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Not Blessed by Google, Still getting 150k Monthly Visitors on my Blog.

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Not Blessed by Google, Still getting 150k Monthly Visitors on my Blog.

Around 8 years ago, I was doing some research for my monthly college assignment, sitting in an Internet cafe working on an old computer with an awful Internet speed, wondering who on earth is so dumb to put all that information on the Internet for free. I mean if it takes me hours to note them down, it might have taken them days to put that up.

Anyways, fast forward to 2012 when I became that dumb person to put all the information for free and now I get the irony.

I am a food blogger, who researches and prepares recipes, take photos while cooking, then edit those photos and publish them. And then go share it with the world.

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Image Credit: kevineats.com

Its heck of a job but I love it. I love cooking recipes and getting appreciation for it. And my blog helps me in getting that.

Plus I make money while doing all that because I get a fair amount of traffic.

But it was not always like that. For the good part of 2012, I skipped the last and the most important task of sharing my recipe posts with others. I waited for Google to send people to my blog instead.

And it never worked out.

Now if you try to give me a lesson about SEO, let me tell you

  1. I am a housewife with a year old baby.
  2. We are in 2014 and we all know that one update from Google will ruin all the SEO efforts.

So, allow me to tell you what I did in 2013 and took my blog from 100 visitor a day to over 5000 visitors a day

I chose Social Media to get people to my blog and read my recipes.

I am sharing my posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Stumble upon and as the visual content performs really well, my food blog started getting all the traffic from these sites.

At first it really looks like a tough job to promote your posts on Social Media sites, because it the traffic you get depends on the amount of time you devote to it.

Thankfully there are many tools available to automate the process of distributing your content across various social media channels.

This is how I promote my blog.

For Facebook:

I have my own Facebook page where I post the recipes, then I take these posts and share them in various food related groups that I have joined. I have also collaborated with other page owners to share my posts on their pages.

So, I just reshare the posts from my Page to all the other pages and groups. It is not fully automated but once you create a setup it becomes easy to share your content.

I have also managed to bring in over 11000 Fans to my own page.

Pro tip: Facebook has recently made some changes and now the thumbnails of shared links are bigger, so, if you are aiming to get more people to your blog then share links instead of photos with links to your posts.

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For Twitter:

I am using Evergreen Post Twitter to Tweet my recipes at a regular interval of time, my recipes are not time specific so it works pretty well. A lot of people search for things on Twitter and land on my blog, I am yet to optimize the traffic from Twitter but I am happy with it right now.

Pro tip: Try to be helpful on Twitter, follow people, ask questions, and appreciate their efforts about things they are sharing on Twitter. This makes you an active person on Twitter and people will give more attention to your tweets.

For Tumblr:

Tumblr is huge for Visual Content, It is the latest medium I have added to promote my recipes, it works really well, I just share my posts with a link back to the full recipes posts on my blog and people follow it to land on my blog. It has an option to queue posts which can be used to schedule posts. I spend only 30 minutes on Sunday to schedule posts for the whole week. I also shares those posts on Facebook and Twitter, so it can simply automates three channels.

Pro tip: Make friends on tumblr and ask them to reblog your posts, this can be huge traffic generator.

For Stumbleupon, Pinterest and Google Plus:

I try to share my recipe posts on the rest of the sites three times a day.  I am trying very hard to follow this every day and it really pays in the end.

I have recently started building a list as well and the number has reached to over 500 at the time of writing this article. I have more plans for the blog in my limited time and I am really happy to be a blogger and do something I enjoy doing while getting paid for it. In my next Post, I’ll be talking about how I am Monetizing this blog and how I turned this blog from making few cents a day to few hundred dollars a month.

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  • Sani

    Hi surkhab,
    That’s AWESOME. And, this is way one should share Blogging Tips. I understand, your main intention is to make bloggers like us aware how to leverage the power of Social Media .. and not to write on top blog like this one for the sake of getting linkback or fame, whatever. I’ll definitely use your trick in one of my blog, deals with photo, like yours. Again thanks, and hope great going. Ba Bye.

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  • Raman Bathina

    Its very interesting to know about the methods which gets lots of visitors without doing single bit of SEO. But i don’t think these methods will work for every niche.But Still these are the best methods to get referral traffic.

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  • Ravi Chahar

    Hi Surkhab,
    As we all know the main motive of bloggers. It is to drive traffic at their blog. Bloggers seek for many tips to increase traffic but some of them works effectively. I agree with your key point of using social networking websites. People are using Facebook, Twitter at a great extent. We have higher possibility to get in touch with many people who would love to read the content at our blog. But I am little bit confused about StumbleUpon. I have read that a blogger should not stumble his/her post directly. Bloggers should stumble their post in the circle they develop there. May I ask you how is that so? How can we develop a good following circle?

    Nice to read your story.
    Thanks for the motivation.
    -Ravi

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  • Dinesh Kumar

    Hello Surkhab, you have told the secret.. Thanks for sharing. I get inspired from you and now I am also focusing on social media… Getting good response… :)

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  • Ujjwal kumar sen

    Hi, you are right about these social medias, because social medias are important at least in recent trend, I think as a food blogger you must create videos and then upload to youtube. It would be more helpful for you, you can drive traffic to your blog as well as you can signup for youtube partnership programme.
    Its easy as well as simple, I think one another big reason is YT is the biggest platform for videos.

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  • vikas yadav

    Hi Surkhab, You have write some of the most useful points that every newbie need tso remember and implemented in his/her blogging career.
    You target social media as a great source of getting traffic, that is a good move. I have seen many blogger who doesn’t take the maximum advantage from the social media and struggling for taking their blog to the next level.
    Thanks a lot for sharing these wonderful tricks with the shoutmeloud readers..

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  • Jitender Aneja

    Hi Surkhab,

    I really appreciate the efforts you put in this amazing article. I think commenting on other people’s blog with valuable conversation can be one of the source and it also give some values to Search engine rankings.

    But it is also true that till how much time we can rely on only one source, we need to find many sources of traffic like you shared your experiences above.

    Thank you.

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  • Nilantha Jayawardhana

    Really awesome post by Surkhab. Thanks.

    As a blogger, I think most difficult part of blogging is attracting people to my blog. You use very simple and effective method to promote your website. Social media like facebook, twitter, google plus, stumbleupon is a great way to promote a website. I share my every blog post via these social networks.

    Backlink building is other way to promote a website. Forum posting, commenting on blogs and yahoo answers are good for build quality backlinks. These quality backlinks help me to increase my pagerank.

    There are lot of post collection on ShoutMeLoud to learn about SEO and web promotion.

    Thanks for your post. It is very interesting and useful post.

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  • Millar Matthews

    Very nice post indeed. The part that you have explained about ways of promoting your blog is great. I normally use the same ways to promote my blog.

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  • Noufal Binu

    Hi surkhab,
    Thanks for sharing a Superb Article About Personal experience of blogging. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thank you so much.

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  • Miracle Ayodele

    Hi Surkhab,

    You have really shared great tips, you have not hidden anything.

    Facebook has been trying for me, i share on Google plus, but it seems not to be serving right, probably i will try sharing three times a week like you did.

    Twitter is also doing great, reddit and stumbleupon. Though my traffic is still small but will continue to be persistent.

    Thanks for sharing on ShoutMeLoud. Have a nice day Surkhab.

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