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20 FREE WAYS TO DRIVE TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG

For many, the internet is the easiest way to communicate with others, efficiently complete tasks and discover new things. We know that you have a lot of great ideas and useful info for web users, so why let all that go to waste by not driving the optimum amount of traffic to your website?

The percentage of internet users in the U.S. jumped from roughly 54% in 2003 to over 71% in 2011. That’s a huge opportunity for your website to not only attract traffic, but to also convert that traffic into revenue. Well, you may be saying, that’s all fine and dandy, but how do I drive traffic to my website anyway?

Fear not, fellow webmaster. This post will help you navigate the autobahn that is online traffic flow. We’ll show you how to not only drive traffic to your website, but also how to maintain that traffic to keep the visitors coming.

The best part is, it’s free. Professional advice about how to get more site visitors can be pricey. We know you’ve probably sunk a bit of money into your website already, so this one’s on us. We’ve compiled 20 ideas on how to drive more visitors to your website so that you don’t have to spend hours scouring the internet for snippets of tips here and there. Whether your website sells products, promotes your business or service, or even provides valuable information for searchers, this blog post will help you direct more traffic to your site.

HOW IMPORTANT IS TRAFFIC TO MY SITE ANYWAY?

Traffic is very important to your site. With no traffic, you have no readers, no buyers, no online identity at all really. And if you don’t have an online presence, it’s going to be difficult for search engines to index you, which means no one will be able to find your site anyway. It’s a vicious cycle. However, it can also be a very positive cycle when you consciously try to draw more visitors into your website.

By implementing our 20 free ways to drive traffic to your website, you’ll build up your online presence so that it becomes easier for search engines to index you. You might even improve your rankings on Google.

USER FRIENDLINESS IS KEY
Listen to what your site’s visitors have to say. Pay attention to comments, complaints and suggestions that visitors give you. Hopefully, your website has a contact us button or webpage that allows visitors to give you feedback. This feedback can provide you with invaluable information about what works and doesn’t work on your website, allowing you to tailor your site to the needs of the traffic coming there. The better the site functions for visitors, the more likely visitors are to come back.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT MOBILE
Mobile internet usage is on the rise. Each day in the U.S. over 85,000 people are using a smartphone or mobile device to access the internet. Thus, it is important to consider what your visitors experience when visiting your website on a phone or tablet.

Mobile apps allow your visitors to experience your website in an easy-to-read, non-frustrating way. Nothing irritates mobile visitors more than slow loading time and too much tiny content. By developing a mobile app, you let mobile traffic flow smoothly to and from your website, which can be the difference between a single visit and numerous future visits. Many of our other tips appeal to mobile users too. Keep reading to learn them all.
73 percent of the US population actively use their mobile devices to surf the Internet.

WHAT KINDS OF WEBSITES GENERATE THE MOST TRAFFIC?

No one kind of website necessarily attracts more traffic than others, with the exception of search engines. Google.com is currently the most-used website in the U.S. However, in terms of non-search engine sites, there doesn’t seem to be one fail-safe template to follow, which is both good news and bad news. The good news is that anyone can drive traffic to his or her site. The bad news is that there are tons of competitors also trying to drive traffic to their sites. However, our tips can benefit you no matter what kind of website you have.

E-Commerce Sites
If the purpose of your website is to sell products online, it’s obviously pretty darn important that you’re able to drive traffic to your site. Even the best quality of products, design layouts and prices won’t do anything for you if your site isn’t attracting traffic. Within the following 101 tips are suggestions for how you can utilize social media sites, coupons and even offline events to drive traffic to your website. Literally every idea in here is worth a shot if you truly want to draw in potential customers. You don’t need tons of money to make them happen – you just need to get a little creative.

Business Sites
For those sites that exist primarily to provide current and potential customers with details about your business, we have what you need, too. One of the best ways to increase online awareness about your business and attract more traffic is to utilize social networking sites. Those things are just awesome at driving traffic. Why? Because almost everyone uses them.

Some other tips that permeate our collective 101 include creating interesting graphics, blogging about related topics and even participating in interviews. We’ll show you how to create interesting content that will attract more customers to your site. Your business doesn’t have to offer some crazy exciting service. We can help you drive traffic to your site even if your company specializes in plumbing, accounting, dentistry or sewer maintenance. Simply continue reading to find out how.

