One of the most common things that our mind is focused on when we start a new blog is getting traffic. Why? Well the answer is simple: traffic is a powerful motivation to keep working on our blogs, at least in the beginning.
Later on things tend to change as other aspects become more important in achieving our goals.
But for a new blogger, who is sort of in the dark about how much time and work it actually takes to build a successful blog, staying motivated is essential.
Today I’m going to share with you 10 quick actions you can do to generate referral traffic to your blog fast and free. You’ve probably done some of these yourself, but I guarantee you haven’t done them all.
Action #1: Sign Up for a Triberr Account
Triberr is a blog amplification and content discovery platform. This means that here you’ll find other bloggers’ content which you can share with your social media followers.
Once you’ve imported your blog’s feed into Triberr your own content will appear in the tribal stream from where it can be shared by other people.
The first thing after you’ve joined Triberr and completed your profile is to search for relevant tribes which you can join. After you’re a member of multiple tribes you’ll start seeing posts in your tribal stream which you can share. Also your own posts will be seen by other members of your tribes.
You can also start your own tribe and invite other bloggers to join it.
Why should you use Triberr: First of all you are not required to share something, you share what you might think your followers would be interested in, there are no credits to earn or to spend in Triberr. Secondly, I know how frustrating it can be when you pour your heart and soul into writing quality content and nobody seems to be coming to your blog to read it.
This is where Triberr can help boost your traffic. Every time you publish a new post, it get’s imported into your tribe members tribal stream ready to be shared. You can end up with hundreds of shares within the first hour of publishing your new blog post.
Action #2: Sign Up for a Just Retweet Account
Once you’ve signed up and linked your Twitter account to JustRetweet you can submit tweets to be shared by other members on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Just like Triberr, this is another opportunity for you to bring referral traffic from social media sites back to your blog.
For your messages to get shared you need to have credits, which you can earn by sharing other member’s tweets. You can assign as many credits as you want to your tweets but the more you assign the more people will be willing to share.
You can also specify the minimum number of Twitter followers someone must have in order to share your message, I usually go for 2500 followers which will get your message seen by 25% of the JustRetweet members.
Action #3: Join Viral Content Buzz
Viral Content Buzz is the site I use in addition with Triberr and JustRetweet to bump up my post’s social media shares.
This site is very similar to JustRetweet except the fact that the credits you earn and spend are based on the amount of followers or friends you or the person who’s sharing your content has.
Another thing which got me to start using this site is the possibility to get your posts shared on StumbleUpon which as you know is one of the most popular social bookmarking sites.
When you want to share a post all you have to do is click the appropriate share button. You can share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
One thing I can recommend is that you buffer your shares to Twitter and Facebook so that they are spread across a longer time frame.
Action #4: Schedule Your Status Updates Accordingly
Timing your social media posts and shares is essential if you want to make the most out of them and get as many clicks and reshares as possible.
This is very easy to do and it won’t take you more than a couple of minutes, if you’re using the right tools.
The most popular and easy to use tool for scheduling your shares is the Buffer app which you can use to share on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
It’s free plan allows you to add 3 social media profiles and to schedule 10 posts on each of them. Once you’ve linked your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles to your Buffer account it’s time to set up your posting schedule so that your shares will reach as much people as possible.
The resource I’ve used to set this up and which I suggest you should also use is an awesome infographic called “The Science of Social Timing“ created by Neil Patel from Kissmetrics.com.
Now back to our scheduling tools.
Post Rocket is the tool I use to schedule updates for my Facebook fan page, which I created for the GPI blog. You do have a Facebook page don’t you? You can choose the times you wish your updates to go live on your FB page or let Post Rocket choose when to post them based on when your fans are most active on Facebook.
The final tool that I use and I would like to mention is DoShare which unfortunately is only available to Chrome users. This extension allows you to schedule your post to Google+ and so far it’s the only available option for doing this.
Once you’ve installed the extension on your browser you will see a “Send to Do Share” button next to the default share button. One other thing you should know about, is that you will have to keep your computer on at the time your update is scheduled to be published.
Action #5: Add Charts, Diagrams and Infographics to your blog posts
Adding charts or diagrams to your posts is a great way to give your readers a visual explanation of the information you share in your post. This makes it easier for them to understand what you are talking about.
Since social media sites are dominated by visual content, you will also make your posts more shareable.
For example in my post about keyword optimization I also created a chart which resembles the keyword targeting strategy for a web page.
Because I took the time to create this chart I got some decent traffic from Pinterest which generally speaking is quality traffic. Also this post has been shared a lot more then any other posts on my blog.
The important thing here is to use images, and whenever you have some data or information which you can turn into a cool chart or an infographic, do it.
Action #6: Add a Call-To-Action to Your Blog Posts
You should never be afraid of asking your readers to do something, whether it’s to share your post or leave a comment, if the content you create is high quality they will be more than happy to do it.
