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  • Blog Help Please.... Where am I going wrong?

    Hi everyone,

    I've got a problem with my blog and was hoping some of you may be able to help......

    Simply put I'm not getting enough UK traffic to my blog, instead 50% comes from America (this is growing) 22% from UK (this is shrinking ) and the rest from the rest of the world.

    Any advice for increasing UK traffic? I guess I need to promote it more heavily here, just frustrating that more visits from US when I only trade in UK. Any tips/ suggestings would be HUGELY apprecciated as I know that I should be generating business from my blog but I am not and it feels like I'm wasting my time... Arrgghhh

    Thank you!!
    Kirsty
    For Keep's Sake
    Website:
    www.forkeepssake.co.uk
    Blog: http://forkeeps-sake.blogspot.com/
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ForKeepsSake
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/Forkeepssake09

  • #2
    USA population is 4x of us in the UK so you have move uk traffic in % terms..

    The time you blog will make a difference along with what you blog about.. I wouldn't worry to much.. Keep blogging, keep sharing and connect with other uk bloggers.

    Look at guest blogging on other people's uk blogs..

    Hope that helps
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    • #3
      promote your blog posts on twitter and on pinterest etc. they drive in lots of traffic.
      full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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      • #4
        I am wondering if the percentages reflect the size of the countries.

        Say the population of the USA was 100 and the population of the UK was 10.
        If half the people in the USA looked at your blog then that's 50 and if half the people of the UK looked at your blog that's 5.
        So percentages aren't really a good guide.

        However, I understand your desire to increase your UK viewings.

        Are there any UK 'mum and baby' forums you could promote on?

        Is there a UK 'mum and baby' magazine that you could submit an article to?

        Make sure your blog post titles and photo tags have words that will be picked up easily in searches - think what words a buyer will put into a search engine.

        Check out this thread http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthr...you-blog-about
        and look at Wendy's Handmade Harbour blog for tips.
        Annie and Lyn
        www.rosiepink.typepad.co.uk

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        • #5
          Most of mine come from the US as they understand blogging etiquette better than over here, ie read and comment. You could try joining some linky parties on a regular basis there is Handmade Monday and I now do a Thursday one if you are part of UK Handmade.

          Visit and join other blogs commenting on posts etc most people will reciprocate or should. It takes time but one sure way to build an audience, a case of put the effort in get the effort back, don't bother and no one will bother with yours.

          What about NetMums you could then link your blog each week, set up Twitter, FB and Pinterest to automatically pick up your blog.

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          • #6
            Thank you for your reply!! Some very helpful suggestions - will look into opps for mum/baby magazines and thanks for the link to Wendy's blog post. I use keywords etc, do everything (I think) i should, by the book. Perhaps the population size will mean that I always have a larger US proportion of visitors. Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment )

            Originally posted by rosiepinkStudio View Post
            I am wondering if the percentages reflect the size of the countries.

            Say the population of the USA was 100 and the population of the UK was 10.
            If half the people in the USA looked at your blog then that's 50 and if half the people of the UK looked at your blog that's 5.
            So percentages aren't really a good guide.

            However, I understand your desire to increase your UK viewings.

            Are there any UK 'mum and baby' forums you could promote on?

            Is there a UK 'mum and baby' magazine that you could submit an article to?

            Make sure your blog post titles and photo tags have words that will be picked up easily in searches - think what words a buyer will put into a search engine.

            Check out this thread http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthr...you-blog-about
            and look at Wendy's Handmade Harbour blog for tips.
            For Keep's Sake
            Website:
            www.forkeepssake.co.uk
            Blog: http://forkeeps-sake.blogspot.com/
            Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ForKeepsSake
            Twitter: http://twitter.com/Forkeepssake09

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            • #7
              Hi Caroline - thanks for your reply, I like the idea of joining the Handmade Monday and UK Handmade and networking some more, will have a look and try and do so this week. Will also look into Netmums too thanks for the suggestions )

              Originally posted by Caroleecrafts View Post
              Most of mine come from the US as they understand blogging etiquette better than over here, ie read and comment. You could try joining some linky parties on a regular basis there is Handmade Monday and I now do a Thursday one if you are part of UK Handmade.

