Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tips For Increasing Traffic to Your Craft Blog

One of the reasons (and there are many) that I started this blog was to help increase visibility and traffic for my Etsy shop.  There are lots of other people out there with blogs linked to their shops as well as those who have craft blogs just to show off the projects they make for their own homes.  Getting more people to look at your "craft" blog is important whether you're selling your items or not.

Crafterminds is a super group of expert craft bloggers with a mission to connect lifestyle bloggers and their loyal audiences to marketers that focus on DIY, handmade, and arts & crafts markets.  I ran across them last week during their regular Monday Twitter chat.  The chat was about blog design and there were a lot of great tips exchanged. Their next chat is scheduled for Monday, February 14, at 4:00 pm ET.  Search for the hashtag #crafterminds to follow along.  Their topic will be about increasing traffic to your craft blog.   
Here are some of the tips they have given already:
  • Linky Parties (see, I told you linking up to Etsy Wednesdays was a good idea)
  • Feature Sites (Have you signed up for Feature Friday yet?)
  • Tweet It Out  (If you're on Twitter, this tip is a must-read)
  • Facebook (The new fan page layout makes this even better)
  • Social Bookmarking Sites (Ummm....haven't tried this one yet.) 
    LINKY PARTIES - One of the first things I tried with promoting this blog was to link up to as many Linky Parties as possible.  It's important to pay attention to the rules of each party. There are some that allow you to promote your shop directly. Others are more geared toward craft posts on your blog.  Writing posts that explain the process of creating your items help you to be able to link to more of these parties. Don't forget to come back here each Wednesday to link up for Etsy Wednesday.
    Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom, Making the World Cuter, What Allie's Making Now, and  Tools Are For Women Too each have a directory of these linky parties.

    FEATURES - Getting featured is an interesting challenge.  Some blogs offer these opportunities for free.  There are other blogs that connect their features to advertising. Another popular way to get featured is with a blog swap, allowing each of you to get noticed by a new audience.  Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions when you do your first feature.  The first time I had an opportunity to be featured, I did a tutorial and was so excited.  Being new, I didn't realize that I should delay posting the same tutorial on my own blog so it wouldn't take traffic away from the original one.  I should have just posted a teaser on my blog so that people would go to the other blog for the full story.  Live and learn!   Don't forget to click on the Feature Friday tab for more information on being featured here on my blog.

    I hope I'll see you on Twitter for tomorrow's Crafterminds chat.  If you can't make it, let me know of any advice or questions on increasing blog views that you'd like me to share.

    2 mad comments:

    Suzy Myers said...

    Great advice! I'm all about linky lists. That is how I first started getting my blog out there. Thanks so much for featuring my link party and library!


    Angelique said...

    Awesome advice at just the right time! I'm just starting and I've already made a few mistakes. Eeek! I read that I should have at least 10 posts on my blog before taking efforts to increase traffic. What are your thoughts?

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