What water is to a fish, traffic is to an online business venture or blog. Traffic will eventually make or break an online venture. It is one of most decisive parameters based on which you will earn a living through you venture if you intend on doing so. Interested in making millions like the pros (Darren Rowse, Pat Flynn, Shoe money and the likes)??
You’ve to lead a genuine amount of traffic to your blog and the rest will be done by the monetization methods adopted by at your end. These following 10 sure fire tricks have been tried and tested by the pros and now it is your turn adopt them and attract traffic like a magnet.
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1. Social Media Is Here To Stay
The whole world is spending most of their time on these social networking platforms and this is a goldmine for bloggers if you know how to tap this vast audience and lead them to your blog. Over a period of time you build a credible social influence and traffic will automatically follow you and end up on your site. Social media uses the power of multiplicity by taking your piece of content to audiences far and wide. Engage the reader by putting up social media sharing CTA’s (call to action) immediately after each post.
These are very easy to incorporate on your blog. Just search for social sharing plugins in the wordpress depository and you will be able to find many plugins which will do your job. Some of the more popular ones are –
Incorporate these social sharing buttons and see your post being tweeted, liked and shared by thousand sending quality and genuine traffic back to you blog.
2. Magnetic Headlines Works Like Magic
To grab the eyeballs or pull your targeted traffic to read your article you need something more than a great sales copy or blog post. YOU NEED ARTICLES WHICH CAPTURES THE ATTENTION OF THE READERS.
Bloggers usually make a common mistake of either writing too simple and bland headlines and don’t say enough, or they say too much to cover all the bases. It should be a right of mix giving a simple summary and also making the reader curious enough so that he or she goes on to click it and read the whole thing (which is what you ideally want).For example if you are writing an article on weight loss, there can be two scenarios –
- How to lose 10kgs in 5 months
- 5 Secret Weight loss tips To Shed 10kgs Now
The second headline got you interested??? Yes! That is because it has the curiosity factor to it, the word SECRET triggers the readers mind that these tips must be helpful and he should go on read it. Headlines like these get more click throughs than the first one irrespective of the content that both articles may contain inside them. So from now on plan your headlines and create an attractive one and surely your readership stats will hit a spike
3. Guest Posting Is On The Rise
Nowadays bloggers (even the A-listers) are guest posting on other authority blogs like madmen because of this they can gain new readership as well reach wider audience and new readers and traffic sources.
The 3 advantages of guest posting which will help you in the long run are-
- You make connections and relationships with other bloggers from your niche and incase your article lands on blogs like problogger.net or shoemoney.com, fasten your seat belts because it is going to bring you genuine and interested traffic in hoards.
- Search engines loves guest posting because from that particular authority blog you get a link back and over time these high PR backlinks will shoot up your SEO score and the search engines will rank your blog higher in the search results.
- You enter a totally new community with established bloggers and make connections with them on every social media platform and if they help you in promoting your guest post by tweeting a thanks and even sharing your post on their wall, traffic will automatically land from these social media platforms to you blog.
So from now on enable guest posting on you blog and as well as actively participate yourself on other blogs and share some link juice among yourselves.
4. StumbleUpon And Reddit – Great for New Traffic
Its time you moved forward and shared your content not only on twitter and facebook but also on these social bookmarking sites because they are here to stay. Reddit alone gets 2 BILLION views every month.
So what you should do is get the Stumbleupon and reddit bookmarking buttons ready on each and every post of your blog and eventually wait for the day when one of your high quality post turns viral and just see the effects.
5. Keyword Research Is As Important As Content
Your site or your article gets showed up on the first page of Google???? It is not that easy as you may think and that too even without any KEYWORD RESEARCH before you write an article. I am not saying you to stuff keywords or do something unethical but Google has given you an awesome tool – THE KEYWORD TOOL- make use of that. You can find the tool here at GOOGLE ADWORDS KEYWORD TOOL
Type some words where it is written “words or phrases” and hit the search button and you will see information on particular words and phrases and what sort of competition is there for these words and also the respective global and monthly searches for these terms on Google.
