5 Not So Ordinary Tips for Free Traffic To Your Blog

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EASY, FREE IDEAS FOR MORE TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG!

Want free Traffic to your blog?

Sure, we all do.  But what’s the best yet easiest way to get free traffic?

Some will say, “Pay for it“.

Ehhhh … Wrong Answer.

Paying for traffic is easy, but not everyone has an advertising budget or feels confident they’ll see a return on investment. But paying for traffic on the web can also drain your wallet quick!  Just place a few ads on Google’s Adwords and you can lose your shirt if you don’t know what you’re doing.

There are lots of ways to get traffic without paying for it. I’m sure you’re familiar with many of them but here are a few not so ordinary free traffic tips that I especially like.

So before you consider paying for traffic, give these tips a try first and start getting traffic to your blog without draining your wallet.

5 Not So Ordinary Tips for Driving Free Traffic To Your Blog

Tip #1.  Leverage the Leaders in Your Niche.

Find top leaders in your niche.

Who are they?

They’re the ones with tons of followers, lots of activity on Facebook and names you see come up often in your niche.

You can also find them by looking for top blogs, forums, ezines, podcasts, etc.

For example, don’t just follow someone on Twitter and call it good. Follow up with a tweet about how much you enjoyed a specific blog post or a forum discussion or whatever it might be that drew you to them.

Next, comment on their blog posts then tweet the posts or mention them on Facebook.  If they have a forum, join it. Suggest guest posting for them, interview them, review their products, submit testimonials, etc.

Here’s an example of a tweet I sent to a mommy blog I’m following on my C-Section birth blog.

As you can see Jessica notified her C-Section mama friends about my site.  That’s a great traffic resource!

The point of all this is to show a blogger that you’re not just another follower, you’re an admirer.

Randomly following as many people as you can hoping they follow you is pointless.  Instead follow primarily the people who are well-known in your niche and get involved with them, help them to get to really know you.  That’s how you form solid relationships, which is also how to get the most out of your social marketing efforts.

Tip #2.  Hit Publish Then Comment Like Crazy.

After I publish a post I’ll go to Google’s blog search and look for other posts written on the same post topic I just published.


Once I find a few blog posts, I’ll go to the comments section and make useful, actionable comments. Anyone reading your comment will find relevant information to that post at your blog. That makes you and your blog memorable.

Tip #3. Creatively Step Outside Your niche.

When looking for targeted traffic we tend to visit sites and blogs within our own niche, especially for guest posting or making comments.   But don’t limit yourself, there are other niches that you can creatively intersect with.

For example, if you publish a ‘money saving tips’ blog you could easily guest post for a real estate site with tips on how to save money when buying a new home.

Or how about this, a healthy diet site could guest post for a disease specific site.  I once saw a blogger of a healthy diet and weight loss blog submit an excellent guest post to a fibromyalgia blog highlighting some great diet tips for the relief of fibromyalgia symptoms.

Think outside the box a little and look at other niches that could benefit from your great content.

Tip #4 Drive traffic from one of the webs biggest search engines.  

Did you know that YouTube is the webs second biggest search engine?  Being that it’s owned by  Google, I guess that makes sense ;-)  Anyway, why not capitalize on that by sending traffic to your site from Youtube?

Provided you have a Youtube account and have a few videos created there here’s what to do.

Watermark your videos with your website link. This way while your video is playing it will display a link to your website. Also on your YouTube profile page include a link to your website .

If you’re shy and don’t like being in front of the camera  like me try making videos out of pictures using Animoto.  I’m a little new to Animoto but I’m having fun with it. All you do is sign up and you can create a free video.

And BTW, I got a great tip from Ileane over at Basic Blog Tips on a cool screen recording software called Screencast-o-matic  and it’s a lot cheaper than Camtasia.   Thanks Ileane :-)

Tip #5  Reply to all your comments every time, all the time.  

