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8 Dummy Proof Ways To Get Traffic To Your Blog

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How To Get Traffic To Your Blog

As a blogger, the survival of your blog depends on the traffic you get to your blog on a daily basis.

This is the main focus when we start and even when we have been around a couple years. Getting more and more people to see our blog is a never ending journey.

Think of the tall wavy blow up guy you see in front of local businesses, got that visual? lol

Sometimes that’s what it feels like, you are constantly bouncing around online trying to get people to see you and see your blog.

I have tried so many ways to get good traffic to my blog over the years, some worked, some didn’t.  get-traffic-to-your-blog

One time when I had my Kidney Transplant, I had to go back to the hospital for minor rejection. You basically go in for 5 – 6 days and get pumped with Prednisone to halt the rejection.

Other than that, you are fine and just sit around bored. Normally I would be awake at like 2am and would walk around the hospital or outside for hours. “they hated that haha”

As I walked in the hospital I would see pay phones everywhere, and at the time 10 yrs back, I was in a MLM program and had about 1000 biz cards.

I decided that I would place my biz cards in the phones for anyone to see and grab as they were on the phone.

So that’s what I did for about 3 nights until I got bored with it lol

Results?

I got about 30 calls but no sales or signups.

For me it was a success since that was 30 people that never would have seen my website.

The point is for you to think differently, get creative when it comes to getting more traffic.

That’s why I put this post together to help you get the ideas flowing and get you to start doing your wavy inflatable guy too. :)

Here are My Top 8 Ways To Get Traffic To Your Blog

 

Write Good Content

Yes I said good not great content. The reality is, most people don’t know the difference between good and great content. What they do know is whether they enjoyed reading it and if they learned something.

You can accomplish both those things with good solid content.

Plus the easier it is to read and learn from, the faster they will share it.

Which scenario do you think happens more?

1. Someone reads a post and shares it with their friends and says.

“Mary, you have to read JP’s post, it was so elegantly written, and so intellectual that I read all 10,000 words.”

2. Someone reads a post and shares it with their friends and says.

“Mary, you have to read JP’s post, it was to funny and some awesome tips in there to help you.”

I’m thinking #2 happens more. :)

 

Think SEO

As much as I disliked the recent Google update, there has been one silver lining.

Writing for SEO is much easier now then it ever has been.

Before you had to choose, write for people or write for SEO or write for both and put in the hard work to make it happen.

Today, you can write for both much easier.

Now Google doesn’t want to see too many keywords in a post, you only have to use a keywords a few times to make it good for SEO, which makes it good for people too.

It is a no brainer to write some of your blog posts for a specific keyword. Your writing the post anyway, why not do a some keyword research first.

That way the post just might get ranked and you will get traffic to your blog for Free.

 

Twitter, Twitter, Twitter

I placed Twitter alone since to me, Twitter is a traffic driving machine for newbies and long time users.

You have heard me talk about the power of Twitter many times and hopefully at some point, you acted on that advice.

If not, stop reading this right now and go stand in the corner for 10 minutes…. GO! haha

But honestly, Twitter will be your #1 traffic source beating out every other social platform if you put a small amount of effort into it.

Since I have talked about this before, I’ll just give you one of my best tips for getting blog posts seen and driving big traffic to your blog.

When you write a new blog post, you will want to go out and follow people that day that fit your blog post topic perfectly.

Example:

You write a post about “dog cleaning tips” you would then go and follow people that fit that…

dog bloggers, pet bloggers, dog owners, dog trainers, dog cleaners etc…

This will have you bringing in fresh new faces to your stream and they will see a perfect post that fits them, they will see it, visit your blog to read it and most likely share it.

You do this for every post your write.

Now the only thing is this tip only works if you write content that fits your blog topic.

That way you will be left with targeted followers that will want to read your next dog cleaning tips and any other dog tips post your write.

 

More Social Media

As much as I would like to forget Facebook and Google+, you just can’t because they work too.

For me, Google+ has recently become a great place to connect with people and find and share content.

