Everyone with a website these days wants a shite load of traffic, that’s no secret.
The problem is that no one strategy fits everyone’s website or niche, you need to experiment with various promotional methods. .
The overall process I follow is simple:
1. Create awesome content – using my checklist.
2. Promote the hell out of that content (using the tips below)
3. Let it convert – setup your website for the sale or email subscription.
I am, however, not as qualified as the best marketers and entrepreneurs out there on the web.
So instead of following what I do, I brought together the best techniques from the world’s best and most popular internet marketers & entrepreneurs. Needless to say, I’ve gone through every single one of these posts and checked them out, to make sure they’re worth sharing!
The goal behind this post is to be a bit of an ultimate resource.
I’ve packed it with a ridiculous amount of links to awesome traffic tips & posts so you can check back, read through each post and enhance your knowledge. So if you like what you see, bookmark it, share it on Facebook or twitter and keep coming back!
This post is monstrously long, so below is a list of contents so you can easily jump from person to person.
Click the name below to see what what each person has to offer – or simply scroll 🙂
- Robbie Richards
- Darren Rowse
- Seth Godin
- Gael Breton
- Noah Kagan
- Pat Flynn
- Brian Dean
- Neil Patel
- Mike Dunlop
- Derek Halpern
- Jon Cooper
- Corbett Barr
- Jon Morrow
- Yaro Starak
- Lewis Howes
- Jeff Bullas
- Ian Cleary
- Kim Roach
- Posts & Articles from Miscellaneous websites
So now I’ll shut up now and introduce you to them:
I’ll get started with some of the internet’s best & most specific promotional tips.
Robbie Richards has burst onto the scene recently with some extremely actionable strategies anyone can use. Keep an eye on his blog because it’s very quickly becoming the place to go for traffic building techniques.
Robbie has used the techniques below to build a strong following in a very short time!
What to read:
- 16 Explosive Content Promotion Strategies
This post lists a series of ways to promote your website. What makes the big difference between this post and others around the internet is the nature of each item – a detailed how-to is included so you can follow each strategy step by step.
- 13 Killer Link Building Strategies For 2014 (And Beyond)
Just like the above article, Robbie reveals several ways to build backlinks for your website and enhance SEO, with step by step instructions. If you want a strong foundation of backlinks for SEO, this is definitely worth a read.
- Case Study: How I Increased Traffic 272% In 30 Days (Without Spending A Penny)
Learn how Robbie Richards website started from scratch and the strategies he used to make it popular.
Darren owns and runs several successful blogs including the famous Pro Blogger.
Pro Blogger shows people how to make a living online by starting up a blog, and it’s one of the most successful and popular websites of it’s kind.
Darren’s been in the game for over 10 years and has a loyal following of over 300,000 people.
What to read:
- How I Turned a Guest Post into 3 Million Visitors and Over 150,000 Social Media Shares
So, do you think you could make use of 3 million visitors to your website? That’d be one hell of a growth spurt! Well this post shares the story of a post that Darren shared on a website, gives you some ideas behind why it was so popular and how to build upon it.
5 Things to Do With Your Blog Posts After You’ve Hit Publish
After you’ve finished writing that blog post, there’s a few things to do and consider. Darren goes through the processes below with everything from Social Media to SEO and working on your future content. It’s a 6 post series so check it out below!
Day 1: Socialise Your post for Maximum Effect
Day 2: Publish Your Blog Post Without SEO, 1000s of Visits Will Be Lost
Day 3: How to Repurpose Your Content and Why You Should Do It
Day 4: How to Keep Readers on Your Blog
Day 5: How to Extend Your Ideas with Future Blog Posts
Day 6: Which Tip Will You Put into Practice?
- Seven Traffic Techniques for Bloggers—and Metrics to Measure Them
This is another series of posts dedicated to address seven core areas of generating traffic to your website. Darren goes into detail on each subject and gives you the fundamentals to get started. It’s a terrific spot for people to start or experienced bloggers and marketers to review their techniques.
1: SEO – Search Engine Optimization
2: Content Marketing
3: Online Advertising
5: Social Media
7: Networking & Collaboration
Seth Godin is about a big a name as it gets with in Internet Marketing. He’s a best selling author, founder of Squidoo and was the VP of direct marketing at Yahoo. He’s also one of three people inducted into the direct marketing Hall of Fame.
When Seth talks, people listen. There’s only one traffic building post here but it’s worth checking out.