Information Sites
Sites that provide information about a specific topic or industry are incredibly valuable. But all too often, Wikipedia is the first thing that shows up in web users’ search results. While Wikipedia is all well and good, some searchers just want an expert on a specific topic. Our20 ways to drive traffic to your site will help searchers find you – and all that juicy information you have that they want.

If you run an information-based website, one of the very best ways to drive traffic to your site is to create infographics. These colorful, graphic-based sources of information are great for short attention spans, but also provide tons of useful data and graphs. You could also organize a forum, create a video tutorial or even make some funny cat memes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our other 96 ideas are just as good.

HOW THIS GUIDE WILL HELP YOU
It’s simple. The internet is huge. Ironically, some of the best ways to drive traffic to your site involve utilizing other sites. Our guide will teach you which sites can produce the best results, along with how you should be using them to direct traffic to your own website. In addition to our online strategies, we also have a few good old-fashioned offline strategies you can implement.

Furthermore, in addition to providing you with 20 strategies you can use to entice more traffic to your website, we’ve also created a rating system for each strategy. On a scale of 1 to 5, we tell you how much traffic each strategy is likely to bring to your website, along with how difficult implementing each strategy can be. While some tactics may require more of your time, they may also yield greater results.

We’ve also provided professional tips from our internet marketing and SEO specialists. Whether it’s writing new content, media creation and sharing or beefing up your website’s functionality, our team has the tips to make these strategies successful for you.

WHAT MAKES US SUCH EXPERTS?
We’re experts because we’ve used all of these tactics ourselves! That’s how we know that they work. That’s also how we know that brainstorming this many ideas often takes more than one person. You can think of this blog post as your online web traffic think tank. These 20 tips have helped us bring tons of traffic to our clients’ websites, and they can help you too.

THE BEST WAY TO MAKE OUR 20 TIPS WORK FOR YOU
As the number 20 suggests, there’s a ton of information in this thing. Trying to carry out all of these strategies by yourself on top of the work you already do would be pretty time consuming. If your website or business doesn’t already have an internet marketing/maintenance/social media specialist department, you may want to consider developing one. Hiring some new, internet savvy professionals will help you maintain your online presence and drive traffic to your site, without driving you crazy.

A helpful tip: to drive traffic to your site in the most effective manner, you should take time to plan out your traffic driving strategies. After you’ve finished reading our 101 tips, we suggest that you sit down with your social media specialists and plan out exactly what blog posts, social media posts and other content you want to develop. Using an Excel sheet to systematically organize all of your social media posts for the next month can be a huge lifesaver. By developing all of your content a month or more in advance, you will be able to maintain a consistent flow of new content to your social sites month after month.

Without further ado, we welcome you 20 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website. We hope the following pages of tips and professional advice will serve you as well as they have served us. Enjoy!

Use A Chat Bot – Using artificial intelligence to communicate with your leads and prospects, like Text Bot for example. Not only does this powerful bot text and close sales for you, it drives traffic to your main offer. Very powerful tool! You can check that out here.

Video Sharing Websites – You can generate lots of visitors using Youtube or other video sharing websites. One way to do that involves the use of the video description box. By giving a good description and call to action within your video’s description section, you will receive lots of extra traffic through any of your videos. Make sure you properly describe your video in the title and the description, as videos can come up as search results.

Video Sharing Websites Tip: Make sure you always post your recent videos on your social media sites! YouTube videos can function as free, online advertisements in your followers’ Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn feeds. Every time you post a video to your social sites, it gets your brand
out there a little more while also bringing in more traffic.

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Examples: Youtube, Vimeo, Metacafe

Testimonials – These can be used in a variety of ways. The idea is that when someone says something good about your company or website, other people want to know what you’re all about. They will then visit your site, buy your product, and hopefully leave another healthy testimonial that will attract more people. Word of mouth marketing is still very powerful!

Egobait – This is just a fancy web term for “sucking up.” That’s right. Find an industry influencer that is highly respected and write something that makes them feel good about themselves. Make sure they are aware of its existence by tweeting it at them or sending them a nice email. Hopefully when they see this, they too will share it among their network, which most likely is a lot larger than yours. This will bring in a ton of web traffic to your site! It’s much like when you see people on Twitter asking celebrities for a retweet. Each time an industry leader shares something, more people will see it and hopefully share it.

