14 Free Traffic Strategies for 2012 that DON’T Depend on Google [Traffic and Conversion #9]

How to Increase Blog TrafficWelcome to the ninth edition of the Traffic and Conversion Series!

This monthly post describes what I’m currently doing to drive traffic to my blog and email list.  By listing these techniques, I hope to help YOU increase your own traffic numbers.

Today’s post will talk about how to get web traffic – Even if you’ve been penalized by the recent Google Penguin update.

Many site owners have become a victim of the changes to the search engines.  That’s why it’s important to use these fourteen strategies to get more web traffic.

But, before dive into the main topic of this article, let’s go over the stats from last month:

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]May 2012 Statistics[/title]

First lets recap the stats from April:

  • 23,720 Visits 
  • 78.39% Bounce Rate 
  • 1:22 Average Visitor Duration 
  • 4,560 Returning Visitors
  • 247 Email Subscribers

So what happened in May?

Here is a screenshot from last month:

May Web Traffic Stats
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I use five metrics to measure the “success” of  my traffic generation efforts.  Here’s how they did in April:

  • 17,980 Visits (48.89% Decrease)
  • 73.60% Bounce Rate (6.1% Decrease)
  • 1:50 Average Visitor Duration (34.4% Increase)
  • 4,339 Returning Visitors (4.85% Decrease)
  • 284 Email Subscribers (14.97% Increase)

Once again my traffic numbers have taken a serious hit.  I’m pretty sure this is directly related to the recent Google Penguin change. In March, I had 28,954 visitors from the search engines.  Now it’s down to 8,294 visitors.

May search engine traffic
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Frankly, it’s pretty frustrating to get penalized by Google.  I’ve gone out of my way to NOT do aggressive backlinking.  There are more than 550 pages of content – Most over 1,000 words apiece.  And if you count comments from readers, we’re talking about a million+ words of unique content.  So I’m completely baffled as to why Google would target this site.

On the flip side, I’m happy to see a decrease in the bounce rate and increase in visitor duration.  This shows that while I’m getting less traffic; the overall quality has increased.  Hopefully this is a trend that will continue.

The final metric I like to look at is the “Time on Page” for blog posts in the last  month.  This stat lets me know if people are consuming my content:

  1. How to Master the “Deep Inner Game” of Traffic Generation(Time on Page – 5:16)
  2. How to Mix Broadcast Emails and Autoresponders (without Pissing Off Subscribers)(Time on Page – 3:26)
  3. 8 “Minimalist Blog Tricks” to Build a Massive Email List(Time on Page – 4:24)
  4. The Shocking Truth About Niche Sites [a 1,027 Word Manifesto](Time on Page – 7:04)
  5. 10 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Become an Authority Affiliate Marketer(Time on Page – 5:28)
  6. The Future of Affiliate Marketing – Using iPhone Apps To Skyrocket Your Revenue(Time on Page – 5:39)
  7. My #1 Bulletproof Strategy for Selecting the Best Affiliate Products(Time on Page – 5:29)

Overall, traffic numbers are down because of the Google penalty.  I’m not sure if my site will ever get any love again from this search engine.  So that’s why I’ve decided to implement a promotional strategy which doesn’t include the Big G.

Here’s my plan…

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]How to Generate Traffic without Google[/title]

Last month, I talked about why relying on Google is not a smart business model.  You can’t predict what this search engine wants.  So I’ve decided to STOP worrying about Google and focus on long-term traffic generation strategies.

The truth is there plenty of ways to get traffic even if you decide to ignore Google.  The following are fourteen strategies I’m currently implementing (and I recommend you do the same!)

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#1 – Create Focused; Quality Content[/title]

Previously; I talked about the importance of focusing on a single niche.  That’s why 100% of my content now teaches readers how to build a successful, single affiliate business.

The first step to any traffic strategy is to create in-depth content around one subject.  This is the best way to get repeat visitors and build an audience.

You shouldn’t write a lot about a lot of things.  Instead it’s best to create LOTS of content about a tightly focused topic.

Getting Started: 

Think carefully about your niche.  Find that one angle or problem that gets people’s attention.  Then create content that around this sub-niche.