OK, this one’s not so out of the ordinary but it’s super effective and I couldn’t go without mentioning it.

When someone leaves a comment on your blog always reply to that comment.

Why?

You’re inviting dialog and interaction. But more importantly you’re making your visitors feel like they are a part of your blog. You’re interacting with them on a personal level, helping them get to know you and you them.

That’s a significant part of connecting with our readers.

Bloggers have lots of choices when it comes to commenting, so if they chose your blog to comment on  show gratitude by at least replying to them.

Keep the conversation going by asking a question or asking for their opinion.   It may not go anywhere beyond just one comment but that’s OK,  at least you’re recognizing their efforts and connecting with them personally which is a big step towards getting them to come back to your blog again.

A great way to keep the conversation going is to use the ‘Replyme‘ plugin which sends an email to your commenter letting them know you approved their comment.

Quick FYI: The Replyme plugin is now integrated within the latest premium Commentluv plugin. And BTW CommentLuv is a great way to increase comments to you blog.

Take a Lesson from This Commenting Superstar

One of my favorite bloggers and good friends Adrienne Smith, is a commenting superstar.   Adrienne’s got tons of followers, loyal supporters and friends who love her and keep coming back to her blog because she acknowledges every one of her commenters.  When it comes to commenting Adrienne is someone you want to imitate.

What are some of your favorite tips for getting free traffic to your blog?

Blessings,

Photo Courtesy of Stuart Miles of Freedigitalphotos.net

Comments

  1. Liz, I’m a big fan of commenting (and social sharing) too – it really is rewarding and pays dividends, I agree.

    Two other free sources of blog traffic that work well for me are:

    • Viral Content Buzz – a platform for sharing your and other people’s moderated content.

    • Blog parties/hops – Make a Living Writing usually holds one for writers on the first Friday of every month (although I’m not sure there’ll be one until next year now).

    I’ve seen your own comments on the Make a Living Writing blog, Liz, so I just wondered whether you’ve tried the First Friday Blog Party yourself.

    • Hey Kevin,

      Thanks for those tips! Yes, I’m a fan of ‘Make a living writing’. I haven’t tried the First Friday Blog party, but I’ll definitely check it out.

      So glad you stopped by and thanks again for the awesome feedback my friend :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  2. Great tips, Liz! My “HNotionLizTips” bookmark folder is quickly filling up!

  3. Great tips, Liz! I especially liked 2, 3, and 4. I know my traffic has improved since I started reading your blog. :-)

    • Hey Elke,

      Awesome! Love to hear that. I’m so pleased :-)

      It’s always thrilling to know that these tips are helping and it’s so kind of you to say so.

      Thanks for your feedback, it means a lot.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  4. Hi Liz. As always, very helpful and useful content and so is that of your followers! Thanks for all the great tips!

    Peggy

  5. Hey Liz,

    Great work here. I really love your tips on getting free traffic. You can’t go wrong with this! The one that stuck out the most to me was tip #2. I never thought about using google to find posts that are similar to the ones I publish and commenting on them. It makes a lot of sense and they’ll definitely be interested in the subject you wrote about. And of course, again, you can’t go wrong with this strategy!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much Sherman,

      I like #2 as well :-) Once you publish your post I go like mad to comment on other like posts which means if anyone goes to my site from that comment they’ll see my related post. I’ve gotten a lot of comments that way as well.

      Good to have you here Sherman.

      Have a wonderful day and awesome weekend.

      Liz

  6. Hello; This was a very comprehensive post. I’m finding it hard to come up with things I do that you didn’t mention. One thing I can think of is always when posting to social media i make sure to include a link to something relevant on my site. I agree with what you said about guest posts and comments not always having to be in your niche. My first guest post was on a wedding planning blog where i told people how they could save on renting event equipment if they scheduled during slack periods for these companies. And there aren’t a lot of blogs in my niche of the amusement industry, or at least I didn’t think there were; so i started by commenting on personal development and blogging or internet marketing blogs. I too love adrienne. she has been a big help to me as well as a vocal cheerleader. I look forward to becoming friends with you. Let me know if I can ever do anything to help you or your community. Thanks and take care, Max

    • Hey Maxwell,

      So good to hear from you :-)

      You got the idea! Commenting on a wedding planning blog on how to save on event equipment is exactly what I was referring to. And how many wedding blogs are out there? Lots!

