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Increase Blog Traffic With These Four Free Techniques

Do you ever feel like you’re diligently working away on your blog producing the best content you possibly can but getting – at best – a meagre return for your effort? That article you slaved over for hours on end leads to a tiny pinprick of traffic in your stats but not the deluge you feel it deserves.

Sometimes the classic adage of simply producing great content so that it attracts links naturally seems like little more than a pipe dream.

Compare this to the articles that top blogs like Famous Bloggers publish. Every one receives thousands of visitors, numerous comments and all sorts of social shares and naturally acquired links from forums and other blogs. This in turn helps these articles to gently rise up the search engine rankings and helps to increase blog traffic by sending a constant stream of residual traffic to the site.

So what’s the difference between your blog and the “players” like Darren Rowse, Steve Pavlina or Pat Flynn? The answer is an “audience”. If you’re producing genuinely great content – unique, original, interesting, noteworthy, sharable content – then when you attract the right audience you’re going to see that same pattern of buzz when you publish your latest post.

When it comes to blogging we talk a lot about SEO, blog commenting and social media as ways to increase blog traffic – but I’m here to tell you that you may be missing out on a significant opportunity. In fact the techniques just mentioned, whilst effective, are in many ways long-term strategies that can take considerable time to show any significant results. Consider just how long it takes to build the necessary links and the social media following you need with these techniques to see significant spikes in traffic every time you publish a new post.

The funny thing though if you want to increase blog traffic is that there are people all over the internet who want your content. They want to read top quality content and – just as importantly – to share it with others. All you need to do is to find a cost-effective way to reach these people.

An Untapped Technique To Increase Blog Traffic

But who are these people that are so keen to read your articles and help spread them to a wider audience? They are the content curators and news aggregators whose raison d’être is to be a “thought leader”. They derive authority by making the best content on the net easy to access. They are the gate keepers and people look to them for suggestions and recommendations. They are also members of passionate communities who may only rarely actually use a search engine to look for great content – though if it’s placed right in front of them they’ll lap it up and ask for more.

Even better this traffic can be far more immediate. While I’ve been experimenting with these techniques I have repeatedly managed to drive hundreds (sometimes even thousands) of visitors to my posts in a matter of days if not hours. Today I’d like to tell you exactly how to increase blog traffic every time you publish a new post – so you can go out and finally start getting the sort of traffic that your carefully crafted content deserves.

Spammers Beware: Quality Counts

The resources I’m about to give you all rely on two key concepts – firstly on genuinely top quality content and secondly on a sense of community. Real people are going to decide on whether your content is worth reading and sharing so for this concept to work you must be creating the very best content possible in your niche, and you must behave in a respectful, polite fashion if you’re going to be able to repeat this technique each time you publish a new blog post. Spammers and “thin affiliate site” owners beware – this is not a strategy for you.

Get Organized Before You Start

With this strategy organization is key. You’re going to have to do a fair degree of research and experimentation to start off with and it will take some time and effort. Tracking your results – the people and places that do increase blog traffic for you – is essential because over a period of time you’ll be able to refine this process down to a simple “cut and paste” job.

Once you’ve uncovered the sources that not only really want and enjoy your content – but can also send you a boatload of blog traffic as a result – then you can drop all the others and use this personal database as your own “content syndication network“. Every time you publish a new blog post you simply open up your spreadsheet, click each of the links in turn, submit your content and then sit back safe in the knowledge that the next flood of new visitors is about to arrive.

So keep notes on the sources you find. List their specific contact details. Record how much traffic they sent you and so on. Refining and systematizing the process is key if it’s going to be scalable and easy-to-implement.

OK, so that said, let’s get started spreading the message about your awesome new blog post and show you just how easy it can be to increase blog traffic without spending a penny…

Scoop.it

Scoop.it is a content curation site used by people who want to discover the best content on a specific subject and then share it with their social media audience. As a result of this many Scoop.it users not only have a sizeable audience but are actively looking for great content like yours to share with their followers. Getting your latest blog post featured here is a great way to increase blog traffic overnight. Luckily it is simplicity itself to get your post in front of them and if you are submitting great content to a relevant user there is a good chance that your post will find itself being exposed to a whole new audience.