It’s not that hard to focus on a single niche.  For instance, check out my post how I would start over with affiliate marketing to see my plan for attacking a brand new niche. 

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#2 – Build an Email List[/title]

As an affiliate marketer it’s easy to become obsessed with certain metrics (ie: Likes, shares, followers, Tweets, etc.)  The problem is these metrics don’t help you build a business.  Your end goal is to turn social media followers into email subscribers.  Because as you’ve probably learned – The money is in the list!

Email marketing should be the end goal of any traffic generation strategy. Your list is where you’ll build relationships with subscribers and promote affiliate offers.  Plus it lets you leverage existing contacts to get more traffic (See idea #13 for more on this.)

Getting Started:  

I’ve written a lot about email marketing on this blog.  The best place to start is the post about 8 “Minimalist Blog Tricks” to Build a List.  This teaches you how to create a website that’s designed to capture email addresses.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#3 – Blog Commenting[/title]

Blog commenting was the first traffic technique I ever implemented.  It’s how I made my first connections in the Internet marketing/lifestyle design niches.  In my opinion, it’s one of the best ways to market a brand new site.

You won’t get a flood of traffic with blog commenting.  But it’s a great way to make connections. Your blog comments will get noticed by leading authority figures in your niche and fans of these sites.  From there, you open the door to guest posting, social media shares, or even a potential JV deal.

Getting Started:

Blog commenting works best when it’s done on a consistent basis.  I recommend the “Rule of 5” where you leave five blog comments every single day.  Check out the first post of this traffic series for how to do this.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#4 – Networking [/title]

Networking goes hand-in-hand with the previous tip.  You want to go beyond leaving comments on other people’s blog.  It’s important to make solid connections with other leading figures in your niche.

Becoming friends with the “top dogs” can do wonders for your traffic numbers.  These people have the power to share your content to their audience members.  So it makes sense reach out and establish yourself as someone worth getting to know.

Getting Started:

There are a few ways to start a great networking relationship:

  • Share their content on social media sites
  • Write a heartfelt post/status update about how they’ve helped  you
  • Send a personal email thanking them (and nothing else.)
  • Include them in a round-up blog posts of other authors that asks a simple question

You don’t want to bombard any “guru” with too much information.  Often they’re really busy people who like to maximize their time.  So be friendly, get to the point, and avoid pestering if you’re not getting an immediate response.

A great read is the massive 12-part blog post series that Steve Pavlina wrote about how to network with busy people.  This is the best guide I’ve ever read about contacting authority figures without being annoying.  Read it, print it out, and take notes.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#5 – Guest Posting [/title]

Guest posting is a traffic strategy that’s often discussed but isn’t properly implemented.  The trick to getting results with guest posting is the “network effect.”    You can’t just write one article and expect a flood of traffic.  Instead you want readers to find your articles on multiple sites and you want to be everywhere{Thanks to Pat Flynn for that suggestion.}

Getting Started:

The best example of the results you can get with guest posting is Danny Iny.  In early 2011, he didn’t have a huge online presence.  Then he took massive action and guest posted on popular sites like Copy Blogger, Pro Blogger, Smart Passive Income, Think Traffic, Get Rich Slowly – Even a lowly blog called Steve Scott Site.

Today Danny is widely considered to be a top marketing expert.  He’s published a book and has his content on hundreds of websites.  All of this is a direct result from guest posting.

To learn more, check out his killer product called: Write Like Freddy.

The purpose of Write Like Freddy is to teach marketers how to get results with their content.  It talks about topics like: Writing articles for your site, how to write killer guest posts for other sites, and how to create a web of content where people will think you’re someone worth following.

I’m going through Danny’s material right now.  I’m hoping to get him on a webinar in the next few weeks.  So stay tuned for more details…

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#6 – Write “Trophy Pigeon” Posts[/title]

The “Trophy Pigeon” is a term coined by an Internet marketer named Chris Munch.  The idea is simple.  You put together an epic post that gives out awards in your niche.  Ultimately this generates traffic because you’re creating a linkbait article that gets lots of attention.

