400 Blog Posts Later – What Works and What Doesn’t

400 Blog Posts Later – What is Working and What Is Not Working To Drive Traffic

400 Blog Posts

Yes, it’s really been over 400 blog posts here at Inspire to Thrive. Can you believe it?  If I knew I would have written 400 posts I probably would have never started to blog.

One of my earliest posts was about my garden. It’s a little ironic since I just revived my garden within the past few days. I could not keep up with gardening since beginning blogging until this past week – almost 3 years later. It felt good to be doing normal things again and yet still be blogging. Once you really get going with blogging you begin to learn what works and what doesn’t.

In this post I will share with you those 16 things that have worked well and what hasn’t worked so well over the past 3 years. Some of those that didn’t work well to drive traffic are great tools to save time. Some of these methods you may remember from older posts. Others are new methods I tried and shared with you along the way here to drive blog traffic.

16 Top Things That Worked Well to Drive Traffic to 400 Blog Posts

  1. Google Search – Google still provides the most traffic to this blog. Even after the penalty and loss of pagerank. The traffic still comes here from Google via Search. It’s the top way to drive traffic to 400 blog posts. But I would not reply on it only. Always be sure you are using other methods to drive your traffic!
  2. Twitter – It’s not a surprise that Twitter would be #2 as it’s my favorite social media website and I use it the most for this blog.
  3. Bloglovin – This was a surprise to me! This is a website that shares your latest posts with other bloggers who follow you. I started to use this one when we thought the Google feedburner was going away. Feedburner still exists today.
  4. Facebook – How can Facebook not be on this list, right? Facebook is the biggest social networking site out there today. I don’t use it as often for fear of flooding the users stream.
  5. Other Bloggers – Yes, other bloggers! When you comment on other bloggers blogs and do guest posts it does increase the views to your own blog. The #1 blog that drives traffic to mine is Adrienne Smith’s blog. I do comment there regularly and have done a guest post there too. Adrienne is the queen of comments and interaction with her readers. How can anyone not love Adrienne and feel like they really know her? Another blog I receive traffic is from EnstineMuki who blogs on making money online. He has some great info if you haven’t visited there yet.triberr
  6. Triberr – I can’t imagine blogging without using Triberr. Triberr is a great way to reach other bloggers and share their stuff and for them to share yours too. If you haven’t signed up for this yet please do. You will notice a difference but not immediately. Give it time.
  7. Feedly – This was another surprise. I don’t use it often but apparently other bloggers do use Feedly.  
  8. Listly – I discovered this website a while back and really use to keep some of my favorite blog posts to go back to and re-read.  Listly really did drive traffic to 400 blog posts here at Inspire to Thrive.
  9. Bing Search – Google is not the only game in town or on the earth. Bing also drives traffic. Have you set up your Bing webmaster tools yet? They are another great way to get insights about your blog or website too. Bing differs from Google’s webmaster tools.
  10. Pinterest – Pinterest is another way to drive traffic to 400 blog posts or any amount of blog posts. They key is have some awesome images to share along the way. (One side note: This was one of the top ways to drive traffic to my old retail websites.)
  11. Google+ – This one was a little disappointing. I did crank up my usage there until about June this year. I did not see a lot of results though coming in at #11 in ways to drive traffic to 400 blog posts is nothing to sneeze at either. (This one disappeared in early 2019.)
  12. Paperblog – This website works well if you are featured on the front page of their blog sharing website.
  13. Tumblr – This social network site takes time and patience. After some time it will begin to generate traffic as it did to my 400 blog posts.
  14. RSS – Do be sure to feature your RSS widget on your blog so readers can follow anyway in which they choose. You can see mine on the top right hand side along the social media icons.
  15. Alexa – This is one that surprised me too. I think it’s due to the fact that I used to have the Alexa button at bottom of this blog. I since removed it when I cleaned up my sidebar. Maybe something to re-think?
  16. NewsMeBack – This social sharing website I used in the beginning days of blogging and since have not used. It certainly did drive traffic to the first hundreds of my 400 blog posts. Another one I may re-consider. Is anyone else using this one in their blog tool bag?

