5 Ways to Skyrocket Your Blog Traffic

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    Key Points

    • Blog commenting is a powerful way to get traffic to your website especially if done wisely and on a large scale.
    • If your guest post is a great one then you will get more visitors from it than just writing anything.
    • Blogging communities are one underutilized traffic generation strategy many bloggers don’t use, many bloggers tend to give excuses that they are busy.
    • You can get great results from forum marketing if it is done properly.
    • Extreme differences in positive change with having a mailing list.

    Summary

    One of the major problems many people face is getting traffic to a blog, and the truth in the online world is that traffic is very essential to any online business you do; it is traffic that brings about people that buy.

    It is also important to know that getting traffic takes time and requires constant effort, if you are dedicated to making the effective use of the above tips then in no time you will be getting a lot of traffic on autopilot.

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by Onibalusi

One of the major problems many people face is getting traffic to a blog, and the truth in the online world is that traffic is very essential to any online business you do; it is traffic that brings about people that buy.

This post will be talking about 5 ways you can significantly increase your website traffic.

1. Blog Commenting

I just began to realize the power of blog commenting. Blog commenting is a powerful way to get traffic to your website especially if done wisely and on a large scale.

One major thing about blog commenting is that it also helps you build a great brand when people begin to see your comments every here and there.

It is very important to make use of avatars when trying to get traffic to your blog through blog commenting because this will help people take note of you when they begin to see you everywhere every now and then. Being the first person to comment also helps a lot because most people are likely to visit the websites of a few of the first commenters and they rarely visit the rest.

When commenting to get traffic, quality is better than quantity because a lot of bloggers will delete your comment if you write generic comments and readers tend to click on valuable comments more than any other comments because they believe someone with this type of great comment will also have something similar on his blog.

2. Guest Posting

7 of the top ten referrers in my analytics data are from my guest posts and all of them sent me over 150 unique visitors. Guest posting is really effective and the power of a guest post should never be underestimated.

One thing I have come to notice with guest posts is that people prefer quality over quantity; if your guest post is a great one then you will get more visitors from it than just writing anything.

Many people tend to write just any guest post because they believe since the blog is not theirs then their best post should be on their blog, this is not supposed to be because of several reasons. One major advantage of submitting quality guest posts is that it helps you build a relationship with the blogger and his readers but if you just write anything there is a probability of the blogger declining your post, and if he doesn’t his readers will not visit your blog. The better your guest post, the better your result.

3. Blogging Communities

This is one underutilized traffic generation strategy many bloggers don’t use, many bloggers tend to give excuses that they are busy, If you are busy then you might want to be submitting your guest posts to blogging communities every weekend.

Some of the best blogging communities are MMO Social Network and Blog Engage; these two networks have sent me hundreds of visitors over time.

One major thing to consider when trying to get the best from blogging communities is that you have to have high quality posts and you also have to build relationship because people tend to vote up people they know and if you have an high quality post people will be more inclined to visit your blog.

4.  Forum Marketing

There was a time I signed up to the warrior forums and with only 50 posts I had already gotten over 70 visitors to my blog, I didn’t post a link to my blog in my posts, it was in the signature.

You can get great results from forum marketing if it is done properly, one great thing to consider when trying to market your blog through forums is that it is very important to try as much as possible to help others and not just spam people for your benefit.

If your aim is to go to forums to go and spam then within a short period of time you will be banned but if you focus on helping as many people as possible the end result will be you lasting longer in the forum, having more friends and building more stronger relationship and you will also have more traffic and authority.

Some great forums to get started are the Warrior Forum and Digitalpoint Forum.

5. Mailing List

I wouldn’t have put this on this list but it is also a very effective way to get traffic to your blog. I was checking my overall stats today and I discovered that my mailing list has sent me hundreds of visitors, this is a good number because I only sent my posts to them a few times.

One of the major benefits of a mailing list is the instant result it provides, people tend to respond faster because they are closer to their email than any other thing.

I have also observed mails I sent and I discovered that your titles matter, I have had sent emails have as low as 15% open rate and I have also had emails have over 35% open rate but what matters most is the title. If you have a cool and attractive title then you will get more results than having generic titles.

