If you’re like most, you want to create a blog so that others can read what you have to say. Sadly, people will not find your blog (in the beginning anyway) unless you do a little legwork. These are some of the things I did to get traffic and some that I still do. The first thing to do is write a few great articles about your topic and feature them in your sidebar. Then, start working on generating traffic, because you not only want traffic, but you want returning traffic as well.
1. Blog Commenting With Related Blogs
One of the absolute best ways for new blogs to get traffic is just to comment on other blogs. Commenting with a thoughtful and/or provocative response will often send a few visitors your way. The blogging community is generally very social, and those who are active often reap the rewards. Even more important than the few visitors you pick up from it is the relationships you can develop with other bloggers. This will help you get a few visitors, but won’t likely get you 10k visitors a month.
2. Guest Posting On Same Niche Blogs
I think this is one of the best ways to start getting some traffic and building an audience. Guest posting provides a great opportunity for a newbie to write an article that 20,000 readers can see. I don’t know of any other method that could bring traffic as quickly. The key is to write a great article – don’t hold back your best stuff. I’ve seen people grow their blogs very quickly by posting some of their best articles on other sites. Also, only submit unpublished content as a guest post. If it’s already published, then the blog that’s allowing you to guest post won’t get any search engine traffic for that article. There are, though, places to republish your articles. We’ll get to that in a minute. To get started guest posting first, do a lot of commenting on some small to medium-sized blogs in your niche. Get to know the bloggers, connect with them via email or other social media, and get to know them. THEN, offer to write them a guest post.
3. Linking to Other Related Blogs
I don’t know what it is, but everyone wants to know when someone is talking about them. Bloggers are no different. When people link to my site, I get a notification and often go check out who linked to me and what the context was. I formed some positive relationships just from this. This is a great way to get on the radar of some small to medium-sized bloggers in your niche.
4. Create Micro Niche Small Topical Pages
InfoBarrel.com, Hubpages.com, and a handful of others are sites that allow you to build a simple page about a topic. You can do it very quickly, and the pages often rank well in the search engines. If you build a page that gets a little bit of traffic and have links coming back to your site, you can catch some of those visitors. As if that weren’t good enough, many of them allow you to earn money from your articles as well.
5. Use Reputed Article Submissions Websites
Submit articles to article submission sites. These sites collect articles and most allow a bio-section that can include a link to your blog. Here are a few that are worth looking into:
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