              Visit and join other blogs commenting on posts etc most people will reciprocate or should. It takes time but one sure way to build an audience, a case of put the effort in get the effort back, don't bother and no one will bother with yours.

              What about NetMums you could then link your blog each week, set up Twitter, FB and Pinterest to automatically pick up your blog.
              For Keep's Sake
              Website:
              www.forkeepssake.co.uk
              Blog: http://forkeeps-sake.blogspot.com/
              Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ForKeepsSake
              Twitter: http://twitter.com/Forkeepssake09

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              • #8
                Thanks to 0103media and beadsbydesign too for your replies. I guess the population size will have a bearing on it and yes - I do try and use twitter and pinterest as much as I can to promote the blog. Thanks )
                For Keep's Sake
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                Blog: http://forkeeps-sake.blogspot.com/
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                • #9
                  I have just had a mooch around your blog, it is lovely however (well you knew it was coming... didn't you) it appears to be very sales oriented. Blogs are not just an adjunct to sell your goods, they are about letting people into your life... my fave post that I read was 21 things to keep as keepsakes, none of them would have cost me anything and another post about when and why to use fingerprints and footprints, and it would have kept me coming back to see what else I could do but knowing there was 10% off certain products just wouldn't. I would not want to look unless I needed a gift for a new baby, but if you entertained me with what was happening, I would be curious to know how you were doing, remember we are all naturally nosey.

                  Blogging and marketing for sales has to be subtle... it's a bit like walking into a dress shop and being jumped on as you walk through the door... I respond more kindly to someone saying, "ooh that is such a lovely colour on you, I wish I looked as good in it!" or even downright honesty than someone giving it the hard sell. This is why I would be happy to read a story about a set of footprints going to a granny in the foreign who has yet to meet the baby... I would want to know what happened when she go them and that would bring me back.

                  Next, do you visit and comment on other blogs regularly? Set yourself a challenge, visit a new blog everyday for a month and leave a comment... not sure where to look then see who other bloggers in your sector recommend. I have a list of places where I send my completed blogs... tweet it three times, pinterest, facebook then other craft forums. A pattern I posted last year got picked up by a knitting forum yesterday... I had just under 3,000 hits yesterday, sometimes it happens when you least expect it. As others have said Wendy Massey writes excellent blogs on increasing traffic.

                  Finally, if you are getting so much traffic from the US, is now the time to rethink your sales strategy to include the Americas?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Roslet View Post
                    I have just had a mooch around your blog, it is lovely however (well you knew it was coming... didn't you) it appears to be very sales oriented. Blogs are not just an adjunct to sell your goods, they are about letting people into your life... my fave post that I read was 21 things to keep as keepsakes, none of them would have cost me anything and another post about when and why to use fingerprints and footprints, and it would have kept me coming back to see what else I could do but knowing there was 10% off certain products just wouldn't. I would not want to look unless I needed a gift for a new baby, but if you entertained me with what was happening, I would be curious to know how you were doing, remember we are all naturally nosey.

                    Blogging and marketing for sales has to be subtle... it's a bit like walking into a dress shop and being jumped on as you walk through the door... I respond more kindly to someone saying, "ooh that is such a lovely colour on you, I wish I looked as good in it!" or even downright honesty than someone giving it the hard sell. This is why I would be happy to read a story about a set of footprints going to a granny in the foreign who has yet to meet the baby... I would want to know what happened when she go them and that would bring me back.