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Twitter – Follow people related to your industry and start tweeting! People won’t follow a brand new account if it hasn’t tweeted anything yet. Start out by retweeting popular figures in the industry, mix in some tweets about your website with links, and start conversations with other followers. You won’t gain a large following if you simply tweet a link to the new blog post you just wrote. You need to provide some sort of interesting content that compels web traffic to follow the links to your site. This means keeping up with and updating your niche’s culture on twitter and inserting an appropriate hashtag here and there. If your tweets are interesting, people will click on your links and
go to your site.

Twitter Tip: You can find Twitter users and followers by searching for them on Twellow, We Follow, and other Twitter directories. Twellow is great for hunting down Twitter users by profession, hobby or industry. We Follow is also great for finding Twitter users by industry, and you can even click through related tagged industries and keywords after you run a search within the site. This easily allows you to peruse related fields and find more Twitter followers, faster.

Oh, and did we mention that signing up for both of these sites is free? They are, and you should most definitely sign up for them. Signing up takes all of 30 seconds, and you can then use these sites to get more Twitter followers in your business industry.

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Facebook – Build up your Facebook page! There are nearly a billion users of this social network so be sure you are focusing a significant amount of your efforts on Facebook. This is a good place to build your brand with images and cover photos. Give users a call to action and include a link to your site. Don’t just post the blog title or what the post is about – tell the readers why they need to read it at this very instant. Make your updates personable and relatable.

Facebook Tip: Pictures and videos rank higher on Facebook’s newsfeed. Posts with pictures and videos in them are also a lot more likely to catch your followers’ eyes. When you upload content to your Facebook page, try to upload pictures and videos with the content as often as you can.

More people will pay attention to your posts and potentially visit your website.

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Pinterest – This growing social media network allows you to share images from your website with a helpful description. If other users like it, they can click on it and go to your URL. They can also re-pin something onto their profile as well. The sharing aspect of this network is immense! Pinterest is also unique in that most of its content is indexed by Google. Keep this in mind when you are typing up descriptions on your Pinterest board. Keywords you want to rank for on Google should also be in your Pinterest
descriptions.

Pinterest Tip: Edit your images to have large text describing the URL within the picture. This boosts its click rate and share rate on Pinterest. It’s also incredibly helpful to update your Pinterest account on a regular basis. Other Pinterest users are more likely to see your pins and share them if you update them periodically. And remember to comment and repin what other users post! This will help you get your brand name noticed, as well as gain you followers and potential website
visitors.

Lists – Lists are very popular. Make a list of some things that are relevant to your business or website. A list is something that is very easy to read as a visitor can quickly skim the article and get the information they are looking for right away. Lists are also good for starting conversations. This combination creates a strong popularity for lists on the web. Make a top ten or even a top 20 list of something relative to your industry, post it on your blog and see how much traffic you can direct to your site.

Lists Tip: Include a teaser from your list when you promote it on your social sites. For a list about the 10 best ways to make spaghetti, you would promote the blog post on your social site by saying “(List topic #1) is a great way to make spaghetti. Guess what the other 9 ways are.” By including a teaser of what is included in the blog post, you will peak readers’ curiosity and preview the type of content they can expect to see on your blog.

SOCIAL MEDIA
There are dozens of social media networks out there. Take advantage of them! Social media sites have made it very easy for many people to quickly share a lot of information – including information about the companies and products they like best. By utilizing social sites to the fullest extent, you can generate a lot of interest in your company and your website. Create interesting content, post often, share others’ posts often and see how
much traffic you can drive to your site.

LinkedIn – The best way to take advantage of LinkedIn is by being active in groups. You can either create a group
(maybe about your website niche) or engage in an existing one to spread the word about your site. If you’ve written a blog post about one of the topics being discussed, add a link! LinkedIn also has a question and answer area where you can do the same thing. Furthermore, you can connect with professionals in your industry and see what others in your field are talking about. LinkedIn is a great way to drive traffic to your website from professionals like you all over the world. It’s also very useful for generating web traffic from local residents, too.

