Think Outside the Box with 4 Ideas to Increase Site Traffic 189


Website Traffic Strategies

Website traffic, or lack of it, is one of the biggest hurdles faced by new bloggers and website owners.

How do you get your blog on people’s radar? How do you get site visitors in the door? How do you get people reading all of the good stuff you are writing about?

I have already discussed a number of strategies that can help with this dilemma, namely in a review of My Blog Traffic Sucks and in another post Is Anyone Visiting Your Site?.

Blog Traffic for Beginners by Yaro Starak

This ‘think outside of the box’ post is intended to provide you with some traffic generation strategies that can make a huge difference in a short space of time. It is the result of an extensive web search, looking for some tried and true gems that are not necessarily discussed everywhere.

In other words, you can go to many posts on traffic generation and find the same old, flogged messages.  I wanted to find some real gems, some relatively unique, if not new, ideas  that are being used successfully by online entrepreneurs.

And here is what I found.

How to Increase Website Traffic

If you are just starting out, then you are probably already ‘pulling your hair out’ trying to find ways to get traffic to your site. You have spent considerable time doing research with your favourite keyword tool , followed by hours and hours of content writing only to be confronted by the frustration of next to no traffic.

If you are further along the track, on your entrepreneurial journey, then you have either mastered a few traffic generation techniques by now or you are still seeing just a trickle of traffic.  

BUT, either way, I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t welcome more website traffic than they are currently getting.

 

Prize winning idea1. How to Get Targeted Website Traffic with BizSugar

BizSugar is a small business news site that allows you to share your content and to vote on other contributed content. This means that others can likewise read your content and vote accordingly.

BizSugar.com

BizSugar is also described as a “social sharing, bookmarking and networking site” for online entrepreneurs.

I first read of this idea on Ti Robert’s blog.

Thanks Ti for highlighting a strategy that is not talked about on every other blog post that discusses generating website traffic.

At first I thought it was just another article directory but I was wrong. This site links out to your original article. Great!

In fact the easiest way to see how it works is if we look at one of Ti’s articles featured on the site:

Post on BizSugar

As you can see, each listing includes the title, a summary, author information, a screenshot of your website, social icons, comments, a voting button and how many sugars (votes) it has received.

So the beauty of BizSugar is that it brings people back to your blog if your content entices them to read further. And as you’ve already seen from the screenshot,  epic content is rewarded with votes called sugars.

While checking out the site, look around at some of the topic categories and the post summaries that have been submitted. There is a wealth of information there. If you decide to try this idea, the Content Submission Guidelines are very clear. In my case, they answered all of my questions.

 

Prize winning idea2. Reach Out to Influential Bloggers

Writing Epic Content

We have heard over and over again “write epic content” so that you content will act as a traffic magnet.Traffic Magnet

This is, of course, excellent advice but if no-one knows that your blog exists it can still be very, very difficult for your epic post to magnetize traffic.

So how can you flag attention to your posts?

Getting Your Posts Noticed

Much of your blog content will most likely be the outcome of research into what others have found and used successfully. You will be scanning articles and posts looking for that gem that can answer your web building needs, just as I have done with this post.

In so doing, you will start to notice people who really have something valuable to say. It might be in the form of tutorials or it might be case studies documenting techniques that they have tried or it could be really well-done infographics or well written blog posts.

When you find a blogger or author who impresses you with his/her knowledge you can pass it on to your readers and interact with your newly found thought leaders at the same time.

The Reaching Out Strategy

I have come across a number of influential people who recommend this strategy. One notable and well-known example is Neil Patel from Quick Sprout.

Neil is always providing so much value in his blog posts as well as his free guides on topics such as content marketing, SEO and link building; I can highly recommend his site and publications. I really like the practical value of all of Neil’s guides. He doesn’t just talk about his ideas; he provides great screenshots and graphics that make his guides really clear and inviting.

