5 Methods For Quick & Quality Blog Traffic

The gurus make blog traffic sound so simple.

Post on social media, use keywords, and traffic starts appearing from the depths of the web, thirsting for your value.

The beginner takes months to learn and implement SEO correctly.

And you’re telling me my other best bet is to post to my followers and hope they somehow multiply and share my content?

GTFO.

Here’s a list of “work smarter not harder” traffic generation methods that no one seems to be talking about.

Fix Up Your Headlines

If your articles are highly visible but you aren’t getting many clicks your headline game is weak my friend.

Headlines serve a very specific purpose that severely impacts your traffic: to get people to click and read the post.

Crap headlines alone will ruin your hit count.

I studied up on how to write click-worthy headlines when I wrote for Lifehacker, and have since released a free checklist to help you out.

Some no opt-in pointers are:

  •  Use adjectives. The more intense the better.
  • Write the headline after you complete the post. This is to avoid clickbait headlines that make promises the post doesn’t actually fulfill.
  • Use the curiosity gap every chance you get. If not in the headline, then appeal to it in your caption. “Number 10 is hilarious!”

Guest Blogging

Guest Blogging is one of the best ways to increase your traffic for free. It also has the added benefit of increasing your authority.

The terrible thing about it is that people think you already need authority or a following in order to gain admission. If you’re not that person skip the video below, but if you are under this impression watch me easily bust this myth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2h6dPMKuxY

People are more inclined to purchase from a Huffington Post contributor or someone who has a swarm of endorsements even if none of them are major yet. People are also more likely to find you if you have links in well-targeted areas all over the web — regardless of the latest SEO roadblock.

Compile a list of blogs and media outlets your target audience flocks to and start writing guest submissions. Use www.similarweb.com to rank the blogs by traffic and work your way up the list.

Several blogs don’t allow you to insert your backlinks directly in the post. That’s okay! Insert you backlinks in your author bio. The most enthused portion of the flock will still find you and be the most likely to purchase what you’re selling.

Influencer Blogging

Influencer blogging is just the acquisition of influencer input — a quote or interview — for your newest post. This makes the influencer more inclined to share the post and 2x, 5x, 10x your reach and traffic accordingly.

Influencer blogging is a solid way to increase your chances of getting a guest submission accepted as well (though you don’t necessarily need it).

I developed a pitch template that worked on 5 influencers at once. I walk you through the template here so you can do it for yourself, but if you want the short version there are 4 key things to remember:

  1. Influencers want to be published in major influential outlets, so you’d do well asking them to participate in guest posts.
  2. Lead with your ethos. This doesn’t have to be public authority (accomplishments, following). It can be experience, ideas, knowledge, etc.
  3. Roundups are great. The more influencers involved the better, and then you can drop the other influencer names in the pitch.
  4. Keep it short. Respect their time.

Use Facebook Ads – The New Blog Traffic Edition

If you’re ready to cut coffee and start spending $5/day on your business, start with Facebook Ads. Don’t just throw up some post boosts, though. Use the ads intelligently.

There are two things you can do with Facebook Ads. You can retarget your existing traffic or you can acquire new traffic. We’re going to focus on new blog traffic.

To get new traffic without wasting coffee money you’ll use the Facebook Pixel and lookalike audiences.

Set up your Facebook Pixel by copy and pasting the code right before the tag in your website’s header.php (or equivalent) file.

Wait until the pixel records about 100 hits. Then create an ad that boosts your most popular post to new readers by showing it to a lookalike audience.

Facebook will optimize and show the post to people who are similar to those who were inspired to visit your blog, thereby intelligently acquiring you new traffic.

The Russel Brunson Method – Steal It

Russel Brunson, creator of ClickFunnels, uses a method that just makes sense.

It alleviates your pain of learning to target your audience with Facebook Ads. A lot of people are bad at that, so this might be your key to success.

  1. Find out who your competitors are by typing whatever you’re selling or promoting in Google and seeing what other blogs and businesses pop up.
  2. Create your free Pro account at www.SimilarWeb.com
  3. Navigate to “referrers” to see where your competitor is getting their traffic from. Many of your top competitors will get referral traffic from ads on other sites. You’ll know if an ad is working if it’s been running for a while.
  4. Go to display ads creative to see what the ads look like. If you don’t see them you may have to go to the website and click around for yourself to see when it will pop up.
  5. When it does take a screenshot of it.
  6. Contact the website that’s hosting the ad to inquire about when the ad space will be available and pricing.
  7. Hand the screenshot over to 20dollarbanners.com and ask them to make an ad for your business that models off of your competitor. This ad should be unique but similar (if their headline is purple, make your headline purple, but don’t copy the text).
  8. Once it’s up it will attract the same visitors your competitor was attracting from that website, which could easily be tens of thousands of people from a single source.