LinkedIn Tip: Provide an easy way for users to share your website’s information by using a LinkedIn Plugin on your website. When visitors are able to simply click your InShare button, they’re a lot more likely to promote your website on LinkedIn. By making it convenient for site visitors to share information about your website, you’ll get a lot more links and traffic.

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Google+ – Start off by building up your public circles and joining relevant Google+ Communities. This will increase the number of people adding you into their own circles as well. You can then share links on your +1 account from other important web pages, just like you would on Facebook. Like many other social networking sites, the more you post the more traffic you get. As a perk, Google+ also syncs up with your other Google accounts automatically. That includes Gmail and YouTube.

Google+ Tip: Google is stretching its reach further and further across the internet’s sphere, so make sure you are well-connected. Having a Google +1 account makes your website look more valid in Google’s eyes, which increase your chances of web users easily being able to find your website through Google search.

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Swarm – If you are a business with a physical address, Swarm is a great place to generate some web traffic. However, there is a bit of a trick to successfully driving people to your site. You need to add your URL to the end of your business’s Swarm name. When someone checks into your business, it gets posted on Facebook or Twitter with your name and a clickable URL. This is a bit sneaky, but can be very useful if you are a local business.

Swarm Tip: Give out product discounts through Swarm. People love to get the same great products at a discounted price and won’t be able to resist the urge to spend their discounts on your website. Your customers will get a great deal, and you’ll get more web traffic!

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Tumblr – Believe it or not, Tumblr is a great resource for getting that extra boost in traffic. Excitingly enough, some of the links from Tumblr are dofollow, meaning that they can build your link authority on your website. Not only that, but it is super easy to share content on Tumblr. Reblogging something will spread your reach even further, providing more backlinks and more ways to get to your website. If your post or image becomes popular, many people will share it several times down the line, all driving traffic to your site.

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Photo Sharing Websites Tip: Use your own Flickr photos in your blogs posts and cite them as being created by you and available on Flickr. This will entice people who read your blog to investigate the subjects of your other photos, and will likely result in not only social media followers, but also
increased web traffic as well.

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Examples: Flickr, Shutterfly, Photobucket

Document Sharing Websites – There are many different document sharing websites out there that allow you to share presentations, books, guides or even articles. If you have something of value to add to one of these sites, you should do so with a link back to your website. These sites are indexed by Google and usually rank pretty high in the search results. Putting your URL within one of these documents will give you consistent traffic as long as the document is worth reading.

Document Sharing Websites Tip: Establish relationships with other document sharers and see if you can encourage them to share your documents with people in their own networks. If you show contacts in your own network that you are interested in their material and are recommending it to your friends, they will likely do the same. As your documents soar around the internet, so too will visitors soar to your website.

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Examples: Scribd, Slideshare, DocStoc

eBook Sharing Websites – Did you know that U.S. ebook sales jumped 300% in 2011? As more people turn to their Nooks and Kindles to provide them with reading material, ebooks have become extremely popular. There are several sites that are dedicated to distributing ebooks. Here, you can upload your ebooks at no cost and share with others. If you have an ebook that people will want to read, they will see your brand, links, and name throughout it. This can ultimately cause them to investigate your website, giving you more of that much-needed traffic.

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Examples: E-booksDirectory, EbooksDownloadFree

Podcast Sharing Websites – If you have a regular podcast running for your website, you can easily share your latest podcasts using several websites. These sharing sites allow you to give a description or show notes for each podcast. If you post a helpful idea for a podcast, the show notes might post a link to a full article on your own website. People who really liked your podcast can share it via the capabilities on the sharing site as well, getting
your name and links out there even more.

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Examples: Podbean, iTunes, PodOmatic

CONTENT SHARING WEBSITES
Content sharing websites are pretty much exactly what they sound like: they allow users to publish their own content and share it with others. How is this helpful to driving traffic to your website? Well, when you create your content you can link back to your own website within that content. Then, when you share the content with other people, they will see your links and have the opportunity to click on them. What would make them want to click on your links? Interesting content!

This is why fresh ideas and an enthusiastic marketing team are must-haves for directing visitors to your site. Here are some different kinds of content that you can use to drive more traffic to your website.

