Tuesday, 27 December 2016

101 Ways to Promote Your Blog & Get More Visitors (Right Now!)

 Source: https://startbloggingonline.com/how-to-promote-your-blog-and-get-visitors/

101 Ways to Promote Your Blog & Get More Visitors (Right Now!)

According to data referenced in a recent piece in the New York Times, titled “Blogs Falling in an Empty Forest”, approximately 95% of blogs fail;
the piece, that analyzed several failed and “retired” bloggers, to
understand why they quit, came to the conclusion that many blogs fail
due to lack of readership.


Luckily, I’ve grown some blogs into 500,000+ monthly visitors (see image below) and I’ve literally
tried every method on the the internet. However, I want to let you know
that it didn’t happen overnight and it took a lot of testing, failing
and starting all over again.


blog_traffic_growth

Want to learn how to start a blog? Check out my step-by-step tutorial.



P.S. This article is VERY comprehensive at over 8,000 words;
it contains 101 unique and practical ways to promote a blog and get
traffic, with links to case studies, research, resources and tutorials
when necessary. I believe this is the only guide you’ll need if you want
to unleash an avalanche of traffic on your blog.


Enjoy.


  1. Publish More Articles: One of the most effective, but often ignored, ways to get traffic to a blog is by publishing more articles; research from Hubspot
    has shown that businesses that publish 16+ blog posts monthly get 3.5
    times more traffic and 4.5 times more leads than businesses that publish
    between 0 – 5 blog posts monthly.
Hubspot content frequency traffic screenshot


Seven-figure blogger Neil Patel also revealed
that his monthly traffic went from 46,134 visitors to 59,787 visitors
because he increased content frequency from 1 article to 2 articles
weekly.


No matter your niche, research has shown that publishing more content
will always lead to an increase in traffic for you; increase your
content frequency to 2 or more articles a week, and you’ll notice a
significant increase in traffic to your blog.


  1. Publish Longer Content: Research has shown that Google and other search engines give preference to longer, comprehensive articles; research by serpIQ
    that analyzed top 10 results for over 20,000 keywords came to the
    conclusion that Google ranks content that have more than 2,000 words
    better than content with fewer words.
Research by Buzzsumo, in a partnership with Moz,
which analyzed over 1 million articles, found that articles that are
3,000 – 10,000 words get twice as many shares and 3 times the links
content that have fewer than 1,000 words get. The screenshot below shows
the average shares and links articles analyzed get based on their word
count:


Buzzsumo-Moz Screenshot


In the Neil Patel article we referenced earlier, he also reveals that
one of the top reasons why his blogs get a lot of traffic is because he
writes in-depth and comprehensive articles; the average article on
Neil’s blog ranges from 4,000 to 8,000 words, and the result is that he
ranks for lots of long-tail keywords, which leads to significant traffic
on the long run.


  1. Start an Email List: Ask most successful bloggers
    what the top source of traffic to their blog is and they’ll tell you
    that email is in the top 3. Highly successful blogger Darren Rowse always record a traffic spike
    (the kind that almost doubles his blog traffic) whenever he sends an
    email to his list about a new blog post (see a screenshot of one of his
    traffic spikes below).
Darren Rowse Case Study


Email is such a powerful medium for generating traffic that many
bloggers vouch for it; the reason is simple, all things being equal,
your email list will only keep growing and rarely decrease. Even more,
unlike your blog traffic that can fluctuate, you have access to a
database of the people on your email list and can always email them.


Here’s another screenshot from Neil Patel showing traffic to his new blog in 30 days from a list size of 3,612 visitors:


Neil Patel Translate Traffic Growth screenshot


If you haven’t started building an email list, start now. Install the free SumoMe plugin and use their email list building options including the ScrollBar, Popup and Welcome Mat.


  1. Guest Blog: One of the fastest ways to grow your
    blog is by writing for other people’s blogs; in other words, you can
    look for a blog that is much bigger than yours and write an article for
    that blog. You’ll be allowed to have a bio that includes a link to your
    site in your guest post. This can result in a lot of traffic for you.
Here’s a screenshot showing the kind of traffic you can get from a guest post:


Digital Current guest blogging traffic screenshot


To make guest blogging work, try to only guest blog on blogs that are
more popular than yours; look for blogs with tens, or hundreds, of
thousands of subscribers and submit your guest post to them.


  1. Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines: Search engines are the #1 source of traffic for most established blogs. Just take a look at the below screenshot:
search traffic screenshot


The above screenshot shows traffic to an authority blog in one month;
you can see that out of 582,000 visitors, 476,000 came from search
engines. That’s how powerful search traffic is; after all, Google is the
biggest website in the world!


It’s important that you don’t ignore SEO; familiarize yourself with
the concept of SEO and optimize your blog and your articles to rank well
for relevant keywords in Google and other search engines.


  1. Comment on Other Blogs: The right comment on a
    highly authoritative blog can send you lots of traffic; identify the top
    blogs in your niche and start interacting and commenting on blogs on a
    regular basis. This will get the blogger and members of his community to
    notice you and visit your blog, leading to more traffic for you; you
    might even get a link, or invitation to guest blog out of it.
  2. Develop a Blogger Outreach Plan: Many bloggers
    fail to get traffic because they take a passive approach to blogging; if
    you simply publish your article, rest and wait for traffic to come then
    nothing will happen.
For every article you publish, make sure you have a solid blogger
outreach plan; compile a list of dozens of relevant bloggers that you
can email your article to and ask them to share or link to your article.
This article is a good place to learn how to do blogger outreach.


