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50 Traffic Sources You Should Milk Like Crazy

Is blogging a struggle for you sometimes? I know it is a passion for most of us, and we love doing it. But sometimes it becomes a struggle. How to get more traffic, how to get more comments, how to come up with fresh topics…

My struggle was if I should enter the contest. My first one. I just decided to have fun and do it. There is so much to write on the topic of traffic generation that I didn’t want to miss the chance.

So how about me helping you by reminding you of some usual traffic sources and telling you about some you might have missed along the way?

I will tell you about those that brought me the most traffic over the years. If you are in a niche, don’t go away – the tips are not only for blogs about blogging.

Use video/image/other files to get traffic

trafficYoutube.com is an awesome place to find targeted traffic. How can you get more traffic besides creating great and viral videos?

  • Make sure to add your blog’s URL to an opening or closing “scene” of the video.
  • Add a link to your blog in the description (must be related of course).
  • Create video responses to related videos with a lot of views.

Vimeo.com, like YouTube, will house your videos. Don’t forget your blog’s URL in the opening scene!

Flickr.com is great not only for photographers but bloggers as well.

  • Any time you use a photo from Flickr, make a comment under it and include a link to your post. Photographers love seeing how their photos are used. I have had great traffic results with it, especially if you use an image in a funny, non-related way (a bunny reading a book on a post about Google PR).

Slideshare.net is a place where you can post slide shows to promote your blog and get more traffic. Not sure what a slide show would do to get traffic?

  • Turn your most popular posts into slide shows. As simple as that.

Scribd.com lets you upload documents and share them with a big community of readers.

  • Write useful how-tos for your niche and make them available for download. Don’t forget to include some links to your blog. PDF files work great for this. All files I make available for download can be shared and given away as long as they are not edited (so my link is shared along with them). Great guides get shared a lot!

Wikimedia.org is a great place to find new, targeted traffic.

  • Let’s say you have a great image of a travel destination (Rome, Italy, for example). Upload it to Wikimedia with a Commons license and go to Wikipedia. Find a project that is related to your image (Rome, Italy). Go to a project and attach your image as a related image to the Rome page. Your photo will be a new traffic source for your blog.

iTunes – podcasting is a great way to get fresh, targeted traffic. With millions and millions of users this is still a traffic generation source that is not saturated as some others.

The usual traffic generation sources

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Commenting on other blogs
– we all know about this way of traffic generation. But don’t rely only on posting a comment. Answer other people’s questions as well. And visit a new blog every once in a while, don’t stay on the same ones all the time!

If you are commenting on a blog that has Comment Luv enabled, make sure to master the art of good blog post titles.

Guest posting – again, a well known traffic source, but how much of it are you really using? Are you afraid of guest posting on bigger blogs? Go to new, up and coming blogs which are more likely to accept your post. You never know, few months from now, one of those blogs might be “the next big blog”.

Round ups – There is nothing better for traffic than being included in a round up on a blog like Kikolani or NittyGriddy. But you never are… If you think you wrote a great post that deserves to be in a round up like that, contact the blogger and offer your post. Great posts are not always discovered by themselves.

Social bookmarking sites

Digg.com – you don’t have much success with it? Stop submitting your posts, submit and digg other people’s posts and connect with as many “diggers” as you can. They will return the favor.

StumbleUpon.com – the best strategy is to do the same as I wrote for Digg. An extra thing to do would be being very active as a stumbler. Seems that the more active you are, the more “valuable” your submissions and votes are.

My biggest success with SU was a friend of mine (a pretty active one) submitting one of my posts. Talk about 1.000 new visitors in a day (low bounce rate and long times they spent on the blog was the cherry on top of a chocolate cake).

Reddit.com – I had great success with this site by submitting funny and controversial stuff. Funny images will bring you crazy amounts of traffic.

Delicious.com – Although there were some rumors it will be shut down, it is still working and bringing the traffic. Same tactics as other bookmarking sites. Great posts with numbers in the title (like this one) often get a lot of traffic from Delicious.