Photo Sharing Websites – Lots of photo sharing sites allow others to download your photos or link to them from
their websites. Using this capability, you can add images to sites like Flickr and allow others to use your pictures freely online. Simply require anyone who uses your photos to use an attribution link back to your website. These images will show up in Google’s Image search as well, so be sure to properly tag your photos with keywords you want the images to rank for.

File Sharing Websites–If you have a large amount of files that you would like to share with others, you can use sites like Dropbox.com to allow readers to have access to them. This could include flyers, images, videos, anything really that could direct someone to your website.

File Sharing Websites Tip: Attach the link to helpful information in your file sharing folder within your emails about your website. Many people use this as their media kit for potential investors and supporters in order to give them information that doesn’t really fit on the website itself.

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Examples: Dropbox, Google Drive, Box

Slideshow Sharing Websites – Sites like SlideShare allow you to create slideshows on their site and share them across the web. Links are active within the slides, driving more people to your site from every slideshow they view. SlideShare slideshows also come up in Google searches as well!

Slideshow Sharing Websites Tip: Consider using a site like Slide.ly. Slide.ly is most astheticlly appealing than your basic PowerPoint slideshow. You can upload content and photos straight from your computer, or from your cloud. Slide.ly is great because it’s formatted to look great when you share it on Facebook or Pinterest. And of course, it’s free!

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Examples: Photography, Memes

Videos – Videos are very similar to pictures in that they too are indexed, and they are some of the most shareable items on the internet. Videos tend to go viral when people like them. Getting your brand and URL out with a video is very easy since you can let other people share the content themselves. Sites like YouTube and Vimeo are great for uploading videos and sharing them on social sites. But what does it take to create a good video nowadays? Actually, technology is so advanced now that all you really need is a digital camera or decent-quality phone.

Videos Tip: Documentary-style realism has been making a comeback in commercials and film lately. Embrace shaky hand movements and home-video-esque qualities and create a company video that will reach customers on a personal level. Small narratives about how a family benefited from your landscaping business, or how your accounting firm allowed them to go on vacation, really touch people on social sites. Embrace the personal side of video creation and you’re sure to have more traffic coming to your site in no time. Watch this testimonial video on making $100 over and over again with a text bot

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Examples: Advertisements, How-To’s, Inside Look

Infographics – Infographics are images taken to the next level. They provide a lot of valuable information in a highly visual format. People love to read infographics and share them with others because they’re highly informative…and they just look cool. The only downside to infographics is they take a lot of time to create.

Research alone for one infographic can take roughly 8 hours to complete, and then there’s designing it. However, when all is said and done, this kind of content can generate hundreds and hundreds of Likes, Favorites and shares, and is definitely worth the time it takes to create them. In addition to the traffic you’ll get from social sites, there are also many different infographic sharing websites that will help you get more site visitors.

Infographics Tip: Have a very clear idea of your infographic’s topic before you begin researching it. Nothing is more difficult than trying to create an infographic out of a vague, broad subject. Your infographics need to be about a very specific idea that is related to your industry.

If you are a lawyer, create an interesting infographics about the number of faulty product injuries that occur each year and provide interesting statistics and examples about the injuries. People will be interested to learn about the topic, and the infographic will show your expertise and experience as a lawyer. Before you know it, traffic will be pouring into your website.

CREATE SOMETHING
While you could share content created by other people (as long as you gave them credit), you’ll send a lot more traffic to your website if you create your own, unique content. When you create the content yourself, you’re showing people that you have a skill, that you are knowledgeable, that you are an active participator in online conversations and that you are interesting. Creating the kinds of content mentioned below may be a little time consuming, but it’s time well spent for the level of interest you can create for your website.

Graphics/Images – Images are usable in many different ways to generate web traffic. For one, they are indexed by Google, so be sure to include appropriate alt text with some of your relevant keywords. If people are searching Google for an image related to your website, you images will appear and those people will visit your website to learn more about you. Another advantage of images is the fact that they are easily shared. Through social media sites like Facebook or Pinterest, you can market your website just through images alone. Images can also be linked to things like your own website. People then share that image and drive even
more visitors to your website!