What to read:
- How to get traffic for your blog
It’s simple, a 56 point list of techniques that tell you very quickly what you can do. It’s brief and directly to the point – the perfect print out to have on your wall! This post is a bit of fun poke at how ironic some lists are, but still worth checking out.
Gael runs a top marketing website called ‘Authority Hacker’. They share some very actionable and useful strategies for growing you website / business – with the focus on being an authority.
These guys have a few very interesting strategies and techniques to make things easier, it’s well worth checking out!
What to read:
- 4 Skills You Will Need To Run a Successful Authority Site
This is the first step you need to take, it’s an overview of the skills you need to develop to start growing your website and earn a bit of authority. It’s less specific and more generalised but something all website owners and promoters need to understand.
- How To Get Free Traffic From Facebook Even If Your Fanpage Is Lame
This post is actually a video which goes through a short but effective way to promote your posts on Facebook using groups. It’s dead simple but highly actionable – perfect for someone who has just started a website and is looking for some traffic!
- Formatting For Increased Traffic, Conversion & Engagement (how I grew one site’s page traffic by 9275%)
While this post promotes software toward the end, the information leading up to it is pretty useful and an important part of keeping users on your website, decreasing your bounce rate and to avoid wasting your traffic. Keeping these factors under control helps page rank and SEO, check out the results for a clearer idea.
- Pinterest Marketing Tips & Strategies – How to Get Twice More Traffic Than Facebook On One Of The Most Underrated Social Networks
Pinterest can be a very powerful and viral platform if you use a lot of images on your website or latest blog post. Get started on Pinterest with Gael’s guide right here!
Noah is another popular marketer who shares his thoughts on his website OkDork.
He has a very strong following and is also responsible for the online business AppSumo.
What to read:
- Why Content Goes Viral: What Analyzing 100 Million Articles Taught Us.
So I’m guessing that you want your content to go viral, right? Who doesn’t! Well this posts lists certain common factors in the most viral links out there and discusses the results. The information in this post is useful for tailoring your content to become potentially more shareable.
- How to Grow a Blog to 100,000 Visitors in Less than a Year
This post outline’s Noah’s journey from 0 to 100,000 visitors per month within 12 months. He shares some insight on his approach which gives you some guidance on how to get large amounts of traffic you crave.
- We Analyzed Nearly 1 Million Headlines. Here’s What We Learned
Do you need to master the art of catchy headlines? Start here.
- How to get your first 100 email subscribers
Without a doubt, the worst mistake you can make is overlooking your email list. Get your first 100 subscribers using these strategies that Noah presents.
Ever heard of Pat Flynn? Smart passive Income?
Well Pat is one of those guys who believes 100% transparency and is one of the most approachable guys in the blogging industry. His focus is on building relationships with his readers.
Has it worked? Well he brings home well over half a million each year in passive income.
What to read:
- How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog with Corbett Barr (in Hi-Def!)
This is an interview Pat conducts with Corbett Barr from Think Traffic – now Fizzle (he’s also in this list!). They discuss how to start from scratch and build your blog into a highly trafficked hub of information.
- A Detailed Look at My (Non-Aggressive) Email List Strategy
You’ve heard it before – the money is in the list. Pat shows us exactly how he signs people up to his email list and generates not only a lot of return traffic but passive sales also!
- A Simple Traffic Generation Strategy You’re Probably Not Using – Take It!
This is one of Pat’s strategies for getting some nice coverage from Forums – by interviewing the owner!
- A Real Life Example (and Analysis) of Epic Content Gone Viral
Pat examines a fans website and his viral content to identify certain key factors that make content spread like wildfire.
Brian Dean, aka ‘Backlinko’ is a legend in the world of link building. If you’re into SEO, you follow what Brian has to say because his posts are golden!
Backlinko has become the go to blog for SEO and link building, so check out these actionable posts!
What to read:
- On-Page SEO: Anatomy of a Perfectly Optimized Page
Before you start link building, you want your On Page SEO set for success. This infographic and the tips that follow are definitely worth the read and something that should be implemented into every blog post or article!
- 17 Untapped Backlink Sources (Updated)
If you’re wanting to get straight into the link building side of things, this post will keep you busy for a very long time. It’s actionable list of link building opportunities and strategies that you definitely should try!
- 21 SEO Techniques You Can Use Today to Get More Search Engine Traffic
Another killer list of ways you can build backlinks and increase search engine traffic.
