t raf f icgenerat ioncaf e.com http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/get-web-traffic-from-popular-blogs/7 Ways to Drive Traffic from Popular BlogsWhy is getting more website traf f ic such a highly researched topic f or any online business?Naturally, there are plenty of obvious reasons, but the one that isn’t very easily identif iable is gratification.Website traf f ic is a measurable number that tells us we are doing well giving us a boost to do even better. Ormakes us tear our hair out in “why can’t I make this work!” agony.When I wrote my blueprint to increasing website traf f ic, I listed the short and long term benef its of any giventraf f ic source f or a reason: to help you understand what your traf f ic generation starting point should be.It’s even better explained in my f ree website traf f ic report “Mommy, Where Does Traffic Come From?”; get ithere, if you haven’t already.For instance, paid traf f ic, some social media traf f ic, guest blogging, content leveraging might get traf f ic backto your blog a lot f aster than, say, search engine traf f ic, or building relationships – these traf f ic generationstrategies simply take longer.Given that most of us are not patient people, I wanted to brainstorm a f ew ways to borrow web traf f ic f romany popular blog in your niche. Even though it’s hard to leverage this kind of traf f ic over long-term (it won’tkeep on giving, in other words), it will def initely result in more exposure f or your site today.7 Ways to Get Web Traffic f rom Popular Blogs f rom Ana Hof f man
1. Guest BloggingGuest blogging is the f irst thing that comes to mind when talking about driving traf f ic f rom other blogs –because it works.Here are the important f actors I look f or when looking f or a perf ect blog to write f or (in the order ofimportance):1. It has to be in my niche. Af ter all, I want targeted audience and not just pairs of eyes.2. Alexa ranking has to be low. I know, I know, Alexa ranking is not that accurate, but it’s still a decentmeasure f or this specif ic purpose. I look f or blogs with the ranking of around 20K or less. Generally itmeans that those blogs get at least 10K visitors per month – not bad.3. Evidence of social engagement. This one is very important. I want to make sure that I see the readersengaged with the blogger and each other in the f orm of comments and social media sharing. Without it,even with low Alexa ranking, the blog is as good as dead.4. High PageRank. This one is not that important, but a nice bonus. Traf f ic is much more important thanlink building. Plus, even with a high PR site your link will still come f or a no PR page, since your post willbe brand new. This is what I call “long term link building”.5. Allow links within the post. Not to abuse their generosity, but if you have a valuable resource on yourblog that will perf ectly compliment your guest post, I want my link to be there, no questions asked.Much has been written on the topic of guest blogging and here are some of my f avorite reads:Freddy Krueger of Blogging: How to Write Highly Successf ul Guest Posts in under 2 Hours -
Freddy Krueger of Blogging: How to Write Highly Successf ul Guest Posts in under 2 Hours -TrafficGenerationCafe.comGrab a Copy of The Guest Blogging Survival Guide f or Free - free guest blogging guide at Kikolani.comHow To Maximize Conversions f rom Your Guest Post Traf f ic - TrafficGenerationCafe.com2. Weekly Roundup MentionsSpeedlinking, roundups, mashups – all roads lead to bloggers that curate the best content on the web.Getting on their radar is a great way to potentially generate some f airly passive blog traf f ic.To learn more about traf f ic generation via link roundups, take a look at this post:10+ Blog Link Roundups to Get Traf f ic From3. Start Weekly Roundups
Here’s the other side of the link roundups – start publishing your own roundups and draw attention f rom thebloggers you link to, their readership and social media f ollowers.There are several ways of going about it; once again, you can read more about it in this post:10+ Blog Link Roundups to Get Traf f ic From4. Blogs That Publish Pingbacks
This is a traf f ic generation strategy that my email subscribers know very well about (if you are not one of them,join my spam-free email list plus get my free website traffic report here).If you need a ref resher on what pingbacks are, read this post:Trackbacks vs Pingbacks ExplainedIn short, many blogs (including very high-traf f icked high PR ones) published pingbacks they get f rom otherblogs:
Here’s how it works:1. You link out to their post f rom your post.2. They are notif ied about the link in the f orm of a trackback.3. They approve the trackback.4. It shows up as a link back to your blog post in their comment section.Usually those pingbacks are displayed just above the comment section and let me tell you: MOSTcommentators look at those links either out of curiosity or to f ind related content on other blogs.Either way, as f ar as you are concerned, blogs that publish pingbacks ROCK and could bring in a nice amountof traf f ic.To learn more about this strategy and how I use it to drive traf f ic to Traf f ic Generation Caf é, you’ll just have toget on my email list.And no, I won’t publish a list of blogs that publish pingbacks – it’s too easy to abuse those awesome blogs. Allyou need to do to f ind them is to keep your eyes open when going through comment sections; that’s what I didto compile my list.