Optimizing an article to target a particular keyword is not that difficult than people make of it. Use the target keywords in your headline at the beginning and follow it up great high quality content about the subject. Don’t try to stuff your targeted keywords in your article or Google is always watching you and believe me it will not hesitate even a little bit to penalize your site.
6. Offline Marketing For Branding
Any kind of promotion is good promotion (whether it is online or offline). Always remember your blog or site is a business entity and if you intend to earn revenue through it so every promotion its gets (online or offline) is always less. So grab it with both hands when you have it.
Keep on NETWORKING with other players in your niche until you become a big shot and if you ever become one still keep on doing it. Keep your business cards ready and keep dishing out to people who are interested in your blog or site and always give them a strong reason to visit your blog and how it can benefit them and you never know these efforts of your can land you some high quality deals and generate revenue. And if you satisfy the needs of your clients, your services can spread through word of mouth and you have a chance to build a business venture out of this.
7. Optimize Your Blog Content
I am totally against people who write for the search engines and not for readers and people (my personal view).
Writing great, high quality and authoritative content which people like to read and help them feed their knowledge hungry mind will automatically get among the top serp’s.
To leverage traffic from search engines you need to know some basic SEO optimization techniques but that requires a totally dedicated series of articles and tutorials and I promise will come up with SEO techniques which can be implemented easily by any newbie. Till then I have got some of the world’s best guide written on SEO-
Read these guides and apply them on your blog on a daily basis and you will definitely see a surge in traffic.
8. Traffic Retention??? Start Commenting
Having good and high quality content on your blog is one thing and interacting with your readers and trying to retain them over a long period of time is totally another aspect.
Not interacting with your readers may lead to a point where the readers might start to question your credibility and that is not what you ever want.
NEVER DO THAT!
Help your genuine blog readers by commenting back on their queries, doubts and even if they congratulate you it doesn’t harm if you give them a “thank you” back. Try to make your readers feel special and they will always be loyal towards you and your blog.
And the same thing goes for every blogger out there that comment in as many authority sites there are in your niche and slowly interested traffic will start to trickle from these big sites to yours.
9. Want Return Visitors? Do Email Marketing
So you write nice articles every time you write on your blog and readers are always wanting more from you??? SO MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM ! Start building an email list and serve your readers with fresh posts and tips and offers right in their inbox. Make it easy for them to go through your content without them having to type in your URL each and every time.
Put up email subscribing options right after each and every awesome post of your and you will start to see your subscribers increasing and your revenue too. People like to have it easy and we are making it so easy for them to read our content which results in more affiliate sales through the email newsletters and their loyalty which is the most important aspect.
There are many email marketing services out there. Some of the famous ones are –
And the best part about email marketing and list building is that it is all AUTOMATED. You just have to set up the account and the place the option where you want to, after that just push the send button every week and see your traffic building up and your affiliate sales too.
(P.S. – will write a dedicated series on email marketing for you all)
10. Viral Videos – Best Traffic Source
So how can Youtube help you in bringing traffic to your blog and that too in large numbers???
Firstly some facts about youtube, it is the largest video sharing platform on the internet and comes in at as the second largest search engine and the third most visited site in the world.
and you used to think youtube is only for videos like “gangnam style”??? think again…..
Any true internet marketer will never ever miss the chance of leveraging the power of videos and youtube because people respond more to videos than plain text and the average person spends every day 27 minutes watching videos on youtube.
Here are some tips for creating effective youtube videos –
- Keep it short – people may have double thoughts from the fact that your video is 30 minutes (except if it isn’t any movie or a chart buster) long so keep it short, may be 3-5 minutes.
- Don’t forget to mention your URL where you want your traffic to be targeted. This can be any affiliate page or sales page or any CPA offers.
- Create videos on interesting topics. Trust me there are a lot of “how to cook recipe” video and “weight loss” videos. Think out of the box and you will surely hit a jackpot someday.
- Youtube thumbnail image comes from middle of the videos the videos, so make sure to place an attractive image in the middle of your movie because your video CTR will depend on that thumbnail.
So yellers, I just noticed my word count and it has touched a whopping 2000 words so will have to break this “series on traffic building” I guarantee it will have more awesome and effective ways to increase readership of your blog.
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