Hi there and thanks for visiting my cyber-home.
Are you excited because you’ve started your own online business?
You’ve found your niche, weight loss, baking, love, internet marketing, etc. and have started your own blog. You have been writing some great blog posts providing valuable content. But, you don’t know why you aren’t getting any blog traffic.
Where is everybody?
You know you need visitors but you have no idea how to get them. No one ever told you how to go about this so your blog starts to feel like an island out in the middle of the ocean that no one knows exists. Does this sound familiar?
Well, you are not alone. I was in the same situation in my early years as an internet marketer. Created or bought websites and had no idea how to get visitors to my sites.
I eventually learned that if we don’t promote our sites, we will NEVER make a dime, but, I had no idea how to promote them.
I started a blog for my latest attempt to make it online after purchasing an online training course called The Big Commission Blueprint System and then joining The Affiliate Club, both created by my mentor and partner Dean Holland. I had finally learned what the missing ingredient was to online success. I learned how to generate traffic, bring people to my blog.
Let Me Help You
If you are ready to learn exactly how you can start getting those much needed visitors, I can help you.
I’ve put together a list of ways to generate FREE organic targeted traffic which, if done correctly, will make people want to come and see what you have to offer them. Now, I’m not telling you that you should use all of them at once. Try one or two until you get comfortable with them, and then add another and so on.
If I don’t know about certain techniques, I will tell you when I get to them and will provide links to other bloggers who can give you the information you need. I’m only human and don’t know everything. I do believe in helping any way I can, even if it means getting someone else to provide the solution.
#1 Blog Commenting
Blog commenting or blog hopping, as it is also known, is a very good way to get the right people to your blog. Also, it’s a great way to build a relationship or engage with the blog owner, which can be invaluable, especially if he/she is well-known. You can learn the basics of this technique by reading a post I had written a while back called “Blog Hopping We Will Go.”
To learn more about why relationships are so important, you can check out this post from my friend Adrienne Smith, who is known as “The Engagement Superstar” in the internet marketing blogging world.
I have this as #1 because most of my visitors arrived this way. They read the comments I had left after reading their posts and decided to check out my blog. Then, if they like what they’ve read, they leave a comment and share my post with their followers and that has led to others, who hadn’t heard of me, to check out my site also. Be sure to thank everyone who leaves a comment for doing so. Their time is precious and it shows your appreciation. It’s also the right thing to do.
Have you tried this, or think it’s something you could do to get blog traffic? Let me know in the comments below.
Lights! Camera! Action!
Video marketing is a great way to get your information out there. People like watching videos. With that said, let me talk to you about the monster that is YouTube.
We all know how big YouTube is, a billion+ visitors monthly. Why not take advantage of it and create some videos.
Let’s say you are in the cooking niche and your blog is about teaching people how to cook. Your blog posts could be different recipes that you have and want to share with others. You could post about different ingredients and how and when to use them, and anything else you think would be of interested to potential cooks or chefs.
Why should that be the end of it? It doesn’t need to be. You can re-purpose all that content into videos where you can actually show them what you are doing, whether it’s actually cooking a dish, or explaining about ingredients, etc.
Then, post the videos on YouTube or any of the online video sites. You can then put some keywords related to the topic, add a link in the description back to your blog, where these visitors can see other recipes you have.
If you are promoting cooking related items such as cookbooks, cookware, etc., your visitors will learn about them, as well, when they come to your site.
For more information about using YouTube to generate traffic, check out this post from Kim Willis.
Let me know it this sounds like something you could do to get more visitors in the comments.
Time To Get Social
I’m sure you’ve heard of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Countless millions of people there. Why not get social with your posts? You’ll never know who could like your content unless you get it out there.
Let’s look at Facebook. It’s so easy to get your content on Facebook and generate blog traffic. All you need to do it share your blog post to your wall so your friends and family can see what you are doing online. You never know, some of them may want to follow in your footsteps after learning about what you are doing.
If you have a Facebook fan page, you should be sharing every post you write. Those who are following your page will have the chance to click on the link and go to your blog to read your post. Make sure you are sharing content to your page as the page, not your name.
There are many community groups on Facebook. Just do a search for whatever niche you are in and request to join a few of them. If accepted, make sure you read the rules of the group. Each one has there own. Most of these groups have a few hundred to few thousand members. It’s a great way to get your blog posts noticed and also to find other blogs to check out. This works hand in hand with blog commenting. If someone comments on your post, return the favor. It’s all about engaging with others and building those relationships I mentioned earlier.
I’m sure you share all kinds of things you come across, whether through Facebook, YouTube, etc. If you can share that stuff, you can definitely share your content from your blogs, am I right?
Moving on to Twitter. One thing you need to know about Twitter is you only have space for 140 characters, so you need to make each tweet very precise when sharing your content. When you go to share on Twitter, change the wording around before the link url to make it stand out in the flood of tweets.
Also, because Twitter is real-time, you need to tweet your blog post more than once to get to as many of your followers as possible. I know people who tweet there content hourly.
Also, use hashtags in your tweets to help get your content to more targeted people in your niche. If your are in the blogging niche, you should put “#blog” or “#blogger” in your tweet so it will be posted to those Twitter groups also. Only use 1 to 2 hashtags in your tweets, as more than that can actually cause less engagement on the part of your followers.
One of the real benefits of using Twitter, is that if your followers find real value in the content you tweet, they can or possibly will retweet it so their followers can check it out also. Think about the potential numbers of visitors you can get this way, especially if the person who retweets it is very influential in your niche. I have followers who have 5 to 6 figure numbers of followers. If even a small percentage go to my site, that’s still a lot.
As with blog commenting, be sure to thank anyone who shares/retweets your content to show your appreciation.
Let me know if this is something you think you can do to help promote your blog in the comments.
Up Periscope. OK, I admit that I haven’t used Periscope yet but I know lots of people have and have done well with it. Basically, all you need to do is download the app to your iPhone or Android, press the “Start broadcast” button and you are on your way.
What’s good about this platform is that you get to talk directly to you audience in real-time. You’ll be able to give advice, ask your viewers some questions and answer questions they may have. You can also make money using it by promoting your products or services.
Your Periscope followers also have the ability to send out a tweet to their Twitter followers letting them know that you are broadcasting. You can also share it to Facebook for the same reason. We all want to establish the “know, like and trust” with our audience and this is one of the best and quickest ways to get it done.
To learn more about how powerful Periscope can be, check out this post from Kim Garst, who is one of the top experts in everything social media and uses Periscope every day to promote her business.
If you aren’t camera shy, could you do this? Let me know.
To be honest, the only thing I really know about Pinterest is when you share your blog post to your account, you pick an image and then choose which of your boards you wish to pin it to. The image will have a link back to your blog post. That’s what I do, anyway.
For a lot more information on how to get people to your blog from Pinterest, check out this post from Rebekah Radice, another expert in social media.
For more information on Facebook and Twitter, both Kim and Rebekah have plenty for you to check out.
If you already use Pinterest to pin pictures you come across, you can use it to promote your blog, products and services. Let me know what you think.
I hope you found something here today which will help you to generate FREE blog traffic. I know there are more platforms and I will write about them in the future. I don’t want to overwhelm you at this point.
If there is something that you would like to know about that wasn’t covered here, just click the contact me tab in the menu at the top of the page and I will do my best to help you, if I can.
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Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit and read this. I am honored.
Until we meet again, have a good one…….Chris