      Yes Adrienne is a class act, and so genuine. Know how come I know that? Back in August I didn’t write a post for about a month and she not only noticed that she sent me a note about it and wanted to be sure I was OK. No one that isn’t the real deal or a genuine friend does that.

      I also look to her for enthusiasm and strength. I just wish she lived closer to me :-)

      Blessings Maxwell, and have an awesome and restful weekend.

      LIz

  7. What an excellent topic Liz and then I get to the bottom and there I am. Oh my goodness, I’m so very touched. It’s just so wonderful to know that I’ve inspired other bloggers and have helped them along their own journey. That’s why I do what I do. Thank you for that mention, seriously.

    So let’s see, what can I add to this. Nothing! You nailed everything really. I stand behind every single one of your tips here Liz.

    If you want to be successful in the blogging community, and I know that term can be interpreted in so many different ways, you have to build relationships. Just like you mentioned on Twitter. Don’t just follow them and expect them to notice you. Go for it, stop by their blog, comment on their posts, let them know what you enjoyed, keep it up. They’ll eventually notice you because you’re someone worth noticing.

    Always reply to all of your comments because your readers want to be appreciated. People might say they don’t but they do. They took the time to read your post, share their views so the least we can do is acknowledge that. Stop by their blogs and comment on one of their posts. Not because you have to but because it’s the right thing to do. I can’t tell you how many emails I get where people can’t believe I stopped by their blog and commented. They were in awe! I laugh each time to myself because that’s just what I do.

    Thank you for pointing this out Liz, it’s all so spot on and so very important. You know I’ll be sharing this with my friends and followers as well.

    Happy Halloween and hope you’re having an amazing day. Thanks again for the mention.

    ~Adrienne

    • Hey Adrienne,

      It is a wonderful feeling to know that we’ve inspired others. It IS what gets us out of bed in the morning. And you of course do such a great job of inspiring others and instilling enthusiasm. I’m not kidding when I say I often go to your blog when I need a good dose of enthusiasm and motivation.

      There isn’t one of us here that doesn’t need to feel appreciated and welcomed, and if someone takes the time to offer some kind words or add some advice to your blog post it’s important to acknowledge that and at least extend that person the courtesy of getting to know them a bit.

      Thanks for your kind words and all you do Adrienne. Hope you had a happy Halloween as well and do enjoy your weekend. Hope it’s a restful one.

      Liz :-)

  8. Hi Liz,

    Super creative tips! Comment like crazy. Yeah I do that lol….network like a machine. Also aggressively promote others bloggers and it all comes back to you. Karma thing ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

    • Hi Ryan,

      I know! Commenting and networking, that’s our life, LOL! ;-)

      But it does come back to us and not just for selfish reasons. It feels good to help others, but I’ve also connected with some pretty awesome people and learned from every one of them, what a special gift that is.

      Thanks so much for sharing with us Ryan, it’s great to have you here. Enjoy your weekend :-)

      Liz

  9. Hi Liz…I like your blog and this post is quite helpful for newbies like me. I never thought of going to twitter which seems to be more powerful than Facebook. Thanks for sharing the tips.Tip 4 is not very clear to me.

    Though I am very fond of commenting but some topics which don’t interest me are skipped just after scanning. I believe in being myself, blogging for me is more of a hobby to satisfy creative aspect of my personality. Hope to learn more in the company of successful bloggers like you. Thanks. Have a wonderful day!

