4 Ways to Get Steady but Free Blog Traffic

Getting traffic is urgent for any blogger. free blog traffic

In fact, it is a priority.

You may not know how lonely it is to regularly update a deserted blog – not until you find yourself in that shoe.

With the high, no, prohibitive cost of paid traffic, all bloggers would smile at the prospect of free blog traffic.

How, though, do you get visitors to your website from varied sources for free?

I have used different methods with varying levels of effectiveness – webmaster forums, blogs, facebook, twitter and lately, pinterest have all proven useful. In this post, I will show how I have used them to advantage to get a constant stream of visitors to your site.

1. Webmaster Forums

Traffic from forums can really get your blog active.

If you think forums are dead, then you are making a big mistake. I did until a couple of weeks ago when I discovered from Jeevan that forums can still be a strong source of traffic. A trial has convinced me. :)

When seeking to drive traffic to your blog, it is better to focus on webmaster forums as because they rules for link placement in posts are not so stringent.

I have used webmaster review forums, freebies forums, domain name appraisal forums, buy-sell forums to drive quality traffic back home. The best thing about traffic from forums is that they are used to browsing deep into a site. Forum users stay for long in one site as long as it has value, so you have to ensure you that you have a rich content base to keep them as repeat visitors.

Some great forums with high traffic returns include Web Talk forums, Bloggeries, Digital Point, Name Pros, Warrior Forums and UK Web Master World. The key is to make sure you read the forums rules to make sure you and the forum owners are on the same page and you don’t get yourself kicked out. Some forums allow links only after a certain post threshold others allow them out of the box.

Read the rules and stick to them, and this technique will work all the better for you.

NOTE: Your goal is not just to create backlinks but to build relationships and acquire readers. So it is important your posts are natural and you track and respond to the conversation.

2. Blog Commenting

I have said this one often, and will say it again – the purpose of commenting on any blog should be to leave value first and only – free blog traffic should be a second consideration.

Try to engage with the owners of the blogs you comment on, and establish relationships with them.

To encourage bloggers to leave a comment on your blog, it is wise to install the Comment Luv plugin so they know they are getting value as well as giving value when they leave a comment.

When bloggers leave a comment on your blog, it leaves a social responsibility on you to go over to their blogs and reciprocate. When bloggers know you will always comment on their post if they comment on yours, where do you think they will go when they need comments on their new post?

You got it right – your blog!

3. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest

If you are yet to have a social media profiles for your blog, it is important that you do so NOW.

The key to succeed with social media is social responsibility. For bloggers, social responsibility means being as much a giver as a taker. If someone shares your content often, have you considered reaching out too to check how you can help with their work?

Actively engage with people in your industry and look out for opportunities to interact with them and extend a helping hand.

It will come around, and you will be better off for it.

4. Blogger Communities

As you may know, ProBloggerTips.com is a relatively new blog (just a few months old)and search engine traffic is still quite low.

Fortunately, blogger communities have been consistent in providing me with free blog traffic.

Triberr

Triberr Can Give You Free Blog Traffic
Recently, Triberr came and took the blogging world by storm. The success of this new community is nothing short of atomic (pun intended).

Nothing has been as successful in creating a place and traffic for bloggers. Last month alone Triberr sent more than two million traffic to blogs in the network, and the tribes are growing fast.

Want a share of that growing traffic and the resultant boost on your Facebook and Twitter engagements?

Get in and search for a tribe that fits your niche. You will be surprised at just how much social shares and traffic you get as long as you write quality posts and share the content of others.

BloKube

About a year ago, my friend Devesh started a community called Blokube.

How does this community help you?

Blokube is designed to give your blog posts widest possible visibility before an audience of bloggers like you.

We all know how important it is that our posts gets read and commented on.

Blokube makes it easy for bloggers to get the extra attention they need for their articles – and that extra attention might be the only thing you need to succeed!

I strongly recommend you join and start participating actively. I assure you, many of the faces you will see are faces already familiar to you. You will also make new connections that will extend to your blog and help establish your content.

Blog Engage

Blog Engage is a social community by Brian Belfitt which revolves around the concept of content exposure.

