enough money, hire a Virtual Assistant to help you on the more tedious tasks (emails, social media, sending out newsletters, etc.) so YOU can focus more on creating valuable content.

40.) Are you a crafter or DIYer? Attend a local farmer’s market and sell some of your goods. Pitch your blog while you’re there, and don’t forget to hand out those business cards!

41.) Interview someone who is well-known. I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to interview my fashion icon Brittney Kelly, wife of Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and CEO of Tribe Kelley! My advice: You miss 100% of the shots you never take!

42.) Start an e-Course that will draw non-readers in. What is a need that you have found that needs to be fulfilled? Think on it and act.

43.) Take a poll and ask your readers which posts are their favorite. Gather data and use it to tailor to your readers’ needs and interests.

44.) Write your local newspaper or news station to be featured.

45.) HUSTLE. HUSTLE. HUSTLE. Guys. Pageviews aren’t going to dramatically increase overnight unless you get lucky and a post goes viral. Ditch the sleep, grab a cup of coffee, and work your ass off. Usually in those moments where you feel the most overwhelmed, good things happen. :)

Do you have any suggestions for increasing blog page views? What has worked for you, and what hasn’t? Please feel free to leave me a comment below!

Xoxo,

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  • I LOVE your idea about going to a Famers Market, selling, and handing out business cards. My mom and I are planning to sell weekly at a farmer’s market in the spring, and I never thought about making cards with my blog on it. Great idea!

    • Do it, lady! I might do it this summer!

      • What do you make/sell?

      • I don’t sell anything but I might just have someone pass out my cards .

  • Candy Kage

    Thank you for writing this, learned tons.

  • Thanks for this! I just realized I need to add my social share icons under each post! I rebranded my blog and forgot them. Thanks for the reminder!
    -Lee Anne
    http://lifebylee.com/

  • This is an excellent post with great tips! I’ve only been blogging for around 3 months but I’ve been doing a lot of these suggestions and have noticed a great deal of growth. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Glad you like it, girl! Hope it helps in the future as well!

  • Thanks for sharing this. I’m definitely going to pin this for reference later.

    • Thanks for pinning, lady!

  • Great tips darling. Commenting on other blogs, joining link ups & interacting with others on Social Media definitely helps.

  • thank you for sharing your tips, I’m definitely bookmarking this post! (and pinning!)
    Jess | http://www.beautifulbreakable.com

    • Thanks for pinning! Hope it helps!!

      • you’re welcome!

  • I’m always shocked when a blogger doesn’t have a pin it button! I love a “Favorite Posts” or “Best of Section” too.

    • Same here! It shows me what the blogger’s best work is!

  • Melanie Flinn

    Great tips! 38!! Yes, I totally need to work on 38. I am a last minute blogger and always wishing I had stuff planned out ahead of time. It’s the procrastinator in me 😉

    • Same here, Melanie! That’s what I’m currently struggling with as well!

  • These are all great ideas. I have used most of them but have a few to try. I agree about working your ass off. Also when you are overwhelmed the most is when good things happen. Soooo true! I have been ready to stop, then an opportunity comes my way or something I set in motion finally pays off. I am still growing mine and working towards those big pageviews numbers, each day I get closer!

    • Good for you, Emily! I wrote this part because two of my hugest blogging accomplishments happened literally after I thought about quitting!! So ironic.

  • Great ideas, Chelsea! I like the idea of taking a poll – these are all great!

    • I LOVED taking a poll for my blog when I did so 6 months ago! It was quite eye-opening.

  • Great tips! I’ll definitely be coming back to look through this some more. :)

  • Annemarie

    Great post! I’ve done all the beginner points (though I’m still working on increasing my collaborations with other bloggers) and I’m working on the intermediate while also considering at least a few of the advanced ones.

    • Congrats! You are well on your way!

  • Becky @Disney in your Day

    I like how you separated this into beginner/intermediate/advanced. My pageviews also went up a lot this month. Do you ever get nervous that it’s just some sort of fluke and they’ll go back down again?

    • I knew it wasn’t a fluke because I was using Boardbooster, but I’m hoping that they stay stable and continue to keep rising now that they have surpassed a certain number. And congrats!!

  • I love all of these ideas! I absolutely struggle with writing posts “on time” so I definitely want to keep an emergency posting list. Great tips!

    • Rebekah, that’s the NUMBER ONE thing I’m struggling with right now!!

  • Jenn @ HomebyJenn

    Great advice! Thank you. I took notes while reading thank you. Never thought of business card, great idea! Also, I bookmarked this page :)

    • I just ordered my first business cards yesterday! And thank you for bookmarking!

