Day 6 – Faith Blogging Course: How to Reach More Readers and Grow Your Following

Welcome to Day 6!

When I first became serious about blogging and wanting to earn an income from it, I thought I wouldn’t be able to for years and years because I didn’t have tons of page views. Fortunately, I learned quickly I didn’t need tons of them to start making money. Thank goodness!

However, while I began making money with lower page views, my income definitely increased with more traffic. You will need to increase your page views if you want to make more income.

Highly niched blogs can definitely make money without millions of page views, but just like with any blog, more page views means more money.

You’ll want to consider these tips to increase page views:

1. Post regularly – whether you post once a week or three times a week, just make sure that you are posting regularly. This will help Google and other search engines see your pattern and know that you’re reliable. It also builds trust with your readers which causes them to visit more regularly.

2. Write top-quality posts – make sure your posts are helpful so that readers begin to see you as an expert in your area. They will want to keep coming to your blog in order to learn and grow themselves. If you use the plugin Yoast SEO, it recommends writing a minimum of 300 words, but I would suggest trying to write even longer posts of at least 500. Many bloggers recommend writing 1,000 to 1,500 words. Most of my posts are between 500 and 1,000.

3. Share your posts on social media – you should share new posts on social media and also plan a schedule to share old posts as well. Plus, add a sharing plugin such as SumoMe or Shareaholic so that readers can easily share your posts, too. If they don’t find an easy way to share, they usually won’t.

4. Share your posts on Pinterest – I know I just wrote about sharing on social media in #3, but Pinterest deserves its own number. Pinterest is more of a search engine than social media, and you definitely want. Pinterest is my top referrer for traffic with search engines being second. You definitely don’t want to skip Pinterest. Make striking images that people want to pin. I use PicMonkey to create and edit all of my images. I also use Tailwind to schedule my pins to group boards and to loop the pins already on my board. This has increased my page views tremendously.

5. Write interesting headlines – your post title makes a huge difference and can be the reason a reader clicks through to read or just passes your post by. I used the free headline analyzer from Co-Schedule. You can try it. You do have to sign up, but it is free. Click here to give it a try —>>> Write Better Headlines.

6. Learn about SEO – in #4, I mentioned that search engine traffic is my 2nd highest traffic referrer. That’s due to my work learning about search engine optimization (SEO). There’s too much to teach in one little section of this email, but you’ll definitely want to learn as much about it as you can. There are plugins to help. I use the free plugin Yoast SEO to help me with my SEO. It’s not perfect, but it definitely helps.

7. Watch your site speed – if your blog loads slowly, readers will get impatient and leave. Make sure your pages load fast so that they’re more likely to stick around.

8. Make things easy to find – make it easy and logical for readers to find what they’re looking for. Arrange categories so that they can see what you offer. Have a search bar in clear sight. Within your posts, be sure to link to other posts of yours so that readers will click through and read more.

These are the tips that worked best for me. I hope you found them helpful.

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