39 Top Bloggers Reveal How They Get More Blog Traffic

39 Top Bloggers Reveal How They Get More Blog Traffic

We all want to get more blog traffic, right?

If you’re anything like me, you watch some of your favorite bloggers publish a new post – bloggers like Adrienne Smith, Wade Harman, and Neil Patel – and within a few hours, they have racked up dozens of comments and hundreds of shares.

Meanwhile, your newest blog post – the one you spent days working on – fades into relative obscurity, without any of your 16 Twitter followers even noticing.

Man, wouldn’t it be nice if you could figure out what some of these huge bloggers are doing? And just how they can create that type of push-button traffic?

What if you could ask Sue Anne Dunlevie, Mike Allton, Ana Hoffman, or Andrea Beltrami exactly how they get the results that they do?

Fortunately, today you are going to hear from each of these amazing individuals, as well as dozens more!

This roundup blog post is all about how to get more blog traffic…!

Are you ready?

Here Are 39 Top Bloggers Ready to Teach You How to Get More Blog Traffic:

While I encourage you to read this post in its entirety, taking notes on some new strategies you may want to implement, I understand that you may be in a hurry…

Would you prefer just to check out responses from two or three of your favorite bloggers for right now?

No problem!

Simply click on a name from this alphabetical list to jump to his or her response:

That’s quite the list of superstars, isn’t it?

Each one of these top blogging professionals was asked the following question…

What’s your best strategy for driving traffic to a new blog post?

And these were their responses…

Tor Refsland
Tor Refsland

Let me answer this question in two parts.

Part 1: what I do now

Part 2: what I did when I was starting from scratch

Sound good?

Great, let’s start.

First of all, it needs to be said that getting A LOT of traffic to your blog post hasn’t really got anything to do with the size of your email list is or your social media following.

Of course, if you have a big email list and social media following, you will get more traffic than if you have none.

However, when looking at the picture it really doesn’t matter much at all.

And you might be thinking, whaaaaaat?

Yeah, bear with me for a moment.

It’s all about WHO you KNOW and if they are willing to share your blog post.

If you can promote a blog post to 50 people, which have 20,000 Twitter followers each, and they all share your link…

…you will have a potential reach to 1,000,000 people.

Yes, you read correct – 1 MILLION people.

That is a heck lot easier than getting your 1 million followers yourself.

It’s all about working SMART and using the LEVERAGE of your network.

So if you want a lot of traffic to your blog post, you need to write a blog post that is WORTHY of being promoted the heck out of!

This can done by including other people in your blog post, like my epic roundup post of 80 experts sharing their best productivity tip that they use in their business.

Write a giant list post like Pauline Cabrera on TwelveSkip – 100+ Blog Post Title Templates That Grab Attention

Write an ultimate post like Kevin Duncan on Being A Better Blogger – How to write a blog post: The definitive 8,317-word guide your mom will understand

Because if you are going to promote your post to your network it has to be some of your best stuff ever.

Part 1: what I do now

  1. I write a blog post / create content that is WORTH SHARING to a lot of people. It has to be really outstanding.
  2. I will share it on all my social media channels
  3. It will be shared through Triberr (network for bloggers with Twitter profiles)
  4. I will post it on forums
  5. I will send an email to my email list
  6. I will send an email to my 100+ contacts, asking them politely to share the post (the post has to be worth sharing for their audience)

Note: I do NOT do this with every post. That will be seemed as pestering your contacts. I ONLY do this once in a while, when I got something REALLY awesome to share.

If you have included people in your blog post, it will be natural of you to reach out to them telling them that you have included them, and ask them politely to share.

If you are just starting out with your blog, no worries.

I got your back.

Let me share what I did when I started from scratch…

Part 2: what I did when I was starting from scratch

  1. I built my Twitter following FAST. In 38 days I had 2000 targeted Twitter followers within my niche (without spending a dime).
  2. I joined forums to connect with other people (Yaro Starak’s Mastermind group – EJ Insider, and Jon Morrow’s group – Serious Bloggers Only).
  3. Got myself some blogging coaches. Yaro Starak, Jon Morrow and Sue Anne Dunlevie.
  4. I commented on other blogs and got to know the blog owners.
  5. I connected with influencers on Twitter. Here is a great example of how I got to know successful serial entrepreneur and brand ambassador for ZipKick, Scott Eddy, which have 640,000+ Twitter followers.
  6. Join Triberr and ask to join other people’s tribes.
  7. When I was asked to join in the first expert roundup post, I made a promise to myself to always say yes, and to write the best piece of advice I could muster.
  8. I wrote guest posts to get my name out there, get subscribers and build a relationship with the blog owner. Example, check out my last guest post at Asian Efficiency – 5 Productivity Killing Myths That Are Ruining Your Life – And How To Solve Them

If I, a guy from Norway, which have English as his third language, can do this…

…then so can YOU!

Get off your behind and start doing some massive action!

Martin Shervington
Martin Shervington

Spend time building the network you want to belong to.

Build relationships with people who you enjoy, respect and appreciate in and around your niche. Engage with them. Hangout with them. Write about them. Then, little by little, they will learn you are a friendly sort who wants your network to look like theirs. Then they will follow, circle and generally want to connect.

When the time comes for your content to rise and shine in Social, then will tend to engage, take your call, and support you as you’ve been supporting them. Be friendly, be supportive, think ‘team’ and you will all win.

Ana Hoffman
Ana Hoffman

The best way for a newbie blogger to drive traffic to a new blog post is to generously link out to additional relevant resources from that post.

This strategy requires a few conditions for maximum impact:

  1. The blog post has to be great; otherwise, no one would be willing to share it (naturally).
  2. Definitely get in touch with bloggers mentioned in the post – whether by email, if you have it, or social media. You might have to do it more than once on social media to actually catch their attention.
  3. Don’t ever link out just for the sake of getting that blogger’s attention. Make sure you link out to content that’s actually relevant and solid, or you’ll risk losing your readers over this.
  4. There’s nothing wrong with linking out strategically to bloggers who are more likely to notice your mention and share your blog post with their followers.

