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10 Quick Actions You Can Do Right Now to Get More Referral Traffic

referral traffic guideOne 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.

just retweetFor 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.

viral-content-buzz

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.

facebook page post schedulingThe 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.

images in blog posts

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.

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  1. Nice set of tips there Philip. I’d add this one.

    Make video for YouTube. It can be a simple screen grab video or just a talking head type video. Post it to YouTube. Then get the audio transcribed (fiverr.com is great for this). Now create a blog post which is basically the video embedded from YouTube and the transcription pasted into the post. Now promote the blog post through your usual channels. Easy, fast and very effective. (Plus you’ve also get traffic from YouTube as well)

    • Hi Mike, thanks for sharing your quick tip, I can definitely see how this might work very well and indeed Youtube is a very good site to get traffic from.

    • Actually easier to get traffic from Youtube directly rather than through the blog, we know a lot of visitors do not have time to read. Picture is an urgent need to get traffic.

  2. Totally quality mate – I love that little keyword layout – I done a similar one based on this on an Infographic I made (I think you know about it) and yes, the share and pins from Pinterest were a good traffic source.

    The triberr tweets are also a good traffic source, but I question the amount of people who actually visit and read as apposed to just clicking “retweet”

    Nice post.

    • Hi John, I personally really like Triberr but I think it does matter a lot who shares your posts and the relationship between them and their followers. Sometimes I get lots of shares but hardly any traffic, but I remember one time when my site actually crashed because of just one retweet which created a pretty big spike in my traffic.

      Thanks for your comment John, always enjoy seeing you on the blog.

  3. Hi Philip,

    Thanks for sharing Tribber and JustRetweet. Actually there are hundreds of such sites that has been designed to promote our blog contents in viral way but in most cases we are really not aware of them. I generally preferr Facebook and Twitter direct messages for content promotion but you have showed a different way to get more referral traffic. This will definitely help in near future.

    Thanks again,

    Amit (Digital Creative Network)

  4. Hi Phil,
    JustRetweet and Viral Content Buzz are quite easy to use. I think Triberr is a little more wavy and requires more effort. Newbies, I think will easily find their ways on JustRetweet.

    I fully back the other points you mention in this post. It’s not easy to get traffic but such methods are productive

  5. Got a nice article to read after long time, hope it will be very usefull,
    Thanks for sharing,, thumbs up…

  6. Great tips and I’ll need to take time to add just 2 of them to my routine since the others are in action, and helping as you say.

    Tip? EmpireAve is a social networking site which gives you virtual money (like the credits on JustRetweet) to create missions for other people to earn virtual money. I like it because I get to select actions on social network sites I prefer to be on. It takes some getting used to but I find it’s been equal to JustRetweet and Triberr in my blog and Twitter attention.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Patricia, I know about EmpireAve I also use it but not as much as I used to. Thanks for adding it to the list. Have a great day Patricia, hope to seeing you more on the GPI blog.

  7. This is what I love about your blog Philip, you share awesome actionable content that people should be doing. I love the tips you shared here and was surprised to see me mentioned but I’m so glad I was the first to comment. Wow, how cool is that…

    I agree with everything you mentioned here although I don’t do them all myself. I know, funny huh! Actually, I’ve never used Just Retweet although it’s been recommended to me. I prefer to have a better handle on what I’m retweeting which is the only reason I haven’t done that yet.

    Thanks so much for this jam packed post and I will be sharing this one as well. Why! Because it’s good stuff people can learn how to do and I appreciate you taking the time to put this together.

    Thanks Philip and you have a wonderful week.

    ~Adrienne

    • Hey Adrienne, thanks for your kind words, you always know how to brighten my day. And yes you were the first person to comment on my blog, I remember how excited I was when I saw your comment.

      I’m glad you enjoyed my post and, how could I not mention you when your comment was such a huge boost to my self confidence when I was just getting started here.

  8. Nice and effective tips to get referral traffic. Linkedin and Pinterest are also some good sources to generate traffic.

    Hope am doing almost all the ways to advance my blog’s traffic, will try the missed ways soon.

  9. Philip I enjoyed your post and agree with your tips on generating traffic. I love Triberr but have not used justretweet. I will try that out and see how it goes. I love finding a blog that has something of value in the post in addition to choices that we don’t already know all about.

