5 Top Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

Crowd close-upSo you’ve found the perfect domain name, focused your time and energy on great post titles, and written amazing content in your posts.  You’ve setup accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and any other social media platform you can think of.  You’ve even convinced your mom, your dad, and anyone else who will listen to you that they need to click on over and read your blog or visit your website.  But you still don’t have the kind of traffic you had hoped for.

Well, hopefully, the following list of 5 Top Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog can help.

1 – YouTube Videos

Many top bloggers take advantage of YouTube to upload videos.  These videos range in scope and content.  Some are simply informational and provide and overview of goods, services, or content.  Other videos are instructional and contain tutorial or “how-to” guides.  Still others are strictly selling points used for additional income.  Either way, videos are good for pointing out how you and your blog or website can enhance the user experience, thus creating traffic to your blog.

2 – Free eBooks

Free eBooks are a surefire way to bring traffic to your site.  Everyone loves FREE!  One way to create a great eBook is to find several former blog posts on the same topic and merge them into an eBook that you can give away on your blog.  Some bloggers require email signup as a condition for getting the download in an effort to build email lists, which in turn can then be used to bring even more traffic to your site.  Plus, if you are offering something of value or something useful, you’re sure to get plenty of views.

3 – Guest Blog

Another great way to drive traffic to your blog or website is to write guest posts on other blogs.  Most blogs will allow you at least one backlink in your author profile, which you can use to drive traffic back to your site, or even to a specific page or post.  Now this is obviously easier said than done as it is difficult to find high-traffic sites that will allow you to write guest posts.  However, always ask, since the worst that can happen is they say “no.”  If they turn you down, simply move on to the next victim blog.  If you have friends or acquaintances that own or edit a blog, that would be a good place to start.  I am thankful that I have a blogging friend here at WBB that has allowed me to guest post once per month.  I can attest that traffic on my blog has increased as a result.

4 – Contests and Giveaways

Again, remember, everyone loves FREE!  Myself included.  I have visited several blogs and entered many contests for the chance to win some great prizes and I’m sure you have done the same.  So why not leverage that into traffic for your own blog or website.  There is also software and plugins already out there to help make hosting such a giveaway simple.  Two such services that come to mind are Rafflecopter and Punchtab.

5 – Hire a Professional

Driving traffic to your website or blog requires a lot of time and patience.  Whether it’s recording a Youtube video, writing an eBook, finding blogs on which you can guest post, or finding sponsors for a contest, these methods will take a lot of time and effort to produce results.  Not to mention additional time and effort to promote your video/book/post/contest once it is complete and ready to go.  Therefore, another alternative would be to hire someone else to do it for you.  Whether you operate multiple sites or blog part-time as a hobby, you can hire someone to promote your blog and drive traffic to your site.  Many offer SEO and link-building services.  Just make sure you do your homework and find someone reputable.

Thank you so much for reading!  I would love to hear the ways you drive traffic to your blog posts!  Leave a comment and then share the love with a Retweet, Facebook like, Google+ share, Pin, etc.

About Tom Jamieson

My name is Tom and I write a personal blog at tomjamieson.com. I focus primarily on blogging, SEO, and social media. I also curate a WordPress niche blog at WPBig.com and officiate weddings through Siesta Weddings. Feel free to connect with me on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.


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  3. Very good list Tom.

    I’ve made a special point of having a professional design my blog and assist me when needed.

    I’ve also found that networking with other freelance writers has helped bring a lot of traffic to my site.

  4. Wow….i had never taught of hiring a professional. I would try that out.

  5. I think you can add social media site such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Setting up email subscriptions can also increase your readers.

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  7. very well laid out blog post. It also takes a long time and a lot of patients as the web moves very slowly when trying to generate traffic. You cant expect over night success

  8. Great tips in this post, Tom! I like how you mention that it all requires time and patience and cannot expect to build an army of readers overnight :)

    One great way of gaining more loyal readers is to comment on other blogs in your niche, and the authors will eventually come and comment on your blog also! I also host a weekly Blog Commenting event on my Facebook page – it’s a great way to get to know other bloggers and what hey have to say better.

