Traffic is important. You may have created a quality website, but if you don’t have any visitors, who cares? You may write unique stories, take fantastic photographs or shoot amazing videos, but if you can’t get people to visit your site, all of that doesn’t matter. That’s why it has always been important to get more traffic to your site.
Now that you have already opened this article, things might get easier for you. No, this article won’t magically get traffic to a link you submit (wouldn’t that be cool, though?) but it will throw ideas at you. Some of the ways described in the following lines might already ring a bell for you, and hopefully, you’ll discover some new ones which will help you get more visitors.
The article will be split into three smaller ones, just because you don’t get lost in the numbers. Without any further ado, let’s start our list of more than 100 ways to get more traffic to your WordPress powered website.
1. Share on Twitter
Twitter doesn’t require a lot of introduction. If you still haven’t done so, create a free account. In a minute, you’ll be able to tweet your first message. Start working towards getting new followers, don’t forget to follow others, retweet, send messages and hit the like button from time to time, and you’ll start getting new clicks on your articles in no time. Don’t forget to update your profile info and include a link to your website. Our colleagues at Edudemic wrote an excellent article on how to get the most out of Twitter.
2. Mention people/businesses in your Tweets
Whenever you can, mention a person or a business in your tweets. Of course, don’t spam, but if you have used a quote or mentioned someone in your post, don’t forget to mention that particular someone in your tweet. Chances are that the person will notice that, thank you for mentioning them and maybe even retweet you. If you’re mentioning an influencer, you might get quickly retweeted on an account which counts hundreds of thousands followers and friends.
3. Share on Facebook
If you aren’t on Facebook, you don’t exist. Luckily, that’s not true, but the saying goes around for the last few years. While it’s been mostly known for its personal profiles, Facebook allows business profiles to be made and you can’t miss this opportunity. Create a Facebook page, fill in the details about your website and start publishing articles on this huge social network. Once you start getting first likes and shares, you’ll notice the increase in traffic on your site. Don’t forget to update your profile info and include a link to your website.
4. Join Facebook groups
Facebook is huge and there is practically a group for everything. There are public and private groups you can join. Those groups will allow you to participate in discussions about different topics, you’ll be able to comment on other peoples’ articles and finally, you’ll get a chance to publish your own posts.
5. Share on Google +
Although it never got as popular as Twitter and Facebook, Google’s social network is still quite popular. Don’t forget to create an account on Google+ and start sharing your articles. Not only this will get your articles to a broader audience, but there’s a chance it will help you with ranking in Google’s search results. Also, don’t forget to update your profile info and include a link to your website.
6. Join Google+ Communities
Just like Facebook groups, Google+ has its own communities which you may participate in. Simply find communities link in the main navigational pane, and start searching for a topic. There will be different communities you can join and most of them will allow you to be a full part member from the start. That means that you’ll be able to read what others say, comment and like their stories and articles, answer questions and share your own articles which may bring you a few more clicks to your site.
7. Share on Reddit
Reddit is a huge community which allows you to discuss literally everything. You can share links, text and it also serves as a news aggregation site. While it is really easy to create an account and publish your link, be careful. Reddit moderators are really sensitive about self-promotion. While we definitely suggest that you become a Reddit member, don’t consider it just as a promotion platform. Before you’ll get a chance to publish your own links, make sure that you actually prove yourself as a true Reddit member. That means that you have to participate in other discussions, comment on peoples’ links and text messages and also share articles that aren’t exclusively yours. If you only want to spam subreddits with your own links, sooner or later you’ll find yourself banned from the network. Since many of the subreddits allow you to post only after a specific period of time spent online, you’ll find out how hurtful can a ban be. You can find great tips and tricks which will help you get started with Reddit on Hongkiat.
8. Advertise on Reddit
While you can get much traffic just by participating in subreddits for free, Reddit offers quite a nice advertising program for you. Unfortunately, their ad manager looks aged but don’t let that discourage you. Once you add your payment details to their manager, you’ll be able to promote your links in a matter of seconds. Add a link you would like to promote, attach a nice image to it which will draw readers’ attention and carefully pick subreddits on which the ad will appear.
Take some time while writing a title and keep in mind that Reddit users like stories, and not the ads themselves. For just several dollars, you can easily get hundreds of new visitors through Reddit ads.