Each of Neil’s definitive guides equates to a full blown how-to course in its respective topic area.

In these courses and in his blog posts, Neil often recommends reaching out to influencers in your niche:

  • Neil advises that you create a list of both influential bloggers and inferential tweeters in your niche. Your list should also include people who have already commented on your content.
  • He also goes into how to find influential bloggers in your niche. For example, he gives you a step-by-step guide on how to use Technorati for this purpose and then how to find and use social media profiles.
  • And, even better, he shows you how to set up a spreadsheet to record all of these details. I like the record keeping that he advises and shows by example. I also like the way that Neil suggests you rank your list of influential bloggers and tweeters.
  • Now that you have your list of influencers you can refer to their ideas and credit them for great tips that they have provided.
  • And of course, once you have highlighted a thought leader’s ideas in your post, let them know. They can then choose if they would like to ‘advertise’ the fact that they have been featured in your post and of course, in doing so, link to your site.

Neil recently contributed to an interesting post on Kristi Hines’ blog, Kikolani. It is a post that includes input from 32 experts with their best promotion tips. Neil’s tip was about this very same technique. He writes :

“My single most successful strategy in promoting a blog post is to link out to other sites.”

Neil’s Advanced Guide to Content Marketing even provides you with sample emails to use as templates when you are reaching out to influential people you have mentioned in your blog posts.

Ramsay Taplin,  of Blog Tyrant, similarly advises that you link out to people who have  big followings on social media, Twitter and Google+ etc.. 

As Ramsay expresses it, 

“When the article goes live you shoot them a message letting them know that you mentioned them and nine times out of ten they will share your content.”

 

Prize winning idea3. Trial a Traffic Strategy & Post the Results

A great tip I read recently came from a post published by Lisa Irby of 2 Create a Website. Lisa’s post featured Mark Trueman of Zen Spill.

Drawing Graph

The idea is to take a strategy that a blogger has spoken about, put it into practice and then write a comprehensive post about your results, including screenshots and graphs etc. 

Then, once you have published your post, you should email the blogger or bloggers to let them know about that they have been featured on your site. Advise that you have implemented their recommended strategy and that you have published the results.

This strategy is a win-win idea because:

  • You are providing invaluable content to your readers.
  • The featured blogger may very likely link to your post.
  • The featured blogger may even share your post on Twitter and other social media.
  • You have gained a lot from implementing the traffic strategy in question and this alone is a worthwhile exercise.

 

Prize winning idea 4. How to Get Traffic to Your Website With CommentLuv

CommentLuv is a WordPress plugin created by Andy Bailey. It is a free plugin but can be upgraded to the premium version if you wish to take advantage of all of the extras.

Whilst this is an idea that is frequently discussed on blogs, and certainly not new, I feel it is a technique that deserves to be included in this post. Why? The most compelling reason would be because I have already seen the results of using this strategy myself.

CommentLuv Plugin

CommentLuv appends a link to your latest blog post beneath the comment that you have just left.

I love CommentLuv, both from the point of view of being able to showcase my latest blog posts, as well as from the point of view of scanning what other commenters have written to see if I would like to branch out and read their posts.

It allows me to combine my intentions. In other words, if I am researching ‘Twitter for Businesses’, then I like to find CommentLuv enabled blogs that can inform me on the topic, plus allow me to leave a comment that links to my latest published post.

Link to post added by CommentLuv

This is a bonus for me. Why? Because I am finding blogs where I want to leave a comment but the content that I need to read in order to leave a meaningful comment, is the very content that I am currently researching anyway. And then the added bonus on top of that is that a link is automatically provided to one of my recent blog posts.

When I am commenting on other people’s blogs, I try to leave meaningful comments I therefore read the posts and read or scan the comments. As a result, I often end up bookmarking a site that I want to come back to because of the valuable content that they publish. I have always found that if I notice someone leaving impressive comments or including an interesting title in their appended blog post link, then I will nearly always branch out to their site to read some more. The same can happen with your posts that are linked to from your comment.

