5 Lesser Known Ways to Drive Traffic To Your Website
Are you looking for another method for generating more targeted traffic for your website or blog? Are you tired of using social media as your alternative source of traffic? Well if this sounds like you, then we’ve got a few lesser known ways of drawing in additional users to your website.
Use Google Alerts to Piggyback New Content
Wouldn’t it be great if you could find fresh new discussions, posts, and articles which are directly related to your blog or website, and be the first in to respond? Well, there’s good news, because you can actually do this by using Google Alerts. You can select keywords and phrases, and, when they appear in newly published articles or posts, you will be alerted by Google by email.
If you respond quickly enough you can then be the first person to reply in the comments section of a blog article, or reply in a thread of a forum. You can interject your ideas, appearing as the authority that you are, and even interject a link going back to a useful and relevant page on your site. For example if you are alerted to relevant question on Yahoo Answers that involves your chosen keyword, for example “What is the best way to lose weight?”, you can be the first to jump in and give advice and leave a link to your weight loss blog.
By being the first to respond, your comment or post will be near the top of the page, giving you maximum exposure. If you do this every time the opportunity arises for highly relevant keywords, then you can be sure to draw in masses of highly targeted traffic. Although you will be in some cases “piggybacking” on other people’s quality content, you will also be providing useful responses for people, which is a contribution in itself.
Use Your Email Signature
We all know this one, and most of us are probably already doing this, but are we making the most out of our email signature? Having a link to your website is one thing, but you’ll achieve far more click-throughs if you have a call-to-action to go along with it. Try having a link that goes directly to your blog and say “Take a look at my blog for the latest advice on ____”.
Use Viral Content Buzz
Viral Content Buzz is a content sharing website that works by rewarding you for sharing other publisher’s content, but giving you points which you can use to get your own content shared.
There are many content sharing websites out there to choose from, but many bloggers don’t get round to using them. The main advantages of sites like Viral Content Buzz is that they’re free, and the more you contribute and participate, the more traffic you will see coming towards your website. Users are vetted and only those with quality social media profiles are allowed to join the network, meaning that your articles are shared with and by real people who have a genuine interest in your sector.
Link to Other Bloggers
This one may sound counter-intuitive, but by linking out and discussing the content of other bloggers you will gain their attention. Once you start up a dialogue with other publishers online, they will begin to link to too, and/or discuss your articles on social media. Communicating with other Webmasters in your sector can be just as important as communicating with your target audience, and is essential to becoming an authority.
Derek Halpern’s Drafting Technique
Derek Halpern from Social Triggers came up with a hack to help with getting your articles syndicated (published on other sites in exchange for a backlink). The method involves paying close attention to where your competitors are getting their articles published, and if you notice them get their content published on a big authoritative website in exchange for a backlink, you can then try to replicate their success. Look at the subject, and style of the content they have published. You can then contact the authority site which published their content and offer similar content to them in exchange for a valuable link to your site. By doing this you will save a lot of time and avoid a significant amount of rejection by knowing where you competitors have succeeded.
If you’d like to know more, take a look at this video of Derek describing it in detail himself:
There are many alternative ways of generating additional traffic to your website, but this is a small selection of some of the lesser known ways you can begin using.
If you think there are any additional methods that should be added to this short list, feel free to comment below!