Getting traffic to blogs used to be a difficult task and I started noticing a difference over time. It is the tips in this post that is helping me get thousands of visitors to my 3 months old blog every week, use them to your advantage and you will be amazed at how they work.

It is also important to know that getting traffic takes time and requires constant effort, if you are dedicated to making the effective use of the above tips then in no time you will be getting a lot of traffic on autopilot.

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gaz August 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Writing quality content should always be number 1 :)

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Richard Chidike | Motivatory August 21, 2010 at 6:41 am

I can’t agree any less with some of the points and tips to blog traffic mentioned in this article. i have guest posted on a lot of blogs and still depends on some of them for most of my blogs traffic. I recommend this to young bloggers out there.

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Tricia Meyer August 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm

It’s nice to see a post talking about legitimate ways to get blog traffic. I’ve read about 20 posts tonight as I have been researching that all talk about spammy ways. If you want to truly build an AUDIENCE rather than just traffic, you have to put in the time to do it right.

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Richard @ Lifestyle Design Unleashed August 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm

It’s interesting that you mention blogger communities. I have never had any real luck with these as a traffic generation tool but maybe I will have to have another look into them after your comments…

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IM Newbie August 22, 2010 at 3:56 am

There is no question that writing quality content should be number one. But no one should be under the impression that by simply writing quality content people will come from all over.

You need to let them know about your great content and you should never stop promoting you site and specific posts.

As you can probably see, this is exactly what I am doing know as I have a new blog and I am doing all I can to get people to come and read my stuff which I hope is of good quality.

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hot dog carts August 23, 2010 at 3:58 am

Thank God for Keywordluv Blogs, after the rash of NoFollow Blogs which made link building frustrating as hell… Can I get an Amen!

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Léo @ Référenceur August 23, 2010 at 6:09 am

Guest blogging is really something I want to be testing… but haven’t find the time yet – to be honest a barely have the time to write quality articles for my own blogs and don’t want to produce anything below par for someone else.
Quality is the key to get people subscribing which is really what blogging is about – having your own audience to engage and interact with.

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Jake August 26, 2010 at 8:02 am

I just want to add article submission to high PR article directories. It is similar to guest posting.
And about forum marketing I am not very sure if it is worth it. Maybe just a few forums with high traffic. But this could take a lot of your time.

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Tom Patterson August 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I really appreciated you taking the time to share this valuable information. I learned a lot! Thanks!!

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online gift August 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

helpful post.

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Adesoji Adegbulu@MakeMoneyOnlineNg August 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Nice one Bamidele.

You can’t say it much more. I will work at this to build my latest project

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Chris@Gold Miners August 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I personally think guest posting is totally underrated. so many more ppl should be doing it.

I mean not only do you get a quality backlink but you also get targeted traffic

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Ving August 31, 2010 at 2:32 am

Great article Onibalusi. I’d be sure to use some of the points mentioned above when promoting my site and blog. Thanks!

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sigdotvn August 31, 2010 at 3:34 am

thank for share, i try :)

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IM Newbie August 31, 2010 at 6:01 am

I think that adding Twitter and especially Facebook to this list is a must.

Creating a Fan Page on Facebook and adding it to your sidebar has the potential of generating a lot of traffic. I have seen this happen a lot latley with some of my blogs and more with some of my friends blogs.

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Karen Cruz September 1, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Commenting on other blogs as well as my forum signature has brought me most of my traffic. Bloggers are naturally curious to see what kind of bloggers read their blogs as well as post in the forums.

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Bali Villas For Rent September 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

it’s nice,, i will try step by step..thanks :)

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Paul September 2, 2010 at 11:55 am

I use all these 5 methods plus social bookmarking and directory submissions

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Derrick@American Flag Bikini September 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I have a blog that I’m trying to build up. I let it go for awhile but luckily it didn’t have many regular readers to lose. Now I can see some of the posts getting some traffic from google so I’m excited again. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get excited about something. :)

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danatheteacher September 7, 2010 at 7:21 am

I love the template of this blog-the summary and main points at the end of the article is a great idea! I was a little confused on the mailing list item, however. Are we talking about self made mailing lists or are we talking about a mailing list community somewhere?

