In this post, I’m going to show you how you can increase traffic to your website or blog using 12 simple ways which many people don’t even know about.
The methods I am going to tell you are absolutely free and you will get loyal visitors and not some visits in which people just visit your blog for only once.
I know you know about keywords of Google and Facebook from where you can get a lot of traffic, but there must be some other ways of driving traffic to your website or blog.
Today there are about 164 million blogs online and around 71% of them get less than 5,000 visitors per month.
That’s less than 200 visits per day.
Even if you’re getting enough traffic, still you have the potential to boost your blog traffic by 2x,3x or even 10x from where it is today.
Below I have listed 12 untapped opportunities for you to increase traffic to your website for free.
I have used the word “untapped opportunities” because many bloggers do not use these ways of driving traffic.
Many people don’t even know about these and how much loyal visitors they can get just by following simple ways.
Also, you don’t need to be an SEO or copywriting expert to increase traffic to your website.
More targeted traffic means more sales and more income. Read this post to know 30 different ways by which you can earn money by blogging for free.
It is essential that you know how to diversify the traffic coming to your website and not rely entirely on traffic coming from Google.
Because if your primary traffic source fails you, it could mean the end of your business.
By the end of this post, you will have the peace of mind that your website will get traffic even if Google made a change in its algorithm and your blog slips from rank #1 to directly page #2.
Before we begin, I will tell you something about the traffic you will be targeting.
All traffic on your blog is not equal and you only need high-quality traffic.
High-quality traffic is considered very valuable by advertisers and you can generate a lot of revenue with targeted traffic.
If your blog is getting targeted traffic then you will get a better ROI.
Now if you are looking to increase traffic to your website then don’t overlook the importance of targeted traffic.
Keep this in mind always.
Also, there’s a lot of content available about how you can increase traffic to your website but most of the content is old and non-actionable.
Try to leverage all the below mentioned ways for your benefit and you will see a great amount of traffic of loyal visitors coming to your website.
Let’s get started…
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11. Google News
Increase Traffic to Your Website for Free: 12 Untapped opportunities for Targeted Traffic
First on the list is Quora. Quora is a great way of driving targeted traffic to your website.
The traffic you’ll be getting from Quora will be of high value and they will visit your website again and again if you will provide some really good content to them.
Now let’s understand how you can leverage Quora for your benefit.
Go on Quora and find all the questions related to your blog niche or your area of expertise.
For example, if your blog niche is “Startups” then search for startup in the search box and open the particular topic.
Now respond to all the questions related to your blog niche and answer the questions in the best possible way.
Try and put a link to your blog or website in the answers whenever you think it’s necessary and your blog can provide a solution to people’s problem.
People are getting more than 100,000 views per month by just doing this.
Answer more and more questions related to your space and don’t just spam the answers with links to your blog.
Provide some real value in your answers and try to really solve the problem instead of just putting links.
Reddit is the most intimidating social network into existence with over 250 million monthly users.
If you’ve never used Reddit before then take some time and get familiarize with it.
Reddit is an amazing source of traffic generation and you can use it to grow your business.
I know Reddit looks a little complex, but it has the potential to drive some loyal visitors to your blog.
To really understand Reddit, you have to spend months using it but for now, I will tell you what you need to know to leverage the power of Reddit now.
To understand Reddit’s culture, you can read this Beginner’s Guide on Mashable.
After that, to drive traffic you have to target specific subreddits related to your niche.
853,834 is the number of subreddits till now and there are subreddits for every single topic.
Now to drive traffic from Reddit, you have to participate in the community on Reddit.
Submit your own content and also the content you like or hate.
Don’t just go and start marketing your website because Reddit hates marketing. Start by participating and wait for some time before posting anything.
Now I know it is time consuming but try it and you will see some really good results.
After you’ve participated in your target subreddits for a month or so, then create a post and mention your site in that post.
Create and post something awesome and which will seriously help people. If Reddit loves something, it goes crazy and you can get thousands of unique visitors in a day.
The third way is to share your content on LinkedIn.
I am not saying that just share your article on LinkedIn and then wait for traffic.
What you have to do is, take your blog content whether old or new and just copy paste it on LinkedIn.
Don’t post the whole article, instead just post the first few lines of your article and then just mention the link to your article in “Click to continue reading”.
Now whenever someone wants to read your article then they have to click on the link to your blog and you will get a good amount of visitors by this method.
Forums are also a great way of driving targeted traffic to your website for free.
Many people say that forums are dead because of facebook but a lot of popular forums still exist out there.
Find forums related to your niche and participate in them.
Now go and participate in the forum regularly and while leaving the answer to questions, you can put a link to your blog in your signature.
It’s a great way of driving more traffic to your website.
Don’t just spam all the answers in the forum with links to your website, put them whenever you think it will really benefit the reader.
5. Leave Comments:
In whatever industry you have a website, you will find many niche blogs.
I am talking here about smaller blogs and not bigger ones like Techcrunch and The Huffington Post.
Find smaller blogs related to your niche. Participate on these blogs, look at their posts and leave comments providing insights on them.
Now, most of the websites give you the option to put your website’s URL, so just put the link to your blog there.
It will help you to drive traffic back to your site. Also, people reading these smaller blogs are much more relevant to your business.
This will not take much of your time and you will be getting targeted traffic for free and this traffic will boost your monthly income also.
You may think that Stumbleupon is not very popular, but it actually is.