  1. Feature Other Bloggers in Your Articles and Ask them to Share: One of the techniques superstar blogger Neil Patel
    uses to grow his blog is that of linking to dozens of bloggers inside
    his articles (according to him, his articles usually contain 100+ links)
    and then reaching out to the bloggers who he linked to letting them
    know that he linked to them. The result is hundreds, sometimes
    thousands, of shares per article and eventually lots of traffic back to
    him.
Regularly link to other bloggers in your articles and email all of
them to let them know about your article; many of them will share your
article, resulting in lots of traffic for you.


  1. Do “Expert Roundups” and Get Featured Experts to Share:
    How will you like to leverage the reach of 10, 20 or more experts in
    your niche to grow yours? Is this even possible? Yes, by doing “expert
    roundups” in which you interview a group of experts and ask them one or
    two questions to be compiled inside one article, you can massively boost
    your blog traffic.
Once your expert roundup has been published, ask all the bloggers
featured to spread the word about it; the result of this will often be
thousands of extra visitors to your blog.


A good example of an expert roundup is this article that features 32 bloggers who reveal their favorite site building platform; the result is hundreds of shares. Here’s another good example that got over 1,000 shares.


Matthew Woodward screenshot


  1. Do Case Studies of Influencers and Get them to Share:
    Identify influencers in your niche with good reach, do a case study
    about these influencers and get them to share it. A good example is this case study of Quora influencer Oliver Emberton;
    Oliver shared the article on social media when it went live, eventually
    resulting in 100s of shares and thousands of views. The article also
    ranks on page 1 for his name in Google, bringing in long-term search
    traffic.
Oliver Emberton screenshot


  1. Publish a Resource Article: Resource articles are exceptionally effective for boosting traffic to your blog, much more than the average blog post; this article
    on Digital Current shows that it’s possible to get 100,000 views per
    article by publishing resource articles, and that resource articles can
    get up to 10,000% more views than the average article.
The screenshot below shows the kind of traffic you can get from a single resource article:


Resource article traffic screenshot


  1. Feature or Interview Owners & Influencers of Popular Social Media Groups:
    There are several Facebook and LinkedIn groups with thousands and tens
    of thousands of followers; unfortunately, most people try to get traffic
    by spamming these social media groups, only to end up having their
    articles removed. A better way to get traffic from social media groups
    is to interview owners, or influencers, of these groups and ask them to
    share the article you feature them in. Even if they do not share your
    article, you can share it in the group yourself as a member of the
    group.
  2. Feature/Interview Owners of Popular Forums:
    Compile a list of the biggest forum owners in your niche and interview
    them; if possible, get them to participate in a round up post on your
    blog. Send them a link after your article has been published and
    encourage them to share it.
  3. Run a Blogging Contest: Host your own blogging
    contest and make it a condition that participants share your article on
    social media or blog about it; if possible, try to get some sponsors and
    have them blog about your contest as well. This will go a long way to
    boost your blog’s reach.
  4. Develop and Execute a Social Media Strategy: Simply creating social media profiles and sharing your latest articles won’t cut it. Develop a social media strategy
    by focusing only on key social networks, engaging with influencers and
    top pages, and, interacting in groups to grow your social media reach.
    Also make sure you constantly post updates, and regularly recycle old
    articles on social media; simply sharing your article once, or once in a
    while, won’t cut it. Most popular bloggers share links to old articles
    on their blog for years. Posting frequency should vary depending on the
    social media site; research shows that it is optimal to post twice daily on Facebook, thrice daily on Twitter and Google+ and 5 times daily on Pinterest.
  5. Syndicate Your Content to Top Blogs: Many top
    blogs and networks will allow you to republish your content on their
    site with credit back to you; most big blogs, including mega
    publications like Business Insider and Huffington Post, do it if they
    feel that your content is good enough.
Look for a list of publications and network sites in your industry
that republish content and see if they’d like to republish your
articles.


  1. Do Cross-Promotion with Other Bloggers: Find a
    blogger with similar audience to yours and see if you can do a “shout
    out exchange”; in other words, you mention them on your blog and they
    mention you on theirs. You can also promote them to your email list
    while they promote you to theirs.
  2. Submit Your Content to Blogging Communities: Blogging communities have existed for a long time and are a good place to get traffic; some notable examples are Bizsugar in the business niche, Blokube in the blogging and social media niche and DesignFloat
    in the design niche. Look for a blogging community in your niche that
    you can share interesting articles with and occasionally submit your
    articles.
  3. Promote Your Blog on Top Forums in Your Niche:
    Forums can also be a good source of traffic; many of the top forums in
    your niche probably get millions of monthly visitors, and many have
    hundreds of thousands of members, but you can’t simply start spamming
    the forums with your links. Instead, focus on making valuable
    contributions to the forum in form of ideas, response to other people’s
    discussions and being active in popular discussions; make sure to have a
    link to your blog in your forum signature, and you’ll notice an
    increase in your traffic.
  4. Create an Ultimate/Advanced Guide: An ultimate
    guide is designed to be the first and last article your readers read on a
    subject; due to their nature, ultimate guides are usually very
    comprehensive in nature. It isn’t unusual to see an ultimate guide that
    is 5,000 – 10,000 words.
As we saw earlier in this article, search engines favor comprehensive
articles rank them better; people love them too, so they’ll share them
massively. By publishing an ultimate guide, you’ll benefit from all
angles.