Google Buzz and Yahoo Buzz allow you to share blog posts. Any kind of sharing is a potential for traffic generation.

Amplify.com is a sharing site where you can connect with people, spark conversations and get more traffic for your blog.

Bookmarking and voting for bloggers

There are 5 sites I use for bookmarking best blog posts and voting for them.

BlogEngage.com
BlogInteract.com
Serpd.com
Blokube.com
BizSugar.com

I don’t submit all of my posts and I try to vote often for posts I like. Try to connect with people and vote on their posts. Keep it real and don’t go “blind voting” for everything on the home page.

These sites can bring very targeted traffic to your blog considering they are pretty focused. Not to mention that once you have a great post shared on those sites (and it makes it to a home page) you will have your blog flooded with targeted visitors.

Traffic generation by writing content for other sites

Ezinearticles.com, although hit by the new Google algorithm, it is a great source of highly targeted traffic. The bounce rate of visitors I get from EZA is always less than 20%! Choosing a good keyword for an article can result in incredible amounts of traffic. I have been receiving a lot of traffic from a single well written article for a year and a half now!

I will not list other article sites cause it would look like pumping up numbers of traffic sources in this post, but there are many of them that can bring fresh eyes to your blog.

Squidoo.com and Hubpages.com will not only bring you targeted traffic but can also be a nice source of income. If you don’t want to spend too much time on these sites, you can always make a single page about your blog and update it from time to time with links to your must-read and most popular posts.

About.com – How many times have you tried to do something and needed instructions? You Google it and it brings up how-tos from About.com. Well, you can contribute to this site with some of the how-tos for your niche and get traffic from it. Additional tip – there is an About.com Forum where you can be helpful to people in need and get additional traffic to your blog.

Never underestimate Wikipedia and WikiHow. These two sites are an awesome place to further promote your blog and get, again, targeted traffic. Depending on your niche, you can contribute some great tips and bring thousands of visitors back to your blog.

One forgotten traffic generation source

The Forums – yes, I know some bloggers are telling you that you can not get anything from the Forums, but I can prove them wrong. One example: I met one of my dear blogging friends on a Forum way before I started blogging. She has been helping me since. Instead of struggling with some newbie mistakes, I skipped most of them and went straight for success. Most forums allow links in signatures – use it!

Your niche will determine which forums you will visit, but great forums for bloggers are Website Babble, My blog guest, Warrior forum, Blog Frog, etc.

Social media sources

social media traffic source

Facebook.com – Do I need to explain this one? You can use your personal profile to post about your blog, you can use groups and pages. Ask your friends to share your blog post to their wall and groups and wait for all the traffic to pour in.

While on Facebook, I need to mention Networked Blogs. I use this application to post my RSS on my personal profile wall and my blog’s fan page. You can also use this application to follow other blogs in the network and rate them.

This is one of my biggest traffic referrals at the moment. You should use all possible tools to get your blog shared on Facebook as much as possible because with so many users, Facebook can bring a lot of traffic to your blog.

Twitter.com is one of the best ways to get your blog out there. Main thing – communicate and connect, don’t spam. Tweet relevant and quality posts and don’t self-promote too much. Don’t forget to participate in Twitter chats. I get a lot of “fresh” visitors from those chats!

LinkedIn.com is a place where you can get traffic from more than one source.

Connect with people you know and they will see your updates. If you are a good writer and post great content, you will receive traffic from them. You can generate traffic by joining LinkedIn groups and helping people in your niche by pointing them to your relevant posts. Besides groups, there is an answers section. Answer questions the best you can and point people to relevant links (your blog).

Yahoo Groups – join groups in your “area of expertise”. Again, do the best you can to help people.

Paid traffic sources

Facebook ads are a great way to get highly targeted traffic to your blog (landing page, fan page, what ever). Although not a free traffic source, it is a great one. The price is not very high and I think it is pretty acceptable considering that you can choose demographics of Facebook users that will see your ad. I had great success getting traffic that converts on one of my niche sites.

