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7 Pro Blogger Technology Secrets To Drive Traffic

7 Pro Blogger Technology Secrets To Drive Traffic

7 Best Kept Technology Secrets of the Blogging World. 

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If you are new to blogging, this is a great post for you!  I like to call these my "7 best kept secrets of the blogging world", because you don't hear about them a whole lot, but they are so extremely valuable to your blog's success.  These are my top 7 best things you can be doing as a new blogger to drive more traffic to your blog.  I wish I had known these things when I first started blogging, as they would have saved me a lot of wasted time.
1. Make your affiliate links "nofollow".

This is a big secret that I wish I had known sooner.  The Google search engine "crawls" links on websites and one of the many ways they rank websites is based on the links they are crawling in that website's content.  Google will rank your website lower if it is constantly crawling tons of affiliate links, as it will think it is a spammy site.  This is why WordPress and Blogger have a way to tag your affiliate links "nofollow", essentialy telling the search engines not to "crawl", or follow those links.

You only want to tag your affiliate links as "nofollow" though.  Other links that link to other posts or pages on your website, or links that lead to other websites, should all be left "follow", as those are good links.  I use Blogger, and on Blogger, when you hit the "link" button, you will see down on the bottom left there is a sentence that says, "Add 'rel=nofollow' attribute".  Check the box next to this sentence so that the search engines will not crawl your affiliate links.   I am not familiar with creating links on WordPress but I know there is an option to mark "nofollow" on links for it as well.

To learn who some of my favorite affiliate merchants to work with are, and why they are my favorites, please see my post, My Top 9 Tips for Monetizing Your Blog

2.  Make all links open into new windows.  

The whole idea here is that we want to keep the reader on your website for as long as possible.  Every time you create a link in your posts, whether it is for a link to another post, page, website, or affiliate link, you always want to check "Open this link in a new window".  When you create a link on blogger, this option is above the no follow option, also on the bottom left side.  By telling all your links to open in new windows, your reader will be able to stay on your original page, and the link will open up into a new window.  This way the reader can easily go back to your page that they were originally on, and the longer the reader is on your page, the better, as it will allow them to click through to other posts you have written, etc.

If you are an ebay affiliate, when you create item links, there is a box you check towards the bottom of creating the link that says to open the link in a new window. Always check this box before you generate your item link code.  This ensures that the reader will always see a new tab open up when they click on your linked product.

Error Note: If you hit "change" on your link to check that you have checked the new window box, it will be blank, even if you checked it.  I don't know why it always shows up blank, but you do not need to worry, it is still saved in that link's settings to open up in a new tab if you checked that box. 


3.  Get to know StumbleUpon.  

StumbleUpon is fairly new and not that many bloggers know about it yet.  Basically, the whole ideas is that you "stumble upon" articles on web pages that have been submitted by other users.  If you like the article, you click a thumbs up. If you don't, you can click a thumbs down, or just simply hit the stumble upon button again to bring up another article that you may like.  I never hit the thumbs down button unless there is something foul or inappropriate on the page.  When you sign up, you will be able to select your interests so that the program can give you articles you are generally interested in reading.

StumbleUpon is a great way to increase traffic to your blog, especially if you are a new blogger.  I saw a dramatic spike in traffic on my site when I started using StumbleUpon.  If you look at the picture below, you will see a big spike in my traffic really early on after I just started my blog, and it occurred because users had stumbled upon the pages I had submitted.
using stumbleupon daily drives more traffic to your blog

The key to be able to submit a lot of your own content is to stumble upon other people's content frequently.  They say that the general rule is for every 1 post you submit of your own content, you want to stumble upon 10 articles of other user's content.  You wan to aim to use StumbleUpon daily so that it can figure out what articles you like, and you can submit articles of your own.  

A bonus to using StumbleUpon is that you can find some really great blogs and websites that you love and probably didn't know existed.  I have bookmarked a lot of the websites I have found on StumbleUpon and some of the articles have some really fantastic content.  So not only does StumbleUpon help to increase your traffic, it also helps you discover some really great websites in the process!

 4. Don't get crazy with labeling your posts.

In blogger, the categories you select on your posts are called "labels".  In WordPress, I think they are called "tags" or "categories".  For the purpose of this post, I will simply call them labels.

The purpose of labels is solely to improve the reader experience.  Labels help your readers find content they are interested in.  When I first started blogging, I would create about 20 very unique and detailed labels for every single post.  What happened is that my list of labels, (categories) on my side bar got ridiculously long.  Instead of improving the user experience, it made it more confusing.

Also, by creating such specific and detailed labels, you may be limiting your viewing audience.  Try to keep your labels general, so that a larger audience will click on your category.  For example, when I wrote a post about hair styling products, instead of putting the names of each styling product in my labels, I simply put "hair".  You could also put "styling products" if you wanted, but I would definitely not start to list each product by name in the labels, because this can reduce the number of people that will click to read your article.