Once you’ve published your ultimate guide, reach out to bloggers in your niche and ask them to spread the word about it.


  1. Include Social Share Buttons on Your Blog: Many
    bloggers fail to include social sharing buttons on their blogs and this
    is costing these bloggers social shares, exposure and traffic. While it
    is not clear to what extent, research shows that adding social share buttons to your page will lead to more shares of your content and as a result increased traffic.
  2. Publish Regular Infographics: Research shows
    that infographics shared on Twitter get 823% more retweets than images
    and articles. Neil Patel reveals that infographics have been so
    effective for him, often helping him catapult his blogs from no traffic
    to over 100,000 visitors monthly. In his words, old infographics generate more than 50,000 monthly visitors to one of his blogs.
You can promote your blog by creating good looking infographics,
especially those that share important facts and statistics, and tell
influencers in your niche to share it and republish it. You should also
submit your infographics to several infographics directories.


  1. Publish Slides to Slideshare: Do you know that Slideshare is popularly known as the sleeping giant of content marketing.
    The reason for this is simple; over 70 million professionals use
    Slideshare, and it is one of the 100 most visited websites in the world.
    The good news is that you can use it to promote your blog.
In a case study,
Ana Hoffman revealed that by publishing 9 presentations on Slideshare
she was able to generate 243,000 views to her slides and over 1,400
clicks to her blog in 30 days; as a result, Slideshare became her second
largest referral traffic. Now, that’s one great way to promote a blog!


Anna Hoffman slideshare screeshot


Create your own Slideshare presentations too, using fewer words and
visually rich images to communicate your points, and watch your traffic
grow.


  1. Facebook Groups: Facebook groups can also be a
    good source of traffic and exposure for your blog but, unfortunately,
    many people fail to get results because they approach these groups in a
    wrong way and can barely be differentiated from spammers.
In a case study
analyzing how he increased traffic from Facebook groups by 3,000%,
Bruce Zhang revealed that the best way to get traffic from Facebook
groups isn’t just to post your links; instead, make sure to use catchy
text images as well as a compelling message that shows how people will
benefit by reading your article.


  1. LinkedIn Groups: Similar to Facebook Groups,
    LinkedIn groups are a good source of traffic. Sharing your content with
    just your LinkedIn connections won’t send you traffic; instead, look for
    the top LinkedIn groups in your niche, join them and occasionally
    submit your best articles to them.
  2. Promote Your Blog on Quora: Exactly how powerful is Quora for promoting your blog? Quora superstar Oliver Emberton used Quora to launch a popular blog.
    Within 7 month of start his blog, he was already getting millions of
    views monthly. Oliver did this by contributing great value and being
    very active on Quora; eventually, this paid off in quality traffic that
    led to articles on his blog going viral.
  3. Look for Interview Opportunities: There are blogs
    and websites that are dedicated to interviewing successful people and
    showcasing their stories; if you have an exciting story or have a
    success that you can showcase, you can reach out to these websites and
    ask them to interview you. A good example is IdeaMensch, and there many more similar sites.
  4. Ask Podcasts to Interview You: Similar to being
    interviewed on sites, you can ask podcast shows to interview you; many
    podcasters will happily oblige if they find that you have an exciting
    story.
  5. Look for Opportunities to be Included in Link Roundups:
    Every niche has at least a dozen blogs that do weekly or monthly
    roundups; at the end of the week, or month, these blogs will publish an
    article with a summary of the most interesting content they read in a
    particular month. You can get some nice exposure by emailing these
    bloggers and asking them to include your article in their next roundup.
  6. Key into Major Events: A major election, death,
    birth, sports event, etc? Smart bloggers are creative, and as a result
    they know how to leverage happenings around them to boost their reach
    and influence.
When major events happen, lots of people tend to get interested and
start searching for it on search engines and social media; by
capitalizing on this and using an angle relevant to your niche, you can
get quality traffic. Example: “What the Superbowl Can Teach Us About
Successful Blogging” or “What the Election Debates Can Teach You About
Success”, etc. You get the idea? No matter the event, you can tie it to
your blog’s topic and capitalize on it to boost traffic.


  1. Blog About a Major Personality: So what does
    blogging about Obama, or Justin Beiber or some other major personality
    have to do with promoting your blog? In June 2010, Think Traffic
    published an article titled “The Diddy Guide to Constant Creativity and Relentless Marketing“; the result was a Tweet of the article by P. Diddy himself to his 2.6 million Twitter followers.
  2. Write Controversial Posts: Writing controversial
    posts, or attacking sacred cows in your niche, can be very powerful for
    generating traffic and boosting your exposure; this article on Shopify showed how publishing a controversial post can help skyrocket a blogger’s fame and traffic.
  3. Include Elements of Transparency: If done right,
    transparency can be a very powerful weapon for promoting your blog.
    Several top blogs and startups can testify to this; seven-figure blogger
    Pat Flynn
    is a good example; one of the techniques he used to accelerate his blog
    growth was publishing income reports. People were excited about his
    income reports, so they visited it en mass and shared it a lot; it is
    also widely linked to across the web. Startups like Buffer and Groove
    are also using this principle to grow their blogs and business; by
    being transparent, they get people excited about what they are doing and
    this leads to more exposure for them.
  4. Reduce the Number of Share Buttons on Your Blog:
    While we earlier noticed that including social sharing buttons on your
    blog can help increase traffic and social shares, there’s the paradox of choice
    factor to consider as well; research shows that giving people too many
    choices will ensure that they do not make any. In other words, having 10
    social sharing buttons on your blog will make sure that your readers
    use none.
Smashing Magazine also noted
that removing Facebook share buttons led to more traffic from Facebook,
since readers now directly share their articles on their Facebook
timeline instead of liking it (and shares result in more traffic than
likes). So that’s consideration for a button you might want to remove.