A Trophy Pigeon post is based off people’s inherent ego.  Whenever we get an award or a mention, it’s only natural to tell people about it.  So you can get a flood of traffic by having people in your niche discuss (and link to) this great piece of content.

Getting Started

The best place to learn this technique is Chris’s Trophy Pigeon report.  Yes, you’ll have to pay around $15.  But I think it’s a nominal fee considering it details a highly effective traffic technique.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#7 – Twitter [/title]

Twitter is a popular way to get lots of traffic to your site.  Like a lot of techniques, it’s often discussed and rarely used to maximum results.

You can’t hit people with a ton of offers on Twitter.  Instead it’s best to link to compelling content that gets the attention of your audience.  This gives them a reason to follow your Twitter stream.

Getting Started

There are countless Twitter guides on the Internet.  My advice is to use a strategy that blends automation with regular manual updates.

Here are two posts I recommend:

Read both articles and you’ll get an instant crash course on getting results with Twitter.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#8 – Facebook Fan Page[/title]

I’ll admit it.  I’m kind of late to the “Facebook Party.”  I’ve had a page for two years now, but haven’t done a lot with it.  This is about to change…

Facebook is another strategy where it’s important to tightly focus on a single topic.  That’s why I’ve decided to re-brand my Facebook presence and create a page that just talks about focusing on a single affiliate marketing niche.  (Check out my page here and be sure to like it.)

You can build a massive online presence with Facbook.  The trick is to do three key things:

  • Have a purpose for your FB page. (ie: Building an email list.)
  • Post status updates which regularly engage followers about YOUR niche (1x – 2x a day.)
  • Link to quality content in your network (ie: blog, YouTube, and podcasts.)

It’s easy to get zero results on Facebook.  That’s why it’s important to have a plan for what you want and stick to it!

Getting Started

Again, I’m not an expert on Facebook.  Actually I had to go out and buy a course from the guys at “Get 10,000 Fans” to learn how it works.   So far, I’ve learned an amazing amount of information from this course.  That’s why I recommend their new product: The Facebook Traffic System

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#9 – Google Plus[/title]

Google Plus is another social network site that can be leveraged for maximum traffic.  Like Twitter and Facebook, you get results by posting great content.  Or you’ll get ignored if you’re always linking to spammy/junk offers.

What’s great about Google Plus is it has seamless integration with Gmail.  This makes it easier to build a database of networking and guest post contacts (ideas #3 and #4.)   You can create “Circles” based on relationships and use them to stay in touch with your most important contacts.

You won’t get a huge amount of traffic from Google+ like you can with Facebook.  But it still gives you another avenue to reach a certain sector of your niche.

Getting Started

Brock Predovich offers a ton of content on his Google+ Decoded website.  He does have some paid information products, but his freebie content is also pretty awesome.   I recommend Brock’s videos and blueprints to learn how to maximize your Google Plus efforts.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”] #10 – Pinterest[/title]

Pinterest is the last social site I’ll mention.   How is it different from the others?  Basically Pinterest is a photo driven social site that takes advantage of the growing trend around people responding to image-based offers.

As the web evolves, pictures have become an important part of storytelling.  With Pinterest you can get a lot of traffic simply by “Pinning” and uploading market-specific images.  The trick is to do it in a way that gets people’s attention.

Getting Started

I’m just getting started on Pinterest.  In fact, I opened my first account yesterday.  {So feel free to add me!}  I learned a lot about Pinterest from this blog post: Ultimate Guide to Pinterest.  Check it and start Pinning images that will attract the attention of your audience.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#11 – YouTube [/title]

Okay, technically YouTube is part of Google.  So you’re still catering to the Big G!  With that said, YouTube is another strategy that can provide a flood of traffic.

The secret to YouTube is to create videos that provide strategies that people can immediately implement.  You don’t want to overwhelm people with too much content in each video.  Instead break up your video presentations and turn them into actionable content.

Here are a few tips:

  • Keep it Simple.  Create short videos (2 to 3 minutes) about a single topic.
  • Build a Brand.  Have a uniform style and intro/outro to each video.
  • Ask for Shares.  It’s important to build up your social presence.  So ask for shares/comments/likes at the end of each video
  • Include a Call to Action.  Give people a reason why they should check out your site {ie: a free report.}

Video marketing is an incredible way to drive traffic.  There are still plenty of opportunities to create a massive following on YouTube.

