Last week I’ve participated in a coolest Group project ever, organized by Daniel from Daily Blog Tips. What was great about this project is that all participants not only shared their tips, but received tips from others, and not juts got links to their blogs, but will link to all other project participants. The result of this group project:

  1. the readers get 29 great tips on how to generate traffic to their blogs – the actual working tips
  2. every participant gets 29 backlinks to his/her blog
  3. every blogger gets a chance to spread the “link love” to 29 other blogs

Isn’t it what Web 2.0 is all about – “emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users” according to Wikipedia?

29 Traffic Generation Tips

  1. Eric Atkins
    Create a new design for your website. Not only will it be more attractive to your regular readers, but you can submit it to some CSS gallery showcase sites that feature great designs. This will give you exposure on those sites while generating a lot of traffic and backlinks from those types of sites.
  2. Dennis Coughlin
    Find the best blogs on your niche and contact the authors. Introduce yourself and send a link of your blog. This might help them to discover your blog, read it and possibly link to it.
  3. Splork
    I’ve had good success writing articles and submitting them to EzineArticles. Articles that have been written from well-researched keyword phrases and accepted by EzineArticles tend to rank very high in Google for that search term. Placing anchor text in the footer of those articles so the reader can visit my relevant website has always increased my site traffic.
  4. Alan Thomas
    Don’t forget your archives. I just posted a roundup of all interviews I did over the past seven months. One of them generated a new link and a big traffic spike from a group of users that look like they will be loyal readers now.
  5. Brian Auer
    According to my Google Analytics, about 35% of my traffic comes from other people’s blogs and 25% comes from the forums I’m active with, while search engines provide about 15%. I post comments on other blogs that are related to mine, and I post my site link in my signature at the forums.
  6. Daniel
    A simple tip that will probably boost your page views: install a translator plugin. I decided to use a paid plugin for this, but if I am not wrong there are some free ones as well. The translation is not very good, as you can imagine, but it helps to attract readers that are not fluent in English.
  7. Tillerman
    Be the first to write a post about the ‘Top Ten Blogs’ in your niche. The post will rank highly in any general search for blogs in your niche and other bloggers in your niche write about the post and link to it.
  8. Inspirationbit
    Well, obviously everyone knows that social bookmarking sites like Digg, del.icio.us, etc. bring lots of traffic. But I’m now submitting some of my articles to blogg-buzz.com (a digg like site for bloggers), and I always get not a bad traffic from there.
  9. Brandon Wood
    A simple trick I’ve used to increase traffic to my blog is participate in group writing projects. In fact, that’s what I’m doing right now.
  10. Kat
    I’ve recently gotten involved with several “MySpace-like” community sites that focus on my target audience. I share my thoughts in their forums, post intros to my real blog on their system blog and I’ve even created a group for my specific niche. It’s been very, very successful for me.
  11. Sridhar Katakam
    Keep track of blogs and leave comments on them. How do you know which blogs to keep track of in the first place? Add the MyBlogLog widget/code to your blog. When you notice a MyBlogLog user visiting your blog, visit that person’s in turn.
  12. Ian Delaney
    Nothing creates long-term traffic more than value. Making a post along the lines of ‘Evaluated resources for XYZ’ is useful. Useful things get linked to and they get onto del.icio.us, which is far better long-term than a digg front page.
  13. Guido
    Comment on blogs, write useful content and make good friends on forums.
  14. Grant Gerver
    Try to be polemic. I write obsessively about all-things political from the left-wing perspective in the form of humorous, sarcastic one-liners.
  15. Megan Taylor
    Participate in conversations on related blogs. Start conversations on your own blog. Don’t just post about a story and leave it at that, engage your audience.
  16. Ramen Junkie
    Newsgroups. I always see a spike when I post a review to a newsgroup.
  17. KWiz
    Write something controversial. I don’t think it’s good to write something controversial just for the purpose of getting traffic necessarily (especially if it’s only for that purpose and you’re being disingenuous), but it works.
  18. Jester
    Leave comments on other blogs. If you’re already reading them, it takes just a couple of seconds to leave a message agreeing or disagreeing with the author, you get to leave a link to your site, and you will almost ALWAYS get traffic from your comments.
  19. Engtech
    Community. It’s one word but it is the most important one when it comes to blogging. The only “blog metric” that makes sense is the vibrant community of readers it has. Building a community around your blog will bring you increased traffic, but how do you start? The boilerplate response to building traffic is always “SEO, social networking sites, and commenting on blogs” but it can be simplified to “be part of a community”. The easiest way to seed your blog is with an already existing community. But the only way to do that is to be part of the community yourself.
  20. Goerge Manty
    Post 3-5 times a day. Use ping services like pingomatic or setting up wordpress to ping some of the ping services. Engage your readers. Put up polls, ask them questions, give them quizes, free tools, etc. Make them want to come back and tell their friends about you.
  21. Mark Alves
    Participate in Yahoo Answers and LinkedIn Answers where you can demonstrate your expertise, get associated with relevant keywords and put your URL out there.
  22. Andrew Timberlake
    A great tip for generating traffic is off-line by including your url in all your off-line liturature from business cards, letterheads, pamphlets, adverts through in-store signage if applicable. I even have our website on my vehicle.
  23. Scott Townsend
    Inform search engines and aggregators like Technorati (using the ping functionality) when your blog is updated, this should ensure maximum traffic coming from those sources.
  24. Jen Gordon
    I came upon some unexpected traffic when my blog popped up on some css design portals like www.cssmania.com and www.webcreme.com. If you can put some time into the concept behind and design for your blog, I’d recommend submitting your site to a design portal not only for
    additional traffic but to build an additional community around your site.
  25. Chris
    Squidoo Lenses are a good way to generate traffic. By using a lense, you can generate your own custom “community” of webpages, including some of the more popular pages in your “neighborhood.” Including your own webpage in such a list is a good way of generating traffic.
  26. Kyle
    Simplify. Pay attention to complex issues in your field of work. It may be a big long publication that is hard to wade through or a concept that is hard to grasp. Reference it and make a shorter “for dummies” version with your own lessons learned and relevant tips. When doing this, I have been surprised to find that the simplified post will appear before the more complex version in search results. Perhaps this is why it results in increased traffic; people looking for more help or clarification on the subject will land on your blog.
  27. Nick
    Participating in forums is a great way to get loyal readers. Either link baiting people in your signature or posting great advice and tips will give you high quality traffic, which will result in return visitors.
  28. Cory OBrien
    Read lots of other blogs. Leave trackbacks. Make sure your blog is optimized for search engines. Leverage social bookmarking sites like digg (both for new ideas and for traffic).
  29. Shankar Ganesh
    Just browse around MyBlogLog.com and you will surely get visitors to your blog.

