Blog Project: Traffic Generation Tips

By Daniel Scocco

I have always been a fan of Darren Rowse’s group writing projects (I was very lucky to be among the winners of the last edition, in fact). The only problem I have ever encountered there is that some of the participants are exclusively interested in getting a backlink from Problogger. They do not interact with the other people or link to posts from other blogs.

In order to solve this problem I will try to create a monthly Blog Project here at Daily Blog Tips with two simple rules:

1. Send me your tip about the current topic (the first one will be “Traffic Generation Tips”). You can use the contact form or post a comment below.

2. After I publish the list of participants and their tips you write a post with a link to everyone that participated in the project.

The aim of this project is to share useful tips, spread the link love and give everyone the possibility to discover new blogs. If 10 people participate you will receive 10 tips, link to 10 people and get 10 backlinks in exchange (sounds good, right?).

As I mentioned before the first topic is “Traffic Generation Tips”, so share what has worked to increase your traffic over the past. You can send your tips until Sunday, February 3rd.




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34 Responses to “Blog Project: Traffic Generation Tips”

  • Escriba

    Why not creating a wiki at http://wiki.zoho.com ?

  • Daniel

    I wiki could be an option to be integrated on the site, I will think about it.

  • Kat

    The blogging platform, Expression Engine, has an integrated wiki and an optional integrated forum. I use it for all my sites and my client sites. I don’t think I’ve yet to come across something it can’t do.

  • Sridhar

    Escriba: That’s not a good idea as it beats the purpose of the exercise, which is to gain links and get traffic to our own blogs as opposed to sending the traffic to an external site/page.

  • Daniel

    Thanks for everyone participating, there are 3 submissions already!

  • KWiz

    I read somewhere that one of the ways to generate traffic is to write something controversial. I don’t think it’s good to write something controversial just for the purpose of getting traffic necessarily (especially if it’s only for that purpose and you’re being disingenuous), but it works. I recently wrote a post in which I was expressing my opinion about a topic, but many people did not agree, and I got several comments from folks expressing their disagreement. So that strategy worked. But once again, I didn’t do it strictly for traffic only – I was expressing an opinion I felt strongly about.

  • Ramen Junkie

    Newsgroups. I always see a spike when I post a review to a newsgroup.

  • Daniel

    A big “thank you” for everyone who is participating!

    we already have 11 entries, far beyond my initial expectations.

  • Ian Delaney

    Ok. I’ll bite.

    Nothing creates long-term traffic more than value. Making a post along the lines of ‘Evaluated resources for XYZ’ is useful. Useful things get linked to and they get onto del.icio.us, which is far better long-term than a digg front page. Of course, that resource has to be properly useful, which takes time and effort.

    Your XYZ – the subject you create a resource list for – should probably be niche, rather than the more general ones I’ve created, for best effect.

  • Splork

    I’ve had good success writing articles and submitting them to EzineArticles. Articles that have been written from well-researched keyword phrases and accepted by EzineArticles tend to rank very high in Google for that search term. Placing anchor text in the footer of those articles so the reader can visit my relevant website has always increased my site traffic. The traffic is consistent as long as the article remains highly placed in Google.

  • Alan Thomas

    Don’t forget your archives. I just posted a roundup of all interviews I did over the past seven months. One of them generated a new link and a big traffic spike from a group of users that look like they will be loyal readers now.

  • Scott Townsend

    I am the world’s biggest blog-nov (blogging novice). I am afraid my recommendation would seem very elementary…but here it goes. How about sending your friends updates when the blog is updated?
    Let the bashing begin.

  • Daniel

    Scott, every opinion is valid when we talk about blogs, after all they are conversations and not monologues.

    The good thing about blogs, also, is that they have features like RSS that enable friends and readers to track the updates easily.

    I can rephrase your advice on the following way: inform search engines and aggregators like Technorati (using the ping functionality) when your blog is updated, this should ensure maximum traffic coming from those sources.

    Thanks for participating.

  • inspirationbit

    Well, obviously everyone knows that social bookmarking sites like Digg, del.icio.us, etc. bring lots of traffic. But I’m now submitting some of my articles to blogg-buzz.com (a digg like site for bloggers), and I always get not a bad traffic from there (can’t be compared with Digg, of course, however, I’ve already got several loyal readers and RSS subscribers from there).
    I also participate in Forums, and my signature has a link to my blog. I noticed many people are coming from those forums.