5. Respond to CommentsWe all know that commenting on other blogs is a great way to build blogging alliances and get some traf f icback to your blog.However, it’s a very time-consuming and long-term traf f ic generation strategy.Here’s a shortcut: in addition to making comments like you normally would, browse through other people’scomments looking f or unanswered questions.You see it time and time again: a popular blogger with lots of traf f ic and tons of comments gets toooverwhelmed to respond to all. Happens all the time. And that’s where you come in.Your plan of action:1. Read the post; leave a comment (network with the blogger).2. Browse through the other comments on the post; see if anyone is asking f or help. If you have the expertiseto help them, by all means answer the question! (network with other readers)3. Get actual traf f ic to your site f rom commenting and a possible THANK YOU f rom the blogger. (network withthe blogger and their readers)And yes, you have to be mindf ul of overdoing it, but f or the most part, if your comments are helpf ul and to thepoint, it’s a win-win.
6. Use List PostsThere are many types of blog posts, but the list post is loved by all. People love lists – they’re easy to read,they have a ton of inf o in a little package, and people will link to them. They also leave comments about theirf avorite ones.So here’s an idea.As a good blogger you’re commenting on those posts too. So while there, why not see which items are gettingthe most comments? Then, create a post devoted entirely to that item. You already know it’s popular, and morethan likely people are going to want more.All you have to do is deliver.7. Write “The Best of…” Posts
This is where you (appropriately) f latter other bloggers by including them into your “Best of …” list.It can be anything really.Your f avorite blogs to read;Your f avorite people to f ollow on Twitter;Favorite news sites;Favorite blog designs… you name it.“Best of …” lists get visited, shared, talked about. Here are some examples:The Top 75 Must-Read Online Marketing Blogs – Kristi Hines at unbounce.com15 Non-Native English Bloggers You Should Follow Today – Marya Jan at writinghappiness.comThe 100 Blogs You Need in Your Lif e (LWB 100 — 3rd Edition) – Tom Ewer at leavingworkbehind.com5 Great Bloggers who gave me the Inspiration to start my own Blog - Servando Silva at stream-seo.comIt’s been a while since Traf f ic Generation Caf é was mentioned in these posts, yet not only did I share them andcommented on those posts when they f irst came out, but I still remember being listed there and went straightto them f or examples of list posts.As you can see, it’s not about the number of people you mention – a more personal approach works great, butthe more people you include, the more shares you are likely to get.Bonus: Create a Popular Blog
I was about to f inish the post when I thought of another point I’d love to make: why not make YOUR blog theone other bloggers strive to get attention f rom?It’s possible, believe me.Talking f rom experience here: Traf f ic Generation Caf é became an authority blog in traf f ic generation nichewithin a couple of months.Resources to help:How to REALLY Create a Popular Blog From Scratch3445 Words on How to Promote the Ish out of Your Blog PostsBlog Post Promotion: The Ultimate Guide by Kristi HinesEngagement f rom Scratch by Danny InyMarketing TakeawayBlogs are meant to be read.Going f or web traf f ic where web traf f ic is (popular blogs in your niche) is the most direct way to get there.Go get’em, tiger!If you like this post and think it would be valuable to your f ollowers,