14 Things That Did Not Directly Drive Traffic to Blog Posts but May Have Been Great Tools

    1. LinkedIn – I believe this one didn’t come up in the top 50 was due to the lack of use by me to share posts there. I may try to beef that up in the coming weeks. I’d love to see if it makes a difference in the next 400 blog posts.
    2. StumbleUpon – This one may drive traffic but the bounce rate is very high. I’ve almost completely stopped using this social network a year or more so back. Why drive traffic when they immediately leave your site?
    3. BizSugar – This one may not have show up as a traffic booster to the 400 blog posts but I did receive more comments and met more great bloggers via this blogging sharing website. I still use it almost weekly today. (Since this writing it is in my top 10!, 2019) 
    4. Scoop.It – This website is quick to use and makes it easy to find new content and bloggers. I still use this one weekly but have not upgraded to the premium version. I still use the free version of Scoop.it today. I’d love to hear from someone who has upgraded to premium there.
    5. BlogEngage – This one was great in the beginning to drive traffic but I slowly stopped using it due to lack of time. I still believe it’s a great website to network with other bloggers and find new content and readers along the way.
    6. Digg – Another social network site that made so many changes I stopped using it along the way. I did not like that you had to be logged into Facebook to use them. Are you still using Digg today? (Haven’t used in years now, 2019.)Buffer app
    7. Buffer – This is a tool that I could not be without to help share blog posts throughout several social media websites. I’ve used both the FREE and the Premium versions and I just love the Buffer app. It works well on mobile and is a great timesaver device! I could not have shared my 400 blog posts without this Buffer tool. (Now, I use Agorapulse!) 
    8. Hootsuite – I’ve used Hootsuite on and off through the years but prefer the Buffer. I think it’s really a matter of preference. Both are excellent tools and you really need to use at least one of them for your blog.
    9. Klout – It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers out there and give them a boost along the way for some Klout. Of course the FREEBIES are great too! (Gone in 2018!)
    10. #BlogChat – I love this Twitter Chat on Sunday nights at 9 pm when I can stay awake. I joined one last night and met some new bloggers and gained some new followers on Twitter. It’s fast and informational. I just love that speed. (GONE in July, 2019.)
    11. Foursquare – This one I use mostly for fun and it’s no wonder it does not drive traffic to the website. But it’s a great way to network with other bloggers and get to know them a little more. Seeing the places they shop and eat at can give you more insights into them. Besides it can be fun and we all need to have fun along the way – right?
    12. Instagram – This social network site too I mostly use for fun but want to learn how to have it work to promote the blog. I have been following others to learn how they are generating traffic to their 400 blog posts via Instagram. (Now, it’s in my top 10! 2019)  
    13. JustRetweet – I use this one for my Inspire To Thrive Twitter handle. It’s a great way to get more retweets and mentions in the Twitter feed. I highly recommend JustRetweet to new Twitter handles as you work your way towards 400 blog posts. (GONE in 2018.) 
    14. Commun.it – This one I used more in the earlier years and not so much lately. It’s an interesting tool to see who are your top engaged followers or top engagers.

SO why keep doing the same thing over and over again if it is not working, right?

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What have you found over the years that works best for your blog?

Have you tried all 16 of my top ways to drive traffic to 400 blog posts more or less?

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Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging, and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 30+ years of experience in marketing/advertising with 9 years of experience in content marketing, social media, blogging, and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "How to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

  • Hi Lisa,
    Thanks to your advice I’ve now joined two blogging networks, including Bloglovin’. Hoping to see a bit more traffic some time in the future… Thank you! 🙂

    • Welcome to Inspire to Thrive Beeta and you are welcome. I do highly recommend Triberr as well. Love to know how they work for you. Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful weekend ahead.

  • Hello Lisa,

    It’s great to connect again and I heartily congratulate you on your 400th post. The opening of this entry leaves me with memories of an article I read about a clock that got a nervous breakdown from thinking about the millions of ticks a year instead of focusing on just a tick per second…certainly, focusing on just the task at hand clearly helps – as you’ve proved.

