Want More Blog Visitors? Run Your Own Challenge!

When I first started blogging in 2006 I was unable to connect with other bloggers, mostly because I simply did not know how to do that!  It was only by joining a mentoring programme that I was given the tools and advice to create a blogging community around me.  During the first stages of the course I took we were encouraged to engage with each other, to explore other blogs and to interact with everyone.  I made a big effort to get to know my fellow students and visited many, many other blogs, engaging with everyone I visited.  This in itself proved to be the making of my own blog.  Most of the people I visited reciprocated.  One of the things I noticed at the time is that there were many ‘challenges’ that you could get involved in.  All of them involved you participating in an activity then visiting and commenting on the other participants’ blogs.  And of course they would do the same.

Recently I have been involved in a couple of challenges in a group I am part of, The Power Affiliate Club.  The first was a 30 day challenge where we were encouraged to write a blog post each day for 30 days, then visit and comment on other blog posts in the challenge.  It was a great challenge and not only did we all get much more traffic and comments for that month but everyone saw an improvement in their Alexa rank.

The second challenge was one I ran for the group myself.  I ran a Blogging Carnival.  You can still go over and read all of the posts written for the Carnival by clicking the banner below.  A blogging Carnival is where everyone writes posts on the same topic.  We ran a short series of posts for the month of July, one each week with a topic for that week.  Again everyone has seen a much higher amount of traffic and more comments during this challenge.

When I was first blogging and started the mentoring programme some of my fellow students ran challenges.  It brought their names and blogs to the forefront of many blogging communities.  They attracted some big name bloggers to their challenges and it meant a lot of people got to know them and their blogs.  I never had the courage to run my own challenge at that time, but I’m making up for it now!

If you seriously want to improve your traffic, get your blog better known and create a bigger community for yourself in the blogging sphere then run a challenge of your own.  All you need to do is come up with an idea, maybe have a prize or two for the participants to compete for, publicise your intention and then be very encouraging when people participate.  It really works!

Enjoy the journey!

PAC Blogging Carnival

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  1. Hello Mandy! I heard you did a great job with this blogging carnival and was sorry i was to busy to participate! Are you planning to do another one? I hope so!

    Thanks for sharing..
    Thanks
    Chery :))
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    1. Hi Chery, thanks for visiting. It’s a shame you couldn’t participate. It was a fairly low maintenance challenge really, just one post a week and we gave you the topic to write about, which sometimes is half the battle, thinking about what to write about! But of course there would have been the visiting and commenting on others’ blogs too, but it was a great challenge. For sure we will run another Carnival, but not for a while. I think Lesly has a host of other challenge ideas she wants to run too! Hope to see you on the next one!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  2. Hi Mandy,
    Yes you did a great job with the PAC Carnival Challenge.
    I had never seen it done quite like that before, it was
    a good idea and you managed it really well I thought.
    Hope we do it again some time.
    Doing this type of challenge for yourself, particularily
    if you have your own group would work too.
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    1. Hi Kathryn, thanks for visiting and thanks for the compliment! I loved arranging the challenge. They always used to be so popular, just like giveaways, both seem to have fallen by the wayside in recent years. Originally blog carnivals were a one off post but I thought a short series would work well, and it seemed to! Challenges can work for anyone who wants to spend time arranging them. In the student group I was in on the mentoring course several people ran challenges and not only got fellow students involved but other bloggers they knew got involved too. They are always great fun I find.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  3. Although I had never heard of a blog carnival, I did intend to check this out last month. Alas, I forgot to revisit it. Glad it was a success.
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    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting. The blog carnival was great and we will run another so watch out at PAC for the announcements!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  4. You and I are the same. As the other newbie bloggers are also the same. We first start a blog and skip the important of build a great community amount the area of interest.

    I remember, when I first launched my new blog in 2009, I just committed to write as many as articles and share in social media networks. I believed people will love the knowledge and ideas I shared, but I’m wrong.

    Blogging isn’t about sit and write the article and bring it to social media, but it involved many challenges. You’ve got to build relationship with audiences and other bloggers. Participant many activities to brand yourself as the experts and make them trust on what you said.

