There are way too many people in online marketing today that think “great content” is enough to get traffic to your blog.
If only it were that easy…
If you’re serious about your blog you have to put lots of hard work in order to get things started.
So, I’ve decided to compile a list of 101+ actionable ideas you can use to promote your blog posts and drive waves of traffic to your site.
Truth be told, if you implement only 30% of the tips in this blog post, you can easily grow your blog from 0 to 1,000-50,000 visitors/month.
I’d like to give you a special gift…
I’m giving away my personal Content Promotion Cheat Sheet with all my most important traffic sources and exact action plan to promote every blog post I write.
Here’s what you’ll find in this sheet:
- 25+ of my hidden traffic sources and content promotion ideas
- 25 Linkedin groups (with over 5 million total members) where you can promote your article
- 20 curated newsletter sites with over 500,000 total subscribers
- 20+ link roundup sites to submit your next blog post
- 20+ top online publications to republish your blog posts
- And much more…
A little sneak peek:
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- #1. Share Your Blog Post on Facebook – It’s Still One of the Best Places to Promote Your Content
- #2. Promote Your Content Using Facebook Ads (And Grow Your Email List for Only $0.19 per Subscriber)
- #3. Use This Facebook Lookalike Audience Technique to Promote Your Posts in Front of Highly Targeted Audiences for a Very Cheap Cost
- #4. Share Your Posts in Related Facebook Groups
- #5. @Mention Influencers on Facebook When You’re Talking About Them
- #6. Swap Facebook Posts With Other Bloggers in Your Industry
- #7. Gain 50,000+ Facebook Fans in 30 Days by Swapping Your Fans With Other Facebook Pages
- #8. Share Your Blog Posts on Twitter
- #9. Use Twitter Ads to Get 198% ROI From The Content You Promote
- #10. Use Popular Hashtags to Get 2x More Engagement in Your Tweets
- #11. @Mention Your Sources And Influencers in Your Tweets
- #12. Place Links in the Middle of Your Tweets
- #13. Include “Click to Tweet” Boxes Underneath Each Item of Your Post to Maximise Twitter Sharing
- #14. Swap Tweets With Other Twitter Users in Your Industry
- #15. Grow Your Network And Share Latest Posts on LinkedIn
- #16. Want 50,000+ Article Views? Publish It to Linkedin Publishing Platform!
- #17. Share Your Blog Posts in Related Linkedin Groups
- #18. Send Out a LinkedIn Announcement to Your LinkedIn Group
- #19. Promote Your Content With LinkedIn Ads
- #20. Share Your Blog Posts on Google+
- #21. Tag Influencers in Your Google+ Posts
- #22. Get Laser Targeted Traffic From Google+ Communities
- #23. Share Your Blog Images on Pinterest!
- #24. Submit Your Blog Post to Pinterest Group Boards
- #25. Ask Readers to Share Your Blog Posts
- #26. Find The Best Time to Promote Your Blog Post on Social Media
- #27. Share Your Posts on Social Media More than Once
- #28. Make Sure That Every Post Has Social Sharing Buttons
- #29. Encourage Social Sharing by Locking a Bonus Part of Your Content
- #30. Make It Easy for Your Readers to Share the Visuals
- #31. Do a Content Remarketing on Social Media
- #32. Promote Your Content to 200+ Million Monthly Reddit Visitors
- #33. Promote Your Content With Reddit Ads to Get Noticed Easier And Faster
- #34. Get Your Post Featured in Hacker News
- #35. Share Your Blog Posts With Inboud.org Community
- #36. Share Your Blog Posts on GrowthHackers.com
- #37. Use Triberr: A Community of Influencers Ready to Spread Your Content
- #38. Submit Your Content to BizSugar Online Community
- #39. Share Your Content With Kingged Community
- #40. Create StumbleUpon Ad And Promote Your Content for Only 10 Cent a Click
- #41. Promote Your Content with Outbrain And Get It Featured on Well-Known Content Resources Such as CNN, Mashable, ESPN, Time And Many More!
- #42. Promote Your Content With Zemanta And Reach 195 Million Monthly US Unique Visitors
- #43. Promote Your Content With Taboola And Reach 750+ Unique Users World-Wide
- #44. Interview or Get a Quote From Your Industry Expert
- #45. Try to Get Featured on Expert Roundup Posts
- #46. Send a Personalized Email to 100-300 Influencers Within Your Industry
- #47. Contact People Who Have Shared Similar Content
- #48. Outreach People Who Have Shared Your Previous Content
- #49. Identify and Contact Bloggers Who Have Linked to Similar Content
- #50. Connect With Bloggers Who Have Linked to Your Previous Content
- #51. Comment on Other Blogs
- #52. Send an Email to People Who Have Commented on Other Similar Blog Posts
- #53. Email Your Own Blog Commenters
- #54. Target Media Outlets With Facebook Ads To Get Your Content Noticed by Journalists
- #55. Use HARO Services to Get Press Coverage for FREE
- #56. Turn Your Content Into a Slide Deck And Promote it on SlideShare
- #57. Convert Your Article Into a Video And Attract New Audiencies Who Aren’t So Much Interested in Reading
- #58. Promote Your Content With Youtube Video Ads
- #59. Convert Your Article Into an eBook And Syndicate it on eBook Directories
- #60. Republish Your Content to High-Authority Media Sites
- #61. Syndicate Your Latest Posts on High Authority Media Sites via RSS Feed
- #62. Do Some Guest Posting And Include Links to Your Articles
- #63. Republish Your Content to Medium
- #64. Repurpose Your Best Content to BuzzFeed
- #65. Promote Your Blog Posts With Web Push Notifications
- #66. Turn Your Email List Into a High Performing Traffic Machine
- #67. Resend Email to Non-Openers And Increase Your Opens by 30%
- #68. Submit Your Content to Curated Newsletters Sites
- #69. Sponsor a Relevant Newsletter
- #70. Use Email Swap Strategy to Skyrocket the Traffic to Your Next Blog Post
- #71. Turn Your Content into an Email Autoresponder Course And Drive Long-Term Traffic on Autopilot
- #72. Syndicate Your Blog Content to Amazon Kindle
- #73. Make Your Web Content SEO Friendly
- #74. Optimize Your Blog Internal Links Structure
- #75. Optimize Your Posts for Long-Tail Keywords to Increase Search Traffic by 45%
- #76. Optimize Your Posts for Higher Search CTR
- #77. Optimize Your Images. Put Relevant Keywords in Your Image ALT And TITLE Tags
- #78. Do a Link Roundup Post
- #79. Submit Your Post to Link Roundups
- #80. Reach out to Bloggers Who Have Relevant Resource Pages
- #81. Make Sure You Have Attention Grabbing Headlines (Hint: Borrow the Headline Formula from Buzzfeed and Upworthy)
- #82. Promote Your Blog Posts on the Most Popular Industry Forums
- #83. Answer Questions on Quora and Link Back to Your Content
- #84. Convert Your Post Into an Informative Tutorial And Submit It to Tutorial Sites
- #85. Turn Your Content Into an Online Course and Promote it Using Udemy And Skillshare
- #86. Submit Your Content to Scoop.it
- #87. Curate Content on Flipboard to Get Traffic to Your Blog
- #88. Interview a Community Owner
- #89. Suggest a Backlink From Your Website in Exchange for a Social Share
- #90. Allow Your Affiliates to Promote Your Content
- #91. Use Snip.ly When You Share Other People’s Content Accross Social Media Platforms
- #92. Submit Your Blog RSS Feed to AllTop
- #93. Submit Your Blog to Google News
- #94. Submit Your Blog to NewsNow.co.uk
- #95. Submit Your Posts to QUIBB
- #96. Submit Your Content to Snapzu
- #97. Use CoPromote to Increase to Your Share Numbers by x26
- #98. Submit Your Content to JustRetweet.com
- #99. Submit Your Post to Viral Content Buzz
- #100. Focus Your Energy on Strategies That Are Working
- #101: Be Consistent and Never Give Up
- Bonus #102: Share This Article
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But in my experience, it’s still one of the best places to promote your content.
And I’ll tell you why:
Check Those Useful Resources for More Awesome Facebook Strategies:
- 18 Ways to Improve Your Facebook News Feed Performance @ Social Media Examiner
- ‘What Should I Post to Facebook’ 12 Facebook Tactics Working Right Now @ Buffer Blog
- 13 Secrets That’ll Boost Your Facebook Organic Reach @ Neil Patel
#2. Promote Your Content Using Facebook Ads (And Grow Your Email List for Only $0.19 per Subscriber)
Here’s what I can tell you:
If you are matching great content with the right audiences, you should see that Facebook ads can be a great way to get people not to only enjoy and share your content, but to also sign up for your free trial or join your email list too.
Glenn Allsopp from ViperChill was able to get 1210 visitors and 73 email subscribers by only spending $14.12 on Facebook Ads.
The only question is – how to find what suits you the most?
Actually, everything is about testing.
But from my experience, these 4 are the most effective strategies:
- Promote your content to fans of related pages and competitors. Target fans of your competitors` pages, people based on workplace or job title, etc. This can be a highly targeted traffic, which you just need to send over to your content pages.
- Promote content to people who previously visited your website using Facebook retargeting feature. Facebook retargeting is one of the few, cost-effective, “set it and forget it” campaigns that can be left on and don’t require much ongoing campaign management.
- Promote content to your subscribers, customers or registered users. You can create Custom Audiences using email addresses from your subscribers, registered users and current customers.
- Create Look-a-like audiences based on your existing audiences. You can build your Look-a-Like audience based on your Facebook fans, email subscribers, customers or even retargeting people who have visited your website. This way, you’ll be able to reach new audiences, which are similar to your current readers and customers.
Useful Resources to Find Out More:
- 7 Ways to Boost Your Content Marketing with Facebook Ads @ Aaron Zakowski
- The $1,000 Facebook Guide: How I Advertise to People You Can’t…Yet @ ViperChill
- Priority List: 13 Audiences to Target Using Facebook Ads @ Jon Loomer
- 7 Lessons Learned from 567 Facebook Ad Campaigns in One Year @ Digital Marketer
#3. Use This Facebook Lookalike Audience Technique to Promote Your Posts in Front of Highly Targeted Audiences for a Very Cheap Cost
…only if you know how to use it right!
Otherwise, you can waste your budget fairly quickly and get very poor results.
However, there is a very effective technique that will help you reduce your ad spend and get very impressive results.
Here’s what you have to do:
First, install Facebook Ads pixel into your website (read this article to find out how to do it).
Second, publish your blog post and promote it as hard as you can (I hope this blog post promotion article will provide you with lots of ideas on how to do it).
Once your article is visited by several hundreds visitors, create a custom audience based on people who have visited your blog post:
Next, based on this recently created custom audience, create a lookalike audience:
Now you’re ready to start promoting your blog post to people who’ve been added to this recently created lookalike audience and monitor results.
