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5 Solid Ways to Get Traffic to Your Blog

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Traffic is one of the most important things you need to succeed as a blogger because traffic is what make the sale, brings about an increase in subscriber and traffic is what brings about opportunities. It doesn’t matter how great your knowledge of monetization is or what kind of influence you have; if you don’t have enough traffic to your blog your blog can’t go anywhere. This post will be giving you five solid ways to get traffic to your blog.

1. Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is one of the best and most effective ways to get traffic to your blog and it is one of the things that helped me build a successful blog from scratch to  zero in less than one year.

While guest blogging is great, a large percentage of the people guest blogging nowadays are getting little to no results from their guest blogging efforts because they don’t know how to go about it. The majority of the guest bloggers we have only think about getting traffic to their blogs and in other to achieve this they don’t even care if the blog they’re submitting a guest post to and its readers benefit or not.

Your guest post should be focused on two things; what you gain and what the readers of the blog you’re writing for gain. Do your best to put your best into your guest posts because this will increase the chances of your guest post becoming more successful while at the same time increasing the number of visitors that come through to your blog.

2. Article Marketing

Even though this particular method is overlooked it has been in existence for a very long time and it is also a very effective way to get traffic to your blog. Many people miss it when it comes to article marketing because they obsess over the number of article directory they can get a link from instead of the quality of the article directories. Getting the best result from article marketing is not about quantity but quality; it is important to consistently submit your articles to only 5 top article marketing sites that bring results instead of just submitting your articles to numerous article directories for the link they give – not all links are equal and as far as link building is concerned the principle that works is the fewer the better.

3. Online Contests

This method is so powerful and effective but very few people are using it. I have seen a blogger who was able to build his blog from a fairly new blog to a highly  successful blog in less than a year only using this principle. People love free things, especially if cash is involved, and contests can be a great way to create more attention for your blog.

Contests that bring results are carefully and creatively planned and they’re not just run for the sake of it. There is no point in running a contest if you won’t gain anything. When trying to run a contest you should also make sure you try your best to get as many sponsors as possible while making your prize very high – the more irresistible your prize is the more successful your contest stands to be.

4. Blog Commenting

I used to underestimate this particular traffic generation tactic when i was a new blogger but i have now learned the secret to successful blog commenting and there are blogs that have sent me thousands of visitors only from my blog comments. Blog commenting for success is not about being fast or hardworking but about being smart. You will hardly see me comment on blogs nowadays but the 2-3 blogs I comment on send me hundreds of visitors monthly.

While traffic from blog commenting can be really great i have discovered that the best way to make sure you get the best from your blog commenting efforts is by making sure you’re not commenting on a post for the sake of the traffic you will get; if you love a post and you feel like contributing to it make sure you say your mind, but if not, keep shut. A lot of people make a great mistake of commenting on several blogs for the sake of traffic and the end result is that this people get very limited traffic that stops when they stop commenting on those blogs – quality traffic is the one that keeps on coming even long after you’ve stopped doing what you did to get it.

The secret to get the best from blog commenting is to select the blogs you will be commenting on wisely and make sure you do your best to contribute to the post, not reduce from it.

5. Social Networking

Everybody are talking about the importance of social media and how it can help you improve your online business but it is funny a lot of people are not using this particular tactic to the best. One of the mistakes i so much regretted in my blogging career is not having a facebook fan page earlier; this mistake costed me a lot of fans and traffic and I have now realized that no social media outlet is useless. It doesn’t matter how you hate a particular social network or how ignorant you are about it the truth is you can tap into it and get more traffic from it; why let that traffic waste? Facebook has over 500 million users in the world and not tapping into that user base will be one of the greatest mistake an internet marketer will make; twitter also has a lot of users and your business can experience more than expected if you can tap into it.

Don’t see a particular social media outlet as useless or irrelevant if your users spend a large percentage of their time on it – you will get an amazing result by tapping into it.

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Bamidele Onibalusi is a successful entrepreneur and freelance consultant who has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post and Digital Journal amongst others. He shares practical business ideas that work on his blog at Effective Business Ideas. Follow him on twitter - @youngprepro.

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Should You Aim for Blog Post Quality or Quantity?

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Both!

The human mind is silly. It thinks one or the other. It thinks you cannot have it all. You can have blog post quality and quantity but you need to make a clear decision on what you define to be a quality blog post.

