If you’re just getting started in blogging, it’s easy to get frustrated when you don’t see immediate results. But like anything, it can take a little time to get things rolling. It’s important to be patient in the beginning, because the quickest way to fail is to give up too soon! Remember 95% of all marketers quit because they want immediate success. When it comes to successful blogging, consistency is key.

Fortunately, there are effective ways to dramatically increase the amount of traffic, subscribers, and revenue to your blog. There is no better way to stay motivated than by seeing results from your hard work.

I am going to cover some of the best ways to generate highly targeted traffic to your blog quickly (and for free!)

I am also going to talk about how to get those people to subscribe to your email list and follow you on social media, because ultimately, that is the best way to gauge your success when just starting out.

I will also take a close look at the type of content that converts and will help position you as an authority in your niche. We all have heard “sticky content” right? This is content that provides valuable information that your niche market is actively looking for.

Are you ready to build a successful blog that generates insane traffic, converts visitors into loyal subscribers and maximizes your income?

Let’s begin!

The first thing you should do is make sure your blog is properly set up in order to get as much engagement as possible.

Click Here, to find out how to set up a blog and much much more

You need to focus on building your email list and social media following, so we’re going to make sure your blog is set up to give you the best chance at achieving those two things.

• Making it easy for your blog visitors to find your social media profiles.

• Making it easy for your blog visitors to sign up for your email list.

Remember that once a visitor reads whatever article brought them to your blog, they will likely never come back unless you keep reminding them that you have content that is useful and informative. The only way to do that is to connect with them outside your blog, and the two best ways to do that are with social media and email marketing.

Social media is a very important component of every online business. Nearly everyone is on at least one social network where they log on and use them regularly.

I can pretty much guarantee you that if you aren’t on social media, most of your competitors are, and that gives them a significant advantage over you.

You probably already have a plugin on your blog that enables social sharing, but that only goes so far. Your blog needs its own profiles on various social media sites, and you also need to make those profiles highly visible on your blog.

Building an email list is more critical than ever, as blog traffic is at an all-time low. More and more people are spending their time on social media and video sites like YouTube, and less time on blogs.

Building your list consists initially of three main steps:

1. Create a lead magnet.

2. Create a squeeze page.

3. Promote the squeeze page.

A lead magnet is a free gift that you give away in order to encourage people to sign up to your email list. This could be a report or other free download like an PLR e-book.

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The fact is, most people don’t return to a blog on their own after the first visit, and that’s often because they’ve already read the one piece of content that brought them there.

That’s why it’s so important to capture their email address, or persuade them to follow you on social media. Now you can contact that person whenever necessary.

One effective way to build your mailing list is by offering short reports that focus on a specific topic. What type of problem they might have that you could help them solve with a free report.

Regardless of your niche, you’ll want to write content that solves a problem and helps your reader achieve their goals.

Another thing to consider when writing content for your blog is to focus on evergreen content. That way the content you post today should still be relevant months maybe even years from now because it doesn’t become outdated quickly.

High quality, informative and unique content is the key to your blog’s success.  Focus on building high quality content pages on your blog before you do anything else.

When it comes to the length of your content, search engines prefer longer blog posts that provide informative, original content, which is between 1000 to 1500 words in length.

This is not difficult to do, it’s really not. Start out by creating an outline for every post and then add in images, and bullet points.  This breaks up the content into sections and keeps your  readers glued to the page.

Whenever possible, try to write how-to or step-by-step style posts. Not only are they easier to write, but they’ll provide actionable information that your readers will love.

Don’t be afraid to link to other bloggers! Not only is this a great way to provide additional value by guiding your readers to other resources that may help them, but it’ll make it easier for you get on the radar of authority bloggers in your niche market.

The goal is to impress your readers so much that they return to your site again and again because they know you provide value, and are a reliable source of information.

It’s now time to figure out which traffic source you want to focus on.  This doesn’t mean you have to ignore other avenues, just that you’re going to spend the majority of your traffic focusing on your primary source.

The main reason for focusing on a single traffic source is so you don’t spread yourself too thin. When you put a small amount of effort into a lot of sources, you won’t get much traffic. But when you focus most of your efforts on a single source, you have the potential to dramatically increase the traffic you receive from that source..

Some of the traffic sources you might consider include:

• Facebook

• Pinterest

• Instagram

• Snapchat

• YouTube

You should ideally focus your efforts on whichever traffic source is currently sending you the most traffic.  If your market is people who like to cook, try Pinterest or YouTube.

If your audience is mostly young, fashion-forward women, Snapchat or Instagram might be good choices.

Facebook is a good all-around traffic source with nearly every demographic represented. Do some research and try to find out where your market tends to hang out, and focus on the most likely choice.

Here’s another way to generate targeted traffic to your blog quickly and easily:

What you’re looking for are blogs that allow clickable signatures.

You’re not going to spam the blogs, but you are going to write comments that provide value and are relevant to each post.

