What is the main barrier to speed in our roads? Traffic, of course. What is the main barrier to traffic to our websites? Lack of knowledge, some would say. What if we show you 40 awesome traffic generation tips for your website from 4 awesome website traffic generators? Sweet…
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Here is an Infographic which lists 40 Explosive Tactics to Increase Website Traffic.
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- Focus on Viewers who may Share your Content
Some people like videos, some like Infographics and some like simple images. Find out what your target market likes and provide them what they after. If what you provide is of good quality then the viewers will share it.
- Communicate with your Viewers via Social Media, Forums and Blogs
When you communicate with your viewers, you can help answer their questions and solve their problems. You can also create content around the ideas you get by communicating. Find out where the majority of your viewers hang out and spend time there. If they like to hangout in Facebook for example then that’s where you should be spending time. The viewers may hangout in other blogs or forums and you just need to follow them, read and respond.
- Produce SEO Friendly Content
SEO done correctly never gets in the way of quality content. So produce great content but also make sure your content adheres to SEO principles.
- Look Closely at your Traffic Sources
Use Google Analytics to find out what your major traffic sources are. Put more effort into your top 3 to 5 sources of traffic. Surprisingly, StumbleUpon was a major traffic source for me and I now submit all my blog posts to StumbleUpon. I also added a StumbleUpon share button to my blog after this discovery.
- Use Custom Images to get links back to you
We are not talking about expensive graphics here but rather look at creating simple custom images that stand out. Infographics are another option to get backlinks to your site.
- Use Keyword Research Wisely
Start with keyword research to make sure you are not targeting highly competitive keywords. You can also start with a topic you want to write about then combine it with a targeted keyword.
- Use Internal Links to Cross Promote Your Posts
When viewers land on a blog post from the various sources like search engines or social media; they are only aware of that post they landed on. When you internally link relevant posts you are subtly asking them to check out your other posts.
- Use Social Sharing Communities like StumbleUpon, Pinterest and Reddit
Most bloggers focus their attention on the big social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. They tend to forget the social sharing sites but these can also bring in new traffic and buzz.
- Ensure Great Website Design
The first thing people subconsciously look for or connect with is the website design. Something elegant and simple will do. The worst thing to have is a 90’s theme that is so far outdated like Windows 95 and is a massive mood killer.
- Get Competitor Links
Check out where your competitors are getting their links from and try to replicate it. The more links, the better rankings and more traffic.
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- Content Quantity Does Matter
Neil Patel experimented the correlation between the number of posts per week and traffic at KissMetrics. He initially started with 2 posts a week then slowly increased it to 5 posts a week and saw a spike in traffic. More posts means more marketing, more keywords and more traffic.
- Traffic Generation with Infographics
At KissMetrics, “within 2 years, we were able to generate 2,512,596 visitors and 41,142 backlinks from 3,741 unique domains from 47 infographics” – Neil Patel. Do I need to say any more about the power of Infographics.
- Write Headlines for People and Search Engines
You don’t get any traffic if people do not click on the headline. Similarly, you won’t rank well if there are no keywords in your headline. So incorporate the two to make both humans and search engines happy. This is not always practical so you may need to make trade-offs.
- Focus on Trending Topics
Trends like new Google Updates always brings attention and traffic. Make sure to target trends in your niche otherwise you will lose the new traffic as soon as the trend has moved on.
- Use Conversational Tone
Be casual and connect with the audience. If your viewers have to search an online dictionary or similar to understand what you are talking about then they are not going to come back to your site.
- Start Your Mailing List
Your mailing list is an independent asset so start it as early as possible. If you are serious about a blogging path don’t cut corners or cost on this one.
- Market Your Content Consistently
Traffic = Good content creation + Good content marketing. Unfortunately, a lot of bloggers focus on content creation and hardly do anything for content marketing. Your personal friends and family network are not going to be a sufficient traffic source. Come up with a plan to market your content and create a checklist.
- Create a Social Media Presence
Creating a Social Media Presence takes time but that’s exactly what you have to do to be successful. Learn how to get more followers by helping. Experiment what works when it comes to social media like what times are good to post or what days of the week get the most attention and sharing.
- Work Together as a Team
Blogging is a team sport. Work with fellow bloggers in your niche to accomplish something bigger. This could be guest posting or cross promoting each other’s blogs. You could even work together on a project to achieve something large scale to put your name on the radar.
- Tell a Story
I love writing intros and use some kind of story to engage and connect. There is plenty of good content online and you could use a story to create visibility and interest in your content.
