Boost Your Blog Site Traffic The Free & Easy Way

Have you spent a few too many nights working on your blog hoping to improve your site traffic? Instead of sleeping you’ve spent numerous hours getting your blog exactly how you would like, and now you’ve a beautiful place on the web to call your own. You’re producing good content and sharing them in numerous Facebook groups not to mention Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. You’ve promoted your heart out hoping to grow your blog audience, but all you hear is crickets, your blog site traffic is not as close to what you had hoped for.

Your page views are low if not non-existent and of all the views you do get, nobody is subscribing. It’s devastating I know that exact same feeling because I felt the same way when I first began my blogging journey 4 years ago. You’ve worked so hard, so what’s going wrong? What can you do next? 


Well if you’re anything like me, you opt into tons of emails telling you how to grow your blog traffic, how to do this and how to do that. You try to implement them all, some of the tips start giving you small results whilst others just don’t seem to be doing a thing for your blog traffic. Then gradually you may slowly start to become overwhelmed with the number of challenges, courses and emails you’ve opted into, and before too long you’ve lost motivation, lost your focus and you may even have started to think why did I even bothered blogging in the first place? Your hopes of being a blog to watch are slowly fading.

Does this sound somewhat familiar? If it does I want to tell you firstly you’re not alone, if you ask many bloggers we’ve all been there at some point, and you don’t need to stay there. They’re numerous steps you can take to get people to read your blog, but today I want to share with you the two awesome things you can start doing right now whether you’re a beginner blogger or thinking of launching a blog and want to have a huge increase in your blog site traffic, Right Now!


How To Get People To Read Your Blog

The one thing which really gets overlooked when trying to grow your blog site traffic or email subscribers, is the most simplest and cost-free method I learnt and still use to this day. Which is simply:

  • Asking for specific critique, from whom? From people, from other bloggers.
  • Having a look at what others in your niche are doing and get inspired.

Take a gander at some of your favorite bloggers. What is it which draws you to their blog? Is it their blog content? Their overall blog layout and design? What do they offer to their audience? Take inspiration from others but find your own unique spin to make your blog site reflect who you are and what you offer, but remember. What may work for one blogger may not be right for you or your audience, you definitely should read How To Stop Secretly Sabotaging Your Blog Growth for awesome advice on using other blogs for inspiration, and to learn how to start positively growing your blog audience.

Asking for critique on specific areas within your blog is a fantastic way to gain a new perspective on your blog site. You see your blog is like your personal web baby, you love it you’ve made it the way you like, you’ve designed it and all its content. It’s kind of like a smaller version of you on the web. So I know how hard it can be receiving criticism on something you’ve worked super hard on, and it’s a reflection of you, right! I mean on top of that not all feedback you’re going to receive about your blog is going to be constructive or nice. So how do you manage that?

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The Benefits of Feedback – Good or Not So Good

When I started blogging 4 years ago, the first three months I felt I was simply blogging to myself. My site traffic stats was low and I was starting to feel disconnected from my blog. This is when I learnt one awesome way to have a huge impact on my site traffic and started to grow my blog audience through my email subscribers. The truth is, this big shift  actually occurred due to the changes I implemented from the feedback I personally asked for. I asked for critique on my blog and boy did I get it, and it wasn’t the feedback I was expecting!  You see like most new bloggers into their first few months of blogging, I was happy with my blog and wasn’t quite sure where I was going wrong, but when asked a group of experienced bloggers for honest don’t hold the punches critique, it instantly gave me clearer vision on areas within my blog I could make some huge improvements.

I made a list of all the pieces of critique I received and spent the following week (and nights) making the necessary changes. I went through my list step-by-step addressing each point which was raised. Now before I made these changes I was lucky to even get 30 page views in one day, and I was getting like 1 subbie a month. Two days later I checked my blog stats in the morning and was astonished to see I had already received over 600 page views (and I had not promoted anything that day!) This was a light bulb moment for me, I took on my feedback and used it to learn and the results spoke for themselves.

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I also have to give you the heads up, not all critique will be delivered in the ideal way. I worked with the loveliest lady I’ve ever known but she had a tongue so sharp, she could bring you to tears in a single sentence. The thing was if you didn’t know her, you would have thought she was mean and rude. But in her defense she only wanted the best for her friends and colleagues, but wasn’t the best at wording her advice when giving negative feedback. So do bare in mind so people do truly mean well, but aren’t the best in their delivery. So instead of focusing on the delivery, focus on the content of the delivery.
Not every single piece of critique you receive will be valid, so the hard part here is filtering those out from the useful ones, but once you get the hand of it, it will get easier.

Handling Critics

It’s not always easy handling negative feedback. You and I were both brought up being told that it’s not nice to openly criticize someone. It can hurt feelings and how would you like it if someone did it to you? So it’s natural to feel a little down or sometimes a teeny bit angry when it happens.