    • Hi Balroop,

      I’m so glad you find my blog helpful. I’m not too happy with the design right now in fact I’m working on getting a new, more professional header but right now I’m focused a lot on the content.

      Tip #4 is about making video. Now most people think that making a video is about getting in front of a camera themselves and speaking to your visitors. You can do that, but you can also use video to demonstrate how things work. For example, if you wanted to share with your audience how to create a WordPress blog you could use recording software like ‘Screencast o’matic’ to video your screen when creating a WordPress blog.

      Once you create the video, send it to Youtube with a watermark on it that has your website/blog’s URL on it. That way when visitors review your video on YouTube they can see your website/blog’s URL and pay you a visit.

      Does that answer your question?

      For you it sounds like blogging is more of a personal hobby, but it’s important to understand that. That’s your WHY. Knowing why you blog or why you have a business or why you have a hobby helps you fulfill your goals and reaching your goals is where you find success, whatever success means to you.

      When it comes to commenting I don’t always comment on everything I read either. Like you some things don’t interest me or they don’t have a connection to the things I write about, but that’s OK. The idea is to offer feedback that contributes to the topic with advice, additional information or interesting ideas. If someone writes on a topic that you can comment on in a way that lets your creative personality shine, then that’s something you’d want to get involved with.

      Thanks for your feedback Balroop. I’ve enjoyed having you here.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  10. Lance Carlson says:

    Liz, I hope you do not mind but I linked to this post from my site (with a very nice lead in for you). I have a daily feature that drops in a traffic bolstering tip every day Uh…mostly). Then this showed up in my box and it just fit the bill.

    By the way I want you to know that when I first started blogging your site was one of the ones I went to frequently. I knew you were straight up and you made it easy for even a very beginner to understand.

    Thank you so much for all of your influence.

    • How very kind of you Lance!

      And of course I don’t mind that you’ve linked to my post. I’m honored and thrilled that you’ve enjoyed my blog and that I’ve been able to help you get started with your blog, which by the way you’ve don’t an awesome job with.

      I hope we can continue to connect. If I can help with anything, just let me know.

      Blessings,
      Liz :-)

  11. Jeevan Jacob John says:

    Hey Elizabeth,

    Commenting and guest posting used to be my primary traffic sources (along with Social media). Guest posting was my best method, especially with my first blog (Back then, I didn’t pay much attention to commenting on other blogs).

    I also had considerable success with blog communities – such as Blogengage (BE was one among my long term top ten traffic sources).

    Anyways, I was able to “atone” for my mistake with blog commenting on my second blog (Thanks to bloggers like Adrienne who showed me how powerful commenting can be :D).

    Nowadays, I spent most of my time on blog commenting and building my social media profiles (Given that I don’t have a blog right now; I am planning to launch my new blog by New Year).

    Hopefully everything will go as planned. Anyways, thank you for sharing these tips, Elizabeth. Appreciate it! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

    • Hi Jeevan,

      Commenting isn’t one of those things that folks readily jump on board with. It’s often hard to see the point, but it IS actually a great way to get in front of other bloggers that you want to connect with. But… you must also bring something to the table. Simply saying nice post or repeating something they already said won’t impress anyone. But I think it goes beyond just commenting, you should also re-tweet their post (of course only if you think it’s worthwhile) share it on FB and of course comment on their blog.

      That’s not to say that joining blog communities and guest blogging isn’t just as good. Commenting is just another way to help others get to know the ‘real’ you. I think that’s pretty key.

      So great of you to stop by Jeevan and thanks for your candid comments.

      Blessings,
      Liz

      • Jeevan Jacob John says:

        Agreed. We have to add something meaningful to the blog post. I think the best method to do that is share our experiences on the topic. I do share on Twitter. I am more picky on other others – FB, Google Plus and LinkedIn. Right now, I am experimenting with the number of tweets posted (spread throughout the day). So, I definitely need plenty of tweets to share :D

        No problem, Elizabeth :) Hope you have a great week!