Scoop.it

To make use of Scoop.it, visit the site and do a keyword search for broad phrases relating to your niche. If you’re lucky you’ll find a whole load of accounts related to your niche and the skill here is to find those users who not only have a good-sized audience but who also post on a regular basis (meaning that they are an active member and that they will be looking for new content to curate on a regular basis).

Once you’ve narrowed down your list all you need do is click on each of the users in turn and click the “suggest content” button before pasting in the permalink of your latest post. Click submit and move through the list.

Community News Aggregators

News aggregators are possibly your best friend of all when it comes to building a content syndication network. These aggregators do one thing and do it well – they help other people to find great content on a specific topic. By listing the most recent content on their sites, and often allowing visitors to “vote” on stories they attract a huge following both in terms of organic traffic from the search engines and referral traffic from social media.

Community News Aggregators

Just a few great examples include:

To find similar news aggregators in your own niche try using Google to search for phrases such as “your niche + submit news” and “your niche + add news”. Try out all the sites that you find and note those that actually help to increase your blog traffic so that you can submit further content to them in the future.

Facebook

Of course if you’re smart your blog will already have its own Facebook page for you to share tips, advice and useful content that will be of interest to your fans. But there are also plenty of other Facebook pages out there that target a similar group of people – and unless you’re a player many of these probably have far more fans than you do.

facebook page

Doing a simple search on Facebook can quickly turn up a whole list of relevant Facebook pages, and many of these are perfectly happy to share your content with their fans. Generally speaking simply posting your link on their page is a bad idea – it’s not only considered rude but worse only a tiny fraction of their fans will likely see your article.

What tends to work better is to actually take the time to find the page owner and contact them in person. Tell them that you have an article that you think would be of interest to their audience and ask if they’re willing to post it to their page for you. In this way you have not only gained authorization but because it is published by the page owner generally far more fans will actually get to see it meaning a bigger increase in your blog traffic.

As always with our research, keep a note of those fan pages that have added your article so you can submit further posts to them in the future.

Triberr

Just like Facebook you may well have a following on Twitter and of course it goes without saying that you should share your article with them. Also consider requesting a retweet when you send it out as research has shown that actually asking for a retweet significantly increases the chances of actually getting one.

triberr mission

But rather like Facebook there are also all sorts of other tweeps out there with an audience similar to your own – just much larger. I have seen cases in the past of a single tweet by someone with a large, engaged audience send hundreds of visitors to one of my articles in a matter of hours. And Triberr can help you achieve that.

Triberr enables you to create a group of Twitter users all in a similar niche who then send out each other’s tweets to their followers. In this way it’s possible for all parties to reach a far larger audience than they otherwise would have done alone and increase blog traffic to each other’s sites.

So sign up for a free account at Triberr and look through their ever-growing list of tribes that you can join. Become part of the community, share their posts and when it comes to you publishing a new blog post you’ll have far more sets of eyes on your content.

* Useful link: Learn how to use Triberr.

Conclusion

If you’re creating great content for your blog then it needn’t be hard to drive traffic to your blog. Think outside the box and find ways in which you can get that latest post of yours in front of existing, passionate communities online. By taking the time to do your research initially and by gently refining your contacts over time you’ll find that you increase blog traffic more with every post you publish whilst the time spent promoting your content – as opposed to actually writing it – goes down considerably.

Now it’s your turn – leave us a comment below and let us know what free strategies you use to get rapid traffic to your blog…

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Richard Adams is the author of the best-selling Lazy Link Building guide. You can vsit his blog for more tips and advice on building a business around your passion by going to Lifestyle Design Unleashed.

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  • Anil Kumar May 28, 2013, 1:48 pm

    Nice post, bookmarking sites are really good source of traffic, Reddit is also good site which gave lots of visitor to me, hope it will also help others
    Thanks for this nice information.