    Congrats, you found the way to get the business out.
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    1. Hi Kimsea, thanks for visiting. There are a great number of bloggers who love to get involved in a challenge, and some of us who love to run them! I agree with you that you have to build a community within your blog otherwise no-one will read what you have written, no matter how good it is!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  5. Hi Mandy,

    It sounds like the Blogging Carnival was a success! Too bad I didn’t participate. Overall the types of challenges you speak of sound like it’s great for traffic and ranking. Good for you! So happy you’re experiencing positive feedback with the challenges.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Lillian
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    1. Hi Lillian, thanks for visiting. As I said to Kimsea, some of us like to organise challenges as well as participate in them. I love helping other bloggers to be the best they can be and getting others involved in reciprocal visiting is a great way to get everyone building together, and challenges facilitate that very nicely. Hope to see you on the next challenge!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  6. Hey Mandy,
    Great post!
    So true! Any one who want to do a great achievement, should set challenges to do. This way you can guarantee to stand out from the crowd.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Regards
    Hussain
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    1. Hi Hussain, thanks for visiting. I believe we should all be challenging ourselves every day, and some people find that hard to do so setting challenges for others to join in is a great way of helping them to challenge themselves.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  7. Hey Mandy,

    People are striving to get more visitors to their blog. I like the idea of writing the blog post each day for 30 days. It can be pretty good idea.

    The more you connect with the other bloggers, the more you would get visitors to your blog. Make human bonds by blog commenting.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Enjoy the day.
    ~Ravi
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    1. Hi Ravi, thanks for visiting. Communities are very important online and joining in with challenges is a great way to get involved in a community that helps you to progress.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  8. Hi Mandy,

    Enjoyed hearing about your blogging history. I’m also happy you’re ‘stepping out’ and trying new things. Looking forward to your next blogging challenge.
    Edward
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    1. Hi Edward, thanks for visiting. I love blogging challenges and have been involved as a participant and organiser for several years now. Looking forward to introducing PAC members to more in the future!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  9. Hi Mandy,

    A challenge to do something weekly – such as your blogging carnival – is much more achievable than a daily challenge.

    Sadly I was unable to take part this time – let’s hope there’ll be another one.

    Before this blog I had a blog in the health niche and had no idea about blog commenting. It was a very lonely and depressing place to be, and it didn’t last long.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    1. Hi Joy, thanks for visiting. There certainly will be another blog carnival and many more challenges in the pipeline too!!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  10. I had never thought about creating a group of bloggers that support each other and that it will improve ones google ranking. It is a great idea. I will do that:-) Thanks for the inspiration:-)
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    1. Hi Jakob, thanks for visiting. I am in a coupe of different groups and they have been great for helping me to build a community of fellow bloggers who can support each other. You need to get yourself into a group or create your own and encourage participants in. You can always try PAC if you think it fits for you!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  11. Hi Mandy,

    I heard that the PAC Carnival Challenge was a great success. I do hope that it will be done again at another time that I can participate.

    There is so much for us to learn from every blogger that visits our blogs and their blogs that we visit.

    It’s a win/win situation, in my opinion.

    Thanks again for the hard work you did on the Blog Carnival.
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    1. Hi Monna, thanks for visiting. Of course there will be another carnival! And it will be great to see you there.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  12. Hi Mandy

    Glad to find you here at PAC and welcome. I have not been around for a couple of months too busy and not well enough organized.

    I am not really a blogger although I blog mostly because I love writing and it gives me somewhere to share my thoughts.

    I tend to do paid traffic and so my topics are all over the place.

    Glad to hear the Carnival was such a success.

    To Great Success

    Mary
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    1. Hi Mary, thanks for visiting. Nice to meet you, I’m sure we’ve met before. I have been in PAC for quite a while but met Lesly through Gavin Mountford a few years ago now.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  13. Hi, experience teaches everything slowly. We never know until we face the things coming on the way is right or wrong. Thank for sharing

    1. Hi Sazia, thanks for visiting. Challenges are a great way to explore an avenue to see how it works for you.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  14. Great suggestions Mandy. I’ve only run one blog carnival and it wasn’t a pleasant experience, but I think the mistake I made was doing it through a third party site that hosts hundreds of blog carnivals and that opened the door to a lot of spam. I do like the concept, and I enjoy a good challenge so maybe I’ll give it another try. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    1. Hi Marquita, thanks for visiting. I remember those sites and used them only once as I too got a lot of spam posts. Literally just a post full of affiliate links!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  15. Hi Mandy

    I am seeing the benefits of running a blogging challenge. Indeed I am saw my traffic increase during the challenge and it was so fun as I got to know about other awesome bloggers.