Think Traffic, think Corbett Bar. Corbett’s personal blog tagline summarises generating traffic beautifully “We Make the Rules.”
- Be Bold and Create Something Nobody Else is
This could be creating something unique and creative or covering topics that no one else is. Make sure there is enough interest in the uncharted territory as the last thing you want is a topic no one wants (uncharted territory in no man’s land).
- Create Content in Various Formats Like Presentation Slides
Each format of content like slides, video and Infographic have their own platforms where you could promote them. For slides you would go to SlideShare.net and for videos you would go to YouTube similarly there are plenty of Infographic directories.
- Find Someone Exciting to Interview
If you can’t get an interview with an expert then you could find someone exciting and with charisma. Upcoming bloggers love free PR and would love the opportunity. They would most likely link to your content if it is of top notch. They will also help promote your content as it is good for growing their brand. As an added bonus, you may learn something along the process.
- Do Guest Blogging
This one is self-explanatory. Guest blogging gives you traffic from a different source, backlinks, relationship and endorsement. Did you know even Zac Johnson guest blogs?
- Create Subscriber Only Content
People need an incentive to leave their email address. I didn’t want to be another soul on the internet providing a free eBook so I created subscriber only content. Curiosity is a human nature you can take advantage of.
- Provide Social Proof
Guest blog and use that as social proof on your site. People don’t want to learn from a newbie no matter how good they are. If you can show some proof, it will go a long way in providing credibility and building trust.
- Ensure Your Site Loads up Fast
Site speed is now a Google ranking factor. Gone are the days for reactive site performance tuning, it’s now a proactive measure. Each time your site takes 4 seconds or longer you are losing serious traffic and customers.
- Take a Piece of Awesome Content that Works
You don’t always have to create something awesome or unique. In fact, borrowing something that works can give a better bank for buck. Is this an awesome Infographic, then why not use it on your site? If your viewers like it they will thank you not the creator. This is awesome to generating some serious comments and social media buzz.
- Release a Product or Service
You don’t have to build traffic to release a product or service. If the product or service is attractive and marketed well, it can bring its own traffic and buzz.
- Link to the Best Content Externally
Don’t be afraid to link out to additional in-depth content that compliments your topic. As a rule of thumb I only link to excellent content that is worthy of the readers time.
You probably know which café serves the best latte in town, but do you know which café can get you a latte and some traffic – TrafficGenerationCafe of course. Oh and they do serve skinny.
- Write on a Controversial Topic and Close Comments
Controversial topics have a buzz of its own but when you close comments your viewers have to find a way to say something to you. Controversial subjects bring a lot of conversation and viewers may try to reach you via social media and so on. This can create a buzz.
- Use References to Sport in Your Blog Posts
People often find it easy to connect with sports, so why not use sport related references in your posts. Just make sure the sport you pick is a popular one and can connect with your audience.
- Write Exclusively on One Topic for a Week
This creates curiosity among viewers and also gives you the chance to go in-depth on a topic. The more build up, drama and marketing for the last post the better.
- Make a List of 101 People, Blogs, Topics in your Niche
List posts have great potential. The bigger the number the better. A good list will have very good marketability. More people or blogs mean more social sharing and more traffic to your site.
- Write a Chain of Articles
This is similar to writing exclusively on one topic for a week but has no time limit or sequence. You can start by deciding which topic you can go deep on and announce it as a 3 or even 5 series post. Again, build up to the last post and kindle your viewer’s anticipation.
- Produce a Widget or Plugin
Creating a useful tool is an amazing way of promoting a site and bringing traffic. Imagine giving away a free widget or plugin that is useful?
- Tell a Story Through Images
Use images to tell a story. Eye catching images can be engaging and images also tend to be shared more often than text content in social media. Think about all the re-pins and re-tweets.
- Target high Traffic Searches
You want more traffic, right? So why not target high traffic keywords? For this strategy you don’t have to think about the monetary value of the keyword too much.
- Ask Readers to Write Something For Your Blog
This is the creative version of guest blogging. This can be a fun and engaging experience to you and your readers. Ask readers who are interested to submit a draft so you can review the quality of the content and if selected their post will be published with credit given to them.
- Write Something About a Scam
People love reading about scams. Expose something and contribute to a better society. Add value by analysing all aspects and provide clear warnings. There are plenty of sites specialising on scam alerts that make a living out of this kind of service.
“Punctuality is not just limited to arriving at a place at right time, it is also about taking actions at right time” ― Amit Kalantri.