There’s More.

I have a Free Video Training for easy ways to get blog traffic without a social media following or SEO. In it I really break down the best 3 secrets you can use to boost your blog traffic easily without much time commitment and arm your posts for clicks and shares before you even hit the pavement to push them.

Click here or below to head to the training page.

Now you have some additional solid methods of blog traffic generation in your arsenal. All of these methods are designed for you to attract quality leads, not just any old person who might stumble upon your blog out of curiosity.

If you still need to learn how to monetize this traffic read about how to actually monetize your blog here. .

Good luck!

Why So Many People Buy Into Religion, Relationships, and Family

Have you ever wondered about that? Why society takes to these concepts, many of which seem so inorganic and out of place in humanity if you really think about it.

Little about science agrees with religion.

Little about our natural behavior patterns as a species abides with the notion of one life parter.

And I don’t know about you, but I celebrate and share more with my friends than I do my cousins, aunts and uncles.

The answer: people buy into religion, relationships, family, and anything that’s being sold because it relieves pain.

Some of the biggest industries to learn marketing from you probably didn’t even realize were industries, but Churches make money, Wedding Planners make money, and Family Counselors make money (as do hotels during reunion time). And none of these are “trends” or “fads”. They’ve been here, and they’re staying. You should learn from them.

People invest in religion because it offers a result that relieves a profound pain. The fear that everything just goes dark in the end. Feeling like you could spend your entire life making something of yourself on earth for it to be worthless after death.

Whether it’s reincarnation or Heaven, religion tells you there’s more to your existence than this life you’re living now.

People invest in relationships because they offer a result that relieves a profound pain-loneliness. You look around at all your friends in relationships. You see the cure to loneliness they’re getting and gear up to pay the same price they pay without even considering an alternative.

Tack on the long term goals–the human aversion to growing and dying alone–and here lies the ever common longing for marriage.

People invest in family because it offers a result that relieves a profound pain. Your family is the group of people that’s supposed to accept you and love you no matter what. Even the best friends turn out to have love for you that’s flaky and conditional. But you make it home for Thanksgiving and the same cousin is there that gives you shit and threatens to fight anyone else who gives you shit.

There’s something safe in that, something warm that feels like home. Family is a code a group of people abide by that helps you feel like you always have someone, even when you have no one.

You don’t sell a product or service because it’s cool, because it’s pretty or based on what the benefits are. You sell a product based on what pain it relieves. You disrupt a market because you’ve helped a massive amount of people with a similar pain point, not because you thought of the coolest idea.

How are you relieving pain?

 

Your Idea of Marketing is All Wrong

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Your idea of marketing is all wrong. You’re listening to what the experts say and they say you need email marketing, you need a YouTube channel, you need a blog, you need social media, you need SEO, you need all of these things and more.

They’re all lying to you.

The truth: there are only 4 things you need when marketing any brand or product.

  • to discover your audience (who are they? what do they want? where are they located?)
  • to make your audience aware of your brand
  • to engage them so they fall in love with your brand
  • to make an offer

That’s it. Those are your only needs in successfully marketing a product or brand. Everything else is a method or tool in helping you accomplish one of those things you need to accomplish. They’re all beneficial, and they all work for the right people, but most importantly for you to understand is they’re all optional, and they’re not all a good fit for you.

So you don’t have to choose them all. You just have to figure out which one(s) work for you.

How do You Choose?

Play to your strengths.

My greatest strengths are content and strategy, and too many of my clients seek me out openly admitting they aren’t good at writing, but they say they NEED to start a blog or build an email list.

Listen Linda.

You don’t go on a date in an outfit you look bad in. Why are you trying to court a client in a suit you know looks ugly on you?

You don’t need that suit. If you want to learn how to wear the suit I’ll help you, and I’ll take your money doing it, but I’d hate to think that you were under the impression that it’s the only suit available to you.

If you’re bad at writing, be bad at writing. Figure out what you’re good at and use that instead.

If that means you’re not going to build an email list, fine! What are you better at? Talking? Build a Podcast Subscribers list.

Are you great at putting on a show? Build a YouTube subscribers list.

Are you better at just connecting with people in face to face atmospheres and you suck at all of this technology bs? Great, get out there on foot and start meeting people who would buy your stuff and get their numbers like my buddy who went from 0 – 6 figures within a year and still fails to update his website gallery.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to experiment and build your skill set. Just understand the difference between trying something out and feeling like you NEED to wear this outfit that doesn’t suit you.

Ultimately, remember the things that you need to do and the things that are just tools and methods to help you do them.