101 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

Traffic is very important to the success of every webmaster and blogger. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, it still needs to be read and it is traffic that makes this possible. This post will be listing 101 ways by which you can traffic to your blog.

By driving traffic doesn’t mean just getting more visitors. Before you start with your drive traffic campaign, make sure you set your goals. For example, if you are building traffic for your consumer website, you need to take care of demographics. Getting those visitors, who doesn’t have purchasing power is waste of time and resource. Similarly, on blogs, if you are not getting targeted traffic from search engines or from referral sites, your conversion rate and CTR will be too low.

So let’s start with my big list of traffic driving formula for your blog.

1. Write quality Posts:

This is the first tip which anyone would give to you. A Quality blog comes with quality content. Write well researched and detailed information.

2. Comment on other blogs:

Needless to say, commenting helps in many ways. Free Backlinks and also for personal branding. Follow one thumb rule: Comment only when you have some value to add, else if you like the post and want to show your appreciation, instead of just saying “nice post”, like or share that post.

3. Guest post on other blogs.:

With article directory value decreasing, it’s always a good idea to start guest posting. With a clever guest post campaign, you can build HQ backlinks and also increase your credibility. For a good Moz rank, it’s important to get high backlink and also to your internal pages and now homepage alone.

4. Optimize your blog for search engines.:

Alright, I know SEO scares you but believe me it’s not a rocket science. It’s like some good practice that everyone should follow. Learn about onpage SEO and also about how to give proper SEO structure to your blog. My suggestion, spend 2 hours a day for learning SEO and by the end of month, you can take care of most of basic SEO issues.

5. Participate in forums related to your niche and include a link to your blog in your signature.

6. Make use of trackbacks- A trackback on copyblogger sent me over 20 unique visitors.

7. Write List posts.:

Now, when I say write list posts, it doesn’t mean go ahead and work like “Top 10″ “Top 101″, make sure your list is up to the mark and actually contains “Top” “Best of” instead of random websites or apps in your list.

8. Write top 10 posts.:

9. Write 101 list posts like this.

10. Write about how to drive traffic to blog:

Everyone needs traffic and share your strategy which works for you. People like other bloggers who share the secret instead of keeping it to them.

11. Build your mailing list:

Email marketing has existed from long and it will be there for long. People don’t like to miss Emails, and by creating a targeted mailing list, you are actually making a fortune for yourself.

12. Write for tutorial sites – Like tutorialized.com, many of these sites can send you thousands of visitors per article.

13. Work on getting covered by the media – this alone can help you gain a lot of traffic.

14. Write Link-bait posts.

15. Submit your blog to Technorati, I was checking my stats recently and I saw they are sending me a decent number of traffic (don’t underestimate their traffic).

16. Join blogging communities (like MMO Social Network and BlogEngage)

17. Join secret bloggers club where they do retweet and promote each others post – this alone can send you a decent number of traffic.

18. Blog Pinging:

Always ping your blog after writing your blog posts using a site like pingomatic (Ping O Matic) – this allows some sites to cover and and can lead to an inflow of blog traffic.

19. Submit your blog to blog carnivals – A good place to start is BlogCarnival.com.

20. Start a Contest –

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Start a giveaway or blog contest and get more real targeted subscribers. You will be amazed with the response which you usually get for contest. You can always start with 1-2 free domain giveaway.

21. Create cool videos related to your niche and mass distribute it to video sites by using a service like tubemogul.com.

22. Use your blog URL as signature in your email. (Use Wisestamp addon)

23. Submit your blog to feed directories – they can distribute your blog posts to so many sites thereby leading to increase traffic to blog.

24. Write a press release about your blog and submit it to free press release websites.

25. Advertise your blog using Google Adwords.

26. Advertise your blog using Facebook Ads.

27. Advertise your blog on your local television station.

28. Advertise your blog on your local radio station.

29. Advertise your blog on your local newspaper.

30. Advertise your blog on online yellow pages.

31. Create a professional Twitter account, get some followers and start tweeting your blog posts (make sure to use #hashtags).

