Step 6 – How to Promote and Increase Traffic to Your Blog

Step 6 – How to Promote and Increase Traffic to Your Blog

One of the biggest challenges that most bloggers experience is convincing people to visit their site and growing their visitors over time. Although it’s not a very difficult task to achieve, new bloggers do not understand how to start or what they require to ensure that their content rank higher in the search engines. With millions of blogs currently in the market, it’s going to take a lot of promotional effort and high-quality content to grow a loyal audience. For a website to rank high you must also get high-quality links.

Whether your blog is new or old you must put a lot of effort on promoting it for it to yield the results that you desire. Here are some of the best ways that you can use to promote your blog. The good thing is that most of these methods are free.

Traffic/SEO/Social Engagment

1. Social networking

Currently, over 2 billion people use social media worldwide. Whether it’s Facebook, LinkedIn or Pinterest you can use social media to promote your blog. The one that you are using does not matter what matters is using it to share your blog content with the rest of the world. You can also create a new Facebook page a twitter account to promote your blog. This will not only help you to share your content but will also assist you to grow your audience and following among those who are interested. Many authority blogs have some of the best twitter & facebook accounts that they use to share their content.

Below I’ve attached free methods on getting free traffic from facebook

Facebook Free Traffic Methods

2. Have a mailing list

It’s unfortunate that a huge number of those who visit your website will not come back. It’s quite sad because most bloggers have valuable content. Since time is short, people usually forget to visit the sites that they visited previously. One of the best ways to hold your visitors and ensure that they keep visiting your website is to create a mailing list. Most top bloggers now use mailing lists to ensure that their visitors come back to their sites. With a simple process, you could be building one of hugest mailing lists for your website. This means every time you post a new blog you could be sending a mail to your followers. You could also use this the next time you want to start a promotion or you want to send out an announcement. No matter what you are writing about, starting a mailing list is one of the best things that you can ever do.

List building & Engagement

3. Link to outside experts and resources

This is also another great way to promote your blog. You can increase shares, traffic, and backlinks to authority sites and experts within your niche. Although you may think that this idea will prevent people from visiting your site it will actually make your content better and google will also realize that you have linked to the best sites. Apart from providing valuable content to your audience, you will also get several social shares, retweets, linkbacks and some mentions to your site especially if offer trending topics and quality content. Sites such as ahrefs.com are continuously coming up with expert roundups and original content. All the other sites are usually looking for those who are linking to them and they will reference these sites to their social media audience as well.

4. Guest blogging

With so many blogs on the internet, one of the best ways to gain an audience is to guest blog and contribute content to these other sites for free. This will not only ensure that you gain attention fast but will also help market your own blog. The advantage of this is that the site owner will grant you the opportunity to expose your site in exchange to writing a highly quality content. One of the blog sites that accepts guest blogging is problogger.net. Once you have guest blogged, your blog will easily link back to your site hence readers will be able to find your blog. Apart from being the best way to get your blog and your name outside there, it’s also one of the surest ways of getting a permanent audience and powerful, backlinks to your website. The more quality backlinks you get to your site the higher the chance that you will rank high.