Lately I have seen people writing Google+ tips and what to do and not do.

Like, you shouldn’t just share your stuff on Google+ or Facebook, you need to share others too.

No shit!

Listen, every social platform should be worked the same when it comes to the way you use it.

No matter what platform you use to get traffic to your blog, you have to stick close to a 70 – 30 share ratio.

You share 70% of others peoples content and 30% of your own content!

You do this on EVERY platform, the only difference is you may want to target content specific to that platform.

Facebook posts on FB, Twitter posts on Twitter, Google+ posts on Google+

Do you want to know the real secret to getting big shares?

You have to share others peoples stuff A LOT!!  Mind blowing huh?

 

Bookmark Your Posts

Yes social bookmarks are still good to use, but not for traffic getting, well not directly anyway.

Once you publish a new blog post you will want to bookmark it to start building backlinks to it and help it get ranked.

This is especially important if you just wrote a keyword post, see how I tied that all together haha

There are so many tools out there to get bookmarks, but for me, I use Fiverr 90 to 100 bookmarks for $5.

If you decide to use Fiverr for bookmarks, ask me in comments and I will tell you the gig I use personally.

 

Blog Commenting

Quality blog commenting is still powerful way to get traffic and get seen.

When I started my blog, I had no money, so I replied on social media and blog commenting to build my site.

Today commenting still works, but you have to be smart and selective and you have to leave a quality comment to see any real benefit.

What can a good comment do?

I still get traffic from sites that I commented on months and years ago. How?

Well most likely that blogger re-shares that post on social sites on a regular basis, so my comment continues to get seen by new people.

You want to find blogs that are related to your blogs topic and leave a comment once a week. Commenting should be about adding to the conversation first, the traffic and back link should NOT be your main focus here.

The better your comment, the more traffic it will bring, so take your time and thing your comment thru.

 

Good Design Helps

Your blog’s design won’t directly get you more traffic, but it will indirectly.

On the same idea as I shared above.

No one will tell their friends to come see your ugly blog, but if it’s design really nice and looks different, then they will share it with friends to take a look.

Plus good design that stands out makes you be remembered,  how many black and lime green blogs do you see? :)

A good design and feel will build trust when people visit your blog, and trust is what it is all about.

Have you visited a blog and saw how bad it looked and automatically thought negative things?   I have, all the time, it’s natural.

If your blog is badly designed, I will assume there isn’t much you can help ME with when you can’t even help YOUR own blog.

 

Take It Offline

Sometimes all this online stuff can get so consuming that we forget there is a real world out there, with real people with real money lol

It’s always a good idea to think differently and try things other bloggers aren’t doing to get more traffic to their blog.

This is an offline flyer idea I did with a local photographer friend that worked really well, so I’m tweaking it to fit you and your blog.

First let me say, flyers still work, they work really well and work even better if you get a few kids to pass out the flyers. Not sure why, but when an adult hands or places a flyer it’s more annoying then when a bunch of cute kids do it.

So load up the mini-van with your kids friends and promise them free pizza and get to work.

The idea is to find places that have lots of cars that also fits your blogs topic.

Let’s say you have a craft related blog, you will want to visit stores like Michaels, AC Moore and even Walmart… I’ve heard crafty people like to visit Walmart :) and place flyers about your blog.

Let’s say you have a pet blog, you will want to visit stores like Petco, PetSmart and any local pet store and place flyers about your blog.

Now the flyer design should be simple, and pick bright colors.

On the flyer you want to keep the promo simple. Give away what ever opt-in offer you have on your blog, or come up with some else.

The goal is to tell them they will get something free by visiting your blog.

So BIG title telling them what they get free, small description, picture of you if you can, then a big ass link to your blog.

Take this a step further and make a landing page targeted to them and the flyer.

Make your title ay something like:

I see you got my flyer, TY for visiting.

This flyer idea wont work perfectly for everyone, but think of what your blog is about, and get creative, you should be able to find real world places you can drop some flyers.

 

There are many ways for you to get traffic to your blog that you haven’t tried yet or even thought about yet.  You have to be open and creative and traffic ops will be everywhere.

