These have consistently brought more traffic to my blogs and generated so many awesome social connections I can’t begin to count them all.
I’ll warn you though, these are for the serious bloggers. That is if you’re serious about getting targeted traffic, building loyal social connections and making a blogging impact.
Tip 1. Comment on Other Blogs
It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard before, comments bring traffic to your blog, period.
Bloggers appreciate them, they share them and people read them.
Comments not only generate more traffic to your blog, it’s a social strategy that works to everyone’s advantage because it builds relationships. It’s through those relationships that you build community; your community.
Here’s how to make this work.
Find quality bloggers in your niche. If you’re not sure what a quality blogger is here’s what to look for.
- Blog contains quality content.
- Blog posts consistently show comments and comments are not spammy.
- Blog owner responds to the comments made on their blog
- Blog has an ‘about’ page that compels the reader
- Blogger is socially active and on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Google+ etc.
More on how to find quality blogs in a minute.
Next create a list of blogs that you can comment on every week. Start out with 5-10 and work up from there. Ideally you want to have about 50-75 blogs you comment on regularly.
Sounds like a lot? It’s not if you streamline this.
Here’s an easy set-up that I use to open all my regular commenting sites at once. This is easy to do and saves me a ton of time.
- Open a notepad file and add the following:
start “google” “http://www.site1.com”
start “google” “http://www.site2.com”
start “google” “http://www.site3.com”
Add as many sites as you think your browser can hold; then save the file as a .bat file to your desktop
2. Go to your browser (I use Chrome, but it should work for any browser) and click on the notepad file. Your sites should all load up in your browser ready for you to go to each one and comment.
If you have more sites than your browser can hold just create several smaller .bat files and do them in groups, perhaps 1 group a day.
How to Find Quality Blogs
Ask Google to send you blogs to comment on.
That’s right, Google will send me an email every time a new blog publishes a post related to my keywords.
This not only saves me time having to search for related blogs but if I comment right away my comments have a better chance of being seen as they’ll be near the top of that blogs comments list.
Not all blogs will turn in to your favorites but for those you like and want to comment on you can also add them to your commenting list.
Setting up Google Alerts is super simple. You’ll need to create a Google account which is easy and free, then just go to Google.com/alerts.
Just enter your keyword phrase. These will be the keywords of the posts you’re interested in commenting on.
You can do this for as many keyword phrases as you like.
Piggy back off your favorite blogger.
Find one blog you especially like that gets lots of comments. Check the commenters and visit their blogs commenting on their posts. Soon they will be commenting on your blog. That’s exactly how to create a blogging community for yourself.
A great example is one of my favorite bloggers Adrienne at Adriennesmith.net. Adrienne is a commenting wizard and I love the commenters she attracts. I’ve made some awesome friends and found some great blogs that I can not only comment on but I”ve learned some amazing things.
Get a Leg Up with Comment LUV
CommentLUV is a WordPress plugin that encourages commenting.
It’s like belonging to an exclusive commenting group that gets you more comments on your blog and boosts social engagement.
When bloggers see the CommentLuv symbol on your blog they’ll know you’re a serious blogger and blog commenter. This entices other serious bloggers to comment on your blog bringing you more traffic, multiple back links and a lot less commenting spam because CommentLuv has the G.A.S.P. spam protector build into the plugin.
What I especially like about CommentLuv is that it will send an automatic email to your commenters when they get a direct reply to their comment. This is social networking at its best!
CommentLuv also has a free version which is a great place to start if your budget isn’t quite ready for the paid version, however keep in mind that the premium version adds tons of commenting benefits and social enticements like access to the CommentLuv search engine where I can find other quality CommentLuv blogs to comment on.
What’s more is others will easily find me. 😉
For the added traffic I get on my blog and the awesome social connections I’ve made it’s a wise move for us serious bloggers and well worth the small investment.
Tip #2. Ezine Marketing For More Traffic To Your Blog
They are a powerful way to cheaply blast your message to lots of hungry buyers.
They reach millions of targeted customers online because you’re getting high quality web traffic.
Swapping articles buying ads in other ezines or newsletters can be a powerful traffic boost for any blog.
Of course if you’re going to swap articles and/or ad with other ezines you should have your own newsletter or ezine opt-in.
But regardless of whether you do ezine promotions or not, having an email newsletter and opt-in of your own is always smart marketing move so I hope you’ve got an email subscriber list or at least working on one 😉
Now there’s a difference between Ezines and newsletters and Grace D. Dooley’s does an awesome job of explaining the differences, but depending on the type of newsletter or ezine you publish will determine whether you can exchange articles and ads or whether you’ll need to pay for them.
Swapping articles and ads is a favorite of mine. It expands my reach far beyond what I can do on my own, even with social media. But it’s a win-win for everyone. The publisher’s writing workload is less and their readers get to hear a fresh voice. Successful article swaps often lead to joint ventures and running solo ads in each other’s ezines.
But don’t rule out ezine advertising. Ezine ads are extremely affordable. One simple 3 line solo ad in an ezine with 10,000 subscribers can cost as little as $30-$60 and can generate a flood of new subscribers to your blog with just one advertisement.
There are literally thousands of ezines and newsletters with millions of people who subscribe to them. Compared to other forms of advertising placing ads in just one niche related ezine is an inexpensive way to reach your target market quickly.
Of course the secret sauce is finding the right ezine and writing the perfect ad.
Charlie Page has been my ezine and ad writing resource for years. I subscribe to his Directory of Ezines and have used his ad writing genius extensively over the years.
So here’s what I want you to do. Get Charlie’s FREE guide ‘The Ezine traffic Formula‘. Even if you don’t want to advertise in ezines right now you’ll get awesome ad writing tips and clever ways to use ezines for finding more traffic.
So there you have it my friends. Just two tips, but two of my favorite tips for expanding your reach far beyond what you can do on your own — and do it quicker.