8 Great Sources Of Free Traffic For Your New Blog
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No matter what a blog is about, who writes it, or what it looks like, all blogs have one thing in common, they cannot succeed without traffic. Personal blogs are the only exception, so unless you write your blog for the sole purpose of having fun, your blog will need a constant stream of traffic to succeed.
In my opinion, finding sources of free traffic for my blog when it first launched was the hardest thing to do, after creating new content. Especially since it was my first blog, I found it much harder to get those 1,000 visitors for the first time. Since I faced these issues just a month ago, I decided on writing this post to share some traffic generating tips used by me that will certainly give your new blog a traffic jam.
1. Guest Posting
Guest posting can be really beneficial to you and your blog in terms of increasing recognition, traffic, and building reputation for yourself within your niche. Most bloggers are very kind and are always accepting guest bloggers, other have specific pages that explain what is required from your post.
Although guest posting does have many advantages, it also comes with its disadvantages. If the readers of the blog you guest posted on did not like your article, that will cause you a lot of negative publicity, it will be worse if the blog is very popular. That is why you must be sure to produce your best content and send it over only after you have proofread it multiple times.
2. Commenting On Other Blogs
This does and has worked wonders for me ever since I began this blog. About 40% of the traffic this blog gets comes from comments I leave on other blogs. Other than getting free traffic, commenting heavily on other blogs also increases your popularity within your niche and gains you a lot of respect.
Some things to keep in mind when posting your comment:
a) Keep it short and simple, people like that
b) Have a sense of humor, nobody likes anyone too serious
c) Don’t try to act too smart, don’t act too dumb
d) If a post will most likely hit Digg’s front page, comment first, read the article later
I will give you an example of how the last tip will help you the most. Let’s say you post a comment on a blog with 50,000+ subscribers. The post you’re commenting on is really good and has already gotten a couple of Diggs. If the post ends up hitting the front page of Digg, you will be looking at about 100,000 unique visitors (Digg + subscribers). If only 1% of those visitors read the comments, and only 1/2% of those visit your site, that’s 500 visitors! Not bad for a new blog!
3. Participating In Forums
Once again, helping others in forums will eventually get you and your blog noticed. Think of it this way, the more helpful you are to other members, the more interested they will be in what you write and what you have to say. If you ever write a killer post, I’m sure that the forum admin won’t mind if you share it on the forum (just don’t go overboard and flood the forum).
4. Leaving Trackbacks On High Trafficked Blogs
This is very similar to blog commenting, except here you will have to be extra creative since you have a limit of one or two lines to intrigue the readers into clicking your link.
5. Sponsor A Contest
If there are any contests that are going to happen soon, contact the person in charge and tell him/her that you would like to sponsor a prize. Most bloggers will usually look for sponsors by asking on their blog, in that case, all you have to do is volunteer. You don’t have to sponsor an XBox 360 or a new Ferrari, a free link on your blog will usually do the job
6. Ask For A Review
Many popular forums like Digital Point, Webmaster-Talks, and Blog Premiere have a special section where you can ask members of the forum to a review your blog. Be sure to have some content before asking for the review to increase your chance of gaining new readers. One of the reasons I love this method is that if you use a really catchy title for your post title, you can be looking at some serious traffic, for a new blog that is.
By the way, did I mention that you can ask a review on practically every single webmaster forum on the internet?
7. Use The Power Of Social Media
If you have a really powerful profile on any social bookmarking/networking websites, use them to your advantage. All you have to do is write a killer post on your blog, then spam the hell out of your friends share it with all your friends on your profile. If the post is extra special, it will usually promote itself enough to eventually crash your blog
8. Tell Your Friends And Family
This has also worked wonders for me, and still does. The first day my blog was up, I told all my friends and family (with a bit of help from my dad’s email list) about my blog. That brought me some instant traffic which was pretty good considering it was a new blog! Even if your relatives and friends are not really interested in the topic you’re writing about, they will just visit to congratulate you and show their support. Remember, every contribution helps, no matter how small
What type of methods did you use to bring in traffic when you first started your blog?