Quality posts do not mean 2000 to 4000 word, pillar style masterpieces. A quality blog post answers the question you asked via title or delivers on the promise you made on the title.

I do understand how Google ranks 2000 word or longer, SEO-optimized posts requiring hours of work for even skilled bloggers to write, package and publish. But Google also ranks 600 words posts. 600 word posts are quality posts. Guess what? For the 30,000 bloggers out there asking the title question, I just wrote a quality blog post because they get a clear, concise, dead on answer.

Avoid Scarcity Thinking

Any time you FEAR posts are not quality because word length is 600 words, you think scarcity, or, not enough, or, not quality. But fear is not true. Fear is illusion. I can write 10, 600 word, quality posts today to make a massive impact and to help people IF I think abundance. But if I only believe I write quality, helpful posts in the 2000 word range, I stopped thinking abundance and began thinking scarcity.  I chose fear over love and abundance. Naturally, all bloggers who think scarcity either struggle, fail and quit or work like beasts just to make end’s meet. Not good.

Go for quantity and quality. Some posts may span 800 or 1000 words but you can answer most questions and solve most problems in 600 words if you have immense clarity. Seth Godin answers most questions in 100 to 300 words. You have so much more to work with. So…work with it!

Think abundance. Blog abundance.

Massive Exposure

I have referenced Gary Vee many times recently and his 2000 video interviews on YouTube. Before he landed world famous speaking gig he had a pure abundance mindset, doing videos left and right, offering quality insights on a high quantity of channels. Blogging fools would try desperately to land an interview on a TV show, pitching, fearing, worrying, striving, and wasting months of time, thinking scarcity. Gary thought abundance, seized every opportunity through interview requests from some entrepreneurs who registered zero views per video, gained massive exposure organically, and, the dude became famous through his abundance mindset.

He thought quality and quantity. He did not hold back.

I am beginning to gain massive exposure through the 5-10 guest posts and blog posts published under my name daily. I do not turn down a microphone. I also know the easiest way to become well known is to focus heavily on quantity and quality, to share the wealth.

Many bloggers would obsess over a quality post being 2000 words, SEO-optimized and all that jazz, spending 4 hours to write said post on blogging tips. Meanwhile, I just wrote and published 8 quality, 600 word posts during those hours. I am being seen helping people in 8 spots. While you are on the sidelines. Even if that SEO’ed out, 2000 word post gains massive traffic over the long term, via Google, I am gaining even more massive traffic, being in 8-10 places daily via my posts and guest posts.

Think exponential increase. Imagine my 10 guest posts building up over 365 days. That is 3,650 guest posts, 3,650 spots where I am spotted online. That is a lotta spots!

See why it pays to think quality and quantity?

 

 

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How to Leave Your Blogging Struggles Behind

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Exit your comfort zone on a daily basis.

Leave blogging struggles behind.

I love blogging. Blogging feels fun, freeing and quite easy to me. But sometimes, on this journey, my feelings change a bit. Sometimes, blogging feels uncomfortable and I nudge into resistance. Fear rears its head. Mental blocks arise. Sometimes I fear running out of time or perhaps I fear wasting my time. In these moments, I have 2 choices: remain in my fear-filled comfort zone or leave my comfort zone.

I left most of my blogging struggles behind because I choose to leave my comfort zone on a regular basis. Traffic, profits, and all manner of sweet blogging success greet bloggers who feel their fears, leave their comfort zones and do the blogging task, anyway.

What Is Blogging Struggle?

Blogging struggle is doing things or not doing things based on fear. Fear drives you. You blog from a fear-based, scared energy. You avoid traffic and profit and success boosting activities because you fear the opportunities. Example; you struggle horribly to make money and drive blog traffic. I advise to begin generous, relaxed, enjoyable guest posting, to help you increase traffic and profits and success. The split second you THINK about guest posting, you feel a range of emotions, from excitement, to happiness, then, from terror, to anxiety, to a general fear of wasting your time.

If 2 people visit your blog daily and you see zero blogging profits now, and you say “no” to guest posting because of some fears, you will likely struggle horribly, because you avoided guest posting to stay in your comfort zone of fear.

