There’s no getting away from the fact that if you use dubious methods to gain more blog traffic Google WILL catch up with you!
I’ve lost count of the amount of Google updates that have been released over the last five years or so but rest assured – every one has been aimed at people gaming the system ( and rightly so! ).
In this article we will be looking at ways to get more blog traffic without running the risk of the ‘Big G’ penalizing you…
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Back Links – Should or Shouldn’t?
The idea behind this article is to give people advice on getting more website visitors without building back links that may eventually hurt you.
For example, about a year ago I was advised to do a few guest posts on a subject I was pretty deep into. I went ahead and followed this advice and received some pretty handy back links and traffic as a result.
Newsflash – I’ve spent the last couple of months trying to get those posts taken down as they are more bother than they are worth now.
Google has informed us to “stick a pin in guest posting”.
The safest way to develop back links and draw visitors in is to act natural – this will never hurt you no matter what the next update entails.
Here are two definitions that you should be clear about before reading further into this article:
So without further ado, let’s get into the ‘guts’ of the matter…
1) Creating Content That People Actually Want to Read
There’s no point in looking into ways to gain more blog traffic if your content is not up to scratch – you are wasting your time and your readers time!
To get traffic, you need to have content people want to read. It needs to be:
- Valuable and entertaining
- Have a quality of grammar ( well written )
- Easy to read ( formatting, bullet points, lot’s of white space )
This type of content WILL result in other people doing your work for you. Before you know it people will start linking back to your articles creating VERY powerful and NATURAL back links.
Google will always like these sort of links – they will appear natural and therefore indicate to them that your site is a worthwhile place to visit.
2) Social Media
Social media will never hurt your rankings – it’s a great platform for showcasing your work.
I would always recommend getting started with one of three networks:
Try and pick the option above that is a good fit for your audience – you don’t need to be a member of each as you’ll end up spreading yourself to thin.
If you manage to discover where like-minded people hang on these platforms you can attract a large amount of traffic. There’s also the benefit of some bloggers picking your posts as the basis of a weekly round-up of their niche.
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3) Leaving Comments on Similar Blogs
This is a great way to get started off the mark as long as you are leaving something relevant and valuable to the discussion/content you are commenting on.
The more comments you leave the more traffic you are likely to see but don’t expect a tidal wave of activity.
Read the article and give your honest opinions on the content – the more interesting your views are the more people will want to know more about you.
Always use your own name within the comment link – don’t use a keyword!
Google AND webmasters are wise to this form of back link attack and you run the risk of being penalized for keyword rich anchor text.
4) Link Externally
Can you honestly say that you link out to bloggers you deem to be your competition?
If you don’t link to them…why should they link to you?
If you are generous with your external linking then bloggers will return the favor if they deem your content good enough.
This also leads to relationships being built with other bloggers in your niche – why make them all enemies when you can make them allies instead?
5) Make Use of Your Signature
Having a signature in your forum profiles is pretty old news so I won’t go over it again ( I’ve covered it numerous times on this site 🙂 ).
Have you ever thought about leaving a similar type of signature in your emails?
Think about how many emails you send during the process of a week – it’s probably a healthy amount right?
Simply include a tagline on every email you send along with a link to your site. Don’t make it imposing – just make it visible to the reader and nothing more.
This really doesn’t have to be hard work – you just have to stick within the guidelines. Gone are the day where you can buy back link packages online and get away with thousands of them pointing to your site.
Be natural in the way you drive traffic to your site and the power of Google will not have a problem with your site – in most cases it will reward you for your actions!
If you have any questions about these methods to gain more blog traffic please leave them in the comment section below.