4 Simple Ways To Get Your Blog Traffic And A Bit More Exposure

by Craig Sowerby · 50 comments

This is a guest post by Craig Sowerby from CraigSowerby.com.

Know matter what your purpose is with creating your sites or blogs if you do not have any traffic going to your squeeze pages, sales pages or even blogs; it’s like a little shop in a ghost town.

Content is King but it does not matter how good your content is, if it is not being looked at or read then what is the point.

You still have to market and promote your blogs and websites.

Having a blog is a great way to get your foot in the door of the Internet. But there is so many more elements to just posting content on to your blog. Just because you have a blog with some good content on it does not give you the right to have a mass of traffic that flood’s to your site.

Not only does your content have to be relevant to your readers you want your personality to run through your content, be just that bit different and entertain your audience. People will warm to the person behind the blog not the words they read on the screen.

Especially when you first start blogging, it just is not enough to post on your blog. You need to be getting more exposure and promoting like a rabbit on heat to get eyes reading your posts.

4 methods that I would like to share with you today are:

Guest Posting

So why would you even consider writing quality post for someone else’s blog.

Well if you put that same content on your own blog who would actually see it? Especially in the early days.

So writing a guest post is a sure way to get more exposure for you as well as your blog and products.

Why should any top blogs allow your post to be added to their well established blog?  Well if you don’t try then you will never know.  If at first you don’t succeed then keep trying.  Just because you did not get accepted on that particular blog then try another.

Talk to the blog owner or editorial team and find out what sort of material they would be interested in.  Sometimes they may have a dedicated post of rules and regulations of what is needed.  Read older posts and find a feel for what the blog publishes.  Check what the comments are discussing.  Sometimes the comment section can turn into a whole new post in it self.

Forum Marketing

Ok this is a bit old school. But if you are a member of a highly trafficked forum with in your niche.  You have all the traffic you could possible need.  All you need to do is siphon that traffic from the forum back to your blog. By using the signature file in your profile.  Having a line or two of text linking back to your blog or squeeze page

You will want to offer VALUE with in the community.  Contribute to other threads and help other marketers that have problems.  Become the person that people look for when they have a problem. When you help others then people will start talking about how you helped them out and people will start searching for you and wanting to know more about you.  They only need to look in your signature file to find more about you

Social Media

This is the new staying in.  The top 2 big hitters are Facebook and Twitter.  But there is a mass of social sites and it would take ages to list the lot.  Some other top social sites include Digg, Stumble Upon, LinkedIn…….. It really is a must to get your content out there and getting more eyeballs towards your blog. Your content has the potential to go viral.  If other members like what they see they can recommend it to their followers tweet it, like it stumble it.  So that one piece of content can be seen all over the net.

There are also a lot of Word press Plugins that can help automate a lot of this work.  Word press is now becoming the industry standard for most blogs and sites

  • Digg Digg – is one that I have only started using.  It is nice looking with a crisp clean finish.  You can add a load of the top social sites to appear making it easy for the reader to add to their social account
  • Sexy Bookmarks – I used this before using Digg Digg.  I personally think Digg Digg looks better as you see it on the page all the time.
  • Facebook Like – If you want to concentrate on Facebook then this a neat plugin will add the like button at the top or bottom of a page
  • Facebook Comment – This is even more exposure for your content through Facebook.  People can actually leave a comment using their Facebook account instead of the standard word press reply.  So it makes it even more interesting for people to check out your blog
  • Tweetmeme – For all the twitter maniacs.  Makes it simple to retweet and share post over at twitter.  This plugin and the Facebook like are within the Digg Digg and sexy bookmarks plugin.
  • OnlyWire – Will submit your content to all the social sites that you have created and add in the settings of the plugin

Content Syndication

Once you have posted your content onto your blog, why leave it there.  Get it out there to as many places as possible. You might say this is going to go against Google’s rules and your content will be penalized for duplicate content. But this is not about SEO, it’s about getting more exposure to your blog.  Ah the duplicate content rules.  There is so much noise about this subject.  Does it exist or is it just made up, so you buy spinning tools.

Here are my thoughts on duplicate content.  I am not saying this is true or set in stone it is just my thoughts, like Google’s algorithm nobody really knows what it is except of course Google

When there is a major news story do all the news and press release sites have each story spun to make it different from the original source?  That would be a lot of work before getting that exclusive news out to the masses.  Of course Google will rank original content more fairly but if you have the same content on thousands of websites. Then Google has to decide where to put them in order of relevancy and authority.

As I said this is not an article about SEO but getting more exposure to your blogs/sites so let’s not go off track here.  Want my take?  Duplicate content is fine for article marketing and building links, but do not use it on your main site or sites.