I think I should start these Group Projects on my blog as well, what do you think? :-)

Update: There was another tip added to this group project, so now there are actually 30 tips:

30. Rory
Submit articles to blog carnivals. Your article almost always gets posted, and it must generate a handful of visitors, at least.

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32 Insightful Bits in response to “29 Traffic Generation Tips That Actually Work”

  1. This is cool! I tried some of the above tips and I can tell everybody they work. One more: go make yourself an account at StumbleUpon, then submit your best posts there. The traffic can be amazing, and it is longlasting.

  2. ibit

    Yes, you’re absolutely right about StumbleUpon. I’ve submitted one of my posts there and once in awhile I see traffic coming from there. I should do some more submissions.

  3. Here is one of the good ways for generating traffic..

    http://michaelsync.net/2007/01.....th-people/

    :)

  4. ibit

    Thanks for the tip, Michael. I think I’ll leave that trick when I’ll get extremely desperate to generate more traffic :-)

  5. Shame on me, I missed this project and would have loved to be part of this. Maybe next time.

  6. ibit

    head over to dailyblogtips.com – Daniel is holding another contest, there’s still time left to participate.

    Btw, I couldn’t find my way around your website to post a comment…

  7. These tips are a fine set of ideas. I noticed that when I had my site re-designed I had a huge influx of readers. Content is King, but people want to see it wrapped up in a nice package. Eric Atkins is right. And, Shankar Ganeesh is correct about MyBlogLog. I’m printing this list as a reference. Thanks for putting them all together for us.

  8. pinging sites with site like http://www.pingomatic.com is a good option to increase search engine rankings.

  9. Another good list of Traffic Generation methods can be found here:

    http://www.searchme.co.in/2007.....ys-to.html

  10. Wow! Thanks for this list of tips.

  11. I definitely agree with writing relevant content and updating often. With so many blogs out there, it’s more important than ever to generate unique content with value to it, otherwise you’re just another face in the crowd.

  12. Vivien

    DayJobNuker, you’re welcome. Glad you found the tips useful.

    Mark, I absolutely agree with what you said about standing out in the crowdy blogiverse.

  13. Tip: Use linkscout’s free homepages to increase your page rank in google. Increased ranking = increased traffic. It works like this: Every time you post to your blog include the link in your linkscout page and manually enter your linkscout url at google’s add url page. Google backlinks to every post in your linkscout!

    I moved up one whole page in a couple of days on a niche topic that I regularly blog about using this method .

    Thanks, great post!

  14. Cool idea guys! My tip is using the Google 404 Error Page Plugin that can boost your rankings and definately helps your readers.

  15. Vivien

    AskApache, thanks for another useful tip!

  16. Forums are great. I get about 15 visitors a day from the Joomla forums. I got about 50 total from Warrior Forum off one post I made.

    Traffic exchanges work fairly well, and if you have a good ad, you can attract even the cheaters.

    Digg and Del.icio.us gave me about 20 visitors per article.

    Blog comments attract some visitors, but the best comment traffic I get are from Squidoo Lenses.

    Yahoo Answers gave me about 2 or 3 visitors per post.

    Hope it helps!

    Sincerely,
    Devin T.
    VestRite internet Practices

  17. Devin, thanks for such a detailed and helpful reply. I’m hearing lots of good things about Squidoo, will be trying it out soon as well.

  18. Hey no prob! Glad to help!

  19. James Brausch swears by blog carnivals – I believe he once said it was the #2 (or was it #1) source of new visitors to his site.

    Be careful about duplicating content on 29 different sites though… You don’t want to be hit with a duplicate content penalty (Google likes Web 2.0, but hates reading the same stuff over and over again)

    Good luck!

    Brent

  20. Thanks, Brent. I think if there is other content besides the duplicate one, there’s no penalty. Plus with this one I actually re-shuffled the links order, so it doesn’t duplicate the original.

  21. Thanks for the post… i’d like to get involved in one of these group projects… how do i get involved?

  22. @Traffic2MyPage – check out groupwritingprojects.com, where Jacob posts about the upcoming projects.

  23. Wow…….it’s great post……you explain good number of tips for increasing website traffic….i learn moral new tips form your blog…….Thxxxxx….frd

  24. I agree with #3 about EzineArticles. I have had a lot of luck getting visitors to click through to my sites from those articles. And that is about the only article directory that works for me.

  25. Eze

    What a wonderful experience. I think that this is one of the most detailed traffic generation tips I have seen of recent. Thanks for the work. I have started applying it immediately.

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