        • Hi Jeevan,

          Sharing tweets is a great way to get acknowledgement. Just make sure they’re beneficial to your audience.

          Sharing meaningful information can be trickier than most people think. First of all it has to be something that interests your target audience.

          I wasn’t really in tuned to that until I took my first SEO copywriting course. There’s a lot more to learning about your target audience that meets the eye.

          Anyway, thanks for your candid feedback Jeevan. So glad that you stopped by shared your thoughts :-)

          Blessings,
          Liz

  12. I already follow almost all the tips you have written in this post except Youtube. Creating good videos takes time which I don’t have due to my day job but I would love to try this traffic source too. Great post as always Liz.

    ~ Atish

    • Hi Atish,

      So many folks can relate to the video thing. Not everyone’s comfortable in front of the camera. But as you mentioned, it also takes time to create a video. I’ve always admired folks that just sit in front of a camera, talk candidly and just say whatever comes to mind without being self conscious. I think that comes with practice but it can take ‘a lot’ of practice, LOL!

      Glad you use most of these tips though. They all really do help with traffic.

      Thanks for stopping by Atish.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  13. Great suggestions, Elizabeth. I started blogging a year ago and got a good webmaster to help teach me the workings of the back end of Word Press. I became a sponge (and still am…hence reading this post) learning eveything I could. I found what works and doesn’t to this point. Now, it’s a matter of more quantity, more creativity, better descriptive writing and much more visiblity on Twitter. Those are my big goals. Must be doing pretty good so far because I seem to me pretty close to in line with your suggestions. The big thing is highly accessible for comments and is as user friendly as possibly. No Captcha (huge turn off) or boxes to check, etc. We have a great free spam plug in and it catches everything. Oh and the Comment Luv feature we added this summer on my site made a world of difference! Thank you for the great post! :)

    • Hi Mike,

      Glad these are all things you’re doing. You have a great site, I enjoyed it. Loved your post about Phoenix :-)

      CommentLuv is a good one isn’t it? It’s helped bring lots of new visitors and great commenters to my blog. Andy Baily is super helpful as well if you should have a problem. I had a dumb one the other day. My posts were getting errors when visitors tried to read them and it was calling out a problem with CommentLuv. I emailed Andy and realized my blog hadn’t been updated to the latest version of WordPress. My bad! I know better but I’ve been so busy I didn’t notice.

      Note to self: Keep WordPress all plugins up to date, LOL!

      Thanks for dropping by Mike and have a wonderful day.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  14. Hi Ms Liz,

    “You can lose your shirt, if you don’t know what you’re doing.” It is true, you can.

    “Suggest guest posting for them, interview them, review their products, submit testimonials.” These are indeed practical, actionable tips. I love them.

    For me the most interesting of all seems tip no 2. : “Find other posts written on the same post topic.” Never crossed my mind.
    This technique is so valuable that I have just written in my swype file together with my best traffic techniques.

    Well Ms Liz, I can see that you talk from experience. This is the real deal. OK. I want you to know that I admire and appreciate your efforts.

    Have a wonderful day

    • Thanks you so much Silviu :-) So good of you to mention that you appreciate my efforts. It’s so nice to hear that.

      I like #2 because it gives readers some background to what you are commenting about. For example if someone reads your comment, likes it and then goes to your site, they get to read more about what you just commented on, I like that.

      Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  15. Hi Liz,

    I particularly like #2, Hit Publish Then Comment Like Crazy. That one has worked very well for me.

    - Cole

  16. Hi Liz, some good tips there.

    I particularly like the way you reached out to Jessica McFadden

    I’d be careful with number 3 though. Commenting on blogs outside your niche could be seen as spam by Google.

    With most blog comments comes a backlink – and Google likes links to be from relevant domains.

    Overuse of this could result in loss of rankings.

    • Hi Mark,

      Actually that’s not entirely true Mark.

