This next Monday at 4PM EST we are having our Crafterminds chat regarding increasing traffic to your craft blog. We all work hard on our projects and we want people to see it right? Here are some great ways to get your project a little more mileage.
1. Linky Parties – There are many people who host weekly linky parties. Obviously the larger the hosting blog is the better chance you have at getting page views. Also the closer you are to linking up to #1 spot the more page views you get. Please make sure you follow the rules of each party. There are a ton of them to choose from. Click here to see a pretty exhaustive list of linky parties.
2. Feature Sites – There are a few places to submit your projects to in order to get traffic to your site. The sites I am talking about are the ones who feature other people’s tutorials, Here are the ones I use:
Tip Junkie, One Pretty Thing, IShare Crafts, Craftgawker, Make & Takes Spotlight, Ucreate Crafts, Mod Podge Rocks (for decoupage projects), Dollar Store Crafts (for crafts using Dollar store materials), Knock Off Decor (knock off catalog projects). Here is another article on sites to submit content to.
3. Tweet it Out – If I have an original tutorial I tweet it out three times in a 24-hour period, 8 hours apart from one another. Everyone is on twitter at different times due to time zones and schedule. Plus once your tweet is out it gets buried under all the other people who twitter users follow. If your project gets tweeted out at different times during the day you have more of a chance of getting people to retweet and then view your project. This is where programs like Hootsuite and Tweetdeck are great because you can schedule out your tweets.
4. Facebook – I don’t Facebook out my project more than once a day on my own page because that could be deemed annoying. However I think critically through each post. What materials did I use to create my project? Where did I buy my materials? Most companies have Facebook pages and love to hear when you created something using their products.
I will use Krylon as an example. I use their spray paint at least once a week. When I have a project using their spray paint my Facebook message will look something like this.
Created a Valentine’s Countdown Board using the bright cherry red spray paint from @KrylonKrafts. (and of course my link is attached to it as well).
Note: You have to be following them on Facebook in order for this to work.
So then my Facebook message appears on their Facebook fan page. Most companies love getting more messages out there and you, in turn, receive some page views.
5. Social Bookmarking Sites – There are several social bookmarking sites out there. The ones I use the most are Pinterest and Stumble Upon. Read an article about Pinterest here and an article about StumbleUpon here.
Now these are just 5 ways to increase your traffic. Obviously great content, blogging consistently, and guest posting on larger blogs also helps. But the above five ways are things you can do daily to help increase that traffic. We hope to see you every Monday at 4PM EST at #crafterminds for our weekly chats on topics just like this one.
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