Traffic and profits sit on the other side of fear, outside of your comfort zone. No way around that one. We all pay a fear tuition doing freeing, success-promoting, uncomfortable things. I remember when Zac invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Fear invaded my mind. Would he reject my posts? How about if he hated my posts? What if I wasted my time? Would I be able to follow all the rules? Would he criticize me? Of course Zac is the nicest, kindest, friendliest iconic blogger on earth. He REALLY is, guys. He is an exceptional human being. But fear is irrational, distorting the truths of love, harmony and abundance.

I had to feel all those scary, intense fears, and keep blogging anyway, to write and publish my first few guest posts here. 800 plus guest posts later, I am still going strong. Why? I left my comfort zone those first few times and instantly began leaving blogging struggles behind.

Exit your comfort zone every single day. Do something that scares you. Do something that tests your limits. Publish a 4 paragraph long comment on a top blog, even if you fear:

  • nobody is listening
  • nobody is reading comments
  • nobody will click through to your blog
  • you are wasting your time
  • the comment won’t get published

This happened to me recently. I spent 15 minutes writing a 9 paragraph comment on Pro Blogger. But Disqus suffered some connection problems and prevented me from publishing the comment. I feared I wasted 15 minutes. But after feeling and releasing the emotion, I let it go, moved on, and devoted 10 minutes to writing and publishing the comment later in the day, when Disqus was working.

Struggles happen if you choose to blog mainly from fear.

Success happens when you nudge into these fears, toward your blogging fun, taking inspired but uncomfortable action on a daily basis.

Go for it!

Exit your comfort zone.

Leave your blogging struggles behind…for good.

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Focus on Things More to Leverage Your Blog Quickly

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Heresy!

What is the relationships guy talking about?

Blogging is a people business, right?

Blogging is one part people and one part things. Seriously. I learned this recently because if you depend 100% on people to build your blogging success you cannot possibly scale to massive levels. But if you do focus on things more, like email lists, and blogging platforms, you become less dependent on people, and also, your leveraging potential goes through the roof.

Email List Example

Let’s look at the famous email list. It is a thing. After you publish a blog post, you write a few words, include a link to your latest post, and after clicking a button, email the post to 10, 100, or 10,000 people….or more people. In a split second, you reach 10,000 human beings. Using a thing helps you leverage your presence like mad. Awesome.

But imagine if you only reached 10,000 people by mentioning people in your recent post, and tagging them on social media. Humanly impossible, of course. Let’s say you depend on even, 50 people, to promote your blog post, by mentioning them and tagging them. Linking to and tagging 50 bloggers takes a lotta time. Minimum, even for a 700 word post, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours – or longer – to go the tagging and mentioning route. Do you see the problem of depending 100% on people and friendships to build blog? You run out of time. Meanwhile, sending your post to 50 email subscribers takes 3 minutes to send the email and literally, a split second to actually publish the email, at the click of a button.

Using Things Effectively Leverages Your Presence

Using email lists, blogging platforms for guest posting and certain tools leverages your presence fast because eventually, you run out of time trying to leverage your presence solely based on grabbing the attention of fellow bloggers. Plus you are at the mercy of humans, and building a fear-based attachment to fellow humans leads to misery because humans change, humans get too busy to promote you, and humans unfriend other humans.

I am for making blogging a people and things business. I have learned this lesson the hard way over the prior 2 months. Befriend people and enjoy the process, but if you want to leverage massively and sprint up the exposure ladder, tap into the convenience of technology by using things to reach more people fast.

At the end of the day, it is about helping more people freely. Use things – aka technology aka inanimate objects – to help people more freely and to help more people, too.

Exit Human-Obsessed and Things-Resistant Blogging Circles

I used to be part of blogging circles 100% reliant – virtually – on human beings, and heavily resistant to things. But none of these bloggers leveraged to big time, super successful levels. These bloggers railed against bots and joked of not using or being a blogging cyborg. All seemed funny. But on agreeing and following their advice I soon learned how incredibly difficult it becomes to grow a successful blog being 100% attached to and dependent on human beings to build the blog. Humans change. Things do not. Plus you cannot leverage humans like you leverage things.

While all these folks complained about emails and automating, they played so small that reaching next level success proved to be 100% impossible. But, I observed how using things like systems and tools will help you reach huge, targeted groups of people in minutes or even seconds. See the email example above.

Instead of complaining about or resisting tech, why not use things to make life easier, to leverage your presence quickly and to reach a huge, targeted group of human beings so you succeed and so people get what they want?

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