A great tool for finding CommentLuv-enabled blogs is Drop My Link:

Find CommentLuv Enabled Blogs

You are provided with a drop down list that allows you to filter the type of blogs that you are looking for. And then of course you simply add your keyword phrase in the textbox.

Or, alternatively you can simple type the appropriate search terms into Google such as:

keyword + “this blog uses premium commentluv”

or more specifically, as an example:

“how to increase website traffic” + “this blog uses premium commentluv”

or

“how to get more traffic to your website” + “commentluv is enabled”

You can also find a comprehensive list of CommentLuv enabled blogs on Ana Hoffman’s blog, Traffic Generation Cafe.

It is a useful list ranked by PR and notated by characters that indicate if it is a follow or a no-follow blog or if it is a premium plugin etc.

While you are there, have a browse around Ana’s site. You will find immense value in all of her content.

A Case Study – How to Generate Traffic with CommentLuv

There is a very informative case study published by Silviu Constantinescu of Net Market Success. In fact Silviu has published 2 case studies that show the results that he achieved by commenting on CommentLuv blogs.

The graphs that he includes, and the tables that summarize his data, really add to the write up of his study.

I REALLY enjoyed reading his first case study about the results that he achieved in May and April of this year. 

It wasn’t until I returned to his blog, while writing this post, that I noticed he now has a second case study, which includes his blog commenting results from June. And you can now see a comparison, or the growth trend, over 3 months.

These are great case studies because they target 1 strategy in particular but make a traffic comparison of all incoming website traffic sources.

To quote Silviu:

“CommentLuv might be one of the most powerful traffic and engagement tools available on the internet.”

Author Image

It’s a good idea, a very good idea, to include your image along with your comment.  To get this happening you simply sign up with Gravatar and upload your image. From then on, your photo is automatically added to each of your blog comments provided you use the same email address that you used with Gravatar.

People have a tendency to trust a comment or a post that is ‘authenticated’ by the person’s image.

Update: 2nd March 2015: 

And while we are on the topic of photos, Google search engine results used to display an author’s photo alongside the post’s title if the author had set up their Google authorship correctly.   This used to be quite effective for making your blog posts stand out in the SERPs.  However, this option is no longer available for authors.  (Thanks to a valued reader for reminding me of the need to point this out.)

Use CommentLuv On Your Own Site to Attract Comments & Increase Site Traffic

There are many posts that you will come across which list both pros and cons of installing this plugin on your own site. However, by and large there are generally more pros listed than cons.

An example of a listed con would be that the plugin can attract comment spam. From my experience, comment spam will flood your site no matter what, unless you take the necessary steps to prevent it such as:

  • Activating the Akismet plugin.
  • Blacklisting phrases in your WordPress settings screen.
  • etc.

I know that there are many, many sites that I would never have discovered if it had not been for the fact that they have installed the CommentLuv plugin.

It can attract people to your site, once they discover that you have installed the plugin. Thus, it can encourage more involvement with your site and, in particular, more return traffic because people are interested to read comments that follow their own.

After Thinking Outside of the Box about Website Traffic Strategies

Each of the ideas listed above provide strategies on how to increase website traffic for free. More specifically they provide ways to get the word out about your content, to publicize your latest posts.

If you create content that is impressive, and then let people know about it, a percentage of them will want to link to it. This is the ideal roll out of natural link building. And when someone else links to your posts, you are going to see a wide range of anchor text usage as a matter of course.

As an aside, if you want to check website traffic, and I strongly recommend that you do so on a regular basis, then 2 free options that I use are Google Analytics and StatCounter. In each case, you can access a comprehensive website traffic report. I actually use both, finding variations that I want in my website traffic stats.

Let me know, via the comments below, what you have been doing to get more traffic to your website. This is what Matt did when he drew my attention to his post titled How to Promote Your Blog & Open the Floodgates of Traffic.

