This is a guest post from Onibalusi Bamidele. It is part of The “Bad Ass” SEO Guest Blogging Contest.
Getting traffic to a blog has been one of the utmost fears every blogger and webmasters face. We all want traffic and a lot of it.
Traffic is really very important to the success of any blog and it doesn’t matter what you do online, it is traffic that brings the sales. There are several ways to increase blog traffic but this post will be talking about 7 sure-fire ways to get traffic to your blog, these are the strategies I have used and is working for me.
1. Guest Blogging
I know this has been oversaid, nevertheless it works. You surely have heard about guest blogging to get traffic before but I doubt you have tried it.
This is my number one traffic formula for many reasons and one of the most important reasons I so much love this formula is its effectiveness. Guest posting for traffic is an effective way to get traffic to your blog and it can also help improve your search engine rankings if done properly. Another importance of guest posting is that it helps you build your reputation online. I once wrote a guest post for a blog which brought me almost no traffic, I thought my efforts has been wasted only to see one of the readers of that blog who read my guest post link to me from his blog (months after I wrote the post) which in turn brought some readers.
Guest posting helps in so many ways but it is always very important to keep the quality of your blog so that those who came to your blog through your guest posts will not be disappointed.
2. Blog Commenting
Another great and effective way to increase web traffic is through blog commenting. One mistake I see people make in this aspect is that they only comment for traffic and this makes them just make any comment which in turn destroys their online reputation.
Everything you say online is being archived and can eventually stand against you, if you tell me you will help me optimize my blog for search engines and I once saw you commenting on a blog using your keyword as name I will most likely tell you not to worry.
Blog commenting brings traffic but it must be done wisely.
3. Forum Marketing
So that you will know how effective this is I will give you a little background of myself. I started online as a forum spammer (then I didn’t know I was spamming ;)). I got over 150 unique visitors to my website the first day 🙂 after creating over 30 forum accounts. I created over 120 forum accounts in my first month and the end result is that my posts on the forums got deleted minutes after I posted them and all my accounts were banned.
It is very important to make effective use of forums and not to spam. I recently started using the warrior forums and after replying to less than 50 threads I have gotten over 100 visitors to my blog from there. Marketing your blogs on forums is really effective if properly done.
4. Blog Carnivals
This probably hasn’t been oversaid 🙂 but it is very effective. When trying to get traffic to your blog using blog carnivals, what you will have to strive for is making sure others link to your blogs which in turn brings more traffic.
Blog carnivals are a great way to get traffic to your blog and what you will do is submit your best (only your best) post to blog carnivals, if other bloggers love your post they will link to it from their blogs. A great place to get started is blogcarnival.com
5. Video Marketing
Another great way to get traffic to your blog is by making videos to promote your blog. While this might be effective in other niches it isn’t as effective in the MMO niche but can still bring great results if you put a lot of efforts into it.
There are several ways to get the best from video marketing and one great way to get more results from your efforts is by effectively researching before you come up with your videos. What do you think has a huge demand and has rarely been touched? Begin to create videos on this and it will go viral and eventually bring more traffic to your blog. Your vidoes won’t bring traffic automatically even if they go viral, what you need to do is to make sure you link to your blog in the description space and also in your video.
6. Blogging Communities
Another great way to get more traffic to your blog is by making effective use of blogging communitites.
Blogging communities such as BlogEngage and MMO Social Network are great ways to get more traffic to your blog because they are more established and consist more of bloggers. Another great advantage of these communitites is that people visiting your blog from there are most likely going to comment and subscribe to your blog because they are relevant to your niche and they are prepared to read, unlike people from digg and many other big social bookmarking sites.
When trying to get more from submitting your blog posts to blogging communities it is very important to make sure you use attractive titles (even if it means modifying your original blog title) because this will make sure you get more votes and traffic to your submissions.
Yeah, this sounds dumb? But believe me, it is not. I have gotten over 40 visitors from copyblogger using this method and I only linked to a post or two.
One great way to get traffic to your blog by making effective use of trackbacks is by linking to posts on other blogs, this will help you get traffic in many ways. First, it will help you get more traffic from the reader of the blog (especially if you have an attractive title) and second, it can help you get on the radar of the blogger who might in turn return the favor one day.
What has been your best way to get traffic to your blog? Is your traffic increasing or decreasing? Which other tip do you want to add to this post? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!