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5 Solid Ways to Get Traffic to Your Blog

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Traffic is one of the most important things you need to succeed as a blogger because traffic is what make the sale, brings about an increase in subscriber and traffic is what brings about opportunities. It doesn’t matter how great your knowledge of monetization is or what kind of influence you have; if you don’t have enough traffic to your blog your blog can’t go anywhere. This post will be giving you five solid ways to get traffic to your blog.

1. Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is one of the best and most effective ways to get traffic to your blog and it is one of the things that helped me build a successful blog from scratch to  zero in less than one year.

While guest blogging is great, a large percentage of the people guest blogging nowadays are getting little to no results from their guest blogging efforts because they don’t know how to go about it. The majority of the guest bloggers we have only think about getting traffic to their blogs and in other to achieve this they don’t even care if the blog they’re submitting a guest post to and its readers benefit or not.

Your guest post should be focused on two things; what you gain and what the readers of the blog you’re writing for gain. Do your best to put your best into your guest posts because this will increase the chances of your guest post becoming more successful while at the same time increasing the number of visitors that come through to your blog.

2. Article Marketing

Even though this particular method is overlooked it has been in existence for a very long time and it is also a very effective way to get traffic to your blog. Many people miss it when it comes to article marketing because they obsess over the number of article directory they can get a link from instead of the quality of the article directories. Getting the best result from article marketing is not about quantity but quality; it is important to consistently submit your articles to only 5 top article marketing sites that bring results instead of just submitting your articles to numerous article directories for the link they give – not all links are equal and as far as link building is concerned the principle that works is the fewer the better.

3. Online Contests

This method is so powerful and effective but very few people are using it. I have seen a blogger who was able to build his blog from a fairly new blog to a highly  successful blog in less than a year only using this principle. People love free things, especially if cash is involved, and contests can be a great way to create more attention for your blog.

Contests that bring results are carefully and creatively planned and they’re not just run for the sake of it. There is no point in running a contest if you won’t gain anything. When trying to run a contest you should also make sure you try your best to get as many sponsors as possible while making your prize very high – the more irresistible your prize is the more successful your contest stands to be.

4. Blog Commenting

I used to underestimate this particular traffic generation tactic when i was a new blogger but i have now learned the secret to successful blog commenting and there are blogs that have sent me thousands of visitors only from my blog comments. Blog commenting for success is not about being fast or hardworking but about being smart. You will hardly see me comment on blogs nowadays but the 2-3 blogs I comment on send me hundreds of visitors monthly.

While traffic from blog commenting can be really great i have discovered that the best way to make sure you get the best from your blog commenting efforts is by making sure you’re not commenting on a post for the sake of the traffic you will get; if you love a post and you feel like contributing to it make sure you say your mind, but if not, keep shut. A lot of people make a great mistake of commenting on several blogs for the sake of traffic and the end result is that this people get very limited traffic that stops when they stop commenting on those blogs – quality traffic is the one that keeps on coming even long after you’ve stopped doing what you did to get it.

The secret to get the best from blog commenting is to select the blogs you will be commenting on wisely and make sure you do your best to contribute to the post, not reduce from it.

5. Social Networking

Everybody are talking about the importance of social media and how it can help you improve your online business but it is funny a lot of people are not using this particular tactic to the best. One of the mistakes i so much regretted in my blogging career is not having a facebook fan page earlier; this mistake costed me a lot of fans and traffic and I have now realized that no social media outlet is useless. It doesn’t matter how you hate a particular social network or how ignorant you are about it the truth is you can tap into it and get more traffic from it; why let that traffic waste? Facebook has over 500 million users in the world and not tapping into that user base will be one of the greatest mistake an internet marketer will make; twitter also has a lot of users and your business can experience more than expected if you can tap into it.

Don’t see a particular social media outlet as useless or irrelevant if your users spend a large percentage of their time on it – you will get an amazing result by tapping into it.

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Bamidele Onibalusi is a successful entrepreneur and freelance consultant who has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post and Digital Journal amongst others. He shares practical business ideas that work on his blog at Effective Business Ideas. Follow him on twitter - @youngprepro.

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Why Invest Money in Your Blog?

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I often see new bloggers say they want to blog on a free platform to see if it works. If blogging works on a free platform then they invest in a domain and hosting.

I guarantee guys: you will fail on a free blogging platform. Blogging never works for cheap, fear-filled bloggers using free platforms. Blogging works for abundant, generous bloggers who buy their domain and hosting and who persistently create helpful content and build strong connections.