    I personally love the nice quote from Einstein here too: how can any sane human do the same thing every time and expect different results? Clearly, that must be madness, believe me! Over at my blog, I’m experimenting and consciously spending more time doing the things that work, instead of the things that merely occupy my time.

    Make your day great – I hope to be around to congratulate you when you celebrate your 1000th post! Once again, congratulations!

    Always,
    Terungwa

    • Thank you Akaahan. glad to see you back here. Great analogy, we can only do one thing at a time. If we look at the big picture we may do nothing, I know that can be the case wth me. Make it into small steps and it’s much easier.
      That is one of my favorite quotes of all times. Many do it and wonder why nothing changes, really?
      Thanks again and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead there.

  • It’s amazing to see your progress mam, 400 blog posts is seriously a mean feat. I just hit 200 recently and I know it’s such a daunting task to publish great content day in and day out.
    Do keep up the good work, you are an inspiration!
    Thank you!

    • Thank you Aditya. It sure is to post day after day and week after week. It’s a passion I guess. Glad I’m inspiring to you. You are welcome. Do have a great weekend ahead and hope to see you back again!

      • Thanks mam, I will try and have an awesome weekend and finish few more awesome posts in this time. Meanwhile, you too enjoy the day and keep blogging good!

  • Hey Lisa,

    Congrats:)

    You have written 400 blog post at you blog. It’s really amazing and surprising for me.

    I wouldn’t imagine that you have devoted that much time to this blog. Salute to you for this.:) When I come to read this post there was something which has encouraged me a lot.

    Both the list you have mentioned above are really interesting.
    I haven’t used many of them. I will try them soon.

    Thanks for this post.

    Hope you have great weekend.:)

    ~Ravi

    • Hi Ravi, It’s surprising to me too. I sure have. I don’t know how either with everything else in my life but it’s a passion of mine. Glad to hear it has encouraged you. Let me know some of the new ones you try out, love to know how they work out for you along the way. You are welcome for it and have a great weekend too.

  • Lisa congrats on hitting this milestone.

    What I really love your blog for is that you share your stories and provide useful information.

    As for Adrienne I really agree that she is a brilliant blogger and awesome commentator.

    Really looking forward to more post on your site wishing you a wonderful week.

    • Thank you Peter. Glad to know you do find them useful. I do try to share things as I go along. Why hold the info in right? Yes, she is one of the first bloggers I met along with Mayura and Brenda. Thank you and I hope you have a great weekend ahead Peter.

  • Hi Lisa,

    It’s my first time to your blog, and already I’m glad I found it!

    I’m a bit surprised by some of you results and not by others. I just recently connected with Adrienne Smith and I’m really enjoying engaging with her. We’ve had some real fun back and forths, lol… She is awesome!!!! I am excited about meeting new bloggers and engaging with them and offering them a lot of value. It’s a great way to network and earn influence as we build our own audiences.

    I’ve never heard of Paperblog, so that’s one I definitely want to check into; and I’ve just started getting involved a little with Klinkk.com.

    I’ve gotten a Triberr account, but I haven’t really started using it yet. Looks like I need to from the sounds of it. Some of the Directories that are working really well for me are Kingged.com, DoSplash, and Inbound.org.

    I’m thinking about getting more into technorati as well, but I’m not sure at this point?

    I’m really surprised by the lack of traffic from LinkedIn? I get a HUGE amount and it’s by far my #1 social network, but I get a good amount now from Twitter and Facebook as well. However, I get a significant amount of engagement on Facebook and Twitter, and especially on my blog.