Smashing Magazine Screenshot


  1. Promote Your Blog on Pinterest: Pinterest can be a
    great source of traffic to your blog and many bloggers have leveraged
    it with great source to massively boost their blog traffic; Mandy Wallace was able to take her new blog to 1,000 daily visitors hugely thanks to Pinterest.
Look for quality interesting images, and focus on using irresistible
headlines and you’ll be getting quality Pinterest traffic in no time.


  1. Leverage Sound Bites to Increase Social Shares: According to successful blogger and psychology expert, Derek Halpern, “a sound bite is a short message, often no longer than 10 words, that describes the main idea of your content or sales message.
Essentially, a sound bite is a persuasive summary of the message of
your article that is easy to remember and easy to quote; because it is
short and persuasive, people can, and will, share it, leading to more
traffic for you. Mainly due to using this technique, Derek Halpern was
able to generate 300 shares and around 9,000 hits for one of his
article.


  1. Tweetables and Shareables: Similar to sound bites,
    Tweetables and Shareables help you get more traffic by encouraging
    people to share your content; a “Tweetable” is a message you highlight
    from your article and design to be shared on Twitter while a “Sharable”
    can be shared on any social network.
You’ve probably visited your favorite blogs to see “Click to tweet” embedded inside the article? Well, that’s a Tweetable.


Highlight key points all through your article and use sites like Click to Tweet to get people to share your key points. Below is a screenshot that shows a Click to Tweet in one of Michael Hyatt’s articles.


Michael Hyatt Click to Tweet screenshot


  1. Pursue Media Syndication Opportunities: Many top
    publications and media sites thrive on publishing a lot of content, and
    it isn’t unusual to see these sites publish 50 or more articles in a
    single day; of course, this is difficult to pull off and they have to
    rely on content from guests and other sources to meet their content
    schedule. To get around this, top media sites like Lifehacker and
    Business Insider republish quality content on other sites; often, they
    only feature content from experts but you can try to reach out to them
    to see if you can be a part of their content syndication program.
  2. Convert Your Blog Posts into PDFs and Submit to PDF/Document Sharing Sites:
    Convert your blog posts into a PDF and submit it to PDF sharing sites;
    make sure that the final PDF file includes your bio and a link to your
    site so that people know how to find your blog after they finish reading
    the PDF. Here’s a list of PDF/document sharing sites to start with.
  3. Start a Podcast: Data from Edison Research
    shows that there are more than 46 million podcast listeners in America;
    podcasts are quickly becoming the best way people consume content,
    because it makes it easy to consume content on a commute, while
    exercising and in a lot of comfortable positions. Boost your blog
    traffic today by starting your own podcast.
Here’s a good case study from someone who created a podcast that was downloaded by over 1,000,000 people; screenshot of his stats below.


James Schramko Podcast Stats screenshot


  1. Convert Your Blog Posts into Presentations and Share Them on Presentation Sites: Turn your blog posts into Presentations and submit them to top presentation sites. Here’s a list of presentation sites to get you started.
  2. Publish a List of Power Users in an Industry or on a Social Media Site: Many of these power users will get an ego boost from this and will share your content on social media.
  3. Advertise on Reddit: Reddit is one of the biggest
    online communities, with an estimated 17 million monthly users. While
    many people are familiar with advertising on Facebook, Google Adwords
    and other PPC options, very few people pay attention to Reddit;
    surprisingly, Reddit’s CPM, at $0.75 CPM, is much lower compared to bunch of other social media sites.
  4. Advertise on Facebook: Facebook is increasingly
    becoming most brand’s favorite advertising platform, and rightfully so.
    Facebook has in-depth understanding of your audience and allows you to
    target your content to them; also, advertising on Facebook is 3 times cheaper than Google Ads.
  5. Advertise on Stumbleupon: With over 25 million users,
    StumbleUpon is one of the web’s biggest community as well as one of the
    cheapest places to advertise online. In a case study on his blog, Stefan Maescher revealed that he got 60,275 visitors to his blog by spending just $128.90.
The key to success with StumbleUpon ads lies in having shareworthy
content, promoting it with a few dollars and letting it go viral on
Stumbleupon.


  1. Sponsor a Blogging Contest: Blogging contests are
    being run every day, and sponsoring one can result in some nice traffic
    and quality backlinks for you; most contests will make it a requirement
    to blog about the contest and link to the website of their sponsors and
    this is where you benefit. Look for blogging contests of this nature and
    see how you can participate.
  2. Run a Viral Giveaway: Viral giveaways can have massive impact on your bottomline, and a good case study to this effect is Josh Earl,
    who was able to get 482,044 people to visit his blog and 187,991 people
    to subscribe to his blog in just 11 days. Now, that’s a phenomenal
    result!
If you’re struggling to get traffic to your blog, perhaps it’s time
to start your own viral giveaway; look for a product that is in high
demand in your niche and offer people an opportunity to win it by
joining your giveaway. Let their chances of winning increase by inviting
more people to join your giveaway.


