If you ask a blogger what is on their blogging wish list, I can safely bet traffic would be on that list, heck maybe even the top three.
At one point every blogger has had a concern about the traffic driven to their blog. So don’t feel like you’re the only one going through it, most bloggers have been there, done that including yours truly.
Have you been struggling to get traffic to your blog? You’re creating awesome content but no one is going by your blog and read it. Sucks, right?
If you want to increase traffic to your blog you have to take advantage of all the different ways there are to drive traffic to your blog, even the paid ones because like the saying goes…
“You have to spend money to make money”
Still, paying for services doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure you want to invest in your blog and have all the right tools but you don’t want to go blow your budget doing it.
Here’s a quick look at the different ways to drive traffic to your blog without going broke.
How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog
You already know you can share your blog posts on social media to drive traffic to your blog. You can share your blog post on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr and Twitter just to name a few.
Create a Pinterest board with your blog posts.
You can also post them on Facebook groups, Google Communities and share them with email subscribers.
You can get creative by taking older blog posts and transferring them into an infographic by using sites like Piktochart.
Create a slideshow and post it on Slideshare.
Turn a blog post in a vlog on YouTube and include a link pointing back to your article.
Commenting on other blogs in your niche is also a great way to drive traffic to your blog. There’s really no magic number but most bloggers who have shared their commenting tips with us say they blog hop anywhere from 7 to 10 blogs per day.
Seven is my magic number but on the days I hopped to more blogs, I did see an increase in traffic so yes, this method does work, my friend.
Using Blog Directories and Sharing Sites
Now when it comes to driving traffic to your blog, you have to think outside of the box and look at other options. Blog directories and sharing sites are also great traffic boosters.
Here is a list of blog directories and sharing sites to submit your blog and blog posts to drive traffic to your blog. Most of these are free to join with an option to upgrade but there are some on the list that charge a monthly fee. The prices aren’t outrageous. In fact I think it can fit easily into any budget.
I’ve only recently signed up to these myself so the jury is still out on how effective submitting our blog on these directories are but I’ll be tracking my progress and hope to share an update with you as well. Fingers crossed I’ll have good news to share!
Blog Collection – This one isn’t free but it’s only a one-time fee of $4.95 and it’s a lifetime submission.
Blog Post Sharing Sites
Another great way to drive traffic to your blog is by posting them on sharing sites. Here is a list of sharing sites you’ll want to check out:
Blog Engage – this is a paid service and the minimum package is $15. I used to be a member when I first started blogging. It did send traffic to my blog and I’m seriously thinking of signing up again.
You also have the opportunity to get a free Blog Engage Account when you sign up for the Blog Engage affiliate program.
Blog Frogs – I’m currently a member and I do get some traffic from them. It’s relatively new compared to other sites but I think when more people join, it will definitely become a traffic booster.
Just Retweet – You earn credits when you Retweet or Like a tweet posted by a member. You can use those credits to post your own tweet to have it shared by members.
Reddit – My friend Bren told me about Reddit and I signed up but the site’s a little too busy for me so I haven’t taken the time to become familiar with it. It’s on my list of things to do.
Stumble Upon – this has also sent traffic my way.
Triberr – Not only is this a great place to share your content, but it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers as well.
Over To You
I hope I was able to introduce you to some new ways to drive traffic to your blog. Like I mentioned earlier, most bloggers have experienced this too so just keep working your plan and incoroporate what you can to boost blog traffic.
What are some of the things you do to keep traffic flowing? Let’s get the conversation started in the comments section below.
If you know anyone who also wants to drive traffic to their blog, I’d appreciate it if you’d share this post with them.