Last February, I took the plunge to self-host my blog, which meant I had to start from scratch – be it traffic, PA, DA, Alexa rank etc. After 8 years and 800K views (a lot of which came from organic traffic), I felt a little bit disheartened to start from 0. But then, a few days back my blog hit 20,000 views. My current DA is 27 and PA 38. The rise is slow, but I am getting there.
As I moved to a new domain just before April last year, I leveraged A to Z April Challenge (a blog hop challenge where you write on every day except Sundays in the month of April) to build my links and gain traffic. And let me tell you, it was a brilliant idea. It helped me gain my Alexa rank back and also my new domain was linked by several bloggers on their blog posts. But the best part of participating in any blog hop challenge is the opportunity to read amazing blogposts and connect with different bloggers.
Shalzmojo has already done an excellent job at explaining April A to Z Challenge and presented wonderful tips to nail it like a pro. There are a few more things I would like to share.
Social media sharing buttons
Make sure that all the buttons like Twitter, Pinterest, Google plus are visible and easily accessible to the reader. Please do not forget to configure the twitter button with your twitter handle. I feel very disappointed when I am not able to share a well-written post with the author’s twitter handle.
You can use Shareaholic to configure all your social media buttons. It also provides the total number of shares and analytics on different platforms.
Create ‘Tall Pins’ for Pinterest
Pinterest is slowing becoming my biggest source of traffic. I didn’t realize its potential until September last year. But trust me, Pinterest can drive a lot of traffic to your blogposts.
Make sure you include at least one Pinterest friendly image so that it can be shared in different groups or boards on Pinterest.
My Pinterest stats are steadily on the rise. I started with less than a thousand monthly views on Pinterest in September 2017, but as of today, it has increased to 500,000. This, in turn, brings regular traffic to my blog.
Canva is my go-to site to create all sorts of Pinterest images, including the one on this post. You can either use your own images or download free stock pictures from sites like pixabay Checkout Shailaja’s guide for beginners.
Blogging isn’t just about publishing pretty pictures or writing posts, it is about creating and being a part of the community too. I value engagement even more than traffic. I love it when people leave comments, share their own stories or tips and tricks that worked for them, even their own blog links. And in turn, I love reading different blogposts and sometimes even leave long comments that itself can turn into a mini blogpost.
Commenting is a great way to build a community. Especially in blog hops which are built on the idea to visit as many blogs as possible and interact with the blogger.
a) Remember the two Golden rules: Leave meaningful comments and Don’t be rude (even if you do not agree with the writer)
b) If you are participating in A to Z Challenge, it is acceptable to leave your blog link as a part of your comments, as it makes it easier for the blogger to visit your blog.
I always keep the below format handy to be added to my comment.
Visiting from A to Z
<a href=”blog link”>Name of the blog or blog post</a>
c) I would also suggest to turn off CAPTCHA or other validations for the month of April. As most participants will be busy visiting numerous blogs, it is better to make the commenting process easy and uninterrupted.
You can find all my April A to Z Challenge Posts here:
I hope you found these blogging tips to gain traffic helpful. Do let me know if you have done this challenge before and how you deal with the massive amount of reading. 🙂