Josh Earl Giveaway traffic screenshot


  1. Join H.A.R.O: H.A.R.O, also known as Help A
    Reporter Out, is a platform that brings reporters and “sources”
    together; when looking for sources to quote in an article, reporters
    often visit H.A.R.O to find people to interview. If you have a relevant
    story that a reporter needs, then you might be mentioned as a source
    when the reporter publishes their article; just tell the reporter to
    mention your website in the article if relevant/possible.
  2. Join Communities where Bloggers Support Each Other (or Communities Where Bloggers Exchange Shares):
    There are secret bloggers club and websites that foster a community
    where members promote themselves; in short, every community member
    promotes each other’s content and benefit from the support of a massive
    community. Two good examples are JustRetweet and Triberr.
  3. Create a Viral FREE Report eBook: Create a
    high-value, concise ebook and make it available for free, no strings
    attached (don’t even ask for an email). Now, share that ebook everywhere
    you can and encourage readers to share it as well, be sure to include a
    bio inside the ebook. Corbett Barr did this in 2010 with his ebook “18 Months, 2 Blogs, Six Figures”. The result was that this ebook led to a massive increase in traffic to his blog, and lots of new subscribers.
  4. Run a Blogging Challenge: In 2013, Natalie Sisson was about to do a book launch and decided to run a blogging challenge; the challenge was a 30 Day Blog Challenge
    designed to coincide with the launch of her book, and she reports it to
    be the most successful initiative she’s ever ran on her blog. The
    blogging challenge led to a 100% increase in traffic, 1,000 new
    subscribers to her list and her book becoming a #1 bestseller the week
    it was published.
Blogging challenges can unite your community and make them
passionately involved in your project, and this will always lead to more
traffic to your blog.


  1. Run a Traffic Contest: Invite members of your
    community to promote your blog and do their best to send traffic to your
    blog for a whole month, award the people who send the most traffic a
    price.
  2. Publish Your Own 101 List: Earlier on we examined research
    that shows that Google favors articles that are above 2,000 words. Top
    lists of 101 items are usually very in-depth and comprehensive, and as a
    result they generate a lot of traffic; the fact that list posts get a
    lot of shares and traffic is backed up by data, and the Buzzsumo/Moz
    study that we referenced earlier shows that List posts get significantly
    more shares and links than other types of content. This is indicated in
    the screenshot below:
Buzzsumo-Moz Screenshot


  1. Publish an Ultimate Link/List Roundup: Compile and
    publish an ultimate list of resources/articles on a particular topic;
    include as many relevant resources as possible and email all the
    bloggers you featured on your list and ask them to share your article.
Here’s a good example
of an ultimate list/roundup of articles on how to get traffic from Mark
Trueman, featuring case studies from 124 experts, which ended up
generating thousands of shares.


  1. Leverage “Social Locker” Technology: One of the
    most creative ways to promote your blog is by restricting part of your
    content and making people share your article to access it; Will Franco
    did this by creating an article and adding a “social locker” to his
    article; the result of this was 11X more shares compared to the average article on his blog. The table below shows his results:
Share Locker Screenshot


  1. Give Viral List Building a Shot: Prepare a series
    of incentives and design a viral list building system; start with a
    basic incentive that will be your opt in incentive, then offer people
    more attractive incentives if they share your content or invite a number
    of people to join your list.
  2. Convert Your Blog Posts into Podcast and Distribute to Podcast and Audio Sites: Research shows
    that an estimated 33% of Americans have listened to a podcast, and that
    a total of 2.6 billion podcast download requests were made in 2014.
    Seven-figure blogger Pat Flynn credits his podcast to be one of the top
    ways new users find his blog.
If you can’t start a podcast, you can record an audio version of your
blog posts and submit them to podcast sites. Here’s a list of 8 sites you can submit your podcast to.


  1. Create Your Own Website Theme: Create your own
    website theme with a link back to your website in the footer; there’ll
    be a link to visit your blog on every website that uses your theme. Be
    sure to make the link nofollow so that it doesn’t give you problems with
    Google and other search engines. If you don’t want to create your own
    themes (can be a bit complicated), you can get some awesome themes from here and here.
  2. Create Your Own Website Plugins: Similar to having your own theme, create your own plugins and give people that use it an option to link back to your blog.
  3. Leverage Image Sharing Sites to Grow Your Reach:
    Image sharing sites like Flickr have millions of users, and this
    presents you with a great opportunity to increase your reach; take cool
    pictures around you that you own a copyright to, and publish them on
    these sites with a Creative Commons license on the condition that those
    who use them link to you. This will result in bloggers using your images
    and linking to you, and occasionally top media sites will use your
    images and send you some quality traffic.
  4. Effectively Leverage Email Signatures: Many of us
    interact with hundreds or even thousands of emails every month; these
    are some nice eyeballs for your blog, and you can convert them to
    readers by including a link to your blog in your email signature.
  5. Focus on the Mobile Experience: Research shows that
    the number of mobile internet users has now exceeded the number of
    desktop internet users. Google also recently made an upgrade to their
    algorithm that favored sites that were optimized for mobile users and
    that penalized sites that were not optimized for mobile users. Some sites lost as much as 46.6%
    of their search traffic due to not having a mobile-optimized site while
    some gained as much as 30.1% traffic by having a mobile-friendly
    website.
Something as simple as optimizing your blog for mobile users can give
you a traffic boost, so make sure you have a website that is focused on
a better mobile experience for your readers.