32. Add social sharing buttons to your blog (at the end of all posts, preferably) – you will get more traffic when people share your posts.

33. Submit your blog to blog directories – they also send some good traffic (especially if you are a new blogger).

34. Submit your blog to website directories – every little traffic adds.

35. Submit articles to article directories.

36. Start a controversial topic – Be very careful with this though, so that you won’t regret your action.

37. Make sure you are listed in DMOZ – this is a Google-respected directory and getting listed can improve your rankings in Google and other search engines overnight, thereby leading to more traffic.

38. Sue Google or any big company – the media will cover this and boom you are already getting lots of traffic.

39. Always submit your posts to StumbleUpon (make sure you submit many other site’s posts to so that they don’t ban you for spamming).

40. Always use tags in your posts.

41. Answer questions on yahoo answers and use your blog as the source.

42. Write a post featuring the top influencers in your niche e.g. top ten internet marketing blogs, they might retweet the post and you will get some traffic.

43. Contact many bloggers and ask them the same questions, compile all their answers into a post – They will most likely retweet it.

44. Interview the top bloggers in your niche – they will retweet it and they might even end up linking to it on their blog.

45. Be the first to cover top news – big blogs like TechCrunch will cover it later and link to you as the source.

46. Get listed in Google news.

47. Write a post containing pictures only – A great example is, the top 10 most ugly buildings on earth. (Social bookmarking traffic)

48. Make video posts. Video Blogging is great way to go viral.

49. Write posts in relation to celebrities e.g. What Michael Jackson’s death taught me about blogging.

50. Write great, super-duper, killer headlines – headlines matters a lot nowadays.

51. Do something that has never been done (sounds difficult? It won’t go unrewarded).

52. Submit your blog posts to niche social news sites like Sphinn and Bizsugar.

53. Look for a top or medium blogger in your niche and disagree or agree strongly with one of their posts – they will want to prove themselves in another post and they will end up linking to you, and this means more traffic.

54. Advertise your blog on Craigslist.

55. Try and review products related to your niche on Amazon, you can link to your blog in your review.

56. Review big websites related to your niche on Alexa and try to link back to your site in the review.

57. Submit your posts to Digg – try to look at which type of post goes popular there, submitting its type will help you get similar results.

58. Contact a few of your blogging friends (maybe 10) and ask them to help you share and vote your blog post on social bookmarking sites.

59. Interview many Top people in your niche at a time.

60. Do a face-off comparing some top bloggers in your niche.

61. Take a look at a celebrity that has a lot of fans and write a post on why the fellow is not supposed to have any fans.

62. Make sure your readers subscribe to your feed, this will bring about more repeat visitors (which is worth more than one-time visits).

63. Try to be a social media power user.

64. Make influencers and power users your friend.

65. Make it easier to translate the content on your blog – this helps you gain more international visitors.

66. Proofread your blog posts regularly – many people won’t link to unprofessional articles.

67. Start a very creative product/company/website – a lot of big blogs (like TechCrunch) would like to write about you.

68. Make the news at all costs – people will search for your name in Google and then land on your website.

69. Sponsor charities and give them a link to your blog, they will be very happy to link to you thereby leading to more traffic.

70. Build a very useful tool e.g. a great SEO tool – this will lead to more link to your website and more traffic too.

71. Join a blog webring.

72. Add a forum to your blog.

73. Try to have guest posters on your blog – Some of my high traffic posts are from guest authors.

74. Advertise your blog on billboards and flyers offline – offline marketing can also help.

75. Make a custom T-shirt with your name on it, distribute some to other people freely and also make sure you wear yours regularly.

76. Write great posts that start with [Pls Don’t Read] – people are so curious and will want to read, thereby sharing your great post.

77. Try to do free blogging seminars in your local area, collaborate with top people over there and let them help you gather people together – use the free seminar as an opportunity to advertise your blog.

