I mentioned in my last post that my traffic is all organic, and highly targeted... and that my traffic continues to climb at a steady rate.
If you missed that post see 2012 Advertising Rates which shares my 2011 traffic stats.
Would you like to get that same kind of free targeted traffic to your site?
I'm sure you would! So follow along - I'm going to outline exactly what I do, what I don't do, and how you can duplicate my results for yourself. 😉
If you looked at my stats, then you can tell my site obviously wasn't affected by the Google Panda update. Click that link and read that article (again, if you already have) as it gives you a basic blueprint for post-panda site success.
How To Achieve Massive Traffic Growth
First, let's talk about what I didn't do last year to get well over half a million unique visitors (666,014) to this blog alone - not including any of my other properties.
I also did zero PPC campaigns or paid advertising.
Those are all good marketing strategies to consider, especially when your site or blog is newer and you're just starting out. I'm simply pointing out that I did not actively engage in any of those things during 2011 myself...
How I DID Get So Much FREE Targeted Traffic
It's important to note that as of March 2012, I have been blogging for 6 full years on this domain. Prior to that it was on blogger, so I've been blogging consistently for almost 8 years now.
This affects traffic in two ways: 1) the search engines consider you an authority on your topic and/or your domain gets well established in the major search engines, and 2) you build up a readership, a mailing list and a loyal following over time.
Success is not going to happen overnight, no matter what those big red headlines promised you. Be ready to invest in your online business long-term.
Here are the specific things I did to increase my traffic dramatically:
- Blog Consistently
- Proper Web Page Optimization for every page/post
- Some Guest Blogging - when I had time 🙂
- Creating Solid Content That Gets Shared
- Engaging With My Readers
- Active on Social Media Channels
- Add Social Media Share Buttons so readers can share content
Is It Really That Simple? Yes.
I know you probably expected a detailed blueprint giving you a million things to add to your task list. It's really not that complicated. The key to getting free targeted traffic to your site is really as simple as this:
Write great content. Address your market's needs & wants (via keywords & responses). ENGAGE with them. Make it easy for your readers to share your content (for you!). And be consistent until your readership is solid and your site/blog is well established in the search engines.
That pretty much sums it up...
These are the same marketing strategies I am using on my two newer blogs (my video blog and my low carb blog) to get free targeted traffic, including the strategies I listed earlier that I didn't actively do for ClickNewz last year.
I hope that proves inspiring and helpful. 😉