    It’s great to connect with you and I look forward to reading more of your posts. I will be sharing on my social networks as well.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Sincerely,
    Don Purdum

    • Hi Don, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Sorry in the late response but if you see may latest post you’ll understand. Adrienne sure is awesome. She is one of the first bloggers I met along the way.
      Triberr is the best – I can’t imagine blogging without it but as I’ve said to others give it time. It doesn’t happen overnight.
      I tried to get on technorati but had issues connecting and received no response from them. If you can, I’d love to know how it goes. I
      Very interesting on LinkedIn, how do you share your posts there? In the stream or in groups or both? I’m always afraid to share my own stuff there – like it’s not good enough, crazy huh? Thanks for connecting and I hope to see you back again Don.

      • Hi Lisa,

        No worries here. There are only so many hours in a day, right?

        I will get just have to investigate Triberr more and figure out how it works and how the community engages. I just haven’t taken the time really.

        In regards to LinkedIn; it has been HUGE for me!!!!

        My targeted network is nearly 3500 and growing right now. I share my articles and ideas both on my wall and in the groups.

        But like every other tool, the magic happens when you engage with the the content of others on the wall and in the groups you choose. Never be afraid to share on LI!!!!

        I personally love it!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Congrats on 400 posts! That’s a lot and you’ve done quite well. I’m surprise that Google+ didn’t bring Mich traffic. Hmmmm. And still I don’t get tumblr…something which I could never figure out how to add quality bloggers there. I always find them the hardest. So I kinda put them a little bit in the back burner. Anyway, thank you for sharing me this post. Hope you feel better and may you have a blessed weekend.

    Angela

    • Thank you Angela. Do you find Google+ to be one of your top sources of traffic Angela? I sometimes wonder if it’s the time we put into the social sites that work best for us or the niche itself? You are welcome and I’m starting to feel better…Have a great weekend ahead.

      • Tell you honestly, Lisa, I don’t even know how to view my stats which traffic are coming from where. I don’t really use Google Analytics that much. I view it from time to time but it confuses me still. Nowadays, I just rely more on my OFFLINE business rather than the ONLINE. So many things here that really confuses me. 🙁

        • Hi Angela. I also use a plugin called SlimStat here. That also tracks your traffic. Maybe you could try that? How does it confuse you – the Google analytics? I will look for a tutorial for you on it. Interesting how that works for you. Thanks for coming by and for your comment Angela. Hope you have a nice weekend!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Congrats on your accomplishment. Now I know what to do and what to avoid. I got some great resources from your list, I am gonna check it out for sure. All new for me, only triberr did I knew, but hardly used.

    The most awesome traffic is indeed organic traffic as the bounce rate will be very less from it. I also use stumbleupon, but the bounce rate is too damn high, ruining the overall bounce rate.

    Thank you for sharing this. You made my day. Have an awesome weekend.

    • Thank you Rohan. Stick with Triberr, it’s really great once you do. It takes a while to get results from it as I always gave up in the beginning with it. It’s worth sticking with! Glad to have made your day 🙂
      Thank you for coming by and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend ahead Rhhan.

  • You have written a very great post here, i appreciate your effort and commitment to bringing up this unique post.

  • Hi Lisa.

    Congrats! 400 posts is some accomplishment.

    I use many of the same traffic sources. Some rock, others don’t work as well for me. I got little Google traffic in the past but my new blog – which I launched yesterday – should provide me with search traffic like yourself.

    Twitter and other bloggers are my #1 traffic sources, and Facebook is rounding the curve. Since I’m active on Triberr again I’m seeing a quick and stead surge through this site as I’m a member of many tribes and actively work them.

    I feel being super active on any network, sharing content and engaging frequently is the way to go. If you’re active, you can boost traffic through many different traffic source.

    Thanks a ton for the share. Here’s to the next 400!

    Ryan

    • Hi Ryan, thank you. No where near yours though 🙂 I was amazed to see how many you reached! I can’t imagine hitting over 3000+ . New blog? Are you keeping old one? Me too on the Twitter and other bloggers. I love Triberr. I can’t imagine blogging without it. You are everywhere Ryan, I see you when I leave comments at other places and there is Ryan again 🙂
      Thanks and I hope to at least hit 1000 one day. You surely have set a bar in blogging!
      Have a great day and weekend ahead with your travels.