Members vote for posts in the stream and if it crosses a certain threshold, it gets featured on the home page.

Interestingly, those who vote for content on this site will most likely share it with their social audience on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. So you do not just traffic, but you also get your content  shared by bloggers with huge social audiences.

With five membership levels, there is a plan for suitable for everyone here.  Why not go ahead and start interacting with interesting people on the inside.

Free Blog Traffic – The Final Word

I know how urgent it is to get traffic to your blog. Without traffic, the soul of your blog just fizzles out and before long, you get tired of talking to yourself.

Sadly, a lot of free traffic methods can be so stressful to implement that it drains all sense of fun running your blog. That is why I have only listed traffic methods that are in themselves interesting.

I know that while this post is detailed, there are surely other free traffic methods not included here that you may have used to good results. How do you access free traffic? What sources have you found most effective?

I would love to hear your thoughts I’m always open to a great discussion.

About Yeremi Akpan

Yeremi Akpan is the founder of Pro Blogger Tips. Connect with him on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook. You can also hire him to provide content marketing services for your business.

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Comments

  1. Bhushan says:

    Very goody post for bloggers and readers also.All the sources which increase traffic are here.I agree on that forum specially warrior and webmaster are too good and i am active member of these forums.
    Blogs commenting is very good way to increase traffic very fast.social media is also too good.
    so i can simply say your post is very informative.
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  2. David says:

    Hi Yeremi one thing I have noticed that most of the forums ranks well than websites, although after Penguin update many of the repudiated forums are ranking well.
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  3. Chris says:

    Hi Yeremi,
    thanks for your tips, I almost forget about traffic from forums ;)
    I agree with you that commenting on other blogs builds relationships first and traffic is at the second place ;)
    I also agree with you about Triberr – it’s one of the best social tools (networks?) for bloggers. Today I even wrote a short tutorial about this tool – you can find it below my link :)
    You mention about two sites which I didn’t use – BloKube and Blog Engage. Do you really use it? Is it worth to try?
    BR, Chris
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    • Yeremi Akpan says:

      Hi Chris,
      What a coincidence!

      Triberr is indeed increasingly in the consciousness of bloggers – and that is not surprising given the results one gets from there.

      I use Blokube but I am only passingly familiar with BlogEngage, which is a subscription service. From what I hear, it is also a useful resource.

      Is it worth a try? Well, that depends on whether you have the time to start engaging on a whole new community. ;)
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  4. Some great tips Yeremi. I’ve been using Triberr for the past couple of weeks and found it very worthwhile with a lot of traffic being driven to my blog.
    The problem is, it is not very intuitive and I’ve had to wrestle with it to learn it. I found and wrote about some good resources that helped me get to grips with it. There is an article about them at http://www.twitluddite.com/2012/06/i-posted-article-about-triberr-titled.html
    Keep up the good work!
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  5. Shalu Sharma says:

    Very good tips indeed. I had a look at some of your posts and your last post had 70 tweets, I was wondering how you had them? Are they from Triberr? I registered with Triberr but I am finding it quite confusing. I will have to figure how to use it. I had a look at bloggeries, they are charging something like 100 dollars for registering blogs, are they worth it?
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  6. Jeremy Stevenson says:

    Forums are deffinatly not dead. Another great forum/ blogging community is blogsynergy.com

  7. Kris Costin says:

    Nice post Yeremi. Good day for me as got to know about 2 new ways to drive traffic to my blog. I just read about Triberr at Chris Madej’s blog nopassiveincome.com and then found your post and got to know about Blokube.

    I have used forums in past for traffic but that didn’t help me much. Perhaps i made some mistakes in my approach. Also i found that nowadays mostly there are spam posting on forums. People just create post to get a backlink to their website and even people replied to those post to increase their post count and get a link back to their websites.
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  8. Simmeon says:

    Evening Yeremi,

    I’ve not been using Wariror Forum regularly lately.
    As we speak I’m just changing my WF signature, going to dedicate some time to forums over the next month and test out the results. Also recently got approved for Blokube and it’s quite neat, I have no experience of Blogengage but people seem to like it.

