12 Traffic Tips for Christian Book Bloggers

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Written by Edna Davidsen ∴ Wednesday, March 29, 2017, updated February 6, 2018

What I call Christian SEO Marketing

In blog post 25, SEMrush 1st in SEO for Christians (Updated Catalog 2018) published December 2017, I wrote about what I call Christian SEO marketing. In 12 Traffic Tips for Christian Book Bloggers, I'll point the audience to the low-hanging fruits related to being a Christian book blogger or a Christian Affiliate Marketer. Most of them can be implemented in the blink of an eye. Feel free to drop your questions in the comments. A comment is a golden opportunity to connect with other readers and get a better understanding of the complicated challenges that'll come up on our journey towards SEO-proficiency. Furthermore, we'll be helping other readers because we're not the only Christians with SEO-related questions. The 12 traffic tips for Christian book bloggers we will put down in black and white below are inspirational ideas and in tune with what many of the best business bloggers practice. Likewise, if you have other ideas that have worked for you, I'd love if you shared them in the comments. Hereby OurChristianBook.com's audience could learn from them.

I've found these tips useful when I began in online business.
I've found these tips useful when I began in online business.

Traffic Tip 1: Google Analytics

First I suggest setting up  Google Analytics for your website if you haven't done so already.Google Analytics helps monitor who visits our websites. You'll be surprised how many details about our audience we get with this Google-tool.

Traffic Tip 2: Google Search Console

Next, I find essential to set up Google Search Console. Google Search Console monitors if our sites have any problems preventing them from being indexed by Search Engines.

Traffic Tip 3: Sitemap

Third, set up a sitemap. A sitemap is a small file that tells Search Engines what's on our websites.

We upload the file we just created to our public_html folder. We can access this folder through the Dashboard where our websites are hosted. When we're done, our next step is to submit the sitemap to Google and Bing.

It's also possible to get this process automated with WordPress plugins like:  All In One SEO Pack • Google XML Sitemaps

Do yout best in all what you do.
Do your best in all what you do.

Traffic Tip 4: Robots.txt

Fourth, by having a Robot.txt on our website, we help Search Engines to crawl our websites. We don't need to be scared if this looks a bit technical. Instead, we approach it as a possibility to understand how the Internet works.

It's also possible to get this process automated with a WordPress plugin like: Virtual Robots.txt

Traffic Tip 5: Google Page Speed

Fifth, Google Page Speed is a tool that tests various aspects of our websites, among them the loading-speed. It's also suggesting ways to optimise our pages. We can, for example, try to test a page whenever we've published a new blog post by putting the new link into Google Page Speed. At the bottom of the page, we'll get the possibility to download pictures optimised by Google for our site. We do also get other files with the download. However, I suggest we stick to the pictures. Later, when we've reached a certain proficiency in terms of technical knowledge on how to modify our website, we can consider modifying or replacing other files. We don't want to dig ourselves into mouse holes in the obsession of getting a 100% Google score.

Traffic Tip 6: Cloudflare

Six, implementing Cloudflare on our website will likely result in faster websites. In blog post 15, How To Quickly Set Up the Free CloudFlare CDN Solution, published July 2017 I've written about how and why I implemented Cloudflare. This tip is useful, but it requires we have bought our own domains.

Traffic Tip 7: Website Grader

Seventh, use Hubspot's Website Grader with Google Page Speed.

Traffic Tip 8: Open SEO Stats

Eight, Open SEO Stats is a web browser extension, we use to see different information about websites we visit. To take advantage of this web browser extension, we need to use the Google Chrome browser. Once we've installed the Open SEO Stats browser extension, we'll see the value of this tool. I use it to see if a website has followed- or no-follow links, and to see what keywords the page is trying to rank for etc.

Traffic Tip 9: Backlinks

Ninth, Gotch SEO is a good starting point regarding learning about the do's and don'ts of backlink building. Many Christian book bloggers give little or no attention to backlinks because of lack of SEO-knowledge. Commenting on other people's blogs works well if we combine it with the upcoming traffic tips.

As a Christian Affiliate Marketer I adhere to the following two rules when I give blog post comments:  I read the whole blog post before I comment.  I write about the blog post content - not about me and my blog. It's has proven to be a simple way to strengthen my brand because many bloggers leave short, self-promoting blog post comments. When we avoid doing this, people notice our blog post comments. Simple, but it works!

Traffic Tip 10: EasyBlogCommenting

Tenth, with the EasyBlogCommenting web extension (for Google Chrome) it's easier to leave blog post comments on WordPress blogs since we only have to fill out our name, email and website once.

Traffic Tip 11: The Gravatar

Eleventh, one reason why we interact with other blogs is to drive traffic back to our own blog. Follow best practices for blog post commenting by using a proper Gravatar. We connect our WordPress site to our Gravatar-account once we've set it up. One of the first thoughts people get when someone leaves a comment without a proper picture is: »Was this a real person, or a spammer?«Addition advice: We want to use the same profile picture across all our social profiles. This helps strengthen our brand.

Traffic Tip 12: Leave Quality Blog Post Comments 

Twelfth, this is a low-hanging fruit. Learn the basics about the art of blog post commenting.

As I said above, drop your question in the comment if you have one. Feel free to share what has worked for you in terms of driving traffic to your website. Blessings!Edna Davidsen

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4 Comments on “12 Traffic Tips for Christian Book Bloggers

  1. These are all so helpful. I definitely just do the bare minimum when it comes to blogging and I am okay with that for this season of my life. But maybe one day, I will have the space and extra time to develop these tactics. Thank you for sharing the goods 🙂

  2. Totally bookmarking this! Need to make these updates for my blog especially the site map and the robots.txt. Apart from Pinterest, which other social platform have you seen the most success with in bringing traffic to your blog?

    1. Hi Shanique, thank you for your comment and for bookmarking the blog post. I focus much more on supporting other people’s blogs by leaving comments etc. than promoting my content on social media. I’ve seen good results on my blog from Twitter because I use it to reach out to people. In general, I see traffic coming in from all my social media platforms where I reach out to those who follow me without any form for product-pitching. I’d recommend a book by Alex Theis called Stop Pitching & Start Connecting: Social Media Strategies for Network Marketing and Direct Sales if you like to be better at using social media.

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