This technique should dramatically lower your cost-per-click costs and open the doors to new and untapped audiences for your blog.
If you want more targeted traffic from Facebook, the solution is simple:
Find targeted Facebook Groups!
Another big advantage of it is the visibility and networking they offer. Group posts are much more likely to get featured on group members news feed than from pages they like.
They’re are also more visible because people who belong to the group get notifications about new posts, which tends to keep the discussions going.
Focus on a few groups at a time that will ve of huge impact to you.
No group is going to be a valuable place to participate if it’s just a bunch of sales messages without conversations. Many groups have rules about what you can and can’t post.
Just make sure you’re providing value to the group first, before you share any of your own content.
Useful Resources to Read:
- How to Use Facebook Groups to Get More Traffic and Traction for Your Blog @ Smart Blogger
- Facebook Marketing: How to ACTUALLY Get Traffic to Your Site @ Project Pivotal
- The Ultimate Guide to 2016 Social Media Image Sizes & Specs
#5. @Mention Influencers on Facebook When You’re Talking About Them
I have a few months old Facebook page which currently has only 49 likes (maybe you want to help me grow this number?).
But when I shared my latest blog post on my Facebook page, it got the whole 1,136 views from organic reach:
This is a huge difference when compared to the ratio of page likes and organic reach.
Curious how this happened?
There is absolutely no big secret.
I’ve @mentioned all the bloggers who have been featured in that blog post:
And it immediately got picked by some of the top industry blog pages:
So, next time when you’ll be sharing something on your facebook page don’t forget to tag all the people who could be related to your post.
#6. Swap Facebook Posts With Other Bloggers in Your Industry
There’re probably many bloggers in your industry who share similar content to yours.
So here’s the deal!
You can partner with them and help share each others`content. You share their content on your Facebook page in exchange for them to promote your content to their Facebook audience.
A win-win situation for both of you.
#7. Gain 50,000+ Facebook Fans in 30 Days by Swapping Your Fans With Other Facebook Pages
Similar to #6 you can cross-promote your Facebook page with other bloggers too.
This strategy helped Neil Patel to successfully grow a fan page of his experimental nutrition blog and gain over 50,000 Facebook fans in just 30 days.
And the most amazing thing is that every time he shared a link it got an instant boost in traffic to his blog.
First, create Facebook Ads campaign to get new followers.
You can target mainly international audiences as the cost per like is cheaper.
Once you get enough likes – pause the campaign.
Approach other Facebook fan pages that have 30,000 or fewer fans and offer them a shout out for a shout out deal.
Keep the message live on your fan page for a few hours and then remove it, as you don’t want your page to seem too promotional.
When your fan base grows bigger, start doing deals with larger fan pages.
This will not only skyrocket your Facebook fan page growth, but it will send you thousands of laser targeted visitors every time you share your new blog post.
Similar to Facebook, Twitter is another great source for driving highly targeted traffic to your blog.
Ideally, you want people to read your tweets and feel naturally compelled to click on your links and retweet you.
To do this, create a tweet around a link and write a message that compels people to click to learn more.
— Marius Kiniulis (@MKiniulis) August 11, 2016
P.S. Don’t forget to include an eye-catching image. As you see in the example above – a great image in your tweet will help you to immediately stand out in the Twitter feed.
Here’s one more thing.
If you want to get more out of your tweets, implement these three simple tips into your Twitter marketing strategy:
- Use keywords in your tweets. This will help you to get noticed when users are searching for the specific information via the search feature.
- Or use the search feature to watch for conversations about a problem you can help to solve. Maybe joining the conversion will give you an opportunity to nicely drop a link to your article, that might be helpful to them.
- Connect your LinkedIn account with your Twitter account. It’ll allow you share content across both networks simultaneously, and keep track of your professional connections from LinkedIn and follow their tweets!
- 17 Twitter Marketing Tips From the Pros @Social Media Examiner
- How to Test Blog Post Titles With Twitter @ Social Media Examiner
#9. Use Twitter Ads to Get 198% ROI From The Content You Promote
Before we get into this topic let’s take a look at some stats from an article on Digital Marketer blog:
- 904 Facebook Likes
- 256 Tweets
- 95 LinkedIn Shares
- 95 Google+ Shares
And that’s not all…. Here are sales results:
- $2,663 Spent
- $7,937.85 in Revenue!
You might probably want to ask me… HOW?
The answer is…
Similar to Facebook Ads, promoted tweets put your ads at the top of relevant users’ feeds.
You can target your ad to be shown to the followers of specific accounts or you can target people by location, age, gender and much more.
This will allow you to get your content in front of thousands of highly targeted users in your industry.
And the most important thing is…
…you don’t need to spend $2,000 to get started.
You can start with $5 or $10 a day in spend.
- Show GH: How I got 1000+ clicks for $25 on a Twitter Ad today @ Growth Hacker
- How to Use Twitter Ads for More Exposure, Leads and Sale @ Social Media Examiner
- How I got a click-through rate of 16% on Twitter Ad @ Makeshift
Buddy Media analysed user engagement from 320+ Twitter handles of the worlds biggest brands.
Tweets with hashtags receive 2x more engagement than those without hashtags!
So your goal should be to keep appropriate hashtags in mind when posting.
A quick tip:
You can use a free tool called RiteTag.com, which will help you choose the best hashtags for your content. Simply enter your tweet and this tool will suggest you the best hashtags for maximum traffic and exposure.
#11. @Mention Your Sources And Influencers in Your Tweets
It works exactly the same as on Facebook, and it is an easy way to give influencers a shout out.
Not only will they appreciate the mention, but it might just get your tweet retweeted to their followers too.
#12. Place Links in the Middle of Your Tweets
A recent study by DanZaraella revealed that links placed about 25% of the way through a tweet received higher click-through rates, than links placed at the end of a tweet.
So, instead of placing the links right at the end, place them earlier in the tweet, to encourage more people to click on them.
#13. Include “Click to Tweet” Boxes Underneath Each Item of Your Post to Maximise Twitter Sharing
Sure. Social sharing buttons help you get more shares.
…in most cases, they’re not enough!
To maximize the amount of shares of your post, include a “click to tweet” button underneath each item on the list.
To get that link:
- Head over to ClickToTweet.com and sign in with your Twitter account
#14. Swap Tweets With Other Twitter Users in Your Industry
Do you remember tip #6? In this tip I suggested that you swap Facebook posts with other bloggers in your industry.
Similar to Facebook swaps, you can partner with other bloggers that have big Twitter followers and exchange your tweets.
This will help both of you to reach new, extended audiences and increase the number of your blog readers.
We already know that Facebook is great.
We already know that Twitter is great.
But what if your target audience is business orientated?
Then Linkedin might just be the perfect place to share your content!
Because of the way it’s designed, LinkedIn might be an even better marketing tool for you than those other social networks.
But here’s what you should know.
The main purpose of LinkedIn is to grow your personal network.
Before you start sharing your content, connect with anyone that you’ve worked with in the past or that you are currently working with.
In addition, connect with friends and family but only if you think they will read and share your content and status updates.
Anyone that you’re connected with, has the ability to see what you share.
The whole point of sharing content on LinkedIn is to be seen as an expert in your field.
LinkedIn is full of professionals and job seekers ready to gobble up everything they can.
So, be sure to share useful content that is highly related to what they do and the information they’re looking for.
#16. Want 50,000+ Article Views? Publish It to Linkedin Publishing Platform!
What’s the greatest advantage of Linkedin?
It’s full of people wanting to connect to influential people in their chosen industry!
So, here’s another cool strategy, that might be very useful to you:
Linkedin has a fantastic publishing platform just waiting to be filled with your great content.
When you first publish a post, all of your followers gets notified.
Not all of them are probably very active on Linkedin or will want to read your article, but a decent percentage of your followers will see the notification shortly after you publish your article.
And here’s where the magic could happen.
Based on those initial impressions, your content will be rated.
Linkedin uses a combination of likes, comments, shares, and views to determine the quality of your content.
If your score is high enough, it can get picked up and shared on their Pulse channel.
And if you’re lucky enough it can easily get you 50,000+ views and 2000+ shares.
- How to Benefit from the LinkedIn Publishing Platform @ Social Media Examiner
- 6 Benefits Of LinkedIn Publishing You Can’t Afford To Ignore @ Business 2 Community
- Why LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform May Surprise You! @ Jeff Bullas
We already know that the main purpose of being a Linkedin member is to grow your personal network.
But what if you don’t have many people in your network, yet?
Or what if most your connections aren’t interested in the type of content you’re writing about?
Here’s a solution:
Almost every target audience on LinkedIn hangs out in…
So, here’s what you have to do:
Look for groups related to what you’re writing about and put your content in front of those group members` eyes.
I can assure you – if done right, LinkedIn groups can become your content promotion candystore!
The only question is…
…How to do it right?
The first thing you have to do is to look for related and most importantly active groups within your industry and start engaging!
Whenever you have a great new blog post, you can start a conversation and share it in a few of your favourite Linkedin groups.
Every post gets read here by at least several dozen members. And if you wrote a really good article, there’s a high chance that they will start engaging with it.
The key here is to not be identified as a spammer.
If you don’t want to be a spammer, behave as a normal member would.
Start by spending at least a few days liking, sharing, and commenting on posts that other members share.
One more important thing to know.
One of the the biggest advantages linkedin groups have, is that you can also use them to promote the content you publish directly on Linkedin Publishing Platform.
Do you want to get an exclusive access to the list of my TOP 25 Linkedin Groups with over 5 million members?
Download it together with my personal content promotion cheat sheet:
Maybe you already own a Linkedin group?
Then I have another amazing tip.
Let’s move to strategy #18…
#18. Send Out a LinkedIn Announcement to Your LinkedIn Group
Do you know that Linkedin allows you to send up to one group announcement per week to your group members?
This announcement will get sent directly to their inbox and posted as a featured discussion within the group.
So, you should know that the key to running a successful campaign here is to craft a compelling subject line.
The main thing is this email will come from a Linkedin email account.
And if you already are an active Linkedin user, you might have noticed that it sends numerous emails each day.
This will let you send some extra traffic to your own posts and provide your readers with curated links on their favorite topic.
#19. Promote Your Content With LinkedIn Ads
While those two are a really good marketing channels to drive some highly targeted traffic to your blog posts, it’s still missing some great targeting options, that Linkedin Ads have.
Personally, I think that Linkedin has the most accurate targeting of any ad platform. And this is largely due to these two factors:
- Linkedin provides the ability to target people by job title, employer, role, skills, and interests;
- Linkedin profiles contain more detailed and up-to-date “professional” information compared to what people list on their personal profiles on Facebook.