Have you used any of the ideas above?

Do you have some other, less well known tips that you can share?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions.

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189 thoughts on “Think Outside the Box with 4 Ideas to Increase Site Traffic

  • Greg Ray

    Man, you have nailed some incredible suggestions for getting traffic to your blog. I teach my team the following equation…

    Targeted Traffic + Great Converting Offer = Sales ($)

    The four step plan you covered here will definitely get you the targeted traffic side of the equation. Thanks.

  • Tylor

    Wow! What a conclusive article on how to generate traffic for your blog. That is really a conundrum isn’t it. We all have websites but what is the best way to generate traffic for your website?

  • CATRINA ELLIOTT

    Hi Glenys Grob,

    You did a fantastic job and write very good post. All the information was so helpful to get traffic from various ways. I also familiar and use some points but other points are knew for me. Thanks for sharing this excellent post and content with us.

  • Nathaniel Dykes

    Make sure your site features compelling copy that draws readers in and gives them reasons to stay. The most important aspect of a site is its messaging. The most effective sites feature clear, concise, bit text messaging in no more than a few words. Thanks for sharing this great tips and insight on how to increase site traffic.

    • Glenys Grob Post author

      So true Nathaniel, compelling copy makes all the difference. It not only gives readers a reason to stay but also a reason to return. That is the ideal type of traffic, the traffic that no longer needs to find you in the search engines but simply returns directly to your site time and time again.

  • Cathy

    Creating traffic for your blogs and posts requires you to satisfy your readers needs.You have to meet the quality and keywords for the field that you write about.The above information is really helpful.

  • David

    Hey nice info, i have never used Bizsugar but i am certainly familiar with commentluv’s power in influencing traffic, will probably check bizsugar, thanks

  • souvik ghosh

    I haven’t received one bit of increase in comments to my graphic design website since installing “comment luv” (free version). I would be interested in purchasing the paid version if I was actually seeing more comments to my design site. The strange thing is that my site is currently receiving around 700 unique visitors a day, and I’m lucky if I get a comment a week. I try to make my articles worth reading, I mention that I have “comment luv”, and I try to ask a lead in question to make commenting easier for my readers. I would love to know others suggestions on how to achieve more comments…I’ve done some research into the subject but nothing seems to work very well…including the “comment luv” plugin. I would figure that I would at least be receiving comments from people seeking “link juice”. Thanks for any help.

    • Glenys Grob Post author

      A very good question Souvik. I was going to suggest including a question at the end of your post but I see that you have already tried this. So another suggestion would be to start commenting on other people’s blogs, particularly commentluv blogs. This will allow people to see the title of your latest blog post under your comment which can interest them enough to click through to your post, particularly if you make your comment very informative. Bloggers who use CommentLuv often like to comment when they visit another’s blog post. Let’s know if you have any more success trying this idea.

  • Marie Foust

    Social Media has changed the face of traditional advertising and customer interaction forever. With billions of consumers utilizing social media daily, a consistent online presence offers huge returns. Being active on sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc., is pivotal in maximizing efficiency of your business advertising.

  • Nick Santos

    Bookmarked it as one of the best SEO guides I currently found. Will definitely be putting this on our company FAQ. I haven’t tried bigsugar and I’m reluctant to contact anyone famous online since it’ll mostly likely be for nothing anyway (they have big heads) but I’ve been using dropmylink for a while now and I’m thinking of replacing our facebook comment system to a commentluv comment system. Looks better and seems to be more effective. Anyway, thanks a lot!

    • Glenys Grob Post author

      Hi Nick,
      There are lots a lots of bloggers out there who will respond when you contact them, especially if you have highlighted their work on your own blog. I think you will enjoy BizSugar both as a place to showcase your work and as an excellent source for research and tips.

  • Aaron

    Informative article.