      • Haha I am trying Lisa, and likewise. You’re all over the place yourself. Leaving my old blog behind but I have a redirect in place to my new one. Have a great weekend.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing all that. After 400 blog posts you must be quite an expert. I’m going to share this post on our Facebook page.

    Have you discovered anything about what types of blog posts work best for you? For example, in general have you found longer posts get more traffic than shorter posts? Have you found posts with strong engaging images have a lower bounce rate? Are list type blog posts more successful, etc.

    I just wondered if you drawn any conclusions from the types of blog posts as well as the very useful conclusions you’ve drawn about tools & traffic sources.

    Thanks again,
    Mike

    • Hi Mike, thank you. I have tested that out and the longer posts did NOT bring the most traffic surprisingly. I found the posts on blogging vs SEO and Social Media tend to get the most traffic and comments. You can see that in my sidebar, right side, bottom, the most popular posts – all include bogging. I also found leaving comments on other blogs and network sites help as well as leaving a few days in between posts. I have not noticed the image effect but do note people seem to like the posts with infographics.
      You are welcome Mike and I hope the answers help you. Have a wonderful day and weekend ahead.

  • Hi Lisa,
    Congratulations on completing such a huge milestone. We feel great to know that we have 400 high quality masterpieces of useful information for us from you.
    Definitely Google would have realised its mistake of giving your blog a drop in pagerank and traffic 😛 . But I am sure you would continue to receive this much praise in terms of traffic from Google and your readers like us.
    Thanks.
    Regards,
    Vineet

    • Hi Vineet, nice to see you here again. Thank you. Google did not drop the traffic just the pagerank as I’ve been keeping an eye on it. One of these days the Pagerank will come back, or they may drop it forever for all as rumored. Google keeps on making changes. I was surprised to still see they bring the most traffic though. What are you top 3 traffic drivers Vineet?

  • Hi Lisa,

    Great, great post. First let me say congratulations on 400 blog posts! Wow! Awesome! Can’t wait to get there!

    Second, this is a great list of what worked and what didnt’ and I really want to dig down deep into and find out if I can drive some traffic that way. Many of these I have not heard of. Many I have but never tried. First thing on my list because I do have a new website and want to use some of your suggestions to see what happens. You’re right about Triberr – love that one!

    So some of the ones that didn’t work for you, also didn’t work for me. LinkedIn was a bust for sure although I still use it for non-blogging business.

    Great list and thank you so much. Very valuable.
    Regards,
    Barbara

    • Hi Barbara, thank you. I’m sure you will if you continue on. Don’t be afraid to try new things and start with just one at a time to give it a good shot. LinkedIn is great for many things but maybe not for driving traffic to our blogs? It will be interesting to see if it does work for other bloggers in that way – so we can learn more.
      I’m glad you found this valueable Barbara and enjoy your day ahead!

  • What a beautiful surprise this morning Lisa!
    I use Linkody to monitor my backlinks and this morning while checking my mails, I got an alert indicating a dofollow backlink from this post. The next thing I did was rush here and what I found not just the link but a wonderful recommendation. That makes it more beautiful to have you in my community. And of course, it will be unfair not to mention that I get traffic too from this blog as a constant reader and commentator. What a beautiful community!

    And who doesn’t know that star of a blogger called Adrienne? I know her because I’m not leaving under a bridge and her blog is a wonderful source of traffic and inspiration.

    Now, congratulations on this record. 400 blog posts represent hours of hard work, research, writing, creativity, etc. We have benefited so much from reading your works Lisa.

    You have also mentioned a lot of tools you use here and this makes this post more resourceful. You did not only tell us your story. you also revealed your secret. I love your note on Google. Though it’s a powerful source of traffic, it should not be completely relied 😉

    Thanks for the shout out. We will continue to read this blog Lisa so keep sharing those beautiful ideas 😉

    • Hi Enstine, well your site was deserving of it and it showed clearly in the stats. Numbers don’t lie, right? Yes, the same with Adrienne’s too.
      Thank you for saying that the posts benefited others here Enstine, Helps me to continue on 🙂
      Yes, I remember how it was first blogging and I always said to myself I would share what works to help others along the way. I also shared some that haven’t worked.
      Thanks again Enstine for everything and have a wonderful day!

