Without traffic, your blog or website doesn’t really make any difference. Readers make actions happen and surprisingly, it’s not that difficult if you know where to go to get those visitors.
Here are six ways to drive traffic to your site:
It’s true, Twitter is all that and a bag of chips. You might think tweeting is for the birds, but with my first tweet came about 25 more people in about two minutes to my site. I posted a link in the comment box after shrinking it in HootSuite (makes posting faster) with a couple of key hash tags and there it was. It got the ball rolling for traffic.
Later, I learned more about hash tags and how to use them. I also started making sensational teaser headlines peaking the interest of the tweeter. I also started mass following people I wanted to make sure saw my tweets and who are interested in the same thing. I follow them, they follow me. Within a few days I had over 190 followers and I’m still climbing. I tweet, they read. Don’t be afraid to tweet your own horn!
Sometimes people think this is another worthless waste of time, but I noticed the amount of traffic from my postings on Facebook quadrupled when I posted my links to articles. I have a very wide circle of friends who like my articles. They click on the links for both my blog and Associated Content which in turn brings me readership and money. I’m not writing for the money actually. I’m writing for the ability to say what I want, when I want and how I want. – beats yelling at the family! LOL.
One of the best sites to post links to your content and interest the world is BoingBoing.com, you can post links to your site when you’ve written something BoingBoing worthy. I say worthy, because you don’t want to spam them and you don’t want to abuse the privilege of associating with a great site like this. Review their site and see if you’ve got anything relative to their content to tell their readership. If not, find some site within your niche of blogging which is relevant.
They have a Submit A Link which takes you to their Submittorator. It’s best to sign up for the site as a regular contributor.
A new site, the content is written by people who want to post the Top 5 or Top 10 in a category of their choosing. The good thing about this is you can choose to write between 2 – 20 excellent pieces of content which link back to your own article. For example, if you’re writing for Yahoo! Contributor Network/Associated Content, you choose a top 5 then write 250-500 words on each one of those top 5. You now have 5 articles with 5 links to add to Best Review which in turn pays you when someone clicks on your article. Link that to your blog and then you’ve got more traffic. You write a key article on your blog, link your AC articles on the sidebar and put it in Best Review and now you’ve increased your traffic, your money and your exposure. It takes time but it’s worth it in the long run.
Yes – you have to write. You don’t have to be a college grad with a journalism background to write. You don’t have to have excellent spelling and grammar but it does help. Use a program to spell check and have a proofreader read your articles before you post. Nothing is quite as horrible as finding out you have a huge gaffe in your writing. I like Associated Content because of the stats, the way it looks and their system. I tried Helium which was OK but they don’t pay you until you accumulate a certain amount of money. AC pays you every month whether you made 2 cents or $2000. That’s what I like! Progress!
Places to write are Helium, Associated Content, eHow, eZine, Article Factory and Article City. These are just a few, you’ll have to decide what works best for your own application.
See the links on my own blog: The Arrogant Antagonist for AC article placement and layout.
Comment on Other Blogs
Blogs relevant to your own and which you personally read are great places to get a circle of friends going. Usually what happens is the blog owner will check out your site as well. After you’ve posted a few times and gained a bit of feedback yourself on the site, you can then request to be a guest blogger on their site. This will drive traffic to your site as well.
So far, I’ve noticed when I write on other’s sites, my traffic goes up. When you post, don’t be a fence sitter. Say exactly what you think whether it’s controversial or not. Don’t try to be politically correct, but just know you’ll probably ruffle a few feathers if you’re in the minority. Remember this, fence sitters are boring. People with opinions are interesting. If you’re moving people in some way – good or bad – that’s great writing.
At this point in the game, I’m climbing daily with a traffic increase of over 1600% in just this month.