List of 180+ Websites/Blogs That Accept Guest Posts & Contributions

Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
Forbes 97 217 Extreme Contribute
Business Insider 95 292 Extreme Contact
Survey Monkey Blog 94 610 Hard Contribute
Entrepreneur 92 1,086 Extreme Contribute
Fast Company 92 3,960 Extreme Contact
Inc. 92 1,469 Extreme Contact
Harvard Business Review 91 2,739 Extreme Contact
About.com 90 485 Extreme Contribute
Venture Beat 90 2,886 Hard Guest Post
Investopedia 87 764 Extreme Contribute
Small Biz Trends 84 14,272 Hard Become an Author
Seeking Alpha 83 1,888 Hard Contribute
Business.com 82 24,022 Hard Contribute
Business 2 Community 81 9,237 Hard Contribute
All Business 80 34,112 Moderate Guest Post
Benzinga 79 26,458 Moderate Contribute
Wise Bread 74 25,908 Moderate Contribute
BPlans 73 10,740 Hard Write For Them
Investing.com 73 719 Hard Contribute
Business-Opportunities 69 176,638 Moderate Contact
BizSugar 69 46,272 Moderate Submit
SiteProNews 69 55,054 Moderate Guest Post
Money Saving Mom 66 50,207 Moderate Guest Post
Customer Think 65 90,204 Moderate Contribute
Startup Grind 65 62,916 Moderate Become a Writer
Startup Nation 64 105,448 Moderate Contribute
Killer Startups 64 92,514 Moderate Guest Post
Accounting Web 63 50,559 Easy Register & Post
Training Zone 62 272,612 Easy Register & Post
My Customer 61 111,294 Easy Register & Post
My Corporation 60 170,531 Moderate Become an Author
Business Zone 59 121,293 Easy Register & Post
Tweak Your Biz 58 67,256 Moderate Contribute
HR Zone 56 160,606 Easy Register & Post
Mirasee 53 159,848 Moderate Guest Post
Inc 42 52 41,644 Moderate Guest Post
Women on Business 52 405,645 Moderate Write For Them
CEO.com 51 335,815 Moderate Contribute
Ecopreneurist 51 496,180 Moderate Write For Them
Noobpreneur 48 250,249 Moderate Contact
SMBCEO 47 560,842 Moderate Contact
Youngupstars 47 278,709 Moderate Guest Post
E Secret 34 235,758 Easy Guest Post
Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
GoDaddy Garage 97 131 Hard Contribute
Outbrain Blog 95 177 Hard Become an Author
Adweek 92 2,797 Extreme Contact
Hubspot 91 535 Hard Guest Post
Search Engine Land 91 4,256 Extreme Contribute
Copy Blogger 89 22,600 Hard Guest Post
Search Engine Watch 88 10,799 Hard Contact
Content Marketing Institute 86 24,329 Hard Contribute
Social Media Examiner 86 6,276 Hard Write For Them
Social Media Today 84 16,001 Hard Register
Marketing Land 84 19,485 Extreme Contribute
Media Post 84 35,519 Hard Contact
KissMetrics 84 6,807 Hard Contribute
Crazy Egg 84 19,105 Hard Contribute
Search Engine Journal 83 9,089 Hard Write For Them
ClickZ 83 48,052 Hard Contact
Search Engine Roundtable 82 24,321 Extreme Send a Tip
Convince & Convert 80 46,408 Hard Contribute
Smart Insights 80 12,224 Hard Contact
Psfk 80 50,794 Moderate Contact
SEMRush 80 2,159 Moderate Register & Post
Marketing Profs 79 26,869 Hard Write For Them
Duct Tape Marketing 74 72,347 Moderate Guest Post
Contently 74 28,905 Hard Contact
Social Media Explorer 73 138,065 Hard Contact
SEO Chat 71 24,057 Hard Guest Post
Advanced Web Ranking 67 73,210 Moderate Become an Author
Search Engine People 64 83,969 Moderate Guest Post
Social Nomics 63 230,109 Moderate Contact
The SEM Post 61 63,405 Moderate Write For Them
Income Diary 56 35,916 Moderate Submit Article
Sociable Blog 54 555,761 Moderate Guest Post
Twelve Skip 51 39,390 Moderate Write For Them
Growmap 51 142,294 Moderate Contact
Guerrilla Marketing 49 149,813 Moderate Contribute
SEO-Hacker 48 97,577 Moderate Guest Post
ClickFire 47 811,521 Moderate Write For Them
Social Media Sun 43 488,836 Moderate Contribute
PPC.org 42 661,101 Moderate Write For Them
Daily SEO Blog 40 1,027,440 Moderate Write For Them
Social Media Impact 35 745,360 Moderate Write For Them
SEOBlog 32 133,367 Moderate Contribute
Techniblogic 28 97,316 Moderate Register & Post
Solvid Blog 27 1,141,503 Moderate Contribute
Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
The Huffington Post 98 177 Extreme Blog Pitch
BuzzFeed 93 184 Easy Register & Post
Lifehacker 93 687 Hard Contribute
WikiHow 91 168 Easy Write
EHow 91 2,279 Hard Write For Them
A List Apart 90 29,485 Hard Contribute
Makezine 90 12,236 Moderate Submit
How Stuff Works 88 1,631 Hard Write For Them
Blogher 87 37,649 Easy Register & Post
Lifehack 83 2,295 Moderate Contribute
Self Growth 77 27,055 Moderate Register & Post
Daily Blog Tips 75 78,228 Moderate Contact
Pick The Brain 67 53,852 Moderate Contact
The Blog Herald 67 174,557 Moderate Contact
Wonder How To 65 3,745 Moderate Contribute
Dumb Little Man 65 56,657 Moderate Contribute
Tech Wyse 61 107,125 Moderate Write For Them
Shout Me Loud 60 4,110 Moderate Contribute
Specky Geek 60 358,374 Moderate Write For Them
Write To Done 59 98,284 Moderate Write For Them
The Write Life 58 49,276 Moderate Write For Them
Kikolani 56 96,426 Moderate Guest Post
Freelance Writing 54 113,398 Moderate Write For Them