And targeting is not limited to broad categories. You can target very specific attributes:
- Their industry
- What company they work for
- What skills have they been endorsed for
- Or even groups they belong to.
The only disadvantage of LinkedIn Ads is that it’s a bit pricier than the other networks. But if you’re in the B2B market, it’s still a great source for a very high-quality traffic.
- The Ultimate Guide to Linkedin Advertising @ Eff in Amazing
- What We Learned After Spending $50,000 In LinkedIn Ads @ Bizible
- 9 Ways to Advertise on LinkedIn @ Entrepeneur
I’ve often found that many people are still afraid to try Google+ and don’t really see the value in it.
But I think it’s wrong.
Do you know why?
Because according to some studies Google+ might deliver you more engaged visitors than both Twitter and Facebook.
Moreover, Google+ share in total traffic is becoming more and more visible
Moz has noticed that as visits sent to them from Facebook keep decreasing, traffic from Google+ has started to grow significantly in comparison.
I must to admit that Google+ can send a lot of traffic.
That’s only if your targeted market hangs out on Google+.
One of the issues that I find is that Google+ isn’t the general social networks because it’s dominated by members from specific industries withlittle or no emphasis placed on being social and more towards achieving business-oriented objectives.
If you’re in the digital marketing niche, or anything related to tech, real estate and travel – all these should work well.
- 10 Smart Tips to Leverage Google+ for Increased Web Traffic @ Moz
- 5+ Practical Tips To Get Traffic From Google Plus @ Blogger Tips Tricks
#21. Tag Influencers in Your Google+ Posts
Like Facebook, Google+ offers the ability to tag people and brands in your posts.
Any time you tag someone, they get a notification, and if you wrote a really good article there is a high chance that they will re-share it.
Here’s what Robbie Richards did when, when he shared an article 58 Experts Reveal Best Tools For Keyword Research on Google+:
In this Google+ post, Robbie has tagged all the people who have been featured in his article.
See look what happened afterwards:
Most of them started to +1, reshare and comment on this Google+ post.
No doubt, all these people sent a nice number of additional visitors to this blog post, since they’re well known experts in their industry with large number of followers.
#22. Get Laser Targeted Traffic From Google+ Communities
Google+ communities are much like forums or Facebook and Linkedin Groups.
And the main principle when promoting your content on Google+ communities is very similar to Facebook and Linkedin Groups:
- Look for related communities to your industry;
- Make sure they’re active;
- Join the conversion and add value;
- No spam!
Just make sure you’re providing value to the group first before you share any of your own content.
- How to Use [the New] Google+: Tutorial – Get started with Google+ Communities @ Traffic Generation Cafe
- Google+ Communities – A Definitive Guide @ Blogmatics
- How To Drive More Traffic To Your Website with Google Plus Communities @ The Visual Life
I’ve noticed that many online marketers ignore Pinterest as a potential traffic source.
But I think it’s a big mistake.
According to RJMetrics, over 80% of pins are repins.
And that means that Pinterest pins are 100 times more spreadable than a tweet, with the retweet average hitting only 1.4%.
So, if you’re able to create valuable visual content of your own, you have a virtual army of people waiting to circulate your pins and get you tons of exposure.
So what should I post to Pinterest?
Anything from videos, to infographics, even an image of text on a colorful background works.
To get the most exposure, I can advise you to use a BIG, beautiful image with the title text in the image itself.
Images with text get more clicks because it lets the reader know that there’s more to see.
- The Ultimate Guide to Getting Pinterest Traffic @ Successful Blogging
- How To Drive 3x More Traffic To Your Blog With Pinterest @ Blogging Wizard
- How to Use Pinterest to Dramatically Boost Blog Referral Traffic @ Socialmouths
- The 28 Pinterest Tips I Used To Massively Grow My Blog’s Traffic @ Wonderlass
#24. Submit Your Blog Post to Pinterest Group Boards
We already know that 80% of pins on pinterest are repins. And those pins are 100x more spreadable than tweets.
That’s a really impressive stats.
But you’d probably want to ask me – how to get in front of a large audience if you don’t have any follower?
Here’s a solution:
Use Pinterest Group Boards!
Pinterest group board works like a regular Pinterest board.
The only difference is that along with the board creator, other people are also allowed to pin.
Those boards can get you an extremely targeted followers with picture-heavy curated interests.
To be able to post on Pinterest Group Boards, you have to become a group contributor first. And the instructions for becoming a board contributor can be found in the board description.
Once you’ve been accepted, start contributing value to the group board.
And whenever you have a really good blog post to share, you will have earned the opportunity to pin it in the group board.
Believe me or not, but simply asking your readers to share your content can immediately get more eyes on your site.
A study published by Hubspot revealed that tweets specifically asking for a Retweet gets four times more Retweets:
Your action plan:
- Ask readers to share the post at the end of your article
- Ask people to share your posts when you promote them on social media
- Include Click-to-Tweet buttons in your content and encourage your readers to use them
#26. Find The Best Time to Promote Your Blog Post on Social Media
Then run to your blog’s Facebook page and post it, sending it out to your 10,000 Facebook followers…
…and then you notice, that only 200 of them have seen it.
You may tweet that post to 5000 people, but only 96 of them happened to be online when you sent your tweet.
Every industry have its own rhythm.
And you have to know when your followers are most active.
If you’re not doing so, then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to get in front of most of their eyes.
I suggest that you use tools like Tweriod and your Facebook and Twitter analytics information to figure out when your followers are most active.
Of course, sometimes it can be diffult to be online in those rush hours.
- A scientific Guide to Posting Tweets, Facebook Posts, Emails, and Blog Posts at the Best Time @ Buffer Blog
We already know how important is to post on social media when your readers are most active.
But we might have another problem – there might be quite a big amount of followers, who won’t get to see that post.
Share your content on social media MORE than ONCE!
Let’s take a look at this example of what happens when you share the same message more than once:
Do you see the difference?
With this simple twist average clicks have doubled!
Of course, individual results will vary, but the idea is simple. More shares almost always mean more clicks – not to mention more +1’s, likes, shares, and retweets over time.
Garrett Moon of CoSchedule put together a really sharp graphic showing how to schedule your blog content.
Feel free to start with this template, test your results, and iterate from there.
#28. Make Sure That Every Post Has Social Sharing Buttons
A recent study from BrightEdge revealed that content with sharing buttons are 7 times more likely to spread than content without them.
Do you know why the difference is so big?
Because it helps your readers to share your content on their own social media profiles without leaving your website!
And your main goal should be to make it as easy as possible for them to share your content.
#29. Encourage Social Sharing by Locking a Bonus Part of Your Content
When social share buttons first appeared on the scene, visitors shared contents like there was no tomorrow.
However, overtime visitors have become less and less motivated to share it on their social profiles.
Even when a visitor really likes your content – they are not sharing it like they used to.
So the question came – how to encourage visitors to share your content more often?
The solution is pretty simple.
Encourage people to share your content by providing a small bonus anywhere in the article, that could only be unlocked if someone shared it on social media.
To give you an idea of how it works, this is what it looks like on your post.
Images are another important part of your post.
And trust me, your readers love them.
So make it easy for them to share your visuals by adding social media buttons right on the images.
Image Sharer plugin will do a perfect job for that.
You can choose networks like Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Buffer, and you can control where on the image the buttons will appear when a user hovers on the image.
#31. Do a Content Remarketing on Social Media
Do you know who’d be most likely interested in your next piece of content?
The answer is simple:
Your previous website visitors!
But what if they haven’t left you any of their contact information which helps you to reach them again?
Don’t worry! There’s still a solution.
You can get them back with doing content remarketing on Social Media!
Moreover, it’s founded that this method helps to boost conversions and lowers the overall cost per customer acquisition.
Before remarketing their content, WordStream saw a steady 8.4% growth, compounded every month for five years.
But too many of these visitors were new, and bouncing quickly.
To solve the problem, Kim and the WordStream team created a campaign to target past visitors.
As a result, WordStream saw their metrics leap. Average time spent per page jumped by 300%, and the number of visitors who filled out forms jumped by over 50%.
- Increased repeat visitors.
- More branded searches and better brand recall.
- Higher engagement on all fronts.
- More conversions, leads, and sales.
In short, content remarketing enables WordStream team to maximize the value of every piece of content they put out.
Ready to start this method too? Start by reading these two articles for more information:
- Complete Guide to Content Remarketing: How to Win Friends, Influence People & Double Your Leads @ WordStream Blog
- Facebook Retargeting: The Complete A-Z Guide To Make More Sales @ Money Journal
- How to Retarget Content to Facebook Custom Audiences @ Social Media Examiner
#32. Promote Your Content to 200+ Million Monthly Reddit Visitors
Reddit is a massive online community with endless niche sub-forums for practically any interest.
This community is a fascinating mix of interesting news, cool links, social commentary and computer nerdiness all packed in one.
And if done right, it can be a massive traffic source.
Probably everybody will agree that it’s a pretty impressive results.
The only problem is when I read about how to promote things on Reddit on other blogs, I found the same exact advice over and over again:
- Find a relevant subreddit
- Post your content
And that’s it.
I’m not saying that it won’t or can’t work. It can.
But it’s basically just telling you to post your stuff and hope for the best. When has that ever worked in any internet marketing arena?
Redditors are a pain in the ass. They hate link spam. They won’t hesitate to ban your account without notice.
It’s really important you understand that.
There are thousands of web guides about Reddit best practices.
But it can be summarized into 3 buckets:
- Post useful content – redditors do an incredible job policing their territory – if you post unhelpful links, you’re going to get called out for it.
- Find the right subreddit – many users are making a critical mistake by posting content without checking the Subreddit. Make sure to find a subreddit, where the content you plan to post will be received well.
- Write perfect titles – your title is really the only chance you’ve got to grab users’ attention. Your title has to encourage them to click on your link, to read it and to upvote.
- How To Get 1,691 Visits From Reddit In 27 Days (Without Spending A Penny) @ Robbie Richards
- Cracking Reddit: How To Get Thousands Of Visitors To Your Campaign With Reddit Marketing @ Startup Bros
- How A Reddit Marketing Genius Got Over 1,000,000 Visitors To His Blog From Reddit [Case Study] @ Valcon Media
- How To Get Free Traffic From Reddit – Step By Step Guide @ Common Stupid Man
- How To Get Massive Traffic From Reddit To Your Website @ Trend Blog
#33. Promote Your Content With Reddit Ads to Get Noticed Easier And Faster
Sometimes it can be difficult to get attention from Reddit users…
Especially when you don’t have an account with enough authority, yet.
But you know what?
There’s still a solution to get your blog post in front of thousands of Reddit users.
And the solution is called Reddit Ads!
With Reddit Ads you can advertise on almost any Sub-Reddit with a sponsored link.
Your ad will appear at the top of the page with your headline and a small image.