  • Hey Lisa,

    Congratulations on reaching the 400 blog post mark. That’s a pretty good achievement. I actually like Stumbleupon. If you hit the right subject it can bring a huge amount of visitors. I had one post last week that that was producing over a thousand views a day for three days. Sure a lot of them bounce of straight away but some do stick around. I also noticed a lot more clicks on my affiliate links. That being the case I will continue to use Stumbleupon.

    I wonder too if the extra traffic will boost my Alexa ranking. If that’s true it may also lift my Google ranking. Must look into that.

    Other than that Google is my best traffic source, then bloggers then Facebook.

    Thanks for your post.

    • HI Peter, thank you. Interesting how StumbleUpon has worked for you, do you mind if I ask what type of niche? I’m always curious when something works for someone else etc. Extra traffic should boost your Alexa ranking. It may not on Google ranking – they take so many more factors into that one now- and they change those factors along the way regularly.
      Thank you for coming by and welcome to Inspire to Thrive Peter.

      • Sure, it’s a sports betting niche. In just over three months my Alexa hit about 200,000. According to Google analytics I have over 2000 links to it. I’ve even got Google asking to place sports related ads on the site. Yeah, right, as if that is going to happen.

        I’m pretty pleased with that considering there are those who believe Google will penalise them if they link to it. Weird when you consider some of the sites I’m linked to have a PR6 rank. Besides, if that was true why would Google want to place their ads on my sites?

        • Very interesting Peter, thank you for sharing with us here. Love to know how it goes over the next few months. Have a great weekend ahead.

  • Hey Lisa,

    Wow, 400 posts. I running right behind you!

    This blog post is a great reference to me since I’m open to looking to use more traffic sources. I just signed up with Kingged.com and looking to see how it will help drive traffic.

    I actually didn’t know that Bing had a webmasters tool, or at least i forgot about it LOL… but I did a post on adding sitemaps using Google webmaster tools, but why not add it to Bing as well. The more the merrier right?

    I use to use Bizsugar but something happened with my account and was unable to log back in. Also they never gave me validation to change my password when i requested it. I’ll look into creating a brand new account and start from scratch.

    Thanks for sharing and I’ll be coming back to look at those other resources!

    • Hi Sherman, that’s neat, how many years have you been blogging now? Great, let me know how you like Kingged. Bing has some difference metrics and info than Google Webmaster tools so It’s a great way to check more things.
      I heard BizSugar’s site had been slowed down but that they were working on upgrading the servers. Let me know if you still have an issue there. I could contact someone there for you. You are welcome Sherman.
      Have a great day and weekend ahead.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Congratulations on reaching the 400-post mark – What a wonderful achievement! 🙂

    What a valuable thing you’ve shared – a list and summary of what has worked for you over the last 400 blog posts – thanks so much for giving this info out!

    Okay, this is a SUPER LIST – bookmarking right now for future continual use….

    This is a treasure trove, Lisa, and I thank you!

    Have not heard of NewsMeBack, Paperblog, or EnstineMuki, which I will check out.

    I love posts like this that will GO ON being valuable as we check out every little tidbit of value on all the pages you’ve linked to.

    Thanks much and have a wonderful week. 🙂

    Carol Amato

    • Hi Carol, thank you. I hope it helps others along their blogging journeys. I remember how it felt first starting out. Like being lost out in the jungle 🙂

      You are welcome. I hope you have a great day and weekend ahead Carol.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Congratulations on achieving this feat! 400 is a huge number and admire you to stay the course and publish these many blog posts consistently over the years you have blogged.

    Some of the tools you shared in this post, have been my favorites too! However, some of them not so much. For example I like Triberr but I could not so far pay my full attention to the tool.

    I like Klout and I have a decent score. But, I can’t say that it has given any traffic or anything of significance to me so far.

