Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions: “how can I get free traffic to my blog/ website?” You’re not alone. Free traffic is one that many bloggers (new and veterans alike) relish. Afterall, they say that the best things in life are free – and that includes free website traffic. How would you like to get tons of more blog or website visitors every single day?
Often beginner bloggers are told to build a blog and they (new visitors) will come but soon after blog setup, they realize that traffic only comes to those who seek. Are you looking for effective ways to get more website traffic?
Although you can buy traffic but in this post you’ll discover exactly how to increase your blog traffic, without spending a single dime on advertising – using only free traffic strategies that really work. Read on for the 9 effective free traffic generation methods.
How To Get More Traffic To Your Blog Without Spending A Dime On Advertising
The purpose of any writer, including a blogger, is to get lots of new blog visitors daily, who will read and comment on blog posts. The more blog visitors you have, the more subscribers you will have – and the more sales you will make.
In order to generate free traffic of prospective customers, you need to have a blog as a front door to your business, no matter what you sell. It’s easy to setup and you can learn how to do it by yourself from this post that gives a step by step process - How to Setup a New WordPress Blog for Your Business.
Just setting up a blog is no guarantee that people will read it. You need to do a bit more to help browsers and searchers to easily find you.
Free Website Traffic Method #1: Submit Every Post URL to Search Engines
Submit your blog post URL to major Searh Engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing
a. Use this link to submit your site to Google: google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
b. Submit your blog to Yahoo using this link: siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com
c. Submit your site to Bing using the URL: bing.com/webmaster/SubmitSitePage.aspx
d. Here’s a free site with free service to submit your website or blog to 140 search engines http://www.submitdomainname.com
Free Traffic Method #2: Social-Bookmark the URL of Your Posts and Articles
Social bookmarking is a very effective source of free traffic, and is one of the ‘can’t do without’ toolbox of every serious blogger. To start generating free traffic from the social bookmarking sites, you will signup with sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon, Delicious and others.
Manual Social Bookmarking: This is the simple step to generate free traffic from the social bookmarking sites – immediately after publishing a new post, always URL of your posts on all your Social Media channels – tweet it, share it on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and others.
Automated Social Bookmarking: Note that you can significantly increase the reach and power of the traffic you get from social media sites, by joining several (up to 20 or more) social media sites. However, doing that manually can be very time consuming and so I have your back covered – a simple method and free tools for automating social bookmarking of your blog posts and articles.
- Signup to Onlywire.Com, Ping.FM and Socialmarker.Com so that with only a few clicks, and a few minutes, you can share your blog posts in over 30 different social bookmarking sites. Those services have a huge list of social bookmarking sites so you do not need to bother visiting the sites one by one. However examples of social bookmarking sites are: Digg, Stumbleupon and delicious as well as sharing your blog posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Many of the people who see your posts on these social bookmarking and social media sites are likely to click the link to land on your blog. That’s free traffic.
Free Traffic Method #3: Commenting on Other People’s Blogs in Your Niche
Blog commenting is a simple yet powerful method of getting laser targeted free traffic to any blog or website. Usually, people tend to read comments when they visit blogs and they also click to visit blogs of comments that interest them.
Get a list of DoFollow Blogs (compiled by Nick of NicksTrafficTricks) and start commenting to get free traffic back to your blog. You can also search Google for websites and blogs in your market and then leave valuable comments plus your blog URL at the end as your signature.
Be sure to leave very useful comments with ‘wow’ effect – that’s the only kind that attract free traffic of new visitors to a blog. Also be sure to enter your blog URL in the comment entry box.
Free Traffic Method #4: Submit Contents to Article Directories For More Traffic
Article directories get huge volume of traffic every day and the idea behind this strategy is to ride on their traffic, so that your contents can interest some of their readers to visit your own blog.
How do you get more traffic from article submission sites, you may ask? Here is how – these article directories allow you to place your blog link inside the articles you submit so that readers (at the article site) can click to land on your blog.
