So you've found the perfect domain name, focused your time and energy on great post titles, and written amazing content in your posts. You've setup accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and any other social media platform you can think of. You've even convinced your mom, your dad, and anyone else who will listen to you that they need to click on over and read your blog or visit your website. But you still don't have the kind of traffic you had hoped for.
Well, hopefully, the following list of 5 Top Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog can help.
1 - YouTube Videos
Many top bloggers take advantage of YouTube to upload videos. These videos range in scope and content. Some are simply informational and provide and overview of goods, services, or content. Other videos are instructional and contain tutorial or "how-to" guides. Still others are strictly selling points used for additional income. Either way, videos are good for pointing out how you and your blog or website can enhance the user experience, thus creating traffic to your blog.
2 - Free eBooks
Free eBooks are a surefire way to bring traffic to your site. Everyone loves FREE! One way to create a great eBook is to find several former blog posts on the same topic and merge them into an eBook that you can give away on your blog. Some bloggers require email signup as a condition for getting the download in an effort to build email lists, which in turn can then be used to bring even more traffic to your site. Plus, if you are offering something of value or something useful, you're sure to get plenty of views.
3 - Guest Blog
Another great way to drive traffic to your blog or website is to write guest posts on other blogs. Most blogs will allow you at least one backlink in your author profile, which you can use to drive traffic back to your site, or even to a specific page or post. Now this is obviously easier said than done as it is difficult to find high-traffic sites that will allow you to write guest posts. However, always ask, since the worst that can happen is they say "no." If they turn you down, simply move on to the next victim blog. If you have friends or acquaintances that own or edit a blog, that would be a good place to start. I am thankful that I have a blogging friend here at WBB that has allowed me to guest post once per month. I can attest that traffic on my blog has increased as a result.
Update - Google has made it clear that guest posting for passing PageRank is a no-no now. Have a look at what Matt Cutts has to say about it here.
4 - Contests and Giveaways
Again, remember, everyone loves FREE! Myself included. I have visited several blogs and entered many contests for the chance to win some great prizes and I'm sure you have done the same. So why not leverage that into traffic for your own blog or website. There is also software and plugins already out there to help make hosting such a giveaway simple. Two such services that come to mind are Rafflecopter and Punchtab.
5 - Hire a Professional
Driving traffic to your website or blog requires a lot of time and patience. Whether it's recording a Youtube video, writing an eBook, finding blogs on which you can guest post, or finding sponsors for a contest, these methods will take a lot of time and effort to produce results. Not to mention additional time and effort to promote your video/book/post/contest once it is complete and ready to go. Therefore, another alternative would be to hire someone else to do it for you. Whether you operate multiple sites or blog part-time as a hobby, you can hire someone to promote your blog and drive traffic to your site. Many offer SEO and link-building services. Just make sure you do your homework and find someone reputable.
Thank you so much for reading! I would love to hear the ways you drive traffic to your blog posts! Leave a comment and then share the love with a Retweet, Facebook like, Google+ share, Pin, etc.