Every once in a while I share content that I'd like to think of as timely and evergreen.
After all, even your evergreen content requires some upkeep or it'll be forgotten just like every other post you labored hours writing.
And so I shared one of such posts through my social media channels a few weeks back.
My fun, awesome, and too overwhelming to be useful 202 Bite-Sized Tips To Insanely Increase Your Blog Traffic.
It was good to learn that someone actually read my blurb on Google Plus (after all, we all have two mouths and one ear, right?)
Not only that, but Robert Sams also asked me some to-the-point questions that prompted me to to separate the wheat from the chaff.
So here we go.
Which Tip Is Your Favorite One?
My favorite tidbits are the ones that focus on finding your own voice.
This is one of the most regrettable things that I see online day in and day out.
I visit them on a daily basis.
And here's the harsh reality – YOUR blog might be one of those blogs.
I often come by my commentators' blogs as my way of saying “Thank you” – I find that a comment or a tweet do just that.
However, many times I struggle to find a post that I can share with my social media circles or even leave an honest comment on that doesn't involve anything like “Stop regurgitating same old, same old, and find your own voice!”
Take a second right now.
Am I talking to you?
Hope you don't feel like it's a slap in the face, because most of us are not born bloggers.
We become bloggers as we learn from our experiences (good AND bad), as we practice what we preach, and as we finally discover what it is that sets us apart.
When Failure Is a Good Thing
You may or may not know the story of my first blogging failure.
I started my first blog in 2009.
I did it because I was told “it was good for business”, but I really couldn't figure out why I needed a blog or what to write about or how to make it work for my business.
I wasted my time writing about this and that – mostly just talking about what everyone else talked about.
After all, if THEY are talking about it, I should write about it too, right?
Trust me, blogosphere will survive just fine without yet another “10 tips to use your Facebook page” or “Why guest posting is so vital to your success“.
I learned that from that first no-direction faceless blog.
And it was great.
You know why?
Because one day, I had an epiphany.
I needed to separate the wheat from the chaff.
I needed to solve people's problems.
I needed to… start all over.
And I did.
I decided to
- focus on traffic generation as my core topic;
- got a new domain name;
- hired someone to design a great header and customize my Thesis theme (money very well-spent);
- and stopped writing what I THOUGHT my readers wanted to hear.
I went back to being myself and it turned out to be the winning recipe.
Traffic Generation Cafe proved to be a success within a few short months.
Yes, it took a failure to get there, but that's also the encouraging part.
If you have that gut feeling that your blog is nothing special, or you think it IS special, but have no readers to prove it, it might be a good time for a new season.
And if you want my brutally honest opinion about your content, ask me to come and check out your blog in the comments below.
Just be prepared to hear what I and my other readers have to say and be prepared to act on it.
With that said…
My Favorite Bite-sized Traffic Tips
…have to do with setting yourself apart from the crowd.
36. Post with personality.
127. Don’t try to be all things to all people.
164. Use a human voice.
174. Be a comedian – “They’ll be standing in line for that old honky-tonk monkey shine!”
22. Make readers depend on you by sharing your expertise generously.
What Are Your Top 10 and Why?
That was Robert's next question.
As I went through the original bite-sized blog traffic tips and pulled out the ones that were in the running to be my top 10, I realized that all of them had to do with:
Assuming that you discovered your “IT” in your niche and started churning out great content to match/rival other blogs competing for your readers' attention, all you need to focus on now is spreading the word about it.
Network with Other Bloggers
Leo Dimilo recently wrote a great guest post for Traffic Generation Cafe, where he talked about why we should stop building links for SEO and focus on networking instead.
The post was actually written and published BEFORE Google's recent war against link building, which made it even more current and actionable.
In that post he said:
“A networker will start with their existing network and determine who in their network can push their message across other channels.
As their reach grows, so does their influence in the social clusters within their ever-expanding network.
The majority of their time is spent adding value and helping others get what they want.”
To maximize your networking effort, you need to find and build relationships with the “gatekeepers” in your niche.
THEN have those gatekeepers spread the word about you and your awesome content.
The last part happens automatically, by the way.
When people love what you do, they can't help but talk about you.
My Bite-Sized Traffic Tips on Networking
So here are my bite-sized tips on how to draw other (preferably more influential) bloggers' attention:
9. Write about other bloggers’ best posts.
10. Make your own “best of the best” list.
The two web traffic tips above might sound counter-intuitive to many bloggers, just as they did to me when I first started blogging.
Why would you want to send you precious traffic you work so hard to get to your competitors' blogs?
Well, because it's good for business.
If you don't believe it, just take my word for it.
Or even better, here's an example.
This is the third time in the past couple of weeks that I mention Tom Ewer from LeavingWorkBehind.com.
His blog is barely 4 months old.
When it was only about 2 months old, Tom compiled a list of the blogs worth reading: It’s Here: The 100 Blogs You Need In Your Life.
As a result of mentioning 100 great bloggers, Tom pretty much recruited 100 influential blogging ambassadors to endorse the post and Tom's blog.
Not bad for a new kid on the block…
Mine was one of the blogs mentioned.
Since there was so much traffic driven to the post by other bloggers, some of that web traffic ended up following the link to Traffic Generation Cafe.
That caused Tom Ewer to become one of my top ten referral traffic sources for the month of March and he got a link from my March income report.
Then he popped up on CurationSoft as I was doing research for a post about other blogs that publish income reports.
Since I already knew of Tom and trusted his content, I included him in my Make Money Blogging – Who, How, and How Much.
And now that I was thinking of a good example of “give and you shall receive”, his name immediately popped up in my head… AGAIN.
Now that' the way to make an impression!
51. Pioneer a great topic and then encourage others to blog about the same thing.
Here's how I implemented it at TGC:
59. Write a post that creates controversy.
153. Make friends with power users on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc.
154. Make friends with forum and message boards addicts.
Make Your Readers Fall in Love with You
No amount of traffic in the world matters, if you can't do that.
Love them and they'll love you back.
Get them involved. Show them that they matter.
44. Crowdsource your next post idea to your readers.
67. Answer your readers' questions in a post.
126. Write something to inspire and motivate your readers, especially if you don’t do it on a regular basis.
184. Ask your readers to email you links to their best resources and make a post about it.
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What Tips Do You Recommend for Those Who Are Just Starting Out?
90. Treat every day as a new beginning, because you’ll always have new readers.
We all had to start somewhere.
Make Sure You Are Worth Sharing
See the tips in “Which tip is your favorite one?” section above.
Network Like Crazy
In addition to networking tips above, here are a few more ideas to draw attention to your new blog:
100. Aggregate ideas, tips, etc from numerous places/blogs into a blog post.
106. Alternative to link exchange: get a group of bloggers together and write reviews for each other’s blogs.
116. Write posts that includes tons of trackbacks to other blogs so that other blogger will notice you.
160. Put together a list of the most tweeted/dugg/shared posts in your niche.
162. Collect inspirational quotes from other bloggers in your niche; compile them in a post.
166. Ask other bloggers (preferably more influential ones) to review your blog and make a post about their findings.
The Cornerstone of Your Success
200. Be undeniably interesting for years.
201. Write stuff people want to read and share.
202. Pray (always a good idea)…