Google Adwords is a well known paid traffic generation source. I, presonally, did not get too much into it since it takes some learning to make it work for you. But you can easily find coupons for $75 to try it out, so why not? Those who can use Google Adwords well convert that traffic into subscribers and buyers in no time.

Ads on related blogs. Most blogs are open for advertising and you can always buy advertising space on them. Choosing a blog that is related to your niche (while not directly competing with you) and has a lot of visitors is a great way to get more traffic.

Answer sites – Why aren’t bloggers using them more?

answers sites

This is one of my favorite ways of traffic generation. Using answer sites is not only a great way to generate targeted traffic but establish yourself as a “know it all” in your niche.

The main tip about using answer sites is not to link to your blog every time you answer a question. Especially if the post is not closely related to the question. Answer some questions for the sake of answering them. You will always have links in your bio/profile, so if you answer a question like a rock star (without a link),  some traffic will come from people checking out your profile.

Vark.com is owned by Google. Interesting, right? Last time I checked, their links were dofollow. All you need to do is choose topics you are interested in and you will get relate dquestions that need answers. Answer the best way you can, and if it is convenient, point people to your blog with a related link.

Yahoo Answers is one of my favorite traffic generation sources when it comes to answer sites. It has been one of my main traffic sources on a niche site for a long time, even after I haven’t used it for months. The main thing is to give your best when answering. If your answers are chosen as the best ones, you will have more respect in the eyes of the visitors so… yes, more of them will come to check out your blog.

Google answers is one of the great answer sites you can use for traffic generation. I mean, isn’t everything that is connected to Google something we should master?!

Quora.com is a pretty new but already very popular site among bloggers. Connect, ask questions and answer them. Same “laws” apply like on any answer site.

Fluther.com is great in a way that it will find questions related to your expertise. After using it for awhile, the site gets “smarter” as it learns more about you and offers you questions related to your niche.

Other great answer sites you should start using today:

  • Blurtit.com
  • Wiki answers
  • Yedda.com or AOLAnswers.com (same site)

A few more interesting sources of fresh traffic

eBay.com can generate traffic in more than one way. You can sell reports and e-books you write (write some useful how-tos and sell them for very low price, the point in this case is the traffic, not the money). There is also an about page you can create, where you can put a link to your blog.

Craigslist.org – Yes, you can post ads and generate traffic. Depending on your niche the ads will be different. You have a “blog about blogging” and can’t imagine how you could post an ad? Aren’t you offering a service? That is an ad right there.

Paper.li is a site that automatically creates “newspapers” based on who you follow on Twitter. You can base it on Twitter lists or make other settings. When it posts to your Twitter, it will mention one or two people who are featured in it. How about sending tweets mentioning all the people featured in it that you haven’t connected with yet?

Generating traffic by offline promotion

offline coffee promotion

You can always generate some traffic by promoting your blog offline. I can think of many ideas, but here are just a few (depends a lot on the type of blog you have):

– handing flyers to your targeted audience (University students, high school students, coffee drinkers…)

– buying an ad in printed magazines or local newspapers

– giving away free samples of what ever you offer on your blog

I bet there is at least one traffic source mentioned here that you have not used yet, and I am sure there are some I forgot to mention.

So I would like to ask a favor from you. Suggest number 51 (post a comment) and then share this post…go crazy…tweet it every day, digg it, stumble it, vote for it, tell your friends about it. If you like it and I win a prize, I promise to write more great posts for you 🙂

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Social media sharp shooter and online business coach at Online Income Star. If you need help building your online business or want to hire someone you can trust, you can always find me at home.

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  • Shahzad March 14, 2013, 9:24 pm

    Good guidance for the newbie like me,who just wants to step in the blog world sooner after introduced my self commercially in above website. thanx Brankica

  • john February 3, 2013, 8:40 am

    wow what an extensive list. I shall be working my way through your suggestions over the next few days. Thanks

  • JM February 2, 2013, 5:43 pm

    I didn’t know about the bookmarking and voting.

    The other ones I do. I get traffic from organic searches with keywords. I’ve done digg and stumbleupon and never really got going with them.