Live Write Thrive 54 401,584 Moderate Guest Blog
Famous Bloggers 51 145,412 Moderate Contribute
Blog Engage 51 66,474 Moderate Guest Blog
Basic Blog Tips 51 128,991 Moderate Contact
The Digitel 47 144,595 Easy Post
Blog Dash 45 204,042 Moderate Guest Post
iBlog Zone 43 375,359 Moderate Contribute
We Blog Better 43 376,100 Moderate Guest Post
All Blogging Tips 41 51,762 Moderate Guest Post
HellBound Bloggers 41 53,478 Moderate Guest Post
Bloggers Passion 40 59,762 Moderate Guest Post
Intense Blog 38 275,572 Moderate Write For Them
Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
Wired 97 1,013 Extreme Contact
Tech Crunch  94 523 Extreme Contribute
Engadget 94 599 Hard Contribute
ZDNet 94 2,789 Extreme Send a Tip
The Verge 93 600 Extreme Send a Tip
The Next Web 91 1,960 Hard Contribute
Read Write 90 22,707 Hard Contact
Gigaom 88 28,938 Hard Contribute
Tech Republic 88 3,295 Hard Contribute
New Atlas 85 5,283 Hard Contact
GSM Arena 83 359 Extreme Send a Tip
Opensource 74 17,033 Moderate Submit Article
Tech.co 73 32,405 Hard Contribute
Techno Buffalo 73 12,571 Hard Submit a Tip
Gizmodo.co.uk 70 27,613 Extreme Send a Tip
Tech Vibes 69 130,108 Hard Pitch a Story
Addictive Tips 61 14,235 Moderate Send a Tip
I Love Free Software 49 45,839 Moderate Write For Them
iAM Wire 44 60,733 Moderate Guest Post
Techfor.us 43 834,196 Moderate Write For Them
Technically Easy 41 509,485 Moderate Guest Post
Geek Estate Blog 41 497,054 Moderate Contribute
Tech Walls 34 71,681 Moderate Write
Martech Today 28 186,085 Hard Contribute
Website DA Alexa Rank Difficulty Link
* Smashing Magazine 90 3,914 Extreme Write For Them
Creative Bloq 87 2,482 Hard Contribute
* Sitepoint 86 981 Hard Contribute
CSS Tricks 84 1,474 Hard Guest Post
* Codepen 83 847 Easy Register & Post
Theme Isle 82 10,930 Moderate Write For Them
Envato Tuts+ 82 1,607 Hard Teach
Tympanus 80 3,800 Hard Contribute
Dzone 79 4,460 Hard Register & Submit
Hongkait 79 2,060 Hard Write For Them
Android Central 79 1,499 Hard Send a Tip
Web Design Depot 79 7,889 Hard Write For Them
Six Revisions 78 43,295 Moderate Contact
Android Authority 74 1,953 Hard Contribute
Specky Boy 73 13,156 Hard Submit an Article
Web Design Ledger 72 31,447 Moderate Contribute
1st Web Designer 71 17,064 Moderate Write For Them
Noupe 70 34,575 Hard Contact
UX Booth 68 79,775 Moderate Contribute
Instant Shift 66 37,511 Moderate Become an Author
Design Shack 64 15,061 Moderate Write For Them
WP Tavern 64 39,222 Moderate Send a Tip
Vandelay Design 64 28,227 Moderate Write For Them
Onextra Pixel 64 40,854 Moderate Write For Them
WP Lift 57 61,038 Moderate Contact
Men With Pens 56 341,956 Moderate Guest Post
Code In WP 56 22,564 Moderate Write For Them
Designr Fix 54 55,023 Moderate Write For Them
WP Arena 53 742,375 Moderate Submit Article
Crazy Leaf Design 53 300,253 Moderate Guest Post
Torquemag 52 54,621 Moderate Contribute
WP Mayor 49 56,713 Moderate Contact
Creative Overflow 48 238,190 Moderate Contribute
Usability Geek 48 101,212 Moderate Write For Them
Design Beep 47 67,598 Moderate Write For Them
Qarea 46 1,199,371 Moderate Guest Post
WP Eka 42 177,044 Moderate Contact
Skyje 41 518,746 Moderate Write For Them

5. Create high-quality content

Remember you can do all the above things but if you do not have quality content your site will remain the same. Without creating quality content, your blog is likely to just get lost in the crowd. One of the best ways to ensure that your blog gains an audience is creating quality content. Your content should be both specific and valuable. By doing this, you will always know what your audience is looking for and what they should look forward to anytime they visit your website. The best thing is to create a high-quality content that is much better than what is already in the market. To become the best source of content you need to offer a much better value than what is currently being offered by the completion. It’s, therefore, important to look at what is already out there and think about how you can make it much better. For instance, if a similar blog is only using images and texts may be you can incorporate videos so as to deliver your content in the best way. The higher the quality of your content the more likely your visitors will appreciate it and the higher the chances that they will come back to your site. This is also true how other authority sites will view your backlinks. If you can offer value, other sites will always reference you as the best source of content.

6. Write more

Last but not least, you also need to write more. According to studies, the more often you write the more visitors you will receive. Google normally give priority to sites that update their content regularly. If you want to get more visitors you need to update your blog at least twice a week. This will ensure that you always have fresh content.