Take me, for instance. I never take mentions on other blogs for granted. I will share those blog posts (providing it’s good content, of course) with my followers, plus mention them in my Weekly Marketing Skinnies.

On the other hand, there are plenty of bloggers who won’t even notice or care you took your time to link out to their content.

As time goes by, you’ll know better who to link out to to maximize your traffic.

Renard Moreau
Renard Moreau

When it comes to driving traffic to a new blog post, I rely on social media.

And, why do I rely on social media?

Because, it is still one of the best ways to promote one’s blog.

I would also like to point out, that if you are into the habit of sharing other people’s content via social media, they in turn, will do the same for you.

[See more on this blog from Renard Moreau >> Author Page]

Adrienne Smith
Adrienne Smith

I still 100% believe that blog commenting is the best way to get noticed.

Driving traffic to your site will do no one any good if it’s not targeted.  Any other kind is a waste of your valuable time.

If you focus on getting in front of the audience that is your target then people will eventually start to notice you if your comments are valuable, helpful and genuine.

People appreciate that you took the time to not only visit their site but read their content and comment in such a way that people notice.  Most of their visitors will notice as well and that’s how you start to drive targeted traffic back to your blog.

It’s not going to happen overnight though but with consistent action steps and making the right connections it’s the only kind you’ll ever need.  It’s how I got my blog on the map and it still works beautifully for me today four years later.

David Hartshorne
David Hartshorne

First up thanks to Brent for the invitation to take part in this Roundup – it’s a privilege to be able to share my strategy with you here today.

If you thought writing a blog post was hard work, it’s really nothing compared to the promotion side of things.

Yes, its true, you do have to promote your blog post. In fact its been cited that the 80/20 rule applies to blogging – 20% writing a post and 80% promoting a post!

So what’s the best strategy for driving traffic to a new blog post?

Well for me it consists of a number of steps and I created a checklist so that I make sure to cover each step for each post.

(1) Publish Post
The essential starting point.

(2) Email Your List
These are your most important fans so let them know your latest post is out. The subject line should generate curiosity and the contents should be punchy!

(3) Social Media
Post to each of your social media accounts to get the ball rolling there.

(4) Add to Buffer
Then add to Buffer (or HootSuite or whatever your preferred scheduler is) so that the message is repeated a few times over the coming hours/days.

(5) Notify Contacts/Friends
There’s nothing wrong with pinging a mail or tweet to your mates and asking them to ‘Like and Share’ your post. Every bit helps.

(6) Notify Influencers
If you have mentioned a person or company in your post then let them know about it. Drop them a mail, reference @mention in a tweet or tag them on Google+.

(7) Blog Promotion
Currently I use these channels: JustRetweet, Triberr and Kingged. There are plenty of others, so find ones relevant to your niche; e.g. BizSugar (Business), ManageWP (WordPress).

(8) Online Communities and Groups
Most online groups have a section where you can link to your latest post, so drop your latest blog post in there. Check out Facebook Groups, LinkedIn Groups, Google+ Communities and Forums relevant to your niche.

Warning: make sure you are also adding value to the groups and not just dropping links!

(9) Content Curation
There are also specialized social sites where you get your content curated. For example, I use WP Clipboard. Other popular sites include Scoop.it and Flipboard.

(10) Blog Commenting
Last, but not least, try and keep commenting on relevant blogs so that you can build some meaningful relationships. Plus other readers can check you out too. It might not be a direct traffic strategy for your latest post but it will help to establish you and build your online presence.

There you go – 10 steps to drive traffic to your latest blog post!

I hope you find this useful checklist useful.

Try to be consistent for each post and remember to check your Analytics to see which is best source of traffic for your blog.

Charli Day
Charli Day

One strategy I use is employee advocacy so I share the link with my global team and request they distribute it on their networks and social channels.

This way I instantly get 150 shares on a variety of networks without spending any budget.

Rick Ramos
Rick Ramos

Get social and BELIEVE in Karma

Look, their isn’t a magic bullet in getting free traffic, it’s hard work. If you have cash to throw at the problem, life is easy. I’ve worked with many companies that can pay to play. If you’re starting out or don’t want to spend any money… believe in Karma with all your heart.

What do I mean by that? Start helping other people out selflessly.

Visit other blogs, share their blog posts on social media, make comments. Make yourself known as someone with passion about a subject. Help others first without expectations.

The funny thing is, it will come back to you ten times over. My blog only started to grow when I started to help others. Yes, it’s time consuming but it feels good to help others and trust me, when the time comes for someone to return the favor, they will.

A couple of other good karmic ideas you can do to help others and get your blog known:

  • Do some guest blogging for other websites
  • Participate in forums and groups (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Respect your reader and produce great content
  • Make other people look good in your blog posts – Just take this blog post as an example!

I’m not much of a hippie but I do believe in Karma. Play it positive and forward!

Andrea Beltrami
Andrea Beltrami

The best strategy I’ve used to drive traffic to my blog has been creating a notification circle on Google+.

The Plus {as the cool kids like to call it} is my most active social platform so it has taken time to build my following, but now it’s a huge traffic driver for me.

What I do is post a teaser for my latest blog post the day before I publish it. In that teaser post I include a disclaimer that states something to the effect,

‘If you want to be notified when this article goes live engage with this post and I will add you to my notification circle.’

I then add anyone that has liked, commented or shared the post to a designated circle I reserve for promoting my newest articles.

The strategy has worked so well for me that I’m going to need to create my 3rd notification circle soon {there is a 500 maximum follower count for circles}.

Neil Patel
Neil Patel

One simple strategy is to link out to relevant sites within your post. Assuming you are writing long articles, you can easily link out to 20 plus sites (you should only add links when it makes sense for your readers).

Those sites may notice your blog in their referrer log and it will cause a percentage of them to share your content. In addition to that you can email out each of the site owners and let them know that you mentioned them and if they like your article they should consider sharing it.

