How To Get Blog Traffic: 11 Techniques

November 13, 2017 27 thoughts
Me in Pondicherry India

 

As I continue to dissect 10 common questions answered by an island hopping pro bloggerΒ (I answer these 10 questions as a bonus audio course to my 11 fundamentals of successful blogging) I shall dive into the common question:

 

How do you get more blog traffic?

 

I often advise tossing salt over your right shoulder thrice daily.

 

Or perhaps hopping on one foot while singing the Where Is Thumbkin? house remix (my niece listens to this during her nap; it’s addictive) will do the trick for you.

 

If you crave a more conventional approach to boosting your blog traffic these tips should work nicely.

 

2 Types of Traffic

 

There are 2 types of traffic; human beings visiting a site (what ya want) and ego-driven number worshiping.

 

Some bloggers celebrate getting 1,000 visits daily. But numbers are inanimate objects, incapable of buying courses or tweeting posts or hiring you.

 

Focus heavily on the human beings visiting your blog. Build bonds with them. Respond to their comments. Comment on their blogs. Tweet their blog posts.

 

If you give most of your energy to serving and bonding with human beings your traffic numbers will take care of themselves.

 

A1 and A2: Passion and Practice

 

Tips A1 and A2 are the foundation on which you get blog traffic.

 

Blog your passion. Practice your ass off with writing.

 

Blogging mainly to have fun makes the work, the reward. This means you will follow tips 1-11 – or maybe a few of these tips – for fun, with love, patiently practicing each tip over time, learning its nuances, to become a traffic generating machine.

 

If you love doing something, you will do that thing frequently. Doing that thing means practicing.

 

Write 1000 words daily in a Word document. Delete the document after you hit your required word count. This daily writing practice gives you confidence and clarity in your writing, both traffic boosters in and of themselves.

 

1: Guest Posting

 

The bright red dazzled me. Beckoned me, even.

 

But I knew touching the little bugger could put me in the hospital.

 

If I was unlucky enough to ingest the sucker – not sure why I would (frog’s legs, Frenchy?), I could croak (hehehe I could not resist).

 


 

When Kelli and I house sat for 6 weeks in the remote jungles of Costa Rica we saw poison dart frogs everywhere. A dime a dozen.

 

These guys stood out like a chaste nun in the Soi Cowboy District of Bangkok.

 

For good reason; they told predators to stay away through their brilliant coloring.

 

You will stand out in a similar way by guest posting on top blogs from your niche. Except that you will not repel folks but instead, drive traffic to your blog by saying, “Come hither, my little sweet robbins.”

 

Guest posting give you a slew of blogs through which to:

 

  • build bonds
  • leverage your presence
  • help people
  • boost blog traffic

 

Aim for top blogs in your niche. Comment effectively on these blogs. Build bonds that lead to guest post invites.

 

2: Blog Commenting

 

Publish 3-4 paragraph, in depth, personalized comments on top blogs from your niche.

 

Blog commenting is a bond builder and traffic builder deluxe.

 

The friendships you make with fellow bloggers through commenting leads to co-promotional opportunities and the readers impressed with your comments will click through to your blog.

 

Sweet daily double, eh?

 

3: Stay on Topic

 

This is about the easiest tip to follow.

 

Monteverde Costa Rica

 

Stay on topic. Condition readers to see you an expert in one niche. Said readers promote your work to friends who dig your expertise in one niche, increasing your blog traffic.

 

4: Grow Your Email List

 

Growing your email list is convenience marketing on steroids.

 

Capture reader emails. Blast your post to readers via their email inboxes, driving 10’s, 100’s 1,000’s of visitors or more to your blog within hours.

 

Use a pop up form and blog sidebar to grow your list steadily and surely.

 

5: Promote other Bloggers

 

Promote other bloggers freely.

 

Make friends.

 

Watch your friends promote you to their networks, expanding your reach and increasing your blog traffic.

 

How it Works

 

Promote 5 or 10 bloggers today on Twitter and Facebook. Mention 3 or 4 of these bloggers via your next blog post.

 

A handful of these bloggers will note the kind act and promote you in return to their Twitter followers, or maybe to their Facebook friend networks. A few of these bloggers will promote you via their blogs, exposing your blog and brand to hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands or more of their readers.

 

If 1, 10, 100, or 1,000 bloggers whom you promoted retweet your content, interview you and invite you to guest post on their blogs you will see a steady surge in traffic as some of their readers become your readers too.

 

6: Answer Questions on Quora

 

Answer questions on Quora.

 

Be generous.

 

As of this writing I have received 155,000 views on my Quora answers.

 

Readers of Blogging From Paradise have found me through the platform.

 

Give freely.

