The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Ways of Getting Traffic to Your Blog

Daniel Scocco

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This is a guest post by Himanshu. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

Experience really counts! I’ve been blogging for a while on many different blogs. Before turning into a partial-pro blogger, I did some research on ways to get traffic my blog, and I would like to share my points of view with you. What is the good, what is the bad and what is the ugly way of generating traffic.

Natural Back links

Every blogger dreams about this. As the number of natural backlinks increase, your authority will also increase. But the point here is, are those natural backlinks really worth it? The answer is yes. It is a kind of virtuous circle. The higher the number of backlinks you have, the higher your authority, and the higher your authority, the more natural backlinks you will get.

In my blogging career, I’ve learned only two ways to get good backlinks: hard work and patience. By hard work I mean the content you write. Blogs like SixRevisions and Hongkiat are among the most popular design blogs. If you visit them, you will realize the reason: the publish a lot of high quality content on a very frequent basis.

Comments

I think I don’t need to tell you why you should be commenting on other blogs. For instance, I still remember the articles TechCrunch articles where I managed to leave the first comment. At that time, my blog used to get around 40 visitors a day. On that particular day (when I left the comment) my visitor count increased to around 110 visitors.

Some tips while commenting on other blogs:

1. Try to be the first one to leave a comment. Definitely it requires you to be pro active or to have some luck.

2. Try to ask a question on your comment. This is a 100% proven way of getting traffic. But of course I am not telling you to ask “How you doing buddy?” but something which will make readers think and incite them to visit your blog.

3. Try to keep it simple. Never write lengthy comments. Nobody has time to read a comment by someone they don’t even know.

Forums

Forums are always a good way of bringing in traffic to your blog. You can either ask your blog related question there, or you can put your signature as your link there.

Things to remember:

1. Never ask useless questions just for the sake of getting some extra traffic. There are always smart people who can ban you from the forum forever.

2. When you put your blog link as your signature, try to use some eye catching anchor text. For example, “How I earn few extra bucks working part time” sounds way better than “Click here to earn money”.

3. To take maximum advantage of forums, be regular. Devote 5 minutes every day to post there or start a new thread. This means 5*30 =150 minutes a month. It can get you at least 300 visitors a month and is very good in the long run.

Twitter

Twitter has always been a very good friend of mine for getting Traffic. Mostly the traffic depends on the kind of content you write. Twitter traffic is crazy about social media. If you are writing something like “10 tips that can make you Twitter rich” then I am sure your followers would love to retweet it for you.

One thing I really like about Twitter is that your articles which never get attention on social bookmarking sites can also drive you a lot of traffic.

TIP: Twitter will only pay you off if you are regular. Try starting from 10 minutes a day and keep ReTweeting stuff. Most of your followers will reciprocate you and will RT your links too.

Search Engines

This requires no clarification. But before starting your blog, you have to decide whether you really want organic traffic or not. If you do, you will inevitably need to play around with SEO. It is also worth remembering that some blogs will naturally perform better than others as far as organic traffic is concerned. This is usually the case with tech related blogs, for instance.

Buying links

If you are really passionate about blogging and following “natural standards” without any black hat tricks, then buying links is BAD. Period!

Social Bookmarking

There are multiple ways of looking at things. Some think it is good and some think it is bad. Let us know the reason why is it so.

Why social bookmarking traffic is bad for my blog?
Social bookmarking traffic is very smart. If you are trying to make money with contextual ads like Adsense, for example, you will notice that such traffic will covert very poorly, if at all..

And why is social bookmarking traffic is good for my blog?
This is no brainer. More traffic means people like your content. Just imagine even if 1% of those visitors link to your article from their blog. Also imagine if 1% of of those people visiting your blog for the first time become your subscribers.

TIP: If you want to have success with social bookmarking sites, work on the quality of your titles. They can literally make or break your social media success.

Family and Friends

If you are deliberately asking your mom to visit your blog and check out some geeky stuff over there, then I think you need to go back to Blogging School and try harder.

On the other hand, it also depends on your niche. If you are writing about cats and dogs and your content is making your family and friends at least grin, then you’ve done a very good job.

