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10 Little-known Ways to Get Traffic to Your Blog

This guest post is by Onibalusi Bamidele of YoungPrePro.com.

Getting traffic to a blog is the major challenge a blogger faces. Many have read about various traffic generation strategies, but they find it difficult to get traffic to their blogs because these tips are no longer as effective as they once were. For example, guest blogging used to be very effective, but now that a lot of people are doing it and talking about it, it’s no longer as effective as it used to be.

Here are ten little-known tips to get traffic that I’ve discovered from my own experience. Implementing all ten tactics at the same time isn’t that effective; the way to get the best from these tactics is to choose two or three tactics that you think you like, and focus all your efforts on them for a period of time. You will be amazed at the results you will get.

1. Secret blogging clubs

A major and underutilized way to get traffic to a blog is by joining secret blogging groups or clubs. Very few people are using this particular method, but it can be very effective if you focus your efforts on it.

Secret blogging clubs consists of a group of bloggers with one aim: to help each other spread the word about their blogs with a view to generating traffic for each others’ blogs. The concept is simple: you join a club with around 50 members, share each others’ post with your fans and followers (around once a week), and this will generate more traffic, since it exposes your blog to a wider audience.

You dont need to worry about spamming and the likes, because groups like these are heavily moderated. Also, it is not necessary to share every link that is posted to the group—you only need to share the links related to your niche, that you feel are valuable.

A great example of an effective secret blogging club is the DailyBlogTips Retweet Club by Daniel Scocco. A post of mine that went viral through a secret blogging club was my guest post on getting more blog comments—it presently has 97 comments and 87 retweets on a site that averages 15 retweets and 40 comments per post.

2. Social blogmarking sites

Another underutilized but effective way to get traffic to your blog is by making use of social blogmarking sites. Even though this concept looks similar to social bookmarking sites like Digg and Reddit, it operates differently.

A social blogmarking site can be useful irrespective of whom you are and your status on the network. All you need to do is write your best post and give it the best title. Submit it to your favorite social blogmarking site and, if it’s voted onto the site’s homepage, it will send a stream of traffic to your blog. The articles that make it to the front page are not determined by the authors who submit them, or dependent on the domain name of the author’s site. The quality and title of the article is all that matters.

I also respect social blogmarking because of the quality of traffic it sends. The visitors that come from the blogmarking site I’m involved with (Blokube) spend an average of ten minutes on my blog. Presently, this is one of my best traffic sources, as far as traffic quality is concerned.

3. Ning communities

Getting traffic to your blog through Ning communities is a great way to get traffic to your blog, yet few bloggers use this method. I learned this formula from Kim Roach and it keeps on sending me traffic, even months after I use it.

Like blogging, a lot of people have a version of themselves or their business on Ning.com. You can create a portal in the form of yourusername.ning.com, which can also be a great way to get traffic to your blog.

All you need to do is help community members with their questions, and reference your blog if necessary. There is also a place where you can submit your blog posts for the whole community to see—another great traffic source. If you plan on doing this, you don’t necessarily need to write new posts: you can submit some of your old posts with a link back to your blog.

Not all Ning communities bring results. Some communities will send you zero visitors, while some will send you hundreds, so it’s important to be wise when choosing a community you want to join. I have discovered that what works is to make sure you join a Ning community that’s related to your niche, and has over 5000 members.

4. Free, no-catch ebooks

This is another powerful but underutilized tactic to get more traffic to your blog. I didn’t use this strategy until recently, but when I did, I got awesome results.

To use this technique, write as many free reports as you can. A report is a simple, seven-to-ten-page ebook. Make sure you embed links to your blog in the ebook, and encourage readers to visit your blog. Then, distribute the ebook to free ebook directories, post it to your favorite forums, ask other bloggers to help you share it, and do as much as you can to spread the word about it.

What has worked best for me is sharing it on my favorite Internet marketing forums, like Digital Point Forums. After utilizing this particular strategy, I saw a spike in my traffic: I got an additional 60-80 visitors per day for some days, and over 100 new blog subscribers.

5. Content syndication

I’ve noticed that a lot of people are not using this particular strategy, but it can be highly effective to syndicate your blog content to big online portals in your niche. Most of these portals are visited by countless people every day, and syndicating with them will go a long way to give your blog a traffic boost.

Great examples of some of the best content syndication sites I’ve found are Alltop and The Daily Brainstorm.