    To increase the traffic of a website we should gain good back-links from good authority websites. Biz-sugar is one of them. I have tried biz-sugar several times and 90% I got success. Biz Sugar is well known as social bookmarking site and social networking site.

    Reaching out to bloggers is also an important aspect to increase the traffic. We can contact many bloggers and ask them to write about us or we can even provide the content and ask them for publishing. This will increase the back-link from different IP which definitely has a very good impact on search ranking.

  • Zoe Moore

    There are many ways to drive traffic at your website. Everything is effective if you will just do it in the right way. Advertising in the social media is a very great way too. You can share unique and high-quality articles on social medias and they’re will be a big possibility that netizens will share it with their friends. There is no formula for a content marketing success. Vary the length and format of your content to make it as appealing to possible readers. You could also do Guest blog on blogs who had high page rank.Just be sure that you submit a high-quality article and their website are related to your blog or they might reject your article.

  • Abigali Abraham

    Honestly, my first start into blogging was frustrating , i almost lost hope not until a blogger friend advised me to visit other blogs like mine and read up their article on how they build traffic. that i’ve been doing , i’ve followed most of them and its been since then a great turn around. your idea about Bizsugar looks quite straight forward and easy, i hope to give it a trial and i assure you that i will give you a feed back as soon as possible

    • Glenys Grob Post author

      Good to hear Abigail. An additional tip I would give would be to target longer tail keywords that have less competition and if you have moentised your site with products then buyer keywords can make a huge difference.
      Re. the longer tail keywords, I continue to use Long Tail Pro for all of my keyword research. You can read about how I use it here.

  • Bookitwise

    Silviu, Thanks There are many powerful ways or plugins to get more traffic on your blogs/websites. I would really love to use in my next websites. And about comment luv i really don’t that it also help in generate traffic. Thank you for sharing!!

  • John-Bunya Klutse

    SEO is all about thinking like a customer, being able to put yourself in that position helps. For me trust is an important thing when doing SEO. I make sure to put the right information that I would accept. In as mush as I want traffic, I want my visitors to trust what I am seeing or selling.

  • Bruno Amaral

    Didn’t know BizSugar. Will definitely give a go!

    The most difficult thing in IM is not the traffic that you can get to your website, but the quality of the traffic you can bring. That’s the hard part (in my point of view, of course!) 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the info! 🙂

  • Nikhil

    Indeed a great write up. It seems you are a great fan of Neil Patel. Why should not be!!! He is a big name of internet marketing industry. I follow him. All the articles he writes are no only posts they are tthe complete guide.

    I usually try to mention the influencers as it grows the connections with them and when they share or link to the post the you get traffic to your blog.

    I am also using commentluv. You put up a great issue of spamming. We can control it by taking right actions.

    I will come again to your site. And for now sharing it on Facebook.

    • Glenys Grob Post author

      Neil Patel does indeed provide a lot of value and as you say, Nikhil, many of his posts are like complete guides.
      Mentioning influencers in your posts is a great way to network and to let others know about your work as well.
      Thanks for reading.

  • Peter Beckenham

    Hello Glenys. I really enjoyed discovering your blog today and I appreciate you sharingf those 4 “outside the box” tips and techniques. I especially liked the BizSugar approach and will definitely start to implement that as one of my traffic stratefgies. Actually after reading your post I feel that I have been way too tradional in my traffic approach – thanks for the wake-up call. Have already shared this post as t contained such valuable info and some great comments as well.

    • Glenys Grob Post author

      Hi Peter, I think you will enjoy BizSugar as a source of other ideas as well.
      There are many different ways to generate traffic and I think finding a few and specialising in them can make a big difference.
      I am also a big fan of targeting low competition, long tail keywords as a way of bringing in traffic under the radar as it were. I describe the tool that I use for this purpose here.
      Thanks for reading!

  • Enstine Muki

    Hey Glenys,
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful actionable tips.