Graphics/Images Tip: The best way for your images to get noticed is for you to create visually appealing graphics. Pixels are not attractive, unless they’re intentional. To create great-looking images, check out sites like Pixlr. Pixlr is a great alternative to purchasing expensive photo-editing
programs, and is set up very similarly to Adobe’s Photoshop. You no longer have to empty your bank account to get effective photo editing software and great looking pictures.

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Examples: Visual.ly, coolinfographics

Video Infographic – Just as videos are shareable, video infographics tend to be shared even more. Video infographics drive a lot of traffic because the data that is visualized in the infographic tends to be more interesting and captivating than regular videos. Take advantage of this and produce a high quality video infographic that your visitors can learn from and share with others.

Video Infographic Tip: To find a good video infographic topic, use YouTube and Quora to research what people are interested in that also relates to your field. You can see what people are curious about, what videos have the most popularity, and what information isn’t easily available simply by typing your keywords into the search bar.

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Examples: App Store Wars

Additional Website – If you know how to create a website with additional content, you can direct people to your initial site. Promote your business or company’s website through a separate blog, microsite, or lead generation site that is related to your industry. Just don’t spam the lead generating site with your links everywhere. It will look fake and it could actually discredit your company.

Additional Website Tip: If you decide to incorporate another website into your traffic driving methods, make sure you talk to your web analytics team about tracking the click-throughs to that site. This is important because when you are tracking your bounce rates and exit pages, Google Analytics will mark a click through to your other website as an exit or bounce. Talk to you analytics team about tracking the number of clicks that that website gets from your main site, or vice versa, and you’ll have a much better idea of how the additional website is influencing your traffic flow.

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Examples: WordPress, Joomla

Mobile App – Many visitors to your website are likely mobile users. Creating a mobile app for them that is easily accessible from their mobile device can lead lots of visitors to your website. The convenience of an app gives the user an additional way to view your content and will be easier for them to see on their tiny smartphone screens.

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Examples: Gmail App, Twitter App

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BLOGS
Blogs are by far one of the best ways to drive traffic to your site. They include all the fun and sharability of social media sites, but without the tiny post lengths. Whether you are writing for you own blog, guest blogging for someone else or participating in blog communities and networks, every website on the internet should engage in some form of blogging. To drive the most traffic to your site, we suggest you engage in all forms of it. Here are different ways you can use blogs to get more traffic to your website.

Create Your Own Blog – The potential for blogging is massive and many websites have taken up this task as a way  to attract many viewers to their website. The additional content helps websites rank better on search engines and it gives the viewers something new to look at. Blog posts can be easily shared via social media sites which will only drive more people to see your site on a regular basis. Keep up the blogging and you will see a definite increase in monthly visitors.

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Guest Blogging – Guest Blogging is also an extremely powerful tool for anyone looking to increase their website traffic. This is basically going to someone else’s popular blog and putting your link on their site. All of their regular subscribers and readers will see your link and hopefully follow it to your site. For most sites, however, you can’t simply slap your link in the comment box and call it a day. You have to write a blog post yourself, send it to the blogger, and hopefully he or she will agree to publish it with a link to your website in the byline or in the text.

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Accept Guest Blog Posts – Just as guest blogging receives extra views, so does allowing others to guest post on your blog. Generally, the author of the guest blog will share this post via several different methods like social media. Their viewers then come to your site, and if they like it, they will become a subscriber or regular visitor as well.

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Blog Commenting – Try commenting on relevant blogs that have similar topics as your website. If you find a place where a link to your website is appropriate, drop a link in their comments. Avoid coming off as spam by adding a quality comment of your opinion or advice to the blog you are visiting. Other commenters and readers will hopefully follow your link to your own site. Be warned though, many blogs put a nofollow on their comment sections, so Google will not be able to index your link. Blog commenting does, however, make you a more recognizable presence on the web. Even if you can’t put an indexable link in your comment, responding to blog posts is a good idea.

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Blog Directories – A blog directory might help you in many ways. First, it is fairly easy to find free and easy to submit to blog directories. By getting your blog URL in a directory, the possibility for other blogs to connect with yours is greater. Submitting your blog to categories and subcategories that are relevant to your niche will also provide you with quality traffic. In addition, by submitting your blog URL, you build up your backlink quality. This allows you to rank higher for certain keywords in search engines. There are a lot of free blog directories out there just waiting for you to submit to that will boost your traffic and your SEO.