  • Nathanial David May 10, 2013, 2:58 pm

    To increase traffic to your website is to constantly infect the internet with you site only for good. This allow over time for you website to have a great and greater presence on the internet . In turn it cause more traffic that will build till it snowballs into a monster of energetic traffic movement witch as we all know is not problem . peace.

  • Jahan April 11, 2013, 1:28 pm

    I enjoyed this article, both the style in which it was written and the content. There are also a number of other things which you can do to increase your blog which includes having your own youtube channel with simple videos (easier to make these days with software such as the virtually universal Windows movie media maker) that can even be embedded in your own blog. The videos of course should be good quality.

    The blog should also be image rich.

    Other than that I find frequency/consistency is more effective than big quality blog articles (though not always as you may write a stunner which people read all the time) which are written regularly. Partly because Google sees a dynamic site with activity and also because your followers and readers expect to see your blogs rather than forgetting about you with you fading away in to the background after an initial surge of interest in your blog.

    Anyway good luck to all bloggers out there!

    - Jahan

  • Rafaqat March 13, 2013, 12:25 pm

    Really useful info,especially the idea of using community news.While Scoop is just new for me,hope so it will add up some plus in my web traffic.

  • Vivek
    Twitter:
    February 5, 2013, 5:13 am

    Loved your post. I really like the idea of sharing post on scoop.it. They are really awesome and help me bring extra 10 to 20 visitors per day to my posts.
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  • NathanBWeller January 23, 2013, 6:47 pm

    Excellent post! I love the idea of planning for the long term by building a tried and tested distribution network.

    Thanks again for the great post!

  • Nashua Indigo January 20, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Good article, never heard of scoop it. I think commenting is a great factor of increase your traffic if you are commenting on a good blog or forum, the first thing of increase traffic is to create good and quality content for visitors not for searching engines as google or bing. the last thing is to wait and have patience, specially when your website or blog is brand new.

    social networks as facebook and twitter will bring you traffic for the period the tweet is available in timelines and searh of twitter, because it can be old news tomorrow.

  • Vivek Moyal January 15, 2013, 10:12 am

    Hi Adam… Nice to get in touch with you… really very helpful to know about these details. I am going to implement these details over my blog. Thanks a lot

  • Jane January 13, 2013, 1:18 am

    A very good write-up. Yes, I agree. Getting Organized Before You Start, is half the job already done. Research & Planning will always remain key ingredients to success; and Blogging is no different.

  • Amy January 7, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Great tips. As a begginer those are very helpful for me, so far I use only facebook and twitter, found lot more other places from you…. Thanks

  • JeRust January 2, 2013, 10:11 pm

    I’m looking for a post that would tell me ideas on how to increase my blogs traffic. I’ve tried using scoop it even before reading your post, and it works really well, actually I even like the way I scoop every post I’ve made. Well news aggregators and FB are two common things for me, but Triberr is something I shouldn’t miss and in fact I’m trying to sign up for an account. Good content is really one of the key, and to tell you honestly this post was compact enough for me. KUDOS

  • Sadiq Ali January 1, 2013, 12:33 pm

    I was Search reading the comments on this great post, like Sadiq I’m also getting lots of traffic from FB as well as search engines.

  • Robert Weller December 31, 2012, 8:35 am

    Hi Richard,
    my favorite method of generating traffic is StumbleUpon atm, but I also see traffic increasing through optimized publishing (days, hours).

    Otherwise I think its wise to actively engage with you followers and audience via social platforms in order to generate “natural” traffic.

  • Siddharth Srivastava
    Twitter:
    December 7, 2012, 7:42 am

    Trying both of them, hope that these things works.
    By the way thanks for posting such article, I was eagerly searching for it. :)

  • supertiago November 24, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Interesting Read. Just started blogging and trying to find ways to increase my blog’s traffic. Perhaps I should change my way of writing and things like that. Thank you

  • Peter November 6, 2012, 3:58 pm

    I use scoop.it and facebook but the other two seems to be very useful to ,

  • Janlewala
    Twitter:
    October 29, 2012, 8:43 am

    First thanks for your nice post. I agree approximately all your theory.