      Commenting links are treated differently. Google knows that people comment on blogs outside their niche. For comments that’s not a problem. A comment is a comment and where it comes from isn’t an issue. What you as a blogger must be aware of however that the site noted in the comment is not a spam site because that could hurt your site’s reputation.

      What Google doesn’t like is linking to pages within your content that are totally unrelated to the topic of your content. In other words falsely manipulating links on your page in order to improve ranking.

      Thanks for your comment Mark.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  17. Hi Liz, Great tips! You have suggested some great ways to drive traffic to your blog with only a minimal investment in time. The common thread is engagement and you’re right, Adrienne is the engagement superstar!

    Using social media effectively is a wonderful way to draw attention to your site and get you more followers which will pay dividends in the long run.

    I also would suggest that people join Triberr. It’s the best way I’ve found to drive traffic and engage with fellow bloggers.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I couldn’t get away without mentioning how Adrienne is such a commenting superstar. It’s a great tip for everyone to follow her awesome example :-)

      Social media is a great way to attract an audience. Sometimes I don’t know how we got a long without it. Social media has helped us take control of our own marketing. Gotta love that ;-)

      I’ve only just skimmed the surface with Triberr. I’m trying to get more involved but there’s only so many hours in the day, but I’m working on it LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by Carolyn. Have a great rest of the week.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  18. Hi Elizabeth,

    Your insight is peerless, a great resource tips to getting traffic to one’s blog.

    I love your second point i.e on searching for similar posts using Google after publishing your content. I have never really embrace this. Thanks for sharing, will take it into consideration.

    • Hi James,

      My #2 point is a popular one among the comments. It’s actually one of my favorites too.

      When you publish a post you really should get out there and find similar posts and make thoughtful comments based on the post you just published. It just makes sense and that’s what social marketing helps us do.

      BTW, loved your recent post about the Robots.txt file. Amazing what we can find out if we just read the pages of the Google support. But there were some excellent points there about how to use the file too.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by James. Enjoyed your comment and your blog :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  19. Praveen Rajarao says:

    Hi Liz – This is my first time on your website, followed back from your comment back on mine.

    Interesting points, and I should say that I do most of those things, but still with very little traffic on my site. I make sure that I write original articles, visit many blogs and leave my honest comments there, indulge in discussions, reply to all comments on my site, promote my articles on every social media. So what is it that is missing? Why is it that I do not see my posts go viral? Are they not up to the mark? Is it boring to read my articles?

    Hmmmm…lot of thoughts there, glad you wrote this article to wake me up and give it some serious thinking.

    • Hi Praveen,

      There can be a lot of reasons why traffic is low. It use to be in the old days that SEO could really boost your posts, but today that’s not the case. It seems that we have to work to get our own traffic individually.

      There are a few things you could do that may help. Help others get to really know YOU. Not just what your website or what you write about, but get to know YOU. What you like, your personality your quirks, etc. That means really putting personality into your comments.

      Try also making a few personal but interesting comments on Facebook. Things that would prompt people to comment or share. Also offer some free tips directly on to FB. Don’t wait to create a blog post, just post them directly to FB.

      Another thing that people like is video. Make a personal video demonstrating a few good tips. I personally am not good on camera so I shy away from that but if you are comfortable with it, try it. It really gets folks to know you and like you.

      One other thing is a course I reviewed by Lynn Terry called social marketing results. I reviewed it in a few posts back. The course is excellent and has some great tips for minimizing your time on social media but still getting social marketing results. Have a look and see what you think. Here’s the post http://www.homenotion.com/blog/social-marketing-results-sales-traffic-social-media/

      Thanks for stopping by Praveen and keep in touch. Let me know how things are going.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  20. Hi Liz – these are excellent tips. I especially like number two – I know I should do more targeted commenting, and this is a really good idea, to do so immediately after publishing a post.

    I also agree that it can be valuable to comment on blogs outside your own niche.