  1. Leverage User Generated Content: Forums, comments and other types of user-generated content can be big wins for your blog; Mizzou Alumni Association was able to boost their site traffic by 15% while Chobani experienced a 225.9% increase in revenue by leveraging the power of User Generated Content.
  2. Have a Keyword Research Strategy: Many bloggers
    enjoy lackluster search rankings and, as a result, poor search traffic
    due to not having a keyword research strategy; do you research keywords
    before publishing article on your blog, or do you just publish new
    articles? Incorporating a keyword research strategy into your content
    marketing strategy will go a long way to boost traffic to your blog.
  3. Publish a Controversial Response to Top Bloggers and Thought Leaders:
    When an industry leader publishes an article, or says something, that
    you disagree with; publish a response on your blog explaining why you
    disagree with the industry leader. Most industry leaders will share your
    article, especially if your response is well-thought out and
    informative.
  4. Be an Influential Blogger’s Success Story: While
    most bloggers struggle to get traffic, authority bloggers with hundreds
    of thousands of readers go over and beyond to send traffic to people who
    can validate them; if you take the advice of a popular blogger and get
    results from it, he will happily showcase you to his audience and send
    traffic back to you.
  5. Ask Experts to Contribute Advice to Your Article:
    One very effective way to unleash an avalanche of traffic on your blog
    is by asking experts to contribute their advice to your articles; this
    is especially effective if you’ve written an ultimate guide to a
    subject, or a long list of article with a lot of points. Identify key
    experts in your niche for various points and ask them to give you their
    input; include their input inside your article and let them know when it
    goes live so that they can share.
This technique is highly underutilized, but it’s so powerful that Jimmy Daly of GetVero was able to get 36,282 people to read a single article on his blog.


  1. Constantly Refresh Old Posts: One of Google’s ranking factors is content freshness, and this reportedly affects as much as 35% of Google searches; this supports research from Hubspot
    that shows that blogs that publish 16+ articles monthly get 3.5X more
    traffic than blogs that publish less than 4 articles monthly.
One way to benefit from Google’s freshness algorithm is by publishing
more articles on your blog, while another way is by updating old
articles; review articles you published months and years ago, eliminate
outdated information and bring them forward. This will impact your
blog’s search rankings and lead to more traffic.


  1. Proper SEO Slug/Permalink Structure: Do you know
    that your blog’s SEO slug/permalink structure can go a long way to
    influence your search rankings and traffic to your blog. The best SEO
    slug is the one that includes your title in a descriptive way, while
    removing unnecessary words like verbs.
  2. Proper Site Structure: Just as a good SEO slug is
    important, it’s also important to have a proper site structure; make
    sure your site structure makes it easy for search engines to index your
    content. Make sure that every page on your blog is indexable, and have
    an archives page or sitemap that will make it easy for search engines to
    crawl your content.
This KISSMetrics article shares practical tips to help you create a site structure that will enhance your blog’s SEO.


  1. Deep Internal Links: Internal links are
    an essential part of your on-page SEO, and quality internal links will
    impact your rankings in the search engines. Make sure you regularly link
    to relevant pages and articles on your blog.
  2. Improve Your Headlines: Do you know that a simple headline change can result in a massive boost in traffic to your blog? According to Copyblogger,
    on average, 8 out of 10 people will read your headline but only 2 out
    of 10 will read your content. This is why it is very important to learn
    how to write better headlines and put serious effort into your
    headlines.
A case study that demonstrates how much of a difference the right headline can make was featured on Lifehacker;
a New York Times article was originally titled “How Companies Learn
Your Secrets” and it only managed to get 12,902 views. The very same
article was republished on Forbes and retitled “How Target Figured out a
Teen Girl Was Pregnant before Her Father Did” and got a whopping
680,000 views. That’s over 600,000 more views than the original
articles, and that’s interesting considering that The New York Times is a
much bigger site than Forbes. The difference in traffic was solely due
to the headline.


In revealing why their articles go viral, Upworthy revealed
that they write at least 25 headlines for every post they publish, they
test the best ones and go with the very best one; if Upworthy, a site
that gets over 87 million visitors monthly, does this, you have no
reason not to.


  1. Enable Trackbacks on Your Blog: Anytime you
    publish a new article on a blog hosted with WordPress, it gives you an
    option to enable comments and trackbacks; a “trackback” is an automatic
    notification sent to any website you link to, allowing your link to be
    featured in their comments section as well if approved.
If you link to top blogs in your article and you and the blogs you
linked to both have trackbacks enabled, a link to your article will
appear in their comments section; this will ensure people seeing
comments on their blog can see a link to your articles, and it’ll
eventually lead to more traffic for you.


  1. Link to A Lot of Authoritative Sources: Google
    uses a lot of factors to rank websites, including how many links points
    to a website, but very few people know that Google also ranks you based
    on how many people you link to.
If your website constantly links to authoritative websites and
resources that are relevant to your niche, Google will assume that
you’re a good and authoritative resource in your niche, and they’ll rank
you better as a result; this, in turn, will lead to more traffic for
you.