Why invest money in your blog?

Stand Out From The Crowd

Most bloggers use free platforms.

Investing money in a domain, hosting and premium theme helps you stand out from the crowd. Free themes and free platforms do not impress people. But seeing a premium, clear, professional-looking theme on a hosted platform creates an eye-popping, attention-grabbing experience.

Visualize your blog looking like a lighthouse in a storm. Invest money in your theme and a domain, and hosting.

Standing out from the crowd also helps you connect with the right people online. Birds of a feather flock together.

Listen to this podcast as Alonzo Pichardo and I chat about connecting with successful folks online:

How to Connect with the Right People Online

Maximize Monetizing Potential

Free Platforms like WordPress.org do not even allow monetizing. How insane is that?

Blogger is not much better. Tough to monetize on free platforms because you have few options to work with. Plus your blog does not stand out; critical factor in the blog monetizing game.

Investing money in a self-hosted WordPress blog gives you crazy monetizing potential. I currently have established 11 income streams through my blog. You can sell virtually anything through a blog that you own because you call the shots. Toss in sweet customizing options on a self-hosted blog and your blogging profit potential raises the roof.

Build a Respected Brand

Everything is branding online.

Successful bloggers build successful brands first because a brand makes you memorable.

Peep that image above guys.

I built a brand that got featured on:

  • Virgin
  • Forbes
  • Fox News
  • Entrepreneur

because I created a clear, powerful blogging brand in Blogging From Paradise.

See the investments in that picture? I invested in a domain and hosting. I also bought a proof copy of my paperback to promote both my eBook and paperback and to bolster my blogging brand.

Spending money helps you lap most bloggers because most bloggers are terrified to spend money. If you dive into the fear of investing money you stand out from bloggers who are terrified to spend even a cent on their blogs.

Drop some dimes guys.

Invest in a bright blogging future.

Trust

Imagine if you visited my blog and saw something like:

bloggingfromparadise.wordpress.com

Looks rough, right?

I would not trust me. No way. Why would I trust someone who could not afford to drop $10 a month on a domain and hosting? If someone is so terrified or cheap they cannot possibly lead and teach readers genuinely. Nor can the individual have the vision and drive to create something meaningful over the long haul.

Think about it guys; imagine if an aspiring doctor said they could not afford med school? Imagine if an aspiring lawyer said they could not afford law school? No way would you trust these doctors and lawyers. Just like no way would you trust a blogger who says they cannot afford to buy their domain and hosting, plus their premium theme. One look at a cheap or free theme on a garbage free hosted blog instantly alerts readers not to trust you. Nor should they trust you.

Wrap Up

Invest money now to make more money through your blog.

All business ventures require investment.

Spend money to make money.

The eBook

If you want to become a full time blogger you can buy my eBook here:

How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging

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How to Get Endless Content Ideas for Your Blog

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Writer’s block.

Smacked you in the head sometimes, right?

Me too.

Nothing feels worse than slamming into writer’s block. But nothing feels better than having endless content ideas on tap, making you a prolific, traffic and profit driving machine.

Content ideas abound. But you need to learn how to and where to find these ideas to become incredibly prolific.

This feels challenging at first but finding content ideas seamlessly:

  • increases brand awareness
  • gives your readers a steady stream of content to benefit them
  • increases your blogging profits through a variety of income travels
  • inspires your readers to defeat writer’s block and other mental blocks
  • helps you become a prolific guest poster
  • gives you more ideas for future blog posts

Follow these tips to get endless content ideas for your blog guys.

1: Poll Your Readers

Poll your readers via an email newsletter.

Publish posts questioning readers on their biggest problems related to your niche.

Ask readers questions to get blog post solutions.

Content ideas dance around in the minds of your readers.

Just asking my readers on Facebook or Twitter about their most pressing blogging problems is an easy way to get content ideas. Sometimes I probe into their struggles. Other times I just ask if they have blogging questions. Some days I get 10 answers or questions and other days, 1. Keep asking guys. Probing and polling readers provides ample blog post ideas for you.

2: Hang out on Niche Specific Forums

I spend time daily both answering questions and finding content ideas on the Warrior Forum.

Help folks and see what to write about by observing forums aligned with your blogging niche.

See the most popular posts. What questions do people ask? How do people struggle?

Mine content ideas in the struggles of your ideal readers.

Be an active contributor on forums to better tune into the needs of folks intrigued with your niche. By regularly publishing posts on Warrior I can see and hear problems experienced by aspiring or even professional bloggers.

