HOW TO GET FREE TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG?
“How to get free traffic to my blog” is an everyday question for those beginners who are suffering at the beginning of their blogging journey.
Many of them fail to reach the sixth month and leave this job. I say “job” because, honestly, no one knows what difficulties do exist in this field but only those who walk in its mud.
Anyway, getting traffic and increasing it over time is an act of patience. If you cannot bear to survive, then there is no need to continue reading. Otherwise, you are welcome to join the battle.
In this post, we are going to cover the free methods only. You will learn how to promote your blog to get free traffic once you publish it.
Where to get free traffic to your blog?
In general, traffic comes from two sources, paid and organic.
By “paid” traffic, we mean displaying ads on search engines, and platforms or spreading them wherever we can.
This type of marketing gets faster results than the organic type.
Organic traffic is the traffic we get through free methods by promoting our blog posts on other platforms.
There’s no need to say that organic traffic is slower to get, but it lasts way longer than paid traffic. You can expect a flow of traffic to come every day if done the right way.
To get free traffic, consider the following headings as a checklist to use whenever you publish your posts.
#1: Keyword research
In order to get free traffic to your blog, you need to be visible first.
The first and most urgent place you should be visible is in search engines. Google, Bing, Yandex, and Baidu are your first destinations.
Focus on choosing the right keywords that help you rank on search engines by doing free keyword research.
Choose low-competition keywords, long-tail keywords, and moderate-volume ones.
You can use free tools such as Google Keyword Planner, Ubersuggest, and h-supertools.
There are nearly 600 million blogs on the internet
#2: Optimize for SEO
Optimizing your blog posts for SEO is an unavoidable practice for ranking on the SERPs.
By doing this, you’re telling search engines that a new post is ready for crawling and indexing.
Remember that doing your SEO homework is not enough if your content is not unique and doesn’t add value to readers.
Also read: 77 SEO questions everybody asks for
#3: Write consistently to get traffic to your blog
Due to the fact that 4.4 million posts are published every day, you can assume that whenever you leave the field for a while, someone will fill the space.
This is not to say that you have to publish every day but to know that the competition is fierce and you get to survive by spending more time writing good articles and promoting them.
Always be ready and proactive. Prepare your content ideas on time and choose how often to write and publish, for instance, once or twice a week.
If you don’t have a publishing timetable, set it after finishing reading this post.
The average writing time for a post is 4 hours
#4: Guest posting is another way to get traffic to your blog
Guest posting is simply the act of writing posts for other people’s blogs where you can benefit from their traffic and they benefit from your posts.
When looking for a guest blog, people choose high-authority domains that have high traffic, but few people accept guest posting on their blogs and there are hundreds of spam websites on the internet.
Try to build relationships with other blogs and platforms then email the authors asking for guest posting.
Once you are accepted somewhere, more traffic and authority will be passed from that blog to yours.
#5: Email marketing
With an ROI (Return On Investment) of 40%, email marketing is one of the most successful methods to drive traffic to your blog by promoting your content to a large number of people in one click.
This method keeps getting more users every day and it is expected to reach 367 billion sent emails in the next 3 years.
All you need to do is to create a free pop-up newsletter on your WordPress and offer something if you can, like an e-book, to exchange it with readers’ email accounts.
These accounts are automatically added to your list in your preferred email marketing company, and you can then send your posts directly to your list.
You can also send cold emails to get new readers to your blog, and those who are interested in your content will be the new readers on your list.
Talking about free methods, GetResponse offers you a free pop-up newsletter along with a free 500-user email list.
It’s a good start for beginners to send unlimited emails for free, and then you can upgrade your list when there’s no more room.
You may also like to read: Email marketing vs SEO
#6: Get free traffic from social media and micro-blogs
Every beginner experiences a clash between what he reads and watches online and the results he gets at the beginning.
This is where most of them leave the field and retreat.
Do you want to be one of them? Of course not.
That’s why you still read.
To get traffic to your blog, you definitely have to sacrifice a lot of time promoting your work, otherwise, no one can see it.
Apply the 20/80 rule.
You should devote 20% of your time to writing and optimization and 80% to promotion.
Nearly half of the websites are built with WordPress
Where to freely promote your posts and get traffic to your blog?
With 300 million users, Quora is the biggest Q&A platform on the internet. A high concentration of adults is always active and 65% of its users have a college degree.
Moreover, you’ll get traffic to your blog from top-tier countries since 35% of Americans use this platform.
Quora statistics are all encouraging you to get your own slice of cheese.
After publishing your post on your blog, visit Quora to start answering people’s questions and implementing your links with answers.
Also, create your own space to publish your posts there and redirect people to your blog.
But be careful
Quora is somehow sensitive to links, especially from those who are new to the platform. Give more than you take.
If you want to master working on Quora, read this article.
When I started using Reddit to promote my posts, I got banned on the first day. I changed my account and got banned again.
That was frustrating until I learned the proper way to deal with it, and guess what? It is a gold mine.
On Reddit, you can find thousands of communities talking about several niches with around 55 million daily users.
Create a new account, then search for relevant communities to join.