Joseph Pitcher
Joseph Pitcher

We’ve found the best way of sending traffic to a new blog post is through Facebook and our newsletter. Now, we’re in a fortunate position in that we have somewhat of a following. When we first started out, it was a case of making sure we posted regularly and encouraged our few Facebook followers to share, comment or like thus increasing a blog post’s chance of reaching new people. We used the same proactive approach with our newsletter, asking people to share it with like-minded friends and colleagues.

With our site, we often do artist interviews so we always make sure to leverage their audience too, asking them to link to the post, share it on any social media and tell people about it in their own newsletter. So I guess, if you mention anyone in a post or write anything specific about a group etc., always drop them a line to let them know and encourage them gently to share it.

Another tactic that worked well for me came from internet marketing guru Neil Patel. I wanted to write an epic post that might appeal to the wider art community so I asked several artists what their top tip for finding an audience. I then made a huge list of blogs, Facebook groups and individuals whose audiences may benefit from the post. It was important that I had some sort of relationship with them prior to asking for a favour, so I concentrated on those who had been featured on our blog or whom we’d promoted an event for, etc. I wrote them an email and asked them to share the post if they felt their readers would benefit from it. That was a big deal for us – it introduced us to a much wider audience and our traffic really skyrocketed at that point.

Enstine Muki
Enstine Muki

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to be part of this round up!

There are often three things I do to drive traffic to my new blog posts:

(1) My Email List
This is my best source of instant traffic to my new blog posts. Mailing my list is usually the first thing I do after hitting the publish button. A few minutes after sending a broadcast to my list, I’ll start getting clicks and comments.

(2) Social Media
Social media is also very important to me. After mailing my list, I go on to share on Facebook wall, groups and fan pages. I share to Google+ wall and communities, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I use this tool I review here to instantly post to different social media profiles.

(3) Mentions
Finally, if I mention someone in the blog post, I quickly send him/her an email or mention on social media. For the most part, most of those mentioned in the post share the post on their social media profiles and that goes on to generate more traffic.

I usually don’t use any paid means to promote my newly published posts.

Jon Whitbeck
Jon Whitbeck

(1) Go Social
My best strategy for driving traffic to a new blog post is by thoughtfully promoting it via social media.

(2) Get Visual
A blog post has a better chance at gaining traction and interest, if it includes something visual. So, I include a graphic, photograph, or illustration that supports the blog copy. I’ve found that simple infographics seem to get better traction than a photograph. However, anything visual is often better than a text-only social media post. You want to capture the eye of your audience and grab their interest.

(3) Go Ahead & Tease
For social media, I will craft a teaser to entice my audience to click on the link in order to read the full blog post. The style and length of the teaser depends on the platform. For example, on Twitter the teaser will be very brief, and on Google+ it will go into a bit more detail. I generally don’t use the title of the blog post, but something much more succinct. The teaser often includes a question. I try to stoke curiosity and sometimes a bit of fear. If viewers think they may be missing out or doing something inadequately, they are more likely to click a link. For example, “Is your social strategy effective enough?” Since many people may not be certain, they are more likely click the link to your blog post to find out more.

(4) Avoid the Myopic Topic
Another part of my strategy is to clearly identify the topic of the blog post and the related promotional social media post. Hashtags are a great way to have the topic highlighted in a different text-style. Hashtags also allow you to cast a wider net with your social media post, since some people may see it through when they do a topic or hashtag search. I will often use one to three hashtags on Twitter. If it’s two or three I’ll try to use one in my teaser copy and one or two after the blog post link. On Google+, I’ll use three or four hashtags in a row as long they are on topic.

(5) Time after Time
The best strategy also considers when your audience is more likely to see and interact with your content on social media. So, I strive for the most engagement by posting at peak or ideal times. Twitter posts often get the best response early in the morning or later in the afternoon. On Google+, the best engagement seems to be in the early morning. Since your social media promotion may not be seen the first time you post it, you also need to post it again. How often you share your promotional social media post depends on the platform. You’d tweet it more than you’d share it on other platforms.

(6) Mix It Up
When you are promoting your blog post again, it’s best to mix it up. Change out the teaser, try a different hashtag, or use a different image to promote the post. If possible, it’s also a good idea to share it on social media at a different time of the day and a different day of the week. The goal is to get new eyes appreciating your content, both on social media and on your blog.

Adam Connell
Adam Connell

Out of all of the tactics I’ve used, influencer marketing has been more effective than anything else.

Here’s how this strategy works:

Imagine you’re starting from scratch; you have no followers, no authority and no traffic.

At that point, growing your audience is a challenge.

But influence marketing can help you overcome that challenge quickly.

There are people (influencers) in your niche that already have established audiences and the aim with this tactic is to leverage those already established audiences.

There are a number of different ways which you can leverage this strategy and you’ve probably seen a number of them before.

Before going into the specific tactics you can use, I must point out that the foundation of influence marketing is based around relationship building.

I’ve included some tactics below, but each and every one of them will be more effective if you conduct some pre-outreach. This could be anything from engaging with them in comments on their blog to engaging with them on social media.

The next step is to figure out who these influencers are; chances are you know exactly who the key people in your niche are, if not there are tools like BuzzSumo and Klear (Formerly Twtrland) which you can use.

Once you’ve identified key influencers in your niche, you can:

  • Pitch them a guest post idea – This is a great way to get in front of their audience and help them out at the same time.
  • Mention them in a blog post and let them know about it – When you say cool stuff about people, chances are that they’ll share your post. The key is to only mention influencers when it’s relevant and the mention can add value for your audience, the next key to making this work is not pushing them to share/link to your content.
  • Invite them to take part in an interview – This can be in the form of video, audio or a blog post. Chances are that they will share the interview with their followers because they’ve contributed to it.
  • Invite them to contribute to a group interview – These are a great way to get gain traction. They work a lot like a regular interview but they’re usually in the form of a written post. The great thing here is that people involved in the post will see that other people they look up to have been included in the post and it will compel them to share. Being included with other big names brings the “authority by association” effect into play.

