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How Do You Increase Traffic to Your Blog? Pay It Forward!

By Nov 15, 2013 July 9th, 2014 69 Comments

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I’ve been blogging for more than four years, and one thing I’ve learned (and seen over and over again) is that the more you give in the blogging community, the more you get in return.

As in, the more you visit other blogs, the more comments you leave on posts, and the more you share, the more traffic and blog loyalty you’ll see.

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Five Ways to Pay It Forward

Doing something to get something in return isn’t the best way to rack up the karma points. Being deliberate and thoughtful in the way you support other bloggers without expecting reciprocation can only add to the positivity in the blogging community, and who knows…maybe you’ll find your own blog the recipient of that kind of support, too.

Here are five ways to reap the benefit of more traffic to your blog by paying it forward.

1. Always Be Nice

You don’t have to agree with everything you read, even posts written by your best blogging friends. Respectful comments can lead to a civilized discussion, which benefits everyone. But rude, confrontational comments help no one. So, if you don’t have anything nice to say, move along. And if you do, go ahead and say it. Let the blogger know that you were there and you appreciated the words on the virtual page.

2. Share

Even if you don’t know the blogger personally, share a post that you enjoyed or think would be good for others to read. Your friends and followers will appreciate your kindness in passing along the information, as will the blogger who wrote it.

Or, if someone is working for a cause that you believe in, help them in any way you can and always share their efforts. Even if you can make monetary donations, you can help a blogger get that cause in front of other eyes that can by tweeting posts, sharing a fundraiser on Facebook or Google Plus, or sending an email to your friends and family. An extended network of people can do so much more good than one person’s army.

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3. Shout It Out

If you found something on a blog or the internet in general that helped you, highlight it on your own blog. Did you try a recipe that turned out to be a hit in your house? Write about it. Did you read an article that moved you? Include it in a weekend round up post. But remember: always, always, always give proper credit and link back to where you found it. Stealing other people’s stuff is the opposite of paying it forward.

4. Make Suggestions

If you have a Facebook page for your blog, chances are excellent that you’re trying to grow your community there. I know that I often “suggest” my own page to my friends, but do you know that you can suggest other pages, too? Next time you “like” a page, look around for the “suggest to friends” list. People often send me links to Facebook pages that share a lot of gluten free ideas/recipes, and I love that. That shows me that people care and want to try to make my life a little easier. Know someone that’s going through a hard time? Suggest a blog page that you subscribe to that always make you smile.

5. Pass Along Information

Have you learned something about blogging? A Twitter tip, a change in the way Facebook works? Pass along that information. For everyone that has already heard the news, there are five more people that haven’t.

Your Turn

Have you tried any of these suggestions? What were the results?

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About gfunkified

I'm a stay at home mom on four, living in the Kansas countryside. I run a gluten free home, and do my best to contain the chaos (or let it out into the surrounding cornfields). I blog at www.gfunkified.com and you can find me on Twitter @gfunkified.

69 Comments

  • There’s certainly a great deal to learn about this topic.
    I love all the points you made.

  • Hey! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  • This is all really good advice. The blogging community is so tight knit, especially in the fitness/running area and there are so many people who want to share and give back. Thanks for the good reminders and tips 🙂

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  • I enjoyed reading How do you increase traffic to your blog? I struggle with increasing traffic to all three blogs. I checked Google Analytics a few days ago, for my second blog, and had zero monthly views. I was not happy, but I started writing new content. I have followed most of these tips. I never thought about blogging about other people’s posts on a regular basis (with credit given). Thank you for this post.

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  • I love returning comments to my readers. I find I get the most comments whenever I link to linky parties.

  • I love commenting on other’s blogs. The only thing that turns me off is the verification hoops. I hate those and usually just “leave.”

  • Tammy Snyder says:

    Thanks for the suggestions, I’m always a little self conscience about writing on others blogs. Hopefully I will get better with time.

  • Vinma says:

    This is an awesome read! Thanks so much! i would definitely putting these points into some action 🙂

  • Tiffany says:

    Helpful information! I am trying to be more diligent in leaving comments. There are several awesome blogs that I run across, which can sometimes be overwhelming. But the content is usually so good. Nevertheless, that is one of my goals, to leave a comment not just to get a follow back but to let them know I got something out of their post.

  • Julie says:

    What fantastic advice! This is what I was hoping blogging would be like, the chance to share with like minded people. I have to say that so far all I have experiences is supportive people who seem genuinely interested and helpful. thanks

  • Debbie says:

    This is a great post. I am happy to see it and read some of the comments from others who feel the same way. Paying it forward for no reason other than it is the right thing to do and it makes the world a better place is the way we should all be functioning. I love blogging and all of the social media options for this very reason! Yes, I share my particular talents, life, etc… by blogging, but it is also a wonderful way to spread the love by supporting each other. I have a personal blog and I also publish an online women’s magazine and blog in which our entire mission is to support and celebrate our fellow women.

  • Thanks for putting together this list of great tips! I recently started my blog and love soaking up information about how to share what I’m putting out with others. I have dreams of being able to build a great blog community and make some blogging friends. It’s great to find some simple tips from a reputable blogger that I can implement.