The fact that so many advertisers ignore Reddit represents a huge opportunity.
And if you’re wondering why you should run ads on Reddit, here’s a few reasons:
- You get to interact with potential customers in the comment sections of your ads.
- Simple interface. Easy to get started.
- Low spending minimums. Start with as little as $5.
- Low priced vs other ad options like Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
- Don’t need a designer or developer. Just short text ads with one small thumbnail image.
Now before getting started I suggest to pay close attention to these 3 tips:
- Use up to 300 characters as possible, with spaces included – that’s Reddit’s character limit for self-serve ads. Longer titles cover more visual space at the top of the subreddit and are more likely to be clicked.
- Introduce yourself and use your real name to personalize the ad — people buy from people. Describe why your service is interesting, relevant, and adds value.
- Customize your title for each subreddit. Make it appeal to their interests. Use their slang if possible.
If you create a compelling ad and choose good targeting options Reddit can be an excellent place to promote your content.
- How To Make Your First $1,000 with Reddit Ads @ Ryan Luedecke
- The Advertiser’s Guide To Surviving Reddit @ Moz Blog
- How To Advertise On Reddit: My Experience & 9 Ideas for Advertising on Reddit @ Shuvar Web
- The Complete Guide to Advertising on Reddit @ Maximize Social Business
#34. Get Your Post Featured in Hacker News
If your post is related to computers or entrepreneurship, this is definitely the place where you’d want your post to appear at the top of the front page.
However it’s not so easy to achieve that.
It’s preferable to have your link submitted by an account with a strong “karma” rating and get some friends to upvote the link early on.
And if it will happen that your post will reach the front page, then in one day expect to get 10,000 unique visitors or even more.
Inbound.org is a content sharing and curating platform dedicated for content and inbound marketing topics.
The main idea behind this site is to share contents that are reliable and helpful, related to topics in SEO, social media, content marketing, etc.
You’re able submit links to articles as long as they’re related to content and inbound marketing.
Keep in mind that this community also has it’s own rules.
But it’s much easier to get noticed compared to Hacker News.
For example, one of my last posts How to Promote Your Blog the Right Way. 35 Expert Resources That Will Help You Explode Your Traffic got 29 upvotes:
But these figures are still far away from the real numbers Inbound.org can send your way.
Usually you can expect to get around 500-2000 visitors with a popular story on top of Inbound.org home page.
GrowthHackers.com is a an online community that is similar to Inbound.org, but the main difference between them is that people here are mostly sharing topics related to business and startup growth.
If this is something your blog post is about, then with a front page post you can expect to get aruond 500-2000 visitors every time you share it on Growth Hackers.
Take a look at the referral traffic report in my Google Analytics account below and you will see that GrowthHackers.com has sent my blog almost 1,700 visits in last 60 days:
#37. Use Triberr: A Community of Influencers Ready to Spread Your Content
Here’s another cool traffic source.
It’s called Triberr.
This platform is all about connecting you with other bloggers that can promote your content.
The site is built around various “tribes” or communities of interest. For example, there are blogging tribes, travel tribes and human resources tribes.
And the key to getting started is joining the right tribes.
Once you join a tribe, the idea is that you share the blog content of fellow tribemates and your social followers and they do they same.
Simple. But pretty effective.
- 13 Tips for Using Triberr to Increase Your Blog Traffic Quickly @ Blogging from Paradise
- The Ultimate Guide To Using Triberr For Traffic @ Basic Blog Tips
#38. Submit Your Content to BizSugar Online Community
If your content is relevant to small business readers, then I have one more special traffic source for you.
There is an online community called BizSugar with over 500,000 registered members and 100,000+ monthly visitors.
It’s another community site filled with members who are hungry for any stories around small businesses, self-improvement, finance, technology, marketing, etc.
Most stories that reach the homepage not only get a lot of traffic but they also gain visibility among the online business class that results in mentions, features and links.
Here’s another less known place to promote your content.
It’s called Kingged.
Kingged is a content-based network, which means you can syndicate or write, and then promote content directly on the platform.
Got a new blog post? Just select the appropriate category, and share it with other Kinggers.
If your article will get loved by its first voters, it will reach the homepage.
It won’t send you thousands of visitors, but from a submission you can expect to get up to few hundred visitors.
#40. Create StumbleUpon Ad And Promote Your Content for Only 10 Cent a Click
StumbleUpon now boasts a user base of over 25 million people and even their free service can send thousands of visitors your way in a very short time.
But the problem is that free service requires a lot of work to get stuff going.
The solution would be?
Get things rolling with StumbleUpon Paid Ads.
StumbleUpon Paid Ads allows you to create and submit a page or site to StumbleUpon and drive traffic directly to it, no ad clicks required.
Unlike many other sources, the traffic is very cheap ranging from one to 25 cents per click.
If you get a lot of up votes and your content gains momentum, you can get hundreds (and often thousands) of additional free visitors.
Plus, the cool part about StumbleUpon is that they often send traffic spikes to your website long after the initial campaigns.
#41. Promote Your Content with Outbrain And Get It Featured on Well-Known Content Resources Such as CNN, Mashable, ESPN, Time And Many More!
What if I tell you that you can get your content featured on the web’s largest and most respected media properties like CNN, Mashable, ESPN and many more?
Do you think it’s something near impossible?
And I’ll show you how to do it.
There’s is a content distribution network that allows you to do just that.
And it’s called Outbrain.
With Outbrain, your content can be promoted on the web’s largest and most respected media properties, and reach over 557 million global users world-wide!
This platform uses behavioral targeting to recommend interesting articles, slideshows, blog posts, photos or videos to a reader, where the headline of the article (and sometimes image) appears in the “you may also like” section of news sites.
They’re one of the leaders and they provide a great cost per click or cost per visitor for users.
Some examples put the cost per click at around $0.25 to $0.50.
And I think that’s a pretty good cost per click if you compare it to some of the other paid options.
- How To Advertise On OutBrain: My Experience & 4 Ideas for Advertising With OutBrain @ Shivar Web
- How to Drive High Quality Traffic to Your Content Using Outbrain @ Digital Deepak
- 5 Reasons to Use Outbrain in 2015 @ Fast Web Media
#42. Promote Your Content With Zemanta And Reach 195 Million Monthly US Unique Visitors
Zemanta is very similar to Outbrain. But have a bit more advertising options to choose:
- Promoted Recommendations
- In-stream Ads
- In-text Ads
- Sponsored Content
With the help of this site your posts can be syndicated across a network that includes thousands of publishers with over 195 million unique visitors in the US alone.
#43. Promote Your Content With Taboola And Reach 750+ Unique Users World-Wide
Taboola is another content syndication platform that is more like Outbrain and Zemanta.
It also helps you drive traffic by getting your content recommended on some of the Web’s most visited sites such as: NBC, Mail Online, Business Insider and many more.
This is another excellent way to extend your reach of content to over 750 million unique visitors world-wide.
#44. Interview or Get a Quote From Your Industry Expert
Then listen carefully.
One of the best strategies to build your blog audience is to interview or ask for a quote / quotes from your industry experts.
And do you know what makes this strategy so powerful?
I’ll tell you:
- First of all, if you are the only person who ever writes on your site it will be refreshing for your audience to hear another person’s perspective.
- Moreover you’ll get the added benefit of attracting their fans to your blog.
Take a look at this example:
This article where Robbie Richards Quoted 58 Experts about their best keyword research tools has received more than 1800 social shares!
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
But that’s not all!
If you analyse who have shared this article, you’ll notice that most of those social shares came from those industry experts (and their followers), who have been featured in it.
That’s what makes this strategy so powerful.
As you may see, it could be a quick way to inject some traffic to your monthly stats, and to potentially hook long-term readers by reaching new audiences.
- How To Do an Expert Interview to Get High Quality Content Quickly and Easily @ Ian Brodie
- Expert Interview Guide to Better Content Marketing @ Writtent
- How to Conduct & Create Content from Expert Interviews @ SEM Rush
#45. Try to Get Featured on Expert Roundup Posts
Bloggers who do expert roundup posts gets many influencers who will be sharing that particular roundup post on their social media profiles.
But those influncers who are featured in expert roundup posts also gains additional exposure for their brand and in most cases for their articles too.
So, if you’re just getting started, the best thing you can do is to be an active contributor to communities related to your niche.
This way, when other people are looking for experts to interview, your name will be on the top of their lists.
Meanwhile, if someone reaches out to you asking for a quote or your opinion for an article, always give them one!
Tell them that you just want them to link back to your site with your quote, and they’ll usually be more than happy to do it.
- How to Get Interviewed by Popular Blogs (Even If You’re Not a Big Shot) @ Smart Blogger
- How To Get Interviewed 200 Times a Year for Your Blog @ Lucky Bitch
#46. Send a Personalized Email to 100-300 Influencers Within Your Industry
A few months earlier, you’d never even heard of the blog…
…and almost after one night some unknown blogger became a go-to expert in the field.
Then the natural question comes to your mind – how is this possible?
Here’s the answer:
They were able to catch attention from the biggest influencers in their industry.
Now you probably think that it’s something near impossible to reach for you? Right?
Here’s what I’ll tell you:
You should reach them directly and let them know about awesome things you’re doing.
And I’ll tell you why:
Influencer outreach is probably one of the most effective strategies for promoting your content, which many bloggers and company brands are doing.
When you have a valuable piece of content that you’d like to share, the best thing to do is to contact 100-300 related bloggers to let them know about it.
Think it’s a big number?
And trust me:
If your article is good enough – at least few of them will definitely share it with their followers.
What is absolutely enough to get things rolling!
Here’s some proof:
Jimmy Daly from getvero.com was able to generate 36,282 page views to his blog post called 20 tips for dramatically better emails (actually now it’s updated and the number of tips increased up to 40).
…and over over 5,600 social shares by mostly focusing on influencer outreach.
This single post has also generated 953 new email subscribers and 256 free trial signups.
Pretty impressive results, isn’t it?
And you can do it too.
There are only a few considerations here:
First, they should be relevant to your niche.
Secondly, as always, your content must be awesome!
- How I Reach Out to Busy People and Get Responses @ Clambr
- 1 Simple Hack to Blogger Outreach, or How to Find Friends @ I Wanna Be a Blogger
- How to Create Influencer Outreach Emails that Work @ Just Creative
- How Influencer Outreach Can Triple Your Content Reach @ Ambitionally
Have you ever thought to yourself – who are the people most likely to share your next blog post?
I’ll answer it for you:
People who have already shared similar content in the past!
Think about it.
If they shared something similar in the past, than there’s a high chance that they’ll do the same with your article.
…that means you have to get your post in front of someone who has already shared something like it before.