These are just a few tactics you can use, there are plenty more but they should help you get started.

Here’s the bottom line:

Whichever tactics make up your influence marketing strategy, your approach should be all about creating a mutually beneficial relationship.

Most influencers are busy people, they get boat loads of emails and they’re getting pitches for various things all the time… most of which involve people asking for their help and offering nothing in return.

So, it’s extremely important to forget what you want out of the relationship initially and think,

“What’s in it for them?”

By doing this you’re creating goodwill in your niche and setting yourself up for rapid audience growth in the future.

Sharon Hurley Hall
Sharon Hurley Hall

There’s a stat somewhere that says the best way to get shares is to ask for them. I apply that when building traffic to a new post.

I’m a member of LinkedIn, Facebook, Skype and Triberr groups, have been on Twitter seemingly for eons, and have profiles on other social media sites as well. To build traffic to a new post I share it myself and ask members of my networks to share it too. There are some important things to note about this strategy.

  1. The content I want people to share has to be good quality.
  2. I don’t ask every network to share every post – that would be overkill. I’m selective about sharing appropriate posts with particular groups and networks, and that increases the likelihood that network members will share it.
  3. I give back and share group members’ posts too.

Finally, you don’t have to have a huge audience for this strategy to work for you. Even if you just ask your Facebook and Twitter friends to share, you will extend the reach of your post and start to bring in some traffic.

Rohan Chaubey
Rohan Chaubey

My BEST strategy to drive traffic to a new blog post is by cooking up controversy. Controversy gets attention, there is no doubt about it.

Controversy always doesn’t mean that you need to have a really strong or outrageous opinion, but you can also cook controversy by picking up things what your readers say or go against a popular opinion (provided you’ve got some valid points).

For example: One of my blog readers dropped some very mean comments and so I used his story to promote the post and make my fellow bloggers aware of him.

Some bloggers have unique methods of promoting their posts, and I am one of them! This might be okay for some blogs and their followers; make sure it is right for yours. Because you need to be very transparent and genuine.

Everyone loves to read controversial content. Don’t publicly reveal controversial stories, only share them with your subscribers.

Your email list contains the most loyal readers and you need to first serve them. They are your biggest supporters when it comes to post promotion.

Using the Cook Up Controversy strategy, you’re not only increasing engagement at your posts but also giving a boost to your email list.

Once you choose to use this approach, do even more research and find out what works for you.

David Leonhardt
David Leonhardt

The main way that I get traffic to my blog posts is through amplification. In fairness, I have a following. It’s not the biggest, nor is it the smallest. But you don’t need a large following to start benefiting from amplification.

Amplification is the idea of getting more shares, and therefore more eyeballs than you would be just publishing the post and submitting it to social media.  There are two main amplification tactics I use.

The first amplification tactic is to have an image that gets grabbed by Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Try adding Twitter Cards to your blog posts. If that doesn’t work, or until it does, manually upload a photo from the post each time you post to Twitter. You will get more shares and more traffic with images.

Well, that depends on the images. If it’s just stock photography, your amplification won’t work all that well. Put as much thought into creating mouth-wateringly irresistible images as you into crafting that perfect headline. People will be more likely to read your images than to read your headline. Look at these two images. Both began as stock images. I added text and a border at PicMonkey, which is very easy to use once you get started.

When I promote blog posts for a client, I can right away tell how easy or hard it will be by the image on the post and the headline/topic. Those two factors make all the difference.

The second amplification tactic I use are amplification communities. You can build your own communities on Facebook and Skype, but for immediate impact – How to amplify your blog post TODAY! – sign up for Viral Content Buzz, JustRetweet, Easy Retweet, and Triberr.

You can pay for credits, or you can earn them by sharing. The more followers you have on social media, the more opportunities you will have on these platforms, so a newbie blogger’s amplification process will start out slow. That’s okay; start building your followers and your credits.

Triberr does not work on credits; you need to ask to be invited into tribes, so you build up your audience over time.

East Retweet has a lot of spam, but it has one juicy aspect that the others don’t: you can include an image in the tweets by using one of your own tweets (with an image, of course) as a base.

I find that I get both traffic and shares from these platforms.

Maddy Osman
Maddy Osman

The single best strategy for driving traffic to a new blog post (if you have a new blog) is to share it with your personal network. Post your article on your personal Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+… wherever it makes sense, just tailor the message accordingly.

Make sure you have a compelling heading and amazing content, and ask them to share the article if they’ve enjoyed it. If you’ve created something great, they will help you reach more people.

[See more on this blog from Maddy Osman >> Author Page]

Wade Harman
Wade Harman

Building your tribe is one of the best ways to do this. For newer people that are just starting out in the industry, you may not have a strong community around you just yet. This doesn’t mean you can’t be part of a tribe. Head over to Triberr.com and start engaging and sharing other people’s content and getting invited into some sharing tribes yourself.

While you are doing all of this, it’s important to be building relationships with people in your industry. Create a group of people that you trust and surround yourself with them. Relationships are the key to getting your content out fast, so make sure you’re creating them every day.

Some tips to get yourself noticed is to find your desired social media platform and seek out people that are like-minded and start sharing their content while mentioning them in the update you’ve just shared. Do this consistently throughout the day/week. When you do this they will start to recognize you and start to reciprocate the sharing on their end.

Mike Allton
Mike Allton

Build a tribe:

Bloggers, new and old, should be considering how they are building their tribe, starting on Day One. Your tribe will be comprised of peers and colleagues, readers and clients, and will be increasingly interested in what you have to say with each new blog post.

Your tribe will read and share and comment, and help you to grow your blog (and subscribers!).

But equally important is the understanding that tribe-building takes time. You will not publish your first blog post and immediately find your wisdom and effort rewarded with the adoration of millions.

So be prepared for your tribe to grow, slowly, over time.

Now, your tribe will be comprised of social media followers, RSS feed subscribers, email subscribers and anyone else using other mediums to follow you and your blog.

Which means that we all start with 0 tribe members.