    As far as number 5 goes, I always aim to respond to all the comments on my own blog – I also try to follow the commentluv links people leave on my blog and comment on those posts, as far as possible, but it’s very time-consuming!

    Thanks very much for the great advice you’ve offered in this post :)

    • Hi Susan,

      #2 is a popular one and liked by lot of folks.

      I hear you when you say this is time consuming, boy is it, but there are lots of benefits and rewards in doing all of this.

      One thing I really liked was the ‘social marketing results’ course I reviewed in a few posts back. Lynn’s got some great tips there for not only saving time but getting good results too. Every little bit helps, that’s for sure :-)

      Blessings and have an awesome day Susan.
      Liz

  21. Hi Liz

    Some excellent tips and ones that I know I need to do more with!

    It goes without saying that if someone comments on your blog that you must reply. I know some bloggers don’t but I think they’re missing out on a vital networking opportunity.

    I don’t always respond straight away because I don’t always have the time but I make sure I respond within a couple of days at the very latest.

    I comment on less blogs than I used to. Up until a few weeks ago I used to comment on five or more blogs a day but it did become a little tedious and time-consuming after a while.

    It makes sense to keep it incorporated within my traffic generation strategy though and moving forward I’m going to make sure I comment on at least five blogs after I publish a post.

    Video has evaded me. I need to do it but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. That’s a whole lot of traffic I’m missing so it needs to be something I get to very fast.

    I like the sound of Animoto. I remember someone else mentioning it but I forgot about it. Thank you for the reminder; I’m going to check it out now!

  22. Hello Elizabeth,

    I so love the points you made especially commenting. While I like commenting so much is because:

    1. You gain a lot by way of reading many blogs.
    2. You may get a valuable backlink back to your site.
    3. You build relationships easily with other bloggers.

    As for some unusual ways of getting free traffic, I post every entry on my blog to social bookmarking and sharing sites though with a little modification. It is essentially a summary with a link back to my blog. It works like crazy.

    Lizy, keep commenting and do have a supercharged day!

    - Terungwa

    • Hi Akaahan,

      While I agree that commenting can bring backlinks to your site or blog, they’re not so valuable any more. Links to your site from comments sidebars and footer aren’t as valuable as links from highly viewed content. I don’t comment any longer for the links. I comment for the discussion and the connections I make. When you think about it that’s really much more valuable than the link.

      Thanks for stopping by Akaahan and you have a great day as well.

      Blessings,
      Liz

  23. Liz.
    I’m happy to learn and be reminded of how to drive traffic to my blog. I don’t know where to start with all of the new ideas that I’ve learned tonight.
    Youtube has always been intimidating to me. I’m going to your channel and may try to get a little brave! You always make it sound effortless, yet I know that you have years of experience in blogging and SEO. Thank you so much for helping others to find creative ways of driving traffic to our sites.
    Karen

    • Hi Karen,

      Youtube is intimidating to me too. Glad I’m not the only one that feels that way, LOL! But not everyone loves watching video. I’m a words person and I think so much more can come through our words. However one thing video does do is reflect well our personalities. If someone is curious about you or likes what they see on the surface a video can draw them in a bit more. It’s always nice to put a face with the name, right? As far as traffic goes, it can be a traffic draw if you make a lot of video, however video doesn’t need to be YOU in front of the camera. There can be many ways to use video that doesn’t need to feature you as the speaker.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Karen. Have a wonderful day :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz

  24. Hi Liz,

    Great tips here, they are out of the ordinary (just like the title said) I read it all but the aspect that caught my attention, comment like crazy after publishing your post, i know it works but that’s a hell lot of work. I’m just a lazy guy but i’ll give it a try :)

    • Hey Gilbert,

      Yes, it is a lot of work but it helps to work smarter not harder. Be sure the sites you’re connecting with are good sites. Find the sites in your niche that are the most popular and comment on the posts that relate to your post. The idea is to find blogs that already gets lots of eyes.