And here’s what you have to do in order to find these people:
Head over to Ninja Outreach Content Prospecting tool and enter the keyword related to your blog post:
If you already have an URL, you can put it in the search bar:
Next, sort the results by “Social Shares per Post” to get the most shared articles and click on “View Sharers” button:
You’ll be given a list of all the people who have shared the post on their social media profiles.
These are your outreach targets.
Now, sort them by “Twitter Followers” and add those people to your prospects list.
The next thing you do is contact every single person on your list and let them know about your similar post.
Not everybody is going to respond or share your post, but you’ve got a really high chance of getting your content noticed and shared on their profiles.
If some of your previous readers have already shared any of your blog posts, then it’s quite logical that they’ll be more likely to do it again.
So your goal should be to encourage them to share your content again!
And the process of reaching them is absolutely the same as it was in tip #47.
Get their contact information and write them a friendly email informing them about the new awesome blog post you’ve written.
No doubt, they’ll not only be very surprised when they find an email in their inbox from someone they know, and they’ll be more than happy to share your next article with their followers.
But here’s something more:
If you’re writing guest posts on other blogs and high profile media sites, you can reach to people who’ve shared your recent guest posts and get them to share your newest content as well.
Given that they already know your brand through the caliber of your content, it’s easy to entice them to share your other articles.
#49. Identify and Contact Bloggers Who Have Linked to Similar Content
Let’s face it:
If other blogs in your niche have earned references from sites around the web, there’s a decent chance that they’ll link to you as well.
All of those bloggers are linked to these articles, because they are related to what they’re writing about.
And if you’re doing well with your content, then no doubt, you’ll get their attention too.
That means, your main purpose is to find people who have links to similar content, and contact them introducing your new (and better) content.
Here’s the exact process of how to find possible prospects:
First, search for your target keyword in Google and identify contents similar to yours:
Now, we’re going to use the tool called Ahrefs.
Put the identified URL into Ahrefs site explorer tool:
Perfect! This looks like a lot of potential prospects to contact.
Finally, click on “Backlinks” tab and you’ll get a list of pages that have links to these items.
These will be your targets.
When you find a good site that links to content similar to yours, reach out and let them know about your superior article.
If done right, this strategy will not only help you gain lots of social shares, but will get you some additional backlinks which will increase your search traffic too.
That means a double-win for you.
#50. Connect With Bloggers Who Have Linked to Your Previous Content
If someone has already linked to your site, they obviously like what you have to say.
And it’s quite logical that these people are most likely to share your content again.
But now it’s your time to act!
Suprise them! And send a personalized email saying Thank You for the mention.
They’ll definetely be impressed when they see that someone they know recognize them.
And do you know what the best thing is?
If you include a link to your latest article there’s a high chance that they’ll share it with their readers again.
To find possible prospects is very easy.
Use Ahrefs site explorer tool and follow the same steps as it was showed in the strategy #49.
Easy as 1, 2, 3… But the effect is amazing.
#51. Comment on Other Blogs
But I say:
From my experience there’s no dead strategies. There’s only bad implementation.
Now you might probably want to ask me – what is wrong then?
Think about it:
There are many different ways that blog commenting can work for building traffic to your site and building your brand in the process, but too many comments are looking for a quick link and using short cut methods that end up hurting you rather than helping.
Your primary focus should be to get readers attention and not be a simple “nice post” message.
It’s all about adding value and being awesome!
Don’t believe that it can be a good traffic strategy yet?
Here’s a real-life example how 249 comments turned into 3,973 visitors and $25,000 corporate speaking gig.
- How To Craft A Blog Comment That Will Generate Traffic And Get You Noticed @ Twelve Skip
- The Ultimate Guide To Blog Comment Traffic [Yes, It Still Works!] @ Niche Hacks
- How I Generated 513 Leads To My Startup By Commenting on Blogs @ Sujan Patel
#52. Send an Email to People Who Have Commented on Other Similar Blog Posts
But the question is…
…how to turn those blog commenters into to your loyal readers?
I’ll answer it for you:
Let’s say, you’re writing an article about the best on page SEO strategies.
Who are the people most likely to be interested your fresh new article on this topic?
Not so difficult to guess…
People who have commented other similar blog posts within your topic!
Think about it.
These are the people, who have already expressed an interest into the topic you’re writing about.
So why wouldn’t they be interested in a better blog post you just wrote?
Just let them know about it!
And here’s what you have to do:
The first step is to visit a site within your niche that has published an article similar to yours and you know gets a lot of interaction in the comments.
Just Google it:
Next, you’d have to make a note of the websites of all of the people commenting – you can usually see this by clicking on their name, or just hovering over it.
In most cases you should find a contact form on their website.
The plan is to contact as many people from these comments as possible.
Within your outreach email, ask the people to read your latest article and leave feedbacks in your comments – if they do, it’s a success!
More often than not, commenters will share your article and sometimes even go further to subscribe to your email list.
This way you’ll not only be gaining comments and amplification, but you’ll also get loyal readers and grow your community.
#53. Email Your Own Blog Commenters
You probably have some type of newsletter on your website. And you think you can reach your subscribers whenever you have something new to show them.
But do you know what the biggest problem is?
Not all the people who are reading your blog are in your email list.
And do you know what the hidden traffic opportunity could be?
Your own blog commenters!
After email subscribers, blog commenters are your next most engaged audience.
They have read your content and taken the time to leave a comment. That means this audience already know you and is likely be more engaged with another article from you.
In order to get all their email addresses, open your comments manager and go through all the comments and copy it (I suggest to use Scraper Chrome Extension to do it faster):
Once you have a list of all the commenters, upload them into Ninja Outreach tool:
And use Outreach Mode feature to reach them all with just a few clicks:
Email your commenters to say “Thank you” and politely ask them if they could retweet your content.
You’ll be surprised at how many will be happy to do so!
#54. Target Media Outlets With Facebook Ads To Get Your Content Noticed by Journalists
Sadly, you can have a really valuable content, but it’s very rare for journalists working there to notice it.
Luckily, I’m going to share with you one super HOT PR strategy that will get your content noticed by journalists writing for the worlds biggest news agencies.
Still reading? I hope you’re.
Here is a very cool thing you can do with Facebook Ads.
When you have a great or newsworthy content to promote, use Facebook Ads to get in front of media outlets.
Here’s how to do it.
When you’re setting up your ads in the Facebook Ads Manager, click on Demographics, then use the Work field and start listing the media outlets that you would like to get coverage from.
The next step is to click on Narrow Audience and choose Job Titles feature under the Demographics > Work field and list all the job titles that can get your article featured on those news websites.
This will allow you show your ads specifically to journalists of these news agencies.
And also increase your chances of getting your content featured on any of those sites.
How cool is that?
#55. Use HARO Services to Get Press Coverage for FREE
Don’t have a budget for your PR activities?
No problem. You can still get in front of journalist by using Help A Report Out (HARO) services.
HARO is an online service set up for journalists to quickly gather feedback from the public.
To start using these services, you just need to sign up as a source and subscribe to their mailing list.
Once you’ve been enrolled, the service will start to send out daily messages in which reporters share the type of experts they’re looking to interview for their posts.
Respond to an invitation, and if your skills and experience match up you could see yourself quoted on top publications like the New York Times, ABC News and all others.
I’d also like to point out that it won’t be very easy to get featured.
As always there are some basic rules and strategies you have to follow when pitching reports.
Here are some guides help you to get noticed:
- Get Published on High Traffic Sites: 5 Steps to Using Help A Reporter Out (HARO) @ Careful Cents
- Respond to a HARO Inquiry to Increase Your Traffic @ Grow Traffic
- Getting Media Attention Using HARO @ Cleverism
- 30 days…
- Several Google first-page rankings;
- Over 1,400 clicks to the website and facebook fan page;
- And over 400 new Facebook fans.
All of this has been reached by Ana Hoffman with Slideshare traffic strategy, where she was able to get over 243,000 views in just 30 days with only 9 online presentations.
A nice proof that smart work can bring you sweet results.
Slideshare can be an excelent tool for getting targeted traffic and generating leads.
And the best thing is that there is less work involved.
The only thing you have to do is to turn your blog post into an engaging PowerPoint presentation, and upload it to Slideshare.
All it takes is a few extra clicks of the mouse to drop information from your long-form blog post into your slide deck.
The main thing here is to add your personal website at the end of the presentation, and to encourage people to visit your website for a written, and more detailed version of the guide, or for an e-book on the same topic.
And you’re rewarded with another “new” piece of content that can help spread your brand’s message.
- Slideshare Traffic Case Study: From 0 to 243,000 Views in 30 Days @ Traffic Generation Cafe
- Breaking SlideShare: How I Got 2,000,000 Views from Only 16 Presentations @ Grow & Convert
- The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Slide Decks: 10 Actionable Slideshare Tips for Maximum Results @ Buffer Blog
#57. Convert Your Article Into a Video And Attract New Audiencies Who Aren’t So Much Interested in Reading
Here’s something else I`m recommending.
You can turn your content into an engaging video and take advantage of reaching absolutely new audiences.
Now you might probably want to ask me why videos should work so well in content marketing?
Because it’s a great way to spice up your blog posts and attract new visitors who aren’t so interested in “reading.”
No doubt it is.
For example, every time Moz shares their Whitebaord friday videos, they attract lots of social shares and comments.
You can also take advantage of this strategy to promote your blog content.
Turn any blog post into a video and upload it directly to YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
Not only will doing so help you reach viewers who prefer to take in information in this format, it’ll also give you the opportunity to create a “new” content piece for your promotions without going through all the work of researching something new.
…content uploaded to Youtube tends to rank high in search engine rankings.
“How to make a WordPress website” is a highly competitive keyword.
And as you can see videos uploaded to Youtube ranks #2 and #3 in Google rankings for this keyword.
Considering that video description will have an URL included back to your blog post…
…it should generate a lot of long-term additional traffic from search engines alone!
But that’s not all.
Once you’ve made your first video it’s time for a video promotion strategy #58.
#58. Promote Your Content With Youtube Video Ads
Ok, now we do already have a video prepared and maybe it has started to get some views.
But do you want to know one more highly effective way to put your fresh video in front of a super-targeted audience?
I’ll tell you:
Try to promote your video with Youtube Ads!
Do you know why?
Because it has incredibly amazing targeting options.
Now I’m not going you to teach a step-by-step process on how to create and optimize Youtube Ads (this article is already so long and it would need another blog post to cover this topic alone).
I’d better recommend you to read any of those in-depth guides:
- How to Use YouTube Ads to Grow Your Business @ Neil Patel
- How To Get Started With YouTube Advertising @ Growth Everywhere
- YouTube Paid Advertising – a Beginner’s Guide @ Web Sales Promotion Blog
…but I want to talk a bit about one very cool targeting option which will drive thousands of super targeted viewers to your video.
Still reading? I hope you are.
Instead of targeting videos by categories or keywords, I suggest you to target specific popular videos and/or youtube channels.