- The Definitive Guide to Guest Blogging
Guest blogging is a powerful way to get in front of your potential audience, build backlinks and generate a lot of traffic. But how do you find the opportunities? What’s the best way to go about it? Brian discusses here!
- THE Backlinking Strategy That Works – 2014 and Beyond Edition
We were just looking at Pat Flynn’s stuff before, well Brian guest posts on Pat’s site here by presenting an overall strategy that really works. Get comfortable before reading this one though, it is jam packed.
- 11 Untapped Content Promotion Strategies
Brian goes into promotional strategies with this post (as opposed to link building) and gives you a list of strategies to try on your blog! Very easy to follow.
Neil is the man these days, he’s one of the most successful online marketers out there and he constantly shares the goods with his audience over at QuickSprout.
Neil co-founded Crazy Egg, the Hellor Bar and KISSmetrics and in the past helped guys like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom market their businesses. He’s got some pull, he was named one of the top Entrepreneurs under 35 by Obama. So I’d listen to what he has to say – because he knows his shit.
What to read:
- 37 Point Checklist: How to Create Content That Will Increase Your Traffic by Tomorrow Morning
This is a simple list of ways to increase the quality of your content so that it is statistically more likely to be shared and receive more traffic. These points are terrific for quality control and worth pinning up on your wall, next to your computer!
- 15 Types of Content That Will Drive You More Traffic
More on content! This list of content types will give you an idea of a general approach to your topic that will generate more traffic. This is another top resource if you’re looking for content ideas.
- A Guide on How To Create a Guide That’ll Drive You 361,494 Visitors
Become and authority and wow anyone who lands on your site by offering an ‘Ultimate Guide’ which is packed with quality information. Neil shows you how to do it and generate 361,494 visitors – just like he did!
- How to Grow Your Blog to 100,000 Visits a Month Within 1.5 Years
Neil shows us what it took for him to reach 100,000 visitors per month on his blogs. He then shares what works best for him to propel his growth over the years. Well worth the read!
- The Advanced Guide to Content Marketing
This is a comprehensive, multipage online guide to content marketing. Highly visual, it’s a top resource that’ll keep you busy for quite some time and deliver real results.
I first read Mike’s website years ago and he was barely 20 and making well over $100,000 a year online.
This guy was just a kid that was obsessed with making money online and driving traffic to websites. Now in his 20’s he has become a respected and sought after Entrepreneur – he offers a little insight into his traffic techniques.
I’m a huge fan of Mike’s writing because it is actionable, easy to follow and Income Diary is one of the websites I check out the most.
What to read:
- How I Get Over 100,000 Visitors a Month With Top List Articles
Mike Dunlop absolutely kills it online with lists. So he goes into a bit of detail into the how and why they generate so much traffic.
- 7 Lessons From 50 Blog Posts That Send Me The Most Traffic
Which posts get the most traffic on Income Diary? Not only which ones but why is explained here for you.
- 10 Traffic Tips Straight from Michael Dunlop
Mike shares 10 simple ways to get more traffic – nice and simple!
- 101 “B.S. FREE” Ways to Drive More Traffic To Your Website
10 ideas for promotion and traffic not enough? Here’s 101 ideas that’ll keep you busy for quite some time and get you results!
Derek Halpern and his website Social Triggers stand out form the crowd.
He does this by sidestepping all of the fancy design, clutter and mess that blogging attracts and offers simple, how-to advice and common sense to teach you valuable concepts behind growing a website or business.
What’s really cool? Most of his posts are videos! So get comfy and check some of these out.
What to watch & read:
- How to Get Major Press For Your Startup, Small Business, Or Website (with No Connections and Without a PR firm)
The drafting technique! This is the approach Derek used to grow his massive audience and it’s just a simple common sense approach. It’s about getting press for your website and attracting more people. He also goes into a bit more detail here also.
- Two Sure-Fire Ways to Increase Website Traffic
This video is an interview Derek takes a look at 2 concepts within traffic generation. Once again, pure common sense and worth a watch.
- 7 Ways that Content Goes Viral
I’m sure you want your content to go viral, right? Derek takes a look at what prompts people to share something and make it go viral.
- Creating Viral Content? The Secret is Get Contagious…
An even more in depth look at making content go viral.
- “Should I use those annoying popups?”
You’ve seen them and you don’t like them. But when they’re used they get subscribers, so Derek answers this question on whether or not you should use pop up email opt-in forms.
