Today’s post is the first part in a series I would like to call “Traffic School.” Due to the fact that I am a brand spanking new blogger and I have yet to drive traffic to my blog, I have been doing some digging to find the best information for generating traffic to your website….without spending any money. As a new blogger, you have to start somewhere. This is going to be fun, right?! I am very appreciative to all the bloggers who have so graciously shared everything they have found to be helpful, without holding back information. I have no desire whatsoever to feed you potato chips and call it filet mignon.
Secret #1: Create Great Content
Awww. You are adorable. You thought the first secret was to get some widget, buy some thing, pay me some money, or make balloons out of animals and hand them to strangers. Nope. You have to create something worth reading. Add value to your consumer. Don’t put up junk and expect your garage sale to make you a million dollars. The internet is already full of scammers, frauds, cheats, and liars. Please don’t be one of those people.Goodie for you: http://thinktraffic.net/rethinking-how-to-get-more-traffic-fs022
Secret #2: Take Action
None. Of. This. Matters. If. You. Don’t. DO SOMETHING. Focus on the things that actually work. Then do more of what works. It’s that simple and that hard all at the same time. This blog is a reflection of me finally taking action after spending the past year thinking about what I want to do, pondering over how to do it, and reading about others who have done it. That is crazy nonsense. If I had just started…anywhere… I would be a year further toward my goal, and this blog would be transformational for others.
One of the takeaway lessons I have learned from Noah Kagan and his hilarious team at appsumo.com is to just try something… anything. Fail. Get up and try something else. Keep failing until you get it. Stop being such a baby (my words). Have fun. And eat lots of tacos. I am not sure about the taco part but you go right ahead. Embrace failure, at least you are doing something!
Secret #3: Add “Like” Buttons
If people like your content and want to share it, it will be very difficult for them to share it if you don’t give them a tool to do so. So go ahead. Put up all the little doodads and pushy-button-things you feel comfortable with. It will be okay. Some blogging platforms like wordpress and blogger make it very easy to add like and sharing buttons. If you are unsure how to add a Facebook like button then check out this How To Configure Your Facebook Like Button from the Facebook Developers themselves. That being said, feel free to “like” this post.
Secret #4: Start Compiling An Email List
Your email list can go with you even if your site crashes. Your email list is the beginning of your traffic strategy. If you provide great content and send it to your email list, they may be inclined to share your content with others, naturally growing your email list. I have personally moved residence several times but I have a couple email addresses that I have had for years. Here is how to start your list:
- Sign up for an email marketing account. A couple of good options are Constant Contact and MailChimp.
- Create a sign-up form from your email marketing account. Use these instructions for Constant Contact and MailChimp.
- Put your sign-up form on your blog’s sidebar, about page, and in an obvious place on the main page.
- It is a great idea to offer a free giveaway for people who subscribe to your list. Offering an ebook, resource guide, or a free video with great content can generate many more signups then if you do not offer any incentives.
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Secret #5: Make a List of Ideas/Topics You Want to Post About
Keeping a simple list handy when you sit down to write will help you when you are feeling stuck about what to write about. I use google drive to keep track of many things, including post topics, research I have done about passive income, great blogs, etc. It is free and it goes with you so if you are logging online from a different place, you have access to your documents.
Secret #6: Start Guest Blogging
Guest Blogging gives you an opportunity to reach out to other bloggers, find amazing content, and share your personal brand with them. I have found a fantastic goodie for you to check out at Kissmetrics, The Ultimate Guide to Blogger Outreach and Guest Blogging.
Build relationships with other great bloggers who are posting similar content. It will help bust the loneliness that can come with writing epic content and wondering if anyone (chirp, chirp) really even cares??
Go check out Glen at Viperchill.com, I have found this to be an incredibly amazing blog that does a lot of justice to creating epic content, and providing lots and lots of value for its reader. His posts are very detailed and will leave your head spinning with a lot of actionable information.
Secret #7: Get Rid of Obnoxious Ads
Oh I cannot say this enough. Do not make your blog look like a blinky, winky, crazy, montage of advertising hell. It is a complete turnoff and makes you look desperate. Be classy. Provide great value for your readers. This is not to say that you should altogether skip affiliate marketing or advertising, just keep it simple. Don’t make your blog look like the eccentric person in your community that wears a tin foil hat, a foo-foo skirt, clown makeup with black lip-liner, and a t-shirt that says “The Voices Are Back”.
Stay tuned for “Not So Secret Secrets of Generating Traffic Part 2” coming soon. I would tell you what Part 2 entails, but then it wouldn’t be a secret. If you enjoyed this post, please “like” it and share with others.