Basically, there are two main free traffic generation strategies: SEO and networking. That’s it.
By networking, I mean blog commenting, guest posting, social media networking, etc.
Today, I want to focus more on SEO; however, we’ll also talk a bit about blog commenting as it applies to SEO.
Posts Mentioned in the Broadcast
- How to Drive Traffic To a New Blog Through a Commenting Tribe
- Best of The Web: 30 Ultimate Tips To Dramatically Reduce Blog Bounce Rate
- Link Intelligence: What Goldilocks Can Teach You About Linking Out
1. Meta Keywords
There used to be the time when you were able to stuff your meta keywords all you wanted and get a pat on the back from Google for it.
Now this practice is not only obsolete, but frowned upon, to say the least.
I generally leave it empty or mention only the most generic ones like “Traffic Generation“.
Another reason for it: your competitors can easily look your keywords up and see what you are trying to optimize for. It’s best to leave them guessing…
2. Deserves Notice and Woot
Linda from TalkTherapybiz.com and I have recently had a discussion in the comment section about the overall look of her blog and I noticed that you ebook cover doesn’t look enticing enough.
Lo and behold, another commentator steps in and helps her with it!
Obviously, a great way to network and to get noticed – Ben and Josh from http://www.profitblog.com: thank you for helping Linda with her eBook image – you rock!
3. My New Sidebar Banners
I’ve been getting a lot of questions as to who designed them for me and I am happy to spill the beans.
One of my blog commentators!
It all comes down to networking and that can do wonders for you, your brand, blog, business.
His name is Ian Belanger of Ian-Belanger.com – he is currently working on a new site devoted to web design, but for now, that’s a good place to reach him.
Question: do you think the banners are just a touch too big right now or just right? Let me know in comments.
4. My Comment Structure
Alex Whalley from AlexWhalley.com asked what’s going on with my comments, why I send my commentators’ link to internal pages and what’s the point of using KeywordLuv on my blog?
You really know how to ask a simple question, Alex!
Your question actually cost me a couple of hours of my time, since I decided to spell out my strategy with my commenting section, how and why I keep it Dofollow, etc.
Considering that Alex went NoFollow due to the recent PR downgrade on his blog, I think this might help him see the issue differently.
See, it pays to have PR0 sometimes – no need to worry about downgrading!
Oh, yes, the DoFollow blog post is in queue for this week.
5. Why should you ping your comments?
Brad Harmon from BigFeetMarketing.com (LOVE the brand name, by the way!) was reading my 202 Bite-Sized Tips To Insanely Increase Your Blog Traffic post (and actually got all the way to the bottom of it – bless his heart!).
His question was on tip #175. Ping the comments you leave on other blogs.
What does pinging your comment do?
Just because you leave a comment (hoping for the link, of course), it doesn’t mean search engines will ever or at least for a while discover that link. Pinging your comment URL forces the SE spiders to check it out and index it.
Here’s how it works:
Right after you submit your comment, you’ll see a URL similar to this: http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/list-building-feedback/#comment-22578
Copy that URL and go to any pinging services. I use two: Pingomatic.com and Pingler.net - I use them simply because they are simple and easy to use.
Now just follow their instructions and your comments will be crawled by search engines in no time!
6. Facebook Sidebar Widget
“You think FB widget causes clutter? I do want to have it there for social proof and because I want people to be connected with me there as well. I might move it all the way down.” ~ Jane
Besides that fact that I don’t believe it clutters anything, there’s a good reason behind having a Facebook fan page widget.
1. It provides social proof – if you have enough fans of course, great social media strategy.
2. It’s always good to give your email subscribers specifically an option to become a fan of your page as well as subscribe to your list. That way, if they unsubscribe from your list – oh, no!, you can still stay in touch with them via Facebook.
Traffic Generation Cafe Weekly Lineup
First, bad news.
I will have to postpone our much-anticipated list building week. I am still waiting for guest posts from some “big shot” bloggers. Hope they deliver; otherwise, you are stuck with my advice on the topic.
But don’t fret, I’ll have a lot of juicy stuff for you this week.
Monday: Appetite For Traffic? The Secret Is in the Source
This one comes from the one and only Alex Whalley. He’ll talk about how to make the best pizza sauce as well as discuss why blog commenting is better than guest posting. Among other things, of course.
Tuesday: Dofollow vs Nofollow: Is There a Happy Medium?
Make sure you have more than just a couple of minutes for this one. I’ll let you take a look at the way I run things here, at TGC, and what makes me remain a DoFollow blog – while many other bloggers are escaping the sinking ship.
Wednesday: Nicholas Cardot vs Ana Hoffman Twitter Faceoff: Which Side Are You On?
Yes, the much-anticipated sparring match between yours truly and the king of Twitter Nicholas Cardot, the founder of SiteSketch101.com. The topic: let’s settle once and for all, which Twitter strategy works and which needs to be forgotten. Little problem though: last week, Nick was in Kuwait with the US Army, which he is a proud member of, and he hasn’t been able to confirm the date.
Thursday: Blog Comment Traffic Research: Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
Work in progress. With a little luck, it’ll kick Alex Whalley’s Monday post in the rear, because this one is an experiment that Lisa from TheFriendlyBlogger.com and I conducted – with set parameters, Google Analytics, and the whole nine yards just to see if blog commenting can REALLY bring you any traffic.
Friday: Still thinking about it – how’s that for a title?
Remain DoFollow, control your links, read the posts I have scheduled for the week and… have fun with it! Don’t take SEO seriously…
“I’ll praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I’ll sing of You among the peoples. For great is Your love reaching to the heavens…” ~ Psalm 57:9,10