Sidebar: I’m currently re-launching my video channel.  My plan is to make it the #1 video channel on affiliate marketing.  The first video should be out in less than two weeks.  I’ll provide more details in a future post.

Getting Started:

My best advice is to study how other people market on YouTube.  Start by checking out these channels:

All these channels have a unique way of presenting valuable information.  What makes each stand out is they provide a TON of free content and genuine value to the viewer.  Study each channel to see how they go about marketing their personal brand.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#12- Amazon Kindle Publishing[/title]

With their Kindle technology, Amazon offers an amazing opportunity to make money while driving traffic back to a website.

The strategy that I’m currently testing is to publish low cost reports ($.99 to $2.99) that provide great content.  Then I include an offer for my free report throughout the product.  That way I’m building a list of proven buyers.

Frankly, I think the Kindle market is wide open – Especially if you provide great content.  Sadly, most publishers slap together junk content and think that will make people happy.

You can corner the market in any niche if you create a catalog of Kindle books that solve specific problems.  Think of each book like a massive blog post that provides great value.  It’s not too hard to crank out one of these books every month.  In a year, you’ll have 12 books that make money and drive traffic back to your email list.

Getting Started:

I’m currently working on my 2nd Kindle eBook.  This will be released in a few weeks.  Till then, I recommend that you check out my article on how to make money with Amazon Kindle.  This post details the exact strategy I’m using to on Amazon.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#13 – Email Old Subscribers  [/title]

One of the best ways to generate traffic is to use your email list.  What’s funny is many affiliate marketers never think about using their existing database to leverage the reach of new content.

My advice is to cycle subscribers through an autoresponder sequence that lasts at least a month.  After that, send them updates about any new content from your personal brand.

Getting Started:

There is a trick to cycling subscribers between autoresponders and broadcast messages.  This is especially true if you don’t want to overwhelm folks with too much content.

Check out my post on how to mix broadcast messages and autoresponders for more details.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#14 – Podcasting[/title]

Podcasting is technically challenging and hard to do on a consistent basis.  Most people don’t podcast because of these two reasons.  That’s why there are plenty of opportunities with this traffic technique.

The best thing about podcasting is you’ll build a fiercely loyal audience.  Provide great content and listeners will stick around for years.  This makes it the most “sticky” of the traffic generation tactics that I’ve included on this list.

Getting Started

Sidebar: I’m in the process of starting my first podcast.  Right now, I’m consuming a ton of information about how to maximize this traffic strategy.  But I’m hoping to release my first episode sometime after my cross-country trip through the U.S. in the summer.  So I’m thinking sometime in September. 

During my research, I found an amazing resource on podcasting – Podcast Answer Man run by Cliff Ravenscraft.  What makes Cliff so awesome is he provides access to 250+ free podcasts on his site.    {He’s a great example of how to build a successful brand by giving away everything.}

Download his episodes and you’ll get an amazing education on podcasting.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]Traffic Generation in 2012 (and Beyond)[/title]

The Google Penguin update is yet another reminder that you can’t build an affiliate marketing business with weak content.  It’s also proven that you can’t rely on the search engines as your #1 source of traffic.

To achieve success in affiliate marketing you need to provide awesome content.  You use this content to attract attention and build a loyal audience.  From there, you can make money by recommending offers that provide real value.

I listed fourteen traffic generation strategies in this post.  Each is designed around giving great content that people love.  There are no shortcuts here.  It’s 2012.  No longer is it possible to create thin articles and expect to succeed.

Well, that’s it for this edition of the Traffic and Conversion Series.  As you see, I’m implementing a lot of strategies moving forward.  So be sure to check out the July post to see how things are coming along.

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47 thoughts on “14 Free Traffic Strategies for 2012 that DON’T Depend on Google [Traffic and Conversion #9]”

  1. Not bad, but you’ve missed a few good ones 🙂

    Membership forums – Put a link in your signature and start helping people. Since it’s a membership forum, all the visitors to your site will be proven buyers (good for conversions!).

