How does your blog traffic look at the weekend? Do you get lots of it? Not a lot? Are you happy with your numbers? Even if you are happy, it doesn’t hurt to look at the many ways that you can help yourself improve numbers over the weekend by doing these 5 very simple, yet very effective, tips.
Are you sitting comfortably?
I shall begin …
5 Things You Should Do On Friday For Boosted Weekend Blog Traffic
Over 500 million Tweets* are sent every single day. That’s pretty impressive, isn’t it? Don’t you want to be a part of all that action? Twitter is a great platform to work on when you want to increase awareness of your business, brand, or blog, and it’s very fast-paced, which means that you can pump out a little more content than what you can with other platforms. It does also mean that you need to pay a little more attention to it, though.
These simple tips should help you to do just that! (And not just on Fridays.)
1 – SCHEDULE SOCIAL POSTS FOR YOUR MOST RECENT BLOG POST(S)
Have you ever heard of Buffer? It’s a social media scheduling tool, and the free plan allows you to schedule up to 10 social media posts at a time, across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can link up to three of them without upgrading, but I tend to use it for Twitter mostly.
On Friday, schedule Twitter/social media posts for your most recent blog post(s), to go live over the weekend. You have 10 (in this case) to play with, so schedule something for all of them. Give yourself a lie-in and let Buffer do the rest of the work.
Here are a few examples –
Happy Saturyay, Twitterscope! 🎉
What are your plans for today?
If you find yourself with some time to read, here’s my latest blog post:
Good morning, peeps. Just in case you haven’t checked out my little blog lately, here is a thread of my recent blog posts:
[Carry on over multiple Tweets in a thread.]
You could even encourage people to add some of their recent blog posts to the list. Why not? Weekends are for sharing! (I’m aware that’s not a real line or quote, but I’m making it one.)
Hey, folks! What’s going on? How’s your weekend going?
If you’re on public transport and looking for something to pass the time, here’s my most popular blog post from the last week –
You all seemed to love my blog post on the Pinterest copyright email so much, I thought I’d throw some more Pinterest-related stuff your way.
How many of these tips have you put in practice so far?
Oh, and I forgot this one, too:
[Carry on over multiple Tweets in a thread if necessary/you can.]
2 – TAG IN RETWEET ACCOUNTS
Retweet accounts are pretty much as they sound — accounts on Twitter that will retweet stuff that has been tagged with them. That’s why you’ll see bloggers using lots of tags in their Tweets. They help to get you a little bit of extra exposure, and on the days that I’ve been retweeted by them, I’ve definitely found that my reader-numbers have gone up.
A few that I recommend you follow and check out are:
Start by adding one or two of them in with your regular hashtags and see which ones work out for you. If you’d like to get your hands on a list of the retweet accounts I like to use, sign up for the Blogging 101 email list at the bottom of this blog post. I’m currently putting one together to share with you!
3 – SCHEDULE A #FF
I’m still using Buffer for this one, and I’m still talking about Twitter, too. There is nothing to stop you from doing a #FollowFriday train/thread on Instagram and Facebook, but it tends to have the biggest impact on Twitter, in my experience.
Using the hashtag #FF or #FollowFriday, send out a Tweet that tells your followers all about your favourite Twitter users. This could be other bloggers that you love, new bloggers or influencers that you’ve found, or perhaps even local businesses that deserve a shoutout.
The idea of this one is to start a train of engagement. Other people will shout about their favourite bloggers in turn. They’ll be even more likely to do this if you actually ask them to. And even if they don’t, you’ll be getting yourself involved with the community, and that’s one of the best things you can do when you want to grow your own following.
4 – TWEET A LINK TO YOUR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
Do those people on Twitter know that you have a damn awesome Facebook page for your blog? What about Instagram? When was the last time you shared that link on Twitter? And Pinterest? And what about just your blog? Not a link to a specific blog post — your ACTUAL blog link.
Sometimes, just sometimes, it pays to go back to basics. Keep it simple. Share a link to your Instagram page and ask others to share theirs with you.
5 – PIN AN INTERESTING OR HIGH-VALUE TWEET TO THE TOP OF YOUR FEED
If you haven’t already done this yet, you’re missing out. That’s one of the first things that any new potential follower will see when they land on your profile. Along with your profile picture and bio (which should also be fully completed), it’s your chance to really wow your audience, right away.
If you take a peek at the Twitter pages of other, popular pages, you’ll see that bloggers or influencers will have a pinned Tweet that contains the links to other social media platforms or their blog. This is a good idea to utilise yourself. Alternatively, you could add a link to your most popular blog post, your most engaged-with Tweet, or even your latest blog post.
And those are the five things I think you should do on Fridays to give your blog viewers a boost over the weekend … Or any day of the week, really, but Friday is a great day to start. What do you think of my tips? Are you going to give them a try this week? I’d love to know what happens if you do.
Thanks for stopping by today, and don’t forget to leave your blog links in the comments below so I can come and check them out!
FURTHER RESOURCES + READING:
- How to Get Followers to Engage with You on Social Media
- 100 Tweet Suggestions for Bloggers [71-80]
- 7 Things That Ruin Your Blog and Social Media Photos