    I will try a challenge of my own soon. Thanks for sharing. Take Care
    Mandy recently posted..Why Your Weakness is an AssetMy Profile

    1. Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. Hope you have success with your own challenge! They’re great to organise, I love them!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  16. am a blogger but i dont know how to get traffic on my blog .

    You give me A ideia how i get traffic on my blog .

    very thank full to you.
    Ikram Ullah Khan recently posted..World’s famous pizzaMy Profile

    1. Hi Ikram, for sure you can run a challenge yourself but why not try a community approach and join up with PAC? It’s a great place for getting visitors if you are prepared to work with the group.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  17. This is a great post because so many people struggle with this!!

    Getting traffic to your website is crucial. Connecting with other bloggers helps us find out what is working and also extend our network in the industry.

    Taking on a challenge like you are talking about here can really help anyone, especially those just getting started.

    Matt.
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    1. Hi Matt, thanks for visiting. Love the new look on your blog! Challenges are really good for traffic and you usually meet more bloggers who you might not otherwise meet and can become regular visitors too.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  18. I am not really a blogger although I blog mostly because I love writing and it gives me somewhere to share my thoughts.

    I tend to do paid traffic and so my topics are all over the place.

    Glad to hear the Carnival was such a success.

    To Great Success
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    1. Thanks for visiting. I have never tried paid traffic, does it work for you?

      Enjoy the journey!
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  19. Hey Mandy,

    What a great idea – a Blogging Challenge. Clearly it works because I see that you have a fantastic engagement from your visitors and you respond very quickly too. This is a fabulous idea to not only increase “eyes on page” but to also widen your network and start building some great relationships.

    I am delighted I came across your blog.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Regards

    Michael

    1. Hi Michael, thanks for visiting. I spent a long time (several years) getting to this stage. It doesn’t happen over night but with persistence and perseverance it all comes together. I love running challenges and helping others to engage and create their own blogging communities.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  20. Although I had never heard of a blog carnival, I did intend to check this out last month. Alas, I forgot to revisit it. Glad it was a success.

    1. Thanks for visiting. Sorry you missed this, try the next one, they’re great!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  21. Overall the types of challenges you speak of sound like it’s great for traffic and ranking. Good for you! So happy you’re experiencing positive feedback with the challenges.

    1. Thanks for visiting. Challenges are great for involvement and traffic, we should all do as many as we can to help with that.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  22. Blogging isn’t about sit and write the article and bring it to social media, but it involved many challenges. You’ve got to build relationship with audiences and other bloggers. Participant many activities to brand yourself as the experts and make them trust on what you said.

    1. Thanks for visiting. Yes, getting involved and being part of something helps a lot with that too.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  23. Hi Mandy,
    Yes you did a great job with the PAC Carnival Challenge.
    I had never seen it done quite like that before, it was
    a good idea and you managed it really well I thought.
    Hope we do it again some time.

    1. Thanks for visiting. I really enjoy running challenges and I’m sure we will do the carnival again as it was so popular. I think a lot of people who did not get involved this time will join in next time too.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  24. Hi Mandyallen,

    Its good to land on your blog and great that you have been blogging since 2006.

    Yes, I agree with you that we need to build an active community for our blog to get maximum exposure and establish our feet in the blogosphere.

    Thanks for sharing the details of power affiliate club, I would like to take part in it.

    Keep you good work!
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    1. Hi Matthew, thanks for visiting. It’s always grand to see a new face here and I do hope to be seeing you inn PAC! Let them know you heard about it here! Communities work so well online and it’s great to be part of active communities.

      Enjoy the journey!
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      1. Hi Mandy,

        Thanks for the warm invite and glad that I remember your blog to come back.

        Yes sure. I wish to participate in PAC. But, time is my biggest constraint.

        Active communities are really good as they inspire us to do blogging with passion.
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        1. Hi Mathew, thanks for visiting. PAC will still be there when you feel you have the time. I agree that it is great to be part of an active community.