  1. Invite Others to Guest Post on Your Blog: Guest
    blogging on other blogs is indeed a powerful way to get traffic and gain
    exposure to your blog, but inviting others to guest post for your own
    blog can be equally powerful.
If you invite others to write for you, especially if they have a much
bigger reach than you do, they are more likely to share their guest
post with their readers. The result of this will be more traffic to your
blog.


  1. Start Paying People to Write for You: There are websites that regularly publish lists of sites that pay writers,
    and these lists occasionally get tens of thousands of views and
    hundreds of links thus making them highly authoritative. By offering to
    pay people to write articles on your blog, and emailing the publishers
    of these lists to include your website, you’ll be getting an instant
    boost in traffic and an authoritative backlink.
  2. Offer Incentives to People Writing for You: A
    technique that can give you a massive boost in traffic to your blog is
    incentivizing contributions to your blog; whether you pay writers for
    articles or accept guest posts, you’ll be able to get more traffic by
    compensating people whose articles become your most popular post or get a
    certain number of views in a month.
Below is a screenshot showing how The Penny Hoarder does it; for a blog that gets about 2 million unique visitors monthly, they definitely know what they are doing.


The Penny Hoarder Writing Screenshot


  1. Email People With Lists of Blogs that Accept Guest Posts: There are hundreds of lists of different blogs that accept guest posts online,
    and many of these lists are read by thousands of people weekly; if you
    accept guest posts on your blog, email these bloggers and ask them to
    include your blog on their list. This won’t just result in some nice
    traffic and potentially quality contributions to your blog, but it will
    also yield an authoritative backlink that can help your search traffic.
  2. Listen to Your Readers: Sometimes, you’ll notice
    that certain articles on your blog will become big hits while some will
    barely get read by anybody; oftentimes, the reason for this has to do
    with demand for the topic an article covers. If an article is in high
    demand, it’ll do a great job of promoting itself and traffic will only
    keep increasing; if an article has low demand, promotion you do will
    yield minimal results.
Ask your readers what content they want to read about the most, and create your content based on popular demand.


  1. Analyze Your Blog Traffic: The key to blogging
    success lies in identifying what’s working and doing more of it; once
    your blog starts to gain traction and get some readership, start paying
    special attention to your blog traffic to see what kind of content is
    getting the most views. If you notice a trend with a certain type of
    content, do more of that type of content and you can be assured of
    increased traffic.
  2. Don’t Ignore Basic SEO: Many bloggers ignore basic
    SEO, and they eventually suffer from it. Most successful bloggers get
    as much as 50% or more of their traffic from search engines; taking the
    right measures when it comes to SEO can double your blog traffic within a
    short period of time.
Things like using the right title tags, having a catchy description,
ensuring that your site is easy to navigate, etc, can lead to a
significant increase in traffic to your blog.


  1. Write for the Scanner: Research shows that on average,
    most web users won’t read more than 28% of words on a website; in other
    words, while having longer, comprehensive articles will help your
    search engine rankings it won’t increase the chances of your content
    being read; the more people read your content, the more people will
    share it and the more traffic you will get. The solution to this problem
    is to write your content for scanners.
Using headings and sub headings, bold, italics, numberings and
bullets, you can make your blog content more presentable and scannable,
and as a result boost traffic to your blog.


  1. Only Offer Partial Blog Feed, or Customize Your Feed:
    If you own a blog, you’re most probably allowing people to consume your
    blog content through feed readers; a great way to capitalize on this to
    boost blog traffic is either by offering partial feeds, or by
    customizing your feeds in such a way that you can include a note and
    link to your blog/article below the feed. The benefit to doing this is
    two-fold:
  • It gets readers to come directly to your blog; this increases the
    likelihood of them sharing your article, thereby leading to more traffic
    for you.
  • It ensures that you get attribution when your content is being
    scraped; a lot of sites scrape content via feeds without attribution,
    and this isn’t good if there’s no way for you to get credit back to your
    blog.
  1. Use Images in ALL Your Blog Posts: Research shows that articles with images get 94% more views
    compared to articles without images. Make sure every article on your
    blog include one or more relevant and appealing image, and this will
    significantly boost traffic to your blog.
  2. Retweet Old Articles: Research shows that only 1.4%
    (and I suspect that the actual number is much lower) of your Twitter
    followers will engage with your Tweet; the question is, what happens to
    the remaining 98.6% of your followers who will not see your Tweet? How
    do you get their attention? The answer to this is to constantly retweet
    old blog posts.
Many successful bloggers routinely share old articles, and it isn’t
unusual to see a blogger sharing the same article 30 – 50 times in the
span of a few months; this ensures that people who did not see your
content at first will see it later down the line.


More Tweet More Engagement screenshot


  1. Master the Best Time to Post: Research shows that the success of a viral campaign can be influenced by the time that campaign is started as well; a study by BuzzSumo
    that analyzed over 100 million articles came to the conclusion that the
    best day to publish an article is on a Tuesday, and that articles
    published on a Tuesday generally get up to 3X more views than articles
    published on Sundays.
Find out the best time to post an article on your blog and use this knowledge to effectively promote your content.


