In a bid to share the love of all things stitching with as many people as possible, I have spent the last few weeks trawling the net searching for free ways of increasing blog traffic.
So far I have:
1. Increased the number of ‘entry’ sites to my blog by:
- Creating a YouTube Channel and posted some ‘videos’ which I made using Windows Movie Maker, Powerpoint and some of my blog photos. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheStitchSharer
- Setting up a Facebook page and added a ‘Like’ button to my blog – thank you to all of you who have liked it so far! https://www.facebook.com/TheStitchSharer
Turned on the automatic Twitter update on WordPress so that any new posts are tweeted. https://twitter.com/TheStitchSharer
Opened a Ravelry account – where I’ve posted the links to my free knitting and crochet patterns.
2. Connected with fellow bloggers and the crafting community by:
- Enrolling the help of friends and family (thanks guys – you are awesome!) – to hand out business cards
- Reading and following lots of fabulous posts, added comments, and ‘Likes’ to blog posts and Facebook pages.
- Telling lots of friends and colleagues about “TheStitchSharer” and the mission of spreading ‘stitching-love’. I was even lucky enough to met Kirstie Allssop when she reopened my local B and Q!
3. Tried to get my blog listed in on-line craft directories:
4. Maximized my blog content by:
- Blogging regularly (I’m posting about once a week so hope that counts!)
- Making sure my posts are tagged with key words and that they have a URL that includes the post title.
- Using lots of photos
- Adding link backs to old posts (check out my ‘business’ page!)
- Adding sharing buttons to posts to make it easier for other to sharing stitchy love.
One blogger, Sarah from The Whole Knit & Caboodle blog was kind enough to email me some of her top tips for increasing blog traffic which I’m most grateful for (I still need to find out more about how to participate in giveaways!).
5. Remembered to Have Fun!
In a world where it is way to easy to get obsessed by the number of views and likes you have had, the last and most definitely rewarding thing I have done is to join an international craft swap. The one I am involved in is being hosted by House of Pinheiro – I received the name of my ‘swap partner’ at the weekend, can’t wait to get in contact with her !
….and has it worked??? Has my blog traffic increased????? Well…………
A bit of a mixed picture…. perhaps it’s just too early to know if any of the above has actually made a difference. Although the number of followers and views I’ve received month on month has gradually increased ………the total number of visits I’ve had per week seems to have fallen. Let’s hope it’s juts a Maths trend thing!
If I have a ‘top tip’ to share based on my experience to date on how to increase your blog traffic it is to keep focused on the reasons you write and the quality of your blog. Hits are great, don’t get me wrong, seeing them increase is a real buzz and indicates the message of stitching love is getting out there, but if you measure your “success” by them, they can also be disheartening – especially if your views start to fall.
I think the best way of increasing your blog traffic (in the long run) is to write good quality posts that have an impact on someone – if I can inspire one person to pick up their needle(s) or hook and they gain a sense of achievement from it, then I’ve done what I intended.
Would love to hear more about what you have tried and what has worked for you – send me a comment!