20 Sure Fire Ways To
Increase Your Traffic
Most website owners want more traffic to
their websites and blogs. However it can
be difficult to get it, especially for newer
sites. Traffic is so important to an online
business. If you double traffic then you
can double your earnings, assuming the
quality of the traffic is the same.
Here are some great simple ways to help
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Hold a competition
If you hold a competition with a decent
prize, you can really get the visitors in.
$50 is often enough to get people
interested. Obviously the more you give
the more interest you will attract.
You can even contact other bloggers in
your niche who might share the details of
your comp with their visitors.
The competition might be asking them to
do something, such as “like” your
Facebook page and Tweet your
A winner can then be drawn out of those
who email you with proof they have
You can then gain traffic from all the
people who have socially bookmarked
you, plus the attention from other
Also visitors might tell their friends to
enter as well, although some might be
reluctant as it reduces their chances of
Write a huge post
If you write a big informational post
then you are likely to attract some
natural links to it. Successful blog owners
know the value of pointing their visitors
to great content. They didn't need to
spend ages writing it, yet they have
provided it for their visitors, who will be
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extremely grateful. It is good practice to
link out to great content.
If you give your visitors a good
experience then you are going to be
more popular yourself. Also some people
believe that search engines rewards sites
that link out to quality content.
Google want their users to be satisfied
with their search results. A site that has
its own great content AND links to other
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great content is a real asset, and the
search engines probably recognise this
and rank them higher
People also like to share huge
informational posts on social networks
You can find that one really great post
with loads of work and info can really get
the visitors in, who will hopefully also
take the time to look at your other
content, and perhaps even sign up as a
Write a guest post
Find a very popular blog in your niche
that is accepting guest posts and write as
good an article as you can and submit it it.
It is better to get published on 1 or 2 top
blogs than it is several small ones.
A big popular blog will usually be more
picky about what they will publish, but
you can get far better SEO benefits and
direct visitors from the link in your bio.
Go for quality over quantity
Here is a great little tip. Create a
Facebook fan page, but not strictly about
your site or product Make it related to
your niche, and something that a lot of
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people will click on. For example if y
have a site about cars then you might
have a fan page called ”I love Ferrari”.
Build links to your blog
Even after all the search engine changes
getting other sites to link to you is still
the best way to rank high Also you
benefit from traffic that click through
these links directly.
There are many ways to attract
backlinks, and it is a whole article or 20,
within itself. Check out other articles and
forums online to learn more about link
Use Intriguing Headlines
A good idea is to go through your old
articles and change your headings to
make them more intriguing The secret is
to compel people to click on your articles
because the title makes them curious.
There are several tried and tested
techniques that will help you achieve
this, which you can find on my site.
Reduce the amount of adverts and
products you sell
A lot of people are put off by excessive
advertising and selling Of course you ve
got to make some cash, but think about
whether you are overdoing it.
Other blog owners are far more likely to
link to a blog post that isn't full of
adverts and products.
Sort out tags and keywords
Spend a day going through your past
posts and check for popular keyphrases
Google s tool.
on Google's keyword tool
You can then update your tags and
sprinkle the phrase 2 or 3 times within
your article body. This should help your
individual posts rise in the search
rankings for more popular search terms,
and gain more visitors.
Write a humorous post
There is nothing is more appealing on the
internet than a little humour. Posts such
as this share well on social network sites
and get eyes on your site. Lots of
pictures and a q
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punchy style often
work. Also make sure you remember to
share it at various social networks.
Of course it may not be the most
targeted traffic in the world, but
sometimes it's good to get a load of
people on y
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A certain percentage will be interested in
other things you have to say, especially if
your funny content is at least vaguely
related to your niche.
Use share buttons
Some novice bloggers and site owners
reason that if someone wants to share
your content then they will do so
whether there is a share button or not.