That means your ads will be showing only on the exact videos you’ve chosen and you avoid wasting your budget on showing your ads to a not so targeted audience.
Here’s the exact process you should follow in order to get it rolling:
- When you click on the Campaign button, you need to select the Video option.
2. Choose your budget, countries you want to target and press Save and Continue.
3. In the next step look for a Targeting>Narrow your targeting option and choose Placements.
4. Click on the Search for placements tab and choose the placements where you want your videos to appear. You can target all videos placed in a specific Youtube channel or you can choose to advertise on targeted videos only.
Keep in mind that you can search videos/channels by typing related terms to your topic or by putting the exact URL of a chosen Youtube video.
5. Select videos/channels you want your video to get promoted on (these videos should be closely related to the video you want to advertise).
6. Click Create an ad and you’re done.
Now, you’re able to show your ads to a super-highly targeted audience and get your content in front of a highly targeted audience, that are really interested in a topic you’re talking about.
Pretty awesome, right?
#59. Convert Your Article Into an eBook And Syndicate it on eBook Directories
This one little strategy will bring you thousands of extra visitors with very little extra work from your point.
Sounds interesting? It should be.
So what do you have to do?
Before you move on to your next new piece of content – convert your long-form blog posts into an eBook (Papyrus should work very well for that) and submit it to the most popular eBook directories:
Just remember: you must make sure that you have links pointing back to your blog within the report.
I also highly recommend that you include a promo at the end of your report that sends people to your squeeze page where you can grow your list of subscribers.
Easy to set up. Long-term benefits.
#60. Republish Your Content to High-Authority Media Sites
This one can be a huge opportunity for your business.
So read carefully…
These sites gathers amazingly huge audiences and it can send you tons of valuable visitors.
So your goal should be to get in front of them!
Your main purpose should be to provide something unique and worth of publishing.
Only high valued articles with unique information will be accepted.
However all those monster sites are also looking for a good, high quality content. The only problem is many writers are a bit afraid of the fact how big these sites are.
Still don’t believe?
Just take a look at these syndication stats shared by Buffer Open blog.
Buffer was able to get 4500+ visitors in one month, just by syndicating their old blog posts on other high authority sites with very little extra work.
This is a dream that anyone can have.
Just take action. NOW!
And you know what?
You can start by using my personal list of TOP 30+ online publications that you can submit your content:
- How to Become a Columnist: The ultimate Blueprint for Guest Blogging and Syndication @ Buffer Blog
- How to Get a Blog Post Published on The Huffington Post @ Careful Cents
- Smart Distribution Strategies: 11 Authoritative Sites That Want Your Content @ Shareaholic Blog
#61. Syndicate Your Latest Posts on High Authority Media Sites via RSS Feed
Republishing blog posts on high authority media sites is great…
…but what if it would be possible to do it on autopilot?
Actually it’s possible!
Did you know that there are high blogs and media sites that allow you to contribute content to them via your RSS feed?
Here are two sites that I found:
Follow the directions on each site carefully and get your contents published automatically.
Most of them will require you to get approved as an author on the site prior to submitting your RSS feed. But all those efforts will be absolutely worth it.
#62. Do Some Guest Posting And Include Links to Your Articles
And there’s nothing strange about it.
The benefits of guest blogging are clear:
- You land backlinks from authority sites.
- People look up to you as an expert.
- It increases exposure on social media.
- You get targeted referral traffic to your site.
- It helps to position yourself in front of new audiences.
Pretty cool, isn’t it?
This method became so popular, that it is currently used not only by bloggers, but by many online businesses too.
GrooveHQ.com reached more than 1 million people only by guest blogging:
And you can easily implement this strategy into your content promotion techniques too.
Just focus on sites that have relevant audience, that would be interested in what you’re doing. Grab their attention, engage them, become their friend.
But wait! Here’s is more…
I suggest you to contribute to blogs with huge email lists and social following!
Usually having a guest post on such a big site means having it shared with their email list and social media followers too.
And it also means that it’s a massive opportunity for you to get in front of thousands of highly targeted visitors with only one article.
Useful Resources to Learn More:
- The Ultimate Guide to Guest Blogging @ Writers in Charge
- The Ultimate Guest Blogging Guide @ Market Doc
- White Hat Guest Blogging For Traffic & Search Rankings Made Easy Read @ Matthew Woodward
- Ultimate Guest Blogging Guide: Journey from Zero to Hero @ Buddytation
#63. Republish Your Content to Medium
Medium is a community of serious readers who like to read brilliant stuff.
One of the great features Medium has is that: it ties into your Twitter or Facebook account and notifies your Twitter or Facebook followers that are also registered as users on Medium that you just published a new content.
What it means is that your content will get recommended (promoted) to your followers automatically for increased visibility…
To start posting on Medium is easy and straightforward.
First, go to your account and look for the “Stories” option in the right-hand menu:
Then paste the link to the story you want to republish on Medium:
And once you’ve got the text copied (or imported) into the document, add any images and check the formatting.
That’s it. You’ve now republished your blog post to Medium.
- How to Get More Traffic from Every Post by Republishing on Medium @ Smart Blogger
- Going Viral: How I got 10k Views on Medium in 4 days @ Grow & Convert
- How to Use Medium: The Complete Guide to Medium for Marketers @ Buffer Blog
#64. Repurpose Your Best Content to BuzzFeed
Currently, Buzzfeed is getting about 200+ million visits/month.
But have you ever wondered how wonderful it would be to get featured on this site?
In fact, it’s not very difficult to achieve that!
This site has a community section, which can be a valuable traffic source for many different websites and blog owners.
Then keep reading.
Here’s the exact process for getting an article submitted to the Buzzfeed moderation team.
First, create a free Buzzfeed account:
Now it’s time to start your very first Buzzfeed article:
Once you upload your article, tick the box on the right that says “Suggest for a community feature” and then press “Publish Now”.
For more information on how to make these articles more visible I suggest you to read these guides:
- How I Made it to the Front Page of BuzzFeed Twice, and How You Can Too @ Matthew Barby
- How to Write a Post And Get Featured on BuzzFeed @ Dishing Delish
#65. Promote Your Blog Posts With Web Push Notifications
- Social Media
All of those are great.
But guess what?
There’s something fresh.
And it’s called:
Web Push Notifications.
Haven’t heard anything about it?
Ok, I’ll explain.
This is something very similar to those little messages you get on your phone telling you that someone has posted on your Facebook wall, someone has sent you a friend request and so on…
But this technology has now been applied to the desktop.
Which means that your website visitors are now able to “subscribe” to your website without providing any contact information.
Here’s what it looks like in action:
You’ve probably seen it already on this website, but if not, you can also subscribe by clicking on this link.
Once your visitor has signed up for your push notifications, you’ll be able to send them short, quick messages anytime you want.
You can use these instant notifications to let them know not only about your new blog posts, but send them special announcements and even promote your products.
Now you may probably want to ask me:
How to set up push notifications for my website?
Well, it’s very easy.
There are many online services that allows you to set it up in under 5 minutes, but I found out that the cheapest solution is offered by PushEngage.com (they’re giving you up to 2,500 subscribers for free and their paid plans starts only from $29).
Once you sign-up for a free account, you’ll get instant access to your dashboard.
And that’s it!
Complete your account information and your website will automatically start inviting visitors to subscribe to your push notifications.
#66. Turn Your Email List Into a High Performing Traffic Machine
Imagine, when with a push of the button you can send thousands of visitors to your new blog post.
That’s the super-power of having an email list.
Growing your email list is an amazingly vicious cycle.
You get subscribers, email them when an article goes live, they go read it and then share it with their network on social media.
Then those referred people subscribe and the cycle delightfully continues.
Moreover, it’s one of the best channels for reaching the largest percentage of your followers.
For example, when Buffer sends an email to their 40,000 email list, 7,500 open the email and read what’s inside, and 1,800 people click through to the full article.
People have opted into hearing from you; they’re primed and ready to open, click, and engage with what you send.
So every time you have a new blog post, just send a simple email to your list and let them know about what you’ve just written.
Not sure how to grow your email list? Here are some unusual tips to grow your email list amazingly fast:
- Create a Webinar. It can be a great way to get your first 1054 subscribers in just 28 days.
- Create a Giveaway. It helped Josh Earl to grow his email list by nearly 200,000 addresses in just 11 days.
- Create a one-month free course. A friends of Noah Kagan was able to generate nearly 30,000 signups this way.
- Guest Blog. It helped Gregory Ciotti to grow his email list by 36,733 email subscribers.
#67. Resend Email to Non-Openers And Increase Your Opens by 30%
This is an amazing strategy I first noticed Noah Kagan has shared on his blog.
The truth is that you’ll never have a 100% open rate when you send an email to your subscribers.
Usually it’s 40%, 30%, 20% or even less…
That means that other 40-80% of your subscribers don’t even open your email!
So the question is…
Is it possible to improve those results?
And it will only take 1 minute of your work.
Here’s what you have to do:
Step 1: Take the SAME email you sent and CHANGE the subject line to something new
Step 2: Email it out a week later JUST TO YOUR NON-OPENS
With this simple tweak Noah was able to get additional 7,028 people to read his email.
Isn’t it amazing?
Always maximize your own channels before you do anything else.
#68. Submit Your Content to Curated Newsletters Sites
Then keep reading…
There are curated newsletter sites online, where people can subscribe to specific-topic newsletter and get regular updates right into their inbox.
But the problem is that people who are curating those lists are always looking for new, great articles to share.
So your goal?
Get in front of them and offer them your amazing article!
To do so is easy. Because these newsletters usually have a contact page or a submission form:
Just make sure that you’re submitting your content to the relevant topic newsletter.
Because you only get one chance and it needs to be taken very seriously.
Here are some examples in tech niche, where you can suggest your own link:
I have prepared a list of my top 20 curated newsletter sites together with their contact information.
#69. Sponsor a Relevant Newsletter
These promotions are highly targeted because they’re going out to people who see this person as an authority, and typically have much higher conversion rates than most of other traffic strategies.
#70. Use Email Swap Strategy to Skyrocket the Traffic to Your Next Blog Post
Once you’ve started using the traffic strategies above to build your email list – you now have some massive leverage in your business that you can start using to scale your traffic even faster.
Now on the next step you can start swapping emails with other email list owners.
Email swap occurs when two list owners agree to mail their list about the other person’s offer or link to a blog post.
This is usually a free offer placed on a squeeze page in exchange for someone’s name and email address. But you can promote your content too, if the email list is relevant to the topic you’re writing about.
Here’s how you can use email swap technique to get hundreds or even thousands of new readers to your next blog post.
When you have built a decent list it’s time to look for email swap partners.
You can find them on Google blog search by typing “niche keyword” + blog.