    Getting Started – sign up for a membership site and start posting 🙂

    Put a bonus in someone else’s product – Pretty much the same idea. Get some buyers to your site!

    Getting Started – Get a review copy of someone else’s product. Create a bonus that complements the product and contact the owner asking them if they would be interested in giving it out to customers.


    • Clayton,

      Thanks for some additional great ideas. Forums are certainly one I should have added. It is a great way to get authority, recognition within a niche and those visitors. Like most of these methods it really takes a lot of time and effort to do it “right” with great content and a reason for people to visit (and doing it “wrong” is pretty worthless).

      I guess the reason I didn’t include it is that it is not something I have personally done. A great addition though!! I appreciate your input a lot!!


  2. You’re definitely doing tip #1 right for sure – this is an EPIC post! I’m implementing quite a few of these now but there are definitely a few that I’m not doing but want to like starting a podcast myself. Would be a great post topic on a quick guide to setting one up 😉

    Thanks again for the post Steve! Definitely going to go improve on some of these things for my blog!


    • Thanks for the great comment Thomas! Glad you enjoyed it…. I think most people these days “know” these things in a general fashion, but seeking these Google alternatives is becoming more and more important these days.


  3. Steve, we’re on many of the same pages. I’ve been working my tail off to guest blog and create eBooks. Personally, I think the eBooks are the way to go because they add to your validity and give you an excellent source of residual income. Also, you can roll them together into uber-offers– special deals that subscribers get with additional perks, webinars, and youtube videos. The eBooks segway into much larger money making strategies.

    The only thing I’m behind the game on is creating a list. I need to start and this week is the beginning.

    Great post Steve.

    • Agreed Bill! We are on the same page.

      I am an old hand at email marketing (not specifically in THIS niche…but really in my main one) but I have been [pushing more and more (like you) for the ebook stuff.


  4. Regarding #6 – I think I’ll croak if I see one more idiotic bogus “awards” blog. If I visit a blog and spot one of those goofy “best blogger” badges — I’M OUTTA THERE!

    • Dave,

      I feel ya. I haven’t sponsored any here or put up any up here for that reason. However, one cannot deny that the reason so many people do it is because it does have an effect.

  5. Hi Steve,

    very informative post. I like your blog and I’m also surprised, that it was hit by Google Penguin. I’ll make a little investigation about it this month 😉

    Thanks for sharing, Chris

    • Chris,

      Yeah, they hit wasn’t huge, but it seems like it could be the reason. (the timing is right). Anyhow thankfully I have been looking at these other means of traffic, so it all balances a bit.

  6. Wow, great-great post Scott!

    If you get traffic from all of them then you don’t even need Google anymore.

    This is a great list to see where you might be lacking and do something about it. Some things are so simple and also labelled “old” that you have forgotten about them. But the great thing is that they still work. And work like magic.


  7. Hi Scott,

    Awesome tips! Thanks for sharing. I’ll gonna be focusing on guest posting and youtube this year for sure. Thanks again and I look forward on your next post.

    => Sonny

    • Thanks Dennis,

      It has been fairly quick. But I am not starting from zero. With Email lists, Twitter, Google plus I had a pretty big group to try to get to follow me on facebook from the jump. PLus learning the methods on how to do it BETTER makes it all worthwhile.

  8. Steve

    Some thoughts (and cool post btw).

    Firstly – thanks for the name check!

    Secondly – here’s an interesting piece of information for you. My bass guitar site has been hit by the Google Update – but I’ve no idea why and not as badly as you. For example the rough figures for me for the periods you quote are 30,000 visits (in feb) and around 27,000 visits in the last month. So not as big a dip – but still a dip.

    Thirdly – I don’t really measure unique visits as a sign that things are going how I want them. I measure Sales and Conversions. And both are up.

    Fourth – For most people it’s worth repeating that YouTube is still wide open in most market areas. ESPECIALLY business oriented areas. But that’s not always going to be true…so now is as good as time as any to get started.

    (And a big heads up to those thinking of doing video, YouTube should be considered just the starting place for your videos, not the ONLY place.)