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  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thanks Tom.. the gig I use on Fiverr. I share din comments below.. great gig.

  • Sylviane Nuccio

    Hi John Paul,

    I landed here thanks to Adrienne Smith who featured you on her last post. Your blog looks great, and I even just opted in to see what you’re all about :)

    This is an excellent post. I have to say that I get more traffic from Facebook than Twitter, but that’s because I do not spend enough time on Twitter I admit. I going to read what you have to say about Twitter as I’m sure I’ll learn something from you.

    Nice meeting you and hope to see at my end sometime. I will definitely come back here soon.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Nice to meet you as well Sylviane :) That Adrienne is just great.

    I’m glad u enjoyed the post and opted in.. hopefully you like what you read.

    I think every platform works the same way, the more time you pout in the more traffic and results you gt.

    For me, if you put equal time into Twitter ad Facebook, Twitter will be your # 1.

  • http://about.me/jeevanjacobjohn Jeevan Jacob John

    Well, I don’t quite know about blogging (about blogging) stores, or I could have used the flyers idea ;)

    Anyways, that is a great idea; could be useful for some niches.

    I am still working out my strategy for G+ (I have a pretty good idea on FB and Twitter; still experimenting with what works best).

    I love the scenario on good vs great content. You are right John. No one is good to remember us based on the intellectual aspect of our posts (unless, we are professors writing about some technical subject). But, even then, we can make our blog posts simple; easy enough for people to understand quickly and move on (who has time these days? People are impatient).

    Commenting is still my one of my main strategies (along with regular guest posts – guest posting at the right blogs consistently with little breaks in between :D ). Of course, the definition of right blogs is very subjective. I prefer medium sized blogs (most readers will be established bloggers and that’s what I want).

    As with design, I am a fan of minimalism, so I try to tinker around and keep it elegant – remove the things I don’t actually need (this also helps to keep the site pages fast).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing your tips, John!

  • deeannr

    John Paul,

    I keep hearing that SEO is dead. I don’t know where people get that idea. As you said it is fairly easy now to write a post with good SEO. I need to work on this as I do not write very many posts using keywords. I know I should and I also know it would get more traffic to my blog.

    I would love to hear about the gig you use on fiverr. I have used fiverr for several things but never thought about using it for bookmarking.

    Taking a blog off line is a very interesting idea. I think it would work better for niches that have a lot of offline presence. Blogs about internet marketing and blogging may not get the traffic that a blog on dogs would but it is still something to think about.

    Thanks for all of the ideas.

    Dee Ann Rice

  • http://sksmith.wordpress.com Sherman Smith

    Hey John,

    Nice tips.. a real entrepreneur and blogger thinks outside of the box. As I was reading this post, I was nodding my head until I got to the twitter part. Then I went into the corner LOL j/k

    But I do need to take advantage of twitter more. I’m doing minor twitter activities and it’s helping some. But other than that, You gave a great list of things to do to bring more traffic!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thanks Sherman, glad u like the tips.

    Yea to get the real results from Twitter you will have to put the time in, half ass effort will get you half assed results :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Dee Ann, like I mentioned in the post, the offline idea only works really well for niches that fit offline things like I mentioned in the post. So yea, IM blogs obviously wont do well offline.

    Writing with a keyword is the first step, doesn’t mean you will ever get traffic from it, a lot more work needs to go in to get a post to rank, but the writing for that key is the first step.

  • Paige

    G+ seems to be the only one I havent been using! The idea of learning a whole new social channel seems exhausting lol tis the life :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    G+ isn’t so bad.. even a little time on it each day is a good thing for extending your reach and SEO power of adding your urls there.

  • http://inspiretothrive.com/ Lisa Buben

    Love to know more on that backlink tactic with fiverr John. Loved your quote on Twitter too – it’s my FAV of all of the social networks and bookmarks.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    TY for stopping by Lisa.. glad u liked the post. The Fiverr gig I use is linked in a couple comments below,, should find it :)