If there’s one thing I’ve learned about blogging for money, it that’s no matter how great your plugins are, no matter how great your content is, if you don’t have traffic, you don’t have anything. And no, you can’t just grab a megaphone and yell for people to come visit your blog.
As any web entrepreneur who owns a blog will tell you, you can never have enough web traffic. While some people may think that getting a lot of web traffic to your blog is as likely as your chance of winning the lottery, you do not need lady luck on your side to make your blog successful. Getting more traffic to your site is easy, as long as you have the right tools for the job.
If you’ve been trying to get more visitors to your blog – and therefore, more sales – but the old-school ways of traffic generation aren’t working for you, or are costing too much of your budget, read on. The next few posts will cover some little-used traffic generation methods that will soon have your blog humming and your virtual cash register ringing.
These methods don’t use any plugins, but what good are money-making plugins if no one sees your blog?
Whether your blog is providing a service or selling products, whether you are an affiliate marketer, a virtual assistant, a consultant, a teacher, or an information marketer, these methods can work for your blog. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, although some of these suggestions may require you to move outside your comfort zone.
But if you want different results, you need to try different tactics. So let’s get started!
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #1: Host a Contest
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #2: Write a Blog Series
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #3: Write an Interview Series
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #4: Write a Round-up Post
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #5: Hold a Twitter Chat
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #6: Add Video
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #7: Cross Blog Conversations
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #8: Give Away a Freebie
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #9: Blog Tour – Coming Soon
Blog Traffic Generating Strategy #10: Blog Carnival – Coming Soon
Creative Methods vs. Dry Science
If you listen to a lot internet marketing pundits, traffic generation is a dry science, an almost mathematical equation that relies little on individuality or creativity. While there are some marketing laws, there’s plenty of room for your own spin. Through these articles, I’ve tried to provide you with some out-of-the-box ways to drive traffic to your site. Whatever your personality or style, there are at least a few ideas for you to take and run with.
Just like with diet, there are many ways to achieve the same result, and there’s no one “right” answer. The important thing is to choose a few strategies to try, and to move yourself to action immediately. Test out a few of your favorites, and adjust as you go along until you’ve found something that works for you.
Here’s to your success!