6 ways to increase blog traffic. Free and easy ways to get traffic on your site.

by Scott on May 16, 2008

I thought I would write a post that keeps me motivated and tracks my progress towards increasing traffic to my blog. I have really enjoyed sharing links and meeting some wonderful bloggers who have similar interests in personal finance and passive income. We all share the same goal of increased traffic and I thought it would be a good assignment to track my blog traffic. I track my passive income, so I should track traffic as well. I will be updating this list as I find out what is and isn’t working to increase traffic to my blog. I believe this will be a good analysis as my time should be spent efficiently while blogging, just as I would any other task at hand. If you have any suggestions for generating traffic, I would love your feedback and I would be interested in testing your methods. If it’s successful or not, I will include it in my list.

6 ways I have increased my blog traffic:

1. Google search blogs in your field of interest. My blog is about passive income and personal finance. Several blogs I reviewed were interesting and I left several comments. Most, not all, visited my blog and left a comment back. I really believe that the smaller blogs are interested in feedback and comments and will reciprocate. Some of the larger blogs that receive dozens or hundreds of comments, probably don’t have the time or need to visit my blog. When leaving comments on blogs, be sure to leave a detailed comment and write a little more than “Nice blog”. A good comment will show your intentions and interest in their blog.

2. Post daily. Short and sweet, but true. I have to remind myself at about 11pm some nights, that I forgot to post. Some days I have so many ideas floating in my head, I’ll write several posts. I just make sure I set the post to another day and I can take a breather. I like to visit several personal finance blogs and notice right away when the blog looks like a ghost town. If the last post was in 2007, I leave immediately. Even if the blog looks professional, I feel the blogger has moved on and lost interest.

3. Tell friends and family about your blog. Seems easy, but it works. My family loves to read my blog and give suggestions. Some days I don’t feel like talking, but the blog is always available to read 24/7. Since I’m a guy, this works great for my wife. She’ll also be able to read my mind now. The blog is a great way to get free traffic from family and friends. Your mom tells her sister, who tells your cousin, and bam. Now 20 people are reading your blog. Just think if your mom goes to the hair salon and to the dentist. More traffic!

4. Utilize social networks. I know you might think that your friends or online friends may not be interested in your blog about cupcakes or professional hopscotch. But you might be surprised. I have utilized facebook and Yuwie and both provide good traffic. I have also started my own social network for another niche passion of mine. That’s for another day and another post. If you are worried that creating another blog on a social network will be time consuming. Don’t! I just copy and paste my entries or provide a link to my blog in my profile. On facebook I have friends who are attorneys or own businesses. They provide links to their websites. They do it, so should you.

5. Utilize free traffic sites like Link Referral. Since I started my membership, my traffic has increased about 25%. You can also receive some great feedback on your blog or website from their review process. I have also been able to find fellow bloggers with similar interests in passive income and shared links. If you would like to share a link with me, subscribe to my RSS feed and leave me a comment that you have linked to my blog. I will link to yours. More traffic!

6. Have a free contest. I have one Spring Cleaning Contest #1. It’s a fun way to clean my closet and build traffic. You could have a contest for anything. Try it around the holiday’s or your birthday when you get that present without a gift receipt. I hope my aunt doesn’t read this. One Christmas she gave me a $2 dollar bill made into an origami sport coat. Very unique, and someone would want it. That might be my next contest. If you need ideas, send me a comment and I’ll visit your blog or website and help you think of a contest.

Let me know if you have other ideas for building traffic and we can prosper together.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Madison Mancinelli May 16, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Great ideas!! I didn’t see a traffic counter on your blog. I have statcounter.com on mine. It’s a great tool for tracking your traffic. Give it a look and see what you think!!

The contest idea is good, altho, I don’t think I have anything anyone would want!! lol!!!

2 sagmondia May 17, 2008 at 6:36 am

Thanx for your good infos .This great that your share your informations with others.
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3 CHARIS May 17, 2008 at 5:37 pm

I really liked what you wrote, because you’re not just aiming for traffic, but for quality hits, i.e. people who are actually interested in the content of your blog. And that’s what I want :)

4 Rachel May 19, 2008 at 6:43 am

These are practical and easy-to-follow tips, not complicated at all. I’m sure many would find this helpful=)

5 Anonymous May 19, 2008 at 7:27 am

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6 Troy May 19, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Good info on blog traffic… I would add the importance of “pinging” the search engines whenever you post new content (e.g., through services such as Ping-o-Matic and King Ping). You should also submit your Url to blog directories and post comments on other blogs.

7 Scott May 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Hi Madison-

I use sitemeter on my site but will checkout statcounter as well. I’ll check it out and let you know how it works for me.


8 Scott May 19, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Hi Charis-

Thanks for your comment. I’m had some success with some other traffic builders and will add those ideas this week. One teaser, squidoo. More to come.


9 Scott May 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Hi Troy-

I know very little about pinging and thought this was an auto function of blogger. I’ve had to do some real research on this over the weekend and am learning a ton. Thanks for the info.


10 Petula Wright May 20, 2008 at 11:38 pm

These are all great ideas. Linkreferral works pretty good for me, but I find Entrecard has given me a lot more traffic with the added rewards.

Blog hopping can be time consuming, but it is really effective and I’ve found some really good information, made some great friends and learned a lot about blogging.

11 Nairobian Perspective May 21, 2008 at 9:07 am

From the comments i can say your blog is doing well, entre card and link referral are good sources of traffic but nothing beats good posts and google traffic.I often share quite some good tips on my site also especially for new bloggers trying to get some good ranking and blog monetization!

12 Scott May 21, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Hi Petula

I would agree with you that Entrecard has given me more traffic quicker. I’m doing well with both and it’s also interesting that the google traffic has picked up as well. I will be following all of this closely this week and give another update.
Thanks for stopping by


13 George Addison May 23, 2008 at 6:40 am

Good good ideas. Thanks for the info. Your site is great and now in my bookmarks. Cheers.

14 Scott May 23, 2008 at 6:56 am

Hi George-

Wow! I just checked out your blog and I have never seen tonsils like that before. BTW…Your site is coming together nicely.
Good job!


15 princeify May 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm

thanks man for the relevant info epecially on relating our sites to members of our families.good job

16 Scott May 26, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Hi Princeify-

Thanks for leaving a comment on my traffic post! I would also add that family can not only be a great way to help get the word out about your blog, but they can help give you great commentary too. Friends and family can help give your blog a critique and a fresh set of eyes of your layout. I’ve spent hours staring at my layout and think a new perspective can really help.

Thanks for stopping by

17 Mehedi March 12, 2009 at 8:57 am

I want to get more traiffic on my adsense blog.your article is good.


18 vandeputra March 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm

hei there, thank you for sharing information, mmm i interest in make the other blog in social network, like yuwie and facebook, do you have any idea about it?? how to drive them into our original site???

19 Erin April 17, 2009 at 11:27 am

Hello! Just wanted to say thank you for the advice. I hadn’t heard of Link Referral and also noted Entrecard on the previous comments. Thanks again!

Erin piecesofe.blogspot.com

20 Nicholas Z. Cardot July 21, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Good suggestions. I’m actually running a contest at my blog right now! Thanks.

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22 Trevor - Increase WebSite Traffic November 16, 2009 at 10:36 am

Great post. Would you mind if I wrote a little article on my increase website traffic blog about this?

My blog is still very new so I am always looking to get more quality content on it.

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24 jason March 11, 2010 at 9:14 am

Thanks for the tips,i was kind of beginner at writing a blog.So,you advice was really a big help to me :)

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