But I’m going to let you in on a little (not-so-secret) secret to growing your tribe more rapidly.

It’s called Triberr, and with it, you can find and connected with many other bloggers in your niche and industry.

Within Triberr, you’ll connect your blog and then join other Tribes, each devoted to specific topics.

For instance, I run a tribe that’s all about Content Marketing. Each time you publish a new blog post, everyone in your tribes will see it and have an opportunity to share it to Twitter. And vice versa, giving you ample opportunities to connect with other like-minded bloggers and share great content with your growing audience on Twitter.

Using Triberr, you can put your tribe-building on a fast track, and quickly connect with fantastic bloggers who will happily share your great posts with their own followers.

Rin Porter
Rin Porter

As a new blogger (1 year anniversary coming this month), I’ve learned a great deal from the LinkedIn Group called Leading Bloggers.

Reading their posts about getting traffic, improving content, writing good headlines, improving layout, etc., have helped me increase the traffic to my blog. I still have not reached the level of traffic that I want, but some of my posts have achieved some success.

The best-polling posts for me have been the ones directed squarely to my niche: the retiree and soon-to-be retiree.

My posts about Baby Boomers and the difficulties that we face have pulled in a lot of readers. I think part of the success of these posts has been due to the headlines that I have written, using advice from the Content Marketing Institute’s headline tester, and from posts by @madlemmingz, @KaboomisCopy, @brentjonline, @AdrienneSmith40, @quicksprout, @Backlinko, and @buildurownblog.

I also credit Buffer, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn which I use to market my posts, and the retiree forum site Time Goes By, which sends me lots of readers.

Sue Anne Dunlevie
Sue Anne Dunlevie

The best way to promote your new blog post, especially if you are a beginning blogger, is through blogger outreach. What I mean is actually connecting with other bloggers in your niche (and complementary niches) by first commenting on their blogs and sharing their posts on social media.

Once you have commenting and shared for several weeks, then drop the blogger an email asking if they would share the helpful post you just wrote.

Having an influential blogger agree to sharing your post is a great way to promote your blog when you are starting out.

Hey, I still do it myself!

Christina Tarkoff
Christina Tarkoff

Social Media, social media, social media!

Twitter is my number one source of traffic to my blog and LinkedIn is next. Twitter and LinkedIn are also a great traffic source for evergreen content – so the loving never ends!

I also make sure to optimize my blog images so they view perfectly on social media and stand out from the crowd to an increasingly inundated audience.

Uttoran Sen
Uttoran Sen

When I publish a new blog post – I start doing the basics first. Submit the post on several social bookmarking site like BizSugar, Blog Engage, etc. I spend some time networking on these sites every day so most of my submissions reach the front page of these sites – which is important or else there’s very little benefit.

Once I am done with that – I submit the post on popular social channels like our Facebook page, Twitter profile, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.

After that, I submit the post on various related social groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. This works even better if the post is on a niche. I remember receiving 500+ Facebook shares from a Facebook group related to Hawaii on a travel-related article.

Then I promote the post using sites like JustRetweet, Outbrain, our own – Guest Crew and Viral Content Buzz. Along with that, I shout out to my friends and fellow bloggers and ask them to promote the post on their social channels.

After that, I start commenting on various related blogs.

Now, depending on the nature and quality of the post, I do several other things to promote it further.

  • If the post has news value, or catchy images, etc., I promote it on Reddit. We have received over 100k+ unique visitors from Reddit to date. But there is a proper way to do that and it is included in our Pro Advertiser package.
  • If the post is an infographic I make sure to do outreach for it and try to get it published on some major A-list blogs.
  • If the post has a lot of links going out to authority sites, I do an email outreach to contact them and ask for social shares.
  • If the post is a roundup of tweets – I tweet out to the people mentioned.
  • If the post has a good angle to it, I send out an email newsletter to our Guest Crew members. We have over 9000+ members on Guest Crew which includes various bloggers, journalists and influencers.

So, it all depends on the post.

Ted Rubin
Ted Rubin

For many bloggers who are new to blogging, getting the word out about your new venture can seem like a pretty big obstacle. How do you build readership from scratch and get people to comment? Why is it that when you post a link to your blog on Facebook or Twitter, the only feedback you get is the sound of chirping crickets?

In my humble opinion it is not about driving traffic to a new blog post. That’s easy once you have the audience, reach, and pieces in place… it’s about strategy and execution. Here are a few things you MUST consider for using social media to grow your blog, and in addition to just posting articles and working the SEO angle…

(1) Listen First
Throwing up a blog without first understanding your ideal audience is an exercise in frustration. You need to deeply understand your audience first. Taking a look at what other successful bloggers are doing in your is a good place to start… look for top-performing blogs in your niche. Browse around and find one or two that appeal to you, and study them. What kinds of posts get the most engagement? What topics? How are they addressed? What kind of comments do they get and from whom? What social platforms does the blogger use for sharing the content? Also try Google BlogSearch or Twitter Search to search for topics to see what people are talking about.

Doing this kind of digging can help, because it gives you more of a sense of your audience, what they’re interested in and where they hang out on social channels. Write these characteristics down and use them to build your own ideal reader profile. This should include more than basic demographics. Are they young mothers? What kind of hobbies do they have? Where do they like to shop? What interests do they list on their social profiles? When you have a full reader profile in mind, you can better understand what drives that person so your topics will have a better chance of resonating with them.

(2) Look for Holes in Your Competition
Take a look at your competition’s blogs and websites. Are there content holes they’ve missed that you can take advantage of? Ways to add value not already available and help you stand out? Those consistently provide lots of content and have a bigger chance of attracting people who are actively looking for information.