78. Sponsor blog contests in your niche – this is a cool way to get backlinks and blog traffic.

79. Be a friend of all top bloggers in your niche – they can mention you once in a while thereby leading to more traffic to you.

80. Write an “Ultimate Guide” to something – this often goes viral thereby leading to more retweets, shares and traffic.

81. Create a survey about a popular subject and publish the result out for the public to see – this will lead to backlinks and traffic.

82. Write a blog post listing the top power users on a particular social bookmarking site – this will lead to more backlinks and traffic.

83. Create a post that ranks people/things/place – e.g. “The top 10 cities in the world” (try to make this go in line with your niche).

84. Regularly create infographics.

85. Release a free ebook and link to your website in it, it can go viral and lead to more traffic for you – I am not talking of eBook to build your list, I am talking of something absolutely free.

86. Create free CSS templates and submit them to CSS directories while linking back to your blog.

87. Have a custom design for your blog under a great framework and tell the developers to showcase your blog in their gallery.

88. Launch a traffic contest – tell several people to do their best to send traffic to your blog in a month. Make sure you give the top referrer a price (the price must be attractive if you want the best).

89. Create several great podcasts and submit it to iTunes (with a link back to your blog, of course).

90. Try to make it to the delicious frontpage.

91. Have a Facebook fan page for your blog – I didn’t know how much traffic I was losing by not having one until recently.

92. Always do a weekly link love post in which you link to 10 or more bloggers, if you do this consistently you will begin to get more people link to you also thereby leading to more traffic.

93. Always do Keyword Research before you write your posts – many people are missing a lot of search engine traffic because of this.

94. Create a mobile version of your blog – catering for different types of audience means more traffic for you, some people only browse from their mobile phones.

95. Create an iPhone app for your website – iPhone is very popular and you can leverage its power to your benefit.

96. Create a keyword-rich Squidoo lens for your blog.

97. Create a keyword-rich HubPages hub for your blog.

98. Participate in website groups like Google groups etc.

99. Advertise your website using the StumbleUpon ads – the more people like your ad, the more free traffic you can get.

100. Put your blog address on your business card – many people overlook small things like this, yet it works.

101. Write great April fool jokes on the first of every April e.g. Google has been bought by Microsoft (people love to hear things like this).

A First Person Review Of Website Traffic Makers

A friend told me about a new multi-level marketing program called Website Traffic Makers. The product behind them is website traffic generation. I joined as a favor to my friend and out of my curiosity to see if the product could generate legitimate website traffic, not because I believe the MLM structure itself will be profitable.

I signed up with a package that costs $149.95 for 10,000 targeted traffic visitors. The website promises 100% genuine visitors and 100% geo-targeted traffic with the option to choose from six different countries. To see how targeted the traffic is I selected a very niche site: a New York City based property management site. I selected Business-services as the category and hit a play button which informed me that in 24 hours Website Traffic Makers would begin sending traffic to my site.

I checked Google analytics two days later to see how the first day of traffic generation went. In one day Website Traffic Makers sent me 369 visits from 62 countries with an average time on site of 8 seconds. Of the 369 visitors 5 were from the United States and analytics determined that 178 visitors were English speaking. If this is targeted traffic it’s clearly not targeted for a site catering toward locals in New York City seeking a property management company.

It was clear that another site was needed but it begs the question of what kind of site would the traffic be suitable for? It would have to be a site for an international audience unlike a NYC property management company which probably won’t appeal to the 51% of visitors from Europe and 35% from Asia. I decided to create a blog which will serve as a record of my experiment.

When I emailed Website Traffic Makers about switching my campaign to my new site, they informed me that I am unable to change sites once a campaign started. Once I brought to their attention that most of the traffic was coming from outside the U.S. they told me there was an error and would fix my configuration and while they were in there would switch the campaign to direct traffic to the new site and update the category to Internet-blogs.

According to Google Analytics the new site was sent 1,367 visitors from 101 countries with an average time on site of 10 seconds over 5 days. Only 13 visitors were sent from the United States with 88% coming from Europe and Asia and less then 50% had English set as their language on their computer. Its starting to seem like Website Traffic Makers only claims to provide geo-targeted traffic, they don’t actually deliver on that claim.