3: Follow Top Blogs in Your Niche

Read top blogs in your niche. Keep an eye out for popular posts. What do folks have problems with?

Read the comment fields to get a feel on what readers are chatting about. Many commentors have few issues sharing their pain points via blog comments. Pay close attention to complaints, rants or folks who share their biggest dreams. Tune in to these emotional push buttons to find an endless flow of prospering content ideas.

Pro Blogger and Blogging Tips are 2 smart places to scan for blogging tips bloggers.

4: Become a Life Observer

I have nabbed more blog post ideas watching life than you’d ever believe.

Look at yesterday’s blog post: Blogging Outside of the Lines.

See how I spotted a blog content idea by coloring with my niece? Life presents you endless blog post ideas if you quiet your mind, relax, and become an observer of it all. The key is to cease trying to do stuff and to simply relax, and watch, life unfolding around you.

Review your last trip to the store. Who did you chat with today? What life lessons did you learn recently?

Draw an analogy between your experience and your blogging niche. Stay on blogging topic. Be on point. Speak to your readers while relating to them on a deeper level. Be a watcher. Find unlimited blog post ideas.

Bonus Tip

Meditate or do deep yin yoga.

Both practices expand your awareness, a must for folks intent on clearing their head trash to find more blog content ideas.

Wrap Up

Work these streams diligently.

Calm your chattering mind.

Find unlimited content ideas for your blog.

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11 Tips on Finding the Right Infographic Ideas for Your Brand

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Infographics have become ubiquitous on the Internet. Whether you’re on Facebook, Pinterest, or Linkedin, you’re bound to come across an infographic online.

Infographics are popular due to their ability to convert complex data and information into something much simpler, making them interesting to look at and easy to understand.

According to Hubspot’s study, infographics are three times more likely to be shared than any other type of content— a perfect investment for those who are looking to bring in traffic and generate leads.

As more infographics are published on the Internet, creating one that will stand out from the rest takes more than illustrations with charts and data. An infographic can have great design but without a compelling topic, it might as well be skimmed through.

So, how do you come up with a compelling topic people want to read?

The truth is, it’s not going to be an instantaneous process. It’s going to take time, effort, and a lot of in-depth research. There are times content creators overlook research and end up with a lackluster infographic.

Narrow Down

Figure out who your infographic is for. Knowing your target audience beforehand can make the process of choosing a topic much easier.

Avoid aiming for a wider audience. Instead, aim for a specific group of people. A one-size-fits-all approach isn’t going to work.

By creating a narrow target, it’ll be easier to create effective strategies for the specified target audience. For example, an infographic about basic exercise won’t be of interest for people who are in advanced exercise programs such as Crossfit or calisthenics.

Cook up a (brain)storm

There are a variety of brainstorming methods to use when coming up with ideas for your infographic topic, such as word association, mind mapping, and keyword research. These methods are perfect for coming up with loads of ideas by exploring different angles and connections.

Tools such as Mindmeister and Ahrefs are great for brainstorming and keyword research. Mindmeister lets you create your own mind map online. You can also export the file into different formats and share it with anyone. Ahrefs is a great tool for keyword research, helping you find high-ranking keywords to use for your infographic.

Another way to find ideas for your infographic is to repurpose existing content. These can be from blog posts, videos, or any other type of content.

Repurposing saves you a lot of time and effort. When you’ve gathered the materials you already have on hand, decide on an angle you want to display the information in. For example, if you have a blog post about 30 ways to save money, you can focus and shorten the blog post and instead, do an infographic on 10 money saving tips for impulsive shoppers.

Knowing what is currently trending can also help you come up with ideas for your infographic. A tool like Google Trends allows you to find the most searched keywords. You can see the searches on different topics and different regions.

Although it’s great to have a completely unique topic for your infographic, it’s also important to consider whether or not it’s feasible. Having a topic that’s too niche and has little to no information to support your research won’t do you any good.

A feasible topic has abundant information that’s easy to access and come from credible sources. Since infographics are meant to inform readers and provide valuable content, an abstract or opinion based topic would have little credibility and wouldn’t be very informative.

For more tips and tricks on finding the right infographic ideas, take a look at the visual guide here!

Andre Oentoro is one of the co-founder of Milkwhale, an internationally acknowledged infographic production agency. He helps businesses increase visibility on the internet with visual data and well-placed outreach campaigns. Read more on his latest guide to Viral Infographics and learn how to get the most value out of your website’s traffic.

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