As I continue to dissect 10 common questions answered by an island hopping pro blogger (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Are you following these tips?
What traffic building tips can you add to this list?
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