It’s that time again. It’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. A day where I and other IWSGers post every first Wednesday of the month. To share and encourage, and talk about our doubts and fears. And our successes. As we continue paving out author’s road on this neverending writing journey. And who do we have to thank for creating this writer’s haven? Founder and creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
You can find out more about the group by clicking the badge. And don’t forget to check out this month’s co-hosts: Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!
PS Our hashtag on Twitter is #IWSG
You might’ve noticed something different with my blog today. No, wait, it’s rather glaringly obvious. I’m experimenting with my posting time. I’d always scheduled my blog content to publish Mondays and Fridays at 8 am. Although, I’m currently posting once a week on Mondays now.
Yet according to my WordPress.com stats, my most popular viewing time is Wednesdays at 1pm. Even though I post on Mondays, why is it that I get more views on Wednesdays? Should I trust the statistics and change my posting schedule? So to help come to a decision, I gave it a try last week. But alas, the test she had failed. Then I realized I scheduled my post at 14:00 (2 pm) and not 13:00(1 pm). So, I’m back to give it another try. Of course, the results might be a bit inflated since it is also IWSG day today.
But why would I even consider changing my posting schedule? Simple. I want to drive traffic to my blog, increase SEO, grow readership and engagement. That is no easy feat. After all, I can’t just jump up and down and yell “look at me! look at me!”
So there are other ways I’ve tried to drive traffic to my blog the past couple of months. For example, as an avid reader, I share my current #booknerdproblems. Bookworms have to stick together you know. And writers too. Which is why I check the Twitter feed for #amwriting and #workinprogress hashtags. And hashtag certain keywords and search terms to make my blog more visible. As well as forming connections with individuals with similar interests.
I promote my blog on hashtag days such as #ArchiveDay, #MondayBlogs and #wwwblogs. And the occasional #SundayBlogShare. It’s also my second week using the hashtag #TuesdayShares.
I even signed up on SITSgirls and participated in one of their Twitter parties. I’ve also added a Wattpad link and StoryFind author badge to the site. Sharing my blog URL to where readers can find me. All so my blog can get noticed and read.
What are you doing to drive more traffic to your blog? Have you seen an increase in visitors and views? Have any suggestions or best practices to share?