                    Next, do you visit and comment on other blogs regularly? Set yourself a challenge, visit a new blog everyday for a month and leave a comment... not sure where to look then see who other bloggers in your sector recommend. I have a list of places where I send my completed blogs... tweet it three times, pinterest, facebook then other craft forums. A pattern I posted last year got picked up by a knitting forum yesterday... I had just under 3,000 hits yesterday, sometimes it happens when you least expect it. As others have said Wendy Massey writes excellent blogs on increasing traffic.

                    Finally, if you are getting so much traffic from the US, is now the time to rethink your sales strategy to include the Americas?
                    This is excellent advice (and not just the bit about me - thanks, Ros xx).

                    It's quite hard to get the balance between promotion and so******ing right when you're blogging - because of course blogging is an excellent way to promote your website. However, because people are on your blog for one of three reasons you don't actually need to persuade them at all, or do any real promotion.

                    The three main reasons they're there:
                    1. They read everything you write and they follow you (these people may also be hoping to copy you, or they may just like what you do).
                    2. They've found you on Google from inputting keywords. They are either interested in buying (needing no persuasion at all - just a handy link to your shop and a few images) or are researching for their own business.
                    3. They've found you from another link, a comment on their own blog, or a link somewhere else altogether (Twitter, FB, here, another blog, etc) and are curious. They will only stay around (and return) if it's interesting enough.

                    It actually doesn't matter much where most of your readers come from, although I can see why you'd like to foster UK readers. Why don't you sell overseas? Would you consider it?

                    To make your blog more readable (and therefore attract more readers) think about what people would want to read about, not necessarily what you want to write about. Is there a story surrounding what you are making/selling? Think about the kind of thing you might discuss at a party or at the school gate: you wouldn't necessarily talk about products, but you would talk about the stories behind them.

                    Definitely get involved with other bloggers: come and join in Handmade Monday on my Handmade Harbour blog, comment on other blogs especially the ones you find genuinely interesting and can contribute a relevant comment to, maybe feature other bloggers or makers - it's about making friends really, which works online in promoting you just as it would offline.

                    Good luck - it does take time and effort to build up a blog following.
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                    • #11
                      Hi Roslet thank you so much for your comments, it's hugely helpful and sometimes you just need an oustide perspective. I had a look at your blog and some others and see rather than promoting products, bloggers talk around them. e.g. inspiration, how they made it, why they made it etc. I wanted to use the blog as a way of showing people what we have that is new, but you're right, if it's too salesy it's just not interesting enough. Well I've just joined handmade monday and posted on their so look forward to reading everyone's blogs on a monday. Will make sure I have a cup of tea ready . Thanks again, it's really appreciated. Oh and re America, I just haven't looking into exporting and all the costs/ tax and shipping fees. I think that after all the extra costs my pricing would be too high..
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                      • #12
                        Hi Wendy - thanks - even more excellent advice. It all makes complete sense. I joined Handmade Monday today and I think that will be a great help to meet other bloggers and for inspiration. You have two fantastic blogs!! Thanks again for taking the time to help
                        For Keep's Sake
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lekam09 View Post
                          Oh and re America, I just haven't looking into exporting and all the costs/ tax and shipping fees. I think that after all the extra costs my pricing would be too high..
                          Really, the only extra cost is postage. If there are any taxes to pay, they are paid by the recipient and you as a seller aren't really made aware of that. You do need to fill a tiny customs form in at the post office, but it's very simple and attaches to the parcel (they'll advise in the PO).

                          It makes sense to sell overseas - it's a big market!

                          Good luck x
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lekam09 View Post
                            Hi Wendy - thanks - even more excellent advice. It all makes complete sense. I joined Handmade Monday today and I think that will be a great help to meet other bloggers and for inspiration. You have two fantastic blogs!! Thanks again for taking the time to help
                            Welcome to Handmade Monday - enjoy it! It's a great way to see a lot of other blogs and see different blogging styles, as well as seeing a variety of crafts and a peep into people's lives!

                            Thanks for your kind words x
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                            blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
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