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Seems like almost every day either online or IRL (in real life) I get asked by someone about how to get traffic to their site. It’s one of, if not the, most important things to work on when doing any kind of online marketing. If you’re selling something, even if it’s just yourself, you’ve got to have traffic. The worst looking site on earth with no content that gets traffic is going to outperform the best site ever made that doesn’t get traffic. At the office we often joke about this saying “if you had enough traffic, you could just put a picture of some doggy-doo on a page with a paypal donate button and make more money than a site you’ve put your heart and soul into but can’t seem to get any traffic.”
Success in getting traffic to your site, like most other things in life, can usually be achieved by doing just a few basic things every day. Sure there are hundreds of ways to get traffic but you don’t need to do them all. You only need to decide what the most important 5 or 6 are and then work on those specific things every day. This works with anything from your business to your health to relationships and pretty much anything else you can think of.
If you were to sit down and make a list it might look different than mine and I’d love to read about it in the comments below. But for now here’s my list of….
[highlight]Things you should be focusing on daily to get traffic to your blog:[/highlight]
1. Posting Regularly
The more you post the more chances you have of getting traffic. People can’t come to a page that doesn’t exist. Not only does this increase the amount of content on your site but it can also be a great way of getting repeat visitors that like what you have to say to come back each time you make a new post. Assuming you’re keeping up the quality of you’re posts, you really can’t post too much to your site. It’s only when your quantity starts to effect the quality that you might want to consider slowing down but what a great problem that would be to have.
2. Using Social Media
These days everything is about social media. That’s where the people are so thats where you need to be. Even Google, in it’s last few updates has changed its ranking algorithms to reflect a lot heavier on social signals over traditional things like linking and content. The more you can use sites like facebook and twitter to get your message out the better off you’re going to be. It’s no longer something you can ignore.
3. List Building
Building a list is like building a traffic machine that you can use anytime to instantly send traffic back to your site or anywhere else on the web for that matter. An email list is a great way to keep in touch with your readers to keep them coming back to your site over and over again. I can’t stress enough how important building a list is. If you’re not doing this then you’re not serious about your business.
4. Leveraging BIG Sites for Traffic
By leveraging big sites that already have tons of traffic you can siphon off a little bit back to your own site. This can be anything from creating youtube videos to putting a link in your signature at a forum. Each little piece of content you put out there has the potential to get you more visitors. Think of it like planting little traffic seeds. You never know which one might take root and sprout into a big traffic tree. For example I’ve put the same video on two separate youtube accounts before on the same day with the same info and had one get 70,000 views while the other only get 100. You just never know.
5. Blog commenting
Commenting on other blogs in your niche has a lot of benefits and is well worth your time. This can be one of the easiest ways to get some links and clicks back to your site, especially when you’re just starting out. Besides getting traffic from having a link back to your site it’s also a great way to keep up on your niche. There are several sites that I’d visit and read every day even if I wasn’t able to leave a comment with my link. It’s a good habit to start and pays off very well over time.
6. Guest Posting
Guest posting seems to be the new fad in blogging but if you think about it, why shouldn’t it be. It’s win-win for both sites and gives you nice natural google-friendly links back to your site. It builds credibility and authority to people reading your post and exposes you to a new audience. Guest posting is one of the most powerful things you can do to get a flood of traffic very quickly. I can’t recommend it enough. (oh did I mention we accept guest posts here at ProfitBlog? Well, we do!)
Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear them!