9. Share on Imgur
Imgur is an online sharing community which allows anyone to upload their images. As you might have already guessed, you can’t publish direct links to your WordPress site from this community, but you can still get traffic from it. First of all, the moment after you create a new account, go to your profile settings and add your URL in the description. After that, start working on your images – the more you care about images, the more users will respond to them. And that means getting likes and comments where you can talk about your site and your brand. If possible, include text on your images – although people won’t be able to click on the link, they can see your URL and manually write it down if they want to see more about what you’re doing.
10. Share on Instagram
Just like Imgur, Instagram won’t allow you to share the entire article with the community. But if you’re creative enough, you may be able to capture something related to you article and create a nice image out of it. Then, you can post a new image to your profile which may interest people into reading the entire article. Don’t forget to include a link to your website when editing Instagram profile info.
11. Share on Pinterest
Pinterest is a network which allows you to share stories by pinning images and videos on different boards. Those boards act as groups which can be seen by people who liked them. Unfortunately, Pinterest takes a bit more effort than aforementioned social networks because if you want to stand out, you will have to be creative. Instead of simply sharing a link, you will need to create the entire graphic which will represent your article. Then, if the graphic is good enough, you’ll be able to interest people into clicking the link you may leave on the image. Take a look at these 21 insanely useful tips every Pinterest user should know.
12. Add sharing buttons
While everything mentioned before asked that you do the sharing, don’t forget to allow others to share your content. If your article is interesting enough, people will take time and copy the link to share it on social networks. But you want to make that as simple as possible, and that’s why you need to add your social icons. While there are dozens of popular social sites, you don’t have to include them all, but at least add buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. If your reader can share a story just by clicking a beautiful button next to the article, he’ll be more likely to do so.
If you’re using WordPress, see how to add social media buttons easily or even how to create your own ones.
13. Republish content on social networks
If you write a lot and for a long time, you may want to consider republishing your old articles to social networks. If you have editorials or some different content which can’t get old, you can easily share that article on all social networks once again. You may do that manually, or if you’re using WordPress, you can make the entire process automatic by installing Revive Old Post plugin.
14. Share on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social network which connects people all over the world. Still, it allows you to share your thoughts and your articles with people you’re connected to. If you’re careful with what you share, you might get new visitors from the popular business network. Just like the other social networks, LinkedIn allows you to participate in groups. Find a group which is interested in the topic you’re writing about and you’ll be able to publish your articles to people who will be interested in them.
15. Submit posts to StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon is a unique discovery network which allows you to stumble upon a new content of interest. It is easy to create an account and set up everything, add interests and submit links. Once you choose a category, you can post an article to it while all the other Stumblers may get your site loaded on their screens. If you’re lucky (and you have a quality content), people will start to like your pages, and that means getting even more social shares. Don’t expect instant success, but if you try hard enough, you might get a decent number of new visits from this impressive network.
16. Advertise on StumbleUpon
If you want to make sure that you will get discovered on StumbleUpon, you can always involve yourself in their advertising program. The system is designed nicely, and you’ll be able to create new ads with ease. Unfortunately, there is a minimum limit of $20 on StumbleUpon you need to pay up in advance so that you can work with their ad system. Take a look how Stefan Maescher got 60,275 Visitors for $128.90.
17. Get involved with ViralContentBee
ViralContentBee is an interesting web-based platform that contents people and their content. By sharing articles posted by others, you get points which you may use for your own promotion. Once you accumulate a decent number of points, you can start publishing your own articles. After they’re approved by the admin, people get to discover your promoted articles on the site and they get to share your material on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Pinterest and Google Plus.
You can easily get shared dozens of times without paying a cent on Viral Content Bee, but be ready to share other peoples’ content as well.
18. Use Tweepi to get more Twitter followers
Tweepi is an online service which allows you to easily manage your Twitter profile. It will show you details about your account and your followers, and more importantly, it will allow you to follow and unfollow people from your Twitter account. Dozens of available filters will allow you to find new people via hashtags they use in tweets, you’ll be able to unfollow people based on different criteria and the fun part is that you get to filter out competitions’ followers. All that means that you can find right people for you in minutes, and once you reach them, you’ll have a greater audience for your tweets and hopefully more clicks from the popular social network. We’ll write more about this fantastic service in the future.
19. Use Buffer to automatically share content
Buffer is a service that allows you to automate the process of publishing new posts on Facebook, Twitter, and several other social networks. You can schedule posts for several days in advance. By doing this, you can control when each post is being published so that you can target your audience all across the globe at the right time.