For example, if your blog is based around “Low Carb Recipes”, you could visit the top 10 LCHF (low carb high fat) blogs, scan through existing posts and leave comments on posts that have received a high level of engagement. Not only will this generate quick, highly-targeted traffic to your own blog, but it will help you build relationships with other bloggers in your niche while connecting with their target audience.

And it’s always a smart move to position yourself in the line of sight of an authority niche blogger who identifies you as someone who provides equally informative content!

Start by uncovering the top 10-20 blogs in your niche market, scan the comments, and make sure you’re allowed to leave clickable signatures (if you see others doing it, it’s safe to assume you can too). Then, start posting!

Just make sure that your comment provides value. Don’t spam blogs! Answer the most commonly asked questions, and offer the most value possible.

Tip: Try to post your comment as quickly as possible. The sooner your comments appear under a blog post, the more exposure it’ll receive since it’s not buried deep within other comments.

Once you’ve chosen a primary traffic source, it’s time to choose a couple of secondary sources.  Your secondary choices will probably be chosen from the list in the primary traffic sources section, but you may find some additional sources that are specific to your niche.

Examples of niche-specific traffic sources would be niche Facebook groups, forums, niche-specific social networks, and online or offline clubs or groups.

Another great strategy for generating premium traffic to your blog is by taking advantage of guest-blogging opportunities.

Guest blogging is one of the easiest ways to generate steady traffic to your blog, absolutely free.

So, how do you find guest blogging opportunities? Turn to Google!

Start by using search terms like:

keyword “submit a guest post” keyword guest blogging” keyword accepting guest posts” keyword “guest post by”.

You’ll be able to find many different opportunities to guest-blog just be using search strings, such as the ones above. You can also find guest posting opportunities by analyzing the backlinks from competing blogs.

Another easy way to find guest blogging opportunities is by using the service at: http://myblogguest.com/

Tip: If you want to gauge the overall traffic potential of a specific blog, run the website through www.SimilarWeb.com and you’ll be able to generate a snapshot of a blog’s traffic.

And finally,  position yourself as an expert in your market by participating in user-generated content sites including:

http://www.Quora.com

http://www.Scribd.com

http://www.Weebly.com

http://www.Tumblr.com

Search for questions or posts in your niche market and then respond by providing value, along with a link to your blog.

We’ve already discussed the idea of using a short report as a lead magnet to encourage people to join your email list, but there are other things you can do to push them to sign up as well.

Let’s take a look at a few different ways you can encourage more people to sign up to your email list.   One  way to get people to join your list is to offer coupons, discounts, and other special promotions.

Downloads are an effective way to get people to opt in to your mailing list is by offering your posts in downloadable PDFs that people can read offline.

Physical Products can be a great way to get people to join your email list. For example, a DIY and crafting blog might give away bracelet making kit for the cost of shipping or a survival website could give away a paracord bracelet for the cost of shipping.

It’s important to find an item that:

1. Won’t cost you a lot upfront.

2. Will interest most people who have an interest in your niche.

3. Isn’t too heavy to ship cheaply.

It’s important to let people know that the item is FREE, but that they must pay for shipping and handling. This pays for the cost of the item, plus shipping, and may allow you to make a very small profit to pay you for the time it takes to ship the item.

If possible, you might want to consider getting an item custom made for you so you can have your blog name printed on it. This will help people remember you later, because they’ll be reminded of your blog every time they use the item.

Contests and giveaways are one of the most powerful list-building methods, and smart marketers have been using them for a long time to get more people to opt in to their lists.

Everyone loves free stuff, but not everyone is willing to shell out money, even a few bucks for shipping, for a small, simple item. However, a lot of people will give their email address away for a shot at winning a larger prize.

Implement Push Notifications that direct visitors back to your blog, all on complete autopilot! With push notifications, you’re able to notify subscribers that you’ve added fresh content to your website as soon as it goes live.

There are many different push notification systems available online, however I use the service of www.OneSignal.com because not only is it free, but it provides real-time tracking. That means you’ll be able to easily monitor all of your traffic and visitor response rates.

If you really want to see the best possible results from your campaigns, it’s important to test and tweak various components in order to see what works and what doesn’t. This includes everything from your blog layout, template and navigational system right down to the graphics and placement of advertising or offers.

If you’ve been struggling to get results, either in traffic, email signups, social media followers, or sales, testing different elements and improving them will help you identify potential problems so that you can correct them immediately.

In this guide, you’ve learned about a few powerful strategies that can help you boost traffic, convert visitors into subscribers and help you better connect with your target audience.

Your next step is to set up a lead magnet system that will convert visitors into subscribers, giving you the opportunity to connect with your audience and invite them to return to your blog.

Next, focus on your primary traffic source so that you’re able to boost subscriber rates quickly and easily.

And finally, develop a presence on social media that puts you in front of your audience and helps to position yourself as an authority in your market.

Until next time…

 

Mark Harvey


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