As bloggers we all have quiet times but what can you do to minimise these and create a steady flow of traffic? I’m presuming you have covered the basics (if not – then best to start there):
ritten great content tuned to the needs of your audience
Promoted the content on your social media channels
SEO optimised the content to ensure you get the search traffic you deserve
Shared the post with your email lists
Have you done all these things? Great, then let’s try some different things that I’ve found really helpful in boosting and sustaining my traffic.
I am quite confident that I get more blog traffic from this single promotional tool than any other. If you haven’t used it yet scoot over there now and join up.
Now, as with everything, it’s not a ‘something for nothing’ solution – but here the currency isn’t money but rather social shares. You share people’s content on your social networks and they share your content with their’s – the more social shares you get directly converts into more blog traffic – its super simple to use and just takes about 10-15 minutes a day to earn credits to keep the promotion running
You earn Viralcontentbuzz credits by sharing other people’s posts on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Stumbleupon (each network has its own credit value). Once you’ve earned credits you pay 30 of them to get your own article on the VCB home screen and you pay for each share from your credit balance. It’s really as simple as that.
- New Audience: You get your blog in front of an entirely new, interested audience
- Klout Rating: You improve your social Klout by including your Twitter handle in the tweet that people share
- Blog Authority: If you look at the end of any of my blog posts you will see a large number of social shares which adds to your authority as a blogger – it validates your blog posts in the eye’s of your readers.
- TRAFFIC: Lots of it.
Check out ViralContentBuzz
Stumbleupon is my largest source of traffic – it took some time to propagate but now it’s a sustained and reliable traffic source. ViralContentBuzz helps to contribute towards the number of stumbles I get but I also regularly stumble my own and other people’s content. There are a number of similar sites that I’m exploring including:
Everytime I post a blog article I submit it to these sites as well. I also include the Stumbleupon share button in my list of share options in Shareaholic (the sharing drive I use) to encourage my users to stumble it.
3. Recycle Content – Slideshare & Hubpages etc
I use the content I’ve already created for my blog to drive traffic from other sites, by recycling the content (in a succinct form) and publishing it as a slide presentation or a new article on Hubpages, with links that drive viewers back to my original blog post. This winning tactic extends the lifecycle of the post from just a few days to months, even years. OK you’ve got me – it is a little labour heavy for sure but it helps that the content is already written and (hopefully) well-considered so you just need to edit it from your original post into these new formats.
After a while you even beginning to gain followers on these hubs as well who then organically tend to follow you on your other platforms. Now this is a longer term strategy and I don’t always do it for every post but when I do have the time it certainly boosts my post impressions.
So, if you find your blog viewership a little lack lustre, try one, or all of these things, and you’ll soon find readers flocking to your site.
What tips do you have for getting more visits – please share your tips in the comments below. So over to you folks…..
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Bye for now.