(3) Do Some Commenting on Blogs Yourself
A good way to start to develop an audience is to comment on more established blogs in your niche — but only when you can add something meaningful to the conversation. Most blogging platforms will let you identify your website when you’re commenting. If someone finds your comment of value, they will often click through to your site to find out more. The trick here is not to get promotional (such as adding a self-serving link to your articles in the comment) or saying something meaningless, such as “great post!” Look at it as a way to add value to the blogger’s post without stepping on toes. Perhaps you could pose another question or offer a different spin on the topic. Make seeking out and commenting on other blogs a part of your daily activities, especially big industry blogs in your field that get a great deal of views. The more you contribute to the conversation happening around you, the more you’ll be seen as a thought leader (and people will click on your link to check you out). Reaching out to the blogger (if they’re not a direct competitor) and offering to guest blog can be a way of getting in front of larger audiences as well.

(4) Don’t Close Your Comments
Don’t close the door for people to leave comments on your blog; doing so leaves the impression that you only care about what you have to say and are not willing to be responsive to others. Seth Godin can do it, and it sure works for him, but until you are playing in that league, don’t go there.

(5) Syndicate, Syndicate, Syndicate…
Share your content via all social channels always including Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, which also makes it easy for others to share. And don’t be afraid to do it more than once by periodically sharing old posts via your social channels, especially those that were well received. Also let others freely re-post your content in full with a link back to the original post, and even without if they ignore the request, as long as your name is attached… people will seek you out.

(6) Are You Using the Right Social Channels?
After doing your due diligence with listening, you should be able to pinpoint where your audience hangs out in social circles. Don’t waste your time on channels that don’t appeal to your audience. For instance, if your audience is C-suite executives, they might prefer to spend their time on LinkedIn rather than Facebook. If your target audience is foodies, Pinterest might be their preferred social platform. Concentrate your efforts where they will bear the most fruit. However, even if you have only one or two active social profiles, always provide a variety of social sharing options on your blog posts to make it super easy for people to share your content.

(7) Use an Editorial Calendar to Plan Your Blog and Social Posts
Having a written editorial plan and plotting it to a calendar makes it easier to stay on track and measure your progress. It also helps you see at a glance the relationship between your blog content and your social platforms, so you can plan your posting strategy more efficiently.

(8) People Hate to Be ‘Sold’ on Social
Don’t fall into the trap of endlessly talking about yourself and your product on social channels. Remember that people come to social channels to relax, have fun, hang with their friends, etc. Beginning a post or an update with “Read my Blog” or “New Blog Post” can be a turnoff. What is it about your post that would be intriguing to the reader? Talk about that idea instead, and mix in a good amount of sharing other people’s content, too. Your ratio of self promotion to other types of posts should be low (not more than 10-20%).

(9) Use Social with an Eye on Building Relationships
When people find you on social channels they’ll naturally want to know more about you, so make links to your blog/website easy to find. Make it easy to know who you are, what your full name is, and personal things about you. Readers and followers will relate the most when they can easily access such information… and it will make you easily accessible to brands and potential partners.

Remember that social media isn’t a blast medium — it’s a conversation medium. When planning your posting strategy, always be thinking of ways to help your reader get something done, make their life easier or just enjoy every moment. Be a good networker online. When people comment on a post, always like the comment and answer back promptly. Take a look at their profiles and tag them or use their name when you respond. Use it as an opportunity to extend the conversation by asking questions and being friendly — just as you would in face-to-face networking situations.

Using social media can definitely help you get the word out about your blog if you use it correctly, and it all boils down to just three things:

  1. Listening
  2. Planning
  3. Concentrating on relationships

Keep these things in mind and you’ll soon get better at writing blog posts that prompt a response, encourage sharing on social channels and keep your audience coming back for more!

Most important of all… stop thinking from the Perspective of a Blogger, and start thinking from the Perspective of a Reader. #RonR #NoLetUp

Aaron Lee
Aaron Lee

My grandmother always told me that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is today. This advice has always played a huge roll in my life whether it’s fitness, blogging or building a community.

The best way to drive blog traffic is to build your community on social media even before you need it. That means you need to build your community even before you have a blog. Grow your community joining Twitter chats, participating in groups, guest posting, etc. You can establish yourself as the expert, and when you publish a new blog post, it’s easier to drive traffic as you already have an audience.

Andréa Jones
Andréa Jones

Sharing is caring when it comes to driving traffic to a new blog post.

It’s important to build sense of community amongst other bloggers and internet marketers who are similar to you. If you comment and share their blog posts, then they are much more likely to do the same for you.

Just keep in mind that you will always have to give more than you get!

[See more on this blog from Andréa Jones >> Author Page]

Nirmala Santhakumar
Nirmala Santhakumar

I do keyword research and like to drive organic traffic for every blog post. To get high SERP for the new blog post, it’s a good idea to share it on social networks and generate some backlinks. However, I prefer blog commenting to drive traffic to my latest blog post.

Leaving an engaging comment on active blogs (with more user engagement) helps me to drive the audience from there. As we can put our fresh blog post URL while doing blog commenting, I like to be the first commenter to stay on top of the comments to increase the clickthrough rates.

Besides, some bloggers like Adrienne Smith & Harleena Singh have a smart response strategy! If we leave a considerate comment on their blog, then they repeat the process for our most recent blog post.

Commenting on CommentLuv enabled blogs is an added advantage where we can show our new blog post link to grab more eyeballs.

So, the best strategy to drive traffic to our new blog post is to follow the below process:

  1. Take note of some active blogs
  2. Try to be the first commenter
  3. Leave thoughtful responses to add value to the discussion
  4. Repeat the process for every new blog post

Matt Banner
Matt Banner

One of the most effective ways to drive traffic to a new blog post is to put your hard hat on and get to work on the promotional end. But don’t just hit publish and plug away at promotion. Arm yourself with value by mentioning and referencing other industry influencers in your content where applicable to help further the conversation and bring up more questions and feedback readers may have.

Referencing other industry influencers appropriately can elevate your chances to draw more eyes and attention to your blog post. This is one method you can use to reduce friction when you’re promoting your content.