    The best way I found to drive traffic to my site is Google. By using keywords SEO and writing posts that most people weren’t writing. I didn’t have to worry about mega competition and if I wrote a great post and the other two checked out I would get the #1 or at the very least #2 position on the first page for almost every key word on the page.

    Drove thousands of people a day. For years I never had to worry about any of the tips you outlined except of course the headline which is everything. Without a killer headline to pull in that traffic you have no traffic.

    Now things have changed since panda and penguin arrived on the scene and it’s not as easy to land those top 2 spots. After all there are only TWO.

    Thanks again Philip for all the great info. I’m so glad Adrienne shared your post. XOXO

    P.S. Social Sprout the social media sharing tool just added scheduled posts to Google+ so far you can only add your Google+ business page.

    • Hi Dawn, I’m also a big fan of search engine traffic. From my experience I found that traffic from search engines is great if you want to make sales, it’s the best buyer traffic in my opinion. I couldn’t believe the huge difference between 2nd and 1st spot in Google until I’ve seen it with my own eyes.
      But if you want to build a community you need endorsements, from other sites, from other people… That’s were referral traffic comes into play, and it’s just as important as search engine traffic.

      Thanks for your comment Dawn, looking forward to seeing you more on the blog.
      Have a great day.

      • Hi Philip you are absolutely right about 1st and 2nd position in the SERPS. The only time 2nd pulls from first is if the title is weak on the 1st position.

        Google is now deciding what to put for your title and sometimes it doesn’t pull even in first position.

        You do need endorsements from other sites but you would be surprised how many you can get through search engine traffic as well. When people like you they like you it doesn’t matter where they come from.

        With that said I do believe in building a community and developing relationships with other bloggers that equally benefit all involved. You are right on the money Philip.

        Love your style!

        P.S. I meant Sprout Social not Social Sprout. :)

  10. Hi Phillip, thanks for the post. The best way I have found to increase traffic to my site, is, as you say in point 7, to share other people’s blogs. This is great for building relationships and also learning more about my industry. I have also just started with Triber and have found that to be useful.

  11. Philip, what a great list to follow. #3 and #8 I have to work on. I would add to be commenting on others posts and sharing other’s info too. I truly love Triberr and JustRetweet for those. I would also add Scoop.it as that’s where I found this post from :)

    • I think I’ve mentioned about commenting on and sharing posts from other blogs, it’s #7.
      I also use Scoop.it, although I hadn’t had any good results with it, but it looks like it’s starting to work since you’ve made it here from one of my curated posts. Thank you for your comment Lisa and I’m glad you’ve found my post useful.Cheers.

  12. Hi Philip,

    Thanks for another great share – I do some, but by no means all of these – I’m not yet comfortable with scheduling social media shares, so tend to do this manually at the moment, but this is something I need to explore and experiment with.

    I’ve come across a few posts mentioning Quora and Yahoo Answers recently, but haven’t had a go at this yet – thanks very much for your explanation of how you go about it, which is really helpful.

    I intend to bookmark this for future reference and will certainly try some of the strategies you suggest.

    I ‘pin’ images from my posts to Pinterest, with a link back to the site. Interesting to see Lisa mention Scoop.it because I’ve just started using that – I also use Paper.li but I’m not sure how effective it’s been so far at driving traffic – it’s an easy and fun way to curate and share content, though.

    Many thanks, Philip,

    Sue

    • Hi Sue,

      I didn’t use to schedule my social media updates at first but since I’ve started using Buffer and set up a schedule for when the updates go live it’s been very easy for me to do this, and there is plenty of information online on when is the best time to tweet, pin, like…
      I’ve heard about Paper.li also, made an account but it’s just sitting there, I think I’m going to give it another go.
      Thanks for your comment Sue, and for the shares, really appreciate it.

  13. The services you mentioned are good but if you do it excessively everyone will start doing it with fake accounts just like youhitlikes.com etc sites which are nothing but spam…! Scheduling is a good option and if you do some paid on facebook accounts it will help in getting more reach as well.

  14. this is just an amazing post gonna try all you share bookmarked post..

