So, how to drive traffic to your blog? Every time this subject comes up most people automatically think about search engines, mostly about Google. I want to tell you that generating traffic to your blog is not all about ranking in search engines. I’m absolutely certain that almost every blogger or webmaster has discovered great ways to drive traffic to their websites without using Google. For example social media, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube among with other social networks are a great way of getting people to visit your website. In this post I’m going to share with you some simple traffic generating methods people tend to overlook and which can drive additional traffic to your blog or website.
Using Forums to Generate Targeted Traffic
First of all immediately after you register on a forum be sure to read the rules that apply there. You can get banned very easily if you do not follow those rules, not knowing them is not an excuse.
The traffic you can get from forums comes from your signature which is in the box below all your posts on the forum. A simple and short signature with a link to your blog or website can be a very effective way to drive people your way. Use a question that is related to your niche for your signature, that always gives people who are interested in that topic a reason to click on it. For example: “Would like more traffic to your website?” Visit my blog to find out what are the best ways to drive traffic online.” This is just a simple and straight-forward signature but the point is that a question always works better than a statement.
Before you actually make your first post on the forum take some time and just browse around. Look for posts that are related to your niche, your signature stands a greater chance of getting clicked on if it is relevant to the topic of the thread. Don’t post on a thread if you have no idea what the topic is about, always know your stuff. Don’t be afraid to disagree with someone just remember to always be polite.
Participate in active discussions. For example on the Warrior Forum which is the #1 internet marketing forum there are threads that can get thousands or possibly tens of thousands of views. Participating in active discussions related to your niche gives your signature the opportunity to be seen by all the people who are reading the posts in those threads.
- Helps build reputation
- Connect with people from within the same niche
- Easy to implement
- Targeted Traffic
- Fast results
- A lot of work involved to maintain
- Takes up time
Using Free Reports to Generate Traffic to your Website
Now, the best thing about free reports is that they can last for a lot of time, without the further need of work being involved to maintain the traffic funnel active. Another benefit that comes from creating free reports is that they help establish credibility and expert status. The traffic comes from the links in the reports, you can also make money from affiliate links. In my opinion every blogger should write at least one free report.
Here are some basic guidelines to think about when creating your free report. Always make your report 100% awesome. High value content will make the people who read it more willing to look for your website, your services or your products online. Also try to avoid using PLR material. You can use PLR for research, but using it as a free report will not work.
The good thing about free reports is that they’ll only need about 7 to 10 pages of solid content. If you know your subject very well you can write a great free report in a couple of hours. Even with the time spend on research writing a free report won’t take up a lot of your time. A good report should contain links to additional training on the subject at hand.
And one other thing, this is very important, ask the reader to take action at the end, include a “call to action” in your report. For example “Visit this link to receive more video training on this topic”. Just ask the reader to do something, just like you would ask readers on your blog to comment on your posts or share them.
To distribute your free report you have a number of options. First there is your blog. Create an opt-in form where readers submit their email in exchange for downloading your report. Also you can create a squeeze page or a pop-up, here you can present the benefits of reading your report and a brief description of it along with the opt-in form. Social media is a great way to distribute your report to a lot of people online, use Facebook Groups and Twitter to share the link to your report. Use your forum signature.
So how can you make your free report go viral? First of all offering the reader unrestricted distribution rights. Tell the reader that they can freely distribute the report to anyone they want as long as they don’t modify the content. Ask them if they want to build an email list with the report and include graphics for the squeeze page. You can take it one step further and allow branded links. This means they can change the affiliate links as long as they maintain the links that lead back to your website. And finally give them detailed instructions on how they can distribute the report. Don’t just tell them to distribute it, also teach them exactly how to do it, and how they can benefit from sharing your report with others.
- Establishes credibility and expert status
- Takes very little time to write
- It lasts for a lot of time (a report written today can still bring you traffic 3 years later)
- Once it’s gone viral the traffic back to your website is virtually limitless
- Usually a slow starter, it can take some time before results will show up
The traffic received from free reports doesn’t happen very quickly but once you’ve written and distributed your report it will take care of itself, and with time the results will show.
Well I have shown you my most recent traffic generating methods that I use to drive visitors to my blog. The main benefit for these methods is the fact that they are so easy to implement and get started that it won’t take you more than a couple of hours to get them going.
These 2 traffic generating methods are based on what I learned from John Thornhill’s Simple Traffic Solutions(affiliate link) program. I just want to say that these are only 2 of the 19 traffic generating methods I received training for from John. This is why I’m sharing this video with you guys to show you exactly what I got from the Simple Traffic Solutions program. Hope you like it.
I hope you guys found this information useful, you should always remember not to rely only on one traffic source and always explore new ways of driving traffic to your blog. If you have any comments or maybe want to share your own stories about the ways you use to drive additional traffic to your websites you can and are advised to share them in the comment box below and I will reply to you.
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