So once you have it posted to your blog start posting it to these other sites for a lot more exposure. Most of the time you are only submitting the Link, Title and short description anyway.

Blog Carnivals – A Blog Carnival is very similar to a magazine. It is a blogging community where other bloggers share their content for other’s to read. The articles can contain any type of subjects from all types of bloggers. So when submitting you need to make sure you submit it in the correct category.

If there is a carnival for a topic that interest you, start following it and you will see what other bloggers are talking about. You will then be able to share your content with like-minded bloggers

Blogging Communities This is very similar to the social sites but dedicated to blogging. You will also have to take your time and interact with other bloggers like you do on the social site. Vote for other people’s content that you like and not just keep submitting your content as you will end up becoming a spammer and probably band. Now I am still testing to see which are better and others have been recommended to me.

  • Bloggerbase.com
  • Blogengage.com
  • Blokube.com
  • Serpd.com
  • Bizsugar.com
  • Bloginteract.com
  • Betternetwork.com
  • MMOSocialnetwork.com
  • BloggerDen.com
  • Community.bloggerluv.com

Another place to add your blog post is at imnewswatch.com. Of course this has to be more of a news story and no promotions, but just another place to get more traffic. Easy to come over as the news story is a new post on your blog.

I hope you enjoyed my guest post and you have learnt something new.  If you want to add more great tips and advice lets hear what you have to say in the comments below.

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Jon September 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Firstly, I love your statement “content is king”. How very true that is because if the search engines see regular unique content going on, you will find your site crawled regularly and your pages indexed within hours. Also this can help in your forum marketing idea. If you are on a busy niche forum, the spiders crawl those regularly so any promotional work you do within the forum will be picked up sooner rather than later. This helps in seo and for organic traffic.

With regards to social media, it certainly is the way to go to really drive visitors to your blog. You just have to make sure that you give your social presence the personal touch, this will give people far more interest in things you are saying. Personally I love Twitter and have high hopes for Google+

Craig Sowerby September 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Hey Jon thanks for the positive feedback

Social media is becoming more and more influential in SEO, getting social proof that your sites are being shared and going viral gives you a real push in your rankings

I think Google+ will also be a winner. I think all the social networks have there place

Phil September 17, 2011 at 1:36 am

good post. I think that one of the most important things a new blogger needs to do is continue to believe in themselves and stay focused on what made them want to start a blog in the first place. Like you say-what is the point of writing great content if no one reads it. But all blogs start out with no readers so it’s very easy to lose confidence when you keep checking the stats and find that there have been only 1 or 2 visitors. I wonder how many blogs with great content were left to site because the blogger didn’t have the confidence to persevere.
Guest blogging is a good idea. Not one I’ve tried yet… Maybe I need to give it a go…

Craig Sowerby September 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I would highly recommend to start guest blogging.

Make sure you pick a good blog that is related to your niche and has a lot of readers and is highly trafficked

Sam September 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

Nice post. You may also want to create some videos and insert into your blog content. People love videos than anything else and it can be a great differentiator.

Craig Sowerby September 30, 2011 at 1:01 am

Thanks for the comment Sam!

You are right video is a real good way to get your message accross

Michelle Sterling October 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm

What you said about the content not going to matter if it’s not being looked at or read makes perfect sense. Content is definitely king but there are a lot of hard work that has to be put on strategy as well. SEO and content go hand in hand. There’s no other way.

craig sowerby October 14, 2011 at 2:42 am

Hi Michelle,

No body said things would be easy. No sorry every IM sales letter says things are easy! Do not be afraid to put the work in.

Yes you are right Content is King, so does that mean SEO is Queen as they go hand in hand???

Akash Kumar October 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I find guest posting as a very useful and efficient method for building links and getting high quality traffic to our blogs. Social media site can also be useful once you have created a community of visitors for yourself. You can also do social bookmarks and encourage your readers to bookmark and if gets featured on the homepage of sites like Digg, Reddit, Delicious or StumbleUpon you’ll get enormous amount of traffic and links.

Derek Morton January 4, 2012 at 11:06 am


this is a great post. I’ve been blogging blindly for about a year, and have finally started to market my blog more often. These are great tips. I love guest blogging, it has helped drive a lot more traffic than I was expecting. I hadn’t heard of those blogging forums so I’m going to have to go check those out. Thanks for taking the time to post.

Craig January 5, 2012 at 1:54 am

Hey Derek,

Glad you liked the post. Make sure you check them out as you will be networking with more liked minded bloggers. Some of the forums have a monthly subscription now that will auto post your content to their site when you make a new blog post.

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