First let me give you a disclaimer that I am NOT a professional blogger, I am NOT a professional analysis or what so ever. I thought I wanna make this post just to give you my own tips that I have experience using it for the past 3 years of blogging. In return I hope I can help you in your blogging journey! I took these advice from the other blogging sifu as well as some of my own way of blogging that really helped on my traffic that I try and error before. You cannot cheat traffic. You can cheat your Instagram follower, likes and Facebook like or what so ever but you cannot cheat traffic. So far as I know lah. Haha. So here are the 5 tips I am going to share with you!
1. Attractive thumbnail & Post Title.
Yes. Thumbnail is important. as well as this applied to a nice picture that you take. Because it attract lazy people to read title like me to click on to your link. Haha. You don't need a DSLR or any expensive camera to blog when you first started. All you need is actually good lighting. When I first started blogging, I use my Blackberry camera and a window light. From my experience, balcony, bedroom window have the best lighting. Picture editing tips click here (link). And to the second part, Post title. I admit that actually I am not good at this but my blog is mainly about beauty so try to put review at the back or something catchy that makes people curios want to know.
2. Rename & Resize your image before uploading to your post.
Seems simple but this is amazingly important. Do let me know if you are interested in a blog tips on how to manage your blog. This applies a bit. So in the "rename" topic it self by means it rename your image before uploading. Don't leave the IMG123124 what so ever default name you have in your pictures. The name of the image it self will help push your image on the top level in Google image search. For example if you are blogging about a Benefit Cosmetics Shop, try renaming it to "Benefit Cosmetics shop in Malaysia". When you are reviewing a product for example a Etude House Lipstick with swatch details and price, try to rename it to "Etude House Lipstick full swatch malaysia price list". People will google out for these tags and title and your picture may be on the early first pages and this will leads to your blog.
3. Resize your image.
This falls under the "weight" of your blog. Sometimes people can get frustrated with your big image and left your blog. You don't need a big picture that actually resize to a smaller picture in your blog. Also, it will trouble you in the future. You blog capacity will maximize and you will need to pay. So try to look for a smaller size image to your liking. For me, I like to use this size 640px x 426px and click on the image and set it to X-Large. If you still want a bigger image because you want a bigger effect when clicked, try double the size that I provide you above. Don't use the usual default size 2000px++. It loads so slow! It fits perfectly in my blog and load faster.
Always post out something new. So your blog will always be on top of people blog list. It can be a cross selling technique. You don't have to stressed out by doing a single post everyday. If you want to plan ahead, if you are interested in this topic do let me know. So, maybe 2-3 post a week is nice. Create your own series or genre of blogs. Always share your blog links in your social media and blogging group. This will expand your link to the search engine.
5. Be friendly and go blogwalking!
Ok. This is the ultimate tips I use when I start blogging. Socialize around! Don't be shy and don't sombong! Go to people blogs, read their post, comment below and leave your blog url. Some people are just too lazy to do this. I find it is weird because blogging is a way of interacting to new people as well as find new things to explore. Ok this part is a bit weird to some people. Some people don't like you to leave your link in their comment section. I don't know why. For me it welcomes people to discover new blogs. Okay, try to avoid the just commenting "Follow me and I follow you back". Oh come on. You blog not just because of the followers numbers. You want the exposure. Remember, exposure not numbers. What I mean is be genuine. Read their post, tell your thoughts and maybe leave your url down below. Who knows he/she might come to your blog and start to be your new reader too. But if she/he don't like, well just don't do it again. Respect their wants. Your username can also be a backlink to your blog so without the URL itself also can help but sometimes the link can be a problem when it directly go to your profile first before your blog. So just be patient. Then to your own blog, try to reply to people comments. I understand some top bloggers don't reply to the readers comment, it is because they receive hundreds of them. But for you who is just starting, come on. Interact with each other. He/She might come back to check on your replies. That is also count as traffic.
There are more but I think these are the most that I use. Well not most. Will do Part 2 if you like! I can't judge my own content weather its interesting to your opinion. But I blog because I like what I blog about. But these are the steps that I do when I started blogging. When the time I only have 1 follower, 1 visitor per day and basically no people commenting on my blog.
The ultimate key to increase your blog traffic is of course, never give up. Don't expect fast return and blogging because of fame, fortune and freebies. Blogging is fun! You make new friends and learn new things. Don't get stressed out and don't let anyone take your passion to a tension! Well that's for now, I know I have promise to blog about more blogging tips but I just could not get around. Super busy with day job and stuff. I promise I will do, just stick with me! hehe. If you have any tips you wanna share or other blogging tips you want me to share, do comment down below! Majulah blogging untuk negara, eh!
*Pic took from WeHeartIt
*Pic took from WeHeartIt