    Fifth – I really like the idea of a Kindle Report a month….I think that’s potentially a winner. If you check out Sean Platt/thedigitalwriter.net you’ll find that he releases a new book EVERY FREAKING week! (He’s set himself up as a Kindle publishing company).

    Sixth – some other potential traffic strategies I’ve seen out there:

    6.1 Video Interviews. (See David Site Garland – think that’s his name)
    6.2 Magazines in the iPad’s Newsstand Store (Ed Dale is releasing a package on this as we speak – I’m very interested in this!)
    6.3 Using Products To Drive Traffic Pt 1 – You mention Danny Iny. Danny did some great list building by giving Engagement From Scratch away for free. And because the book was co-written, he got a lot of traffic from his cowriters.
    6.4 Using Products Part 2 – webinars with JV partners. A couple of guys I know AND Danny, have used webinars to drive opt-ins and buyers.

    Keep rocking man – plus I have a great strategy for you to use with your video marketing!


    • Paul,

      As always, great comment with tons of additional good nuggets!

      3rd point- You are so right, sales and conversions it is really THE metric. If you can get your traffic to go down, but that stat to go up…you are doing something right. Getting more of the “right” people.

      4th- Agreed. I know I need to redouble my efforts in this area personally, and I think MOST people could do with more work here. Like you say it is open….for now. But expecting that it always will be could be a bit naive. Like you said, people need to jump on-board while they can.

      6- Love the strats here. This is key; keeping on top of these new and fresh ideas. A little thinking outside the box and soon enough you can be known for your original content delivery.

  9. Hey Steve,

    I think the best traffic strategy for driving new visitors to our site is guest posting. On most social media sites – such as Twitter, FB – our posts are only shown to our followers. Unless, it is commented, Re tweeted, liked or shared, no one else is going to see it (or if you have a huge fan base, you may appear in the twitter timeline of others). As far as traffic from sites such as SU and Pinterest – they are great, but mostly useless – high bounce rate and low visitor length. Blog commenting also has a potential, but it depends upon chance and a whole lot of other factors. Consistent (familiarity) Guest posting on many sites (Variety), out of all is the best strategy because it gives us more exposure to more new people (which means new traffic). Most other traffic sources are useful for driving back our old visitors.

    #11, 12, 14 has a whole lot of potential, if used effectively. I think we can also include Scribd and Prezi on the list – both are presentation related softwares – but, if you have got something really valuable, you are sure to get a whole lot of visits from these sites.

    Anyways, thank you for the awesome post, Steve!


    P.S: Glad that you decided to leave Google alone. I did that – I took down the images that brought me junk traffic from Google – I am seeing a considerable improvement in bounce rate and visitor length.

    • Thanks for the great comment Jeevan,

      I agree, guest posting is a lynchpin. It is one of the single most effective ways to get that broad scope. In a more general sense, though, I think that trying multiple methods has some of the same effect. It is all about being, “everywhere”. When you can achieve that, and really appeal to a huge base of readers and catch people in all stages and levels of their knowledge prgress inside of the niche that you are in is when you really have something.

  10. It’s never safe at the top of the jungle known as Google search results. We all have to march to Google’s drum beat 🙂

    Good to diverse the traffic sources. I’ve been using YouTube, Twitter and a mix of guest post. However, based on stats, Google still remains my top referrer.

  11. Definitely its the time to focus more on off Google traffic fetching techniques. Be stick with a decentralized traffic source. Even if we all are aware of these mentioned techniques, we were not seriously focusing on it. Your post is something like a reminder to take those methods seriously. A big thanks….

  12. Hi Steve,
    I think that new Google update did not affect my blog so much, still I know that few of my friends didn’t go so well with their websites. I do believe that we really need to at least try to protect our work from this one, or maybe some new update they will came up with in the future. Thank you for sharing this strategy, I am sure it can help a lot. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

  13. Great post Steve and I’m sorry to hear that penguin catched you a bit.
    I also have same traffic sources, but the best 4 are:
    quality content, blog commenting, email list and pinterest.
    Pinterest surprised me, visitors are so loyal, I highly recommend this website.
    hope to see more great posts like this one,thanks for sharing.

