Building a blog is the easy part, making it successful is the hard part. The success of your blog depends on the amount of traffic it receives. Every blogger worry about the best and effective methods to drive traffic to their blog, everyday it’s being talked about, published on blogs yet most blogger’s still find it hard achieving this feat.
It is useless when you write quality contents but no one reads them, it is hard work producing quality contents on your website but it is even a harder work driving a great deal of traffic to your site. I know I have written about ways to increase blog traffic in this blog but today I don’t intend to discuss such usual methods of increasing blog traffic, the title states “Unusual methods to increase blog traffic in 2013” so today I am going to discuss unusual methods to increase blog traffic.
This unusual methods to increase blog traffic involves things we don’t often do that can result in increased blog traffic is well managed and executed. It is no blackhat method as Google and other search engines are always against such methods. So let’s get down to unusual things we can do to increase blog traffic.
Unusual Methods to Increase Blog Traffic:
Content Curation: Most blogger do not have a clue about this and how they can drive massive traffic to their blogs by simply curating related and interesting topics. If you are a blogger and you do not use Content Curation sites like Scoop.it then you have been missing out from so much traffic, get on board now. Curate other interesting topics related to your blog niche alongside with yours and this way you will generate a massive amount of blog traffic.
Content Syndication: I have earlier discussed this topic on a blog post titled “Content Syndication – How it can improve your blog’s traffic”. I recommend you read this article. The benefits of content syndication cannot be over-emphasized, not only will it increase your blog traffic it will also improve your content outreach to the wider world. I use quite a good number of content syndication sites (Bizsugar, Bloggers, Inbound, Chime, Snip.it, Triberr, Rebelmouse etc ) and drive massive amount of traffic to my blog.
Social Blog Communities: As much as we need social media signal to increase SERP we can also make good use of it to drive blog traffic. I joined a good number of social blog communities with great interests like commenting on fellow member’s blogs, voting for member’s posts on content syndication sites, sharing fellow member’s posts on social networks. The amount of traffic generated via this method is massive. Imagine 20 bloggers like you sharing your posts everyday on the various social networks they belonged as you of course reciprocate same gesture; just imagine the amount of traffic that can be generated from it. So search and join active social blogging communities on Facebook and other social media networks you may belong.
Turn your blog posts into PDF or slides and submit to eBook Stores: This is yet another unusual method on could use to increase blog traffic, convert your blog posts into a PDF file using a browser plugin called Print Friendly and submit them to eBook stores. My favorite eBook store is Scribd, there are still other good ones like free-ebooks, thefreesite, e-library etc. You can also turn your blog posts into PowerPoint slides and post them on Slideshare. This method is unusual but effective, try and leave html links within your ebooks or slide so the reader can always refer back to your blog for further reading.
Forum/Blog Commenting: If you are a blogger and you do not engage in forum or blog commenting, then you have been missing out from a lot of blog traffic. The good thing about blog commenting especially those with CommentLuv plugin is not just to gain blog traffic but to also earn a backlink. Same with forum commenting, simply use your site URL as your forum signature and when you make comments it will be displayed alongside your posts, make meaningful contributions to forum threads and see the amount of traffic you can drive to your blog via this unusual method. So join active forums/blogs and start commenting today.
Join Tweet Exchange Sites: Tweet exchange has been my most secret blog traffic weapon and I just unleashed it to you. The idea is pretty simple, tweet other user’s posts and earn points and use the points to schedule your own posts to be shared. I belong to quite a handful of such sites but I have trimmed it down to just one – JustRetweet. Imagine your tweet being shared by hundreds of other popular bloggers. This method not only increase your social media signal but also generate massive amount of blog traffic.
Giveaways: This is not something many bloggers are used to. Giveaways are unusual blog traffic method that can generate massive blog traffic, simply give away something after a contest. Get your visitors to share your blog posts to the various social networks they belong, subscribe to your feeds etc and at the end of the contest you give away a gift.
Just like I promised you at the beginning of this article that I am only going to discuss unusual methods to increase blog traffic, I hope you find these methods unusual but effective in generating massive blog traffic. Let me hear what you think, use the comment form below to share with me. If you know other unusual methods to increase blog traffic you can as well add via your comments, remember to subscribe to my RSS.