    Sharing on bookmaking sites really works and just having commentluv premium attracts people a lot. I think that’s how I came to discover this quite impressive site.

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  • Usman

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on the SEO topic, but you sound like you have deep understanding and experience of wordpress websites optimization. You have lighten up very important points in clear and simple way. This article is worth reading. Thank you for sharing.

  • PAUL

    Great post! This is very informative. And very useful too. Thank you for sharing this. You have to meet the quality and keywords for the field that you write about.The above information is really helpful.

  • Nguyen

    Hi,
    I want to ask your experiences in commentluv. How can you manage the spam? I hate it and I am afraid of leave my real audience in tons of spammers. Can you give me an advice?

  • Asif

    Superb, Article Thank You So Much Admin for shared Increase Site, You are explained very well. Really I ‘am follow on your blog and using your technics, my site traffic increasing day by day. Thanks

  • Aryan Sao

    Nice article.

    Your’s mentioned all 4 ideas are really good in the terms of increase traffic on the website. This strategy is good for the SEO.

    I am seeking such type of information.Thank you so much for sharing this information.

    Thanks.

  • Akash Patel

    Nice Methods you explain to increase site traffic, i will try them, i just started learning about SEO, and i find your blog which help me to understand most of SEO concepts, keep writing.

    thank you

  • Peter Mesu

    wow…I never knew it was so easy to find commentluv enabled blogs this way. Always I have to download some dead list of blogs and only end up browsing broking links. I think in my opinion this is the best method of finding blog with the commentluv plugin.

    I personally like commenting on blogs aside the backlinks.

  • Sophia

    Hi Glenys,

    You’ve done a good job with this article. Your ideas of how to increase website traffic helped me a lot. Commenting on CommentLuv blogs is one of the good way that I’ve tried. Thanks for useful post.

  • Shawn Jorgensen

    Nice share!!

    Search engine optimization is so vast and keeps on changing with the time and to perform perfect SEO, one should know all the factors affecting it and comment love is one of those significant factors.

    You can find a huge list of blog site through putmylink(dot)com and dropmylink(dot)com, and can get the high traffic tremendously.

    Cheers!!

  • Akshat Verma

    I think these tips apply for the blogs on making money online and blogging niche. I have a PC hardware tech blog and i am finding difficult to increase my traffic. Any specific tips or advise on my niche?

  • Rahul

    Hi Glenys,
    I am agree with you commentluv backlinks not only create backlinks but also provide high authority do follow backlinks. Drop down link is one of the simplest way to get resource for your back link. Google advanced technique are also useful to find related contain or commentluv link.

  • Gerhard

    Thanks for this great post! The first method you’ve shared is quite new to me, and I will definitely be trying it out asap. I also like optimizing my on-page SEO to get my organic rankings up, and I usually go for low-competition keywords that will be easier to rank.

  • Paul Savola

    You have well detailed ways of driving traffic to your website and a lot creative ideas from the content. Drop my link is how I found you through their services. Outreach link building through the content that you create an awesome strategy. Additionally using the Haro strategy with helping a reporter out is an effective strategy for getting branded links to your profile.

    Driving traffic to your website is the name of the game; especially if you are running a business online through figuring out ways to drive more traffic to your blog. Great Read and thank you for sharing!

  • Burim Bekteshi

    I was looking for some information on increasing site traffic today when I came across your post.

    Great stuff with some great information!!

    It’s funny: I actually just published an article on increasing site traffic yesterday, would love to get your quick feedback on it…

  • Marie Bennett

    I am new in blogging so it is vital info for folks like me. Thank you for this useful information. My website has new post 4 – 5 times a week, and Google indexes it very fast. When search engine crawlers notice that you aren’t adding new content on normal basis, they lower their creep rate and thus your posts don’t get indexed rapidly Google and all other search engines. I Thinks Every Bloggers and Webmaster want to Index our post on google very Fast! You just taught me a lot in this post…thank you!