7 Ways to Drive Blog Traffic Without Brutalizing Your RSS Feed
This post was written by Ryan Biddulph of Blogging From Paradise.
I once posted 70 times a day between 2 blogs.
I am not kidding.
After going batty, hallucinating, nearly having a nervous breakdown, seeing visions of demons and yes, getting burned out, I ditched this strategy.
(Seeing demons was the deal breaker.)
Because better ways to exist to drive blog traffic.
Ways where you could simply publish 1-2 posts weekly on your blog and then do some offsite work to make things pop on the traffic front.
Instead of trying to FORCE traffic to come to your blog through aggressive posting methods which freaking blow out your RSS feed think of 1 word: Offsite.
If you drive traffic offsite you will tap into the miraculous power of leveraging.
Using leveraging means you’ll reach a ton more folks in far less time versus trying to blog like a race horse on a PED, Red Bull and crack cocaine combo, on your blog.I can’t drive 55 and I can’t post 35 articles a day (videos included) to my blog.
It makes more sense to publish 1-2 posts weekly to your blog and spend the majority of your time using offsite methods to boost your blog post.
Use these tips to drive traffic to your blog without savaging your RSS feed.
1. Guest Posting
Guest posting helps me tap into big, targeted readerships at the pressing of a “Publish” button.
If you nab 100 visitors daily to your blog you can reach hundreds or even thousands more through guest posting.
Write 1,000 words daily in a Word document for practice. Improve your writing skills.
Eventually, as your writing improves on your blog, bloggers will beat a path to your cyber door, asking you to guest post on their blog.
For more help on guest blogging, visit Blogging Aid's guide here.
2. Blog Commenting
I post comments on, um, quite a few blogs daily. OK, on a lot of blogs. But the number matters not.
What does matter in the blog commenting game is:
- Having fun
- Creating value
- Thanking bloggers for their time
- Addressing bloggers by name
- Signing off
Blog commenting is the most simple way for bloggers from newbies to veterans to build strong friendships with top bloggers.
Business-building icon Chris Brogan tweet-endorsed 2 of my eBooks after I commented on his blog for a few months.
Sure my writing is kinda decent/A-OK, but blog commenting got my foot in the cyber door for both of these opportunities.
Want some help with crafting epic comments? Visit this guide here.
3. Niche Specific Forums
For most bloggers here this means: The Warrior Forum.
But you can research other forums which float your boat. (Google search. *wink*)
Forums are fabulous authority-building spots because a place like Warrior is chock full of internet marketing influencers who’ve been online for other a decade.
Make friends with these gals and guys. Share value. Ask questions. Provide answers. And the pro’s pros and thousands of forum members will begin to take notice of you.
An increasing number of forum junkies will click through your sig file link to your blog.
Brent Jones has some great advice on forum traffic here.
Sometimes my butt gets “sore-a” from all the time I spend on Quora. Because I’m sitting for so darn long, answering questions on the site. Cool offsite traffic builder too.
After working Quora for about a month I took a break for 2 weeks to focus on content creation and building my most recent blogging course. I received 4,000 plus views on my responses during this “dead” time.
Like being on forums, offer value, answer questions, be nice, and be active.
5. Google Plus Communities
More than any social media site I get crazy traction from blogging-themed Google Plus Communities.
Twitter rocks for sure on the social media front, but I like that I can join 10 or 20 blogging communities where I can share my latest posts, +1 other people's posts, and find blogs to comment on.
Comment on some G Plus posts in these groups. Watch that sweet, sweet traffic flow in.
Will Blunt did a post for Smart Blogger a while ago that should serve you. You can check it our here.
Twitter is one of my fave off site traffic builders because I engage frequently on the network and see a nice steady flow of retweets and blog traffic through the platform.
Retweet other bloggers freely. Respond to some of your retweeters at least once daily.
Boost that blog traffic.
Wishpond has some great advice for your Twitter marketing efforts.
Triberr is a collection of bloggers who autoshare each other’s content.
Users join tribes related to their niche.
Then you share content freely to use the platform freely.
Share OPC: Other People’s Content.
The more ya give the more you get. I wrote this post on Triberr a few years ago.
It has ranked #2 on Google for a “Triberr” search - only behind the Triberr website itself - for the past 2 years.
I also wrote an eBook on how to use Triberr effectively. You’ll find it by visiting the above link.
Traffic is the lifeblood of any online business. Obviously. And it's one of the toughest things to do as a blogger. Especially when you don't really know what you're doing.
But if you follow our advice and take serious action, you can turn your blog into a traffic-sucking machine.
Do you use these tips?
What strategies do you use to drive traffic from offsite sources?
Are you struggling with any one of these methods?
Let us know in the comments below.