But it’s important that you tell them what you would like for them to do after reading one of your post. You should never let them figure out what to do next, because let’s face it we are all lazy when we’re surfing online.
One or two CTAs is enough, ask them to share, leave a comment or to subscribe to your RSS feed or email list.
When you create your Call-To-Action think about what reader action would have the highest impact on what you want to achieve with your blog.
If it’s building an email list, add a signup form under your posts, on your sidebar, make there next move obvious and more importantly easy to do.
Right? If you’re gonna ask someone to do something for you than you should make it as easy as possible. And since this post is about getting traffic, making it easy for people to notice your share buttons before you ask them to share your posts is essential.
Action #7: Be Active on Other Blogs In Your Niche
Do you know what’s the easiest way to drive traffic to a new blog? It’s actually pretty simple, all you have to do is find other blogs in your niche that are already established and get a decent amount of traffic, then drive some of that traffic back to your blog. Well, that’s actually easier said than done, I KNOW.
As soon as you launch your blog, your job is to make as much friends as possible within your niche, but how? By commenting on their blogs, sharing their posts on social media and maybe also linking out to them on your blog.
The key is to target mid level blogs which are more likely to reciprocate your actions. The first ever comment on my blog was actually left by another blogger, Adrienne Smith from AdrienneSmith.net, who after seeing my comment on one of her posts came to my blog, left a comment and also shared my post on Twitter and Facebook.
You can do a search on Google for blogs that use the CommentLuv plugin, which adds your latest post under your comment. Just add ”This blog uses premium CommentLuv” and your keyword or niche in the search box and you’re good to go.
Of course, you shouldn’t stick to commenting only on CommentLuv blogs, leaving quality comments which add useful information and insight to a blog post will always get noticed by the blog owner and will always send some visitors back to your blog.
The same thing can be done with Facebook pages. Facebook is all about engagement and that’s what all bloggers want from their Facebook fan page. We are all busy people, especially when you’re thinking what content to create, how to promote it and that sort of stuff, if you can take a load of a bloggers busy schedule by answering his readers questions for him your setting your self for a very productive relationship with that blogger.
After these initial steps in forming blogging alliances, landing guest posts on other blogs within your niche will be very easy for you.
Guest posting on it’s own can drive huge amounts of referral traffic within very short amounts of time. But the relationship between you and other bloggers is what’s important before you even start to pitch any guest post ideas.
Action #8: Answer Questions on Yahoo Answers and Quora
Both Yahoo Answers and Quora are Q&A sites where people are looking for answers to their questions. No matter what niche you’re blogging in, you’re bound to find readers for your blog on these 2 sites.
So how can you get traffic from these sites?
Well that’s actually very easy, all you have to do is to look for questions which your blog posts can answer. The answers are voted up or down by other members based on their quality and usefulness.
You are also allowed to add a link to your source, which obviously will be a link to one of your blog posts.
Try to answer each question as best as you can.
Write detailed answers with a link to your post.
Do not spam.
One other thing that you might find appealing about these 2 Q&A sites is that all the content gets indexed by Google and other search engines, which means your answers may very well show up in search results. This is way I suggest you make your answers very detailed.
On Quora you can also follow people and be followed by others, just like on Twitter. Also did you know that you can create your own blog on Quora? Check it out: http://gainprofitincome.quora.com/. Your followers will get notified every time you publish a blog post on your Quora blog or post an answer to a question.
How do you get started? Here is an example of how I got started with Q&A sites:
1. Pick a blog post from your blog. Ex: Choosing the Right Domain Name – The Step by Step Guide
2. Search for questions on the Q&A sites. Ex: “How to choose a domain name?”, “How do you choose your domain name, what is most important in the selection process?”
3. Answer these questions with some tips from your post + add a link to it.
4. Find more questions.
Does that sound hard? Or time consuming? I think not.
Action #9: Write Compelling Headlines
Brian Clark from Copyblogger.com wrote a very detailed guide on How to Write Magnetic Headlines and he also says that 8 out 10 people read your headline but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest of your content.
Your blog post’s headline or title is meant to attract people in reading your post, to make them curious and eager to learn more about the information your sharing with them.
Think about Twitter where you’re only allowed 140 characters per tweet, your headline will make all the difference when it comes to driving traffic back to your blog.
The more curious your headlines make people, the more they read your posts. And the more they read your posts, the greater your chance of building a relationship with them.
Out of all the ways you can improve your blog and drive more traffic from social media sites, writing headlines that attract is by far the easiest.
Action #10: I Showed You Mine, Now Show Me Yours
Since this post has already passed 2000 words I’ve decided to leave the last quick action tip for you to fill in.
Seriously, I’d really appreciate it if you would take some extra minutes of your time and share 1 or maybe even 2 of your traffic generating tips with the rest of us.
It doesn’t matter how basic it might be, I’m sure there will be someone who will find it very useful. Sometimes it’s the smaller things that drive great results.