Point Blank SEO is Jon’s vehicle. It’s about, you guessed it – Search Engine Optimization or SEO.
Increasing traffic through SEO can be a daunting task, but Jon offers some content which is packed with actionable tips and is also very comprehensive. If you want to get started in SEO for your website, check out Point Blank SEO for sure.
In particular, we’re going to look at link building.
What to read:
- Link Building Tactics – The Complete List
This isn’t a post you just read and implement, no. You bookmark it, come back to it, use it as a resource and try each tip as you go because it is so packed with information. Check it out!
- The Most Creative Link Building Post Ever
Why not ask the internet’s best SEO ‘s for their tips? Jon compiled a list of the best SEO’s out there and they’ve shared stories and creative ideas on how to get backlinks.
- The Second Most Creative Link Building Post Ever
Like the post above, Jon keeps the names coming with more information to take your website to spot number 1 on Google!
Corbett Barr is the man who started Think Traffic and eventually, with the help of Caleb Wojcik & Chase Reeves – launched the course and website Fizzle.
Corbett is very popular online. As one of the webs top marketers and online business men, he knows a thing or two about traffic – having run a hugely popular website based around the topic in the past.
What to read:
- 42 Timeless Ideas for Attracting More Visitors to Your Website
It’s a simple, a 42 point list of ideas you can follow to dramatically increase your website’s traffic.
- 5 Extraordinary Blog Post Types that Will Grow Your Audience Faster
Need an idea on what kind of content to write? Corbett goes through his top 5 content types that generate traffic.
- Write Epic Shit
Make your content epic so it’ll spread further and faster. Probably Corbett’s most famous written piece, this gives you some honest, no-nonsense tips for creating content that’ll captivate your readers.
- An Insider’s Look at a Viral Blog Post: 220,000 Visitors and a TV Appearance
OK, technically this wasn’t written by Corbett, but it’s on his site and takes a look at a post going crazy viral. You’ll see what drove the traffic and how one page got 220,000 visitors in a very short time.
Jon used to be a part of CopyBlogger, but has stepped out on his own with his popular blog – Boost Blog Traffic.
He has an easy to follow writing style and covers a wide range of traffic generation strategies.
What to read:
- Why Your Site Gets Such Pitiful Traffic (and What to Do about It)
This post is about asking yourself the question: “Why am I getting no traffic?” Well, Jon gives his best answers to that question.
- 10 Simple Twitter Tactics That Will Get You More Traffic Today
Twitter is a powerful source of traffic for almost all niches and topics – here’s how to take your tweets and your Twitter profile to the next level and get more visitors from it.
- 5 Steps to Creating an Everlasting Gobstopper of Traffic
Learn how to kick-start your traffic and get it to start coming in almost endlessly.
Yaro is another guy making his living from highly trafficked websites. His website, Entrepreneur’s Journey, is no exception to that term “highly trafficked“.
Through Entrepreneurs Journey Yaro has educated many others on creating a living online and is a bit of a ‘go-to guy’ in the industry.
What to read:
- Blog Traffic Fundamentals: What Are Communication Channels?
Yaro talks about the nature of traffic and getting started with building traffic to your website. If you’re new to the game this is worth checking out!
- The Myth Of “Being Everywhere” And The Smarter Path To Traffic
Another more conceptual approach to traffic strategies, Yaro points out that you can spread yourself too thin by trying to ‘be everywhere’. So he goes into focusing on one platform at a time!
Have you found greatness? Well coming directly from the school of greatness, Lewis Howes is here to share is strategies on building traffic.
Lewis has an inspirational story, that of a pro athlete who suffered a career ending injury and wound up broke sleeping on his sister’s couch. He then started again, from nothing, and built an online empire! So he’s got a few tips.
What to read:
- Increase Blog Traffic, Subscribers, and Sales With Michael Dunlop
This post is actually a video interview between Lewis and Mike Dunlop (mentioned earlier) which looks at both making money and increasing traffic online.
- Video Marketing Tips for Driving More Traffic
Coincidentally – another video interview! This time the focus is building traffic using video and YouTube with James Wedmore.
- 7 Online Guerrilla Marketing Tips That Feed Your Business
These 7 quick and actionable tips to get things moving on your website.
Jeff Bullas is popular in social media marketing circles and has a very good reputation due to the value he provides on his blog.
Jeff’s traffic strategies are solid and well worth consider, so here’s some of his best tips.
What to read:
- 57 Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic
This post is a lot like some the earlier mentioned, an actionable list of 57 tips to grow your traffic. An awesome resource.