[See more on this blog from Matt Banner >> Author Page]

Ashley Faulkes
Ashley Faulkes

One of the best things I have done long-term for building my audience and driving traffic to new posts is to have a mailing list. Why is this great? Well, these are people who are keen to hear from you will pop in to read your latest content as soon as it is published (or soon thereafter). So rather than spraying and praying on social, or trying to rank keywords on Google, you are grabbing people who have already visited and enjoy reading your content.

You might have heard this mantra before – build your list ASAP! – but let me give you some practical tips on how to get started. And before you read any further, you should know that it can actually be quite easy, once you know how. So here we go…

(1) Create a simple giveaway that is related to the majority of topics you write about.
This ensures that people are likely to opt in to your list. It can be as simple as 10 tools (free and paid) that will boost your mailing list! Obviously this topic might not work for you, but you get the idea. Then you just write a quick PDF outlining the tools and why they are great. One hour, and you are done! Checklists for certain tasks or other easy-to-consume PDFs are also options here, but don’t write your memoirs. Keep it simple.

(2) Set up your email list
Use one of the free options out there like MailChimp, MadMimi, etc.

(3) Add opt-in forms all around your blog
This includes the sidebar, popup or slide in, end of blog posts, about page, etc.

Now, point three is where it gets a little technical as you either have to be familiar with web design, know someone like me (who does it for a living) or even better, use one of the simplest tools around for WordPress – Thrive Leads. You can see my full review here, but needless to say, I can train a monkey to use it – so no excuses on creating opt-in forms.

Once you have those three things set up, your list will start building, slowly at first, but always increasing over time.

Then once you publish your next post, you send them an email and BOOM, instant traffic!

Brandon Schaefer
Brandon Schaefer

Driving traffic to one of my new blog posts actually starts way before my blog post is actually published.

I’m a strong believer in providing helpful, useful, and engaging content, on a consistent basis… so that when I do have a new blog post to publish… people know that when I do publish the link to it, that they can expect something of high value.

Some methods I use to immediately drive more traffic to a new blog post includes…

  • sharing it out to all my social channels
  • asking my email subscribers to click through and read it because it will resonate with them
  • getting engaged in social conversations and sharing the article out as a reference source
  • reaching out to industry influencers that will find the new blog post helpful to their audience
  • asking those influencers to share it out with their social audiences and email subscribers

All of these are very effective for me.

I look to get highly qualified traffic to my blog posts… I don’t try and please the whole world… all I try to do is please my target audience in the market segment that I serve.

Jomer Gregorio
Jomer Gregorio

The most effective strategies for me right now are the following:

  1. Using paid content promotion usually via Boosting posts on Facebook
  2. Social media profiles and groups
  3. Content amplification platforms such as Triberr and BizSugar
  4. Ask some of your friends in the industry to support your content
  5. Outreach relevant sites to view your infographic or content

Tanya Smith
Tanya Smith

My best strategy is having a combination of media avenues to get traffic to the post.

Two core elements I do include consistently are:

  1. A quality, eye-catching image
  2. A good headline or excerpt from the post

These elements are then shared across my favorite social media platforms using CoSchedule (an online content management calendar) and Buffer App. The latest addition to my system is next to use Clammr to share a short audio snippet that leads back to each post.

Finally, while social media is certainly one way to get the word out, I follow up by sharing the post with my mailing list directly as part of a newsletter or regular mailing we send out.

Kristen Abram
Kristen Abram

There are a ton of articles out there on how to build a following on Twitter and increase your engagement, so I won’t go too in-depth here, but I will say that what we have seen working for us is to tweet every 15 minutes. Don’t be afraid to re-post articles or web pages that you have already posted. Chances are that the vast majority of your followers won’t see it the first, second, or even third time you post. Just be sure to use hashtags to attract new followers, and change up the headlines to keep it fresh.

Quality content that delivers value to your followers, interacting with them, and recognizing that without them you cannot succeed is key for keeping and converting them into loyal readers and email subscribers!

Just remember that there is no single surefire way to build your business’ website traffic, no matter what anyone tells you. There will always be platforms that work better for one niche than for others. At the end of the day, results from some good old fashioned experimenting might just surprise you!

Radoslav Chakarov
Radoslav Chakarov

I generally tend to take it slow and steady and use my posts mainly for educating others and meeting like-minded professionals along the way. I tend to write more newbie-oriented articles as I feel those are the people that need the most help and guidance.

While writing I make sure the text is written in a clear and comprehensive manner and I go for mostly long-tail keywords as I find them easier to mix up and rank for. I use several tools while writing – from headline analyzers, to keyword density and comprehensiveness tools. I personally never look for a specific text length – when I have something to say, I will explain it, no matter volume it takes.

Promotion varies, depending on the niche I write in. Social networks are always good buddies of mine and frequently used to find me more interesting groups, people and places to promote. Big fan of forums also, and I can be found there on a daily basis and got to make some wonderful connections along the way.

In short – I always do it for the people! Never impatient – just gradually building up on my authority while helping others!

[See more on this blog from Radoslav Chakarov >> Author Page]

Dan R. Morris
Dan R. Morris

The idea of best makes this response hard to write. I think the best is sending an email out to the list, but if you’re new that list might still be young.

The second best is to determine from the post who would appreciate it most. Specifically who. And then write it so that person can share it.

For instance if you’re writing about hiring a tour guide in Naples, write it so tour guides in Naples will want to share it. Add things like “ask your Tour Guide if…” right into the article. That makes it easy for tour guides to share it because it’s not competition and it helps them establish with their audience that they are the tour guide.

And then share it via email and social media with every person who fits that profile. Google “press release” AND “company name” to find the PR folks at companies who’d be in the position to share it. Make sure the social sharing buttons are at the top and bottom and add a click to tweet function around a good quote.

Then add to your Google Alerts the phrase that – when asked – this blog post is the perfect answer for. That way when anyone on the web asks the question, you’ll see it and you’ll be able to send them the answer.

[See more on this blog from Dan R. Morris >> Author Page]

Andrew Warner
Andrew M. Warner

Depending on the post, I use various strategies. If it’s a guest post, I do some digging and find related posts to the one I wrote. I find out who shared what and on what social platform, and then I contact each of them individually by email. Obviously, not everyone responds but I’ve had more than a 75% success rate and they share it out as well.