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Swamykant September 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

I definitely want to skyrocket my blog traffic – These are some of my plans too.

Hope our formula works :)

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Robin September 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Great points highlighted. My blog rank and traffic is slowly getting improved. Will focus on more area as you quoted here to get the traffic high :) thanks for the great article.

- Robin

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Dinu September 13, 2010 at 1:51 am

great post ! I am still looking for a similar blog to post guest article on !!!

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Virtual Character September 15, 2010 at 1:33 am

How do I start with the mailing list, how do I do it? I have tried almost all the tips except this. Thanks in advance! :)

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Usama September 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Replying to the comments is traffic attracter. If you connect with people they are sure to come back.

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Jason @ I need lots of money now October 13, 2010 at 9:25 am

Those five things are also a basis from building up backlinks and to improve your brand, Onibalusi. I don’t quite think a lot of marketers and ordinary guys in general that made the decision to start blogging, ‘persist’ and be ‘consistent’ in what they are doing.
That’s the main problem! Being constant and constant at what you’re doing. IN other words: You should never set a too far fetched goal for yourself and think you’ll reach it within a week or two when it is achievable within a month or two.

My advice is that those people should be reasonable enough and they must tae into account at exactly ‘how much’ of work they put into teir efforts at building up traffic, keep working hard until they would eventually start reaping the benefits of it.

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Nick October 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Excellent Tips! After reading the article and some of the comments, I realized that I got to do is keep on trying and some day I’ll be known, though i’m still having a hard time coming up with unique posts, it’s hard, it really is.

Great article though! I enjoyed reading it!

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Sandipan@Inkjam November 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

Yes but getting guest posters can be a difficult job.

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Christopher Roberts November 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

Commenting and guest posting are a must for me. I guest post on many blogs, to ensure that my articles are seen far and wide!

Only one small mention of social media I notice…
Should this not be up there at the top of the list? How are people interacting with others more and more? Social media, therefore should you not go to those people, rather than make them come to you?

Anyway, apart from my little moan, overall a good post :)

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Ganesh November 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

Thanks for posting this tips, it will be handy for my new project on the accountancy excellence blog.

I intend to do Blog Commenting for a start and shall share my result in this comment chain.

My post has only one comment from my friend, hope to see more….hehe
Wish me luck Guys !!

Cheers,
please visit ganeshmuthiah.wordpress.com

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simplyD @ Healthy Recipes November 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

It also doesn’t hurt to post your comments to some popular dofollow blogs that have some high PR (when you can find them) so that Google will bump your own PR up enough to give your blog a bit more importance in terms of your key phrases that you want others to find you with.

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jasmine December 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

Thanks for posting this tips,i will doing step by step it will be on the accountancy excellence blog.

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Tom Buczak @ painters in cleveland January 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I’ve also wondered how much having commentluv on your blog helps.

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Rose January 24, 2011 at 4:46 am

Very well said. I’ve been looking for an article that can tell me more on how to get traffic to a blog then came across this one. Actually, I’ve also posted similar article in my experimental blog. I definitely agree with you. As for the moment I’m only using Number 1 of your strategies and proves to be good. On the other, I am planning to make use of the other but I must learn to write more. Thank you for sharing this.

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Troy Starks January 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Although I don’t use all of these 5 methods there’s no doubt in my mind they work very well. I think if you only take two of these methods, blog commenting and forum marketing, you will be way ahead of other bloggers who don’t seem to take the time to put in the effort in interacting with the blogging community and benefiting from it at the same time.

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jesse February 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Guest posting takes a lot of motivation to do, but very effective to gaining traffic. Great post!

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Thomas Frank March 1, 2011 at 1:40 am

Guest posting is a FANTASTIC was of driving traffic to your own site. Not only does it drive more traffic, but it also drives better traffic. I wrote a guest post for HackCollege a while ago, and what I learned from that experience was amazing: visitors from a guest post stay at your site much longer. In fact, the average visitor coming from the guest post stayed 10x longer than someone coming from Google!

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