Category: Gettting visitors to your blog
Every online business needs traffic – and the chances are you don’t have unlimited amounts of money to spend on marketing and advertising. What you need is some good free traffic methods:
Free Traffic from Article marketing
I guess you’re not surprised to see this here, but don’t ignore it. Writing articles to get traffic is not easy but do it well and you can achieve some great results.
Free Traffic from Your Blog
If you don’t already have a blog then create one! Blogs are a great source of traffic – they rank very well in the search engines and if you post good content to your blog regularly it will also keep people coming back and you’ll build a relationship with them.
Free Traffic from Viral Report Marketing
Create a report, give it away for free and encourage people to pass it on and sell it. The beauty of viral marketing is that it gains momentum – as your free report gets passed around more and more people will see your links, without you having to do anything further. Produce something which is popular and it will generate you free traffic for literally years to come.
Free Traffic from Signature Links
When you send an email or post a message on a forum you can include a signature link back to your website. Because you’re most likely doing this every day the amount of traffic you generate can quickly build.
Free Traffic from Blog Commenting
Finding other peoples related blogs and then making comments on their posts is a great way of getting free traffic. Just be sure to make your comments interesting and relevant – not just “great post” with a link back to your site.
Free Traffic from Your Mailing List
This is perhaps the ultimate free traffic method. Once you’ve built a decent sized mailing list of targeted subscribers you can blast emails to them and get an instant flow of hits to your site.
One of the biggest concerns that any internet marketer will have is how to increase website traffic. After all, the name of the game is traffic. If you do not get enough targeted traffic to your offer, you will not make very many sales. Having quality content coupled with driving targeted traffic is the way to reach internet success. Many marketers make the mistake of creating good content, writing one article and then waiting for the millions to come rolling in. Unfortunately, this is not the way it works! You have to put some effort into getting traffic to your website. Here are some tips to remember:
- Content: Publish content on a consistent basis and make sure it is good quality. This will attract the search engines on a regular basis as well as bring in new readers.
- Social networking: Use Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to let people know about your site and your updated content.
- Article marketing: Write articles on a regular basis and submit them to article directories. Put links back using keyword anchor text. This helps to build back links and get more traffic.
- Social bookmarking: Use sites like Digg, StumbleUpon and Technorati to bookmark your site and get more visitors.
- Search Engine Optimization: Make sure you are using tags and good SEO on your site so that Google believes your site to be relevant content.
- Forums: Find forums in your niche and become a participant. Let people know about your site once you have become a respected member of the community.
- Create a sitemap (there are WordPress plugins for this) and submit it to Google webmaster tools
There are hundreds of ways to get more traffic to your blog or website. These are just a few to try, but remember that generating traffic is one of those tasks you should never stop doing!
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Every online business needs traffic and one of my favourite ways of generating it is by commenting on blogs…
Why is blog commenting to drive traffic so effective?
When you make a comment on someone’s blog you are demonstrating your knowledge to the readers of that blog. Start commenting on the right sort of blogs and you’re going to get seen by a LOT of people. Make the right sort of comments and you’re going to convert quite a few of those people into visitors to your website.
Getting started with blog commenting
Your first job is to find 5-10 blogs in your niche that INFLUENCE that area (or are where influencers hang out.) There’s no point in posting comments to blogs which have little traffic or only get posted to once or twice a year – you want to be targeting blogs which are well known in your niche area and which are active. You probably already know some good blogs to target (the ones you visit regularly yourself!)
Once you have found a good blog you can start commenting on posts:
The key to blog commenting is to demonstrate your knowledge in the comments you make. Never post things such as “great article” on hundreds of posts since it’s quite obvious that you’re only doing it to get your link seen. The best blog comments add to the conversation – so look for posts which you can add your own knowledge to. This could be by debating points in the original post or adding your own view or personal experience of what the post is about.
A good tip is to try to get your comment in early. That way you are going to get more exposure than if you were the 79th person to post a comment!
It also works the other way though – it can be worth commenting on posts which already have lots of comments since it means it was a popular post and people will likely revisit that post for months or even years to come.
Many human instincts hinge on one phrase that we have probably all used and have certainly all heard – “What’s in it for me?”. This question is a powerful convincer. So many people are reluctant to do something unless they know it will be somehow rewarded. Indeed, most business training in this day and age for sales or customer service professionals is built around convincing the customer that there is a reason for them to do something – that they will benefit directly from doing it.
One of the major ways to attract people to a website is something that might be considered a “secondary layer”. That is to say, you are already promoting your site by requesting that people visit it. Conscious of the fact that people might not want to do something just because you say so, you may benefit from adding a reason for them to want to. This can be something as simple as offering a free ebook to everyone who fills in a form.