I also tested the quality of traffic through a web advertising arbitrage attempt. Web advertising arbitrage is when you pay for traffic and then resell the traffic for a profit. I put advertisements on the site using Google’s AdSense program, which pays websites a portion of Google’s ad revenue for displaying ads on their website. When a visitor clicks an ad, Google AdSense keeps track of it and credits my account. Google has a metric called eCPM which estimates how much you will make per thousand views of their ads on your site. The eCPM will give us an estimate of the true value of the traffic. From 2,174 impressions over 5 days the eCPM is $0.19. Since 10,000 impressions will be delivered the ad revenue is expected to be $1.90. The cost of 10,000 impressions from Website Traffic Makers is $150 or nearly 80 times more than the expected revenue generated from the traffic. It’s fair to say the traffic is worth far less then its cost.

While Website Traffic Makers does not disclose exactly how they generate traffic it seems to involve pop under ads. When I relaunched my campaign I noticed that my browser was contacting http://www.einsteintraffic.com. When I went to Einstein Traffic I noticed you can buy 50,000 visitors for $199.99 which is much less then Website Traffic Makers charges, it could be that Website Traffic Makers just buys traffic from them and then marks it up. When I did some more research just searching for “pop unders” in Google I found sites that sell 10,000 visitors for as low as $10 which is much closer to the real value as I determined in my test.

So far my experience with Website Traffic Makers leaves me with little faith in them. Like many other MLMs they are a great hype machine talking about all the money you can make signing up others to use a product that everyone with a web presence needs. The problem is that I don’t believe anyone needs the type of traffic they generate. The Website Traffic Makers website does not give any examples of how people utilized the traffic so there is no idea of what sites this traffic would be valuable to.

How to Increase the Right Kind of Website Traffic

The very best looking website in the world will still be a failure if it has no traffic. A website can’t make any money if it is a well-kept secret. Getting more traffic, of and by itself, is not enough to make an unprofitable site profitable. You’ve got to increase the right kind of traffic. When you get more of the right kind of traffic coming to your site, your site is able to deliver a steady stream of leads or sales into your business. Let’s look at where you can find the right kind of traffic for your website.

Website Traffic

People have to come to your website in order for your site to be a productive and worthwhile endeavor for your business. In the absence of traffic, all that exists is a very expensive secret website. There are several different types of traffic. Let’s quickly see what they are and how they show up in your website stats or web analytics reports.

  • Visitors – think of this as the number of people who have come to your website.
  • Uniques – this is the same as website visitors
  • Visits – this is the number of times your website has been visited. This number is always higher than visitors because some people will visit your website more than once.
  • Hits – this is an outdated way of measuring the amount of people that come to your website. Don’t rely on this number. Use visits and visitors instead
  • First Time Visitors – this is the number of people who have visited your website for the very first time.
  • Repeat Visitors – this is the number of people who visited your website and have been there on at least one other occasion.

As you can see there are different kinds of traffic. Each of the different kinds of traffic above is a little different. Your efforts to reach new people and bring them to your website will show up in the number of first time visitors in your website reports. The total number of people visiting your website (visitors) is one of the basic numbers that you should monitor on your website. Remember though, large numbers of visitors will do you no good if they don’t stick around on your site and come back again later. Those that come back later are included in the repeat visitors number in your web stats.

Now that you know the most important types of traffic on your website, let’s see how to increase the right kind of traffic by looking at where it is coming from.

How You Get Social Media Traffic to Your Website

Social media is a great way to drive quality, targeted, traffic to your website. How this is done depends a lot on your target audience and on the product or service that you provide. The key here is to be active, and provide relevant content in the form of links to articles, videos, blog posts, pictures, reports, etc. that will be of interest to your target audience. Relevance is key. There are a lot of automation tools out there that will help automate updating your social profiles, but this has to be done with caution or you risk crossing the line. Nothing will turn off your social media audience faster than over use of automation.

