How I Received 850 Visitors Without Using Social Media Sites
Posted by Patrick on January 2nd, 2008
Since I started this blog on Oct 1st 2007, I have used different strategies to increase traffic and RSS subscribers. For instance I’ve paid for publicity banners and used social media sites with I would say, impressive results. One of my posts submitted to StumbleUpon received close to 10000 visitors to this date, and another one about 1500. However, while social media sites can bring tons of visitors in a few hours, more than often these visits are, as I like to call, hit and run.
The 850 visitors we are talking about in this article are, as I like to call, organic visitors. They are neither sponsored visitors, nor social media users spending .025 second on your site. They are pure organic visitors with an interest for your site.
In this article you will learn the different strategies I used to attract 850 quality visitors by using free simple methods available at your fingertips.
Frequent readers of Piggy Bank Pie already know how I like to promote both Guest Blogging and Blogging Collaboration. I’ve used these methods to increase traffic in the last 2 month of 2007, and trust me, I will continue in the same direction for 2008.
Inspired by Skellie and Chris Garrett, I decided to start guest blogging about 2 months ago. I can say that I’ve been fortunate to have great opportunities on very popular blogs. This gave Piggy Bank Pie free publicity to find new regular readers and RSS subscribers. And, since Piggy Bank Pie offers Writing Services, guest posting is THE best possible visibility to promote this service, much better than paying $1 a click on AdWords for the word “Freelance Blogger”. I thought I’d share my guest blogging stats hoping this will convince you to start promoting your blog using a similar strategy.
Guest Post at Blogging Tips.com
Title: Introducing Windows Live Writer: A Desktop Blog Publishing Application
Total visitors received from this gig: 92
Estimated number of new RSS subscribers: 15-20
Guest Post at John Chow dot Com
Title: The Guest Blogger’s Guide To The Blogosphere
Total visitors received from this gig: 107
Estimated number of new RSS subscribers: 35-40
Business generated by this guest post: 1 Guest Post for Mixed Market Arts, 2 request for proposal to ghostwrite ebooks
Guest Post at Mixed Market Arts
Title: Building Traffic With Blog Carnivals
Written by Sharon Hurley Hall for Piggy Bank Pie Writing Services
Total visitors received from this gig: 18
Business generated by this guest post: 5 more articles for Mixed Market Arts (currently under writing)
Guest Post at SEO 2.0
Title: Bonsai Blogging: How to Fail with Social Media
Total visitors received from this gig: 30
Incoming link from Humor Blogging citing the article: 4 visits
Estimated number of new RSS subscribers: between +-5
Business generated by this guest post: 1 ghostwriting gig
Total Visitors From Guest Posting Activities: 251
Not convinced yet? Read this article I wrote on How To Find Tons Of New Quality Visitors To Your Blog. It should at least convince you to give it a try.
If guest blogging is the best thing I did to bring new readers and kick off the Writing Services, collaborating with other bloggers is the second best thing I did since I started this site. I will divide Blogging Collaboration into 4 categories:
- Bloggers guest posting here at Piggy Bank Pie
- Interview with a Pro Blogger
- Participating in forums
- Link exchange
Bloggers Guest Posting at Piggy Bank Pie
The first guest post published on Piggy Bank Pie was from Sharon Hurley Hall from Get Paid To Write Online. Since then, a total of 19 posts have been published by 6 Guest Bloggers. Curious to know how many visitors this has brought to this blog?
Total Visitors Received From Guest Bloggers: 255
Interview With a Pro Bloggers
My Interview with Caroline Middlebrook generated very good traffic. When you get a chance to interview a Pro Blogger, try using this opportunity to maximize your visibility. Some tips that might help:
Tip #1: Interviewing a Pro Blogger is a good idea, but you also need to convince her or him to publish a small post mentioning the interview with a back link to your site. Sometimes a little cash might help, but it’s a good investment.
Tip #2: Try to advertise your interview where the Pro Blogger has fans and followers. It could be a Facebook fan group for instance. Join the group and drop a note, this will surely bring you traffic. As for Caroline, I knew she was very popular in the Thirty Day Challenge forum, so I went there to posted a simple note saying I had interviewed Caroline on my blog.
Tip #3: Leave a comment on the blogger’s site. Try to be the first to comment on the latest post following the interview, give a valuable opinion and finish by mentioning the interview with a direct link to the article.
Total Visitors From Caroline Middlebrook.com: 99
Total Visitors From The Thirty Day Challenge Forum: 53
Participating In Forums
Before I started investing time in forums, I had heard this tip hundreds of time but had serious doubt, and also thought this would be a waste of precious time. WRONG. First, by joining active forums you meet new bloggers and you develop professional, but also friendly relationships. I joined a private forum focused on Blog Marketing and met very nice and knowledgeable bloggers. Since I joined this group about 2 months ago, I feel like I’m now working in a team; if I have a question, if I need information on a specific topic, there is always someone to help. And because we all have different backgrounds, the knowledge sharing is amazing.
Total Visits From Marketing Forum: 117
Estimated number of new RSS subscribers: 15-20
Just like many bloggers, I too was pissed about the last Google Page Rank Update… even though I was not affected at all since Piggy Bank Pie was relatively new. So I decided that for now, my best strategy would be to collaborate with bloggers to exchange traffic. Whether Larry Page likes it or not, I choose readers over his page rank algorithm. In this category I also include the BlogRush widget and RSS Hugger, which are a form of link exchange.
Total Visitors Coming Form Link Exchange: 75
Total Visitors From Blogging Collaboration Activities: 599
GRAND TOTAL VISITORS FROM GUEST BLOGGING AND BLOGGING COLLABORATION: 850
As you can see, there are simple ways you can use to bring you organic visitors. While the above numbers are not astronomical -some bloggers receive more than that every day- still for a relatively new blog such as Piggy Bank Pie, they are important most of all, we are talking quality traffic.
Have you had any success bringing organic visitors to your blog? have you used other strategies not mentioned in this post? Let’s continue this discussion through the comments.
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