 

Receive easily.

 

This is a huge, ever-growing, global audience of people hungry for knowledge across a wide-range of niches.

 

Serve up helpful answers to establish your authority and to boost your blog traffic.

 

7: Answer Questions on Niche Specific Forums

 

For me, niche specific forums means the Warrior Forum.

 

For your blogging niche, it may mean a different forum.

 

Google forums related to your niche. Answer questions.

 

Show off your knowledge.

 

Attract forum members to your blog.

 

8: Self Publish eBooks

 

I have written and self-published 126 eBooks.

 

But 1 will do the trick.

 

How it works: you write and self-publish a helpful eBook. Tag it with appropriate, targeted keywords. The gazillion people searching Amazon daily query certain keywords.

 

Some of the gazillion searching for your keyword will find your eBook, and the blog you link to via your author page, giving you a nice traffic boost.

 

9: Self Publish Audio Books

 

Ditto for audio books.

 

Co-create and self-publish these suckers.

 

Pak Nam Pran Thailand

 

Folks will find you through Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

 

Have a producer record your audio book. Split royalties. Partner with voice acting pros to enhance the quality of your audio book.

 

Do all this cool stuff at acx.com.

 

10: Broadcast Live Videos

 

I have noted before: I am a live video addict.

 

I regularly broadcast live videos on:

 

  • Facebook
  • Periscope
  • YouTube

 

Far from being a watcher, I am more of the exhibitionist type.

 

Before this post takes an unfortunate turn, just understand that traffic will flow to your blog through this up and coming, ever expanding, fun creative medium.

 

People see a person live and in the flesh gabbing away. People dig human help. People follow said human meat suit to their blog.

 

More traffic for blogger and good deal for reader, say Captain Caveman.

 

11: Publish a Podcast

 

Publish a podcast.

 

Readers find you through iTunes, Stitcher and Sound Cloud.

 

Folks love listening to content via iTunes, with its massive global network. Tap into this community. Publish a content rich podcast at least once every 2 weeks.

 

Your Turn

 

Are you following these tips?

 

What traffic building tips can you add to this list?

 

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Learn about my blogging audio course here.

 

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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
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27 Comments

  1. Interesting idea Jub. Thanks; I may put that post together. So much of the process is just accepting invites to guest post and and asking folks if they want guesties, but I can explain in greater detail.

  2. Jub Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    You are a guest posting machine! I’m aiming for 20 this month, getting there closely. Would be interested in seeing a blog post about how you manage all your guest posts, where they get published etc (I’m just using the notes app on my phone atm).

    In terms of the email signup, also working on a optin offer…why not use one of your e-books as a give away to incentivise people to sign up to your newsletter?

    Have an awesome time back in the US. Jub

  3. Yep Stephanie; dofollow links invite spam.

    Think of it this way: dofollow links tell Google “Hey, this site is awesome!” So, if people automatically go this type of link juice just for leaving a crap, spam comment, you can only dream of how these spammers would overrun legit communities with legit, authentic comments.

    Gotta keep them nofollow. Or more importantly, people need to earn dofollow links for their sake, and for the sake of your blog.

  4. Stephanie Says:

    All great tips! I have to say, I don’t see how people have the time to do all of this on top of writing and promoting interesting fresh content. I guess if there’s a will there’s a way. Any thoughts on dofollow links. I personally don’t see the harm in giving anyone who comments on my blog a dofollow link. Is there a downside to it? Does it invite SPAM? Thanks!

  5. Both guest posting and helping folks on Quora rock Ayush. Well done!

  6. You are adept at building real bonds Ravi. Great to see you in action bro. You provide a shining example for all of us.

  7. Ravi Chahar Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Driving the traffic can be really hard for many people. In the past few years, I have learned a lot. The most important thing is building human relationships.

    Guest posting always works at its best. I have never experimented with the videos but if we check the graph, it’s higher than ever.

    Glad to read the article.
    ~Ravi

  8. Ayush Says:

    Hey Ryan, Thanks for the informative blog. I do some of these but i usually prefer guest posting and question answers on quora. Keep up the good

  9. Why not? Perfect attitude to have Karthik when it comes to guest posting or heck, any successful strategy online.

  10. Mick thanks a bunch. I am happy blog commenting is paying dividends for ya πŸ˜‰

  11. Mick Meaney Says:

    Ya know what, Ryan, I’d totally forgotten about blog commenting for YEARS until one of your posts reminded me, so I tried it out on a fresh blog.

    Thank you for that, it’s a solid strategy.

    And I’m still not sure how to pronounce Quora.

    Keep crushin’ it bro.

    @Aditya I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me it’s a way to save time. Even with Disqus lets some slip through. And most of the discussion takes place on Facebook anyway… which might be a good incentive for me to replace my comments section with FB instead. Hmm.

