Jan 252011

Have you ever thought to yourself “I am delivering great content and consistently at that, where is all the traffic?”

Well, as the saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child,” it takes a following to grow web traffic. But Joe, don’t I need traffic to build a following? Which comes first the chicken or the egg?

Here are three strategies that I have seen work for myself in the past, and will be reinstating in my own site for the foreseeable future.

1. Guests Posts- This is an easy and effective way to leverage other peoples following. Find other sites with a similar message to your own, begin commenting in order to build a relationship with the author, then request if you can do a guest post for them. You want to make sure the site you are building a relationship with has a decent Google page rank of 2 or more.

This strategy is going to work on two levels:

  • You are building backlinks on relative and credible sites
  • You are creating a relationship where you can get guest posts to post on your own site (which is the primary objective.)

2. Interviews- This is a fun, slightly more time intensive, but powerful credibility enhancer. You can use some of the same strategies of getting guest posts so you can build solid relationships before asking for the interview. I encourage you to identify the best in your industry locally, nationally, and internationally and set yourself some targeted people to interview.

Much like having guest posts this allows people to share, with their network, how they have this awesome interview on your website.

3. Create a promotion strategy with friends- Write yourself an amazing post then find a few friends that have a little bit of a following then get one person to start a discussion or make a statement in the form of a status update. Once that is complete have everyone else standing by to participate in the communication sharing and validating how your post is the most useful and relevant answer to the discussion.

These are 3 very powerful techniques you can put into place immediately. What has been the most successful strategy you have used that you noticed a significant grow in traffic?

  19 Responses to “3 Tips for Getting More Traffic”

  1. thanks for sharing these tips. learnt a lot here! great post!

  2. Joe – this is a great post. These are simple things you can implement right away to increase your traffic. I like the guest post one myself. I also know that being in tribes helps your exposure too!! 😉


  3. I really like your post because it is very insightful and interesting. If you have a web business, getting more traffic is a must in order for you to gain recognition as it is important in promoting services and products you rendered. There are several approaches used over the internet and its for you to find out which of those techniques works for you.

  4. Hi Joe:

    Good suggestions. So many people think ‘if you build it, they will come’, but that is definitely not true on the internet when there are a million other sites similar to yours. These are some simple strategies that anyone can do. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a song in your heart,
    Miss Leslie @ Music with Miss Leslie.com

  5. Absolutely Jodi, tribes have been great. Utilizing our relationships outside the tribes I have found so actually get a variety of traffic which has been great as well.

    Thanks for participating. Have a great day!

  6. You mean if I just type great content people won’t flock to my site?!? Lol!

    It is unfortunate, but true. There are systems and strategies that work and will just more meaningful validation to a site than always working on it yourself.

    Thanks Leslie!

  7. Thanks for the insight!

  8. Great article . Will definitely apply it to my website

  9. Hey Joe, great tips and the truth is, other than commenting on blog posts, I used to think that these type of strategies seemed so time intensive… yet I find time and time again that bloggers who do activities like guest posts and interviews tend to be more popular and get more traffic. I just started a new blog, so I’m kind of interested in exploring these options here in the near future.

    Thanks for the tips and look forward to reading more.


  10. Tribes have made a big difference for me. But even within a tribe we’re limited as to the number of people we have visiting and commenting. I agree, Joe, we need to go outside of our tribe(s) if we want comments from a greater variety of people.

    Willena Flewelling

  11. hi Joe,

    You make an important point here about getting your word out to people. Interview and be interviewed I like that one. Getting a good discussion going on a topic has alot of merit also. Both will definately get people to see your content, most preferably on to your site.

    Thanks for suggesting.

    Mike Sweeney – TSA

  12. Good luck with your blog. Just like anything else consistency and persistency are what make it work.

    If you have not done so yet, identify and make a growth plan for how you want the site to mature into the future. Thanks for the comment!

    Have a great day!

  13. Exactly, tribes are great, but we obviously want a larger and diverse group coming to our sites often. If I can be of any assistance to you let me know.

    Have a great day!


  14. Thanks Mike!

    I hope all is going well with you and your business. Any interesting interactions with other people are great traffic producers and the best part it attracts new traffic as well.



  15. Thanks Joe. Great post and excellent tips. Guest blogging worked very well on my blog. In terms of interview, what do you think about online radio show with interview. Will that have the same effect from the prospective of branding? Thank you

  16. Thank you for sharing this informative content. Our readers will really benefit from this. Will follow your posts from now on. Thanks again.

  17. Hi Joe,
    I like your strategies.Never tried them before.I used blog commenting,social media and articles to drive traffic till now.Although my blog is new, in order to achieve greater results definitely I will implement them.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    All the best,

  18. Thank you for the strategies. Like Jamie said above, I have often thought these to be very time intensive. However, these strategies seem like they would generate more interest on a larger scale compared to commenting on other sites. Taking advantage of the following that another blogger could bring to your site or the followers who might see your post on their site is a great way to introduce people to your blog! I have been toying with the idea of incorporating guest posts in my blog and I think its about time I do.

  19. Hmm. Getting traffic is perhaps one of the several obstacles that most people fumble with on trying to figure out and with no traffic basically means no sales or opt ins. These are great tips to act upon. I wrote a blog on guest posting myself. Having a person that has something in common with you and striking up a conversation for those to see is a great way to hopefully start a gathering. Thanks for sharing JOE

    Steven Dean

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