Traffic generation is a skill which cannot be learned overnight. Of course, you can get ton of traffic from paid sources such as pay per clicks (ppc), banner advertisement and media buying. However, these sources will cost you lots of money. You can definitely go for paid traffic when you start generating profits from your blog but in the initial stage, you need to learn how to get free traffic through article submission and content marketing. These methods are pretty powerful when done right.
In my last post, I mentioned 5 basic steps that will help to increase blog traffic. I hope everyone is taking action. The steps might seem basic but they always work. Today, I will continue and post the remaining five steps. Combine them all and you will have 10 powerful yet simple traffic generation methods that will give an extra edge to your blog.
5 Simple Blog Traffic Generation Methods
6. Submit Your Articles to Powerful Article Directories
This is called article marketing. Now it depends on what strategies you implement to get your blog noticed. I believe that article marketing is powerful and it does wonders if done correctly. To be honest, it might not bring massive traffic initially but trust me, it will help you with seo and link building. There is also another advantage of article marketing; when your articles get published, a lot of authors and bloggers might use them on their own site (curation) and provide a link back to yours. This gives you quality link juice without a cost and helps your blog rank better in the search engines.
However, remember that only good content that deliver value gets curated and shared very often.
Here is a list of my top 12 favorite article directories where you can submit your articles to. They are well established and can help you get some quality backlinks to your blog as well as drive some traffic.
- Ezine Articles
- Article Base
- Article Dashboard
Helium A1 Articles
- I Snare
- Self Growth
- Street Articles
Search engines are getting strict about the quality of content. To keep up with the search engine algorithm, most content publishing platforms have revised their rules. Most accept only tip top quality content so be prepared to write for good.
7. Submit your Blog to Directories
Adding your blog to directories is very important but not always necessary. This might not bring a flood of new readers but at least it has its own benefits. If you do it good and work hard on it, you will get good readers very soon. I am providing the best directories in my opinion that I have come a cross.
- Blog Top Sites
- Blog Hub
- Fuel my Blog
Top Blog Lists
- Submit Link
- All Top
Dmegs Yahoo Directory Boing Boing
You can definitely find lots more if you Google but these are the best ones in terms of ranking and reputation and the best ones to start with. Loren Baker from search engine journal has posted another great list of 24 directories so check it out.
8. Encourage Commenting and Sharing on Your Blog
Commenting is a great contribution. People comment when they have something to say or contribute to a particular post. One of the most powerful ways to convince a visitor to become a loyal reader is to show that there are other several loyal readers already following you. When people comment on your blog, others might get interested and join the conversation. A passionate blogger would always interact with the audience and keep up with the blog. If your post has comments that require a response then I would suggest that you provide a valid response right away.
Another way of encouraging commenting is rewarding your readers. There are various ways to do this. For example, you can have a top commenters plug-in. This encourages readers to comment on the blog so they can have their links stick.
Next, make sure you have the right social plugins installed. If you do not have share buttons on your blog, you are making it impossible for others to share your stuff. Social traffic is very popular and powerful. It not only has the potential to get your post viral but also helps with seo. Danny Sullivan says that it’s clear that Twitter data especially plays a role in web search, these days. Check out the post: What Social Signals Do Google & Bing Really Count?
I am sure you can see how social traffic can be beneficial in the long run. What social plugins I would recommend? For now, you can use digg digg or sharebar for your wordpress blog. Both of them are pretty similar so use whichever you want.
9. Write More “Pillar” Articles
I have mentioned about the importance of pillar articles in the previous post. It is good to write one pillar article every once in a while. Now I am not asking everyone to Google for it, copy it, and then paste it on your blog. The best way to learn about a topic and become an expert at it is by researching in depth. You write about what you know based on your experience. Do your research, gather all the relevant data and then create the post. Pillar articles get easily shared in the social networks so imagine if you create one solid pillar article, it might just get viral and get traffic all life-long.
Yaro Starak from entrepreneurs-journey claims that Pillar Articles is the Secret of his blog’s success
10. Learn, Implement and Repeat
This is probably the most important tip. Now that you have learned the basic tips to gain exposure for your blog and generate traffic, it’s time that you implement them. If you don’t take action now, this will not work. Follow the steps from 1 to 10 and you will learn a lot of amazing stuff along the way that will make you a better blogger.
Make sure you don’t overdo stuff. For example, you may find ton of article directories and blog directories for submission; it is good to avoid the temptation because too much of article marketing or blog directory submission in a short period can raise alarm and in some cases may penalize your blog.
Submitting your blog and content to the wrong directories can affect your blog ranking and Google PR. I recommend that you stick to the list provided on this post because quality always wins over quantity. If you need any assistance, please feel free to comment and ask questions. What other link building and traffic generation tips would you recommend?
Updated in 2014