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Blog Communities/Networks – Blogger communities are basically made to allow bloggers, marketers, and guest bloggers to connect with each other. If your business needs quality links to build up your SEO efforts, it is possible to connect with a blogger on one of these communities to write a product review or publish a blog post on their blog with your name and URL. Some blog networks allow the exchanging of guest posts, links, or even advertisements for free or for a small fee. Increasing your backlinks is easy to do with guest posts, and blog networks make it even easier.

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Examples: BlogDash, Blogger LinkUp, MyBlogGuest

Live Blogging – Overall, live blogging is another piece of great content that people will likely see and want to share with others. If you are attending a keynote or a conference, a live blogging piece should be considered. This is fairly popular among technology-related industries as lots of people want to know what is being revealed or what big. The fresher the content, the more popular it is. For instance, live blogging at an Apple
keynote would bring in a lot of viewers since everyone wants to know what new features the next iPhone will have. Try a live blog and see if it attracts any new viewers.

Live Blogging Tip: Make sure you advertise that you are going to do a live blog ahead of time. Not many people will come to your site at that specific time if no one knows it is going to happen.

TRAFFIC POTENTIAL: 4 DIFFICULTY: 2

EVENTS
What are events? In the simplest form of the definition, they are live occurrences that generate interest from the public – or maybe from specific niches in the public. Art exhibits, concerts, community gatherings and spoken lectures are just a few of the many kinds of events at your disposal. But, how can real-world events drive traffic to the online world where your website resides? Simple. Connect you website with events people are interested in, and the events will bring more traffic it your site. Below are some ways we recommend you use events to generate
more website traffic.

Speak at Events – Does your website provide valuable information that people might want to hear live? Host an event or speak at one to get your name and your website known. Tell the audience how to learn more about a certain topic by going to your website. Those who are truly interested will definitely visit your site.

Speak at Events Tip: Check out departments in local colleges and universities. Many times, academic institutions are looking for qualified experts to speak about all kinds of topics, and will even offer their students extra credit to come and hear you speak.

TRAFFIC POTENTIAL: 3 DIFFICULTY: 3

Attend Events – Go to an event with like minded individuals who would want to hear about your website. Network with others in your industry at the event and hand them your card or information to get them to come to your website. Networking in person can also lead to networking online, driving more industry traffic to your website.

TRAFFIC POTENTIAL: 2 DIFFICULTY: 2

Cover an Event – Providing live updates to a popular event on your website will allow those who couldn’t attend to feel as if they are right there. Cover a live event and make sure people know to come to your website ahead of time to see your live updates. Even after the event is over, you can provide valuable information on how the event went, which will bring in even more viewers.

SHARE SOMETHING – Much like kindergarten, sharing is how you make friends online. Sharing everything from industry updates to product reviews can be a great way to establish your credibility and drive more traffic to your website. You can also take a note from highly-trafficked websites and study the kinds of content and information that they share. You can create a web-trafficking business model by sharing similar content of your own creation. If it works for them, why shouldn’t it work for you? Below are some ways you can use online sharing to drive more traffic to your site.

Breaking News – If for some reason you were at the right place at the right time and you know something that is extremely ground breaking that no one else knows about, put it on your website! Other websites that desire to know this information will also post it on their site and link back to the original source. The backlinks will increase your SEO authority and drive more people back to your website.

TRAFFIC POTENTIAL: 4 DIFFICULTY: 3

Online Groups – Make a name for yourself by participating in various online groups that are related to your website’s topic. Don’t drop links everywhere, but add valuable input to the discussions instead. Eventually you become a valued member of the community and any links you share will be trusted instead of disregarded.

TRAFFIC POTENTIAL: 2 DIFFICULTY: 3

RSS Feed Aggregators – An aggregator will simply take your RSS feed and sort it with other similar feeds. By supplying an RSS feed to your website, viewers are notified of any new updates on your website. This allows them to constantly come back to see what new things there is to know on your site.

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We hope you enjoyed reading 20 Free Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website. More importantly, we hope you found our advice helpful! We’ve used all of these tips to drive traffic to both our own website and our clients’ websites in the past, so give them all a try. We know they can work for you just like they’ve worked for us.

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