  • Great tips there! Joining blogging groups and reading other blogs really helps! :)

  • Awesome tips! I have to get better at writing “top 10” posts! It was a great reminder for me!

    • They definitely help with page views!

  • Love this post! So many helpful tips. I realized that, even though I started my blog 6 weeks ago, I am reaching advanced status.

    • Good for you! That’s dedication right there!

  • Greta Hollar

    Such a helpful post. I took notes!

  • Great great post!! I am not new to blogging but I still feel like my blog is young because I don’t dedicate as much time as I should. Saving for later :)

    • Thanks for saving! Hopefully they help.

  • these are such great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alexandra Bailey

    This is great!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • So many great tips! Thank you for sharing!

  • These are all great suggestions! SEO and getting involved in the blogging community are so important for getting traffic!

    Molly and Stacie

  • These are all awesome and can be used no matter the level of blogger you are! Thank you so much for putting this together! I definitely made a list of things I can do to better my blog and increase my traffic, starting with getting involved in blogging communities!

  • Becky

    Great tips! I am working on guest posting too.

    • Yay! What a great opportunity!

  • Definitely saving this post to come back and read before writing my next post.

  • Karin Rambo

    Great ideas! I’ve been trying to work on this lately and these are great tips.

  • Rhi

    Definitely bookmarking and sharing this post. Some really useful tips here, stuff I can really implement.

    • Glad you think so! Than you for sharing!

  • Cant wait to read this! Pinning :)

    • Thanks for pinning, girl!

  • Mary La Fornara

    Thank you so much for posting this! February is my month to totally concentrate on my blogs! Perfect timing.

  • So, so good! :) One of these that’s been huge for me is Boardbooster. I have seen my traffic from Pinterest growing so much since I started doing that! Love all these!

    • Same here, Lauren! My traffic has nearly DOUBLED! I don’t mind paying $5-10 a month to see that!

  • Bree Hogan

    Great tips! I am starting to do more with Pinterest now and I keep hearing good things about Boardbooster so that’s next on my list to try.

  • Great tips! :)

  • Lindsay Katherine

    This is a really great list; you have given me a lot to contemplate and put into action to make this a year of growth. I have been trying to decide what to do on my side bar instead of just throwing something up, and I like the idea of featuring popular posts. It also makes me sad when bloggers don’t respond because often I have a genuine question I want to know more about!

    • I know. I kid you not- there was one blog that i really enjoyed but she NEVER responded to ANY of her comments. And it wasn’t like a huge, popular blog. It made me sad. Why are you blogging if you don’t interact with your readers?

  • Mimi Rose

    Such a great list of tips. I especially like that you divided it up by the level of blogger. I’ve tried a good few of these, but there are definitely some I’m looking to implement now from this list – there’s always room for improvement!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    These are super, super great. I’ve still got some under the intermediate and advanced list that I’m trying to cross off here soon :)

    • Yay! How awesome is that!

  • Such a great list!! Not only am I going to pin this, but I am going to sit down and go through them one by one with a big fat pink highlighter :). Thank you!

    • That’s so awesome! Thank you for pinning, Angie!

  • Neely

    These are great tips!

  • These are great, Chels!

  • Really helpful tips! I was happy to see that I’ve been knocking things off of all of all three of your sections for a while now. I’ve seen lots of growth over the past month, which is really inspiring!

    • That’s so awesome! Good for you, Tara!

  • These are great tips. I’ve need to work on a lot of them! Thanks!

  • These are all great tips :) I’ll have to implement some more to graduate from intermediate to advanced 😉

    Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you for reading, I’m glad you enjoy them!

  • Aimz Khalid

    Thanks for the tips! So struggling with pageviews :/

    • I feel like I’m always struggling too. But there is ALWAYS room to grow (:

  • So many great tips! I’ve done a to of them, but there are plenty I have not!

  • Ashleigh

    Lol Hustle hustle hustle is right! Thank you for sharing such a great list of ideas to gain more page views!

    • Thank you, Ashleigh! Hope it helps.

  • David Hendrickson

    Thanks for sharing! Not sure if you guys have heard about Boost.re (https://boost.re). I have used this platform for a while and I think it’s actually quite useful to promote my blog.

    • I will check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  • Great post babe, all definitely good points! I try to do a lot of those, but I can definitely improve on a lot too!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Great post but I was hoping you’d advise which web hosting site to choose. I’m kinda having a hard time on that part and would love to hear from bloggers.

    • Hmm. I’m currently with Bluehost but I’m not liking it and am thinking about switching, so I’m in the same boat as you. I’ve heard Hostgator is great as well.