One of the great opportunities for social media traffic lies in the ability of something to be shared with others in a circle of friends and followers, potentially going viral. One of the things that you can do to facilitate this is to make sure that your website makes it super easy for your visitors to socially share your website with others. They will do this by sharing pages on your website with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Talk about ideal traffic to your website – there is nothing that carries as much weight as a referral from a friend.

How to Get SEO Traffic to Your Website

Search engine optimization is a great way to bring people to your website. The key is to optimize your site for the different key search phrases that people use to search in Google when they are looking for the product or service that you provide. In order to do this properly, you’ve got to understand that when people come to your website, they won’t all come first to your home page and then from there go to what they are looking for. They will type in a question or phrase in Google, and then go to the page that shows up in the search results that catches their attention and interest. With this in mind, different pages on your site should be optimized for different key phrases. SEO is a great source of highly relevant and targeted traffic.

How Blogs can Drive Traffic to Your Website

Blogs are a great way to drive traffic to your website. By publishing a blog on your website, your site will naturally receive traffic from SEO and social media. However, it doesn’t stop there. Lots of bloggers are looking for guest authors to publish on their blog – this could be you. What this means is that you can write a blog post and have it published on someone else’s blog. This enables you to reach a whole new audience. Some of those people will come to your site to read more.

Most blogs allow comments. Usually those comments are linked back to the commenter’s website. This is why you see so much blog comment spam. Blog commenting can be a good source of web traffic, but only when it is done the right way. The right way to use blog commenting is to write an interesting and thoughtful response to the blog post. People who are reading the blog post frequently scan the blog comments to see what others have said. Spam comments get overlooked, but intelligent insightful comments get attention and drive traffic to your website.

Very similar to blog commenting to drive traffic is forum commenting. The same rules apply for effectively using your comments and interaction with others on blog posts and online forums to drive traffic to your site. They key here is to not over-do it with aggressive “visit my website” style posts.

How to Use Advertising to Drive Traffic to Your Website

Online advertising can be a good source of highly targeted traffic for your website, but you’ve got to carefully measure your return on investment (ROI) in order for this to be profitable. Advertising costs have been driven up significantly recently as a result of larger companies with big budgets coming in and putting lots of marketing dollars in this area. Online advertising often takes the form of pay-per-click (PPC) adverting. With this type of advertising, you pay a fee each time someone clicks on your ad to go to your website. Google AdWords and Facebook Advertising are two of the most popular types of PPC advertising. The best way to put this to work for you in driving traffic is to very carefully track the conversion rate of converting that traffic (clicks) into customers. That will enable you to calculate the return on your marketing investment. You’ll likely need to make a lot of tweaks and changes in order for this to be productive and profitable for you. If you’re not careful, you can lose your shirt attempting to drive traffic profitably with online advertising.

Using Direct Mail to Drive Traffic to Your Website

The dirty little secret that you won’t hear talked about is that direct mail is a great way to cost-effectively drive interested prospects to your website. Google for example spends millions annually on direct mail. Why? Because it is profitable. One of the ways to boost the response rate of your direct mail piece is to use something called personalized urls (PURLs). Setting up PURLs is a bit technical, so this is something that you’d want to have your Internet partner take care of for you. The result is a direct mail piece that has a significantly higher response rate. For best results, this should be part of a much bigger marketing strategy of driving traffic to your website and generating leads.

The Best Traffic for Your Website

The best traffic for your website is traffic that is highly relevant to your business. When it comes to website traffic, quality is much more important than quantity. In other words the people coming to your website are interested in what you do or provide. In order for your website to be effective, you’ve got to have a steady stream of traffic. For maximum effectiveness, that traffic should be coming from a variety of different places. Don’t pursue traffic for traffic’s sake – pursue traffic for the sake of engaging with people and converting interested prospects into valued long-term clients. The best way to increase traffic is to pursue a multi-faceted approach where you’re using a variety of different sources and methods to increase highly targeted traffic to your website.