Next, go to the blogs one-by-one and see if they’re building an email list.
Finally, contact them and offer to promote their blog posts with your mailing lists in exchange for theirs.
The cool thing about email swaps is that they’re completely free and you get people who are definitely interested in your niche.
As a result, both of you are having hundreds or even thousands of new readers and some new leads.
#71. Turn Your Content into an Email Autoresponder Course And Drive Long-Term Traffic on Autopilot
When you’re starting to build your email list you’re probably asking yourself…
…how should I attract people to signup to my email?
Usually bloggers give things like ebook or free video training in exchange for their email address.
That sounds great in theory…
…but the truth is that in this case, people have to give you their email address even if they don’t want to be on your email list.
Create an email autoresponder course that people gladly give you an email for, and eagerly await the arrival of your emails.
And the best thing is…
…you don’t even have to create new content!
Because you can use what you’ve already written for your blog.
One nice thing about using content that already exists is that you have the option to either include the full blog post in the body of your email, or…
…give readers a snippet and a link back to the original article! This little twist will give you an additional opportunity to drive long-term traffic to your older posts with little extra effort.
#72. Syndicate Your Blog Content to Amazon Kindle
You’re probably thinking that Amazon Kindle is just for ebooks?
Currently, Kindle users can subscribe to newspapers, magazines and blogs.
And that means you have an additional opportunity to increase your readership by appearing in front of millions of people who use Amazon Kindle as their e-reader.
And the really cool thing about this opportunity is that it allows your tribe to download your blog posts directly to their Kindles and read them anytime they like.
Now that you know about the program, your next question might be – how do I get my blog syndicated to thousands of Kindles?
To do so you have to join Kindle Publishing for Blogs program.
Your blog’s content will soon be on Kindle (after it passes Amazon’s approval process).
Moreover, you’ll be able to earn some additional revenue. But you probably won’t make a whole lot of money.
You won’t be able to choose pricing – Amazon will do that (based on what it believes is fair – usually $0.99-$1.99). And there is no way to distribute your blog for free, either.
Nevertheless, the money is not the most important thing.
This could be just another great way to distribute your blog content and gain additional visibility from other traffic sources with high buying intent.
#73. Make Your Web Content SEO Friendly
Let’s face it:
Search engines are massive traffic opportunities, which can send you thousands of super targeted visitors.
For example, in 2014 Google received almost 6 billion searches a day.
So, you just can’t ignore this traffic source.
It isn’t very difficult to make your website content SEO friendly, but those changes can change your traffic numbers dramatically.
Here are some awesome resources on how to properly optimize your blog post for search engines:
- On-Page SEO: Anatomy of a Perfectly Optimized Page @ Backlinko
- Complete On Site Optimization Tutorial @ SEO Hacker
- Ultimate Guide To On-Page SEO For Niche Site Posts @ Marketever
- On-Page Factors @ Moz
- 51+ Best Link Building Tools in 2017 @ Outreach Mama
#74. Optimize Your Blog Internal Links Structure
Many people don’t realize that the internal link structure within your own website is very important.
And that’s so wrong…
I’ll tell you why:
First of all, it’s the single simplest way to bring readers to your new posts, as well as get some love from search engines.
Secondly, internal linking helps your non-ranking pages get promoted from pages that already have high page authority and have some domains already linked to them.
This increases the link juice to each page on your blog and gives a bump in search engines.
And finally, people can discover your great content not only by clicking links on other sites, but reading your own website as well. If one page is getting a lot of traffic, you should send your visitors to another!
To illustrate internal linking strategy, it should look like this:
In the illustration above, each “post” is linked to another “post” and from another “post.”
It’s not very difficult to implement, but I think it’s absolutely worth taking some time to go back and audit your old content to make sure it has sufficient internal linking.
#75. Optimize Your Posts for Long-Tail Keywords to Increase Search Traffic by 45%
You already know that you should make your blog post SEO friendly and optimize it around targeted keyword.
But is there any way to get more out of it?
Yes, there is.
You should optimize your blog post for long tail keywords!
Long tail keywords are less competitive, and they’re usually driving the majority of your search traffic.
For example, Neil Patel from QuickSprout was able to increase his search traffic by 45% with this strategy alone!
Before the implementation of this strategy Neil’s blog received 120,365 visitors from search…
And after he had optimized his blog posts for long tail keywords, his search traffic climbed to the whopping 174,496 visitors!
That’s so amazing, isn’t it?!
Here’s what you have to do:
The easiest way to find long tail keywords is to look into Google related searches section at the bottom of the search results, or by typing your targeted keyword to KeywordTool.io tool.
For example, if you type a query “search engine optimisation” into Google and then scroll down all the way to the bottom of the first page, you get something similar to this:
If you blend some of those long tail phrases into the blog post that already ranks for the relevant head term, you’ll start getting more search traffic.
Sprinkle those phrases two-three times within the page and make sure you have a title that includes the main keyword phrase that you’d like to rank for.
Now, after some time, when your website will be re-indexed by search engines, you would see a nice lift in your overall search traffic.
- How to do Long-Tail Keyword Research for SEO @ Go Blogging Tips
- How to Rank #1 in Google for Long Tail Keywords @ Backlink Insider
#76. Optimize Your Posts for Higher Search CTR
But here’s a real secret SEO weapon:
Focus on higher click-through-rate (CTR) in SERP!
Why is CTR such a big deal?
First, higher CTR = more traffic
I’ll explain with an example.
If your target keyword gets 10,000 searches/month and it has 10% CTR, then you should expect about 1,000 visitors/month from that keyword alone.
If you’ll be able to increase your CTR up to 20%, than you’ll already be getting not 1,000 but 2,000 visitors/month from that keyword alone!
That’s the power of CTR.
With this small thing you can double your traffic in a matter of days.
Second, higher CTR = higher rankings
A research paper published by Google confirmed that click-through data has proven to be a critical resource for improving search ranking quality.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise…
If lots of people click on the same result, it sends a strong message to Google that searchers want to see this page.
And Google pushes that page up the rankings.
What happens next? It’s not so hard to guess…
From this point, the circle begins again:
Higher rankings = higher CTR = more traffic
But the question is:
How to improve the CTR?
The answer is simple:
Use numbers in your title and meta description tags.
Adding a number to your title tag can make a HUGE difference in your CTR.
If you go to Google and put a keyword “Promote blog”, you’ll easily notice that 90% of title tags contain a number:
Still doubt whether it really works?
Let’s take a look at another example:
SEO guru Brian Dean provides an example on how he was able to increase the search CTR for a specific keyword by 64.1% by only using the same strategy:
Pretty cool, isn’t it?
And the best part is that this strategy doesn’t require lots of hard work.
Other useful resurces:
- Guide to Increasing Organic Traffic through CTR Optimization @ Blogging Tips
- How to Improve Title Tag CTR by 20%+ @ Siege Media
#77. Optimize Your Images. Put Relevant Keywords in Your Image ALT And TITLE Tags
Your images can be searched too!
Moreover, if they’re well optimized it strengthens the message towards search engine spiders and improve the accessibility of your website.
So make sure that your images are properly optimized and have relevant keyword phrases in Title and ALT tags.
This will not only improve your on-page SEO but it can also increase your traffic from Google’s image search as well.
- 10 Proven Ways To Boost Your SEO Image Optimization Today @ Mad Lemmings
- Optimizing Images for SEO @ Yoast
#78. Do a Link Roundup Post
Thinking of implementing something new into your content strategy?
Do a link roundup post then!
A roundup post is a blog post in which you “round up” experts or best content related to your industry, and provide a nice showcase of them in the post.
Creating it doesn’t take very long, but it does pay off big when it comes to content promotion.
The hidden secret?
Many of the sites you’ve referenced will share your article without any effort on your part!
Now, let’s type the title of this post into Twitter search.
And here’s what we got:
Considering that Brian Dean currently has over 30,000 Twitter followers…
…this roundup post probably got a nice twist of visitors from this one share alone!
- How to Build Links and Traffic from Link Roundups (Video) @ Quick Sprout
- Why You Should Do Link Round-ups on Your Blog @ Danielle Zeigler
#79. Submit Your Post to Link Roundups
Another great way to drive traffic (and backlinks too) to your blog is to submit your very best blog posts to link roundups.
This one strategy is super simple and can bring you hundreds of extra visitors.
And here’s how to get your articles featured in link roundup posts.
To start finding link roundups within your market, simply type in the following search queries on Google:
“Link Roundup” + [Your Target Keyword]
- “Link Roundup” + marketing
- “Link Roundup” + football
- “Link Roundup” + fitness
- intitle:roundup + marketing
Most likely, you’ll be able to find several ongoing roundups in the first 4 or 5 pages.
You can also use these same queries on sites like Google Plus or Twitter Search. This will also give you a list of related blogs that do weekly link roundups.
Now all you have to do is contact the blog owner and send him a link to your latest blog post.
If you’ve published a truly great content, then there’s a high chance that they will link to you in their next roundup post.
And you know what?
I have some great news!
You can download my own list of 20+ link roundup sites where I promote my own blog posts.
Click the button to download them all:
#80. Reach out to Bloggers Who Have Relevant Resource Pages
Similar to how bloggers publish roundups, you’ll also find that there are a lot of “best of [your niche]” style resource posts.
For example, here’s an Ultimate Growth Hacker Resources List.
If you have a strong article which can be considered a Growth Hackers resource, you have to do everything you can to get featured in this list.
To get started is easy.
Just do a quick Google search using the following phrase:
“your keyword”+”resources” (for example: “top growth hacking” + “resources”)
Or you can also do the same search on Twitter:
Next, in the same way as it was done with link roundups, you have to contact site owners and send them a link to your resource article.
Not 100% of the pitches will be lucky, but some of them will definitely want to include your article in that list.
- How To Push Your Articles To “Link Roundups” Without Even Thinking About It @ Blogger Jet
- How to Get Traffic and Links from Blog Roundups @ Traffic Generation Cafe
#81. Make Sure You Have Attention Grabbing Headlines (Hint: Borrow the Headline Formula from Buzzfeed and Upworthy)
It’s so strange…
But if you look closer at Upworthy’s or Buzzfeed success, you’ll easily notice how important content headlines have became.
And their traffic stats speaks for itself!
Just look at those headlines:
It’s just hard not to click on headlines like that!
Here’s what I suggest:
Hack those headline formulas and implement them into you content strategy!
Just check out some recent posts on Buzzfeed or Upworthy and adopt them to your blog post Title and sub-headlines.
For example, this headline from Upworthy could give you an idea on how to name your next blog post about content promotion (or anything else either):
And here’s how you can adopt it to your post headline:
Folks Aiming to up Their Traffic Stats Should Check out These 21 Easy Ways to Promote Content
One more thing I suggest is to do some A/B testing for your headlines to find it out, which one works the best.
