As some of you may know, this is my second blog. My first blog – a spirituality and lifestyle blog – I have only recently used to start making money on.
Simply Kirsty is still in the very beginning stages, but I’m using this blog to write about my journey of blogging, plus teaching people ways to make money, tips I’ve used and learned throughout my journey, plus how to save money and travel the world.
One thing that is important to focus on – especially in the beginning stages – is gaining traffic. This is especially true if your main method of earning is from ad revenue from Google Adsense, Mediavine, or other ad companies. And while money isn’t everything, my goal is to be able to eventually quit my job and work full-time so I can travel the world (without having to ask off work!).
To help you out, I gathered 9 of the best ways to gain traffic to your blog – for free.
Disclosure: Some of these links may be affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase anything through a link of mine I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you.
1. Comment on other blogs (within your niche)
There’s a reason why this is often listed as a way to bring traffic in, but it isn’t always to leverage another blogger’s audience – although that can be a case, too – but to get the attention of another top blogger within your niche.
Here are some pros of leaving comments on other blogs:
- Gives you backlinks
- Can generate traffic, especially if you are a top commenter
- May even give you guest posting opportunities
- Recognizes you as a blogger in your niche
Need proof? Check out this experiment that Neil Patel did by leaving 249 comments to test if leaving comments can increase traffic.
6 Consulting leads.
And one of those leads leading to a $25,000 speaking gig.
What NOT to do:
I feel like it’s important to repeat this: Do not leave unhelpful, spammy comments.
Leave helpful comments. Questions. How you used the info, how it helped you, etc.
Simple comments like, “Great job” won’t get you far, either.
Quora can be useful in many ways. Besides coming up with content ideas, you can also answer questions on Quora, link back to your site, and leverage the thousands of leads directly to your website.
In order to get traffic using Quora, be consistent.
Write at least every week (preferably everyday), and leverage Quora to build your email list and send traffic to your site. Make sure to always answer the question, too, and separate your answer with headings, sub-headings, and bullet points to make it easier to read. Don’t go off-topic.
I know what you might be thinking.
“I already have a blog. Why would I publish on Medium?”
But here’s the thing: By publishing, or even re-publishing, on Medium, you are leveraging the thousands of traffic they get and able to use that traffic to send to your website or even build your email list.
Plus, you have a higher chance of going viral – especially if you write consistently.
Consistency. See the trend, here?
4. Focus on building an email list
I’ve mentioned it plenty of times before, but let me mention it again: Building an email list is important.
After all, you always hear how the ‘money is in the list’.
Building a list means you are building a dedicated, loyal audience. Unlike an audience in a Facebook Group or followers on Instagram, you own your list.
Plus, you can easily send promotions, offers, and valuable information straight to their inbox.
One of the best ways to build an email list is to use lead magnets. Also called opt-in freebies or incentives.
By using these lead magnets, whether that is a free ebook, cheat-sheet, checklist, or other valuable content, you make people want to sign up to your list. Then, you can ‘wow’ them with your welcome email series or weekly newsletter by providing valuable content (before promoting anything).
This way, you are building a warm audience that is more likely to buy from you.
In addition, you can also use the other methods listed here to build your email list.
Depending on your niche and your audience, you can use Pinterest to drive thousands or even millions of traffic to your website.
In fact, Pinterest is often one of the #1 platforms used to drive traffic to blogs, and for good reason.
To do this, you can create 1-3 pins per blog post using a site like Canva and post to relevant, niche boards.
You can also post to group boards and use an automated schedule like the Tailwind App to schedule your posts and use Tailwind tribes to drive massive amounts of traffic to your site.
While forums may seem outdated, discussion boards are still widely used today and can drive massive amounts of traffic to your site – especially if you choose popular, active boards and remain consistent in writing valuable content.
You can link to your own content, or have your link posted in your signature. It’s also best to link to landing pages to lead magnets to collect email addresses.
7. Facebook Groups
While you probably can’t leverage facebook groups every day to grow your traffic, you can still use groups that have promotion days to link content back to your site and gain hundreds of targeted traffic to your site.
In fact, on the first blog I’ve made, facebook was the second top referral source where I got my traffic even when I barely posted content.
8. Guest post
Contrary to what people may believe, even as a new blogger you can find or get guest posts opportunities.
Network with other bloggers and reach out to other bloggers within your niche and pitch relevant and interesting ideas to them. The worst thing that can happen is they say ‘no’.
If you aren’t comfortable yet, simply focus on building traffic to your blog using other methods listed here before reaching out and pitching your ideas – however, remember that the magic happens when you go out of your comfort zone!
9. Be consistent
The last point – and probably the most important point – is consistency. Not only in your promotional methods but also being consistent with how often you write.
Choosing how often you write can be difficult, but just go with what feels right to you and works with your audience. Some writers choose to write 1-2 times a week, others more often.
- Leave thoughtful comments on other blogs within your niche
- Answer questions on quora often
- Write or re-publish posts on medium to gain email subscribers and get traffic
- Build an email list with lead magnets
- Create pins using Canva and get traffic using Pinterest (and Tailwind Tribes)
- Leverage forums and discussion boards to reach more people, gain subscribers and get more readers
- Use facebook groups (responsibly) to promote your content to a niche target audience
- Pitch to bloggers to guest post on their blogs
- Be consistent with your promotional efforts and your content strategy
Keep going. You got this. ~
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