  15. Great tips, I just joined Triberr and JustRetweet a few days ago and still no traffic from those guys. There must me something I’m doing wrong. Viral Content Buzz and http://www.msocialh.com/forum/ are the ones that tend to bring me some decent traffic and shares. I also tend to comment on other blogs quite often, but I never tried the Q&A method. Sounds pretty straight forward… Need to give it a shot. Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

  16. A great post. I am surprised by how many blogs I see that do not have a call to action. It seems like waste to me.

    I have signed up for Triberr, but need to play around with it more as I have not used it much. I am signing up for JustRetweet from your recommendation.

  17. I am so glad that I visited this blog and find this useful information! I really like the first and second option you said! trying it now. Triberr is looking very interesting lets hope and see the result

  18. Thanks for another wonderful article. The place else could anyone get that type of info in such a perfect method of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such info.

  19. Great! I like the way you do your social media presence. I would definitely try to do some of the points you have given. By the way, in my case, I look for interesting topics at Google Trends and blog about it. I get good amount to traffic too from doing that.

  20. Hi Philip,

    These are excellent tips to get maximum traffic from various social networks. You have prepared a perfect dish for newbies to eat more and fill their blog’s basic need of huge traffic. :-)

  21. great tips need to follow this post to get more traffic .. bookmarked blog..

  22. nice and informative article,best key points thanks for sharing wonderful and best article,well written great article really very appreciated work.

  23. Thanks so much for your post. I usually use Yahoo answer for gaining Referral traffic. It works for me. Well I will follow your other tricks so that I can gain maximum referral traffic. Bye

  24. Great Article .. Thanks for sharing it , I learned A lot by reading this article .. Keep moving

  25. Very helpful for people like me , BTW Thanks for sharing all these valuable Information mate !!

  26. Thanks a lot for share a post about increasing referral traffic. Really helpful article.

  27. What a great article. Discovered Triberr and justretweets. Plus some other really cool tips. Awesome information.

  28. Just hearing of Viral Content Buzz. Is it a paid or free service?

  29. Really nice tips but i can’t follow them right now as i’m currently working to improve my search traffic.

  30. These are all very useful tips. I’d like to focus on twitter and just retweet account. I am not so active in those sites and I know I am missing a lot of referral traffic on that.

  31. When using images on your blog it is important to use the right alt tag that will help getting google to notice your site. Thanks for alerting me to viral content buzz website, as I wasn’t aware of that before. Great info that you have shared.

  32. Hi Philip , I love the tips and idea you have shared in this article. I especially liked the part about- “Sign Up for a Triberr Account”. Seems like a tough task but I am going to give it a try and see if I can get some good Looking forward to see more tips from you.

  33. Great post Philip!
    I use YouTube a lot to generate traffic + seo means on-page and off page seo! Another great source of traffic for me is slideshare. You have to post the right content for the audience on slideshare but if you do so you can gain quite a few views on your presentations or docs.

  34. Nice and effective tips to get referral traffic. Technorati ,Stumble Upon and Pinterest are also some good sources to generate traffic.As per latest google algorithm.Try to get organic traffic.It will increase search engine visibility

  35. Wow.. simply nice to read these effective practices for improving traffic on any site or blog.
    Further, I must say that, if you have quality content with valuable information for users, then it will be the super-winning factor.
    What I noticed in last couple of weeks is – sharing content on Facebook Groups and Google Plus communities with thousands of user base is kind of amazing traffic booster.

  36. Amazing post..No words to appreciate your great work.I think really by following these tips we can get massive referral traffic to our blog. I am going to join with Triberr and Viral content buzz as per your suggestion.Keep posting such an interesting article.

  37. Thanks for sharing this great information article. This is the most effective way to know and learn how to do right to get more referral traffic. These 10 quick actions will be very useful and helpful. Read and understand the article and you will get a brilliant idea. I will share this information with my friends and they will certainly love to read this. Very informative, I’ll definitely give these 5 stars.

  38. This post was really good in relation to how should I increase my referral traffic. Do you have a similar article explaining how to increase the traffic from search engines? If yes, then please do share. It will be very helpful for me.

  39. Activity of other blog related to you niche is good to drive traffic back to you blog . Every blogger should engage with other blog of niche by posting useful comment . By doing this you may get traffic to you blog and also increase your number of social media followers .

  40. The tips which you have shared in this post are just awesome. These tips are really helpful to me and I think it should must helpful to others. I really like the style of writing this article. Your articles are always helps me a lot. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article with us. :D

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