As you can imagine, I get a lot of questions on my blog – that’s why I have a contact form.
Some questions are easily answered by doing a 5 second search on Google (hint); however, some are quite interesting and I bet many of you wondered about the same thing at one point or another.
Today, I am going to answer a question from Edwin:
“Hi – how do you get traffic to your blog after your post is live?”
This definitely deserves an explanation.
When I first started Traffic Generation Cafe, I wondered about the same thing; then decided to put together a “what to do after a post is published” to do list of sorts.
I kept adding to it as I discovered new traffic generation strategies.
I recently noticed that I haven’t made any changes to it for a while now, which most likely means there are not too many strategies left out at this point.
However, if I missed any, feel free to add them in comments.
Traffic Generation Strategies for a New Post
1. Ping your post.
A brief definition: ping is a notification that your blog sends to different services telling them that you just posted new content.
Pinging is done automatically. How many and what services are pinged usually depends on your blog settings (not going to go into it today – just Google it 🙂 ).
However, I always like to do a manual ping as well – the more services know about your content, the better!
I usually use Pingomatic.com, Pingler.net, and sometimes Pingoat.net – although the last one annoys me quite a bit, so it’s not my favorite.
2. Share on Twitter/Facebook.
I have 5 Twitter accounts, plus my Facebook profile and fan page. So all 7 get a notice of my post.
To learn more about using Twitter to generate loads of targeted traffic to your site, read this post:
3. Send an email to your list.
I don’t send my list canned emails. I don’t like getting them, so I don’t send them.
Instead, my subscribers get live updates about my posts, different tools I find around the web, and occasionally a pep talk – who doesn’t need one of those every once in a while? 🙂
4. Post to Facebook tribes.
Commenting tribes are in fashion these days; just do a search for them in your niche and I am sure you’ll find quite a few.
You might not get THAT much traffic from them, but they also provide one way link building and social proof.
Finding the ones with high PageRank is a bonus!
5. Share on FriendFeed
This is another traffic generation strategy I mostly use for SEO link building, but do get a little traffic as well.
Now the trick here is not to just share via your own account.
There are many high PR group pages on FF that will allow you to post your content without any problems, providing your with valuable backlinks and more eyes to see it.
Your job is to find them in your niche.
By the way, in order to make this as easy as possible, I installed a “Share On FriendFeed” widget to my toolbar; all I do is click on it while in my post, type the various page I want to post to and click “Post”. Easy and take a bout 10 seconds.
6. Share your post on IM Automator
http://www.IMAutomator.com – free bookmarking service. Very quick and easy to use.
7. Share on OnlyWire and Ping.fm
These are 2 more free bookmarking services I use. They both offer quite a few sites to choose from and they are different from each other. I made sure to create as many social profiles as I can, using TrafficGenerationCafe as my ID of course to brand my blog.
8. Post to Ezine articles
With a few little changes, my post is ready to become an article on Ezine.
Later, when I find time, I post the article to a few other directories.
Next 5 steps require some social engagement, not pure content posting. They are communities, so become a part of them rather than just promote yourself.
This is not a “voting” community; you can actually post your articles and other content here, as well as use their very active forum.
This one is my favorite niche community. Not your average crappy content, but many intelligent bloggers and SEOs to learn from. I like it so much as a matter of fact, that I became their moderator. So look me up when you are there!
Number 15 is purely for link building purposes; however, since it involves blog commenting, I do get some traffic back as well.
15 . Build 5 quality on the topic links with Authority codes
Here’s this process step by step:
Step one: these are the tools I use to discover the best links:
Step two: here are the authority codes you need
Step three: here are some commenting tips to make sure your comments get approved.
Well, there you have it: the EXACT steps I take to bring traffic to my new posts.
One thing to remember: you might not see a tremendous amount of traffic when you just start out – obviously, but with consistent networking, sharing other people’s content, and blog commenting you’ll start seeing results pretty quickly.
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