How to get your first 1,000 visitors

When you first start blogging or a business, every visitor counts. Maybe you are refreshing your analytics every day and you get one really good day, but then nothing or very little for a few days and you feel downhearted. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! Luckily, if you know what you are doing, you can quickly get your first 1,000 visitors and grow from them.

Before you begin, make sure you’ve got google analytics installed so that you can track your success.

Here are my top seven tips for getting your first 1,000 visitors.

1. Create some awesome content

I’d suggest creating 10 blogs or articles before you launch your site so that you are not launching with an empty shell. Once you’ve launched aim to blog once a week or if that is too much every other week.

I’d recommend bulk writing your blogs for efficiency and so that you’ve a backlog you can use in busy weeks. Try to be consistent with when you are sharing your content so for instance every Tuesday.

It goes without saying that you need to be creating high quality, engaging content to keep visitors on your site and revisiting. Creating bad content for the sake of creating content is worse than creating no content at all. As a general rule, picking a niche rather than writing about a wide range of topics makes finding an engaged audience easier. Make sure you think about why your audience needs your content and who you are writing for.

2. Tell people you know

Share your content with your friends and family. Making use of the networks you’ve already got available to you is a great way to generate traffic and site visitors. Encourage your friends and family to comment on your posts and to share with others that they think might be interested.

You could even host a little launch party where you invite friends to come and celebrate the launch of your blog, business or site – use this as an opportunity to tell them about what you are doing and ask them to tell others.

3. Use Pinterest

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that I love Pinterest and find it one of the best sources of traffic. Did you know that proportionally Pinterest refers 33% more traffic than Facebook, and I use it to generate free traffic? You can check out here how to use Pinterest to generate traffic and how to get started with Pinterest.

4. Share on social media

Share your website and posts across all of your social media platforms. Highlight new posts on Facebook, share them in both Instagram posts and stories, share them on twitter and if it relevant, include them on LinkedIn.

If you are looking to grow your social media, check out my guide to Instagram hashtags.

Why limit yourself to only sharing them on one social network site? Use all the sites that you are signed up to.

5. Join a community

Facebook is a great place to find like-minded people who’ve got a similar passion to you. Look for Facebook groups you can join and share your content. These work best when you want to be part of a community and to share or read others content too. You might even consider guest posting on someone else’s website to get your name out there and drive traffic to your site.

6. Think about SEO

Ok, I’m kind of sneaking this one in as the truth is SEO takes a while to take effect and you are unlikely to the effects during your first 1,000-page views – but – it is so important that you think about it for the future that I am putting it in anyway (sorry!). You need to make sure that you are optimizing your content for search.

7. Re-cycle your content

Creating new content takes a lot more work than re-sharing content that you’ve already got. Too many times I see people spending all their time and energy creating content, to only share it once or not optimize it properly for SEO. Upfront you might need to bulk create some content, but then try to follow the 80/20 rule where you spend only 20% of your time creating content and 80% of your time sharing that content.

You can check out more traffic driving tips here. Once you’ve started consistently getting traffic to your site, you might want to think about how you can make money blogging (luckily I’ve done the research for you).

Let me know how you get on, I’d love to hear when you reach your first 1,000-page views!

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