    However your list is an awesome resource for me to keep track of myself and also to go back to your post and I am wondering what should I do now next! Thank you for sharing and congratulations one more time!

    Regards,
    Kumar

    • Hi Kumar, thank you. I would not say huge but a number if I had known I’d reach may never have started 🙂
      I sure do love Triberr still to this day – I can’t imagine blogging without it! What did you not like about it?
      I would definately recommend you use it more and don’t give up, it takes time to build up. If you hadn’t check out this post on it here https://inspiretothrive.com/2013/08/triberr-reader/

      I hope it will help you Kumar. I hope you have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend ahead.

  • Congratulations on your 400th post Lisa!

    What a milestone that is! I am so grateful that you shared the links to what gave you such popularity. The one thing I always forget to do is Bing! It’s on a post-it as I read through your post. And that post-it won’t come off my computer until I get there.

    For me, the most “action” I get is Facebook and Google+ lately. I meet more and more people on the Google+ platform that I can connect with. I’m also in blogging groups and that’s how others get my blog out. So far so good.

    Again, Thank you for sharing all these links and have yourself another 400 blog posts to celebrate!

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna, thank you. Of course, I always share what I learn here with you. It’s hard if you are doing it on your own – as I remember those first days blogging. How could you forget bing? LOL.
      Interesting about Google+ as Bren was saying she doesn’t get much from it and myself included. Do you spend most of your time there? I started to at the beginning of the year but could not keep up.
      You are welcome and I hope you are having a fantastic Friday Donna and a great weekend ahead there.

  • Congratulations on your 400th post Lisa! That is quite a milestone girlfriend! Time sure does fly when you’re blogging, right? LOL

    Thanks for sharing these sites and tools with us Lisa. I was going through the list and found a couple new sites to check out and there were some like you that didn’t work for me either that I eventually dropped like Digg and Just Retweet. JR was working well with the work from home blog but it’s not doing too well for this one.

    Yes Adrienne is awesome isn’t she? It’s no wonder you get traffic from her…she is known for sharing good stuff and that is you doll!

    Congratulations again Lisa! I wish you many many more successful years in blogging! And thank you for connecting with me three years ago! You are the one who opened the door for me in the twitterverse! Don’t know where I would be had you not. 🙂

    Hope you have a fabulous week! Happy Monday 🙂

    • Thanks Corina, time sure does fly blogging. I hate to look up at the clock and see how the day goes while online. I’m glad you found some new sites to check out along the way. You didn’t find JustRetweet helpful? I still use it on my Inspire to Thrive Twitter handle a few times per week. Adrienne is so awesome and I’ve learned a lot from her along the way. It is hard to believe I’ve known you ladies for 3 years now! So happy to hear I was the one who opened the door to Twitterverse for you Corina – 🙂
      And it’s Friday already, what does that tell you about my week? LOL. Enjoy Friday and the weekend ahead my friend!

  • Hey Lisa,

    Wow, 400 posts already! Doesn’t it just seem like yesterday! Well I’m glad you hung in there because had you not I wouldn’t have met you and been able to call you my friend.

    I appreciate you sharing with us which sites are bringing you traffic and which ones you’ve used yet aren’t really bringing you the type of traffic you had hoped.

    I was so surprised and thrilled to see that my blog brings you the most traffic. Yay!!! That’s because with CommentLuv enabled we can see your awesome headlines and want to follow you back over here. Yep, what better way to get other people’s eyeballs on your blog posts right!

    I hope you’ll be hanging around for another 400 posts Lisa. We never know what the future holds but that’s really saying something that you’re still here and I sure hope you’re enjoying it.

    Good luck with that garden now. I wish I could grow one but then again, that’s a lot of work.

    Have a great week.