- 20 Ideas for Content that People Love to Share on Social Media
Going viral is about people sharing your content. Jeff shares a list of values found in content people most love to share so you can use them in your content.
- 23 Hints for Creating Content that Google Loves – Infographic
This post is also about content, but this time the focus is on Google or SEO. So check out this infographic to tailor your writing to receive more search engine traffic.
Ian Cleary owns the website Razor Social, a site dedicated to offering advice to grow your following through the use of social media and social media tools.
Ian writes some value packed posts that will help you boost your traffic in no time.
What to read:
- How to Increase Blog Traffic: Essential Blog Tips You Cannot Ignore!
This article shows you the first steps you need to make to generate more traffic to your website.
- How to Promote Your Blog Post to Get 1,000 Shares
Arter applying some of the fundamentals in the post above, Ian reveals a handful of methods to promote your work to the masses and get things moving.
- 7 Hot SEO Tips and Tricks for Blogs
These 7 easy to follow tips help you to further optimize your website for search engines! It’s something you can refer to regularly to keep things polished for Google.
I’ve saved one of the very best for last- right here!
When I first found Kim’s site I read every single post. She shares numerous promotional methods that are simple, easy and get powerful results.
If you want to promote your content but are out of ideas, just check out her websites Buzzblogger and My Traffic Mentor!
Start off by reading:
- How to Get 5,000 Visitors to Your Next Blog Post… (WITHOUT Google)
Would you like 5000 people to read your next blog post? Or even your old blog posts? Here’s a handful of strategies to reach those people.
- 23 Steps to 100,000 Visitors (Step-by-Step Guide)
You read it, 23 steps – and most of them killer promotional strategies with endless possibilities. This post simply cannot be taken in within one sitting. Read it, try out some strategies and come back, it’s a resource.
- (Webinar Replay) 5,000 Visitors Per Blog Post
Get comfy and watch this webinar that Kim recorded, she explains a handful of extremely powerful promotional techniques you can use grow your email list and get more visitors – look out for the “Reverse Content Funnel”.
Miscellaneous Articles & Posts from around the web
I’ve also found some other very powerful sources of information on the web. I’ve got handful of articles from many other tops marketers online aside from the above list:
- 17 Advanced Methods for Promoting Your New Piece of Content
This post is about networking with influencers and leveraging their following for massive results, followed by other promotional tools and techniques. Written by Aaron Agius.
- 50 Experts Reveal How to Promote Your Blog with Just 3 Tools
What are the top tools on the web for promoting your website? 50 Experts have their say and we see which are most popular. Written by Richard Marriott.
- 99 Ways to Promote Your Blog for Free
The title kinda says it all. No money down, 99 free ways to promote, this will keep you busy!
- 32 Experts Share Their Best Blog Post Promotion Tips
Another value packed article with top tips being shared by 32 Marketing Experts.
- The Definitive Checklist For Effective Blog Post Promotion
This list is practically step by step. Write your awesome blog post and then follow each promotional method in order for awesome results.
- What Actually Makes Things Go Viral Will Blow Your Mind. (Hint: It’s Not Headlines Like This.)
Forget click bait and headlines will only get you so far, so there’s more to it. Here’s a look at the content that goes viral and gets websites like Upworthy 87 Million visitors per month.
- How to Write Blog Posts That Go Viral
This is a guest post on Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income by Onibalusi, it reveals an action plan toward creating content highly likely to go viral.
- How to Get the Attention of Online Influencers
This is one of the more unique posts out there which details how to ‘get in’ with an influencer. Written by Dan Norris.
- Our startup pre-launch strategy
This is an insightful look at the startup strategy used by Makers Journey to get 1000 Email Subscribers and build traffic. It can be used as a shining of example of an approach to getting started with your traffic building. This post is written by Andrew Gale
- Increase Traffic using Content Promotion
Giles Thomas offers an awesome list of promotion strategies to get tonnes of traffic to your blog posts. Defintiely worth checking out!
Finally, make good use of that traffic…
This isn’t something I can cover in this article, but remember to set yourself up for success. Dave Smith wrote a good article on his Total Coaching website that helps you understand the importance of converting traffic, it’s called The 5-Step Process to Get Your Fitness Website Selling For You.
Ultimately you want to make a sale, gain an email subscriber or gain some kind of connection with the reader. That’s the final thought I’d like to leave you with.
Did I Miss anything?
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