Buzzsumo Research Screenshot


  1. Join Bundle Offers to Expand Your Reach: Occasionally, there are events such as Only72
    that offer a bundle of products for a limited period of time at a
    discount price; the time limit and discount is the appeal of this, and
    it isn’t unusual to see hundreds of thousands of people hearing about
    the offer and thousands of people taking advantage of it.
If you have a product, reach out to organizers of these events and
ask them to include your product; you’ll be increasing your reach due to
the cross-promotion other, often more influential, participants and
affiliates will do.


  1. Do Solo Ads: A “solo ad” is an email newsletter
    that only contains an ad; so if someone emails their list and a
    recommendation of your blog or product is the only thing in that email,
    that’s a solo ad. Solo ads can be great for boosting blog traffic; find
    relevant bloggers in your niche with good email lists and offer them a
    fee in exchange for sending an ad to their list about your blog/email
    list.
  2. Take Advantage of Local Media: The online and
    blogging craze is so high that many people now fail to realize the power
    of offline media. Seek out radio presenters, TV presenters, local
    magazines and newspapers in your country and ask them if they want an
    expert in your capacity. Due to the blogging craze, fewer people are
    disturbing them than used to be; this increases your chances of actually
    getting coverage, resulting in a boost in your brand image and blog
    traffic.
  3. Give Affiliates 100% Commission to Your Products:
    If you have a product, it’s much easier to get traffic to your blog.
    Identify influencers with a big blog and email list, especially if they
    have no product, and offer them 100% commissions for every sale of your
    products that they make. Make sure you get all buyers of your product to
    subscribe to your email list, and you win; you win because those buyers
    might not otherwise know about you, but now they are readers who have
    bought a product you created.
  4. Sell Your Products on Promo Sites at a Massive Discount:
    While it might not look like a win to sell your products on sites that
    offer products at a massive discount, it can be a big win if this
    suddenly exposes you to thousands of new people; find sites of this
    nature and offer your product at a discount. Make sure people are
    required to sign up to your email list before they can access your
    product.
  5. Leverage Kindle Free Promotion to Boost Your Reach: If you sell an ebook, you can also leverage limited-time Kindle promotions to boost your email list; Tristan King was able to get 600% more people to download his ebook by leveraging Kindle’s KDP ebook promotion system, and that gave him a nice boost in readership. Here’s a list of 76+ places to submit your free Kindle KDP ebook promotions.
  6. Leverage Hashtags When Promoting Your Articles on Social Media:
    You can also boost your readership by using #hashtags when promoting
    your articles on social media; by using relevant hashtags, you’ll make
    your content discoverable when people search for content in your niche,
    and you’ll also benefit should an hashtag you use become trending around
    the time you used it.
  7. Submit Your Blog to Blog/Website Directories:
    While not as effective as they used to be, blog and website directories
    can still be a good source of traffic. Being listed in some blog and
    website directories can also boost traffic to your blog. Here’s a list of free website directories you can submit your blog to.
  8. Rewrite Some of Your Articles and Post them on Article Directories:
    Article directories are not as effective as they used to be, but you
    can rewrite some of your articles in minutes and have them distributed
    to article directories. Make sure you include links to your blog in
    these articles.
  9. Identify Top Community and Q&A Sites in Your Niche and Participate Regularly: Sites like Quora, Yahoo! Answers
    and other niche-specific communities and Q&A sites can be a good
    source of traffic. Participate in relevant popular discussions and
    occasionally include a link back to learn more on your blog.
  10. Get Your Blog Listed in Google News: Being
    included in Google news can result in a massive boost in traffic to your
    blog, especially if you’re first to cover major events. If you cover
    news-related stuffs, be sure to apply for inclusion in Google News.
  11. Translate Your Blog Posts into Other Languages:
    Translating your blog into another language is an effective but
    little-known way to boost traffic to your blog; this works because
    translated versions of your blog will start to rank in the
    country-specific search engines of the languages you translate into.
    Neil Patel reported
    a 47% increase in traffic to his blog by translating his blog into 82
    languages (screenshot below); translating his blog didn’t cost Neil
    anything as he used the Transposh plugin.
Neil Patel Translate Traffic Growth screenshot


  1. Create an App for Your Blog: Create an app for
    your blog and submit it to Google store and Apple store; regularly
    invite your readers to download your app and feature it on relevant app
    sites. If more people download your app, Google will start showcasing it
    to more of their readers and this will boost your traffic.
  2. Organize Events in Your Area and Tell Attendees to Visit Your Blog:
    Organize offline education events in your area in partnership with
    schools, churches and communities. Make your events entertaining and
    educative, and invite attendees to read your blog.
  3. Create an Industry Survey and Make the Results Public:
    Invite your readers to answer a survey about topics of major interest
    to your niche, publish your survey results and create an infographic
    about it. Email bloggers in your niche to notify them about your survey
    results and ask them to write about it.
  4. BONUS: Make your website faster: Research shows that a one second delay
    in website loading time will result in a 7 percent loss in conversion,
    and that slow websites cost the U.S. e-commerce market $500 billion
    annually. Not just this, but you’ll also lose 40 percent of visitors to
    your website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. If your website
    is slow, then you’re already losing half your visitors. Make your
    website faster and watch your traffic increase significantly.

Conclusion

What other techniques do you have for promoting a blog/generating traffic? Kindly share in the comments section 🙂


P.S: If you need more help or guidance, feel free to
leave a comment below. And if you have your own strategies to drive
traffic to your blog, don’t be shy to share 🙂





101 Ways to Promote Your Blog & Get More Visitors (Right Now!)

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