Some article directories you can start submitting articles to include: Ezinearticles.com, ArticlesBase.com, ArticleDashBoard.com and ArticleBiz.com. Here are the steps to go about writing and submitting articles to directories.
a. Find good keywords.
i. Write down about 3 to 5 key phrases (i.e. keywords) of two to three words long, around the topic you want to write an article on
ii. Enter your keywords, one after the other, into the Google Keyword Tool
iii. Look out for more than 3,000 monthly searches and
iv. Write your keywords in quote to determine number of competing pages
v. Look out for less than eight thousand competing websites, when you enter “yourkeyword”
vi. Check out about three to five of the first pages to get a feel of how they wrote their articles – you may pick one or two ideas
b. Write a short article of 350 or more words on each keyword.
i. Ensure to include the keywords in the title and the body of the article.
ii. The Resource Box: Use this space to introduce your call to action, linking back to your blog
c. Submit the articles to Ezine Articles and other article directories, to point back to your home page and main pages of your
website or blog. This is an updated list of top 70 article directories by page rank and Alexa (traffic) ranking; get that list and start submitting your articles today.
Free Traffic Method #5: Guest Blogging on Related Blogs
Find a few blogs related to yours and submit a guest blog post for them. In return, they will reward you with a link to your website. Their readers will visit your blog If they like your post.
- For a list of 500 places you can submit your contents for traffic, click here: 500 places to syndicate your content (compiled by Kim Roach).
Free Traffic Method #6: Post Contents, Questions and Answers in Forums
Do a search for forums in your niche and start looking for topics you want to contribute to, and questions you can provide honest meaningful answers to. Ensure that you read forum rules and regulations before joining.
If you provide quality, useful contents, many of the forum members who read your contributions are sure to visit your blog. Again, that’s free traffic. Just be sure that you enter your blog URL as your signature link and also in your forum profile.
Free Traffic Method #7: Setup Your Blog’s RSS Feedburner For RSS Traffic
You need to enable multiple ways for readers to subscribe to your blog. RSS is one method to do that, apart from email subscriptions. Click here for: a step-by-step process on how to setup your feedburner for a step-by-step process on how to setup your feedburner.
In addition to that, here are extra steps you need to take to increase the reach of your blog feeds, for maximum free traffic:
- Once you setup your feedburner account, ensure to enable the settings under publicize, so that Feedburner will automatically share every new post you publish on some social media sites;
- Copy your blog RSS Feed link (URL) and submit to top RSS directories such as Icerocket, Feedagg, Feeedage and Feedlisting. That will ensure that readers who search those directories for relevant contents can find your blog quickly.
Can you see that RSS feeds are a powerful free traffic tool, once you implement those simple steps.
Free Traffic Method #8: Write and Give Away Free Reports
Write a small report of at least 7-15 pages, with your blog URL within. Give away the reports for free.Tweet and share the URL of the report download link, and ask your social media friends to retweet your messages.
Free report giveaway are another powerful source of free traffic. here’s how – chances are your reports can go viral and you’ll have several people downloading your reports, seeing your blog URL and visiting your blog.
If you want to learn how to create your own free report, I wrote a very detailed post, that is like a complete guide to quickly and easily creating a report or ebook. Click here to read and start Creating Your Traffic Pulling eBook in Just 1 Day.
Free Traffic Method #9: Reciprocal Tweeting Of New Posts With Twitter Buddies
In free traffic method #2, I mentioned that Twitter, one of the top social media sites, is a very powerful free traffic source that most bloggers are using daily. Now you only have one twitter account (or a few, in some cases) but you can significantly increase the size of your twitter reach indirectly by joining forces with 2 or 3 blogging acquaintances (or more if you can) so that you retweet one another’s new posts every time you publish one.
Although you can do this manually but you can delegate that task to any of these two cool, simple free tools- Twitterfeed or Dlvr.it
Steps to automatically retweet new posts of your twitter buddies for free traffic:
- Get a free Twitterfeed or DlVr.it account
- Enter your twitter buddies’ blog URL and Twitter IDs
- Set if to use only ‘title’ of the posts
- Set or schedule intervals for the tool to search and fetch new posts (once a day or twice a day, as you prefer)
- That’s all
Be sure to also set your own blog URL and twitter ID in the tool. Once your twitter buddies also do the same, you’re good to go.
*Note that the only thing that this tool replaces is the process of entering a blog post (manually) into twitter and clicking tweet / go. It does NOT replace the task of you engaging and interacting with your twitter followers.
Next Steps… Expect A Traffic Tsunami
There you have it, the 9 surefire simple but effective steps to increase website or blog traffic free.
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