  12. Karthik Says:

    Hai!

    Very informative article. I usually prefer guest posting on various other sites. This is a great thing to start getting blog traffic because your blogs will be known on famous sites. Some sites will naturally be better. If they have guest posting, why not go ahead? If we can make a reference to our website, it will be a major boost!

  13. I’d only accept blog posts that resonate 100% with your blog and brand Sue. To everybody else I say: Sorry, but guest posting is permanently closed on my blog. Easy peasy way to be clear and direct.

  14. Good deal Vishwajeet. As you keep helping folks the traffic and list subscribers will increase.

  15. You have been doing awesome things in the blog commenting game buddy. Keep it up!

  16. Hello Ryan,

    Good shout over here πŸ™‚

    This is the one thing which almost every blogger wants to happen to their blogs or web site, to get traffic, people visiting and clicking over their link so that numbers increased and they can enjoy their blogging journey. Yeah there are many people
    who struggles to get decent amount of traffic to their blogs, which mean they loose hope and their sites crash down.

    There are tricks which can help us to get traffic to our blogs, but it requires some sharp tactics so that it could result
    in a positive way for us.

    Blog commenting is something, a back bone for me and my site, I manage to get decent amount of traffic through this method,
    regularly visiting top bloggers, leaving a decent comment and sharing their stuff over social media platform, has turned
    out for me in a good way.
    Growing our e-mail list is also one of the most effective ways to get fair traffic to our web sites. I have started this lately but the things have gone well for me, till now I do not have such a huge list, but yeah while seeing those small numbers too
    help me to stay boosted and help me to fight to get more.

    There are few things over here like, guest posting, being active on Quora is something I need to get on with,
    also I am looking forward to like, conducting a live video, publishing my podcast. Hope I will dive into my fears in the
    coming year and things do work out for me.

    Thanks for the share.

    Shantanu.

  17. Hello Ryan,

    These are some of the proven ways to drive huge and quality traffic to your blog. I love to use all of these methods. I love to write answers on quora and also quite active on forums like warriorforum and Digitalpoint forum. I am quite to manage some good email subscribers for my blog but yet I am waiting to cross the 500 subscribers. Thanks for writing this informative post.

    Have a great day πŸ™‚
    Vishwajeet

  18. Sue Slaght Says:

    Ryan perhaps I will try the hopping on one foot trick and a little salt throwing never hurts.
    I do contribute to other blogs, with guest posts and am now finding I am getting inundated with requests by other bloggers to write on our site. I must say I am rather picky. Any tips for dealing with poor quality submissions? I’ve been turning down folks abased on poor grammar, spelling, lack of research, inaccurate information and the list goes on. I’d welcome your thoughts on it.

  19. Cori you rock. Thanks so much. Quora is awesome. I spent 10 minutes there before I saw your comment. Fab bond building tool for sure.

  20. Cori Ramos Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    As always, you’ve shared some great stuff here! I’m doing some of these but not all – video is my kryptonite! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the reminder about Quora. I totally forgot that I signed up there. I’ll have to add it to my to-do list ot make sure I jump on there every once in a while.

    You know I’m passing this one along! Have a great week. πŸ™‚

    Cori

  21. Bingo Andrea, exactly πŸ˜‰

  22. Actually Lisa this isn’t a whole to-do list per se; picking only 1 or 2 things and doing them persistently can help you immensely. I see you have been guest posting more and as for blog commenting, you’ve been a champion for years. Well done!

  23. Lisa Sicard Says:

    Hi Ryan, I started to get a little overwhelmed going over your list but it surely isn’t an easy feat or everyone would be doing it right?
    I haven’t done that particular forum but use Inbound and Biz Sugar more. I’m loving Quora and it’s finally driving some traffic. It’s fun.
    Glad to see how you answered the traffic questions – it’s about quality over quantity.
    I’ve also done a lot more guest posting this year but still no where near your amount I’m sure.
    I still believe blog commenting is key with many bloggers and still lacking by many others. It’s really a great way to get to know others through blogging.
    Thanks for these wonderful tips Ryan, hope it’s not raining in your area like it is here today!

  24. Andrea Torti Says:

    Great tips – Quora is a great source for bloggers, indeed: not only helps you get more eyes on your blog, it also gives you many ideas for new posts!

  25. Comments can be super helpful for engagement Aditya. I’d just look for top blogs with ’em on; keep chatting, make friends and blog commenting traffic will flow to your blog.

  26. Aditya Singh Says:

    Some blogs don’t have the comments section… Do you think comment section is important for any site. If yes! then why most of the people have turned off. They have only share button.

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