We all want it.
That’s the point of starting a blog isn’t it? To get people to read it.
While we all struggle with traffic at one time or another, there are many bloggers who have the traffic thing down. Here are 8 expert bloggers who have all been there, done that, and succeeded! They all answered the question:
“What is your #1 way to get traffic to your site?”
(Be sure to read the entire post. #8 is EPIC! Plus there’s a freebie from me)
I used to get so caught up in the marketing aspect of traffic driving which is super important but in the end, traffic seems to flow freely to my blog when I create a long form, in-depth, entertaining post.
As I have found my writing voice – writing how I speak – I seem to boost my blog traffic without promoting my posts aggressively. Put a heavy focus on writing 1,000 words or more a day. Blog from the heart. Get really real. Stand out from the crowd. Drive that sweet, sweet blog traffic.”My #1 way to get traffic is to create something inspired and something authentic. #bloggingtips Click To Tweet
“If I look at my traffic stats, my site’s organic search tops the list. That means SEO is my #1 way of getting traffic. I do not do much of SEO except that I try to incorporate keyword phrases into my blog posts, and that works. So, I don’t really make much efforts there.
My effort goes into developing relations with other bloggers through blog commenting, and promoting their and my own posts on the social media. That brings good traffic as well. However, if you ask for the #1 way, it is SEO and organic traffic through the search engines.”
“The number one way I get traffic to my site is via social. I work hard to share my posts and make them pinnable. I seem to get a lot of action from Twitter and Facebook. I also seem to get a lot of traffic from bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon. Surprisingly this hasn’t affected my bounce rate by much so I’m happy!”
“I learned about blogger outreach from Brian Dean two years ago and still do it (and recommend it) to this day. Emailing other bloggers to ask them to share your new post is very effective. When you take the time to do blogger outreach, you:
Get new “eyeballs” on your site
Gain a new platform
Acquire more subscribers who turn into loyal readers
Secure influencers to promote your content for free
Tap into the power of influence.
If you spend more time promoting your post then writing it, your traffic will soar.”If you spend more time promoting your post then writing it, your traffic will soar Click To Tweet
I find communities and groups in places like Facebook and LinkedIn and work to establish myself there and be helpful to those with questions or who need help with something. That way, when I post a link to a blog, I don’t come off as spamming the group and I gain targeted traffic.”
When I started Horkey HandBook, I began by blogging once per week. I was still working full-time at my day job, so I knew that any more than that would be unrealistic.
Side note: When I coach newbie bloggers, I encourage them to also get started with what’s realistic for them – that could be weekly like me, biweekly or even once per month. Quality and consistency beats quantity at this point!
Writing and publishing content is only one side of the coin though. If you publish, but don’t tell anyone about it, it’s unlikely that the public at large will just stumble upon your blog (millions of new blogs are launched on the daily!).
So it’s equally (if not more) important to make sure you’re promoting your content via social media and leveraging online relationships as well.
Tor Refsland of Time Management Chef (click link for special offer from Tor!)
2. Conversion from traffic to subscriber
3. Conversion from subscriber to customer
If you can master these three things, you will not only have a blog that is perceived as successful…
you will have a profitable blog that actually helps you to pay your bills.There are basically only 3 things that matter when it comes to having a successful blog Click To Tweet
Traffic is actually the easiest part, if you know how to do it.
Most people are talking about how important it is to create great content.
Yes, content is important.
However, great content alone will get you nowhere.
Hey! You might even just have published the world´s best blog post on your blog.
But what good does that do, if no one knows that it exists?
The experts say that you should spend 20% creating your content and 80% promoting it.
That means that if you spend 4 hours writing a blog post, you should spend 16 hours promoting it.
How many people do that?
To be quite honest, you can actually create…
Traffic On Demand
Yes, you read correct.
When I want extra traffic to my website, I write an awesome post and email my friends to share (and I know a lot of people).
And guess what happens?
The influencers share my stuff.
However, in order for this to work, you need this:
1. Built a relationship with the influencer through blogger outreach in advance
2. Written an epic post (yes, it has to be one of the best posts that you have ever written)
3. The post has to be a great fit for the influencers audience
4. Reach out to the influencers you know and ask them politely to share you stuff
I have done this several times, and it works like a charm.
My huge roundup post, 80 Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy Experts, generated 20 231 page views in 6 days, 1500+ social shares and 86 comments.
Note:It wouldn´t have been possible if I hadn´t built a relationship FIRST through blogger outreach.
Blogger outreach was also my #1 strategy that helped me to get featured on 85 blogs and get 3000+ email subscribers in my first year of blogging.
No magic, just a recipe that works.
Short recap: build relationships first, create epic content that is a great fit for the influencers´ audience and then ask them to promote.
I´m not special. I´m just a guy living in Norway with my girlfriend, Sara, and my baby daughter Luna on 7,5 months.
And did you know that English is my third language?
Heck, if I can do it, then so can you.
Want more traffic to your blog?
Go out there and take massive action!”
Wrapping up: So traffic. It’s really not as elusive as you might think. It is possible, and it’s not difficult! The overwhelming consensus is creating relationships with other bloggers, or blogger outreach. Want to learn more about blogger outreach, read this post.
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