  14. Great list! We use most of them but have them all on “our to-do list”!

    We find that the easiest forms of traffic (ie. Twitter) tends to deliver the lowest quality traffic. Putting in the hard work to generate quality content worthy of being shared and ranked is the best way that we’ve found to deliver quality and consistent traffic.

    I’d love to here an update on your Kindle Publishing at some point.

    Take care,


  15. Hi Steve, I’ve just read your article about 14 free traffic strategies. So what about those people who are using PPC advertising on their website or blog? you know if google see that the number of PPC advertising blog has none of traffic through google search engine then they will ban those account within short of time. So expect reply from you.

    • Joanna,

      PPC is probably a fine method still. To be honest it is just something that I could never get to work well. I will admit it could probably be ME and not PPC itself. But also, this is FREE traffic, and PPC is not free. It could be viable but runs a risk to your pocketbook too.

  16. Thanks for the great ideas. I’m in the middle of a site update, but I’ll be using as many as I can with the relaunch. I’ve got a Twitter and Facebook presence, am starting some guest posting, and have a pretty good email list. Just published my first Kindle book, too. I guess YouTube is probably next.

    • Wes,

      Definitly time to start on that youtube. It take a while to get it going, but I think you will really find it worthwhile in the long run.

      Thanks for the comment!

  17. This is a very good list of a diverse range of strategies that should be helpful following the recent developments in g land the past few months.
    Thanks for this listing Steve and I felt regret to learn your site here got hit even though it doesn’t seem deserving of penalty whatsoever.
    So now with these strategies, onward and upward.

  18. Excellent informative and detailed post! Valuable information you have shared here. I already use some of the methods but some I plan to check out now that I know more about them.

  19. Hey, the least you could do is put quote marks around the parts you lifted from my comment above, since you didn’t make any effort to modify them. I know, originality is hard work.

  20. Steve,

    I completely feel you with the traffic drop! My site numbers have gone from about 24K visits per month in March to about half that this month. I think Google needs to get the Penguin out of their “you-know-what”, because I personally write fresh content everyday.


  21. Hi Steve,

    Very thoughtful. Enjoyed reading your article. I liked your ‘marketing strategy’ as well. Mind doing a guest post for me? 🙂 Would greatly be appreciated – Chris is a good friend of mine. Keep on bringing wonderful articles. You’ve got a new reader 🙂


  22. It’s a good post,but I’ll have to admit I still didn’t understood how Google+ works,while I am quite okay on twitter and Facebook.Also I would like to add another medium of traffic i.e Social Bookmarking,which has been a good resource for my blog posts.

  23. Seems this is my first visit to your blog Steve.

    I can’t ascertain that though but all i want to say is that this post is lengthy and thoughtful. I love it and i’m going to use some of the things you discussed.

    As I’m planning to publish on amazon kindle, I’ve opened your article and will read it now. As per traffic, I really don’t gice a fuck about google on my own (even though i get more traffic these days), I still don’t give a f***. (Edited by Steve)


    • Hey Sheyi,

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out my content. (But I edited the last part because I try to avoid F-Bombs on my site.)

      Definitely check out the Amazon Kindle article. In the last few days, I’ve had a lot of positive results from this site and will be scaling things up in the near future. This looks like a really promising income model.

  24. Great post Steve and I couldn’t agree with you more.

    I’m so glad you included blog commenting and networking. People think they aren’t always connecting with their target audience but the attention your posts can bring is what’s important. The more people see your comments, the more it gets spread around.

    Networking is huge to me. Making those connections is what’s important I believe. People purchase from people they know, like and trust so just be that person.

    I appreciate you sharing all these other methods as well. We can’t always have all our eggs in one basket so spreading it around is always best. I don’t do everything you have on your list but I do the majority. Oh yeah.

    Thanks Steve and enjoy the rest of your week. I know you’re getting ready for your big trip.


  25. Steve,

    Great post. I find that guest posting and Youtube are great sources of traffic. A lot of people overlook Youtube but they are a great source of free traffic and you can actually make money from the views.


  26. A great post with insightful tips. Really wondering how you can focus on all these strategies in promoting your blog. I rarely find the time for the few strategies I’m presently using.

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