I am well aware that this post might not appeal to a lot of people, but I do know that I attract quite a few newbie bloggers to this blog, so I thought I’d put out a post that was aimed mainly at them. More experienced bloggers might learn something as well.
When you first launch your blog you will find that Google is not very kind to you and you are receiving next to no traffic, apart from your friends and family members. There are many ways of increasing your traffic, you can use SEO, social media or advertising on PPC networks.
But these tend to cost money, or some considerable level of expertise, to really see the results. That is why the big bloggers like Dan Rowse, Jeremy Schoemaker and John Chow seem to get fantastic results from them because they can afford to hire experts to do them.
But what about people like me? People who don’t have lots of money to spend on outside help? People who used to think that the term SEO was just a fancy title given to an executive like a CEO.
Below you will find a small list of ways to help that will not cost you an arm and a leg and do no require a lot of expertise.
1. Link Exchange With Other Blogs
If you have the time then why not contact other people who have blogs and ask them to swap links with them? This is no secret and has been around for years. The only problem with this is that some blog owners might try and cheat you by removing your link so keep checking their site.
2. Buy Links From Popular Blogs
This is something that I have never done because I do not agree with doing it (although as with all good hypocrites I have no problem selling links ). You can approach blogs and offer to pay them to link to your blog. The more popular the blog, and the higher their PR, the more you will have to pay.
Google comes down hard if you are caught doing this so be careful.
3. Guest Post On Other Blogs
If you are good at writing then you can offer to write a guest post on another blog. The blog owner gets some fresh content and you get to put a link or two in that article promoting your blog.
4. Write Articles For Article Directories
This is something that I am just now starting to experiment with myself. If you have some spare time then cobble together a selection of articles that are about your chosen niche and submit them to article directories. Don’t forget to mention your blog in them.
5. Post Regularly On Forums
I bet you are a member of at least two message boards. The first thing I do when I join a message board is I place the link to my blog in my sig. Every time I make a thread or reply to one my link shows up in my sig. I get quite a nice bit of traffic and link love from this.
Of course it will help if the message board you are part of is a popular one and you do have to post quite regularly (I make a habit of posting at least ten times a day).
6. Blog Commenting
This is quite easily my favourite way of link building and driving traffic to my blog. Why is it my favourite? Because it is free and because nine times out of ten I will stumble across great ideas for me to create posts about on my own blog.
Never spam blogs though, always try and make sure you have something to say instead of “nice post”. And try and find out if the blog is do-follow, these are the ones you should concentrate on more.