The importance of working to satisfy people’s instincts is a factor that is often overlooked. Of course you want people to be visiting your site on its merits but there is no harm whatsoever, and a lot of common sense, in backing this up with an appeal to their personal interest. Countless people have taken a decision to cash in a freebie and have stayed on board when they realized that they liked the product on its own merits. Playing the percentages – in this case, giving people more and more reasons to say “yes” – is sound business.
Like many important people before you – perhaps you’ve underestimated the power of blogging. Blogs can be used, not only as the single easiest way to get a listing in the search engine for your desired keywords, but also serve the fantastic purpose if building a relationship with your quickly growing list of readers, listeners and viewers.
After a light lunch today, I was left in the greatest mood. So I figured I would sit down and share with you 10 ways you can share my success and popularity using blogs.
1. Use a keyword specific blog title and description. When creating your blog, I just used the free service www.blogger.com you’re asked to title or name your blog and give a short description. Take this chance to think a little.
a) Who do you want to read your blog?
b) What is your interest or topic – what will you enjoy writing about?
If you have a poetry blog for example – use the word poet or poetry in your title and description. You can research the popularity of your keywords use Overture’s free tool here: http://inventory.overture.com
2. Try to update often (short daily entries work great) using hand written or bot generated keyword rich informative content. Give your visitors something they want to read. I love to write so I create all my original posts, but if you have a site that needs traffic or a topic that you don’t know much about you can set up an automatically updating feed using other people’s blog posts, or articles. Each entry is seen as its own html page, so the engines see your blog as a multi-paged site, that is updated regularly and rich in links and keywords.
3. Create an interesting profile. Searchers and fellow bloggers love the fact you’re a real person, this helps to build personal relationships. Again, put a little time and effort into this one. Tons of people peek at your profile, and Blogger.com keeps track of all your views, so open up and share a little. Everything on your profile page is taken as a searchable keyword. Things like: what you like to do, your favorite movies and music, etc. Each one will get you listed under that topic in the blogger.com directory.
4. One way to jump right in and get visitors and feedback immediately is by posting to similar blogs and linking back to your blog. Say you have a poetry blog: you can use Blogger’s search tool and your keyword – in this case “poetry” or “poet.” (Another way to get a quick high listing is to search Google for example “poetry blog.”)
You can post a comment on their blog, just a short personal remark will do. Keep it polite, no one wants to hear negative criticism. Blogs are more personal than chartrooms or forums, and often contain personal views and opinions of the author, so don’t go stepping on toes. The point is to make contact, build relationships, and exchange links. More links to your blog equals more free targeted traffic for you.
5. RSS is your friend! Create an RSS feed, by hand or using Feedburner. This gives your readers the option to subscribe to your blog with just a click. What this means to you is 100% deliverability of all the content you write by the readers request – your posts are sent directly to your subscribers via their RSS reader otherwise known as an aggregator. They are personally notified every time you post to your blog. And best of all, no spam complaints ever, and they get every update you make – no blockers or filters. Total word freedom!
6. Spread your feed by submitting to RSS directories. This is a one time deal, and you can either search and do it manually or use the tool I used: RSS Automator (it finds and submits to tons of different directories for you).
Only submit each blog once. This is a lasting deal that could mess up your good standing if you do it multiple times. So to be sure you get a listing, only submit to directories once. (This is not the same thing as pinging; you can ping every time you update your blog.)
7. Ping your blog every time you update using pinging services like pingomatic.com and pingoat.com. This lets the directories know you have updated and added a new post to your blog.
8. Create a personalized or branded RSS reader/aggregator. Talk about top of mind awareness. You don’t have to be a programming genius for this one (though it helps.) There are a couple services that for a small one time fee will customize a reader for you, with your logo, header and graphics, and preload it with any media you want. So with this you’re sure to be seen and remembered every day. Check out one of the best services here: http://www.tristana.org/publishers/specs
9. People love to read you, but hearing you is even better. Give Podcasting a try – there are tons of ways to get started here. I would personally recommend http://www.Libsyn.com for all your Podcasting needs. It uploads, stores, hosts, and sets up the RSS and pings for you. Like Podcasting for dummies. Then just submit your podcast to different directories and readers like Apple iTunes, and ipodder.org.
10. Radio is great but now you can create a following by imitating the idiot box. Give your subscribers another way to obsess using Video-meets-Blogging or “The Vlog.” This is a medium that is far from saturated. The possibilities are endless, and you’re only limited to what you limit yourself. Though it has not been promoted too widely, the new Apple iTunes Podcasting feature supports Vlog subscriptions as well.
About the Author
Skye Mangrum is the author of RSS for Artists, Bloggers, Podcasters, Vloggers,and Ninjas. Learn all about Skye and her unique uses for today’smodern technology by sending a blank email to: NetNinja@Aweber.com
Top 10 Ways to Get Awesome Web Traffic Using Blogs