This is true to some extent, but certainly y
not entirely. The easier you make it to do
something on the internet, the more
likely i that l ill do it. Visitors
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are usually on some sort of time budget,
even if it is just psychologically self
imposed. They do not like to waste time.
If say 100 people click on your great
article without a share button then
maybe 1 person will share it. With a
share button, that one person will still
share it, plus a few more because it is so
much easier to do.
Then you might also enjoy the knock on
effects of when people pass this on
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again. Al if a person has to go on a
social network to share your content,
they could very well get distracted whilst
there, and not return to your site.
Interlink within your own posts
If you have an article or two that is
getting a lot, or even some, traffic for a
particular keyphrase then take
advantage of this.
Do a Google search and if it ranks
anywhere less then number one, then it
is worth linking to it contextually from
some of your other posts with the anchor
text of that keyphrase. Hopefully this will
move you up a notch or two and give you
even more traffic.
Get to know other bloggers in your
It's a good idea to visit other peoples'
blogs regularly and make valuable
comments on their articles. You will find
that some will eventually visit your blog
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and also comment.
After a while they are far more likely to
link trade or link to some of your blog
posts, or do other deals with you.
You may also attract some of their traffic
to your blog if these targeted readers like
your thoughts and opinions.
There are also forums and social
networks where you can meet other
bloggers. This can also help with trading
advice and ideas to help each others
Don't have loud audio or video
Nearly everyone agrees that when they
click on a site and loud audio kicks in
they quickly hit the back button and
never return. If you have this on your
site, then remove it, or give them the
option of pressing play when they are
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ready. T t this for a week or 2 and I bet
your visitor time increases quite a bit.
Encourage regular visitors
Encourage visitors to subscribe to you
This may be RSS feeds, newsletters, or
Regular visitors are the lifeblood of a
successful blog. Regulars are more likely
to comment, contribute, buy products,
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and recommend you to others.
As well as offering ways for people to
follow you, also keep reminding them in
places such as at the end of a blog post
and in your side bar.
Of course great content is the key for
success here, but making it easier and
providing a reminder here and there can
Write about topics in the news
There are always hot topics in the news
and a great way to get some traffic is to
write about it. With some creative
thought, even if it is nothing to do with
your niche, you can make it relevant to
your blog. A classic example is
comparing something with something
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During a Presidential election, you could
compare running for President with
blogging. You could discuss issues such
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statements, image etc. The article could
be called something like “Why Running
For President Is Like Blogging”.
This would take advantage of increased
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searches for the topic round a popular
time, plus the headline would arouse
curiosity Many people would want to
know why this is so.
Another idea is say Arnold
Schwarzenegger has been in the news
for some reason, and you run a blog
You can write about all his investments
and what you would advise him to invest
in, given his circumstances, and why.
You don't need to criticise people or
things needlessly, but a bit of
controversy can get eyes pointing your
way. Since I advocate ethical affiliate
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marketing I prefer the approach of
holding a view that flies in the face of
So a good weight loss title might be
“Why Eating Breakfast Hampers Your
Weight Loss”, since it is generally
accepted that eating breakfast actually
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helps with weight loss. If you do want to
go down the line of criticising someone
who is known and popular, then at least
be constructive with it.
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Give your reasons why they don't agree
with them, rather than just calling them
for no reason
Give Away freebies
Free gifts can create a nice goodwill
feeling on your blog, and can attract
natural links when people tell other
people about them. Also your free gifts
can often contain reminders about your
For instance I give away free
hypnotherapy audios and at the start of
each one I remind them of my web
If you give away a free e book, then
there's nothing to stop you from
mentioning and linking to some of your
You can answer some questions on
Yahoo Answers and if relevant, point
them to some of your resources for
further information. Please don't be
spammy with this method. It won't do
you or anyone else any good.
Ask readers to share
At the end of each post, you could add
something that asks if your readers liked
the article, they would share on
Facebook, Twitter etc. By giving a
reminder, you greatly increase your
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chances of people doing so, which could
help drive more traffic your way.
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