We share with you tips for travel bloggers from MakeTraffic Happen. If you want to learn how to get people to like your blogs then this is a guide for you.
Gemma shares her experience from the three years of maintaining a travel blog and shares a guide on how to get followers to read your blog, increase blog traffic, social media promotion.
Before we begin, we have the following assumptions:
You have an existing blog with a name
Your blog site is set up with a self-hosting company
You have accounts on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, Google+ and Tumblr.
Let’s proceed with our guide, when you start a new job, the first thing you do is look for like-minded contemporaries that you can learn from. You can apply the same principle to blogging.
Networking with others is key to your blog’s success. Gemma relates a mistake she made at the start, she wrote friendly posts for her family members.
When she spoke with other bloggers, she discovered that she should stop this routine.
You need to treat your blog as a business and not a hobby if you want to make the most out of it.
Network with bloggers from different stages in the journey, from beginners like you, the more experienced and the top dogs in the industry.
Start building relationships on your social media platforms focus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Join Twitter Chats, these weekly travel chats are run by people who pose questions with a relevant hashtag for interested Tweeters to comment on.
Tweetdeck can help with managing chats. You can comment on other people’s tweets and follow them if you prefer. Many will follow back. This is a good strategy to engage with other bloggers while building your Twitter following.
The strategy for Facebook is to join Facebook groups. Look for pages that feature a community of bloggers where members can ask tips or join social media shares.
Facebook groups are beneficial for bloggers. Take note that each group has its own rules and guidelines that you should comply with.
You can learn tips when you encounter technical website issues from these Facebook groups. It can also be a place where you discover companies that other members have shared and make a pitch to them. If you are a good contributor, you can be asked to join as an admin of the group.
Duplicate what you have done on Twitter and Facebook on Instagram. You can gain more social media followers and create chances to engage with fellow bloggers.
Watch your behavior when you engage with others on social media platforms. Be professional with your dealings. Offer information and tips to other bloggers if you feel that you can give value to them and help them.
Stick to giving advice and not your agenda. You can get tossed out of a group if you start promoting without permission.
Some groups give you the chance to share your blog posts which is a boost to your blog followers within your niche.
Avoid leaving links to your site or sharing your posts unless you are asked, or guidelines permit you to do so.
For networking to be more effective, you should do it in tandem with social media sharing.
When you are starting out, you may feel like no one is paying attention to your shares. The solution is to share other blogger’s posts.
There is a chance that your content is shared if you start sharing other people’s content. Make sure that your group allows posts and be wary of the limit of how many posts you can share.
Going over the limit may cause admins to throw you out of the group for freeloading.
You can use social media tools to manage your social shares. Hootsuite can help you manage your Twitter shares.
Sharing and engaging is the way to go in social media. You just don’t dump your information and expect people to follow you.
Twitter can even “filter” you if you are not engaging enough.
Post photos that are high quality on your social media accounts. Instagram is where you focus on photos so expect more engagement when your photos are well planned and are your best images.
The secret to IG is to comment, like and hashtag strategically. It takes hard work, but when you do it right, you will be rewarded for it with a ton of followers.