Over 35 million people use StumbleUpon. “StumbleUpon” is a discovery engine that finds and recommends content to users based on their interests.
StumbleUpon has more than 100 different interests to choose from.
You can use it to drive traffic to your website by using StumbleUpon Ads. You can get thousands of visitors for pennies on the dollar.
To drive traffic, just use their toolbar and share your content and you will start getting visitors.
It is also a great way to drive traffic to your old blog posts that are not getting any traffic.
The best way to use StumbleUpon is Like: Follow: Add: Share: Repeat.
Like pages, Follow People who are in your niche, Add pages from other sites, Share your articles with your followers, Repeat the process…
If you follow this method, chances are high that you will get a lot of traffic from StumbleUpon.
You can read this post by Kissmetrics for a better understanding of how you can use StumbleUpon to drive traffic to your website for free.
7. Facebook Groups:
The seventh strategy to use is participating in Facebook groups.
There are many Facebook Groups and almost all topics have their facebook groups. Similar to Quora and Forums, there are a lot of questions in these groups.
Find the popular groups related to your niche, join the group and help people out. For example, if your blog niche is “Online Marketing” then just search this term and join the groups.
Leave comments there and respond to their questions.
If you have a blog post that is relevant to questions that people are asking, then you can link out to your own blog post. Leave a link to your own website whenever you think it is relevant and will help others.
Pinterest is a search engine mixed with a social network.
It can be a huge source of traffic for your website. On Pinterest, you can categorize your posts (pins) onto boards. You can make a board about anything, like “12 Untapped opportunities to Increase Traffic to Your Website”.
Whenever someone searches for a topic, then your board might pop up in the results and if the user saves (repins) it then that content will also get showed to their followers and your content reaches a wider audience every time.
Now make an account on Pinterest for free and start optimizing your profile. Pinterest is also a search engine like Google So put some keywords related to your niche in your Name and Description.
Also, include keywords into your Board names and descriptions so that whenever someone searches for that particular keyword, your board will be shown to that user.
Then pin to group boards. Group boards will exponentially increase the reach of your content.
9. Google Image Search:
Now, this strategy is new and most people don’t even know about this.
Daily pageviews of Google Images is in Billions and increasing. It is an untapped opportunity for you to drive potential traffic to your website at no extra cost.
But to you use this, you have to do some optimization of your images on your website. If you know about SEO, then you’ve probably already got this.
Now if you don’t know about SEO, then don’t worry I’ll tell you what you have to do to optimize your images.
First, always edit your image names properly. Name your images accordingly so that they will reflect the content of the images.
Second, always modify your images alt tags. Alt tags are part of the metadata that tells search engines about what your images are. The perfect alt tag description is short and keyword rich.
It will also help you in ranking better in search engine results.
And Third, always try and create your own images and avoid using stock images. Also, use images which directly relate to your content and use images that are tied to your niche.
Whenever your image appears in a search result, the user will most probably visit your site which will increase traffic to your website.
10. Google search console:
It used to be called Webmaster Tools, and now Google Search Console and GSC for short.
This is one of the powerful tools by Google to drive traffic to your website for free.
Here’s how Google defines GSC, “Google Search Console is a free service offered by Google that helps you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results. You don’t have to sign up for Search Console for your site to be included in Google’s search results, but doing so can help you understand how Google views your site and optimize its performance in search results”.
You’re going to use GSC to modify your content and websites strategies.
For the purpose of driving traffic, we will focus only on Search analytics tool of GSC.
Now go to Search analytics tool and look for keywords with lots of impressions but with very few clicks and a low Click Through Rate (CTR).
These are the keywords that many people are seeing but are not actually visiting your site.
Now what you have to do is optimize all those keywords and modify Title tags, meta description and make them more appealing, so that more people will visit your site.
11. Google News:
Many smart bloggers, digital content marketers are already leveraging Google News for targeted traffic and better search engine visibility.
But if you don’t publish your articles timely and properly then do not try this as Google News web crawlers will not like your site and you will not see the desired result.
Google sends 6 billion clicks per month to publishers all over the world. Even if you get a few clicks, then just imagine how much extra traffic your website will get.
But it can also be very challenging for you to get your site indexed and rank as a news publisher in Google News.
To be included in Google News, your articles must be original, honest and well structured with quality anchor, meta tags, and other things. Don’t copy from other sites, write your own articles.
Write keyword-rich headlines that communicate with the user instantly. If you get your headlines right, it will become more likely of picking your site by Google and other journalists who will amplify your content’s reach.
Don’t just go and submit your site to Google News. First, create a path for Google News crawlers. If you are using WordPress, then add Plugin Google News Sitemap Generator.
You can visit this link to request inclusion of your site in Google News.
Last on the list is Gmail. You can grow your traffic through this one simple tool.
As a blogger, you can become more successful by communicating clearly and responding to email messages promptly.
Use Gmail to share ideas and respond to questions and you can transfer that relationship to other communication channels and make a deeper connection.
Try to add more email subscribers to your list. This will help you in sales, building reader trust and higher search engine rankings.
You shouldn’t rely only on search engines to generate traffic to your website or blog.
After reading this post, you should now be familiar with the different tactics that you can use to increase traffic to your website for free.
You can start by using all the tactics or by using one tactic and then slowly using all of them together, you will definitely see your website attracting new targeted visitors that will boost your revenue.
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