6. Blogging collaboration

It pains me to see that this particular traffic strategy is not better utilized. In 2010 I collaborated with a lot of well-known and respected bloggers to give my readers some entrepreneurial advice.

I was able to work with 24 successful online entrepreneurs, who contributed to the post, and shared it with their Twitter followers and Facebook fans when it went live. This sent me double my usual number of daily visitors and, eventually, more subscribers and followers. It is also one of the most shared posts on my blog.

Collaboration is a great tool and every wise blogger will use it sometime. Try to get some of the top bloggers in your niche to contribute to your blog; once the contribution is live, encourage them to share it.

7. Online podcasts

This is another great and underutilized way to get traffic to your blog. Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income is very popular for his podcasts, and has been able to build a successful blog based on this and other methods.

While the podcasting technology is not new, very few people utilize it. Yet you can get more eyeballs to your content by creating a great and informative podcast relating to your blog. Submit it to the iTunes podcast directory and as more and more people search for podcasts relating to your topic area, they will end up discovering yours and, if it’s good, might end up visiting your blog.

8. Online groups

This particular approach is almost as old as some of the biggest websites on the Internet, so I’m amazed to see that very few people use it. I didn’t realize the power of this tactic until the day I woke up to see a spike in my website traffic generated by a LinkedIn group.

A lot of people still congregate and look for solutions to questions in online groups; many of these groups are also highly respected by Google, so they are indexed and ranked quickly. Thus, you have a great potential of getting traffic to your blog by utilizing good groups. The post I published to the LinkedIn group I mentioned attracted over 200 visitors from that group in the week it was published.

Two of the most popular online groups are Yahoo groups and LinkedIn groups—check them out.

9. Authority sites

I didn’t realize how powerful authority sites were until I interviewed successful entrepreneur Raymond Lei. He wrote a Wikipedia page in which a link to my interview with him was listed as one of the resources. This link sends me continuous traffic from Wikipedia even today.

You can use this strategy with some of the biggest websites on the Internet; since most of these sites find it easy to rank for competitive keywords in the search engines, you may find it easy to get traffic from them. For example, you can read and review some of the top books in your niche on Amazon while including a link back to your blog. Or interview the top bloggers in your niche, then include your link as a resource in their Wikipedia page.

10. Webrings

This is also a very effective traffic generation strategy that many people overlook.

A Webring is a collection of websites that are linked to each other. A major advantage of using a Webring is that it also helps you get high quality links which means both short term direct traffic and long term search engine traffic for you. Probably the most popular Webring is Webring.com.

These are my favorite little-known traffic tactics. What are yours? How have you got traffic to your blog? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Comments

  1. Paul Odtaa says:

    Onibalusi – I’m impressed – you’re everywhere – keep it up you’re doing well. This article is very useful .

    Two methods of promoting your blog that can also make money for you.

    Knol

    Knol – is a unit of information -which is an attempt by Google to create something between a free article directory and Wikipedia. I’ve put five articles, re-writes of my own articles, on the site – with a paragraph at the end of the article pointing to my site and I’ve gettting a few hits a day from the site. The traffic seems constant – though weirdly more people seem to be coming to my site direct, than reading my knols, (posts), on Knol

    The other plus is that you can put your own Adsense ads on the site, which I’m in the process of doing.

    Squido

    The other is Squido, which I’m just trying out. You place articles, called Lens, on their site and you can place advertisements on your site, controlled by the Squido community and you split the income – alternatively you can opt to give the money received to charity.

    People can link back to you and your site through your prominently displayed bio and personal links.

    I’ve only be trying this a couple of days and I’ve had no traffic as yet.

    Of the two methods I definitely think Knol is worthwhile and I intend to post quite a few more articles on the site.

  2. TkTak says:

    These tips are great i hope you will keep putting a nice advices all the time

  3. barb g says:

    Yes but that secret club site is by invitation only so that’s not much help.

  4. These are pretty good ideas. I resisted the groups and clubs to start with (I thought they were uncool) but as I go along, my resistance has been worn down and I’m finding them more and more helpful in driving traffic.

  5. Ralph says:

    Wow, great insights and tips.
    I’ve registered for the most services and see what how I can add some value and ofcourse to get something back :)

    Great stuff!

  6. Cooking Jeff says:

    Good info, one point to look at. On Amazon from what I have seen they remove links going back to the authors website or blog. Has anyone else seen this?

