Stage 3, Part 1: Increasing Traffic to your Website

How to get traffic? That’s perhaps the most asked question out there on the internet. So here I’ll provide you guys a couple of tips as to how to do that.

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Commenting on Other Blogs

Most blogs have a comments section below their posts, and more often than not, the three things they’ll ask to put down are ‘name’, ‘e-mail address’ and ‘website’. Personally, I don’t know about you guys, but when I get a new comment on my blog – which is pretty positive – I tend to go and find out about the commenter him/herself. See their blogs. So that’s how the interaction begins.

There are two benefits for you here. If you post on a relatively popular blog, you will get a very small fraction of that traffic. Benefit one. The second benefit is Google PageRank, which I’ll go into more detail in the future. If you get lots of comments (not spam) on relatively high PR blogs/websites, you will reap the benefits of getting extra searches to your blog. It’s a win-win situation for you.

Note: do not post your link in your comment if they do have the options given above. It makes your comment look spammy, and almost over-indulgent.

Make Your Audience Love You

There are so many websites out there in the world. The question you must ask is, why should the audience visit you? One of the best traffic sources is through building a loyal readership – people who love what you write. That’s why, as with most things, content is king.

Many stories have been told about Google’s capability of destroying businesses with changes to their search algorithms, that’s why, the best way to get traffic – either from a list, or people who simply go to your blog on a regular basis. It’s simple as that. And to achieve this, you need to have great content. Stuff that people are actually going to read and love.

Social Networking

If you underestimate the power of social networking, your plans to build a successful website will be scuppered. Facebook and Twitter actually provides for a large proportion of my traffic on my websites. I have followed people and they have followed back – people of similar interest to that particular blog – and essentially, it is a free and excellent way to get free targeted traffic.

In all honesty, both Facebook and Twitter are very capable. I can’t pick a favourite in terms of traffic. Twitter allows things to go viral – eg. if you have 500 followers and you have a sensational piece on current affairs – people can retweet, it will spread, and it will go viral very easily.

With Facebook, you have more people who actually read your status updates, and click on your links. Everything more or less gets cluttered up on Twitter, with the vast amounts of Tweets that noone on Earth actually has any interest of reading in some cases. So remember, get the fans and followers, and you will build a steady and growing readership for your blog.

Guest Blogging

Guest blogging can be a very powerful tool, as through this, you can spread your perspective and your style of writing to an absolutely new audience – most of the time – this would be a much bigger audience if you actually want to guest blog for them.

For example, even the most successful teenage Internet Marketer has others essentially do the work for him, writing him blog posts. Check this out if you’re interested in guest posting. Benefits? Well, there are many. He’s offering a link on his blog – one of the top in terms of PageRank out there on the internet, along with tapping into a little bit of that huge traffic that he receives each month.

You get new viewers, and if he likes your post, he gains a good post out of you. A win-win situation for both (although it really is a bigger win for you).

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