          Enjoy the journey!
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  25. Hi Mandy, I see the banners and heard about the Carnival now I know the who and why. Great idea you had. I have put it on my list to start a challenge myself after I participate in a few more that I have signed up for.
    Love your you blog and will be back again. Thank you for your tips.
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    1. Hi Lydia, thanks for visiting. Sad you missed the Carnival but there will be another for sure! I look forward to seeing your name in the next one!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  26. Mandy,

    I think this is true for all areas of social media not just blogs.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Alicia, thanks for visiting. I agree, and challenges are a great way of interacting with others and getting visitors to your post, wherever it is!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  27. I had never heard of a blog carnival….
    I wish if I were also there
    Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Riya, thanks for visiting. Blog Carnivals were very popular a few years ago but not many people use them now. The theory is you decide on a subject and get a group of people to all write on that one subject. Then you create a page with links to all of the posts written by the participants. Simple but effective. The idea is that each participant must put a link on their post to the page so the reader can visit it and find all the the participants’ links so they may visit and comment on them too.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  28. Yes that was an awesome Carnival and helped us other bloggers get their alexa scores up too! Thanks for your hard work, Mandy
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    1. Hi Paula, thanks for visiting. Glad to have you join us on the Carnival, look out for the next one!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  29. Thanks For sharing Such mind -blowing Information.There are many ways to increase blog traffic, both free and paid. Personally I like the free methods myself. And here’s a little secret: Traffic from both methods are equal in quality.

  30. The Best way to grow your blog visitors is to Answer the Questions on “Question Answer forums and websites”. You can use the yahoo Answer and Qoura etc to drive huge traffic to your website, and that is what i do.
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    1. Hi Farkhana, thanks for visiting. That’s a great tip, thanks for sharing!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  31. I want to join a new blogging challenge. Thank you for re-inspiring me to look for a new one.
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    1. Hi Elise, thanks for visiting. PAC has some great challenges, don’t they. The next one I am having some input on is a video challenge. Should be good!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  32. Hey Mandy!

    Love your blog! I participated in a challenge a couple of years ago and it was heaps of fun although I had to come up with my own topics which made it VERY challenging.
    I would very much like to be a part of a challenge involving others where we all write about the same topic. I love reading others interpretations of topics so would enjoy it immensely.
    Made a note to maybe get brave and run my own challenge too 🙂

    1. Hi Sonia, thanks for visiting. Running a challenge yourself is so very rewarding and satisfying, although it is a lot of work. Choosing something that inspires people is the key to getting lots of participants. I had a plan at the start and the post topics were outlined so no-one had to think of things to write about. I hope you run one, you’ll get loads out of it!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  33. Great article.The information’s from this post will be really helpful.Normally I use free social media platforms.Some time I do paid campaign on social networks.
    Thanks and Regards
    Nishad Nizar

    1. Hi Nishad, thanks for visiting. Glad you found the post helpful.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  34. Hi. will you be doing another blog carnival? I’m very interested if you are. Feel free to email me. I’d love to network with you. I’m really trying to get my blog going. Thanks. I’m signing up to your newsletter below this comment section.. 🙂
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    1. Hi Jeff, thanks for visiting. Are you in PAC? I run the challenges through that group. If you’re not I can send you a referral link so you can get on board.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  35. Hey Mandy,

    I would like to run challenge like you did but I am afraid how it will work. I have few ideas to run challenges on Facebook groups but I think I don’t have a readership.

    I am also building a quiz for my blog visitors so I could increase my email list. I got this idea from Jon Loomer’s blog.

    Thanks again Mandy.
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    1. Hi Yogesh, thanks for visiting. Challenges are one way of getting more people to engage with you. Set yourself a small challenge task first, for example decided on a challenge and make a point of getting 5 people to join in. Message them privately to explain the challenge and ask them to participate. One of the keys to challenge participation is you have to link back to others in the challenge, so it will bring more visitors to your blog, and then you can engage with them too. Let me know if you need help, I can set some tasks and challenges for you to complete.

      Enjoy the journey!
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    1. Hi Nisha, thanks for visiting. Yes, keeping your content up to date, regular and unique is a great idea.

      Enjoy the journey!
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