Blog Project: 30 Traffic Generation Tips
First of all a big “thank you”Â for every one who participated. As I said before the number of entries surprised me (and the quality as well, I will definitely apply some of those tips myself).
Now, without further delay, the 30 Traffic Generation TipsÂ:
1. Sridhar Katakam
Keep track of blogs and leave comments on them. A good way to keep the conversation going is to install a MyBlogLog widget and visit the blog of people visiting your site.
2. Ian Delaney
Nothing creates long-term traffic more than value. Consider writing posts with resources or explaining how things work. Useful things get linked to and they get onto del.icio.us, which is far better long-term than a digg front page.
3. Yousif H
The secret to any traffic generating strategy starts with crafting a powerful and effective value proposition that shapes your brand’s image. Make sure to clearly echo your company’s value proposition on your website, stationary, postcards and even business cards to ensure consistent messaging.
4. Scott Townsend
Inform search engines and aggregators like Technorati (using the ping functionality) when your blog is updated, this should ensure maximum traffic coming from those sources. (check the List of Ping Services)
Simplify. Pay attention to complex issues in your field of work. It may be a big long publication that is hard to wade through or a concept that is hard to grasp. Reference it and make a shorter “for dummies” version with your own lessons learned and relevant tips. When doing this, I have been surprised to find that the simplified post will appear before the more complex version in search results. Perhaps this is why it results in increased traffic; people looking for more help or clarification on the subject will land on your blog.
6. Grant Gerver
Try to be polemic. I write obsessively about all-things political from the left-wing perspective in the form of humorous, sarcastic one-liners.
A simple tip that will probably boost your page views: install a translator plugin. I decided to use a paid plugin for this, but if I am not wrong there are some free ones as well. The translation is not very good, as you can imagine, but it helps to attract readers that are not fluent in English.
Submit articles to blog carnivals (http://blogcarnival.com) that are related to your niche. Your article almost always gets posted, and it must generate a handful of visitors, at least.
9. Ramen Junkie
Newsgroups. I always see a spike when I post a review to a newsgroup.
10. Eric Atkins
Create a new design for your website. Not only will it be more attractive to your regular readers, but you can submit it to some CSS gallery showcase sites that feature great designs. This will give you exposure on those sites while generating a lot of traffic and backlinks from those types of sites.
11. Megan Taylor
Participate in conversations on related blogs. Start conversations on your own blog. Don’t just post about a story and leave it at that, engage your audience, ask questions and call to action.
Comment on blogs, write useful content and make good friends on forums.
13. Brian Auer
You must be active to generate traffic. I post comments on other blogs that are related to mine, and I post my site link in my signature at the forums. Spread the word about your blog and it will certainly attract readers.
14. Shankar Ganesh
Just browse around MyBlogLog.com and you will surely get visitors to your blog. Also try to join as many communities as possible that are related to your topic.
15. Andrew Timberlake
A great tip for generating traffic is off-line by including your url in all your off-line liturature from business cards, letterheads, pamphlets, adverts through in-store signage if applicable. I even have our website on my vehicle.
16. Cory OBrien
Read lots of other blogs. Leave trackbacks. Make sure your blog is optimized for search engines. Leverage social bookmarking sites like digg (both for new ideas and for traffic).
Leave comments on other blogs. If you’re already reading them, it takes
just a couple of seconds to leave a message agreeing or disagreeing
with the author, you get to leave a link to your site, and you will almost
ALWAYS get traffic from your comments.
18. Goerge Manty
Post 3-5 times a day. Use ping services like pingomatic or set up wordpress to ping some of the ping services. Engage your readers. Put up polls, ask them questions, give them quizes, free tools, etc. Make them want to come back and tell their friends about you.
Community. It’s one word but it is the most important one when it comes to blogging. The only “blog metric” that makes sense is the vibrant community of readers it has. Building a community around your blog will bring you increased traffic, but how do you start? The boilerplate response to building traffic is always “SEO, social networking sites, and commenting on blogs” but it can be simplified to “be part of a community”. The easiest way to seed your blog is with an already existing community. But the only way to do that is to be part of the community yourself.
Squidoo Lenses are a good way to generate traffic. By using a lense,
you can generate your own custom “community” of webpages, including some
of the more popular pages in your “neighborhood.” Including your own
webpage in such a list is a good way of generating traffic.
I’ve had good success writing articles and submitting them to EzineArticles. Articles that have been written from well-researched keyword phrases and accepted by EzineArticles tend to rank very high in Google for that search term. Placing anchor text in the footer of those articles so the reader can visit my relevant website has always increased my site traffic.