Title Experiments Free WordPress plugin will work just perfectly for that.
#82. Promote Your Blog Posts on the Most Popular Industry Forums
Most marketers ignore forums as traffic generation source.
But that’s a HUGE missed traffic opportunity!
Forums are one of the few places online where you have hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of effective audience members interested in your content’s topic.
For example, the marketing-focused Warrior Forum currently has more than 1,1 million registered users…
Much like social media, forums are communities and the key to successful forum marketing is to interact with the community and provide insane value.
Give away your very best information, and you will get tons of free traffic and quickly build your reputation as an expert in your field.
For example, the same Brian Dean, in his early blogging days built an authority sharing strong articles with a Warrior Forum community…
…and even republishing his own blog posts:
Aside from the traffic benefits, forums also allow you to make connections with other marketers in your niche.
You can find potential guest posters, ad swap partners, experts that can barter services, collaborate with on a product, and so on…
So, I don’t see any reason why this traffic source should be ignored.
#83. Answer Questions on Quora and Link Back to Your Content
Quora is an extremely popular crowdsourced Q&A site (similar to to Yahoo! Answers, except people’s responses are actually helpful).
And many marketers use it as a source to drive targeted traffic.
Here’s how to use Quora the right way:
Go to Quora.com and search for questions that are related to your latest blog post.
And then post answers to those questions (with a link back to your article at the end).
Don’t just copy it from your article, offer additional insights and tips. Make it at least 3-4 paragraphs so it stands out and gets more votes.
If your answer will get many upvotes, it will be featured at the top of the page.
This will make your answer more visible, and as a result of this more people will click on a link to your website.
- The Marketer’s Guide to Quora @ Kissmetrics Blog
- 7 Tips for Effectively Using Quora to Drive Traffic to Your Blog @ Bloggerz Arena
- Quora Marketing: The Definitive Guide @ Ahfaz Ahmed
#84. Convert Your Post Into an Informative Tutorial And Submit It to Tutorial Sites
Most online marketers are ignoring tutorial sites thinking that it’s very difficult to create tutorial type articles and get them featured on those sites.
But that’s a huge mistake!
Actually, to get your article featured on the tutorial site is easier than you may think.
There’s less work involved.
Here’s how to start using it:
Convert your old blog post into tutorial based article and submit it through the tutorial site submission form.
And if your tutorial will be well received, you can expect thousands of views…
…and new visitors coming to your website.
This works especially well if you publish articles regarding internet marketing, wordpress, SEO, graphic design, web development, programming, or business development.
Here’s a small list of tutorial sites to get you started faster:
I think you’ll all agree with me if I say that people are always looking to learn new things.
But the question is…
…where are all these hungry learners concentrating on?
Well, it’s not so difficult to guess…
And the best part is that it’s easier to attract those people to your blog than you may think.
Here’s what you have to do:
Take your old “guide-type” article (or a few of them), and convert them into a short series of videos.
As you may see from the image above, these videos aren’t very long (usually 1-7 minutes length) and divided into a few different paragraphs.
It’s not so difficult to create such videos using the content you’ve already published, but the results will be invaluable.
You’ll not only be considered as an authority in your field for all the students enrolled in the course, but they would also become your loyal fans and blog readers too.
#86. Submit Your Content to Scoop.it
Scoop.it is a content curation platform that allows users to create an online digital newspaper.
It’s basically a platform where people collect their favorite content from across the web, and publish it in a magazine format similar to Paper.li and Flipboard.
Here’s how to get started on Scoop.it:
- Sign up for an account at Scoop.it.
2. Search for Scoop.it pages that curates contents similar to what you have written about:
3. Find a popular Scoop.it page and hit the ‘Suggest’ button with your article’s URL.
This will notify the owner that you have suggested a content for their Scoop.It page.
If they like it, they’ll share it on their Scoop.it page and after some time you can expect to see visitors flowing to your site.
As an added bonus, many readers of the Scoop.It page will “re-scoop” the content to their pages, and share it on social media.
#87. Curate Content on Flipboard to Get Traffic to Your Blog
Flipboard is a social media content aggregation service with over 85 million users!
The power of Flipboard is in the simplicity of following any person on Flipboard or following a magazine created by them.
To start using Flipboard, head over to their home page and create your profile there.
Once your profile is created you can select the topics you’d like to follow.
Once you’ve completed your profile setup, the next step is to create magazines in your clipboard account.
Click on “New Magazine” and give it a niche name.
When you are done creating your magazines, it’s time to start curating content.
Head over to their tools page and choose which flipping options suits you the best.
And finally, start curating content on a regular basis (including your own blog posts) and start driving traffic.
#88. Interview a Community Owner
Find a community owner, who’d be interested in giving an interview for you and publish it on your blog.
Why this should work?
Because it’ll be a win-win situation for both of you – forum or group owner will get additional exposure to advertise his/her community, meanwhile it’s very likely that he/she will share the interview with his community; driving additional highly-targeted traffic to your blog too.
For more information follow this guide on Smart Passive Income Blog.
Many web owners are struggling with getting backlinks to their websites.
And It’s especially difficult to reach that for companies that don’t do any active content marketing campaigns.
An opportunity for you?
You’re dead right!
Help them solve this problem!
Suggest them to give a backlink from your website if they share your content on their social media channels.
Go to Facebook, type a keyword related to your niche and press on “Pages” tab.
Bingo! you have a big list of possible opportunities to contact.
Now, reach them all one-by-one and suggest to help them with their rankings in exchange if they help you promote your content.
#90. Allow Your Affiliates to Promote Your Content
Using an affiliate program?
Then this tip is right for you.
Have you ever thought that your affiliates could promote your content too?
This could be an additional incentive for your affiliates to promote you, because each visitor they send to your blog post will be “cookied” under that affiliate.
So that if any of their visitors buy from you in the future – they get the commission.
Meanwhile, you’ll get additional traffic to your content without any extra efforts.
A win-win situation for both of you.
Have you ever thought how great it would be to share other people’s content and still bring back those visitors to your blog posts with personalized message?
Well there is a tool called snip.ly, which will do exactly that for you.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to start using snip.ly.
- Head over to Snip.ly and sign up for a free account.
2. Find a piece of content you want to share on your social media sites.
It is recommended to share an article that is related to your blog content. This way the readers who land on the original article’s page are likely audiences for your website too, increasing your chances of conversion.
3. Copy the URL of this article into Snip.ly.
4. Choose a page to snip.
5. Click “create” and copy the custom snip.ly URL.
6. Start sharing your snip.ly URL on your social media profiles.
#92. Submit Your Blog RSS Feed to AllTop
Alltop is a popular blog directory that displays the latest five posts from popular blogs in hundreds of categories.
To start using Alltop, simply create a free account and submit your blog (and your blog’s RSS feed) when you’re ready.
Keep in mind that Alltop uses manual approval process to approve blogs.
But if your blog is approved they will showcase your website content continuously and send some additional traffic to your blog.
#93. Submit Your Blog to Google News
If your blog produces high-quality, relevant and newsworthy content, I suggest to submit it to Google News platform.
Google News does not only aggregate articles from over 50,000 news sites worldwide, but it has the potential to substantially increase the traffic to your site.
According to an article on The Atlantic, about 4 billion people view Google News results each month, which results in about 1 billion clicks.
And this can be another opportunity for you.
In order to apply you have fill out this form.
They ask for basic information like the site URL, location of the original news articles, where author contact information can be found and so on.
#94. Submit Your Blog to NewsNow.co.uk
Got lucky with Google News?
Wait. There’s more…
You can also submit your blog to NewsNow.co.uk content agregation platform.
NewsNow.co.uk is the 207th most visited website in the UK, and approximately 50% of all its users are from the UK.
Moreover, the site is generally visited by over 20 million monthly users and receives in excess of 100 million page views per month.
In order to get your feed syndicated on their news feed you have to submit an application form.
And if your site can consistently boast of high quality content you should be approved easily.
#95. Submit Your Posts to QUIBB
Quibb is a professional news site that allows people to share what they’re reading for work, with an attached “daily digest” style email.
I must say, that the main unique thing about Quibb is the remarkable quality of its community.
And if you’ll be able to get your articles in front of this community, you can expect some nice spike of really high quality traffic to your blog posts.
#96. Submit Your Content to Snapzu
Snapzu is a community of web communities.
All content is user-submitted, and uses democratic community voting to ensure quality of contributions & discussions.
CoPromote is a free co-marketing platform that helps people connect with new audiences and increase their social shares on Facebook and Twitter.
The main thing this site does is that it helps you to find like-minded members who are likely to share your message on their social profiles.
To start using CoPromote is easy.
First sign up and connect your social networks.
Next, click on “Boost” menu button:
And choose a post you want to promote:
#98. Submit Your Content to JustRetweet.com
JustRetweet.com is a Twitter related site that rewards users for following each other on Twitter through the site and for sharing posts feed into it via RSS or for retweeting manually.
How JustRetweet.com works:
- Sign in with your Twitter account.
The more you give, the more you receive.
#99. Submit Your Post to Viral Content Buzz
ViralContentBuzz.com is a social sharing platform that works off earned credits, very much like JustRetweet does.
However all submissions to ViralContentBuzz are manually moderated, which ensures the quality of the submitted posts.
Another interesting thing about ViralContentBuzz is the fact that you won’t see who submitted the post from the dashboard.
That’s yet another way this site ensures that the quality of submitted content takes the center stage, just the way it should be.
#100. Focus Your Energy on Strategies That Are Working
One of the most important factors you should take from this post is that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.
Study your analytics to see what’s working and what’s bringing in the traffic to your website.
#101: Be Consistent and Never Give Up
One of the biggest reason most blogs fail is because the blogger stops before the blog starts to yield measurable results in the form of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and sales.
And I just couldn’t agree more with an advice Rand Fishkin has shared on one of his blog posts:
There arehundreds of new bloggers on the web each day who have all the opportunity to reach success, but after months (maybe only weeks) of slogging away, they give up.
As long as you analyze your results and find out the things that work for you, you should be able to identify the problems and address them accordingly.
If you share this guide, you’ll magically get lots of karma points from me and maybe it might help you drive additional traffic to your blog.
I also want to give you my personal Content Promotion Cheat Sheet, which I use myself when promoting my own blog posts.
It’s a Google sheet file with all my most important traffic sources and exact action plan to promote every blog post I write.
Here’s what you’ll find in this sheet:
- 25+ of my hidden traffic sources and content promotion ideas
- 25 Linkedin groups (with over 5 million total members) where you can promote your article
- 20 curated newsletter sites with over 500,000 total subscribers
- 20+ link roundup sites to submit your next blog post
- 20+ top online publications to republish your blog posts
- And much more…
A little sneak peek:Best of luck with growing your site, and let me know in the comments if this worked for you!