Are you getting the Google traffic that you want? If you are new to blogging and making money online, you might be wondering how long it actually takes to see some traffic from Google. Organic search traffic is a blogger’s best friend, and in this post, I’ll share some basic tips to help you start seeing more traffic from Google.
I’m working with a friend to try to teach her how to replicate the blogging success that I’ve had with my own sites. She’s really excited about the idea of being able to make money online so she can continue to stay home with her three kids.
The question that I have heard from her repeatedly? She’s heard that organic search traffic from Google is great, but how long does it actually take for her blog posts to show up on Google?
Well, I know you don’t care too much about my friend’s traffic, but you definitely care about your own, so let’s get started in learning the basics.
Pro tip: Optimizing your blog posts for organic search traffic is also called “search engine optimization”. You don’t need to hire someone to help you with this. Once you learn the basics, it will become second-nature.
What is organic search traffic, anyway?
There are four main types of website traffic:
- Paid traffic
- Organic search traffic
- Referral traffic
- Direct traffic
Referral traffic is traffic that you get when someone clicks on a link to your site from someone else’s site, and can also include social media referrals. Direct traffic is when someone types your website address into their browser and goes “directly” to your site.
Paid traffic is traffic that you pay money to get, like when you “boost” a post on Facebook or run ads on Google Adwords.
Organic search traffic is different from all of these types of traffic. First, it’s FREE. We love free. It’s the traffic that you get when someone searches for something in Google and finds one of your pages or blog posts in the search results and chooses your blog from the available results.
In my experience blogging, organic search traffic has been my bread and butter. It’s much more reliable and stable than referral traffic, and so I prefer to focus my time and attention on this aspect of website traffic.
Can a new blog get Google traffic?
First, let me start off by saying that there is no short-cut that can get you Google traffic. There is no magical web consultant, no matter how expensive, who can help you get traffic without you having to put in some hard work.
It can take a while for your new blog and website to be indexed by Google – so patience is key.
If you are willing to work hard, then the following tips will help you, a new blogger, get traffic to your site. The more traffic you have, the more people will click on your affiliate links, advertisements, and buy your products.
Tips for getting high-quality organic search traffic
The following tips will help you make the most of your blogging efforts. Writing and blogging can be tough work if you really stick with it. Don’t you want to see rewards for all of your dedication?
Create a Google Search Console Account to track your new site’s progress
Even before you start worrying about traffic, the first thing you should do is create a free Google Search Console account. This will help you track your website’s progress as you grow in size and content. You’ll be able to see exact which keywords your site is ranking for, how many clicks you are getting for each keyword, and easily monitor site indexing issues.
To get search traffic, make sure you choosing your article topics wisely
When it comes to success in blogging, you have to find the right balance between writing what you want to write about and writing about what people actually want to read about.
This doesn’t mean that you have to write boring posts that don’t inspire you, it’s just that you have to approach them in a way that is helpful and interesting to your potential readers.
How do you find out what people want to read? Use free tools like Google Trends and Ubersuggest to figure out what topics and keywords related to your niche are popular.
Cute titles and headings might be fun to read, but they won’t get you search traffic
I’m making a generalized statement, and follow my advice as you wish, but you should know that the title of your blog post or article is really, really important to letting Google know what your post topic is, and whether or not the post should show up in search results for a particular search.
Additionally, the title of your post lets your potential reader know what your post is about, and helps them make a decision about whether they should click on it.
Take, for example, this blog post. Yes, the one that you are reading right now. The title that I chose is “How Long Does It Take For My Blog to Show Up in Google? Tips for Beginners”.
Is this the absolute best name for the post? I can’t tell you for sure, but I can tell you that it is better than some of the other “cute” or edgy names that I could imagine a beginning blogger wanting to call it.
Here are some examples of names for this blog post that I would NOT have chosen for this post:
- “I decided to pass my blogging knowledge to my friend”
- “It’s time to pass the blogging torch to someone else”
- “Blogging and friendship: Our strategy”
If you are a person interested in increasing your traffic for your new blog, I don’t think that you would click on any of those titles. Those titles don’t explain how they can help you. If I were very well-known and you loved all of my work, maybe you would read them.
But I’m just a regular old blogger, no one famous. No one really cares about my friend’s website traffic. With that said, I can still write about how I helped my friend as long as I am including some information that can also help my reader.
It’s all about the balance!
Use H2 and H3 headings in your blog posts to help with search engine optimization
H2 and H3 headers help Google understand what your blog post is really about. You can call your post whatever you want, but the way that Google knows whether or not your post really matches what you say your article is about is by the headings that you use.
Yes, Google also “reads” your post, but your headings help immensely.
Carefully craft your headings, making sure they are relevant to your content – to match what someone might actually be searching for in Google.
For example, for the headings for this list of “tips”, I decided to include detail about the tip instead of just “Tip #1” and “Tip #2”. These titles wouldn’t tell readers or Google what my post is about.
Write really high-quality posts to maximize your blogging efforts
Remember how I said that there is no short-cut in this blogging business? It’s true, and it means that you have to write high-quality posts. They don’t have to be thousands of words or absolutely perfect, but you should only publish posts that you are proud to associate with your name.
I have an arbitrary threshold on my blogs of 1000 words per post. This means that I have to go in-depth on my topics, but it also means that my readers get a lot more value than they would if my posts were only 300-500 words.
Post regularly to get best search engine results on your new blog
The last “beginning” tip that I will share with you is that you should post regularly. Many beginning bloggers start out with great enthusiasm intending to post daily, or five days per week, or three times per day.
What happens 99.9999% of the time is that the new blogger gets tired. Sometimes they get tired after only a few days of blogging! And then, sadly, their blog joins the ranks of millions of other dead blogs, never to be read again.
Instead of starting out with some crazy posting schedule in mind, why not pick something that you can actually keep up with on a long-term basis? Because blogging is a long-term gig, and long-term efforts pay off in a big way.
If you start out posting every day and then slowly (or quickly) taper off to posting almost never, Google’s crawlers will rarely, or even never, go back to your site to look for new content.
If you only post once a week but you always post once a week, and you always post your new article on the same day each week, then Google’s bots know exactly when they should come back to your site to crawl for new content, and they will come back regularly because you never leave them empty handed.
My friend was posting sporadically, sometimes daily, sometimes twice per day, and other times almost never. She has chosen a simple Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and has decided to stick with it for the long-haul.
To summarize, pick a reasonable schedule that you can stick with through illness, work, and family obligations, and faithfully stick to it.
I hope that this post has helped you get some ideas about how to get search traffic to your new blog. I don’t know exactly how long it will take, but good things come to those who wait and post high-quality content on their blog on a regular schedule 😉
Do you have a new blog? Post a link to it below and share your biggest challenges!