How To Get Free Traffic To Your Blog
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Getting traffic is probably the hardest thing to do on the Internet and at the same time the most important. BUT it doesn’t have to be hard. You only need a little patience and a few tips.
You shouldn’t use them all. Chose a few you believe will work for you and use your energy on those. They won’t all be optimal for your site.
Useful and original content always wins! Help people with a problem and establish expert status! Remarkable headers are a must!
This Article is about Driving Traffic To Your Blog.
Traffic is like the blood in your veins. It keeps your body alive and you can’t live without it!
There are so many traffic sources on the Internet, you just have to find them. This is a list of some of them, but you will find more yourself when you start working on driving traffic to your blog.
You will run into situations where new opportunities will arise.
Just an example: I have a blog where a goy tried to get a backlink to his .edu blog so I sent him a mail that if he would post a backlink to my page I would in return accept his post with a backlink.
You will get the opportunity to be creative when you are researching ways to get traffic and backlinks.
The basic thing in most of this work is TRUST!
When you sign up for a forum or start a group on Facebook or LinkedIn, you need to build trust first. This means you are not going to posting affiliate links as the first thing.
This is particularly true if you sign up for an account on Quora, Hubpages or another platform where people are sharing content.
1. Forum posting
Forum posting can give some traffic. But you don’t want to start posting affiliate links or links to your blog as the first thing! Post 10 or 20 comments and questions first and don’t create a signature with your links until you are a known face on the forum. In the general start your post by describing the problem. Continue with understanding and empathising. End with expert knowledge and a call to action.
- Relevant traditional forums like Total WordPress Optimization
- Reddit – is not commercial so don’t post affiliate links over and over. The main focus is to contribute!
- Facebook groups
- Google My Business
You should create a company profile on Google My Business and post an excerpt and a link back to your articles on your blog. You can get nice traffic from GMB.
YouTube and Facebook groups of your own will take a long time to build, but it is vital at least to start a Facebook group ASAP! You will enjoy this in a year or two.
On Twitter you post six ordinary posts giving away your knowledge. Then you post one that makes you money. You can post these seven during one day.
Pinterest means you have to use the right keywords. These are shown to you in the search field when you start entering letters. This is VITAL. If you don’t use (long-tail) Pinterest keywords in your pins, you will never be found. You can post 10 – 15 times every day. Find a number that works for you. It is a little time consuming but Pinterest is a great place to get traffic.
The rules are:
- Don’t be spammy!
- Only post links when it contributes to the thread!
- Create remarkable headers based on search keywords directly related to your post/article.
- Write articles that are memorable. Thorough.
2. Blog Posting – comments on other blogs
On many WordPress blogs, it is possible to comment on articles written by others. The backlink you can get from a blog similar to yours is usually OK, but if your blog has a Domain Rank of 30-35 it demands a ton of backlinks to get more Domain Authority. 30 great relevant backlinks from high ranking pages can get you to DR 30.
I won’t recommend posting ONLY to get a backlink or trying to get traffic from that blog. Be nice to the Internet and don’t spam or pollute. Be genuine!
Blog posting usually doesn’t give much traffic because most people don’t care what you are writing – unless it is exceptionally good! But it can give you the first vital backlinks that will raise your Domain Authority and make it easier to rank on Google.
Some rules apply to blog posting:
- Don’t be spammy!
- Contribute or ask relevant questions.
- Write a post that is memorable.
3. Guest Posting – Your Blog
Inviting other experts to write an article on your blog can be tedious. Most people would rather write articles on their own blog. But if you can find similar blogs you can contact them with an idea you have and ask if they want to write an article on xxx words on yyy topic and get it posted on your blog with a link to their blog and their social media accounts.
This is often a discipline that costs money because many of those who are writing articles are paid to write.
You can also contact other blog owners and ask them for a few hundred words and then combine 10 of these comments on your own blog. The ‘payment’ for the 100-word sections would be a backlink or two tho their website and maybe their social primary media account.
This is a discipline that when you repeat it many times, can give you a lot of traffic!
4. Guest Posting – Your Posts
Contact a blog owner in your niche and ask him if you can write an article on topic yyy with a link back to your blog as the only payment. Many blog owners are happy to do this. You would be wise to contact blog owners in a niche similar to yours and has a lot of traffic. Reach out to as many as you can and offer a well-written article. This can bring in a lot of traffic, but of course, it takes time.
There are blog owners who invite people to write articles. TheScreamSheet.com is one but they primarily want long and in-depth articles.
- Google Ads
- Pinterest Ads
- Facebook Ads
- Twitter Ads
- Instagram Ads
Creating traffic using paid ads is very common. Unfortunately, most of those ads are so expensive that your products have to bring a high profit to make this work. It is not uncommon that you need to sell for $100 just to finance the ads – depending on your niche though! Google takes to most and you get peanuts. But niches are different and the only way to tell if it works is to try! And that will cost you some money because ads aren’t fully efficient from day one. They need optimizing.
I would certainly NEVER recommend using paid ads unless you are an expert! Mistakes and tests are very expensive and making sales from free traffic first is the way to go.
If you find a blog in your niche using AdSense, you should contact the owner and buy an ad slot from him. He probably only makes a very few dollars on his ads and if you offer him a few hundred dollars for one of his ad slots running for a month you both are way better off. It is one way to keep Google out of the loop and many clever marketers do this.
Search Engine Optimization will bring in more targetted customers, but if your page rank is low 0-30 You need to target low competition keywords. Narrow niches will be easier to rank in. From DR 20 you can begin to use keywords with bigger volume and bigger competition, but don’t go for large volume keywords until you hit Domain Rank 40.
You can use Google Ads Keyword Analyzer to find relevant keywords, but you need to take your chosen keywords, put them into Google and do a search and see what happens.
1. If Google presents you with People Also Ask as the first search result you are on the right track. The questions here are vital to copy-paste to your article as H2 headers and then rewrite the answer under the header.
2. Likewise, at the bottom of the search result, Google sometimes says Related Searches. These are valuable long-tail keywords you should mix into your article.
7. Analyze your competitor’s traffic sources
You should keep an eye on your competitors. Analyze where they get their traffic from and try to tap into that source using guest posting as a means to get traffic to your site. You can use SimilarWeb to analyze websites and get an idea of how much traffic they have.
Use Guest Posting – Your Blog above to siphon some of their traffic.
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