  • Michael Cheney
    Twitter:
    October 23, 2012, 5:00 am

    Pretty cool tips in driving traffic. This is really a great help to me as I am looking for some effective ways in driving traffic to my site. As of now I am only doing social media. Many thanks again.

  • Peter Mutiso
    Twitter:
    October 14, 2012, 1:14 pm

    Sure these are great ways to increase blog traffic. I think StumbleUpon still matches the above

  • Marius
    Twitter:
    October 12, 2012, 6:25 am

    First, nice article.
    I totally agree all your techniques but the one with “Spammers Beware: Quality Counts” I really liked.
    People, when you have a blog, the most important thing is to have quality articles that will give you more visitors.

  • Alex George October 5, 2012, 2:22 pm

    I was not aware of scoop(dot)it, thanks for sharing it. Content syndication network idea seems working for me. Getting followers seems a tough part :)

  • DeanM September 27, 2012, 11:03 pm

    Great article. I have few blogs and getting number of visitors. I used shared hosting and moved to VPS Hosting recently. VPS Hosting can manage a lot of visitors and also have a good Uptime (I bought my VPS from VPSWEBSERVER).

    While trying all these tips and tricks mentioned in the article you can increase more visitors by using a VPS as your Host.

  • Swarup
    Twitter:
    September 19, 2012, 7:51 am

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for writing this great post. Some techniques are new to me.
    First time heared about Scoop.it I am going to use it.

    Thank You.

  • Harmony Major
    Twitter:
    September 3, 2012, 2:40 am

    Hey, I’m totally using ScoopIt ASAP — thanks for the resource. Triberr’s layout is unintuitive and confusing — I hadn’t had the time nor patience to figure it out yet. I’ll be checking out Kristi’s article on “how to use,” though, as I’m sure it’s thoroughly exhaustive as usual. ;)

    If you don’t mind, what was your personal experience with Triberr and ScoopIt, as in tangible results? I know that’s kind of a personal question, so I’d completely understand if you weren’t comfortable giving a specific answer.

    Thanks.

    -HM

  • Marius
    Twitter:
    August 24, 2012, 4:06 pm

    Never heared about Scoop.it. Already thinking to try it. Sounds very interesting

  • Jenni August 22, 2012, 11:32 am

    Awesome tips , as a beginner very encouraging to read your post , thanks for sharing

  • Anton Koekemoer
    Twitter:
    August 20, 2012, 2:35 am

    Hi Richard,Yes – I do agree, Especially with your main point. Focusing on quality content is always the number one spot to start when you want to increase the amount of traffic, without quality content no amount of sharing will be able to convert a user to follow or to grab the RSS feed of your website and or blog.

  • Kamran
    Twitter:
    August 18, 2012, 9:01 pm

    Hi,

    A Good strategy you share Richard which deliver good amount of traffic to the blog, this strategy will work when you use this a a professional internet marketer to gain more unique visitor to your blog. a good point share that is beware from spam link, build only quality link.

    Thank.

  • Jessica August 17, 2012, 8:09 pm

    I have never heard of Scoop.it but it sounds like a great tool to increase traffic – I am checking it out right now! Facebook has been a great tool to increase traffic, but I never gave Triberr a real chance and will have to give it a second try – thanks for the link to the article on how to use Triberr!

  • Aditya August 17, 2012, 6:02 am

    Increasing the traffic for the blog is the top most priority of every blogger.These tips are really helpful to increase traffic.Social media sites are the great example.