      Also keep your day organized and make the best use of your time. Facebook for example can be a real time suck if you get side tracked. The moral of the story is to know what you need to do, carefully monitor your time and stay focused.

      Thanks for commenting Gilbert. So nice to have you here :-)

      Liz

  25. Hi Liz,
    Nice post and you have nailed it exactly with valid points. Indeed, I am much focused on content/niche topic rather running behind only focusing on traffic. People will surely follow, If the content really sounds interesting and useful. Like your current post :). It should be fun to read, readable format, and should be informative.

    I like your points 3 and 5 very much as it really make sense to me. Continuous effort, follow up, reply comments and fellow bloggers post review all are crucial things to bring traffic.

    Thanks for the nice post and have a wonderful week end Liz. :)

    • Hi Manickam

      Unfortunately unlike in the old days, there’s a lot more leg work to getting traffic, but social media has helped a lot and the more creative we can get with connecting socially the better. That’s why I liked the social media results course I posted a few weeks ago so much. Lots of good ideas there :-)

      Thanks for your comments Manickam and so pleased you stopped by.

      You too have a great weekend :-)

      Liz

      • I truly echo you there Liz. The continuous effort on right direction is the key. Social media really brings good traffic and we need to hit at right path. It gives handy dashboard effect like all in one place. :)

  26. Hey Liz.

    I am glad I found your blog! These are some awesome tips. I have to say that blog commenting is something that I want to do more of but it sure is time consuming. I still do it but Im much more selective. For example I rather come here and comment since you share great information and i know you appreciate it also.

    I can say that the most success I have had with commenting is when I catch a post soon after it has been published. I most likely get a response from the author and get some traffic from it as well.

    Hope everything is going well. Take care

    • Hey steven,

      Commenting is time consuming, some days more than others, but then again I haven’t figured out what isn’t when it comes to having an online business, LOL!

      For me it’s about finding what’s most beneficial to my business and doing it consistently. Commenting IS beneficial but, as you said, you need to be selective and you must share good information. It’s sharing good info that draws other commenters to you and your blog and it’s sort of a mystery to me why comment spammers don’t get that.

      All you really need to do is comment on 3-5 blogs a day to benefit from the strategy and I’ve been able to work that into about 15-20 minutes ad day. Commenting also forces you to learn things. I get a lot of good info and ideas from other bloggers, so it’s definitely time well spent.

      Thanks for stopping by Seven. Always nice to hear from you :-)

      Liz

  27. Wow Liz!

    This was an extremely informative post! Full of some very sound and practical marketing strategies! Particularly tip # two!

    That’s an incredibly brilliant low cost marketing strategy, that will definitely get put to use by me going forward!

    It’s a great way to maximize your marketing leverage! Thanks for sharing it!

    • Hi Mark,

      Tip #2 is one of my favorites but it can be a lot of work. But honestly you’d be amazed at how many blogs your can reach in just an hours time. I use to publish a blog post, share it on a few social sites and call it good, but really you can do so much more and get so much more reward with this method.

      Thanks for stopping by, always a pleasure :-)

      Liz

  28. Leverage the leadership[ in your niche. whatever we are writing must be well researched. We should know almost everything about our niche.

    • Thank you for stopping by Lalita. Yes I like leveraging leadership as well. There are lots of leaders in our niches that we can use to make our points and spread ideas. If we pair up with them we can also help create a name for ourselves simply by being associated with them.

      I have a look at your site Lalita and I like it. However what is SMS?

      Liz

  29. All tips are great but Tip 2 is more than awesome. After publishing just go out and read a lot then comment. You will notice people coming to your blog, reading and commenting. nice post McGee

    • Hey Atish,

      This is a good tip and it works for me but it’s time consuming and many people don’t want to put in the extra time which I find unfortunate. If you want success you have to put in the time. It’s so important.

      Thanks for stopping by. Always appreciate your feedback.

      Blessings,
      Liz

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