Some of the most effective traffic methods are in fact free traffic methods and all it requires is quite a bit of time and proper research. Not only do you have to know how many visitors you have but also the Geo location for better optimization and response. You always focus on the top tier countries which are US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and those should be your primary audience. Always try to keep the top tier visitors well above 60%.
The two best traffic tactics mentioned in this article is back-link building by means of commenting on high authority sites, and back-links by means of guest blogging Click to tweet
The guest posting sites covered in this article have over 300 Million Visitors combined, and are known for their responsive audiences.
But First You Need A Tracking Tool – Which can be found with sites like Hitstats, simply search your browser. Then register your free account and follow the easy steps to load the html code to your site, preferably in a text widget. Been using this little tool for a long time and must say that it’s quite accurate. Best part, it’s not going to cost you anything especially if you’re just getting started. Rather use your online budget for things like hosting, domains and email auto responder.
That is how you check the traffic to your own domain, but when you’re building back links you also want to know both the quality and quantity of visitors to the other site. This is where another free tool works great, it’s called Symilarweb. Only no code to install to your blog cPanel, simply enter the URL you wish to check traffic on in the search window and search.
Once you have established site quantity and quality of visitors, you also want to ensure the site is at least indexed in Google if not ranking. For this you simply use the Google PR Checker tool, which you can also access by simply searching your browser for those keywords.
But, when you do check on a site’s page rank with Google PR Checker then you want to only include the http protocol when entering the domain in the section provided. If a particular site has https protocol enabled, simply remove the “s” as this will interfere with the result and you may lose out on some high ranking sites.
Next you must target your Keywords – Using tools like Drop My Link or Put My Link. Just create yet another free account with Drop My Link, or use Put My Link (Which requires no Sign Up) so you can search for the sites directly relevant to your own. Once inside, you will have two options;
With Drop My Link – You will notice the window to enter your Keyword, and beneath it you will see Category and Footprint. You can play around with the different categories, but let’s just use “Comment backlinks” for the purpose of this demonstration. Comment backlinks is where the comment window allows you a space to enter your website URL. And this must be the URL to your own blog and a domain you own. Never put any link in the actual comment section, just the way professionals do it. Only include a link when the comment section allows you to do so.
Then there’s the Footprint which for the purpose of this article let’s just go with Comment Luv Premium. Nope, nothing to purchase here, you’ll be introduced to the sites that use the Comment Luv Premium Plugin. It will even allow you to include a link to one of your latest posts, great plugin for comment backlinks. With the Footprint, I also suggest test the different options.
Rotate the options between Category and Footprint for different search results while choosing different keywords directly related to your own blog.
Some of the alternatives include sites that use disquss and gravatar for their comments sections. A good example of such a site is Social Media Examiner, which receives Millions of visitors. This only mean you must create your profile on these sites, but as complete as possible with a link to your blog in that profile.
With Put My Link – You don’t have to create a free account, you can just go ahead and enter your keyword, and the Find section is much like the Footprint section with Drop My Link. Search your different options and find the best results.
Keep Track of where you Comment – Keep track of your comments activity by choosing the option to be notified by email of follow up comments. And also create a folder in your browser to save all the bookmarks to the sites you choose to comment on. Perhaps create sub folders and categorize your comment sites between Blogs, websites and Forums. Don’t just comment and close the window to move on to the next site, bookmark each and every site you comment on.
Once you know Where you Comment – You also need to focus on what you comment, because random blabber will not get you recognised as a professional. This is exactly why you need to know your niche and be able to identify a common need, to which you must be able to offer advice. Be professional and learn as much as you possibly can about your niche, and put yourself in the position of getting recognised.
Actually read the article you wish to comment on (no matter if it’s 1500 words), because you must focus on the topic and add value to the discussion at hand. A professional comment does not end with “Great article, thanks for sharing.” Tell the audience why you think it’s a great article and how the information is helpful to you.
Add a little spice to the discussion and include value by adding relevant advice to compliment the author’s work. This way webmasters will also approve your comments much easier, which is another hurdle for newbies to cross.
Backlinks By Means of Guest Posting – Once you search Google for guest posting sites, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed by the quantity. Literally hundreds of sites depending on your niche, and one such site is Hub Pages, with over 11 Million Visitors. But high ranking and high authority sites will require the same quality from your work and copy/paste content will not be published on such sites.
Other sites include Medium, The Telegraph, Forbes and Mashable with no exclusion to Moz - All high authority and high ranking sites where you only share the link to your privately owned domain to your blog. Complete your profiles as professional as possible with a passport like profile picture, not a picture of your favourite pet or car and even island holiday.
Show your audience who they are going to have a conversation with, and give them reason to want to know more about your work. Every niche have a challenge, identify and address that need.
Then there’s the finer tactics of Social Networking – And it involve using a tool called Buffer, to schedule all your social profiles and page posts, where you share the link to your blog, or the posts you have on your blog. You can break it down and also share individual pages of your blog.
However if you’re going to follow that tactic for your social networking, then be sure to install an S.E.O. plugin like All In One S.E.O or Yoast S.E.O. This way each post can be shared as an individual URL with the keyword that must be in your H2 Header or post title.