If it’s my own post, I’ll still use blogger outreach strategies and promote it through the regular channels. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc. But, I’m starting to get into re-purposing my content to video, infographics, etc., and that has driven some good traffic to me as well.

[See more on this blog from Andrew M. Warner >> Author Page]

Moosa Hemani
Moosa Hemani

Let’s get that straight, most of us are not Rand Fishkin and Neil Patel so thinking that the moment you hit the publish button, traffic will start coming and people will keep tweeting and sharing your blog post within their circles isn’t really going to happen.

We need to work hard and use tips and techniques to bring traffic to our blog and let readers know that we have a new content that possibly can change the way they think about the subject. Here are the few ideas I personally use on my blog to bring traffic whenever I published a new post.

(1) Write Amazing Content
No matter how you promote, if the content quality is not up to the mark, you will end up losing traffic easily without benefiting you in any way. Ideally, the audience who is coming to your blog should read your blog post and should also share your blog post within their circles.

If content quality will be average or low, you might not be able to see big traffic. If you will use paid traffic the bounce rate will be high as people will be coming and bouncing without even reading the content available.

(2) Email to Subscribers
The moment I publish the blog post, the next thing I do is to send an update email to blog subscribers who are already subscribed to my blog. Any post I publish on my blog, my one target is to get more subscribers as this is an asset you can use on regular basis.

(3) Social Media Pages & Accounts
When you publish the blog post, make sure you are promoting your post on all social media pages, organically as well as paid. Keep a certain budget for the promotion of each post and use it wisely. Make sure to target traffic as this will help you create a ripple effect which is impossible if you target random traffic.

Obviously there are tons and tons of other ideas which include:

  • Ping-O-Matic
  • outreaching to like-minded people
  • sharing posts on communities like Inbound.org

…and many more, but the above three are the tactics that are easiest and almost everyone regardless of niche should try that.

Codrut Turcanu
Codrut Turcanu

My favorite traffic getting method is to email relevant people who have commented on similar blog posts or written guest posts or articles on the topic.

They usually have blogs on the same theme or a tribe or social audience where they can share my posts.

I also find relevant people who like to interact and share their two cents on other content-rich sites such as Quora and Twitter.

I select the best candidates, not just everybody. Usually influencers and experts in the industry.

Once I make a list of 50+ contacts in an Excel spreadsheet where I include their name, website, email and Twitter URL, I contact them with a short message such as this one:

Hey, I know you enjoy X or Y // I’ve read your comment on Z

Here’s a similar post I wrote that you may find it useful



Let me know what you think

Your feedback is more than welcomed.

Plain and simple. It works.

If I don’t get a like, tweet or link mention, at least I have the opportunity to nurture the relationship with these influencers and pro bloggers, and reap rewards later down the road.

You could be more specific and direct and ask for a share or mention, but I’d only do this with people who already know me and for whom I’ve already done what I am requesting them to do for me.

…and that is that! 39 responses from 39 amazing individuals.

What did you think?

I would love it if you scrolled to the bottom and left a comment – I’d like to know whose response resonated with you most, as well as any other strategies you would suggest to get more blog traffic.

But don’t worry, we’re not done yet… in fact, I put together a short list of quotables (below) from this roundup post that you can easily share with your friends on Twitter!

In other words, you can help others get more blog traffic, too!

Get More Blog Traffic: Quotables

In total, this roundup blog post exceeds 11,000 words. That is a whole lot of content to sift through!

There are, however, a number of outstanding gems you may wish to share on Twitter… presented here in click to tweet format:

Build relationships with people who you enjoy, respect and appreciate. - Martin ShervingtonClick To Tweet
The best way for a newbie blogger to drive traffic to a new blog post is to generously link out to additional relevant resources from that post. - Ana HoffmanClick To Tweet
I still 100% believe that blog commenting is the best way to get noticed. - Adrienne Smith Click To Tweet
The best strategy I’ve used to drive traffic to my blog has been creating a notification circle on Google+. - Andrea BeltramiClick To Tweet
Email each of the site owners and let them know that you mentioned them and if they like your article they should consider sharing it. - Neil PatelClick To Tweet
Once you’ve identified key influencers in your niche, you can pitch them a guest post idea. - Adam ConnellClick To Tweet
Relationships are the key to getting your content out fast, so make sure you’re creating them every day. - Wade HarmanClick To Tweet
Bloggers, new and old, should be considering how they are building their tribe, starting on Day One. - Mike AlltonClick To Tweet
Connect with other bloggers in your niche by commenting on their blogs and sharing their posts. - Sue Anne DunlevieClick To Tweet
Take a look at your competition’s blogs and websites. Are there content holes they’ve missed that you can take advantage of? - Ted RubinClick To Tweet
The best way to drive blog traffic is to build your community on social media even before you need it. - Aaron LeeClick To Tweet
One of the best things I have done long term for building my audience and driving traffic to new posts is to have a mailing list. - Ashley FaulkesClick To Tweet
Use Clammr to share a short audio snippet that leads back to each post. - Tanya SmithClick To Tweet

How Do You Get More Blog Traffic?

Among the 39 bloggers with responses above, there certainly were a number of glaring trends:

  • Connecting with influencers
  • Staying active on social media
  • Leveraging Triberr
  • Consistent blogger outreaches
  • Focusing on list building
  • Creating visual content
  • Search engine optimization
  • Participating in groups and communities
  • Writing attractive headlines

And several others.

The truth is, there are hundreds – if not thousands – of strategies to drive traffic to your newest blog post… both paid and organic.

UPDATE / Jul-12-2016 / BONUS: Discover 37 additional methods to increase blog traffic in this helpful post from Venngage.

So, I turn the question to you…

What’s your best strategy for driving traffic to a new blog post?

Leave your thoughts on how to get more blog traffic below in the comments.

And remember, sharing is caring! If you found this post helpful, please share it with your followers.

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