Have you ever published a blog post, and waited patiently for people to read it?
Or seen someone work tirelessly at their blog, day and night, pumping out blog posts only to quit a few weeks later?
All because they couldn’t get any traffic?
Well – this post is going to show you how to get traffic.
Last week, I published a post showing you how to create results from blogging.
The basics. Today, I’m back with part two.
As a warning, I prefer to tell ambiguous stories and metaphors – specifically not share strategies. But in this post, I’m going to reveal step by step the most timeless ways to get traffic to your blog.
Before I dive into them, it’s important to note that the very nature of Internet Marketing is constant change.
Strategies evolve every day. In 2010, I fired up a tool called Article Marketing Robot and blasted thousands of variations of my blog posts to article directories.
It worked like magic. While it generated a lot of traffic fast, it caused me problems later. Now I’m not going to talk much about SEO, as the truth is I think SEO is as interesting as watching paint dry.
Instead, I’ve replaced SEO with promotion and traffic generation. These strategies will allow you to get relevant websites and blogs to link to your blog.
That’s all you need to do to get traffic to your blog and create long term search engine rankings. Get authority websites in your space to link to your blog.
Here are the strategies:
Your blog is its own community.
As you publish more content, more and more people will subscribe to your email list. More and more people will keep coming back to read your posts.
Some will comment on your posts, often leaving links to their own sites. Your blog readers will read the comments, and click the links that have been left by your other readers.
You can repeat this process.
Leaving your own comments, with links to your blog posts on other blogs. The difference is, you can go ahead and drop comments on the most popular blogs on the Internet.
Getting a surprising amount of high quality backlinks and traffic.
Start by finding the most popular blogs in your space, and begin leaving comments on their new posts. Each time linking to your blog from the URL field.
A thoughtful or controversial comment can result in a small amount of traffic and a tiny increase in Google rankings.
Guest posting is when you publish a blog post as a guest on another person’s blog. This allows you to write a blog post that could quickly be seen by thousands of people.
Almost every blog in the Internet Marketing/entrepreneur space allows guest submissions. By getting your post published on another blog, you instantly tap into their entire audience. You send them a quality blog post, and in return they’ll link to your blog in an author resource box.
This results in fast traffic, subscribers, and long term search engine rankings. Guest posting is the fastest way to get a lot of traffic and top Google rankings for your blog naturally.
If you really want to get fast results blogging, do a lot of guest posting.
People get together on forums, to discuss, debate and share ideas about extremely specific topics. Just search “topic + forums” on Google and you’ll find many.
Most of these forums allow you to add a link in your signature which is a little box that displays under every post you make on the forum. Join a few forums, place a link to your blog in your signature and start posting a couple of times per day.
When you find forum threads that are relevant to your individual blog posts; share a link to them. Just lead with value, and don’t go in just to promote yourself. Contribute, share the occasional link to blog posts and you’ll be rewarded with relevant backlinks and traffic.
Creating Web 2.0s
There are hundreds of free sites like Hubpages.com and Blogger.com that allow you to create a free page on their domain about a specific topic.
You can create quick pages that will often rank well in the search engines. Some of the visitors will click through to your blog from the links you place in the content. Links from these web 2.0s also help your Google rankings.
Article directories were almost my biggest secret to blogging success back in 2009 and 2010. Article directories are sites that allow users to publish articles on their domains.
Similar to web2.0s, but only allow written content.
Today, links from article directories are not nearly as valuable as they once were. However, the top article directories are still worth publishing content a few times. Similar to guest posting, article directories will give you an author resource box where you can place a link to your blog.
Three directories worth submitting to are:
Video Sharing Sites
Video sites like YouTube rank well in the search engines. Since Google own YouTube, they have a preference to rank videos hosted there.
You can create simple videos about your blog topics (on camera or screen record), and upload them to YouTube. Google will rank them for relevant keywords, and send trickles of traffic through to your blog. Again, you can leave a link to your blog in your YouTube video description.
Social Media And Outreach
First, share your blog posts across your own social media profiles.
This may create a little traffic, if nothing else it will show Google you are running your blog. This strategy is kind of sneaky, and it’s worked for a long time.
Bloggers have a habit of keeping track of who is talking about them. Me personally, I couldn’t care less.
However, most popular blogs keep track of who is mentioning them. This gives you a chance to create a kind of reciprocal link.
By linking to a few relevant blogs in your niche, you’ll often get the blog owners attention. They’ll visit your post, and if you’re lucky they’ll share it or mention you in a post of theirs.
If you get creative, this can be taken a few steps further.
You could create a post like ’20 experts thoughts on blog promotion tools’, and do a round-up. Reaching out to top bloggers in the industry via social media, and asking for their opinion.
After publishing all 20 expert opinions, reach out to each expert on Twitter or Facebook and tell them about the post. About 30% of the time, this will result in the experts sharing your post with their social media followers.
Upload Presentations To SlideShare
Presentation hosting sites like SlideShare allow you to upload your own presentations.
These sites get a lot of traffic, and often rank well in the search engines. You can turn your blog posts into shorter, punchier slides and upload them to SlideShare or another similar site.
You can include links to your blog from within the slides or the descriptions of each upload. The presentations themselves will rank in Google and send you some traffic.
Submit Your Blog Posts To Syndication Communities
There are entire communities dedicated to sharing content. I talked about these in my post 4 tools for getting more blog traffic, so I’ll keep this short.
You can share your blog posts on these sites and generate social signals & traffic (some charge a fee):
- Blog Engage
This strategy generally doesn’t send you a lot of traffic. But if your content is badass, these simple submissions can result in thousands of social shares and visitors.
These strategies are timeless, and when used in the right way can generate a lot of traffic to your blog quickly.
Without waiting 2 or 3 months for Google to start taking your blog seriously.
Use these wisely, be consistent and you’ll be surprised just how quickly you can get A LOT of traffic to your blog.