20. Post YouTube videos
Practically everything you write about can have a video attached to it. Whether it’s a simple promotional video, step by step tutorial or your own opinion about something, it’s a good idea to post it on YouTube. The video itself will generate new traffic, plus, you’ll be able to add your link in the video description. If you’re creating interesting videos, other bloggers might want to share your videos as well. Depending on the quality of your videos, you might easily get hundreds if not thousand of new clicks just through YouTube. These 10 things can help you with publishing your first Youtube video that will become popular.
21. Add your site to Alltop
Alltop is a popular news aggregation site which displays news for practically every niche you can imagine. If you fulfill their requirements, you can get your site featured within a category of choice which means that your new articles will automatically get published on Alltop pages. Although this service might help you with attracting new visitors, make sure that you check all of the requirements before submitting a link because the moderators are very strict with their rules. If you provide an incomplete link, you can practically forget about Alltop once and for all.
22. Add your blog to Blogorama
Blogorama features hundreds of thousands of blogs scattered through different categories. You can submit your own blog for free and list your new articles on their site. There are millions of visitors which may end up clicking on your link if it’s interesting enough so make sure that you add your blog to the right category. There are dozens of other blog directories like Blogorama so don’t forget to search for others.
23. Join forums
Although social networks have become a much more popular way of participating in discussions, forums are still to be found all over the Internet. Find forums where people gather to discuss things of your interest. There you’ll be able to join discussions and hopefully, add a link or two when appropriate. Don’t forget to fill in details about yourself and your site in the signature.
24. Start guest posting
Many blogs offer a guest post feature. You can usually find one by searching for a “Write for us” link in their menus. That means that you can easily submit your own idea for a post, and if you follow all the guidelines, you’ll be probably granted access to a subscriber account so that you can post your own article on that specific blog. Although you probably won’t have the privilege to advertise through guest posts, you’ll get a chance to leave a link or two towards your own site, or more likely, you’ll get to leave a URL in the author info box. Depending on the blog you’re writing a guest post for, you might get a decent number of clicks to your homepage.
25. Join a blogging community
There are different blogging communities to be found on the Internet. For example, you might want to join ProBlogger or CopyBlogger. Those communities will allow you to meet other people who write about similar topics and it will get easier to find someone who will want to cross-promote.
26. Start collecting emails
Allow people to subscribe to your newsletter. If you offer something interesting enough, people will be likely to leave their email addresses. After you accumulate a fair number of addresses, you may start sending a newsletter on a weekly or a monthly period. Some of those subscribers will be happy to click on your link and visit your site once again.
27. Don’t neglect blog comments
Once you start receiving comments on your article, you should always respond to them as soon as possible. This will keep your commenters even more active and you’ll show them that you care about their words. That means they will be more eager to come back to your site and they also might refer friends to your site.
28. Do a Cross-Promotion
If you can find a site similar to yours, you might do a cross-promotion. For example, you might publish their article on your site while they will publish yours, you may share each other’s content on social networks or maybe even exchange banners. Don’t be afraid to send an email and ask about cross-promotion.
29. Do a giveaway
People like to get stuff. Whether it’s a t-shirt with your logo printed on, a cup or maybe even a new iPhone, you can interest people into opening your site just by creating a giveaway. But before you start thinking that you need to invest a lot of money into one, try thinking of a prize that will interest your visitor which may cost you no money. Before you start creating a giveaway, make sure you don’t do these mistakes which can hold you back.
Do you have a product/service that you may offer to your visitor for free? Can you provide a free subscription to usually paid service on your site? Can you find someone willing to give away something as part of a cross-promotion? All of that is a good material for a giveaway.
30. Add articles to Wikipedia
If you’re an expert in the field, you may want to suggest your articles as Wikipedia resources. Find the topic you’re writing about on Wikipedia and then suggest your article as a source of extra information. Before actually submitting your links, make sure that you know what you’re writing about because you won’t be able to add just any link to Wikipedia.
31. Create your own Wikipedia page
If you know what you’re writing about, you may want to get involved with Wikipedia. Create a new page about a specific topic and include links back to your site.
32. Publish round-ups
You can write weekly or monthly round-ups of your own content or you can collect the best articles found on the web. These round-ups are always interesting and you can get a few clicks more to your original content. If you’re creating a list of other articles found on the internet, don’t forget to ping back the original authors who might include you in a tweet and get you even more clicks.
33. Answer questions on Quora
Get yourself an account on Quora and start participating in discussions related to your niche. If you start answering questions and help people, you’ll be able to leave links to your original articles where you might have explained more about the topic.
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