  • Shivam January 28, 2013, 11:43 am

    hey thanks for this great list…….m still struggling with my traffic through Google and other Search Engines……….But this will b of great help…………………..:)

  • Robert Epling January 25, 2013, 8:59 pm

    Nice, I’ll link to this article from my next blog post. Lots of good info and my few readers will love it for reference.

  • jp January 1, 2013, 3:35 pm

    Oh! WOW!! this is a great find I’m very new to the blogging business and I’m so greatfull I ran into you post Have a blessed New Year and Thanks again…

    jp

  • Heidi Passey
    Twitter:
    December 3, 2012, 12:21 am

    Really helpful post. I learned a few new methods that I hadn’t thought about before. I’ve been wanting to start doing some forum marketing. After reading your post I’m going to look into the answer sites too. Thanks for providing such great value.

  • Henry November 15, 2012, 2:53 pm

    Have you conisidered traffic exchanges, or blog exchanges. After submitting your URL and signing up to about 10 exchanges, it takes about an hour clicking through all 10 surf sights at a time. But it does give you some good traffic. I reciently started doing it and I am now getting around 200 visitors a day. That is just from traffic exchanges. not bad from just one type of traffic source

  • Marc Bell
    Twitter:
    November 4, 2012, 11:43 pm

    This is a good read Brankica..!

    A couple of your traffic sources you mention I have never used them. Some I have heard of but haven’t used them. But I will be implementing a hand full of them over the next couple of days.

    Thanks Again for the eye opener!

    Marc Bell

  • Pushkar Kohli
    Twitter:
    November 2, 2012, 11:11 pm

    Hey, never knew so many of them, looks like I need to use them wisely. Facebook Ads have been used by me and they pour in some great great traffic!!

  • AKS October 16, 2012, 2:25 am

    A big thanks to you for providing so many great resources for generating free traffic, I didn’t know some of he websites at all.
    Apart from free traffic, using these sites will also increase link popularity.

  • qbhost October 15, 2012, 12:04 pm

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  • Jason Owens September 28, 2012, 1:07 pm

    Thank you so much for putting together such an informative article. I didn’t realize that there were so many ways to build traffic. Of these 50 methods do you feel any particular ones work better for generating site traffic for more technical and academic topics?

  • Harsh Bhatt September 4, 2012, 2:11 am

    Really Amazing. So Appreciable post you have given everything related to traffic.
    I covers every corner how we can get traffic, you have showed many great ways to drive traffic easily to blog.
    Interesting post just bookmarked it.

  • Samuel
    Twitter:
    August 29, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Thanks for the list Brankica!

    Pick a certain strategy involved with these sites and see the traffic rolling in.

  • Vinny August 14, 2012, 7:06 am

    Thank you for this great post. There is alot of great info. Also Backpage.com is another alternative to Craigslist. If you write a good add, it will show up on Google very fast.

  • Jhoveleen August 8, 2012, 3:36 pm

    This is a very helpful article. I’ve been blogging for years but I am still crawling when it comes to traffic.

  • Dave Nosker
    Twitter:
    July 17, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Excellent article! – Love the sources for “Bookmarking and voting for bloggers”. I was not aware of this list of great sites. I will be writing an article soon on Blog99 and including this article as a great resource for our readers. Again, nice job! 🙂

    — Dave

  • kolembo
    Twitter:
    July 11, 2012, 9:43 am

    The blog sharing turned out to be really interesting! I run a short poetry blog – you know…words move!
    I’m not commercial but I do like to know that the poetry is finding homes, being read.
    I have seen the rest of the online poetry blogs out there – and mine rocks!
    Anyway, thanks for this!

  • kolembo
    Twitter:
    July 10, 2012, 3:40 pm

    Oh good stuff this!
    I own a Poetry blog and although I’m not interested in generating commercial value, I AM interested in gaining readership!

    I have great content and it’s horrible when I don’t get the traffic.
    Going to try the ‘bookmarking and voting’!
    Thanks!

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