    ~Adrienne

    • I know huh Adrienne? I can’t believe it already. Me too Adrienne, glad we’ve become friends and the others I’ve met along the way. Yes, your site did bring in the most – interesting huh? I wasn’t surprised. I hope so too Adrienne and believe I will be sticking around. I hope I can continue with that Adrienne – I used to love playing in the garden and seeing things grow. I hit a litle bump in the road that I’ll explain later, hopefully it won’t keep me down. Take care Adrienne and have a great rest of the week there. Thanks for coming by as always.

  • 🙂 Congrats on the 400th post… and they’re all fantastic! Thanks for putting this together… very helpful if I ever get back to mine!

    • Hi Nancy, thank you. I hope you do get back to yours, but I know how life can get in the way sometimes. Thinking of you today and hope all goes well.

  • I’m at 1000+ (more if I had kept the ones from 2003-2006), but I still haven’t been able to zero in on more than direct search and Facebook. The others are far behind in my numbers. LinkedIn never brought me anything, so I’m thinking of dropping it.

    • Hi Linda, thanks for coming by today. Is Twitter in the top 5 or 10 for you? I would not recommend dropping LinkedIn, it’s great to make connections for employment, networking, groups and much more. I’d love to see if anyone gets traffic from them that we can learn from. It will be interesting to see how all respond. I appreciate your input Linda. Have a great day.

      • It’s in the top 5. I just checked, and this month it’s divided as follows:
        organic reach: 301, direct: 145, facebook: 59, twitter: 37 and so on.

        • Thank you Linda, interesting. Only difference with mine is Twitter before Facebook but that’s where I spend more of my time so it makes sense too.

  • Hi Lisa; Congratulations on reaching 400 posts! You really know your stuff and I always learn something from you. 🙂 Google search, Stumbleupon (an old post of mine got recommended about a year ago and it does bring daily views still. I understand what you mean about the bounce rate and it is quite high, but, ever since I removed the sharing buttons at the top of my posts, (a tip from Strategic Mama), the bounce has decreased), Twitter and Facebook give me the most visitors. I’ve tried many of the other things you mentioned, but don’t really have the time to pursue them. Love Hootsuite though!

    • Hi Debbie, Thank you – glad to know you do learn something here 🙂 It will be interesting to see if Facebook and Twitter tops everyone’s list that comes by here. I think people either love Hootsuite or Buffer – it’s really a matter of personal preference. Both are excellent must have tools for bloggers. Thanks for coming by and sharing your insights Debbie. Have a great week ahead.

  • Congrats on 400 posts Lisa! It’s interesting to see your lists of what worked and what hasn’t for you. I’ve done about a dozen of your “worked” lists and will continue to do so. I haven’t received any traffic from Linkedin either but I have connected with some pretty great folks in groups there that have been helpful to my writing. Google+ is one of those that I never really liked and I don’t get much from it either. My biggests are always FB and Twitter. My two favs anyone!

    Congrats again on the 400! I can’t wait to see your next 400! :mrgreen:

    • Hi Bren – thank you. As any FYI I do not recommend ditching LinkedIn -it’s great if one is looking for a job or someday may need to. A great way to connect with others and show your best professional self. Groups there are wonderful too. I’ve gone to events via groups locally. An invaluable tool. I wonder why on Google+, it will be interesting to see what others will comment with on that one. Thanks again Bren for visiting, commenting and being a loyal reader turned awesome friend 🙂

      • I think G+ is more technically niche driven personally. Not too many folks are interested in “girly parts” 😆 well, not at least, clothed ones! I’ve heard a lot of my author friends say G+ doesn’t do much for their book sales either. I guess it’s all a niche marketing strategy? But if you don’t have full-time to put into it, you’re not going to get much either, right? 🙂

        • Brenda, that’s the ironic part, you do have to put the time into but so many quit before they see success. I think the niche is more techie stuff and not so much girly stuff on Google+. BTW are you still on Tumblr?

    • Brenda,

      Aside Google, FB is the next biggest traffic sender down to my blog. Sadly, I can’t say the same of twitter – since I’m largely experimenting with it still and haven’t really had success yet. One great thing I’ve discovered is that success replicates itself and leaves enough clues for others to follow.

      Make the day great!

      Always,
      Terungwa

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