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

By Nov 15, 2013July 9th, 201469 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.


  • Adah says:

    Thanks for the great tips. Its simple and definitely doable.

  • The tips in this article definitely works in conjunction with the law of attraction. The more you become a person of value to others, the more value you’ll receive from others. Following these tips with do just that! Thanks for sharing!

  • Christina says:

    I love sharing other bloggers DIY post.. healthy & family post, fashion and beauty.. I always link back to the original blogger ..so email us your blog and a post you would love us to share !! Hearts & Hugs Christina

  • Leigh Ann says:

    Great job, Greta! I always get a little jolt when someone shares my posts.

  • I totally agree with all 5 of these. I think one of the most important things about blogging, and building connections, as well as networking is to share. My motto has always been to pay it forward. When you do nice things, you get nice things done unto you in return.

  • This is definitely solid advice. Rules to live by, and not just for blogging! Thanks for posting; very helpful reminder:)

  • Love these, Greta! So true.
    I love the sharing and kindness in the blogging community – anything we can do to get more of that is a great thing! 🙂

  • muddaser says:

    Very nice lay out for your blog, i really like it, now i will come more often to visit your site, and also a good way to have traffic is to have good campaign through social media.

  • Truer words were never spoken….

  • Greta, love this post! So much great advice written all over it!

  • *go visiting* all thumbs…….

  • Thanks for these great tips, think I’m going to visiting some great blogs now!!! 🙂

  • Julie says:

    Great points. I started a weekly post recapping posts from other blogs that had something that really stood out to me. When I find one I add the link to Evernote to look at again at the end if the week when I write that post. The posts come from all areas in my feed as well as posts others share on social media.

  • Kim says:

    I’m getting better at commenting and sharing more often, especially since I’ve been doing NaBloPoMo this month. Haven’t gotten much in return unfortunately (sadly the same happens with Sharefest each week as well) but I don’t stop trying. I know they key is consistency and although my own schedule has become much busier in the past month or so, I’m doing what I can to carve out time to comment, share, tweet, and even link to others in blog post.

    Hopefully someday it will pay off and I’ll start seeing more traffic in return. Right now I’ll admit I’m disappointed by the lack of reciprocation but I’ll get over it.

    Thanks for sharing the tips!

  • Luci says:

    I love the blogging community, and the SITS girls have had a lot to do with it. Even though I’m much busier now, whenever I come over and participate I always get something good out of it. Thanks, Greta!

  • Alison says:

    One of my favorite things about the blogging community is the ability to extend ourselves in kindness. Love this, Greta.

  • I love the concept behind this article. I am constantly asked how to get more traffic but people usually think there’s some magical way it occurs, when in reality it’s just about being active in the blog community. It takes hard work to get traffic to your blog. Sure, some blogs may have a “big break,” but since most of us don’t, it’s about consistent effort in all these areas.

  • I do love the whole pay-it-forward thing. Kindness goes a long way.

  • Herchel S says:

    Great tips, Greta! I read a lot of posts on my phone and sometimes it is difficult to comment. I always try to go back. I am getting the hang of twitter but I really wish fb fan pages weren’t so dodgy. 🙁 I am a fb over sharer.

  • Carla says:

    Wonderful tips! I try toincorporate most of them. I just discovered the share to a friend Facebook tool.

  • Jeannie says:

    I completely agree with the pay it forward theory, but had not thought to apply it to my blogging. Reading your article was like sitting through a sermon you’ve heard before but suddenly having an “ah-ha” moment. Thanks.

  • Budziak says:

    BBC Dallas had a great session about instagram & the same suggestions go for Instagram 🙂 Engage with others’ posts and they’ll follow you.

  • I Knew I love this site for a reason….well, many reasons but I’m so glad to be here and you are willing to help and share tips and advice!
    Have a great weekend.