  • Dilawer Pirzada
    Twitter:
    August 16, 2012, 5:53 am

    I was reading the comments on this great post, like Rahul, I’m also getting lots of traffic from FB as well as search engines.
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  • Pratik Dholakiya
    Twitter:
    August 16, 2012, 1:10 am

    Hey Richard,

    Thanks for writing this great post. Points 4,5 and 7 were unknown for me. I’ll give this a try with my own blog to see how it works.
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  • Pavel
    Twitter:
    August 15, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Thank you for the many websites you’ve provided. I haven’t been using any of these yet and I look forward to seeing how well they work in increasing my blog traffic.

  • shadir
    Twitter:
    August 15, 2012, 11:13 am

    Cool tips! I need never knew about scoop.it before, checking it out now, thanks for the tips! Really helpful.

  • sanjay
    Twitter:
    August 15, 2012, 11:07 am

    Never heard of tribber and scoop.it, need to update myself more :) Thanks for the tips, really helpful!
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  • Swaroop
    Twitter:
    August 15, 2012, 10:51 am

    Hi Richard Adams, You have write very informative article, actually i didn’t know about Triberr. Thanks for explaining about it.

  • Rahul kuntala
    Twitter:
    August 15, 2012, 10:42 am

    For me Facebook and search engines are sending me quality traffic to my blog. SEO traffic depends totally on how smart one uses the keywords on their blog posts.

    Optimizing the content after finishing the post may be a tough task, it’s always advisable to knowing & using the targeted keywords to drive organic traffic. Facebook traffic needs lots of interaction and it takes time!
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  • Jenni August 15, 2012, 10:07 am

    Wow , really cool article. Great tips , all seems to be great for increasing our traffic.Thanks for the share

  • Jacko
    Twitter:
    August 15, 2012, 9:17 am

    I noticed you didn’t mention guest posting as one of your techniques how has this worked out for you?

    Do you think Fb will go the way of myspace?
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  • Devesh
    Twitter:
    August 15, 2012, 7:06 am

    Excellent article and those are great strategies to get free blog traffic. I’ve been using Triberr for 6 months and it works really great.

    Great post, Richard.
    Devesh recently posted..3 Dead-Easy Ways for Bloggers to Build LinksMy Profile

  • Andrew Bycroft
    Twitter:
    August 15, 2012, 5:53 am

    This was jam packed with excellent information about some great traffic sources, Richard. I learned about Community News Aggregators. I was not aware of these previously, so I am off to investigate these further and will see how I can use these to get more visitors to my blog

    Thanks for a great article.
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  • Ben
    Twitter:
    August 14, 2012, 9:46 pm

    I actually just looked into using scoop.it last week. This actually reminded me to check it out again. (I’m non-stop busy with other things) Scoop.it looks like an awesome curation tool. As far as Triberr, I’ve never heard of it before. Looks like I’ve got some catching up to do.
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  • Samuel Pustea
    Twitter:
    August 14, 2012, 9:25 pm

    What an article about increasing your web traffic.

    There are some new places that I can certainly check out to syndicate some of my content.

    Facebook is one of the best ways to get traffic from and keep learning how to do it day by day.

    Triberr I have heard about. I really didn’t get into it. There interface isn’t great at all. Confused by it.\

    Anyways, excellent article!
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  • Ryan Biddulph
    Twitter:
    August 14, 2012, 8:25 pm

    Hi Richard,

    Grow your Facebook Page. Drive targeted traffic to your blog. Log in under your Page. Create value-packed comments and post to updates on relevant, authority pages. Network. Prosper. Drive more traffic to your blog. Super tips here.

    Pages rank well in search engines. Drive passive, targeted traffic to your blog by gaining a large following. Create helpful content and post to your Page. Share other helpful, relevant posts from your niche.

    Be patient. Build your targeted, responsive following over time to drive traffic to your blog.

    Thanks!

    RB
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  • Ahmed Safwan
    Twitter:
    August 14, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Amazing article Rcihard.

    The best tip on your post is to use triberr at the beginning. I think it’s a great way to increase your traffic, and increase your social proof also.

    Thanks for this good tips.

    Regards,
    Ahmed Safwan
    ToStartBlogging.Com
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