    You may not be getting a ton of new readers this way, but slowly and surely you will build your audience, and one of good quality :)

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  10. its amazing points really these are very useful points i think giveaway and content is most important part for your site and second points is guest blogging really this is very effective way for blog promotions really thanks for the sharing with me

  11. From my humble point of view, I think any blogger should use these techniques, as they are not only free methods to bring traffic, but also great techniques the enhance the power and the notoriety of a brand.

  12. The Guest post and You Tube video thing are some great ways to drive traffic tour blog post.I believe that it is very important that we develop our blog post in the form of points because this helps the readers to get an idea of the content and also they will not get bored.

  13. Thanks for sharing some of the great ways for increasing traffic to your blog,The first point of the You Tube video is the most important point of all and it can be used alone to drive traffic.We can even include tutorial videos which make the blog post most exciting rather than reading the textual content however interesting it may be.

  14. Although I’m now a newbie in blogging, that’s some great tips you shared there. I didn’t think of youtube videos and ebooks to gain traffic. Keep up the good work.

  15. thanks for sharing tips

    I will follow his advice,,, I hope my blog more and more crowded :)

  16. Driving traffic to a blog isn’t too difficult but driving quality traffic is a bit difficult. It can be done by social sharing, link building, Guest posting and from many other sources.

  17. Many ways to creat traffics to my blogs so I’m very confuse. I’ll try some ways in this article. Thanks for sharing Yepi Yeah

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  27. Very nice and informative Post !
    Writing guest posts on other blogs is really a great job to get a lot of traffic and good page ranking.

  28. Its nice ,it helps me ,thanx for sharing :)

  29. In my opinion, YouTube videos and guest posting are the most effective techniques that can bring more traffic to any blog or website

    Julia Spencer’s recent post.. How to Act to Make Your Brand Facebook Page More Engaging

  30. Great ways to drive traffic to your site. social sharing is another great way and we should consider using it too.

  31. Right now definelty the most imporant one is social media.
    Facebook, twitter and all this kind have an amazing impact on it, and the word sproud away to hundred and hundreds of people with just a click

    just we must be creative in what we post on it, and the magic will comes

  32. Don’t spend to much time on design and on working on other websites like social networks. Instead .. maximize your SEO potentials. Start building links.

  33. Traffic is the lifeblood of online marketing. Thanks for sharing these traffic generation tips. Regards

  34. Hi Tom Jamieson,

    I think YouTube is the best platform to drive traffic on blog. So make some video tutorial and post them on YouTube.

  35. Thanks for these all important SEO points you made. Actually I don’t write Guest Posts. Does they actually matters ?
    I don’t make my mind to gift my hard work to somebody else.

  36. Thanks Tom. There are really great tips. All are helpful to me, especiall the Free eBooks. Since most of people are “lazzy”, we’d like to be pushed reading rather than postive reading, and if the pushed contents are just useful for us, we should often comeback from the email / ebook etc.

  37. I am really delighted to read this blog posts which consists of tons of valuable data, thanks for providing these kinds of data.

  38. I have guest posting with the help of a forum called myblogguest.com and have succeeded in get some posts approved. Though not only the sites found in this forum are worth posting but one can surely find the clients if the articles are interesting and well written.

  39. I liked all your ways. But hiring a professional, is cost a lot…because they are expert and have a lot of task.

  40. I think the freebies are the best way to get the traffic and I need to think on this.


  41. Pamela Philips says:

    Interesting post. Those ways are so good enough to purchase your own blog for a good traffic. Thank you

  42. I’ve been in the blogging industry for a couple of months now, and I still struggle in terms of traffic. This post of yours really helped, so big thanks.

  43. Social media websites are the best way to drive traffic to your website and among all the social networking platforms Google+ is one of the best which helps you to get both search engine and referral traffic.Guest blogging is also a great way to get noticed by your readers and thereby get traffic.Thanks for sharing this article.