  • Joanne says:

    I constantly do this, share other’s people’s work, like their pages, I can honestly say no one has done that for me. But I keep doing it regardless. 🙂

    • Joanne says:

      I constantly do this, share other’s people’s work, like their pages, I can honestly say no one has done that for me. But I keep doing it regardless. 🙂

  • Joanne says:

    I constantly share other people’s work,
    like their pages, I can honestly say no one
    has done that for me..But I keep on doing it

  • Leighann says:

    Excellent tips. Getting out there and socializing really is what it’s about

  • Great tips. I’m always so impressed, touched, inspired by what others post that it is easy to share. The hard part for me is often remembering what I read where do that I can go back and keep the good vibes flowing. Consistency counts!

  • Jessica says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for the list!

  • Been there, done that…still can’t even buy publicity. But, I have a couple celeb tweets to which I cling to help me crawl onward. 😀

  • Great tips! The only other thing I’d add is to “have the backs” of the blogs you read. I’ve DM’ed a blogger to let them know about a spelling or grammar error I’ve found when I read their post and they’ve been super thankful.

  • These are great tips that I’m applying stat. Will be sharing this to blogger friends too.

  • Karen W says:

    Love this list. One of my best online friends is a girl I met because I love her blog and commented often. She started coming to and commenting on mine, and now we are friends. Love it!

    • I had a similiar story happen as well. We cybermet through a blog link somewhere, and commented back and forth for a while. I ended up doing some graphics for her business once purely on a whim, and she liked it so that gave me some beautiful earrings she made. Sometimes, good karma does work (and keeps us hopeful for the times when it doesn’t).

  • Kam kay says:

    Awesome tips. A small good deed can go a long long way!

  • Danielle says:

    I do most of these. Please check out my blog and follow me, I will follow back! leave comments! thanks!

  • Alli says:

    I find that paying it forward helps not only on my blog but in life! LOVE IT!!! Great tips, thank you!

  • Keely says:

    Such good advice. It’s hard to remember to not be a lurker on a blog you simply stumble upon- those peeps need and deserve comments, too!

  • Thanks so much for these helpful tips! I’m always looking for new ways to reach out to others and bring in new traffic to my little blog! 😀

  • Pam Gordon says:

    Love this!!! Great suggestions!!

  • Lisa says:

    I do most of these…except the Facebook page, and yet I still struggle. Been doing it since 2008, I guess it just clicks for some and not others.

  • KG says:

    Love this article and so very true!
    I pay it forward by tweeting, sharing and even including those individuals on my Forward Friday posts.

    Check out this week’sFF

    Keep itTouched,

  • I think, in addition, it is also helpful to make your name known within your “niche”. For example, I write about sex in Christian marriages. That’s pretty specific. So my goal is to get involved with others who blog on similar topics. It’s not hard to get to know almost all of them since there is only a handful. It is helpful when you blog about something very specific! Great advice!

  • You have taught me so much about this. Not only does it increase blog traffic, but it increases support networks and friends. Well written! Great advice!

  • Such great tips! I’ve been trying to do this, but end up rushing too often to really highlight other blogs I read and love. I love these tips because I can start doing more things that take very little time! Thanks!

  • Ashlee says:

    All of these are great! I love sharing others posts. I read like 26589769348763 posts a day so I’m bound to come across a few that I love so much I want to share : )

  • Lydia says:

    I have tried to share where I can, and I definitely agree that leaving positive comments and interacting with other bloggers really does help. Smart lady, you are. 🙂

  • Tracie says:

    Great tips! I think a lot of blogging is all about what you put into it. Spreading good stuff and kindness is good for everyone.

  • You are absolutely right with your suggestions. Spiritually speaking, you open the channels of sustenance through your actions. so share away and watch the abundance come in!

  • Great tips! Kindness goes a long way on the internet where it’s not possible to convey tone of voice — I’m always cautious about whether or not my comments could be construed in a negative way!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Mindy says:

    This is exactly the reason I started my website! I love helping other bloggers, and I’m a big believer in karma.