What’s important to keep telling yourself when you start a blog, is you’re going to come across people who will not like your blog and some of these people will feel an intense urge to let you know about it, but their opinion of you or your blog does not define who you are. It doesn’t define your blog and it doesn’t define you. Let them have their opinions, as long as you have your own. This may be where your blog is now, but it’s not where your blog is going to be down the road, as long as you know that no amount of negative feedback towards your blog can tear you down.

You see having a fresh new pair of eyes to review your blog is an awesome way of finding areas which you may have missed, or need to alter to really have the impact you desire. It’s a bit like proofreading your post before hitting the publish button. Sometimes no matter how many times you’ve read it over and over again, it’s easy to miss a spelling mistake or have tunnel vision and miss a key element.

How to Increase Your Blog Site Traffic

Where To Start?

  1. First make a list of areas on your blog you would love critique on, and be specific. Is it you logo, blog flow, about page, content… You get the idea.
  2.  From your list prioritize which you would like to work on first and so on. You want to focus on one area at a time.
  3. Find a Facebook Group which focuses on blogging advice and simply post your request for feedback on you first priority area. Most importantly be patient and interact with those who give you feedback, remember they’ve taken the time to really have a read through your blog.
  4. Create a To Do List from your feedback and start implementing. If you have a hard time scheduling and sticking to your to do lists. Let’s fix that! Start planning your blogging tasks on the right foot have a read of How To Easily Complete Your To Do List, 5 Insanely Simple Steps and start seeing results today!
  5. Take note of what’s working and what’s not working and repeat steps 1 – 4 as needed.

Remember no matter what type of feedback you may receive, it doesn’t define your blog. It may give an indication of where you are now, but not where you can be a year down the line. Take it for what it is, an opportunity to learn and develop your blog and your blogging skills, keep your ambition of being a blog to watch strong and you’ll eventually reach your goals.

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18 thoughts on “Boost Your Blog Site Traffic The Free & Easy Way

    • Thank you so much Candy. Criticism is definitely a tough nut to handle, but can truly be a blessing in disguise. The biggest key is not to allow it to define who you are or want to be.
      Thanks for popping over, much appreciated.

    • Totally agree Dia, delivery is definitely important when giving critic. Asking for help or advice may seem intimating at first but the possible rewards can make such a drastic change.
      Thanks for popping by. 🙂

    • Thanks Molly, it’s super easy to feel swamped with 101 blogging courses and get overwhelmed. Having a new set of eyes on your blog can make such a difference, and it’s a great way to engage with fellow bloggers.

    • Thank you Rachel, totally agree criticism can be tough to handle, and at times it may not be valid. So it’s super important to never let it define who you are, but to take any relevant points as an opportunity to grow.
      Thanks for popping over.

  • I am so excited to have found your blog. I am just starting out and feeling a little overwhelmed. I love how you broke this down step by step and addressed how to handle criticism. I think that is one of the hardest parts; asking for help and taking the answers without getting your feelings hurt.

    • Ahh thank you so much Angela, that means a lot. I’m so glad you found this post helpful. I’ve definitely been there, feeling swamped with so many blogging tasks on my to do list and trying to get through another course. It can certainly get overwhelming at times. Getting feedback from your fellow bloggers is an awesome first step to take and also a fantastic opportunity to make some great blogging friends. From there you can even find an accountability partner in crime, to help keep you on track and bounce off ideas.
      Thanks again for checking out my post, much appreciated.

  • I’m updating my website, doing a reader survey and then will be asking for feedback. I think it’s important to hear how readers navigate my site and the good, bad and the ugly about the experience. Hopefully there isn’t too much ugly, but at least it gives me what I need to work on.

    • Great idea Tanya, getting your readers involved is awesome and it really allows you to tailor their experience on your blog in a way they will luv & enjoy.
      Thanks for popping over, it’s much appreciated.

    • Thanks Kara.
      So glad you found this post helpful. Getting feedback, though at times hard. Is a great step to take if you’re feeling swamped with too many courses in your inbox. Sometimes you can actually receive a more in-depth analysis of the area you want to work on from individual feedback. Thanks so much for popping over and having a read.

  • This was an amazing article. It’s like you took the thoughts straight from my head! I have been working on my two sites, & for a long time. I recently redone some stuff on there. I still need to go through and re-do old post pics and fix my page headings on theivorywolfe, BUT for the life of me I can’t figure out why I am still lucky to get 10 views in 5 days from each site. I have been promoting , but it’s not working. I was researching on Pinterest when I found your article. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us. I’m going to have to bare down and get over my shyness and ask for people to critic me. Oh, and congrats on your blog taking off! That’s amazing!

    • Thank you so much April, that means a lot.
      I’m naturally an introvert at heart and found getting myself out there quite daunting at first. Just keep reminding yourself, what truly is the worst that could happen – you may hear some feedback with regards to something you completely disagree with, but take it for what it is. It can’t physically do you any harm, when it comes down to it. It’s how we process the information which is more crucial. If relevant take it as a great learning curve to up your game, if not relevant throw it to the curb as it simply doesn’t define you and not worth your time. I’m so glad you found this post helpful.
      Thanks again April for your kind words, and for taking the time to pop over and have a read through my blog. Xx

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