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.
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.
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?
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