    Since I’m new to blogging, every little bit of traffic helps, so I started participating in group projects (this one is my 2nd one 🙂 and commenting in other blogs.

  • Rory

    My traffic increase is very gradual, but, among others, I’m reckoning a couple of things have worked for me. Oh, am I allowed two?

    1. I have entered some articles in Blog Carnivals. Your article almost always gets posted, and it must generate a handful of visitors, at least.

    2. I have signed up to MyBlogLog. That invites a few more visitors.

  • Nick

    Participating in forums is a great way to get loyal readers. Either link baiting people in your signature or posting great advice and tips will give you high quality traffic, which will result in return visitors.

  • Jen Gordon

    I came upon some unexpected traffic when my blog popped up on some css design portals like http://www.cssmania.com and http://www.webcreme.com.

    If you can put some time into the concept behind and design for your blog, I’d recommend submitting your site to a design portal not only for additional traffic but to build an additional community around your site.

    I’ve had several of my design peers contact me about the site, which only enriches my participation in the design community! 🙂

  • Chris

    Squidoo Lenses are a good way to generate traffic. By using a lense, you can generate your own custom “community” of webpages, including some of the more popular pages in your “neighborhood.” Including your own webpage in such a list is a good way of generating traffic.

  • jester

    My favorite traffic-generation tactic is also the most fun!

    Leave comments on other blogs. If you’re already reading them, it takes just a couple of seconds to leave a message agreeing or disagreeing with the author, you get to leave a link to your site, and you will almost ALWAYS get traffic from your comments.

    The blog author usually returns the favor by leaving a comment on your blog and the wheels go round and round.

  • Cory OBrien

    Daniel, here’s my entry: http://www.didntyouhear.com/2007/02/04/traffic-is-hard-to-generate/

  • Shankar Ganesh

    Just Browse around MYBLOGLOG and you’ll surely get visitors to your blog 🙂
    Try it, it works!

  • Ramanathan

    Ok, here is my trick. post your hit posts in Orkut communities. You need not post in related communiteies. Just throw (I hate to use the word ‘spam’ hehe) your posts in huge communities. Till now, google doesnt seem to take any steps to control it. Enjoy till they introduce some mechanism.

    I get huge traffic for 20 – 30 mins from the time post.

  • nora chiang

    yo soy nueva en esto de los blog, es mi segundo dia tratando de hacer conocer mi blog, he enviado emails a mis contactos y he pedido que envien a los suyos bueno en menos de 48 horas no tengo ni un visitante es frustrante he anotado algunas entradas fijadas aca y espero sirvan de algo pues necesito que mi blog empiece a generar algunos ingresos, es urgente si pueden ayudarne le envio la dirccion,por siaca soy novata en las computadoras mejor dicho muy inexperta bien aca ba mi direccion

    http://trabajeencasayganebien.blogspot.com/

    espero la visiten y puedan ayudarme

    algunas criticas a
    chiangnora2000@yahoo.es no tengo foro en mi blog no se como ponerlo ya no se puede editar , mirenlo y diganme como editarlo pues quiero adicionar algunas cosas y no se como

    gracias de anticipado

  • Book Of Tips

    I have lots of tips at http://bookoftips.blogspot.com

  • Traffic2MyPage

    i think it is important when it comes to generating traffic that you don’t first over deliver by providing useful content to the visitor… focus on building a relationship and then look to sell to them using other strategies. If you go into this game JUST to sell without offering anything of value or building trust you will fail like soo many before and become dissillusioned… don’t fall into that trap!

  • Giamatti

    Browse around “MYBLOG” talk to other blog owners and make sure you participate on forums 😉 also try to get family & friends to visit your blog.

  • Benny Nardino

    Wow. I really like blogspace Daniel. I actually browsed through from Brian Gardener page.

    I like the simplicity if the look and feel of your site and in addition it’s very content oriented which is great.

    The topic above is one that certainly arouses my interests and I shall be making regular visits to learn more.

    Please keep up the good work Dan and everyone who had made contributions.. God bless.

  • a3c

    i have mention a tips of traffic and article in my site like” How You Could Make $100.00 Daily From AdSense”

  • Bang Kritikus

    Make exchange links with good google pagerank and alexa rank partners.

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