22. Jen Gordon
I came upon some unexpected traffic when my blog popped up on some css design portals like www.cssmania.com and www.webcreme.com. If you can put some time into the concept behind and design for your blog, I’d recommend submitting your site to a design portal not only for
additional traffic but to build an additional community around your site.
I’ve recently gotten involved with several “MySpace-like” community sites that focus on my target audience. I share my thoughts in their forums, post intros to my real blog on their system blog and I’ve even created a group for my specific niche. It’s been very, very successful for me.
Well, obviously everyone knows that social bookmarking sites like Digg, del.icio.us, etc. bring lots of traffic. But I’m now submitting some of my articles to blogg-buzz.com (a digg like site for bloggers), and I always get not a bad traffic from there.
25. Mark Alves
Participate in Yahoo Answers and LinkedIn Answers where you can demonstrate your expertise, get associated with relevant keywords and put your URL out there.
Be the first to write a post about the ‘Top Ten Blogs’ in your niche. The post will rank highly in any general search for blogs in your niche and other bloggers in your niche write about the post and link to it.
Participating in forums is a great way to get loyal readers. Either link baiting people in your signature or posting great advice and tips will give you high quality traffic, which will result in return visitors.
28. Brandon Wood
A simple trick I’ve used to increase traffic to my blog is participate in group writing projects. In fact, that’s what I’m doing right now.
29. Alan Thomas
Don’t forget your archives. I just posted a roundup of all interviews I did over the past seven months. One of them generated a new link and a big traffic spike from a group of users that look like they will be loyal readers now.
Write something controversial. I don’t think it’s good to write something controversial just for the purpose of getting traffic necessarily (especially if it’s only for that purpose and you’re being disingenuous), but it works.
31. Dennis Coughlin
Find the best blogs on your niche and contact the authors. Introduce yourself and send a link of your blog. This might help them to discover your blog, read it and possibly link to it.
Browse all articles on the Blog Projects category
351 Responses to “Blog Project: 30 Traffic Generation Tips”
thank you for these great ideas
Even after reading so many lists on the web for traffic building, I found this one interesting. One thing I noticed was the links you provided are linked to main page and not any speicific post or related point that you talk about.
Why is that ??
Thanks for your list !
Nice site, help me out?
Raul, paid advertising is a good idea actually, and most bloggers and website owners neglect that.
check out this article with 7 ways to advertising your site with a little bit of money:
great tips…one more: pay to advertise your site 🙂
Some good tips there, I find StumbleUpon brings a lot of visitors to my blog.
A great read especially for myself starting out on the blogging phenemenom. Thanks for the insights.
This a good list,, I have some more on my site….. and they are more simple also……..
Excellent post! I think we’ll need to change a few things about how we blog…
i think i must think about new tips.
My Wild Crazy Space! Reviews
Thanks so much for posting these tips..
we are new to blogging…just about 6 weeks young…and looking to learn and grow…
it’s the first time I saw the concept of blog project, interesting:)
One way to get returning traffic to your blog is putting a live chat solution in your blog. Geesee can provide that and we reviewed adn interviwed the company. You can read it at
Dennis BjÃ¸rn Petersen
Really good tips and a good initiative. Thank you very much.
Thanks for the tips, those are definitely some ideas to keep in mind!
really useful tips here. Although some are just the same tips repeated with different words.
Thanks for all the helpful tips. I bookmarked this post and will likely do a re-read to remind me of some simple yet effect methods for improving my blog.
This is some really great advice and for all of us bloggers it needs to be taken to heart.
Thank you for excellent tips. I would add some of my obserwations. Keep active on your blog, there are always questions and spam. Kill spam and answer all the questions, even if “I don’t know” is the only answer you can give, still if keeps thing running and visitors “semi-satisfied”. Once I was on vacation and did not touch my blog for a couple of weeks. The drop of traffic was like 50%.
Excellent web site I will be visiting often
Another practice that I follow is to keep your Blog URL as your IM presence information. ie. as Google Talk, Yahoo!, MSN Status.
It works well with friends especially if they are in MyBlogLog community .
I pushed this one to a new client. Thanks for this.
nora, voy a ver lo que encuentro en tu blog y despues te mando los consejos por mail.
saludos y gracis por visitar
- nora chiang
Great post and ideas, infact I found quite a few useful ideas on your site and am now a new RSS subscriber 🙂
This copy of the list is very clean / organized:
Good to hear these tips from everyone employing them as well. Would like to see a cleaned up list without the duplicates giving everyone a daily worksheet they can work from!
Maybe I will compile when I find time.
This is wonderful information. It looks like I have some work ahead of me, but I’ve also been able to quickly confirm that I’ve been doing some of the suggested things correctly already. Thanks again for another great post.
Maki, thanks for subscribing, I am looking forward for your entry on the next project!
Comments are closed.