Go generate traffic pro-actively, don’t wait for it to come to you.
Blogging Is Not What You Are Doing But What You Are Being
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Think this one through.
Blogging is what you are being. Not doing.
Blogging is not mindlessly doing stuff. Oh shoot. You realized something, didn’t you? Blogging is not building an email list. Email lists do not give you success. Nope. Clear, confident, detached bloggers who have fun building email lists and who trust in the blogging process grow big, responsive, profitable lists….over time. What does this mean?
“Over time” means you do not panic, flip out or bail on blogging, if you calmly build a list and have fun doing it, for a long time, and see the appearances of little or no growth. This is BEING a successful blogger; having fun, trusting, being patient, taking the simple, easy route, even if it feels uncomfortable after blogging and list building for a bit and seeing the illusion of scant results.
Most Bloggers Fail Because They Screw It Up
Most bloggers buy into a lie; doing specific things makes you successful. Nope. If this were the case, everybody who builds a list would be billionaires. Because they built a list, lists breed success, right? Nope. Even if you follow steps robotic-like, your energy, your emotions, your feelings, all make up your BEING. The 6 and 7 and 8 figure earners who happily take this journey are being the 6, 7 and 8 figure earners energetically, calm and confident, after having fun creating content and connecting, and seeing $4 in blogging profits after 6 months of being the person. Every other blogger panics after 1 day, 1 week or 1 month, stop being the millionaire success, do dumb stuff, begin being a broke person, and see struggle and failure until they decide to be the successful blogger again.
The Core Elements of Being a Success
- for fun
- taking the easy but uncomfortable path; do what feels natural to you, even when you slam into fear of wasting your time, fear of being criticized, fear of mental blocks, etc
- with a complete trust in yourself
- with a complete trust in the blogging process
- with a complete trust in sound, proven advice from successful bloggers
Very few bloggers be these energies persistently. Very few bloggers happily earn a pretty penny over time. Few bloggers be success. Most bloggers try to do their way to success but since they act without giving any thought to their intent, their driver, their energy, almost all of these bloggers are being broke, poor, struggling and failing.
Blogging is not robotic. If blogging was robotic, every blogger who did specific things in a certain way would succeed. But this is not true. Blogging is energy. Top bloggers use all types of different approaches to reach the top. This indicates blogging is primarily energy, your energy coloring your actions and results.
Imagine if you feel like a failure. I advise you to write a guest post for me. You tell me you are lazy, have no ideas, cannot do it, need to take a few months off, etc. I offer you an opportunity to promote your success but since you are BEING a failure and feeling like a failure you are blind to the DOINGs (generous guest posting) of a successful blogger. See what I mean? Plus, if you seize the guest posting opportunity while feeling like a complete failure, either the post quality stinks or you write a masterpiece by the odd chance, that nobody reads. Nobody read it because you are feeling/being a failure, so, you see failure results.
100% of the time, blogging is energy. Being a success means blogging your fun, doing what feels easy and natural to you, trusting in self and the process, and feeling uncomfortable along the way.
Why Does Blogging Seem Hard?
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The question of blogging questions.
Why does blogging seem hard?
Blogging in and of itself is not hard. Blogging is a concept. A blog is an inanimate object. It is neutral. It is not hard, tough or easy.
Human beings label their feelings with emotions. THIS is why blogging seems hard.
Doing the neutral activity of blogging feels scary, meaning you unearth and either resist or feel fears. Feeling the fears feels highly unpleasant. Especially if said fears feel deep, strong, and terrifying, depressing or anger-inducing.
But if you resist these deep fears, and refuse to feel them, and blog mainly from a dominant vibe of fear, you fully experience the feeling of blogging being super hard. Blogging is actually neutral but you refuse to feel deep fears that blogging has unearthed. You resisting fear leads to prolonged blogging failure, aka, not seeing much money and traffic, aka, blogging being really hard.
Real World Example
A few moments ago, I scanned one of my daily blogging income streams. I made a little less than I had been making for 1 of a billion reasons. 1 such reason may have been the internet crashing here last night. We experienced a few big, powerful thunderstorms.
Anyway, I noted the dollar amount being lower and felt fear arise in my body. Rather than resist the fear, I felt the anxiety, and my mind hurriedly racing ahead to next month’s paycheck, and then, after breathing deeply for a few moments and fully embracing the fear, I released it. I did not resist it. I felt it. The fear disappeared. I then blog from an abundant, relaxed, detached, generous energy, which helps me become more and more successful.