A good label etiquette rule of thumb is as follows:  Not more than 3 labels per post, and not more than three words in each label. 
5.  Use Jaaxy.com to find keywords.

This is my favorite website to help me come up with good titles for my posts.  Lots of people use Google's Keyword Planner, but Keyword Planner is heavily set up to help advertisers, not writers.  The best part about Jaaxy is that you can sign up for free and get 30 free searches.  If you like it, you can sign up for one of their premium plans.  I am currently still using the free searches I got when I signed up and I have found it extremely helpful.  

Below is a picture of a search I did on keywords to write a post about appreciating your husband through changes, a post that is coming soon. 

keyword search using jaaxy.com drives more traffic to your blog

The colored circles under the "KQI" column represent whether the word phrases are heavily saturated, meaning heavily used, or not.  Since the words I chose were not that common, all of the circles in this instance are green. However for many other searches, you will get some red and yellow circles.

Red circles are bad.  You want to stay away from the phrases with red circles because it means the phrases have been used a lot.  Yellow circles are okay, sort of the middle ground.  Green circles are great, meaning the phrases are not heavily used.

The number under the "SEO" column is also important.  I try to only use phrases that have an SEO score of 90 or above. 

6.  Get into Pinterest Group Boards.

This is a better known secret in the blogging world but it's still so vital for new bloggers that I wanted to cover it here.  Getting into a group board is akin to getting a thousand new followers on Pinterest.  New followers means more traffic to your blog because lots of new people are going to be checking out your site to see what it's all about.

I found the subject of group boards very confusing when I first heard about them.  I was confused about who the original owner of the Group board was, and how to contact them.  I would highly recommend watching some YouTube videos on how to get into group boards, because it taught me how to use them and get into them.  It will visually show you how to find the owner of the group board, and how to contact them - which is generally via email and their emails are often times listed in the group board description. 

A good rule of thumb is to always try to space out your pins on group boards.  Also pay attention to any daily limits the group board owner may have established, which will be in the description of the board at the top.

7.  Vertical Pinterest images are the best.

Vertical images get more pins on Pinterest because they are move visually pleasing to viewers.  I know that I personally had a ton of horizontal pins when I first started using Pinterest.  If you have the time, try to go back and create vertical pins for all the posts that have only horizontal ones.  It will increase your re-pin rate, and thus increase the traffic to your site.

And lastly, I leave you with a final bonus tip for you that is really important for increasing your search ranking in google:

Fill your posts with links to your other posts!! If someone is reading an article about blogging, they will likely be interested in all your other articles about blogging, so make sure to include links to those articles as well.  This will both benefit your reader and you.  It benefits the reader because it makes it easier for them to find what they are interested in.  It benefits you because it means each of your posts will get more traffic, and the more traffic your posts get, the higher up it will rank in search engine results.  It also helps google rank your site higher because you have lots of internal links, something they like.   I have done this exact tip below.

And if you don't yet have a ".com" domain yet, here is a great company to buy hosting from:  BlueHost.com (afflink).  This company offers very affordable hosting and is incredibly popular among bloggers.  Having a ".com" address is important because it allows your blog to be found by the general public.

There is also an automated scheduling service called TailwindTailwind is an automated pinning app that will pin your pins to Pinterest for you on your desired schedule.  They are approved by Pinterest, which is really important, meaning you won't get in trouble with Pinterest when you let them pin your pins.  I don't know of any other automated pinning scheduler that is approved by Pinterest other than Tailwind.  They offer a completely fee trial of 100 pins.  If you want to sign up for Tailwind Plus after the free trial is over,  its $15/month for 400 pins monthly.  If you pay yearly, its $119/year, which is about $9.9/month, and you get unlimited pins.  You will get $30 credit for $30 off whatever plan you decide to sign up for when you use my link - TailwindYou also get credits towards your own plan when others sign up with your own links. I can tell you from personal experience that their program is very easy to use and figure out, which is huge for me. 

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy some of my other blogging and tech articles.  You can view all these articles under my Blogging and Tech page which is found at the top of my site.  To see a list of brands I am an affiliate of, and get a bunch of coupon codes and even free stuff from many of them, see my page, Coupon Codes.

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These were very helpful! I often find that every article I read basically says the same stuff, but yours had some things I hadn't heard before!

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Thanks so much for the awesome feedback Cherryl!! I am really glad this stuff was useful for you. Best of luck on your blogging journey! xoxo, Petra.

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These are some great tips, really helpful!
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So happy these were helpful for you Daniela!! Thank you for the awesome feedback and best of luck on your blogging journey! XOXO, Petra.

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I came across your article and i think it is great. Most of them I already do so it was good to know that I am on the right track.

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