You can read Himanshu’s take on technology on his blog, Whibb.com

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69 Responses to “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Ways of Getting Traffic to Your Blog”

  • Sam

    great tips man , i have a question : how to get a high page rank from google ?

    can u write something about that ?

    thank !

  • Paul

    Thanks Himanshu, nice article!

    Your views on Adsense conversions from social bookmarking visits is interesting. I’ve never had any where near the Adsense love from my blogs that I do from those sites that have no blog. Never really thought it from the point of view of the comparative percentage of traffic from social bookmark visits.

  • Rachel

    Great tips. I must confess though, I’ve never heard of social bookmarking. I guess I shall google it!

  • Blogger User

    I really liked all what you said but i dont agree when you say “Never write lengthy comments”. People are serious to comments if they like the main content they are reading. And i think even if they dont have time to read that, they can have atleast some general idea on what the comment is trying to say. So i dont think it makes that bad impression after all.

  • Free arabic movies

    Thanks alot… I am sure That will help me alot .. you get more Traffic .

  • abhijeet

    These tips are great!
    Thanks for this simple but smart information.

  • joabng

    it take time and effort,

  • watches

    smart tips that we all need but sometimes don’t know ~

  • Dimas

    Daniel, my first time reading your blog, very interesting article … I very much agree with you that comments and forums definitely help to generate new visitor traffic.

  • sabine

    Great information, there is much that I can still learn.

  • cute angel

    It’s really great tips on how to drive traffic to our website. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gustavo Leig

    I like using my website url in my email signatures. works a lot!

  • mason

    I am new to blogging. I am at a disadvantage right off the back in that I am a sock! I have gone from 35 hits a day to over 300 in a couple of weeks! You are right, it does take a lot of work! The people who read this are one step ahead of the game!

  • Adventurous Wench travel store

    I always love commenting. Not only because it brings traffic but also for the reason that it keeps your mind fresh and sharp.

    Reading other people’s articles is sure enlightening and has helped me a lot — on the business side as well as in my personal life.

  • bebek oyunları

    Well I think the commenting thing is already an obsolete idea.. These days, obviously commenting can give you some 1-2 hits per day and I think it pays too little for the effort you usually give in into it… just my 2 cents

  • Igor

    Hey,

    I would like to add that in order for all
    those to work, you will have to be persistent.
    a work of more than 1.5-2 month is required to
    get decent traffic going.

    Igor

  • Melvin

    Well I think the commenting thing is already an obsolete idea.. These days, obviously commenting can give you some 1-2 hits per day and I think it pays too little for the effort you usually give in into it… just my 2 cents

  • Marie {Make and Takes}

    What a great article. Love the idea to simply take 10 minutes out of my day to Tweet, and Re-tweet. Must get in that habit!!

  • Jendi

    A home run tip article!
    Your comment tip section is excellent! So many bloggers love to get them, but don’t spread the love.

  • Eric

    These are great tips, thanks for the advice. Some I have implemented, but others I haven’t yet. I will come Monday.

  • Sheryl Loch

    I guess one point that was not exactly on your list, but used here, is guest posting.
    Forums and blog commenting are by far best for me. I get to learn things as I build links.
    Thanks for the reminder tips.

  • scorpio

    You know… I just missed an hour to be at the top of the comment post. for sure this will drive me luck.

    Thanks for the advise. This is an organized way of saying how to gain traffic to your site.

    Keep up the good work.

  • masso

    hi, these are tips are very useful to me. i need more informations to how to link .nice

  • Decky H Rooroh

    I like this article. Every blogger must be read this.

  • SEO BLOGGING TIPS

    Very intellegent tips . I guess these tips are enough for a beginer blogger?

  • David Stillwagon

    I have also had luck with squidoo driving traffic to my blogs.

  • Nick

    These are great, But you should have said something about writing stuff that are currently popular I guess? Ive done that before and I get like 200 people within 30 minutes, its crazy.

    I know this is a little off-topic but, I been struggling with staying up with the blogging habits, any tips?

  • Caroline

    Great tips! Thank you 😉

  • Cars

    Just want to add my experience. tried twitter and still don’t really get the concept. and it takes a lot of effort to get very high quality content, i think hongkiat has some writers to do the job for the site though

    i find your social bookmarking to be interesting

  • shyam

    Followed your tips & my site traffic has increased Thanks for the help!

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