But the old me – and most bloggers – see a lesser dollar amount for daily earnings, feel an intense fear arise, panic, bury the fear versus feeling it, and run around like mad men and mad women with that DEEP FEAR DRIVING THEM, desperate and greedy, resisting the fear, being driven by fear, and of course, they do stupid stuff with a dominant fear energy guaranteeing their blogging failure. Then, these humans who refuse to face, embrace and feel fears, proclaim blogging to be hard. This is a lie. Blogging is neutral. But you refuse to face, embrace and release your fears, so blogging *feels* hard.
Feel fears when fears arise. Cry it out. Shout it out. Feel depressed or deflated. Do not resist fear. Then, after feeling fears, you will feel good, detached, relaxed and trusting. Feeling these dominant abundant energies, you will create, connect, trust, persist and blog from a relaxed, chill energy. Blogging from this calm, trusting, generous energy makes blogging easier and easier and easier. Money flows in easy. Traffic flows in easy.
Blogging went from hard to easy because you faced fears, felt fears, and progressively blogged from an abundant, generous, calm, detached vibe.
Tip for Feeling Fear
Engage in some energy management ritual that expands your awareness. I do deep yin yoga and power walk daily. Prayer and/or meditation may help. Breathing deeply helps. Do anything that expands your awareness so you can observe and feel fear versus resisting this destructive energy.
Some humans bury fear with busy-ness and jobs they hate. Other people turn to drugs or alcohol to bury fears. All of these folks are unhappy and depressed because you cannot feel good, abundant, relaxed and successful with oodles of fear buried deep inside of you.
Be with your fears. Be gentle with yourself. The blogger who feels and releases fear soon learns blogging gets easier and easier.
Do You Need to Respond to ALL Comments?
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One mistake holds back many bloggers who fail to scale. These folks obsess over responding to every single comment, every email, every message. Why? Pride. Obsession. Attachment to people. Fear of missing out on an opportunity. Fear of missing out on friendships.
Unfortunately, if you spend 14 hours daily responding to every single social request and chat and email and blog comment and message – even if it feels fun – you lose opportunities to scale through blog posts, guest posts, podcasts and doing interviews.
Please; if responding to virtually everything feels fun, do it. But 99% of bloggers BS themselves on this because they respond to EVERYONE from an energy of fear, pain, lack, resistance, force and hustle. Bad idea guys. Force negates. But, power attracts. Meaning if you are willing to use power, and love, and fun, to inject into your work, you quickly see: the cornerstone of massive scaling and persistent growth and freeing blogging success is writing, publishing and placing blog posts and guest posts.
Today, how do I have most fun growing my business, reaching more people, helping more people, and leveraging my blogging presence? Do I achieve these feats by spending 3 hours responding individually to every retweet, Like, blog comment, and so on, and so on? Nope. I spend those 3 hours effectively and efficiently by writing and publishing 3-6 blog posts and guest posts. Blog posts and guest posts scale. Blog posts and guest posts help me reach hundreds to thousands of targeted folks through each blog post and guest post.
Blog posts and guest posts never seem to be written by people who complain about having no time to blog post, and, guest post. Meanwhile, a hefty chunk of these humans spend 1, 2 or 3 hours responding to every Like on Facebook, from a strained, forced energy, fearing they miss out on traffic and bonds, not having fun doing it. But the wise move would be spending 10 minutes responding to comments on Facebook and maybe a few Likes, then, devoting 2-3 hours to writing and publishing blog posts and guest posts.
Think Scale Not Small Time
WAY too many bloggers play small, giving most of their attention and energy to building 1 to 1 bonds. Making friends is important but meeting new friends is even more important.
One lesson I learned from millionaire bloggers: scaling through blog posts and guest posts is the quickest way to reach more people, make more money and increase your blog traffic. Building 1 to 1 bonds by engaging commentors plays a role in succeeding online, but the top bloggers on earth are not running around, spending endless hours responding to Likes on Facebook.
Titans also build one to one bonds through engagement, but if you are not getting 1000 page views a day, something is wrong in the scaling department. Namely, you are playing it small, not thinking about scaling. Scale. Guest post. Post to your blog. Make this the focus of your day. Then, feel free to engage folks 1 to 1 in a limited time frame.
You need to let go responding to every single person all day long to genuinely scale, to reach an increasing number of folks and to do what matters most to your business.
People will buy your stuff without you engaging them. Guaranteed. Folks will find your blog, love your content and buy your course or eBooks. This is a simple, organic process that you muck up every time you believe you need to respond to and engage every single person who reaches out via all online channels.
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