  7. Problogger is worth its weight in gold.

    im in the process of starting a new blog and the tips i find here are priceless. Some of the idea’s cause me to say “why didn’t i think of that?” so i intend to fold alot of these into my site and may even take the 31 day challenge. Thanks.

  8. Praveen says:

    Yes! All these tips are really working…. but it takes some time. It’s not an over night process. people need patients

  9. Amanda says:

    Do you really feel that webrings still help? I haven’t done any research on how search engines feel about them (for inbound links), but seeing that word was like a throwback to the 90s for me!

  10. zammax says:

    Some tips above seem new for me.I want to try several tips and see what the results..

  11. Kath Roberts says:

    This was a really useful post with some great tips. I’ve found Linked In groups to be a good source of decent targeted traffic and linking to articles on the key sites like Ezine.

  12. Emily Foshee says:

    Fantastic post! These are great suggestions for the beginner blogger to try.

    I promote my blog wherever I go. Because I live in a large metropolitan area, I’m always attending seminars, conventions and other professional events. My business card promotes a free report I have on my blog, and I always tell people (if the opportunity presents itself in the conversation,) that they may find my free report helpful. I invite them to visit my blog an download the report. No hard sell. Just helpful advice, if they’re interested.

    Thanks for the great information!

    Emily

  13. Hi,

    I followed some of the tips given here and got good results. so i will try with each one and hope to get good results. It is not just a overnight process and we have to be patient to get the results and thanks for sharing these tips with us.

  14. Arjun Govind says:

    Excellent post for a beginner like me. Finding content and Traffic to the blogs are the main difficulties for a fresh blogger your posts are a relief for us .

  15. Daisy says:

    Great tips! I have actually found some new ideas here instead of the same old rehashed stuff. I actually thought you were joking about the secret blogging clubs..:-)

  16. Tasha says:

    Thanks for the tips! Any suggestions for blogmarking sites? I tried doing a quick google search but all I found was one that was by invite only. My blog wouldn’t really fit in the one linked here.

  17. Peter says:

    Hi Onibalusi, these are very important tips, in fact they are very unique and am gonna follow all of them starting now. Thanks for the tips.

  18. Frachar says:

    I’ve found some of your methods very informative and would will give it ago. It’s been tricky for me since I’m a newbie.

    Keep us updated with other ways too.
    Thanks :)

  19. Frachar says:

    sorry but are most of these free ways?

  20. Max Water says:

    This is the first time I’m hearing about social blogmarking sites as opposed to social bookmarking sites. Any recommendations other than Blokube? Thanks, great post.

  21. Azgetmoney says:

    These are geat ways . I hope my blog will be popular in feature . Thank for sharing .

  22. Geoff says:

    Wow, you have offered some very good methods for driving readers to your blog. Thank you very much for sharing your ideas.

  23. Roberta says:

    The tips are great but I agree with Barb_G, the club is private so it’s not much help. When I have time, I may contact the owner.

    I have several sites/blogs so I really have to narrow my focus when it comes to where I put my energy. I’ve bookmarked most of these. Thanks!

  24. Dawn says:

    I like article marketing and you can always do press releases too. Article marketing is free and the search engines love articles. In your resource box you can add a link back to your blog. Press releases are great as it can also be picked up by Google or Yahoo and really bring in traffic for not much work!

  25. You can send a message to the owner of the club you are interested in joining. I sent a message and I am waiting to see if he will invite me. I also will try some of these tips. I have learned a lot from Problogger.

  26. Well, I was not able to optimize my site for 6 months and recently has started again. Webring is new to me, I will give it a try today.

  27. New to blogging and this article took a lot mystery out of how to promote my blog. Thanks for the info.

  28. Ian says:

    Darren,
    I thought Wikipedia does not allow creation of pages for commercial purposes. Please enlighten me hehe.

  29. michelle says:

    oh wow. this was really helpful…i am going to try the wikipedia thing. I’m also going to contribute more to a forum and make sure my blog link is in my signature.

    anyway, thank you so much…very informative.

  30. Bojan says:

    This list of resources is comprehensive and very well formed, but most of these tips require massive action. It’s a shame that majority of people will simply forget to utilize it.

    There should be a complete separate post for Wikipedia and how to feature a backlink there. That’s something that I would enjoy reading a lot.