Feb 092009
 

If you’re asking, “How do I get blog traffic?”, you’re not alone! These five best ways to increase targeted traffic are from “copy writing queen” Michelle Salater — and they’ll help you attract more blog readers.

Before her tips, a quip:

“You can’t take something off the Internet – it’s like taking pee out of a pool.” – unknown

Remember that whatever you post on the internet is practically undeletable – so watch your words, fellow scribes! If you’re serious about increasing blog traffic, you must read The Web Content Strategist’s Bible: The Complete Guide To A New And Lucrative Career For Writers Of All Kinds.

And here are five tips for increasing traffic to your blog or website…




Get Blog Traffic – 5 Best Ways to Increase Targeted Traffic

Attracting targeted traffic to your blog can cost a small fortune – but it doesn’t have to if you know the right tips, tools, and strategies!

1. Post comments on blogs, forums, and discussion boards related to your target market. Join a discussion board forum related to your industry. Post comments, get consumer feedback, and learn new industry information. Posting relevant and helpful comments can increase your credibility and increase your exposure. After every comment, include a link to your blog or website.

2. Use social bookmarks to get blog traffic. Bookmarking your online articles and website on a site, such as Digg, under specific categories allows you to reach out to your target market. It permits you to share your web content with others and allows them to vote on its content. If it becomes popular among viewers, it will be voted to the front page of the bookmarking site and be viewed by thousands of potential clients.

3. Use RSS feeds and email lists – they allow you to reach subscribers interested in what your company has to offer. RSS feed and emails are similar since they’re both sent to subscribers, providing them with updated information. RSS feed makes it easy for subscribers to be alerted immediately and allows them to click on the link to your website. Using these combined marketing strategies will increase your client base and help you get blog traffic.

4. Exchange links with other bloggers to increase targeted traffic. If your link can be found on a handful of websites or blogs — especially popular ones — it can dramatically increase the number of clients visiting your website or blog. Also, consider guest blogging on other sites, or inviting guest bloggers to write posts for you.

5. Use online article directories – they allow you to place niche-oriented articles into specific categories. Your target audience is more likely to be searching for articles in a specific category. For example, if your freelancing company writes an article for ezinearticles.com and submits it under the freelancing category, you’ll receive viewers who are specifically searching for freelancing articles. This will eliminate viewers who are not in your specific target market — and it’ll increase targeted traffic.

For more blogging tips, read How Do Bloggers Earn Money? 8 Ways to Earn an Income Online.

If you have any thoughts or questions about getting blog traffic or these ways to increase targeted traffic, please comment below…




Michelle Salater recently crowned herself The Web Copy Writing Queen.

  13 Responses to “Get Blog Traffic – 5 Best Ways to Increase Targeted Traffic”

  1. Wonderful tips. Thank you so much for taking the time to post them. :) One more thing I would add…….sign up at Linkreferral. It is a wonderful website where you can review and comment on other blogs / websites and in exchange they review and comment on yours. It’s great for gaining both traffic and feedback.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment, and for your additional tips for increasing targeted traffic! :-)

  3. Agreed. Putting the posts, forums and discussion commenting at number was very right. You cannot get anywhere without much commenting.

    If I could add a bit, you might also want to use BESTOTI. You just place their widget on your website, submit your posts on bestoti and start getting free traffic.

  4. There are tons of great ways to drive traffic to sites and some of them are discussed here. One of my favorites is posting on forums. Forum sites are good platforms for exchange of information. Although they can also be likely targets for spam, but there are many out there who actually contribute new information and seriously join in discussions. I’ve learned a lot of information and ideas just by reading forums. This had been an enjoyable read.

  5. Thanks for your comments!

    I don’t think link exchanges are less important for increasing traffic to your blog than search engine optimization, good content, and lots of good exposure (eg commenting on other people’s blogs — which I never seem to find time to do).
    .-= Laurie PK´s last blog post ..How to Get Money to Start Your Business – Suze Orman =-.

  6. Exchanging links is really hard because high PR sites don’t want to exchange links with you unless you pay them
    .-= Richa Anand´s last blog post ..Welcome To Indian Classifieds =-.

  7. Good stuff. I like the idea of social bookmarking. I wish there was a tool to do it.
    .-= iresha´s last blog post ..Welcome to Script Diaries =-.

  8. Michelle is an example of yet another effective way to increase traffic to your blog: she not only contributed a guest post, she’s responding to readers’ comments!

    Thanks for this “teachable moment”, Michelle :-) Seriously, your presence here is both noticed and admired. It shows that you’re dedicated, and it makes you more approachable. And, that makes people more likely to associate your name with good feelings!

    Thanks for the great post and follow up comments.

    Laurie

  9. Hi George,

    You’re right on. Website traffic drops significantly without staying on top of the ball with blogging, bookmarking, etc. Glad to hear you enjoyed the article.

    Best,

    Michelle

  10. Michelle,

    Great tips for folks. I employ as many as I can of these and I can tell you that I know they work. How? Because If I slack off and stop doing them for even a week, my traffic numbers drop proportionately.

    Great guest post.

    Cheers

    George

  11. Hi Monica,

    Glad you liked the article. Goarticles is a good one. Buzzle and Articledashboard are good, too.

  12. Great article, Michelle, and just in time – I’m trying (somewhat haphazardly) to get more visitors to my blog. This post gave me some direction and a few ideas I hadn’t thought of before. Do you know of any other article directories besides ezinearticles worth tapping?

  13. Thanks for posting my article on your blog! This is a great article to read for increasing website traffic, especially during this economic downturn. Driving traffic to your website doesn’t have to cost a ton of money, and it’s important to recognize the most beneficial online vehicles to promote your website.

    Enjoy!

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