  44. As for my experienced, social media really is a big help in driving traffic to sites and also creating and posting videos could be of big help also, specially if you post it in youtube, since people nowasdays, always watched youtube videos.

  45. Although bloggers who have been at it for a while nows this stuff, they are good tips for beginners.

  46. Blogging takes a hard work as to turn into a good blogger and blogs like your’s helps new blogger like me a lot. Thanks a lot

  47. I’ll go with number one as the easiest and most successful method of driving traffic. A huge chunk of the total internet traffic goes to online videos. Moreover, is by far, easier to rank a Youtube video within the first results on Google, than it is to rank a webpage, especially for the long tail keywords.

  48. Hi Tom,

    I totally agree with your post that these 5:YouTube Videos, Free eBooks, Guest Blog, Contests and Giveaways and Hiring a Professional are the Top Ways to Drive Traffic. I had tried all of these on my site and it works at best!

    Excellent post!

  49. I agree that Guest blogging and Video promotion are two of the best way to promote your blog. Specially when you use Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.. it will really go a long way. Also, email marketing would also be a good tool for driving traffic and ranking to your site.

    I already try this stuff and mind you it really helps a lot!
    thanks for sharing ..Its a very awesome post!

  50. I agree with your last tip. If you do not have the luxury of time to implement these methods it would be great for you to hire a professional to do the job for you.

  51. that great….thanks for share

  52. i like your article but didn’t know why you mentions “find a professional” if somebody is researching on how to get traffic then why would he hire someone? may be i m wrong but i couldn’t understand

  53. Hi. The problem with a brand new website especially if is a niche site, is that nobody wants to trade links. Easy to understand why.
    So I guess your number 5 makes my list, and some social signals I guess, such as Facebook, Twitter and of course G+. Not sure how much help they are, but worth trying.

  54. Really very helpfull and intresting post you create.
    thanks for posting this wonderfull post.

  55. Well explained about how to get more traffic,in my views,an effective post can create more traffic,and gueat post is also helpful.


  56. Though all the methods mentioned above drive traffic, YouTube is the simplest way to get traffic. I think other methods are bit difficult. Thanks for the useful piece of info.

  57. 5 More Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog are great ways to drive traffic tour blog post.I believe that it is very important that we develop our blog post. thanks for sharing great post.

  58. Really nice article. While I too love free stuff, sometimes the giveaways and contests are not available due to expense, but I do like the cost free option of using the YouTube videos to create traffic. I had not thought of using that trick.

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  61. How does free ebook driver traffic to your blog (assuming your blog is new with zero subscribers). Let us say I create an ebook and want to give it for free. What next, where can I submit this ebook and how will people follow it back to my blog!

  62. Sending traffic to your site through Contest is genius! I love it!

  63. Hi Kiesha,
    Yes, all these way will work. These are all quick ways to get visitors and build audience. I once thought of YouTube but found no way and time to create content. This post is really useful for bloggers looking to build some traffic strategy.

  64. These are great tips to drive traffic to your blog. I like guest blogging and social media promotion to drive traffic. Thanks for explaining the tips. ;)

  65. Youtube is a create way to incease traffic but you should bring something professional to the table. Practice for a while before you post your first vid.

  66. Thanks for this wonderful article and tips to increase web traffic.

    But I am reading varied views on guest posting. Many people are saying that Google’s next target is going to be guest posting.

    What is your take on that?

  67. Blog Commenting and Guest Posting works best while driving high traffic to our blog. Nice strategies overall!

  68. Guest blogging is indeed a great idea.. It also helps in gaining better ranks and also brings traffic

    Well, thanks for great post

  69. Well, I think these days Social Networking Sites can also drive a lot of traffic on your blog. if have seen many websites that got mainly traffic from their Facebook pages. Can you please share how much traffic you got from social sites?

  70. Participating in Discussion forums which focus on topics similar to your blog niche will also drive some major traffic ( if rightly targeted ) . Thank for good tips

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