    The forum traffic is what I’ll be focusing on now, you have me intrigued..
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  9. Hi Yeremi bro….
    In last 24 hours it is second second i am reading that is putting emphasis on Triberr. I think now I have to join it.
    I am following all the above methods you mentioned in your article and I am getting most traffic from Google then Facebook Then through Commetns.
    Thanks bro for sharing your own experience about traffic.
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  10. blogvkp says:

    That’s really great post. I think i can use all of them, but I will feel comfortable with blog commenting #2.
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  11. bloomtools says:

    thanks for these useful points. Forum submission is surely a great way to get more traffic. It helps the most with blog commenting to get traffic. thanks for this useful post.

  12. Felicia says:

    This is such a useful post, Yeremi! Forums are certainly not dead, like you said, and I find that I have gained a lot of traffic from them. I will have to check out the ones that you listed above as I don’t believe I’m a part of any of them. I just wish I had more time in the day to get more involved in these communities. I had also never heard of Triberr or the other blogging communities that you listed. I guess that just goes to show how long I’ve been blogging. Thank you again for this post, it’s going to come in handy, that’s for sure.
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  13. anshul says:

    it is interesting that forums increase the service of the traffic of the blog and comment on the blog is first matter and traffic is the second one .so traffic is also the great activity to occur the blogger busy .so i will use this tips .thanks for tips Yeremi…………….
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  14. Triberr and Blokube? Never heard of them, thanks for the heads up I shall be taking a look. I use the usual Facebook, Twitter, G+ etc but I love guest blogging and blog comment, (as you can see but proper networking commenting)

    I am toying with the idea of doing a special page on my site where I add a PDF of a freshly written post and have a first come first serve free guest post off the shelf set up. People visiting the site can get one of my written articles and use it on their site as long as I am notified so I can take it down. That way I get more links and exposure without having to go looking for it. I think it could be an interesting exercise. :-)

    Cheers
    Andi
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    • Yeremi Akpan says:

      Hi Andi,
      Thanks for the vote, and I feel good being the one you heard it from first.

      I like the idea of guest posts but I would advice you do not post pdfs of the guest posts as search engines can index pdf contents and that may lead to duplicate content issues for your prospects.

      By the way, your ideas sound far from minion to me. ;)
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  15. Sunil says:

    hi y Yeremi Akpan,
    i liked this article most but i still have lots of confusion….. i want to know much more best way to get more traffic can you suggest me personally so that i can improve myself……. i like most of your post on this blog…..
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    • Yeremi Akpan says:

      Hi Sunil, sorry for responding to your comment late.

      What I have suggested in this post are basic traffic strategies. Have you implemented them? Starting with the basic things may seem quite unnecessary, but believe me, those can easily be the solid foundation you build your traffic on.

      I will be getting in touch with you so we can talk more on this.
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  16. Shalu Sharma says:

    So far I have been using them and the increase in traffic has been good. I am not familiar with Triberr and I think there is some learning curve with them. They don’t have the most useful of all interfaces.
    I am on Blogengage and Blokube and they provide expose to your posts as long as you are active on it.
    Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest is the least one can do. Also Linkedin is another one that can be used.
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  17. Remember that relevancy is one of the most overlooked fasits of the game. Obviously you don’t want to comment on something that is totally irrelevant. But, good tip on replying to your bloggers responses. PR goes a long way!

    Keep up the good work in your new venture :)

    Garen
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  18. Nice points! Beside these guest posting could be another source for still traffic resulting you with visitors, subscribers and more. :)
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  19. precious says:

    Great tips you’ve got here.

  20. One of the biggest problems I come across with comments on my site is automation. These people not only don’t read the post, they don’t even visit the site. As a result I’m forced to moderate all comments coming in, making more work for me, and making the good commenter have to wait. Not so good for flowing conversations!

    But you’re right. If more people took commenting seriously, they’d get a lot more traffic.

  21. maheshbalan says:

    i just came across your blog one of the main thing i noted is “Triberr” just now i am hearing this blog,definitely i will register with blog thanks for the valuable post
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  22. I cant believe i have never been to your blog, this is what i call quality content and i am glad to have stumbled upon it today. I am definitely bookmark it. Thanks for those awesome points you shared i will definitely be going back to my forums.
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