After that, create your own community to publish your posts there with no restrictions.
Then add value by participating in the discussions.
Some communities allow you to submit your links directly, while others require you to submit a request to post.
When working on Reddit, make sure you build your karma before inserting your links; otherwise, you’ll get banned.
After all, Reddit is a great place to get high-quality traffic, so why don’t you go there after finishing this post?
Medium is a place for newbies who still haven’t launched their blogs yet. It allows everyone to write and post there once they’ve created their own accounts.
It’s also a great platform where you can find different stories and great pieces of writing by beginners and experts alike.
Everybody has a place there to promote their posts.
You only need to create a free account, then write or paste your post, and publish it.
Once you get more followers, post frequently and you will get more traffic directed to your blog through your links.
SlideShare is the largest visual presentation community on the internet with 60 million monthly visitors.
It allows you to upload presentations (slides) of all types, from images to videos.
As a blogger, create an account, go to canva and start creating a presentation of your blog post. Insert links into it and upload it to SlideShare.
This platform is great for promoting your content as well as acquainting knowledge from others.
5. Facebook pages and groups
Everybody uses Facebook. This is the truth.
Because it is the most popular social media platform, it is a haven for people who want to promote their content and products via paid campaigns and get huge revenue and big results.
Free methods also bring astonishing results if we know how they are used, and how to build your brand there.
My advice is:
- Separate your personal account from your business one first.
- Create a page and group related to your post
- Mention and invite people to your page and group through your posts
- Post everyday
- post your links, images, infographics, and other materials to keep readers attached.
- Promote your page/group via other platforms
Owned by Facebook, Instagram is one of the biggest social media apps that allows you to share photos, videos, and other content.
It includes a range of filters and editing tools to let you display the best image or video.
But does this mean you cannot promote text?
No, you can create an Instagram post via Canva with the text you want to show and upload it to the app.
Inserting links is restricted to the number of followers you have, but once you are in, you’ll be amazed at how much traffic you’ll get.
Standing alone as a search engine, Pinterest is a large platform that allows people to visually share their images and videos by pinning (posting) them on their boards or on others’.
Pinterest is famous for pinning food recipes and printables, but with the growth of its audience, it is now a place for businesses to show their products where the chances are very high, they will sell.
Like Facebook or other social media platforms, Pinterest allows you to follow, like, comment, re-pin, and many other actions.
Bloggers also post pins that are related to their posts. It is free to create a business account, create your own board and start uploading pins.
It is easy to create pins on Canva and upload them where you are able to insert your post link in the pin and use hashtags to allow more people to find it.
Tealfeed is a knowledge-sharing platform that allows writers to share their content for free.
Like medium, you can write posts, add links and chat with people.
The platform is rapidly growing, especially after the monetization plan they started in July 2022. Till now, it is free and easy to sign up, but this may change later.
Go and create your free account now and start pasting your posts there.
Tumblr is another free place to get traffic to your blog. It is something between social media and blogs.
Tumblr hosts more than 220 million blogs with around 420 million users. So it is the perfect place to show up there and promote everything you like: texts, music, quotes, links, images, and videos. You can easily chat with people or block them as well.
All you need is to create a free account and, whenever you have something to share, Tumblr is the place.
It is incredibly worthwhile to display your blog posts in front of 500 million screens.
Twitter can drive tons of traffic to your blog.
Sign up on Twitter and look for accounts in the same niche as yours. Follow more people, and build relationships by commenting and retweeting their posts. They’ll start following you.
Tweet your links with some creativity and use hashtags to get more people to see your tweets.
It may not be a fast method to get traffic to your blog, but believe me, when you build awareness and get more followers, you’ll regret not using it a long time ago.
Another tip to mention is that Twitter users are those who really spend more time reading when compared to other social media audiences.
I get 70% more average page view duration from Twitter than from other platforms.
Promoting content that is geared toward business professionals on LinkedIn is a great way to connect with your target market and get traffic to your blog.
LinkedIn is the perfect place for business and job seekers. It is crowded and ideal for driving traffic.
Working on LinkedIn is somehow similar to Facebook where you can write articles, post, comment, like, share, join groups, and lots of things to do.
Create your profile, add your personal info and images, build relationships, promote your blog posts, and get more traffic.
Everybody knows and uses this video social-sharing platform. Youtube has more than 2.5 billion monthly users so it’s the ideal place to find traffic and drive it to your blog.
Create a channel for your niche and start uploading videos that are relevant to your posts to attract more people.
You can also promote your affiliate links through your videos as well as make money from the platform itself from Adsense.
To get traffic to your blog, you need to learn how to be patient. But patience alone is not enough.
Hard work is the key to success because nothing comes easily in a world of hard competition.
In this post, you’ve learned where to spread your posts and links. Try to be a guest on others’ blogs and use your time for publishing through social media.
Create free accounts on social media, join groups, create your own, share, comment, engage and show up in order to get more friends and more followers.
Don’t forget to build your email list and send emails to people who are interested in your content.
And lastly, everything will grow in front of your eyes.
Until next time
Which platform you weren’t aware of? are you going to use all of the above?